Cuomo’s Justice Center Covering-Up Most Rapes and Deaths of People with Disabilities

Jonathan Carey “Champion for the Disabled” Born September 12,1993 Killed by caregivers on February 15,2007

Staggering numbers of rapes and deaths of vulnerable New Yorkers with disabilities living in group homes are being purposefully kept from local authorities

People are outraged and people are speaking out against this evil which is the worst discrimination in the history of New York State.”

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — People are outraged and people are speaking out against this evil which is the worst discrimination in the history of New York State. People with disabilities are being denied 911 emergency medical and police services. People with disabilities are being denied their constitutional equal rights to equal protection of laws. People with disabilities are being treated inhumanely, they are treated as lower class citizens, they are being discriminated against.

Here is a very powerful and truthful letter in the Syracuse Times https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/state-run-group-homes-under-fire/ following the hard to fathom heinous maggot in breathing tube cover-up http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/maggots_ny_group_home_rome_steven_wenger.html
The New York Daily News print and online section called Voice of the People piece titled, “The vulnerable need watchdogs” http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/aug-28-watchdogs-greed-mutts-article-1.3442927 speaks loud and clear about how these cover-ups are able to continue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ignoring the most basic safety, abuse and neglect, as well as death prevention measures to protect our most vulnerable, which are required 911emergency services and surveillance cameras. This NY Daily News letter is not the only major newspaper to print the identical problem that the NY Times Editorial Board wrote on four years ago http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/opinion/protecting-the-most-vulnerable.html?mcubz=3 following their award winning “Abused & Used” investigative reporting series which was a runner up for a Pulitzer Prize http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/nyregion/abused-and-used-series-page.html?mcubz=3

Thousands of reports of abuse, neglect and deaths of people with disabilities are reported every month to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s run abuse hotline and practically everything is disappearing. Literally almost all rapes and criminally negligent deaths are being covered-up with the Governor Cuomo’s knowledge. These crimes that are happening in massive proportion first and foremost must be stopped, but New York State Governor Cuomo’s position has been obvious, it does not matter if these people live or die. The atrocities that continue to go on in New York State have just made international news. The Associated Press did an extensive investigative piece regarding maggots found twice in the breath tube of a man with disabilities

This criminal neglect case was covered-up by Governor Cuomo’s wrongfully titled Justice Center, like thousands of others. It is standard operating procedure for this fraudulent and corrupt State agency to keep most reported crimes, medical emergencies and deaths from all local authorities which include local police, County elected District Attorney’s and Medical Examiners. The scheme which is allowing the governors agency to get away with such horrific atrocities that are likened to war crimes is by circumventing the 911 call systems which are supposed to be in place to protect everyone. Gov. Cuomo’s position is quite clear, the hell with the disabled, it is not in our interest to provide them 911 medical or police assistance or services, which is egregious & deadly discrimination. Why else would Governor Cuomo ignore; the massive NY Times “Abused & Used” series, over a dozen AP New and BuzzFeed News investigative reports on the Justice Center (please Google), the New York State Comptroller Audit and countless pleas for these emergency measures by Jonathan Carey’s father http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/nyregion/boys-death-highlights-crisis-in-homes-for-disabled.html and widely known advocate, Michael Carey, dating back to when Gov. Cuomo was the Attorney General? Anyone can change their mind and actions at any time, but what will it take for Governor Cuomo to take the most basic steps to end decades of horrific discrimination against people with disabilities and ensure them 911 emergency services and safe care? I have attached two extremely damning short videos done by AP News and the NY Daily News regarding the maggot story which was the number two AP News story in the world when it came out recently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSdCD8gxeHY and ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68q_zWQGEKs

It is also extremely important to bring to light another New York Daily News piece which revealed the fact that the New York State Assembly leadership knew that Cuomo’s Justice Center was a fraud but refused to investigate or take any actions to stop the crimes occurring there http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/secret-tape-shames-queens-assemblyman-article-1.1814814 . Michael Carey requested investigations with full subpoena power of Cuomo’s Justice Center because of the wide-scale criminal cover-ups of massive numbers of physical and sexual assault crimes and criminally negligent deaths, as well as the Medicaid fraud occurring within the Justice Center. Here is a direct quote from this powerful news story, “Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D—Queens), who chairs the chamber’s investigations committee, said Assembly Democratic leadership believes the Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs touted by Gov. Cuomo is a fraud but isn’t prepared to investigate at this time.”

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


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Lerner & Rowe Partner with KUPD and The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Sponsor 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb 2017

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Lerner & Rowe Gives Back

Lerner and Rowe in partnership with KUPD and The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation are sponsors of the 3rd Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

We’re proud to be part of such an incredible event honoring the heroic men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country on 9/11.”

— Kevin Rowe

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is partnering up with KUPD and The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to sponsor the 3rd annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. The climb will take place on Sept. 9 at the Talking Stick Fields in Scottsdale, AZ. Opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. and the climb is at 9 a.m.

This climb is a commemoration of all the first responding firefighters who lost their lives during the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Participants gather to climb the equivalent of 110 stories in representation of the 110 stories inside the World Trade Center. 343 participants will be given a small photo of one of the fallen heroes to carry with them as they climb.

“We’re proud to be part of such an incredible event honoring the heroic men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country on 9/11. Our legal team is also honored to support the efforts of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation as they not only commemorate those lost, but continue to support survivors and surviving family members,” said personal injury attorney Kevin Rowe.

The law firm encourages other community members to join them in honoring the memory of fallen firefighters. Learn more about the 9/11 Memorial Stair climb and how to get involved by contacting Riley Murph, Salt River Fire Department Event Coordinator, at (928) 241-0071 or via email at announce-cro@srpmic-nsn.gov.

More Details and How to Get Involved

For additional information about Lerner and Rowe’s Phoenix personal injury attorneys call (602) 977-1900. To learn more about the criminal defense and bankruptcy legal services offered by their partner law firm Lerner and Rowe Law Group, visit lernerandrowelawgroup.com or call (602) 667-7777.

To connect with the law firm socially, follow Lerner and Rowe on Twitter, or become a fan of their Facebook page. Also visit lernerandrowegivesback.com to learn more about the community services that the lawyers and legal support team of Lerner and Rowe actively support.

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Arizona Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers a Auto Brake Technician with Mesothelioma in Arizona Instant Access to the Nation's Top Compensation Lawyers for a Better Outcome

Write down a list of co-workers who witnessed your exposure to asbestos. Again, this is vital information ”

— Arizona Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, August 31, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Arizona Mesothelioma Victims Center is urging an auto mechanic or auto brake repairman who has just been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Arizona to take their possible financial compensation very seriously. The group wants a person like this to know that if this rare cancer has been diagnosed, there are extremely skilled attorneys who have been personally getting the best mesothelioma compensation results for individuals like a mechanic for over a decade.

As the group would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303 the fulltime mesothelioma attorneys they suggest also make house calls and their experience and skill is obvious once they talk to the person with this rare cancer. http://Arizona.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

In the early 1980s, US car and truck manufacturers were required to stop installing asbestos lined brake pads or brake linings as it was well known as a hazard to the health of workers. The unfortunate reality is that mechanics or brake technicians were still being exposed to asbestos on auto/truck brakes on a very regular basis until the mid-1990s as the engineering of asbestos components on new vehicles stopped, but the maintenance and repair of them did not.

Auto/truck mechanics or brake technicians in Arizona who have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma are urged to call the Arizona Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 800-714-0303 for a very honest conversation about mesothelioma compensation as well as specific attorneys they should be talking to. http://Arizona.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Arizona Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "If we had two vital tips for an auto/truck mechanic or auto/truck brake technician in Arizona who has been recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma it would be: "List the specific brake or auto parts that contained asbestos that you worked with on a regular basis. This is incredibly vital information for extremely skilled mesothelioma attorneys because it is this specific information that becomes the basis for the mesothelioma compensation claim. Write down a list of co-workers who witnessed your exposure to asbestos. Again, this is vital information when it comes to a mesothelioma compensation claim as we would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303." http://Arizona.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about asbestos or asbestos in the workplace please review the EPA's website on this topic: https://www.epa.gov/asbestos.

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Arizona the Arizona Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facilities with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at each hospital.

The Mayo Clinic Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona: http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/mayo-clinic-cancer-center.
The University of Arizona Medical Center Tucson, Arizona:
http://azcc.arizona.edu/profile/linda-garland
The Arizona Mesothelioma Victims Center would like to emphasize theirs is a statewide initiative available to a diagnosed victim anywhere in Arizona including communities such as Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe. Peoria, or Prescott. http://Arizona.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Arizona include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, manufacturing workers, plumbers, nuclear power plant workers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, or construction workers. Typically, these high-risk workers were exposed to asbestos in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. Mesothelioma also happens in Arizona. http://Arizona.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mesothelioma.html

Michael Thomas
Arizona Mesothelioma Victims Center
800-714-0303
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Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center Now Urges an Employee of a Company That Is Overbilling the Defense Department or any Federal Agency in Texas To Call About Possible Huge Rewards

If you can prove your Texas based employer has overbilled the US Government and the amount of overbilling is at least a million dollars please call us anytime at 866-714-6466 ”

— Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, August 31, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “We are urging an employee of a Texas based company that is providing any type of imaginable service to the US Department of Defense or any other federal agency to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if their employer is involved in significant overbilling, fraud or if the company is out of compliance with their federal contract. As we would like to discuss the rewards for this type of information can be substantial.” http://Texas.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

The Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center is especially interested in hearing from an employee with proof their Texas based employer is overbilling the US federal government for the following types of services:

* A Texas based company providing transportation or logistics services to the US Department of Defense or any other federal agency.
* A Texas based wind or solar company that has misspent grant money provided by the Department of Energy.
* A Texas based company providing any type of food, fuel or security services to the US Department of Defense.
* A Texas based road builder or construction company providing services to the Department of Transportation or any other federal agency.
* A Texas based company providing housing services to the Department of Defense, HUD or GSA
* A company in Texas overbilling the US General Services Administration on a contract or out of compliance with a GSA contract.
* A Texas based food distribution company that is overbilling the Department of Agriculture for school lunch programs, or any other type of food service.
* A Texas based environmental contractor that is overbilling the EPA for work being done at a Super Fund site or anywhere in Texas.

* Special note the business could be located anywhere in Texas including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Waco, Plano, Laredo, or Arlington.

According to the Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center, “If you can prove your Texas based employer has overbilled the US Government and the amount of overbilling is at least a million dollars please call us anytime at 866-714-6466 and let’s discuss how the whistleblower reward program works. Why sit on a potentially winning lotto ticket without ever knowing what it might have been worth?” http://Texas.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center: Do not go to the government first if you are a potential whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing. The Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake. Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward. Do not try to force a company/employer or individual to come clean about significant Medicare fraud, overbilling the federal government for services never rendered, multi-million-dollar state or federal tax evasion, or a Texas based company falsely claiming to be a minority owned business to get preferential treatment on federal or state projects. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help you with a focus on you getting rewarded.” http://Texas.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

Unlike any group in the US the Corporate Whistleblower Center can assist a potential whistleblower with packaging or building out their information to potentially increase the reward potential. They will also provide the whistleblower with access to some of the most skilled whistleblower attorneys in the nation. For more information, a possible whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing in Texas can contact the Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their website at http://Texas.CorporateWhistleBlower.Com

Michael Thomas
Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center
866-714-6466
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The Honorable David B. Katz Elected to NCJFCJ Board of Directors

The NCJFCJ has elected the Honorable David B. Katz of the Superior Court, Family Division, Essex County in Newark, N.J. to its Board of Directors.

RENO, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — (Reno, Nev.) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected the Honorable David B. Katz of the Superior Court, Family Division, Essex County in Newark, N.J. to its Board of Directors.

Along with his duties as a board director, he is also the NCJFCJ’s vice chair of the Family Violence and Domestic Relations Advisory Committee, and a member of the Curriculum Development and Legislative Committees.

Judge Katz was appointed to the Superior Court of New Jersey in 2008. He currently serves as the presiding judge in the family division in the Essex Vicinage. Judge Katz has also served as the lead judge for Children in Court and Domestic Violence, the Family Drug Court judge and chair of the Model Court. Judge Katz currently serves as chair of the Children in Court Subcommittee of the Conference of Presiding Judges, chair of the Domestic Violence Sub-Committee of the Conference of Presiding Judges, vice-chair of the State-wide Domestic Violence Working Group, and co-chair of the Essex County Domestic Violence Group. He has also served as vice president of the New Jersey Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Recently, he has been appointed to the Criminal Justice Reform Update Group and Criminal Justice Reform Advisory Committee, which is working on the implementation of Criminal Justice Reform in New Jersey.

From 2013-2015, Judge Katz was assigned to the Chancery Division, General Equity.

Judge Katz received his law degree from Seton Hall Law School in 1987, with honors, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Seton Hall Law Review. He also has an MBA from Fairleigh-Dickinson University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. Judge Katz is a former law clerk to the Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

Chrisie Yabu
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Guns For Felons – U.S. Senate Candidate Challenges Gun Control Act

Barry Michaels Independent Candidate U.S. Senate Nevada

Michaels E. Zapin Attorney at Law

Help restore the right to protect home and family

U.S. Senate Candidate barred from protecting himself fights back

Our Constitution has only one class of citizen entitled to all rights and equal protection for all.”

— Barry Michaels

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA, August 30, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Barry Michaels is running for U.S. Senate in Nevada but is unable to possess a firearm in his home for self-defense because he's a felon and federal law prohibits all felons from possessing a firearm, even those with non-violent convictions.

Michaels decided to challenge this law in federal court and on July 27th his attorney Michael E. Zapin filed their Opening Brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He alleges a provision of the Federal Gun Control Act as applied to him and millions of other similarly situated law-abiding citizens, violate their constitutional right under the Second Amendment, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Michaels alleges that the statute’s original purpose was to protect the public from violent offenders. He believes that the statute is too broad as written and should have been narrowly tailored to meet the government's compelling interest to keep guns out of the hands of those most likely to use it in the commission of a crime.

“There is no justification for applying the statute to non-violent felons that have been law-abiding for more than five years, since there is no data to suggest that they are any more dangerous or any more likely to commit a violent crime, or any crime for that matter, than any other law-abiding citizen, Michael argues. In fact, Michael's believes that non-violent felons that have "walked the straight and narrow" for at least five years, are probably less likely than an average citizen to commit a crime, as a result of lessons learned from having been incarcerated. You can help support this litigation by making a tax deductible donation.

Since completing his sentence, Michaels returned to school and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master's in Public Administration. He has over fifty years of business experience and continues to be involved in several businesses including Avatar Airlines, an ultra low-fare national airline in the startup phase.

Barry Michaels or Michael E. Zapin
Barry Michaels for U.S. Senate 2018
702.415.0905 or 561.843.5352

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Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Urges a Public Utility/Electrical Worker Anywhere in Indiana To Call for Direct Access to The Nation’s Most Skilled Compensation Lawyers

Some of the nation’s leading mesothelioma attorneys will- in all likelihood-want to personally handle your compensation claim and possible litigation-as we would like to discuss at 800-714-0303”

— Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, August 30, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “We are appealing to a public utility or electrical worker anywhere in Indiana who has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma to call us anytime at 800-714-0303 so we can provide them with direct access to some of the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma compensation attorneys who consistently get the best possible financial compensation results for their clients.

“When it comes to financial compensation for mesothelioma please don't allow you or your loved one to get shortchanged because you no way of determining what type of law firm or lawyer to hire. Hint-please don’t hire a local car accident lawyer for something as complex as a mesothelioma compensation claim.” http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The types of public utility or electrical workers the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center is attempting to assist include:

* Electrical utility workers
* Water district workers
* Natural gas company workers
* Power house workers
* Water and Sewer district workers

Very important tip about hiring a lawyer to assist with a mesothelioma financial compensation claim for a person with this rare cancer in Indiana from the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center: “When it comes to a person with mesothelioma receiving the very best possible financial compensation some of the nation’s leading mesothelioma attorneys will- in all likelihood-want to personally handle your compensation claim and possible litigation as we would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303.

For more information, a person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma are urged to contact the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 800-714-0303 for their unsurpassed free services. http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center’s unsurpassed services for diagnosed people with mesothelioma in Indiana is a statewide initiative and available to a diagnosed person with mesothelioma in communities such as Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Hammond, or Bloomington.

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. High- risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Indiana include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, oil refinery workers, steel mill workers, manufacturing, or industrial workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, or construction workers. In most instances, the diagnosed person’s exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Indiana the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital: Purdue University Center for Cancer Research West Lafayette, Indiana: https://www.cancerresearch.purdue.edu/

The average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. Frequently victims of mesothelioma are-initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. Mesothelioma also happens in Indiana as the Center would like to explain anytime.

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Please call us at 800-714-0303 and compare the qualifications of who we consider to be the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma attorneys to any other lawyer, or law firm.” http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: http://www.nlm.nih.

Michael Thomas
Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center
800-714-0303
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Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel (MAP) – Press Release

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, August 29, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel (MAP): PRESS RELEASE

30 August 2017

The 30th of August marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. This day has a particular resonance for the Sri Lankan Tamil community whose members have been subjected to decades of abductions, secret prisons, and disappearances at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army and security services. As noted previously by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights the ‘scale of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka has long been exceptional’. Historically, disappearances have been used ‘to target those perceived as critical of the Government [of Sri Lanka (GSL)], supportive of opposition movements, or involved in armed conflict’ and have been largely perpetrated by GSL security forces ‘in collusion with paramilitary groups’. The victims of enforced disappearance are not only the disappeared themselves, but also their family members. Today, no doubt, many thousands of Sri Lankans will be reflecting on this and other aspects of the country’s unfortunate history.

This press release comes in advance of the Thirty-Sixth Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to be held in Geneva from 11–29 September 2017. The MAP urges all stakeholders to work towards the meaningful implementation of the HRC’s Resolution of October 2015 on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (Resolution 30/1), including a functioning Office of Missing Persons and a law criminalizing enforced disappearances.

In July 2017, the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam extended the mandate of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel (MAP) for a further two years. The recomposed panel of three international legal experts will continue to provide independent monitoring of the transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka, including the judicial measures to investigate and prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Despite co-sponsoring Resolution 30/1, the GSL has largely failed to establish the promised accountability mechanisms to address the crimes committed during the protracted civil war between the Government of Sri Lanka (the ‘GSL’) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which ended in 2009 and left more than 40,000 dead and some 280,000 displaced. In particular, the GSL has capitulated to domestic political pressures and resisted the inclusion of foreign judges and prosecutors in a special criminal court.

In response to these failings, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights encouraged Member States to ‘[w]herever possible, in particular under universal jurisdiction, investigate and prosecute those allegedly responsible for such violations as torture, enforced disappearance, war crimes and crimes against humanity’. The MAP has previously argued that, if the GSL continues in its current obstructionist vein, the UN Security Council should refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court.

Since the release of the MAP’s Second Spot Report on 28 February 2017, the Human Rights Council has granted the GSL an additional two years in which to implement the processes envisaged in Resolution 30/1. Regrettably, the HRC did not impose any further demands on the GSL or set benchmarks for its compliance with the Resolution.

In the six months following this seemingly pro forma extension, there have been a number of notable developments, which illustrate the failures of the GSL’s transitional justice program:

• In April, Amnesty International issued a report focusing on the stories of victims’ relatives, many of them women, who have spent years searching for truth and justice: ‘Obstructed at every turn, they have been misled about the whereabouts or fate of their disappeared relatives, subjected to threats, smears and intimidation, and suffered the indignity of delayed trials and a stalled truth and justice processes.’

• In May, the GSL cabinet approved a third draft of the Counter Terrorism Act (CTA)—meant to replace the draconian and reviled Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) which remains in force to date—but no parliamentary vote has yet been set. According to Human Rights Watch, ‘Sri Lanka’s latest counterterrorism bill falls far short of the government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to end abusive detention without charge’ and ‘would still permit many of the abuses occurring under [the PTA]’ while raising ‘a number of new concerns including broad and vague definitions of terrorist acts, warrantless arrests, and undue limitations on freedom of expression.

• In June, the GSL announced it would appoint a ministerial committee—chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe—to coordinate the recommendations made in Resolution 30/1. However, the committee’s precise mandate and proposed plans have yet to be clarified.

• In July, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson announced the preliminary findings of his recent mission to Sri Lanka. According to Mr Emmerson, ‘Sri Lanka continues to use torture against people detained on national security grounds, and its progress on human rights, reforms, and justice remain woefully slow.’ Additionally, ‘[a]ll the evidence points to the fact that the use of torture was “routine and endemic” against people held under the deeply-flawed [PTA]’. Unsurprisingly, the ‘Tamil community has borne the brunt of the State’s well-oiled torture apparatus, as the law is used disproportionately against them’. It was reported that ‘80% of suspects arrested under the anti-terror legislation in late 2016 had reported torture and other physical ill-treatment’. The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report with his findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2018.

• In July, President Sirisena officially signed the gazette on the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). While the spokesman for the UN Secretary General called the development a ‘significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about missing loved ones’, the OMP has yet to become operational and the GSL’s intentions with respect to the office are dubious. A recent press report suggests that the OMP may be used to whitewash the past: ‘The government last week said the OMP will put to end the possibility of disappearances in the future and no one will be prosecuted for past action’. Moreover, Sri Lanka’s domestic political opposition factions have ‘slammed the move as a betrayal of the troops which crushed the LTTE’s three-decade-long separatist campaign’. Previously, the MAP has been critical of the OMP (as currently formulated) for: (1) failing to ensure the independence and impartiality of its membership and (2) potentially impeding any consequent efforts of a special court by way of overly protective confidentiality and immunity provisions.

• In July, the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) issued a report documenting 21 cases of abduction, illegal detention, torture, and/or sexual violence against Tamil victims by the Sri Lankan security forces in 2016 and 2017.

• In August, Sri Lanka’s army chief Mahesh Senanayake described the country’s military as a ‘highly disciplined’ force that did not commit ‘any offences’ during the civil war, noting that ‘[t]here can’t be murderers among war heroes’ and ‘[t]hose who fought the war will not be punished’. This standard political line, which has been adopted by many actors in the GSL and military, suggests that any national war crimes investigations may face interference from powerful forces.

• In August, Sri Lanka’s new foreign minister Tilak Marapana repeated the GSL’s consistent yet erroneous position that foreign judges could not be accommodated in domestic judicial mechanisms in accordance with the country’s constitution. As noted previously by the MAP, there is nothing in the constitution or any other Sri Lankan law that amounts to such a prohibition. Hybrid courts with international judicial assistance have functioned around the world in various legal environments that have been adapted for such specific purposes. There is simply no legal reason why Sri Lanka could not do the same.

In addition to recent developments, longstanding issues continue to fester. These include: the sustained militarization of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominant Northern and Eastern Provinces (including the occupation of civilian land); continued detention of political prisoners; a lack of security-sector and constitutional reform; and harassment of religious and ethnic minorities and human rights defenders.

As recently noted in a report issued by Amnesty International (Amnesty Report), one of the ‘important steps’ taken by the GSL since the adoption of Resolution 30/1 has been the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. However, the GSL’s commitments under the convention have yet to be fulfilled. A parliamentary debate on a bill criminalizing enforced disappearance scheduled for July 2017 was postponed without explanation. And, as noted, the success of the OMP remains an open question.

In light of the above, the MAP hereby calls on the GSL to adopt all of the recommendations contained in the Second Spot Report as well as those set out in the Amnesty Report. In particular, the GSL should:

• criminalize enforce disappearances as a matter of urgency;

• operationalize the OMP as soon as possible, ensure its independence, and consider amendments in light of the MAP’s previous criticisms;

• repeal the PTA, replace it with legislation that meets international standards, and provide immediate and meaningful judicial review of detention orders made pursuant to the old law;

• begin taking the preliminary practical steps necessary for the eventual establishment of a special court, including: amending substantive law to include international crimes and modes of liability, developing a system for the collection and preservation of evidence, enhancing witness protection systems, and establishing an outreach program regarding accountability mechanisms and issues.

In light of the GSL’s lack of progress to date, the MAP will soon release a thematic report addressing alternative avenues for redress and accountability for the mass crimes committed during and after Sri Lanka’s armed conflict.

The MAP provides independent monitoring, advice, and recommendations, focusing on the effectiveness of accountability measures from a victims’ perspective. Its views and recommendations will enable victims and other stakeholders to participate more effectively in the transitional justice process and thus enhance the legitimacy of measures taken.

For more information, please visit: http://war-victims-map.org; and for media enquiries, please contact Richard J Rogers: richardrogers@globaldiligence.com

Monitoring and Accountability Panel
MAP
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Source: EIN Presswire

Sam Bass Named 2017 Legal Elite of the Upstate

Stewart Law Offices is proud to announce that Attorney Sam Bass has been named 2017 Legal Elite of the Upstate for his work in personal injury law.

GREENVILLE, S.C., UNITED STATES, August 29, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Stewart Law Offices is proud to announce that one of its own has earned a prestigious honor in the state of South Carolina. Attorney Sam Bass has been named 2017 Legal Elite of the Upstate for his work in personal injury law. Attorneys who earn the distinction of Legal Elite are nominated by their peers and recognized as being one of the best in their respective practice areas.

The Legal Elite honor is given out by Greenville Business Magazine to lawyers in a variety of separate categories. Those who are honored are voted in by members of the legal profession. Lawyers throughout the area are asked to vote for the top attorneys in 20 different practice areas. This is done through a survey that is sent out to more than 800 practice attorneys in the Greenville area.

Sam's legal career began in 2008 after he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He also attended a graduate program at National Taiwan University after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree from Washington & Lee University. Sam also has previous experience as a prosecutor in South Carolina's 7th Circuit.

Bass joined Stewart Law Offices in 2015 and he has been a tremendous asset to clients and Stewart Law Offices. His success as a personal injury attorney led his peers to nominate and vote him in as a Legal Elite of the Upstate. Bass has been successful in many cases involving car and truck accidents, premises liability, and workers' compensation.

Past attorneys named Legal Elite of the Upstate have gone on to do many great things in their respective practice areas. Bass' two-year tenure at Stewart Law Offices appears to have paved the way toward a bright and productive future. Part of Bass' success is attributed to his commitment to clients, attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the law. Bass is happily married and the father of two young children.

Stewart Law Offices has five locations and that includes a North Carolina office in the city of Charlotte. The four South Carolina offices are located in Rock Hill, Beaufort, Spartanburg and Columbia. To contact an attorney at Stewart Law Offices, call (803) 328-5600 or visit us online at http://www.stewartlawoffices.net.

Brent Stewart
Stewart Law Offices
(803) 328-5600
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Apeiron Data Systems Announces Major Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Storage Contract

Apeiron provides native NVMe storage networking

Apeiron to provide ultra high density and performance systems for electronic discovery environments

Apeiron's ADS1000 provides the low latency native NVMe networking necessary to truly leverage the NVMe standard, this includes the ability to "pool" Intel Optane”

— Jim Steed

FOLSOM, CA, USA, August 29, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Apeiron Data Systems announced today that it has been awarded the federal contract to provide data storage and compute infrastructure to the FDA’s electronic discovery environments. Apeiron proposed the all NVMe ADS1000 with switching and compute fully integrated in a single environment. Each system is capable of 18M IOPS per 2U enclosure, and 72GB/s of throughput (limitation of the NAND drives). In addition to the performance and scale advantages of NVMe, Apeiron provides 32-40GbE ports integrated in each enclosure. The need to procure, deploy and manage external storage switching is gone with the ADS1000. This integration of NVMe and switching saves the FDA significant dollars on both the initial procurement and future maintenance/management.

Apeiron’s VP of N. America Sales, Jim Steed says: “Aside from all of the 'standard' storage and compute capabilities, Apeiron provides the FDA with significant consolidation while delivering the high performance ingest and query capabilities these environments demand. The current and future NVMe drive capabilities are were critical to this decision as well. Because Apeiron can address any NVMe SSD, from any supplier the FDA can now choose the proper drive for the particular workload. This translates to consolidation of both compute and storage, which of course means a lower Total Cost of Ownership.”

Apeiron’s ADS1000 provides a native NVMe over Ethernet storage network. Storage management is moved to the application servers instead of an embedded/proprietary controller. This results in the elimination of the #1 bottleneck to server and storage performance-the storage controller. With the ability to provide 184 TB per 2U enclosure (going to 360 TB in September 2017), the ADS1000 simply cannot be matched in the categories of both density and performance.

James L. Steed
Apeiron Sales
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Source: EIN Presswire