US Congress Considers Human Rights in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel Submitted a Statement

WASHINTON, DC, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, June 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Today, 20 June 2018, the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the US Committee on Foreign Affairs heard evidence on “Human Rights Concerns in Sri Lanka.”

The Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) submitted a written statement to the Subcommittee to provide information useful to its task. The MAP pointed out to the Subcommittee that:

“The GSL has been proceeding in bad faith with respect to Resolution 30/1. The latest MAP report, dated 7 March 2018, emphasized the GSL’s lack of meaningful progress to date; highlighted the government’s continued obstruction; suggested alternative avenues for redress and accountability; and set out the MAP’s renewed and additional recommendations going forward. The report calls attention to the fact that, while the GSL and international actors have dithered over the implementation of transitional justice mechanisms, serious violations of international law, including torture, have continued in Sri Lanka with impunity."

The MAP made the following recommendations for the US Government:

1. The US should urge the UNHRC to condemn in strident and detailed terms the failure of the GSL to fulfill: (i) its commitments under Resolution 30/1 and (ii) its legal obligations to victims;

2. The US (as well as the United Kingdom, India, and other concerned governments) should dispense with purely rhetorical pressure and exercise available diplomatic and economic pressure on the GSL to comply with its obligations under international law and the UNHRC Resolution;

3. The US should fund investigations into international crimes committed by the GSL and support the use of universal jurisdiction to prosecute them;

4. The US should lobby the UN Security Council to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court;

5. The US should provide funding only for non-military uses in Sri Lanka including social justice projects, health related projects, medical and psychosocial support for victims of international crimes.”

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The MAP provides independent monitoring, advice, and recommendations, focusing on the effectiveness of accountability measures from a victims’ perspective. The views and recommendations of the Panel will enable victims and other stakeholders to participate more effectively in the process and thus enhance the legitimacy of the measures. For more information, please visit: http://war-victims-map.org/

For media enquiries on the above please contact:

Richard J Rogers – richardrogers@globaldiligence.com

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Citizens Commission on Human Rights Fights Baker Act Abuses in Florida

Florida's Children at Risk

Florida’s Children at Risk

Normal Childhood Behavior is not a Mental Illness

Normal Childhood Behavior is not a Mental Illness

Who Speaks for the Child?

Who Speaks for the Child?

Averaging almost 80 calls a month from people whose friend or loved one has been Baker Acted, CCHR finds all too often the victim did not meet the criteria.

In the 2015/16 annual period, over 194,000 people were Baker Acted, of which over 32,000 were children. These figures have more than doubled since 2001.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Every day in Florida someone is held for involuntary psychiatric examination (Baker Act) for the scantiest of reasons.” This is according to Stephen A. Talmadge, PhD and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Psychology.

The Baker Act mental health law allows Florida citizens, including children, to be sent against their will for involuntary examination at psychiatric wards known as Baker Act Receiving Facilities and held for up to 72 hours during which time, they may be drugged without their consent if ordered. [1]

In the 2015/16 annual period, over 194,000 people were Baker Acted, of which over 32,000 were children. These figures have more than doubled since 2001.
Furthermore, according to this Act, the Receiving Facility may apply to hold a patient for much longer than 72 hours and bill Medicaid for doing so. [1]

Hospitalizations of children are sometimes used as stop-gaps for school systems or parents unable to care for difficult children. [2]

In 2017 the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) helped secure the safe release of nearly 300 people being unjustly held for involuntary psychiatric examination.

CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog organization established in 1969 jointly by the Church of Scientology and noted psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz to expose and eliminate human rights abuses in the field of mental health.

CCHR maintains a hotline for Baker Act abuses and has helped large numbers of people secure release when unjustly restrained under the Act. An article on Baker Act violations has prompted a stream of intermittent responses over a 5-year period. One such entry stated“I’m covered in bruises, was given multiple injections without my consent, and all of this to be told that ”actually, you don’t fit the criteria to be Baker Acted; we’re releasing you”. [3]

“Our Psychiatric Abuse Hotline averages almost 80 calls a month from people calling about a friend or loved one who has been Baker Acted and unfortunately all too often the victim did not meet the criteria under the law and should not have been taken into custody and sent to a psychiatric facility,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

CCHR Florida Hotline help is available at (727) 442-8820.

About CCHR: CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health.’” For more information visit, www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:

[1] Locked in hospital, woman caught in Baker Act fight www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article31483943.html
[2] Florida’s Baker Act is overused, inefficient and inadequate http://www.jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2015-11-06/story/floridas-baker-act-overused-inefficient-and-inadequate
[3] FLORIDA’S BAKER ACT IS A DANGER TO ALL http://www.cchrflorida.org/floridas-baker-act-is-a-danger-to-all/

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
7274228820
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In Florida alone there were 32,475 children sent for involuntary psychiatric examination during fiscal year 2015-2016.


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Dr. Richard N. Knowles PhD of Nagele, Knowles & Associates to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Our work experience affects our home life. Our home life affects our work. But when a workplace becomes a hostile environment, people can't be the best they can be, the organization cannot grow, and in some unfortunate cases, an incident of workplace violence may occur.

Dr. Richard N. Knowles PhD is co-founder of Nagele, Knowles & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the full-spectrum of workplace violence.

“Workplace violence manifests in several ways. It can be psychological where somebody's being bullied or disrespected, which can snowball over time to somebody coming in with a gun,” says Dr. Knowles. “Our focus is to bring all the skills that we have in leadership, safety, HR to help the people in organizations learn how to be respectful. It is so critically important, not only for productivity, but for the people to become the best they can be.”

Because people often feel quite isolated in organizations, they tend to create turfs and cliques with insiders and outsiders. According to Dr. Knowles, it all begins with a lack of respect. Dr. Knowles and his associates utilize a propriety tool that helps people to engage in focused, disciplined conversations to identify the problems, solve them, and build the connections they need with other people.

“If they decide to work together to build trust and interdependence, tremendous energy and creativity are released,” says Dr. Knowles. “It can all happen quite quickly, in a day. Then we teach them how to sustain it.”

According to Dr. Knowles it all begins with the critical role of leaders. Leaders need to promote a culture that encourages people to speak openly and honestly about problems.

“Leaders must have a fundamental belief that people are trying to do the best they can,” says Dr. Knowles. “Everybody is trying to get a good day's work in; we need to work together. When we can do that, new possibilities become available. People begin to have the courage to step in and make the differences.”

When that happens, says Dr. Knowles, people within the organization become "leaderful.” When somebody sees something that needs to be done, they step forward and take initiative.”

Nagele, Knowles & Associates are generally brought in when a leader recognizes that their workplace is not working well, has become a hostile environment and wants to do something to rectify that—an intervention is needed. They also can be brought in following an incident of workplace violence. It might be some kind of newspaper article about sexual harassment or a bullying case or even a murder.

“These are tough things for businesses to deal with. Everyone loses. But if we can bring people together to work in a way that builds interdependence and trust, the people get much better. All it costs is for leaders to get out of the offices and connect with their people. That's where the effort is needed.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Dr. Richard N. Knowles in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on June 22nd at 10am EDT and with Jim Masters on June 29th at 10am EDT.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information, visit www.nageleknowlesandassociates.com.

Lou Ceparano
CUTV News
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American Association of Suicidology’s Statement on the Detrimental Effects of Administration’s Family Separation Policy

This Administration’s 'zero-tolerance' policy will have irreparable consequences on thousands of children and families for decades to come.””

— Colleen Creighton

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, June 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — As the oldest membership-based suicide related organization in the United States, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is deeply concerned about the detrimental effects and long-term traumatic consequences of the current Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of forcibly separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

– Separation and isolation from one’s family increases the risk of suicide

– Separation from children, especially unexpected or through traumatic means, can increase the risk of suicide in parents

– Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been shown to increase the risk of suicide throughout an individual’s lifespan

– Reports have surfaced that children in understaffed detention camps are attempting suicide with little to no access to mental healthcare or therapeutic support

Serious consequences of this new policy have become apparent as evidenced by at least one recent suicide of a parent in detainment and multiple reports of suicide attempts of adolescents in custody.

“As connectedness to family is a strong protective factor against the risk of suicide, this Administration’s 'zero-tolerance' policy will have irreparable consequences on thousands of children and families for decades to come,” said Colleen Creighton, Executive Director of AAS.

AAS strongly urges the Administration to re-evaluate and re-consider its current policy of forcibly separating children from their families at the US-Mexico border.

For the Media: Responsible reporting on suicide, including stories of hope and resilience, can prevent more suicides. Please visit the Reporting on Suicide guidelines for more information.

About AAS: Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, PhD, AAS promotes suicide as a research discipline, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention. You can learn more about AAS at suicidology.org.

Colleen Creighton
American Association of Suicidology
202-237-2280
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Gov. Cuomo Denies Disabled 911 Services, Protects Sexual Predators

Governor Andrew Cuomo must be held accountable for protecting and shielding countless sexual predators from criminal prosecution that rape our most vulnerable

Bypassing 911 call systems for people with disabilities is discrimination in civil rights and is how Gov. Andrew Cuomo is protecting countless sexual predators

Governor Cuomo has done everything within his power to block 911 for the disabled to protect sexual predators.”

— Michael Carey – Advocate for people with disabilities and their families

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused to ensure that people with disabilities finally receive their equal rights and equal access to 911 emergency medical and police services, but instead is protecting sexual predators that rape vulnerable women and children.

No longer can people with disabilities be denied equal access to 911 medical & police services. The 911 Civil Rights Bill S4736D/A6830C will end decades of discrimination, finally provide swift emergency assistance, apprehend sexual predators and save countless lives.

The New York Times exposed wide-scale systemic rampant abuse and neglect through their “Abused and Used” investigative reporting series and yet the most basic step of mandated reporters being required by law to cal 911 has been blocked by Cuomo. Calling 911 is critical to save lives, prevent sexual assaults, and catch sexual predators.

http://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/nyregion/abused-and-used-series-page.html

Currently, thousands of sexual assaults of people with disabilities within Cuomo’s mental health agencies are reported to his State abuse hotline every year, which is only a tiny percentage of what is really going on behind closed doors. According to a very reputable report and study called “Prevalence of Violence” approximately 3% of sexual assaults against the disabled will ever be reported.

http://www.mass.gov/dppc/abuse-recognize/prevalence-of-violence.html

A critical 911 Civil Rights Bill that Governor Cuomo directly opposes will dramatically reduce sexual assault and rape crimes. This legislation will change everything, sexual predators that are escaping justice will swiftly be rounded up and apprehended. Governor Cuomo has done everything within his power to block 911 for the disabled to protect sexual predators.

On top of these atrocities and the wide-scale obstruction of justice, staff not calling 911 regarding medical emergencies is known to be the number one reason for what are being called “untimely” deaths, but in most cases these are negligent and preventable deaths. It is an outrageous injustice for Cuomo to sit by a do nothing as so many women and children are victims of sexual assault or rape by caregivers or dying because 911 is not called. Almost all reported sexual assault and rape cases are being kept from local police and county elected District Attorney’s by Cuomo’s abuse hotline and it is the sexual predators that are being protected from criminal prosecution.

The 911 Civil Rights reform bill will get these sexual assault and rape crimes to the rightful authorities, the local police for criminal investigations and to the county elected District Attorney’s for criminal prosecutions. The Larry Nassar’s within Cuomo’s mental health care system that are preying on and victimizing our most vulnerable will finally be rooted out, jailed and unable to continue to destroy vulnerable women and children’s lives. What kind of person protects sexual predators?

"Again, I must shout it from the rooftops in hopes that people will act to stop the thousands of sexual assaults and rapes occurring every year by sexual predators within New York State’s extremely dangerous mental health care system." -Michael Carey

The New York Times Editorial Board called for critical reforms over four and a half years ago, but Governor Cuomo has ignored them and other respected civil rights and disability rights advocates. Keeping reported sexual assaults from being reported to 911 has kept the police out of the picture for Cuomo and his fraudulent Justice Center to literally cover-up almost all sexual assaults and rapes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/opinion/protecting-the-most-vulnerable.html

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s system is called “a predators dream” by one caught and jailed sexual predator and pedophile that was thankfully ensnared in a federal child porn sting. Stephen DeProspero was a state employee that worked within Cuomo’s State agency, he was sexually assaulting the young disabled boy where he worked for an extended period of time. This story will sicken you, but you must read it.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/crime/2017/02/20/predators-dream-ny-pays-3m-family-molested-boy/98154714/

Federal investigations have been requested of the US Department of Justice surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s direct involvement for years in covering up thousands of sexual assaults and rapes of the disabled and one of the main motives, the massive Medicaid fraud scheme. The sexual predators that prey on our most vulnerable are very sick individuals, but those that protect and shield these criminals from prosecution are far worse and far more dangerous.

Michael Carey
The Jonathan Carey Foundation
(518) 852-9377
email us here

The incredible life and tragic preventable death of Jonathan Carey, who was disabled, had autism, was non-verbal & only 13 when he was killed by his caregivers


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The Moffatts, Music Sensation, Share “Stand By Me” Song as the Official Anthem for Chaperone: Safety and Security App

Chaperone’s Home Screen

The Moffatts

"With a home security system you have to get to your keypad. Chaperone is at your fingertips.”

MALIBU, CA, UNITED STATES, June 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Joining Chaperone’s personal safety and security app by sharing their rendition of iconic song, “Stand By Me” is Canadian pop/rock country band, The Moffatts. Designed to help people stay safe, even when they’re alone, this smart phone app delivers the latest in GPS and monitoring technology that provides a virtual chaperone to anyone with a smart phone.

Originally recorded by legendary performer Ben E. King, and inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2015, as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” Stand By Me is the perfect companion for this personal safety application that provides live assistance in potentially dangerous situations and has the potential to reduce emergency response time.

“Because crime statistics involving women are so high —every 98 seconds another American is sexually assaulted, one in four female students is assaulted on college campuses and more than seven million women stalked every year— I was motivated to make a difference,” Melissa Shaffer, the product’s inventor announced.

As a crime survivor herself, Shaffer wants to spare other people from suffering years of PTSD like she did. “Stand By Me, is the perfect anthem for this potentially lifesaving app. I want peace of mind before something happens. Even at home, if I think I hear something I can connect with Chaperone and it will stay with me as I walk through the house and make sure it’s safe and secure,” Shaffer continues. “If something does happen, we provide emergency response and we collect audio and video evidence. With a home security system you have to get to your keypad. Chaperone is at your fingertips.”

“Ultimately, the goal is to make lives better,” Shaffer said. “I want to prevent people from feeling scared to be alone.”

Aurora DeRose
Aurora DeRose
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LGBTQ Denver PrideFest Gets FICO Lord Poobah and United States Child ID Guardian Howe High as Kite

United States Credit Czar David Howe arrives in Miami after weekend celebration at Denver PrideFest 2018

United States Credit Czar David Howe arrives in Miami after weekend celebration at Denver PrideFest 2018

Rainbow flags abound and represent strength through diversity

Rainbow flags abound and represent strength through diversity

Thousands celebrate together and enjoy incredible talent from performers

Thousands celebrate together and enjoy incredible talent from performers

Denver City Hall inscription conspicuous and meaningful for all during PrideFest

Denver City Hall inscription conspicuous and meaningful for all during PrideFest

United States Credit Czar celebrates the best of humanity with hundreds of thousands at Denver Gay Pride 2018

Yes, it’s critical that each of us remember our nation’s dark and shameful past with bigotry, hatred, and injustice against our fellow citizens so that we’re not condemned to repeat it.”

— FICO Lord Poobah and USA Credit Czar David Howe

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, June 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing consumer reporting agency for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity theft, announced today the attendance at the 2018 Denver Gay Pride Festival (https://denverpride.org/) by SubscriberWise founder, national child identity guardian, and US Credit Czar David Edward Howe.

The annual event was attended by an estimated quarter million people and celebrates the incredible diversity, humanity, community concerns, love, and remarkable talents of the LGBTQ community — including their families, friends, and supporters from around the nation and the world.

“If any one is wondering if the United States Credit Czar is flying high as a kite after returning from the ‘Mile High’ city, then wonder no more,” exclaimed David Howe, SubscriberWise founder and USA identity guardian for America’s babies, girls, and boys. “But don’t assume it’s a high from the Colorado- widely-available miracle plant known as Cannabis. Rather, the Credit Czar achieved an unmedicated and blissful high from a weekend of celebration with hundreds of thousands of loving, generous, thoughtful, courageous, and profoundly creative individuals who marched for equity and justice around Denver and the Colorado State Capitol.

“Yes, this year’s Denver gay pride parade and festival was indeed a spectacular event,” continued Howe. “However, among all the VIPs, the colorful parade and grand events, the corporate supporters including Coors, FedEx, Google, HP, Nissan, Sheraton, Target, United Airlines, US Bank, and so many others — the most meaningful thing for Credit Czar was to witness so many families and so many children celebrating inclusion, diversity, tolerance, and acceptance for all.

“But we must keep in mind that there is also a serious side to gay pride festivals here and around the world,” insisted Howe. “The serious side involves the struggle for civil and human rights – and the rights of every human being for that matter. Yes, it’s critical that each of us remember our nation’s dark and shameful past with bigotry, hatred, and injustice against our fellow citizens so that we’re not condemned to repeat it.

“June is LGBTQ pride month and celebrations take place all over the USA and the world,” added Howe. “The catalyst for gay pride is to honor the Stonewall riots in Manhattan decades ago and, in particular, the incredibly strong and courageous individuals who fought for their rights and the rights of others. Moreover, it’s a time to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the incredible and continuous impacts from the LGBTQ community on the inhabitants of the world.

“Yes, I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to join the cause – and the celebration — in Denver 2018,” the United States Credit Czar concluded.

About SubscriberWise

SubscriberWise® launched as the first issuing consumer reporting agency exclusively for the cable industry in 2006. The company filed extensive documentation and end-user agreements to access TransUnion’s consumer database. In 2009, SubscriberWise and TransUnion announced a joint marketing agreement for the benefit of America’s cable operators (http://newsroom.transunion.com/transunion-and-subscriberwise-announce-joint-marketing-agreement). Today SubscriberWise is a risk management preferred-solutions provider for the National Cable Television Cooperative (www.subscriberwise.com/nctc).

SubscriberWise contributions to the communications industry are quantified in the billions of dollars annually.

SubscriberWise is a U.S.A. federally registered trademark of the SubscriberWise Limited Liability Co.

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Rob Hudock Wins Best of Los Angeles Award- “BEST EMPLOYMENT DEFENSE ATTORNEY- 2018”

Rob Hudock

BoLAA 2018 Winner— Hudock Employment Law Group

LOS ANGELES , CA, UNITED STATES, June 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rob Hudock of the prestigious outfit Hudock Employment Law Group has won the Best of Los Angeles Award for “BEST EMPLOYMENT DEFENSE ATTORNEY- 2018”, according to Aurora DeRose, award coordinator for the Best of Los Angeles Award community.

An acclaimed and highly respected attorney, Rob Hudock, has a proven track record of protecting California employers, and operates a comprehensive practice that covers the six key areas of employment law that include: wage and hour, harassment/discrimination/retaliation, wrongful termination, employment consulting, employment agreements, and employee leave.

“California employment laws are confusing and complex. Hudock Law has proven litigation and consulting expertise in multiple areas of employment law,” Hudock explains. “As an employer, you need an experienced, intelligent, and determined advocate to litigate employment matters on your behalf—someone to assuage your fears so you can focus your time and energy on your business.”

With over seventeen years of experience as an attorney, and over twelve years dedicated specifically to representing employers in employment law matters, Hudock is a passionate advocate on his clients’ behalf. Clients trust his thoughtful, creative approach that has turned “lost causes” into winners. Hudock has a track record of achieving favorable results others believed were not possible.

“I have defended employers against virtually every type of individual and class action employment claim, from inception through resolution, in state and federal courts, administrative forums (e.g., EEOC, California DLSE and DFEH), and arbitration,” Hudock continues. “My experience includes successful jury, bench, and administrative trials, as well as appeals in the California Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court.”

The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community was formed three years ago and consists of over 3,900 professional members living and working in Southern California. It celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles with a slogan “No Ads. No B.S. Only the Best.”

“The mission of the community is to celebrate the best of Los Angeles, and allow its community members to connect with other members who share the highest standards of quality and integrity,” said DeRose.

Hudock Employment Law Group
515 S Flower St #1220
Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA
213-418-9444

www.hudockemploymentlaw.com

Aurora DeRose
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THE CITIZEN, A Poignant and Rigorous Portrait of 21st Century Immigration, Opens Friday July 6 at Metrograph

THE CITIZEN is a “poignant drama” – Chicago Reader

First-time actor Cake-Baly, who brings breathtaking grace and nuance to the role

A culturally biased citizenship exam promises to be the undoing of African immigrant Wilson (Cake-Baly, who brings breathtaking grace and nuance to the role).

In the midst of the current refugee crisis and Hungary’s role in it,THE CITIZEN is more than brave to touch upon this issue that both divides and dominates the current European landscape of politics.”

— ANNA BATORI – East European Film Bulletin

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — EXLUSIVE ONE WEEK ENGAGEMENT

NEW YORK CITY – July 6-12, 2018
The Metrograph
Other cities to follow.

THE CITIZEN / Az allampolgar
A Poignant and Rigorous Portrait of 21st Century Immigration
2017/109 mins/Color/DCP
An ArtMattan Films release

Beginning Friday July 6, Metrograph will present the exclusive NY theatrical run of The Citizen. The story follows Wilson, a political refugee from Guinea Bissau, as he attempts to find his place in Hungarian society. He decides to acquire the Hungarian citizenship and meets history teacher Mary. Their interaction takes an unexpected turn…a situation further complicated by his paternal feelings for a fellow immigrant.

At a time of ethno-nationalist rhetoric and refugee crisis headlines, Hungarian director Roland Vranik's deft, tender third feature, offers an austere powerhouse work using mostly nonprofessional performers. The Citizen is palpably connected to the most morally serious tradition of European cinema—the screenplay is co-written by the legendary Iván Szabo—while the movie’s combination of rigor and compassion beg comparison to Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

Publicity Contacts:
Diarah N'Daw-Spech, ArtMattan Films – info@africanfilm.com

ABOUT ARTMATTAN FILMS
ArtMattan Films celebrates in 2018 twenty six years of exposing US audiences to a large variety of films about the human experience of people of color in many parts of the world. Films released by ArtMattan Films include Kirikou and the Sorceress, The Tracker, Gospel Hill, Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, The Pirogue and most recently Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba. More info at http://www.AfricanFilm.com. Commercial DVDs released by ArtMattan Films are available at AfricanDiasporaDVD.com

Diarah N'Daw-Spech
ArtMattan Films
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Cuomo Denies Disabled Basic Protections & Equal Access to 911 Medical & Police Services

Gov. Cuomo has looked the other way for years as many extremely vulnerable people die because staff did not call 911

Emergency Legislation Must be Passed Now to Ensure Equal Rights & Protect 1,000,000 New Yorkers with Disabilities

Governor Andrew Cuomo has failed to protect and ensure the equal rights of our most vulnerable. No longer can people with disabilities be denied equal access to 911 medical and police services.”

— Michael Carey – Advocate for people with disabilities and their families

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Governor Andrew Cuomo has failed to protect and ensure the equal rights of our most vulnerable. No longer can people with disabilities be denied equal access to 911 medical & police services and assistance. The 911 Civil Rights Bill S4736D/A6830C will end decades of discrimination and finally provide swift emergency assistance and save countless lives.

Cameras are in place everywhere to deter crimes and to catch criminals, yet Governor Cuomo has failed to take these basic steps to protect our most vulnerable. S5089/A10845 ensures that cameras will finally be installed in facilities caring for people with disabilities.

The New York Times exposed systemic rampant abuse and neglect through their “Abused and Used” investigative reporting series and these two basic steps to save lives, prevent sexual assaults, and catch sexual predators have not been put in place yet, the question is why has Governor Cuomo looked the other way?

http://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/nyregion/abused-and-used-series-page.html

The recent tragic death of 34 year old Christopher Blair in a State facility as reported in the New York Times occurred because he was denied 911 emergency medical assistance. Christopher’s preventable death should catapult the 911 Civil Rights Bill to passage.

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/08/us/ap-us-protecting-the-disabled.html

New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie must ensure that both the 911 Civil Rights Bill & Camera Bill, which have massive bi-partisan support, are swiftly brought to the floor for a vote. New York State's legislative leaders must do what is right now because Governor Cuomo abandoned people with disabilities.

Currently, approximately 7,800 calls are reported to the State abuse hotline every month and between 11-13 deaths on average every day. Emergency reform bills are ready to go that will dramatically reduce crimes and deaths. Staff not calling 911 regarding medical emergencies is the number one known reason for what are being called “untimely” deaths, but in most cases these are negligent and preventable deaths. It is an outrageous injustice to sit by a do nothing as so many women and children are victims of sexual assault or rape by State and private caregivers. Almost all reported sexual assault and rape cases are being kept by the State from local police and county elected District Attorney’s and the sexual predators are protected from prosecution.

These vital reform bills will get these crimes to the rightful authorities and provide the tools to prosecute the Larry Nassar’s within the system that are preying on and victimizing our most vulnerable. Thousands of sexual assaults are occurring annually within New York State’s extremely dangerous mental health care system.

The New York Times Editorial Board called on Governor Cuomo to bring these basic safety reforms over four and a half years ago, but they were ignored.

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/opinion/protecting-the-most-vulnerable.html

Now is the time that the New York State legislature must act and take the responsibility to end the unequal treatment of denying people with disabilities 911 first responder services. Now is the time to put in place the strongest tools to prevent crimes and to be able to prosecute people that harm the disabled.

Michael Carey
The Jonathan Carey Foundation
(518) 852-9377
email us here

The incredible life and tragic preventable death of Jonathan Carey, who was disabled, had autism, was non-verbal & only 13 when he was killed by his caregivers


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