Commitment to the People of This Caribbean Paradise Galvanized a Volunteer Initiative Reaching Throughout the Island

Volunteer Ministers from the Freewinds handed out more than 97,000 copies of Stay Well Booklets in Aruba to businesses, shops, restaurants and door-to-door to residents.

Volunteer Ministers from the Freewinds handed out more than 97,000 copies of Stay Well Booklets in Aruba to businesses, shops, restaurants and door-to-door to residents.

These educational booklets make it easy to understand the basics of prevention.

These educational booklets make it easy to understand the basics of prevention.

Volunteer Ministers teamed up with the fire brigade to sanitize churches, schools and public buildings throughout Aruba.

Volunteer Ministers teamed up with the fire brigade to sanitize churches, schools and public buildings throughout Aruba.

Volunteer Ministers cleaned and sanitized schools throughout the island so they could safely reopen.

Volunteer Ministers cleaned and sanitized schools throughout the island so they could safely reopen.

 They sanitized more than 4 million square feet of government, civic and cultural institutions.

They sanitized more than 4 million square feet of government, civic and cultural institutions.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Freewinds extended its help to the people of Aruba.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — When Aruba closed its borders in March, the Freewinds, the Church of Scientology humanitarian ship, was docked in port. With a complete lockdown on all international incoming tourists, the island’s lifeblood, the Freewinds launched a campaign to ensure a speedy reopening.

It began with distribution of educational booklets to ensure everyone knew and understood how to keep themselves and their families well.

Inspired by the words of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard for handling such a circumstance, “an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure,” as soon as the pandemic struck, the Church of Scientology researched and distilled the most authoritative guidelines on controlling the spread of the virus. The Church produced a series of booklets and public service announcements to make the information easy to understand and use. These were all published for download on the How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center of the Scientology website and copies were shipped out across the globe.

On receiving copies, Volunteer Ministers from Freewinds, dressed in their distinctive caps and protective gear, distributed some 97,000 copies—enough to reach every resident on the island.

“I have been seeing the booklets everywhere I go,” says the Aruba Director of Tourism in a video on the new interactive timeline on the Scientology website: 20/21—A Look Behind & A Look Ahead. And Aruba has taken this advice to heart. It was able to open its borders to international visitors in July. One American travel agent, promoting the island to prospective clients after it reopened, commented “everyone was wearing masks and paying close attention to social distancing.”

Freewinds Volunteer Ministers teamed up with Aruba’s Fire Brigade to implement these protocols island-wide. Together, they prepared churches and schools for reopening. In total, they sanitized every public school on the island to the benefit of some 26,000 students. The minister at St. Nicholas Methodist Church described how he felt about the volunteers: “to give this kind of work and say ‘this is a gift’ is an inspiration.”

One staff member of the Department of Education said that had it not been for this sanitization, the schools would not have reopened. Another thanked the Volunteer Ministers on behalf of the parents. “You don’t have a clue how nice it is to have you in our schools,” she said.

Working together, they covered still more ground, sanitizing government, civic and cultural institutions—more than 4 million square feet of spaces. “I’m going to be honest about it,” said the Chief of the Aruba Fire Brigade. “It’s not something that we could have done on our own. But it’s not a surprise because the Freewinds has always been a part of the community and always willing to help the community. Just the relentless going forward, working for the good of everybody on the island, 24/7. And when they’re done, they turn around and look at you and say ‘What’s next?’”

The Freewinds’ efforts enabled Aruba to reopen its borders to tourism,” said the Minister of Tourism and Public Health. “We appreciate all you do for the country.”

The Freewinds was christened in June 1988 by Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige and began service as a Church of Scientology religious retreat. The 440-foot motor vessel provides a distraction-free environment for parishioners to study and experience the highest level of spiritual counseling available in the Scientology religion.

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What is Enlightenment?

What is Enlightenment?

Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D.

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In the West, we often refer to enlightenment as self-actualization.

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, USA, February 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Enlightenment is a term that feels elusive for many. We may have images of a Hindu guru, sitting on top of a mountain contemplating the universe. Or a Buddhist monk living in a monastery, meditating daily. Or, maybe even in your own life, you’ve had moments that are intense or mystical and have caused you to feel enlightenment, just for a moment.

One of my favorite definitions of enlightenment is from Lao Tzu, who references enlightenment as the Tao. “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name.”

This definition may not seem helpful if you’re seeking a more concrete definition of enlightenment is, versus what enlightenment is not. Today we’ll provide a more tangible definition of this feeling and existence.

In the West, we often refer to enlightenment as self-actualization. Whatever verbiage we use, the ultimate understanding of enlightenment is this: it’s the highest level we can reach as humans, in our lifetime. Whether it’s through our own experiences of living at such an exquisite level or someone else’s experience who’ve we met or read about, that seems to be flowing with life. These experiences can seem vague or unclear to those who haven’t experienced them firsthand. Is there a definition for enlightenment that is more tangible and allows us to know when we’ve reached the highest level of being?

Lao Tzu was correct in saying that enlightenment cannot be described, but I believe we can paint a picture of it. For example, if you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon before, it’s hard to describe how vast and beautiful it is. But you might be able to paint a picture of it that will better capture its beauty. Today, I’m going to paint a picture of enlightenment.

Similar to the Grand Canyon, enlightenment is infinite and massive. And by painting enlightenment today, I’ll provide a clue into what enlightenment is. Through my journey in life, the most accurate definition of enlightenment I’ve found is this: enlightenment is the radical acceptance of what is.

So what does this mean, and how can I apply this to my life?

Let’s begin with the question: why do we struggle? We struggle because we fight against what is. What that means is, we may not like or be comfortable with what is happening right now in our lives or in the world, so we fight against it. We have expectations, desires, and fears about the way things should and should not go in our lives. And when our lives don’t go the way we expect them to, we get upset, angry, or sad and disrupt our inner peace. Our own expectations create discord and disharmony inside of us because life sometimes has other plans than the ones we’ve created. As a result, these negative emotions get in the way of our ability to simply flow with life.

Even when we’ve done everything we can to stay in control of everything, and life says ‘I’ve got other plans in mind,’ we find ourselves at a common crossroads – do we stay at peace and accept what is, or choose to fight against it?

The opportunity to choose radical acceptance presents itself several times throughout our days. And if we choose it, that path will create enlightenment or enlightened moments. If we ignore that path, we will face discontent and disrupted inner peace.

Let’s look at some examples to better illustrate enlightened moments and unenlightened moments, and examine how we can use radical acceptance to help our lives run better throughout the day.

Didn’t sleep well last night

There are some nights where it’s impossible to get a full eight hours. Let’s say, you wake up after only sleeping for two hours the night before. If you were to fight against this undesirable scenario your first thought may be “this is horrible” or “I’m going to be exhausted today, or get a headache later on.” These thoughts are so common, especially when we’re sleep-deprived.

If you lead with radical acceptance, your first thought may be “‘Oh, I didn’t sleep much last night, I wonder what today will look like. I’m okay right now, so I’ll just focus on this moment.” The key difference here is accepting what is out of your control.

Getting stuck in traffic on the way to work

Getting stuck in traffic is never fun, especially when you’re on your way to work. An unenlightened response to this situation may be wondering if you’re going to get in trouble, or ask the question “why me?” You may even beep your horn along with everyone else.

Leading with radical acceptance would look like accepting the fact that you’re going to be late, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Once you accept this fact, you can decide how you want to spend your extra 30 minutes. Instead of getting frustrated, you choose to listen to a podcast or listen to music to make the time more useful, and maybe even enjoyable.

When you arrive at work, you find out you’re getting laid off

This news is really tough, and of course, is going to cause some negative emotions. A person who is fighting against life may find themselves in a tailspin wondering if they’ll ever find work again or be able to pay their rent or mortgage. Someone who practices radical acceptance will also be sad or even angry. But, they are able to find rational thought in these moments – I need to pack up my things, I have enough money saved up for the essentials, and I’ll start looking for new work. They may even think that this moment could lead to a better opportunity or new adventure.

Your partner leaves you

This is devastating, no matter how often you practice radical acceptance. Negative emotions will come up no matter what. If you are someone who normally chooses to fight against life’s plans you may drink too much, or seek other unhealthy coping mechanisms to help ease the pain. If you choose radical acceptance, you will still feel anger and deep sadness. And through those feelings, you will still be able to take a breath, and focus on the moment. That may be as simple as cooking a meal or calling a friend. The key here is to take each moment as they come and do your best to get through it.

When we radically accept what is, we’re able to stop fighting life, and instead, flow with life. It’s not a state of passivity, but after we do what is in our control, we take a deep breath and do our best to accept the current situation, even if it wasn’t planned. This new thought process of knowing that we can handle anything that life throws at us will open us up to new opportunities. When a relationship ends, or we lose a job, we don’t force those doors to reopen, we seek new doors.

When we stop fighting what is, we start to experience life with a deep sense of peace. Radical acceptance presents the opportunity to look out at the world, in times of joy and disappointment, and say all is well.

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New Book on Inspirational Near-Death Experience Achieves #1 Amazon Bestseller Status on Launch Day!

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ignite Press announced this week that Steven Ross’s new book, Quarks of Light: A Near-Death Experience became a #1 bestseller on Amazon this week in the categories of Near Death Experiences, Organ Transplants, Personal Growth and Christianity, and more!

The book is available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2LCMWm2

Quarks of Light presents a fascinating, thought-provoking, and inspiring read, offering hope to anyone seeking to overcome adversity or experience a spiritual awakening.

“This story is recorded as I experienced it, and without embellishment,” says Rob. “Some people may criticize it for being fantastical, while others may criticize it for not going far enough in one direction or the other as it pertains to religion. I can only share what I have come to understand—nothing more and nothing less.”

To celebrate the launch of the book, the Kindle version of the book will be on sale for 99 cents for a limited time.

Rob A. Gentile is the son of Italian immigrants. He grew up in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, where his father worked in a steel mill. Gentile has spent his career as a sales representative in the steel industry while married to his wife Melanie for over thirty years.

Together they have devoted themselves to their daughter with special needs, Maria, who is in her twenties. Throughout her childhood, he grappled with difficult questions about prayer and why children must suffer. Answers came in a sudden and unexpected way—at age fifty-six he had a massive heart attack, then flatlined, and had a near-death experience.

His self-discovery and spiritual awakening continued while waiting to receive a donor heart. Quarks of Light is his first book.

Visit Amazon at https://amzn.to/2LCMWm2 to purchase the book and to learn more!

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One House Worship Drops Newest EP, He Always Provides

He Always Provides Available Now on All Streaming Platforms

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — One House Worship brings a fresh immersive sound in their latest debut EP, He Always Provides. This project follows the recent release of a single and title track from the EP, featuring Chandler Moore.

One House Worship has pioneered a new sound in He Always Provides, as it is unlike traditional Christian music. With unique declarative lyrics that showcase powerful highs and captivating lows, One House Worship paves a way for an unforgettable listening experience.

The title track is a strong and unshakable reminder of God’s provision, and already has over half a million views on YouTube. With an array of melodies and declarative lyrics that loop in the mind pave the way for an unpredictable and unforgettable musical journey, it’s easy to see the song’s significance.

The EP features vocalist Naomi Raine and was co-written by six-time GRAMMY® award-winning artist, producer, and songwriter, Israel Houghton. One House Worship was inspired to create this 3-track project to provide listeners with a unique worship experience and put Heaven on display.

Executive producer for the group, Touré Roberts says, "We think now is a prime opportunity to give fresh, power, innovative, and prophetic music. I want our music to teach people how to know God, to love God, and to live out their purpose and destiny".

He Always Provides is available now on all major platforms. Follow them on all social platforms, to stay updated on One House Worship’s latest projects.

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One House Worship is an eclectic camp of writers, producers, and cutting-edge creatives who formulate fresh musical and lyrical masterpieces that cut straight to the heart of every listener. Pioneering a new sound between the Contemporary Christian Music and Gospel genres, their unique sound instantly becomes unforgettable anthems of hope, identity, and victory. Founded by global leaders, entrepreneurs, best selling authors, and pastors of The Potter’s House at One LA and Denver, Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes Roberts — One House Worship is the musical expression of their vision to see people from every walk of life encounter Jesus and discover their true, authentic selves. Through their prophetic, transformative, and creative DNA, One House continues to break barriers and bridge generations through the power of authentic worship.

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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Introduces Immigration Ethics Program

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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Introduces Immigration Ethics Program

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Jonathan Kwan to lead the new Immigration Ethics program.

Jonathan Kwan, Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow in Immigration Ethics, to Lead New Focus Area

As the new administration is set to redefine our country's immigration policies, thinking carefully about the ethical dimensions of immigration will be critical.”

— Jonathan Kwan, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

SANTA CLARA, CA, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics announced the creation of a new focus area on immigration ethics led by Jonathan Kwan, Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow in Immigration Ethics. The new program will offer resources and ethical analysis on the moral issues that arise from the movement of individuals across borders.

Although much of the debate on immigration over the last few decades has been framed in binary terms—one is either for or against immigration—it includes many issues beyond the question of whether states should limit immigrant admissions. For instance, once immigrants have entered a state, what rights and privileges should they have? Should unauthorized immigrants have access to a path to citizenship?

“Immigration continues to be a crucial issue, and we wanted to concentrate on this area and bring an ethics lens to an issue which is often politically charged. Jonathan Kwan is the perfect person to help us get a better grip on the ethical issues that surround immigration,” said Don Heider, executive director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

"As the new administration is set to redefine our country's immigration policies, thinking carefully about the ethical dimensions of immigration will be critical,” said Jonathan Kwan, Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow in Immigration Ethics. “Immigration, insofar as it raises questions about who should be a member of our country, has always been a matter of not only what values we hold as a democracy but also how we conceive of the identity of our country itself."

Kwan has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His main areas of scholarly interest include social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, feminist philosophy, Indigenous philosophy, environmental philosophy, Chinese philosophy, and Buddhist philosophy. Kwan is available to speak with members of the media on issues associated with immigration ethics. Follow the Immigration Ethics program on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MigrationEthics.

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Welcome Into the Lives of Scientologists Who Are Thriving Despite Pandemic Limitations

Share Gisela’s excitement about studying once more at the Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre of Nashville, Tennessee.

Share Gisela’s excitement about studying once more at the Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre of Nashville, Tennessee.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, Kya shoots a video of herself as she enters her church, eager to continue her own studies of Dianetics.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, Kya shoots a video of herself as she enters her church, eager to continue her own studies of Dianetics.

 Like her fellow Scientologists from America and South Africa, Magali is happy to be back at the Church of Scientology Sydney, progressing in her studies of Scientology and Dianetics.

Like her fellow Scientologists from America and South Africa, Magali is happy to be back at the Church of Scientology Sydney, progressing in her studies of Scientology and Dianetics.

Scientologists@Home, a series on the Scientology Network, continues to publish new videos daily of Scientologists of all nationalities, ages and walks of life.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Wearing a facemask and vinyl gloves, Gisela Willey pulls up to her church—the Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre of Nashville, Tennessee. She parks and walks up the steps, saying “Follow me” as she enters the building. In her Scientologists@Home video on the Scientology Network she says, “finally, I feel like I’m at home again.”

After having her temperature checked with a no-contact thermometer, she heads for the second floor of the church where she is studying the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. She says reading the book has helped her understand people much better, how they react and why they do what they do.

In Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, Mr. Hubbard described his breakthrough discoveries on the reactive mind—the single source of nightmares, unreasonable fears, upsets, insecurities and psychosomatic illness. And he laid out a simple, practical, easily taught technology to overcome the reactive mind and reach the state of Clear.

By studying Dianetics, available in 50 languages, and other Dianetics and Scientology basic books and lectures, the individual not only gains an understanding of what makes people tick but also the ability to help others.

Across the Atlantic Ocean and some 8,500 miles southeast of Nashville, Kya shoots a video of herself while entering the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg, South Africa, carrying the same book, which she finds “extremely interesting.”

Another 6,800 miles farther east, across the Indian Ocean, Magali enters the Church of Scientology Sydney, also eager to resume her study of Dianetics. “I’m having lots of wins and I’m really glad to be back,” she says.

As Scientology Churches across the globe reopen for service, parishioners know every precaution has been taken to ensure they can further their progress in Scientology in a completely safe environment, surrounded by others who are taking responsibility for their own health and the health of others.

As described in “Scientology: 20/21—A Look Behind & A Look Ahead,” an interactive timeline on the Scientology website, before reopening, every Scientology Church was safeguarded with the world’s most powerful decontamination system—as safe as it is eco-friendly and effective. This came to more than 12,000,000 square feet of spaces protected.

Educational booklets are always available at Scientology Churches that make it very simple to understand the basics of how to stay well. Protocols are strictly enforced and backed up by signage as a gentle reminder of the dos and don’ts. And the entire Church is rigorously disinfected throughout the day.

Scientologists@home is updated daily with new videos sent in by Scientologists from across the globe. Each shares their story of how they are keeping themselves active, happy and productive in these challenging times.

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WHY NOW, AFTER 10,000 YEARS

The REALITY of ABSOLUTES WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH TIME and SPACE

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YOUR GUIDE IS jimar. YOUR ROAD MAP IS THE JIMARIAN BIBLE. There are numerous twists and turns that require you to open doors through which you must pass to continue on your journey. The keys to those doors are in the form of questions and your mind’s response to those questions; TRUE “KNOWLEDGE” OF YOUR VERY OWN EXISTENCE.

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As US Secretary of State Blinken Call for Action on Sri Lanka – He was Asked to Help Refer to Int’l Criminal Court -ICC

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken

"A Civil Society Group from Sri Lanka have sent a letter to Secretary Blinken, urging him to help refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC)"

Current Zero draft Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled does not urge Sri Lanka to be Referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for past accountability for atrocity crimes committed.

— North-East Civil Society Forum

JAFFNA, SRI LANKA, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Secretary of State Blinken in his maiden speech to the UN Human Rights Council on February 24th, called on UN Human Rights Council member countries to support a Resolution on Sri Lanka.

" We encourage the Council to support resolutions at this session addressing issues of concern around the world, including ongoing human rights violations in Syria and North Korea, the lack of accountability for past atrocities in Sri Lanka, and the need for further investigation into the situation in South Sudan." said Secretary Blinken during his address to the Council.

A Civil Society Group from Sri Lanka have sent a letter to him, urging him to help refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"We are writing to thank you for calling upon the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support the Resolution on Sri Lanka for accountability for past atrocity crimes in that island." said the letter, written by North East Civil Society Forum.

"As you may be aware, the current Zero draft Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by Core-Group on Sri Lanka does not urge Sri Lanka to be Referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for past accountability for atrocity crimes committed in Sri Lanka."

"We urge you to use your good offices to persuade Core-Group Countries consisting of the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Montenegro, and North Macedonia to include in the Zero draft to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC)."

"Due to the serious nature of the situation, Tamils unitedly sent a letter to the Core-Group on January 15, 2021, urging Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This call was validated by tens of thousands of Tamils in a recent rally called Pothuvil to Polikandy (P2P) which was organized by the North-East Civil Society." letter continued.

"Not referring Sri Lanka to ICC will not only open the doors for abusers of atrocity crimes to escape justice, but it will also embolden Sri Lankan political leaders and Security Force leaders to commit international atrocity crimes against Tamil people without any hesitation, knowing well that they will not have to face justice. We strongly urge you to seriously consider this risk Tamil people will face if Sri Lanka is not referred to International Criminal Court (ICC)." cautioned the letter.

"Furthermore, the current High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in her Report dated 27th January 2021 urged UN Human Rights Council Member States to take steps toward the referral of the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC)."

"Also, twenty former senior UN officials, including four former UN High commissioners of human rights, nine independent UN experts, and all members of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka jointly issued a statement on February 18, 2021, titled “Sowing the Seeds of Conflict” has called on Sri Lanka to be Referred to International Criminal Court (ICC)."

BELOW, PLEASE FIND THE LETTER:

February 25, 2001

Antony J. Blinken
Secretary of State
United States of America

Dear Honourable Secretary of State,

We are writing to thank you for calling upon the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support the Resolution on Sri Lanka for accountability for past atrocity crimes in that island.

As you may be aware, the current Zero draft Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by Core-Group on Sri Lanka does not urge Sri Lanka to be Referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for past accountability for atrocity crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

We urge you to use your good offices to persuade Core-Group Countries consisting of the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Montenegro, and North Macedonia to include in the Zero draft to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC).

Due to the serious nature of the situation, Tamils unitedly sent a letter to the Core-Group on January 15, 2021, urging Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This call was validated by tens of thousands of Tamils in a recent rally called Pothuvil to Polikandy (P2P) which was organized by the North-East Civil Society.

Not referring Sri Lanka to ICC will not only open the doors for abusers of atrocity crimes to escape justice, but it will also embolden Sri Lankan political leaders and Security Force leaders to commit international atrocity crimes against Tamil people without any hesitation, knowing well that they will not have to face justice. We strongly urge you to seriously consider this risk Tamil people will face if Sri Lanka is not referred to International Criminal Court (ICC).

Furthermore, the current High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in her Report dated 27th January 2021 urged UN Human Rights Council Member States to take steps toward the referral of the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Also, twenty former senior UN officials, including four former UN High commissioners of human rights, nine independent UN experts, and all members of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka jointly issued a statement on February 18, 2021, titled “Sowing the Seeds of Conflict” has called on Sri Lanka to be Referred to International Criminal Court (ICC).

“….the fact is that Sri Lanka has made its justice institutions unavailable to its own victims. We, therefore, echo the High Commissioner’s recommendations to work with victims and their representatives to pursue justice through universal or extraterritorial jurisdiction. Existing international avenues for accountability such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) should be considered” said the report.

SOME EXAMPLES OF INTERNATIONAL ATROCITY CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST TAMIL PEOPLE BY THE SRI LANKAN STATE:

1) According to the March 2011 Report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka stated that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed during the final stages of the armed conflict and around 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final six months of the war that ended in May 2009.

2) According to the November 2012 Report of the UN Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka, over seventy thousand (70,000) Tamils were unaccounted for during the final six months of the war that ended in May 2009.

3) Several were killed when Sri Lankan forces repeatedly bombed and shelled an area designated by the Government as No Fire Zones (Safe zones). Even hospitals and food distribution centers were bombed. Several also died of starvation and bled to death due to lack of medical treatment.

4) International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) in February 2017 handed over details to UN of Sri Lankan Military run "Rape Camps", where Tamil women are being held as “sex slaves.”

5) According to UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office report on April 2013, there are over 90,000 Tamil war widows in Sri Lanka.

6) Thousands of Tamils disappeared including babies and children. UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances stated that the second-highest number of enforced disappearance cases in the world is from Sri Lanka.

HISTORY OF FALSE PROMISES BY THE SRI LANKAN STATE ON ACCOUNTABILITY FOR INTERNATIONAL CRIMES:

We also would like to bring to your attention that successive Sri Lankan Governments have failed to implement any of the UNHRC Resolutions, including the ones they voluntarily co-sponsored.

The previous Government not only failed to take any meaningful steps to implement the Resolution that it co-sponsored, on the contrary, the President, Prime Minister and senior members of the Government have repeatedly and categorically stated that they will not implement the UNHRC Resolution.

The current new Government went one step further and officially withdrew from the co-sponsorship of the Resolutions 30/1, 34/1, and 40/1 and walked away from the UNHRC accountability process.

Furthermore, as a snub to UNHRC, the only soldier who was ever punished and sentenced to death for killing civilians including children were pardoned by the current President.

Also, several senior military officials who were credibly accused of committing war crimes have been given promotions and treated as “war heroes.” One officer who was named in UN reports as a suspected war criminal was promoted as a four-star General.

We would appreciate if you could urge Core-Group countries on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council to include referral to International Criminal Court (ICC) in their Zero draft Resolution.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

North East Civil Society Forum

Thavaththiru Velan Swamigal (Organiser)

S.Sivayoganathan (Organiser)

Rev.Fr. Kandiah Jegathas (Organiser)

CONTACT DETAILS:

Address: 692, Point Pedro Road, Nallur 40000, Jaffna.

Tel: +94 77 761 4121, +94 77 906 0474, +94 77 438 4882

Email: northeastcivilsocietyforum@gmail.com

North-East Civil Society Forum
NCSF
+94 777614121
northeastcivilsocietyforum@gmail.com


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Biblical Birth Launches New Faith Based, Fear Shattering Online Childbirth Course

Discover how childbirth can be an incredible spiritual experience

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — An exciting, new online course available from Biblical Birth offers a fresh approach to worn out, old school childbirth education classes. Biblical Birth is an irreplaceable, scientific, evidence based curriculum that prepares and empowers women and their partners to confidently face all phases of childbirth by removing unwanted fear while equipping them for an unforgettable, supernatural birth.

Influenced by her own birth experiences, Tara Smith, class instructor and founder of Biblical Birth, is on a mission to break the preconceived ideas surrounding childbirth. “I think parents should know all of their birthing options so they can make informed decisions during the birth of their baby,” said Tara. “While a healthy mom and a healthy baby are the most important part, I also believe that childbirth can be a beautiful, bonding, comfortable and spiritually transforming experience.”

Students will appreciate this comprehensive resource of fun, interactive, bite-size lessons in a convenient, online format including 7 hours of class lectures covering a wide variety of topics, meditations and affirmations, on-going support from the instructor and so much more. Families will be ready for a unique birthing experience that results in a deeper relationship with their partner and their new baby.

Log onto https://www.biblicalbirth.com for more information about Biblical Birth, to view a detailed course syllabus and to access a discount offer.

About Biblical Birth
Biblical Birth was founded by Tara Smith, wife and mother of four. Tara has been working in the medical field for over 12 years as a childbirth educator, student midwife, birth doula, former HypnoBirthing instructor and professional birth assistant. Having taught over 5,000 childbirth students in the last 8 years, she has become a trusted expert in her field and has been featured in many publications. Every year she participates in 50 hours of continuing education to stay informed of the most up to date medical information related to childbirth. She is passionate about families and advocates against mistreatment during childbirth, as well as human trafficking.

Cheri Showalter
Point Promotions
info@pointpromo.net

Faith-Based Childbirth Education is Born!


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Rapha Clinic of West GA Announcing 2021 Fundraising Initiatives

Charity golf tournament and Sound of Medicine concert set to raise funds for Community Health

We hope our West Georgia neighbors will help us support those in need throughout the year with monthly donations and through these events.”

— Patrick Calvillo, the Director of Development at the Rapha Clinic

TEMPLE, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rapha Clinic, a non-profit, faith-based charity serving uninsured people with their medical and dental needs in the West Georgia community is excited to wrap up its “Heart of the Community Fundraiser” that has lasted the entirety of February and introducing other fundraising initiatives taking place in 2021 including a Celebrity Golf Tournament, the annual Sound of Medicine concert, a Mindful Movement class and more.

The Celebrity Golf Tournament, Rapha Golf Classic: FORE Your Health, will take place on July 19 at Sunset Hills Golf Club in Carrollton, Ga. The lead sponsor is CareTrack but additional sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $100-$1000+. CareTrack, a locally-based telecare patient care company supports physicians and patients to ensure better health outcomes. Further information about the tournament and how to sign up for a foursome will be released in March.

The 7th annual Sound of Medicine concert will be held on September 16 at Mill Town Music Hall in Bremen, Ga. Created by the Medical Director and former Chairman of the Board Dr. Amy Eubanks, the annual concert is an opportunity to enjoy inspiring music that allows Rapha to continue its mission of providing healthcare in West Georgia. The event will be a hybrid of a social-distanced, in-person event, as well as, broadcasted via Facebook Live and YouTube live to attend virtually.

The Mindful Movement fundraiser, hosted by Serena Robbins one Saturday per month, will begin on April 17. All skills levels are welcomed and no past experience is necessary. Each class will require a small fee that is donated directly towards the Rapha Clinic. Participants can tune in from home virtually.

“We are excited for the book of fundraising events in 2021” said Patrick Calvillo, the Director of Development at the Rapha Clinic. “We hope our West Georgia neighbors will help us support those in need throughout the year with monthly donations and through these events. We believe that good community health is everyone’s responsibility.”

There are 3 ways to support the Rapha Clinic beyond the fundraisers:
Donate online at www.RaphaClinic.com
Call the Clinic at 770-562-4501
Mail a check to 253 Highway 78 East Temple, GA 30179

If you want to learn more about RAPHA’s various fundraising opportunities, the health or dental services offered by RAPHA and/or learn more about the impact the organization has made in helping the West GA community, contact aparrish@rhythmcommunications.com.

About Rapha Clinic
The Rapha Clinic of West Georgia is a faith-based, non-profit, charitable ministry serving uninsured adults in West Georgia (Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, and Paulding counties) since 2010. Volunteer professionals provide high quality medical and dental care to those most in need. In addition to the best healthcare, Rapha patients receive spiritual support and guidance without forcing beliefs. It is through caring for the physical illness that Rapha has an opportunity to be a witness for Christ. The unconditional love and superior care provided by Rapha empowers patients to break the cycle of poor health and habits and improve their quality of life.

Amy Parrish
Rhythm Communications
+1 404-310-6559
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