CCHR Says American Psychiatry’s Racism Apology to Minorities is Insufficient

CCHR Says American Psychiatry’s Racism Apology to Minorities is Insufficient

The American Psychiatric Association issued an apology for its role in perpetrating racism, but the Task Force Against Racism and Modern-Day Eugenics says it should be rejected because it could open the door to more psychiatric abuse

The American Psychiatric Association issued an apology for perpetrating racism, but Task Force Against Racism and Modern-Day Eugenics says it should be rejected

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — After more than 175 years, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has issued a formal apology for what it says is psychiatry’s “role in perpetrating structural racism” and “history of actions… that hurt Black, Indigenous, and People of Color” (BIPOC).[1] Responding to the statement, the Task Force Against Racism & Modern Day Eugenics, established by mental health industry watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), says the apology should be rejected as insufficient. The APA needs to provide specifics similar to what the German psychiatric association did when it publicly apologized in 1999 and 2010 for its role in the Holocaust, spokesperson Rev. Fred Shaw says.

The APA’s statement says psychiatrists had subjected indigenous people to “abusive treatment, experimentation, victimization in the name of ‘scientific evidence,’ along with racialized theories that attempted to confirm their [mental/intellectual] deficit status.” It admits that it failed to declare support for the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka lawsuit in 1954, which abolished racial segregation in schools. APA also didn’t support major civil rights legislation and its members diagnosed more Black than White patients with schizophrenia—something that CCHR has exposed for decades, including an official report released in 1994. This led to an over-representation of Blacks being prescribed antipsychotics.

CCHR’s Task Force Against Racism & Modern-Day Eugenics was formed in support of the 2020 protests against racism throughout the U.S. It was critical of the APA for failing to admit to its role in racism but, instead, asserting racism causes a host of mental disorders that require more access to treatment.[2] Rev. Shaw, president of the NAACP Inglewood-South Bay, California branch, who helped found the Task Force, which comprises over 80 African American community leaders, says: “These are the people that laid the medical model for modern racism, who backed the eugenics theory of Black inferiority and never truly considered Blacks as human. Now, they want to pour gasoline on the fire by finding another way to capitalize and maximize on Black suffering. They redefined the effects of oppression as a ‘mental illness’ that they needed to ‘treat.’ We’ve seen this before.”

CCHR said it had asked the APA in 2013 to issue a public apology to those impacted by mental health eugenics policies, of which racism is one—steeped in false claims that certain races were inferior and shouldn’t be allowed to procreate. CCHR’s demand followed campaigning for the German psychiatric association (DGPPN) to publicly apologize and admit to its role in Nazi psychiatric euthanasia and killing centers during WWII. In 1999, DGPPN admitted that Nazi psychiatrists had “observed and controlled the selection of those to be killed” and “laid the scientific foundations of the euthanasia.”[3]

In 2010, Prof. Frank Schneider, President of the DGPPN, further broke the society’s 70-year silence and apologized for psychiatrists that had forced patients “to be sterilized, arranged their deaths and even performed killings themselves.” Patients were killed either in the gas chambers, from lethal doses of drugs or by prescribed starvation.[4]

However, in 2009, the then APA president refuted Nazi psychiatry’s role in the Holocaust, calling it “patently ridiculous.”[5]

Shaw points to the 1960s, when psychiatrists invented the term “protest psychosis” to describe Blacks participating in the civil rights movement. It was used to stereotype Blacks as aggressive, with claims that Blacks protesting developed delusions and “dangerous aggressive dealings.”[6] Shaw says that unlike the German psychiatric association that revoked all honors of those DGPPN presidents and officers involved in euthanasia/sterilization, there’s been no similar action taken by the APA with this apology.

For example, in 1792, Benjamin Rush, the “father of American psychiatry” declared that Blacks suffered from a “disease” called Negritude, which he theorized derived from leprosy. The “cure” was when their skin turned “white.” Like lepers, Rush said, Blacks needed to be segregated for their own good and to prevent their “infecting” others. Recorded on the Task Force’s website, Rush was a slave owner and provided a “medical model”—still evident today—to rationalize theories that Blacks were able to endure surgical operations and pain with ease compared to whites, labeling this “pathological insensibility.”[7]

In the 1960s-1970s, U.S. federally funded welfare programs enforced coercive sterilization of thousands of poor black women. Under threat of termination of welfare benefits or denial of medical care, many black women “consented” to sterilization procedures. Girls as young as 9 years old were sterilized.[8]
The APA has not officially condemned those U.S. psychiatrists involved in racism.

Rev. Shaw says the Task Force warns those categorized as BIPOC to study the history of psychiatric treatments given them that harmed in the name of mental health care, including psychotropic drugs with debilitating physical and mental side effects, and electroshock treatment. He says: “While the APA president says, ‘we hope to make amends for psychiatry’s history of actions,’ those amends shouldn’t include more damaging treatments and labeling the response to oppression and racism as a ‘mental disease.’

“People need proper and effective healthcare, not damaging drugs and electroshock. Funds should be redirected from psychiatry into safe, accountable non-psychiatric medical care and social programs for our communities.”

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[1] Megan Brooks, “APA Apologizes for Past Support of Racism in Psychiatry,” Medscape, 19 Jan 2019, https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/944352?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=345404PY&impID=3143084&faf=1

[2] https://www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/news-releases/apa-condemns-racism-in-all-forms-calls-for-end-to-racial-inequalities-in-u-

[3] “In Memorium,” German Assoc. for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN), 1999

[4] “Psychiatry under National Socialism – Remembrance and Responsibility,” Speech by Prof. Frank Schneider, Nov. 2020, https://www.dgppn.de/en/Core-areas/psychiatry-in-time-of-National-Socialism/speech-schneider.html#0; Frank Schneider, M.D., “Psychiatry under National Socialism: Remembrance and Responsibility,” European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience Volume 261, Article number: 111 (2011), https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00406-011-0243-1;
“Registered, persecuted, annihilated: the sick and the disabled under National Socialism,” DGPPN, https://www.dgppn.de/en/Core-areas/psychiatry-in-time-of-National-Socialism/travelling-exhibition.html; https://www.dgppn.de/en/Core-areas/psychiatry-in-time-of-National-Socialism/stations-of-the-exhibition-1.html

[5] CCHR letter filed with APA President, Jeffrey Lieberman, incoming APA president, San Francisco, 19 May 2013

[6] Jonathan M. Metzl, The Protest Psychosis, How Schizophrenia became a Black Disease, (Beacon Press, Boston, 2009), p. xiv

[7] https://www.cchrtaskforce.org/articles/mental-health-racism

[8] “Sterilization-Black Women,” Mississippi Appendectomy,
http://mississippiappendectomy.wordpress.com/2007/11/19/black-women-in-the-1960s-and-1970s/; “On Indigenous Peoples Day, recalling forced sterilizations of Native American women,” Minnesota Post, 14 Oct. 2019., https://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2019/10/on-indigenous-peoples-day-recalling-forced-sterilizations-of-native-american-women/

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Memorial Well Makes Life-Saving Impact On the Anniversary of Kobe and Gianna’s Death

A water well, drilled in September of 2020 to honor the memory of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, is credited for saving lives in Uganda.

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Memorial Well Makes Life-Saving Impact On the Anniversary of Kobe and Gianna’s Death

A water well, drilled in September of 2020 to honor the memory of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, is credited for saving lives in Uganda.

Before the well was drilled, villagers and young children in the Mityana District, drew their water from a contaminated open pond. “As community members, we were facing a lot of water-related diseases such as cholera, typhoid, malaria, dysentery, among others,” said a Mayirye villager.

The well was drilled by the Christian nonprofit Wells of Life, which is now pumping clean water for 1270 people. Villagers no longer have to walk miles under unsafe conditions for water every day.

Made possible by donations through The Orange Catholic Foundation, the life-saving well was drilled in one of Uganda’s poorest communities, where it is estimated that one in five children dies before ever reaching the age of five due to unclean water.

“Because of this donation, we have access to clean and safe water,” said the villager, “thank you Orange Catholic Foundation [for acting] in the name of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, may their souls rest in peace.”

The idea for honoring Kobe and Gianna was conceived by philanthropists Rand Sperry and Randy Redwitz, who support The Orange Catholic Foundation and Wells of Life. Kobe and Vanessa Bryant were married in 2001 at a Southern California Catholic parish and raised their four children in the Catholic Church as frequent parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach.

The well was drilled at the St. Theresa Bethany Primary School within the Mityana District. This is the first time in its 58-year history that the village has had access to clean water. It houses a grade school, a church, and medical facilities.

About Wells of Life
Wells of Life is based on the belief that water is a basic human right and should be available to all people. Founded in 2008 on Christian principles, the worldwide nonprofit organization views access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene as the catalyst that drives change and transforms community life for Africa’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Since inception, Wells of Life has provided wells that are currently serving more than 630,000 people.

Upon completion of the well, each child wrote a tribute to Kobe & Gianna to be sent to his late wife Vanessa. Vanessa Bryant shared that she was “moved” when she saw the pictures for the first time in a heartfelt Instagram post.

This past week, there was a celebration of life for Kobe and Gianna. The villagers sported Laker’s shirts and decorated the well in purple and yellow. They came together to sing and dance, and Father Max Ssekiwala lead the village in prayer.

For more information, visit www.wellsoflife.org.
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சர்வதேச குற்றிவியல் நீதிமன்றம் – மீளநிகழாமைக்கு பொதுவாக்கெடுப்பு : நாடுகளுக்கு நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் வலியுறுத்தல் !

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —

மீளநிகழாமை தொடர்பிலான முடிவினை எடுக்கும் அதிகாரம் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட மக்களுக்கே வேண்டும் என ஐ.நா முகன்மைக்குழு நாடுகளுக்கு வலியுறுத்திறுத்தியுள்ள நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம், சிறிலங்காவை சர்வதேச குற்றிவியல் நீதிமன்றத்துக்கு பாரப்படுத்தும் வகையில் புதிய தீர்மானம் அமையவேண்டுமென கோரியுள்ளது.

மானிடத்துக்கு எதிரான குற்றங்கள், போர்குற்றங்கள், இனப்படுகொலை மீண்டும் நிகழ்வதைத் தடுக்கும் பொருட்டு, பாதிக்கப்பட்ட தமிழ்மக்களே தமிழ்த் தேசிய இனச்சிக்கலுக்கான நிரந்தர அரசியல் தீர்வினைக் காணும் வகையில் பொதுவாக்கெடுப்புக்கான பொறிமுறைகுறித்து ஐ.நாவின் மீளநிகழாமை தொடர்பிலான நிலைப்பாட்டில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட வேண்டும் வலியுறுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளது.

ஐ.நா மனித உரிமைச்சபையில் சிறிலங்கா தொடர்பில் தீர்மானமொன்றினை கொண்டுவரவிருக்கின்ற முகன்மைக் குழுவுக்கு (கனடா, ஜெர்மனி, பிரிட்டன், வடக்கு மாசிடோனியா, மொண்டிநெக்ரோ) அனுப்பியுள்ள கடித்திலேயே நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் இதனை வலியுறுத்தியுள்ளது.

சிறிலங்காவை சர்வதேச குற்றிவியல் நீதிமன்றத்தக்கு பாரப்படுத்துமாறு ஐ.நா மனித உரிமைச்சபை ஆணையாளர் கோரும் அறிக்கைக்கு நாளை புதன்கிழமை, சிறிலங்கா அரசாங்கம் பதில் அளிக்கவுள்ள தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள நிலையில், இன்று செவ்வாய்கிகழமை முகன்மைக்குழுவுக்கு நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் கடிதமொன்றினை அனுப்பியுள்ளது.

1) சிறிலங்காவை அனைத்துலகக் குற்றவியல் நீதிமன்றத்துக்கு அனுப்புவதற்கான பரிந்துரையோடு, ஐ.நா பாதுகாப்பு சபைக்கு அனுப்ப வேண்டும்.

2) மானிடத்துக்கு எதிரான குற்றங்கள், போர்குற்றங்கள், இனப்படுகொலை மீண்டும் நிகழ்வதைத் தடுக்கும் பொருட்டு, பாதிக்கப்பட்ட தமிழ்மக்களே தமிழ்த் தேசிய இனச்சிக்கலுக்கான நிரந்தர அரசியல் தீர்வினைக் காண அனுமதிக்கப்பட வேண்டும்.

சிறிலங்காவை சுதந்திரம் பெற்ற காலத்திலிருந்து இந்தச் சிக்கல் பீடித்துள்ளது. இந்தச் சிக்கல் 1958, 1977, 1983 ஆண்டுகளில் தமிழர்களுக்கு எதிரான கொடிய கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இனப்படுகொலைகளாக வெளிப்பட்டது. 1983-2009 போர்க் காலத்திலும் அதன் பின்விளைவாகவும் தமிழர்களுக்கு எதிரான போர்க் குற்றங்கள், மானிடத்துக்கு எதிரான குற்றங்கள், இனவழிப்புக் குற்றம் ஆகியவற்றிலும் வெளிப்பட்டது.

பாதிப்புக்காளான மக்கள் பொதுவாக்கெடுப்பின் வழியாக அரசியல் தீர்வு காண்பதில் பங்கேற்க அதிகாரமளித்தல் வேண்டும். பொதுவாக்கெடுப்பு என்பதே பொருத்தமான ஜனநாயக பொறிமுறையாகும். ஏனென்றால் இலங்கைத்தீவில் நீடித்த நிலையான தீர்வுக்குத் தமிழர்களின் பங்கேற்பு இன்றியமையாதது என்பதோடு, பொதுவாக்கெடுப்பு ஈடுசெய் நீதியின் ஓர் அம்சமாகவும் அமையும்.

3) போரினால் விதைவைகளான 90,000 தமிழ்ப் பெண்களின் நிலைகுறித்தும், காணாமலாக்கப்பட்ட ஆயிரக்கணக்கான தமிழர்களின் நிலை குறித்தும், சட்டத்துக்குபுறம்பாகச் சிறைவைக்கப்பட்ட தமிழ்போர்க் கைதிகளின் நிலைமை குறித்தும், வௌ;வேறு காரணிகளின் முன்னிறுத்தி மேற்கொள்ளப்படும் நில அபகரிப்பு குறித்தும், இராணுவமயமாக்கல் குறித்தும், ஐ.நா மனிதவுரிமைகளுக்கான உயராணையர் அலுவலகத்திலிருந்து ஆறு மாதங்களுக்கு ஒரு தடவை ஐ.நா மனிதவுரிமைப் பேரவைக்கு தொடர்ந்து அறிக்கை சமர்பிக்க வேண்டும்.

ஆகிய மூன்று நிலைப்பாடுகளை முகன்மை நாடுகள் தமது புதிய தீர்மானத்தில் உள்ளடக்க வேண்டும் என கோரியுள்ள நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம், தாயக தமிழ் அரசியல் தரப்பு, சிவில் சமூகமும், வலிந்து காணாமலாக்கப்பட்டோரின் உறவினர்கள் சங்கம் ஆகியன எடுத்துள்ள ஒன்றுபட்ட நிலைப்பாட்டையும், சிறிலங்காவை சர்வதேச குற்றிவியல் நீதிமன்றத்துக்கு பாராப்படுத்துமாறு பரிந்துரை செய்துள்ள ஐ.நா மனித உரிமைச்சபை ஆணையாளரின் அறிக்கையினையும் நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் சுட்டிக்காட்டியுள்ளது.

இதேவேளை கீழ் வரும் விடயங்களை சர்வதேச நாடுகள் சிறிலங்கா தொடர்பில் கவனத்தில் எடுக்க வேண்டுமெ வலியுறுத்தியுள்ளது.

1) இனவழிப்புக் குற்றத்தைத் தடுத்தலும் தண்டித்தலும் பற்றிய உடன்படிக்கையின் கீழ், சிறிலங்கா அரசுக்கு எதிராக அனைத்துலகக் நீதிமன்றத்தில் ஒரு பொறுப்புக்கூறல் செயல்வழியை (சட்ட நடவடிக்கைகள்) நாடுகள் ஒவ்வொன்றும் தனித்தனியாகவும் கூட்டாகவும் தொடர வேண்டும்.

2) சர்வதேச குற்றங்கள் தொடர்பில், அதாவது இனவழிப்பு, மானிடத்துக்கு எதிரான குற்றங்கள், போர்க்குற்றங்கள் தொடர்பிலான உரிமையியல் (சிவில்) வழக்கு நடவடிக்கையிலும், நீதிமன்றத்தின் நியாயாதிக்கத்தில் இருந்து வெளி அரசுகளுக்கு இறைமையின் அடிப்பமையிலன விதிவிக்கு (sovereign immunity ) சட்டக்காப்பு கிடையாது என்பதை உட்படுத்தி தங்களுடைய உள்நாட்டு சட்டங்களில் உள்ள இறைமையின் அடிப்படையிலான விதிவிக்கு சட்டங்களில் திருத்தங்கள் கொண்டுவர வேண்டும்.

3) சர்வதேச குற்றங்கள் புரிந்த அரசியல், இராணுவதளபதிகளுக்கு எதிராக உலகளாவிய நியாயாதிக்கத்தின் அடிப்படையில் சட்ட நடவடிக்கைகள் தொடர வேண்டும்.

ஆகிய மூன்று கோரிக்கைகளை சர்வதேச நாடுகளை நோக்கி முன்வைத்துள்ள நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் மேலும் தெரிவிக்கையில்,

எந்தக் குற்றம் செய்தாலும் தண்டிக்கப்பட மாட்டோம் என்ற குற்றக்காப்பில் உள்ள சிறிலங்காவின் நெடிய வரலாறு, இப்பிராந்தியத்தின் அமைதிக்கு அச்சுறுத்தலாகும். மதச் சுதந்திரம் மீறப்பட்டதும், சைவக்கோயில் இடிக்கப்பட்டு அதனிடத்தில் புத்தர் சிலைகள் நிறுவப்பட்டதும், யாழ் பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில் நிறுவப்பட்டிருந்த முள்ளிவாய்க்கால் நினைவுத்தூபி இடித்தழிக்கப்பட்டதும் வெகு அண்மையில் உலகின் கவனத்துக்கு வந்த நிகழ்வுகளாகும்.

தமிழர்கள் ஒரு தேசிய இனம் என்பதனை நீக்கம் செய்து, அவர்களின் தனித்துவத்ததையும் தாயகத்தையும் அழிப்பதன் மூலம் அவர்களை தேசிய இனத்தில் அடையாளத்தில் இருந்து சிறுப்பான்மை சமூகமாக சுருக்கின்ற செயற்பாட்டை சிறிலங்கா அரசாங்கம் தொடர்ந்தும் செய்கின்றது. முஸ்லிம்களும் தமிழர்களும் தொடர்ந்து ஒடுக்கப்பட்டு வருவதில் இது வெளிப்படுகிறது.

கொரோனா வைரஸ் பெருந்தொற்றினால் உயிரழக்கும் முஸ்லிம்மக்களின் ஜனாஸாக்களை நல்லடக்கம் செய்வதற்கன உரிமை மறுக்கின்றது எனவும் சுட்டிக்காட்டியுள்ளது.

REFER SRI LANKA TO ICC: Victims Must Fashion Modalities for Non-recurrence: TGTE

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has urged the UN Core Group on Sri Lanka (Canada, Germany, the UK, North Macedonia, and Montenegro) to submit a new resolution to the 46th UNHRC session next month that refers Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

In the letter sent on January 26, 2021 the TGTE urged that a new Resolution contain the following:

1) Refer Sri Lanka to the UN Security Council with recommendation to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court.

2) To ensure non-recurrence of mass atrocities, the victims should be allowed to find a permanent political resolution to the Tamil National Question that has plagued Sri Lanka since independence, manifest in lethal racial pogroms against Tamils in 1958, 1977 and 1983 and war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against Tamils during the 1983-2009 war and its aftermath. Specifically, victims should be empowered to participate in finding the political resolution via a referendum conducted under international auspice to determine the political future of the Tamils. A referendum is the appropriate mechanism not only because a lasting solution requires Tamil buy-in, but also because a referendum provides an important measure of remedial justice.

3) For the UNHRC to continue to receive and review an update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights every six months about the plight of 90,000 Tamil war widows, any progress in finding the whereabouts of the thousands of disappeared Tamils, the situation of unlawfully imprisoned Tamil Prisoners of War (POWs), land grabs under different pretexts and the level of military presence.

TGTE also urged all the states to:

1) Individually or collectively bring an accountability process (legal proceedings) before the International Court of Justice under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide against the state of Sri Lanka.

2) Bring amendments in their Immunity Acts/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Acts to include that foreign States are not immune from the jurisdiction of a Court in any civil proceedings that relate to international crimes namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

3) Bring legal proceedings under universal jurisdiction against political and/or military leaders accused of international crimes.

TGTE noted the unified position of the Tamil domestic political leadership, religious organizations, civil society, notably the Association for Relatives of the Enforced Disappearances and the sizable Tamil diaspora with respect to the referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC. It was highlighted that Michelle Bachelet, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in her Report dated 12th January 2021 urged member states to take steps toward the referral of the situation in Sri Lanka to the ICC.

Noting in the letter Sri Lanka’s longstanding history of impunity which is a threat to peace in the region as manifested in the ongoing Sri Lanka’s calculated actions to destroy the distinct characteristics of the Tamil nation and the colonization of Tamil areas of historical habitation recognized in the Indo Sri Lankan Accord, in order to reduce the Tamil nation to a minority group; persecution of Muslims and Tamils, most recently displayed to the world by denying Muslims their burial rights—a violation of the right to religious freedom; along with the destruction of a Hindu Temple and the installment of a Buddhist statue in its place and demolishing the Mullivaikal memorial at Jaffna University dedication to war victims, falls within the purview of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

“The combination of international inaction and limited forums to seek accountability has dealt lethal blows to achieving justice for Sri Lankan state crimes,” TGTE Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran called on the states “To bring amendments to their domestic laws removing state sovereign immunity as a defense for civil liability for international crimes in their domestic judicial forums”. He further said that “this would allow the victims themselves to pursue accountability in the domestic judicial forums in many countries where their presently live.

“TGTE has repeatedly called on the UN to acknowledge that Sri Lanka is an ethnocratic state that will never provide rights or justice for Tamils. The state’s refusal to implement the 13th Amendment enacted pursuant to the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord in 1987 and which was urged by the Human Rights Council itself to implement in 2015 is a classic example. Both the institutions and the polity of Sri Lanka are permeated with entrenched pervasive racism. This is not opinion; it is fact. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated in his 2015 report on Sri Lanka that the crimes committed were ‘systemic.’ We call on the Core Group to look at history and listen to victims: There is no space for transitional justice in Sri Lanka. The call of the hour is remedial justice,” Rudrakumaran said.

“Accountability is not only the end itself but also an important process. Putting President Gotabaya, former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, or former President Chandrika in prison will not itself ensure nonrecurrence of mass atrocities in the island of Sri Lanka or resolve the Tamil National Question. Holding individuals responsible for their crimes is an important first step. Progress on justice and accountability will also contribute to achieving a permanent solution to the Tamil National Question,” Rudrakumaran added.

“When more than 1.5 million people around the world (70,000 in Sri Lanka) signed on to TGTE’s ‘Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC’ petition in 2015, it was a significant step toward justice. When the International Commission of Jurists said in 2019 that referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC was “fully warranted,” that was another significant step. When Human Rights Commissioner Bachelet noted in her 2019 report that “Some segments of civil society have continued to call for international investigations and for the Security Council to refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court for international prosecutions and adjudication of those most responsible for these crimes,” that was yet another notable step,” Rudrakumaran said. “And when the domestic Tamil leadership and civil society in Sri Lanka called for referral of Sri Lanka to ICC last week, creating a unified voice among Tamils worldwide in seeking ICC referral, that was the Core Group’s call to action.”

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Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC). Victims Must Fashion Modalities for Non-recurrence: TGTE

United Nations

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has urged the UN Core Group on Sri Lanka (Canada, Germany, the UK, North Macedonia, and Montenegro) to submit a new resolution to the 46th UNHRC session next month that refers Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

In the letter sent on January 26, 2021 the TGTE urged that a new Resolution contain the following:

1) Refer Sri Lanka to the UN Security Council with recommendation to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court.

2) To ensure non-recurrence of mass atrocities, the victims should be allowed to find a permanent political resolution to the Tamil National Question that has plagued Sri Lanka since independence, manifest in lethal racial pogroms against Tamils in 1958, 1977 and 1983 and war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against Tamils during the 1983-2009 war and its aftermath. Specifically, victims should be empowered to participate in finding the political resolution via a referendum conducted under international auspice to determine the political future of the Tamils. A referendum is the appropriate mechanism not only because a lasting solution requires Tamil buy-in, but also because a referendum provides an important measure of remedial justice.

3) For the UNHRC to continue to receive and review an update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights every six months about the plight of 90,000 Tamil war widows, any progress in finding the whereabouts of the thousands of disappeared Tamils, the situation of unlawfully imprisoned Tamil Prisoners of War (POWs), land grabs under different pretexts and the level of military presence.

TGTE also urged all the states to:

1) Individually or collectively bring an accountability process (legal proceedings) before the International Court of Justice under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide against the state of Sri Lanka.

2) Bring amendments in their Immunity Acts/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Acts to include that foreign States are not immune from the jurisdiction of a Court in any civil proceedings that relate to international crimes namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

3) Bring legal proceedings under universal jurisdiction against political and/or military leaders accused of international crimes.

TGTE noted the unified position of the Tamil domestic political leadership, religious organizations, civil society, notably the Association for Relatives of the Enforced Disappearances and the sizable Tamil diaspora with respect to the referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC. It was highlighted that Michelle Bachelet, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in her Report dated 12th January 2021 urged member states to take steps toward the referral of the situation in Sri Lanka to the ICC.

Noting in the letter Sri Lanka’s longstanding history of impunity which is a threat to peace in the region as manifested in the ongoing Sri Lanka’s calculated actions to destroy the distinct characteristics of the Tamil nation and the colonization of Tamil areas of historical habitation recognized in the Indo Sri Lankan Accord, in order to reduce the Tamil nation to a minority group; persecution of Muslims and Tamils, most recently displayed to the world by denying Muslims their burial rights—a violation of the right to religious freedom; along with the destruction of a Hindu Temple and the installment of a Buddhist statue in its place and demolishing the Mullivaikal memorial at Jaffna University dedication to war victims, falls within the purview of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

“The combination of international inaction and limited forums to seek accountability has dealt lethal blows to achieving justice for Sri Lankan state crimes,” TGTE Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran called on the states “To bring amendments to their domestic laws removing state sovereign immunity as a defense for civil liability for international crimes in their domestic judicial forums”. He further said that “this would allow the victims themselves to pursue accountability in the domestic judicial forums in many countries where their presently live.

“TGTE has repeatedly called on the UN to acknowledge thatSri Lanka is an ethnocratic state that will never provide rights or justice for Tamils. The state’s refusal to implement the 13th Amendment enacted pursuant to the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord in 1987 and which was urged by the Human Rights Council itself to implement in 2015 is a classic example. Both the institutions and the polity of Sri Lanka are permeated with entrenched pervasive racism. This is not opinion; it is fact. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’adAl Hussein stated in his 2015 report on Sri Lanka that the crimes committed were ‘systemic.’ We call on the Core Groupto look at history and listen to victims: There is no space for transitional justice in Sri Lanka. The call of the hour is remedial justice,” Rudrakumaran said.

“Accountability is not only the end itself but also an importantprocess. Putting President Gotabaya, former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, or former President Chandrika in prison will not itself ensure nonrecurrence of mass atrocities in the island of Sri Lanka or resolve the Tamil National Question. Holding individuals responsible for their crimes is an important first step. Progress on justice and accountability will also contribute to achieving a permanent solution to the Tamil National Question,” Rudrakumaran added.

“When more than 1.5 million people around the world (70,000 in Sri Lanka) signed on to TGTE’s ‘Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC’petition in 2015, it was a significant step toward justice. When the International Commission of Jurists said in 2019 that referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC was “fully warranted,” that was another significant step. When Human Rights Commissioner Bachelet noted in her 2019 report that “Some segments of civil society have continued to call for international investigations and for the Security Council to refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court for international prosecutions and adjudication of those most responsible for these crimes,” that was yet another notable step,” Rudrakumaran said. “And when the domestic Tamil leadership and civil society in Sri Lanka called for referral of Sri Lanka to ICC last week, creating a unified voice among Tamils worldwide in seeking ICC referral, that was the Core Group’s call to action.”

Below, please find the letter:

Honorable Dominic Raab
Secretary for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
United Kingdom

Honorable Marc Garneau
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canada

Honorable Heiko Maas
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Federal Republic of Germany

Honorable Bujar Osmani
Minister for Foreign Affairs
North Macedonia

Honorable Đorđe Radulović
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Montenegro

Dear Honorable Foreign Ministers of the UN Core Group on Sri Lanka:

As Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), I write to you regarding the need for a resolution calling for a new and enforceable course of action on justice and accountability in Sri Lanka to be brought forth for vote at the upcoming 46th UNHRC session, which convenes against a backdrop of ongoing complete impunity for atrocity crimes namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed against the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka during and after the armed conflict.

The regime that was in power during the final stages of war and is accused of international crimes has returned to power, which makes impunity doubly likely. The fact the current President Rajapaksa pardoned the few soldiers found guilty of committing crimes against Tamils related to the armed conflict, proves the government’s promises for a valid domestic process lack credibility.

But as the past five years when it was not in power show, the reason for the failure of the Sri Lankan state to implement a transitional justice program is not limited to any one administration. It is because the state of Sri Lanka is not ethnically neutral. The government, its institutions, and the polity itself are inextricably rooted in and operate with entrenched, pervasive racism. Systemic injustice cannot be waited out. No election will change it.

In addition, all three UN reports on Sri Lanka (i.e., Report of The Panel of Experts, The Internal Review Report (“Petrie Report”) and OISL Report) state that there is credible evidence that the Sri Lankan state itself committed international crimes.

Given the above, granting the responsibility to the same Sri Lankan state to investigate and prosecute such serious crimes is a blatant contradiction of the fundamental judicial principle that the accused cannot be the judge.

Steven Ratner, one of the members of the three-person Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes about this in the context of Sri Lanka in American Journal of International Law (October 2012, Vol 106, NO: 4):

The Sri Lanka case also demonstrates, however, three clear obstacles on the bridge between law and behavior. First, much of the law regarding accountability for human rights atrocities has developed in situations where governments are judging their predecessors–true cases of transitional justice…For non-transitional situations, the obstacles to accountability are profoundly increased, for the leaders have much more at stake: full investigation could lead to freezing of assets, public humiliation, and even a trial before a national, foreign, or international court…the limiting principle [of transitional justice] still seems to be that governmental officials do not like to investigate themselves. Those states may be willing to investigate the violations of the losing side—as Sri Lanka is with regard to LTTE crimes—but such investigations then appear to be no more than victor’s justice.

A unified position of the Tamil domestic political leadership, religious organizations, civil society, notably the Association for Relatives of the Enforced Disappearances and the sizable Tamil diaspora has emerged with respect to the referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC. Also Michelle Bachelet, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in her Report dated 12th January 2021 urged member states to take steps toward the referral of the situation in Sri Lanka to the ICC. “In 2015 more than 1.5 million people around the world (70,000 in Sri Lanka) signed on to ‘Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC’ petition. In 2019 the International Commission of Jurists said that referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC was “fully warranted,”

In light of the above, as well as the information entailed in accompanying document enclosed, we request that the Core Group submit a new resolution during the 46th UNHRC session that refers Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for accountability.

Tasking Sri Lanka with accountability will not only entrench impunity, but also embolden Sri Lanka to intensify the persecution of Tamils and Muslims. The recent attacks on Muslims and the denial of their burial rights in contrary to the right to religious freedom and the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines demonstrate that Sri Lanka’s impunity is a threat to peace and stability and brings the situation under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

With respect to Sri Lanka’s ongoing calculated effort to destroy the distinct characteristics of the Tamil nation and the colonization of Tamil areas of historical habitation recognized in the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord in order to reduce the Tamil nation to a minority group and the persecution of

Tamils and Muslims most recently displayed to the world by denying Muslims their burial rights – a violation of their right to religious freedom. We request that the Human Rights Council continued to seize the matter: On January 8, 2021, the Sri Lankan government destroyed the Mullivaikal Memorial on the Jaffna University premises erected by the University students, faculty and the public in 2018 in dedication to those who died in the war. The state’s destruction of the memorial directly contradicts the need to remember and memorialize: an important component of transitional justice.

We also firmly believe that the victims should play an important role in fashioning a political mandate to ensure non-recurrence. Thus, a referendum should be held under international auspice to determine the modalities of political resolutions, including an independent state as an option.

Given that the crimes were committed by the Sri Lankan state, as the aforementioned UN reports indicate, a parallel accountability procedure should be brought against the Sri Lankan state itself in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

We also request that states remove sovereign immunity as a defense for civil liability for international crimes in their domestic laws. This would provide another and much-needed avenue to pursue accountability in the domestic judicial forums in many countries by the victims themselves.

While we acknowledge the logistical complications pertaining to bringing legal action under universal jurisdiction, just as former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and the present High Commissioner Michelle Bacheletdid not find them prohibitive and repeatedly urged states to pursue universal jurisdiction, we also request that states bring prosecutions against the political and military leaders implicated in international crimes committed during the conflict, especially the nineteen army commanders identified in the OISL report.

We urge that the UNHRC’s new resolution on Sri Lanka contain the following elements:

1) Refer Sri Lanka to the Security Council with recommendation to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court.

2) To prevent non-recurrence of mass atrocities, the victims should be allowed to find a permanent political resolution to the Tamil National Question that has plagued Sri Lanka since independence, manifest in lethal racial pogroms against Tamils in 1958, 1977 and 1983 and war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against Tamils during the 1983-2009 war. Specifically, victims should be empowered to participate in finding the political resolution via a referendum conducted under international auspice to determine the political future of the Tamils. A referendum is the appropriate mechanism not only because a lasting solution requires Tamil buy-in, but also because a referendum provides a measure of remedial justice.

3) For the Human Rights Council to continue to receive and review an update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights every six months about the plight of 90,000 Tamil war widows, any progress in finding the whereabouts of the thousands of disappeared Tamils, the situation of unlawfully imprisoned Tamil Prisoners of War (POWs), land grabs under different pretexts, the level of military presence, and any activities on accountability for international crimes.

We also urge all states to:

1) Individually or collectively bring accountability process (legal proceedings) before the International Court of Justice under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide against the state of Sri Lanka.
2) Bring amendments in their Immunity Acts/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Acts to include that foreign States are not immune from the jurisdiction of a Court in any civil proceedings that relate to international crimes namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
3) Bring legal proceedings under universal jurisdiction against political and/or military leaders accused of international crimes.

Our Fervent Hope is that the UN WILL NOT FAIL THE TAMILS This Time

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran
Prime Minister
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

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AUGS President Dr. Holly Richter: In Position to Stop Transobturator Slings

Dr. Greg Vigna

Dr. Greg Vigna

Dr. Greg Vigna discusses the hope that Dr. Holly Ritcher will protect women by moving to ban transobturator slings from the marketplace.

Dr. Holly Richter is in position to improve the reputation of American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), which has failed to protect women from the dangers of transvaginal mesh.”

— Dr. Greg Vigna

SANTA BARBARA , CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES , January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Dr. Holly Richter is in position to improve the reputation of American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) which has failed to protect women from the dangers of transvaginal mesh. I believe she will do what is right and move to ban transobturator slings from the US marketplace”…Greg Vigna, MD, JD

Background:

In 2010, Dr. Richter published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine comparing transobturator slings used in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence to retropubic slings and noted the “patients in the transobturator-sling group were more likely to report neurologic symptoms, such as leg weakness and groin numbness” when compared to patients receiving retropubic slings.

In April of 2019 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from England published recommendations for the management of incontinence for physicians which clearly stated, “Do not offer a transobturator approach unless there are specific clinical circumstances (for example, previous pelvic procedures) in which the retropubic approach should be avoided.”

In March of 2020, A Joint Writing Group of AUGS and the International Urogynecological Association published the Joint Position Statement on the Management of Mesh-Related Complications and noted the following:

Patients with Extrapelvic Pain From TVM
Some patients report pain that may be attributable to nerve impingement from mesh arms that are outside the pelvis (in the groin or in the ischiorectal fossa). In these cases, complaints should map to dermatomal distributions, and appropriate neurologic and radiologic evaluations should be carried out. Anecdotal evidence has described extensive extravaginal mesh excision, with or without nerve release procedures; there are some data suggesting that this may be more successful in cases of obturator neuralgia than of pudendal neuralgia. With regard to TVM-related conditions, outcomes of these procedures have been variable, and there is insufficient evidence to support this approach. Accordingly, extended extravaginal excision of TVM extrapelvic arms should be considered rarely.

Midurethral slings—notably the full-length obturator-type slings—have been associated with pain in the groin.

Citing:
Scottish Independent Review of the use, safety and efficacy of transvaginal
mesh implants in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic
organ prolapse in women.

Greg Vigna, MD, JD, national pharmaceutical injury attorney, practicing physician, and Certified Life Care Planner states, “The elephant in the room continues as AUGS is finally publicly acknowledging what manufacturers have known for over a decade that there are serious neurological injuries caused by TOTs. AUGS unfortunately continues to fail to protect women as it does not differentiate the frequency of dangers and difficulty of management of the neurological injuries caused by TOTs and retropubic slings. I hope that Dr. Richter moves to protect women and regain some credibility of AUGS.”

Dr. Vigna adds, “If AUGS doesn’t move toward the position of NICE, I see a blood bath occurring as defense manufacturers have biased high priced experts who are blaming the implanting physicians for pudendal neuralgia and obturator neuralgia caused by properly placed TOTs despite these physicians being largely oblivious as to the magnitude of the risk of TOTs because manufacturers still do not warn on the specific dangers of the devices and in their warning do not distinguish between TOTs and retropubic slings.”

Dr. Vigna predicts the future, “As severe neurological injuries occur at the hands of physicians for both retropubic slings and transobturator slings questions will arise about the decision to place those products. Obviously, physicians who are in bed with manufacturers understand the difference between TOTs and retropubic slings.”

Dr. Vigna is a California and Washington DC lawyer who focuses on catastrophic neurological injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices including pudendal neuralgia, obturator neuralgia, ilioinguinal neuralgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. His cases are filed around the country with Martin Baughman, a Dallas Texas firm. Ben Martin and Laura Baughman are national pharmaceutical injury trial attorneys in Dallas, Texas.

Learn more on the anatomical basis for TOT injury or irritation to the obturator and pudendal nerve and the treatments of obturator and pudendal neuralgia here: https://vignalawgroup.com/ebooks/pelvic-mesh-pain/#page=59

Click here for a FREE BOOK on Vaginal Mesh Pain.
For articles, video resources, and information visit the Pudendal Neuralgia Educational Portal or https://tvm.lifecare123.com/.
Click here for information regarding sling related complications.

References:
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0912658
https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-independent-review-use-safety-efficacy-transvaginal-mesh-implants-treatment-9781786528711/pages/2/
https://www.augs.org/assets/1/6/Joint_Position_Statement_on_the_Management_of.99428.pdf

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Award-Winning LGBTQ film ‘Kamaʻāina’ Set to Screen as part of The Future of Film is Female, Part 3

Kamaʻāina Film Poster

Kamaʻāina Film Poster

Behind the Scenes of Kamaʻāina

Behind the Scenes of Kamaʻāina

Still of Kamaʻāina Film

Still of Kamaʻāina Film

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES, January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Oscar-qualifying film festival favorite, Kamaʻāina, starring Malia Kamalani Soon, Twinkle Borge, Sabina Friedman-Seitz, Aria Alexander, Alex Suvusa and Nainoa Brown-Kahananui is set to screen at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York on February 22nd, during this year’s Virtual Cinema program, The Future of Film Is Female, Part 3.

Written and directed by first time director, Kimi Howl Lee, Kamaʻāina, which in Hawaiian means “child of the land” and refers to any resident born on the islands – regardless of their racial background, follows a queer 16-year-old girl, Mahina, who must navigate life on the streets in Oahu, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae, Hawaii’s largest organized homeless encampment.

“Our intention with Kamaʻāina was to shed light on the staggering homeless crisis that plagues Hawaii’s youth, without fetishizing the hidden poverty in paradise,” stated Lee. “The cast was primarily houseless, first-time actors, including our 16-year-old lead, Malia Kamalani, whom we met at the local Starbucks.”

“We would love to ultimately gain distribution for this film, but our main goal is to continue raising awareness of Aloha Lives Here in order to assist in building permanent housing structures.” said producer Natalé Olsen.

“Kama'āina delivers on all the possibilities of short filmmaking: telling stories in fresh, new ways while also having an impact that reaches beyond entertainment. Lee's short introduces audiences to an unfamiliar part of paradise with compassion, realness, and beautiful kindness.” stated Caryn Coleman, Future Of Film Is Female.

Produced by Conor May, Natalé Olsen, Anastasia Solovieva, Sabina Friedman-Seitz, and Kimi Howl Lee, Kamaʻāina has been screened at over 70 film festivals including the Oscar-qualifiers the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShortFest where the 17-minute short picked up Best LGBTQ+ film.

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Liz Rodriguez
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CHILDREN ONLINE MORE BECAUSE OF COVID? DIGITAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED

Theory of Digital Supervision for online child protection

Charlene Doak-Gebauer and newest release “The Internet: Are Children In Charge?” – Theory of Digital Supervision for online child protection.

Adults need to learn more about Digital Supervision for online child protection

We cannot continue to parent using only traditional methods. This is the digital age and we have to catch up to digital device use.”

— Charlene Doak-Gebauer

LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA, January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Children are online more throughout the world because of COVID, isolation, and online learning. Feelings of loneliness, isolation, and worry about the pandemic can be overwhelming for them. Adults can be worried as well. What to do to ensure our children are safe online, have fewer worrisome thoughts, and guidance from adults at this time?

Charlene Doak-Gebauer advises all adults to embrace her user-friendly Theory of Digital Supervision for the online protection of all children. She explains, "Digital Supervision is divided into three parts – awareness – the reality of online activities involving children; method – user friendly methods to supervise children as they use digital devices (computer, laptop, iPad, gaming system, cellphone); and hope – we can do this, and we must".

Children can be addicted to digital devices, but also pornography. So many people are concerned their children are addicted to gaming, but addictions to pornography are happening and so few realize it. With the freedom of information online, this is becoming a great concern. Doak-Gebauer explains, too often, parents are busy with their work and other commitments, they are using a screen as a babysitter. "We cannot continue to parent using only traditional methods. This is the digital age and we have to catch up to digital device use."

How many times have we heard "my kids know more than I do."? This statement is a good indicator that children are in charge of the Internet in their homes. Doak-Gebauer says Digital Supervision must be applied to ensure parents and allied professionals are in charge of the Internet. "I have presented my Theory to different countries. In every country audiences have said it is a problem. We are so pleased you are doing this. Will you please come back to speak again?".

Charlene gives presentations virtually at this time on her own. She is also Founder and Chair of the AICET Council (Anti Internet Child Exploitation Team) and arranges full conferences using her team of experts as well. At the end of a full conference, attendees are eligible for a Certificate of Completion for Digital Supervision Training. This Certificate provides parents and professionals validation for pursuing online protection of children in an event a person might be subjected to an investigation related to negligence for online child protection. "We have had police officers, Crime Stoppers, Victim Services and other professionals attend our conferences, some twice, in order to obtain our Certificate of Completion."

She also encourages everyone to read her book for a comprehensive definition of her Theory of Digital Supervision. A portion of the proceeds goes toward therapy for children who have been targeted by online predation. She says predators have always been thought of as unknowns. This is not the case with the Internet involved. Family members must be viewed as possible predators, however, the growing group, and the most foreboding, is the peer-to-peer victimizer group. "Our children are being victimized by peers. Without Digital Supervision, how are parents going to know if their child is a bully, victim, depressed, or worse yet, planning suicide?". Children communicate their feelings online and are bringing each other up. Pornography is their sex education. We wonder why this generation of children and young adults are objectifying humanity so much? Doak-Gebauer warns things will get worse as children age.

"Too much ownership is being given to children for their decisions online. Adults have difficulty deciding if communications are valid. Imagine a young, seven, eight, nine, seventeen year old trying to determine what to do online? They do not have the life experiences nor maturity to make such decisions."

Charlene's newest release, "The Internet: Are Children In Charge?" is available on Amazon, Chapters, Indigo, Barnes and Noble. She encourages everyone to come to the realization the importance of supervising children online, particularly during isolation and online learning. "Our children need us more now than they have in the history of the world. It is important to come to this realization."

Charlene Doak-Gebauer
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Teenage Cartoonist Gains Thousands Of Followers Worldwide With His Whiteboard Comics

Jake Hamilton, Teenage Prodigy Cartoonist

Jake’s Comic Portfolio “Jake’s Door”

Wrong Side Of The Bed

Lightbulb

Hormones

Jake has drawn thousand from around the world that follow him and plug in to read his comics.

Jake’s ability to set up, and then slam dunk a laugh, in the span of just a couple panels is brilliant The immediate comparison is to Gary Larson But some of these are next level conceptual thinking”

— Ian Hannin Artist Designer DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Disney, Netflix, Hulu

DENVER, COLORADO, USA, January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Jake Hamilton a teenage prodigy cartoonist and has become an inspiration to thousand of people around the world and is bringing laughter to those who receive his weekly post.

During the COVID 19 pandemic, Jake a ninth grader in Colorado, began to draw his comics each night on his whiteboard. His father took pictures and posted these to an online account, and soon he captured the hearts of over 30,000 (thirty thousand) online followers and his following is growing everyday worldwide.

Jake has drawn thousand from around the world that follow him and plug in to read his comics. According to David Hamilton his father mentor and best friend, “As his comic portfolio (and his on- line following) continue to grow, the most frequently asked question we re- ceive seems to be: “Where do these ideas come from?” My typical response is that I have no idea—like an endless spring, they just keep bubbling up into his mind, then into his sketchbook, then onto his white board.”Over 30,000 fans are following Jake on social media, where he posts weekly comics.

Anyone wanting to see these fresh comics can find them here:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jakes_door_comics/
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/JakesDoorComics/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JakesDoorComics/

Jake’s father encouraged him and inspired him to create a book that was a collection of his whiteboard comics which resulted in Jake becoming an Amazon Best Seller and got the "#1 New Release" award for 2 categories, on his first release of Jake’s Door on his 15th birthday!

Jake is an ordinary 15 year old kid with an extraordinary ability to make people laugh through his unique style of comics drawn on his bedroom door whiteboard. Armed with an insightful wit, a dry erase marker, and a heart of gold, Jake inspires thousands of fans worldwide who eagerly await his weekly “Door Comics” online posts.

When not creating or doing schoolwork, Jake can be found riding bikes, practicing Tae Kwon Do and playing with his little dog cooper.Jake has the ability to capture real life situations and use comic to deliver a captivating message. In the same other that other cartoonist such as Gary Larson’s The Far Side, and his influences are from Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, and XKCD to capture the heart and minds of millions around the world.

Here is some of the insight into the reality behind the comic;
Wrong Side of the Bed A good friend of the family named Mike, who is living abroad, follows Jake’s comics online and constantly encourages him. One day Mike challenged Jake with a writing prompt: “Can Jake draw a comic based on the phrase ‘waking up on the wrong side of the bed’?” Jake accepted the challenge and the next morning this was drawn on his whiteboard. I posted it to Reddit after he went to school; by the time he got home, the post had over 40,000 upvotes. Thanks for the nudge, Mike!

Lightbulb This was ground zero—the very first comic that started Jake’s online popularity. For a while, his mom and I were sim- ply posting his comics to our personal Face- book accounts—and getting 20 likes was a pretty big deal. This one got over 60,000 upvotes on Reddit. Jake became a celebrity in eighth grade. Even teachers told him they were fans. Flattering, but for a guy like Jake, uncomfortable. It didn’t help when I told him “you’ve got more fans than would fit in an NFL stadium!” This really blew his circuits. He and I had a heart-to-heart about whether we should continue this endeavor—if it affected his heart in a negative way, we would shut the whole thing down. After some thought, he decided that if his art could make people smile, and brighten their day a bit, then it was worth it. Proud of this kid.

Hormones The start of Jake’s comic career coincided with his introduction to puberty. As the great philosopher Ice Cube once said, “Our art is a reflection of our reality.”

Jake’s Door contains 115 amazing whiteboard comics that will make you laugh, think and even evaluate situations in life that one has encountered and gone through, Jake’s popularity is gaining leaps and bounds day by day and even capturing the interest of his peers.
This is what they are saying about Jake:

“I like everything about Jake’s cartoons — the easy and simple visual style, the wit, the dry sense of humor. These are wonderful cartoons, with several at New Yorker-level quality. BTW, I am the author of 100 books, and Jake is a better author at age 14 than I am at 63.”
Bob Bly Copywriting legend, www.Bly.com

“Jake’s ability to set up, and then slam dunk a laugh, in the span of just a couple panels is brilliant. The immediate comparison is to Gary Larson.  But some of these are next level conceptual thinking. Page 9 would make M.C. Escher proud. And page 73 belongs in a pitch to NETFLIX.  This is a set of ironic, sarcastic, and often dark tales that belong in the company of the “Sunday funnies” greats.”
Ian Hannin Artist and Designer, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Disney, Netflix, Hulu

“This book is bonkers good. Someone should make it into a movie.”
Jason Brubaker LA based Indie Filmmaker

“Jake is seriously funny. I’m not even kidding, I think these are better than the Far Side.” Colin, Jake’s best friend in 9th grade.

Jake States, my desires is to make people laugh, think and dream and to inspire other young people to follow their dream.

Jake is a very level headed 14 year old, when asked what he planned to do with the procedes from the sale of the book: His answer was quite amazing for a 14 year old, buy a new drawing computer, donate to help his sisters Type A diabetes and save up for college.

Jake’s Book can be ordered at amazon.com for

For more information regarding Jake and Jake’s Door go to
www.jakesdoor.com

Anyone wanting to see these fresh comics can find them here:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jakes_door_comics/
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/JakesDoorComics/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JakesDoorComics/

Terry Warren
Global Communications Now
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Gloria James-Civetta & Co Sponsor the Upcoming 8th Family Law & Children's Rights Conference

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Ms. Gloria James

The 8th Family Law & Children’s Rights Conference, to be held in Singapore from 11-14 July 2021

It is my duty is to help and guide clients to understand the bigger picture by dispensing sound legal advice based on law, extensive years of experience, and previous precedents.”

— Ms. Gloria James

SINGAPORE, January 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gloria James-Civetta & Co are proud to announce their sponsorship of the 8th Family Law & Children's Rights Conference, to be held in Singapore from 11-14 July 2021.
 
As a continuing sponsor of the event, we are proud to announce that our founding lawyer Ms. Gloria James will be presenting at this year's Conference. 
 
The Conference is an international event that brings judges, family lawyers, professionals, and organizations together to enhance, promote, and protect vulnerable children's human rights.

The Conference aims to develop outcomes that directly benefit the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
 
Participants are encouraged to identify existing family law challenges, formulate resolutions, and support those endeavoring to change laws relating to family law and human rights for children globally.
 
The Conference will examine a range of topics, including new approaches to;

– family and child-related issues; 
– the exploitation and protection of vulnerable children; 
– changing family units; 
– international family law; 
– the impact of social media on children;
– adoption, surrogacy issues;
– financial rights, including property & offshore assets;
– international, social, and cultural considerations.
 
  
About Our Family Law Firm
At GJC Law, we are known for our expertise in matrimonial law and divorce representation. Our comprehensive approach enables our divorce lawyers to provide the help you need while facing one of the most challenging times of your life. 
 
If you want to learn more about our divorce lawyers and services we provide or schedule an appointment to meet with our team, contact us.

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Gloria James-Civetta & Co
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Ethiopian-Oromo Human Rights Organization to Push the Biden Administration to Help Stop Oromo Genocide in Ethiopia

OLLAA’s ‘STOP THE KILLINGS’ ad on 7th and E Streets S.W.

OLLAA’s ‘STOP THE KILLINGS’ ad temporarily being displayed at 4th and E Street N.W.

OLLAA initiates the 'STOP THE KILLINGS' campaign to bring US attention to the extrajudicial killings of Oromos by Ethiopian security forces and militia.

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Members of the Oromo Legacy Leadership And Advocacy Association (OLLAA) will gather in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 19, 2021, to officially launch the STOP THE KILLINGS campaign. The campaign aims to bring attention to the extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses committed against the Oromo people by Ethiopian security forces and militia. OLLAA hopes that the STOP THE KILLINGS campaign will push the Biden Administration to intervene and investigate the noted extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses.

As part of the STOP THE KILLINGS campaign, OLLAA has sponsored two large public advertisements: strategically placed close to government buildings on 7th and E Streets S.W. and Washington Avenue and Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. (temporarily displayed at 4th and E Street N.W. due to the inauguration celebration lockdown as a result of the storming of the Capitol Building)

The first ad calls on President Biden to help stop the extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses of the Oromos by Ethiopian security forces. The second ad calls on President Biden to help free Oromo political prisoner Jawar Mohamed and all Oromo political prisoners currently being detained by the Ethiopian government. Jawar Mohamed, who also holds U.S. citizenship, has been detained by the Ethiopian government since July 2020 for questioning the Ethiopian government's decision to postpone the 2020 federal election in Ethiopia.

To learn more about the Oromo struggle, Jawar Mohamed, and the planned gathering visit www. freejawarmohammed.com.

For all inquiries relating to this press release, please contact:

Blossom Rolly
Von Batten-Montague-York, L.C.
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