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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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Council supports justice for ‘Magdalene’ women

first_imgEmail NewsLocal NewsCouncil supports justice for ‘Magdalene’ womenBy admin – July 7, 2011 528 JUSTICE for the thousands of women who were incarcerated in Magdalene laundries, including Limerick, has the backing of City Council. Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, referring to the proposals to decide how the government will respond to demands for an independent investigation into the Magdalene laundries, said:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is an opportunity to show support and to acknowledge the suffering of these women and the failure of the State to protect them and ensure that restitution is made”.He has submitted a Notice of Motion to support the Justice for Magdalenes Survivor Advocacy Group’s call on the State to offer a formal apology to survivors. The United Nations Committee Against Torture expressed its grave concern at the failure to protect the women and girls involuntarily confined in Magdalene laundries.Pointing out that thousands were placed in laundries in Limerick and across the State, Cllr Quinlivan said:“They were treated as prisoners, worked like slaves and were subjected to horrifying levels of physical and psychological abuse – these were so called fallen women held against their will and dehumanised by the people in charge. “It is now almost 20 years since the exhumation of remains of 155 women held in the Magdalene laundry in Drumcondra, many buried without names or death certificates, which led to the formation of the Magdalene Memorial Committee, now called Justice for the Magdalenes”.Referring to the previous government’s argument that as the laundries were privately owned and operated, they did not come under the terms of the Residential Institutions Redress Board, Cllr Quinlivan said that the United Nations Committee against Torture had been informed that the courts regularly sent women and girls to the laundries as an alternative to jail, while others were transferred from industrial schools, the responsibility of the State.Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon, who lived close to the Good Shepherd Convent in Limerick, cautioned against victimising all nuns, many of whom, he said, are now elderly.“They should not all be blackened – some of them were probably victimised also”. Cllr John Gilligan said there had been “good and bad in these institutions.“Some years ago, I was disturbed to discover that the biggest headstone in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery had no names inscribed. I drew this to the attention of the council and we succeeded in having 170 names of women who had been in the Limerick laundry inscribed.“I recall hearing of a young girl who was kidnapped off the streets in Limerick and put into the laundry – she disappeared behind walls, and I also think of the rich people in Limerick who had their shirts laundered by these girls and women – we all deserve criticism”. Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img ‘I was disturbed to discover that the biggest headstone in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery had no names inscribed….’ Print Linkedin WhatsApp Previous articleGrand Prix racing returns to city streetsNext article‘Until Bill produced, we’re debating a press release’ – Cllr Kennedy adminlast_img read more

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Smith: Wisconsin players with the best chance to hear their names called in NFL Draft

first_imgIn less than a week, more than 200 football players will hear their named called in Radio City Music Hall in New York City during the National Football League’s draft. While the draft is the beginning of the NFL dream for all of the players chosen, it is also a source of pride for universities to see their programs produce professional-level talent.In recent years the University of Wisconsin has produced some of the NFL’s brightest stars with two-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt and Super Bowl Champion quarterback Russell Wilson. Since 2009, according to National Football Post, Wisconsin has had 20 players drafted in the NFL which is good for 12th-most picks during that period of time. And, since 2009, former Badgers have accumulated a combined 160 starts in the NFL. Only four schools have more combined starts in that time.Wisconsin doesn’t have any sure-fire first round prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft, but does boast a number of players that have the ability work their way into significant roles on an NFL roster.With the draft kicking off Thursday, here is a list of players that have the best shot of hearing their name called in New York:Chris Borland, ILBAll-American linebacker Chris Borland has the best chance of any Badger to get his name called in the first round of the draft Thursday. Borland wasn’t happy with his performance at the NFL combine, particularly his 4.83 time in the 40-yard dash, but improved on his numbers some at Wisconsin’s pro day. His size — 5-foot-11 and 248-pounds — is the biggest concern for NFL teams and will likely be the reason he falls to the second round should teams pass on him with their first picks. ESPN’s draft tracker has Chris Borland rated as the second-best inside linebacker behind C.J. Mosley from Alabama. In their latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have Borland going 34th overall to the Washington Redskins. It is looking more likely that Borland will fall to the second round, but as Montee Ball found out last year, sometime waiting to be drafted a little later means you land in a better situation. Either way, Borland will have a very good chance to make an impact on the field from day one.Dezmen Southward, SAfter Borland, it gets a little murkier when determining which former Badger will be picked next. Before Wisconsin’s pro day, chances are Southward would not be this high on the list, but after wowing scouts with a sub-4.4 40 time and a 42-inch vertical jump, Southward saw his stock soar. He probably didn’t have the senior campaign at Wisconsin that he was hoping for, but he still has the athleticism that might be enough to entice an NFL team to use a fourth-round pick on him. The safety position in this year’s draft has a definite group of four to five guys who have separated themselves from the rest, but after that it is a toss up. We’ll have to see if Southward’s pro day performance was enough to boost him to the third round, but chances are his name will be called somewhere in the fourth or fifth round.Ryan Groy, OGRyan Groy has the legacy of Wisconsin offensive lineman behind him, which should help him move up a couple of picks. Groy was the anchor of the Badgers’ offensive line last season and would be able to move into an immediate backup role in the NFL and possibly be molded into a solid starter a few years down the road. Teams are always on the lookout for players that will bolster their depth on the front line and Groy would be a good value in the fourth to sixth round.Jared Abbrederis, WRJared Abbrederis won’t wow you with his speed or strength, but he has above-average hands and runs strong routes. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at the combine and posted a 30.5-inch vertical jump. Abbrederis has the chance to work his way into a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver position for a team early on. This year has one of the deeper wide receiver groups that has been seen in some time which could cause him to fall a little. Abbrederis will likely be drafted between the fourth and sixth rounds.Everyone ElseTight end Jacob Pedersen and running back James White will be drafted. White’s stock will suffer by the suddenly decreased value in running backs in the league, but can serve a change-of-pace back that several if not all teams use now. Pedersen did enough in his time in Madison to warrant a pick. There are several other defensive players that have a chance at being drafted this weekend, Beau Allen, Ethan Hemer and Brendan Kelly all have a chance to have their names called.last_img read more

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Rapinoe shines brightest at story-packed World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Sealed with a kiss: USA players kiss the trophy after their World Cup final winPARIS, France, Jul 8 – The United States cemented their position as the dominant force in women’s football on Sunday by winning their fourth World Cup in eight editions, beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final.AFP Sport looks at the biggest stars and stories from France as a landmark tournament comes to a close: – Rapinoe steals show –Megan Rapinoe won matches on the pitch and hearts off it during the women’s World CupIf there is one person to come out of the tournament with their profile raised to that of a global star it’s Megan Rapinoe, winner of the Golden Ball and Golden Boot as she conquered her second World Cup on the pitch and won hearts off it.The 34-year-old, who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot on Sunday, became the face of the tournament for her decisive performances and the way she handled being attacked online by Donald Trump.Rapinoe scored braces in the USA’s wins against Spain and France before being ruled out of their triumph over England in the semi-finals with a hamstring injury.Her double against France came in the middle of a media storm after her comments about not going to the White House elicited a furious reaction from Trump, who accused her of disrespecting the country.Rapinoe did not back down and became an icon with her commitment to social justice, goals and what she described as a “shit-eating grin”.Trump’s congratulatory message for the USA team on Sunday is unlikely to change her opinion of the president.– VAR causes anger, heartache –VAR technology has caused serious controversy, in particular in the tournament’s early stages © AFP / FRANCK FIFEIt was fitting that the penalty from which Rapinoe scored in the final came from a VAR-assisted decision following a tournament in which the video technology and the application of new laws have attracted criticism.After a relatively smooth use of VAR at the men’s World Cup last year, there were accusations that FIFA were using the women’s tournament as a testing ground for law changes.VAR punished several goalkeepers for stepping off the line at spot-kicks, while razor-thin offside and penalty decisions proved decisive in matches as big as the USA’s semi-final win over England.First Ellen White’s leveller was chalked off for offside by what looked like millimetres, before VAR gave her a penalty for a foul that slipped by the referee — a spot-kick missed by Steph Houghton.Scotland were hit hardest with VAR spotting minimal infractions from goalkeepers on penalties, as Florencia Bonsegundo’s retaken kick following her missed first effort sealed a comeback from three goals down for Argentina to draw 3-3 and dump the Scots out.– Goalkeepers improve their standing –Sari van Veenendaal’s fine display on Sunday was one of many from goalkeepers at the women’s World Cup © AFP / Jean-Philippe KSIAZEKCriticism of women’s football before this World Cup often centred on the quality of the goalkeeping, but France has seen a number of world-class displays from stoppers, the Netherlands’ Sari van Veenendaal chief among them.Incredibly the 29-year-old is without a club after leaving Arsenal but will surely have suitors queueing up after star turns in the extra-time semi-final win over Sweden and in the final.Van Veenendaal’s vanquished last-four opponent, Hedvig Lindahl, also shone. The Swede’s spectacular save from Vivianne Miedema’s powerful header in that game was a highlight before she was eventually beaten in extra time.Chile’s Christiane Endler was described as “world-class” by USA coach Jill Ellis after a stunning display in a 3-0 defeat to the holders.England coach Phil Neville also noted the improvements in goalkeeping after Argentina’s Vanina Correa kept the Lionesses down to one goal with a display that included a penalty stop from Nikita Parris, highlighting what can be achieved with increased access to specialised coaching.– Marta asks for ‘smiles at the end’ –Marta wants women in Brazil to come forward after her generations hangs up its boots © AFP / LOIC VENANCEWidely recognised as the best ever female footballer, Marta cemented her status as a great by becoming the all-time leading scorer in any World Cup on 17 goals with a penalty against Italy.The Brazilians were eliminated by France in the last 16 but the 33-year-old was again the story after her impassioned plea for women in her home country to take up the game and carry the baton after she, 41-year-old midfielder Formiga and 34-year-old striker Cristiane retire.“You have to want more, train more, be ready to play 90 minutes, plus 30 minutes extra time and every minute. This is what I ask the girls,” she said.“Formiga is not forever, neither is Marta, neither is Cristiane. Women’s football depends on you to survive. Think about it, Value it more.“Cry at the beginning so you can smile at the end.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more