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House Opens Debate on Act to Absolve National Heroes of Criminal Liabilities

first_img The legislation, the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2017, was piloted by Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange. Debate on a Bill to absolve certain National Heroes and their supporters of criminal liability started in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 10). Debate on a Bill to absolve certain National Heroes and their supporters of criminal liability started in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 10).The legislation, the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2017, was piloted by Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange.When passed, the Rt. Excellent Sam Sharpe, Rt. Excellent George William Gordon, Rt. Excellent Paul Bogle, and Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, as well as their supporters, sympathisers and participants by association, and other freedom fighters, will be absolved of criminal liability arising from their participation in “acts of liberation with moral justification”.In her remarks, Ms. Grange said the objective is to redeem and restore the dignity and integrity of those who suffered much.“Our ancestors were of a pedigree that was not daunted by challenges, no matter how great they were or how seemingly unsurmountable the obstacles.They came to Jamaica shackled and belaboured, but within their fertile minds dwelt the militant cultures they had fashioned back home in the various tribal forces of the (African) continent,” she stated.“They soon became freedom fighters, ‘buffalo soldiers, stolen from Africa, fighting on arrival, fighting for survival’. In this prolific and prolonged campaign, they wreaked mayhem and holy war against the oppressors.They made life difficult for those who would try to rule them, making them realise that, though they would enslave the body, they could not enslave their minds,” she added.Ms Grange further noted that their fertile minds were in a state of constant preparation for the time when they or their children would be free.The Culture Minister argued that it would be unjust for the children of the oppressed, who were emboldened by a vision of future liberty for their descendants, to sit silently and allow the names and images of these martyrs for freedom to be tarnished by a brutal uncaring system of governance.She added that it is the duty of the present generation of Jamaicans, who are inheritors of the new life resulting from the self-sacrifice of our ancestors, to take the bold step and correct the wrongs of the past, and restore the dignity and integrity of the cause for which the nation’s forefathers so willingly died.“This Bill gives new life to these, our heroes and unsung heroes, and seeks to redress the wrongs and set the captives free,” Ms. Grange stated.In his contribution, Opposition Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said the legislation would enable an engagement that is “appropriate and valid in law”.“When law is wrongly applied it must be corrected. There is a legal as well as a moral imperative to enact. We are the highest court in the land, and it is of great importance that we should do what we are doing,” he said.Debate on the Bill will continue at the next sitting of the House of Representatives. When passed, the Rt. Excellent Sam Sharpe, Rt. Excellent George William Gordon, Rt. Excellent Paul Bogle, and Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, as well as their supporters, sympathisers and participants by association, and other freedom fighters, will be absolved of criminal liability arising from their participation in “acts of liberation with moral justification”. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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UCSD Health Announces First Kidney Transplant Between HIV Patients

first_img Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, August 27, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – UC San Diego Health announced Tuesday that its surgeons completed Southern California’s first kidney transplant from a deceased donor with HIV to a recipient infected with the virus.UCSD is taking part in a national clinical trial of organ transplants for HIV patients. Such transplants were illegal in the U.S. until 2013, when Congress passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which allows for the donation of kidneys and livers from one HIV patient to another.UCSD doctors said they expect the kidney recipient to make a full recovery from the procedure, which was done earlier this month.Donor organ shortages are constant and affect HIV patients even more acutely due to longer wait times and a higher likelihood of dying before a donated organ is available, according to UCSD. More than 113,000 Americans are currently in need of an organ transplant.“Patients often wait more than 10 years in California for a deceased donor kidney transplant, and 13 people die nationally each day waiting,” said Dr. Kristin Mekeel, UCSD Health’s chief of transplant surgery. “By expanding donation to donors with HIV, we can get more patients transplanted — sooner — with healthy, functioning kidneys.”The kidney transplant clinical trial, which began last year and includes Johns Hopkins University and 15 other medical centers around the country, will include more than 300 organ transplants to HIV patients. A second clinical trial for liver transplants to HIV patients launched earlier this year.Both trials are currently recruiting and accepting potential organ recipients, according to UCSD.“The overall goals of both trials are to assess the safety of using such organ donations and ultimately increase the number of organ transplants performed in the U.S.” said Saima Aslam, an associate professor of medicine at UCSD.“This trial will also provide a new biorepository of tissue and blood samples to fuel future studies investigating HIV persistence and pathogenesis, and provide an unprecedented opportunity for persons living with HIV to register as organ donors,” Aslam said. UCSD Health Announces First Kidney Transplant Between HIV Patients KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 27, 2019last_img read more

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