UN Report: Afghan Legal System Failing Women
A new United Nations report says Afghanistan's judicial system is still failing women, even with the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban out of power.
The report released Sunday says only 5 percent of cases of violence against women result in punishment for the criminals.
The reports also says many Afghan women are financially dependent on the men who attack them.
Afghanistan's constitution guarantees equal rights for women. Educational and job opportunities for women have improved in recent years.
But the report says cultural and family pressure, along with alleged corruption and abuse of power by judicial officials, leaves many women feeling as if there is nowhere they can find justice.
U.N. officials urge the Afghan government to strengthen access to justice for women by adopting institutional and policy reforms, and enforcing laws protecting them from violence.
US Criminal Cases: FBI Examiners Gave 'Flawed Testimony' Over Two Decades
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department have "formally acknowledged" that almost all of the examiners "in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony" against criminal defendants for more than two-decades before 2000, a leading newspaper reports.
The Washington Post reported Sunday the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project say 26 of the 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit "overstated forensic matches" to favor prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed.
The reviewed cases included 32 defendants who were sentenced to death. Fourteen of them have either been executed or died in prison, the two groups said.
The errors by the FBI do not mean there was not other evidence to convict the defendants.
An FBI and Justice Department statement said they "are committed to ensuring that affected defendants are notified of past errors and justice is done in every instance."