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News Help by sharing this information May 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Cuba RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Four years after the crackdown of 18 March 2003, Cuba continues to the world’s second biggest prison for journalists, with a total of 25 currently held. Reporters Without Borders called for their release at a demonstration today at the international tourism trade fair in Paris. Organisation October 12, 2018 Find out more March 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Spring just as sombre for independent press four years after Black Spring crackdown News October 15, 2020 Find out more News CubaAmericas Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Four years after the March 2003 crackdown, Cuba still has 270 prisoners of conscience including 25 journalists, which makes the island the world’s second biggest prisoner for the press after China, Reporters Without Borders said today, after staging a protest at Cuba’s stand in the international tourism fair in Paris.The human rights situation has shown no improvement since Fidel Castro officially transferred power to his brother Raúl on 31 July of last year. In fact the repression has worsened since the autumn, with an increase in attacks, searches and arrests of independent journalists.Some 30 Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated today in front of Cuba’s stand at the tourism fair in Paris, unfurling banners, putting up posters and demanding the release of the 25 journalists detained in Cuba. Wearing black T-shirts with the words “Cuba = prison,” they covered the stand with adhesive black stripes symbolising the bars of a prison. Reporters Without Borders also demonstrated in front of the Tunisian and Egyptian stands.Whether or not they are imprisoned, Cuba’s independent journalists have been having a particularly trying March. Twenty of them, who have been held ever since the March 2003 “Black Spring” and who are serving jail terms ranging from 14 to 27 years, continue to be mistreated by their guards and their health has suffered.Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta of the Agencia de Prensa Libre Oriental (APLO), a small independent news agency, is regularly beaten by the guards at Kilo 8 prison in the central city of Camagüey. Along with 17 other detainees, he began a hunger strike on 7 March in protest against prison conditions and to draw attention to his state of health, and to that of two of his colleagues, Alfredo Manuel Pulido López of the El Mayor news agency and Normando Hernández González, the head of the Colegio de Periodistas Independientes de Camagüey (CPIC). Hernández, who is in Camagüey’s Kilo 7 prison, has tuberculosis but is not receiving the necessary treatment. He has been refusing to take food since 4 March.Laura Pollán Toledo complained to the interior ministry on 7 March about the way her 64-year-old husband, Héctor Fernando Maseda Gutiérrez, the co-founder of the Grupo de Trabajo Decoro news agency, was transferred from his prison in the western town of Agüica to a hospital where he was to be operated. Although extremely weak, he was left in a punishment cell for three hours and was then shackled for the transfer. The order for this to be done was given by Capt. Emilio Cruz Rodríguez, who was accused of “sadism” by Pollán.Ricardo González Alfonso, the editor of the magazine De Cuba and Reporters Without Borders’ Cuba correspondent, is still in the recovery ward of the military hospital at Havana’s Combinado del Este prison, after undergoing three operations in December 2005. He is serving a 20-year sentence which he received in 2003.Ramón Velázquez Toranso of the Libertad new agency, who has been detained since 23 January of this year, was transferred to a forced-labour camp in the eastern province of Las Tunas on 3 March. When his wife and daughter asked why he had been transferred, they were told it was “on the orders of State Security.” He is serving a three-year prison sentence for being a “pre-criminal social danger.”Ahmed Rodríguez Albacia of the Jóvenes sin Censura news agency was arrested by State Security on 2 March as he was going with some other young people to an exhibition in Havana. Officials threatened him with imprisonment before letting him go. He was held for 24 hours last September, and was detained again from 4 to 12 December at State Security headquarters.Cubanacán Press editor Guillermo Fariñas Hernández, the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Cyber-Freedom laureate in 2006, was assaulted on 2 March in Santa Clara by State Security officials led by Lt. Yuniel Monteagudo Reina and four members of the Association of Combatants of the Cuban Revolution. He was briefly held in a police station after the attack, which left him with bruises to the head and face. CubaAmericas News to go further
Plea To Hold ‘Tiranga Rally’ To Support Protesting Farmers Today: Gujarat High Court Issues Notice To State Authorities Returnable By Jan 27
News UpdatesPlea To Hold ‘Tiranga Rally’ To Support Protesting Farmers Today: Gujarat High Court Issues Notice To State Authorities Returnable By Jan 27 Sparsh Upadhyay26 Jan 2021 4:55 AMShare This – xThe order would essentially mean that the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) will not be able to lawfully take out the rally today i.e., on Republic Day.In a Plea by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) seeking permission to hold procession on January 26th 2021 (Tiranga Rally in Surat District), the Gujarat High Court on Monday (25th January) issued notice to the State Government and the Surat Police returnable on 27th January, 2021. The order by Justice Vipul M. Pancholi would essentially mean that the Patidar Anamat Andolan…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 a Plea by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) seeking permission to hold procession on January 26th 2021 (Tiranga Rally in Surat District), the Gujarat High Court on Monday (25th January) issued notice to the State Government and the Surat Police returnable on 27th January, 2021. The order by Justice Vipul M. Pancholi would essentially mean that the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) will not be able to lawfully take out the rally today i.e., on Republic Day. The Petitioner association had sought permission to hold procession on January 26, 2021, consisting of 200 persons, beginning at 09.00 a.m. commencing from Shahid Smarak Sarthana, Surat, which would have ended to the Statute of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mangadh Chowk, Minibazar, Varachha, Surat. As reported by ‘The Indian Express’, the petitioner association had stated in the petition that the decision to take out the rally was in a bid to “show solidarity with the agitating farmers and also to ventilate their grievances about non-withdrawal of the cases which have been recorded during the agitation of the petitioner association and also to allot a government college in Varachha area”. It was also stated in the plea, while “programmes of the party in power” are continuously permitted in Surat city, in case permission is sought for an event from the police by any other person “who are not attached with the party in power, the respondent authorities feel (such events) will create an issue of law and order”. Before the Court, the Counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted that on 24th January, the permission as prayed for by the petitioner had been rejected. To this, the Court said, “According to this Court, when the written order of rejection has been passed, the petitioner has to challenge the same by way of amendment. Accordingly, petitioner is permitted to amend the petition.” Looking to the averments made in this petition, urgent notice was issued to the respondents returnable on 27th January, 2021. In related news, the Telangana High Court on Monday (25th January) directed the Rachakonda Police Commissioner to accord permission to the Telangana Rashtra Rythu Sangam (TRRS) to hold a ‘farmers parade’ on Tuesday (26th January) in Hyderabad. The Bench of Justice K. Lakshman was hearing the plea of Telangana Rashtra Rythu Sangam (TRRS) and a social activist who stated before the Court that they wish to organize a protest in solidarity to the farmers’ protest in Delhi. Notably, the Allahabad High Court on Monday (25th January) asked the Uttar Pradesh authorities to explain why Sub-Divisional Magistrates issued notices to farmers with tractors to furnish ‘exorbitant personal bonds’ in the wake of farmers protests. A division bench of Justices Ramesh Singha and Rajeev Singh passed the order in a PIL filed challenging the notices issued under Section 111 of the Code of Criminal Procedure on January 19 asking farmers to furnish personal bond in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rupees 10 lakhs and two sureties for the like amount citing apprehension of breach of law and order amid farmers protests. It may be noted that a large group of farmers have been protesting near Delhi borders since November 26 demanding the repeal of three controversial farm laws passed by the Parliament last year. The protesting farmers unions have announced that they will hold a tractor rally in Delhi on the Republic Day. Ahead of the tractor rally, there were reports that the UP administration has asked fuel stations in all districts to not provide diesel for farmers’ tractors. However, the UP police later said that such notices have been withdrawn. Click Here To Download Order/JudgmentRead Order/JudgmentNext Story
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Authorities in Missouri are pointing to advanced DNA technology good police work for helping investigators to finally identify the suspect in the murders of a woman and her 12-year-old daughter in 1998.The Missouri State Highway Patrol and New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office held a joint news conference Friday to shed light on and detail how they’d linked the heinous double murder of Sherri and Megan Scherer, as well as several other unsolved crimes in other states, to Robert Eugene Brashers.Brashers, 40, of Paragould, Arkansas, died in January 1999 after he shot himself in the head during a standoff with police at a Missouri motel, authorities said Friday.In March 1998, the bodies of Sherri Scherer, 38, and Megan Scherer, 12, were found about 7 p.m. in their home in rural Portageville, Missouri, authorities said. They had been shot to death, police added, and Megan had been sexually assaulted.A few hours later, authorities said, police got a report of a man attempting to break into the home of a woman and her children in Tennessee’s Dyer County. During a struggle with the woman, the unidentified man shot the woman in the arm.The woman was able to get back inside the home, however. Ballistics connected the shooting to the Scherer murders, according to authorities.The woman gave police a composite sketch and a partial DNA profile was created in 1998. In 2006, evidence from the Scherer murders was then re-sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Crime Lab and a full suspect DNA profile was created and entered into the Combined DNA Index System.Police said that submission uncovered a match to the April 1990 unsolved murder of Genevieve Zitricki, 28, who was found dead in her home in Greenville, South Carolina. All the while, police said, investigators continued looking into leads and conducting interviews.A search for a suspect that had started in Missouri now had grown to include two additional states.In May 2017, another match was uncovered via the DNA index system that linked the suspected perpetrator to a March 1997 rape of a 14-year-old girl in Memphis during a home invasion. The victim and witnesses helped put together a composite drawing of the suspect, investigators said.In 2018, investigators said they reached out to a company called Parabon NanoLabs, whose technology “combines DNA testing and genetic genealogy analysis” to link a person with their ancestors.“Parabon’s process provided leads to law enforcement investigators that, when combined with traditional investigative techniques, led to the identification” of Brashers, authorities said in a statement.Investigators got DNA samples from his relatives and “test results indicated Mr. Brashers was, with very little doubt, responsible for the crimes,” the statement said.In September, his remains were exhumed and additional samples were taken and tested to confirm that his DNA indeed matched the DNA found in the crimes.“This is an amazing example of a cooperative, investigative effort by Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee authorities. All parties worked together, including the decision [to] seek the services of Parabon NanoLabs,” said Sgt. Shawn Griggs of Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control. “During the history of these cases, investigators from Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee have worked close to 1,500 leads and the homicides here in Missouri were featured on ‘America’s Most Wanted’ two different times.”Police said Brashers’ criminal history included a conviction for attempted murder in November 1986 due to an incident in Florida.In 1998, according to authorities, he’d been arrested in Paragould for allegedly attempting to break into a woman’s home.In January 1999, police in Missouri were investigating a case involving a stolen license plate when they encountered a friend of Brashers. Police said Brashers was allegedly armed with a pistol at a Kennett, Missouri, motel.“Officers learned during the standoff that Brashers had active warrants for his arrest stemming from the 1998 incident in Paragould, Arizona,” authorities said in its statement.Before police could arrest him, Brashers allegedly shot himself to death.Griggs told ABC News Friday that authorities had met with the Scherer family Thursday to inform relatives. He said technology and investigators’ working together had enabled authorities to “honor” their commitment not only to the family but also to the people of Missouri.“I have no doubt in my mind that this is the most heavily investigated case this county has ever seen,” Stevens said Friday. “When I took office in January of 2001, I made the decision this would never become a cold case, as far as we were concerned. This case would always be at the forefront of our workload. It was too important to the Scherer family and the community of Portageville.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.