Open letter to justice and human rights minister about Mohammed Abbou

first_img to go further August 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to justice and human rights minister about Mohammed Abbou Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 12, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Mr. Béchir TekkariMinister of Justice and Human RightsTunisRepublic of TunisiaParis, 1 August 2005Dear Minister,Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that defends press freedom, would like to draw your attention to its concerns about the conditions in which Mohammed Abbou, a lawyer and human rights activist, is being detained. Mr. Abbou has been in prison since 1 March and is currently on hunger strike.We are very worried by recent reports from his lawyers and family that Mr. Abbou has been suffering from psychological problems which may have been the result of psychotropic or neuroleptic drugs being given to him without his knowledge.Afer visiting Mr. Abbou in prison, two of his defence lawyers reported a sharp fall in his morale. He told them he had suffered an uncontrollable fit of despondency and waves of depression after eating. He also experienced feelings of discomfort and irritation on the surface of his body.But when he stopped eating, as he has since 25 July, Mr. Abbou ceased to experience any psychological problems.As justice minister, you are responsible for Tunisia’s prisons, including Kef prison where Mr. Abbou is being held. Reporters Without Borders calls on you to allow a doctor chosen by the Abbou family to examine him and carry out laboratory tests. A request to this effect has so far been refused.Preventing an independent medical examination would indicate a very worrying lack of transparency in the prison system of which you are in charge. A refusal by your ministry to let Mr. Abbou have such an examination would only bolster the allegations that he is being given psychotropic or neuroleptic drugs against his will. The credibility of Tunisia’s prison system is at stake.Former political prisoners have described such practices in Tunisia’s prisons in the past. If these practices are continuing, they must stop at once because they are tantamount to torture and violate all international standards on the treatment of prisoners.We therefore urge you to move quickly to ensure the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Abbou, who has been on hunger strike for more than a week.We would remind you that Mr. Abbou was sentenced by a lower court to a total of three and a half years in prison at the end of trial on 29 April that was described at the time by Reporters Without Borders as a sham. The sentence was confirmed on appeal on 10 June.Sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-General TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa center_img News News Receive email alerts RSF_en News December 26, 2019 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News Organisation last_img read more

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Multiple WCC Awards Go to Cougars

first_imgConference awards were voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches and were based on conference games only. Hale joined sophomore infielder Jackson Cluff on the All-WCC First Team while sophomore outfielder/pitcher Mitch McIntyre and sophomore pitcher Easton Walker were named to the Second Team. Senior catcher Noah Hill and senior infielder Brian Hsu were named honorable mention while pitcher Reid McLaughlin was named to the All-Freshman Team. Written by Walker, also in his first year back from a two-year mission, had a 2.74 ERA and 6-1 record in WCC play. In 49.1 innings, the sophomore allowed 15 earned runs and just 11 walks against 27 strikeouts. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN BRUNO, Calif. – Senior outfielder Brock Hale was named Player of the Year, Mike Littlewood was named Coach of the Year and multiple BYU baseball players earned All-West Coast Conference honors, the conference announced Tuesday. Robert Lovell McIntyre was a mainstay in left field for BYU and batted .306 with 33 hits, 25 RBIs, 16 runs, 11 walks, seven stolen bases, five doubles and four home runs. The lefty also pitched in six conference games without allowing an earned run, going 10.0 innings with seven strikeouts and a 1-1 record. In his seventh season at the helm, Littlewood led BYU to a third WCC title, its first outright, with a 19-8 record this season. The Cougars won seven of nine conference series, including three sweeps, on their way to the No. 1 seed in this week’s WCC Tournament. Littlewood has an overall record of 215-158 (.576) at BYU with a record of 111-75 (.597) in the WCC. The award is BYU baseball’s first coach of the year honor since Vance Law in 2001.center_img Tags: Brock Hale/BYU Cougars Baseball/Mike Littlewood McLaughlin was 2-0 with two saves and a 3.21 ERA in 12 relief appearances for BYU in conference. The freshman went 28.0 innings, allowing 10 earned runs and six walks with 25 strikeouts. Hill started in 25 conference games behind the plate, batting .300 with 27 hits, 21 walks and 20 runs with a .995 fielding percentage. Hsu, who has played almost every infield position for the Cougars this year, batted .308 in conference with 33 hits, 25 runs, 11 RBIs, three doubles and two home runs. Hale earns first-team honors for the second time after also doing so in 2018; he was also named honorable mention in 2017. The Mesa, Arizona, native is batting .340 this season with 67 hits, 48 runs, 44 RBIs and 36 walks to go with 14 doubles and 11 home runs. In conference play, Hale is batting .346 with 37 hits, including eight doubles and seven home runs. His WCC Player of the Year honor is the first for a Cougar and the first conference player of the year award won by BYU since Brandon Taylor in 2005. May 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local Multiple WCC Awards Go to Cougars In his first season back from a church mission, Cluff hit .390 in WCC action with 39 hits, 36 runs, 35 RBIs, 13 doubles and seven stolen bases in 27 conference games. Also an outstanding fielder, Cluff had a .985 fielding percentage playing at shortstop this year.last_img read more

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Man Charged With DWI, Allegedly Driving 71 MPH In Jamestown

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Headline says 25 year old article says 44 year old which is it WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing charges after police say he was busted driving 71 m.p.h. in parts of the city while drunk.New York State Police report 44-year-old Hashaun Leeper fled officers who attempted to stop him on North Main Street on Wednesday.Troopers say Leeper fled down several city streets before police were able to get him to stop on West 9th Street.Police say Leeper was taken into custody following a brief struggle. At the State Police Barracks, troopers say Leeper provided a breath sample of .21 percent or more than twice the legal limit.He is charged with aggravated DWI, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police office in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.He is scheduled to appear in Jamestown City Court next month.last_img read more

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“Grandma, Something Happened to My Head;” Boy Shot after Leaving Drive-Thru

first_imgA boy who was riding in a car with his grandma ended up being wounded in a shooting between two other men earlier this month.The shooting happened in Boynton Beach on July 15, authorities say.Police arrested 29-year-old Valdanio Louis on charges of attempted first-degree murder, leaving the scene of a crash, and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.According to investigators, Louis, who was driving a Mitsubishi SUV, stopped at an intersection near a KFC restaurant on NE 1st Street and opened fire on a man in a Mercedes behind him.Officials say the gunfire struck a car being driven by a woman who just left KFC with her grandson.The woman told police she heard the gunshot, and then her grandson said, “Grandma, something happened to my head.”Photo courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s OfficeShe says she saw blood coming from the boy’s nose and mouth. Family members rushed him to the hospital, and there is no word on his condition.Louis crashed the SUV and ran from the scene. Officers found his wallet and identification card in the vehicle.Surveillance video from nearby businesses showed Louis shooting at the Mercedes.After the incident, police said Louis went to his son’s mother’s house to take a shower.While there, he told her that he just got into a car accident.However, an informant also told police Louis admitted to the shooting.last_img read more

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Women’s basketball upsets UCLA in double-overtime nailbiter

first_imgPili returned to the game with less than four and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Trojans trailing 50-46.  Without Onyenwere, guards senior Japreece Dean and freshman Charisma Osborne picked up the scoring load, finishing with 24 and 20 points, respectively. This time, USC held on for the win. After USC expanded the lead to 3 with just under five seconds on the clock, the Bruins seamlessly executed a full-court inbounds play, leading to an open corner three from redshirt junior guard Natalie Chou that sent the game to double overtime.   “You guys would’ve never known our record when we came into practice Tuesday,” associate head coach Aarika Hughes said of the team’s mindset heading into the matchup. “It was phenomenal.”  Pili finished the game with 19 points and 17 rebounds, posting another double-double and adding to what has been an impressive freshman campaign.  On the Trojans’ final offensive possession of the third quarter, Jeune went down after landing awkwardly following a jump shot attempt. She was helped off the court by medical staff and returned to the game three minutes into the fourth, amidst a heavy UCLA run.   USC, backed by an energized Galen Center crowd, closed out the fourth quarter in strong fashion, as two free throws from senior forward Kayla Overbeck tied the game with 50 seconds remaining, eventually sending it to overtime.  For USC, the second half certainly was not ideal, but a never-quit attitude helped it earn an upset win to eliminate its crosstown rival as the nation’s only remaining unbeaten team.  A handful of big defensive plays along with clutch 3-pointers from graduate guard Aliyah Jeune kept the Trojans alive every time they seemed to be on the ropes down the stretch. The harsh luck continued for USC minutes later, when freshman forward Alissa Pili went down with a lower right leg injury after attempting a contested putback layup. She remained down after the play and was taken to the locker room.  Shortly after Jeune exited, UCLA went ahead and Trojan freshman guard Kyra White exited the game after also suffering an injury. She was taken to the locker room and did not return. The Trojans will have a week off until they’re back in action Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. against Washington State at home. Osborne spearheaded UCLA’s third-quarter comeback by scoring 14 points, helping the Bruins cut the lead to just 2 points entering the fourth. Jeune, a graduate transfer from Morehead State, finished the game with a remarkable 27 points and 13 rebounds, including 6-12 3-pointers.  After going down by as much as 5 points early in the period, the Trojans battled back to cut the lead to just 1 point, and a 3-point play from Pili in the final minute put the Trojans up by 2 with 15 seconds remaining.  “A lot of things I did were for my team, so I just go hard for them,” Jeune said. “I don’t care if I’m hurt. I can ice it after. I’m not dying. I’m going to go as hard as I can for my team.”  The Trojans’ improved closeout and help defense were on full display in the first half, as UCLA scored just 17 points on an abysmal 18.2% shooting. A jumper from freshman guard Endyia Rogers put the Trojans ahead by 1 with just over a minute left in the first overtime, but Dean responded quickly with a three to put the Bruins in a prime position to secure a hard-fought road win and remain undefeated. After a loose ball caused a scrum on USC’s ensuing possession, Jeune sank a clutch go-ahead 3-pointer to answer back and give the Trojans a 57-56 lead with 19.7 seconds to go. The Bruins came alive in the second half, however, as a quick 9-0 run in the early minutes of the third quarter forced USC head coach Mark Trakh to call a timeout after seeing his team’s lead drop to single digits.  The Bruins were without leading scorer Michaela Onyenwere, as the junior forward was ruled out after being a game-time decision. Onyenwere has been averaging an impressive 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on the season. Graduate guard Aliyah Jeune posted season highs in points (tied-27), 3-pointers (6), rebounds (13) and steals (tied-3) in USC’s double-overtime win Friday night. (James Wolfe / Daily Trojan) The game was a tale of two halves for the Trojans, as a disappointing second half saw USC squander a 17-point lead and nearly surrender the season series to the Bruins. “Getting this big win I think meant a lot to us and the coaches,” Pili said. “We’ve been so close to getting wins and we finally came out with one today.” “When you have such positive motivation and people encouraging you to just be yourself … I give it all to them because they just encouraged me so much and gave me motivation and confidence to just play my game,” Jeune said.  The USC women’s basketball team picked up its first conference win in a thrilling double-overtime 70-68 upset over crosstown rival and previously unbeaten No. 7 UCLA Friday at Galen Center.last_img read more

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