Four journalists get death threats

first_img June 10, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists get death threats to go further Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today about death threats received by four journalists and seven human rights activists in Guatemala and called on the authorities to thoroughly investigate and to arrest and punish those responsible.”This intimidation is a new blow to press freedom in Guatemala, where human rights organisations and those reporting violations are increasingly under constant pressure,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Eduardo Arévalo Lacs.Ménard noted that freelance journalist David Herrera was forced to go into exile in April after investigating human rights violations by the army during the country’s 1960-96 civil war. About 20 journalists were threatened or physically attacked and the staff of several media subjected to intimidation in Guatemala last year, according to Reporters Without Borders. The four journalists – Abner Gouz, of the daily El Periódico, Rosa María Bolaños, of the daily Siglo XXI, Ronaldo Robles and Marielos Monzón, of the radio station Emisoras Unidas, along with seven human rights activists, received death threats on 7 June in a anonymous statement sent to the Alliance Against Impunity and to the newsrooms of the media concerned. The 11 were accused of being “enemies of the country” and were threatened with “extermination” by “true Guatemalans.”The threats came after the 27-31 May visit to Guatemala by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Hina Jilani, who was also mentioned in the statement. At the end of her visit, she said the existence of clandestine armed groups threatening human rights activists and accused to be backed by the army was “very serious and worrying” and called on the government to track them down and bring them under control. The 11 who received the threats have formally complained to the country’s human rights prosecutor, Tatiana Morales.Guatemala’s truth commission (Comisión para el Esclarecimiento Histórico – CEH) said in February 1999 that the army was responsible for 93 per cent of the massacres perpetrated during the civil war in which nearly 200,000 people were killed or disappeared. But the government has refused to implement the commission’s recommendations, notably its call to set up a special enquiry into the army to weed out those mainly responsible for such abuses. News News Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img GuatemalaAmericas May 8, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Guatemala Receive email alerts Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years January 7, 2021 Find out more News GuatemalaAmericas August 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Press release: Jeremy Hunt appoints roving Human Rights Ambassador to champion human rights across the globe

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn As the UK enters a new chapter in its history I will work to ensure that our values are at the heart of all we do.Ambassador French’s new role will be central to our work in defending human rights across the globe. Standing up for human rights is not only the right thing – it helps to create a stable, more prosperous world. Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French said: Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Based in Geneva, the Ambassador for Human Rights will travel around the world and form new alliances to help countries strengthen their voice at the UN and Human Rights Council.She will also act as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva and will represent the UK’s interests deputising for the Permanent Representative, Ambassador Julian Braithwaite.Ambassador French will work with Lord Tariq Ahmad, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN and Special Envoy for Gender Equality, Joanna Roper; and Special Envoy for Media Freedom, Amal Clooney, to champion and advance human rights on the world stage.Further information The newly created role is the first of its kind across government and demonstrates the UK’s commitment to defending human rights globally.Ambassador French will support UK’s ongoing work through the UN Human Rights Council, led by the UK’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, calling for action and accountability against countries who violate human rights. She will also work with countries across the globe to make sure they meet their human rights commitments to help ensure real change for people across the world.Ambassador French will also promote UK objectives and key campaigns around the world including media freedom, modern slavery and freedom of religion or belief.Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said: The UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, said: For journalists Human rights are the essential foundations for a fair, open and transparent society. It is tragic that in too many countries these rights are violated and abused. I will speak up for human rights, providing a voice on the international stage for those who are not being represented.I also wish to form stronger partnerships with States, supporting their efforts to fulfil their human rights obligations. Ambassador French’s appointment will strengthen the UK’s role in the multilateral human rights system in Geneva and help it deliver tangible improvements for people around the world, including by giving states the support they need to turn their commitments on human rights into practice. Media enquirieslast_img read more

Staatz elected chair at CUNA annual general meeting

first_imgExecutive officers were elected for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference today.Rod Staatz, president/CEO of SECU, Linthicum, Md., was elected chair following the 82nd annual general meeting. He succeeds Susan Streifel, president/CEO of Woodstone CU, Federal Way, Wash.Other CUNA board officers elected Monday are:Vice chair: Patrick Jury, president/CEO, Iowa Credit Union League, Des Moines, Iowa;Secretary: Maurice Smith, president/CEO, Local Government FCU, Raleigh, N.C.;Treasurer: Brett Martinez, president/CEO, Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif.; andAt-large member: Troy Stang, president/CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association, Seatac, Wash. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Vow to self: Why one woman married herself

first_imgStuff co.nz 4 June 2016Family First Comment: Heard of “sologamy”? Oh you will – and probably soon……“Right now in our western society there have never been more alternatives to the once traditional relationship model – that of the heterosexual couple heading up the family unit – and people are openly choosing from a much wider range of models to find happiness. There are many examples of people whose chosen route might previously have caused them to be marginalised from conventional society, and author Sophie Tanner, from Brighton in the UK is one such person. Sophie chose to become a sologamist, which means she married herself….“In a way it has revealed to me who my true friends and family are. I was most gratified by the positive support from the majority of them – my father didn’t bat an eyelid when I asked him to give me away.”Right now in our western society there have never been more alternatives to the once traditional relationship model – that of the heterosexual couple heading up the family unit – and people are openly choosing from a much wider range of models to find happiness.There are many examples of people whose chosen route might previously have caused them to be marginalised from conventional society, and author Sophie Tanner, from Brighton in the UK is one such person. Sophie chose to become a sologamist, which means she married herself.It all began when she wrote a book on the subject. “I had just had a bad break-up and was emerging from my cocoon of sadness to find with relief that my generally optimistic personality had returned. At the time I was trying to write a really dark novel but it was depressing subject matter so I decided to scrap it and write about something that was positive, about a girl who decides to marry herself.”Tanner’s novel Happily tells the story of a young woman, who one summer evening, after being told that she will never know what love is until she has children, decides to say ‘Actually, I do know what love is, and… I do!’ and announces to her friends that she’s going to marry herself…“The more I investigated the concept of self-marriage the more intrigued I became, and the story of Chloe – who has similar characteristics to myself – slowly emerged. I tapped into a lot of my own experiences and relationships as inspiration and wove them into the tapestry of Chloe’s life. It was quite therapeutic. And most of the characters are an amalgamation of lots of different people I have met in my life. By the time I finished the novel it had been such a wonderful journey that I decided to go ahead and marry myself as a gesture of solidarity to my character Chloe, and to myself.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/love-sex/80682819/vow-to-self-why-one-woman-married-herselflast_img read more