More and more ruthless…International community intervention needed

first_img AvatarKim Yong Hun More and more ruthless…International community intervention needed RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img News By Kim Yong Hun – 2007.03.19 9:58pm News [imText1]A report has been published which depicts the systematized methods in how North Korean officials torture defectors. The Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (representative, Benjamin Yoon) conducted an in-depth investigation with 20 defectors (9 male, 11 female) over a period of 7 months on differing torture methods by North Korea’s national bureau, such as the National Security Agency and the People’s Protection Agency. The report, titled “North Korea: Republic of Torture” was published on the 13th.This report claimed that North Korean authorities enforced standardized torture such as beatings, assault and confinement in order to get the prisoners to confess and raised the concern that these tortures were only worsening. Furthermore, rations are not distributed in the prisons and so prisoners inevitably meet their death tortured in a malnourished state.If a prisoner dies during torture, investigations on the cause of death are not made and officials create a fallacy that the prisoner committed suicide because of guilt, claimed the report. The report stated “Even if a person dies of torture and the deceased body is returned to the family, the cause of death is stated ‘It is reasonable that death was received as the penalty for a person who committed a crime and was unable to wash away from his/her sins’” and revealed that “A tag then identifies the family as a family with a criminal.”Additionally, the report highlighted the fact that prisoners were experiencing extreme torture. Particularly, without even the bare minimum of food, detainees are sent to the “basement” where their arms and legs are twisted behind their backs. The person is then positioned to hang in mid-air for long hours; this known as the notorious “pigeon torture.” “Since the late 90’s, the succession of defectors rose dramatically and in order to combat this, North Korean authorities began campaigning control and severe punishment” said the report and explained, “These claims have been based on a long-term investigation made by the National Saftey Agency in Musan in 1999 on custodial facilities.”The report continued, “Since 2000, women have been subject to inhumane exploitation on a daily basis… Female detainees are stripped of their clothing and made to sit then stand repeatedly in their naked state.” Making the woman repeatedly sit and stand naked, comes from the idea of shaking the money collected in China to fall from one’s body and is a form of basic torture taking a trend to other regions.In particular, “North Korea’s National Safety Agency and China’s Public Security united in a secret pact in 1998~1999 to repatriate defectors back to North Korea” the report claimed and asserted, “China is also participating in human rights violations against North Korean citizens.”The Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights is urging for the Korean government and international community to intervene and end the repatriation of North Korean defectors in China. The Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights will also issue the report in English, and at the end of this month present it to Vitit Muntarbhorn, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in the North Korea, hoping to raise the chance of discussing the issue of torture.The 20 participants of the investigation have come from a range of provinces such as Onsung, Hoiryeong, Musan, Kyunsung, Chongjin, Hamju in South Hamkyung, Shinuiju in North Pyongan and Pyongyang. The participants had all experienced different types of torture during the period 1993~2005 in 8 different types of environments including gulags, education centers, concentration camps, labor camps and street kids camps. Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Renewing progress towards peace in South Sudan

first_imgRenewing progress towards peace in South Sudan UK notes progress towards peace in South Sudan is “too slow and too limited” and calls on government to act in interests of its peopleUK expresses concern at levels of humanitarian crises and severe malnutrition and calls for Government to partner with donor communities and the UN to solve the crisisRemarks by Ambassador Jonathan Allen at the Security Council, 3 March 2021Thank you very much, Madam President. Let me begin by thanking Jackline Nasiwa for her briefing. And let me also take this opportunity to commend the outgoing SRSG, David Shearer. David, I and many others have seen over the years your genuine, personal and tireless commitment towards peace and stability in South Sudan. You have always put the people of South Sudan first. Members of this Council saw that first hand during our visit in 2019. This has been a distinguished tour of duty, and my country thanks you for your service.Madam President, twelve months on from the formation of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity, I want to welcome the appointment of a unified Cabinet, Governors and Deputy Governors in all states. We hope that those appointed can deliver tangible improvements to people’s lives.South Sudan’s endorsement with a roadmap for implementing transitional justice mechanisms, including the Hybrid Court, is also welcome. And I urge the Government of South Sudan to expedite the memorandum of understanding with the African Union on the Hybrid Court.Madam President, whilst these steps are welcome, overall progress has been too slow and too limited. Time after time, this Council expresses its concerns and calls for action. Yet what we and the people of South Sudan continue to see is inaction on a number of issues. Power vacuums at local level have directly led to further suffering and civilian casualties. The Government needs to show the world that it’s serious about peace. As the next step, we call for South Sudan to complete the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly. We also call on the Government to ensure adequate training and resourcing of the Necessary Unified Forces. Such action does not require any easing of the arms embargo, but should the Government wish to submit exemption requests, they are free to do so for the consideration of the Sanctions Committee.Madam President, we must acknowledge that more people are in need of assistance than at any time since South Sudan’s independence nearly a decade ago. 8.3 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive. 60 percent of the population is facing crisis levels of food insecurity. 1.4 million children under the age of five face severe malnutrition in 2021 – that’s 10 percent of the entire population. We must do all we can to scale up the humanitarian response.The UK is giving over $175 million this year in response to needs in South Sudan, in addition to our large scale funding of COVAX, providing vaccines around the world. I want to remind Council members of the importance of our passing of UN Security Council Resolution 2565 and provisions within it calling for access to vaccines in conflict zones, which I hope will apply fully in South Sudan next year.Reporting from the UN Commission on Human Rights provides further devastating insight into the impact of conflict on civilians. Violence against civilians continues. Rape and starvation are used as weapons of war. Now is clearly not the time to downgrade the Human Rights Council’s oversight of the situation.The South Sudanese government needs to show it understands the severity of the plight of its people, to take responsibility and act in partnership with donor communities and the UN to solve the crisis. It should include full respect for the Status of Forces Agreement. And I want to state our unequivocal support for UNMISS and recognise the crucial protection role played by UNMISS.Madam President, one year on from the formation of a transitional government and almost 10 years from the creation of South Sudan, we have sadly little to applaud. We can say that it could be worse, but only because so often it has been worse. There are multiple systemic failings and sadly, the elite do not choose to put the interests of the people first. We need an approach which incentivises those elites to cooperate in the interests of all.I note that the representative of South Sudan has again today chosen not to participate in our meeting. Indeed, we have not seen him here for a year. I understand he has said he does not want to join us because he feels that his country is criticized in our meetings. It seems to me that if more time was spent by the leadership of South Sudan in listening to others rather than ignoring inconvenient voices, then things might improve.Madam President, we cannot let the systemic drift continue. With renewed effort from us all, including from the government and the politicians in South Sudan, substantial progress can be achieved. We should seize this opportunity so that when we meet again ahead of the 10 year anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, we – and more importantly, the people of South Sudan – can have something to celebrate.Thank you, Madam President. /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. 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New Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book due out this summer

first_imgNew Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book due out this summer New Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book due out this summer April 15, 2010 Regular Newscenter_img The Bar’s CLE Publications Department, in partnership with LexisNexis, is now developing a new edition of the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book, in light of the Supreme Court’s March approval of a major reworking of state’s jury instructions for civil cases.Jodi Jennings, of the Bar’s CLE Publications Department, said the new edition of the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book is expected to be available this summer. The book can be pre-ordered now through LexisNexis by calling (800) 533-1637.Until the new book is ready for distribution, the new civil jury instructions are available online in the Supreme Court’s opinion, case no. SC09-284, and on the Web page of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases at www.floridasupremecourt.org/civ_jury_instructions/instructions.shtml. Jennings also said the new instructions do not yet contain products liability instructions, but lawyers can refer to the former set of civil instructions for the existing products liability instructions, which are also available on the committee’s Web page. The committee also has proposed amended products liability instructions, which are currently pending in case SC09-1264. Oral argument in that case is scheduled for May 5.Jennings said lawyers should get in the habit of using the court’s jury instructions Web pages, especially in light of the recent amendment to Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.985, Standard Jury Instructions, effective October 1, 2009, that states “[t]he forms of Florida Standard Jury Instructions appearing on the court’s Web site at www.floridasupremecourt.org/jury_instructions/instructions.shtml may be used by the trial judges of this state in charging the jury in civil actions.. . . ”The reorganization of the civil jury instructions was based upon the delineation of separate sections, which include oaths, preliminary instructions, evidence instructions, substantive instructions, damages, general substantive instructions, closing instructions, and supplemental matters. Each of the substantive areas are now organized into separate sections and include pertinent standard instructions which are reproduced within each substantive section or, when necessary, tailored to the specific substantive area.The court said the basic “template” used in the reorganization of the substantive law instructions includes an introduction instruction, an instruction with a simple summary of the case, instructions with the rules, and instructions on the issues with the applicable burden of proof.The amended standard civil instructions also include a number of plain language modifications which attempt to simplify the instructions to increase juror understanding by changing nonessential “legalese” to its plain English equivalent.last_img read more

ROM-Based GNSS Module for Cost-Conscious Tracking and Navigation Devices

first_imgSTMicroelectronics has ehanced its GNSS product offering with the introduction of Teseo-LIV3R, a ROM-based GNSS module. The competitively-priced module provides ST’s full GNSS algorithm capability for cost-conscious tracking and navigation devices.ST’s new GNSS module provides odometer functionality with three trip counters and a reached-distance alert, along with geofencing capabilities with up to eight configurable circles and crossing-circles alarm. Support for real-time assisted GNSS with free server access ensures uninterrupted positioning data for dependable navigation. Simultaneous tracking of GPS, Glonass, Beidou, and QZSS constellations, with Satellite-Based Augmentation System (S-BAS) and Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) V3.1 differential positioning, ensures excellent accuracy to within 1.5 meters (50% Circular Error Probability). This module has a tracking sensitivity of -163 dBm and a time-to-first-fix less than one second which ensures high performance for demanding applications. The module is easy to use and responds to proprietary NMEA commands. With scalable power consumption according to accuracy, average current, and frequency of fixes, a sub-15µA standby mode with RTC backup, and support for multiple low-power modes, Teseo-LIV3R is an ideal choice for battery-sensitive applications. The low-power modes include continuous-fix with adaptive and power-saving cycled modes, periodic-fix with GPS only, and fix-on-demand with the device in permanent standby. To simplify and accelerate new product development, the module is FCC certified and is supported by the STM32 Open Development Environment. STM32 applications for advanced geolocation, smart tracking, and server-assisted GNSS are available, while the EVB-LIV3x evaluation board and X-NUCLEO-GNSS1A1 expansion board provide a head-start with hardware. The Teseo Suite PC tool helps easily configure settings and fine-tune performance. Developers can also join the ST GNSS community to share information and increase their understanding of the field. The Teseo-LIV3R is in volume production. The 9.7 x 10.1 mm LCC18 module is priced from $7.3 for orders of 1000 pieces. For more information, click here.last_img read more