UN Peacekeepers Suspended from Police Force after Sex Abuse Allegations
Eleven Nigerian police officers who were part of a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been suspended from the Nigerian police force in the course of investigations into the sexual abuse of Congolese women and girls. Nigeria withdrew all 120 of its peacekeepers in Kinshasa, the DRCís capital, in mid-September when the UN began investigating the allegations. The decision to withdraw was accepted by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who cited ďa policy of zero tolerance regarding sexual exploitation and abuse Ö by peacekeeping personnel.Ē
The facts of the cases that led to the suspensions have not been released, according to the Associated Press, but rapes, the soliciting of prostitutes, and pedophilia have been widely reported since the beginning of 2004, with girls and women of all ages being abused by both peacekeepers and civilians. In August 2005, the UN began an investigation of the allegations of sex abuse suffered by Congolese women and girls, according to the BBC, including those against the Nigerian policemen.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .