The equality and human rights watchdog has refused

first_imgThe equality and human rights watchdog has refused to withdraw its report to the UN on the implementation of its disability convention, despite omitting vital information that links government ministers with the deaths of benefit claimants.Only two weeks ago, three national disabled people’s organisations were forced to withdraw their own report to the UN, after admitting that their document failed to speak out strongly enough on links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of disabled people who had been denied the benefits they needed.Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland agreed to strengthen their “shadow” report and resubmit it to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), after the omissions were highlighted by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Disability News Service (DNS).But now the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – which funded the trio’s shadow report – has admitted that its own report to the UN has left out some of the same key pieces of evidence.This report was submitted by the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) – made up of EHRC, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission – which is tasked with monitoring and promoting the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in the UK.The UKIM report was sent to CRPD as part of the process which will lead to the UK government being questioned in public later this year on its progress in implementing the convention.But although it says that work capability assessments (WCAs) – which test eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits – “have been linked to some suicides and cases of deteriorating mental health”, the UKIM report fails to mention two Prevention of Future Deaths letters written by coroners to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in late March 2010 and in early 2014.Both of those letters link flaws in the WCA process to the deaths of benefit claimants with mental health conditions.The first PFD report was written just weeks before the coalition government took power, but no action was taken by ministers on the coroner’s recommendations and the letter was not passed to the independent expert reviewing the WCA for DWP.The various documents omitted by UKIM show that other disabled people continued to die as a result of ministers’ failure to ensure that the necessary medical evidence is secured when a claimant has a mental health condition.The UKIM report also fails to mention a document written by Scotland’s Mental Welfare Commission (MWC), which linked flaws in the WCA and the death of Ms DE, a claimant with a mental health condition, in December 2011.An EHRC spokesman admitted that those three piece of evidence have been left out of the report.But he said the UKIM report had included a link to government-funded research by public health experts from the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford, which concluded in late 2015 that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the WCA was linked to 590 suicides in just three years.But when asked why it had ignored the three pieces of key evidence, which together link ministers with the deaths of benefit claimants, the EHRC spokesman said: “Because another source [the Liverpool and Oxford research report] was used that provided the same information, which was making the same substantive point.“For this reason, our submission will remain as it stands.”DPAC said it was “extremely concerned” by the omission, and wrote to EHRC this week to ask why it had omitted the “essential information” from its report.Members of DPAC’s steering group subsequently took part in a telephone conference call with an EHRC executive.Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, said: “DPAC are deeply concerned that specific pieces of evidence which link the WCA to unnecessary claimant deaths have not been highlighted in any way by EHRC.“As they are the official monitoring body for the CRPD we feel this is totally unsatisfactory.“Two of the shadow reports – for DR UK and EHRC – have been produced by non-disabled people and more or less ignore the issues that are important to disabled people.“That the EHRC report summarized their perception of problems with the WCA process in 11 lines illustrates this point.“There is no sense of urgency in their report. These are people who have a cushy job and want to keep it.  “The mindset is that this is a technical, bureaucratic thing, not that it is really happening to actual disabled people.“Or worse, if it is happening to real disabled people it doesn’t really matter as long as the word limit [of their report] isn’t exceeded.”The EHRC spokesman said: “Our report, produced jointly with other members of the UK Independent Mechanism, clearly raises concerns about deaths linked to work capability assessments.“In particular, the report points to a recently published study of the link between the work capability assessments and deteriorating mental health and deaths.“As an independent, UN-accredited National Human Rights Institution, we have recommended that [CRPD] asks the UK government how it is ensuring that processes in place to deliver employment and support allowance, including work capability assessments, are compliant with the [UNCRPD].“For these reasons, our submission will remain as it stands.“We would encourage any organisation wishing to put forward additional evidence to submit this to [CRPD] by 27 February.”last_img read more

EXCITEMENT is already growing for the start of the

first_imgEXCITEMENT is already growing for the start of the season with the vast majority of the first team squad now beginning their pre-season preparations in the gym and on the the training field.The 2016 Home and Away shirts have been launched and we have already begun the build-up to the huge World Club Series clash against the Sydney Roosters, February 22.Now Keiron Cunningham has announced his squad numbers for the 2016 campaign.Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley have been promoted to the No.4 and No.8 shirts respectively.New signing Lama Tasi will wear the No.14 shirt and other new recruits Dominique Peyroux, Theo Fages and Jack Owens with wear the No.18, 19 and 22 shirts respectively.There are also new faces also from the Club’s Academy system with Calvin Wellington, Danny Richardson and others joining Ricky Bailey and Morgan Knowles who both made their debuts in 2015.Join that number now and secure your 2016 Membership package and take advantage of the Early-Bird pricing before Christmas Eve.    Secure your Number:Each member whether they renew or purchase Membership for the first time will be given a unique Membership number that they will keep for life. This number will then be used going forward for a range of exciting initiatives in the future bringing more value to loyal Saints fans.Your Benefits include:All your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great membership package:Exclusive membership only merchandise and stadium offersExclusive local partner offers50% off Magic Weekend ticketsPriority match tickets for major games (T&C’s apply) Discounted away travelJunior membership holders get free access to all 2016 Saints away games (Subject to availability)last_img read more

Japan to enter into an era of Beautiful Harmony

first_img SharePrint Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new era name “Reiwa” at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERSJapan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new era name “Reiwa” at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS Japan declared on Monday the name of its new imperial era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor on May 1, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying it emphasized traditional values at a turning point in the nation’s history.Crowds watching giant television screens across Tokyo roared and raised their phones to take photos as a sombre Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga held up a white placard with the new name – Reiwa – written in two characters in black ink.The country had been anxiously awaiting the new era name, or “gengo,” which is used on coins, calendars, newspapers and in official paperwork, and over time captures a national mood.The first character is most often used to mean “command” but can also mean “good” and “beautiful,” while the second means “peace” or “harmony”.The name emphasizes the beauty of Japan’s traditional culture and a future in which everyone would be able to achieve their dreams, especially young people, Abe said.“Our nation is facing a big turning point, but there are lots of Japanese values that should not fade away,” he told a news conference, adding the name signals that “our nation’s culture is born and nourished by people’s hearts being drawn beautifully together.”Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne will come a day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates on April 30, ending the Heisei era, which began in 1989. He will be the first emperor to abdicate in Japan in over two centuries.The announcement came a month early so government offices and companies can update computer software and make preparations to avoid glitches when the new era begins.While use of the Western calendar is common, many Japanese count years by gengo or use the two systems interchangeably.JAPANESE POEMWhile the public response was generally positive, some people did not like the new name, pronounced “ray-wa.”“It’s a gentle, peaceful name,” said Masaharu Hannuki, a 63-year-old man outside Shimbashi train station where free special edition newspapers were handed out. “We want this to be an era where children can shine in a calm future.”Others said it sounded severe because the first character is used most often to mean “command” and “order.”“The idea that you should just give in to orders from those above you — that’s probably their wish but that doesn’t give me the sense they want peace for ordinary people,” said one Twitter user.For the first time, the new name was taken from an ancient Japanese source — an anthology of poems called the Manyoshu — instead of old Chinese texts.The characters are from a poem about spring that mentions soft winds and plum blossoms — references that scholars recognised but are not familiar to most people.Abe stressed the history and positive interpretation of the name. Experts also said it reflected his conservative political agenda that emphasizes national pride.“It’s a collection that expresses our nation’s rich culture, which we should take pride in, along with our nation’s beautiful nature,” Abe said. “We believe this national character should be passed along to the next era.”Makoto Ueno, a Manyoshu expert at Nara University, said the use of Japanese texts marked a significant change.“It means the gengo has entered a new chapter,” he said. “The system which originated with the Chinese emperor system has been made alive in Japan.”THE “REIWA” BUMPThe new name was a closely guarded secret, with officials involved forced to hand in their mobile phones and keep quiet.When it was finally announced, Internet users rushed to register domain names linked to “Reiwa“, which also sparked a jump in name-related stocks.Guidelines stipulated that the era name should be appropriate to the ideals of the nation, consist of two “kanji,” or Chinese characters, and be easy to write and read. It also can’t be a repeat of a previous combination.Scholars and bureaucrats had drawn up a list of candidates, and the cabinet made the final decision after consulting an advisory panel.There have been four era names in Japan’s modern history: Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926), Showa (1926-1989) and the current Heisei, meaning “achieving peace”.City offices and government agencies have been preparing for the new era name for months, aided by computer systems firms such as Fujitsu Ltd and NEC Corp. Many computer programmes have been designed to make it easy to change the gengo.Over time, the gengo comes to symbolise the national mood of a period, similar to how “the ’60s” evokes certain images, or how historians refer to Britain’s “Victorian” or “Edwardian” eras, tying the politics and culture of a period to a monarch.The three decades of the Heisei era saw the collapse of Japan’s frothy “bubble” economy, years of economic stagnation, a series of natural disasters and the spread of social media.“I hope it’s an era with no war and one where everyone helps each other,” said 13-year-old Miyu Sakamoto.WhatsApp <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG6622.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Impeach me Ill jail you – Philippines Duterte dares foes to test

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via ReutersFILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened opponents with prison if they try to impeach him, the latest in what a top U.N. official and an Asian lawmakers’ group this week called a pattern of persecution and assaults on free speech.Duterte vented his anger late on Thursday amid intense media scrutiny and accusations that he is siding with China over a June 9 sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel, which happened inside Manila’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).The maverick leader has echoed Beijing’s line that it was an accident, not an intentional ramming, and shrugged off the presence of Chinese fishermen inside the Philippine EEZ, saying he would allow it out of friendship.Some high-profile critics, among them a top judge and a former foreign minister, have called that a breach of the constitution, or worthy of his impeachment.“Me? Will be impeached? I will jail them all,” Duterte told reporters. “Try to do it and I will do it. Son of a bitch.”He added: “I am challenging you to do it. You really want to force my hand into it? Okay. You sons of bitches, do it. Yes. File it.”A report on Tuesday by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights chided the Duterte administration for what it said were threats and aggressive rhetoric and trumped-up criminal charges against opponents that amounted to “deliberate effort to muzzle critics and weaken checks and balances.”U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said there was a “very real risk of violence” for Filipinos who speak out, noting threats were publicly made by state officials.While Duterte’s popularity and mandate have been bolstered by a recent midterm election, the sinking incident has put the domestic spotlight on cracks that are appearing in his much-trumpeted foreign policy of non-confrontation with China in return for economic incentives.Some analysts say China’s offers of high-interest infrastructure loans and promises of massive investments have won Duterte’s acquiescence, but with much of that yet to materialise and China further militarising its artificial islands and strengthening its fishing militia, Duterte risks looking like he is being duped.Asked on Friday about threats to jail opponents, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte was merely upset that people could not see he had the country’s interests at heart.“He cannot understand why people are against his policy,” Panelo told reporters.WhatsApplast_img read more

Naming of von der Leyen as EU executive chief not transparent –

first_imgEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reacts during his meeting with the Finnish Prime Minister (not pictured) at the House of the Estates during the visit to the College of Commissioners of the European Commission in Helsinki, Finland, July 5, 2019. Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via REUTERSEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reacts during his meeting with the Finnish Prime Minister (not pictured) at the House of the Estates during the visit to the College of Commissioners of the European Commission in Helsinki, Finland, July 5, 2019. Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via REUTERS European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the process to appoint his successor, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, was not transparent and marked an unwelcome break with the practice of choosing parties’ lead candidates.“The process was not very transparent,” Juncker told a news conference in Helsinki on Friday, replying to a question about how EU leaders this week selected the next president of the EU executive. The nominee requires European Parliament approval.He added that his appointment five years ago was transparent as he was chosen by leaders after having campaigned in European elections.“Unfortunately it did not become a tradition,” Juncker said. “I was the first and the last spitzenkandidat,” he added, using the German word for lead candidate in EU elections.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more