United States Accused Of Human Rights Violations For Bombing Puerto Rico

The first two-way trade agreement in Asia also marks the first organic equivalency arrangement without organic standards exceptions. As a result, certified organic products as of Jan. 1, 2014 can move freely between the United States and Japan. Under the agreement, MAFF will recognize USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) as equivalent to the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) and the MAFF Organic Program, and will allow products produced and certified as meeting USDA’s NOP standards to be marketed as organic in Japan. Likewise, the United States will allow Japanese products produced and certified under the JAS Organic Program to be marketed as organic in the United States. Both countries will require that the accredited certifier must be identified on the product label. “On behalf of the U.S. organic industry, OTA extends its sincere thanks and congratulations to the U.S. government and MAFF Japan teams that brought equivalency between our nations after a decade of rigorous and thoughtful negotiations,” said Batcha. She noted that OTA and the U.S. organic industry advised, advocated for, and facilitated progress towards this historic arrangement. In June 2009, the United States and Canada signed the first equivalency agreement in the world for the organic industry. This was followed with an agreement signed by the United States and EU in February 2012 recognizing each other’s organic standards as equivalent, fully effective June12, 2012. Further details and background information about this latest agreement are available on OTA’s website . Also NOP has posted extensive information related to the agreement. During 2013, the Organic Trade Association launched its Global Organic Trade Guide , the world’s first user-friendly website to help U.S.

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United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan issues decision in Phase I of Kalamazoo River Case

The petition accuses the United States of a variety of abuses stemming from the decades long use of Vieques Island as a bombing practice site. For a number of years the United States would run live fire training on the island. In 1999 the United States was responsible for killing a security guard on the island when they dropped a 500-pound bomb for testing. As a result of the accidental death the U.S terminated its live-fire training program on Vieques in 2003. The Associated Press has reported that families living on the island have suffered serious, long-term health effects as a result of the chemical fall out resulting from the Navy’s bombings. Natasha Lycia Ora, a lawyer with the NLG told AP “There’s a lot of information that remains unknown regarding toxic contaminants. People are unaware of what is causing their health issues and the continuous contamination of the island.” Lawyers filed the petition on Monday on behalf of ten Vieques residents who have fallen ill with cancer or on behalf of their loved ones. The NLG is looking to determine if the United States violated any human rights with their testing. The U.S has long denied that their testing has caused any damage to the health and wellbeing of the people or environment of Vieques Island. Annette Martinez, director of the Human Rights Clinic at the InterAmerican Law School in Puerto Rico told AP that if the US is found to have violated any human rights they will be seeking reparations in the form of improved healthcare. In March of this year the U.S Department of Health and Human Services released a report saying they found no evidence that the cause of the residents’ of the island illnesses was the fallout from the bombings. The island’s people were not happy about this report and would file a law suit accusing the U.S government of “causing illnesses through harmful residues.” The suit would later be dismissed.

United States calls for global ivory destruction on 8th October

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In a letter dated 24th September the US has asked CITES secretariat to contact countries who have signed up to the convention to also destroy their stockpiles as a sign of global co-operation in the fight against wildlife trafficking. The letter says: No. 2013/044 Geneva, 24 September 2013 CONCERNING: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Destruction of ivory stockpile 1. On 8 October 2013, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service plans to crush and destroy approximately5.4 tonnes of elephant ivory that was seizedfor violations of national wildlife laws, including CITESimplementinglegislation. The material will include raw and carved whole tusks, smaller carvings, and other elephant ivory items abandoned or forfeited to the Fish and Wildlife Service as a result of its criminal investigations as well as its anti-smuggling efforts at ports of entry over the past 25 years. 2. The destruction ofthis ivory stockpile is part of a series of actions that are planned by theUnited States to draw attention to the increased level of poaching and illegal trade that is threatening wild populations of elephants, rhinoceroses and other species, and to strengthen efforts to crack down on these criminal activities. These actions are part of a coordinatedeffort by the United States Government to implement President Barack Obamas Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, which, among other things, creates a Presidential Task Force charged with developing and implementing a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. For more information on the Executive Order, see: www.fws.gov/international/advisory-council-wildlife-trafficking . 3. The United States has requested the Secretariat to informCITES Parties that they are invitedto support their action on 8 October by destroying their own stockpiles of confiscated ivory or other illegally traded CITES specimens to demonstrate that all CITES Parties stand together in the global effort to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade. Jeff Flocken, North America Regional Director for International Fund for Animal Welfare said An elephant loses its life to poaching, on average, every 15 minutes, said The battle to save elephants cannot be fought in isolation. The U.S. is calling for countries to stand together in the global effort to combat the current poaching crisis and the illegal wildlife trade. The U.S.