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China; one of the countries with most discourse for the Human Rights

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December 10th; Human Rights Declaration Day
By: Hutan Golsorkhi

Chinese decent Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, is not able to attend Finals because of her exposing the Human Rights breach by the Chinese Government.

Anastasia Lin’s, US-Congressional stance in defence of the 100 Million practitioners of the FALUNG GONG Spiritual Ideology, results in visa denial for her Finals in China.

Many persons familiar with the International Politics who watch from far away the unusual harsh treatment of the followers of the FALUNG GONG Spiritual Practice in China, are baffled by the inhumane and even fatal manners by which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) treats the members of the practice which is also known as FALUN DAFA.
To people in the Western Societies, it is not even comprehensible as to why such a mighty Regime has come to wage a full scale clandestine war against participants of a Peaceful ancient Gentle practices, which looks like a “group meditation” endeavour that many North Americans once in a while see being practiced in parks.

The question for the non-Chinese person is, why a mighty “Atheistic” government such as China is so much apprehensive and non tolerant of a seemingly Yoga-Type practice of its citizens which also most of its participants seem to be of the aging senior sector of the 1.5 Billion nations?

The ANAJ writer of this article believes that the answer to the question “as to why” the CPP is so ruthless with the approximately 100 Million FALUNG GONG practitioners, has nothing to do with their specific belief or Doctrine,

Dictator regimes World Wide, are most worried and suspicious of any cause, or practice which results in the “people gathering together and have meetings”. When people come together under the banner of any form of ideology, the mere act of of meeting with one another, results in the exchange of Information and in fact the word “meeting” in many of the languages denotes “getting together to oppose an undesirable Regime”.. In oppressive regimes, the Media particularly the journalists are viewed as the “arch enemies” of the state and become the prime victims. People disappear overnight and great effort is exerted to hide the extent of the governmental atrocities and to blind the citizens. At the same time State Run media feed people with false and fabricated news. For example while the “free world” people know a good deal about the massacre at the famous Tiananmen Square, and the horrible images of tanks running over the people, still many of Chinese citizens inside the country are prevented from knowing details. When citizens gather and meet, there is also a transfer of the news, and that is one of the main reasons that oppressive regimes in many cases forbid getting together of more few persons at an appointed time and location.

MISS WORLD CANAD – HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

As the Miss World Canada, Anastasia Lin, is believed to have the highest qualifications
In Addition to her beauty. To point to the lack of observance of the Human Rights by the
CCP in China, Anastasia testified at the U.S. Congress Executive Commission against China for the Breach of Human Rights in many areas, in particular for the atrocities the CCP commits on daily basis against the people participating the Traditional Spiritual Falung Gong Practitioners, who unlike the Atheist Regime members, believe in the existence of “a Universal Power Greater than Ourselves “.

Father threatened – Visa Denied for Final Contest It was only a short time after Anastasia won the Miss World Canada title, that she received a call from her father in China. The scenario for such calls are the same Word Wide for all oppressive Regimes, and no different for the family members of the activists in China or in Egypt. Anastasia’s father was visited by the Secret Police, and we know the rest of the story.

However, In Anastasia’s case there was also another price to pay if she did not keep silent. The Finals for Miss World pagent are to be held in” Hainan Island” of the China, and Visa was denied for her only ! We all can guess how dear of a price that was for a young aspiring girl, surly a lot.

Anastasia has shown to the World that she is not just a Beauty Queen, but is also a Queen of Principals. No, the CCP with all its might, could not break the strong will of this seemingly fragile young woman who has tasted the fruits of the freedom, and the Individuals Rights through the years of living in Canada.

From what the Chinese Press in Diaspora has written about Anastasia, this young lady is truly touched by the immence Chinese ancient culture and its exceptionally high spiritual values. Anasatsi believes in the Inner beauty and” the peace within” and the treasures in the ” Confucianism’s Teachings “. She is vocal about actions of the Chinese Communist party which tries to turn the country’s traditional values into tools to mislead their citizens.

What the Association of North American Journalists and Writers ( Canada ) has found most valuable and touching in Anastasia Lin’s story, is the effects that” one person” can have, even if it seems minimal, in changing the” Statues que” – One Step at a Time.

As the Epoch times has written, for Anastasia Lin, “Raising Human Rights is a matter of Principals”

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29 journalists killed in Iraq in 2015

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BAGHDAD, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — A total of 29 Iraqi journalists were killed in the violence-ridden country in 2015, many of executed by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, an Iraqi journalists’ body said on Tuesday.

The latest body’s count brings the death toll of journalists in the country to 435 since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

“There is fear for the safety of the Iraqi Journalists, who are still vulnerable to more attacks in the absence of the rule of law and ignorance of some government departments for the positive role of the press in correcting the courses of the political performance as well as detecting errors,” said a report by the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate.

The report showed that IS terrorists executed 20 in and near the IS-held city of Mosul for different motives during the year, and three others were killed while covering battles against the IS extremist militants, while six were killed in the almost daily violence in Baghdad and Iraqi cities.

According to the report, more than 43 offenses had been registered against the journalists during the year, ranging from abduction, beating and raids on their headquarters and houses to prevent them from reporting.

Such killings and other offenses came despite some positive indicators in general, like increasing confirmations by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi toward rejecting any kind of offenses against journalists, and his orders to set up investigative committees to follow up any offense that might happen against journalists and media outlets, it added.

Observers blame the current chronic instability, cycle of violence, and the emergence of extremist groups such as the IS on the U.S., which invaded Iraq in March 2003 under the pretext of seeking to destroy weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the country.

 

Anti-IS group says 1 of its journalists killed in Syria

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Associated Press: The group, which calls itself Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, says Ahmad Mohamed al-Mousa was killed in the northern province of Idlib on Wednesday by unknown masked assailants.
The group, based in the northern city of Raqqa, reported al-Moussa’s assassination through its Twitter account without providing more details.

Several members of RBSS have been killed in the past.

In October, a founding member of the group and another Syrian activist were found slain in southern Turkey. The group blamed IS for the killings.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, which honored the group last month with its 2015 International Press Freedom Award, condemned al-Mousa’s murder.

 

Insult to Humanity by Denmark Parliament

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A Danish government proposal to seize assets of asylum-seekers to make them pay for their keep has drawn sharp criticism in international media.

Integration Minister Inger Stoejberg said police should be allowed to seize valuables to make them pay for housing, healthcare and some education.

She likened migrants to jobless Danes who must sell assets above a certain level to claim benefits.

Vox described the plan as “cruel” and the Washington Post, “extreme”.

Denmark expects to receive around 20,000 asylum seekers this year alone, compared to 15,000 last year, the integration ministry told BBC News.

It further expects about 25,000 next year.

‘Clothes and luggage’

Both the ruling centre-right Venstre party and the right-wing, anti-immigration Danish People’s Party back the bill, meaning it should pass by February.

Ms Stoejberg said wedding rings, watches or items “with a sentimental value” should not be taken.

Denmark’s integration ministry said in a statement that the bill provided the authorities with the “power to search clothes and luggage of asylum seekers – and other migrants without a permit to stay in Denmark – with a view to finding assets”.

The future law will only apply to cash worth more than 3,000 kroner (£292; 402 euros; $436) and “tangible assets of a considerable value”.

Zachary Whyte, an asylum and integration researcher at the University of Copenhagen, told the Washington Post: “It is pretty telling about the current Danish policies that [some] are not quite sure whether this is a hoax or not.”

“Asylum seekers generally do not arrive in Denmark with large amounts of cash and jewellery,” he said.

The new government has promised to get tough on immigration since its election in June. It has already slashed benefits for new arrivals and restricted the right to residency.

Thousands of refugees and other migrants have arrived in Denmark this year, many of them in transit to Sweden, after arriving illegally by sea in southern Europe.

Truth and Reconciliation: Aboriginal people conflicted as commission wraps up after 6 years

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CBC:   After six years of travelling the country to hear testimony from 7,000 witnesses about their experiences at residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission wraps up this week in Ottawa.

The final event kicked off yesterday with thousands of people participating in a reconciliation walk through the nation’s capital. The summary of the commission’s report will be released Tuesday.

“I never, ever envisioned that this would happen, that thousands of people would gather to give expression to the idea that we are … all one,” said Chief Robert Joseph, ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations elders council.

“And that includes me, somebody who was so terribly beat up in these residential schools that I felt absolutely worthless, no purpose in my life. And now here I am and I see all this humanity, and I’m inspired to my soul that people care enough to come out and walk with us today. And we walk together.”

When the commission began in June 2010, there were high hopes it would help repair the relationship between aboriginal people and the rest of Canada. However, as the TRC winds down, many seem conflicted about the state of reconciliation in Canada.

About 150,000 children attended residential school over more than 100 years, starting in 1880s until the last school was closed in 1996. Many students as young children were forcibly removed from their families and sent to the schools to live. The commission heard thousands of statements about their experiences, which often included emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Debbie Stephens holds an eagle feather as she pauses before the start of the walk for reconciliation in Gatineau. About 150,000 children attended residential school over more than 100 years, starting in 1880s until the last school was closed in 1996. (The Canadian Press)

Viv Ketchum, a survivor who travelled to Ottawa to attend the final TRC event, was hopeful after hearing Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology in 2008, but has since been disappointed by the process.

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Vivian Ketchum, 51, attended Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in northern Ontario starting when she was 5. She came to Ottawa for the final TRC events this week. (CBC)

“I don’t expect much to happen after, I don’t think,” she said. “This is just going to be one final hurrah for us and we’re just going to be placed aside. I think that’s the reality for us [survivors].”

Some of the truths about residential schools uncovered in the last six years include horror stories of homemade electric chairs, malnutrition experiments and the deaths of more 6,000 children.

Justice Murray Sinclair, head of the commission, said that number is likely higher.

“Undoubtedly, the most shocking piece of information that we uncovered was the number of children who died in the schools,” Sinclair said. “The number of children who died was a significant number, and we think that we have not uncovered anywhere near what the total would be because the record keeping around that question was very poor.”

Final report

Sinclair will release a 300-page executive summary of the final report on Tuesday.

“The report itself — just by its size alone — is going to document as full a story of residential schools as has ever been documented in the past.” Sinclair told CBC News last week.

The report will include recommendations, and many expect Sinclair to argue that Canada’s treatment of aboriginal people in residential schools be deemed “cultural genocide.”

In an interview with CBC’s Power and Politics on Friday, Sinclar said the “evidence is mounting that the government did try to eliminate the culture and language of indigenous people for well over 100 years.”

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair Justice Murray Sinclair

“They did it by forcibly removing from their families and placing them within institutions that were cultural indoctrination centres, really,” he said. “That appears to us to fall within the definition of genocide — within the UN convention of genocide.”

Last week, Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin also said Canada attempted “cultural genocide” against aboriginal people.

It’s a term some residential school survivors themselves used when giving testimony about the abuse they endured in the schools. A volume of survivor testimony will be released in the final report, which will eventually contain six volumes and approximately two million words, according to Sinclair.

Vivian Ketchum has never told her full story at one of the national events. It is too painful for her to recount.  She hesitated travelling to Ottawa to take part in the final event, but said she came to honour her ancestors.

“A lot of open wounds. A lot of memories are just coming back to me right now, some that I didn’t even know were there,” she said.

Justin Trudeau to ask Pope Francis to apologise to Canada natives

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“I think it’s extremely important that somebody of my position doesn’t engage in the electoral processes of another country”, Trudeau cautioned. Fear doesn’t make us safer.

Trump, the boisterous businessman who is leading in the polls among candidates for the Republican nomination, has attacked immigration and suggested that Muslims be barred from entering the United States.

“I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anybody that I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric”, he said.

“Painting ISIS and others with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant, it is irresponsible”.

“If you want to serve Canadians well… you have to listen to them, you have to get to know people, you have to be engaged in real conversations and talking about their hopes and dreams for the country”, he said.

Trudeau dismissed criticisms from both journalists and the public that his governing style is soft-spoken and relies heavily on charm. “It’s a mistake to equate understanding “soft power” with weakness”.

After promising to stop the Conservative government’s plan to end home delivery of the mail, he now says there are “legitimate questions” about the service Canadians expect from Canada Post.

Die-hard Star Wars fan Justin Trudeau made a decision to spread the “Force” on Tuesday night with 20 patients from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

One Canadian had a very specific question: Why does he always wear the same shoes?

OTTAWA-The prime minister says there’s potential for a bit of revenue from legalizing marijuana, but the federal government isn’t looking for a financial windfall.

‘Our goal as we move forward together is clear: it is to lift this burden from your shoulders, from those of your families, and communities.

Human Rights Day

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Association of North American Ethnic Journalists and Writers condemns any violation of human rights anywhere in the world.

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Iranian Poet and Songwriter Yaghma Golrouee Arrested

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Association of North American Ethnic Journalists and Writers  call for the release of Iranian Poet and Songwriter Yaghma Golrouee

who has been Arrested in Iran recently.

Yaghma Golrouee  poet was allegedly arrested by Iran’s security officials in a raid on his house and taken to an unknown location, his wife Athena Habibi wrote on her Instagram account on December 1. Officials searched their house, she added. He is apparently kept in Ward 2-A of IRGC, .

Two Turkish Reporters Arrested for Espionage After Exposing Corruption

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Association of North American Ethnic Journalists and Writers call for the release of two  Turkish Reporters who has been Arrested for Espionage After Exposing Corruption

Nov 30-2015 Toronto

Can Dündar is a Turkish journalist, columnist and documentarian. The editor-in-chief of center-left Cumhuriyet newspaper, was arrested in November 2015 after his newspaper published footage showing the State Intelligence

At least seven journalists are currently imprisoned in Turkey, most on anti-state charges

hard to keep people safe on the Internet’: RCMP Chief Paulson wants personal info available to police

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OTTAWA – Police officers need access to personal information about Internet subscribers without getting a warrant in order to prevent child exploitation and financial crimes, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says.And he says he plans on talking to the new Liberal government about how to go about getting it. Story continues below

“I’m all for warrantless access to subscriber info. If I had to get a judge on the phone every time I wanted to run a license plate when I was doing my policing, there wouldn’t have been much policing getting done,” Paulson told a security conference on Wednesday.READ MORE: Feds ponder warrantless police access to Internet subscriber infoHe later added, “We get more data off a license plate query than we would over a customer’s name and address off an IP address. I think society has got to come to ground on that.“That’s what I really want for Christmas.”In June last year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled police must have a judge’s authorization to obtain customer data linked to online activities. Paulson said this ruling has “put a chill” on starting investigations.Paulson supports an “administrative” scheme that would give police ready access to a customer’s name and address while respecting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police said in August this option is being considered by federal officials in response to the court’s ruling.“We are very respectful of the Charter and people’s Charter rights, and no one is recommending that we go any further but there needs to be some sort of administrative access to basic subscriber information, like a phone book,” Paulson said.Paulson says society has to come to terms with policing in the Internet age and police need the tools to investigate.READ MORE: Lunch with RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson: Marijuana use ‘not as big a deal’ as it used to be“People are coming to the police and they’re saying, ‘hey I was victimized on the Internet.’ Companies are coming to us and saying ‘hey, my exclusive information was stolen through the Internet.’ Governments are coming to us and they’re saying, ‘hey these people are infiltrating our databases and violating privacy of individuals.’ It’s a serious problem, and they’re coming to the police for a just outcome,” he said.“It’s hard to keep people safe on the internet right now. the best advice i think we can give people is either a) don’t go, which is not working, or b) if you go, be really really really careful.“And if something bad happens to you, hopefully we’ll be able to help you, but there’s no guarantee.”– with files from The Canadian Press

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