Bahraini blogger still missing a year after trial of activists and government opponents

first_img News October 14, 2020 Find out more BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Bahrain Organisation News Receive email alerts Related documents 120621_depressing_anniversary_bahrain_ar.pdfPDF – 295.56 KB Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives BahrainMiddle East – North Africa to go further Help by sharing this information German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors June 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bahraini blogger still missing a year after trial of activists and government opponents March 17, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders demands the immediate release of those arrested for their beliefs and for their work in circulating information, in particular Abduljalil Al-Singace. The press freedom organization also shares the deep concern of Ali Abdulemam’s family and seeks clarification about his fate.On 30 April, Bahrain’s judicial authorities ordered a new trial before a civilian court, which opened on 8 May in the Court of Appeal. For the first time, the accused were able to speak about the torture they had suffered. The last session was on 19 June and the next is scheduled for 26 June.Three of the activists, Al-Singace, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and Hasan Mushaima, decided after testifying that they would not to appear at any further sessions. They did not believe in the impartiality of the system and demanded that they be released immediately, saying they had been targeted because of their activism. The three provided the court with the names of agents they said had tortured them after they were arrested. They demanded that these officers be removed from the list of witnesses called by the prosecution to testify against them. In addition, the court has refused to free eight other activists whose release had been requested by their lawyers. Al-Singace’s counsel has also refused to attend hearings of the court at his client’s request. The court has asked that another lawyer be appointed.Al-Singace, head of the Al Haq pro-democracy and civil liberties movement, was arrested on 16 March this year. He had been detained previously in 2009 for allegedly trying to destabilize the government because he used his blog (http://alsingace.katib.org) to draw attention to discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite population and the deplorable state of civil liberties in the country.Abdulemam is regarded by fellow Bahrainis as one of his country’s Internet pioneers and is an active member of Bahrain Online, a pro-democracy forum that gets more than 100,000 visitors a day despite being blocked within Bahrain. A contributor to the international bloggers network Global Voices, he has taken part in many international conferences at which he has denounced human rights violations in Bahrain. Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Read in Arabic (بالعربية) RSF_en On 2 June last year in a trial marred by irregularities, harsh penalties were handed down by a military court on 21 suspects prosecuted for membership of terrorist organizations and attempting to overthrow the government. Eight of them, including the blogger and human rights activist Abduljalil Al-Singace, received life sentences. The other 13 were given between two and 15 years’ imprisonment,They included the missing blogger Ali Abdulemam, who was tried in absentia and received a 15-year sentence. His family have had no news of him for months and asked the authorities today in a video recording to provide them with any information they have about him and to drop the charges brought against him. News News June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Dog named Toto rescued from storm drain after being missing for 3 days

first_imgHaverstraw Police Dept./Facebook(NEW YORK) — A dog named Toto was lost for three days — but not with Dorothy in the Land of Oz.This Toto was lost in a storm drain in Rockland County, New York.But this story — just like classic “The Wizard of Oz” — seems to have had a happy ending.Toto, who went missing Tuesday, was rescued Friday by police from the drain near his home in Haverstraw.“The dog was reunited with its owner,” Haverstraw police said in Facebook post.Toto’s owner, Anna Marie Miller, said she’s had the 16-year-old Lhasa Apso since his previous owner died eight years ago.“He was my neighbor’s dog, and my neighbor passed away, so I kept him,” she said.But on Tuesday, Miller said a smoke alarm went off in her home and her niece opened the door. That’s when Toto apparently walked out, she added.“My niece was in the house, and when I came home I could not find him,” Miller said.Miller, 81, said that after Toto went missing her niece posted on Facebook to try to find him. Her neighbors helped search the woods, but Toto was nowhere to be found, she added.“I thought maybe he was in a ditch someplace, or he was in the woods and that he died,” Miller said. “I was praying that they would find him.”On Friday, a woman in her neighborhood was walking near a storm drain near Miller’s home, and heard a dog barking, Miller said.The woman then called the police, who responded to the drain, opened it and scooped Toto out.Miller said Toto is shaken up, though.“It looks like he’s traumatized now,” she said.She added that she took him to see a veterinarian, but Toto hasn’t had an appetite since being rescued.“I’m giving him a few days, you know, and see,” Miller said. “He’s not eating or anything. But I think it takes time, you know?”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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It won’t be easy to remove inspectors

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionReferring to the Dec. 13 editorial encouraging the state to pass a law that would revoke the certification of any building inspector who is found to be guilty of misconduct, don’t think it will be a simple matter.  The certificates they are issued indicates that the candidate has attended mandatory training and that he or she has passed a test. That certification can help a local government decide if a candidate has achieved a basic level of competence. But it doesn’t end there.Don’t forget the civil service system. Who is going to fight to fire this unscrupulous worker who is entitled to due process? I guess that would have to be the local government. Lots of luck there.There are approximately 1,500 local governments in the state. Add in 60 counties and numerous state agencies that also have code enforcement responsibilities. The state is already required to train all if them. What kind of program could the financially strapped state possibly come up with to monitor, investigate and possibly litigate all of the allegations that could arise from such a program. How does one define misconduct?Was the Jay Street fire a result of misconduct or just plain stupidity? Was the inspector incompetent or was he unscrupulously guilty of misconduct. Was the inspector asked to do more than he was capable of? All of these questions will be put to a jury. How could the state rule that he was guilty of misconduct and take away his certification if the court can’t even do it.I don’t think the state would want to be in the middle of that argument.It sounds good on paper. But unless the state comes up with the money to develop and implement any kind of meaningful program, it will be doomed from the start.Don’t get your hopes up.  Roy ScottSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

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‘Animal rescue’ program during disaster mulled

first_imgCiting data from the Philippine AnimalWelfare Society, De Lima said that only 30 of some 3,000 horses from VolcanoIsland had so far been rescued. Several of them have since been rescuedand evacuated from the island which has become blanketed in a deep layer ofvolcanic ash, while others died. During the recent phreatic eruption ofTaal Volcano, several farm animals such as horses, cattle, pigs, and chickenswere left to fend for themselves on Volcano Island. Volunteers save animals that have been left behind as the Taal volcano continues to release ash and smoke in Batangas province, Philippines, 14 January 2020 (issued 15 January 2020). The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has kept the alert level at four, following Taal Volcano’s eruption on 12 January 2020.Taal Volcano eruption aftermath, Batangas Province, Philippines – 14 Jan 2020. EPA “We need to revisitour national disaster preparedness program to include the animals,including strays, who may need to be rescued, fed, and transported to safegrounds, especially those from owners who were forced to leave them,” thedetained senator said in a statement. MANILA – Plans for the rescue of animals when calamities hit the country must be included in the national disaster preparedness program, Sen. Leila de Lima said. “I join the plea of animal rightsorganizations and rescue volunteers to save the animals left behind in theareas severely affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption,” De Lima said. “Itbreaks my heart to see these pets and animals helplessly suffering and dying.”/PNlast_img read more

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