The U.S. drops China from its list of the world’s worst human rights violators: “A bad decision at a bad time”

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The U.S. drops China from its list of the world’s worst human rights violators: “A bad decision at a bad time” April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas to go further Reporters Without Borders denounced the U.S. State Department’s decision to drop China from its list of the world’s worst human rights violators. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Follow the news on United States News News Reporters Without Borders denounced the U.S. State Department’s decision to drop China from its list of the world’s worst human rights violators. “The situation in China is not, of course, comparable to the one in North Korea or in Eritrea, but Washington’s decision occurs at the worst possible time, just when the situation is worsening prior to the opening of the Olympic Games. This move is seen as a major setback for human rights organizations, who have been striving especially hard in these last five months before the Games to improve the status of human rights in China. This decision was announced even as it was learned that some one hundred Tibetan monks have been arrested. and Chinese authorities are refusing to release activist Hu Jia and dozens of other freedom of expression advocates,” stated the organization from its Washington bureau.”U.S. authorities are depriving themselves of yet another effective way to pressure China, without having achieved any goodwill gesture from Beijing. The human rights dialogue between the two countries is set to resume, but shouldn’t the U.S. have waited for a massive release of prisoners and an end to censorship before dropping China from this list?” the organization stipulated.In its 2007 Human Rights Report published today, March 11, 2008, the State Department placed China on the list of authoritarian countries undergoing full economic reform and rapid social change, yet which “have not undertaken democratic political reform” and continue to deny their citizens human rights and basic freedoms. The report added: “The government also continued to monitor, harass, detain, arrest, and imprison activists, writers, journalists, and defense lawyers and their families, many of whom were seeking to exercise their rights under the law.” Beijing had figured among the worst violators in the 2006 and 2005 reports. Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Depressed fathers impact children’s development

first_imgFathers suffering from Post-Natal Depression (PND) respond more negatively to their children, and could therefore affect their developement, according to a study by researchers at the University of Oxford.Experts studied the behaviour of 38 fathers from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, 19 of whom suffered from depression, and 19 of whom didn’t. They filmed a three minute interaction between child and father and attempted to draw conclusions from its content. The team claimed they were looking for three things, namely, “more speech focused on paternal experience and less on the infant’s experience, increased negativity, in terms of more negative and critical comments about the infant and about the self, and fewer comments relating to the infant’s mental state, i.e. feelings, beliefs, intentions and desires.”Typical examples included: “I’m not able to make you smile”, “Daddy’s not as good as Mummy”, “Are you tired?”, and “Can’t think of anything to do all of a sudden”.The proportion of comments showing some negativity rose from an average of 11% among fathers without depression to 19% in fathers with depression. The proportion of the fathers’ comments that were focused on the baby dropped from 72% to 60%, while the proportion that focused on themselves rose from 14% to 24%. Dr Paul Ramchandani, a lead researcher, was keen to highlight that the research was a pilot project. “This particular paper had 38 participants, which is a limitation, and partly for this reason in the paper we urge that the findings should be interpreted with some caution,” he warned.He defended the seemingly short period of interaction chosen, three minutes, by claiming that “infants can find it challenging to do much longer.”The study comes in the wake of 2010 research by the Medical Research Council, which found that 3% of the 85,000 fathers considered suffered from PND. The label PND caused some controversy in a review of the research in The Guardian. The team clarified, “We do not actually use the term postnatal depression (PND) in men, as it isn’t really all that useful.” Experts stated that although the conclusion of the research may seem like common sense, the emphasis is of the project is to “look to the future.”Their next step is to examine the impact of depression on children throughout their development, and to design early interventions to aid fathers in the way they play and talk with their infants.last_img read more

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Mountain House Serves Up All the Fixins for Fall

first_imgOh autumn, we love you for the crunch of leaves beneath our feet, the cool and crisp air in our lungs, and the cozy promise of seasonal traditions, like fall hikes, holidays, and fireside meals with friends and family. At Mountain House we’ve been dishing up homestyle meals for 50 years. We hand-pick our ingredients with care in order to cook up comforting meals that can be enjoyed on or off the trail, and thanks to our unmatched freeze-dry technology, our meals can be enjoyed today, tomorrow, or 30 years from now!Homestyle Turkey Dinner CasseroleThis latest addition to the Mountain House menu has become a quick fan-favorite. Our Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole is like Thanksgiving in a pouch. Just add hot water and in minutes you’ll be digging in to the savory goodness of real turkey, stuffing, and harvest vegetables. Whether you’re enjoying the holiday in the great outdoors, or just have a craving for this quintessential autumn flavor medley, we’ve got you covered (messy kitchen not required). The Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole is available on MountainHouse.com and from your favorite outdoor retailer. Winner winner Turkey Dinner! Read reviews here.Photo by Christine ThompsonFeed The Crew With #10 CansThis time of year often means more time spent with family and friends, which means more mouths to feed! Gather your crew around the campfire or kitchen table and whip up 11 servings of the best Biscuits and Gravy this side of grandma’s kitchen. With fluffy buttermilk biscuits, real pork sausage, and a savory peppered gravy, it’s a #10 can chock-full of breakfast dreams! Just add hot water, and share the love. Read reviews here.Make Room For DessertCool autumn evenings call for the warm, cinnamon-goodness of our Apple Crisp. Or if your sweet tooth kicks in on a woodsy hike where hot water isn’t close at-hand, dig into ready-to-eat nibbles like our classic Ice Cream Sandwich. And if you’re in charge of bringing dessert for the masses, there’s nothing easier (or tastier!) than a #10 can of our Raspberry Crumble, 12 just-add-water servings of chocolate cookie crumbles and delectable raspberry sauce.Photo by Uncage the SoulIt’s the sweetest time of the year, and Mountain House is here to fill up hungry bellies with tasty and reliable fall favorites, so you can spend more time filling up the memory bank with friends and family.Feature photo by Roxanna Froeselast_img read more

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