Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? RSF_en Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Organisation January 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails this week’s report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea.Released on 8 June, the report says some of the human rights violations by President Issayas Afeworki’s government, which include the arbitrary detention of journalists, may constitute crimes against humanity.Although the commission was not allowed to visit Eritrea, it has produced a very clear picture of the regime’s systematic human rights violations by means of interviews with more than 500 Eritreans in exile and 160 written contributions, including RSF’s.Those systematically targeted by the regime include journalists who have been the victims of arbitrary arrest and detention as well as enforced disappearance.“We welcome the publication of this report, which shines a light on the systematic and widespread nature of Eritrea’s human rights violations, and we are happy to have contributed to the commission’s investigations,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The international community will no longer be able to ignore the situation in Eritrea. It is crucial that the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea is renewed so that she can continue investigating a country that is an information black hole.”Eritrea has had no independent media since the closures and arrests carried out in 2001 on the orders of President Afeworki, who is on RSF’s list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”“Freedom of the press is another casualty of the Government’s effort to control society,” the UN commission’s report says.The only media reports published in Eritrea since 2001 are those that have been approved by the government, whose censors systematically vet every article before publication.The fate reserved for journalists in Eritrea is even more alarming. At least eleven have been the victims of enforced disappearance since 2001. According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, only four of the eleven are thought to be still alive although there has been no confirmation since 2010.Other journalists are imprisoned arbitrarily and subjected to solitary confinement and other inhuman conditions for years on end, without any prospect of being tried or released, and without even knowing what they are charged with.According to RSF’s tally, at least 16 journalists are currently jailed, making Eritrea the biggest prison for media personnel in Africa. One of the most famous detainees is Dawit Isaak, a journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality, whose case has been referred by RSF to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in April 2015. RSF has also submitted a written statement on Dawit’ case to the Human Rights Council in view of its June session. Like thousands of other Eritreans, dozens of journalists have had no choice but to try to flee abroad to escape the indiscriminate repression. RSF assists as many of these journalists as possible.RSF’s efforts on behalf of freedom of information in Eritrea include supporting Radio Erena, a Paris-based independent Eritrean radio station that broadcasts to population in Eritrea and to the Eritrean diaspora.In its conclusions, the UN commission’s report calls on the government to immediately and unconditionally release all arbitrarily detained persons, including journalists, and to set up an effective mechanism to establish the whereabouts of those who have disappeared and provide this information to their families.The report also calls for immediate measures to allow the operation of independent media, including by bringing relevant legislation into conformity with international standards, and to protect journalists from arbitrary interference and arrest.Reporters Without Borders will support these recommendations during the next session of the UN Human Rights Council, starting on 15 June, when Eritrea will be one of the countries discussed.Eritrea has been ranked last in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index for the past eight years.For more information about Eritrea, click here. Photo credit : Sheila B. Keetharuth, ONU Follow the news on Eritrea EritreaAfrica Receive email alerts June 11, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Eritrea – last in the World Press Freedom Index for the past eight years News April 14, 2021 Find out more News RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision EritreaAfrica News to go further October 27, 2020 Find out more Reports Related documents Written Statement of RSF to the Human Rights Council, June 2015VND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 49.33 KB Help by sharing this information
OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESMarch 30 – April 5, 2014Calls for Service: 593Daily Average: 85 March 30, 2014: Sunday Calls for service: 82Motor Vehicle Stops: 25Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 24Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 2 EMS callsBurglary, 3300 block West Ave., at 10:55amWarrant, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 1:15pmMotor vehicle accident, no injuries, 4400 block Asbury Ave., at 1:33pmWarrant, 2800 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 5:54pm March 31, 2014: Monday Calls for service: 73Motor Vehicle Stops: 19Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 24Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 7 Fire and 4 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, no injuries, 34th Street, at 5:17amTheft, 18th Street, at 10:17amBurglary, 3300 block West Ave., at 10:32am April 3, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 73Motor Vehicle Stops: 23Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 24Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 2 fire and 0 EMS callsFraud, 2000 block West Ave., at 8:13amTheft, 400 block 34th street, at 11:01amWarrant, 800 block West Ave., one in custody, at 10:13pm April 4, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 104Motor Vehicle Stops: 58Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 17Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 4 EMS callsCriminal mischief, 1600 block Bay Ave., at 7:42amTheft, 800 block West Ave., one in custody, at 11:31amWarrant, 1300 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 6:32pm April 1, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 69Motor Vehicle Stops: 25Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 11Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 2100 block West Ave., one in custody, at 9:32amMotor vehicle accident, hit & run, Simpson Rd., at 10:19amDomestic violence, 1300 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 11:14amHarassment, 400 block Haven Ave., at 3:00pmDisorderly conduct, 700 block Moorlyn Terr., at 4:59pm April 5, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 114Motor Vehicle Stops: 75Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 18Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 8 EMS callsWarrant, 600 block West Ave., one in custody, at 5:06pm April 2, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 78Motor Vehicle Stops: 37Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 17Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 2 fire and 2 EMS callsCriminal mischief, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 1:57pmHarassment, 900 block West Ave., at 2:00pmBurglary, 800 block North St., at 4:00pmFraud, 100 block 12th Street, at 4:30pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk any time during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department
REGINA – A Canadian historical association is stripping the name of the country’s first prime minister from one of its top honours.John A. Macdonald’s place in Canadian history was debated by many of the scholars who know it best at the Canadian Historical Association’s annual meeting in Regina.After around 40 years of handing out the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, the association’s members voted 121-11 on Tuesday to rebrand the award as the CHA Prize for Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History, said association president Adele Perry.Perry said the new title is more in line with the intentions of the $5,000 prize, which recognizes non-fiction writing that’s been deemed to have made a significant contribution to the study of Canadian history.“One of the distinctions that historians always draw is that there’s a difference between history and commemoration,” said Perry, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba.“Prize names are something that people talk about and have expectations and ideas about, and the conversation has occurred in a range of ways.”Trent University history professor Christopher Dummitt, who is not currently a member of the association, said he thinks the name change was motivated more by the current climate of “political correctness” than by historical fact.“I think it’s a very ahistorical decision by a group that’s supposed to be interested in history in all its complexity,” he said.Dummitt said Macdonald’s political leadership was essential to Canada’s founding. His efforts to integrate French and English Canada were progressive for the 19th century, said Dummitt, and still merit admiration by contemporary standards.However, said Dummitt, many in scholarly circles have been struck by a “moral puritanism” that imposes a single interpretation of history, rather than viewing figures who shaped the past as products of their time.“We’re saying that there is a single right history, and we’re judging a series of people according to that standard,” he said. “We’re interested in a certain kind of diversity, but not a diversity of opinion.”University of Regina professor James Daschuk, who won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in 2014, said a small group of association members voiced similar concerns about erasing history during this week’s annual meeting, but he sees it as just the opposite.“Most of us who have done research know that Macdonald shouldn’t be uniquely honoured in this way,” he said. “We have to balance out his accomplishments with the deeds that have undermined his reputation.”For too long, said Daschuk, history books have written out accounts of oppression suffered by Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups in favour of largely incomplete colonial narratives.Daschuk described Macdonald as the architect of “draconian” policies including the establishment of residential schools, the criminalization of traditional religious practices and the displacement of nearly 10,000 Indigenous people who were forced to go hungry until they agreed to move to federally designated reserves.“We’re trying to actually provide a more fulsome history of that, which is the story of that marginalization,” he said. “In doing that, some of our ‘old heroes’ … are going to be set aside, because we have a clearer picture of their impact.”Other historians at the meeting argued that the “symbolic” gesture did little to advance the cause of reconciliation, said Daschuk, and while he acknowledged that the name change is minor in the grand scheme of things, he felt keeping the title would have sent a stronger statement — one that could put the organization on the wrong side of history.“It’s not that we’re expunging his memory from our collective consciousness. It’s that his name is taken off a prize for historians who should know better,” said Daschuk.“If we have a tin ear to what our work does, where do we stand?”Macdonald’s political legacy is part of a country-wide debate about how Canada commemorates its colonial past.In August, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario called for the removal of Macdonald’s name from elementary schools in the province, referring to him as the “architect of genocide against Indigenous Peoples.” That call was rejected by Ontario’s premier, who noted the need to understand all parts of the country’s history.A pub in Kingston, Ont., dropped a reference to Macdonald from its name in January after receiving requests to do so from members of the Indigenous community.
TORONTO — Kiya Bruno will sing O Canada in Cree before the Toronto Blue Jays host the Kansas City Royals this afternoon at Rogers Centre.The 13-year-old from Samson Cree Nation in northern Alberta is singing as part of the Blue Jays’ celebration of National Indigenous People’s Day.It’s the first time the national anthem has been sung in Cree at Rogers Centre.Olivia Tookate, a 16-year-old from Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario will be throwing out the first pitch.