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RSF asks ICC to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico

first_img The secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Christophe Deloire, met with Mexican Undersecretary of Human Rights Alejandro Encinastoday in Mexico City and informed him that RSF has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico from 2006 to 2018. to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Stressing RSF’s deep concern about the continuing frequency of murders and abductions of journalists in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media, Deloire urged Mexico’s authorities to quickly implement an ambitious plan for combatting impunity for these crimes and to respect Mexico’s international obligations as regards the protection of journalists. Help by sharing this information Organisation Prepared jointly with Propuesta Cívica, RSF’s Mexican partner organization, the request identifies 116 crimes of violence against journalists – 102 murders and 14 enforced disappearances – that were related to the victims’ journalistic work. The submission argues that they constitute crimes of humanity as defined in article 7 of the Rome Statute establishing the ICC. MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression The many murders and abductions of journalists who try to inform the public about organized crime, corruption and collusion between crime cartels and officials – crimes of deadly violence that take place against a backdrop of passive complicity on the part of the authorities – must be regarded as crimes against humanity. VINCENT JANNINK / AFP Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression After the meeting with the president, Deloire held a press conference together with RSF Latin America bureau director Emmanuel Colombié, RSF Mexico representative Balbina Flores and Propuesta Cívica director Sara Mendiola to explain the importance of an emergency plan for the safety of journalists in Mexico. “President López Obrador’s term of office must see in-depth reforms that make it possible to combat impunity for crimes of violence against journalists and to improve the efficacy of the Mechanism for Protecting Journalists in the most problematic states, so that journalists can work freely and provide the news coverage that Mexican citizens and the country itself need,” Deloire said. Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.center_img April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Mexico Reports RSF urged the president to refer the situation in Mexico to the ICC himself, in order to be able to count on its analysis and its help with implementing an emergency plan for the justice system. News RSF told Encinas that it hoped that its submission to the ICC and its request for a preliminary investigation by the ICC prosecutor into the situation in Mexico would serve to support the new Mexican administration’s efforts to combat impunity, inasmuch as international justice can complement national justice. News Deloire told Encinas that RSF submitted a formal request to the ICC yesterday, asking it to investigate the crimes of violence against journalists that took place during the terms of Mexico’s two preceding presidents, Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018). May 13, 2021 Find out more March 13, 2019 RSF asks ICC to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

Franklin Templeton: Karnataka HC To Pronounce Judgment Tomorrow On Pleas Challenging Winding Up Of Debt Funds

first_imgNews UpdatesFranklin Templeton: Karnataka HC To Pronounce Judgment Tomorrow On Pleas Challenging Winding Up Of Debt Funds Mustafa Plumber23 Oct 2020 4:45 AMShare This – xA division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi is likely to pronouce tommorow (October 24) its order on a batch of petitions challenging winding up of six debt schemes of Franklin Templeton. The bench had begun hearing the matter on a daily basis from August 12, through video-conferencing. The judgement was reserved on September 24, after hearing submissions…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi is likely to pronouce tommorow (October 24) its order on a batch of petitions challenging winding up of six debt schemes of Franklin Templeton. The bench had begun hearing the matter on a daily basis from August 12, through video-conferencing. The judgement was reserved on September 24, after hearing submissions made by all the parties.  The petitions were transferred to Karnataka bench after the Supreme Court on June 19, issued an order directing transfer of all the petitions filed in different high courts to the Karnataka High Court, for fresh hearing and disposal. The apex court has fixed a deadline of three months for the high court to decide on the petitions. The Gujarat High Court had put on hold Franklin Templeton MF’s e-voting process for winding up of the six mutual fund schemes. Franklin Templeton had filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging the stay granted by Gujarat high court on the e-voting process. Continuing the interim order of the Gujarat high court the Apex court transferred the matters to the Karnataka High Court. In April, Franklin Templeton had announced its decision to wind up six debt funds citing low liquidity. Nearly three lakh investors are estimated to be affected by this decision. Next Storylast_img read more

Muslim Student Association sponsors Islam Awareness Week

first_imgThe Muslim Student Association (MSA) kicked off Islam Awareness Week on Monday by handing out hijabs on Fieldhouse Mall and teaching people how to tie them.Sara Abdel Rahim, a senior and the president of MSA, said community members were more engaged in the event this year after experiencing it in years past.“I think people loved the event last year,” she said. “Everyone is coming up and saying, ‘Hey, I still have my scarf from last year, can I grab another one? Can you teach me how to tie it a different way?’ So kind of building a foundation for the past couple of years and then having people remember it and tell people about it — it’s been really great to have people come and say, ‘I remember this from last year, and I want to do it again.’”The week — which is co-sponsored by other groups such as the Gender Relations Center, Notre Dame International and Multicultural Student Programs and Services — serves as an opportunity for non-Muslim students to learn more about Islamic culture, Abdel Rahim said.“I think it’s amazing. I wish Islam Awareness Week could be Islam Awareness Year, but we obviously don’t have funds and resources for that,” she said. “But I think, definitely, when people come up and ask me to teach them how to wear it or what does a hijab mean to [me], there’s definitely an amazing desire for the students on campus to learn about Islam and to get a better understanding of it. … Even though it is a majority-Catholic campus, if you do provide a venue and a platform for people to come and learn about it, they’ll definitely engage and do that — which is cool to see Notre Dame students doing.”The MSA’s hijab day gave Abdel Rahim a chance to explain that to her, a hijab is twofold, she said.“It’s a sense of modesty in the physical sense — so you do cover up your hair, and wear long sleeves and pants,” she said. “So you’re covering up your body so you’re not showing physical attributes of yourself, so when people get a chance to know Sara, then they can know that person for who they are and not how they look or their physical aspects such as their hair or how they dress.”Abdel Rahim said this commonly offers a greater sense of empowerment to people who wear hijabs.“But also, when you’re covered up — in a sense it’s more empowering because you get to go and engage and do all the things you want, and you’re not held back by what society’s vision of you is,” she said. “So there is a negative connotation to the headscarf, but there are so many amazing hijabis out there — people that wear headscarves — that are so empowered, and it doesn’t prevent them at all from doing the things that they love.”Islam Awareness Week is also being celebrated at Saint Mary’s, Abdel Rahim said, as Tuesday’s scheduled event is a lecture at the College.“It’s with a scholar named Michael Birkel,” she said. “He’s a professor at Earlham College and he wrote a book called ‘The Quran in Conversation.’ And he’s really cool about inter-religious dialogue because he talks about how anyone can be a guest in someone else’s religion, you just have to be willing to learn about it.”The week also features what Abdel Rahim said is “the equivalent of a homily in Catholicism,” a “Quran Halaqah,” on Wednesday.“It’s going to be a person in MSA who has the whole Quran memorized, which is cool,” she said. “We do that in Islam, we memorize stories and verses from the Quran. And he’ll be taking a couple of verses and kind of placing them in context and describing them more — kind of like what a priest does during a homily after the readings in Mass.”The week will conclude with the MSA’s Islam Awareness Week dinner Thursday — this year focusing on Islam through the ages — and a mosque tour Friday. Abdel Rahim said she and the MSA are happy for any community members to engage with Islam Awareness Week in any way.“On behalf of MSA, we’re really blessed that we have a campus that’s able to sponsor events like this and to be able to put it on,” she said. “And we do look for people to engage more over the coming weeks and to ask questions, because we don’t think there’s anything that’s a bad question.”Tags: Hijab Day, islam awareness week, Muslim Student Associationlast_img read more

Ylva Johansson: It is time to open the borders within the EU

first_imgBorder blockades and travel bans due to coronavirus have cost the tourism industry billions of euros in revenue and undermined the idea of ​​a united Europe, Johansson said. France intends to open its borders on June 15. Germany also plans to lift the travel warning for European countries from that date, although in some cases it can still advise not to prevent travel. The European Commission is urging EU member states to abolish all border checks within the EU by the end of June, said Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson. “I think sometimes you don’t know what you have until you miss it,” she said. “Citizens really want to return to free movement.” The Commission is trying to ensure that travel restrictions across the EU are lifted in a coordinated manner, and last month unveiled a series of recommendations on how to do so. Ylva Johansson, EC Commissioner for Home Affairs: Restrictions on EU internal borders lifted by end of June She also pointed to a recent report by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, which advises against closing borders. The ECDC has found that it has a significant negative impact on the economy and is effective only in delaying the onset of an epidemic and in isolated regions. As the overall health situation improves, all Member States are in the process of phasing out border controls and fully restoring the free movement of persons restricted by the pandemic. “I think, taking all that into account, in my opinion, now is the time to open up,” Johansson said, adding that currently cross-border travel rules are at least confusing to all tourists. Ministers also discussed how long travel restrictions should be maintained in the EU in relation to the entry of third-country nationals and what criteria and measures they can apply after the restrictions are lifted. “Therefore, the available evidence does not support the recommendation to close the borders, which will cause significant secondary effects and social and economic disruption in the EU,” the report said. Photo: EC She also added that the epidemiological situation is improving rapidly in many member states and that citizens are adopting social distancing measures as a “new norm” to combat the spread of the virus. “I will propose that Member States abolish all border controls as soon as possible. And I think a good date should be the end of June”, She said, adding that formally the proposal will be given during the council meeting. Most member states have lifted controls at their internal borders and related travel restrictions by June 15, and others will follow by the end of the month. Ministers agreed that the remaining remaining restrictions would be based on objective health criteria, non-discriminatory and proportionate, and that they would continue to coordinate closely under the leadership of the Commission. “I think we are approaching a situation where we should abolish all restrictions on internal borders and border controlsJohansson told Euronews in a TV interview. Finally, Johansson noted that the decision to reopen the borders is still an independent decision of each member state. Austria, meanwhile, is reopening its borders to all neighbors except Italy, due to existing concerns about coronavirus infections in Italy. Interior ministers yesterday discussed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the area of ​​internal border control and free movement of persons. They agreed to a unified approach to the phasing out of travel restrictions, which is not expected before July 1st. Italy reopened its borders on Wednesday in a bid to save its tourism industry. Visitors from the EU and Schengen countries will not need to be quarantined upon arrival.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 14

first_imgLiberal bias comes from Times, PostI’m pretty old. A member of the Silent Generation. I’ve always lived in this area and The Gazette has always been my source for print news.I remember seeing national and world news articles attributed to the AP or UPI (Associated Press and United Press International). My recollection is that these articles followed the age-old journalism guideline that the story answers the questions who, what, when, where, why and how. What I might call the Joe Friday method, “just the facts, ma’am.”Mike Eplite’s Oct. 4 letter (“Paper has shifted too far to the left”) bemoans The Gazette’s current left=leaning bias.He asks, “Where did the days go of down-the-middle reporting?” The answer, Mr. Eplite, is that The Gazette’s primary source of national and world news is no longer UPI or the AP, but it is now The New York Times Service, followed by The Washington Post. My totally non-scientific “research” regarding the political bias of these four news services finds The Times the furthest to the left, WaPo slightly to the right of The Times and both the AP and UPI ranked neutral.  QED, Mr. Eplite.George NigrinyScotiaWoerner, Fahy failed on new abortion lawPatricia Fahy and Carrie Woerner co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Act, which legalizes abortion through birth and denies medical care to newborns who survive abortion.Many women and mothers find this extremely offensive.In the third trimester of my pregnancy, I communicated with my daughter in utero. I would tap my stomach three times and she would kick back twice. She responded this way consistently.My daughter has always been extremely perceptive and very in-tune to me. She exhibited these traits before birth.Science and human experience show us that babies in utero can distinguish voices and benefit from having their mothers sing to them and read to them.All mothers relate stories of feeling their babies hiccup, feeling their babies stretch, and feeling them jump in surprise when startled.Because of the Reproductive Health Act and its “health” exception for the mother, it’s legal to take a healthy, fully-formed, highly intelligent pre-born baby and end her life with lethal injection. These babies know they’re being attacked. They will struggle for their lives.Fahy and Woerner bear responsibility for bringing this living nightmare to New York. They celebrate the murder of innocent pre-born and just-born babies in the name of women’s rights.As a woman and a mother, I proudly say that Fahy and Woerner do not speak for me. They do not represent me, my female friends and family or my children.Jennifer RichardsBurnt HillsO’Conor has earned Wilton council seatBoth of us had long tenures as Wilton’s town supervisor.We achieved much during our years of service, but you seldom achieve success alone.We were fortunate to have Ray O’Conor serve as a councilman and our deputy supervisor.Ray’s involvement with many projects was critical to their success. He chaired our Master Plan Committee, was the principal author of Wilton’s Open Space Plan, served on the board of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and was liaison to our Recreation Department.To enhance public safety, Ray accepted the challenge to bring a State Police station to Wilton.He also served as liaison to the Wilton Emergency Squad.Ray was chairman of the Wilton Water & Sewer Authority and drafted the Wilton Ethics and Financial Disclosure Law.When the Wilton Developmental Center closed, he led the reutilization task force. It’s now the headquarters of the D.A. Collins Cos. There’s even more to tell about his involvement with community not-for-profit organizations, but we think you get the point. We strongly encourage residents of Wilton to vote for Ray O’Conor for councilman.Art JohnsonWiltonThe writer is the Wilton town supervisor.Roy McDonaldWiltonThe writer is a former state senator and retired Wilton town supervisor.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Kelly is an asset to Spa City as mayorWe are writing to endorse Meg Kelly for mayor of Saratoga Springs. She’s a wonderful asset to the area and acts to benefit a wide range of constituents.Whether you are a businessperson, an environmentalist or an advocate for the homeless she takes actions to benefit your concerns.The Geyser Road Trail project is scheduled for groundbreaking.New funding totaling more than $3 million has been added to the budget for sidewalk repair, the Geyser Road Trail project and smaller projects. In addition more than $3 million in grants is being managed for clean transportation, open space, etc. Sustainable initiatives are underway, such as recycling, EV chargers etc. Mayor Kelly and the city of Saratoga have partnered with Saratoga County to find solutions for “Code Blue” and other homelessness options.One of Meg’s strengths is her desire and ability to work with all segments of the constituency in an intelligent and respectful manner. Civil discourse on the council is now the norm. We both feel that many of the things Mayor Kelly has done, or that she is working on, impact not only the citizens of Saratoga Springs but its neighboring communities and Saratoga County at large.Gail CapobiancoJohn-Michael CaldaroBallston Spa Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHow did garbage issue go so wrong?From the moment I started my investigation into the Montgomery County garbage issue, I made one thing clear to County Executive Matt Ossenfort: Amsterdam taxpayers should not be forced to pay for a contract violation that he was responsible for, and Mayor Michael Villa agreed with me.So what happened since then?All of my requests for information on this matter have been completely ignored and Montgomery County went ahead and passed a budget that hits Amsterdam even harder with an 8.7 percent tax hike.Now Amsterdam residents will not only be paying $67,000 more to the county in garbage fees for this debacle, but they will also pay them $534,000 more in taxes.In fact, in the approved county budget, taxes are going up more in Amsterdam than in any other part of Montgomery County.I’ve asked our state comptroller to help look into this further and I would hope the county executive will be more cooperative in providing information about how this all went wrong.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer represents the 111th Assembly District in the state Legislature.Scotia residents also Glenville residentsAs a resident of the village of Scotia for 50 years, I would like to respond to W. Thomas Bird’s Oct. 6 letter “Control of Glenville should stay in town” complaining about village of Scotia residents voting and running for election in the town of Glenville. The village of Scotia is in the town of Glenville, which makes us residents of the town. Maybe I can make this a little bit clearer; the village of Scotia is in the town of Glenville, which is in the county of Schenectady, in the state of New York in the United States of America, which affords us the privilege of paying taxes on all these levels.The residents of the village of Scotia pay town of Glenville taxes and are residents of the town of Glenville, therefore, affording us these rights.Mr. Bird is welcome to attain property and pay taxes in the village, which would give him the opportunity to vote in village elections. In addition to my long tenure as a resident, I have a long family history of Scotia residents and retired after 26 years working for the town of Glenville. The thing I will never understand is the snarkiness towards the village of Scotia. Mr. Bird has proved that long-time attitudes still exist. How unfortunate. Mr. Bird, Village of Scotia residents are town of Glenville residents and we are entitled to vote and run for office in our town.Donna J. MoranScotialast_img read more