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

Governor Douglas announces $3.9 million in public transit grants

first_img Source: Governor’s office. ### Governor Jim Douglas announced Wednesday that the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has awarded $3.9 million in Federal Transit Administration grants over the next three years to six public transportation providers to help them either start new or expand existing bus routes. These grants will assist public transit providers across Vermont with their efforts to increase public transportation opportunities for the people of our state, said Governor Jim Douglas.  These funds will also help us ease traffic congestion along some of our heaviest traveled routes and improve air quality.Awards were made based on the provider s ability to mitigate congestion and its associated air quality impacts as well as their ability to show the viability and sustainability of the new or expanded route. This money will help fund new or expanded public transit routes for the next three years, said VTrans Secretary David Dill. In many cases, partnerships between local employers and the public transit provider were established to ensure that the grant funding would stretch as far as possible, effectively serve the commuting-public, and have the greatest overall positive economic impact. New or expanded routes to receive funding include: Addison County Transit Resources will receive just over $250,000 annually for the next three years to expand service of its existing Burlington LINK shuttle, the Middlebury Shuttle, and the Tri-Town Shuttle. Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) will receive approximately $695,000 each of the next three years to establish a Milton-to-Burlington LINK route in the same style as its popular Montpelier-to-Burlington LINK. CCTA will also use grant funds to establish regular service along the densely developed Route 2 Corridor between Burlington s Cherry Street Station and Taft Corners in Williston. Connecticut River Transit based in Rockingham and now operating as The Current was awarded $76,000 annually for the next three years to expand its successful Upper Valley Commuter route to more effectively serve the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center s workforce. Rutland s Marble Valley Regional Transit District will receive approximately $69,000 annually for the next three years to expand service by increasing the frequency of runs on the popular South Route component of their In-City fixed route services. Stagecoach Transportation Services of Randolph will use their award of $68,000 for the next three years to establish a Montpelier-to-Randolph Commuter route along the I-89 Corridor. Green Mountain Transit Agency, in partnership with Rural Community Transportation of St. Johnsbury, will use approximately $174,000 annually for the next three years to establish a commuter transit route along the busy Route 2 Corridor between St. Johnsbury and Montpelier.last_img read more

Wood Mackenzie sees $1 trillion renewable energy investment opportunity in Asia to 2030

first_imgWood Mackenzie sees $1 trillion renewable energy investment opportunity in Asia to 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Wind and solar PV could attract more investment than any other power generation source in the Asia Pacific region in the next decade as the two technologies become cost-competitive with coal by 2030, according to new analysis.Consultancy Wood Mackenzie believes the region’s power generation sector could attract investments worth $1.5 trillion through to 2030. It forecasts wind and solar will account for 66% of this ($1 trillion), with fossil fuels – mainly coal and gas – taking the remaining €500 billion.The analysts forecast more than 170GW of new power capacity will be added every year until 2030.Senior analyst Rishab Shrestha said: “Traditionally, energy security and availability of low-cost coal are key drivers of coal investment in Asia. However, investment sentiment towards coal is waning as economies strive for a more sustainable and greener future.”While Wood Mackenzie believe wind and solar PV will be cost-competitive with coal by 2030, this is already the case in many other markets.The analysts forecast that wind and solar’s combined share of generation in Asia Pacific will more than double to 17% by 2030, with more than 50 regional markets out of the 81 modelled exceeding a 10% share.[Craig Richard]More: ‘Wind and solar a $1 trillion investment opportunity in Asia Pacific’last_img read more