Dear Zimbabwe Military: It's time for military diplomacy

Being a fugitive is not just physical but mental, it's about civil liberties.”

— Juergen T. Steinmetz, Chairman, ICTP

NEW YORK, NY, USA, November 16, 2017 / — Zimbabwe is facing a new reality after military intervention and the removal of their longtime president Robert Mugabe.

It's time for military diplomacy to show the people friendly side of the Zimbabwe Military. This is a message echoed by senior travel and tourism leaders from around the world.

The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) [ ] Founder and President Louis D’Amore expressed concern and solidarity with Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi and his family as he faces being a fugitive as a result of the military intervention in Zimbabwe.

Juergen Steinmetz, the Chairman of the Hawaii, Brussels, Seychelles and Bali based International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) [ ] with tourism board members in more than 70 countries said:

"Well-meaning Revolutions do not eat their children nor criminalize them, let alone their best. Mzembi is an excellent diplomat, an international citizen of repute, incarcerating him when he is Zimbabwe's best option for dialogue and diplomacy out of this crisis kills common sense. He is still legitimately the chief diplomat of his country and sending him on the run ruins an opportunity for trade-offs and concessions and ultimately the attainment of sustainable peace and stability and legitimacy of what the Military is trying to sell to the world.

"Being a fugitive is not just physical but mental, it's about civil liberties. Civilians do not need armored cars nor high-performance guns to engage them as was the case with the inordinate show of force with the capture of the Zimbabwe Minister of Finance Dr. Chombo.

"It's time for military diplomacy to show the people friendly side of the Military."

Yesterday, ICTP President Professor Geoffrey Lipman said: “We are watching current events in Zimbabwe, independently and objectively, with no partisan interest.

"However, we do know those strange things happen in uncertain times and we want to go on record for the well being of Walter Mzembi – until recently a very active Tourism Minister and latterly Foreign Minister of Zimbabwe.

"We have known and admired Dr. Mzembi for years and have watched as he has traveled the globe representing his country with skill, dignity, and pride, most recently in an honorable quest for Secretary General of UNWTO.

"We call on the global travel community to join us in our best wishes and support for our friend Walter and his family.”

The Peace Through Tourism chief, Louis D’Amore, added: “Dr. Mzembi has been a friend of IIPT since 2010 when we first met at World Travel Market and then collaborated during the IIPT Fifth African Conference in Lusaka regarding the successful joint proposal of Zambia and Zimbabwe to co-host the UNWTO 20th General Assembly at Victoria Falls Zambia and subsequently regarding the ‘IIPT Great Falls Peace Parks Initiative’ planned for 2018.”

Dr. Mzembi honorably represented Zimbabwe this past year as one of the leading candidates for the position of UNWTO Secretary-General with the endorsement of the African Union. He has also been a creative contributor to sustainable tourism strategies and development in Zimbabwe and all of Africa as United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Regional Commission for Africa Chairperson; Chairman of the Southern Africa Development Community Committee of Tourism Ministers; UNWTO Executive Council Member UNWTO Co-President of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly; and a three-time President of the Africa Travel Association.

Hon. Dr. Mzembi is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including African Tourism Minister of the Year; African Tourism Investment Awards; Africa Leadership and Inspiration Award; Brand Leadership Award and others.

Dr. Mzembi will be a keynote speaker at the UNWTO – IIPT Global Summit: Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace announced this past week at World Travel Market, being held in Montreal, August 27-30, 2018.

IIPT Founder D'Amore urges travel and tourism leaders throughout the world to join with UNWTO, ICTP and IIPT in support and solidarity with, Hon. Walter Mzembi and his family during this challenging time in Zimbabwe.

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Tamica Goree Helps People Identify Signs of Domestic Violence

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES, November 16, 2017 / — We all know someone who was abused at some point in their lives, but the truth is that most of us don’t notice until it’s too late, and when we do notice, we have no idea how to help the abused.

Tamica Goree, a Phoenix residence, has been involved in actions meant to help the victims of abuse in the past three years. While she worked as a volunteer, she noticed that no matter the type of abuse, the signs remain the same.

Now she is helping victims of abuse and educate others on how to spot red flags that might give away that a loved one is being abused.

"There are many instances where family or friends could have stepped in and helped stop the violence if they had noticed the warning signs. It's not their fault because sometimes the victim and the abuser hide what is really going on."

Tamica Goree also speaks about the relationship between the abuser and the abused. At some point, it is very hard to simply take someone out of an abusive relationship, because abusers make sure victims believe they deserve the abuse, and they destroy their self-esteem through lies and manipulation.

This is why it’s important for family and friends to realize they don’t have to push someone from an abusive relationship. They have to help their loved ones realize on their own that they’re being manipulated and that they do have a choice.

"In any situation or discussion, I stress these words: 'No matter what you decide to do. I will support you, and I will be here for you whenever you need me.”

Tamica Goree also speaks about how domestic violence occurs. Despite what most people believe, violence is found everywhere, and one in four women will experience at least one incident of violence in their lives, and over 74% of people in the United States witness domestic violence.

The volunteer also speaks about how important it is to help victims of abuse realize that they aren’t alone. She also recommends that they put together an escape plan, especially if there are children involved. There is always hope.

"The important thing to know is that you're not alone.There are plenty of professionals in the Phoenix area that can help you. It's their job to give advice and provide the necessary resources to help you approach the loved one, but also help them when they want the help."

Tamica also adds that the bond between the abuser and the abused is usually so strong that it takes anywhere between seven and twelve attempts to get out from an abusive home. An inability to pack and leave everything behind the first time is extremely normal

Women shouldn’t feel weak or discouraged when they try to convince themselves to leave, yet they often have second thoughts. In many cases, an abuser is a person who once respected their victim. As a result, they plant seeds of doubt in their perception of abuse as well.

"Leaving can be the most dangerous time in an abusive relationship.Leaving takes thoughtful planning, requires established long-term support, and needs to be done safely."

Tamica also speaks about the expectations that family and friends have regarding leaving their abusive past behind and how hard it is when there are children involved too.

On top of this, when family and friends get a little too involved and pushy, they actually end up disempowering the people they should empower by taking responsibility for a battle that isn’t theirs.

Tamica Goree has helped many identify the signs of abuse and help their loved one going through domestic violence, and there are many other volunteers like her in the Phoenix area who are ready to lend a hand to someone in need.

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Lejoi Reese of Brave Chick to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 16, 2017 / — All over the world women find themselves in abusive relationships causing agonizing despair. They desperately need the support of family, friends and therapists to get them through these painful times. But what if what they wear can help to give them a sense of empowerment and lead to healing?

Lejoi Reese is a designer and founder of Brave Chick. Her personally-crafted, hand-made jewelry embodies a pivotal movement against domestic violence. Lejoi’s one-of-a-kind jewelry is created with semi-precious stones containing powerful healing energies that help woman achieve a positive sense of courage and fearlessness.

“Brave Chick is a movement about empowering women,” says Lejoi. “My jewelry helps them exude confidence and feel self-assured every time they wear their pieces.

Brave Chick also gives back to the community. Ten percent of the company’s proceeds are donated to national and local anti-domestic abuse organizations and non-profits that support women’s issues.

“Even if you have not been personally involved in an abusive situation you probably know someone who has. That’s one of my biggest motivations to keep this movement growing,” says Lejoi. “There’s a tremendous number of brave chicks in the world and I want them to feel a part of something awe-inspiring that connects all of us.”

Lejoi attended Rhode Island School of Design where she received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts, and eventually obtained a position as a Design Director for a fashion and home furnishing company making, producing, selling, and designing custom fabric. Although it was extremely rewarding work Lejoi craved more self-expression with her own artistic style.

Lejoi was also enduring domestic violence and abuse leading to depression until she eventually liberated herself by finding the inner strength to escape. This sense of accomplishment inspired her to develop Brave Chick, not only to pursue her creative dreams through designing beautiful jewelry, but also to inspire other women to overcome domestic abuse as she did.

“One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that it’s ok to ask people for help and support,” explains Lejoi. “It was an extremely tough lesson for me since I had always tried to project how strong I was. I realized I needed the support of loved ones to get me through and remind me of my true identity.”

Lejoi is also active on social media with a FB group entitled “The Brave Chick Movement” which serves to candidly network with other women who desire to share heart felt issues, concepts, and inspire solidarity and support for one another.

CUTV News Radio will feature Lejoi Reese in an interview with Jim Masters on November 20th at 3pm EST.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have any questions for our guest please call (347) 996-3389.

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CCHR Florida Presents Humanitarian Award to an Attorney Dedicated to Stopping Mental Health Abuses

Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida, presented the 2017 Humanitarian Award to Attorney Mr. Justin Drach

Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida, presented the 2017 Humanitarian Award to Attorney Mr. Justin Drach

A prominent Florida attorney was presented with the CCHR Humanitarian Award for his work to expose and prevent fraudulent involuntary psychiatric examinations.

It should not be legal for a child to be taken into custody and sent for involuntary psychiatric examination when the child does not meet the criteria for a Baker Act,”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 15, 2017 / — A prominent Florida attorney was presented with the CCHR Humanitarian Award during a banquet held at the historic Fort Harrison in downtown Clearwater for his work to expose and prevent fraudulent involuntary psychiatric examinations known as Baker Acts.

Hundreds of guests attended the 2nd Annual Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Humanitarian Awards Banquet for the purpose of honoring the many dedicated volunteers and supporters of CCHR for their work in the field of mental health reform.

The guest of honor, and recipient of the 2017 CCHR Humanitarian Award, was Jacksonville attorney Mr. Justin Seth Drach for his work to end unlawful Baker Acting of men, woman and children in Florida.

In accepting the award, Mr. Drach said, “Today, in Florida, one of the greatest evils is fraudulent Baker Acts. I make no bones about it, there is an epidemic of greed and abuse in medicine, especially the treatment of mental illness.”

While the original intent of the Baker Act was to ensure patient rights and prevent abuse, the Annual Report of Baker Act Data, revealed in March that in the 15 years from 2001 to 2016, involuntary examinations more than doubled, a 105.50% increase, and that 32,475 of these initiations were on children. Even more disturbing is that the mental health law allows for a child to be Baker Acted without parental knowledge.

Spearheading a campaign at the beginning of 2016 to put an end to this violation of parental rights, CCHR Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog working to expose human rights violations in the field of mental health and dedicated to the protection of children, has worked to educate families on their rights under the law at hundreds of community events reaching almost 150,000 families in the Tampa Bay area in addition to calling upon Florida lawmakers to eliminate the unjust Baker Acting of children.

“It should not be legal for a child to be taken into custody and sent for involuntary psychiatric examination without parental knowledge when the child does not meet the criteria for a Baker Act, yet this is what is happening in Florida,” said Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida.

Stating that Florida is a target-rich environment for corporations looking to squeeze profits from filled beds and that the mental health act is weak, Mr. Drach called upon those in attendance to empathize with the mother, father, son, or daughter who has been locked behind steel doors because they have good insurance, or because the state of Florida will subsidize their bed and asked them to contribute to the legacy of putting an end to the atrocities of mental health abuse.

For more information on CCHR’s campaign to eliminate inappropriate Baker Acting of children please visit 5 Simple Steps to Help Protect Your Child at, or contact CCHR at 727-442-8820 or visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave in Clearwater, Florida.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, 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 please visit

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Anonymous and free online tool empowers women and men victims to come forward as an united force against repeat offenders of work-related sexual harassment

Sexual harassment at work is a critical and widespread problem that needs to be addressed now more than ever. Our goal is to bring the number of unreported cases down to zero by leveraging technology.”

— Elisabeth Mouchy and Sarah Burgaud

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, UNITED STATES, November 14, 2017 / — San Francisco, November 13, 2017 – INSTANCES today announced the launch of the first anonymous secure global online platform to combat work-related sexual harassment based on the identification and reporting of repeat offenders.

According to research, 52% of women and 10% of men have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. At the same time, more than 70% of work-related sexual harassment goes unreported with victims often feeling helpless with nobody to talk to and nowhere to go.


INSTANCES is an online tool that offers a safe, convenient and private way to encourage victims (women and men) to report incidents of work-related sexual harassment, including:
* Reporting of Sexual Harassment Incidents: Victims who access the free tool can anonymously report any type of work-related sexual harassment, including identifying the alleged perpetrator.
* Matching Alleged Offenders – If INSTANCES identifies more than three reports on the same perpetrator, the tool notifies all of the victims to help them gain the strength to notify someone, including their companies, law enforcement, an association or friend, to get help.
* Protecting Victims Confidentiality – INSTANCES never discloses any information that is reported by the users of its platform. The privacy of the victim is 100% confidential and protected at all times. The name of the alleged perpetrator also remains anonymous to all parties (INSTANCES team).

Sexual harassment at work is a critical and widespread problem that needs to be addressed now more than ever. Our goal is to bring the number of unreported cases down to zero by leveraging technology” said Elisabeth Mouchy & Sarah Burgaud, co-founders of INSTANCES.
“By breaking down the barriers that prevent victims from telling their stories, INSTANCES aims to provide a safe and secure place to report incidents and help put an end work-related sexual harassment.”

This is INSTANCES first stand to hold society accountable, to hold harassers accountable, to hold employers accountable. INSTANCES strongly believes that by holding everyone accountable, we are working together to prevent sexual harassment in the future. Because we need a world free of work-related sexual harassment, let’s all take a stance and build this world for future generations together!

INSTANCES has built an innovative tool for social change. We empower victims of work-related sexual harassment to use the power of technology to fight back. INSTANCES is a dedicated, confidential intermediary platform collecting data about incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace and identifying repeat perpetrators. By empowering victims to come forward against repeat offenders, INSTANCES aims to be the first step for many victims to get a voice and report a crime.
INSTANCES has been founded in San Francisco by a team of 4 Co-founders – 2 women and 2 men – lead by Elisabeth Mouchy and Sarah Burgaud.
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Intermountain Foundation Again Named ‘High Performer’

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, November 13, 2017 / — For the third consecutive year, Intermountain Foundation has been honored by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) for its exemplary performance in raising funds for its local communities’ health needs. Intermountain Foundation is one of only 51 organizations throughout North America recognized as a “High Performer,” based on analysis in the most recent AHP benchmarking database. High performers represent the top 25 percent of all reporting organizations.

Each year, participating hospital foundations complete a survey that collects detailed information on organizational performance, including fundraising revenue, expenses, and details on specific fundraising programs and staff involvement. AHP analyzes this submitted data and defines high performance as those organizations that are in the 75th percentile for net production.

“To dignify the generous investments made through us, we continually strive to maintain Intermountain Foundation as a donor-centric, best-practice model, representing unique opportunities to impact lives within one of the finest health systems in the country,” said David Flood, Intermountain Foundation President and System Chief Development Officer. “This continued designation confirms that we continue to make significant progress to inspire grateful patients and visionary donors to help drive Intermountain Healthcare’s efforts to transform healthcare.”

About the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) is an international professional organization dedicated exclusively to developing the men and women who encourage charity in North America's health care organizations. Established in 1967, AHP is the source for education, networking, information and research in health care philanthropy.

About Intermountain Foundation
Intermountain Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports Intermountain Healthcare’s not-for-profit system of hospitals. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain Foundation, visit

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Igor Sychev: I couldn’t achieve any justice in Russia

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Former top-manager of Phosagro Igor Sychev: "I couldn’t achieve any justice in Russia"

RIGA, LATVIA, November 14, 2017 / — Igor Sychev: I couldn’t achieve any justice in Russia

Two persons persecuted in Russia, Igor Sychev and Olga Litvinenko, were heard out recently by members of the Latvian parliamentarian group “For the support of Russia’s civil society”.

Igor Sychev, former top manager of Phosagro, was forced to flee from Russia, leaving his family there, after the conflict with the owners of company, closely related with the political elite of Russia.

The conflict started after I. Sychev didn’t receive the agreed remuneration for defending Phosagro interests in court. This was dispute of previous court decisions for fines on tax avoidance and the first case in history of Russian court system, when the state paid compensation to the accused company.

“They tried to deal with me several times. Somebody tried to fake car accidents but surprisingly I stayed alive. Several investigations confirmed that the car was damaged before the drive. Criminal proceedings were also initiated against me. My passport was taken away so that I couldn’t run away,” explained I. Sychev.
The parcel of shares of “Phosagro” belongs to billionaire Andrey Guryev, whereas at least 10% of the company shares belong to Vladimir Litvinenko, who was the manager of Vladmir Putin’s political campaign in 2000 and 2004.

Olga Litvinenko is the former Member of St. Petersburg’s Parliament, who has been granted political asylum in Poland. She is persecuted since 2011, after conflict with her father Vladimir Litvinenko, a close friend of Vladimir Putin's.

“From my own experience I can say that even if you are a deputy in Russia but do not support the dominant authority there is nothing you can do. I had colleagues who humanly understood me but refused to protest against the dominant authority because everybody has been intimidated,” O. Litvinenko said to deputies.

Igor Sychev and Olga Litvinenko were heard out by members of the Latvian parliamentarian group “For the support of Russia’s civil society”.Juris Vilums and Martins Sics, as well as by two deputies of Riga City Council – Juta Strike and Krisjanis Feldmanis.

The Members of Parliament of Latvia (Saeima) expressed a desire to seek for chances to help every emigrant from Russia who has arrived in Latvia due to being persecuted by the dominant authority, including making the topic about using the “Magnitsky law”, which establishes sanctions to violator’s of human rights from Russia, urgent. Vilums also emphasized that would like to help Russian speaking people to find out information about events in Russia not only from the federal channels of Russia.

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As UN Review Sri Lanka – TGTE Submits a Memo Highlighting Continued Persecution of Tamils & Urges UN Monitors Deployed

TGTE Urges UN to Deploy UN Human Rights Monitors to Ensure Tamil’s Safety

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, November 13, 2017 / —

As the United Nations – Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – begins it's review of Sri Lanka's human rights record, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) submitted a memo highlighting continued persecution of Tamils and urge the UN Human Rights Council to deploy UN Human Rights Monitors in Tamil areas to ensure Tamil's safety and to refer Sri Lanka to UN General Assembly, recommending UN Security Council to refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC).

Main points in the Memo are:

1) Justice for victims of War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide is Denied.
2) Rape Camps run by Sri Lankan Security Forces, where Tamil women are held as Sex Slaves.
3) Plight of the “Disappeared”.
4) Tamil Prisoners of War (POW).
5) Military occupation of Tamil Lands.
6) Very large Military presence in Tamil areas.
7) Tamil’s safety in danger.
8) Restrictions on Freedom of Expression (6th Amendment restrictions).



Getting Justice for victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide received a setback due to Sri Lankan Government’s unwillingness to prosecute civilian and security forces for have committed mass killings of Tamils and rape. According to UN Internal Review Report on Sri Lankan up to 70 thousand Tamils were killed in six monthsin 2009 and scores of Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by Sri Lankan Security forces.

UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) got involved to bring justice to these abuses and Resolution (30/1) was cosponsored by Sri Lanka in the September 2015 Session of the UNHRC and Sri Lanka committed to bring perpetrators to face justice by March 2017, in a hybrid court consisting of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators.

But Sri Lanka reneged in its commitment and came to UNHRC in March 2017 to seek extension of two years, which was granted. But the Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister have already rejected one of the main conditions of the UNHRC Resolution of establishing a Hybrid Court with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators.

The current President, who as Acting Defense Minister during the war had command responsibility and a possible suspect for committing war crimes, crimes against humanity.

Due to Sri Lankan Government unwillingness to bring perpetrators to face justice, Tamil victim’s quest for justice is denied.

Tamils now appeal UN Human Rights Council to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly, along with a recommendation to the UN Security Council that Sri Lanka be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or that an ad-hoc International Criminal Tribunal be created on Sri Lanka, similar to the procedure followed to assure accountability for North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity.

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A recent report by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) ( ) published details of Sri Lankan Military run "Rape Camps", where Tamil women are being held as sex slaves.

The report states the following:

"A senior officer came into the room and was asked to take his pick, like we were meat in a meat market. He looked around and chose me. He took me to another room and raped me"

"Two of the women describe being detained in a group in one room, available for any soldier to come and choosefrom and take to an adjacent room or tent to be raped,"
48 of the victims had been detained under the Government of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and seven of them under the new Government of President Maithripala Sirisena.

ITJP has also provided details of six military men including a major and a lieutenant colonel who are alleged perpetrators of rape and torture in the military.



The plight of thousands of Tamils who were subjected to enforced disappearance, including several who surrendered to the Sri Lankan Security forces, remain unknown for several years.

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe made a statement that thousands of Tamils who surrendered to the Sri Lankan Security forces are no longer alive. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister made this statement on January 15, 2016 in Jaffna, when he spoke at a celebration of Thai Pongal, a Hindu festival. Despite repeated requests by family members of the “disappeared” the Prime Minister refuges to give details about how these “disappeared” were killed and where their remains are.

The relatives have a right to know what had happened to the victims, the relatives are also victims. The denial of the right to know is a violation of article 7, 9, and 10(1) of the convenant. E.Quinteros and M.C. Almeida de Quintero v Uruguay Doc A/38/40


Hundreds of Tamil Prisoners of War (POW) are imprisoned, some for over fifteen years.

They are held primarily under Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which Sri Lankan Government promised to repeal to UN Human Rights Council, but still using PTA to arbitrarily arrest Tamils and detaining.

The current Government gave several assurances that these prisoners will be released. But years have passed without any results.


Large number of private lands belonging to Tamil civilians are forcibly occupied by the Sri Lankan Security forces. Using them to commercial projects like farming, luxury hotels, shops, fishing etc., depriving Tamil’s livelihood.

The above is a deprivation of property without due process. Taking lands belonging to the Tamils on account of their nationality also constitutes a violation of article 2 of the covenant.


According to several independent sources, Tamil areas have a ratio of one soldier for every five civilians, the highest number of soldiers to civilian ratio in the world.

In one Tamil District in the North, the ratio is one Sri Lankan soldier to every two Tamils civilians (Source: Report by think-tank Adayaalam Center for Policy Research).

Eight years have passed since the war came to an end but not a single soldier was brought to justice and the Government is trying to shield the soldiers even from the UN mandated inquiry.

Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister have already rejected one of the main conditions of the UNHRC Resolution of establishing a Hybrid Court with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators.

The current President, who as Acting Defense Minister during the war had command responsibility and a possible suspect for committing war crimes, crimes against humanity

According to the UN, Sri Lankan security forces have committed mass killings and large scale rape of Tamil women. The same security forces that committed these abuses are still stationed in very large numbers in Tamil areas; among the same women they committed sexual violence. Tamil women have to undergo fear and humiliation to live among the soldiers and to see them walking free and enjoying full protection and support of the Government.

The suffering of 90,000 Tamil war widows is continuing, having to live with pain of losing their husbands and to take care of the children with great difficulty and facing threats, intimidation and abuse from the same soldiers who killed their husbands.


Since UN Human Rights Council’s decision to give extension of time to Sri Lanka for the Resolution 30/1, Tamil’s fear for their safety since it embolden and encourage Sri Lankan security forces to commit human rights abuses against Tamils without any fear.

Tens of thousands Sri Lankan Security forces who committed mass killings and sexual violence are still stationed in Tamil areas and live among the victims.

There are numerous reports of current abuses against Tamils, including a recent report by UN Special Reporter on torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Mr. Juan Mendez.

A recent report by Associated Press (AP), highlight the abuses faced by Tamils in a story titled: "Dozens of Men Say Sri Lankan forces raped and tortured them."

To Ensure Tamil’s safety UN is urged to deploy UN Human Rights Monitors in Tamil areas.

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The 6th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution, criminalizes freedom of speech and conscience, guaranteed in Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

This Amendment prohibits peaceful exercise of Tamil’s right to self-determination in the form of an independent state in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 2625 (1970) which is considered as customary law. It denies Tamil’s right to articulate their political aspirations freely and peacefully resulting in Tamils democratic rights curtailed.

Cases in point:

1) The European Court of Human Rights in the cases of Okçuoğlu v. Turkey, and Arslan v. Turkey 8 July 1999 held that convictions for disseminating separatist propaganda violated the guarantee of freedom of expression in the European Convention of Human Rights.

2) In the case of Erdoğdu and Incev.Turkey also July 8, 1999, the Court held that convictions for disseminating propaganda against the indivisibility of the state violated the guarantee of freedom of expression in the Convention.

3) The Court, in the case of Association Ekin v. France held on July 17, 2001 that the banning of a book advocating Basque separatism violated the guarantee of freedom of expression in the Convention.

4) In the case of IsakTepe v. Turkey the Court on October 21, 2008 held that a charge without a conviction for disseminating separatist propaganda violated the guarantee of freedom of expression in the Convention.


1) UN Human Rights Council urged to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly, along with a recommendation to the UN Security Council that Sri Lanka be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or that an ad-hoc International Criminal Tribunal be created on Sri Lanka, similar to the procedure followed to assure accountability for North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity.

2) Repeal Constitution’s Sixth Amendment, so that Tamil’s freedom of expression is restored and Tamils can express their political choice through a Referendum.

3) Close the Rape Camps run by Sri Lankan Security Forces, where Tamil women are held as sex slaves, and charge those military officers in International Criminal Court (ICC).

4) Repeal Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and release Tamil Prisoners of War (POW).

5) Return the Tamil Lands to Tamils.

6) Sri Lankan Prime Minister should give the details of how the disappeared were killed and the whereabouts of their remains.

7) Ensure Tamil’s safety by deploying UN Human Rights Monitors in Tamil areas.


Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka faced repeated mass killings in 1958, 1977, and 1983 and the mass killings in 2009 prompted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a Panel of Experts to report on the scale of the killings.

According to UN internal review report on Sri Lanka, over 70,000 Tamils were killed in six months in early 2009 and Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces. There are over 90,000 Tamil war widows and thousands of Tamils disappeared due the conflict.

According to this UN report, the killings and other abuses that took place amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Independent experts believe that there are elements of these abuses that constitute an act of genocide.

Members of the Sri Lankan security forces are almost exclusively from the Sinhalese community and the victims are all from the Tamil community. A Buddhist Monk shot and killed a Sri Lankan Prime Minister 1959 for having talks with Tamils.

Tamils overwhelmingly voted in a Parliamentary election in 1977 to establish an independent and sovereign country called Tamil Eelam. This Parliamentary election was conducted by the Sri Lankan Government.


Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected Government of a million strong Tamils (from the island of Sri Lanka) living in several countries around the world. TGTE was formed after the mass killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government in 2009.

TGTE twice held internationally supervised elections among Tamils around the world to elect 132 Members of Parliament. It has two champers of Parliament: The House of Representatives and Senate and a Cabinet. It held its Parliamentary sittings among other places in the British and French Parliaments.

TGTE is leading a campaign to realize Tamils’ political aspirations through peaceful, democratic and diplomatic means. The Constitution of the TGTE mandates that it should realize its political objective only through peaceful means.

The Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)is Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, a New York based lawyer.

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Sexual Predator/Pedophile Claims Gov. Cuomo’s System “a predators dream”

NY Times whistle-blower in federal court this week in Syracuse exposing Cuomo’s mental health care system that fails to protect the disabled

Governor Cuomo’s solution, no problem, we’ll just continue to cover-up as much as humanly possible. Now what kind of Governor, or person would do such things?”

— Michael Carey

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 13, 2017 / — Governor Andrew Cuomo is operating a criminal enterprise, a multi-billion dollar a year business and massive Medicaid fraud Ponzi Scheme, where rampant sexual abuse, rape and cover-ups thrive. Famous NY Times Whistle-Blower Jeffrey Monsour was ignored year after year by Governor Cuomo and his actions and in-actions basically make the statement: the hell with people with disabilities and mental health problems and let’s protect sexual predators and criminals instead. It is the perverts, the sexual predators, the pedophiles, the rapists and even worse criminal offenders, those that take the lives of innocent people, that are the ones being protected in Cuomo’s system, not the people with special needs.

Tuesday morning November 14th in Syracuse, New York, at the federal Courthouse, the trial between Jeffrey Monsour and the State of New York will begin. One aspect of the trial will be about “peri care” or female personal hygiene. Simply imagine untrained male staff all over New York State taking care of disabled women’s personal hygiene, their private area, many of whom are non verbal. Imagine male staff transporting female residents that cannot care for themselves or defend themselves, being transported alone in vans with darkened windows and no surveillance cameras. This is only a tip of the iceberg folks of why New York State’s OPWDD system caring for the developmentally disabled, that Jeffrey Monsour has been exposing for over a decade, is extremely dangerous and rampant with sexual abuse and rape. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out this is a recipe for rape and sexual abuse, a recipe for disaster. Governor Cuomo’s solution, no problem, we’ll just continue to cover-up as much as humanly possible. Now what kind of Governor, or person would do such things?

Jeffrey Monsour supplied key State documents that he obtained through Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to Michael Carey, the Founder of the Jonathan Carey Foundation, who in turn supplied them to the New York Times. These State documents called NOD’s for Notices of Discipline painted a clear picture of abusers of people with disabilities being protected and shielded from being fired and from prosecution, but instead shuffled around to other group homes. This reminds everyone of the Catholic Church Sex Scandal that has publicly shamed the church and cost them billions in payouts to victims whom were violated sexually as children

The sick fact is that sexual predators prey on the vulnerable and are good at hiding their evil and criminal deeds. Stephen DeProspero was sexually abusing a child with a disability living in a New York State run group home for close to two years or more, videotaping his actions. Please anyone explain how New York State would allow someone that is not significantly vetted or trained to take this disabled boy back to his home? It is unimaginable that this is going on all over the State of New York, yet it is, and Governor Andrew Cuomo would take no immediate actions in March of 2011, or to date, to stop or prevent the rampant sexual abuse occurring within his agencies?

The pedophile and former New York State employed caregiver mentioned in the title of this press release, that was eventually caught in a federal porn sting, called New York’s system controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo “ a predators dream” . Here is the direct quote from this AP News story written by David Klepper;

“New York State is paying $3 million to the family of developmentally disabled boy repeatedly molested by a staffer at a state-run group home who later wrote that lax supervision at the facility made it "a predator's dream."

Why March of 2011 is mentioned is because this is when the first of a massive series of investigative reports done by the New York Times came out regarding New York’s extremely dangerous and deadly system . Jeffrey Monsour is featured in this report along with Michael Carey, and this massive award winning series was a runner up for a Pulitzer Prize . The person mentioned in the first piece regarding sexual abuse, is Rick Sousie, this is what is quoted in the Times;

“Five years ago, Mr. Sousie, then 47, was working at the home in Hudson Falls, about 50 miles north of Albany. After a co-worker saw him alone and standing between the legs of the severely disabled woman, who was lying on her back, the police were alerted. The victim was taken to the hospital, where a rape kit was administered, and Mr. Sousie was placed on administrative leave.”

Some paragraphs later, his disturbing defense claim, “Mr. Sousie, in an interview, denied that he had been involved in a sexual assault.”

“I was tucking in my shirt, and I got accused of raping a client, that’s what happened,“ he said. When it was pointed out that his lawyer had, as a defense, argued that Mr. Sousie had been masturbating — hence the presence of physical evidence — he conceded, “That’s the defense that we used, yes,” but declined to elaborate.

Following the New York Times “Abused and Used” investigative reporting series there were two follow-ups by the New York Times, one by Danny Hakim and the second by the NY Times Editorial Board. Please read both, they are extremely enlightening. Here is the first link . Here are some damning statements from the second ;

“Two-and-a-half years ago, The Times reported horrifying abuse of people with developmental disabilities or mental illnesses by state employees, who were rarely punished for it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised action. But too little appears to have changed.”

“There is much the governor could do. He could require surveillance cameras in these facilities, just as prisons have them. He could make sure that the police get more involved.”

So why would Governor Cuomo practically ignore everyone? Governor Cuomo ignored well known advocates and whistle-blowers Michael Carey and Jeff Monsour, but more importantly he ignored the safety, health, equal rights and lives of 1,000,000 New Yorkers with disabilities and their families. Governor Cuomo ignored the New York Times investigative reporting series and took no decisive actions to stop or prevent the rampant sexual abuse, rapes or cover-ups. Governor Cuomo has ignored and violated his oath of office to the Constitution and has blatantly denied people with disabilities equal access to 911 call systems and emergency medical and police assistance, as well as denied them their rights to equal protection of laws.

New York State documents also obtained through FOIL dating back to 2005 reveal that the New York State OMRDD/OPWDD system has a culture of sexual abuse, rape and cover-ups. Thousands of reported sex crimes committed against the disabled are never reported to local police or District Attorney’s and are disappearing within the system that former Attorney General Cuomo and now Governor Cuomo has protected with a vengeance . State data, as well as this well known study found on the State of Massachusetts website titled, Prevalence of Violence, point to possibly one third of developmentally disabled residents within Governor Cuomo’s OPWDD system are being sexually assaulted annually. In a system of 126,000 developmentally disabled children and adults, many of whom cannot speak to tell anyone anything, there are upwards of 43,000 victims every year. Try to wrap your mind around the scope of what I am bringing to your attention.

Governor Cuomo because of the scope of the money involved, the power and the vital need to control everything, in his mind he had to make to decision to control all public records, what would get out or not, all damaging information that could hurt him or his agencies and further expose these crimes. So this is exactly what Gov. Cuomo did, he took decisive actions to control public records and have FOIL request go to his attorney’s at the Capital . Gov. Cuomo did this to hide and conceal State documents and records, evidence of crimes, specifically as reported because of the New York Times “Abused and Used” investigative reporting series that used many State documents to expose the State.

The Criminal Conspiracy also surrounds the governor’s fraudulent Justice Center that is hiding and concealing documents and evidence of sex crimes and many other types of crimes, including homicides, from local police so that criminal investigations in most cases cannot happen. No 911 call, no tape of the reported crime, no police report, no independent medical report , no criminal investigation, then it didn’t happen is how New York State is operating under Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo knows full well about these atrocities, he has protected most of the criminals involved and he has taken no significant actions to stop or prevent any of these sex crimes or criminal cover-ups. Governor Cuomo must be investigated and criminally charged as soon as possible.

No longer can 911 and local police be bypassed. 911 call systems must be immediately called by all mandated reporters regarding all sexual abuse and obviously all other crimes and medical emergencies. Donate to support this vital Civil Rights Movement for the disabled and their families, but also for our country and the world, the maltreatment and unequal treatment of the disabled is an international societal problem that must be addressed now. People with disabilities are equal and just as valuable and precious as anyone else- period.

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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Rising Advantage of Public Private Partnership in India Market 2017 – Opportunity, Driving Trends and deep study.

Rising Advantage of Public Private Partnership in India Market 2017 – Current and Future Plans

PUNE, INDIA, November 13, 2017 / — Examining and Harnessing Opportunities under Transportation Projects – Roads & Highways, Power, Railways, MRTS, Airports, Ports, Irrigation, Education and Healthcare Segment in India

Of all the sectors within infrastructure, transport has received the highest sum in the 2017–18 budget — US$35 billion — much of it aimed at improving safety, cleanliness and comfort for rail passengers. Among the top priorities are a passenger safety fund, an end to unmanned level crossings on broad gauge lines, solar power for more than 7000 railway stations, bio-toilets in all coaches, and an extensive station development and refurbishment plan, including access for differently-abled people through elevators and escalators.


Government in India is striving for balancing fiscal prudence with economic growth and this boost is likely to enthuse more private investments especially in the infrastructure segment and the case for PPP projects scores up. Simply for a reason to increase the private investment the environment offered for such capital intensive segments do demand risk hedging which PPP does provide. However, PPP in so far status have had mixed response with initial years witnessing a limited success and that too local to roads & highways and power sector only. When we factor in a US$1.5 billion recapitalization of public banks — with further funds promised — then hopefully there should be more credit available to fund essential projects which fall under the infra segment.

Key Queries Resolved:
What is the opportunity size as per investments under different segments which are apt for PPP model in India?
What shall be the opportunity under PPP model and tracking projects on state wise basis for irrigation & dam segment?
What shall be the opportunity under under PPP model and tracking projects on state wise basis for Railways and MRTS systems?
What shall be the opportunity under PPP model on state wise basis for roads & highways segment?
What shall be the opportunity under PPP model and tracking projects on state wise basis for ports & airports segment?
What shall be the opportunity under PPP model and tracking projects on state wise basis for conventional power and renewable segment and new sector of energy efficiency and electric vehicle promoting projects ?
What shall be the region wise best state for PPP projects in India under different segments in India
Why PPP model can be viable for future in India as per budgetary allocations in India?

Key Highlights:
Examining the performance review and understanding dynamics of PPP Projects in India
Evaluating key challenges under seamless implementation of PPP projects in India
Impact of Government schemes for SAUBHGHYA & EVs upon the PPP segment
Examining region wise best state for PPP projects in India
Examining PPP Opportunity in Railways Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
Examining PPP Opportunity in Roads & Highways Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
Examining PPP Opportunity in Conventional & Renewable Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
Examining PPP Opportunity in Healthcare Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022

Contents and Coverage
Current Status Track of PPP Model in India & its Adaptation
PPP & Rising Infrastructure Investments
Aligning PPP into Areas to make genuine Difference by Private Players in India
Inefficiencies in Infrastructure – Limiting Growth & Increasing PPP Opportunity in India
Major Challenges to PPP Implementation in India
Examining PPP Opportunity in Irrigation Sector Delivery in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
Examining PPP Opportunity in Road & Highways Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
Examining PPP Opportunity in Power Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
Examining PPP Opportunity in Railways Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
Examining PPP Opportunity in Airports & Ports Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
Examining PPP Opportunity in Healthcare Sector in India- Upcoming till FY 2022
PPP in Enhancing Social Impact in India
Examining Key Challenges to PPP in India
Projects Database of all Upcoming PPP Projects in India


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