United Nations Declaration (Articles 1 - 30):

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Incoming UN chief names three women to top posts

Incoming UN chief names three women to top posts
Nigerian Minister of the Environment Amina Mohammed, seen in 2015, will be the UN's number two official (AFP Photo/Mireya ACIERTO)

Sustainable Development
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Timing of the Great Shift" – Mar 21, 2009 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Text version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013. They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

The Declaration of Human Freedom

Archangel Michael (Via Steve Beckow), Feb. 19, 2011

Every being is a divine and eternal soul living in a temporal body. Every being was alive before birth and will live after death.

Every soul enters into physical life for the purpose of experience and education, that it may, in the course of many lifetimes, learn its true identity as a fragment of the Divine.

Life itself is a constant process of spiritual evolution and unfoldment, based on free choice, that continues until such time as we realize our true nature and return to the Divine from which we came.

No soul enters life to serve another, except by choice, but to serve its own purpose and that of the Divine from which it came.

All life is governed by natural and universal laws which precede and outweigh the laws of humanity. These laws, such as the law of karma, the law of attraction, and the law of free will, are decreed by God to order existence and assist each person to achieve life’s purpose.

No government can or should survive that derives its existence from the enforced submission of its people or that denies its people their basic rights and freedoms.

Life is a movement from one existence to another, in varied venues throughout the universe and in other universes and dimensions of existence. We are not alone in the universe but share it with other civilizations, most of them peace-loving, many of whom are more advanced than we are, some of whom can be seen with our eyes and some of whom cannot.

The evidence of our five senses is not the final arbiter of existence. Humans are spiritual as well as physical entities and the spiritual side of life transcends the physical. God is a Spirit and the final touchstone of God’s Truth is not physical but spiritual. The Truth is to be found within.

God is one and, because of this, souls are one. They form a unity. They are meant to live in peace and harmony together in a “common unity” or community. The use of force to settle affairs runs contrary to natural law. Every person should have the right to conduct his or her own affairs without force, as long as his or her choices do not harm another.

No person shall be forced into marriage against his or her will. No woman shall be forced to bear or not bear children, against her will. No person shall be forced to hold or not hold views or worship in a manner contrary to his or her choice. Nothing vital to existence shall be withheld from another if it is within the community’s power to give.

Every person shall retain the ability to think, speak, and act as they choose, as long as they not harm another. Every person has the right to choose, study and practice the education and career of their choice without interference, provided they not harm another.

No one has the right to kill another. No one has the right to steal from another. No one has the right to force himself or herself upon another in any way.

Any government that harms its citizens, deprives them of their property or rights without their consent, or makes offensive war upon its neighbors, no matter how it misrepresents the situation, has lost its legitimacy. No government may govern without the consent of its people. All governments are tasked with seeing to the wellbeing of their citizens. Any government which forces its citizens to see to its own wellbeing without attending to theirs has lost its legitimacy.

Men and women are meant to live fulfilling lives, free of want, wherever they wish and under the conditions they desire, providing their choices do not harm another and are humanly attainable.

Children are meant to live lives under the beneficent protection of all, free of exploitation, with unhindered access to the necessities of life, education, and health care.

All forms of exploitation, oppression, and persecution run counter to universal and natural law. All disagreements are meant to be resolved amicably.

Any human law that runs counter to natural and universal law is invalid and should not survive. The enactment or enforcement of human law that runs counter to natural and universal law brings consequences that cannot be escaped, in this life or another. While one may escape temporal justice, one does not escape divine justice.

All outcomes are to the greater glory of God and to God do we look for the fulfillment of our needs and for love, peace, and wisdom. So let it be. Aum/Amen.

Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit

Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit
Pope Francis laughs alongside US President Barack Obama upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on September 22, 2015, on the start of a 3-day trip to Washington (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Today's doodle in the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech on its 50th anniversary (28 Aug 2013)

'Love is love': Obama lauds gay marriage activists in hailing 'a victory for America'

'Love is love': Obama lauds gay marriage activists in hailing 'a victory for America'
The White House released this image, of the building colored like the rainbow flag, on Facebook following the supreme court’s ruling. Photograph: Facebook

Same-sex marriage around the world

"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. …

Merkel says Turkey media crackdown 'highly alarming'

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Reporters Without Borders labels Erdogan as 'enemy of press freedom'

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

UN Narcotics Agency Calling for Abolition of Death Penalty

Jakarta Globe, Patrick Tibke, Mar 06, 2015

Andrew Chan, right, and Myuran Sukumaran wait in their court holding cell in
 Denpasar in this 2010 file photo. The pair are set to be executed this month,
officials say. (AFP Photo/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Jakarta. A new report by the International Narcotics Control Board, or INCB, has called on all countries to abolish the death penalty for drug-related crimes.

In the INCB’s annual report, which was published on Tuesday, board members encourage all “states which retain and continue to impose the death penalty for drug-related offenses to consider abolishing the death penalty.”

The INCB is an independent United Nations supervisory body, tasked with monitoring member states to ensure compliance with international drug treaties. Established in 1961, the INCB is made up of 13 elected representatives with expertise in either medicine or pharmacology, who are chosen once every five years by the UN’s Economic and Social Council.

The release of the INCB’s latest report comes just days before the administration of President Joko Widodo is scheduled to execute 10 drug traffickers on Nusakambangan prison island. Among the convicts slated for execution are Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who arrived on the island under military escort on Wednesday morning.

The INCB’s report also coincides with the 58th annual meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), which is scheduled to take place in Vienna next week. The commission is made up of 53 representatives from a cross section of member states, and is tasked with considering new policy measures on international drug control.

The issue of capital punishment is expected to be highlighted at next week’s CND meeting, following a highly publicized flurry of executions in Indonesia, many of which involve foreign nationals such as Chan and Sukumaran.

Indonesia’s policy of executing drug traffickers has provoked international condemnation from both human rights campaigners and foreign governments who believe capital punishment is an inhumane and ineffective way of combatting drug crime.

In January, Joko’s decision to execute a Dutchman and a Brazilian national sparked a diplomatic crisis in which the Netherlands and Brazil recalled their ambassadors from Jakarta. Another Brazilian and one French national are now among the 10 drug convicts scheduled for execution this month, with both governments threatening diplomatic sanctions should the executions go ahead.

Tensions between Indonesia and its close neighbor Australia are also set to escalate, after numerous requests to spare the lives of Chan and Sukumaran were rejected by Indonesia’s attorney general, H.M. Prasetyo. Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop attempted an eleventh-hour prisoner swap to spare Chan and Sukumaran from the firing squad, but this too, was flatly rejected.

A coalition of 11 human-rights groups and drug-policy think-tanks have also weighed in on Joko’s execution policy.

On Tuesday morning, following the launch of the INCB’s report, the coalition released a joint statement condemning the “recent spate of executions in Indonesia,” and also citing a “widening rift” between UN member states on the issue of capital punishment.

The joint statement — which has been  signed by Reprieve, Harm Reduction International and the International Drug Policy Consortium — notes that “[a] number of other countries [in addition to Indonesia] have demonstrated a renewed enthusiasm for executing drug offenders over the past year.”

Iran, for instance, is believed to have executed more than 300 drug traffickers in 2014, and is thought to have executed 50 such convicts in January 2015 alone. Harm Reduction International believes that Iran has executed at least 10,000 drug convicts since the revolution of 1979, which represents the world’s highest per-capita execution rate on record.

Pakistan, a country that has previously considered ending capital punishment for drug offenses, has now returned to a policy of executing convicted drug traffickers.

In December 2014, the Pakistani government ended a six-year-moratorium on capital punishment, and now has at least 500 prisoners slated for execution in the coming months.

Among those 500, according to Tuesday’s joint statement, there are at least 112 drug traffickers who were apprehended with support and funding from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), an agency that officially opposes capital punishment for all drug offenses.

Oman, one of the few countries in the region that does not currently execute drug offenders, is also taking steps to introduce capital punishment.

In June 2014, the Omani State Council backed a proposal that would make drug trafficking a capital offense. The proposal is now being discussed at a “higher level” of government, according to Tuesday’s joint statement, “before being incorporated into [Omani] law.”

Amid this backdrop of growing polarization on the issue of capital punishment, UN member states will be keen to assert their position at the CND meeting slated for next week.

The timing of the INCB’s renewed call for all states to abolish capital punishment is crucial, since it reminds member states that the use of such provisions to combat drug crime runs counter to the will of the UN’s one and only independent supervisory body on drug control.

Having made its first statement condemning capital punishment only a year ago, the INCB is a late addition to the growing chorus of UN agencies and national governments calling for abolition.

After enduring decades of criticism for its failure to take an official stance on the death penalty, the INCB now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a long list of UN authorities — including the secretary general, the UN Human Rights Committee and the UNODC — in its opposition to capital punishment.

Only time will tell, however, whether the growing consensus on the need to abolish the death penalty for drug offenses will translate into concrete policy changes at the level of each member state.

Rick Lines, executive director at Harm Reduction International, suggests the UN should cut funding to those states that continue to execute drug traffickers, as a form of leverage in the battle for abolition.

“The first step must surely be for the UN to refuse to fund anti-drug operations in states which maintain the death penalty for drug offenses,” Lines said in Tuesday’s joint statement, “and instead use this money to tackle the health, social and human rights impacts of drug use.”

The impact of any such outside pressure remains in doubt, however, given that President Joko’s mantra of “no compromise” has proved to be immensely popular among conservative voters.

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

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