Protesters say, ‘No pardon for Fujimori’s crimes’

first_imgJanuary 3 — Braving frigid temperatures, members of New York City’s Peruvian community and supporters held a lunchtime picket outside the Peruvian Consulate today to express their outrage at President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s decision to pardon the former U.S.-backed dictator Alberto Fujimori. Activists held flags and signs declaring: “No pardon for Fujimori’s crimes in Peru” and “Indulto es un insulto” (The pardon is an insult). The local chapter of Fujimori Nunca Más (Fujimori Never Again) called the action.During his presidency from 1990 to 2000, Fujimori directed a reign of terror against leftists, students, labor union members, Indigenous communities, women and the poor — as he carried out vicious austerity measures ordered by Wall Street and the International Monetary Fund. Fujimori was finally sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for crimes against humanity for ordering two death squad massacres. He served less than half his sentence before being given a presidential pardon on Christmas Eve. This was done in exchange for his supporters in Congress blocking Kuczynski’s impeachment for corruption.In protest, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Peru’s cities and towns, led by the families of the murdered, disappeared and falsely imprisoned.  A national day of protest in Peru demanding Kuczynski’s resignation is planned for Jan.11.  That day, local organizers will also hold a protest march of the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Peruvian communities. It will start at 5 p.m. in New York City’s Washington Square Park. For more information and to join upcoming actions, visit thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Presidential speeches should have to be broadcast by just one station

first_img Receive email alerts February 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential speeches should have to be broadcast by just one station News Follow the news on Venezuela News A milestone in government misuse of the broadcast media was reached when President Hugo Chávez delivered his 2,000th networked speech or “cadena” yesterday on the 11th anniversary of the start of his first term.The “cadenas” are nowadays enforced under the 2004 Radio and TV Social Responsibility Law (Ley Resorte), which in theory just ensures that the government and state agencies are given broadcast time for public announcements.In practice, the law allows the president to deliver long-winded speeches that are broadcast simultaneously on all the terrestrial TV stations and some of the cable ones. Under pain of a heavy fine or suspension, the stations concerned have to transmit a networked signal provided by the main state broadcaster, Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).President Chávez’s total time on the air in the course of the 2,000 “cadenas” adds up to around two months of non-stop talking. This does not include the show called “Aló Presidente,” which Chávez himself hosts every Sunday on VTV.The latest episode in the government’s war with RCTV Internacional (RCTVI) has underscored the problem posed by the “cadenas.” What right does the president, who already has his own Sunday programme, have to inflict his speeches on so many stations when one would suffice? Especially when he can impose a “cadena” whenever he likes and for as long as he likes. Used in this manner, the “cadenas” violate each station’s right to choose its own programming, the right to a pluralist debate, and every viewer and listener’s freedom of choice.A public figure must accept being the target of criticism and caricature. It is true that some privately-owned media went too far when they supported an attempted coup against Chávez in April 2002 but that is now being used by the government as an argument for punishing them by means of the “cadenas.”It is also used as a justification for bringing systematic charges against outspoken media, for deliberately branding mistakes as lies, and for identifying any criticism of the government as “conspiracy against the state.”The most recent example of this came on 29 January, when communication and information minister Blanca Eeckhout accused the daily Tal Cual of camouflaging “calls for violence” as humour. She was alluding to columnist Laureano Márquez, whose satirical comments have angered the president’s office in the past and cost the newspaper fines totalling 50,000 dollars.Similar accusations were made against Miguel Ángel Rodríguez of RCTVI when the station was temporarily barred from broadcasting by cable.The current climate of polarisation has fuelled a series of demonstrations by students in which two students were killed and at least five journalists were injured or attacked.(Photo : AFP) to go further New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets VenezuelaAmericas RSF_en VenezuelaAmericas center_img News August 25, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Help by sharing this information News January 13, 2021 Find out more Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Greyhound found brutally killed in River Foyle

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleTrimble returns to Ireland training squadNext articleNew advertising website in Co Donegal hoping to create 100 jobs admin Google+center_img By admin – June 25, 2015 Facebook The Chairperson of an Animal Charity in Derry says they are horrified after a greyhound was found in the River Foyle with it’s ears cut off.Racing greyhounds carry ID marks on their ears and the dogs ears were removed to prevent the owner from being identified.The greyhound was found in the river foyle with a stanley knife and gloves nearby on Wednesday.Chairperson of Pet FBI, Daniel Hogan says he has never seen anything so shocking:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Greyhound found brutally killed in River Foyle RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter WhatsApp Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Non-executive stress

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Forbidden subjects in New Zealand politics

first_imgDominion Post 21 April 2012The Dominion Post has a feature on Euthanasia, Gay adoption, and abortion. Family First is quoted in two of the categories. The article highlights which political parties are pushing the issueGay Adoption…. A spokesman for Mr Key says that while the Adoption Act has not been amended for some time, there have been several reviews since 2000. The Government will consider whether adoption laws need updating “as other priorities allow”. In the run-up to last year’s election, Labour introduced its Rainbow policy, pledging to tackle the issue. But Mr Hague is critical. “On same-sex adoption Labour made a big deal just before the election, of course, to gay community audiences . . . but the fine print is, of course, that actually their policy is still to allow all of their members a conscience vote. “If you are not at least guaranteeing that your members of Parliament are going to vote for something I don’t know that the policy has a lot of meaning.” Labour’s social development spokeswoman, Jacinda Ardern, says it is likely to remain a conscience issue but stresses it is about “updating our law in its entirety… I would hate to see anyone narrow this issue”. Although her party made “significant amendments” to guardianship laws, work on adoption was never completed. “National has indicated that for them, it’s not a priority,” she says. “I do think that the fact this would require tackling the inequality in the law and the issue of same-sex adoption . . . is certainly a big part of why the Government hasn’t touched it, certainly Simon Power’s valedictory seemed to suggest that.” Former justice minister Mr Power retired last year, saying it was Parliament’s role to tackle the big issues. Gay rights advocate Rainbow Wellington has asked for meetings with MPs to discuss a law change. Chairman Tony Simpson says Labour and the Greens are “sympathetic”. “Really it requires one of those three main parties to pick it up. The National Party, we’ve had no response whatsoever. In fact, you could change the bit in specific relation to same-sex adoption very easily, just a fairly small amendment.” Lobby group Family First welcomes a debate – but argues same-sex adoption is an “adult- centred” policy which “harms children because it intentionally creates motherless and fatherless families . . . it is dangerous ground”.Abortion…Recent figures show a decline in both the rate and overall numbers of abortions, with 16,630 terminations in 2010, down from 17,550 the year before. Right to Life recently released figures showing that between 2009 and 2011, 877 women were treated in hospital following complications after abortions. The group wants better reporting of statistics by the Abortion Supervisory Council. Family First says the number of abortions “represents the worst of child abuse” and wants the law amended to “protect the unborn from conception”. Dr Healey hopes the debate will shift from whether numbers are too high, to the impact “outdated” abortion laws are having on women.…The subsequent furore and the departure of Ms Chadwick from Parliament will see the subject slide quietly off the radar, save for court battles between anti- abortionists and the Medical Council or the Abortion Supervisory Committee. “It’s going to take a real strong politician with some really strong support, either within the party or across parties to push through anything like that,” Dr Healey says. However, the Abortion Law Reform Association does see parental notification for under-16s seeking a termination as “a possible threat”. The move is supported by socially-conservative Cabinet members such as Judith Collins and Bill English. “From the intel we have had, Family First have had meetings with the prime minister on what their position is around the need for parental notification.” John Key’s office says he last met with Family First earlier this year and several issues, including parental notification, were discussed. The prime minister noted the group’s position “but no commitments were made”. Both National and Labour MPs exercise a conscience vote on abortion. read more

Aubameyang to face Spurs as Dortmund lift suspension

first_imgDortmund are currently third in Group H and must beat leaders Spurs, and hope Real Madrid fail to win at APOEL, to keep alive their thin hopes of reaching the last 16.Spurs are already assured of a place in the knockout stages, but a win will see them finish as group winners.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to face Tottenham Hotspur“I see this game as a chance for us because a win is certainly not expected from us,” admitted Bosz, who desperately needs a win to relieve the pressure with his side in free fall domestically.Another defeat to Spurs is the last thing Borussia need before Saturday’s derby at home to Schalke, who are up to second in the Bundesliga.“There is still a bad feeling after the Stuttgart game and it’s important to get out of this situation as a group,” said Germany midfielder Julian Weigl.“We have to focus on the strengths we have.”Share on: WhatsApp Dortmund, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund have lifted the suspension on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to allow their star striker to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday.Dortmund’s under-fire coach Peter Bosz confirmed Aubameyang is back in the squad after he was suspended for being late to training and for an unauthorised video shoot at the club’s training ground.“Aubameyang will play. I spoke to him after the Stuttgart game and he trained with us today,” said Bosz in a press conference on Monday.“We have cleared the matter up and for me it is over.”The Gabon international was left out of Friday’s 2-1 defeat at Stuttgart which saw the early season pacesetters drop to fifth in the Bundesliga table.Aubameyang, the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season, is in a goal drought.He has 15 goals so far this season but has not scored in his last five appearances, his last goal coming on October 14.last_img read more