Reporters Without Borders protesters demand release of cameraman Sami al-Haj from Guantanamo detention centre

first_img News Follow the news on United States News Reporters Without Borders demonstrated on 8 February, along with several other organisations, outside the Paris bureau of the Qatari-based TV channel al-Jazeera, to demand the release of its Sudanese cameraman Sami al-Haj, held without charge at the US military base in Guantanamo since 13 June 2002. Some 20 Reporters Without Borders activists, representatives of al-Jazeera, members of the Arab human rights committee and other groups demonstrated on 8 February outside the Paris bureau of the Qatar-based TV to demand the release of Sami al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman with the channel, who has been held at the US Guantanamo Bay detention centre since 13 June 2002.Demonstrators waved pictures of the journalist, alongside slogans calling for his release, in English and Arabic. Some protestors were dressed symbolically in the orange jump suits which Guantanamo prisoners have to wear. Sami al-Haj was captured by the Pakistani Army on the Afghan border in December 2001 then handed over to US troops before being transferred to Guantanamo on 13 June 2002. He was forced to confess alleged links between al-Jazeera and al-Qaeda. He underwent more than 150 interrogation sessions and was regularly tortured, through prolonged exposure to full sun, by ducking in water, sleep deprivation and so on. Ill and deprived of all contact with his family since his imprisonment, the journalist told his London-based solicitor Clive Stafford-Smith when he saw him in April 2006 that for the first time he had thought about suicide. The case of Sami al-Haj, accused without proof of having interviewed Osama bin Laden and to have been involved in arms trafficking for Islamic terrorists is typical of the fate suffered by many of his fellow detainees.After a long legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled on 29 June 2006 that special military tribunals set up to try the “enemy combatants” were unconstitutional. On 28 September, Congress legalised the special courts and introduced amendments preventing prisoners from contesting their detention before being tried and banning all legal action against their jailors. On 17 October, another law authorised the recourse to torture. The Guantanamo camp, which was converted into a prison for “enemy combatants” on 10 January 2002, received up to 770 prisoners. It now holds 395 and the US authorities plan to put between 60 and 80 of them on trial. Sami al-Haj’s lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith has been unable to tell Reporters Without Borders if his client is among them (see release of 10 January 2007).The torture and ill-treatment inflicted on prisoners, which were exposed by an employee of the Marine Corps legal service, led to an internal investigation in October 2006. Making public his conclusions on 7 February 2007, Colonel Richard Bassett said there was “insufficient proof to support the accusations” of the witness. June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas News April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further February 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders protesters demand release of cameraman Sami al-Haj from Guantanamo detention centre NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation Receive email alerts News RSF_en last_img read more

Two $5m-plus offers in two months for luxury riverfront home

first_img20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: BRISBANE riverfront home has fielded two $5m-plus offers in two months, in a sign of growing strength on the southern bank.The four bedroom prestige home at 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne had sealed a deal for $5.6m in April this year – a figure that would have been a massive $400,000 more than the owners paid just one year earlier. But that deal fell through on the buyer’s part. 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: had marketed the four bathroom, double garage home with pool as exceptional.“Set on 812m2 with over 16 metres of Brisbane River frontage and full city views, this streamlined home, with its prestigious lifestyle address, high-end finishes and sun washed alfresco entertaining areas, provides an abundance of privacy and tranquillity for your family,” his listing said.“All the homes bedrooms were king size with ensuites, while the master bedroom has ‘a lavish ensuite, kingsize walk-in wardrobe and your own private balcony with river city views’.”Marble benchtops, Gaggenau appliances including an integrated coffee machine, a soundproof home theatre and video security were among the luxury finishes. 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours image of 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne which sold for a profit of $420,000 over 10 months.Within two months however, a second deal saw the home go under contract with a different buyer – this time for $5.2m which was $20,000 more than the homeowners had paid in April 2016.Real estate agent Trevor Egan of Ray White East Brisbane said the suburb was a prestige one and there was strong demand in the greater area.“In the last six weeks I’ve had over $20 million in sales from Camp Hill through to the riverfront,” he said. “It’s a family suburb, family oriented area and this is a prestige inner city home.”last_img read more

Wembley to Host Tottenham’s Champions League Matches Next Season

first_imgTottenham’s third-place finish in the Premier League qualified them for the group stages of next season’s Champions League, which means they will play at least three home matches in the competition.Their north-London rivals Arsenal hosted Champions League games at Wembley in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tottenham have reached a deal to play their Champions League home games at Wembley next season. The Premier League club also has the option to play all home league and cup matches, as well as any European games, at the national stadium during the 2017-18 campaign.Spurs are having a new £400m stadium built next to their existing White Hart Lane ground. The development is due to be completed in time for the 2018-19 season.“Our season ticket waiting list is over 50,000 so this now also offers us a great opportunity to provide more of our supporters with a chance to see the team play live during our Champions League campaign,” said chairman Daniel Levy. “Importantly, as we know it was our fans’ preference, it means that we can play our home matches in London during our season away.”last_img read more