Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia Castillo, who had been imprisoned on charges of 'desertion' from the US Army, was released from prison on 15 February, three months before the end of his one-year sentence. He is a conscientious objector who cited his moral objections to the conduct of US troops towards Iraqi civilians and prisoners and questioned the legality of the war in his conscientious objector application.
Ray Jasper is scheduled to be executed in Texas on March 19th for a murder committed in 1998 when he was 18 years old. If he had been three months and three days younger at the time of the crime, Ray Jasper would not be facing execution.
The participation of Afghan women in shaping their country’s future and engaging as equal partners will help improve and secure their political status, security, economic and social well-being, and uphold their human rights.