Nothing left of Damascus spring after 10 pro-democracy activists charged

first_img 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 alertslast_img read more

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110 Ilonggo OFWs negative for COVID-19

first_img* Tigbauan – four * Sta. Barbara – seven * Barotac Viejo – one * Oton – six * Estancia – one 3. OFWs must have medical certificates that they are asymptomatic and are in good health condition./PN * Leganes – three Of the 8,620,  1, 147 were from Iloilo City; 1,335 from Bacolod City; 1,147 from Aklan; 880 from Antique;  1,285 from Capiz; 361 from Guimaras; 1, 885 from Iloilo; and 580 from Negros Occidental. * Tubungan – two * Badiangan – two * Dingle – two * Batad – three * Barotac Nuevo – five * Zarraga – three * Alimodian – one * Bingawan – one * Cabatuan – six * Guimbal – one 2. OFWs must have certification that they have finished a 14-day quarantine. * Ajuy – one These repatriated migrant workers waited for the results while on quarantine at three separate hotels in Iloilo City. 1. OFWs must have undergone RT-PCR test with negative result conducted within seven days prior to boarding. * New Lucena – one Concepcion, Igbaras, San Dionisio, and San Rafael were the only towns in the province that don’t have repatriated OFWs from this batch. * Lambunao – one * Pototan – six * Maasin – one * Lemery – two * Duenas – one * Mina – one * Janiuay – seven Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office said the results of the OFWs’ reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests were released on Aug. 1. * Balasan – one * Anilao – two These were the three requirements for repatriation: * Carles – three * Banate – two * San Enrique – one According to Quiñon, they were allowed to go home in their respective towns on Aug. 2 to complete a 14-day quarantine. Their respective local government units fetched the OFWs from the hotels. As of July 28, there were 8,620 overseas migrant workers repatriated to Region 6, data from the Western Visayas Regional Task Force (RTF) on COVID-19 showed. * Sara – two * Passi City – five ILOILO – A total of 110 recently repatriated Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). * San Joaquin – one * Pavia – 12 * Miag-ao – one Here’s the breakdown of OFWs: * Dumangas – three The Overseas Welfare Workers Administration (OWWA) in Region 6 shouldered their expenses from hotel fees and swab test. The testing of returning OFWs was a requirement set by the RTF in resolutions No. 12, 13 and 14. * Leon – four * San Miguel – two * Calinog – twolast_img read more

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Softball begins Big Ten play

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoThe Wisconsin softball team hits the road again Friday, but this time its destination will not be so sunny and warm.Wisconsin (10-21) heads to Evanston, Ill., to take on No. 16 Northwestern (13-9) for a two-game set beginning Friday afternoon. The Badgers hope to continue their winning ways against the Wildcats after finishing 3-2 at the Stanford Invitational II in Palo Alto, Calif.“I think it’s definitely a challenge to start against Northwestern,” junior outfielder Valyncia Raphael said. “The way we’ve been playing, it’s definitely going to make us step our game up and make sure we’re focused to start the Big Ten off with a bang.”Although they fell 5-1 to Stanford March 21, the Badgers believe their game against the Cardinal showed some very positive aspects of its play.“Just to know we can play at that level with a team like Stanford is pretty exciting for us,” senior infielder Lynn Anderson said. “We know going into the Big Ten now that we can play with anybody.”Northwestern returns home this week after trips to California and Hawaii that saw it go 3-6 with a pair of three-game losing streaks.“I’d rather play them now than later,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said of the Wildcats. “I think that they are tired, I think they are beatable and I think this would be a great time for us to take advantage of that.”This weekend’s games also mark the home opener for the Wildcats and their first home games since the renovation of Sharon J. Drysdale Field.Northwestern is led by the pitching of sophomore Lauren Delaney, who boasts a 2.16 earned run average in 116.1 innings pitched and 165 strikeouts. Opposing batters are hitting only .160 against Delaney in 394 at-bats.“If we hit, we’ll be in every game,” Schulte said. “Delaney is one of the better pitchers in the country, but we hit better pitching, so hopefully we’ll continue to do that.”Also on the schedule for this weekend is a trip to East Lansing, Mich., for a doubleheader Sunday against Michigan State (14-13).The Spartans went 2-1 last weekend at the Best Western Miami Invitational, hosted by the Redhawks of Miami (Ohio). MSU is led by strong hitting, with freshman Bianca Mejia, junior Gina Mondo and senior Nikki Nicosia all hitting .349 or better with on-base percentages over .400 and slugging percentage better than .500.Over spring break, the Badgers traveled to Missouri and California, playing 12 games in 10 days. The trip started slowly as Wisconsin extended its losing streak to eight games before beating Princeton in its first game in Palo Alto.“There’s a monkey running around somewhere because it finally got off our back,” Schulte said of snapping the streak. “If you see it, make sure you don’t return it.”As the Big Ten season kicks off this weekend, Wisconsin is working on playing as a team in order to continue to turn its season around and play more consistently.“We just need to focus on playing for each other and playing behind each other,” Raphael said. “We need to make sure we’re mentally ready and focused.”With four games scheduled so close to home this weekend, the Badgers are getting anxious to get outside and play on their home field at Goodman Diamond. Wisconsin’s first home game is scheduled for April 2 against Loyola.“It’s really hard to go 10 days and play 12 games outside and then come back [and practice] inside,” Schulte said. “Psychologically, it just really takes its toll on you, but it is what it is and we just have to make the best of it.”last_img read more

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