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Media, human rights groups urge Obama and Trudeau to call for charges against Turkish journalists to be dropped

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Several media and human rights organisations have joined Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in letters to United States President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 8 and 9. The letters ask each head of state to call for charges to be dropped against RSF’s Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu and his two colleagues, Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Ahmet Nesin, as both leaders prepare to meet with Turkish President Erdogan at the summit. News Organisation President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20500 Paris, July 7, 2016 Dear Mr. President, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international organization that defends press freedom, and the undersigned organizations would like to draw your attention to the ridiculous terrorism charges being brought against three journalists in Turkey – Erol Önderoglu, Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Ahmet Nesin. As you are about to travel to Poland July 8 and 9 for a NATO summit, we ask that you urge Turkish President Erdogan to call for all charges against Önderoglu, Fincanci and Nesin to be dropped, to reform Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws that are being used to prosecute journalists and human rights defenders who are merely doing their job, and release all remaining journalists in prison. A leading defender of freedom of information in Turkey, Erol Önderoglu has been RSF’s Turkey representative for the past 20 years. He has written many of our organization’s reports and he covers Turkish free speech issues for the Bianet news website. A valued council member of IFEX, the global network defending and promoting free expression, he is often consulted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and many other international organizations. He is also very well known in his country. Sebnem Korur Fincanci is a journalist, writer and professor of medicine, and she heads Turkey’s leading human rights NGO, the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV). Ahmet Nesin is a well-known journalist and writer who heads the Nesin Foundation. Created by leading author and playwright Aziz Nesin, it helps children in difficulty. Önderoglu and his two colleagues were arrested and placed in pre-trial detention on June 20 because they showed support for the Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem by symbolically acting as its editor-in-chief for one day. They have been charged with “terrorist propaganda,” “incitement to commit a crime” and “praising a crime or a criminal” on the basis of articles published on May 18, May 30 and June 7 about power struggles within the various Turkish security forces and about the ongoing military operations against Kurdish rebels affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeastern Anatolia. They spent more than ten days in pre-trial detention until Önderoglu and Fincanci were released on bail on June 30. Their colleague Nesin was released the following day. None of the charges against them have been dropped and they are still facing prison terms of up to 14.5 years. Önderoglu and Fincanci’s first trial hearing is set for November 11. The legal proceedings against them are a direct continuation of the aggressive approach to the media seen in the proceedings against well-known journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül launched in June 2015. They are indicative of the way the authorities are cracking down on Turkish civil society and are misusing the country’s draconian anti-terrorism law. Ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, the Turkish government is intensifying its repression of journalists. After his release on June 30, Önderoglu told RSF “our arrests show that the traditional harassment of journalists is being progressively extended to all civil society critics. At a time when the Turkish authorities are trying to restore their credibility with European institutions, their respect for international legal standards of freedom of expression is long overdue.” There is still much more that must be done for Önderoglu and his colleagues. While they never should have spent a single day in detention to begin with, we strongly believe that the international outcry caused by their arrest played a role in their release. As one of Turkey’s allies, we are counting on the United States to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression and information in Turkey. I thank you in advance, Mr. President, for the careful attention you give to this letter. Sincerely, Christophe Deloire, Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President, Freedom HouseEylem Delikanli, Founding Co-op Member and Researcher, Research Institute on TurkeyKarin Deutsch Karlekar, Director of Free Expression Programs, PEN AmericaAnnie Game, Executive Director, IFEXCourtney Radsch, Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists Susannah Sirkin, Director of International Policy & Partnerships, Physicians for Human Rights —————————–Prime Minister Justin TrudeauOffice of the Prime Minister80 Wellington StreetOttawa, ON K1A 0A2 Canada Paris, July 7, 2016Dear Prime Minister,Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international organization that defends press freedom, and the undersigned organizations would like to draw your attention to the ridiculous terrorism charges being brought against three journalists in Turkey – Erol Önderoglu, Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Ahmet Nesin.As you are about to travel to Poland July 8 and 9 for a NATO summit, we ask that you urge Turkish President Erdogan to call for all charges against Önderoglu, Fincanci and Nesin to be dropped, to reform Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws that are being used to prosecute journalists and human rights defenders who are merely doing their job, and release all remaining journalists in prison.A leading defender of freedom of information in Turkey, Erol Önderoglu has been RSF’s Turkey representative for the past 20 years. He has written many of our organization’s reports and he covers Turkish free speech issues for the Bianet news website. A valued council member of IFEX, the global network defending and promoting free expression, he is often consulted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and many other international organizations. He is also very well known in his country.Sebnem Korur Fincanci is a journalist, writer and professor of medicine, and she heads Turkey’s leading human rights NGO, the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV). Ahmet Nesin is a well-known journalist and writer who heads the Nesin Foundation. Created by leading author and playwright Aziz Nesin, it helps children in difficulty.Önderoglu and his two colleagues were arrested and placed in pre-trial detention on June 20 because they showed support for the Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem by symbolically acting as its editor-in-chief for one day. They have been charged with “terrorist propaganda,” “incitement to commit a crime” and “praising a crime or a criminal” on the basis of articles published on May 18, May 30 and June 7 about power struggles within the various Turkish security forces and about the ongoing military operations against Kurdish rebels affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeastern Anatolia.They spent more than ten days in pre-trial detention until Önderoglu and Fincanci were released on bail on June 30. Their colleague Nesin was released the following day. None of the charges against them have been dropped and they are still facing prison terms of up to 14.5 years. Önderoglu and Fincanci’s first trial hearing is set for November 11.The legal proceedings against them are a direct continuation of the aggressive approach to the media seen in the proceedings against well-known journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül launched in June 2015. They are indicative of the way the authorities are cracking down on Turkish civil society and are misusing the country’s draconian anti-terrorism law.Ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, the Turkish government is intensifying its repression of journalists. After his release on June 30, Önderoglu told RSF “our arrests show that the traditional harassment of journalists is being progressively extended to all civil society critics. At a time when the Turkish authorities are trying to restore their credibility with European institutions, their respect for international legal standards of freedom of expression is long overdue.”There is still much more that must be done for Önderoglu and his colleagues. While they never should have spent a single day in detention to begin with, we strongly believe that the international outcry caused by their arrest played a role in their release.Since becoming Canada’s Prime Minister you have re-affirmed your country’s commitment to human rights. Now we are counting on you to demonstrate this commitment to freedom of expression and information in Turkey alongside your friend and ally, President Barack Obama of the United States of America, whom we have also contacted on this matter.I thank you in advance, Prime Minister, for the careful attention you give to this letter.Sincerely,Christophe Deloire, Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Eylem Delikanli, Founding Co-op Member and Researcher, Research Institute on TurkeyAnnie Game, Executive Director, IFEXTom Henheffer, Executive Director, Canadian Journalists for Free ExpressionLise Millette, President, Quebec Professional Federation of JournalistsSusannah Sirkin, Director of International Policy & Partnerships, Physicians for Human RightsNick Taylor-Vaisey, President, Canadian Association of JournalistsGrace Westcott, Executive Director, PEN Canada Receive email alerts April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression to go furthercenter_img Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit in Antalya, November 15, 2015 OZAN KOSE / AFP TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Follow the news on Turkey April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News July 7, 2016 – Updated on July 8, 2016 Media, human rights groups urge Obama and Trudeau to call for charges against Turkish journalists to be dropped News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Loughill honour for Limerick gun runners

first_img Previous articleMurder suspect is admitted to Central Mental HospitalNext articleCouncil to debate JobBridge ban Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter NewsLocal NewsLoughill honour for Limerick gun runnersBy Alan Jacques – September 18, 2014 1119 WhatsApp Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Molly Childers and Mary Spring Rice on the Asgard, 1914FOYNES woman Mary Spring Rice was a prominent member of the crew of the Asgard that famously landed 900 rifles and ammunition at Howth harbour in the summer of 1914.This Sunday at 2pm the crucial role played by Mary and other Limerick people in the importation of arms for the Irish Volunteers will be marked with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Mount Trenchard Churchyard in Loughill – the County Limerick gun-runner’s last resting place.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Conor O’Brien of Foynes Island, who later made the first circumnavigation of the globe in the Saoirse, flying the flag of the newly independent Irish Free State, is also buried at Loughill. He was the owner and skipper of the Kelpie in 1914 and along with his sister Kitty and Foynes sailors George Cahill and Tom Fitzsimons they conveyed a second consignment of arms from Germany to St Tudwall’s Island, off the Welsh coast.The 600 rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were transferred from there to the Chotah, owned and skippered by Limerick-born Sir Thomas Myles, then President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and were landed at Kilcoole, County Wicklow on August 1, 1914. A total of 15,000 rifles and 45,000 rounds of ammunition were landed in 1914.To honour these Irish nationalist activists, a commemorative booklet is being published by the Mount Trenchard Memorial Committee. The memorial plaque, to be unveiled this weekend, has been sculpted by Cliodhna Cussen.A shuttle bus will run this Sunday between the churches at Foynes and Loughill to the Mount Trenchard churchyard. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories center_img TAGSConor O’BrienfoynesFoynes IslandlimerickLoughillMary Spring RiceMount Trenchard Churchyardthe Asgardthe Kelpie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Green Mountain College adds master’s in sustainable food systems

first_imgGreen Mountain College announced today that it will offer a distance-learning master’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), which builds on the surging interest in food and agriculture issues in the U.S. and on the success of the College’s undergraduate major in sustainable agriculture. The MSFS program has received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and GMC plans to launch its first cohort in January, 2012.Over thirty undergraduate students already focus their academic work on food systems at the College. Four grants over the past three years totaling over $250,000 have enhanced facilities and supported faculty research capacity at the College’s Cerridwen Farm and the adjoining Solar Harvest Center.”Agriculture is an essential component not only of our economy but of our life-support systems,” saidPhilip Ackerman-Leist, director of GMC’s Farm and Food Project and associate professor of environmental studies. “There is significant demand for interdisciplinary programs related to food, and we’ve built the capacity to offer a strong graduate level program.”The primary objective of the MSFS is to educate leaders in food and agricultural systems with a graduate level interdisciplinary program focused on sustainable production and knowledge of the economic, ecological, and social forces driving food systems. Students will conduct in-depth interdisciplinary investigations into the complex arena of agriculture in their own bioregions. Because the new MSFS program follows Green Mountain’s online graduate studies model, students can compare research with cohorts from other parts of the U.S. and abroad.”People working in food systems’be it on the farm or in food-related enterprises’tend to be deeply rooted on the land and wedded to their work,” said Ackerman-Leist. “To pick up and move from their home communities to pursue a professional degree is highly problematic. Our distance learning model allows students to continue their work at home while learning about agriculture in other regions from their peers. The composition of the student cohorts is intentionally diverse.”In 2006, the College initiated two online graduate programs, an MS in environmental studies and an M.B.A. in sustainable business. Currently over 100 students participate in these two programs. For more information on the MSFS program, visit http://msfs.greenmtn.edu/(link is external).Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution with 700 students that takes the environment as a unifying theme across the curriculum. The College was named America’s “Coolest School” in 2010 by Sierra magazine.SOURCE Green Mountain College. POULTNEY, Vt., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Celebrating Pride Month

first_imgJune marks the 50th anniversary of Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ members within our communities and to commit to creating a more diverse, inclusive and tolerant society.At CO-OP, we believe this effort goes beyond simply eliminating workplace discrimination against age, disabilities, gender, race and ethnicity, and, of course, sexual orientation and identity. Which is why we launched our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Council, to commit towards fostering a workplace where every employee feels valued, respected, and connected. All year-round, our DE&I Council has helped create a dialogue and share information geared towards promoting equality in the workplace, including a webinar on gender and sexual identity earlier this month.“Creating an inclusive environment helps to make sure that we get the best of people at work every day,” said Cheryl Middleton Jones, Chief People Officer. “Personally, I know that I function best in an environment that is inclusive and accepting of others, as well as accepting the ideas and thoughts of everyone.  Diversity breeds inclusiveness, and better ideas.”And data suggests that inclusiveness leads to better outcomes. According to Forbes, inclusive teams make better business decisions up to 87% of the time and twice as fast. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Giroud kickstarts Chelsea career with Southampton fightback

first_img“The most important thing is to never give up, believe in our quality, play our game and I am proud of what we have done today.”Defeat is another body blow to Saints’ chances of avoiding relegation as they remain rooted in the bottom three when for so long they seemed set for a first home win in the Premier League since November. Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek put the hosts in command, but Giroud struck either side of Eden Hazard’s equaliser to cut the gap on Liverpool and Tottenham in the fight for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season to seven points.“As long as it is mathematically possible we will believe we can reach the top four,” added Giroud. “We have got five finals to play, after that we will see.”The two sides will meet again in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend, and Southampton will do well to raise themselves for cup glory with their place in the Premier League next season looking ever more precarious. Southampton, United States | AFP | Olivier Giroud hopes to have kickstarted his Chelsea career after coming off the bench to inspire an eight-minute turnaround from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton on Saturday with his first Premier League goals for the club.The French international striker has largely struggled to make an impact since his deadline day move from Arsenal in January, putting his place at the World Cup at risk.“I’ve been through some difficulties in my career, but I always try to come back stronger and it happened today,” said Giroud.center_img “As has been the case all year apparently we’ve got a soft underbelly,” said Saints boss Mark Hughes, whose three Premier League games in charge have now all ended in defeats. “When the momentum shifts against us we can’t get a platform and wait until the momentum swings our way again.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more