Joint international appeal for release of three journalists and NGO activists

first_img Reporters Without Borders and seven other international human rights organisations have written to the Turkmen president calling for the immediate release of three journalists and NGO activists – Annakurban Amanklychev, Ogulsapar Muradova and Sapardurdy Khajiyev – who have been detained for more than a month. The organisations say they are the victims of political repression and condemn the inhumane conditions in which they are being held. Organisation Related documents JointletterTurkmenistan.pdfPDF – 36.78 KB News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Turkmenistan July 18, 2006 President Separmurad NyazovOffice of the President744000 AshgabatTurkmenistanVia Facsimile: + 99-312-35-51-12Dear President Nyazov,We are a coalition of nongovernmental human rights organizations that are profoundly concerned about the fate of prisoners of conscience Annakurban Amanklychev, Ogulsapar Muradova, and Sapardurdy Khajiyev, who have been held incommunicado since their detention one month ago. We believe they are at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in custody and that the accusations against them are groundless and politically motivated to stifle and discredit peaceful dissent. We urge you to ensure their unconditional and immediate release. Amanklychev was detained on June 16, Muradova, and Khajiyev, on June 18. All three are associated with the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation (THF), a nongovernmental organization based in Bulgaria that monitors and reports on human rights conditions in Turkmenistan. Muradova is also a journalist for Radio Liberty. There were credible allegations that the detainees have been ill-treated in custody and that psychotropic drugs have been administered to Amanklychev and Muradova to force them to “confess” to “subversive activities.” As a party to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Turkmenistan is obligated to ensure that no one is subjected to torture or other ill-treatment. The detainees’ continued incommunicado detention heightens our fear for their safety. To the best of our knowledge none of the detainees has been granted access to an attorney, which constitutes a serious violation of these individuals’ rights under article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Turkmenistan is a party. They were charged only on July 12, considerably longer than the three-day limit prescribed by the Turkmen Code of Criminal Procedure.According to the detainees’ lawyer, Amanklychev, Muradova and Khajiyev are being investigated for illegal weapons possession (article 287-2 of the Criminal Code of Turkmenistan). Statements by the national security minister and by the Turkmenistan News Service have sought to implicate Amanklychev in subversion and espionage. The accusations derive from Amanklychev’s assistance in the production of a documentary about Turkmenistan for Galaxie Presse, a French television production company that also supplied the camera. The documentary features issues such as the cult of personality; the dramatic situation in the education and health systems; and a series of other human rights-related topics, for which he used a hidden video camera to film hospitals, polyclinics, and the outside of a prison. In his June 19 comments, the national security minister stated that Amanklychev had attempted unsuccessfully to film buildings belonging to military and law enforcement agencies, an accusation Galaxie Presse denies. We believe these accusations are groundless and politically motivated. Hidden video cameras are not a standard journalistic tool, though they are not unusual. They are an accepted option of last resort when it is virtually impossible to secure footage in any other way, and when the public interest warrants it. Because of the unparalleled limits your government has placed on freedom of expression and information, in violation of its obligations under article 19 of the ICCPR, it is reasonable to assert that independent footage for the documentary could not be obtained by any other means. Turkmen authorities have presented no evidence that Amanklychev has violated the law through use of the camera. Instead, the national security minister has accused him of “planning disruptive activities,” citing arms and ammunition allegedly found in his car, which witnesses have said were planted. The authorities falsely alleged that Amanklychev received “secret video equipment” from a diplomat attached to the French Embassy. In fact, the Embassy only passed on standard audiovisual equipment and the allegations of espionage have been vigorously denied by the French Foreign Ministry, the OSCE, and Galaxie Presse.Finally, your government’s long history of harassing civil society representatives requires that the charges against independent journalists and human rights defenders Amanklychev, Muradova, and Khajiyev be treated with the highest degree of skepticism. Your government routinely silences those who speak out about the widespread human rights violations in your country. It does so through the use of beatings, arbitrary detention and arrest, incarceration in psychiatric facilities without medical justification, house arrest, surveillance, threats, and torture.Statements in your own media indicate that Khajiyev, Muradova and Amanklychev are being detained not for violations of the law but in retribution for their peaceful and legal human rights work. The Turkmenistan State News Service claimed that after attending human rights training courses in Poland and Ukraine, Amanklychev “was used by foreign security agencies for subversion.” Attending human rights courses is something your government should be encouraging and not misrepresenting as evidence of subversion. The THF and the course’s sponsors-the Donetsk chapter of Memorial and the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights-all confirm that the purpose of their participation was purely related to human rights training. The THF confirms that the money it gave to Amanklychev was not payment for “subversive activities”-as alleged by the national security minister-but per diem payments and reimbursement for his travel expenses. Further, the newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan accused Khajiyev, Muradova and Amanklychev of passing “slanderous information” to the THF, “with the aim of sowing discontent among the population.” The national security minister accused Muradova and Khajiyev of cooperating with Amanklychev in unspecified “illegal activities.” This is an apparent reference to their assistance to the BBC in gathering information about the health care crisis in Turkmenistan. The radio report that resulted from that collaboration exposed the state’s role in devastating the country’s already fragile health care infrastructure and exacerbating the spread of infectious disease. We urge you to ensure the unconditional release of Amanklychev, Muradova, and Khajiyev, and, pending their release, to allow them immediate access to the attorney of their choice, to their families, to medical care and food in conformity with international minimum standards of treatment of detainees, and to international monitors and physical integrity.We thank you for your attention to the urgent concerns in this letter. 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Manufacturing Solutions 2018 will return to Limerick Institute of Technology

first_imgNewsEducationManufacturing Solutions 2018 will return to Limerick Institute of TechnologyBy Staff Reporter – March 29, 2018 1710 Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air Limerick colleges recognised at Irish Games Fleadh 2020 TAGScook medicalexhibitorsGTMAJulia MooreLimerick Institute of TechnologyManufacturing SolutionsShannonVicent Cunanne Limerick Institute of Technology researcher calls for ban on cigarette vending machines Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick Institute of Technology launch new app to facilitate energy renovation upskilling center_img Previous articleNew guide by Limerick City and County Council to help public plan for main summer festivalsNext articleNews in briefs and round-ups Staff Reporter Limerick Institute of Technology awarded €750,000 capital grant towards works on its five campuses Facebook Pictured are, from left, Maria Kyne, Head of Department of the Built Environment Management, LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane, President, LIT, Julia Moore, Chief Executive Officer, GTMA, and David Beattie, General Manager, GTMA.Picture: Diarmuid GreeneManufacturing Solutions 2018, hosted by GTMA* and LIT, returns to the Limerick Institute of Technology this June, and is set to break all previous records with the number of exhibitors increasing by 25%.The tool technologies trade association hosted the first ever manufacturing supply chain roadshow outside of the UK in association with LIT in 2017, with the largest ever number of people in the 75 year history of the GTMA in attendance.Manufacturing Solutions 2018 promises to surpass the success of the 2017 event, as all exhibition spaces for 2018 were sold out by the end of last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In total more than 100 of the most advanced providers of metrology, inspection, machine tools, work holding, cutting tools, and Cad/Cam/PLM manufacturing software and ancillary products and services will be exhibiting in LIT’s Moylish Campus on Wednesday June 13, 2018 as part of Manufacturing Solutions 2018.New sponsors – Shannon IASC and Cook Medical – and supporters have also come on board for an event that has proven to be a conduit for creating closer relations and profitable opportunities between companies in the UK and Ireland, as well as introducing customers and suppliers to each other.Presentations from leading industrialists and keynote speakers will focus on lean, medical and aerospace, with time allocated for question and answer sessions.GTMA Chief Executive Officer, Julia Moore, said “Last year when we brought Manufacturing Solutions to LIT we were very aware of the importance of creating strong working relationships between Irish and UK companies post Brexit, but what we achieved far surpassed those hopes.“On the back of that successful event, and with the continuous expansion of the manufacturing industry in the Mid West of Ireland, it does not surprise us that this year’s event is growing beyond anything we could have envisaged 12 months ago.LIT President Professor Vincent Cunanne said, “It is fitting that GTMA and LIT continue this successful relationship and bring Manufacturing Solutions 2018 back to Limerick. The Mid West region is central in the Irish manufacturing sector, and has been for much of the history of the state.“LIT plays a leading role in ensuring that manufacturing in this region continues to have the ability to adapt and to change and remain at the cutting edge when it comes to technology. Meanwhile GTMA brings all the leading technology suppliers together, so that industry can also benefit from their knowledge, products and technology.”“LIT is therefore delighted to be part of this event that not only allows us to build strong partnerships but facilitates an exchange of ideas,” added Prof Cunnane.Manufacturing Solutions 2018 is also supported by Enterprise Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Limerick Chamber, Shannon Chamber and Regional Skills.The event will take place in LIT, Moylish Campus on Wednesday June 13, 2018 from 8.30am to 5pm.For more information and to register for the showcase, please visit about education here. Advertisement Limerick Institute of Technology president takes up office as Chair of THEA board for 2020 Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Liverpool and United thwarted in dramatic finales

first_imgBy Steve TongueLONDON,(Reuters)-Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United were caught by late sucker punches in two games that finished far more dramatically than they began yesterday.Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool wasted a chance to return to second place in the table, a point behind Chelsea, twice surrendering a two-goal lead before losing 4-3 in added time in a thriller at Bournemouth.United dropped two points at Everton after Marouane Fellaini conceded an 89th-minute penalty soon after the former Goodison Park favourite had come on as a substitute.Third-placed Liverpool’s defeat was their first in any competition since August and looked highly improbable when they built on a slow start to cruise into a 2-0 lead midway through the first half.Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, starting his first league game of the season, scored for the visitors from successive attacks.Although Bournemouth had strong claims for a penalty turned down as Roberto Firmino challenged Nathan Ake, they did not threaten until the introduction of Scotland Under-21 international Ryan Fraser 10 minutes after halftime.He had been on for barely a minute when he won a penalty that Callum Wilson converted.Emre Can restored Liverpool’s two-goal cushion but they were stunned when, in the space of three minutes, Fraser drove in Wilson’s centre and then defender Steve Cook brought down Fraser’s cross like a striker before driving home the equaliser.In the third minute of added time Bournemouth secured one of the best wins in their history — and first against Liverpool — as goalkeeper Loris Karius fumbled a shot from long range and Ake poked the ball in.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said it was “a very special day” for his 10th-placed team.“It would have been easy for our players to give up and see out time but our group knows not to give up,” he added.ROCKS AND STONESKlopp said his side gave the points away although he was surprisingly sanguine about the outcome.“Of course this can help us,” the Liverpool manager explained. “If we learn, then it’s OK.“No road is without rocks and stones. It’s three points, no more, these things happen. The base is pretty good but we need to use our quality more.”United manager Jose Mourinho also tried to dwell on the positives after he had sent on Fellaini against eighth-placed Everton.The Belgian produced a clumsy tackle on Idrissa Gueye and could only watch as defender Leighton Baines beat the previously defiant David De Gea from the penalty spot.Earlier, Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his run of goals for sixth-placed United with a clever lob via the bar and post as goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg unwisely rushed out of the penalty area.“We are not getting what we deserve,” said Mourinho. “In every one of our draws we deserved to win.”“You have (other) teams playing defensive and counter-attacking football but getting results.”“I’m happy my team is playing extremely well. But this season what matters is the results.”With six draws in the last eight league games and only one victory, results are not going United’s way, leaving them nine points behind Manchester City who are in fourth spot.last_img read more