abc
QUICK LINKS:

US Voices Concern over New Afghan Law

Created: 02/11/2014 10:28 AM WDIO.com

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A new draft law in Afghanistan is drawing international outcry amid concerns that it would greatly restrict prosecutions of domestic violence.

A new criminal procedure code would prevent relatives from testifying against alleged abusers, which activists warn would have a chilling effect on domestic violence prosecutions in Afghanistan. Often it is either a relative committing the abuse or the sole witness to the act.

The law is awaiting final signature from Afghan President Hamid Karzai after passing through parliament last month.

Human Rights Watch has urged Karzai not to sign. The European Union called it a "backward step" for women's rights.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Thursday that it is "extremely concerned" and has raised those concerns with the Afghan government.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • Special Report: Pattie's Journey

    A local woman shares her journey in the fight against breast cancer.  She's sharing the struggle of letting go of what she can't control and reclaiming what cancer strips away.

  • Nolan Bill Requires 'Buy American Steel' in Pipeline Projects

    A bill introduced by Congressman Rick Nolan would require American made steel, made with American made iron ore pellet, to be used in virtually all pipeline projects.

  • E-Cigarette Business Booming as FDA Proposes New Regulations

    Regulating the sale and use of electronic cigarettes is the goal of new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday. If approved, e-cigarette sales would be banned to people under age 18, a warning label would be placed on the devices, and manufacturers would be required to tell the FDA what's in their products.

  • Advocates Push for More Affordable Housing in Minn.

    Housing advocates are pushing Minnesota lawmakers to do more to help low-income renters. Sherman Associates' renovation of the old Lincoln Park Middle School will provide 50 new housing units for Duluth next year. But researchers with the progressive think tank Minnesota 2020 say more needs to be done.

  • Hermantown Cheerleaders: We Just Want to Cheer

    The Hermantown cheer team is fighting back after they learned the school board had approved to cut their district funding last week. The cut is part of larger budget cuts, but the cheerleaders are picketing Friday and Monday in hopes of gaining support at the next school board meeting. Whether school-funded or self-funded, the girls just want to cheer.

 

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Central St. Louis; Koochiching; North Itasca; North St. Louis
Expires: 4/25/2014 7:00 AM

Winter Storm Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 4/25/2014 12:00 PM

Flood Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Aitkin; Crow Wing
Expires: 3/31/2014 7:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement