Ten rights groups write to UN special rapporteurs about torture of three journalists

first_img Help by sharing this information March 17, 2021 Find out more News Ten human rights groups have written to Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, and Juan Méndez, the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, asking them to investigate the arrests, detention and torture of three Bahraini journalists: reporter Mohamed Hassan, photographer Hussain Hubail and cameraman Qassim Zain Aldeen.All three journalists face trial on charges relating to their reporting on recent protests against the government of Bahrain. They were arrested within a few days of each other in August 2013. The journalists have all reported that they were subjected to torture. Mr Hubail and Mr Zain Aldeen remain in detention, while Mr Hassan has been released on bail.Read the 15 December letter signed by Media Legal Defence Initiative, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada, PEN International and Reporters Without Borders. Follow the news on Bahrain German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors to go further BahrainMiddle East – North Africa December 20, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ten rights groups write to UN special rapporteurs about torture of three journalists Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest RSF_en News Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa October 14, 2020 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more News The letter Organisation last_img read more

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Top tosser Dotson will start on Modified pole

first_imgSecond through fourth place finishing drivers squared off to decide the next six spots. Tom Berry Jr. defeated Zane DeVilbiss for third and Tim Ward beat Corey Dripps for fifth. The California hotshoe got the best of Ricky Thornton Jr. in a single round bag toss matchup in the Fan Zone at Boone Speedway.  Ethan Dotson BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 5) – Ethan Dotson picked up another win at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s … one that will put him on the pole for Saturday’s Modified main event.center_img Jeffrey Abbey made earlier practice he gotten in the Stock Car bag toss pay off, topping Jeremy Mills. Both had won qualifying features on Wednesday. The pole start is worth several thousand dollars in contingency awards and Thornton will take the initial green behind Dotson in the inside row. last_img read more

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ULIMO Ex-Battlefield Commander Arrested in France

first_imgAlhaji Kromah (center with arms crossed) surrounded by mostly Mandingo fighters from ULIMO. The arrested Kunti K. was a member of this faction. (Photo by James Fasuekoi)Investigated for war crimes, crimes against humanityAmid a growing demand for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia to try those suspected of bearing the greatest responsibilities for the country’s 14-year civil war, French security authorities have arrested and detained a suspected former front-line military commander from Liberia’s brutal civil war.Following his arrest over the weekend, the suspect, only identified as Kunti K., was placed under formal investigation for war crimes, crimes against humanity and alleged atrocities, including torture and cannibalism (eating of human beings), French police said Friday.A legal source said the man, identified as naturalized Dutch citizen Kunti K., is suspected of being a former commander in the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO), a predominantly Mandingo warring faction, which fought during the 1990s, from bases in Guinea.Kunti K’s arrest followed a complaint filed in July by Civitas Maxima, a Switzerland-based human rights group that works in collaboration with the Liberia-based Global Justice and Research Project (GPRS), headed by Hassan Bility.“What is very important for this case is how it includes in a broader situation former war commanders or people that allegedly committed war crimes all over the world and how they are facing criminal charges. This is one more,” said Romain Wavre, legal associate with Civitas Maxima.“I believe that this will not stop, this is what the Liberian people want,” Wavre added.An Agence French Presse (AFP) report quoted French law enforcement authorities as saying Kunti K. had been charged with torture, murder, slavery, the use of child soldiers, and cannibalism (eating of human beings) particularly civilian victims, between 1993 and 1997.Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) documented that ULIMO committed 11,500 atrocities beginning in Lofa County where they first launched the insurgency under the command of Alhaji G.V. Kromah. “This arrest comes at such a crucial time,” said Mr. Bility of the Monrovia-based GJRP in a press release.“In Liberia, people are hopeful that the high-ranking commanders, the people who committed the most horrific crimes, will be held accountable. Kunti K.’s arrest and the previous arrests shows that justice for crimes committed during the civil wars can be achieved.”About 250,000 people died in one of the 20th century’s most brutal civil wars that took place between 1989 and 2003. Kunti K. joins Martina Johnson in Belgium, Aleiu Kosiah in Switzerland and Agnes Reeves Taylor in the United Kingdom, who all face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection to the Liberian civil war.“We are, of course, confident that this case will go to trial but, in the end, the court will decide whether Kunti K. is guilty or not. I cannot speak for the court, but we are confident that Kunti K. committed several crimes,” Wavre said. He could not reveal further information so as not to compromise the case. Wavre confirmed that Civitas Maxima was supporting investigations into more cases in Europe.“I can confirm that we are also looking at several other cases that we cannot talk about, and we cannot say within which country the alleged perpetrator lives as long as the proceeding is not public,” he told AFP shortly after Kunti K. was arrested.According to AFP, Kunti K. was arrested on Tuesday, September 4, in the northeast Paris suburb of Bobigny where he had been hiding out at the home of a friend. Kunti is suspected of torture, murder, slavery, the use of child soldiers and cannibalism between 1993 and 1997.Liberia was devastated by two civil wars that began on Christmas Eve in 1989 in Buutuo, Nimba County, near the Ivorian border. Two-hundred fifty thousand (250,000) people were reportedly killed between 1989 and 2003.ULIMO was set up to fight against a rebel force headed by Charles Taylor, who is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence for aiding and abetting rebels who committed atrocities in neighboring Sierra Leone.Kunti K., born in 1974, was detained in a joint operation by elite GIGN police and officers from France’s OCLCH agency, which investigates war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.“He had arrived in France in 2016, after leaving the Netherlands and passing through Belgium,” said Colonel Eric Emeraux, head of the OCLCH.Paris prosecutors had opened an initial investigation into Kunti K., after victims’ rights group Civitas Maxima filed a criminal complaint on July 23. Contacted by AFP, the Geneva-based group, which offers legal support to victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, declined to comment on the case. (AFP)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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History made as Northern Ireland legalises same-sex marriage and abortion

first_imgLandmark changes have been made in Northern Ireland with the decriminalisation of abortion and introduction of same-sex marriage. Today is a historic day for campaigners in Northern Ireland as abortion and same-sex marriage become legal for the first time.Is it expected that the first same-sex marriage will be held in February, around the time of Valentine’s Day. The government will form a legal framework for abortion regulations by March 2020.The new legislation takes effect today (22nd October) following last-ditch attempts to restore Stormont and avert the legislation.The DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was “shameful” day and said her party would continue to explore options to oppose abortion.Meanwhile, celebrations took place across Northern Ireland as the clock struck midnight and human rights campaigners welcomed a momentous day for women and LGBTI people. History made as Northern Ireland legalises same-sex marriage and abortion was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NOrthern Irelandlast_img read more

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Africa’s growth story ‘only just starting’

first_img10 May 2012Africa’s growth trajectory remains positive despite the current global economic turmoil, with sub-Saharan Africa set to grow at more than 5% over the coming decade, Brand South Africa said as international business and political leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the World Economic Forum on Africa.“Africa offers the highest returns on investment of any region and is home to seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world,” Brand South Africa said in a statement on Thursday.The Economist projects that WEF Africa host Ethiopia’s economy will grow at 8.1% between 2011 and 2015, making it the third-fastest growing economy in the world.Over the last decade, the continent’s economic output has tripled, while sub-Saharan Africa’s grow over the coming decade, at a projected average 5%, would make the continent second only to emerging Asia as the fastest-growing region in the world.Yet, according to Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Africans “have not defined their economies and growth prospects to the world, but have allowed international bankers, political analysts and credit ratings agencies to take the initiative and write up – or sometimes belittle – the African growth story”.Africans ‘more confident in their continent’Speaking in Addis Ababa on Thursday, Matola said Africans were now demonstrating greater confidence in their continent.“According to recent Ernst & Young research, three of the top five fastest-growing investors into new projects in Africa between 2003-2011 were the African economic powerhouses – South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya,” Matola said.South African investment into Africa grew at a rate of 64.8% in this period.Regarding the various factors behind Africa’s phenomenal growth since the turn of the century, Matola said these included greater democratisation and stability, economic reform, urbanisation, improved uptake of ICT and financial services, a younger, growing and more affluent population, and the ongoing resources boom.According to Matola, the world is slowly waking up to the massive projects under way to build new roads, rail, ports and other infrastructure to link previously isolated countries and regions – to be accompanied by the expansion of free trade areas which will eventually encompass the whole continent.South Africa ‘pushing African investment, integration’To encourage further continental growth, South Africa is orientating its government policies, regulations and institutions to support African investment and integration.“Over the last decade South Africa has been the leading foreign direct investor in Africa, though it is now being joined by China and other developing nations,” Matola said. “Now our state institutions have been authorised to invest – particularly in infrastructure and industrialisation.”The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s state-owned development finance institution, has expanded its remit to include African investment and has established relationships with development finance institutions and regional forums in 34 African countries.The IDC will consider new or existing companies within Africa with funding needs of up to R1-billion (US$125-million).South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) – which mainly manages government workers’ pensions and has over R1-trillion ($125-billion) in funds – has set 10% of its funds aside for international investment, half of which will be in Africa.Of this, 40%-60% (up to $3.8-billion) will be earmarked for private equity.Most pessimistic ‘the ones not doing business here’According to the recently released Ernst & Young 2012 Africa Attractiveness Survey, foreign direct investment projects in Africa grew 27% between 2010 and 2011.“Unsurprisingly, the report found that people already doing business in Africa were extremely positive,” Matola said.“There are lingering negative perceptions – but only among those who are not yet doing business in Africa. Executives who don’t do business here, those who have the least exposure – and one presumes the least knowledge – are the most negative about Africa.”To participate in the African growth story, Matola said South Africa was investing heavily to improve its competitiveness and reduce unemployment.“Over the next few years we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars on regional and South African infrastructure. This will enhance our advanced network of roads, ports, rail and communication networks which offer a trade link for the landlocked countries in southern Africa to the world, making South Africa a regional transhipment hub for sub-Saharan Africa.”Integrated Africa ‘on the way’According to Matola, no country in Africa can reach its full potential by working in isolation.“As South Africa, we will leverage our membership of BRICS [the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa grouping] to increase trade and investment into Africa and support the African agenda.“African countries should also promote their regional as well as their national advantages,” Matola said. “Investors are very excited about the pending 26-nation free trade area covering Southern, Central and East Africa.“By June 2014, nearly 60% of the economy of Africa, with a combined GDP of $1-trillion and encompassing 600-million people, will be a single free trade area.“Already we are creating the urban development corridors, the networks of interlocking regional infrastructure, and the reducing the non-tariff barriers which will unlock these huge markets.”South Africa, with its sophisticated and well-regulated banks, capital markets and services sectors, is being used as a deal-making, financial and professional services hub for the entire region to provide access to capital for African businesses and support inward investment and trade.Matola said there was an uplifting optimism in the air of Ethiopia’s capital.“There is a strong feeling that the continental progress in good governance and the more than decade-long growth spurt can be made sustainable. African countries and businesses seeking investment must tell their own story – or risk being misunderstood by potential investors and supporters.“Africa’s time has come,” Matola said. “It’s time the world knew.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Challenging Without Being Challenging

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now The idea of challenging your clients and prospective clients with an insight, something they need to think about and act upon, is a powerful idea made popular by Matt Dixon and Brent Adamson of CEB (Now Gartner). The idea holds true because if you are going to be a trusted advisor, you are going to need the advice that makes up exactly half of that recipe. If you you are going to be consultative, you have to be able to offer good counsel, and it is impossible to do so if you know nothing—and if you don’t have a strong point of view worth considering.The word “challenger” was embraced by senior executives in sales because they recognized the kind of salespeople who create value for them, because they believed the approach was sound, and because they intuitively understood that this is what the very best, most consultative salespeople on their teams were doing to create and win opportunities.Lately, and maybe it’s just my experience, I have witnessed salespeople challenging their clients and prospective clients—while also being a quite challenging.I watched a video of a salesperson bully their prospective client into taking the next step by being a challenging personality. Some have praised this behavior, suggesting that they personally buy things from salespeople they don’t know, like, or trust, putting forth the idea that you should push hard no matter  the relationship. Others have suggested that you don’t have to be nice to sell effectively, believing that being nice is detrimental to your results.The thing about challenging your clients and prospects with an insight, is that a positive relationship makes that challenge easier. So, in fact, does an other-orientation. When someone knows that you have their best interest at heart, it is easier for them to accept your challenge. When you tell someone their baby is ugly, you would do well to have made the deposits in that relationship before doing so, or you better hope you have fast rapport skills.In a day and age where your clients have many options and alternatives to buying from you, why on Earth would you want to deliberately do anything that would decrease or diminish a preference to do business with you?Force is the choice of the weak. Influence is the choice of those who are strong. If you have to resort to being argumentative, being a challenging personality, or bullying someone to get them to take action, that is sign that you are a bad salesperson—even if you successfully make a sale.The inability to challenge while being completely professional makes you something less than consultative, and it deprives you of ever being a trusted advisor. Challenge, but don’t be a challenging personality.last_img read more

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Grange Hails Reggae Racers

first_img Kyle ‘Speedy’ Gregg and Marcia Dawes emerged as overall winners of the rally. Story Highlights Minister Grange said:“Last week I challenged you to come back home with more trophies than you did in Guyana a few months ago, and you have delivered. The entire team represented Jamaica very well, but I must say special congratulations to Kyle and Marcia who topped all competitors.” The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated the national team which competed in the Rally Trinidad on the weekend. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated the national team which competed in the Rally Trinidad on the weekend.Minister Grange said:“Last week I challenged you to come back home with more trophies than you did in Guyana a few months ago, and you have delivered. The entire team represented Jamaica very well, but I must say special congratulations to Kyle and Marcia who topped all competitors.”Kyle ‘Speedy’ Gregg and Marcia Dawes emerged as overall winners of the rally.Bobby Marshall and Michelle Laidlaw copped 2nd place in their group.last_img read more

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US Homeland Security reportedly set to deploy ultrasensitive spectrometer

first_img(Phys.org) — Online tech magazine, Gizmodo has stirred up a hornet’s nest of paranoid editorials across the globe by printing an article written by an unknown PhD student who claims that the US Homeland Security department is planning to deploy a new kind of scanning device that is so sensitive it will make all other security measures at airports moot; and worse will be able to do so at a distance allowing the process to occur without the knowledge of the person being scanned. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the piece, the author, designated simply as NAC, says that the device has been developed by a private company called Genia Photonics, which is apparently chock full of physicists and engineers. It’s described as being able to pick up on the presence of mere molecules of suspicious substances (using apparently harmless, terahertz radiation) such as chemical weapons, gunpowder residue or even heightened levels of adrenaline in the bloodstream, all from a distance of up to 50 meters. What’s more it’s really fast, doing its work in picoseconds, and portable, meaning that DHS could set up the scanner at airports, train stations, border crossings or wherever else they believe a possible threat exists.What appears to worry some though, is the possibility of being mistakenly labeled as a suspect, criminal, terrorist, etc. People encounter many innocuous substances every day that could be construed as dangerous or even illegal. Stepping on a leftover marijuana stub without knowing it, could for example cause such a scanner to go off, as could applying fertilizer to the home garden prior to heading for the airport.Something else that seems to cause alarm is the fact that the technology behind the device appears to be sound, and in fact has apparently been done before. The difference this time is the speed at which it works; because of that, a single device could conceivably be used to scan every single person passing through an airport’s terminals, which means, that if deployed the days of singling out individuals for extra security measures would be over. If a person goes to an airport, they will be scanned, and most won’t even know it’s happened. The author of the article says an undersecretary at DHS has stated that the scanner will be ready for deployment within one or two years. Explore further Better airport security scanner developed Citation: US Homeland Security reportedly set to deploy ultra-sensitive spectrometer (2012, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-homeland-reportedly-deploy-ultra-sensitive-spectrometer.html © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

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