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RSF concerned about China’s entry into UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News PGOTO: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts April 10, 2020 RSF concerned about China’s entry into UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group Unfortunately, this is not an April fool: Chinese diplomat Jiang Duan was appointed on Wednesday April 1 to represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Consultative Group of the Human Rights Council (HRC), a 5-member body of the United Nations (UN) whose role is to evaluate candidates for the posts of special rapporteurs, independent experts and members of working groups charged with investigating human rights violations.Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an organisation with consultative status in the UN, is concerned that the Beijing regime, known for its systematic and large-scale violations of freedom of information and active exportation of its practices to the world, may have the potential to influence the selection of those who will investigate its own abuses.”The work of United Nations investigators is essential for the international community to be able to document, and one day punish, those responsible for human rights violations such as infringements upon the freedom of the press,” said Cédric Alviani, RSF East Asia bureau head. “Democracies must unite to denounce this ludicrous designation and exercise the utmost vigilance in the future so that the Beijing regime cannot undermine the human rights work carried out by the UN bodies.”During its one year mandate, China will participate in the evaluation process of 17 expert positions whose impartiality is crucial, including the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and three members of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a body which RSF regularly calls upon to formally recognize the arbitrary detention of certain Chinese journalists.In December, the Chinese delegation to the United Nations accused the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, of “inappropriate interference” for writing an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post in which she calls for an international investigation into police brutality, toward both protestors and journalists, that occurred during last year’s Hong Kong protests. In October, China also objected to providing the UN with full access to Xinjiang where many journalists are detained, including Ilham Tohti, winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.China is the world’s largest prison for journalists, with at least 108 detainees, and ranks 177th out of 180 in the 2019 RSF World Press Freedom Index. March 12, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the appointment of a Chinese diplomat to represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Consultative Group of the UN Human Rights Council, which could allow Beijing to influence the selection of experts appointed to investigate its own abuses. center_img ChinaAsia – Pacific International bodies Conflicts of interestImpunityUnited Nations April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific International bodies Conflicts of interestImpunityUnited Nations News RSF_en Follow the news on Chinalast_img read more

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Case adjourned pending directions of DPP

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCase adjourned pending directions of DPPBy admin – October 4, 2011 941 WhatsApp A CONVICTED gang rapist has been granted bail at Limerick District Court after he was arrested and charged with an assault on a woman, as well as breaches of the public order act. 24-year-old Dean Barry with an address at Garryglass Avenue was arrested after gardai were called to a disturbance on Vartry Avenue, Raheen. Barry was found at the scene to be involved with a number of others as part of a verbal dispute. Gardai told Limerick District Court that he was seen shouting and roaring at people in the vicinity shortly after 9.30pm.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During the course of their initial investigation, gardai gave evidence that Barry was seen striking out at a female and punching her in the face. He was said to have been very abusive and highly intoxicated.Judge Eamon O’Brien heard that the accused man was arrested and charged with the offences and held to appear before court on September 29 last.Dean Barry has 47 previous convictions, including the gang rape of a woman in Cratloe while her boyfriend was locked in the car booth.Judge Eamon O’Brien consented to bail after no objection was made by the State and he was ordered to sign on, stay away from the alleged injured party and the area.Ted McCarthy solicitor was assigned as legal aid for the accused and the matter was adjourned until November 24 next for the directions of the DPP to be furnished to the court. Advertisement Print Emailcenter_img Facebook Twitter Previous article32-year-old man charged with Purcell murderNext articleLynxs deal launchpad for global cargo hub admin Linkedinlast_img read more