The death of 254 women from poor families from villages and slums in India, who were participants in US-funded clinical trials for cervical cancer, has triggered public outrage about the ethics of how clinical trials are conducted in India. The women who died were part of a control group who were kept without screening to study death rates in unscreened populations.
This follows a row for these same clinical trials in 2010 when four teenage girls taking part in the test study of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines died. The Indian government was accused of loaning its citizens to western medical companies for use as guinea pigs to test dangerous vaccines. The subjects were selected from the poorest sections of India and did not have adequate education to make informed choices. The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and run by the…
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April 04, 2014, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
A new born baby girl, was discovered drowned in a bucket of water in a public bathroom at the Jawharlal Nehru Memorial Hospital at in Srinagar.
Kashmir which historically did not have the practice of female infanticide, now has rampant female infanticide and feticide. It has seen the single largest decline in sex ratio of all the states in the country, and has the worst sex ratio for girls according to the Census 2011 . While in the 2001 census, the number of girls per 1,000 boys (aged between 0-6yrs) was 941, the 2011 Census found that it has plummeted to 859. At present, there are 82 fewer girls in the state per 1,000 boys. No other state is even remotely close to J&K’s dismal record. Maharashtra is second in that list. But, in absolute numbers, it has 30 fewer girls per 1,000…
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In Australia and New Zealand next week is ANZAC day. Officially a memorial day for and in honour of the soldiers that died fighting in World War One and Two: the ANZAC soldiers. In reality, like the memorial days other countries have for their wars of the past, it is a celebration of nationalism and war heroes, with many families honouring members of their families they believe fought in those wars – although a recent news report said that many of those heroes never really existed – and politicians appearing on TV holding speeches.
November 11th, also named “Poppy Day”, is a more worldwide memorial day for those same wars, in which those who want to honour dead soldiers wear red poppies on their clothing and those who want to remember civilian victims wear white poppies. Of course, apart from the people of Darwin, Australia and New…
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SUPPORT the “Come Clean on Drone Killings” Act: Schiff/Jones HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act
by Joe Scarry
Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) have now submitted a bill calling for drone transparency. See Natasha Lennard, “New Bill Aims for Drone Transparency,” and Thomas Earnest, “Representatives Schiff and Jones Introduce Bill to Increase Transparency in U.S. Drone Program.”
See also Joint Statement in Support of The Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act by Amnesty International, Arab American Institute, Center for Civilians in Conflict, Center for Constitutional Rights, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, National Security Network, Open Society Policy Center, Peace Action West, Reprieve, and Win Without War.
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