Cyberdissident still in prison despite release announcement

first_img February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyberdissident still in prison despite release announcement Help by sharing this information Austrian national Kamal Sayid Qadir, jailed for30 years in early January 2006 for posting”defamatory” articles online, is still behindbars despite an announcement more than a week agoby representatives of the autonomous IraqiKurdistan government that his release wasimminent.Reporters Without Borders called on the Austrianauthorities to maintain efforts to obtain a quickrelease for the cyberdissident. “We must continueto campaign for Kamal Sayid Qadir and hisfamily”, the organisation said.The Associated Press news agency reported astatement from Austrian Foreign Minister, UrsulaPlassnik, on 26 January 2006 that he had beenfreed the previous day. This report turned out tobe incorrect.————————–13.01.06Kamal Sayid Qadir ends his hunger strikeJurist Kamal Sayid Qadir, an Austrian national, began eating again nine days after starting a hunger strike in protest against his conviction, on 19 December 2005, to 30 years in prison. He took the decision after receiving a visit from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).According to the Kurdish authorities, Qadir was convicted on the basis of Article 1 of Law 21, adopted in 2003 by the national assembly of Kurdistan. The law lays down that “Anyone, who intentionally participates in an action intended to harm the security, peace and leadership of the institutions in Kurdish-Iraq, will be punished by a life sentence or temporary prison sentence”.This article replaced a law dating from Saddam Hussein’s regime which specified that “Anyone, who intentionally takes part in an action intended to harm the state government, the unity of the state or the security of its territory, will be hanged.”—————-10.01.06Kurds say 30-year sentence was imposed for defaming public institutionsReporters Without Borders today reiterated its call for the release of Kamal Sayid Qadir after the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq said his 30-year prison sentence was imposed in accordance with a law punishing “defamation of public institutions.” In a statement released yesterday, the Kurdish authorities said the law, identified as Law 21, was passed by the region’s national assembly and took effect in 2003. “The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) affirms that the principles of human rights and freedom of expression continue to be respected, promoted, and assured for all persons throughout the Kurdistan Region,” the statement added.Reporters Without Borders said: “We find it hard to believe that Iraq’s Kurdish authorities can say this after just sentencing a lawyer to 30 years in prison for defamation. Only extremely repressive countries have recourse to such heavy sentences for so-called crimes of opinion.”The press freedom organisation said Law 21 was contrary to international standards governing freedom of expression and called on the Kurdish authorities to repeal it.———————06.01.0630-year prison sentence for criticising Kurdish regional president in Internet articlesFamily says cyber-dissident has been on hunger strike for more than a weekReporters Without Borders wrote today to the president of the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani, asking him to intervene in the case of an Austrian citizen of Kurdish origin, Kamal Sayid Qadir, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison on 19 December for libelling him in articles posted on the Internet.“This incident bodes ill for freedom of expression in Iraq’s Kurdish region,” the press freedom organisation wrote. “We condemn the use of prison sentences to punish press offences and we are especially shocked by the length of this sentence, even if Qadir really did libel you. We therefore hope you will intervene to obtain his release and thereby show you intend to establish a fair judicial system in your region that complies with international standards.”Qadir was arrested on 26 October by members of the Parastin, a security service operated by the Kurdistan Democratic Party, one of the region’s two ruling parties. He is currently held in a prison in Erbil, one of the region’s main cities.A lawyer normally based in Vienna, Qadir, 48, is accused of libelling and insulting Barzani in web articles. He has written dozens of articles for websites such as and in which he has been very critical of Barzani’s policies. He was reportedly convicted on the basis of Kurdish customary law and not the law approved by the regional parliament. December 16, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further Organisation News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”center_img December 28, 2020 Find out more News ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Iraq According to his sister, who lives in Germany, he has been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest against his conviction. News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more


UEFA removed Chelsea star from Team of the Year to fit in Ronaldo

first_imgUEFA’s Team of the Year for 2019 certainly raised a few eyebrows upon its release yesterday. It wasn’t exactly the personnel included, rather the formation implemented for the players involved. Instead of going for the tried and tested 4-3-3 formation, UEFA opted to use a 4-2-4 one instead. That meant Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane and Robert Lewandowski lined up as a menacing front four. Seems a bit strange to include four forwards, doesn’t it? That’s because it was. As per the Daily Mail, UEFA altered the formation at the last minute to fit in Ronaldo. The Portuguese received less votes than Messi, Mane and Lewandowski in the forwards category and was set to miss out from the team altogether. This angered UEFA officials – such is Ronaldo’s popularity – so the original release date of the team was delayed by a week to manoeuvre the 35-year-old into the XI. The unlucky man to miss out? N’Golo Kante, with the Frenchman just behind De Jong and De Bruyne in he voting. A source told the Mail: “This is really not good. It is effectively vote rigging. Such is Ronaldo’s popularity at a senior level within the organisation, alarm bells sounded when he did not make the cut and, as a result, the formation was changed. It makes you wonder what else they get up to.” It really is scandalous and it raises all sorts of questions over the validity of these supposedly prestigious XIs. A spokesperson for UEFA tried to clarify the situation, claiming that Portugal’s success in the UEFA Nations League was the catalyst for the formation change. “The formation for this year’s team of the year was chosen to reflect the votes of the fans in parallel with the players’ achievements in UEFA competitions,” they said. “As a result, there are five UEFA Champions League winners and four UEFA Nations League finalists. The formation changes on a regular basis and this year is no exception.” Not exactly an appropriate explanation, is it? Kante, Chelsea and France have every right to make an official complaint over the issue. Read Also: Ronaldo rivalry will be remembered forever, claims Messi In six of the last seven years, the normal 4-3-3 formation has been utilised for the UEFA Team of the Year. The only time it was altered was in 2017 when a 4-4-2 was used, which saw a midfield quartet of De Bruyne, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard, with Messi and Ronaldo as the forwards. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted Content8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThe Best Cars Of All TimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more


Bongaigaon Bowlers Shine On Day 1 In Nuruddin Senior Inter-District Cricket Tournament

first_imgGUWAHATI: Bongaigaon bundled out Karimganj for 94 as 21 wickets fall on Day one of the quarterfinal round of Nuruddin Senior Inter-District Cricket tournament at Barpeta today.Sunil Ranjan Gogoi claimed 6 wickets for 33 in 11.3 overs to restrict his opponent in 26.3 overs. Santanu Dhar, supporting him well, took 3 wickets for 8. Saurab Dey scored 30 of the batting side.In reply Bongaigaon also could not score many, all out for 144 in 45 overs inside the first day’s play. Debodip Nag hit 57 while Vishal Roy added 35. Roshan Kr. Madhab and Ajoy Kumar took two wickets each.In their second innings Karimganj put on 47 in 14 overs losing 0ne wickets at stumps.At Biswanath, NFRSA managed 156/3 in 60 overs at stumps of Day one against Dibrugarh. Parvez Aziz hit a half century (59) while Kirti Azad Yadav contributed 35.At Judges’ Field, Tezpur scored 250 in 50.2 overs against Golaghat with the help of Diptesh Saha’s 72. Roshan Basfor and Siddharth Sharma added 45 and 35 respectively. Sanjib Hazarika claimed 5 wickets for 75 in 18 overs. Golaghat were 18 for one at stumps.At Nagaon, Sivasagar bowled out Silchar for 133/10 in 55.2 overs. Samik Das scored 34. Arpan Dutta (4/28) and Shyam Gurung (3/46) were the most successful bowlers. Sivasagar managed 63 for 3 in 24 overs at Stumps. Also Read: Guwahati Thrash Tezpur In Nuruddin Senior Inter District Cricketlast_img read more


Fruta Conquerors, GDF battle for $2M tonight

first_img… Santos, Police play for third placeTHE 2019/2020 champions of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super 16 Cup would be crowned tonight and would be $2M richer. Set to battle for the historic Brass Aluminum & Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF)-minted trophy are reigning Elite League Champions Fruta Conquerors and the Guyana Defence Force.Tonight’s third-place match features the losing semi-finalists Santos Football Club and the Guyana Police Force.Not taking anything away from the Santos/Police clash, all eyes would be on the grand finale which is anticipated to be a humdinger of a clash between two sides who play a very fast-pace game. Fitness at this final hurdle would be critical in deciding which of the two gladiators would be lifting the first-of-its-kind trophy.Bragging rights for the next 12 months are also at stake and it would be down to the level of fruitful offensive maneouvres created or executed by both teams that would make the difference tonight.Conquerors, like GDF, would have scored a total of ten goals in their three matches to date with the former conceding the least, just a single goal while the soldiers’ goal have been breached on three occasions.Both captains have expressed confidence in winning tonight and while that’s commendable, the reality is that only one team will walk away smiling, with the $2M cheque; the losers would not leave empty-handed as they would be collecting $1M.The huge task of delivering their fourth consecutive win in this knockout tournament for the Tucville-based Conquerors would be resting on the tournament’s leading goalscorer to date, Delon Lanferman, who has distinction of being the only player to have scored in every match. He has five goals including a hat-trick.Ryan ‘Bum Bum’ Hackett, with three to date inclusive of a double, will be another key component of the Conquerors attack as will Nicholas McArthur and Eon Alleyne, the other goalscorers. Captain Vurlon Mills’ role in midfield as the chief engine room operator would be critical to Conquerors’ ambition of winning to seal the double having won the league.Akel Clarke’s role in goal would not be easy tonight as the Army players would surely be firing shots in abundance; Trevor Jones, Quincy Adams, Jahall Greaves and Raphael Edwards would all have to step up and be formidable in the defensive third if they are to keep the GDF at bay.The experience of Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson would be called upon to help seal a win for the Fruta boys.At the other end of the pitch, GDF have shown that even if they are put on the back foot, they possess enough firepower to come out all shots firing on the homestretch with lethal implications for their opponents.They’ll be banking heavily on the likes of Benjamin Opara who is just one goal behind Lanferman in the race for the highest goalscorer and possibly the MVP prize which is one Honda 125cc motorcycle compliments of Marics Honda.Opara has also scored a hat-trick. The other registered in the tournament came off the boot of Buxton United’s Dillon Wright. The GDF has shown some depth in terms of the number of players on target, which stands at seven (7) so far.It means that Opara has able support that’ll come from Sherwin Caesar, Delon and Delroy Fraser, Olvis Mitchell, Colin Nelson and Travis Henry. The respective coaches, both with National experience, Sampson Gilbert (Conquerors) and Joseph ‘Bill’ Wilson (GDF) would no doubt be conjuring up the perfect plan that must be executed on the pitch in order to yield victory and the top prize.The third place match is expected to have its fair share of fanfare with the combatants, Santos and the Guyana Police Force eyeing the winning prize of $500 000 apart from ending the tournament on a high having both encountered one blemish, having lost their semi-final matches.Santos would take confidence from the fact that, apart from Conquerors’ one goal conceded, they have conceded just two while the Law Enforcement Officers’ goal has been breached seven times.Orin Yarde, Kester Jacobs and Lavaughn Eniss all have two goals apiece and will hope to increase that in taking their team to victory. Combining with them would be Stephen Reynolds, Marcus Wilson, captain Kevin Dundas, Ryan Dowding and Sheldon Holder.Police will depend on Daniel Wilson, Trayon Bobb, Pernel Schultz and Jamal Harvey all with a pair of goals to date, as well as Colwyn Adams, Darren Benjamin, Jermain Junior, Stephan Ramsey, Travis Jones, Trevon Lythcott, Jamal Harvey and Kavis Fraser. Kick-off time tonight is 19:00hrs.   Sponsors who have contributed to the success of the tournament are MACORP, NAMILCO, Tourism & Hospitality Association of Guyana, EC Vieira Investments, BACIF, Pegasus Hotel, BK International, Bakewell, Marics Honda, Impressions, China Harbour, 94.1 Boom FM, MVP Sports, Xtra Beer, BK International, Radar Security Service and Supplies and Sleepin International Hotel.last_img read more


Bollywood, cricket stars launch star-studded Indian Super League

first_imgThe star team owners officially launched the Indian Super League on Thursday The Indian Super League(ISL), the first of its kind glamorous football league in India, was launched on Thursday by star team owners Sachin Tendulkar, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and brand ambassador Varun Dhawan who promised to popularise the game and invest in the grassroot development of the sport in the country.The promoters of ISL, IMG-Reliance and Star India, unveiled all eight team owners, who signed a replica of a football in a symbolic gesture to promote the game. The league’s logo was also unveiled during the ceremony.The inaugural season of the Hero ISL will be played from Oct 12 to Dec 20 in eight Indian cities. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, co-owner of Athletico de Kolkata, and Bollywood star Salman Khan, who is a co-promoter of the Pune franchise, however, were absent due to their personal commitments.Nita Ambani, founding chairperson of Football Sports Development(FSD) which owns ISL, thanked team owners for coming forward and supporting the sport.Sachin Tendulkar, Nita Ambani, Ranbir Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan during ISL launch”As a teacher I have learned all about football from my kids and students. Last year when we went to Uttarakhand for Reliance Foundation relief work, I asked the kids what do you want. They told me ‘ma’am please give us boots and footballs’. That is the passion for the game in the country,” said Nita.”It is a momentous day for us as we set ourselves in building a grand coalition among all stakeholders to develop football in the country and take it to deserving space in Indian sports.”advertisementDhawan, who is the brand ambassador of FC Goa, which is co-owned by Videocon Group and I-League side Dempo, said his team will play an attacking brand of football.”Who doesn’t like Goa. You will be a fool not to like Goa. We have the two giants of Indian football in Goa — Dempo and Salgaocar. Goa will be playing an attacking brand of football. Watch out for us,” said Dhawan.John, who is the co-owner of NorthEast United FC, said his club would boost the sport in the north eastern states, which is now a nursery for Indian football.”I played A division football. I wished I had continued. But I had to chose between football and studies. The north east is now the hotbed for football. But unfortunately north east is not connected with other parts of India. But NorthEast United FC will connect the north eastern states with rest of India,” said John.last_img read more


PBA semis: Hot shooting Painters torch Hotshots for 2-0 series lead

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I think we just started the game on fire. Norbert came out and hit his shots and I think that threw them off,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad go for a commanding 3-0 lead on Tuesday still at the Big Dome before the league goes on a five-day Holy Week break.The 6-foot-6 Torres, who has seemed to have find a home after bouncing around the league in his first four seasons in the league, set the tone for the Painters with all of his 16 points coming in the first half. He also had five rebounds and a block in less than 15 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Painters were deadly on the offensive end going 16-of-37 from downtown and they also caused problems for the Hotshots with their defense.“Our defense was also key today. We were able to slow down their guards. For us to win this series, we have to be a consistent defensive team,” Garcia said. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Rain or Shine’s Norbert Torres shoots over Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang in the first half of Game 2 of their Philippine Cup semifinals series on Sunday, April 14, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine big man Norbert Torres kept shaking his head in disbelief after making his third triple in the first half.Torres went 4-of-4 from long range all in the first two quarters as the Elasto Painters made it rain in a methodical beatdown of the Magnolia Hotshots, 93-80, to go up 2-0 in their 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields unifies middleweight division Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rain or Shine shut down Magnolia’s high octane guards Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca, who combined for just four points on on 2-of-13 from the field. They also contained Paul Lee, who had 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting with three turnovers.Ed Daquioag led Rain or Shine, which did not have the services of key players Raymond Almazan and Maverick Ahanmisi due to injuries, with a game-high 19 points while Rey Nambatac and Gabe Norwood added 12 and 10 points, respectively.Daquioag had nine in the third quarter where the Elasto Painters, whose lead ballooned to 25 in the final frame, just kept pouring it on.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more


Alexandra Burke To Headline Princes Trust Red Dinner

first_imgThe Prince’s Trust will be hosting its annual Red Dinner at Clifton College, Bristol on Thursday 13th March 2014 sponsored by Bond Dickinson and RBS.Guests will be welcomed with a Champagne and Canapé reception kindly sponsored by Suttons & Robertsons, Bristol; Laurent Perrier and Goldbrick House.This will be followed by a four course meal prepared by esteemed chef Tom Green of the Flavour Smith.Omid Djalili, comedian and Prince’s Trust Ambassador, will host the evening and guests will be entertained by two performances, one by Celestine, who was supported by The Prince’s Trust and sung at HRH The Prince of Wales’ birthday, and chart topper Alexandra Burke.Since the event started in 2012 The Red Dinner has raised over £120,000 to support disadvantaged young people in the South West access education, training or employment. This year they hope to exceed their target of £60,000.There will be a silent and a live auction sponsored by Matthew Clark on the night with some fantastic money can’t buy prizes and luxury holidays. During a game of Head & Tails two business first flights to New York, kindly donated by United, will be won by one lucky guest.• Date: 13th March 2014 • Tickets available: 200 • Location: Clifton College, College Road, Clifton, Bristol • Timings: Champagne and Canapés served from 7.00pm, dinner and entertainment commencing at 8pm prompt. Carriages at 12 midnight. • Dress code: Hollywood Glam with a hint of red • Tickets: Tables of 10 are available for £1,500Find out more here.last_img read more