Open letter to new president about two imprisoned cyber-dissidents

first_img Receive email alerts Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Vietnam to go furthercenter_img Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Nguyen Minh Triet, who has just taken over from Tran Duc Luong as Vietnam’s president, asking him to pardon Pham Hong Son (photo) and Nguyen Vu Binh, two cyber-dissidents who are serving prison sentences of five and seven years respectively. The letter drew attention to Pham Hong Son’s state of health, which is particularly worrying. News June 29, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to new president about two imprisoned cyber-dissidents April 27, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more Organisation ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org VietnamAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Nguyen Minh Triet, who has just taken over from Tran Duc Luong as Vietnam’s president, asking him to pardon Pham Hong Son and Nguyen Vu Binh, two cyber-dissidents who are serving prison sentences of five and seven years respectively.The letter drew attention to Pham Hong Son’s state of health, which is particularly worrying. He has been held since 27 March 2002.”Dear Mr. President,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to take the opportunity of your appointment as President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to ask you to pardon Pham Hong Son and Nguyen Vu Binh, two prisoners of conscience whose only crime was to express their opinions on the Internet.We are particularly concerned about the state of health of Pham Hong Son, who was arrested on 27 March 2002. A physician and marketing executive with a pharmaceutical company, he was sentenced on appeal on 26 August 2003 to five years in prison and three years of house arrest. He has an inguinal hernia that could prove fatal if it is not operated on. He has also had chest pains and has been spitting up blood – the symptoms of tuberculosis – since July 2005 but he is not receiving appropriate treatment.Arrested on 25 September 2002, Nguyen Vu Binh was sentenced on 31 December 2003 to seven years in prison and three years of house arrest. A former journalist with an official publication of the Communist Party of Vietnam, he was accused of having relations with “subversive dissidents” such as Pham Hong Son and of posting articles on the Internet which, according to the authorities of your country, were of a “reactionary nature.”We ask you to re-examine the cases of these two prisoners, whose detention has gone on for too long. We also invite you to comply with the undertakings your country gave in its “white paper on human rights” in 2005, especially as regards free expression and the unrestricted use of the Internet. Concrete progress in this area would undoubtedly be hailed by the entire international community at a time when Vietnam is preparing to join the World Trade Organisation.I trust you will give these requests your careful consideration.”Sincerely,Robert Ménard, Secretary-GeneralPham Hong Son is sponsored by SVM Mac (France), Liberation.fr (France), Nathalie Griesbeck (a French member of the European Parliament), the House of the Press in Mons (Belgium), the House of the Press in Charleroi (Belgium), TéléPro magazine (Belgium), Vlan-Liège (Belgium), El Siglo (Spain), Periodistas-es.org (Spain) and The Concordian (Canada). RSF_en last_img read more

High school football players facing new sexual assault charges in alleged broom attack

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Md.) — A group of high school football players have been indicted on dozens of new charges in Maryland for allegedly raping four younger teammates in a school locker room.Four Damascus High School sophomores were indicted on multiple assault charges, accused of brutally sodomizing freshman players with a broomstick last month, Montgomery County State Attorney John McCarthy told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Friday.The 15-year-old suspects — identified as Jean Claude “JC” Abedi, Kristian “KJ” Jamal Lee, Will Daniel Smith and Caleb Thorpe — were each charged with eight counts of sexual assault, attempted assault and conspiracy to commit assault, McCarthy said. Each of the four teens were previously charged with rape, attempted rape and conspiracy to commit rape on Tuesday.Under Maryland law, the teens, who were charged as adults, could face up to life in prison over their alleged involvement.“Some people have used the term ‘hazing’ in relation to this, but this is not hazing,” McCarthy said. “We take this seriously and I’m not looking to send a message to anybody beyond the boys that were the victims in this case and those who committed these crimes that there will be accountability when you engaged in the kind of activities that these boys engaged in.”The Oct. 31 assaults came to light when the father of one of the victims found him sobbing in his room later that night and reported it to the school, according to charging documents. The high school’s principal “reported an assault involving a broom” the next day, according to the document from last week’s charges.“JC Abedi and KJ Lee grabbed [victim B] by the shoulders and threw him on the floor. One of them held his feet down and while he was face down on the ground, his pants were pulled down and he was ‘poked in his buttocks with the wooden broom,’” the document stated.The sophomores allegedly assaulted each freshman individually, according to the documents. At least two of the defendants could be heard laughing during the attack as one of the alleged victims yelled and screamed, according to the prior documents.The suspects allegedly pulled another victim’s hoodie “over the top of his head, punched him in the face, knocked him on his back and stomped on him,” during the assault, the arrest documents stated.One victim told police that “someone in the locker room stated that it would be good to do it to” him as well, before Abedi, Lee and Smith proceeded to hold him “face down on a bench in the locker room and pulled down his uniform practice pants and blue boxer shorts,” according to the documents, which identified the victim as “Victim C.”Victim C stated that “that they ‘stabbed’ his buttocks several times,” according to the documents. He described the broomstick as a wooden handle with a “cut on the tip of it” and said the assault went on for about 10 seconds before Abedi, Lee and Smith proceeded to do the same thing to another member of the Junior Varsity football team.Another student was involved as both a victim and suspect. That student was not identified “because he is a juvenile and is not being charged as an adult,” according to the arrest warrants. The status of his case, or what he is being charged with, are unclear.Authorities are now investigating if similar attacks have occurred in the past. One victim was told the act was a tradition at the school, but investigators have not “sustained or found any confirmed case of this ever happening before.”“We have pledged to the community to look beyond the incidents of Halloween this year, 2018, when this event took place to look back to prior years and we will fully investigate along with Montgomery police whether this has happened before,” McCarthy told GMA. “Is it urban lore or is this reality? We’re trying to find out what the truth of it is and quite candidly as I sit here today, I don’t know the answer to that question.”Authorities executed a search warrant for the locker room and collected a wooden broomstick as evidence, according to the court documents.Defense attorney David Felsen, who is representing Smith, told ABC News that he planned to file a motion to have the case sent back to juvenile court, which McCarthy said was “standard procedure.” Thorpe’s attorney, Shelly Brown, also said her client “should be treated as a child in the justice system.”“Jean-Claude is a young man who is caught up in case that is larger than him,” Abedi’s attorney, Daniel Wright, told ABC News following the rape charge. “Why is the school and the state seeking to fix all of the blame only on children?”Jason Downs, Lee’s attorney, did not respond to a request for comment, but said in court on Tuesday that his client was being painted as much more involved than he actually was.A spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

After the renovation, the Hilton Imperial opened in Dubrovnik

first_imgHilton Imperial Dubrovnik, built back in 1897, is one of the recognizable features of the city of Dubrovnik, and yesterday, after a five-month renovation, it received its first guests, writes Poslovni dnevnik.This year’s renovation of the reception area, all accommodation units and the Executive lounge breathed a new glow in combination with the old glamor, they point out in the hotel, but do not reveal the amount of investment. The Goddard Littlefair studio was hired for the renovation, and the materials used, parquets, furniture and lighting are Croatian products, while the walls are decorated with works by Croatian artists.“The Hilton Imperial is a cultural asset of this city which, due to its magnificent façade, often appears in pictures of tourists. We have preserved the distinctive exterior of the hotel as we have renovated the interior to revive the imperial history of the hotel. With the opening of the hotel, we continue the tradition of 120 years of providing first-class service to existing and future guests, said the general manager of the hotel Mario Matković.As part of the renovation, the hotel bar of the new name The Imperial Bar and Lounge has been renovated to match the elegant interior. The team of award-winning bartenders at The Imperial Bar has created a unique offering inspired by classic 1890s cocktails like Milk Punch. The bar is also known for its The Imperial Afternoon tea, which was served back in 1936 to King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson while they danced in the gardens of the old Imperial, the hotel explains.In addition to Hilton Dubrovnik and Zagreb’s DoubleTree by Hilton, two more Hilton hotels will open in the next two years, Hotel Canopy by Hilton will open by September in the Branimir Center instead of Arcotel, and the Hilton Garden Inn should open by the end of next year. in Radnička.Source: Business diary</p>
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Action packed afternoon in Tipp hurling and football

first_imgDrom & Inch were without Seamus Callanan for that one but he is back for this afternoons clash.Throw-in is at 3.30 in Holycross.Before that Carrick Swans and Kilruane McDonaghs meet at 1.45 in the first of a double header there. Kilruane will be looking to atone for their defeat in the North final while Swans haven’t been in action since losing the South semi-final in July.It’s an all north Tipp affair in Dolla this afternoon when All Ireland winning captain Brendan Maher will lead his Borrisoleigh side against Burgess…throw-in is at 3 o’clock.Also getting underway at that time is the game between South champions Mullinahone and Ballina in Templetuohy.Staying with hurling action and Moneygall and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams meet in the senior hurling relegation clash in Templetuohy at 1.30.Last evening Silvermines beat Moyne Templetuohy in their Round 1 relegation game on a scoreline of 19 points to 15.Meanwhile in gaelic football The destination of the West Senior Football title will be decided this afternoon.Galtee Rovers St Pecaun will take on Aherlow Gaels in Dundrum – throw-in is at 3 o’clock in Kickham Park.This will be preceded at 1.30 by the West Intermediate football final between Rockwell Rovers and Golden Kilfeackle. Two of the favourites to lift the Dan Breen Cup face each other in the County Senior hurling championship this afternoon.Loughmore Castleiney take on Drom & Inch in a repeat of the recent mid final.That went to extra time before Loughmore Castleiney came out on top.last_img read more