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Be Aware of the Prevalence of Abuse (Day 3 of 19 Days of Activism)

Day 3 of 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Neglect:

Ariana-Leilani 1Selected facts and figures (UN sources)

  • As many as 150 million girls and 73 million boys worldwide are raped or subject to sexual violence each year, usually by someone in their family circle
  • Between 133 and 275 million children annually are estimated to witness domestic violence. Violence in the family, in the form of harsh punishment, is common in both industrialized and developing countries. Children in all regions have reported the physical and psychological hurt they suffer at the hands of their parents and caregivers
  • Corporal punishment, such as beating and caning is standard practice in schools in a large number of countries, and is often responsible for school drop-outs
  • Between 20 and 65 percent of school-age children report having been verbally or physically bullied • 126 million children and youth are involved in hazardous work, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers • Between 80 and 100 million girls are ‘missing’ from the world’s population – victims of gender-based infanticide, foeticide, malnutrition and neglect
  • 1.2 million children are trafficked each year
  • Institutionalized children – whether in orphanages or detention facilities – are at particular risk of violence from the staff responsible for their care, including torture, beatings, isolation, restraints, rape and harassment
  • People who are part of their lives perpetrate the majority of violent acts against children: parents, teachers, schoolmates, employers, and caregivers. In only 29 States has all violence against children been prohibited, leaving the vast majority of the world’s child population without adequate legal protection from violence
  • Violence against children extracts extraordinary costs to society, and is linked to lifelong social and health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder; depression; antisocial and aggressive behaviors; substance abuse; lung, heart, and liver disease; impaired academic and work performance; problematic peer relations; and greater involvement with the criminal justice system.

Ariana-Leilani suffers each and every day from abuse and neglect.  Sign her petition to get her the help she needs and to save her life.

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Ariana-Leilani Has Suffered from Five Years of Abuse and Neglect, But DC Officials Refuse to Protect Her (Day 2 of 19 Days of Activism)

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Ariana-Leilani and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu

Day 2 of 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Neglect: It is time for the District of Columbia to stop protecting those that abuse and neglect children in the District of Columbia and ignore the human rights of its children.   Ariana-Leilani has been subject to abuse and neglect for five years, test results evidence her being given drugs that can cover up abuse and cause her severe chronic neutropenia.  But the District of Columbia has knowingly allowed her to be subject to such severe abuse and neglect, but has chosen to cover it up rather than protect her.  Unless she is given relief, she is likely to die.

Sign her petition to get her the help she needs and to save her life.

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European approval opens the door for Grastofil

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Neutrophile segmented Granulocyte (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

STADA Arzneimittel AG has strengthened its activities in the biosimilars area and in-licensed a filgrastim product from the largest Canadian owned pharmaceutical company Apotex Inc. The biosimilar, marketed under the name Grastofil, received approval from the European Commission for the treatment of Neutropenia in adults. The condition results in an abnormally low number of neutrophil granulocytes, a type of white blood cell that is essential for a functional immune system. STADA shall assume sales of the biosimilar for nearly all EU countries. Sales are planned to commence in 2014.

Grastofil will be available in pre-filled syringes with two different active ingredient concentrations for intravenous or subcutaneous injection. “The effectiveness, tolerability and quality of Grastofil are comparable to the original product within the approved area of application,” explains Mack. “This was proven in comprehensive, comparative studies with the original product and has now been confirmed with the approval of the European Commission. With Grastofil, we will be able to offer an inexpensive alternative therapy in the future that doctors, patients and even the public health care system will benefit from.”

Neutropenia can arise as a result of cytotoxic chemotherapy, for example. Grastofil promotes the generation of neutrophil granulocytes and their release from the bone marrow and, therefore, can be used to support chemotherapy for malignant diseases in order to reduce the risk of neutropenia-induced infection as well as to support the antibiotic treatment of this type of infection. The approval also comprises the application to mobilize peripheral blood stem cells.

A biosimilar is a drug with a protein produced by biotechnological process as an active pharmaceutical ingredient and developed in comparison to an original product which is already on the market, and that is so similar to this original product that the biosimilar has proven therapeutic equivalence.

Ariana-Leilani suffers from Severe Chronic Neutropenia — where her neutrophil levels are at life threatening low levels making her prone to fatal infection.   She needs medicine to control her condition.  Please sign her petition:

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The US Must Respect Human Rights, Stop Spying on Its Allies and Sign the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The recent revelations of US spying on allied leaders is part of a greater public relations problem of the US: appearing to exempt itself from the rules that apply to other countries.

The moral authority of the US is at an all time low, and the diminished view is, for the most part, the fault of the US itself.   Its failure to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) exemplifies the problem and is having detrimental life threatening effect on children in the US.

The US helped draft the UN CRC and even signed it when it was originally adopted.  However, after 20 years the US is the only developed country that has not ratified it.    The failure of the US to provide life saving medicine to dual citizen, German-American Ariana-Leilani after six years of suffering is a direct consequence of the US failure to respect the international rights of children living within its borders.

It is time for the US to respect 10 year old Ariana-Leilani’s rights and for the US to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  It is time for the US to join the rest of the world.

Join the thousands of others who have signed the petition urging President Obama to immediately take action to save Ariana-Leilani and to ratify the UNCRC.

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European Road to Change: A Message to Victims of Abuse

Traveling around Europe, Mathew McVarish is sending a message to victims of child sexual abuse, on his “Road to Change” 10,000 mile walk.   Listen to his inspiring words to Ariana-Leilani and others:

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Obama Speaks Out On Human Rights: It is Time to Defend Ariana-Leilani’s Rights, too.

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In an interview on the Jay Leno show, President Obama stated:

Well, I’ve been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people’s basic freedoms, that whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country.  And I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.

Doesn’t 10 Year Old Ariana-Leilani, who lives in Washington DC’s Ward 3, have a right to life saving medical care?   Stop the discrimination against Ariana-Leilani.  Let’s stop the violation of her rights.

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With the USA Failing to Ratify the 20 Year Old UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Can You Fault Putin?

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Vladimir Putin – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009 (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)

President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.    Putin accused the United States of “acting brazenly and arrogantly” by allegedly refusing Russian officials access to adopted children who were reported to be harmed by their new US families.

The USA has done the same with Ariana-Leilani, where the German Government has requested an independent medical and psychological examination and life saving medicine for Ariana-Leilani, but the USA has refused to do so.

Putin cited Israel as an example of a country that does not send its children abroad despite domestic concerns about the security situation there.  The Israelis “always fight for their national identity”, said Putin. “They form a single fist and fight for their language and their culture.”

With the United States failing to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and specifically ignoring 9 year old German-American Ariana-Leilani’s right to health, can you blame Putin?

Tell President Obama to show how the USA can protect children’s rights, sign the petition to get the USA to take action to protect 9 year old Ariana-Leilani.

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Childrens Rights, Not Gun Rights, Needed in USA: The Case of 9 Year Old Ariana-Leilani Falling Through the Cracks in the USA

Watch the video broadcast of PressTV, December 19, 2012, reporting on Ariana-Leilani falling through the cracks, and the US Failure to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child after 20 years.  Why does the USA give more rights to gun owners than to children?
Ariana-Leilani Discussed On Press TV

Ariana-Leilani Discussed On Press TV

PressTV Reporter Marjon Asi writes:
The right to health, life, identity and protection from abuse. These are some of the major rights outlined in the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Almost every country in the UN is bound to it- except the United States and Somalia.

The UN NGO Innocence in Danger organized a press conference addressing this issue, stating the potential harm this may have on children in the United States. 

One example of the effects of US non-membership to the global children’s rights treaty is Ariana Leilani King, a ten year old girl with dual German-American citizenship, who has medical problems that organizers state are not being properly addressed by the U.S. government. 

For many Americans, this is a major cause of embarrassment, including President Obama who vowed to revive efforts to join the treaty when he first came to office in 2009. But three years later, this remains to be seen. 

Many children’s rights advocates are speaking out against the US position, demanding that the government ratify the treaty. 

Earlier this month the US Senate also voted against joining the UN Convention on the Rights of the Disable

 

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International Conference Convened in Geneva with Leading Experts Talk About the International Challenges of Child Protection

Innocense In Danger Ariana-Leilani Conference

Innocense In Danger Ariana-Leilani Conference

On December 18, 2012, an exciting conference was held in Geneva on the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the challenges associated with measures Child Protection, using the case of Ariana-Leilani as a case study.    Speakers at the Geneva Press Club included:  Ms. Homayra Sellier, Founder and President, Innocence in Danger international • Ms. Ariel King, Founder and President, Ariana-Leilani Children’s Foundation  • Mr. Ireneo Namboka, Retired UN Human Rights Protection Officer Human Rights and Child Protection from Abuse and Neglect • Ms. Paola Riva-Gapany, Deputy Director, International Institute for Children’s Rights UNCRC and Child Protection, • Ms. Gudalupe De Iudicibus, Lawyer, Swiss Foundation of the International Social Service UNCRC –  • Ms. Silke Gutzmann, Executive Director, Innocence in Danger • Mr. Dumi Senda, Poet & Children’s Book Author

Topics included:

  •  The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Child Protection: Report of Switzerland according to CIDE
  •  The UNCRC and International Child Protection Challenges: The Case of dual German-USA citizen Ariana-LeilaniProtection against Child abuse and neglect under the Convention International Rights of the Child.
  •  The rehabilitation of child victims of abuse thanks to summer camps
  •  The International Convention on the Rights of the Child across borders and challenges
  • The non-ratification of the United States the Convention on the Rights of the Child gives rise to the fact that children in the United States receive no internationally recognized right at human rights.
  • The day the sun promised to smile FOREVER! Playing the beginning of the original story inspired by Ariana Leilani
  • UNCRC Worldwide and Its’ Non-Ratification in the USA, International Implications
  • The Swiss Report to the UNCRC
  • International Social Services Cross Border Casework
  • Switzerland Child Abuse Rehabilitation through Children’s Summer Camps
  • “The Day the Sun Promised to Smile FOREVER!” Debut reading of an original children’s story inspired by The Little Ambassador, Ariana-Leilani* – by Dumi Senda

“The Little Ambassador” Ariana-Leilani, a German-American child with a fatal immunodeficiency disease, as well as abuse and neglect, represents all children whose human rights are violated. Ariana-Leilani coalition calls for international cooperation between the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama to save Ariana-Leilani by submitting a petition containing over 5,000 signatures from 125 countries.

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Cover the children affected by HIV/ AIDS with hope and love

Like children with AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Ariana-Leilani looks healthy. Yet like children with AIDS, without treatment with medicine and full testing, Ariana-Leilani will eventually die from a broken immune system from Severe Chronic Neutropenia.

All children have a right to life, treatment, and protection from medical neglect and abuse.

On world AIDS Day lets remember all children with broken immune systems. Support Ariana-Leilani’s right to life and treatment for her broken immune system.

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The Future for Children Worldwide – an AIDS Free Generation: Only if we all Keep the Promise: