Recuperar el cambio climático como un problema moral

first_imgRecuperar el cambio climático como un problema moral Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service] Cuando el obispo de California, Marc Andrus, quiere entablar una conversación con alguien acerca del cambio climático no saca a relucir datos estadísticos, más bien comienza con una pregunta de este tipo: ¿cuándo fue la última vez que ha tenido una experiencia de asombro ante el mundo natural?“Si podemos volver a conectar a la gente con eso, o exponerlos a una experiencia novedosa con el asombro, es un magnífico punto de partida para recobrar la percepción de por qué [el cambio climático] es un problema moral”, dijo Andrus, durante una entrevista con Episcopal News Service en Los Ángeles, California.Andrus hizo el viaje de San Francisco a Los Ángeles para hablar en un panel acerca de recuperar el cambio climático como un problema moral. El panel fue uno de los dos que tuvo lugar durante un foro el 24 de marzo —auspiciado por la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS) y el obispo de Los Ángeles J. Jon Bruno— orientado a abordar la crisis global del cambio climático.Andrus, que ha sido un defensor del medioambiente durante mucho tiempo, enseñó, en 2013, el primer curso de ecología y cristianismo en el Seminario Teológico de Virginia y ha estado involucrado durante mucho tiempo en el tema del cambio climático.Unos cuantos años atrás, expresó él, las personas que participaban en el movimiento para reducir las emisiones de gas de efecto invernadero, a fin de frenar el calentamiento global, asumían una mirada crítica de sí mismas, llegando a la convicción de que el mensaje del movimiento era tan completamente negativo que redundaba en su propia contra.“Las personas están lo bastante asustadas con sus vidas y no quieren que las asusten más… [y] no participan de este empeño”, dijo Andrus. “Realmente sabemos que el temor es sólo una motivación a corto plazo —tan pronto como uno deja de estar lo suficiente atemorizado, el esfuerzo se distiende. Si preguntas qué sería lo contrario, el amor es una motivación mucho más poderosa durante un período de tiempo.“Luego, si podemos ayudar a que las personas entiendan cuán maravillosa es una experiencia de amor, si podemos recordar cuando nos enamoramos de la tierra… o si podemos ayudar a las personas a tener una experiencia de amor y de admiración, entonces tendrás a personas que se mantendrán fieles en este empeño”.El 24 de marzo, la transmisión en directo vía Internet [webcast] en Los Ángeles puso en marcha 30 Días de Acción, una campaña interactiva concebida por la DFMS, la cual incluye días de promoción, boletines informativos, relatos, sermones y actividades para comprometer a individuos y congregaciones en torno al [tema del] cambio climático. La campaña culmina el 22 de abril, Día de la Tierra.Mary Nichols, que preside la Junta de Recursos Aéreos de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de California, y que es miembro de la iglesia episcopal de Santiago en la Ciudad [St. James in the City], participó en el panel junto con Andrus.“El cambio climático es un problema moral porque, tal como lo entendemos, los seres humanos son la causa principal de los exagerados efectos del calentamiento global que estamos presenciando en este planeta, y por tanto nos incumbe asumir esa responsabilidad y tomar medidas”, dijo Nichols.El cambio climático es el cambio gradual en la temperatura global causado por acumulación de gases de efecto invernadero que retienen el calor en la atmósfera y [en consecuencia] alteran la temperatura de la tierra. Algunas zonas se están haciendo más calientes, mientras otras se están tornando más frías. Por ejemplo, la zona continental de Estados Unidos experimentó el invierno más frío desde que comenzara el registro formal de las temperaturas a fines del siglo XIX, mientras que Alaska experimentó un invierno moderado para la estación.El dióxido de carbono es el principal gas de efecto invernadero emitido por los seres humanos mediante el consumo de combustibles fósiles —carbón, petróleo y gas natural. Los procesos industriales, incluidos las granjas de cría intensiva, el transporte y la electricidad constituyen las mayores fuentes humanas de dióxido de carbono.Además, la población del mundo se ha duplicado desde 1970, yendo de aproximadamente 3.600 millones de habitantes a los 7.000 millones que hay en la actualidad.“La explosión demográfica del último milenio, acompañada por la explotación de combustibles fósiles de los últimos siglos, han sacado a este sistema planetario de su equilibrio dinámico. Los apetitos humanos son responsables del colapso de ese equilibrio, particularmente en las naciones desarrolladas, y muchas especies están amenazadas de disminución y pérdida de vida”, dijo la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori en su discurso de apertura en el foro del 24 de marzo en Los Ángeles. “Estamos haciéndole la guerra a la integridad de este planeta. El resultado es muerte a gran escala mientras las especies se extinguen a un ritmo sin precedentes y los seres humanos mueren de enfermedades, de hambre y de la violencia de la guerra desatados por el caos ambiental y la codicia”.El foro de la Iglesia fue oportuno, dijo Nichols, al iniciar una necesaria conversación sobre el cambio climático en tanto las naciones se preparan para la Conferencia de las Partes en la Convención sobre el Cambio Climático en el Marco de las Naciones Unidas, [que sesionará] en París, Francia, del 30 de noviembre al 11 de diciembre.El objetivo de la conferencia de París es forjar un acuerdo internacional que tenga como objetivo llevar al mundo hacia sociedades y economías resistentes y poco consumidoras de carbón. De lograrse, sería el primer tratado internacional vinculante en 20 años de conversaciones sobre el clima en las Naciones Unidas, y afectaría tanto a países desarrollados como en vías de desarrollo.“Ya estamos escuchando la letanía del Congreso de que no puede hacerse nada, de que no funcionará, de que si lo hacemos los chinos no lo harán y nos sacarán ventaja económicamente… y es por eso que esta discusión es tan oportuna porque, dicho con optimismo, nos da una oportunidad de reunir y rechazar esos argumentos”, dijo Nichols.El cambio climático es un asunto cada vez más políticamente cargado y polarizador en Estados Unidos. El día del foro, por ejemplo, el senador Lindsay Graham, un republicano moderado de Carolina del Sur que cree en el cambio climático, culpó al ex vicepresidente Al Gore —una de las voces demócratas más destacadas sobre el cambio climático en el país y quien ha apoyado durante mucho tiempo las iniciativas de reducir la cantidad de dióxido de carbono en la atmósfera— de inacción sobre el cambio climático porque Gore lo ha convertido en un problema religioso.A Graham lo citaron en los medios noticiosos diciendo “ustedes saben, el cambio climático no es un problema religioso para mí, es económico, es un problema medioambiental”.Los miembros de su partido, dijo él “se han ido por las ramas” cuando se trata del cambio climático, y que el partido no tiene una posición clara sobre el cambio climático ni un plan para abordarlo.A los comentarios de Graham siguieron la revelación de una prohibición del estado de la Florida a los funcionarios [encargados del]medioambiente de usar los términos “cambio climático y “calentamiento global”, y el anuncio del senador federal Ted Cruz de su próximo ingreso en la carrera por la presidencia. Cruz es un republicano de Texas que niega la existencia del cambio climático.En diciembre de 2010, mientras las conversaciones sobre el cambio climático de la ONU tenían lugar en Cancún, México, Andrus y el obispo Naudal Gomes de la Diócesis de Curitiba, Brasil, convocaron una reunión en la República Dominicana que exploró la intersección entre la pobreza y el cambio climático, y que se proponía cambiar el diálogo en la Iglesia de “cambio climático” a “justicia climática”. La reunión incluyó a más de 30 anglicanos y episcopales de Cuba, Estados Unidos, Ecuador, Panamá, Colombia, Haití, México, Brasil, Guatemala y la República Dominicana.Abordar el cambio climático desde un consenso global no significa que los países en desarrollo frenen el [proceso de desarrollo], sólo significa que los países en desarrollo busquen tecnología y alternativas a los combustibles fósiles a fin de no crear la cantidad de desechos que han producido los países desarrollados.“Tenemos que mirar a la economía y a la equidad y a la ecología juntas, y eso no es una quimera”, recalcó Nichols.A través de la historia, la Iglesia se ha asociado con movimientos sociales en temas de igualdad de derecho y de justicia. A iniciar el diálogo ahora, la Iglesia Episcopal, que tiene estatus de observador en las Naciones Unidas, puede comenzar a hablar acerca del modo de contribuir a un diálogo más amplio sobre el cambio climático que tendrá lugar más adelante este año.“Durante la última década y media, la Iglesia Episcopal se ha concentrado en los problemas de los LGBT, y ahora estamos teniendo una creciente conciencia de la enormidad de la crisis del cambio climático… y sin abandonar ninguna de las causas de justica, estamos viendo que ésta es la necesidad emergente para nuestro compromiso global”, dijo Andrus. “Somos una organización que tiene alguna capacidad de asociarse a un movimiento, de apoyar a un movimiento, de ser un recurso para un movimiento, del cual pueden derivarse energía y recursos”.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Bishops meet with federal lawmakers to advocate for Episcopal Migration…

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Sep 24, 2019 Refugees Migration & Resettlement Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York From left, Maine Bishop Thomas Brown, West Virginia Bishop Mike Klusmeyer, Northern Indiana Bishop Douglas Sparks and Rio Grande Bishop Michael Hunn gather Sept. 24 in Washington for a series of Capitol Hill meetings with lawmakers about the federal refugee resettlement program. Lexington Bishop Mark Van Koevering, not pictured, also joined them. Photo: Office of Government Relations[Episcopal News Service] Five Episcopal bishops traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 24 for meetings with senators and representatives from their dioceses to advocate for preserving the U.S. government’s refugee resettlement program at a time when the Trump administration is considering cutting the program further.The bishops represent a diverse group of dioceses. Rio Grande Bishop Michael Hunn’s diocese touches 40 percent of the U.S. border with Mexico, and the group also included Maine Bishop Thomas Brown, West Virginia Bishop Mike Klusmeyer, Northern Indiana Bishop Douglas Sparks and Bishop Mark Van Koevering from the Diocese of Lexington in Kentucky.They were accompanied by staff members from The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, which organized the visits. They met with both Republicans and Democrats, and their appeals carried the weight of the church’s decades of experience resettling refugees in the United States through Episcopal Migration Ministries, or EMM.“This is certainly not a partisan issue, from my standpoint,” Hunn told Episcopal News Service after concluding his meetings. “It’s a moral issue of how we care for the stranger among us.”Thank you @RepDebHaaland for meeting with Bishop Michael Hunn from the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande on the critical need for refugee resettlement! #EpiscopalAdvocacy pic.twitter.com/yuyK7M2QuJ— The EPPN (@TheEPPN) September 24, 2019Hunn, whose diocese encompasses New Mexico and the westernmost region of Texas, met personally with New Mexico Reps. Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, both Democrats, and with someone from the office of Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican. Sparks told ENS he met with Indiana’s two senators, Mike Braun and Todd Young, both Republicans, as well as three representatives from districts in his diocese.“This is where God’s called me to be,” Sparks said after the meetings. “And anything I can do to support them to address this important program of resettling refugees, I stand ready to do so.”This morning Bishop Doug Sparks of @EDofNIN connected with @SenatorBraun and @SenToddYoung on Capitol Hill to discuss advocating for refugees and refugee resettlement #EpiscopalAdvocacy pic.twitter.com/68F0j2mwhN— The EPPN (@TheEPPN) September 24, 2019EMM is one of nine agencies with contracts with the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees fleeing war, persecution and other hardships in their home countries. The Episcopal agency has resettled more than 95,000 refugees since the 1980s, providing a range of services for these families upon their arrival in the United States, including English language and cultural orientation classes, employment services, school enrollment and initial assistance with housing and transportation.The number of refugees allowed into the United States each year is based on a ceiling set each year by the president’s administration. For most of the past two decades, that cap has remained between 70,000 and 90,000, and under President Barack Obama, it rose as high as 110,000 in the 2017 fiscal year. President Donald Trump’s administration has reduced the number to just 30,000 for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2019.The administration has not yet announced a new refugee resettlement ceiling, but reports have suggested Trump and his advisers are considering sharper cuts – possibly even dropping the cap on refugees to zero.EMM once oversaw 31 resettlement affiliates in 26 dioceses, but now that number is down to 13 affiliates in 11 dioceses. The ongoing uncertainty over future resettlement levels poses additional challenges for EMM and the other eight agencies.“At a time when refugee admissions to the United States are under constant threat, it is more important than ever that we raise our collective voices and advocate for a robust resettlement program,” said Kendall Martin, EMM’s communications manager, in an email to ENS. “The Episcopal bishops advocating for the refugee admissions program honor the rich legacy of Episcopal Migration Ministries and provide a critical witness by living our mandate delivered by Jesus himself to ‘welcome the stranger.’”Thank you @RepCarolMiller for meeting with Bishop Klusmeyer of the Diocese of West Virginia and Canon C.K. Robertson today! pic.twitter.com/0Wy0ZP93Yb— The EPPN (@TheEPPN) September 24, 2019The five bishops in Washington to advocate for EMM and the refugee resettlement program gathered in the morning for a briefing, in which Office of Government Relations staff members outlined talking points that invoked church policy positions as determined by General Convention resolutions. The bishops also received biographical information about the lawmakers they were meeting.“We were delighted to have the bishops join us on Capitol Hill,” said Rushad Thomas, migration policy adviser in the Office of Government Relations. “We have no better refugee advocates than the bishops who serve these communities on the ground. It is vital that the church speak with one voice in support of our refugee brothers and sisters.”For some of the bishops, this was their first time taking The Episcopal Church’s advocacy directly to federal lawmakers, though Brown said he has some experience doing the same at the state level.Maine Bishop Thomas Brown meets Sept. 24 with Sen. Susan Collins. Photo: Office of Government Relations“One of the things that’s true in smaller states is that the people that serve in public policy, whether it’s at the statehouse or in Washington, are a little more accessible,” Brown said. He met earlier in the day with Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, and Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat. After speaking with ENS, he planned to meet with Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat.Brown identified two main topics he and the other bishops sought to discuss with the lawmakers: EMM’s long history of facilitating the refugee resettlement program and the church’s concerns about the cuts in the number of refugees allowed in the country.The bishops also emphasized that refugees pose no elevated threat to Americans, but rather they tend to quickly become productive members of their new communities. “These individuals have gone through the most extensive vetting process you can imagine,” Sparks said.The bishops noted there is bipartisan support for refugee resettlement, and Brown praised the work of the Office of Government Relations to keep such issues in front of lawmakers.“The Office of Government Relations has done such a beautiful job of preparing us,” Brown said. “I’m so impressed with the care that this office is doing to tell the story of faith to our policymakers.”The day’s Capitol Hill visits come seven months after the office worked in February with another group of bishops, representing Bishops United Against Gun Violence, in scheduling a series of Capitol Hill visits in support of gun safety legislation.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishops meet with federal lawmakers to advocate for Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugees Rector Smithfield, NC center_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service House of Bishops, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Faith & Politics, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries, Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID last_img read more

Warning: Kindness ahead

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Kindness Warning!Inspiration By Chuck TowneKindness has no calories.Kindness has no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.Kindness can be served hot or cold.Kindness is addictive.Kindness is good for nursing mothers.Kindness cab be taken with or without food.Kindness can and should be used at any age.When used indiscriminately happiness has been known to stimulate the happiness gland and to be spread to others, therefore it should be considered contagious.KINDNESS HAS THE FOLLOWING SIDE AFFECTSKindness can be used while driving, or operating dangerous machinery, or power equipment. Kindness can be used while playing with your children, visiting with friends, and when used in any size dosage will lead to excessive peace and contentment. Kindness is the only healing agent that can be used in any and all circumstances, and it has been known to prolong life. Use it liberally, it is free.Live fully,Love openly,And make a difference, todayCharles Towne is a published author, Apopka resident and a member of Inspire Church. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Linda Scott TAGSCharles TowneInspirationKindness Previous articleKids learn about bullies during Cookies & Milk with a CopNext articleMustangs control game but come up short Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 2 COMMENTS December 12, 2016 at 10:41 am Reply Linda, thank you so very much.. Yes, you are right, the world would be such a wonderful place if an epidemic of kindness struck all of mankind. I think that is what Papa God intended when He sent Jesus to live with us. Charlescenter_img Charles Towne December 31, 2016 at 10:22 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 May we all be infected with the kindness virus! It can be used universal! With good outcomes to all! Reply Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

Anti-fascists in Chemnitz: ‘Heart, not hate’

first_imgAnti-fascists confront racist march in Chemnitz, Germany, Sept. 1.On Sept. 1, a traditional day for anti-war demonstrations across Germany, more than 4,000 anti-fascists, including both moderate and leftist forces, confronted a roughly equal number of anti-immigrant and other racist and openly Nazi elements on the streets of Chemnitz. The fascists disguised their mobilization as a “funeral march.”The anti-fascists, marching under the slogan, “Heart, not hate,” managed to stop the march of the reactionaries at various street crossings in this industrial city, located in the state of Saxony in southeastern Germany. A large contingent of state and national police separated the demonstrations.Five days earlier the fascists, with the full support of the ultra-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and the Pegida anti-immigrant movement, swamped the Chemnitz police and ran wild through the city, chasing and sometimes catching and beating people who looked like they might be refugees, immigrants or Muslims. These were mostly people from Arab and African countries.The fascists fed on the false news story — spread in the corporate media — that a murder victim had been killed while defending a German woman from assault by asylum-seekers. Nothing was done in the media nor by the Christian Democratic leaders of Saxony to counter this lie, which the fascists used to mobilize from all over Germany. The actual victim of the killing, Daniel Hillig, had himself expressed anti-fascist sentiments and had a Cuban father, making the “funeral march” a fraud.As in the United States, in Germany the complicity of the leading pro-capitalist politicians with the anti-immigrant movement, together with the pro-fascist sentiments of large sections of the police, makes it necessary for unions of workers and leftist parties to organize active, fighting mass movements to confront fascist and racist elements.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2010 Peace laureate languishes in Chinese jail in face of international indifference

first_img RSF_en October 12, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 2010 Peace laureate languishes in Chinese jail in face of international indifference “If Barack Obama were Chinese…” by Michel Cambon Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further The Chinese government has been arbitrarily holding Liu Xiaobo, who was also awarded the 2004 RSF Prize, in Jinzhou Prison in Dalian, Liaoning Province, east of Beijing, since 2008. His wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since October 2010 and faces constant pressure from Chinese authorities despite never having been convicted by any court.“The basic freedoms of Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia have been flouted for nearly seven years,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on the Tunisian Quartet, winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, to use their exposure in the media to lobby the Beijing authorities over the detention of Liu, the only Nobel Prize winner currently behind bars.” As the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet, Reporters Without Borders notes that the 2010 recipient, the cyber-dissident Liu Xiaobo, has been languishing in a Chinese prison for nearly seven years. The organization urges the international community to put pressure on Beijing to release the citizen journalist. News In contrast to the vigorous action taken by campaigners, the silence of China’s partner countries is deafening. When President Xi visited the United States last month, Obama did not refer in public to Liu’s plight. Nor did French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls take the opportunity during visits to France by their Chinese counterparts in 2014 and 2015 respectively to raise the subject, which remains one of the Chinese Communist Party’s most taboo subjects. In 2011, a number of civil society representatives condemned the “deafening silence of Western leaders.” Liu, a writer and intellectual who co-founded Charter 08 — a daring public call for fundamental political reforms, democracy and human rights in China – was arrested in December 2008 and is currently serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion”. Receive email alerts News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information center_img He is among 108 journalists and netizens still held in China, making it the world’s biggest prison for those working in news and information. It is ranked 176th of 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. “We also urge the international community to snap out of its lethargy. The empty 2010 winner’s chair symbolizes the failure of Western democracies to act on human rights and freedom of information.” China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific News News April 27, 2021 Find out more On 18 September, 44 journalists and writers sent an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Liu and his wife, and of the journalist Gao Yu and the Uighur blogger Ilham Tohti. On 2 September, 12 Nobel Peace laureates wrote to President Barack Obama, himself the recipient of the prize in 2009, urging him to demand the couple’s release. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Chinalast_img read more

COVID-19 : SC Reduces Bond Amount For Release From Foreigners’ Detention Centre As Rs 5000 From Rs 1 Lakh [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesCOVID-19 : SC Reduces Bond Amount For Release From Foreigners’ Detention Centre As Rs 5000 From Rs 1 Lakh [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 April 2020 9:28 AMShare This – xIn view of the impending threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court has ordered that detainees at detention centers of Assam who have been incarcerated for more than 2 years may be released on execution of personal bonds with two sureties. The order was passed while hearing an application moved by Assam-based NGO ‘Justice and Liberty Initiative’ in the suo moto case registered by…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?LoginIn view of the impending threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court has ordered that detainees at detention centers of Assam who have been incarcerated for more than 2 years may be released on execution of personal bonds with two sureties. The order was passed while hearing an application moved by Assam-based NGO ‘Justice and Liberty Initiative’ in the suo moto case registered by the Supreme Court for decongestion of prisons in India. The application was moved for modification of a previous order of the court dated May 10, 2019 in Supreme Court Legal Services Committee v. Union of India & Others, whereby it was directed that all detainees from detention centres who have spent more than 3 years in detention be released, subject to execution of bonds. The applicants had now sought that the order be modified and the period of three years be reduced to one year.COVID-19 : SC Orders Release Of Persons Lodged For Over 2 Years In Assam Foreigners’ Detention Centres [Read Order] Opposing the application, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that it would be hazardous to release such people since they would again mix with rest of the population and it would be difficult to trace them, in case the Government resorts to certain steps under the law. Disagreeing with the SG, a bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar observed that the May 2019 order was passed when there was no danger of any pandemic like the present one. However, having regard to the present circumstances prevailing in the country and having regard to the fact that it had already permitted the release of prisoners and people under detention in general, and such detenues who have completed three years upon their declaration as foreigners, we see no reason why the period should not be reduced from three years to two years” Accordingly it ordered, “The prisoners or detenues who have been under detention for two years shall be entitled to be released on the same terms and conditions as those laid down in the aforesaid order dated 10.05.2019, except that they shall not be required to furnish a bond in the sum of Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh only). Instead they shall be required to furnish a bond in the sum of Rs.5,000/- (Rupees five thousand only) with two sureties of the like sum of Indian citizens.” Notably, there are six detention centres in Assam, in which 802 persons are under detention, as told by Union Minister Nityanand Rai in Lok Sabha last month. To avoid overcrowding in prisons in the wake of COVID pandemic, the Supreme Court on March 23, 2020 had directed all states and Union Territories to set up high level committees to determine class of prisoners who could be released on parole for four to six weeks. The Supreme Court has also issued certain supplementary measures to be observed by the state and prison authorities, so that the release of prisoners itself does not lead to spread of COVID-19. Case Details: Case Title: In Re : Contagion Of Covid 19 Virus In Prisons Case No.: Suo Motu WP (C) No.1/ 2020 Quorum: Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar Appearance: Amicus Curiae Dushyant Dave, Attorney General for India KK Venugopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

SC Dismisses Investigative Journalist’s Plea For Transfer Of Cases Out Of Uttarakhand On Grounds Of Vindictive Prosecution [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesSC Dismisses Investigative Journalist’s Plea For Transfer Of Cases Out Of Uttarakhand On Grounds Of Vindictive Prosecution [Read Judgment] Mehal Jain16 Oct 2020 10:39 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea of investigative journalist Umesh Kumar Sharma seeking transfer of three criminal cases pending against him to Delhi from Dehradun on the ground of being targeted by the BJP-led Uttarakhand government.It was pointed out that as a journalist the petitioner has conducted sting operations against the Chief Minister, his relatives and associates in…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea of investigative journalist Umesh Kumar Sharma seeking transfer of three criminal cases pending against him to Delhi from Dehradun on the ground of being targeted by the BJP-led Uttarakhand government.It was pointed out that as a journalist the petitioner has conducted sting operations against the Chief Minister, his relatives and associates in the State of Uttarakhand and therefore he is being targeted for malicious prosecution within the State. The petitioner apprehended threat to his life and submitted that he would be prejudiced in conducting his defense in the courts at Dehradun.”When the nature of the three cases are examined, it is seen that two of the cases are property and Will related matters. One of this case is pending for last over a decade. Therefore, this court finds it difficult to accept that the cases are on account of journalistic activities of the petitioner. In fact the credibility of the journalistic activity of the petitioner is itself questioned, by a member of his sting operation team, in the third case”, noted Justice Hrishikesh Roy. In such circumstances, the bench was of the view that the prosecution in the concerned three cases can’t prima facie be said to be on account of malicious prosecution.At the outset, the bench referred to the list of cases pending against the petitioner, and noted that out of those cases, 17 cases relate to the State of Uttarakhand, 4 cases are from the State of Uttar Pradesh, 5 cases relate to the State of West Bengal, 2 cases are from Delhi out of which one is under investigation of the CBI, and another one at Ranchi, Jharkhand. “Whether those cases are without merit or otherwise, can be determined only through trial. However, the numbers do suggest that the petitioner is not an ordinary person”, said the bench. Justice Roy also stated that it is also important to note that the State has withdrawn prosecution in many cases filed against the petitioner.The bench also noticed that one of the FIR that is being sought to be transferred was filed long back in 2007, when the present ruling dispensation in the State of Uttarakhand, was nowhere in picture. The contents of the allegations in the FIR relates to a property dispute involving the Will (dated 20.1.1995), of a family member of the petitioner.The next FIR (registered on 1.11.2018) relates to forcible land grabbing attempts, on the basis of purportedly fake of documents.”Perhaps only the FIR dated 10.8.2018 is relatable to journalistic activity where the allegation of a core member of the investigative journalism team is that the petitioner in the guise of sting operation (by video recording activities of powerful elements), does not air them and the concerned footages are utilised for extraneous purposes”, noted the bench.The Single Judge examined the arguments of Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal about the petitioner being targeted for malicious prosecution, the bench noted the reference made to the pro- active steps taken by the public prosecutor to arrest the petitioner by repeatedly approaching the magistrate and then the High Court, in connection with the August 10, 2018 FIR.. “Whether the public prosecutor followed the legal process or it was a case of overenthusiasm is an issue, which may not be very relevant for the purpose of these transfer petitions. This is because the incident happened nearly two years back when the FIR was first registered”, noted the bench.More importantly, the bench also reflected that the charge sheet is already filed and the case is scheduled to go for trial in the Dehradun Court. Therefore, the role of the State will now be limited to prove the prosecution case before the Trial Court. In such Court controlled proceeding, the prosecution will have to marshal their evidence which is to be evaluated by the Presiding Officer of the concerned Court. “Therefore, the apprehension of malicious prosecution because of the steps taken by the public prosecutor against the petitioner in 2018, is not acceptable. I may also add that our courts are capable of deciding cases on the merits of the evidence”, said the bench.Appreciating several authorities in this context, the bench reiterated that transfer power under section 406 of the Code is to be invoked sparingly- “Only when fair justice is in peril, a plea for transfer might be considered. The court however will have to be fully satisfied that impartial trial is not possible. Equally important is to verify that the apprehension of not getting a level playing field, is based on some credible material and not just conjectures and surmises”The bench observed that while assurance of a fair trial needs to be respected, the plea for transfer of case should not be entertained on mere apprehension of a hyper sensitive person. “In his pleadings and arguments, the petitioner in my assessment has failed to demonstrate that because of what he endured in 2018, it is not possible for the courts in the state to dispense justice objectively and without any bias. It can’t also be overlooked that the petitioner is involved in several cases and this year itself has generated few on his own in the state ofUttarakhand. Therefore, it is difficult to accept that justice for the petitioner can only be ensured by transfer of three cases mentioned in these petitions”, remarked the bench.Conceding that while considering a plea for transfer, the convenience of parties would be a relevant consideration, the bench added that it can’t just be the convenience of the petitioner but also of the Complainant, the Witnesses, the Prosecution besides the larger issue of trial being conducted under the jurisdictional Court. “When relative convenience and difficulties of all the parties involved in the process are taken into account, it is clear that the petitioner has failed to make out a credible case for transfer of trial to alternative venues outside the State”, ruled the bench.Justice Roy also recorded that the senior counsel for the petitioner made it clear that the petitioner is not pointing any fingers towards the courts and his apprehension is based only on the action taken by the State. “The transfer of trials from one state to another would inevitably reflect on the credibility of the State’s judiciary and but for compelling factors and clear situation of deprivation of fair justice, the transfer power should not be invoked”, held the bench, dismissing the transfer petitions, observing that this case is not perceived to be one of those exceptional categoriesClick Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Storylast_img read more

Delhi House Panel Cannot Deal With ‘Law And Order’ As It Is Union’s Subject : Salve Submits For Facebook VP

first_imgTop StoriesDelhi House Panel Cannot Deal With ‘Law And Order’ As It Is Union’s Subject : Salve Submits For Facebook VP Nupur Thapliyal28 Jan 2021 9:51 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court bench headed by Justice S.K. Kaul on Thursday heard Facebook India Vice President, Ajit Mohan’s challenge to the two summons issued by the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee “Peace and Harmony” asking him to appear to look into the role of fake news behind the Delhi riots of February 2020. The two summons were issued in September 2020 demanding Mr. Mohan to appear…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?LoginThe Supreme Court bench headed by Justice S.K. Kaul on Thursday heard Facebook India Vice President, Ajit Mohan’s challenge to the two summons issued by the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee “Peace and Harmony” asking him to appear to look into the role of fake news behind the Delhi riots of February 2020. The two summons were issued in September 2020 demanding Mr. Mohan to appear before the committee for testifying on the role or complicity of Facebook officials in Delhi riots. On September 23, the Court had recorded the submission made on behalf of the Chairman of the Assembly Panel that no coercive action will be taken against the Ajit Mohan for failing to appear. Senior Advocate Harish Salve appeared on behalf of Mr. Ajit Mohan. The main thrust of Mr. Salve’s argument rested on three important contentions. First, the exceeding powers of the Delhi Legislative Assembly; Second, the balance of rights between Fundamental Rights under Part III of the Constitution vis-à-vis parliamentary privileges and Third, refuting the respondents claim on the concept of “Cooperative Federalism”. On the first contention relating to exceeding powers by the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Salve argued that there lacked an “essential legislative function” in the exercise of powers by the Delhi Legislative Assembly in constituting the Committee of Peace and Harmony and therefore questioned the jurisdictional validity of the Committee. “A practice of privilege which crystallizes constitutional provisions and an absence legislation, in such a situation, constitutional rights must prevail. This undefined power of privileges is like a sword in the hands of the Committee.” Salve submitted. Thereafter, Salve went ahead to argue on the contention of compelling a non member for deposing for the Committee. He argued: “This is very important for your lordship to consider. Can you compel a non-governmental person on matters of fact or seek his opinion on any subject matter without being constraint of the subject matter relating to the matters of the House? The house has no executive power. The house only keeps the Executive in check. The Delhi Government executive has no power in this case. That is for the Union Government to see.” On the nature of the parliamentary privileges, Salve heavily relied in the judgment of Arminder Singh v. Special Committee Punjab Vidhan Sabha (2010) wherein the Court held that “A breach of privileges had taken place were those in which the questionable conduct bore a “direct nexus to the functioning or the proceedings of the House” or the functioning of a member “within the House”. At this juncture, Salve remarked “See the very nature of privilege. It is more of a shield than a sword. And that is the nature of privileges; you cannot carve them into weapons.” Salve went ahead to argue on the second contention relating to the balancing rights between Fundamental Rights under Part III of the Constitution vis-à-vis parliamentary privileges. “The right of a House to have freedom of speech combined with Fundamental rights of members of house that they cannot be called to question anywhere for what they say in the house, is regulated by power of speaker. If you want to publish what happened in the house, something integral to the working of the house, you can make that allegation but don’t say that it was made in the house and cover under the protection of house. Because that way you will be taking undue advantage of free speech inside the house.” Salve submitted. In submitting so, Salve relied on the judgment of Justice Rtd. Markandey Katju v. Lok Sabha (2016) wherein the Court observed that “If any action is sought initiated against any citizen, whether Member or Non-Member, either in exercise of contempt or breach of privilege, such action must have interfered with fundamental functioning of the House.” Salve thereafter argued that the Committee cannot deal with the issue of Public Order as the same rests under the jurisdictional domain of the Central Government. According to Salve, the Committee dealing with the issue of riots and recommending laws does not fall within the essential legislative function. At this juncture, Justice Kaul while agreeing with the submissions made by Salve remarked “You are correct. It cannot be an essential legislative function. So what we need to see is If it is not a part, then what is the mandate of the committee and what it can and cannot do.” Furthermore, Salve touched upon the issue of cooperative federalism which was relied by the Delhi Legislative Assembly as a concept wherein the respondents have argued that “Union and States must work together for constitutional functioning as a part of cooperative federalism.” “To carry out remedial measures, as pointed out in the submission of the committee, is not the essential function of the House. If you summon an American corporation, he may or may not appear before you. But you summon an individual living in Delhi. And reference of “You, Mr. Ajit Mohan” makes it clear that it was to a private individual. I submit this is now trying to clutch at straws to find some kind of jurisdiction.” Salve submitted. The matter will now be heard on 2nd February 2021.  Reports of previous hearings :House Privileges Not Applicable To Activities Other Than Legislative Functions : Salve Submits For Facebook VPOnly Centre Can Control Internet Intermediaries; Legislative Assembly Cannot : Salve Submits For Facebook VPSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Teenager due in court charged with rioting in Derry

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – July 4, 2019 Facebook Twitter Previous articleTwo-way traffic reinstated on Pearse Road for NI Bank HolidayNext articleEU commission accused of hypocrisy in Seanad News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Pinterest Teenager due in court charged with rioting in Derry Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows A 19-year-old will appear before the Magistrates Court in Derry today charged with rioting. The youth was also charged with attempted criminal damage and intentionally encouraging riotous behaviour.The PSNI said in a statement last night the charges relate to disorder in the Creggan area last Thursday. Facebooklast_img read more

People warned some pedestrian access to Carndonagh Hospital still unsafe

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img People warned some pedestrian access to Carndonagh Hospital still unsafe By News Highland – January 30, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford The HSE is urging people in Carndonagh not to use the pedestrian access and bridge at the rear of the hospital campus, as they are still unsafe following last year’s floods.The HSE says people should only use the access point off the main road at the front of the hospital grounds when accessing Carndonagh Community Hospital and James Connolly Memorial Hospital.The bridge and pedestrian access point at the back of the campus were severely damaged during the Inishowen flooding, and are currently deemed to be unsafeIn a statement last evening, the HSE urged people not to use this access point between Donagh Park and the hospital until the necessary repair works are completed.Barriers and signs have been erected at the access point to warn pedestrians.The HSE is stressing it does not accept public liability for any injury caused to persons using this access point to the rear of the campus.At a recent meeting in Carndonagh, Cllr Albert Doherty said this is a vital access point that demands priority attention:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/albrtghhjjclip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleIBEC say it’s crucial UK stays in customs union after BrexitNext articleCouncillor hits out at lack of flood repair funding News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more