Journalist and human rights activist sentenced to four years in prison

first_imgNews More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Reporters Without Borders today denounced as “disgraceful” a four-year prison sentence imposed on Uzbekistan journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov by a Tashkent court and called for his immediate release, as well as an enquiry into face injuries visible on him at the 25 September appeal hearing and other violence against him in detention. Follow the news on Uzbekistan New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council On 5 September, Sharipov wrote to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan saying he had “confessed” after being physically and psychologically tortured, threatened with death and forced to sign a bogus farewell letter to make it look as if he had killed himself in case he died in prison.He said interior ministry agents had also threatened to beat up his lawyers if he did not dismiss them. One of them, human rights activist Surat Ikramov, was attacked by four thugs in Tashkent on 28 August just after he had been to see the judge in charge of the case on the eve of a planned demonstration in support of Sharipov.A former head of the Union of Independent Journalists of Uzbekistan (UIJU) and the local correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima, Sharipov was arrested on 26 March this year. On 8 August, he was forced to “confess,” dismiss his lawyer and ask President Islam Karimov to forgive him for everything he had written criticising the authorities. The Mirzo Ulug-Beg district court in Tashkent then handed down the prison term on 23 August. Sharipov, who has never denied he is bisexual, told Vasilya Inoyatova, head of the Uzbekistan human rights organisation E’zguilik, that he does not know the alleged victims, who had been arrested on 26 May and held for several days. His lawyer said the youths were beaten and threatened by police to get them to give evidence in court. The case was postponed several times because of their absence from the courtroom. Reporters Without Borders today denounced as “disgraceful” a four-year prison sentence imposed on Uzbekistan journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov by a Tashkent court and called for his immediate release, as well as an enquiry into face injuries visible on him at the 25 September appeal hearing and other violence against him in detention.The court cut his original sentence of five and half years for homosexuality (article 120 of the criminal code) and for sexual relations with a minor (article 128) and withdrew the charge of inciting minors to anti-social behaviour (article 127). He is expected to appeal further to the supreme court.”This was a dreadful trial of a man who has for years been under government pressure to give up his human rights campaigning and stop criticising the authorities,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “This, as well as pressure on him to confess, the beating up of his lawyer on 28 August and the violation of legal defence rights seem part of an effort to silence the country’s most outspoken dissidents. Every day he spends in prison means more risk of being tortured and threatened.” He called for an investigation of the lack of defence rights.Several journalists, human rights activists and Western diplomats were barred from the closed appeal court hearing. Officials told the court Sharipov’s face injuries came from a road accident in which he was the only person injured. The judge, Shaygiaz Sharakhmetov, refused to adjourn the hearing even though Sharipov needed medical treatment. The judge had refused to free him on bail two days earlier when defence lawyers said they were being obstructed in preparing the appeal. News RSF_en Organisation UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information center_img UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more News Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Receive email alerts to go further News May 11, 2021 Find out more September 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist and human rights activist sentenced to four years in prison October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Video: “Money on Our Mind”

first_img More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Sermons and Lessons Video: “Money on Our Mind” Delivered by DR. GREG WAYBRIGHT, Lake Avenue Church Published on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 1:06 pm 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment This sermon was delivered by Dr. Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor at Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena on Sunday May 18, 2014.Gregory L. Waybright was president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He assumed this position on September 1, 1995. Prior to working at Trinity, Dr. Waybright had been pastor of the Arlington Heights Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In his 20 years as a pastor he has also served as senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande, California and as assistant pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Racine, Wisconsin. Prior to 1978, Dr. Waybright served in ministry roles with youth and music in churches in Wisconsin and Illinois. For more than four years he served as music director and soloist for the Guenter Tesch Evangelistic Association, headquartered in Hamburg, West Germany. This mission work provided Dr. Waybright with ministry opportunities throughout Western Europe, Scandinavia, and India.Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 844-4700 or visit www.lakeave.org. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Dos And Don’ts Of Tinder You Must KnowHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Community News Business News Community 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 Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Board of School Trustees Of The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Meeting

first_imgThe Board of School Trustees of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation will meet in executive session at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, in the John H. Schroeder Conference Centre at the EVSC Administration Building, 951 Walnut, IN 47713, Evansville, IN. The session will be conducted according to Senate Enrolled Act 313, Section 1, I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1, as amended.The purpose of the meeting is for discussion of one or more of the following: collective bargaining, (2)(A); initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing, (2)(B); purchase or lease of property, (2)(D); for discussion of the assessment, design, and implementation of school safety and security measures, plans, and systems (3); and job performance evaluation of individual employees, (9); to train school board members with an outside consultant about the performance of the role of the members as public officials (11).The regular meeting of the School Board will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the EVSC Board Room, same address. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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