Eritrea – last in the World Press Freedom Index for the past eight years

first_img 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 Newscenter_img 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 last_img read more

Past Pupil to become principal of Errigal College in Letterkenny

first_img Past Pupil to become principal of Errigal College in Letterkenny Google+ By News Highland – November 4, 2020 Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Donegal ETB has appointed Danny McFadden as the new Principal of Errigal College in Letterkenny.Mr McFadden is a former student of the school, and returned to teach business before being appointed Deputy Principal at Deele College, Raphoe, in 2013.Mr McFadden will take up the principal’s post at the end of the year, replacing Charlie Cannon who is retiring after 35 years in Errigal College, the last eight as Principal. Twitter Previous article10 more Covid-19 deaths reported in Northern IrelandNext articleEvening News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday November 4th News Highland center_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Florence causing ‘historic and unprecedented flooding’; at least 14 dead

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW BERN, N.C.) — Florence weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday, but that was cold comfort to residents in North Carolina who have seen over 2 feet of rain and are now battling major-river flooding and possible tornadoes.Adding to the rain and threat of further flooding, a tornado watch is in effect until at least 5:30 p.m. Sunday for the areas of Wilmington, Fayetteville, Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville, Oak Island and Florence.“It’s bad right now, and we do expect it to get worse over the coming days,” Michael Sprayberry, director of North Carolina Emergency Management, said on ABC’s This Week Sunday. “We know that’s going to be a major mission going forward, because this is historic and unprecedented flooding.”New evacuation orders were issued Sunday morning for a mile-long area along the Cape Fear and Little rivers in North Carolina.Since the storm made landfall in North Carolina on Friday morning as a hurricane, it has been blamed for 14 deaths. Hundreds of water rescues have been carried out by local authorities, Cajun Navy volunteers and the U.S. Coast Guard since Friday morning.The Coast Guard alone has rescued 57 people and eight pets in North Carolina since Florence made landfall, said Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz.More than 770,000 customers were still without power as of Saturday night.Major-river flooding a threatCatastrophic flooding unfolded Sunday morning in parts of North Carolina, exceeding flooding 19 years ago in Hurricane Floyd, the National Weather Service said.One waterway — the Cape Fear River — rose 15 feet in just 24 hours from early Saturday to early Sunday. It reached flood stage in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where mandatory evacuation orders were issued Saturday.“This will be very dangerous flooding over the next few days,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet Sunday morning.The Coast Guard head echoed this view.“My biggest concern is the rising water,” Schultz said on This Week, noting that Wilmington, North Carolina, got 24 inches of rain and could potentially get 15 inches more.“We’re looking at a high-water situation,” he said. “The rivers could potentially crest here into the early part of this week. So we have not seen the worst of the flooding.”Schultz was among the emergency officials who briefed President Trump on the storm on Saturday.“We talked about the massive risk the storm poses — catastrophic flooding, prolonged flooding,” he said of the briefing. “We gave him an update on response capabilities in the theater, and the president is completely leaning in — anything the feds need to do to support the local, the state partners here in South Carolina and North Carolina. We feel fully supported.”The Lumber River, near Lumberton, North Carolina, will rise into major flood stage Sunday morning. It is expected to reach a level very near the record Hurricane Matthew set in 2016. Mandatory evacuations were issued for South Lumberton on Saturday.Major-river flooding is also expected on some rivers from southern Virginia to northern South Carolina.The Northeast Cape Fear River, near Chinquapin, North Carolina, will rise above record flood levels set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. This will cause devastating flooding across much of Onslow County with travel made impossible and many homes completely flooded.The Neuse River — both near Goldsboro and Kinston, North Carolina — will reach major flood stage late Sunday and into Monday. The Waccamaw River, near Conway, South Carolina, will rise near record levels by the end of the week.Florence has dropped a tremendous amount of rain in eastern North Carolina, with a widespread 20 to 30 inches already reported. Radar is estimating that some areas between Wilmington and New Bern, North Carolina, have received over 30 inches of rain.These are some of the latest rainfall totals as of 11 p.m. Saturday:— Swansboro, N.C. — 30.59 inches— Newport/Morehead City, N.C. — 25.20 inches— Elizabethtown, N.C. — 20.17 inches— Jacksonville, N.C. — 16.13 inches— Conway, S.C. — 9.90 inches— Myrtle Beach Airport, S.C. — 6.74 inchesFlorence is now the third storm to set a tropical cyclone state rainfall record in just the last 12 months. Harvey dropped 60.58 inches of rain last year in Texas, setting the state’s new record. Just last month, Lane dropped a maximum of 52.02 inches of rain in Hawaii, breaking the state record. The 30.59 inches that have fallen in Swansboro sets a new record for North Carolina.Florence also currently stands as the sixth-highest tropical cyclone rainfall total across the U.S. for records dating back to 1950.Heavy rain spreads inlandHeavy rains bands are still coming onshore in eastern South Carolina and North Carolina on Sunday morning. Some of the heavier bands have shifted toward Fayetteville, Charlotte and Raleigh.Torrential rain is causing inland flooding with major roadways closed, including large portions of I-95.An additional 6 to 10 inches of rain is still possible along the southeast border of North Carolina and South Carolina.Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding is likely over the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into western Virginia and eastern West Virginia. Torrential rain will cause flash flooding and increase the risk for landslides in the higher terrains.Florence is still moving very slowly inland. The track shows Florence moving west through Sunday, and then gradually turning north by Monday. Florence will likely become a remnant low within 36 hours.Even though Florence is weakening, it will still bring significant rainfall inland to the Appalachians before moving toward the Northeast on Tuesday. Totals could exceed 4 inches locally for inland New York and Massachusetts.“People need to heed the warnings from their local emergency management experts and stay in safe ground,” the Coast Guard’s Adm. Schultz said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Almost $400k given to local non-profits as COVID-19 Community Response Fund ends

first_imgWelch added the last round of grant funding had gone specifically to childcare organizations to acquire PPE and cleaning supplies. Additionally, another microgrant was given to CHOW to help address food insecurity. The United Way of Broome County was one of the organizations involved in the efforts, and its executive director told 12 News their work is far from over. The COVID-19 Community Response Fund Alliance was created back in March to address the economic and social problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the alliance announced it was no longer accepting applications for the program. “The needs that were always there, are still there, as well as new and emerging needs and increasing needs in the areas that were always there; childcare certainly comes to mind, food insecurity certainly,” said LoriAnne Welch.center_img (WBNG) — Even as one program comes to a close, the Southern Tier community is doubling down on its efforts to help those less fortunate. In total, the group said it distributed $387,563.52 in grants to 55 area non-profits.last_img read more

Cameron Bancroft, Matthew Wade Named in Australia’s Ashes Squad

first_imgMELBOURNE: Cameron Bancroft, Matthew Wade, and Mitchell Marsh have earned a recall to Australia’s 17-man touring party for the Ashes series against England, while uncapped Queenslander Michael Neser is a surprise selection in the pace attack.Opener Bancroft earned a spot in the squad with an unbeaten match-winning knock of 93 on day three of the intra-squad clash in Southampton on Thursday.The 26-year-old’s return means all three players – along with Steve Smith and David Warner – who were banned after the South Africa ball-tampering scandal feature in the squad and could all lineup for the first Test at Edgbaston starting on Aug. 1.”David Warner, Steve Smith, and Cameron Bancroft have forced their way back into the Test squad through the excellence of their recent performances,” Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, said in a statement.”David and Steve also have the advantage of being proven players at test level while Cameron has produced impressive numbers for county side Durham this season and his innings in the intra-squad match in Southampton on a tough pitch was outstanding and showed his quality.”Wade, who last played a Test in September 2017, edged out Alex Carey as the squad’s reserve wicketkeeper-batsman behind captain Tim Paine, while all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne will serve as a second spinning option alongside Nathan Lyon.”We have faith in his ability, we know our strength lies in our pace attack and we have Marnus Labuschagne’s leg-spin as another spin option as he has bowled almost 200 overs for county side Glamorgan in first-class cricket this season,” Hohns added.”Wade fully deserves his recall as he has made an irresistible case for inclusion through sheer weight of runs with 1021 first-class runs at home last summer followed by three hundred on Australia A tour.”Neser, the right-arm seam bowling all-rounder, is one of the seven fast-bowling options in the squad, led by world number one test bowler Pat Cummins, alongside Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, and Peter Siddle as well as Marsh.Hazlewood returns for the first time since suffering a stress fracture of his back in January, which kept him out of contention for the World Cup squad.The squad will travel to Birmingham on Saturday and practice at Edgbaston ahead of the first Test.Squad: Tim Paine (captain), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner. IANSAlso Read: Aaron Finch Rubbishes Adam Zampa Ball-Tampering Claimslast_img read more