RSF calls for the UN to appoint a Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists

first_img The press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the United Nations to create as soon as possible the position of Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists. Despite various resolutions adopted on this topic in the past decade, including by the Security Council and the General Assembly, the statistics of journalists killed in the course of their work remain very troubling. During the last ten years, more than 700 reporters have been killed in the line of duty.On May 27th, the day Resolution 2222 was adopted by the UN Security Council, RSF’s Secretary General Christophe Deloire addressed the ambassadors of the Security Council hailing this historic resolution but also calling for concrete action.“These legal advances have not been translated into action if we are to judge by the number of journalists killed each year, Christophe Deloire declared. The issue regarding safety of journalists is not an absence of applicable law but rather a lack of means of ensuring compliance. Only a Special Representative working closely with the UN Secretary General will have the political weight, the capacity to act quickly, and the legitimacy to coordinate with all UN bodies to implement change”.A Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the Protection of Journalists would have the main task of monitoring compliance by United Nations member states with their obligations under international law. The Special Representative’s mandate could for example be modeled on the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflicts.Giving the Special Representative a central and permanent position under the UN Secretary General aegis could significantly empower the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity and all UN efforts lead by UNESCO, the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, as well as reinforce the regional actions of the Council of Europe or the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organization of American States). Despite the progress that has already been made, more needs to be done.“I am deeply concerned about the failure to reduce the frequency and the scale of targeted violence that journalists face and the near absolute impunity for such crimes”, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his report on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity issued on August 6 2015. Unfortunately, RSF can only agree with Ban Ki-moon’s harsh statement. The 2015 World Press Freedom Index highlights a deterioration in freedom of information across the globe. Two-thirds of the 180 countries surveyed performed worse than in the previous year. The decline affected all continents.2014 has been marked by an extreme level of violence towards journalists all around the world, including carefully staged threats and beheadings. 71 journalists were killed in 2014, especially in Syria, Palestine, Ukraine, Iraq and Libya. 119 journalists were kidnapped in 2014, a 30% increase from 2013’s figures, especially local journalists in Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Mexico. Since the start of 2015, 48 journalists have been killed across the globe (8 in France, 6 in South Sudan, 5 in Yemen, 5 in Iraq, 5 in Syria, 3 in Mexico, 3 in Brazil,…)RSF invites all press freedom and media organizations to join our call. Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a call to the UN to take concrete action by creating the position of a Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists, as November 2, 2015 will mark the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ (IDEI). News October 29, 2015 – Updated on February 21, 2018 RSF calls for the UN to appoint a Special Representative for the Safety of Journalistscenter_img Help by sharing this information Related documents rssj_note_mai_2016_arabe.pdfPDF – 377.55 KBrsf_-_recommendation_-_special_representative_of_the_unsg_2018.pdfPDF – 287.19 KB RSF_en last_img read more

Dudus’ lawyer stands firm

first_img 5 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Convicted Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is surrounded by DEA agents shortly after his extradition to the US.NEW York, USA — The lawyer representing convicted Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is standing by controversial statements alleging complicity between United States (US) authorities and the Jamaican government in bringing charges against, and subsequently extraditing, his client.Notwithstanding that the claims have outraged the Jamaican Diaspora here, attorney Stephen H Rosen, in an interview with the Observer, was adamant he is correct in his assessment.Rosen said the only part of his comments that he was prepared to retract was a reference to the US Secretary of State not wanting the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to win the last general election.“I meant the State Department, not Secretary of State,” he said in a follow-up interview last week.Rosen said that the previous People’s National Party (PNP) government had a close relationship with the US State and Justice Departments and charged that politics was responsible for Coke’s arrest and subsequent extradition.He said that the US government “has always seem to favour the People’s National Party”.“One of the first acts by the US after the JLP took office was to issue a request for Mr Coke’s extradition,” the attorney noted.Asked if he could provide evidence to support his charges, Rosen referred to the controversial ‘wiretap’ Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) between the Jamaican and US governments, as well as information on the matter which he said are contained in documents from the Supreme Court of Jamaica.The matter of the MOU’s, signed by Dr Peter Phillips under the previous PNP administration, allowing the US to eavesdrop on local telephone calls, are pivotal to the prosecution’s case against Coke.“I don’t know anything about Jamaica’s internal politics. I have never sat in a room with a Jamaican politician,” Rosen said.“These are (pieces of) information that were gathered by our lawyers in Jamaica and which is available for all to see. I don’t make up these things, I am just a simple lawyer working to provide the best representation for my client,” he said.Rosen also accused the previous PNP government of misleading the Supreme Court on the wiretap evidence.Outside a Manhattan courtroom where he first made most of his charges two Fridays ago, Rosen sought to debunk claims that Coke’s removal from Jamaica had led to a reduction in crimes there.“They moved him out, an election is called, the old government is voted out and a new one takes over, yet there’s more murders in the first few days than before,” he charged.But in a sharp response, Irwin Clare, who heads the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board for the Northeast United States, described Rosen’s comments as “an insult to the intelligence of Jamaicans”.He said that there was no evidence of US interference by way of preference in the last elections, which he described as fair and clean.Clare said that while he understands Rosen’s right to do the best for his client, he should not use his position to “attack our democracy and democratic institutions”.But Rosen said that “we can prove the charge of complicity”. He said that Coke’s defence team is now awaiting the next move by prosecutors in the case.A week ago, Friday, the Coke defence team seemed to have won a major victory when Judge Joseph P Patterson ruled that prosecutors had not provided sufficient evidence to support their request for the imposition of the maximum 23-year prison sentence being sought under a plea-bargain agreement.The parties are to return to court on May 22. Rosen has indicated that the defence could go into the discovery process if evidence to back certain claims by prosecutors are produced.BY HAROLD G BAILEYJamaica Observer Sharecenter_img InternationalNewsPrintRegional Dudus’ lawyer stands firm by: – March 26, 2012 Share Tweetlast_img read more


first_imgTIZNOW PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR HORSES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Favored Motown Men steadied momentarily a furlong from home while shifting outside pacesetter Spirit Rules en route to an authoritative three quarter length win under Tyler Baze in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes, getting one mile in 1:35.77. Trained by Ted H. West and owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old gelding by Decarchy, who came off a close third place finish in the Grade III Precisionist Stakes May 2, got his first stakes win and his sixth career tally from 29 starts. (The Tiznow, run as Santa Anita’s ninth race, is part of the Golden State Series which is restricted to horses bred or sired in California).“Going into the far turn, I had the rail and my horse was really running,” said Baze, who got his third stakes win of the day in the Tiznow. “When I grabbed him (approaching the furlong pole), I didn’t really know if he would get goin’ again. For a split second, I kind of had to jump (Spirit Rules’) heels and then he reached back and got them one more time…He’s an honest horse. He wants to win. It’s been an awesome day.”Heavily favored at 4-5 in a field of 10 older horses, Motown Men paid $3.80, $3.00 and $2.60. Claimed three starts back on March 8 for $40,000, “Mo” has won two races for his new connections and his overall mark now stands at 29-6-6-5. With the winner’s share of $90,000, his earnings now stand at $384,459.“I don’t think he’s ever come from off the pace on the inside like that,” said West. “I remember when we claimed him, somebody said, ‘He’s a good horse, but I think he’s a need-the-lead type.’ Not only was he not on the lead, he was down on the rail taking some dirt. I didn’t know how he’d respond, but I didn’t have to wait too long to see…We’ll probably give him some time. This is three races in six weeks.”Ridden by Iggy Puglisi, Spirit Rules set fractions of 22.55, 45.59, 1:09.49 and 1:22.35 and was second best, finishing two lengths in front of Solid Wager for the place. Spirit Rules paid $10.80 and $8.80.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager, who was off at 23-1, rallied from last for third money and paid $6.00 to show.last_img read more

SABMiller to build Namibian brewery

first_img7 March 2013 SABMiller is to invest US$40-million building a 260 000 hectolitre brewery in Okahanjda, Namibia as part of its African expansion strategy, the firm announced on Wednesday after receiving re-zoning approval on the 7.2 hectares of land selected for the project. Construction is expected to begin in April and it is hoped the brewery will become fully operational in the second half of 2014. The Johannesburg- and London-listed company said the brewery would be designed to accommodate future growth and expansion. It also plans to invest in warehousing facilities and a returnable bottle packaging line. “The local brewery will not only enable us to make more of our key brands available to consumers in the Namibian market, but it will also make a meaningful contribution to the Namibian economy once it is up and running,” SAB managing director Mauricio Leyva said in a statement. SABMiller has operated in Namibia for over 20 years and began by servicing the local market through importing South African beers. SABMiller Namibia was established in 2010 to house all Namibian operations, and is part of SABMiller’s wholly owned South African business, South African Breweries Limited. It is 60% owned by SAB Limited and 40% owned by local Namibian partners – 20% of which is made up of Onyewu Investments and 20% by three charitable trusts. It has an estimated 22% share of the Namibian market, with brands such as Castle Lager, Carling Black Label and Castle Lite. These brands will be brewed at the Okahanjda site. “Jobs will be created, our environmental impact on the country will be reduced as we shift to returnable bottles, and we will build on our existing programmes to uplift the local community,” Leyva said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bucks turn back Celtics for 2-1 edge as Antetokounmpo drops 32

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “He’s just such a force. He can get through cracks,” Budenholzer said. “He’s going to finish or get to the free throw line a lot if he keeps playing like this.”TIP-INSBucks: Finished 15 of 37 from the 3-point line.Celtics: Finished 30 of 32 from the free throw lineHONORING HONDOThe Celtics players wore black warmup T-shirts adorned with a green No. 17 to honor Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died last week at age 79 after a short battle with Parkinson’s disease.The team also observed a moment of silence for him prior to tipoff. Later after the game’s first timeout, a highlight video was shown on the jumbotron. It ended with a spotlight being shined on his retired No. 17 banner hanging in the rafters.Voted one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, Havlicek won eight titles with Boston and his steal of Hal Greer’s inbounds pass helped the Celtics hold off Philadelphia in the 1965 Eastern Conference final.HOMETOWN KIDThe Bucks’ bench outscored Boston’s 42-16, with Hill and Pat Connaughton (14) leading the way. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Connaughton, who grew up as a Celtics fan in nearby Arlington, had a large rooting section of friends and family in the crowd. But he said there was no special meaning to helping Milwaukee beat his hometown team in a playoff game.“Hopefully, in a few more weeks, I’ll be able to look back and say it was pretty cool, growing up six miles away, winning a game at the TD Garden,” said Connaughton, who also had seven rebounds and two steals.UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday night in Boston.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cristiano Ronaldo rescues 1-1 draw for Juventus against Torinocenter_img MOST READ Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) keeps the ball away from Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, left, during the second half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON— Giannis Antetokounmpo kept attacking and the Boston Celtics kept fouling.The fouls may have slowed the second half of Game 3, but nothing could stop Antetokounmpo from putting together a signature performance in TD Garden.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Jayson Tatum had 20 for the Celtics, who host Game 4 on Monday.Boston led by a point at the half but was outscored 40-31 in the third quarter and trailed by as many as 17 points in the final period.The Celtics were also outscored 52-24 in the paint and had 18 turnovers leading to 28 Milwaukee points.Irving acknowledged the fouls did slow down the game and stunt Boston’s efforts late.“It’s getting ridiculous at this point,” Irving said, using an expletive to describe the lulls the fouls created.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 13 rebounds, George Hill finished with 21 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Boston 123-116 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.Khris Middleton added 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAntetokounmpo had only 13 field goal attempts but had 16 points from the free throw line in a game that featured 53 total fouls called — 39 in the second half. Including Milwaukee’s two regular-season games in Boston, Antetokounmpo has scored 30 or more points in each of his trips to TD Garden in 2018-19.“I’m just gonna keep being aggressive. That’s what my teammates want me to do,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I have to take it all the way, I’ll take it all the way.” The Bucks threw the Celtics a tactical curveball in Game 2, inserting Nikola Mirotic into the starting lineup in place of Sterling Brown.In Game 3 it was Celtics coach Brad Stevens who brought new wrinkles, notably going with a small lineup that featured 6-foot-7 Semi Ojeleye guarding the 6-11 Antetokounmpo when he returned to the game at the start of the second quarter and again in the third quarter.Boston also kept going at Antetokounmpo throughout the game when it had the ball. It included a one-handed dunk by Jaylen Brown over the Bucks’ star early in the third quarter that brought the Celtics fans inside TD Garden to their feet. It was reminiscent of a two-handed dunk he had over Antetokounmpo in Boston’s Game 1 win.Friday’s version complemented several nice defensive plays by Brown, including blocking a Tony Snell layup attempt off the backboard.Still, Milwaukee managed to keep racking up points in the paint. The Bucks led by as many as 12 in the third quarter and took a 95-87 lead into the fourth.That was the score when Brown was called for his fifth foul with 10:53 left on what appeared to be a light touch of Eric Bledsoe near the baseline. It brought animated protests from both Brown and Stevens. A few trips later, Tatum received a technical for protesting his foul of Antetokounmpo.Stevens said he didn’t think his team was overly frustrated by the foul calls.“I just think ultimately they made a lot of plays in that quarter and we didn’t,” he said.The Bucks started to rack up points at the line and their lead grew to 114-97 by the time Brown came back into the game with 4:53 remaining.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo is hard to stop when he’s this locked in to finding ways to score and get his teammates involved. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

In Sushils absence, PWL 3 receives modest response on day 1

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 9 (PTI) The season three of the Pro Wrestling League got off to a lukewarm start with a modest crowd turnout and top draw Sushil Kumar not making his tournament debut after the opposition blocked the 74kg category.A handful of people who had come to watch the action at the Siri Fort Sports Complex were left disappointed after Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, representing Mumbai Maharathi, won the toss and took no time in blocking the 74kg category, in which Sushil was to compete for Delhi Sultans.The crowd numbers increased as the tie progressed but still more than half of the 3000 capacity arena was empty.PWL CEO Sunil Yash Kalra felt the turnout would improve as the 18-day league progresses.”I am sure there would have a lot more people if Sushil was competing. But his category was expectedly blocked by the opposition which is the beauty of this format,” Kalra told PTI.”Wrestling is a sport where you are never worried about the crowd support. It has a huge following. I am confident the turnout will only get bigger as the tournament goes on.”There are an unprecedented number of world and Olympic medallists taking part in the league,” he said, adding that 12 Olympic medallists and 24 world championship medallists are participating in the event.With Sushil not stepping on the mat, the headline fight of the evening was between Rio Olympics 65kg champion Soslan Ramonov and reigning 61kg world champion Haji Aliyev. Ramonov won the battle 3-2.advertisementAs far as Indian interest was concerned, Sakshi Malik competed in the 62kg class and won her bout comfortably against Monia Kumari.After seven bouts, Mumbai Maharathi defeated Delhi Sultans 5-2 in the tie.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was also present at the venue. PTI BS AH AHlast_img read more