The Ukraine has moved towards a 30-day state of emergency declaration which would grant citizens the right to bear arms. “Preparing for the possibility of a large-scale Russian invasion, the Ukrainian government has moved to declare a 30-day state of emergency, grant citizens the right to bear arms, and conscript military reservists between the ages of 18 and 60” reports National Review.
#Ukrainian parliament has just made the first step towards provision for the civil population of the right to bear arms
A long-awaited and critically important decision in these circumstances pic.twitter.com/7W9v89qhET
— Dmytro Natalukha (@DmytroNatalukha) February 23, 2022
They have also added nearly 200,000 troops to prepare its defense as Russian troops continue to enter the Donbas region. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky said in a televised speech that there was no need for a “general mobilization” of civilians, however “we need to promptly replenish the Ukrainian army and other military formations.”
“As the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I issued a decree on the conscription of reservists during a special period…We must increase the readiness of the Ukrainian army for all possible changes in the operational situation.”
He continued, “We are certain of ourselves, we are certain in our country, we are certain in our victory.” Parliament is also taking steps to vote on allowing citizens the right to bear arms.
The Ukrainian government has also urged all of its citizens currently in Russia to evacuate.
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The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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