Imprisoned journalist dies of TB after authorities repeatedly refuse treatment

first_img RSF_en October 5, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned journalist dies of TB after authorities repeatedly refuse treatment Follow the news on Nepal Organisation Help by sharing this information News News News June 8, 2020 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story to go further Maheshwor Pahari (picture), a journalist who had been detained in the western city of Pokhara since January 2004, has died of tuberculosis. The prison authorities repeatedly refused to give him proper treatment. Reporters Without Borders asks Ian Martin, the representative of the UN high commissioner for human rights in Nepal, to investigate his death and establish who was responsible. Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the death of imprisoned journalist Maheshwor Pahari from tuberculosis last night after the authorities repeatedly refused to treat him. He was aged just 30.“The government has a clear responsibility in this young journalist’s death,” the press freedom organisation said. “Held secretly for months, tortured and then put in an extremely overcrowded cell, Pahari is the latest victim of the security forces’ criminal policy towards anyone suspected of sympathising with the Maoist rebels.”Reporters Without Borders continued: “We call on Ian Martin, the representative of the UN high commissioner for human rights in Nepal, to launch an investigation into Pahari’s death to determine where the responsibility lies.”After this tragedy, the government should immediately release the other three journalists still imprisoned in Nepal, Tej Narayan Sapkota, Rupak Sapkota and Nagendra Upadhyay, the organisation added.Pahari died just one week after being transferred from the main prison in the western city of Pokhara to the regional hospital located in the same city. Although doctors had been recommending his transfer to Kathmandu for treatment, the prison authorities had again just refused to do this. Until the end, the police refused to let his friends and fellow journalists see him. Only his wife was able to talk to him for a few minutes in the hospital.Pahari had been ill for several months but the prison guards refused to provide him with the necessary medicines or improve his conditions of detention. He was held with about 100 other detainees in a cell designed for 20 prisoners.According to statements obtained by Reporters Without Borders from several sources, Pahari was in good health at the time of his arrest.His wife and mother of his two children, Durga Pahari, said: “The doctors recommended his transfer to a better hospital but because of the ignorance of the guards and prison management, he died.”Pahari worked for the local weekly Rastriya Swabhiman, which stopped publishing after the Maoist rebels broke off the cease-fire in August 2003. The security forces had hounded him for years because, although they had no proof, they suspected him of links with the rebels.He was arrested on 2 January 2004 and was secretly held at Phulbari barracks near Pokhara under the anti-terrorism law. As he left Kaski prison near Pokhara on 13 May 2005 on completion of a six-month sentence, he was re-arrested and taken to Ward police station in Bagar, a northern district of Pokhara. Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill May 29, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

China unofficial Christian churches petition ministers

first_img Sharing is caring! 90 Views   no discussions FaithInternationalLifestylePrint China unofficial Christian churches petition ministers by: – May 12, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Shouwang is one of Beijing’s biggest “underground” Churches, with more than 1,000 membersThe leaders of 17 unofficial Christian churches in China have appealed to political leaders to protect their right to worship.A petition was delivered to parliament demanding an investigation into the treatment of Shouwang church members.China’s constitution guarantees freedom of worship but dozens of church members have been arrested in recent months.Of China’s estimated 70m Christians, about 50m worship with unregistered groups known as “house” churches.The rest attend government-approved churches.‘Protection of the liberty’Shouwang is one of Beijing’s biggest so-called underground churches, with more than 1,000 members.Such groups are broadly tolerated, but Shouwang leaders have annoyed the authorities in recent weeks by insisting on trying to hold services in the open, after the lease on church premises was terminated.The petition, which was signed by the pastors of 17 of the leading house churches, was addressed to the National People’s Congress chairman, Wu Bangguo.“We have observed the conflict between state and church unfolding recently in our capital Beijing and have so far seen no sign of the conflict being resolved,” the petition said.It urged ministers for a new law for the “protection of the liberty of religious faith”.China’s Foreign Ministry said Shouwang members had “tried repeatedly to gather illegally in the streets” and the government response was intended to “maintain public order and security”.“The Chinese government safeguards the right of Chinese citizens to religious freedom and freedom of faith in accordance with the law,” spokesman Jiang Yu said at a news briefing.“At the same time, while enjoying their freedom, citizens must respect their legal rights and obligations and cannot harm the public interest.”BBC News Share Tweetlast_img read more

Love and Harmony Cruise 2018

first_imgLove and Harmony Cruise By Howard CampbellOrganizers of the second Love and Harmony Cruise have long launched their promotional campaign for the March 24-29 gig, but some of their best publicity has come without spending a dime.Ultimate Caribbean Experience“Advertising and marketing has really taken on the same approach as last year, but what we have noticed is that word of mouth has impacted our sales. So, people are recruiting their friends and family to come and be a part of the ultimate Caribbean experience aboard the Love and Harmony Cruise,” said Ronnie Tomlinson, the event’s publicist.Tomlinson told Caribbean National Weekly that the cruise is scheduled to leave Fort Lauderdale on March 24 and make stops in Montego Bay and Georgetown, Cayman.This year’s maiden voyage took place in February/March, and had stops in Miami and Ocho Rios.Targeting dancehall and lovers-rock reggae fansOnce again, promoters are eyeing markets that are strong on dancehall and lovers rock reggae as the main source of clientele.“We are trying to engage lovers of all music especially lovers of reggae and dancehall. Therefore, we know there is a vast array of people who love reggae and dancehall globally, so we definitely take that into consideration this year in our marketing and promotions as well as we target the Caribbean, US, UK and Canada,” she said.Beres Hammond the main featureLovers rock king Beres Hammond is again the mainstay. Vocal quartet, LUST, and deejay Elephant Man are also on the return trip which will have an added attraction for passengers who get restless at sea.“Last year we learned that the patrons loved the idea of playing dominoes and we didn’t have enough dominoes. Therefore, this year we will have the first official domino tournament hosted by Beres Hammond, and a winner will be declared,” said Tomlinson.Larger shipA much larger ship, the Caribbean X Summit, will host Love And Harmony Cruise 2018.Another diverse cast of acts will perform. They include Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Mr. Vegas, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Kevin Lyttle, Rupee, Patrice Roberts and Kerwin Dubois. Comedy duo, Ity and Fancy Cat, are also billed.Brain child of DJ JabbaThe Love and Harmony Cruise is the brainchild of DJ Jabba, best known as a Disc Jockey and sound system selector alongside Bobby Konders in New York. His partner in the venture is Miami businessman Joey Budafuco.Following this year’s event, Jabba said the cruise was 90 per cent booked with most of the fans being Jamaicans who live in  the United States. Fans also came from The Bahamas, Bermuda, Haiti, Guyana, Canada, Nigeria and Australia.last_img read more

VIDEO: Athletes Flagged Off

first_imgA record team of athletes will represent Uganda at the world championships starting 5th august.Share on: WhatsApp VIDEO: Athletes Flagged OffKampala, Uganda | NBS TV | Twenty athletes including Seven female and thirteen males have been flagged off to London this morning by national council of sports general secretary Nicolas Muramagi at the NCS headquarters in lugogo.last_img

HALO FARMS’ HOMEBRED DANZING CANDY CRUISES TO TWO LENGTH WIN IN GRADE II, $400,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES; SMITH & SISE TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILES WIN IN 1:43.04

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2016)–Halo Farms’ front-running Danzing Candy cruised to an impressive two length win under Mike Smith in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Clifford Sise, the lightly raced Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.04 and picked up 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, assuring him of a berth in the Run for the Roses on May 7.“He warmed up great, he was on his toes,” said Smith. “Our game plan was to put him on the lead unless he didn’t jump out of there well. We didn’t want to experiment…I left there very aggressive and he didn’t get away with anything (slow fractions). If you go 22 on this track today, you’re smokin’. And for him to hold off the caliber of horses he held off, was very impressive.”Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and owned by Halo Farms and Jim and Diane Bashor, Danzing Candy paid $13.00, $5.20 and $3.40. A maiden special weight winner two starts back on Dec. 26, Danzing Candy was a 5 ¾ length allowance winner here on Feb. 4 and thus picked up his third win from four starts. With the winner’s share of $240,000, he increased his earnings to $308,650.“I expected him to be on the lead,” said Sise. “We didn’t want to experiment in this race. Mike just said, ‘I’ll let him come out the first few jumps and if he’s there, he’s there. If somebody sends, he’ll sit second.“He (broke) much better today. He’s good now. We’ll stay for the Santa Anita Derby (Grade I, $1 million at 1 1/8 miles April 9). He’s three for three on this track. Why would we change now? I don’t see any reason to, but you never know. You’ve got to leave that up to the owners.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, favored Mor Spirit appeared to get a bit rank around the Club House turn, but settled readily down the backside when next to last going past the half mile pole. With a cue from Stevens, he picked it up between horses around the far turn, rallied well, while within himself for second money and galloped out on terms with the winner past the wire.Off at 8-5 in a field of six Derby hopefuls, Mor Spirit paid $3.40 and $2.20.“I’m very happy, because he was way too keen in the early part of the race, he was really fresh…” said Stevens. “He was super sharp. As I was coming into the lane, I knew I wasn’t going to catch the winner, but I knew we had to get some (Kentucky Derby) points. I like where we’re sitting for the Santa Anita Derby. I lost a battle today, but I like our position. Bob (Baffert) was happy, so I’m happy…He’ll settle a little better for me in the Santa Anita Derby.Exaggerator, who is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother, Kent, was content to lag early and picked it up in eye-catching fashion heading into the far turn as he skimmed the rail, but he flattened out late, finishing three quarters of length behind Mor Spirit.The second wagering choice at 2-1, Exaggerator paid $2.40 to show.With the winner getting 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, the second, third and fourth place finishers earned 20, 10 and five points respectively.Danzing Candy set fractions of 22.96, 46.11, 1:11.04 and 1:36.38 over a main track that although was listed as fast, had been dulled by heavy afternoon rains on Friday. 1-2-3 FINISHERS HEADED TO GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY ON APRIL 9last_img read more