Show Comments ▼ China retaliates with sanctions in US row over Uighur Muslims whatsapp UN experts and activists say at least 1m ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres in Xinjiang. Emily Nicolle Republicans are divided on what to say about Trump’s election fraud claims. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: China retaliates with sanctions in US row over Uighur Muslims The sanctions targeted US senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, US representative Chris Smith, ambassador at large for international religious freedom Sam Brownback and the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Rubio and Cruz have both supported legislation that would punish China’s actions in Xinjiang. Smith has been an outspoken critic of China on a host of issues. Republicans are divided on what to say about Trump’s election fraud claims. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: China retaliates with sanctions in US row over Uighur Muslims China will levy “corresponding sanctions” against the US, it said today, after Washington penalised senior Chinese officials over the treatment of minority Uighur Muslims. Republicans are divided on what to say about Trump’s election fraud claims. (AFP via Getty Images) “China will make further responses based on how the situation develops.” Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyUndoGloriousaMan Says He’s From 2030, Presents ProofGloriousaUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo! JustPerfact USAUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndo “The US actions seriously interfere in China’s internal affairs, seriously violate the basic norms of international relations and seriously damage Sino-US relations,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters. China describes the sites as training centres to help stamp out terrorism and extremism in the country, and give people new skills. whatsapp Monday 13 July 2020 12:47 pm Share Relations between the two economic powerhouses have soured over disagreements on matters such as coronavirus, trade, telecoms giant Huawei and a sweeping national security law imposed on Hong Kong. Meanwhile Washington’s measures against Chinese officials to date have involved freezing US assets, US travel bans and prohibiting US firms from doing business with them.
Alaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | WesternMore Y-K Delta tribes protest Donlin Mine as permitting process progressesJuly 20, 2018 by Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Share:The proposed mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if completed. (Photo courtesy of KYUK)As the proposed Donlin gold mine moves through the permitting process, more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are speaking out against it. Six tribes have passed resolutions against the proposed mine in the past two months; and eight have spoken out against it in the last two years.Napakiak is one of the tribes. Tribal administrator David Andrew says the village council is worried about possible impacts to salmon.“They were concerned about salmon,” Andrew said. “That’s our life. Salmon, our life.”Subsistence is a way of life for many families in the Y-K Delta. And Donlin would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, built next to the Kuskokwim River. Many residents worry about the impact to subsistence resources.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/07/donlin-dissidents.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Y-K Delta is also one of the poorest regions in the state, and Donlin Gold, the company developing the mine, promises jobs for locals. But some tribes think the risks to their food and health are too high to support the project.Minnie Andrew is the assistant tribal administrator for Kongiganak. The tribe passed its anti-Donlin resolution last week, and she says they discussed the potential jobs before the vote.“They were mostly talking about the cons,” Andrew said. “The pros — it would bring jobs, but the cons are more.”Several of the tribes passing anti-Donlin resolutions did so after the Orutsaramiut Native Council held their first public demonstration against the project in June.And most of the tribes with anti-Donlin resolutions so far live about 100 miles down river from the proposed mine site. Only one tribe on the Yukon River took a stance against it. So far, it’s unclear if any tribes directly next to the mine have passed any resolutions about Donlin.Several of the tribes with anti-Donlin resolutions also signed on to a letter sent to Gov. Bill Walker protesting the mine. However, Walker supports the project.Donlin Gold spokesman Kurt Parkan says the company plans to develop the mine safely and responsibly.“We welcome people’s opinions we know there is a variety of opinions in the community,” Parkan said. “We get a lot of people asking us when the jobs are going to start and we also understand that people have concerns that they don’t think can be adequately addressed.”Meanwhile, Earthjustice, a national environmental group, sent a letter on behalf of four of the tribes asking the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to deny a crucial permit for Donlin.The project needs more than one hundred permits before it can start mining and expects to get the major ones out of the way this year.Share this story:
Federal Government | Nation & World | Politics | SoutheastSullivan says Trump call to Ukraine president is not grounds for impeachmentOctober 8, 2019 by Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines Share:U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks Sept. 8, 2017, at Joint Base-Elmendorf-Richardson. Sullivan was in Haines on Monday. (Public domain photo by David Bedard/U.S. Air Force)U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan has not condemned President Donald Trump for his July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine. But Sullivan isn’t among the Republican Congress members who are offering full-throated defenses, either.At a luncheon in Haines on Monday, the Alaska senator offered his most extensive public remarks yet on the controversial call.The U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry has dominated the news coming out of Washington since the White House revealed that Trump asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks at the American Legion Lynn Canal Post 12 in Haines, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo by Claire Stremple/KHNS)House Democratic leaders say Trump’s request for a foreign power to investigate a political rival was inappropriate. But Sullivan doesn’t see it that way.“I’ve read all of this, including the transcript. It certainly does not rise to the level of impeachment,” he said.Sullivan said there is no quid pro quo in the transcript. He urged Alaskans to read the transcripts and decide for themselves. He also criticized the national news media, arguing they can’t objectively interpret the transcript, whistleblower account or inspector general’s report.Sullivan said investigations into the 2016 election and corruption in Ukraine are appropriate. But he stopped short of endorsing the way the president conducted the call.“Would I use the exact language that the president uses on some of these calls? You know, probably not. But are these impeachable offenses? No. Not from my view,” he said.Sullivan said the impeachment question threatens to slow down Congress’ progress on items like his bipartisan Save Our Seas Act and a domestic violence bill he authored with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.Murkowski and Sullivan condemn Trump’s Syria decisionShare this story:
Lucius plays the Heartbreaker BanquetWillie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, TexasPhil and Dave AlvinThe marquis announcing the Lou Reed tribute concertCatching a glimpse of Hooray for the Riff Raff at Willie Nelson’s ranchWhile there was a huge cloud over this year’s SXSW festival because of the terrible accident on Thursday morning at the Mohawk music club near the Red River entertainment district, and the chaos level of the event is honestly overwhelming, it’s hard to escape the magic of being Austin when there is live music wherever you walk, wherever you eat, wherever you sleep. Here are some of my favorite moments from this year’s festivities. Phil and Dave Alvin on the same stage at the Guitartown/Conqueroo Day PartyDave and Phil Alvin of The Blasters haven’t recorded an album together in 30 years. Dave departed The Blasters for a solo career in 1986, and the brothers have been known to have a rocky relationship. One thing they can agree on, though, is the music of Big Bill Broonzy, a 1920s blues songwriter, who Phil says heavily influenced how he sang in The Blasters. This year’s SXSW saw the debut of songs from Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy, which will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records. Their hometown gig will be June 14 at the Troubadour.Lucius at the Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s ranchBrooklyn-based group Lucius didn’t exactly fit the traditional Americana sound of some of the bands at this one-day music festival out at Willie Nelson’s private ranch in Luck, Texas; but their perfect pop performance blew the audience away. The two charismatic female lead singers, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (dressed exactly alike in melon-colored lace dresses and black capes), stood at keyboards and sang with voices that blended together with flawless harmonies. Three guys—also nattily dressed—backed them with guitars and drums on songs ranging from ‘60s girl group to catchy indie pop.Hooray for the Riff Raff through the window of an old timey western churchNelson’s ranch served as the town in his movie Red Headed Stranger in 1986, so there’s a general store, a saloon, and naturally, a small church. The chapel was so packed full of people eager to see the performance of Alynda Lee Segarra and this terrific southern country/folk and blues band from New Orleans that hordes of the rest of us gathered around each of the six windows on the sides of the church to be able to hear. Their fifth album, Small Town Heroes, came out earlier this year.The Autumn Defense at the Continental ClubSince 1999, this band has been a side project for John Stirratt, the bass player in Uncle Tupelo and Wilco, collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone. Eventually, Sansone also joined Wilco, and the busy recording and touring schedules of said group doesn’t allow much time for a side project. The Autumn Defense rarely tours, so having the chance to watch such seasoned musicians doing something just for fun was a real treat. They showed off songs from their latest album of ’60s-style rock and pop released earlier this year, entitled Fifth.Lou Reed tribute at the Paramount TheatreAustin’s own Alejandro Escovedo along with musician and concert promoter Richard Barone of The Bongos put on quite a party in honor of Lou Reed. For over three hours, a stellar house band backed a huge assortment of musicians (including The Strypes, Louise Goffin, Rosie Flores, Steve Wynn, Wayne Kramer, Lucinda Williams, The Black Lips, Spandau Ballet and Sean Lennon, to name a few) in a fitting tribute to the influential poet/rocker. His entire catalog of songs was featured in styles that were all over the map, and no performance was more touching than the speech given by Reed’s classmate at Syracuse and life long friend, Garland Jeffreys, before a lively rendition of “I’m Waiting For My Man.” TAGSL.A. CultureSXSW 2014Previous articleWine 101: Four Benchmark White WinesNext articleOne Dish Wonder: L’Assiette Opens on March 20Julia St. Pierre RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’ UncategorizedGreatest Hits: Five of SXSW 2014’s Coolest MomentsBy Julia St. Pierre – March 19, 2014804ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt
blaze986/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator In addition, the amendments to the Securities Act and Commodity Futures Act provide IIROC:statutory immunity, the protection against malicious lawsuits while acting in good faith to carry out its public interest mandate to protect investors; andthe right to appeal a decision made by an IIROC hearing panel to the Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC).IIROC thanked the government for passing the legislation.“This is a powerfully clear message the government is sending to rule breakers: if you abuse client trust, you will face repercussions,” says Andrew Kriegler, president and CEO of IIROC, in a statement.“Strengthening IIROC’s authority to discipline misconduct in the investment industry is a key step taken by the Manitoba government,” adds Elizabeth Mulholland, CEO of Prosper Canada, in a statement. “This will help shield vulnerable Canadians and will also give regulators the tools they need to take strong enforcement action when rules are broken.” Keywords Manitoba, EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Related news The Manitoba government has passed legislation that gives The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) more effective tools to protect Manitoba investors, the self-regulatory organization announced on Tuesday.Manitoba has joined Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island in adopting legislation that enables self-regulatory organizations to enforce fines ordered against individuals through the courts.
Police Steps Up Anti-Piracy Activities National SecurityAugust 26, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) have teamed to sensitise the public to the implications of breaching Jamaica’s copyright laws.Details were unveiled at a joint media briefing hosted by both agencies, at the Police Officers Club, Hope Road, Kingston, on Tuesday (August 25).Head of the OCID, Superintendent Fitz Bailey, noted that the initiative comes in light of a seeming unawareness of the dangers which trading in illicit goods, such as bootleg music compact discs (CDs) and movie digital video discs (DVDs), pose for Jamaica in the global context, in addition to threatening the livelihood of the owners of the material.To this end, he said that both agencies will collaborate on developing a programme targeting these individuals, which they will embark on, shortly. He pointed out that, in light of Jamaica being a signatory to various conventions and treaties on intellectual property, failure by the local authorities to enforce anti-piracy laws, as stipulated by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), would tarnish Jamaica’s image, globally.In disclosing that the police have seized over 50,000 illegal CDs and DVDs, and made some 70 arrests in connection with these activities within the Corporate Area since January, Supt. Bailey underscored their responsibility to ensure that the copyright legislation is enforced.“Currently, there is a proposal on the table for Copyright legislation, including (the) Trademark and Patent Act, to be taught at the police training school, so that those (graduates) who are coming fresh out of training will have an appreciation of the legislation, and assist with the enforcement,” he outlined.Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID), Superintendent Fitz Bailey (centre), addressing journalists during a joint media briefing staged with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), at the Police Officers’ Club, Hope Road, Kingston, on Tuesday (August 25.). Beside him are Detective Inspector Yvonne Roofe of OCID, (left) and JIPO’s Legal Counsel, Lilyclaire Bellamy. The agencies outlined plans for a joint initiative to heighten awareness about the consequences of copyright breaches.He disclosed that a sensitisation programme has already commenced within the JCF, through OCID, in which members are making presentations on enforcement strategies to various police divisions.“In addition to that, the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Crime has actually mandated (divisional) commanders to ensure that enforcement of the legislation is strictly adhered to, within their formations,” he added.Citing that the initiatives should yield significant positive results Supt. Bailey, however, lamented what he described as “some challenges” experienced in the courts. He alluded to Section 46 of the Copyright Act, which stipulates that an offender can be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to up to two years imprisonment, on conviction in a Resident Magistrate’s court, and a similar fine and/or up to five years on conviction in a Circuit Court.“We find that it’s just a small amount of the (maximum) fines, maybe between $1,000 and $5,000, that are being imposed,” he explained.Supt. Bailey said that, because the fines imposed are insignificant, in most instances, they are paid, the offenders are released and they go straight back on the street to do the same things, again. However, he admitted that the police could not dictate to the courts.“I hope that during the sensitisation programme, we can try to see if we can have discussion with the judiciary, in terms of the penalties. What we want to do is to see whether, through training or persuasion or encouragement, we can get judges to understand the nature of and the volume of the problem,” he said.JIPO’s Legal Counsel, Liliclaire Bellamy, disclosed that the agency has been staging training sessions with members of the judiciary.“Under the initiative, we worked with the Chief Justice, and we have had specialised training with members of the judiciary to apprise them,” she said.Regarding Supt. Bailey’s concern about low fines, Ms. Bellamy explained that this resulted from the discretion of the presiding judge.Regarding Jamaica’s international obligations, she warned that failure to adhere to specific stipulations could result in serious sanctions.“In other words, another state could impose trade sanctions against Jamaica, and trade sanctions don’t necessarily have to fall in the area of intellectual property,” she said. RelatedPolice Steps Up Anti-Piracy Activities RelatedPolice Steps Up Anti-Piracy Activities RelatedPolice Steps Up Anti-Piracy Activities Advertisements
Consultation on plan to remove harmful chemicals from environment The Government has today (19 March) launched a consultation on the latest updates to its national plan for Persistent Organic Pollutants.Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic chemical substances that are slow to degrade, can accumulate in human and animal tissue and are often discovered long distances from their place of manufacture or use. POPs can be found in consumer and industrial products such as electronics, textiles, and furniture and can leach onto land, into the water and into the air.The Government is consulting with industry and the general public on the UK’s plans to monitor, reduce and eliminate new POPs from the environment, as well as detailing the progress made towards the elimination of older POPs substances.As a signatory to the Stockholm Convention – a global treaty signed by 184 parties to protect human health and the environment from harmful POPs – the UK is required to develop a National Implementation Plan to outline what steps it has put in place to meet its obligations.The UK’s plan was first produced in 2007 and updates were published in 2013 and 2017. The plan has now been revised again to update how the Convention is being implemented in the UK and to outline next steps for the management of POPs, particularly those substances which have been more recently listed by the Convention for restriction, reduction or elimination.Many of the pesticides and industrial chemicals listed in the Convention have already been banned in the UK for many years. However, continued use is permitted for certain applications based on limited exemptions. These are outlined in Annexes A and B of the Convention.The draft updated National Implementation Plan has been published on Citizen Space. Interested parties are invited to share their views from today for eight weeks until 14 May. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:animal, Chemical, Discovery, environment, Government, Human, human health, industry, meet, organic, space, Stockholm, treaty, UK, UK Government, Water
Trending in Canada A letter to suppliers from Ford has indicated the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is rethinking its stance on its popular mid-sized sedan, the Fusion, and perhaps sedans in general, as the popularity of SUVs and crossovers continues to skyrocket. The Detroit News is reporting that the letter, sent to suppliers associated with a proposed 2020 redesign of the Fusion and its European sister, the Mondeo, says that the redesign has been outright cancelled. It does not, however, say the Fusion will be dropped. The order applies only to cars made at the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly plant in Mexico, which supplies the North American Fusion, and at Ford Valencia Body and Assembly in Spain, which builds the European Mondeo. Ford still plans to build the Fusion in China for that market, but has indicated it has no plans to export the Chinese Fusion for other markets. As the market shifts from sedans to crossovers, it’s clear automakers have been putting more focus on the segment, which bring more profits per vehicle than cars, especially compact cars. Last year, FCA stopped building the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to instead build and sell more crossovers. Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A 2017 Ford Fusion. RELATED TAGSFordFusionSedanNews advertisement ‹ Previous Next ›
RelatedSpencer praises work of Public Health Inspectors RelatedSpencer praises work of Public Health Inspectors FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has lauded Public Health Inspectors for their ‘tremendous contributions’ to national development in the areas of public and environmental health.“I would like to salute you all for your contributions to the health of citizens across Jamaica, and for being part of the bedrock of the Ministry of Health, protecting and maintaining health through rigorous monitoring of sanitation, food safety, water quality, vector control, port health and quarantine, training, public education, indoor air quality assessment, occupational health and waste disposal”, the Health Minister said, in a speech read by his Ministry’s Director of Health Promotion and Protection, Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller.Occasion was the opening of the 64th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition of the Jamaica Association of Public Health Inspectors, which is being held at the Iberostar Beach Hotel in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, October 26 to 28. The theme of the conference is, “Securing environmental health compliance in an increasingly hostile environment: greater roles for education, science and technology”.Mr. Spencer commended the Inspectorate for ‘staying the course and showing the dedication and commitment’ in carrying out their work.Chief Justice of Jamaica Hon. Zaila McCalla addressing participants during the Opening Ceremony of the 64th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition of the Jamaica Association of Public Health Inspectors, at the Iberostar Beach Hotel in Rose Hall, St. James Tuesday (October 26). The three-day conference (October 26-28) is being held under the theme, ‘Securing environmental health compliance in an increasingly hostileenvironment: greater roles for education, science and technology’.“We are indeed honoured to have such dedicated workers in the health sector and would be doing everything to increase the present cadre of approximately 300, as we are aware of the shortage,” he stated.Mr. Spencer also noted that his Ministry has collaborated with the National Youth Service to roll out an auxiliary public health inspectorate programme, to help address the functions that can be carried out by lesser trained personnel.“We are now in the process of selecting some 70 young persons, who will undergo training in a few months”, Minister Spencer said. He explained that they will be assigned duties such as basic sanitation and vector control, under the supervision of the Chief Public Health Inspectors and other senior inspectors in various communities across the island.“We expect that the programme will go on for an initial period of two years and, if funding is available, then we might expand and extend it,” Mr. Spencer said.Delivering the keynote address, Chief Justice of Jamaica, Hon. Zaila McCalla, called on Public Health Inspectors to be vigilant in ensuring that Public Health legislation is complied with at all times.“Do not compromise the safety of our citizens, the community and the country at large, by doing an incomplete inspection. Think of the implications that failure to inspect or a careless inspection could have on the society,” she said.“You must also continue to seek to educate the general public of the need to comply with the law. Citizens must come to realize that the law is designed to protect them and the environment. Citizens should be encouraged to be more vigilant and take greater responsibility in order to ensure their health and safety,” the Chief Justice urged.She assured the Inspectors that the Judiciary was ready and willing to work with them to ensure greater effectiveness in the preservation and protection of the health of citizens. Advertisements RelatedSpencer praises work of Public Health Inspectors Spencer praises work of Public Health Inspectors Health & WellnessOctober 28, 2010
RelatedOffice of Public Defender Stages Essay Competition Story HighlightsThe Government has started dialogue with the Commonwealth Secretariat for the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) compliant with the Paris Principles.The Paris Principles are a set of guiding standards which form the framework for the establishment of NHRIs. Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding welcomed the discussion on how Jamaica can establish an effective and sustainable NHRI. Jamaica Takes Steps to Establish National Human Rights Institution JusticeJuly 23, 2014Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer RelatedJamaicans Warned Against Becoming Victims of Human Trafficking Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding (right), engages Acting Head of Human Rights, Commonwealth Secretariat, Karen McKenzie (2nd right); Ombudsman of Namibia, John Walters (3rd right); Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Mr. Albert Edwards (left) and Head of the Justice Reform Unit in the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Donna Parchment- Brown, at the first dialogue session of the Government of Jamaica and the Commonwealth Secretariat on the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution, in compliance with the Paris Principles. RelatedPS says Jamaica Has Done More to Combat Human Trafficking The Government has started dialogue with the Commonwealth Secretariat for the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) compliant with the Paris Principles.The Paris Principles are a set of guiding standards which form the framework for the establishment of NHRIs. These principles were drafted at an international workshop in Paris, France in 1991, and were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, delivering the keynote address at the first of a two-day session, on July 22, welcomed the discussion on how Jamaica can establish an effective and sustainable NHRI.“This dialogue will provide us with a useful opportunity to learn more about the features and role of National Human Rights Institutions, and we can begin the process of considering the range of choices that exist as to the type of institution that would best fit our country’s needs,” he said.The Minister also affirmed the Government’s commitment to the human rights treaties, of which Jamaica is a signatory.“At meetings of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments held in 2012 and 2013, Jamaica joined with other governments which make up the Commonwealth to renew and reaffirm the commitments given under these international agreements, and agreed to support the establishment and strengthening of National Human Rights Institutions,” Senator Golding said.Acting Head of Human Rights, Commonwealth Secretariat, Karen McKenzie, who also addressed the group of stakeholders, highlighted the significance of the discourse.“The importance of having a dialogue is part of the journey that the Commonwealth Secretariat has when a government indicates an intention for the establishment of an NHRI. Such a dialogue aims at ensuring that governments, ministries, senior officials, the judiciary, electoral commission and other government institutions all have the same understanding and they have been clarified on the international framework for the establishment of a NHRI,” she said.The Commonwealth Secretariat, as part of its support, will provide technical support to the Jamaican Government.“Our assistance will include helping and supporting the Government to develop legislation or review current legislation. We will also want to facilitate a national stakeholder conference where we would invite all the relevant stakeholders to participate and voice their opinions,” Ms. McKenzie said.She also lauded the Government for the steps it has taken to promote human rights.Pointing to the establishment of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), the justice sector reform and the Disabilities Act that is currently before Parliament, she said “we must celebrate and commend that which has been done and is being done.”More than 100 countries already have NHRIs. Of that figure, 21 of those countries are part of the Commonwealth and have accredited institutions.Jamaica has done significant work in the area of Human Rights, beginning with the declaration of National Human Rights Year in 1968 by then Governor General, Sir Clifford Campbell. Since then Jamaica has ratified seven of the nine core international human rights treaties.A number of topics will be discussed over the two-day period, including the roles and responsibilities of NHRIs and the legal framework for the establishment of a Paris Principle compliant NHRI. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements Jamaica Takes Steps to Establish National Human Rights InstitutionJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay