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UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign

Posted in Awareness, Latin America, NEWS with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The United Nations Secretary General will launch the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign in November. The Caribbean project of the United Nations Secretary General will provide participants an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and make a collective move forward.

Barbados will host a conference on October 11th -12th which the Attorney General, members of the judiciary, senior representatives of regional police forces and members of civil society organizations will attend. The theme of the conference is:

“Strengthening Accountability and Changing Culture to End Violence against Women in the Caribbean.”

Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, UN residence coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, expressed her delight with the attendance of:

  • Caribbean nationals
  • President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • Judge Patrick Robinson – former Jamaican Deputy Solicitor General and President of the International Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Sir Dennis Byron – former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and native of Saint Kitts and Nevis

The International Criminal Tribunals have investigated sexual violence in relation to torture and crimes against humanity.

Roberta Clarke, Regional Programme Director for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, a part of UN Women) said,

“So one of the questions the Presidents will be addressing will be, ‘What are the lessons that have been learnt at the international level, and how can those lessons be translated in strengthening the law response at the national domestic levels?’ Through their participation here at the conference, we hope very much for their reflections on the relationship between ending violence against women, strengthening democracy, citizenship and human rights”

For more information contact:

UNIFEM (part of UN Women) VAW Specialist, Tonni-Ann Brodber at

mailto:tonni-ann.brodber@unifem.org

1-246-467-6000

Or

Communications Specialist, Sharon Carter-Burke at

mailto:sharon.carter-burke@unifem.org

 

 

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U.S. Syphilis Experiments on People of Color / Crimes Against Humanity

Posted in HISTORY, Humanity, NEWS, North America, Our Health, South America with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

From 1932 to 1972 the U.S. Public Health Service in Tuskegee, Alabama conducted a “clinical study” using poor African American sharecroppers to research the progression of untreated syphilis. Approximately 400 poor men of African descent were enticed into the program with free meals, medical exams, and burial insurance. They were never told they had syphilis. They were told they were being treated for “bad blood”, a term used at the time in the African American community for illness with fatigue symptoms. Actually, they were never treated. This “study” became known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment or the Tuskegee Experiment.

According to a Reuters article on Oct. 1st, President Obama offered his personal apology for another syphilis experiment. This time researchers deliberately infected 696 Guatemalan women, mental patients, and prison inmates with the disease. This “study” was to learn the effectiveness of penicillin in treating syphilis. It was conducted from 1946 to 1948.

Guatemalan government released this statement:

“President Alvaro Colom considers these experiments crimes against humanity and Guatemala reserves the right to denounce them in an international court.”

Susan Reverby, a professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts uncovered the “study” while investigating the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and informed the U.S. government before she published her findings.