first_img 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 morelast_img read more

first_img Anstead: Courts are dealing now with budget shortfalls Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead told the Board of Governors that the judicial system is “heading down the home stretch” in its quest to secure adequate funding for the courts as the legislature prepares to carry out Revision 7 to Art. V this spring.Anstead implored board members at their January 30 board meeting in Tallahassee to contact their chief judges when they return home and volunteer their services to help educate their local legislative delegations to support full funding of the courts and to speak to local county commissions about the need to continue to fund local court initiatives. It’s the same message the chief justice has been traveling the state to spread. (See story, page 1).But while what happens in the legislature this year will have a profound effect on what the court system will look like in the years to come, Anstead also told the board that this past year the courts have been operating “more or less in a state of crisis, financially.”Last year, Anstead said, the trial courts had to absorb an approximate 5 percent budget cut and the Office of the State Courts Administrator took a 10 percent cut and lost 17 employees. A move he called “distressing,” considering OSCA’s responsibilities will soon be increasing by having to supervise and administer a much larger budget due to the Revision 7 funding shift.“During the course of the budget year. our State Courts Administrator’s Office calculates that we had over a $5 million shortfall in the operations of the court system,” Anstead said. “In other words, the dollars that were budgeted are proving insufficient for the needs out there.”As examples, Anstead said, some circuits have run out of money to pay senior judges and almost all circuits have run out of money to pay jurors. In Palm Beach County, the chief judge “was actually talking about having to give jurors vouchers or IOUs” until the court could obtain a supplemental appropriation or find some other funds, he said.“I think that is probably as close as you can get to illustrating how serious it is,” Anstead said. “We have a state court system that can’t pay our citizen jurors.”Chief Justice Anstead said the courts have been scrambling to find other funds to cover the shortfalls, including transferring money from the guardian ad litem judicial accounts to other areas.The legislature and the governor have indicated that they might consider supplemental funding, Anstead said, but won’t until the courts have “looked in every nook and cranny” for other sources of funds.“So I’m afraid I have to tell you the last year has not been a good one for the court system,” Anstead said. “On the other hand, we recognize that in times of economic stress that all three branches of state government have to absorb some of the hits, so we have absorbed those losses and setbacks with that kind of attitude.”Assistant State Courts Administrator Blan Teagle provided the board with some details. He noted the courts have estimated they need $170.6 million to carry out Revision 7, while the governor’s budget has recommended $102 million. While some of the difference may be made up by counties, that gap leaves the courts in jeopardy, he said, and the area particularly at risk is civil cases in the poorer counties.That’s because although civil cases are important, the courts have to give priority to criminal, family, and juvenile court issues.“What will probably be slowed down the most if we cannot close this gap is civil trials. That is where we will see significant delays if we cannot achieve some kind of equity for the have- and the have-not counties,” Teagle said. “We believe that civil trials and civil dockets are extremely important. We recognize that civil courts have a direct role in keeping the economic engine running. It is about having some predictability for the way economic issues and economic disputes will be resolved.” February 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Anstead: Courts are dealing now with budget shortfallslast_img read more

first_imgAzra Dedic from Bihac, the first employed person with Down syndrome in BiH who is also actively engaged in judo for 10 years, won the silver medal in the A category of the competition in the G-judo in Italy.Brave Azra, a true lover of judo, won against the representative of Russia with two wins and one defeat, and thus won the silver medal and showed that a great judo career is waiting for her.A total of 181 competitors from 18 countries participated in this international tournament, and according to Azra’s mother Remzija, Azra attracted a lot of attention because whole teams came to a tournament, and Azra was alone from BiH with her coach Fikret Becic, but she got plenty of support.“Italians, if their team is not fighting, are cheering for Azra, Slovenes too. Teams from Brazil, Andorra, the UK, Romania and others did the same. It was an amazing feeling,” said proud mother.“She won gold last time in Pordenone, and now she won a silver medal. However, this is the strongest tournament in the region that took place in the Italian city of Ravenna,” noted Azra’s mother Remzija Dedic.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more