Prosecutor’s request for prison terms and closure of newspaper called “insane and archaic”

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The state prosecutor today requested sentences of three to five years in prison for Driss Ksikes, the editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane, and one of his journalists, Sanaa Elaji, on charges of “damaging Islam.” He also requested that the newspaper be closed down for good. April 28, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay at the sentences of three to five years in prison and bans on working as journalists that the state prosecutor requested today in Casablanca at the start of the trial of Driss Ksikes, editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane, and one of his journalists, Sanaa Elaji, on charges of “damaging Islam” and “publishing and distributing writings contrary to morals and customs.”The prosecutor also requested the newspaper’s indefinite closure and fines for the two journalists that could be as much as 100,000 dirhams (8,950 euros). The trial was adjourned until 15 January.“We are shocked by this insane indictment and we hope the court will not follow the archaic and ultra-repressive position being adopted by the prosecutor,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Moroccan courts already took a medieval decision by banning journalist Ali Lmrabet from writing for 10 years and we dare not believe this will be repeated with Nichane.”The press freedom organisation added: “There is clearly a gulf between official talk of a modern and democratic Morocco and the reality that journalists must face, a reality marked by summary trials and heavy sentences that rein in the independent press a bit more every day.”Ksikes told Reporters Without Borders he was surprised by the severity of the sentences requested by the prosecutor. “We are being tried under the press law, but the prosecutor requested a ban on our working, which is only envisaged under criminal law,” he said.The prosecution has been brought over a feature in the newspaper’s 9-15 December issue entitled “Jokes: How Moroccans laugh at religion, sex and politics.” It prompted Prime Minister Driss Jettou to issue an order on 21 December withdrawing the issue from news stands and banning further distribution. Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara January 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutor’s request for prison terms and closure of newspaper called “insane and archaic” Help by sharing this information News June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News News to go further RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance last_img read more

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Ambedkar, Minorities And The Bogey Of Love Jihad

first_imgColumnsAmbedkar, Minorities And The Bogey Of Love Jihad Priya Anuragini & Dr. Abdullah Nasir7 Jan 2021 11:30 PMShare This – xUttar Pradesh recently enacted Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of ReligionOrdinance, 2020. Brought with a sense of urgency by choosing the ordinance route, ostensibly the law is for the purpose of regulating religious conversions and punishing what the law describes as unlawful religious conversions.[1] While at it, the law reduces gender and sexuality to binaries of man and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginUttar Pradesh recently enacted Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of ReligionOrdinance, 2020. Brought with a sense of urgency by choosing the ordinance route, ostensibly the law is for the purpose of regulating religious conversions and punishing what the law describes as unlawful religious conversions.[1] While at it, the law reduces gender and sexuality to binaries of man and woman and reinforces the idea of marriage as a heterosexual preserve.[2] Further, it assumes that women are weak and subordinate beings in perpetual need of protection by the State. While infantilizing women for their own good has been a frequently used approach by law and judiciary towards women in India, the present ordinance kill two birds with one stone by combing it with the demonization of the largest minority in the county. [3] Accordingly, the law, at best, taints interfaith marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men and discourages it. At worst, it considers such marriages a conspiracy meriting the protection of what it projects as the gullible and imprisonment of what it condemns as the wicked. Unfortunately in India, both women and Muslims lack sufficient social and political safeguards to pose any major challenge to such stereotyping and demonization. To be fair, the law is couched in religion-neutral terms, yet the diatribe against what has been condemned as “love jihad” and the immediate implementation of the statute, does not leave much interpretation necessary on the objectives and purposes of the statute.[4] While the present ordinance most certainly is a reflection of the discriminatory and polarizing politics of our times, it has been aided by two factors- the patriarchal and endogamous nature of marriage and the complicity of the society in perpetuating the same and the lack of political safeguards for the minorities. Dr. B. R Ambedkar grappled with both in the very beginning of India’s nationhood and his insights and prescriptions may be relevant for understanding the predicament of today’s India. Society’s complicity According to Ambedkar, endogamy with its prohibition on intermarriage provided the basic framework for the caste system and was also responsible for inferior status of women across caste groups. [5] Accordingly, the Hindu Code Bill, one of his most passionate works after independence abolished rules pertaining to castes and sub-castes in sanctifying marriage between the Hindus and provided for that all marriages between Hindus would have the same sacramental and legal status regardless of the castes the spouses belonged. The Bill’s removal of caste restrictions disrupted the structural links between caste, kinship and property that forms the core of brahmanical patriarchy and recognized the politically equal Indian woman citizen as an individual and not merely as the bearer of the honour of the family, kinship and community. The bill also provided for monogamy, divorce and equal share in property for women.[6] Predictably, the bill was vehemently opposed by the Hindu orthodoxy who termed it as a “manifesto of unfettered freedom for women”. Amedkar however remained unwavering in his commitment to pass the bill and resigned to protest the lukewarm support to the bill by the government and the parliament. Eventually, a diluted version of the Bill was passed. Sadly however, the Indian society is still tied to the yoke of brahmanical patriarchy. Most marriages are arranged and a very few that defy the boundary of caste or religion face varying degrees of social wrath.[7] It is this tyranny of society that the UP ordinance exploits. Lack of Political Safeguards Early on, in India’s journey to nationhood, Dr Ambedkar worried about political consequences of India’s democracy which he described as communal democracy for in India the majority was not a political majority rather a communal majority. Distinguishing the two, he elaborated that while a communal majority was born and not made, a political majority could always be unmade and remade. Unlike communal majority, a political majority was never permanent. Accordingly as India’s Constitution was being deliberated upon, Dr. Ambedkar drafted and submitted to the Constituent Assembly a memorandum on the safeguards for the minorities in India. Titled as State and Minorities, the memorandum was in the form of draft articles to be incorporated in the Constitution. The memorandum was emphatic in its opposition to the adoption of the British Cabinet System to India. Explaining his stance, Ambedkar wrote “The British System of government ……..if applied to India ………… would make the majority community a governing class and the minority community a subject race. It would mean that a communal majority will be free to run the administration according to its own idea about what is good for the minorities. Such a state of affairs could not be called democracy. It will have to be called imperialism.”[8] Ambedkar’s memorandum sought a non parliamentary executive with prime minister to be elected by the whole house and representatives of different minorities in the cabinet to be elected by members of each minority community in the legislature by a single transferable vote.[9] The memorandum also sought the establishment of the office of the superintendent of minority affairs who would be removable in like manner and on like grounds as a judge of the Supreme Court. Later, during a discussion in the Constitution Assembly, Ambedkar also suggested that in elections to the parliament or legislative assemblies, candidates from the majority community must secure a minimum number of votes from the minority community before being declared as winner. The proposal however failed for lack of majority. [10] India neither chose the mode of government precibed by Ambedkar nor gave the extensive safeguards to minorities as demanded by Ambedkar. Deploringly then the laws of the democracy reek of the biases of the majority against the minority. Notably Ambedkar’s idea of a minority was not governed by religious affliation or circumscribed by numerical test. Rather, minority status depended on realities of discrimination and exclusion from the state power and included women , Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. And there are not sufficient political safeguards to protect Ambedkar’s minority from what he described as the “tyranny of majority”. UP’s recent ordinance is a grim manifestation of the same. Views are personal.(Authors are Assistant Professors at the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (UP) ) [1]https://www.livelaw.in/columns/up-ordinance-criminalizing-conversion-for-marriage-is-an-assault-on-personal-liberty-166575?infinitescroll=1 [2] Section 6 , Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 [3] For a detailed analysis of the protectionist approach of law towards women see Nivedita Menon(ed.), “Gender and Politics in India”, Oxford University Press(1999) [4] https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/yogi-adityanath-love-jihad-law-uttar-pradesh-6911537/ [5] For a detailed analysis see Sharmila Rege ” Against the madness of Manu”, Navayana(2013) pp 59-62 [6] For a detailed analysis see Sharmila Rege ” Against the madness of Manu”, Navayana(2013) pp 192-213 [7] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47823588 [8] States and Minorities, Appendix 1 [9] States and Minorities, Art II, Section III [10] B. Shiva Rao, “The Framing of India’s Constitution A Study” pp 755 https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.275967/page/n795/mode/2up?q=page+741 Next Storylast_img read more

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Brazilian Navy Ship Leaves for Haiti on February 1st

first_imgBy Dialogo January 28, 2010 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The tank landing ship (LST) “Almirante Saboia,” recently commissioned into the Brazilian Navy, will be on its way to Haiti in coming days. The Brazilian Navy has been prepared to deploy the ship since the beginning of the Brazilian aid effort for that country and was waiting for a decision regarding the cargo and the moment to transport it. Now that the phase of priority transport of emergency teams and supplies has come to an end, during which the need for speed and the less bulky and lighter nature of the cargo pointed to air transport as the most appropriate, it is time for the transport of bulkier and heavier supplies. Therefore, the interministerial coordination of aid to Haiti has decided on the utilization of the ship, while naturally maintaining the current necessary air efforts. The loading of the ship is scheduled to continue until January 31st, in Rio de Janeiro, and it will depart next Monday, February 1st, with a cargo of approximately 700 tons of supplies for the Navy troops (Marines), the Brazilian Army troops, and humanitarian aid for the Haitian people. The LST “Almirante Saboia” will arrive in Haiti on February 17th and will remain operational in the region for approximately thirty days, supporting humanitarian actions and the MINUSTAH troops. Another Brazilian Navy ship, the LST “Mattoso Maia,” is available to transport up to 1,500 tons of cargo and is also expected to depart in February, after taking on cargo.last_img read more

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Sporting announce details of Silva deal

first_imgTransfers Sporting announce details of €29.5m sale of Silva to Leicester Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 04:39 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AdrienSilva - cropped Getty Images Transfers Leicester City Premier League Sporting CP Primeira Liga It remains unclear whether the midfielder will be able to complete his move, but the Portuguese side has released details of his sale Sporting CP have informed the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM) of a deal worth up to €29.5million to sell Adrien Silva to Leicester City.Silva agreed his switch to the King Power Stadium on September 1, but Leicester reportedly missed the deadline by 14 seconds.Foxes 7/2 to beat Chelsea Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing FIFA are believed to have consequently rejected the Portugal international’s registration, making it unclear as to whether he is eligible for the Premier League club, who are still hoping to find a resolution.However, Sporting have communicated the details of the transaction to the CMVM.Under the terms, the Portuguese side receive €20m up front, with €5m based on performance-related objectives and a further €4.5m relating to the contract extension the midfielder signed in February 2016.Despite Sporting issuing the release, it remains unclear whether the Foxes will complete the deal if they are unable to register Silva until the next transfer window in January.Silva started three Primeira Liga matches for Jorge Jesus’ side this season, as well as helping them secure a place in the Champions League group stage with a play-off victory over Steaua Bucharest.The Euro 2016 winner was expected to fill the space left by Danny Drinkwater’s deadline-day departure to Premier League champions Chelsea.last_img read more

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10 months agoCarragher tells Liverpool: Take your medicine and relax

first_imgCarragher tells Liverpool: Take your medicine and relaxby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in a “fantastic position” to win the Premier League title.A loss to Manchester City last night means the Reds now hold a four-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side.But Carragher has urged Liverpool to relax and stay focused on their remaining games.The former Reds defender told Sky Sports: “Going into this game, the talk was ‘Liverpool could go 10 points clear’ – a lot of the talk was Liverpool.”A lot of the talk over the next few days in the press will be Man City – ‘Man City are back in the race and they are now favourites to win the league’.”Liverpool need to just take their medicine, just relax, calm down, play the FA Cup game. Whatever happens, whatever team he picks, it’s then Brighton that Liverpool play next.”Four points clear is still a really good position to be in and the form they have shown, certainly against sides outside the top six, they have got a lot of those games coming.”Liverpool just need to relax, get some wins under their belt, maybe improve that lead if they can over the next month to six weeks, but they’re in a fantastic position.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoMan City midfielder Sterling relieved to score in Everton win

first_imgMan City midfielder Sterling relieved to score in Everton winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling was relieved to score their third in victory over Everton having missed a chance not long before.The England forward bagged his eight goal of the campaign – and the 100th of his career – with a shot that struck the underside of the crossbar, sealing the points for the champions.“It was a really good moment, especially at 2-1 to make it 3-1- it was a really nice feeling,” said Sterling.“I had chance earlier on and didn’t know was onside until I dragged it wide – you just have to stay focused.“I was running into the box, but thinking Riyad couldn’t make that pass, but it went through the defender’s leg, I took it early and I didn’t get enough on it.“I knew another chance would come. I was waiting for an opportunity and it eventually came.“But you have to finish chances like that off because in the Premier League you can be punished.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New US envoy Kelly Craft faces challenges representing Donald Trump

first_imgOTTAWA – Kelly Craft’s first acts of public diplomacy in Canada involved quoting John F. Kennedy — a Democrat — and acknowledging the country’s collective loss of Gord Downie.As for her boss, President Donald Trump, and all his talk of tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement, that was consigned to the back burner on her first day on the job in Canada.Craft became Trump’s new U.S. ambassador to Canada, but offered a reference to Kennedy — the only deviation from her carefully scripted and delivered public remarks — after she formally took office Monday, becoming the first woman to ever occupy the role.“If I may echo the sentiments of President Kennedy, I truly feel amongst friends,” she said after joining several new diplomats who submitted their credentials to Gov. Gen. Julie Payette at Rideau Hall.The Kennedy remark was not in the first version of her speaking notes, which were distributed by the U.S. embassy after her swearing-in.Craft also gave a respectful nod to the lingering national grief over the death of Downie, acknowledging the passing last week of the beloved Tragically Hip frontman.“It is clear that he deeply loved Canada; his poetic voice fell silent too soon,” she said.“He once said that in recent years, it was hard for him to leave a song without a glimmer of hope. He viewed art, his music and his writings to help bring people closer in. I believe this is important business that we should all be about.”As Trump’s ambassador, she is likely to find herself negotiating some tough issues with her Canadian hosts, including the NAFTA renegotiation and climate change.She has also expressed support for the president’s trade agenda, which involves renegotiating or cancelling NAFTA.She professed to be “a great listener” who will work to protect the economic relationship between the two countries.“I am committed to continuing our collaboration to address security at the border,” she said. “But, I also want to make sure we continue to make it easier to engage in cross-border trade and travel.”Colin Robertson, a retired Canadian diplomat with extensive experience in the U.S., said Craft was clearly trying to put her best foot forward.“It’s in our interest to take her in and embrace her, and have her become, in a sense, our best advocate,” Robertson said.With the latest round of NAFTA talks exposing a wide gulf between the U.S. and Canada, Robertson said Ottawa needs to cultivate Craft as a pipeline for Canada to the White House, said Robertson.That’s especially important, he added, because relations appear strained between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.Freeland and Craft exchanged smiles and good wishes in the minister’s office on Monday afternoon with the envoy saying she looked forward to strengthening relations between the two countries.Freeland told Craft that she knows “first hand” that she is extremely well respected in the U.S.“Isn’t it great that we now have the first woman ambassador from the United States.”Payette, who was presiding at her first ceremony to welcome new diplomats, also told Craft it was “a pleasure to welcome you as the first female ambassador of the United States to Canada.”Roland Paris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first foreign policy adviser, said Craft faces the tough task of representing a president who is unpopular in Canada.“It won’t be easy to put a kinder and saner face on this administration,” said Paris.“Among other things, she will be asked to explain why President Trump seems inclined to treat Canada, America’s closest ally and friend, as an economic adversary rather than as a partner.”Craft got cracking on that job Monday, declaring: “It is a privilege to represent the United States in Canada and to be entrusted with the responsibility of working so closely with such an important friend, ally and neighbour.”Craft is well-known sports fan, philanthropist and powerful donor to the Republican party, whose husband is Joe Craft, a wealthy Kentucky coal magnate.She is also close with Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the country’s most powerful lawmakers, who also hails from her state.McConnell has occasionally bickered with the president, whose anti-establishment, trade-skeptical, more combative stance has put him at odds with the party’s establishment.Paris said it will be difficult at times for Craft to represent her president to the Canadian government, “given the confused state of the Trump administration.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to the ambassador as Kelly Knight Craft, a name she is no longer using.last_img read more

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Cabinet OKs elimination of minimum finance test for public auto insurer Eby

first_imgVICTORIA – The minister responsible for British Columbia’s financially challenged public auto insurer says the government has suspended regulations that had forced the Crown agency to meet minimum financial tests.David Eby said Wednesday that the provincial cabinet approved the suspension of financial capital test rules to allow the Insurance Corporation of B.C. to appear before the provincial utilities commission and start its plan to restore financial stability.Last week’s B.C. budget forecast a loss of $1.3 billion at the Crown corporation this year.Eby had earlier described the financial situation at the corporation as a “dumpster fire” that resulted from previous inaction to address rising claims costs by the former Liberal government.The former government also took money from the insurer’s accounts to fund other government programs, he said.Last month, Eby outlined a series of changes at the corporation to try to restore it back to financial health, including limiting awards for pain and suffering to $5,500.Before the rules were changed this week, the corporation was supposed to have enough money in the bank to cover 100 per cent of all its claims, but that amount currently sits at 54 per cent, Eby said.“So, we had to change the rule in order to appear in front of the utilities commission to lay out the changes we’re doing with ICBC to get back on track financially.”He said now that the technical changes have been approved, the agency can apply to the B.C. Utilities Commission for approval of rate increases between six and eight per cent that were granted last year on an interim basis.Eby said the government will introduce legislation in the coming weeks to bring in the changes it believes will improve the Crown corporation’s finances.“It has been due to escalating claims and the failure of the previous government to put the changes in place to get legal costs and auto body costs under control,” he said.last_img read more

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Trump administration proposing major rollback of water rules

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country. Tuesday’s scheduled announcement at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters would make good on President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to relax some landmark water protections.Environmental groups say the proposal would have a sweeping impact on how the country safeguards the nation’s waterways and drinking water. President Bob Irvin of the American Rivers environmental non-profit calls the proposed changes a “Christmas gift to polluters.”White House talking points obtained by The Associated Press say the administration will propose withdrawing large categories of wetlands and waterways from oversight by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Supporters of a rollback say the protections are an obstacle to farmers and businesspeople.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fort St John breaks another snowfall record

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John set a new snowfall record for March 22, beating a record set in 1940.On Thursday, 18.9 cm of snow fell bring the total from the current snowstorm to 31 cm.  On average Fort St. John receives 26.6 cm of snow in March. This March has been a little different, we’ve received as of March 23, 58.3 cm.Lisa West with Environment Canada says there will be more snow this week. “There will be a little bit of warming up. The arctic air is going to retreat.  The long-range forecast as we get into next week, we are seeing highs into the positives.”According to West, it isn’t uncommon for the B.C. Peace to receive snow in March and typically its the same amount of snow as December and January.Fort Nelson could be next to receive the heavy snow.  The system that moved out the North Peace is moving towards Fort Nelson.  That area could see 10 to 15 cm before the storm ends on Saturday.last_img read more

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