Islamic Republic urged to free all detained journalists and online activists

first_imgNews Proposed Iranian law would ban US, British journalists and media Follow the news on Iran to go further April 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Islamic Republic urged to free all detained journalists and online activists News June 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News May 10, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa In the wake of Iran’s historic agreement with the United States on its nuclear programme, Reporters Without Borders calls on President Hassan Rouhani to keep another campaign promise – the immediate release of all detained journalists and online activists, many of whom are very ill and are being denied appropriate treatment. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information After the international community hailed the 2 April accord, President Rouhani said on 3 April: “We have had tension and even hostility towards certain countries and we now hope for the end of this tension and hostility (…) The framework agreement envisages new cooperation with the world.”“An agreement with the international community on nuclear issues and the lifting of sanctions was one of Rouhani’s main promises during his election campaign, but he also repeatedly promised the release of prisoners of conscience, including journalists and online activists, and he has yet to keep this pledge,” said Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk.“President Rouhani, we call for the immediate and unconditional release of all imprisoned journalists and Internet activists. The ‘cooperation’ you refer to needs above all unconditional cooperation with the United Nations and compliance with your international obligations, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party. It is vital that you request the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience in Iran.”Iran continues to be one of the world’s five biggest prisons for news and information providers, with a total of 46 journalists and Internet activists currently detained. Arrested arbitrarily, convicted in unfair trials and held in inhuman and degrading conditions, many of these detainees are in danger.Reporters Without Borders is especially concerned about the health of these journalists and online activists: Atena Ferghdani, who is awaiting trial, Said Razavi Faghih, who was sentenced to a year in prison and should have been freed in mid-March, Masoud Bastani, who has been held since July 2008 and who was sentenced to a total of six years in prison, Hossien Ronaghi Malki, who was arrested in 2010 and was sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison, and Saraj Mirdamadi, who has been held since March 2013 and is serving a three-year jail term.Bastani and Malki should have been released months ago under article 134 of the new Islamic penal code (as amended in 2013), which says that defendants who are given more than one sentence should serve only the main one.After visiting Rajaishahr prison on 1 March, health minister Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi said: “This prison is holding twice as many detainees as its capacity permits and cannot guarantee the required hygiene and health conditions (…) This is the first time I have come to this prison and the situation is really bad. People should not commit crimes, or else they will be incarcerated in this prison and will get ill and have lots of problems.”The minister was referring to conditions in what is one of Iran’s worst prisons in terms of cases of torture, rape and murder. Its official capacity is 1,100 inmates but it is currently holding more than 5,000 detainees, including around 100 prisoners of conscience, of whom 20 are journalists or online activists. This prison has been criticized in several reports including the UN Secretary-General’s report of 12 August 2014 on the human rights situation in Iran. Organisation News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to electionlast_img read more

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Jailed Eritrean journalist awarded UNESCO press freedom prize

first_img News EritreaAfrica Protecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionUNESCO March 30, 2017 Jailed Eritrean journalist awarded UNESCO press freedom prize RSF_en to go further EritreaAfrica Protecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionUNESCO Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails UNESCO’s decision, announced today, to award its Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Dawit Isaak, a journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality who has been imprisoned in Eritrea for 15 years without every talking to a lawyer or seeing a judge. Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Eritrea News News April 14, 2021 Find out more Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision January 13, 2021 Find out more Reports The prize will be formally awarded at a ceremony on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. “The decision to award Dawit Isaak this year’s prize is an encouraging signal,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “It sends a strong message of denunciation of regimes that obliterate the media and journalism because they communicate democratic values. We reiterate our call to the Eritrean government to free all the journalists it has arbitrarily imprisoned for so many years.” Isaak found a refuge in Sweden in 1987. In 1993, two years after Eritrea finally obtained its independence from Ethiopia, he returned to the country of his birth to open Eritrea’s first independent newspaper, Setit, in the capital, Asmara. In 2001, his newspaper published an open letter calling for elections and the implementation of the promised constitution. The ensuing crackdown was terrible. Isaak and ten other journalists were arrested in September of that year and have remained in prison ever since. RSF has received information that seven of these eleven journalists have died in detention. The fate of Isaak and the other three – Emanuel Asrat, Temesgen Gebreyesus and Seyoum Tsehaye – is unclear. Tsehaye’s two daughters, who live in France, have had no news of him since his arrest. When, aged 12 and 14, they tried to see the Eritrean ambassador in Paris, he called the police in order to have them removed from the embassy. In June 2015. RSF filed a complaint against persons unknown on their behalf with the French judicial authorities but it was deemed inadmissible. International advocacy for Isaak Isaak’s younger brother, Essayas Isaak, and three lawyers backed by RSF wrote to the Eritrean supreme court in Asmara in 2011 seeking a writ of habeas corpus for Isaak. They requested information about the place where he was being held and his conditions of imprisonment. The supreme court never responded, claiming it did not receive the letter. In the absence of any response from the Eritrean supreme court, the lawyers turned to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in 2013, when Isaak was 48 and had just completed his 12th year in prison. In Communication 428/12 of February 2016, the ACHPR called on Eritrea to set up a mechanism for effectively locating missing persons and for passing the information to their families. The ACHPR also stressed the importance of taking immediate measures to allow independent media to operate, to bring relevant laws into line with international standards and to protect journalists from arrest and arbitrary treatment. Eritrea has still not complied with these obligations. RSF also made a written submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015 about Isaak’s fate. According to RSF’s tally, at least 15 journalists are currently detained in Eritrea, which means that Isaias Afewerki’s dictatorship is Africa’s biggest prison for media personnel. Thousands of Eritreans, including dozens of journalists, have had no choice but to flee the country to escape the indiscriminate repression. RSF tries to follow as many of the cases of Eritrean exile journalists as possible. RSF also supports Radio Erena, an independent Eritrean radio station based in Paris that broadcasts to Eritreans in Eritrea and the diaspora. Eritrea is ranked last, 180th out of 180 countries, in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was created in 1997 by UNESCO’s executive council to honour a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of media freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger. October 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Press release: UK Public Health Rapid Support Team deploys to Nigeria

first_img Email [email protected] The Lassa fever situation in Nigeria has been worsening and now requires an escalated level of response in order to help the Nigerian government slow transmission and save lives. We are proud to be assisting the government of Nigeria by offering specialist support that will benefit the country both in the immediate and long term. Out of hours 020 8200 4400 Public Health Minister Steve Brine MP, said: Viruses like Lassa fever do not respect borders – and it is only right that we share our expertise with countries facing serious outbreaks around the world. Our invaluable Rapid Support Team will provide help on the ground in Nigeria to manage the spread of the virus, and grow the country’s ability to protect itself from other dangerous diseases. The UK-PHRST consortium of research institutions includes the University of Oxford and King’s College London as academic partners.Public Health EnglandPublic Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support. Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_uk and Facebook: www.facebook.com/PublicHealthEngland.London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineThe London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries. The school is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK, is among the world’s leading schools in public and global health, and was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2016. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), a joint run effort of Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is deploying to Nigeria to help control an outbreak of Lassa fever.Nigeria is currently experiencing an unusually severe epidemic of Lassa fever – a viral haemorrhagic illness that is normally present in the country but on a lower scale. The outbreak is most prevalent in the southern Nigerian states of Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi.Given the size of the current outbreak and the risk of further spread locally, the government of Nigeria has requested support from the UK-PHRST team.The UK-PHRST team deployment includes an expert in patient management, 2 epidemiologists (experts in tracking outbreaks) and a logistician.The UK-PHRST will provide technical and analytical support for the public health response to control this outbreak, and will also assist with important research on Lassa fever that can provide insight for controlling the disease in the future.The team will be working alongside the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and other experts in outbreak control to support the Nigerian government’s response.Professor Daniel Bausch, Director of the UK-PHRST said:center_img Public Health England press office epidemiologists (experts in tracking and understanding disease transmission) microbiologists (diagnosing the cause of an outbreak) clinical researchers (developing the best patient management practices) social scientists (community engagement during outbreaks) data scientists (managing data and modelling outbreak trajectories) infection prevention and control experts (advising on preventing transmission) logisticians Wellington House 133-155 Waterloo RoadLondonSE1 8UG Telephone 020 7654 8400 Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus from exposure to urine or faeces of infected rodents that are unique to Africa. The virus may also be spread between humans through direct contact with the blood, urine, faeces, or other bodily secretions of an infected person, though this tends to be less common. Typical symptoms include fever, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, with bleeding and shock in severe cases. The public health risk to the UK is low.The UK-PHRST is funded by the UK government. It continually monitors infectious diseases and other hazards globally, identifying situations where the deployment of specialist expertise could prevent these threats from turning into a global outbreak. It also conducts outbreak-related research and focuses on building in-country capacity to prevent outbreaks with overseas partners.BackgroundFor latest case numbers of Lassa fever in Nigeria, please refer to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s weekly reports.UK-PHRSTUK-PHRST consists of public health experts, scientists, academics and clinicians ready to respond to urgent requests from countries around the world within 48 hours to support them in preventing local disease outbreaks from becoming global epidemics.Informed by surveillance data, the UK-PHRST deploys on behalf of UK government in response to requests from low- and middle-income countries, as well as with the WHO and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).The UK-PHRST has previously deployed members to Ethiopia (outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea), Nigeria (meningitis outbreak), Sierra Leone (water-borne disease/cholera risk), Madagascar (plague outbreak) and Bangladesh (diphtheria outbreak).The core team consists of:last_img read more

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Tottenham pull out of Wilfried Zaha race boosting Arsenal’s chances of landing the Crystal Palace star

first_imgTottenham pull out of Wilfried Zaha race boosting Arsenal’s chances of landing the Crystal Palace star Mauricio Pochettino is not willing to meet Crystal Palace’s demands (Picture: Getty Images)This is an increase on Palace’s original valuation of £70m, which had already put Tottenham off, and now they are firmly not interested at a newly inflated price.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are thought to be leading the chase for the winger and are looking to drive down his price by offering players in exchange for the Ivory Coast international.Chelsea were believed to be interested in offering Zaha a new London home, but their transfer ban is still in place, ruling them out of making any signings until the summer of 2020.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManchester United have already taken a punt on Zaha once with the forward enduring a disastrous spell at Old Trafford from 2013-15, while Liverpool and Manchester City are not interested.If Zaha is to stay in the Premier League it looks like Arsenal is the only option left, although he did speak of his desire to leave Palace to pursue Champions League football, and if the Gunners don’t win the Europa League final against Chelsea, they will not be able to offer him that.MORE: Liverpool enter race with Arsenal to sign Bournemouth winger Ryan FraserMORE: Thomas Meunier speaks out again over transfer links to Manchester United Video Settings Advertisement PLAY About Connatix V67539 Full Screencenter_img Comment Phil HaighTuesday 21 May 2019 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link70Shares Wilfried Zaha won’t be going to Tottenham (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham have reportedly ended their interest in signing Wilfried Zaha this summer having balked at Crystal Palace’s mammoth asking price.The 26-year-old has told Palace that he wants to leave during the current transfer window, alerting a number of Premier League sides who are interested in his signature.However, Zaha only signed a new deal at Selhurst Park last August, which runs for another four years and is worth £130,000-a-week, so Palace are in a strong position to make demands.The Eagles are flexing their muscles and are asking for a whopping £100m for their star man, a figure so vast that Spurs have taken themselves out of contention, according to the Evening Standard.ADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story Advertisementlast_img read more

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