Committee to Protect Journalists June 4, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalists The imprisonment of Mehman Huseynov is another step by the Azerbaijani authorities to retaliate against him for his critical journalism and defiance, but also to deter others from seeking justice for police abuse, a persistent and well-documented problem in Azerbaijan. At least 5 other journalists and bloggers are currently in prison on politically motivated charges in Azerbaijan. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Receive email alerts RSF_en Human Rights Watch On January 9, a group of plain-clothes officers attacked Mehman Huseynov, blindfolded and gagged him with towels, forced a bag over his head and took him to the Nasimi district police station, where police used an electroshock weapon on his groin, and punched him, bloodying his nose. The next day, officers took him before a court that found him guilty of disobeying police orders and fined him 200 manat (US$120). English PEN Front Line Defenders “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Human Rights First While authorities refused to conduct a credible investigation into Huseynov’s torture allegations, the Nasimi police chief brought a criminal lawsuit against him for defamation. After just two hearings, a court found Huseynov guilty and sentenced him to two years in prison. IFEX Golos Svobody Kyrgyzstan On a day when the world commemorates the fundamental importance of press freedom, we call on the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mehman Huseynov and hold to account those responsible for the torture and other ill-treatment he was subjected to. This would mark an important step towards ensuring press freedoms and guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. News People in Need Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan Follow the news on Azerbaijan Dignity May 2, 2017 Free Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov! News PEN International FIDH, under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders April 9, 2021 Find out more Center for Civil Liberties Norwegian Helsinki Committee Human Rights House Foundation Amnesty International Human Rights Club Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights ARTICLE 19 News Mehman Huseynov remained defiant, went public about the abuses he suffered at the station, and filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office. The authorities formally opened an inquiry into Huseynov’s allegations, but swiftly closed the inquiry claiming the allegations were groundless. On April 27, an appeal court upheld the prosecutor’s decision to shut down the investigation. Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe on May 3, we, the undersigned organizations, cannot forget the untenable price journalists pay for government criticism in Azerbaijan. The case of Mehman Huseynov is emblematic. Huseynov is a popular journalist and blogger in Azerbaijan who is known for his hard-hitting exposés of alleged corruption by senior Azerbaijani officials. In March 2017, a Baku court sentenced him to two years in prison on charges of defaming an entire police station, after he gave a statement in front of the courthouse in which he described the abuses he had suffered at that police station. International Partnership for Human Rights Regional Center for Strategic Studies Organisation Civil Rights Defenders AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalists Netherlands Helsinki Committee Help by sharing this information Freedom Files to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) June 8, 2021 Find out more International Media Support News Mehman Huseynov has been targeted by the government for years, since the authorities brought bogus criminal charges against the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), founded by his brother, Emin Huseynov, who was forced to flee the country for his own safety. Since 2012, Mehman Huseynov has been under a travel ban and has been repeatedly harassed and intimidated by the police. Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders PEN America
News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Six human Rights organisations make public a letter sent to the French President raising their concerns following an unannounced meeting with the King of Bahrain, on 23 July. No official statement was issued after the meeting. (Photo : Nadège Puljak, AFP)This letter has been released as the Higher Appeal Court will consider the appeal of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab against his three-month prison sentence on 5 August. Human rights organisations consider that the sentence pronounced against Rajab on 9 July seems to solely aim at sanctioning his right to freedom of expression. Here is the joint letter :M. François HOLLANDEPresidentElysée Palace55 rue du Fg Saint Honoré75008 ParisParis, July the 26th 2012Purpose: Concerns following the unannounced visit of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain on the 23rd JulyDear Mr Hollande,We are writing to you following your meeting on Monday, July 23 with King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. This visit was not announced on the Elysée’s website and no official statement was issued by your office after the meeting. Apparently, journalists were also not aware of this meeting.We are concerned about the quasi-secret character of this meeting and we wonder if it reflects an intent to avoid commenting on the deterioration and the gravity of the human rights situation in Bahrain today. We knew King Hamad was preparing to come to France and that your office was assessing whether to respond positively to his request for a meeting. This visit could have been a timely opportunity to express publicly as well as to King Hamad directly France’s concerns about the human rights situation in Bahrain. The government of Bahrain, as you are aware, asserts that you had only praise for the government’s claimed political reforms. We wonder if the secrecy around this visit signals political embarrassment on your part — embarrassment that may be warranted given the continuing repression by Bahrain’s ruling family, whose security forces in the past received training and assistance from France. In this regard, the announcement, relayed by the Bahrain News Agency, according to which bilateral military cooperation will be consolidated, is of great concerns. The signatory organisations call on your office to issue a statement clarifying France’s stance in the meeting with King Hamad, and to state clearly that France deplores Bahrain’s failure to date to implement the most important recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, namely to free those jailed solely for exercising their rights to free expression and peaceful assembly, and to hold accountable senior officials implicated in torture and other serious human rights violations.We respectfully hope our message will be taken into consideration.Yours sincerely,Jean-Marie Fardeau, Director France, Human Rights WatchSouhayr Belhassen, President, FIDH – International Federation of Human RightsGeneviève Garrigos, President, Amnesty international FranceOlivier Basille, Executive Director, Reporters Without BordersPierre Tartakowsky, President, Human Rights LeagueFrançois Walter, President, ACAT – Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture(Photo slide show : AFP) Related documents Letter to President Hollande – In arabicPDF – 72.14 KB Organisation October 14, 2020 Find out more German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors BahrainMiddle East – North Africa August 2, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six NGOs react to meeting between French president and King of Bahrain Help by sharing this information News to go further RSF_en Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives March 17, 2021 Find out more BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News News Follow the news on Bahrain Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out more
Greensburg, IN—Gleaners Food Pantry will be at the First Christian Church in Greensburg on Monday, April 27 from 10 am to noon for anyone 55 or older. A Community Pantry event will be hosted by Gleaners for any age on May 4 from 4 to 6 pm at the Greensburg Elementary School.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAll Saints Parish hosted their annual Paczki Sale Saturday and Sunday at the St. Anne Parish Center. Volunteers prepared 35 batches of this pre-Lenten treat–or 9,000 paczki. Lent is a 40-day fasting period leading up to Easter. It’s a tradition for the Polish communities in Alpena to eat this special treat, and they’ve been doing it for over a century. Those who plan to fast during Lent cannot consume sugary sweets like paczki for more than a month. Some Poles says is an excuse to ‘pig out’. Hence–Fat Tuesday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 19th Annual Chocolate ExtravaganzaNext Two fifth graders publish first children’s book