Daily Archives: April 17, 2015

Prison or poverty: Impossible choice for Israel deportees

By Kate Shuttleworth and Samuel Okiror

JERUSALEM/KAMPALA, 16 April 2015 (IRIN) – For Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers facing deportation from Israel’s Holot detention centre, the future is bleak. Those who have gone before describe a hand-to-mouth existence in Uganda or no freedom of movement in Rwanda.

“There was no difference with the life in Israel,” Abush Mekonen, one of eight Eritrean asylum-seekers deported to Rwanda in July 2014, told IRIN. Mekonen said they had been promised jobs in Rwanda but instead were confined to a hotel. “We were not allowed to move or go out.”

Israel has been encouraging asylum-seekers to leave the country for the past year by offering them one-off grants of $3,500 and one-way tickets home or to “safe” third countries in Africa. 

At the end of March, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan gave asylum-seekers 30 days to return to their own countries or accept “voluntary” deportation. Refusal to do either will result in a hearing followed by possible indefinite detention in a prison for irregular migrants called Sa’aronim.

In the past year, about 7,000 have opted to return home, while 1,500 accepted so-called voluntary deportation to third countries, according to immigration figures. Although the government has not named the third countries being used for deportations, testimonies gathered from deportees suggest they are Uganda and Rwanda.

“Life was hard in Israel. We were confined in the detention centre; we couldn’t move. Our only work was to eat and sleep,” said Mekonen, recalling his decision to go to Rwanda.

Returning to Eritrea was not on option, he added. “If I agreed to go back home, I would be heading straight away to prison. We had no choice; we opted to be deported to Rwanda.”

Miki Bereket, another Eritrean asylum-seeker deported last July, said the group was originally offered two options before being told it had to be Rwanda.

“When we reached there, we realized we were not wanted in Rwanda either,” he told IRIN.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame is reported to have confirmed that a deal with Israel to accept some of its unwanted asylum-seekers is imminent.

Uganda’s Commissioner for Refugees David Apollo Kazungu told IRIN his government had made no such agreement with Israel. “Treat it as rumours,” he said. “You can ask the Israelis to show you any agreement we have with them.”

However, the Hotline for Refugees and Migrant Workers spoke with asylum-seekers already sent to both Rwanda and Uganda. Reut Michaeli, the hotline’s executive director, said their testimonies showed neither Uganda nor Rwanda should be considered “safe” countries.

“Documents and money are taken from the asylum seekers when they arrive from Israel and they are not granted any legal status or given formal protection from deportation,” he told IRIN. “They are forced to keep searching for refuge in other places and are exposed to abuse and exploitation.”

He described the transfer of asylum-seekers to other countries without agreements and commitments to ensure they will be protected as “a blatant violation of international law.”

After two weeks in Rwanda, immigration officials gave the Eritreans temporary travel documents allowing them to move on. Some headed for Sudan and Libya, in the hope of reaching Europe, but Mekonen and Bereket decided to try their luck in Uganda, where they applied for asylum.

“Uganda is a free country,” said Bereket, speaking to IRIN in the capital, Kampala. “But it’s hard to cope with life and survive in Uganda without money.”

The $3,500 grants they received from the Israeli authorities are all spent and their status as asylum seekers prevents them from working. 

“We have to survive on one meal a day. Some days, we don’t have anything to eat,” said Bereket. “I have managed to get a girlfriend as part of the survival strategy. At least I know I will get some food to eat.

“We hope we shall be granted full refugee status soon. We are asking the Ugandan government for protection and according us full refugee status to enable us to get some work to earn a living.”

Despite the struggle to survive in Uganda, Mekonen said life was “fairer” than in Israel or Rwanda.

“At least I am free,” he told IRIN.

“I will choose indefinite prison” 

For other Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers still in Israel even the prospect of indefinite detention is preferable to the uncertainty of deportation to a third country. Aman Beyene, 38, said his friend regretted having accepted voluntary removal to Uganda in May 2014. 

According to Beyene, when his friend arrived in Uganda, police were waiting for him at the airport. After four hours of questioning, all of his paperwork was taken from him.

“He went to a UNHCR office and told them about his situation and was told they couldn’t accept him because he’d voluntarily left Israel. He’s in hiding now, with no work, no way to feed himself and if he’s found he will be arrested.”

Beyene fears a similar fate. He left Eritrea in 2008 after being imprisoned and tortured for rejecting military service. His request for asylum in Israel was turned down last year and he has been at Holot, an “open” facility in Israel’s southern Negev desert, ever since. 

“I will go anywhere that Israel can guarantee I will be protected, but until then I will choose indefinite prison over Rwanda or Uganda,” Beyene told IRIN.

Holot was built after a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that incarcerating migrants at Sa’aronim without trial for up to three years was unlawful. The court ordered that migrants and asylum seekers detained in Sa’aronim and Ktziot prisons should be released within 90 days. The government responded by passing a law that reduced the period of detention to one year but allowed for indefinite detention in an “open” detention facility. 

The continued used of indefinite detention caused Israel’s High Court to order Holot be shut down last September. The government then amended the law, limiting detention at Holot to 20 months. Michaeli of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrant Workers said the new policy of “voluntary” deportation appeared to be a way of circumventing the 20-month limit.

The policy will initially be applied to 2,000 asylum seekers detained in Holot. Seventeen of the detainees have already been told they have a month to accept deportation or be transferred to Sa’aronim.

An estimated 43,000 Eritreans and Sudanese nationals currently live in Israel. According to international refugee law, they cannot be deported to their home countries due to the likelihood they would be subjected to persecution.

Israel is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention but has one of the lowest refugee recognition rates in the world – it has granted refugee status to only 200 asylum seekers in the last 60 years.

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CALENDRIER du 20 au 26 avril 2015

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Déplacements et visites

Lundi 20 avril

Foreign Affairs Council, Luxembourg.

Agrifish Council, Luxembourg.

Informal Epsco Council (20-22/04).

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Ard van der Steur, Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands and Mr Klaas Dijkhoff, State Secretary of Security and Justice and Minister for Immigration of the Netherlands.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Rob van Gijzel, Mayor of Eindhoven and Mr Staf Depla, Alderman of Eindhoven.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the Eastern Partnership Ministerial meeting, Luxembourg. Mr Johannes Hahn participates.

Ms Kristalina Georgievameets Belgium’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Didier Reynders.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Sofia (20-21/04) to participate in a Citizens’ Dialogue together with Ms Gergana Passi, Bulgaria’s Digital Champion. Vice-President Ansip will also meet the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, the Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, and the Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communication, Ivaylo Moskovski. He will speak at the opening of the WebIT Congress for Central and Eastern Europe, the largest gathering of IT companies and entrepreneurs in the region. Vice-President Ansip will also address a conference on E-Government organised by the Bulgarian Association on Information Technologies with members of the Bulgarian government and parliament.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis gives a lecture on “The European Union Moving Towards Economic Recovery” in Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, Boston.

Mr Jyrki Katainen is in Poland as part of the Investment Plan roadshow. He will meet Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechociński, give a keynote speech at the European Economic Congress in Katowice and hold a debate on the Future of Europe.

Mr Johannes Hahn participates in the Friends of Georgia meeting, Luxembourg.

Mr Johannes Hahn participates in the Bosnia and Herzegovina breakfast meeting.

Ms Cecilia Malmström and Ms Violeta Bulc receive Members of the Dutch House of Representatives.

Mr Neven Mimica participates in the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations and the United Nations Economic and Social Council meeting in New York, USA.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Washington:participates in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (19-20/04); meets the US climate envoy, Mr Todd Stern, and the Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, Ms Catherine Novelli (20/04).

M. Pierre Moscovicireçoit une délégation de l’association européenne des éditeurs de journaux (ENPA).

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Finance of New Zealand.

Mr Jonathan Hill participates in a live web chat on Capital Markets Union.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives representatives of the European Cockpit Association (ECA).

Ms Violeta Bulc receives representatives of the Eurocities Network.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska is in Poland together with Vice-President Katainen as part of his Investment Plan roadshow. She participates in the European Economic Congress in Katowice.

Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at Forum on future of gender equality, Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics is on official visit to Berlin. During the visit he will hold meetings with Ms Brunhild Kurth, 2015 President of the Standing Conference of Education Ministers (Kultusministerkonferenz) and Education Minister of Saxony; and with Mr Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and with Ms Monika Grütters, State Minister of Cultural and Media Affairs. He will also participate in the Culture and Media Committee and Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment at the German Parliament.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in New York: gives a keynote speech at the Paris Europlace International Financial Forum 2015; gives a speech at the New York University.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Poland. During his visit, he will hold meetings with government and business representatives, including Mrs Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Minister of Science and Higher Education. He will also attend the Opening of the Congress and inaugural speech by the President of the Republic of Poland, Mr Bronisław Komorowski, meet with representatives of the The National Center for Research and development (NCBiR), the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and the Industrial Development Agency (ARP) as well as deliver a speech and take part in a debate on Innovative Europe.

 

Mardi 21 avril

General Affairs Council, Luxembourg.

President Jean-Claude Juncker holds meetings with government representatives in Vienna, including Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, Bundespräsident, Dr. Heinz Fischer, Bundeskanzler Werner Faymann and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. He will also deliver a speech at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the European Forum Alpbach.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Ms Aicha Laraba Abdullahi, African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs.

Ms Federica Mogherini and Mr Johannes Hahn receive Mr Mykhailo Denysenko, Patriarch Philaret of Ukraine.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the EU-Chile Association Council, Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr José Antonio Meade, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Milo Đukanović, Prime Minister of Montenegro.

Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis receives with Mr Mirando Mrsic, Croation Minister for Labour.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Lodewijk Asscher, Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Social Affairs.

Ms Federica Mogherini participates in the EUISS conference on the strategic review, Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Prime Ministers Aleksandar Vučić and Isa Mustafa in the framework of the EU facilitated dialogue for the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Berlin: takes part in the conference “Policy options for more investment in Germany and Europe” organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, meets Vice-Chancellor and Minister of the Economy Mr Sigmar Gabriel.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič gives a speech on the EU Energy Union and Climate Action at the Mentor Group Forum, Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen is in Poland as part of the Investment Plan roadshow. He will meet Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, Minister of Finance Mateusz Szczurek, and National Bank Governor Marek Belka.

Mr Günther Oettinger takes part in an intergroup meeting on Creative Industries at the European Parliament, Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives the French Finance Minister, Mr Michel Sapin.

Mr Günther Oettinger and Ms Violeta Bulc receive Mr Elham Mahmoud Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission.

Mr Johannes Hahn and Ms Violeta Bulc receive a delegation of Prime Ministers from the Western Balkan countries.

Mr Johannes Hahn meets the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Denis Zvizdić.

Mr Johannes Hahn meets the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr Edi Rama.

Mr Johannes Hahn meets Prime Minister of Serbia, Mr Aleksandar Vučić.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Mats Karlsson, Director of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, President of the Economic Community of West African States Commission (ECOWAS).

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Ms Fatima Acyl, African Union Commissioner for Trade.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete gives a keynote speech on “Energy  Union – Competitive, secure and sustainable energy for the European Industry” at the European Economic Congress in Katowice, Poland.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Poland.

Mr Karmenu Vella attends the Seafood Expo Global exhibition, Brussels: visits the stands of Korea to meet Mr Kim Young-Suk, Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Spain to meet Mr. Andrés Hermida, Secretary General for Fisheries, and France to meet Mr Alexis Dutertre, Deputy Permanent Representative.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Riga (21-22/04): attends Informal Meeting of the Ministers for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO).

Mr Pierre Moscovici receives Mr José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Justin Forsyth, CEO of humanitarian organisation Save the Children.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

Mr Phil Hogan addresses a roundtable in the European Parliament on contribution of trade to the growth of the Agricultural sector in the EU hosted by MEP Schaake; receives Mr Evagelos Apostolou, Deputy Minister for Rural Development of Greece; receives Mr Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee; receives H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union

Mr Jonathan Hill receives a delegation from the Institute of Directors.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Peter Hancock, CEO of American International Group (AIG).

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Sir Jon Cunliffe, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

Ms Violeta Bulc visits the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics is on official visit to Berlin.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Martial de-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science & Technology of the African Union.

Ms Corina Creţu participates to the EU Capital Mayors Conference in Vienna.

Ms Margrethe Vestager participates in the discussion at the Friends of Europe event “An EU Competition Policy for the 21st Century”, Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedasdelivers keynote speech at the annual joint meeting of ERC Panel Chairs, Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Health and Social Affairs, Tumusiime Rhoda Peace Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Aisha L. Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs and Martial De-Paul Ikounga Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology in the margins of the 7th College-to-College Meeting between the European Commission and the Africa Union Commission.

 

Mercredi 22 avril

College meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker chairs the 7th College-to-College Meeting between the European Commission and the Africa Union Commission, Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs for EU-Cuba Political Dialogue.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Ms Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva delivers a keynote speech at The European Serious & Organised Crime Conference 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a keynote speech and takes part in a debate with different representatives from popular digital applications at the ALDE seminar on App Economy: “The only way is App: How to make Europe more attractive to innovative companies”, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Berlin: meets with Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, German Minster of Finance, meets with the Budget Committee of the Bundestag.

Mr Günther Oettinger is in Berlin to deliver a keynote speech at the Smart Data Conference.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a speech at the Kompetenzzentrum Deutschland des Wirtschaftsrates.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Berlin delivers opening Speech at Conference “East Forum”, meets Foreign Minister Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaks in the German Bundestag.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Slovenia participating in the Western Balkans ministerial meeting in Brdo.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech at the European Economic and Social Committee plenary session, Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica has bilateral meetings during the 7th College-to-College Meeting between the European Commission and the Africa Union Commission, Brussels.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Dublin: meets Mr Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Mr Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources of Ireland.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives the Patriarch Philaret of Kyiv and All Ukraine.

Mr Phil Hogan takes part in the panel discussions and has bilateral meetings during the 7th College-to-College Meeting between the European Commission and the Africa Union Commission, Brussels.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Jack Inglis, CEO of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA).

Ms Violeta Bulc on official visit to Slovenia: delivers a keynote speech at the bi-annual congress on roads and transport, Portorož.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska receives Mr Marek Darecki, president of WSK Rzeszów.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska receives representatives of ECTAA, the Group of European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations within the EU: Mr Michel de Blust, Secretary General, Mr Lars Thykier, President, and MrPawel Niewiadomski, President of Polish Chamber of Tourism.

Ms Corina Creţu is on a two-day mission to Italy: she will visit the regions of Calabria and Sicily, meet with stakeholders in charge of the implementation of Regional Policy programmes on the ground and visit EU-funded projects.

 

Jeudi 23 avril

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives the president of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Mr Christoph Leitl.

President Jean-Claude Juncker participates in the Brückepreis Award ceremony in Görlitz, Germany.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Ms Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia.

Mr Frans Timmermans speaks in a debate on the future of the EU Transparency register, hosted by MEP Sylvie Guillaume and ALTER-EU, in the European Parliament, Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans delivers a Speech on Better Regulation, at the EU Law Symposium of the Asser Institute, in The Hague.

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a keynote speech at a high-level eIDAS event bringing together different industry sectors and public services to talk about experiences and best practices as part of the implementation of the eIDAS Regulation, Berlaymont building, Brussels.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives representatives of the European CIO Association.

Mr Andrus Ansip makes apresentation in the framework of the “structural dialogue” at the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee meeting, European Parliament, Brussels.

Mr Andrus Ansip takes part in a panel discussion on “Putting Europe on the Digital Map” at the launch event of POLITICO, Brussels. Ms Margrethe Vestager also attends.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava (23-24/04): meets Mr Peter Pellegrini, Speaker of the Slovak National Council (Slovak parliament); exchanges views on Energy Union with the EU affairs and the Economic affairs committee of the Slovak National Council; gives a lecture at the City University of Bratislava.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers a speech at the Conference “Die Welt Währungskonferenz” (Berlin).

Mr Jyrki Katainen is in Greece as part of the Investment Plan roadshow.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr Xavier Bettel.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Stockholm to attend a public hearing on TTIP in the Swedish Parliament.

Mr Neven Mimica is in Spain (23-24/04): official visit to Madrid upon invitation from the Spanish Government.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete gives an introductory speech at the GIE Annual Conference in Dublin. 

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Krakow (23-24/04): Delivering a keynote speech at the 3rd European Labour Mobility Congress; meets with Mr Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Minister of Labour and Social Policy; visits ESF funded projects.

M. Pierre Moscovici intervient lors de la session plénière du Comité économique et social européen (CESE).

Mr Christos Stylianides visits Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for discussions on the regional humanitarian situation.

Mr Christos Stylianides visits South Sudan for discussions on the ongoing humanitarian crisis and visit to EU-funded relief projects.

Mr Phil Hogan addresses the “Agra 2015” conference in Leipzig, Germany.

Mr Jonathan Hill in Riga (23-25/04): attends the Informal meeting of Ministers for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN); delivers a speech at the Eurofi High Level seminar.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska is inLuxembourg where she will deliver a keynote speech at the HOTREC General Assembly. HOTREC is the umbrella association of national trade associations representing the hotels, restaurants, cafés and similar establishments in Europe.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Riga: meets Mr Dzintars Rasnacs, Minister of Justice of Latvia, speaks at a conference on Insolvency law in Europe: current trends and future perspectives; speaks at European Consumer Protection Conference; meets Ms Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Minister of the Economy of Latvia.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Theo van Seggelen, General Secretary of FIFPro (Global Football Players Union) European Division.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Dr. Mezey Barna, Rector of Eötvös Loránd University and Prof. Stavros Zenios, President of UNICA (Network of Universities from Capitals of Europe).

Mr Tibor Navracsics hosts a meeting with European Youth Organisations.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives participants of study tour of talent program of Pázmány Péter University Faculty of Law And Political Sciences.

Mr Carlos Moedas is on mission to Lisbon. He will deliver speeches at the Congress of the Confederation of Portuguese Farmers, the opening ceremony of the Festival IN on Innovation & Creativity and at the Award ceremony for the 2015 ALLEA (All European Academies) prize with the Science Academy of Lisbon.

 

Vendredi 24 avril

Informal Ecofin Council (24-25/04), Riga.

Mr Frans Timmermans attends the launch event for the book ‘Problems of Representative Democracy in Europe’, at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).

Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Riga: meets Ms Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of Latvia, Mr Edgars Rink

Photo Release — ArKay Beverages Thanks Negative Advertising”

ArKay Beverages Has Been the Happy Victim of Negative Advertising but Sales Are Still Booming

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ArKay Beverages has been the target of large liquor manufacturers since its launch in 2011. ArKay is the creator of the world’s first alcohol free liquors – that should be music to your ears! ArKay has saved millions of liquor drinkers since its launch, ArKay is perfect for people who are on medications, elderly, or cannot drink anymore for other reasons.

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ArKay Beverages Thanks Negative Advertising.

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