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China Russia Cuba back Sri Lanka

The resolution welcomes the announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka to hold elections to the Provincial Council in the Northern Province in September 2013. Russia reiterated that it was counterproductive to adopt politicized country resolutions, which discredited the work of the Human Rights Council and undermined an authentic dialogue in the area of human rights. The Russian government said it did not support the country-specific resolutions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Syria and Sri Lanka. Cuba reiterated its opposition to country resolutions like those adopted on Iran, Syria, Sri Lanka and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea saying those initiatives did not enjoy true cooperation and were led by solely political motives and might be used to promote and justify military interventions.The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week adopted the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka with 25 in favor, 13 against it and 8 abstentions. The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, in presenting the resolution to the Council, said that there were 41 co-sponsors to the resolution.The resolution had as the co-sponsors Austria, Canada, Croatia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.In a toned down document as compared to the previous drafts, the resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with input from relevant special procedures mandate holders, as appropriate, to present an oral updateto the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fourth session, and a comprehensive report followed by a discussion at the twenty-fifth session, on the implementation of the present resolution. China, Russia and Cuba have slammed the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka last week.China said that it rejected any attempt to name and shame countries and to exert pressure in this way on States, and pointed out that the resolution on Sri Lanka was a product of politicization. It also welcomes and acknowledes the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding infrastructure, demining, resettling the majority of internally displaced persons, and noting nonetheless that considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation and resumption of livelihoods, and stressing the importance of the full participation of local populations, including representatives of civil society and minorities, in these efforts. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Automotive recall fatigue

(Update)With 40 million auto recalls already this year, 2014 is set to be the biggest year ever. And it’s creating what some are calling recall fatigue.More and more drivers are suffering from recall fatigue. They are tired of hearing about recalls and because there have been so many, drivers don’t really think the latest one applies to them. But this is now leading to a startling number of owners not getting their vehicles fixed, which can have serious consequences.There has been a new vehicle recall every week in 2014 — and it’s only halfway through the year. But already the numbers are at an all time high.Phil Edmonston, consumer advocate: “Over 40 million vehicles recalled so far this year, which is more than all the vehicles recalled last year. So this is a record breaking year for recall campaigns.”Another startling statistic — one third of all recalled vehicles will not get repaired. Experts say consumers are suffering from recall fatigue. They’re simply tired of hearing about recalls and are actively ignoring the notices.It’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to notify the owner of a recall. Then the manufacturer and the dealer are jointly responsible for carrying out the repair work free of charge and in a timely manner. But some onus also lies on the owner.Phil Edmonston: “The person who’s selling you their car and you’re buying it used, that person has responsibility to tell you all that they know about the vehicle, if not, they have a certain liability for having failed to disclose certain important parts when you bought the vehicle. The other thing though is that you have a responsibility when buying a vehicle to find out, are there outstanding recall campaigns?”If a person fails to fix a recalled part, they could be held responsible for the damages in an accident. Madeleine Agro is making sure she avoids this: “My vehicle has been recalled and I’ve received a letter from General Motors and we are awaiting parts and it’s going to be as soon as possible.”And it’s easy for the consumer to be proactive. One way is going straight to the manufacturer’s website.Jeff Taylor is with Eccles Auto Service: “Type in your VIN number, vehicle insurance number, which is on the car, ownership, on your insurance, type that in and go from there.”It is the owner’s responsibility to contact the manufacturer to update their address in order to receive the latest notices about recalls. And, if you’re buying a used vehicle and you want to find out whether the repairs have been carried out, you can contact the nearest authorized dealer and they’ll use the VIN number to consult the manufacturer’s database. read more