Demonstration Marks 30 Days of Captivity for American Journalist Jill Carroll
Reporters Without Borders (RWB) held a demonstration in Paris on Tuesday to mark the 30th day of captivity for American freelance journalist Jill Carroll, who was kidnapped in Baghdad by the previously unknown group Revenge Brigade on January 7. According to RWB, 37 journalists, including eight women, have been abducted in Iraq since March of 2003, and five have been killed.
Working for the Christian Science Monitor, Carroll had arranged to meet Adnan al-Doulaimi, a Sunni politician, when she was abducted and her interpreter was killed. Two videotapes of Carroll have since been shown on Al Jazeera, on January 17 and 30. On the first, according to the New York Times, members of the Revenge Brigade threatened to murder Carroll unless the United States military released all of its female Iraqi prisoners. On the second tape, Carroll pleaded for the women to be released. The American military has released five women, though it claims that the release was not made in response to Carroll’s abduction and her kidnappers’ threat, the Times reports.
According to the Monitor, among those calling for Carroll’s release are 37 Arab politicians, writers, and academics. In a publicly released letter, they stated, “Consideration of her release should not be related to her nationality, but rather, to her role, message, and reports that testify to her credibility, independence, and honesty. The kidnapping of Carroll then is a kidnapping of one of the witnesses of the human suffering of the Iraqi people.” Statements of support for Carroll and calls for her release have been made throughout the Arab world. A poster of Carroll has been hung on the façade of Rome’s City Hall, where it will remain until she is released, reports the Monitor.
Media Resources: Christian Science Monitor 1/26/06, 2/2/06; New York Times 1/31/06; Reporters Without Borders 2/7/06
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .