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RSF refers arbitrary detention in Egypt to UN Working Group

first_imgArrested at his home near Cairo on 23 May, Abbas is accused of being a member of a “terrorist organization” – the government’s label for the Muslim Brotherhood ­– and of publishing false news. These two charges are used almost systematically against government opponents and have no legal or factual basis. The authorities have not said which information published by Abbas constituted false news. And the claim that he belongs to terrorist organization has no credibility. Furthermore, he has long been an outspoken critic of the Muslim Brotherhood. The only real grounds for his arrest was his use of the right to free speech and the freedom to inform. Wael Abbas @ Hisham Gaafar February 6, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 1, 2021 Find out more News Amid growing persecution of journalists in Egypt, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has asked the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to formally recognize the arbitrary nature of the detention of two Egyptian journalists, Hisham Gaafar and Wael Abbas, and to publicly call on the Egyptian authorities to release them at once. “Ever since Gen. Sisi seized power in Egypt in 2013, the press freedom situation has worsened steadily while the number of arbitrary arrests of journalists has continued to grow,” said Paul Coppin, the head of RSF’s legal unit. A well-known Egyptian journalist and blogger who has often covered police violence, Abbas, 43, has received international awards from such entities as the BBC, CNN and Human Rights Watch. He has also often posted about human rights violations and police abuses on Twitter, which was until recently the last space for (relatively) free speech in Egypt and where he had 350,000 followers. News Organisation Gaafar, 53, has been deprived of his freedom for no valid reason for the past 33 months, ever since his arrest on 21 October 2015. He, too, is accused of belonging to a “terrorist” group. He often criticized the Muslim Brotherhood’s positions. RSF is referring their cases to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a UN Human Rights Council offshoot, because it has the competence to determine whether individual cases of detention contravene international law. If the Working Group agrees that these two journalists are being held arbitrarily, RSF wants it to say so officially and to call on the Egyptian authorities to free them. News In Egypt, at least 32 journalists and citizen-journalists are currently detained in connection with their work. Few of them have been tried. Most have been detained preventively for months or even years and, in all cases, on trumped up charges. January 22, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further Given the time Gaafar has been held without trial, the lack of appropriate medical care for his various ailments, the conditions in which he is being held (his cell is not even lit) and the spurious grounds for his arrest, his detention is also clearly arbitrary and contrary to international law. In his case, too, the real reason for his arrest was his use of the right to freedom of expression. Help by sharing this information News RSF_en “Many journalists are currently denied their freedom for no valid reason and the cases of Wael Abbas and Hisham Gaafar are just the first that RSF will refer to the United Nations. It is essential that the UN should put pressure on the Egyptian authorities and obtain their release.” EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsInternational bodies ImprisonedUnited Nations Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsInternational bodies ImprisonedUnited Nations Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison August 1, 2018 RSF refers arbitrary detention in Egypt to UN Working Group Receive email alerts Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Follow the news on Egyptlast_img read more

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Murder investigation begins after fatal stabbing

first_imgAdvertisement NewsLocal NewsMurder investigation begins after fatal stabbingBy admin – January 18, 2012 498 Facebook Print Previous articleEagles soar to final spotNext articleMentors sought for Le Cheile Mentoring Project admin A MURDER garda investigation is to get underway in Limerick after a 43-year-old man was found outside a house with multiple stab wounds by members of the ambulance service. The man was found by the emergency services outside a house on Lenihan Avenue shortly after 12.30am in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  Gardai from Roxboro were alerted to attend the scene and they say that the man was found on the steps outside the front door of the house in the city with multiple stab wounds and he was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin However the man was later pronounced dead.The State Pathologist’s office attended the scene which has been sealed off and a technical examination of the area is being carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau.A postmortem is to be carried out on the remains.It is understood that the victim was known to gardai and was from the area. Emaillast_img read more

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COVID-19: The latest in Delaware County

first_imgTotal positive cases: 6 (3 transferred)In mandatory isolation: 4In precautionary quarantine: 5In mandatory quarantine: 13Total tested: 101Negative test results: 77Pending test results: 15 As of Friday, March 27, Delaware County released the following information: For more coronavirus coverage, click here. DELAWARE COUNTY N.Y. (WBNG) — The Delaware County Health Department confirmed six positive cases of the coronavirus on Friday. Check the Delaware County Health Department website for updates.last_img

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Possible tornado spotted, no serious damage reported

first_imgBatesville, In. — Strong storms rumbled through portions of Jennings, Ripley and Dearborn Counties last night around 10 p.m. Officials from the National Weather Service have not confirmed a tornado sighting, but a deputy from Jennings County reported rotation in the clouds near the airport there.There have been no serious damage reports from local law enforcement agencies.last_img