Concern about judicial bias, lack of due process

first_img Reporters Without Borders has written to Gabriela Knaul, the UN special rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, who is to begin a one-week visit to the United Arab Emirates tomorrow. The letter expresses concern about deep flaws in the UAE’s judicial system and the lack of impartiality in the sentences imposed on information providers. Dear Special Rapporteur Knaul,In view of your upcoming visit to the United Arab Emirates (from 28 January to 5 February), Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to draw your attention to problems with the UAE judicial system that it has observed while monitoring the trials of information providers and the lack of impartiality in the sentences some of them received.The cyber-crime law that was adopted at the end of 2012 (Federal Legal Decree No. 5/2012) is used to restrict fundamental freedoms and to gag and imprison government critics in a country where the judicial system is under government control.Two Emirati netizens were convicted under this law in 2013 for posting information about a trial during the first half of the year in which 94 Emiratis (known as the“UAE 94”) were accused of being members of Al-Islah, a local group with links to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and plotting against the government.One of these two netizens, Abdullah Al-Hadidi, who was arrested on 22 March 2013, received a 10-month jail sentence that was confirmed on appeal on 22 May. He was released on 1 November after being deemed to have completed his sentence.The other, Waleed Al-Shehhi, who was arrested on 11 May 2013, was sentenced on 18 November to two years in prison and a fine of 500,000 AED (100,360 euros) for tweeting about the trial.He was convicted under articles 28 and 29 of the cyber-crime law, which forbid the use of information technology for activities“endangering state security”and“harming the reputation of the state.”Shehhi said he was mistreated and tortured following his arrest but these claims were never investigated, in violation of article 12 of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.Other information providers accused of breaking the cyber-crime law have also been the victims of the lack of judicial independence. Mohamed Al-Zumer, for example, was sentenced on 25 December to three years in prison and a fine of 500,000 AED on charges of“insulting the country’s leaders”and“attacking the reputation of the security apparatus”on Twitter and YouTube for accusing them of torturing prisoners of opinion. In a video, he also reportedly criticized a contract that Abu Dhabis crown prince signed with the security company Blackwater for the creation of a private militia to suppress any civilian unrest. His YouTube account (islamway11000) has since been closed.In the same trial, Abdulrahman Omar Bajubair, a netizen currently living in Qatar, was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison on a charge of defaming judges for creating and running the @intihakatand and @uaemot Twitter accounts, which document the mistreatment of prisoners of opinion. Khalifa Al-Nuaimi was acquitted under the cyber-crime law but is still serving the sentence he received in the UAE 94 trial.Reporters Without Borders has repeatedly criticized the authorities for obstructing coverage of certain trials, such as the UAE 94 trial, by barring foreign media and observers from the courtroom and allowing only carefully chosen local media to send representatives. A similar news blackout was imposed on the trial of 30 persons (20 Egyptians and 10 Emiratis) before the UAE supreme court over their alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood and their alleged attempts to overthrow the government. They were given sentences ranging from three months to five years in prison on 21 January.We think that these issues, linked to the lack of independence of judges in cases involving freedom of information and obstruction of the principle of transparent coverage of trials, should be raised by you, as the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, with the Emirati authorities during your forthcoming visit.Your intervention is all the more important because the Emirati authorities tend to ignore the reports of human rights NGOs. They have, for example just banned Human Rights Watch from holding a news conference in Dubai in which it was to have unveiled a report critical of the UAE. In its 2014 world report, HRW accuses the Emirati authorities of continuing to violate freedom of expression and association and condemns the lack of fair trials.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this request.Sincerely, United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group June 8, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders Secretary-General NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance center_img to go further Paris, 24 January 2014 News April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts January 27, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about judicial bias, lack of due process Ms. Gabriela KnaulSpecial Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyersc/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human RightsPalais des NationsCH-1211 Geneva 10Switzerland United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on United Arab Emirates December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Three people arrested during drug bust in LaGrange County

first_img Pinterest Pinterest (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) A traffic stop resulted in a drug bust.On Friday, Nov. 13, LaGrange Police arrested three people after finding drugs in the vehicle.An officer stopped an SUV near County Road 300 North. A K9 alerted officers to something suspicious in the SUV.That’s when police discovered one 9mm handgun, about 40 grams of meth, about 40 grams of marijuana, needles, and other items.Lillian Marie Shaeffer, Jason Dean Sparks and Tessa Renee Clay were arrested and booked into the LaGrange County Jail. Twitter Twitter Google+ WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – November 16, 2020 0 555 WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Google+ Three people arrested during drug bust in LaGrange County IndianaLocalNews Previous articleWarsaw woman charged in federal court with purchasing guns used to shoot policeNext articleStructure fire closes part of Old U.S. 20 in Elkhart Monday Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Schedule plays in Dodgers’ favor – but ‘we gotta win,’ Dave Roberts says

first_imgRelated Articles LOS ANGELES — As the Dodgers trudged through their post-All-Star break schedule, it beckoned like an oasis.Twenty-eight of the Dodgers’ first 32 games after the break were against first-place teams or wild-card contenders. That finally eases up this weekend. The Dodgers will play 11 of their final 34 games against last-place teams (including five in a row against the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers). The final 34 are split evenly between teams over and under .500. Thirteen of the 17 games against teams with winning records are head-to-head against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.It is one of the softer schedules any contender faces down the stretch and one of the biggest reasons not to write off the Dodgers quite yet. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts takes a deep breath when asked if the finishing schedule affords his team an “easier” road to get back to the top of the division.“Every game is tough to win,” Roberts said, laughing when it is pointed out the Dodgers have done a good job of proving that on a nightly basis recently. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “Obviously I’m aware of the schedule. But every game is tough and every game is different. It doesn’t really matter who we’re playing and the schedule. We could say ‘Games that we should win’ or whatever. But the bottom line is whoever is in front of us, we gotta win. I am aware of it. We’re aware of it. But we’ve still got to play good baseball.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Diamondbacks’ finishing schedule is considerably more difficult – 27 of their final 35 games will be against teams with winning records. The Rockies face contenders in 20 of their last 35.“Yeah, there is. And there should be,” Roberts said when asked if there was a “sense of urgency” about these games. “I feel it. There should be. Urgency is a good thing when the stakes are where they’re at and every game is important, we should play with a sense of urgency.”GOOD STARTThe Dodgers’ starting rotation has been the only part of the team not underachieving over the past few weeks.While the Dodgers lost 12 of 20 going into the weekend series against the Padres, their starters had posted a 2.68 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in August, pitching at least six innings 13 times.center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “If you look at the past couple weeks, we’ve lost more than we’ve won. But the starting pitching has been the most consistent,” Roberts agreed. “Every game we’ve essentially been in – the reason for that is because of the starting pitching. And going forward if we’re going to win this thing, we’re going to rely heavily on the starting pitching.”Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler have been the Dodgers’ best starters. In six starts since the All-Star break, Kershaw has a 1.77 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, 37 strikeouts and only three walks. Over his past five starts, Buehler has a 1.11 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and has held batters to a .170 average.HUDSON DOWNFor the second time this month, reliever Daniel Hudson has been placed on the DL with discomfort in his right forearm.Hudson (who has had Tommy John surgery twice) returned after 10 days on the DL and made two appearances, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four in 2-1/3 innings, before going back on the DL on Friday.In his place, the Dodgers activated right-hander Yimi Garcia from the DL. Garcia had been sidelined since July 7 with forearm inflammation. Garcia made five rehab appearances in the Arizona Summer League and at Triple-A, pitching two scoreless innings for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.ALSORight-hander Ross Stripling is now scheduled to throw to hitters before Saturday’s game. He was originally scheduled for the simulated-game setting on Friday but it was pushed back a day. Stripling is on the DL with lower back inflammation. …Right-hander Josh Fields pitched another scoreless inning for Triple-A OKC on Thursday. Fields has made three scoreless appearances for OKC on his rehab assignment. Fields has allowed two hits, walked none and struck out none in three innings.UP NEXTPadres (RHP Brett Kennedy, 0-2, 8.36 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 6-5, 2.40 ERA), Saturday, 6:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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