Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News March 1, 2018 Another six years in prison for journalist already sentenced to life Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor to go further News Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is stunned by the additional sentence of nearly six years in prison that was passed yesterday on Ahmet Altan, a well-known journalist who was already sentenced to life imprisonment in a separate trial two weeks ago. The absurdity of the new sentence is beyond all measure, RSF said.In yesterday’s trial, observed by RSF’s Turkey representative, an Istanbul assizes court sentenced Altan to three years in prison for propaganda in favour of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and two years and 11 months for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by accusing him, in a 2016 column for the Haberdar website, of wanting to start a civil war.The court refused to reduce the sentences, arguing that, because of his criticism of Turkey’s judicial system, Altan did not deserve the application of attenuating circumstances.“We condemn this grotesque sentence in which the Turkish judicial system has again displayed its readiness to take orders from a government bent on turning a well-known journalist and intellectual into a symbol of an absurd and never-ending persecution,” RSF said.Altan and two other well-known journalists, his brother Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak, were sentenced to life imprisonment on 16 February on a charge of “trying to overthrow constitutional order” for criticizing the government during a television broadcast on the eve of an attempted coup in July 2016.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the July 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. News April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe
NewsCommunityVelodrome to be erected on Limerick’s O’Connell Street as part of National Bike WeekBy Staff Reporter – June 19, 2019 307 Photo by David Fitzgerald/SportsfileA Velodrome is to be erected on O’Connell Street this Saturday [22 June 2019] as National Bike Week gets in gear across Limerick.The special cycle track is one of a number of events happening in the city and county from the 22nd to 30th of June.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bike Week 2019 is all about embracing climate change. We are encouraging everyone, young and old, to play their part. So why not leave the car behind this week and hop on your bike?The spectacular Street Velodrome, with its dramatically sloping corners, brings a unique experience to Limerick city. The Velodrome gives cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities an exhilarating opportunity to experience the rush of Olympic-style pursuit racing.O’Connell Street (R526), will be closed to all vehicular traffic except public transport buses and cyclists on Saturday between William Street and Roches Street from 4am until 7pm, with events beginning at 11am.Among the other events taking place on O’Connell Street on Saturday are:· Share the Road / Cycle Safely – Limerick City and County Council in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and Musgraves will be promoting cyclist safety highlighting the blindspots around larger vehicles. An articulated truck will be parked on O’Connell Street with the blindspots marked around the vehicle. Members of the public will have the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of the truck to get the driver’s perspective.Bike Fixes – There will also be Free minor bike fixes and repairs and fun activities on the day.· Greenmount Cycling Academy – will be showcasing cycling skills for kids and engaging in cycling-related games. There will be a limited amount of bikes and helmets to use, so children are advised to bring their own if possible and put their cycling skills to the test!Throughout the week there are many other bike related events taking place. Highlights include:· Sunday 23 JuneGreat Southern Greenway Fun Cycle from Abbeyfeale to Templeglantine and back againKilleedy GAA does the Greenway – People of all ages are encouraged to walk or cycle the Great Southern Greenway from Newcastle West to ArdaghTeam Adare Cycling Club Fun Cycle & BBQ – Club members will meet in Adare at 9:30 and embark on a 40km cycle, taking in the surrounding countryside before returning to Adare for a BBQ at Chawke’s Bar.· Wednesday 26 June COW (Cycle On Wednesday) is an initiative celebrating the fun you can have cycling to school on Wednesdays, This year we hoped that as many students, parents and teachers cycle to school as possible. Let us know you cycled to school by tweeting us @LKSmarterTravel or tag us on Facebook.com/LimerickSmarterTravel and you could be in with a chance to win a cycling goody bag. Greenmount Cycling Academy, Beginners Cycle – The Academy invites all cycling enthusiasts to Limerick Racecourse to try out their 2km oval circuit. The event is free but participants must sign up from 6pm at the Parade Ring. Friday and Saturday 27-28 June Bike Theft Awareness – Roxboro Road Community Policing Unit will have a Bicycle Theft Prevention stand on Friday at Colbert Station from 8am to 11am and at the Crescent Shopping Centre on Saturday from 12pm to 3pm. They will be providing advice on bicycle safety and also have free goodies to give out such as locks, lights, water bottles and hi visibility equipment courtesy of Road Safety Authority Ireland and Limerick City and County Council.To get National Bike Week underway a special Dawn Cycle is taking place on Friday 21 June beginning at 5am. Starting in the Urban Garden outside Penney’s on O’Connell Street, participants will cycle to Lough Gur before returning to the city centre, in time for work or school.To coincide with Bike Week in Limerick 2019 Cycling Ireland is holding a cycling festival to promote cycling and raise awareness of the facilities available in the area. Bike Fest will encourage people to try biking in Ballyhoura Forest while getting the appropriate guidance from approved trainers. Advertisement Twitter Email WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleHospitals will be hit by strike actionNext articleCCTV survey of Limerick sewer network Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Facebook
Related With U.S. and Russia modernizing their arsenals, tensions are rising, reporter says Stirrings of a new nuclear arms race When the movement began in 1992, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines was considered quixotic, its proponents unrealistically idealistic, its efforts doomed to fail. Twenty-five years and one Nobel Peace Prize later, more than 180 countries have signed its 1997 treaty, agreeing not only to avoid using the weapons but to help remove them from areas where they have been abandoned and remain a danger to life, limbs, and livelihoods. Nuclear weapons, now a reality of our modern world, could go the same way, say the activists behind the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Indeed, humanitarian rights activists say, they must. On Monday at Harvard Law School’s Austin Hall, the anti-nuclear campaign’s executive director, Beatrice Fihn, joined Steve Goose, co-founder of the landmines-ban group and executive director of Human Rights Watch’s arms division, to discuss the origin and evolution of the mine campaign, and how the tactics of the first can be applied to the next.“Everybody said it was impossible to do,” said Goose, looking back at the long road to the 1997 landmine treaty. “After we finally did it, people said, ‘Oh, that wasn’t that hard. It was a one-off. Circumstances allowed that to happen.’” They also, he reported, said its success could not be replicated.Monday’s discussion was designed to prove that false. Indeed, this first public event of Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead (moderated by Bonnie Docherty, associate director of Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic) started off by outlining the similarities — and the successes — of other recent campaigns.“Ten years later, we had a treaty banning cluster munitions,” noted Goose. “We used the same approach, a coalition of progressive governments and the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] and various U.N. agencies. By focusing on a catchphrase, ‘Let’s ban cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians,’ using much the same approach and methodology, we got a ban in 2008.”That methodology began with a grassroots approach. “First and foremost, you see civil society driving the process,” Goose said. In the case of landmines, he noted, society said, “No, we can’t have more than 20,000 people killed or injured by these each year.”,In the next step, activist citizens sought out allies, including progressive governments and international organizations (UNICEF was deeply involved in the landmine cause). Goose described creating a partnership between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and a core group of governments that “spoke every day, conspiring to make the ban on landmines come about.”The nuclear ban group is making similar moves, said Fihn. Although there is no lack of NGOs working for nuclear disarmament, she said, the movement tends to be spread out, with much of the effort working to coordinate into “one big push.”The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons succeeded in getting a treaty banning nuclear weapons moving last July, and 122 states adopted it in the United Nations. The group won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work.Thus far, some nations, including the U.S., Russia, and China, have refused to sign onto the ban. However, she said, her group is going forward. “Maybe that’s the way,” she said. “Not to wait for the worst states to start leading but mobilize the other states to make sure there is a clear rejection of these weapons.”Following the model set by the landmines initiative, Fihn said the nuclear disarmament group is focusing on societal forces, specifically on people affected by nuclear armaments, including nuclear testing.“If there is nuclear war, there will be survivors,” she said. And while that ought to be hopeful, she noted that it also makes for complicated and often painful repercussions. To illustrate, Fihn talked about sharing the stories of survivors of the Nagasaki bombing. “Trying to get water, trying to find out where their parents are,” she said, listing some of the very human struggles that can be overlooked. She also discussed the high rates of miscarriage and infertility among women affected by radiation, and how survivors carried a stigma. Such stories, about civilians and, in particular, about women, tend not to be heard at the level of international diplomacy. It is the goal of her group to change that.“The human stories get people to understand what these weapons are,” said Fihn, “while also providing some hope as to what we can do about it.”“It’s not heads of states or celebrities,” said Goose. “It’s just regular people who got together and organized. That is what is changing the world — people demanding change.”Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead launched the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative, housed in the Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. The conference was organized by the clinic, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.