Indonesia executes six drug convicts, five of them foreigners

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Widodo has pledged to bring reform to Indonesia

Ban appeals to Indonesia to stop death row executions

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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. …

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Women far better off in Aceh: Study

The Jakarta Post,  02/15/2009

VEILED SOLDIERS: Women soldiers line up during the 52nd anniversary
 of the Iskandar Muda military battalion in Banda Aceh on Monday. Under Aceh's
 local sharia-based ordinance, all women including soldiers, are required to wear
veils in public. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

The quality of life for women in Aceh has greatly improved since the end of a three-decade separatist conflict and the 2004 tsunami, which ravaged the Islamic province, a study revealed Saturday. 

“Women in Aceh now have better access to health and education and can become decision-makers in the family. The situation here is much better relative to other provinces,” Jean D’Cunha, director of the UN Development Fund for Women’s (UNIFEM) Regional Program for Southeast Asia, told a seminar in Jakarta at the announcement of the results of a study on gender issues in Aceh. 

The study shows that Acehnese boys and girls have similar access to formal education, health services and socio-political participation unlike before the devastating disaster, thanks to the post-tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation programs.

D’Cunha said women currently make up 28 percent of candidates vying for seats in local legislatures in the April 9 general elections in Aceh.

“I am very pleased to note that, from the 1,054 legislative candidates in Aceh, more than 300 are women. This means women in Aceh have more chance [to get elected] than do women in any other province,” she said. 

The results of the study, sponsored by the UNIFEM, were published as Inong Aceh di Tanah Nusantara (Acehnese women in lands of the archipelago) and written by University of Indonesia sociologist Evelyn Suleeman.

“This book contains a lot of information about women in Aceh and it needs implementation,” Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of the Agency for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (BRR) for Aceh and Nias, told the same forum.

The study also details cases of discrimination and abuse against Acehnese women.

“We found some surprising data. For instance, Acehnese families prefer to enroll their boys at public schools and their girls at Islamic schools or Islamic boarding schools,” Evelyn told The Jakarta Post after the seminar.

Although families assumed it was better for their daughters to attend Islamic schools, Evelyn said, problems often emerged after their girls graduated.

“Many girls failed to get jobs because companies or offices prefer to have employees who graduated from state schools,” she told the Post.

Other problems confronting Acehnese women include the fact that many consider domestic violence to be a “normal” practice.

“This is really unacceptable, but it is the reality I found doing the research,” Evelyn who researched the study over two months said.

Raihan Putry, head of the women’s empowerment and child protection agency in  the Aceh administration, said Acehnese women also faced problems with the patriarchic culture, as do women in other locales across Indonesia.

“UNIFEM has funded Aceh’s programs to promote gender equality throughout Aceh regencies,” she said. 

Concepts of equality and access are not so controversial but other words common elsewhere in the country provoke contention here. Some people in the province, especially Muslim clerics, oppose the use of the word “gender” to cite one example.

“We have to change the term “gender” and use another term to avoid conflicts among clerics,” Raihan said.

Raihan said further Islamic law, sharia,  could turn into a problem if it was implemented “improperly”. 

“There is nothing wrong with the sharia laws. The problem is people still have different perceptions on this matter,” Raihan said, adding that her agency is trying to resolve the problems. (naf)

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