More threats and attacks on human rights activists

first_img HondurasAmericas August 23, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More threats and attacks on human rights activists December 28, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Honduras Receive email alerts to go further News HondurasAmericas There have been more cases of human rights activists, civil society representatives and journalists being harassed and threatened. In one of the latest instances, Radio Progreso contributor Roberto García and fellow environmentalist Cesar Alvarenga were threatened on 17 August in connection with their opposition to a mining project in Arizona, a community 30 km outside the northern city of Tela.At the same time, the lawyer and civil society activist Gloria Vásquez Pérez has been the target of repeated threats and attacks in recent months.Reporters Without Borders is very worried about their safety and reiterates its call to the Honduran authorities to give them protection. Because of the leading role they play in circulating information, Radio Progreso and community radio stations are constantly threatened.Security measures should be adopted to protect these media and the many people who are being harassed and threatened, and to guarantee the entire population’s right to information and free speech. The authorities nonetheless continue to ignore such calls, even when they come from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.Gunmen went to Alvarenga’s road transport company in Arizona on 17 August and left a letter threatening him and García and demanding that they stop opposing the mining project being promoted by the Tela municipal authorities. The “messengers” displayed their guns in order to intimidate the company’s employees.When García and Alvarenga were previously pressured by local politicians to become advocates of the project and to help overcome the objections of most of the region’s population, García revealed the names of the politicians applying the pressure.The lawyer and activist Vásquez meanwhile continues to be the target of intimidation attempts although she filed a complaint about an assault near her home at around 9 p.m. on 26 May, when an unidentified man grabbed her, threw her to the ground and tried to strangle her, leaving her for dead. Last week, after she got into a collective taxi that seemed to be waiting for her, the driver and the other person aboard threatened her, searched her bag and told her: “We know where you work and where you live. Don’t look at us or we will kill you.” There have been repeated physical attacks on NGO and labour representatives, civil society activists, human rights lawyers, academics and journalists ever since the June 2009 coup, and almost all of them have gone unpunished.The police are nonetheless very diligent when it comes to dispersing protests. Around 20 people were injured and 27 were arrested when police broke up a demonstration two days ago in Tegucigalpa by peasants from the northern Aguán region pressing for implementation of a court ruling returning seized land to them – a ruling that was overturned as a result of pressure from big landowners.Those arrested included Antonio Trejo, the peasants’ lawyer; Carlos Ramón Navarro, the head of the Honduran National Peasants Association (ANACH); Johny Rivas, the general secretary of the Aguán Unified Peasants Movement (MUCA) and Vitalino Álvarez, its spokesman. Reporters Without Borders reported a few months ago that Álvarez had been the target of threats. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Newscenter_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reports RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en last_img read more

Dr Terry Goldsworthy: Flawed Perceptions on Party Drugs Testing Police

first_imgCourier Mail (Aust) November 2019Pill testing will not make our kids safer. As a former senior detective who spent more than 28 years in the frontline on the war against drugs, I am concerned by the calls for pill testing to be implemented and policing actions reduced in the wake of the NSW Coroner’s findings into the deaths of six young people at music festivals.NSW Police Commissioner Mike Fuller is correct to resist such calls. The perception is that pill testing makes taking drugs safe for young kids. The reality is it doesn’t.A number of toxicologists have highlighted concerns that current pill testing cannot identify pills that contain novel psychoactive substances. Quite simply, there is no hard evidence that pill testing saves lives.Dr Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, has said “demonstrating a clear reduction in deaths from pill testing was a real challenge”.When this is put to the advocates, they say it is too hard to show and start talking about other pill-testing benefits that could and should be used as evidence, such as education and awareness.Pill-testing advocates claim you will not be told at any stage that your drug is safe. Edith Cowan University addiction expert Stephen Bright has stated: “One of the biggest misconceptions around pill testing is that it will portray taking drugs as safe.” Ironically, the pilot project in Canberra was run by the Safety Testing Advisory Service At Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) consortium. Perhaps aware of this fallacy, the same consortium changed its name to Pill Testing Australia for its second pilot in 2019.Many of the supporters of pill testing laud the pilot study at the Groovin’ The Moo festival in Canberra in 2018 as an unmitigated success. But the devil is in detail. Of the 21,000 or so patrons who attended, only 83 patrons had their drugs tested – Less than .4 per cent.Young people getting their drugs tested at the festival were forced to sign a legal waiver to access the pill-testing service. Signed forms were locked away immediately in a safety box. This gives some indication as to the level of confidence those providing the service had to ensure the safety of the young people they are servicing.The waiver form finishes with the sage advice that the only way to guarantee, 100 per cent, that you are not harmed by consuming drugs is not to consume drugs. Isn’t that the whole premise of the war on drugs?In reality, pill testing would not have saved the six young people who died. At least four of them took more than one tablet of MDMA or ecstasy. MDMA was found at toxic levels in all six people. At least four of the young people engaged in ploydrug use on the day of their death.The fact that a death does not occur at an event with pill testing is not proof it works. It is not proof of causation; it is merely proof of correlation. The solution to deaths such as these is not to prevent the police from doing their duty, nor is it to put in place a pill-testing regime to give false confidence to young people as to their safety.We need to make young people aware that with reckless actions can come deadly consequences, and that supposed harmless party drugs can never be rendered safe.Dr Terry Goldsworthy is an Associate Professor at Bond University having previously worked as a Detective Inspector in the Queensland Police Service.last_img read more

Joshua names Ruiz best heavyweight

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight British champion boxer Anthony Joshua has made some bizarre comments following his stunning seventh knockout by Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr.First he shocked many by admitting that he was disillusioned about the sport that gifted him win a coveted gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and that he could feel his passion ebbing.Now, after having had the chinks in his armour, which boasted an ironclad defence that saw him unbeaten in 22 fights, 21 of which came by way of knockout, he has acknowledged that Ruiz is the “best” heavyweight on the planet.This is coming less than three months ahead of his much-anticipated rematch in Saudi Arabia on December 7.Joshua has suggested that his defeat to Ruiz at Madison Square Garden was “a minor setback” and that he will be a different fighter when he gets into the ring at Riyadh, while the whole world will be holding their collective breaths to discover if lightning does strike twice.“I am looking at myself in the mirror and saying I know I’m better than that,” he told The Guardian. “Andy is still the same person. He will come game and I’ve got to change some of my bibs and bobs.”“I was 50% of the way towards getting a win, just got caught,” he added. “It was a punch from the gods. It wasn’t a lucky punch from him, it just caught me on the head and I couldn’t recover. It was pitch perfect.“Getting to the top is one thing, but staying at the top for an amount of years, that’s a whole other story. I’ve got to up my game to get my title back.” Tags: Anthony Joshualast_img read more

The Latest: FIFA ratifies virus relief for soccer bodies

first_img___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage.The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI.The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race. ___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March.Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed. The Latest: FIFA ratifies virus relief for soccer bodies All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans.Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million.FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021. Associated Press center_img July 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___FIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world. A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more