Bloodbath in Yemen, violence throughout the region

first_imgNews RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation MOROCCO – Blogger convicted The blogger Mohamed Dawas was sentenced to 19 months in prison and a fine of 20,000 dirhams by a court in the northern city of Tétouan on 22 September. During his arrest on 5 September on a trumped-up drug trafficking charge, Dawas was beaten and forced to sign a confession. When his trial began on 8 September, his lawyer, Abd Essadek Elbichtawui, told Reporters Without Borders his arrest was “purely political.” BAHRAIN – Al-Wasat banned from covering parliamentary elections Reporters Without Borders has learned that journalists working for the opposition newspaper Al-Wasat were prevented from covering the elections for just under half the seats in parliament that were held on 24 September. The relevant agency did not issue them with accreditation. In addition, the journalist Reem Khalifa was, for example, not allowed into a voting station in Sanabis, a district just to the northwest of Manama. Reporters Without Borders, which offers its sincere condolences to Wadhaf’s family, friend colleagues, urges the United Nations Human Rights Council to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate all the violations against the civilian population, including journalists, since the start of the protests.Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the surge in violence against journalists in Yemen since President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s return from Saudi Arabia on 23 September. The atrocities against the civilian population are on the increase.Security forces fired on the Sanaa homes of two journalists on 23 September – Rashida Al-Qiyali, who is also a writer, and Mujib Al-Hamidi, who works for the newspaper Al-Sahwa. As Abdul Salam Mohamed, a journalist with the Saba news agency, left his home on 23 September, he was fired on by a sniper who fortunately missed his target.The headquarters of the Union of Journalists came under fire on the evening of 23 September as government forces and pro-government militiamen (baltajiyas) tried to take control of Change Square. TV journalist Abdel Majid Al-Samawi was injured by sniper fire on the afternoon of the same day as he was leaving 60th Street, where government opponents had gathered. He was admitted to a hospital where doctors said his injury was not life-threatening.Access to the independent news website Yemen Nation was blocked on 25 September for the second time since the start of the protests. October 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News SYRIA – Another journalist arrested Malak Al-Shanawany, a 25-year-old woman journalist and activist, was arrested on a Damascus street on 22 September. It was her third arrest since the start of the protests. The first time she was arrested, on 11 April, she was released four days later without any charges being brought against her. Officials also searched her home at the time, confiscating computers. The second time was on 9 May, when she was arrested on Arnous Street in Damascus after taking part in a demonstration. She was freed on bail and her name was added to a list of people getting a presidential pardon.Qais Abathili, an active netizen, was reportedly arrested on 25 September, while Nizar Al-Baba, another Internet activist, has been held since 21 September. This is the fifth time he has been detained since the start of the uprising.The following are still held:- Jehad Jamal, a blogger better known by the pen-name of “Milan,” who has been detained since 21 September – Nizar Adleh, a journalist working for many websites, who has been held since 6 September- Miraal Brourda, a writer and poet who contributes to many websites- Ahmed Bilal, a producer for Falesteen TV, who was arrested in the Damascus suburb of Mo’adamieh on 13 September- Amer Matar, a journalist with the daily Al-Hayat, who was arrested on 4 September- Omar Abdel Salam- Sami Al-Halabi- Hanadi Zahlout- The bloggers Rudy Othman and Asim Hamsho- Several cyber-citizens including Abd Qabani and Ammar Sa’ib- Manaf Zeitoun- Mohamed Tahan- Abd Al-Majid Tamer and Mahmoud Asem Al-Mohamed EGYPT The trial of policemen Mahmoud Salah Amin and Awad Ismail Souleiman for the June 2010 murder of the blogger Khaled Said resumed on 24 September. According to the forensic report accepted by the court, Said was beaten unconscious and was then suffocated. After beating him, the policemen allegedly stuffed a bag of drugs into his mouth, preventing him from breathing. The policemen had until now insisted that Said died of an overdose of drugs that he took at the time of his arrest. After presentation of the forensic report, the defence lawyers obtained an adjournment until 22 October so that they can review the line of defence.Reporters Without Borders hails the progress that has been made in the investigation and the trial but regrets that the media were barred from the courtroom during the 24 September hearing. A large demonstration in support of Said was held outside the courthouse. The 28-year-old Said’s murder outside an Alexandria Internet café on 6 June 2010 triggered an outcry in the Egyptian blogosphere.The authorities ordered the seizure of the latest issue of the weekly Sawt Al-Umma on 24 September on the grounds that it ignored reporting restrictions on former President Hosni Mubarak’s trial. Restrictions began being imposed on 15 August, when Judge Ahmed Rifaat banned TV cameras from filming the proceedings in order to protect the “general interest,” although they had been allowed to broadcast the first hearing.On 7 September, the judge banished all journalists from the courtroom, imposing a complete news blackout on the content of the trial. This was one day before Hossein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, was due to testify. On 11 September, Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah banned the media and public from the court that is trying former senior officials for ordering men on camels to charge protesters last February. The press will not be allowed back until the verdict is announced, he ruled.Reporters Without Borders submitted a request to the attorney-general yesterday to be allowed to visit the blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad in Cairo’s Al-Marg prisoncenter_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more YEMEN – Third journalist killed since start of protests Reporters Without Borders has learned that that Al-Hurra TV cameraman Hassan Al-Wadhaf died a few days after being hospitalized in a critical condition on 18 September as a result of a serious injury to the left eye. He received the injury while covering attacks by security forces and baltajiyas (militiamen) on demonstrators in Sanaa, in which 26 people were killed. Journalists who were with Wadhaf on 18 September said men in civilian dress deliberately fired rocket-propelled grenades at the crowd.Wadhaf is the third journalist to be killed since the start of the protests in Yemen. The first two were Jamal Al-Sharabi of Al-Masdar and Mohamed Yahia Al-Malayia of Al-Salam, who were killed on 18 March. Follow the news on Bahrain German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest ISRAEL / Occupied Territories – Journalist freed, photographer injured Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday evening’s decision by an Israeli military court to release Al-Jazeera Kabul bureau chief Samer Allawi, who was arrested at Allenby Bridge on 9 August, as he was about to reenter Jordan from the West Bank after visiting members of his family in Sabastia, near Nablus.Interrogated at the Jalameh interrogation centre the day after his arrest, Allawi was accused of links with the armed wing of Hamas and endangering Israel’s security. The military court in Ofer had until now kept on extending his detention at weekly hearings. Reporters Without Borders wrote to the Israeli military authorities on 7 September demanding his release.Chris Huby, a French photographer working for the agency Le Desk, was injured by a tear-gas round while covering a Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh, a village near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 23 September (photos)Speaking from Ramallah general hospital, Huby told Reporters Without Borders: “The soldiers did not fire the tear-gas round in the air, they fired it level with the ground. It ricocheted twice before hitting my right leg.” He is due to be flown back to France soon. to go further March 17, 2021 Find out more September 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bloodbath in Yemen, violence throughout the region last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Officer Joins Grand Scale Peacekeeping Mission

first_imgAs a General Staff officer, Maj. Luanda works with the mission’s Operations Control sector. The unit plans all military and police operations of military observers at Team Sites—small military bases strategically set up in different areas of Darfur to monitor peacekeeping. “To facilitate operation control, the Darfur region is divided into sectors,” Maj. Luanda said. “Several sectors, such as intelligence, operations, communications, and civic organizations, jointly carry out the mission’s planning, always with the purpose of making the best decisions for the country.” Upon joining UNAMID, military personnel go through a training period to get familiar with the area and the mission. They also take part in security procedure training. Only then are they assigned to a work site. UNAMID is one of 15 peacekeeping operations of the United Nations (UN). The African Union—an international organization whose purpose is to promote cooperation and development among African nations—coordinates the mission with UN. According to UN data from October 2017, UNAMID counts 17,187 professionals—including service members, general staff officers, military observers, police officers, civilians, and UN volunteers. As for daily tasks, the hardest part, she says, is getting used to all the different English accents, as English is the mission’s official language. She also enjoys the support of more experienced personnel. “Here at UNAMID, we have service members of different nationalities with a range of professional backgrounds. Many of them already participated in other peacekeeping missions and in other roles, bringing with them lessons learned to guide the newer participants. However, we know that each mission is unique and that each nation has its own needs,” Maj. Luanda concluded. For Maj. Luanda, Darfur’s unique environment was the first challenge. The area has a dry climate, scarce natural resources, and temperatures that frequently hover around 40 degrees Celsius. “From there, reports are passed on to those in charge, so that they can reinforce security or take measures to bring the situation under control,” Maj. Luanda said. According to the mandate approved by the UN Security Council, UNAMID’s objective is to protect civilians, provide security for humanitarian aid efforts, monitor and verify compliance with peace agreements, promote the development of an inclusive political process, and advocate for human rights and the rule of law. center_img Maj. Luanda’s group performs duties directly related to headquarters operations. The group receives daily reports and messages from all smaller sectors and Team Sites to check on significant events, such as assaults, deaths, illnesses, attacks from rebel groups, and food scarcity. Personnel hail from 46 nations. Rwanda is among the most represented countries, with 2,469 blue helmets in Darfur and its surrounding areas. Brazil on the other hand counts three general staff officers. Among them is Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) Major Luanda dos Santos Bastos, who joined UNAMID August 27th, 2017—her first experience with a peacekeeping mission. Challenges in Darfur By Andrea Barretto/Diálogo January 02, 2018 Established in 2007, the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) protects the Sudanese people from the effects of the civil war in the region of Darfur, a western province of Sudan. Conflicts between the Sudanese government and armed local groups already claimed more than 200,000 lives since 2003. The war also displaced close to two million people who mostly sought refuge in neighboring countries like Chad.Most of the population in Sudan is Arab, but the people of the Darfur region are predominantly of Central African origin with multiple ethnicities. last_img read more

Renters loved this Camp Hill house so much, they bought it

first_imgOne of the bedrooms.“I sold the property to the sellers to some years ago,” Mr Hicks said.“They went to Melbourne on a transfer and leased out the property.“The first tenant ended up being the buyers at this auction.“They kept saying they wanted to own this house, so as soon as it came on the market they called me up and bought it at the auction.”The agent said the family planned to live in it as is for now.“Long term, the plan for the property is to build in underneath and make it a really awesome Queenslander.” Inside 13 Newman Ave, Camp Hill.“It was a stormy Sunday morning, so we held the auction on the front deck and inside the lounge room,” Mr Hicks said.“We had a good crowd of about 40-odd people and bidding kicked off at $1 million.”Mr Hicks said bidding rose “fast and furiously” before it broke down to $1000 bids.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The house sold under the hammer for $1,127,000. Outdoors was an inground pool.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45center_img The house at 13 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, sold at auction for $1,127,000.A FAMILY who once rented this Camp Hill house loved it so much they bought it.Place Estate Agents Bulimba agent Shane Hicks said three registered bidders battled for the 13 Newman Ave Queenslander on a gloomy Sunday morning.last_img read more