Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term News Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en February 11, 2021 Find out more May 11, 2021 Find out more More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Uzbekistan UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News December 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Ruslan Sharipov to remain jailed despite general amnesty Jailed journalist Ruslan Sharipov will not be included in a general amnesty announced by President Islam Karimov on 1 December, a prisons‚ official said on 22 December.The journalist and human rights defender has been imprisoned since 26 May 2003. The Uzbekistan authorities have demonstrated once again their total contempt for freedom of expression. Jailed journalist Ruslan Sharipov will not be included in a general amnesty announced by President Islam Karimov on 1 December because his crime is too grave, Prisons chief Mikhail Gurevich said on 22 December. The journalist, press freedom and human rights campaigner has been imprisoned since 26 May 2003. He was awarded the 2004 Golden Pen of Freedom prize by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) on 25 November for “his courageous resistance to attacks, torture and constant harassment under President Islam Karimov’s repressive regime.””Reporters Without Borders considers that the accusations against Sharipov have only one aim: to silence a dissenting voice. In refusing to amnesty him, the Uzbek authorities show yet again their total contempt for freedom of expression,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of the international press freedom organisation. “When Sharipov sought to defend his colleagues and condemn censorship, the authorities did everything possible to gag him, they were prepared to imprison and torture him psychologically and physically. Ruslan Sharipov is the symbol of oppression that journalists in Uzbekistan are suffering today,” he added.Sharipov was condemned on appeal on 25 September to four years in jail for homosexuality (Article 120) and having sexual relations with a minor (Article 128). A former president of the Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan (UIJU) and correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima, the 25-year-old journalist was arrested on 26 May.On 8 August, he pleaded guilty under duress, asked forgiveness of President Karimov for all the articles in which he criticised the authorities and waived the defence of his lawyer. He sent a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan on 5 September in which he explained he had been forced to plead guilty after suffering physical and psychological torture.Sharipov, who has never denied he is bisexual, says that he does not know the alleged victims. They were questioned on 26 May and kept in detention for three or four days. According to Sharipov’s defence, the young people were beaten and threatened by police to induce them to appear in court. In fact, the trial had to be adjourned several times because of their absence.For several years, Sharipov has been the target of harassment of various kinds to force him to give up his work as a human rights defender and to prevent him criticising the authorities in his articles. to go further October 15, 2020 Find out more
iStock(SEATTLE) — A trail runner who broke his leg on a frigid Washington mountain facilitated his own rescue by crawling for more than 10 hours to reach help.Joe Oldendorf, 26, was running on the Duckabush Trail at Olympic National Park Saturday morning when he slipped on an icy patch, he told ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO.Olendorf knew right away something was wrong when he saw his foot flop to the side “like it was untethered,” he said. He then decided to crawl toward where he’d seen several people camping about three miles into the trail.“I was just trying to keep my mind on moving,” he said. “I knew deep down that that was my only option, so I didn’t really stop to entertain anything else. I just tried to stay warm, keep going.”He then crawled for nearly seven hours when his phone received a text, signaling he’d reached a spot where he had cellphone service.Olendorf tried dialing 911 three times before the call went through and then continued to crawl for another four hours before he saw the flashing lights from a rescue crew, he said, describing the sight as the “biggest relief” he’s ever felt.He was located around 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The search and rescue crew covered Olendorf with blankets and hot packs to prevent hypothermia and got him to a spot where a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter could land so he could be airlifted to the hospital, according to KOMO.“We like to train for high-altitude rescues because of the mountainous region we operate in,” Lt. Cmdr. Sam Hill, MH-65 pilot, said in a statement. “Because of that training, we were able to overcome numerous environmental challenges to rescue the hiker from a dangerous situation. We thank Jefferson County Search and Rescue for their help locating the hiker and assisting with the hoist.”Once he arrived at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, surgeons placed a rod into his tibia and a plate and screws into his fibula. The skin on his knees were also raw from the hours of crawling.Olendorf’s rescuers told KOMO his grit and determination likely prevented him from sustaining more serious injuries. He is thankful to be alive, he said.He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon in a splint, and it will take about 12 weeks for his leg to fully recover. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The UK government should provide a clear direction for how to deliver a proposed nationwide pension dashboard, major pension providers and administrators have concluded.During a meeting organised by fintech firm Origo – which has developed a large-scale prototype of the dashboard – senior staff representing more than 20 organisations, showed a common desire for the government to provide guidance on terms of compulsion, inclusion of state pension data, governance and digital identity.In a statement detailing the meeting, Origo said attendees had examined an approach that would “protect pension savers and personal information” and “harness the best of industry innovation”, as requested by Guy Opperman, the minister for pensions and financial inclusion.Participants called for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to conclude and publish its feasibility study as soon as possible, to ensure that the industry had a complete understanding of how much support it would receive from government as well as the practicalities of government facilitation. They also emphasised the importance of a suitable governance structure, which should be established quickly, Origo said.Attendees also highlighted that the government had to legislate to ensure the whole industry was fully compelled to participate in providing data to the dashboard.Anthony Rafferty, managing director of Origo, said he would be updating the DWP as well as Frank Field, the chair of parliament’s work and pensions select committee, on the discussions and the perspectives on the practicalities of delivering the pensions dashboard.UK providers have expressed concern about the delivery of the dashboard since reports emerged over the summer that the DWP was considering dropping its support for the project.In July, the government made clear that it had not committed itself to a timetable for the roll-out of the pensions dashboard, despite previously expressing strong support.
“If FIFA will be increasing more football teams in the World Cup competition, I will propose two more teams to come from Africa,” stressed the 46-year-old football chief.He confessed to have had very useful discussions with Buhari on the way forward for football in Nigeria.“I have had some intense discussion on football in Nigeria and Africa. We discussed how we can best develop football in Africa because there are talents, potentials and passion to do great things in football in Nigeria and Africa.The FIFA president put to rest the protracted power tussle in the administration of the beautiful game in the country, insisting that there was no crisis in football management in Nigeria since there was an elected president in place and he was functioning as such.“In a big country like Nigeria you are bound to see opposition, that is what you see happening,” the FIFA president observed.While stressing that it was an honour to meet Buhari, the FIFA president however admitted that:“When it comes generally to football development in Nigeria works still need to be done in organisational structures, setting up of training centres and better framework. A lot can still be done.”Infantino asked the Nigerian authorities to pay attention to infrastructure and find a lasting solution to the problem of violence and insecurity at match venues.‘‘I foresee Nigeria as a bedrock for the development of the game in Africa, however infrastructure, stability and security are needed to make this happen, ’’ he said.Infantino was accompanied to the Presidential Villa by the Secretary General of the world football governing body, Fatma Samoura, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel.Earlier, while welcoming Infantino to the Presidential Villa, President Buhari had said his administration will pay keen interest to accountability and transparency to fast-track football development in the country.Buhari challenged football administrators to fashion out strategic programmes to develop the game.He congratulated the duo on their election, particularly Samuora who is the first African and female to be elected FIFA Secretary-General.Buhari welcomed Infantino’s programme to reform the world game through transparency, anti-corruption and good governance.The president pledged Nigeria’s support to FIFA president’s reform agenda, noting that they were similar to those his presidency had outlined to resuscitate Nigeria.‘‘Majority of Nigerians are married to football. In the rural areas, when there is no electricity and there is a game to watch, Nigerians go to the extent of renting small generators, popularly known as ‘I better-pass-my neighbour’ to watch the game.‘‘We will take the development of football very seriously and I encourage the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to behave itself and organise effective competitions for the good of the game,’’ he said.‘‘Accountability is serious business and I welcome you (Infantino) into the club of accountable Chief Executive Officers,’’ the President said.Also yesterday, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki admonished football administrators to learn to accept defeat in the interest of the immediate environment and larger society, and not engage in ‘pull-the-house-down’ syndrome when things do not go their way.Nigeria’s number three citizen spoke at the Senate President’s Conference Room at the National Assembly when he received Infantino and Samoura, alongside NFF President Amaju Pinnick, FA presidents from other African countries and members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management.“The kind of global recognition we have today, as a result of this historic visit, challenges us to learn to allow peace and stability in Nigeria football. If people lose election, they should learn to accept defeat. People used to blame politicians for do-or-die attitude; politicians have moved, it is now football administrators who have this attitude! When you lose an election, you should be prepared to wait for the next poll.“I call on those who are fomenting trouble or trying to divide the house to stop their act. The National Assembly is united in moving to restore peace in Nigeria football, and creating an enabling environment for the game.”Saraki, who owns a football club (ABS FC, in the Nigeria National League), said the passion and love of Nigerians for football is incredible. “Football is a big unifying factor in our country. As governor of a state, I set up a football academy because there are so many talents out there waiting to be nurtured,” the senate president recalled while receiving the visiting FIFA chief.In attendance were Senators Obinna Ogba, Philip Aduda, Shuaib Abdullahi, Barau Jibrin, Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai, Monsurat Sunmonu, David Umaru, Mao Ohuabunwa, Tijjani Kaura, Albert Bassey and Mohammed Hassan, and Honourables Goni Bukar Lawan and Danburam Abubakar.Earlier in the day, the FIFA President and Secretary General inspected the new NFF headquarters (Sunday Dankaro House) located at the Package B of the National Stadium.On Sunday, both leading world football governors attended a welcome dinner powered by the League Management Company and which also had Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, Mr. Christian Ohaa (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports), Nigeria’s IOC member Habu Gumel, members of the diplomatic corps, African FA presidents, NFF chieftains, LMC directors, Corporate bigwigs and media representatives in attendance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Buhari pledges transparency in football administration in NigeriaTobi Soniyi and Omololu Ogunmade in AbujaPresident of world football governing body (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, has said that he will propose two more teams to come from Africa whenever the world football decides to increase the number of countries to participate in future World Cup tournaments.Speaking with journalists after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday Infantino said Africa deserves more slot at the Mundial.