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Help by sharing this information January 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nothing left of Damascus spring after 10 pro-democracy activists charged News Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Two journalists and eight other pro-democracy activists who signed the Damascus Declaration were brought before a judge in Damascus. “Bashar al-Assad led people to believe that a page had been turned when he became president in June 2000. But the spring was short-lived and arbitrary arrests soon resumed under the new regime”, Reporters Without Borders said. March 8, 2021 Find out more Two journalists and eight other pro-democracy activists who signed the Damascus Declaration, an appeal for “radical democratic change,” were brought before a judge in Damascus yesterday, six weeks after the start of a wave of arrests, and were formally charged with attacking the prestige of the state, publishing false information, membership of a secret organisation aimed at destabilising the state and fuelling ethnic and racial tension.“Bashar al-Assad led people to believe that a page had been turned when he became president in June 2000,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He spoke of his desire to modernise the state and actively combat corruption. Several political activists and journalists felt sufficiently confident to call for an end to the state of emergency and a return to the rule of law. But the spring was short-lived and arbitrary arrests soon resumed under the new regime. The Damascus Declaration’s signatories are the latest victims.”Those who appeared in court yesterday were Fida’a Al-Horani, president of the executive bureau of the National Council of the Damascus Declaration, Akram Al-Bunni, its general secretary, Ahmad To’meh, Jaber Al-Shufi, Mohammed Darwish, Marwan Al-Aashi, Walid Bunni, Mohammad Yasser Al-Iti and journalists Fayez Sara and Ali Abdallah.After being formally notified of the charges under articles 285, 286, 306 and 307 of the criminal code, for which they face between three and 15 years in prison, they were questioned for about four hours by the investigating judge. Khalil Maatuk, one of the defence lawyers, said they denied all the charges.“They tried to convince the judge of the peaceful and patriotic nature of their initiative, which aspires to bring about democratic change without any foreign influence,” Maatuk said.The judge ordered pre-trial detention. They were all transferred to Adra prison (in a Damascus suburb), except Horani, who was taken to Duma women’s prison.On the same subject:4.01.2008 – Journalist who signed Damascus Declaration held incommunicado 18.12.07 – Journalist Ali Abdallah back in prison News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Receive email alerts
“We’re looking at countries that may effectively become hot spots for COVID-19 in the months ahead, or indeed regions within countries, and looking at ways in which we can deal with that risk,” Coveney told national broadcaster RTE.Arrivals into Ireland from Malta, Finland, Norway, Hungary, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greenland, Greece, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino no longer have to restrict their movements.The selection was shorter than many other countries’ “green lists”, including British-run Northern Ireland, which shares an open land border with Ireland where no travel restrictions are imposed.While Irish travellers returning from the 15 countries will not have to quarantine either, the government took out full-page newspaper advertisements on Wednesday telling people that the safest things to do was not to travel anywhere.”The message is still clear, the safest thing to do is not to take your holidays abroad, look after your family, spend your money at home and holiday at home,” Coveney said, noting that, while travel to and from Ireland was at around 7-8% of its usual level, 50,000 Irish people were still travelling abroad a week. Ireland may introduce further travel restrictions for countries with a very high instance of COVID-19, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Wednesday after the government lifted its 14-day quarantine requirement for 15 European countries.Ireland, which has one of the lower rates of infection in the European Union with around 5 cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days, decided late on Tuesday to drop the restriction for people coming from countries with a similar or lower rate.Coveney said the government would turn its attention in the coming weeks to whether it should introduce steps beyond the 14-day quarantine from areas hardest hit, including a potential requirement to take a coronavirus test before departure. Topics :
Stuff co.nz 11 June 2018Family First Comment: If we’re saying “It’s not OK”, then serious violence like this should not be ignored or decriminalised! A families advocate and an anti-violence campaigner have spoken out against a court’s refusal to review a decision to grant a man who seriously injured his wife a discharge without conviction.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie and Taranaki Safe Families Trust acting co-ordinator Mary Beaumont are speaking out after last week’s High Court ruling to refuse to grant leave for police to appeal against a district court decision to grant Wilfred Lawrence DSouza a discharge without conviction for a violent assault he meted out to his wife with an electrical cord.The victim was left with serious welts and bruising to her legs. “The discharge without any conviction being recorded for such a serious attack sends a dangerous message and sets a disturbing precedent,” McCoskrie said in a written statement.He said the law had to reinforce the “It’s Not OK” message given to communities around the country and judicial decisions like this sent the “wrong message” to society.“The finger is often pointed at communities to do more and speak up, but politicians and the legal system must also reflect the revulsion that NZ families have towards family violence of this nature,” he said.In DSouza’s case, he had pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting his wife with a blunt instrument after an incident at their home in April 2017, which began when he arrived home after a day out drinking and fishing with friends.After he discovered his wife had locked herself in the bedroom, he banged on the door – which broke the lock – and then threatened to harm himself.When his wife called him a “zero” he hit her with an open hand before picking up an electrical cord and striking the victim around the legs and hands.At DSouza’s sentencing in March, he was discharged without conviction by New Plymouth District Court Judge Chris Sygrove.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/104604904/family-first-discharge-without-conviction-for-domestic-violence-sends-dangerous-message
The No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (9-1-0, 3-1-0 WCHA) will take its second road trip of the season to Mankato, Minn., for a weekend game against the Minnesota State Mavericks (4-3-1, 2-3-1 WCHA). The series begins Friday.The last time the Badgers played away from Madison, they swept the Mercyhurst Lakers with ease. The team now looks to build on a successful home stint in which the Badgers went 5-1, the only loss coming in a 1-0 nail-biter Saturday against No. 3 Minnesota. Despite the loss, the team heads to Mankato riding high after an impressive 4-1 victory against Minnesota Sunday.Perhaps the most impressive part of the Badgers’ season so far, however, has been the play of freshman forward Sophie Shirley. After being named WCHA Rookie of the Week last week, Shirley was named WCHA Rookie of the Month on Thursday. She leads all freshmen with six goals and 10 points so far this season and has been a key contributor to an already skilled squad prior to her entrance. Her six goals lead the team.Volleyball: Badgers look to bounce back Sunday against WolverinesThe No. 5 University of Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball team (16-5, 9-4 Big Ten) is preparing to take on the No. Read…Following Shirley’s lead this week was fellow freshman forward Britta Curl, who received WCHA Rookie of the Week honors Tuesday for her gutsy performance against Minnesota last weekend that featured 10 shots. Curl also registered two critical points in Sunday’s victory.It is an understatement to say Wisconsin has fared well against Minnesota State in the past. The Badgers are 84-2-3 all-time against the Mavericks, including a 21-game winning streak that they will look to add upon this weekend.Minnesota State, though, is off to its strongest start since the 2012-13 season. A major reason for their success has been freshman goaltender Abigail Levy, who leads the WCHA with a .954 save percentage, good for 11th in the country. Her 1.35 goals against average is tied for second in the WCHA. Levy was named WCHA Goaltender of the Month Thursday after earning two WCHA Goaltender of the Week awards.The Badgers will be playing without a trio of key players this weekend who will be busy preparing for the upcoming Four Nations Cup. Senior Emily Clark will be representing the Hockey Canada team in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, while fellow seniors Mikaela Gardner and Annie Pankowski were named to the USA Hockey roster. Gardner will be making her senior debut for USA Hockey.Puck drops are set for 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday from the Verizon Center in Mankato. Saturday’s game can be watched live on the Fox Sports North channel.