Indonesia executes six drug convicts, five of them foreigners

Indonesia executes six drug convicts, five of them foreigners
Widodo has pledged to bring reform to Indonesia

Ban appeals to Indonesia to stop death row executions

Ban appeals to Indonesia to stop death row executions
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pleaded to Indonesia to stop the execution of prisoners on death row for drug crimes. AFP PHOTO

Pope: 'Death penalty represents failure' – no 'humane' way to kill a person

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The pope wrote that the principle of legitimate personal defense isn’t adequate justification to execute someone. Photograph: Zuma/Rex

Obama becomes first president to visit US prison (US Justice Systems / Human Rights)

Obama becomes first president to visit US prison   (US Justice Systems / Human Rights)
US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)
Woman who spent 23 years on US death row cleared (Photo: dpa)


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Men share responsibility for improving women's lives: Govt

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The government has announced it aims to reduce the nation's maternal mortality rate and make inroads into domestic violence in order to improve the quality of life for the country's women.

"Ensuring a woman's life quality, during pregnancy or not, is a form of mutual responsibility, which involves the husband," Pinky Saptandari, from the State Ministry for Women's Empowerment, told The Jakarta Post here Monday.

Efforts to curb the nation's maternal mortality rate would also depend on a shift in attitudes among policy makers and the community, she said.

"Reducing the maternal death rate cannot be done from merely a medical approach. It also has much to do with local culture and the people's mindset," Pinky said, citing the fact that many pregnant wives were subject to belated prenatal medical care because their husbands forbade them from seeking medical attention.

Indonesia has slashed its maternal mortality rate over the last decade, but has not yet met the Millennium Development Goals target of 102 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2015.

In 1994, Indonesia's maternal mortality rate was 390 per 100,000 live births. By 2004 it had decreased to 307 per 100,000. However, the figure remains the highest among Southeast Asian countries.

The government introduced the "Care for Mothers Movement" 10 years ago to reduce Indonesia's maternal mortality rate.

As part of the movement, the women's empowerment ministry encouraged husbands to play an active role through the "Husbands on Guard Program", which teaches men to be ready to accompany their wife during prenatal checkups and their child's delivery.

Pinky, who is also a psychologist, highlighted another cause of maternal deaths: Early marriage.

"Early marriages are still regarded as a way to get out of poverty in many areas."

State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta told reporters earlier that the Care for Mothers Movement is seen as a feasible avenue to improve the quality of life for women spanning the rest of her term in Cabinet.

"We only need to revitalize the movement, which actually has been running as of 10 years ago. It is familiar to most Indonesians, however it has yet to be prioritized," she said.

Meutia highlighted the importance of revising the 1974 Marriage Law, especially the minimum age requirement for a woman to marry.

The law states in Article 7 that a girl of 16 years of age is considered ready to marry. According to the 2002 Child Protection Law, however, those under 18 years of age are still categorized as children.

The state ministry is also pushing a strategy to encourage the review of all state laws, bylaws and programs that discriminate against women and children. Meutia said there are at least 29 laws nationwide that exhibit gender bias, such as the marriage law.

Activist Siti Musdah Mulia had previously said that 56 new bylaws enacted between 1999 and 2006 in areas such as Aceh and Gorontalo marginalized women.

These local ordinances are said to be regulating and defending women's behavior in the name of morality, when in fact they are repressing women's rights.

Meutia said that every woman and child should live free from any form of violence, discrimination and exploitation.

"The increasing number of women who reported domestic violence should be regarded in a positive way, as this means women are beginning to realize their rights," Meutia said.

The National Commission on Violence Against Women disclosed in a report in March this year that the number of cases of violence against women in 2006 reached 22,512, up from the 20,391 in 2005 and 14,020 in 2004. In 2003, only 7,787 cases were reported.

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