Reporters Without Borders refers new anti-terrorist law to UN and Council of Europe

first_img to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says June 2, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus Organisation News RSF_en News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders said today it was “greatly concerned” about Russia’s new anti-terrorist law, which includes a sharp reduction of press freedom.”Russians already lack reliable and independent news about what is going on in Chechnya”, said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the United Nations and the Council of Europe. “Such censorship must not be strengthened and entrenched under cover of the fight against terrorism.”He asked the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Ambeyi Ligabo, and the president of the Council of Europe’s ministerial committee, Lydie Polfer, to stress to the Russian government that the new law, passed by the Duma (parliament) on 1 November, violated international press freedom standards.Several Russian media have been punished for their coverage of the recent hostage-taking episode in Moscow. On 25 October, information minister Mikhail Lessin ordered the closure of the regional TV station Moskovia for violating the anti-terrorist and press laws. He also threatened to shut down the Internet website of the radio station Moscow Echo for posting an interview with the kidnappers.The offices of the weekly Versia were also searched on 2 November by FSB secret police, who seized its Internet server. Managing editor Andrei Soldatov said the raid was linked with a forthcoming article, eventually published on 4 November, about the role of the special security forces in ending of the hostage-taking. BelarusEurope – Central Asia News November 4, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders refers new anti-terrorist law to UN and Council of Europe The new anti-terrorist law, passed less than a week after the Moscowhostage-taking, increases censorship about the war in Chechnya and pavesthe way for new attacks on press freedom in Russia as a whole. last_img read more

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Limerick City celebrates Autism awareness

first_imgNewsCommunityHealthLimerick City celebrates Autism awarenessBy Bernie English – April 3, 2019 1159 Print Previous articleRyanair announce Munster Rugby specials to BirminghamNext articleRetaining Engineering Talent in Thomond Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin TAGSAutismdochasLimerick CityLimerick City and County Email Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Staff at from Guiney’s Department Store marking World Autism Day in Limerick City.IT WAS all go in Limerick city on Tuesday when Dóchas Mid West, the local Autism charity, partnered with several local businesses to celebrate World Autism Day.This is an international initiative to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a condition that affects approximately 1 in 65 children in Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Guiney’s department store hosted the Limerick 95 FM afternoon show to celebrate World Autism and generously donated ten per cent of their Super Tuesday sales to Dóchas Mid-West.Supervalu Castletroy also hosted Dóchas Mid-West in their store as part of Supervalu’s national campaign in partnership with AsIAm.ie, striving to create more inclusive communities and offering free home delivery to the Autism community for April.Several other stores including Tony Connolly’s in Patrick’s Street and Crescent Shopping Centre, Planters Deli, Parkway, Amber Service Station, Kilmallock Road and Elm Court Service Station, Ballyneety got behind Dóchas’ Autism Awareness Day campaign by wearing Dóchas t-shirts and selling Dóchas merchandise in their stores.Bellissimo Limerick and Charlotte Tilbury, Brown Thomas donated nail technicians and makeup artists for a coffee morning to pamper some of the local ASD mums at an open day in Dóchas Mid-West centre on 14 Parnell Street.Deirdre Power, Dóchas Centre Manager said, “This has been an actioned packed Autism Day in Limerick! A huge thank you for the support of the local businesses, they have been fantastic in helping us raise awareness and understanding of Autism in the Mid-West Region.” TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Facebooklast_img read more

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UK’s USS to meet with members on controversial weapon petition

first_imgUSS has more than 370,000 members from almost 400 institutions in the higher education sector.The petition is co-ordinated by an Ethics for USS campaign with support from ShareAction, a responsible investment campaign group, and the NUS.Similar demands were made two years ago, when USS was called on to adopt an ethical investment policy.Tim Valentine, an academic and a leading member of the Ethics for USS campaign, said: “USS still invests our money in cluster bombs and other controversial weapons. Today, we are renewing our call. The law allows USS to take our views into account. It is time to give us a pension to be proud of.”According to a statement from the campaign initiative, USS chief executive Bill Galvin and chair of trustees David Eastwood have agreed to meet with scheme members “to discuss the issues raised in the petition in early 2017”. In a statement, USS said it was invested in the debt of Textron, a company it described as having “interests in aircraft, industrial and automotive products”. It said the company had recently announced plans to discontinue production of sensor-fused weapons, “meaning it will no longer be producing cluster munitions”.USS said the scheme trustee’s “primary duty is to ensure there is enough money to pay the pensions of our 375,000 members”. It added: “[We are] an active and responsible investor, and we engage with the companies we are invested in on a range of matters, when we believe doing so is in the financial interests of our members.”It said it did not rule out investment in any sector on purely ethical grounds. It said it “takes its members’ views very seriously” and would carefully consider feedback from a recent survey of members on a broad range of issues, including their views on ethical and responsible investment. The UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is being petitioned to phase out investments in companies involved with controversial weapons, and in a response has noted that an industrial conglomerate it is invested in has recently announced plans that mean it will no longer be producing cluster munitions.Members of the £49.8bn (€63.4bn) scheme and the National Union of Students (NUS) presented the petition to USS on Thursday.It calls on the pension scheme to phase out investments in companies involved with weapons banned under the Controversial Weapons Convention, and to adopt an ethical policy that would be informed by a member survey and an annual open forum event.The petition was signed by more than 3,000 scheme members.last_img read more

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