Archive | October 2013

Justice for Africa

 

The African Union has recently held a meeting and declared that African presidents should be immune from prosecution for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes while they are in office.

They are taking this step,they say, because the International Criminal Court (ICC) is unfairly targeting Africans: all eight cases currently under investigation are about crimes committed in African countries.

“We would love nothing more than to have an international forum for justice and accountability, but what choice do we have when we get only bias and race-hunting at the ICC?” – President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya (coincidentally is currently under indictment by the ICC).

 

The ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s first and only global court to adjudicate crimes against humanity. But leaders of Sudan and Kenya, who have inflicted terror and fear across their countries, are trying to drag Africa out of the ICC, allowing them the freedom to kill, rape, and inspire hatred without consequences.

The African Union’s modest proposal has been greeted with an outcry all over the continent, from Africans who know that their leaders can be just as cynical and self-serving as leaders anywhere else.

“Those leaders seeking to skirt the (ICC) are effectively looking for a licence to kill, maim and oppress their own people without consequence. They simply vilify the institution as racist and unjust, as Hermann Goering and his fellow Nazi defendants vilified the Nuremberg tribunals following World War II.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Avaaz as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

How can we help?

You can join with Avaaz by adding your name to the petition now and sharing it with everyone — when it has hit 1 million signatures, the petition will be delivered straight into the AU conference hall where Africa’s leaders are meeting in Addis Ababa.

Sign the petition now and help create justice for the people of Africa.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_africa_icc/?slideshow

Help free the Arctic 30

Who are the Arctic 30?

 

On the 18th of September, thirty Greenpeace activists headed towards an oil platform, the Prirazlomnaya, to climb onto the outside of the rig to peacefully protest against imminent drilling. This action had been part of a peaceful protest against energy giant Gazprom, the company that owns the Prirazlomnaya, and which is poised to drill for the first oil to come out of Arctic waters having just signed a massive deal with oil multinational Shell.

 

On seeing the activists in inflatable boats, the nearby Russian Coast Guard ship responded by launching inflatables manned with agents masked in balaclavas. They proceeded to ram and slash the Greenpeace boats, threaten those on board at gun and knife point and fire warning shots from automatic weapons.

 

On the 20th of September, the Russian Coast Guard illegally boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise while in international waters and arrested 30 activists on board at gunpoint.

 

What happens to them now?

Twenty-eight Greenpeace activists, a photographer and a videographer appeared at a preliminary court hearing in Murmansk on the 26th of September. Most of them were remanded for two months without bail to await trial on possible piracy charges. Greenpeace lawyers have said that they will file a case with the European Court of Human Rights over the conditions faced by the activists in detainment.

Russian president Valdimar Putin has since said that he does not believe the team are pirates. Under Russian law, piracy requires an intention to seize a vessel, its crew or goods, and carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Supporting Greenpeace

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Greenpeace as they encompass similar ideals.

 

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

 

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

 

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

 

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

How can we help?

 

Right now, all around the world, hundreds of supporters are flooding the streets outside the Russian embassies in their countries, to demand the release of the people who put their bodies on the line to protect the Arctic from oil destruction.

You can help by joining in with other Greenpeace supporters and demanding the urgent release of all activists, the immediate withdrawal of the Coast Guard from the Greenpeace ship, and an end to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for good.

Together let’s show we are stronger than those who want to destroy the Arctic, and will not be intimidated into silence.

 

https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=47&src=GP1

The First Australians Deserve to be Recognised

The story so far

 

Our Constitution is missing a crucial part of the Australian story – there’s not one mention of the tens of thousands of years of history of the First Australians, nor the unique contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to make today. In fact, whilst there are parts that mention lighthouses, beacons, buoys and Queen Victoria, Australia’s long and proud Indigenous history remains conspicuously absent.” – Oxfam

 

Aboriginal social justice commissioner Mick Gooda said recognition would add the first “long chapter” of Australia’s history to the Constitution. Actor Aaron Pedersen said recognition would be “a simple act of humanity”. Former Democrats senator Aden Ridgeway said it was about “inspiring and uniting all Australians”. Academic Jackie Huggins said it was a “noble and just” campaign to make Aboriginal people “visible” in the Constitution.

 

“Our forefathers have created one of the most magnificent countries on earth, perhaps the most magnificent country on earth, except in one respect – we have never properly acknowledged the first Australians,” – Tony Abbott

 

 

Public opinion

 

A clear majority of Australians are in favour of recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, according to the latest data from Vote Compass.

Seventy per cent of respondents to the online policy tool, including a majority of Coalition voters, believe the Constitution should be amended to acknowledge Indigenous Australians as the first inhabitants.

 

Progress

 

Young people are becoming increasingly involved in moves to recognise the First Australians in our nation’s founding document. “RECOGNISE” is the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution, where you can sign up as a supporter and get family and friends involved as well. Find out more at http://www.recognise.org.au/

Oxfam has developed Students for Recognition – a movement of young people committed to making these important changes in our generation. By collaborating with Oxfam University Groups in universities nationwide, Students for Recognition is building awareness around Constitutional Recognition and its vital importance.

 

 

Supporting Oxfam

 

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Oxfam as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

How can we help?

 

It’s time to get behind the movement.

 Sign the pledge to support the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

 https://www.oxfam.org.au/2013/10/constitutional-recognition-of-the-first-australians-fixing-our-incomplete-national-story/

 

Another bear finds sanctuary in Romanian forest

 

With your help, WSPA has been raising awareness about bears being used as entertainment. Through our donations, WSPA has been able to rescue many bears from their mistreatment, and re-home them in the bear sanctuary Libearty at Zarnesti, Romania.

 

Another bear rescue

 

Recently in September, another bear, Betty, was rescued. Betty, estimated to be around 25 years old, was recently rescued from a zoo in Râmnicu Vâlcea, in the south of Romania, where she was being kept in a storage area approximately six square metres in size.

Betty was taken to the Libearty bear sanctuary in Zarnesti and is now happily exploring the 10,000 square metres of forested freedom she now shares with her fellow rescued bears.

 

Libearty bear sanctuary

 

Over 70 bears are enjoying a new life in the Libearty Bear Sanctuary – 70 hectares of oak and hazel forest in the Carpathian Mountains above the Transylvanian town of Zarnesti.

The Romanian bear sanctuary has helped to create better awareness of the issues affecting bears in Romania. The Romanian public, media and also the authorities have now taken this project to their hearts. The sanctuary has given new life to once-captive bears and is a symbol of optimism for the protection of Romania’s rich natural environment.

The sanctuary was created with funding from a variety of sources, including from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) who also designed the sanctuary and helped train the staff.

 

Supporting WSPA

 

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as WSPA as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

How can we help?

 

You can help by making a donation direct to the Romanian bear sanctuary at: http://www.ampbears.ro/

 It is hoped that future donations will allow an education centre to be developed near to the sanctuary to encourage further studies into wildlife protection and animal welfare, and to develop more outreach education programmes in Romania.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are also taking donations to support the rescue and care of bears at the Romanian sanctuary.  http://www.wspa.org.uk

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