Authorities release three cyber-dissidents who defended freedom of worship

first_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Follow the news on Vietnam Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more News Three Vietnamese cyberdissidents, who were jailed for defending religious freedom, have had their sentences reduced on appealNguyen Truc Cuong and Nguyen Vu Viet had their jail terms of four and five years both reduced to 32 months on appeal. Their sister had her three-year sentence reduced to four months and six days. Since she had already spent more than two years in jail she was freed immediately after the trial on 28 November.Foreign ministry spokesman Le Dung said the sentences had been reduced because the accused had „genuinely acknowledged their crimes during the appeal.‰Reporters Without Borders said pressure over the past weeks from the United States and the European Union had been fruitful. It regretted however that the judges had decided to leave two of the cyberdissidents in jail.(Picture of Nguyen Truc Cuong)_____________________________________________________________________________Three cyberdissidents on appeal trial for defending religious freedomThree Vietnamese cyberdissidents were expected to go an appeal trial on 28 November after a lower court sentenced them to jail terms of three to five years for defending religious freedom, in email, fax and telephone messages abroad.Reporters Without Borders has urged the appeal judges to exercise leniency towards Nguyen Vu Viet, Nguyen Truc Cuong and Nguyen Thi Hoa. “These three, of whom the youngest is only 27 years old have simply voiced support for religious freedom, which is a right recognised by the Vietnamese State. We expect the judges to announce their release at the appeal, said Robert Ménard, secretary-general of the international press freedom organisation. We note that cyberpolice operate as much surveillance over religious expression as political dissent. We condemn these Orwellian practices by the Vietnamese regime,” he added.Nguyen Vu Viet, 27, Nguyn Truc Cuong, 36, and their sister Nguyen Thi Hoa, 44, are the nephews and niece of an imprisoned Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly, who was arrested in June 2001. They are accused of “taking advantage of democratic freedoms and rights to damage the interests of the government, social organisations and citizens.” Amnesty International has said that the charge sheet against them includes a precise list of all their communications abroad.The appeal trial comes just after the Vietnamese police launched a major offensive against Vietnam’s Unified Buddhist Church, which has been strongly condemned by the European Parliament. The US House of Representatives has also passed a resolution calling on Hanoi to release all Vietnamese imprisoned or under house arrest for practising their faith or defending religious freedom. After an extraordinary meeting, the presidium of the central committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front – a satellite organisation of the Vietnamese Communist Party – on 27 November denounced the US and European resolutions, which it said “misrepresented religious reality in Vietnam”.The presidium also stressed that the stances taken could damage economic co-operation between Vietnam and the various countries involved. It called on its citizens to “redouble their vigilance in the face of plots and acts by hostile forces aiming to sabotage the great national unity bloc.” February 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities release three cyber-dissidents who defended freedom of worship Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information VietnamAsia – Pacific to go furthercenter_img Reporters Without Borders has learned that Nguyen Vu Viet (photo), the nephew ofimprisoned priest Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, was released on 18 February. Hisbrother, Nguyen Truc Cuong, was released a few days before that, while hissister, Nguyen Thi Hoa, was freed at the end of November. The three werearrested in June 2001 for using e-mail, fax and telephone to circulateinformation abroad about freedom of worship in Vietnam. News RSF_en News April 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders has learned that Nguyen Vu Viet, the nephew ofimprisoned priest Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, was released on 18 February. Hisbrother, Nguyen Truc Cuong, was released a few days before that, while hissister, Nguyen Thi Hoa, was freed at the end of November. The three werearrested in June 2001 for using e-mail, fax and telephone to circulateinformation abroad about freedom of worship in Vietnam.________________________________________________________________________________28.11.2004Three cyberdissidents have sentences reduced on appealNguyen Truc Cuong and Nguyen Vu Viet had their jail terms of four and five years both reduced to 32 months on appeal. Their sister had her three-year sentence reduced to four months and six days. Since she had already spent more than two years in jail she was freed immediately after the trial on 28 November.________________________________________________________________________________ RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Macy’s to close 4 tri-state locations in next few months

first_imgMessage* The retailer plans to shutter 37 locations across the United States by the middle of 2021, and will ultimately close 125 stores by 2023. And some of those are large properties: The brand is letting go of its 170,000-square-foot flagship along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The closures are part of the brand’s larger efforts to consolidate stores as Macy’s shifts to smaller, off-mall locations and focuses on e-commerce. It will also open more fulfillment centers in order to accommodate online orders.Department stores have struggled this year as pandemic-mandated lockdowns shuttered locations, mall foot traffic diminished and e-commerce trends accelerated. Macy’s rival JC Penney filed for bankruptcy, only to be saved later by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management.Contact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Macy’s at Sangertown Square in New Hartford (Google Maps)Macy’s may no longer be the “way to shop” for some residents of the tri-state area.Four of the department store’s mall locations will close in the first quarter of 2021. Those stores are located in Sangertown Square in New Hartford, New York; White Plains Galleria in Westchester County, New York; Brass Mill Center in Waterbury, Connecticut; and Crystal Mall in Waterford, Connecticut.Another location, in Commack, New York, shut its doors in the second quarter of 2020.Read moreMacy’s experiments with “dark stores”Mag Mile Macy’s closes as retailer shifts to smaller storesJ.C. Penney has been saved. Now what?center_img Share via Shortlink Email Address* TagsCommercial Real EstateMacy’sRetail Real Estatetristate-weeklylast_img read more

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Paralysis for Latin America with Argentine lockdown, Rio beach closures

first_imgBrazil on Thursday announced it was closing land borders and prohibiting entry to people from European and many Pacific Asian countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as Mexico and Peru reported their first virus deaths.And Argentina said it would go on a “preventative and compulsory” lockdown from Friday until March 31 in an effort to contain the virus.Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state also said it would bar people from its world famous beaches including Copacabana and Ipanema. They apply to people coming from the European Union, Britain, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, as well as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Malaysia who are not Brazilian residents or do not have valid work or family reasons to travel.Latin America’s largest country, with a population of 210 million, has so far registered 621 cases of the coronavirus, with six deaths.Rio state governor Wilson Witzel said from Saturday he would close all beaches, bars and restaurants. He also announced a measure to cut transport links with other Brazilian states with reported virus cases, although that needs to be ratified by federal authorities.Mexico reported its first coronavirus death — a 41-year-old man with diabetes who died on Wednesday in Mexico City. Mexico has recorded 118 virus cases.A Mexican federal judge meanwhile ordered President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to take all preventative measures and necessary actions in order to detect infected persons in the country.Peru, which has a total of 234 confirmed cases, reported its first three deaths.  Chile stimulus planChile’s stimulus plan “will strengthen our ability to face the health, economic and social needs that the coronavirus pandemic is signifying and that will probably tend to worsen in the future,” President Sebastian Pinera told a press conference.Senate speaker Adriana Munoz said the leaders of the main political parties had agreed to postpone the referendum on changing the dictatorship-era constitution from April 26 to October 25, to give the country time to deal with the virus.Health Minister Jaime Manalich announced a lockdown of Chile’s Easter Island, saying no one could enter or leave the remote Pacific island for the next two weeks.Police meanwhile said they had foiled an attempted break-out from Chile’s largest jail. Earlier this week, inmates from jails in Brazil and Venezuela managed to escape, motivated by fear that prisons are a breeding ground for the coronavirus.Chile has registered 342 cases of the virus to date.In Ecuador, Cynthia Viteri, mayor of the country’s second city Guayaquil, said she ordered vehicles to block the runway of the international airport to prevent the Spanish-operated plane from landing.The flight from Madrid, with only crew aboard, was able to land later in Quito.Ecuador has banned all flights since Monday to stop the spread of the coronavirus.Panama, which hosts Central America’s busiest airport, and Colombia both said they were suspending all international air travel for a month from Monday.Colombia’s President Ivan Duque said the shutout was necessary because some people who had entered the country had tried to avoid mandatory quarantine regulations.Colombia closed its land and sea borders on Tuesday. Chile, rocked by months of social protests, unveiled an $11.75 billion economic stimulus package to cope with the effects of the virus on the giant copper producer, but also announced it was postponing a referendum on changing its constitution.Meanwhile, a plane operated by Spanish carrier Iberia sent to Ecuador to pick up stranded foreigners was prevented from landing at an airport in Guayaquil, which is under lockdown.Brazil said its two-week border closure would affect all neighboring countries, with the exception of Uruguay to the south, after shutting its border with Venezuela on Tuesday.Its new restrictions against travelers from Europe and the Asia Pacific are set to last 30 days, according to a ministerial decree.center_img Bogota confinement Bogota city hall said the capital’s seven million people would face confinement from Friday to Monday as part of a trial run for a probable future quarantine.Other cities across Colombia, which has more than 100 cases of the coronavirus, were also under nighttime curfews.Meanwhile, Eduardo Bolsonaro, the lawmaker son of Brazil’s president, joined US President Donald Trump in criticizing China over the pandemic, prompting demands from Beijing for an apology.China’s embassy accused Bolsonaro of using “irresponsible words” and of having “caught a mental virus.” Topics :last_img read more

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Attorney General visits USC as Senate race ends

first_imgCalifornia Attorney General and U.S. Senatorial candidate Kamala Harris spoke at the “Her Story: Kamala Harris” event that took place at Ronald Tutor Campus Center Monday evening. The event was hosted by Womenspeak USC, USC College Democrats and the USC Political Student Assembly.Harris discussed the importance of voting and youth leadership, as well as the issues on her platform, such as immigration reform, gun control and criminal justice reform. “Right now, whether you realize it or not, your leadership is some of the most important leadership we have in this country, which is the leadership that has always come from students,” Harris said at the beginning of her speech. “Every great movement has had, as a key component, the leadership of students.” The event was co-sponsored by the Black Student Assembly, the Women’s Student Assembly, the Latina/o Student Assembly, the Asian Pacific American Student Services and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly. Nick Fiorello, the USC College Democrats political director, said the event came together by collaborating with groups across campus that represent different communities and interests. “We are so thrilled to have this opportunity. We are so grateful the campaign was able to make this happen the day before the election,” Fiorello said. Fiorello said the group is hopeful Harris will win tomorrow. “We are so proud to have a progressive champion like Kamala Harris here tonight,” Fiorello said. “We are so excited to see the results tomorrow. We are confident and hopeful that she’ll have a very strong win tomorrow, and we will have a tremendous advocate and candidate for Californians in the Senate tomorrow.”Madelynn Taras, the assistant director of the Political Student Assembly, said the main reason for bringing Harris to campus was to encourage students to vote right before the election. “We wanted to bring Kamala here to remind everyone that tomorrow is the big day, to keep posted on the news, and to make sure to go and vote, whether that means physically going to a station or mailing in,” Taras said. Taras, a junior majoring in international relations, said the groups who organized the event tried their best to make sure as many campus leaders as possible could be a part of bringing Harris to campus.“Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican or voting for Kamala or not, she’s a really good inspiration and a really great example of a woman who has probably been told ‘no’ many times and who’s kept persevering throughout her life to become our possible next senator,” Taras said. “She’s just breaking numerous glass ceilings, and it’s really inspiring to have seen her at USC.”Taras added that due to the large number of people in attendance, some students had to be turned away at the door. For Taras, this was a testament to the passion of those who would make time on a Monday evening to meet Harris. On the other hand, she wished that everyone was able to participate in the event.“When you do political events, there’s always the thought in the back of your mind that there could be some backlash, some people that don’t agree, whether or not you agree with her policies,” Taras said. “The respect that people had for her tonight was really inspiring.” Michela Boarnet, a freshman majoring in public policy, commented on the event.“It was a slow start, but once she got up on there and started speaking, I was really impressed by everything she had to say and her composure when she was on stage,” Boarnet said. “She talked about a lot of great points that are viable issues in our generation.”For Boarnet, student engagement in political events is necessary for the future of society. “I think it’s really great that the organizations who put on this event were able to get her to come speak for us, especially with this upcoming election,” Boarnet said. “We’re really the ones who are affected most by it, so having these political leaders on campus to serve as catalyst for voting and becoming more politically involved is really a good thing.”last_img read more

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