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


OAS donates firearms marking machine to Barbados

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share NewsRegional OAS donates firearms marking machine to Barbados by: – October 6, 2011center_img 34 Views   no discussions Tweet Firearms Marking Machine. Image via: datrondynamics.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday donated a firearms marking machine to the government of Barbados to be used by its Ministry of National Security with the objective of improving controls against the illicit trafficking in this type of weapon.The machine was presented during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Royal Barbados Police Force in Bridgetown, Barbados, and was attended by authorities from the Ministry of National Security.The donation was completed within the framework of the project entitled, “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean,” part of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), and seeks to strengthen national capabilities in matters of firearms marking.Together with the marking machine, the government of Barbados also received a computer to facilitate the process of maintaining marked firearms data. In addition, the Public Security Department of the OAS is scheduled to conduct a training workshop with ten police officials, focusing on the use of firearms marking equipment.As its primary goal, the OAS seeks the strengthening of the national capacities of its member states to respond, in an effective and efficient manner, to the increasing levels of crime and violence caused by illicit trafficking in firearms.In this regard, the OAS will cooperate with the countries of the region so that all its member states may as quickly as possible establish policies and legislation to mark firearms at the time of manufacture and/or import.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more