Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Belarus News The EU-Russia summit opening today in Helsinki is meant to relaunch dialogue on a range of issues. Russia must be reminded that fulfilling the undertakings it has given to defend basic freedoms, including press freedom, is obligatory. Help by sharing this information News November 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Helsinki summit: Europe urged to remind Russia of its human rights commitments Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more Poland’s veto on talks about a new economic and energy partnership has not left the European Union and Russia without anything to discuss at the Helsinki summit that opens today, as the EU has a duty to remind Russia of its undertakings to defend basic freedoms, Reporters Without Borders said, condemning the tendency to regard human rights as secondary to economic issues.“Many converging factors point to a decline in press freedom in Russia, of which the latest and most dramatic has obviously been the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in broad daylight in Moscow in October,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It brought to 21 the total of journalists killed for doing their job in Russia, in a climate of extremely disturbing impunity, since Vladimir Putin became president in March 2000.”The organisation continued: “Russian society must itself put a stop to this violence and we therefore urge Europe’s leaders to remind their Russian counterparts that the international community expects these murders to be solved. We ask in particular that no effort should be spared in identifying the perpetrators and instigators of Politkovskaya’s murder. Europe’s legitimacy and moral authority and the need to show support for Russia’s journalists and human rights activists are all at stake.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Russia is one of the signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is also a member of the Council of Europe, and held its presidency until 15 November. It has therefore signed an explicit undertaking to respect and protect human rights. We urge the European authorities, as guarantors of respect for these values, to remind Russia that compliance with this undertaking is obligatory.”The EU-Russia summit was supposed to discuss the terms of a new economic partnership, as the current one expires at the end of next year, but Poland vetoed the opening of talks because of a Russian embargo on Poland’s meat and vegetable exports. Russia has responded by threatening to embargo all European meat from the start of next year, when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU. to go further Organisation “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out more
By Dialogo January 22, 2013 Authorities in the United States arrested and charged 12 people for being involved in a human trafficking network aimed at prostitution that introduced women from Mexico and Nicaragua into the country, the U.S. Department of Justice informed on January 17. During Operation “Dark Night”, 11 victims were rescued and 44 precautionary arrests were made, according to a statement released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Joaquín Méndez Hernández, aka “El Flaco”, was the network leader, who brought women to the U.S. by promising them employment, then forcing them into sex work in several southeastern states, according to the accusation. Méndez Hernández once threatened a Mexican woman with deportation unless she received 25 customers a day, stated the accusation submitted before the court in Savannah, Georgia. “Few crimes are so harmful and damage victims as much as” sex trafficking does, ICE Director John Morton expressed. “We should not rest in the fight against this scourge, either in our country or abroad,” he added.
Telegraph (UK) 11 Jan 2013More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing alarm that same-sex marriage could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. In one of the biggest joint letters of its type ever written, they raise fears that their freedom to practise and speak about their faith will be “severely” limited and dismiss Government reassurances as “meaningless”. They even liken David Cameron’s moves to redefine marriage to those of Henry VIII, whose efforts to secure a divorce from Katherine of Aragon triggered centuries of bloody upheaval between church and state. They claim that, taken in combination with equalities laws and other legal restraints, the Coalition’s plans will prevent Catholics and other Christians who work in schools, charities and other public bodies speaking freely about their beliefs on the meaning of marriage. Even the freedom to speak from the pulpit could be under threat, they claim. And they fear that Christians who believe in the traditional meaning of marriage would effectively be excluded from some jobs – just as Catholics were barred from many professions from the Reformation until the 19th Century.Rev Dr Andrew Pinsent, a leading Oxford University theologian, who also signed the letter, said: “We are very sensitive to this historically because of course the reformation started in England as a matter of marriage. “Henry VIII could have been forgiven for his adultery but he didn’t want to do that, he wanted to control marriage and redefine what was a marriage and wasn’t. Because the Church would not concede that point, that launched three centuries of great upheaval in English society, and from the Catholic point of view life was very difficult. We fear that what is happening now is that a network of laws are being put in place which would violate our freedom of conscience.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9795680/Gay-marriage-could-signal-return-to-centuries-of-persecution-say-1000-Catholic-priests.html