Poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami jailed for criticising human rights violations

first_imgNews July 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami jailed for criticising human rights violations Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor Follow the news on Romania December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News May 26, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2020 Find out more RomaniaEurope – Central Asia to go furthercenter_img News RSF_en News Organisation RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest on 12 July of poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami for criticising human rights violations in Oman, and deplored the strict censorship of writers and journalists which the Omani authorities have been enforcing for the past few months.”We call on the sultanate’s government to free Al-Ryami at once and to respect the 1995 Alma-Ata declaration in which it undertook to adopt laws guaranteeing the rights to freedom of expression and opinion, access to information and press freedom,” the organisation said. Amendment of the press laws, which allow the authorities to exercise systematic control of all means of expression, is also necessary, Reporters Without Borders said.Al Ryami had been harassed by the authorities ever since he was invited to take part in a televised debate about democratic reforms in July 2004, and voiced doubt about the government’s readiness to undertake real democratic reforms. The authorities immediately gave verbal instructions to newspaper editors and the state radio and TV broadcaster’s executives forbidding them to interview Al Ryami or even mention his name or his works.A published poet and playwright, Al-Ryami often used to take part in arts and culture programmes on Omani television. Since he spoke out on Al-Alam, his TV programmes had been withdrawn but he continued to write for various websites such as www.kikah.com, an independent online magazine dedicated to arts and culture. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alerts RomaniaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

WRONG! “We’ll never arrest our way out of meth problem”

first_imgDrug expert: “We’ll never arrest our way out of meth problem”NewsTalk ZB 23 November 2016Family First Comment: Yes – that’s correct. The Drug Foundation are continuing to push for the decriminalising of ALL drugs – including P! Not just Dope. Offering servics for addiction treatment is essential – but removing the illegal status will remove the ability to mandate treatment, and will send a dangerous harmful societal message. #scaryLaw enforcement is not a silver bullet for the country’s methamphetamine problem.A report by Police on arrestees has found an increase in the number of people who had used the drug, and felt dependent on it.Executive director Ross Bell said lots of resources have been put into using police and courts to tackle meth use.“We’ve kind of neglected for a long time putting resources into the health side of things, and I think now we’re all beginning to recognise that we’re never going to arrest our way out of the methamphetamine problem.”In contrast, the statistics also showed a reduction in use of alcohol and cannabis by those arrested, and it is thought that could be down to a change in police practice.The study found 69 percent of detainees reported using cannabis in 2015 – that’s down seven percent from 2011.The number of detainees who reported being dependent on alcohol declined from 23 percent in 2011 to 17 percent last year.Ross Bell said there’s not a lot of data to successfully draw trends.“The cannabis and the alcohol data could well be down to different ways that Police might deal with people – they may not actually arrest people for cannabis and alcohol.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/drug-expert-well-never-arrest-our-way-out-of-meth-problem/last_img read more