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“No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance”

first_imgCHINAHuman rights campaigner Govruud Huuchinhuu, of the Southern MongolianDemocratic Alliance (SMDA), has been missing since she was released on27 January 2011 from Tongliao hospital (通辽), Inner Mongolia (northernChina), where she was being treated for cancer. She had been underhouse arrest since November 2010 for urging online that Mongoliandissidents celebrate the release of journalist and cyberdissidentHada, who heads the SDMA and defends China’s Mongolian minority.Officials say he was freed after more than 15 years at the end of hissentence on 10 December 2010 but he is still in prison. There hasbeen no news of him for several weeks. August 30, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 “No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance” IRANHuman rights and pro-democracy activist Pirouz Davani, editor of thepaper Pirouz, vanished in late August 1998. The paper Kar-e-Karagarsaid on 28 November that year he had been executed. Akbar Ganji, ofSobh-é-Emrouz, who was investigating the case, confirmed this in lateNovember 2000 and accused the then prosecutor of the specialecclesiastical court, Mohseni Ejehi, (the current prosecutor-general)of being involved in his death. The judiciary has not investigated.Journalist Kouhyar Goudarzi has been held in secret since 1 August2011 for unknown reasons and justice officials have not said where heis being held. ERITREAMost of the 30 or so journalists in prison are considered to havedisappeared because of the problems of finding them and the regime’srefusal to give any information about where they are and their stateof health. The best known is Dawit Isaac, founder of the now-closedweekly Setit and holding dual Eritrean and Swedish nationality, whosince his arrest on 23 September 2001 has alternated between prisonand hospital spells in the capital, Asmara. He was transferred in2009 from a provincial prison in Embatkala to the air force hospitalin Asmara, where he was treated for several months. Then he vanishedand nobody has been allowed to visit him. He may be in Asmara’sKarchelle prison or in the Eiraeiro prison, northeast of the capital.Other vanished journalists include the editor and co-founder of thefortnightly Meqaleh, Mattewos Habteab, arrested in Asmara on 19September 2001, and sports writer Temesgen Gebreyesus, of thefortnightly Keste Debena, who was arrested the next day. News SRI LANKAPrageeth Ekneligoda, journalist and cartoonist with Lankaenews,vanished in Colombo on 24 January 2010. No progress has been made inefforts to find him. Help by sharing this information RSF_en Iran and China have turned enforced disappearance into a favouredmethod of censoring free speech. The uprisings in Libya and Syria haveled to extra-judicial arrests of many journalists. Mexico has manycases of unsolved disappearances of journalists. The inhumane prisonconditions in Eritrea, a small country forgotten by the internationalcommunity, must be condemned. And finally, disappearances are alsocommon in Pakistan, the world’s most dangerous country forjournalists. Reporters Without Borders highlights several key casesbelow. Organisation As the world marks International Day of the Disappeared today,Reporters Without Borders notes that many countries are stillviolating international law on this matter, including theInternational Convention for the Protection of All Persons fromEnforced Disappearance, which the UN General Assembly adopted in 2006.Reporters Without Borders calls for the universal ratification of thisconvention, which has so far been signed by 91 countries and ratifiedby 29. Combating enforced disappearance is vital in the struggleagainst dictatorships and arbitrary rule.Enforced disappearance includes both secret imprisonment and secrethouse arrest, in which the families of the victims are denied anyinformation about their fate or where they are being held. It is aform of abduction and sometimes ends in murder.It is a radical method of oppression in which human rights defenders,opposition activists, free speech activists and independentjournalists are removed from society because they are often on thefront line of the struggle against authoritarian regimes. As wellcensoring calls for freedom and justice, dictatorships target thosewho make the calls.Enforced disappearances, which contravene international law and oftenthe law of the countries where they take place, must be condemnedfirmly. Without an effective struggle against this evil, withoutbinding measures that require respect for the basic legal rules onarrest and detention, any improvement in fundamental freedoms isimpossible. The widespread or systematic practice of enforceddisappearance is a crime against humanity. The prosecution of thoseresponsible should be a priority.Article 2 of the convention defines “enforced disappearance” as “thearrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation ofliberty by agents of the state or by persons or groups of personsacting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the state,followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or byconcealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person,which place such a person outside the protection of the law.” MEXICOJournalist María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, of the daily papers Diariode Zamora and Cambio de Michoacán (in the southwestern state ofMichoacán), disappeared in 2009. Marco Antonio López Ortiz, newseditor of the Acapulco paper El Sur (in the southwestern state ofGuerrero), vanished in June 2011. No official investigation hasproduced any results. VIETNAMThe netizen Paulus Le Son was arrested on 3 August 2011 in Hanoi in the course of a major police operation targeting a dozen Catholics. There has been no news of him since then. It was the second time he was arrested this year. PAKISTANJournalist Rehmatullah Darpakhel was kidnapped in North Waziristan on11 August 2011. MIDDLE EASTMany foreign and Libyan journalists were detained for several days bysupporters of the Gaddafi regime with no news of where they were beingheld or their conditions of detention. Disappearances are alsofrequent in Syria of journalists, activists and witnesses to therepression by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. last_img read more

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Hopes for bumper tourism summer season in Donegal

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Previous articleDonegal gets big share in road improvements fundingNext articleTractor driver fails roadside drug test in south Donegal News Highland By News Highland – February 15, 2021 Hopes for bumper tourism summer season in Donegal The Donegal Chair of the Irish Hotel’s Federation believes there’s every reason to be optimistic that Donegal will have a good tourism season in the latter half of the summer. Last summer saw a big draw towards staycations with the county reaping the benefits of people holidaying at home.Donegal Chair of IHF Paul Diver says a serious conversation needs to be had on local tourism when the time is right.With Donegal heavily reliant on tourists from Northern Ireland, Mr. Diver says it’s important the Republic catches up on the vaccine rollout:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/diver1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Google+ WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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The power of trans

first_imgIt was all about transformation.“Trans Arts” was a two-hour panel Wednesday of poets, critics, and performers who in some cases identify with the gender opposite from the bodies in which they were born.Stephen (sometimes Stephanie) Burt, a Harvard professor of English, moderated the late-afternoon panel at Sackler Lecture Hall, wearing flats, a stylish black dress, and a deep black, shoulder-length wig.He also emceed two hours of evening performances, including a video by documentarian D’hana Perry and storytelling by transgender legend and “Gender Outlaw” author Kate Bornstein, whose 2012 memoir is titled “A Queer and Pleasant Danger.” To see Bornstein at work, said Burt afterward, was “transformational.”That was the idea. Before the event, Homi Bhabha, director of Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center, described it as a University-wide coming out for the trans arts, including texts, media, and performances from within the world of what insiders call the trans and genderqueer life. The center was co-sponsor of “Trans Arts,” along with the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.It is time “to help build communities” in support of art-making outside the cultural binary of gender norms, Bhabha told an audience of 70. “Transgender occupies an extremely important political and cultural territory in contemporary society.” Its art and even its existence, he said, “trumps the tyranny of identity… It disturbs gender norms grounded in polarities.”In April, Bhabha read Burt’s “Diary” in the London Review of Books, an account of a convention for the transgendered in suburban Massachusetts. (“I am looking for better answers,” Burt wrote of his periodic adult experiments in cross-dressing, “and for better shoes.”) Bhabha wrote his colleague the next morning, and the idea of “Trans Arts” came to be.The panel, as the subject might suggest, offered a modern touch and a skew toward youth, as did the audience. Panelist Kat Baus ’15, an English concentrator, is on Harvard’s slam poetry team. Perry, a video experimentalist with a recent M.F.A. from Emerson College, is a DJ who follows New York’s club scene. Michael M. Weinstein, a Ph.D. student in English at Harvard, is a young critic and creative writer. And Tim Trace Peterson is co-editor of “Troubling the Line,” a new poetry collection featuring trans writers.But the panel embodied the fact that transgender life is for some older people too, and that it goes back in time. Bornstein is 65, and joked that her performances — theatrical, one-woman renderings of written texts — evoke the past. Panelist Michael Bronski, a journalist and critic in his 60s who has written  “A Queer History of the United States,” kept going back to the cross-gender explorations of 18th-century novelist Samuel Richardson.The 40-something Burt opened with a few lines from Book I of the 17th-century epic poem “Paradise Lost,” which even today delivers a whiff of modern air: “For spirits when they please / Can either sex assume, or both …”“Trans Art” was about the ambiguities that emerge when a person “can either sex assume,” to say nothing of those making a transition from one gender to another. “It’s complicated,” said Burt — a statement he said could easily be “a crawl along the bottom of the screen” if “Trans Art” had been a television show. “Your inner feelings complicate the binary.” The first thing gender ambiguities often yield is an attraction to live theater, he said, where from the beginning gender-switching was a part of acting, and where men for centuries played women onstage.But with the emergence of video, said Burt, the trans art world is no longer dependent on just books or on live theater.Such gender ambiguities can yield a commonality of experience. Panelists recounted those moments when, say, someone confronts you on the subway or in a coffee shop with a question that might be just existential if it were not funny too: “Who are you?”Perry “experiences life in between,” in a gender twilight outside cultural norms. Someone might say “sir” in line at a checkout counter, and “at home I might be ‘they’ to them. To other people I might be ‘she.’”Burt called it a case of “bodies and gender roles that don’t match with one another.” That clash itself could lead to “lives as works of art” among the transgendered, said Bronski. If so, those lives are often performance art. Perry remembered being called “a twofer” by a man puzzled at the idea of gender ambiguity. “I’m someone who ends up existing nowhere and everywhere at the same time.”Weinstein recalled a stranger asking, “Are you a male or a female? I can’t quite figure it out.” His answer was, “Have a nice day.” Baus told a story like that about the subway, and the apparent need “to be read as one or the other” by people in public — wanting to explain that, in gender terms, “there are folks who can’t live in your architecture.”In a clip from “Loose,” a video work-in-progress, Perry showed a black girl coming out as a boy, but whose outfit, attitude, and skin color now made her threatening as well as puzzling. It’s part of “the doubletalk you get,” said Perry, “when you don’t fit in someone’s box.”Peterson said that a few themes emerged among the 54 trans poets featured in the collection, all in answer to the pressures and pleasures of gender ambiguity. One theme concerned the imagination that the cultural margins sometimes spur in artists and writers. (She mentioned Burt’s poetry as an example.) Then there was the courage it takes to write from the cultural outside, and the trauma that can reflect, too.The panel showed there was plenty of room for trans artists to poke fun at one another, and at the carnival the transgender world can sometimes appear to be. There’s a lot of “let’s show” to trans arts, said Burt, but sad social realities leaven that playfulness. “A lot of people are being fired, hurt, or being killed for who they are,” Burt said.Celebrate the “culture of the trans,” Bhabha suggested earlier, but be awake to transgender realities that exist “at the limits of love and rejection. The trans arts are as much about justice as they are about joy.”last_img read more

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New Zealand Pastor To Visit Batesville In August

first_imgPastor Graham Renouf will bring his message to Church on the Rock in August.BATESVILLE — Church on the Rock will welcome New Zealand Pastor Graham Renouf Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10.He will be speaking at the church at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. Sunday.Pastor Renouf began serving as a pastor in New Zealand in 1990 and has spent the past decade traveling internationally.The public is welcome to attend the free event.Church on the Rock is located at 407 N. Township Line Rd. in Batesville. More information is available by contacting the church at (812) 934-5192.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Blank Cubs In Tennis Opener

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Tennis team defeated Madison 5-0 to open up their season.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe defeated Cooper Yancey 6-2, 6-1.#2 Singles- George Ritter defeated Jeremy Huff 6-3, 6-3.#3 Singles- Will Harmeyer defeated Haniah Kring 6-0, 6-0.#1 Doubles- Cooper Williams & Sam Giesting defeated Gabe True & Quinten Humes 6-0, 6-1.#2 Doubles- Lane Westerfeld & Adam Scott defeated Dalton Owen & Garrett Robinson 6-0, 6-2.In JV play, Ben Rodgers & Brayden Worthington won 8-0 while the doubles teams of Lane Oesterling & Grant Story and Jonathan Hoff & Sam Voegele were also winners.Both teams are 1-0 on the season and play at home against Milan on Tuesday at 4:00.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

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