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Grande Comore reporter whipped while being held by gendarmes on Anjouan island

first_img Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News Follow the news on Comoros RSF_en to go further News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa June 29, 2020 Find out more Organisation ComorosAfrica Reporters Without Borders “protested energetically” today against the mistreatment of reporter Elarifou Minihadji of Radio Ngazidja, a state-owned radio station on the island of Grande Comore, during the three days he was held by gendarmes on the breakaway island of Anjouan.Arrested on 24 June while covering a demonstration at Anjouan’s airport, Minihadji was sent back to Grande Comore after being released yesterday.“We are outraged by the extremely brutal treatment of this journalist, who is also a member of the Comorian Association of Human Rights (ACDH),” Reporters Without Borders said. “His dual status was almost certainly an underlying factor in his arrest, as Anjouan’s authorities reject any attempt by Grande Comore to intervene in its affairs.”The organisation added: “The constant political turmoil in the Comoros is not grounds for violating fundamental rights. On top of everything else, Minihadji’s arrest was illegal as the gendarmes gave no reason for detaining him.”The demonstration at Anjouan airport was prompted by the arrival of an African Union ministerial delegation to mediate with Col. Mohamed Bacar, who was elected president in a disputed poll held on 10 June over the federal government’s objections. The demonstrators gathered at the airport to protest against Bacar’s election and show support for the AU’s mediation attempt.Minihadji told Reporters Without Borders by telephone that he was subjected to physical and psychological mistreatment during the three days he was held at the gendarmerie’s headquarters in Anjouan. He said his back was still hurting from being hit with a belt and whipped for several hours, but what most pained him was the fact that he was forced to hit other detainees.He also reported that he was accused of trying to explain the basic principles of the electoral laws to the people of Anjouan. While beating him, the gendarmes kept saying he should go and “defend democracy elsewhere” and “leave Anjouan to the people of Anjouan.”center_img Receive email alerts News ComorosAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more June 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Grande Comore reporter whipped while being held by gendarmes on Anjouan island Help by sharing this information Reports Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Supervisor Barger Introduces Motion to Pursue Variance for Reopening of Los Angeles County

first_imgHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Government Supervisor Barger Introduces Motion to Pursue Variance for Reopening of Los Angeles County Barger also sent letter to Governor Newsom to urge for progression in Stage 2 and into Stage 3 Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 | 6:00 pm Supervisor Kathryn Barger introduced a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, that will ask the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, County Counsel and Public Health Officer, to pursue a variance with the State of California once the County has achieved readiness under the State’s identified criteria. This motion, which will be heard before the Board of Supervisors at its next meeting on May 26, also supports efforts for interested cities or regions within the County to apply for their own partial variance based on the State’s readiness criteria. These are critical and necessary steps for the County to pursue toward full reopening.In addition, Supervisor Kathryn Barger sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom today urging his support to enable Los Angeles County to advance in Stage 2 and transition to Stage 3 of California’s COVID-19 pandemic roadmap. This would allow Los Angeles County to reopen the majority of businesses including dine-in restaurants, in-store retail, indoor malls and shopping centers, movie theaters, and personal care facilities (e.g., hair and nail salons, and gyms). It would also help reopen schools and child-care facilities, and in-person religious services.“I am fully committed to the phased reopening of Los Angeles County in light of the substantive measures that we have taken to successfully slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Supervisor Barger. “This includes ensuring for adequate hospital capacity; increasing the access and availability of testing and contact tracing; and implementing protections for vulnerable populations. These efforts, coupled with our public health data that indicates a lower level of risk in reopening than previously thought, supports expediency in moving our region through Stage 2 and into Stage 3.”These efforts by Supervisor Barger follow recent presentations made by the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force that reiterated the significant financial impacts of the current COVID-19 shutdowns and the sobering decline the region could face resulting from prolonged closures. The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation has confirmed more than 1 million unemployment claims filed in L.A. County to date, and more than 75% of the projected job losses from individuals earning less than $50,000 per year, devastating low-income wage earners the most.The Board motion seeks to obtain a variance from the State public health order for individual cities and regions within the County who have experienced lower levels of COVID-19, allowing these localities to advance further in Stage 2 of the state’s Roadmap to Recovery. While the State has not allowed dining in restaurants and in-store shopping statewide, they have allowed counties that reach certain levels of testing to advance more quickly than the remainder of the State. Many cities within the County, who have seen lower rates of infection, have called for exemptions to state regulations.A copy of the Board motion can be found here.A copy of the letter Supervisor Barger sent to Governor Newsom can be found here. 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News More Cool Stuff Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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