Putin promulgates controversial law on NGOs

first_imgPlea to parliamentary speaker Boris Gryzlov to block a draft law to crack down on NGOsRead in Russian Reporters Without Borders has urged parliamentary speaker Boris Gryzlov in an open letter to reconsider a harsh law on Russian Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) passed on its first reading before parliament on 23 November 2005.The law is likely to be adopted at its second reading on 9 December.Paris, 9 December 2005Dear Mr President, Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that defends press freedom, is particularly concerned about a draft law on NGOs which is due to have its second reading before the Duma on 9 December 2005.The law would compel all human rights NGOs to register with the Russian authorities, the practical details of which seem to us particularly hazardous.Most seriously, it bans Russian NGOs from receiving money from foreign donors and prevents foreign organisations from having representatives in Russia. It would also seriously compromise the NGOs’ independence, since they will have to explain their work and reveal their sources of funding and their spending to the State.We fear the application of these particularly restrictive measures would certainly entail a dramatic weakening of Russian civil society. It is not acceptable to bring an entire sector of the country’s activities under control on the pretext of the fight against terrorism and money-laundering.Reporters Without Borders is currently experiencing serious problems in Russia getting its correspondents registered and has been unable, for the same reasons, to set up a representative office.However, the state of Russia’s media fully justifies the need for our work since many journalists are suffering censorship or have been pushed into self-censorship. In the latest case, Olga Romanova, has been forced to resign from Ren-Tv after being ousted from her political analysis programme.US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, and former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhaïl Gorbachev and many other figures have already expressed their deep concern about this law. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” January 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Putin promulgates controversial law on NGOs BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus News News News RSF_en —————————23 December 2005 Reporters Without Borders outraged by adoption of law on NGOs_ read in RussianReporters Without Borders described a law passed by the parliament, the Duma, tightening the authorities’ grip on all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in Russia as “unworthy of a country that calls itself democratic”.The new law received its third and final reading on 23 December, despite a wave of international protest and unanimous objections from within Russian civil society.The worldwide press freedom organisation said the law was particularly revealing of the climate of suspicion hanging over every human rights organisation, whether foreign or Russian. It urged President Vladimir Putin not to sign the law, which it said posed a particular danger to free expression in Russia.The law has been approved after more than six months of haggling between the parliament and the Kremlin, which initiated it, shrewdly insisting that the Russian deputies agree more than 62 amendments as a result of the general outcry provoked by some of its measures. At the outset, top government officials and the intelligence services of the FSB (formerly the KGB) had lambasted humanitarian organisations and NGOs, accusing them of being spies in the service of foreign interests.The Russian president at the start declared himself totally opposed to funding of any national or international NGO by non-Russian organisations, suspecting them of carrying out subversive political activities.Putin finally backed down on a ban on foreign NGOs having permanent representations in Russia. However a new article specifies that any NGO’s operations could be halted if it represented a threat to “Russian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, national unity and origin, cultural heritage or national interests”. Russian NGOs have condemned the fact that the law has been drawn up in a deliberately vague way so as to allow the justice ministry to step up a crackdown against them.The law will now have to be approved by the upper house of parliament and promulgated by the head of state next week.————————–9 December 2005 The Russian official gazette, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, today published the controversial legislation on NGOs which President Vladimir Putin signed into law on 10 January. It will take effect in 90 days.Despite amendments to the original version as a result of energetic protests from the international community, the law still places considerable constraints on the freedom of action of both Russian and foreign NGOs, which will henceforth be subject to control by the president’s office.German Chancellor Angela Merkel also voiced concern about the law during a meeting with Putin yesterday.——26 December 2005Reporters Without Borders urges President Putin to cancel Soviet-style law to monitor NGOsReporters Without Borders called today on President Vladimir Putin, in an open letter, not to sign into law in its present form a proposed measure to monitor the activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The measure was given a final reading by the Russian parliament on 23 December and now has to be approved by the upper house of parliament and promulgated by the President. Despite more than 62 amendments to the original draft, the proposed law allows complete surveillance of the activity and workings, especially financial, of all NGOs operating in Russia. They will have to go through a lengthy and painstaking registration procedure after examination of their statutes by an administrative body not specified in the law. The prosecutor-general will be able at any time to ask the NGOs to explain their financial situation and will have the power to dissolve them.center_img Help by sharing this information We urge you, Mr President, to take our request into consideration and to allow us to continue to defend human rights in Russia. We hope you will be able to intervene in time with the deputies before this law goes into force that could have such harmful and lasting consequences for Russian civil society. 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Reporters Without Borders condemns suspended jail sentence on cartoonist Ali Dilem

first_img AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation April 29, 2021 Find out more Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Help by sharing this information December 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns suspended jail sentence on cartoonist Ali Dilem News News Receive email alertscenter_img News Organisation Reporters Without Borders has spoken out against a four-month suspended jail sentence on cartoonist Ali Dilem of the daily Liberté. The sentence was handed down by an Algiers court on 23 December. “Yet again we condemn the Algerian authorities’ latest abusive use of Article 144A of the criminal code, which on the excuse of dealing with defamation, is aimed at gagging the independent press, which is seen as too irreverent,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders.”The government is thus trying to blunt the pen of one of the Algerian press’s most biting cartoonists,” he added.Dilem was sentenced for defamation under Article 144A of the amended code to a four-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 100,000 dinars (about 1,200 euros), in a case that pitted him against the national defence ministry. Abrous Outoudert and Hacène Ouandjeli, respectively former publisher and former managing editor were both also sentenced in the same case to a fine of 50,000 dinars (about 600 euros).The offending cartoon, dated 3 April 2002, was based on a dramatic incident the previous evening when 21 soldiers were caught in a bogus road block set up by two terrorists.It was captioned, “The criminal code protects the generals but not the soldiers.”The defence ministry decided the cartoon was defamatory Dilem’s lawyer Maitre Bourayou considered the verdict particularly harsh. “They don’t just want to sentence him but this form of expression,” he told the daily Le Matin.Article 144A of the criminal code sets out prison terms from two to 12 months in prison and fines ranging from 50,000 to 250,00 dinars (about 600 to 3,000 euros) for anything referring to the president of the Republic in insulting or defamatory terms.The same penalties are applied to the same offences when committed against “parliament or one of its two chambers or the National People’s Army (ANP)” May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Start Your Wine-ing at Trattoria Neapolis’ Five-Part Italian Wine Tasting Series

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News When we think of the holidays, our thoughts turn to wine. Wine for toasting, wines for gifting, wine for dining, wine to take our minds off shopping malls and PlayStations, wine with breakfast, you get the idea.But it’s not just popping open a cork. Just because you watched “Sideways,” don’t consider yourself a sommelier quite yet, mon ami. Put the work in. Pasadena’s Trattoria Neapolis has developed a five-part wine tasting series with Wine Director Diego Meraviglia, Fifth Place winner at the World Wide Sommelier competition. After successfully moving through earlier rounds of the competition in North America and then Europe, Diego advanced to the finals in London. There he placed 5th in the world. That’s the whole planet, so he knows of what he speaks, and drinks.Diego will lead the five-part wine tasting series, so customers can learn from the expertise of this wine professional and educator. Each class will feature the tasting of five wines from a particular region. There will also be small bites from the kitchen to accompany each dish. Diego will discuss the region, its history, its geography and other factors affecting the wine, the grapes, and of course the wines themselves. Each tasting will last between one and two hours.You’ll be warm, happy, and very merry. Bring someone dear to drive you home, and brag to your friends at your big holiday party about this “Oaky little vintage I picked up in Naples, by way of Pasadena.” Everybody wins.The Trattoria Neapolis Italian Restaurant & Bar Wine Tasting Series. Begins Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., 336 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena. For more information call (626) 792-3000 or visit them online at www.trattorianeapolis.com.center_img More Cool Stuff Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Living Now Start Your Wine-ing at Trattoria Neapolis’ Five-Part Italian Wine Tasting Series Trattoria Neapolis opens five-part Italian wine tasting series By EDDIE RIVERA, Living Section Editor Published on Monday, December 2, 2013 | 6:00 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newslast_img read more

Real estate: Land is ‘flying off the shelves’ on the Tablelands

first_imgZach Reid from First National Real Estate Atherton . PIC: SuppliedLand has been “flying off the shelves” in the Tablelands with real estate agents explaining sales were being driven by government money available to build a new home.Zach Reid from First National Real Estate Atherton said that, during the past month, land sales had taken up “a reasonable percentage” of business with blocks that have been on the market for years suddenly snapped up.“Land has traditionally been hard to sell in the Tablelands and, as an example, the blocks at Sunset Ridge have been available for two years with only one of the 11 sold in the first 18 months,” he said. Land for sale. PIC: Darren Leigh Roberts“In the past three months nine have sold – it would have been all 10 but a contract fell apart due to finance – and we’re seeing that in the other parts of Atherton. As the land is selling we’re seeing people pushing out further to take advantage of the grants.”Mr Reid said it was predominantly first-home owners taking advantage of the $45,000 in grants established to stimulate local economies.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoAurelia Rogato from Rogato Real Estate said her Mareeba office “had never seen so much action” with land sales.“There’s interest from first-home owners because receiving $45,000 from the government is unprecedented,” she said.“The estates are very popular but even the five-acre blocks are getting a lot of ­interest, out in places like Rodeo Acres where the land starts at $219,000.”last_img read more

Vijay Merchant Trophy: Meghalaya 5 wickets away from 5th consecutive victory

first_imgVijay Merchant TrophyA CorrespondentShillong: Meghalaya are just five wickets away from fifth consecutive victory in the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy North East Zone with a day to go against Arunachal Pradesh in Mangaldai, Assam.Arunachal resumed their innings today on 47/8 and were soon all out for 57, 80 runs behind Meghalaya’s first innings score of 137.Nirdesh Baisoya and Meghalaya captain Sudhir Sahani shared the remaining two wickets today.In their second innings Baisoya smashed 100 not out off 172 balls, in an innings that included 14 fours and one six. Three other Meghalaya batsmen got into double figures but couldn’t press on and the team eventually declared on 173/9 after Baisoya reached his ton.That left Arunachal an imposing target of 254 to win, but, although their batting was better the second time around, they ended the second day on 88/5, still needing another 166 for victory. Fast bowler Sahani claimed four wickets for 29 runs, while Baisoya took the other (1/13). Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Aubameyang Gives Arsenal Winning Start at Newcastle

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal to a 1-0 win at Newcastle in their Premier League opener on Sunday, providing hope of an improved run this season for Unai Emery’s side.The Gunners finished last season in turmoil after blowing their bid for a top-four place with a disastrous spell in the final weeks. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Adding to Emery’s woes, Arsenal were crushed by Chelsea in the Europa League final to shatter their dreams of Champions League qualification.But Arsenal have enjoyed a profitable close-season, with a host of new signings raising morale around the Emirates Stadium.And Aubameyang gave Arsenal fans renewed belief they can get back in the top four this term with a typically predatory second-half finish to give the north Londoners a winning start.Arsenal had a wretched away record last season, keeping just one clean sheet on their travels, so taking three points without conceding was the perfect way to turn over a new leaf.Their often-criticised defence held firm, with centre-backs Calum Chambers and Sokratis keeping Newcastle at bay.Aubameyang’s strike ruined Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s first match in charge of the club he supported as a boy.Bruce left second-tier Sheffield Wednesday to join Newcastle in the close-season following the departure of fan favourite Rafael Benitez, who had grown tired of a lack of backing from controversial owner Mike Ashley.Bruce’s appointment was hardly greeted with widespread joy on Tyneside and the season started with Newcastle fans staging a protest against Ashley in the streets and then boycotting the match in large enough numbers to leave numerous empty seats around St James’ Park.Emery’s decision to leave new signings David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe on the bench was rewarded by a determined, if only sporadically cohesive, display from his team.There were starts for 19-year-old academy graduates Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock, but Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were absent after two men were arrested following a fresh incident after the pair were the victims of an attempted car-jacking in July.Joelinton made his first Newcastle start after his club-record £40 million switch from Hoffenheim and the Brazilian striker needed to impress to lift the gloomy mood on a rainy day in the north-east.He had his first sights of goal when he flicked a header just wide from Matt Ritchie’s cross and then blasted straight at Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.Jonjo Shelvey went even closer for Newcastle as the midfielder hit the outside of a post with a stinging strike.Henrikh Mkhitaryan squandered a golden chance to give Arsenal the lead, the unmarked midfielder firing wildly over the bar from 10 yards.After a quiet start, Arsenal star Aubameyang, the joint top-scorer in the Premier League last season, sprang to life when he tested Martin Dubravka with a powerful strike after superbly controlling Mkhitaryan’s long pass.It was a warning that Newcastle failed to heed as Aubameyang put Arsenal ahead in the 58th minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles was the provider, making a timely interception of Paul Dummett’s under-hit pass to Jetro Willems and surging away from inside his own half.Unfurling a pin-point pass that curled over the back-tracking Newcastle defence, Maitland-Niles found Aubameyang in space and the Gabon striker took a touch before clipping his cool finish past Dubravka.Ivory Coast winger Pepe, Arsenal’s £72 million club-record signing, and Spanish midfielder Ceballos, on loan from Real Madrid, came off the bench for the last 20 minutes.The new boys didn’t make much of an impact as Arsenal’s much-maligned defence took the plaudits.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Graduating is a family affair for mother and son!

first_imgThe Alcorn family from Dunfanaghy celebrated on the double at yesterday’s LYIT graduation ceremony – with both mother and son graduating together.Kathleen and Joshua Alcorn are both proud members of the Class of 2019 as they received their degrees on the same day.Kathleen received her Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting, while Joshua was conferred with a Bachelor of Arts in Animation. What a studious family! Congratulations Kathleen and Joshua.See more photos from the LYIT Graduations 2019 here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/10/26/graduation-celebrations-for-lyit-class-of-2019-picture-special/Mum Kathleen was conferred with a Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting, whilst son Joshua was conferred with a BA in Animation. Photo Clive WassonGraduating is a family affair for mother and son! was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lyit graduationslast_img read more

Suddenly hot: A’s walk off Cleveland again to keep momentum going

first_imgOAKLAND — If emotion and drama can springboard a baseball team, the A’s find themselves in a good spot about now.They have had plenty of emotion and drama since returning home from a one-win trip through Toronto, Boston and Pittsburgh.Saturday, Oakland won for the fourth time in five games on the homestand, beating Cleveland 3-2 behind more brilliance from the bullpen (save for the ninth inning) and another walk-off celebration as Ramon Laureano’s bloop single to right knocked in the decisive …last_img read more

Wolves rout Lakers before firing Tom Thibodeau

first_imgThe Timberwolves remained short-handed, too, with two of their top four scorers in Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) and Derrick Rose (sprained right ankle) still out with injuries. Covington, who missed his third straight game, is out indefinitely, with more clarity on his status not expected next week, according to Thibodeau. Rose sat for the fifth consecutive contest, but he was listed as questionable and considered close to a return, Thibodeau said.TIP-INSLakers: The starting lineup was outscored 91-34, with Brandon Ingram (13 points) and Josh Hart (10 points) going a combined 8 for 28 from the floor. …Timberwolves: Wiggins raised his career average against the Lakers to 23 points per game, his fourth-highest against the rest of the league. His best is against the club that drafted and traded him, Cleveland (25.6), and after that is Toronto (24.0), his hometown team. Sacramento (23.7) is his third-highest.UP NEXTLakers: Play at Dallas on Monday night, finishing their ninth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season.Timberwolves: Visit Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Wiggins, whose first season on his maximum-salary contract as a $25 million player has been hit and miss to match the so-far uneven trajectory of his career, has been exhibiting an abundance of confidence in his jumpers lately, and that trust clearly paid off for him and the Timberwolves in this matinee.He made five shots from 15 feet or further before halftime, picking up a loose ball and calmly dribbling to the perimeter to sink a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to make it 64-45.Wiggins slid to the background in the second half, but the Wolves had more than enough balance and energy to maintain their lead that stayed in double digits for the entire game after first reaching that level at 13-1. After Wiggins missed a 3-pointer, Towns delivered a jolting first basket of the third quarter with the rebound that he turned into a dunk over McGee in the same motion. Taj Gibson outjumped McGee for a rebound and a putback to give Minnesota a 70-50 advantage.Wiggins went 9 for 23 from the floor for the Wolves (19-21). His five highest-scoring games this season have all been in the last 20 games.STILL OUTADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 28 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks and Jeff Teague scored all of his 15 points in the first half and finished with 11 assists for the Timberwolves, who are 15-12 since trading Butler.Lance Stephenson had 14 points for the Lakers, who fell to 1-5 without James since he strained his groin during the Christmas Day win at Golden State. With backup point guard Rajon Rondo (right ring finger surgery) and power forward Kyle Kuzma (bruised lower back) missing again, too, the leftovers for the Lakers produced a mostly lethargic performance. This was their largest losing margin in 20 games since a 117-85 defeat at Denver on Nov. 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionLakers coach Luke Walton subbed the 7-foot-1 Ivica Zubac in the starting lineup for Kuzma next to 7-footer JaVale McGee, and the experiment led to a 15-1 deficit before Michael Beasley replaced Zubac. The Lakers (21-19) missed their first eight shots from the floor, until Beasley’s baseline reverse layup.The Wolves built their first-half lead as large as 21 points, when a slick over-the-shoulder backward flip pass by Towns in the post on a give-and-go set up Wiggins for a soaring dunk and a 28-7 advantage. He went even higher in the second quarter to catch a textbook lob from Tyus Jones after sneaking behind Zubac with a backdoor cut for the slam and a 39-21 lead. LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson tries to make a basket over Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Wiggins scored 25 of his 28 points in the first half, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves take charge from the opening tipoff and breeze by the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers for a 108-86 victory on Sunday, the last game for coach Tom Thibodeau.Thibodeau was fired about an hour after the Timberwolves raised their home record to 8-2 against Western Conference foes, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. Though the timing of the dismissal after a decisive win was unusual, Thibodeau’s third season with the team started with turmoil surrounding the discontent of All-Star Jimmy Butler.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Nunavut RCMP investigate suspected homicide

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut RCMP are reporting a possible homicide in the Nunavut community of Cape Dorset after a stand-off with a suspect.At around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Cape Dorset RCMP found a dead teen male in what they called a “suspected homicide.”Police closed off a neighbourhood in the small, fly-in hamlet, which is located west of Iqaluit. Residents were advised to stay indoors and away from windows.A 28 year-old surrendered to RCMP without incident on Monday afternoon.last_img