Former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi appeared in court today to face charges including ordering a mass rape and corruption during the war that overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The court will reconvene on the case in December.
Mahmoudi fled to Tunisia in 2011, but was extradited back to Libya in June 2012, creating tensions between the two nations. Before fleeing from Libya, Mahmoudi had served as Gaddafi's prime minister since 2006. Since returning, there has been controversy over the former prime minister's treatment while in custody.
Despite concerns, the Libyan government assures the trial will be "free and fair". If convicted, Mahmoudi could face execution or life imprisonment.
Media Resources: Bloomberg News 11/12/2012; Chicago Tribune 11/12/2012; IrishTimes.com 11/12/2012; Libya Herald 11/12/2012; Reuters 11/12/2012.
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. . . .