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To tell the truth is to say that in the United States of America – you will experience these things, not to pretend that it is not so.

If you are a woman, you will be raped. You will be beat to death or nearly to death in your own home. You will, if you survive, watch your children be taken from you and abused by others the state deems to raise them and they will be put on psychiatric medication such that they can’t think, can’t function, can’t learn, can’t play and can’t write their own name for their hands shaking. When they sleep, there will only be nightmares and darkness while their bodies tingle and feel like thousands of bees stinging them and their ears ring with a high pitched constant painful buzzing. They will never eat a meal they can enjoy because it makes them sick and nauseated. There will be no friendships or dating because the drugs give them diarrhea so they smell like that and endure that humiliation at their school and around other people every other day.

Their weight will inflate them until you don’t even recognize they had ever been healthy and it will stay on them for their entire lives because the drugs have changed their metabolism and their sexual and reproductive health forever. And, you will watch them hate themselves and be shunned in a world that only wants people of a normal body weight., which will never be available to them.

And, you, as a woman in America, will get to experience those things too because the state, your family, your doctor and your community will force you to take those drugs, too. Except that you will also find that the dizziness prevents you from driving or walking across the room to get something without running into things and getting hurt. You won’t sew, or write or read or be able to follow a thought because those drugs are meant to prevent those things to keep you out of trouble and prevent you from saying or doing anything that others might not like. But, you will know. You will know your children’s suffering and sorrows as you watch others abuse them in ways that you would not at the hands of strangers that are housing them to get the money paid by the state for them.

And, you as a woman in America, might get a job, might get to work at something, might start a business, but more likely you will be poor and homeless and surely excluded from the workforce because you are forced to go through the mental health system to get a job. There is no employer that wants to have a full-time well paid employee that has been deemed to be difficult which is evidenced by the fact you are “diagnosed” to need mental health services and psychiatric medications. So, don’t expect to have 40 hours of work at minimum wage or your own home or your own business or your own opportunities to get money as other people do. But, you can’t have your children back and your life back, unless you do just that.

And, if you get a lover, a boyfriend or another husband, you can expect that he will beat you within an inch of your life with whatever is around until you are so bruised, broken and in such pain, that you won’t even want to go on. Then, you will be given even greater doses of and combinations of medications until your body is racked with pain day and night, your ears ring, your hands shake and no one will listen to you because every sound that you utter sounds garbled and confused. Your vision will be blurred, double-vision that twitters and moves instead of ever focusing rightly. Your ability to think will not pursue more than half a thought at a time but every feeling of worthlessness, hopelessness and despair will be amplified and pervade every moment. You will have muscles that twitch uncontrollably and to take a walk means every step is awkward and unbalanced so you will shuffle your feet to feel your way along.

Your lips will be swollen and cracked like having been in the desert for many days in the hot sun. Your thirst will go on day and night with a feeling like a mouthful of dry cotton all the time until finally your teeth fall out from lack of moisture in your mouth. Then, nobody will hire you, nobody will want to be with you and nobody will listen to anything you can muster together into an intelligent sentence because you have the after effects of the drugs you’ve been given to “help” you.

The many days of not being able to go out in the sun and having these drugs strip the vitamins, minerals and electrolytes from your system will leave you vulnerable to every sickness with sick looking skin and sleeplessness, nervousness and both the pain from being physically abused by domestic violence and from the psychiatric drugs themselves. Headaches and nausea will make every moment of every day an intolerable eternity that never seems to end and it will go on for years and years and years.

And, anytime your community, county or state wants money – they will use you and your children to get it by “serving” you some more. The police and local fire services will harass you and your children will be bullied, harassed and brutalized at their schools by their school officials, foster parents, social workers and mental health “professionals” along with abuses by other students and you will watch it helpless to do anything about it. Sooner or later you will end up in jail for some inane, petty something like not having your married name on your ID or saying something your neighbor doesn’t like or walking down the street without your shoes on, and in jail you’ll find that every other disabled woman in the community is sitting right there in the county jail, too.

Your ex-husband that beat you till your bones were broken and your beauty was hidden by black and blue bruises and bloody gashes, will sit in his new house with his new wife and explain to everyone how obvious it is that you were the problem all along. And, your family, your community and your friends will agree with him. He won’t spend time in jail or locked up in a mental hospital with medications forced on him or restrained on a board for 16 hours pissing all over himself with his eyes rolling back in his head – nope, that will be done to you for your “mental health” – that is the United States of America that you and your children will experience because that is all that is available to you and the only thing that the Constitution will ever mean to you and your children in practice.

Then, all the accomplishments and dreams of accomplishments, which are yours alone to give to the world, your motherhood, your youth, your beauty and your opportunities will be shoved down your throat as something you had that you wasted. Because that is how we do things in America.

– cricketdiane, 04-22-09, USA

“Cricket” Diane C Phillips
Marietta, Georgia, USA
(Metro Atlanta, GA – 30067)

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*** Real Life Living in the United States of America from 1980 – 2010 ***

Under the Rule of the Republican Party in America –
aggregate and specific individual human rights violations of the United States of America targeted especially the vulnerable populations of women, children, elderly, disabled, diverse cultures and creatives, as well as those engaged in alternative lifestyles of choice and religious views

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– cricketdiane, 04-22-09, USA

“Cricket” Diane C Phillips
Marietta, Georgia, USA
(Metro Atlanta, GA – 30067)
https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/
Marietta, GA 30067-1608

Place of Birth: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Race: White

Divorced: Seven children (the state has subjected both me and some of my children to these human rights violations, civil rights abuses and has done it to many others across our state, and across the United States. It has been the common practices, especially for women and female children over the last twenty years, at least.)

Date of Birth: 1958

Note: There are no domestic remedies in the United States because of “sovereign immunity” which allows continued abuses to occur against the population generally and to specific populations within the aggregate, specifically disabled and disadvantaged populations, women, elderly and children.

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Please we need your help or it will never stop. The policies that have caused these common practices are operating today across the United States and in countries they have influenced to use them against their own women, children, elderly and cultures of diversity and creatives.

Thankyou,
Diane C Phillips (Cricket)

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The United States needs to apply the tenets of democracy and human rights in the United States rather than continue the conservative Republican violations of human and civil rights of the Bush administration, Reagan administration, George Bush Sr. administration, Nixon administration, and every other conservative Republican held state government.

– It is subjugating our United States citizens in America to terrifying abuses of human rights violations, vile civil rights abuses, pervasive tyranny, inhumane oppression and evil at the hands of local authorities.

We have no enemies that we would allow to do this to American citizens. Why should our own government entities and businesses get away with it?

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Between pharmaceutical companies and the mental health industry, food poisoning and faulty products, the Republican run government in the United States have killed more US citizens that our enemies have –

My note –

I was thinking about it and if suicide is a known side effect of psychiatric drugs, then it means that during the testing of these drugs – more than one “someone” committed suicide or violence against themselves or others while taking these drugs during the testing phase.

But why, as in the case below, would the psychiatrists and doctors subject this woman to this – “after giving birth and was subsequently prescribed a cocktail of intensely controversial psychiatric drugs including anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressant drugs before being subjected to electroshock treatment.”

only after receiving mental health “treatment” did she commit suicide. That is what the mental health industry did for a new mother named Melanie Stokes.

Why was she forced to endure a torture like this by the people around her and by her family and by her community and by her doctors that she trusted? What caused them to put her through a hell which only made matters worse to a degree that is nothing short of sadistic? And this year there is a legislation to do the same thing to new mothers and using her name for the bill to legislate dangerous medications which mean she will not be allowed to breast feed nor bond with her own baby (and she’ll still be sad and melancholy – maybe even commit suicide or murder in the influence of these psychiatric medications.)

What did she do to deserve this? Was it because she committed the “mortal sin” of being unhappy about having her baby rather than being a “good woman” who is happy about it? Do women constitute an abnormality basic to the fact that they are different than men and therefore deserve to be changed by forced drug therapies? Or is it that the “norms” are based on 1930’s ideas of what are the ”average normal” feelings for some given situation?

Is a woman supposed to be happy about the constraints of freedom caused by motherhood, the complete change of lifestyle, the constant workload that is created when that child is born, the fat body, the carefree youth gone and the looming future stacked with diapers, dirty dishes, dirty clothes and drudgery? Isn’t it true that the real support would be anything other than a drug which makes it even more nightmarish and difficult to deal with those things?

If she hadn’t been subjected to this further torture on top of what she already had to deal with, wouldn’t her child’s mother be alive today – wouldn’t she still be alive finding ways to work through these things, instead of gone? She and many others that have been living testament to the truth about these drugs, mean one thing for absolutely sure.

When psychiatrists, doctors and pharmaceutical companies think that what they are doing makes good money but doesn’t hurt anybody – they are wrong, they are delusional and they are selfish to the point of sadism in the subjection and oppression of others by a prescribed regimen of chemical torture under the guise of “help”.

They knew these drugs were causing people to commit suicide and murder and violent acts of aggression. They knew there were a multitude of side effects cause directly by each of these drugs and in combinations there are even more hellish effects from them, so they’ve been prescribing these combinations and raising the dosages. What kind of decency is that? There is nothing but evil in that.

The only social goal would have to have been to completely debilitate entire populations of women, children, young females, families and individuals, especially creatives and free-thinking diversity in our population. There is no other possibility – since that was proven to be exactly the debilitation that occurs to people when subjected to these drugs. And it has literally robbed hundreds of thousands of lives and their freedoms to pursue their happiness, their human rights that were guaranteed and their futures, along with robbing all of us in every community of the accomplishments and contributions to our society that these individuals and families would have made. It is a crime what these pharmaceutical companies and their psychiatric professionals have propagated and when they did it – there was definitely intention.

History will prove they are barbaric.

– cricketdiane,

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Forest paid Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Jeffrey Bostic $750,000 to chat up Celexa and Lexapro, according to US District Court in Boston filings. AstraZeneca paid University of Minnesota researcher Charles Schulz $112,000 to push Seroquel, according to US District Court in Orlando filings. And a decade of pain studies conducted by Baystate Medical Center’s Scott S. Reuben on Vioxx, Lyrica, Celebrex and Effexor were completely fabricated–including the patients say published reports.

And speaking of made up, Coast IRB, an institutional review board which oversees some 300 clinical trials and 3,000 researchers, agreed last year to approve a human trial for Adhesiabloc, a surgical gel that the Government Accountability Office completely made up in a sting operation. Oops.

And let’s not forget Joseph your-child-is-bipolar Biederman, a Harvard physician who, according to the New York Times, assured benefactor Johnson & Johnson his studies would have favorable results for the drug Risperdal in advance of doing them. (Why leave things up to science?)

And Charles Paxil Nemeroff, MD who was forced to step down in December as psychiatry chairman at Emory University thanks to unreported GlaxoSmithKline income of up to $800,000.

And the pharma funded studies continue

Last May a pro Lexapro article, Escitalopram and Problem-Solving Therapy for Prevention of Poststroke Depression, ran in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, with no mention of financial ties author Robert G. Robinson has to Forest.

Why was, a researcher with a history of being funded by SSRI makers…given a forum in the national media to tell the general public that anyone who has had a stroke, whether or not they have been diagnosed with depression, should start a prophylactic regimen of Lexapro…even though non-medical approaches perform just as well, wrote Jonathan Leo, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy at Lincoln Memorial University in the British Medical Journal in March.

And then there’s AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca’s best selling Seroquel — it made $4.5 billion last year while only approved for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder — is linked to high blood sugar, weight gain, diabetes, cholesterol and triglycerides abnormalities, sudden cardiac death, suicide, neuroleptic malignant syndrome and the tardive dyskinesia it is supposed to prevent.

But its safety was established by a different kind of chemistry.

Research director for Seroquel, Wayne MacFadden, was having affairs with two women responsible for Seroquel studies, according to court documents: one was a researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and another a ghostwriter at Waltham, MA-based medical communications firm Parexel. In fact the studies upon which the FDA approved Seroquel for bipolar disorder– called Bolder I and II — were written by a ghostwriter.

Worse, sitting on the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee at the time was Jorge Armenteros, MD, a paid AstraZeneca speaker according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Today he heads the committee.

Hopefully FDA will keep some Seroquel for itself.

http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/137551/how_big_pharma_distorts_science_to_get_fda_approval_for_dangerous_drugs__/

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The facts in the Zyprexa case are heartbreaking. The victim, Philip Ebel, suffered from crushing headaches, for which he tried no fewer than 47 different treatments. His doctor in Texas, in consultation with a neurologist from a headache clinic in Michigan, finally prescribed Zyprexa — an anti-psychotic prescribed off-label for headaches. Ebel took Zyprexa for four months before killing himself in 2002.

His doctor testified at a deposition that he was aware of Zyprexa’s side effects, including an increased risk of suicide, and that he told Ebel about them. The 5th Circuit, in agreement with the lower court, ruled that because Ebel and his doctor were aware of the risks, Lilly’s alleged failure to warn could not be a producing cause of Ebel’s death.

http://www.law.com/jsp/law/LawArticleFriendly.jsp?id=1202429622871

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My Note –

What it has really been like living in the United States – from 1980 – 2010 – pervasive human rights abuses by the US holier than thou Republican Party – Cricket Diane C Phillips

What it has really been like living in the United States –

*** Real Life Living in the United States of America from 1980 – 2010 ***

Under the Rule of the Republican Party in America –

Iran, China, Russia and Cuba put together haven’t tortured and killed as many American citizens as the Republican Party, the George Bush administrations, the conservative Republicans’ social and business policies, psychiatrists, pharmaceutical companies and lack of regulation for food and product safety in the United States have tortured, maimed and killed.

We look at those countries as enemies because of their human rights abuses. What kind of country have the Republicans created under our feet over the past thirty years they’ve been in power, where the human rights violations and abuses in the United States are even more pervasive, more consummately evil and more extensive than in any of those countries or even, all of them put together?

Is it because those countries being kinder than us – took people out and just shot them in a ditch instead of poisoning them with peanut butter sandwiches using salmonella infested peanut butter, rather than killing them with E.Coli bacteria from mishandled meat products because of inspectors who didn’t want to offend their Republican “handlers” as we did, or torturing them with chemical restraints sponsored by psychiatry?

Is it because those countries took people off in the middle of the night to shoot them instead of what is done in the US by taking people out of their homes in the full light of day and then subjecting them to chemical lobotomies using the most horrendous cocktails of pharmaceuticals that hell has ever designed, causing them to kill themselves or commit acts of violence resulting in the deaths of many?

Whose side has our conservative Republican government run by Christian fundamentalists been serving? Our enemies haven’t killed, raped and tortured as many people as the business and social policies of the Republican Party have done right here on our own soil using all the trappings of making a profit while they’ve been doing it.

And in all cases, it would’ve been a kinder, more merciful death if our government’s ineptitude, profiteering and social policies through its big business friends and mental health systems / pharmaceutical companies had just shot the victims. Instead of US citizens being forced to endure a tortured experience of food poisoning, or the horrendous drug side effects of psychiatric drugs, their cars bursting into flames while driving them, suffering the effects of lead poisoning, air pollution and exotic chemicals every where they might live, wouldn’t it have been more humane to simply take 100% of their rights away, take all their money and property, shoot them out in a ditch somewhere? Our people have suffered every vile human and civil rights abuse at the hands of the conservative Republican party run government along with the torturous way it was accomplished plus the mental and physical anguish of a nation’s betrayal of trust before dying or killing themselves or killing themselves and others, under the duress and effects of prescribed psychiatric drugs.

Didn’t we used to call those that do that to our people – “enemies”? Isn’t that why we made some countries into our enemies – for their human rights abuses and violations of civil and human rights? Is it any different if our nation tortures and kills us with tainted peanut butter, vomit inducing tainted meat, compliance cocktails of psychiatric pharmaceuticals, defective cars, trucks and household products, homelessness, derision, exclusion from the workforce and economic opportunities, filthy and dangerous hospitals, health and mental health systems that are killing and maiming people for private profits and by abuses of authority, police brutality and government corruption?

Isn’t it the same enemy and the same evil when it is done that way / meted out against the citizens by their government? Isn’t it still genocide even when it is accomplished in a more sophisticated manner? Don’t we count among those enemies of the US, those that do these things which result in deaths, physical maiming and violations of human rights, abuses of authority and brutality? Is it any different when the perpetrators are wearing Armani suits and driving Porches on their way to their church or Republican Party breakfast?

“Nobody accuses these perpetrators who have committed inhumane violent actions against women, against the poor and against both prisoners of war and the regular people of America, as insane. No, they’re given fine opportunities and will go on to work somewhere else putting forth their distorted and malicious views of the world. In fact, if history serves anything it is to tell us that every one of these perpetrators in America will be treated like kings while the rest of us are treated like slaves and otherwise useless aggravations.” – my quote from a couple days ago.

– cricketdiane, (“Cricket” Diane C Phillips)

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* my note – having lived in this man’s America of the vision he and his friends forced on us – I don’t like the America he remade into his image of it. He has made it a very bad place to live, not the America promised by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for every American citizen. – cricketdiane.

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US human rights violations exposed
(Xinhua)
Updated: 2008-03-13 10:12

China issued on Thursday the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007 [click to read full text] in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2007 issued by the US Department of State on Tuesday.

Released by the Information Office of China’s State Council, the Chinese report listed a multitude of cases to show the human rights situation in the United States and its violation of human rights in other countries.

The report says the United States attacks more than 190 countries and regions including China on their human rights issues, but mentions nothing about its own human rights problems.

By publishing the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007, the report says it aims to “help the people have a better understanding of the real situation in the United States and as a reminder for the United States to reflect upon its own issues”.

The report reviewed the human rights record of the United States in 2007 from seven perspectives: on life and personal security, on human rights violations by law enforcement and judicial departments, on civil and political rights, on economic, social and cultural rights, on racial discrimination, on rights of women and children and on the United States’ violation of human rights in other countries.

The report says the increase of violent crimes in the United States poses a serious threat to its people’s lives, liberty and personal security.

According to a FBI report on crime statistics released in September 2007, 1.41 million violent crimes were reported nationwide in 2006, an increase of 1.9 percent over 2005.

Of the violent crimes, the estimated number of murders and no negligent manslaughters increased 1.8 percent, and that of robberies increased 7.2 percent.

Throughout 2006, US residents age 12 or above experienced an estimated 25 million crimes of violence and theft, according to the FBI report.

In the United States, about 30,000 people die from gun wounds every year, according to a Reuters story on December 19, 2007.

The USA Today reported on December 5, 2007 gun killings have climbed 13 percent overall since 2002.

On April 16, 2007, the Virginia Tech University witnessed the deadliest shooting rampage in modern US history with 33 killed and more than 30 others injured, according to AFP.

Two separate gun killings in the Salt Lake City and Philadelphia claimed eight lives and injured several other people on February 12, 2007, according to the Associated Press.

The report points out that law enforcement and judicial departments in the United States have abused their power and seriously violated the freedom and rights of its citizens.

Cases in which US law enforcement authorities allegedly violated victims’ civil rights increased by 25 percent from fiscal year 2001 to 2007 over the previous seven years, according to statistics from US Department of Justice.

However, the majority of law enforcement officers accused of brutality were not prosecuted in the end.

From May 2001 to June 2006, 2,451 police officers in Chicago received 4 to 10 complaints each, 662 of them received more than 10 complaints each, but only 22 were punished. Furthermore, there were officers who had amassed more than 50 abuse complaints but were never disciplined in any fashion, according to statistics released by University of Chicago.

The United States of America is the world’s largest prison and has the highest inmates/population ratio in the world. A December 5, 2007 report by EFE news agency quoted statistics of US Department of Justice as saying that the number of inmates in US prisons have increased by 500 percent over the last 30 years.

The freedom and rights of individual citizens are being increasingly marginalized in the United States, the report says.

Workers’ right to unionize has been restricted in the United States. It was reported that union membership fell by 326,000 in 2006, bringing the percentage of employees in unions to 12 percent, down from 20 percent in 1983.

Employer resistance stopped 53 percent of nonunion workers from joining a union, The New York Times reported on January 26, 2007.

According to a report by the Human Rights Watch, when Wal-Mart stores faced unionization drives, the company often broke the law by, for example, eavesdropping on workers, training surveillance cameras on them and firing those who favored unions.

In the United States, money is “mother’s milk” for politics while elections are “games” for the wealthy, highlighting the hypocrisy of the US democracy, which has been fully borne out by the 2008 presidential election.

The “financial threshold” for participating in the US presidential election is becoming higher and higher. At least 10 of the 20-strong major party candidates who are seeking the US presidency in general elections in 2008 are millionaires, according to a report by Spanish news agency EFE on May 18, 2007.

The French news agency AFP reported on January 15, 2007 that the 2008 presidential election will be the most expensive race in history. The cost of the last presidential campaign in 2004, considered a peak for its time, was 693 million US dollars. Common estimates of this year’s total outlay have tended to come in at around 1 billion US dollars, and Fortune magazine recently upped its overall cost projection to 3 billion US dollars.

The US administration manipulated the press. On October 23, 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staged a news conference on California wildfires.

A half-dozen questions were asked within 15 minutes at the event by FEMA staff members posing as reporters.

The news was aired by US-based television stations. After the Washington Post disclosed the farce, FEMA tried to defend itself for staging the fake briefing.

The report says that the deserved economic, social and cultural rights of US citizens have not been properly protected.

Poor population in the United States is constantly increasing.

According to statistics released by the US Census Bureau in August 2007, the official poverty rate in 2006 was 12.3 percent.

There were 36.5 million people, or 7.7 million families living in poverty in 2006. In another word, almost one out of eight US citizens lives in poverty.

The wealth of the richest group in the United States has rapidly expanded in recent years, widening the earning gap between the rich and poor. The earnings of the highest one percent of the population accounted for 21.2 percent of US total national income in 2005, compared with 19 percent in 2004.

The earnings of the lowest 50 percent of the population accounted for 12.8 percent of the total national income in 2005, down from 13.4 percent in 2004, according to Reuters.

Hungry and homeless people have increased significantly in US cities. The US Department of Agriculture said in a report released on November 14, 2007 that at least 35.5 million people in the United States, including 12.63 million children, went hungry in 2006, an increase of 390,000 from 2005.

About 11 million people lived in “very low food security”, according to Reuters.

People without health insurance have been increasing in the United States. A Reuters report on September 20, 2007 quoted the US Census Bureau as saying that 47 million people in the United States were not covered by health insurance.

Racial discrimination is a deep-rooted social illness in the United States, the report says.

Black people and other minor ethnic groups live in the bottom of the US society.

According to statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau in August 2007, median income of black households was 31,969 US dollars in 2006, or 61 percent of that for non-Hispanic white households. Median income for Hispanic households stood at 37,781 US dollars, 72 percent of that for non-Hispanic white households.

The rates of blacks and Hispanics living in poverty and without health insurance are much higher than non-Hispanic whites, according to Washington Observer Weekly.

Ethnic minorities have been subject to racial discrimination in employment and workplace. According to the US Department of Labor, in November 2007, the unemployment rate for Black Americans was 8.4 percent, twice that of non-Hispanic Whites (4.2 percent).

The unemployment rate for Hispanics was 5.7 percent. The jobless rates among blacks and Hispanics were much higher than that for non-Hispanic Whites.

Racial discrimination in the US judicial system is shocking. According to the 2007 annual report on the state of black Americans issued by the National Urban League (NUL), African Americans (especially males) are more likely than whites to be convicted and sentenced to longer terms. Blacks are seven times more likely than Whites to be incarcerated.

The report says the conditions of women and children in the United States are worrisome.

Women account for 51 percent of the US population, but there are only 86 women serving in the 110th US Congress. Women hold 16, or 16.0 percent of the 100 seats in the Senate and 70, or 16.1percent of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

In December 2007, there were 76 women serving in statewide elective executive offices, accounting for 24.1 percent of the total. The proportion of women in state legislature is 23.5 percent.

Discrimination against women is pervasive in US job market and workplaces. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it received 23,247 charges on sex-based discrimination in 2006, accounting for 30.7 percent of the total discrimination charges.

The living conditions of US children are of great concern. Houston Chronicle reported that a survey by the United Nations on 21 rich countries showed that though the United States was among the world’s richest nations, its ranked only the 20th in the overall well-being of children.

US juveniles often fall victims of abuses and crimes. According to a report on school crimes in the United States released by the Department of Justice in December 2007, 57 out of one thousand US students above the age of 12 were victims of violence and property crimes in 2005.

Millions of underage girls become sex slaves in the United States. Statistics from the Department of Justice show some 100,000 to three million US children under the age of 18 are involved in prostitution. A FBI report says as high as 40 percent of forced prostitutes are minors.

The report says the United States has a notorious record of trampling on the sovereignty of and violating human rights in other countries.

The invasion of Iraq by US troops has produced the biggest human rights tragedy and the greatest humanitarian disaster in modern world. It was reported that since the invasion in 2003, 660,000 Iraqis have died, of which 99 percent were civilians. That translates into a daily toll of 450.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the number of civilian deaths in Iraq has exceeded one million. A report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed that about one million Iraqis were homeless, half of whom were children.

US troops have killed many innocent civilians in the anti-terrorism war in Afghanistan. The Washington Post reported on May 3, 2007 that as many as 51 civilians were killed by US soldiers in one week (Karzai Says Civilian Toll is No Longer Acceptable, The Washington Post, May 3, 2007).

An Afghan human rights group said in a report that US marine unit fired indiscriminately at pedestrians, people in cars, buses and taxis along a 10-mile stretch of road in Nangahar province on March 4, 2007, killing 12 civilians, including one infant and three elders (New York Times, April 15, 2007).

It is high time for the US government to face its own human rights problems with courage and give up the unwise practices of applying double standards on human rights issues, according to the report.

This is the ninth consecutive year that the Information Office of the State Council has issued human rights record of the United States to answer the US State Department annual report.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-03/13/content_6533121.htm

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Abuse form: Whistleblowers

CLICK HERE TO REPORT PSYCHIATRIC ABUSE VIA OUR ONLINE FORM

As a doctor, nurse, mental health worker, other caregiver, witness or victim, have you ever been sickened or upset by the physical or mental abuse or harm dealt to patients in a psychiatric facility or under psychiatric care?

Do you know of patient deaths that you suspect were caused by gross psychiatric malpractice such as over-drugging, misdiagnosis, violent restraints, or careless neglect?

Have you seen psychiatric patients singled out for cruel or degrading treatment?

Are you aware of any psychiatrist or mental health practitioner who has taken sexual advantage of a patient?

Do you know of patients being held in a psychiatric facility to drain their health insurance?

Are you aware of any fraudulent financial practices by psychiatrists or psychologists, or within psychiatric facilities?

Perhaps you have tried to change the things you see are wrong, and you have been ignored, ridiculed or threatened by the psychiatric establishment. If so, you are not wrong in your efforts, and you are not alone.

It is vital that criminal psychiatric abuse is reported to the proper law enforcement agencies so action can be taken. This is where you can help.

For more than three decades CCHR has helped witnesses report psychiatric abuses to authorities.

If you think something is wrong, it probably is. If you SEE something is wrong, report it.

QUESTION: WHAT SHOULD BE REPORTED?

ANSWER: Report any crime or act which you believe endangers the health, safety and well-being of a patient. This includes neglect, physical or sexual assault, abusive physical or chemical restraints, imprisonment (wrongful detention in a psychiatric facility), manslaughter and fraud.

QUESTION: HOW SHOULD THIS BE REPORTED?

ANSWER:

1. Write up all known details about the abuse, including dates, places, names of psychiatrists, psychologists or others involved, ensuring patient confidentiality is respected. Send this to the nearest CCHR chapter.

Following are some guidelines:

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What led to the family member, friend or person being hospitalized or treated by a mental health practitioner?
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What was the diagnosis given? Was this given after a thorough medical examination for underlying physical problems that could look like “mental illness”?
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Was there health insurance involved? Did it seem the diagnosis was based on what insurance coverage was coverage? Was length of hospitalization increased or decreased based on insurance held?
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Was the person given a copy of his/her rights, including the right to see an attorney, when admitted or prior to any hearing to determine involuntary placement or commitment to a psychiatric facility?
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Was informed, written consent given before any treatment was administered?

If the abuse involved physical or chemical restraints, do you know who ordered the restraints and under what circumstances?

2. Support your information with as much documentation as possible. Remember, do not do anything illegal. Use only evidence that is acquired legally to substantiate the abuse.

3. Call CCHR to further discuss your case or to make an appointment.

All information is held in strict confidence.

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http://www.cchr.org/solutions_and_alternatives/abuse_form_whistleblowers.html

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