Parliament urged to repeal all draconian laws adopted on 16 January

first_img UkraineEurope – Central Asia January 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament urged to repeal all draconian laws adopted on 16 January News Receive email alerts (Photo: Ukrainskaya Pravda) February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV March 26, 2021 Find out more News Noting that the Ukrainian parliament began a special session today with the declared aim of repealing draconian laws adopted illegally on 16 January, Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the extent of this promise and urges parliamentarians to go all the way.“No guarantee has been given that the massive restrictions on freedom of information adopted on 16 January will be among the measures that are repealed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The official statements continue to be ambiguous and the ruling party’s legislators are free to vote as they wish.“It is possible that parliament will settle for just repealing the provisions that have attracted the most attention, above all, those criminalizing opposition demonstrations, and that all the other legislative measures will be confirmed by a properly-conducted vote.”Justice minister Elena Lukash announced yesterday evening that parliament was preparing to repeal “the laws that have provoked a great deal of debate,” especially those increasing the penalties for mass demonstrations.But she added that the laws “that are not eliciting objections” would be voted again. The concern about her comments is reinforced by the cabinet’s approval yesterday of a bill which would make it easier to block websites and which refers to the system established by the 16 January laws.“The draconian 16 January laws form a single block that has changed the nature of the Ukrainian regime and has led to a popular uprising,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The provisions that drastically limit the population’s right to inform and be informed are an integral part of this block. The complete repeal of these laws is essential if the authorities really hope to extricate Ukraine from the authoritarian road they have taken.”The provisions include the re-criminalization of defamation, direct government control over the Internet, prison sentences for poorly defined “extremist activities” and for gathering information about government officials, the power to block websites without court approval, and mass surveillance. Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Organisation September 7, 2020 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information UkraineEurope – Central Asia RSF_en last_img read more

Pandemic pushes mental health to the breaking point

first_imgThat strain, Feist and Duckworth said, is having a damaging impact on the health care field. Duckworth said the equivalent of a “whole medical school class” of physicians is lost to suicide every year, while Feist said surveys of nurses and doctors show that many are considering leaving the field in the next two to five years.“We already have a nursing shortage and physician shortage in this country, but because of the burnout and mental exhaustion and now, frankly, the trauma they’re experiencing on a daily basis, I think it’s only human that we will see an exodus from the profession, despite their calling to go into it,” Feist said. “This has become an occupational hazard for nurses and physicians, to sacrifice their mental well-being in exchange for taking care of patients.” Study says these ties have more weight because we are less interconnected these days Long after vaccines have tamed COVID-19’s physical impacts, its mental health effects will linger, a panel of experts said Wednesday, citing increased anxiety and depression, accelerated retirements of burnt-out doctors and nurses, and continuing emotional fallout for low-wage workers who toiled despite increased risks at grocery stores, food processing plants, and other essential businesses.Experts from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation gathered for an hourlong online discussion of what may be one of the pandemic’s most painful if lesser-recognized effects.COVID-19’s most severe physical impacts have been felt by the elderly, the experts said, but some of its worst mental health effects have emerged in children — isolated from friends and missing educational opportunities when they should be striking out and finding out about themselves — and young adults, many of whom are struggling with reduced wages and lost jobs layered on child-care and elder-care responsibilities.“COVID is impacting the older age group more, but anxiety and depression are being faced by the young adults much more, which is exactly the opposite of what we’ve seen in some of the earlier crises,” according to Shekhar Saxena, professor of the practice of global mental health and former director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. “It’s the young adults and the children who are being impacted and the effects are going to be long-lasting.”Ken Duckworth, NAMI’s chief medical officer, said that data showed that about one in five Americans suffered from some sort of mental illness before the pandemic, and that number is now two in five. Virtually every country has reported disruption in mental health services, though in some cases, as in the U.S., telehealth services have expanded to fill some of the void. “The past year has been terribly damaging to our collective mental health. There is no vaccine for mental illness.” — Michelle Williams, dean of Harvard Chan School COVID’s triple whammy for Black students Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not alone Disruption of work relationships adds to mental-health concerns during pandemiccenter_img Chan School’s Koenen discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era More risk of physical, psychological damage, less access to health care unevenly tip scales “It’s very clear through a very comprehensive CDC study, that that number is over two in five [Americans], for anxiety, depression, trauma. We’re seeing more kids visit emergency rooms and more kids receiving services,” Duckworth said, adding that, according to calls to the NAMI helpline, there’s also a substantial increase in people seeking help navigating the mental health care system for themselves or a loved one. “Across the board, we’re seeing that the pandemic has had a very substantial mental health impact.”The event, “Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19,” was presented by the Chan School and NAMI. Chan School Dean Michelle Williams introduced the discussion, saying that even before the pandemic, mental health care was an area of need in the U.S. Now, after months of “the dire strain we are all under,” it has become even more acute, particularly among the young and disadvantaged.“The past year has been terribly damaging to our collective mental health,” Williams said. “There is no vaccine for mental illness. It will be months, if not years before we are fully able to grasp the scope of the mental health issues born out of this pandemic. Long after we’ve gained control of the virus, the mental health repercussions will likely continue to reverberate.”,The event also included Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology Karestan Koenen, as well as two NAMI ambassadors. One of the ambassadors, actress DeWanda Wise, spoke of her own struggles with mental health and how counseling still provides important support today. The other ambassador, Cleveland Browns lineman Chris Hubbard, detailed his own mental health struggles from the perspective of a Black man in a field that values toughness. Hubbard said he sought help after anxiety about performing his best on the field spilled into his non-football life.“A lot of us guys think ‘We’re OK,’ but we’re just as human as anyone else,” Hubbard said.Corey Feist, co-founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, established after the suicide of New York emergency room physician Lorna Breen in April, said society needs to support the people who have been, in essence “running into the burning building” every day of the pandemic. Feist, who is Breen’s brother-in-law, said he’s working on congressional legislation to increase funding and promote mental health best practices as a way to help frontline workers who have borne the pandemic’s mental strain. Relatedlast_img read more