Closure of Nobel laureate’s human rights organisation condemned

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en December 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Closure of Nobel laureate’s human rights organisation condemned June 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information News June 9, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s closure of the Tehran-based Human Rights Defenders Centre by some 20 plain-clothes police. Headed by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and launched in 2002, the centre provided free legal aid to journalists and human rights activists. “We urge the international community and human rights activists to press for the reopening of the centre,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After the imprisonment of six journalists and intimidatory measures against those who express their views online, this is a new attempt by the regime to silence its critics. We fear further arrests. The circle must be able to continue to defend those who use their right to free speech and those who defend that right. We call for it to be allowed to reopen.” The police raided and closed the centre as Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2003, was about to preside a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Run by lawyers and human rights activists, the centre defends free speech and human rights. The government has regarded its activities as “illegal” since 2006. Ebadi told Reporters Without Borders today that “a request for a permit was submitted to the interior ministry as soon as the circle was created, but it was always turned down.” She added that the circle intended to challenge the closure. “We will exhaust all legal channels in an attempt to affirm our rights,” she said. Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that intelligence officials arrested blogger Esmail Jafari (http://www.poutin.blogfa.com) on 18 December. Jafari was sentenced to five months in prison on 6 December in the southwestern city of Bushehr for covering a demonstration in April by about 20 workers protesting against their dismissal. It is not known where he is held. Officials have confirmed that blogger and women’s rights activist Shahnaz Gholami (http://azarwomen.blogfa.com) has been transferred to a prison in the northwestern city of Tabriz, where she had been held with common criminals since 9 November. Neither her lawyer nor her daughter has been able to see her. Iran is one of the world’s most repressive countries towards journalists and bloggers, who are punished severely if they criticise the government. Three cyber-dissidents and six journalists are currently in prison. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Lawyers need the practical touch

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Hillary vs. Trump question

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (32) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 233 weeks ago If you don’t vote, then you have no right to complain about how the country is being run. Report Reply 15 replies · active 232 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 233 weeks ago It’s sad that people would vote for Trump but I think people are sick and tired of lifelong welfare politicians and their lies. I wouldn’t vote for Clinton and the reason is just two words, Marc Rich. She say’s she hates Wall Street but she and her hubby don’t show it. Report Reply 3 replies · active 233 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Phoebe lord · 233 weeks ago Thanks for reminding me why I moved from Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jeremy · 233 weeks ago Well let’s see one has an ego the size of texas, one has an entitlement atitude, one lies about every thing, one is arrogant, one thinks the other is wrong on every level………now tell me who’s who. My point neither party is right both parties car only about the 1% if your the other 99% well bad news both want to keep you there so you are forced to rely on entitlements to survive. I vote do I feel it makes a difference no mostly because I don’t have the funds to buy the vote for the politician I like. So here’s the solution. Do it for yourself don’t listen to promises made by your parties nomination. When a dog or any other animal is backed into a corner they fight back. Humans are the only ones who will back down and accept what our government dishes out. Why? It easier to go along and get along. Fighting takes guts.fighting takes energy. Fighting takes having no fear even though the outcome may be bad. You fight Report Reply 1 reply · active 233 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 233 weeks ago It is all rigged! Why do you think we lose more and more freedom every single term. We are being conditioning for a takeover by China or Russia. Just wait for it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 233 weeks ago Psssst…..Don’t tell Kobach or Brownback……I voted twice on this…..once on my laptop then once on my kids laptop…… : ) Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 233 weeks ago It is a sad time in the USA that we are placed in this position. Educate yourselves with facts and not innuendo and then vote your conscience,not the party. If this is the “best” America can do fill political leadership we are in for a very rough next 4 years. Remember, your vote makes a difference–don’t let a bad choice stop you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down ERIC · 233 weeks ago TRUMP ALLL THE WAY WE DONT NEED ANYMORE OBAMAS CRAP AND THAT WOULD WOULD HAPPEN IF CLINTON GETS IN! Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 233 weeks ago No way I’m voting for Monica’s ex boyfriends wife. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down paddedroom · 233 weeks ago A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments If the general election was held tomorrow and it was Hillary vs. Trump, how would you vote? Donald Trump Hillary Clinton I would stay home. View Results  Loading …Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Pistorius back in court for sentencing hearing

first_img#OscarPistorius during break OP, still looking like he’s hardly slept, shares a moment with uncle and brother. Photo via @johnrayitv Oscar Pistorius returned to court Tuesday a day after being described as a “broken” man who should be hospitalised rather than jailed, as he attended sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend three years ago.The double-amputee killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for an intruder when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.Pistorius tried to greet Steenkamp’s relatives as he entered the court on Tuesday but they did not respond.On Monday, the 29-year-old “Blade Runner” was red-eyed and tearful on the first day of his sentencing hearing at the High Court in Pretoria.“He has developed a serious psychiatric condition which has become worse in the past two years,” psychologist Jonathan Scholtz, called by the defence, told the court on Monday. Pistorius has shunned the media during years of intense coverage since Steenkamp’s killing, but his family have revealed that he has given his first interview, due to air on British broadcaster ITV later this month.The interview drew a sharp attack on Monday from state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who said it proved that Pistorius was capable of testifying.“He would rather give his version to the TV than to court,” said Nel, who accused psychologist Scholtz of being biased.Pistorius was released from jail last October to live under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide.Since being convicted of murder, Pistorius has been on bail and allowed to leave his uncle’s house at set times, but not travel further than 20 kilometres (12 miles) without permission.The hearing — held in the same courtroom as the original trial — is scheduled to last one week.Pistorius has always denied killing Steenkamp in a rage and, during his dramatic seven-month trial in 2014, sobbed in the dock as details of his lover’s death were examined in excruciating detail.The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at Olympic level when he appeared at the London 2012 games.Share on: WhatsApp Steenkamp’s parents were both in court, and her father Barry may take the witness stand to ask the court to impose a lengthy punishment.If he does, it will be the first time that one of Steenkamp’s parents has testified in the case. “Further imprisonment would have a detrimental effect on him.”Scholtz said that during recent interviews Pistorius had displayed signs of “post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder and depressive disorder”.In March, Pistorius’s lawyers failed in their legal bid to reverse a Supreme Court of Appeal judgement that upgraded his original conviction from culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter — to murder.The original trial judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to pass a new sentence after hearing arguments from both prosecution and defence.Pistorius faces a minimum 15-year jail term for murder, but his sentence could be reduced due to time already spent in prison and mitigating factors, including his disability.last_img read more

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Local Voters Choosing Mail-in Option

first_imgSome Palm Beach County voters are choosing to vote by mail due to the concerns about the coronavirus.Voters say the lines will be long and they do not want to be near people who are coughing or sneezing.According to the Supervisor of Elections Office, voters may visit any of their four offices to pick up a mail ballot.Read the full statement here:last_img

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Amid pandemic, Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare

first_imgJPecha/iStockBy DEVIN DWYER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In the midst of a pandemic and without an alternative health plan of its own, the Trump administration formally called on the U.S. Supreme Court to completely strike down the Affordable Care Act.The administration makes the case in a legal brief filed Thursday in the case brought by 20 Republican-led states that want to completely invalidate the law. The justices will hear oral arguments as soon as October, which is just weeks before the general election.Two lower federal courts have ruled that the ACA’s individual mandate is unconstitutional after the GOP Congress in 2017 zeroed out the penalty for going without health insurance. Both courts called into question the viability of the entire law without the mandate.“The individual mandate cannot be severed from the remainder of the ACA,” writes Trump solicitor general Noel Francisco. “The entire ACA thus must fall with the individual mandate.”California and 19 other Democrat-led states are defending the law.Former Vice President Joe Biden defended Obamacare Thursday at a campaign stop focused on health care, saying doing away with the ACA during a pandemic could be particularly harmful to many that need health care the most.“I think it’s cruel. It’s heartless. It’s callous. And it’s all because, in my view, he can’t abide the thought of letting stand on one of President Obama’s greatest achievements, the Affordable Care Act,” Biden said of the administrations’ lawsuit.Biden warned those who have survived COVID-19 and have subsequent health issues could be especially at-risk.“They would live their lives caught in a vise between Donald Trump’s twin legacies: his failure to protect the American people from the coronavirus and his heartless crusade to take health care protections away from American families,” Biden said.The ACA has sharply reduced the number of uninsured Americans since 2010, covering 20 million more people than if the law had not taken effect, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a statement late Thursday night, calling the Trump administration’s decision “unfathomably cruelty” to “rip away the protections and benefits of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.”“There is no legal justification and no moral excuse for the Trump Administration’s disastrous efforts to take away Americans’ health care,” she said.Industry groups and independent health care analysts say abruptly wiping out Obamacare would mean a highly disruptive shift in the health care of millions of Americans.An estimated 52 million Americans have preexisting health conditions that insurers could have denied coverage to under pre-ACA rules in most states, the foundation said.Preexisting condition protections and Obamacare insurance subsidies remain in place, for now, as the case continues, but could be at risk.The case marks the third time the justices will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act since it was signed by President Barack Obama in 2010. Chief Justice John Roberts in 2012 famously cast the decisive vote, siding with the court’s liberal justices to uphold the law. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Perfect Crop Circle Appears in German Wheat Field

first_imgTourists and residents marveled at the crop circle’s perfect geometric pattern.“I just find it fascinating because you cannot really explain how it happened. It is just a moment where you have something you can’t explain. When these days everything always has to be explained, it’s a thing that pushes the limits of this ‘explainer model’ that we have,” Rainer Bartesch told Reuters.Crop circle enthusiasts, in the meantime, formulated several theories behind the origination of the crop circle. Some are of the opinion that it was not formed by humans. On the other hand, a certain section believes that crop circles are created by wind patterns or aliens.Some enthusiasts also suggest that energy fields are responsible for their creation. A perfectly symmetrical crop circle appeared in a wheat field in the German town of Paehl earlier this month. Several tourists and locals visited the spot after the discovery of the crop circle in order to catch a glimpse of it.A bizarre crop circle appeared suddenly in this wheat field in Germany, triggering the curiosity of locals and tourists alike pic.twitter.com/B6HDcFLg0X— Reuters (@Reuters) July 31, 2020last_img read more

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Two Wines from Westport Winery Selected for US Capitol Christmas Tree…

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery is pleased to announce that two of its wines will be featured at the US Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting celebration in Washington, DC in December.According to winey co-owner Kim Roberts, “We were contacted through the Washington State Wine Commission about this opportunity. As one of our state’s thirteen commissioners I was incredibly honored to submit our wines for selection through an agency in Sonoma.”Blain Roberts said, “Since the Capitol tree is coming from Washington State they felt it would be most appropriate to serve Washington wine. It was tough for us to choose from among our 33 wines but because of the celebratory nature of this event we chose two of our sparkling wines.”Rapture of the Deep, a sparkling cranberry, and Going Coastal, a sparkling Gewurztraminer, were chosen for pouring at the ceremony. “These are our most decorated wines, each having earned numerous double gold medals and a platinum medal,” according to Dana Roberts, the Director of Winemaking.The Roberts family was invited to join the festivities in Washington, DC, on November 25, but due to winemaking and event commitments at their farm, Vineyards By-the-Sea, located outside of Aberdeen, Washington, they are unsure if they will attend the event. This is the westernmost vineyard in Washington State and located in a region of the state known as the Cranberry Coast.Westport Winery, the 2013 Best in the Northwest Destination Winery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information or dinner reservations call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224. Facebook95Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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