Renewed call for independent investigation after release of unsatisfactory official enquiry

first_img Follow the news on Iran News IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts July 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Renewed call for independent investigation after release of unsatisfactory official enquiry to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 The findings of an official Iranian enquiry into the death in custody of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian of Iranian origin, were today dismissed as totally unsatisfactory by Reporters Without Borders, which reiterated its call for an independent investigation into her death after she was detained in Tehran on 23 June.The organisation said the report released yesterday did nothing to establish who was responsible for Kazemi’s death. It did not say if the blow to the head that resulted in her death occurred when she was struck with a blunt object or if she hit an object when she fell. The report said only that the blow occurred no more than 36 hours before her hospitalisation at midnight on 27 June. According to the sequence of events established by the enquiry, this could have been when was in the custody of the office of Tehran state prosecutor Said Mortazavi or in the custody of the intelligence ministry.Reporters Without Borders said it was shocked to learn that the doctors in Baghiatollah hospital had established that Kazemi was “brain dead” on 27 June. The report does not say why the doctors waiting until 10 July, the day after the anniversary of the July 1999 student demonstrations, to report her death.The organisation called for light to be shed on every aspect of this case and said those who killed Kazemi, as well as those who may have instigated her murder, should be identified and punished, no matter how high their positions.Reporters Without Borders has already asked the authorities in Tehran to allow an autopsy on Kazemi’s body to be carried in Canada by independent forensic doctors, as requested from the outset by her son, Stéphane Kazemi, who lives in Canada. Kazemi’s parents in Iran now also say they would like this.The organisation also believes that the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, whose visit to Tehran has just been cancelled by the Iranian authorities, should be allowed to travel to Iran as soon as possible.At the same time, the organisation urged the Canadian authorities to support these demands and make no concessions to pressure from the Iranian authorities. The organisation has supported Stéphane Kazemi’s initiatives by providing him with the help of an Iranian lawyer who lives in Tehran, Namat Ahmadi.The lack of information about Kazemi’s death has now been compounded by disturbing and contradictory information about her burial. The authorities said they were refraining from burying Kazemi while awaiting the results of the enquiry. But the Iranian ambassador to Paris, Seyed Sadegh Kharazi, told a Reporters Without Borders delegation she was buried on 13 or 14 July at the request of her parents who still live in Iran. It has not however been possible to establish exactly where she was buried.Kazemi’s arrest on 23 June occurred as she was photographing Evin prison north of Tehran. On 27 June, she was handed in a critical condition to officials of the intelligence ministry. The authorities then informed her family she was in a coma at the Baghiatollah military hospital in Tehran, which is run by Revolutionary Guards. Meanwhile, police searched her family’s home following her arrest, confiscating a large amount of money and camera equipment.Twenty-one journalists are currently in prison in Iran, which makes the Islamic republic the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East. Thirteen of them were arrested in the past 40 days. They include Abolgasem Golbaf of the monthly Gozaresh, who was detained on 20 July for “disseminating false information.” As far as Reporters Without Borders has been able to establish, 15 of the imprisoned journalists are currently being held by Revolutionary Guards in the same place where Kazemi was interrogated. The organisation is very concerned about their fate, especially as their relatives have referred to physical and psychological torture in a letter to President Mohammad Khatami. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation Following the 20 July release of an official report that gave absolutely no indication as to who was responsible for the death in custody of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, Reporters Without Borders renewed its call for an independent enquiry. It also called for an autopsy to be carried out in Canada. News March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Caution advised on Donegal roads as schools reopen

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Caution advised on Donegal roads as schools reopen FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Pinterest Twitter The Donegal Road Safety Working Group is urging motorists, cyclists and children to take extra care on the county’s roads as schools reopen over the coming days.Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell says it’s important to remember that while September always brings more traffic onto the roads, Covid-19 is likely to mean even more buses and cars than usual because of social distancing.Brian O’Donnell says this year marks a return to school like no other………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Statement in full -Road Safety as schools re-open.The first day back at school will be like no other. When schools start to re-open this week, almost six months after they closed so suddenly on March 12th, these will be unprecedented times, not just for the pupils and their parents, but for the whole country.  Schools have been working flat out to prepare the school buildings and policies for reopening.The Donegal Road Safety Working Group is reminding motorists, cyclists and children to take extra care on our roads around the County as schools return.  As schools reopens across Donegal, it is important to remember that school days bring more traffic on our roads, buses picking up and leaving off children, children walking and cycling to and from school. It is so important for drivers to slow down, drive within the speed limits and pay attention when children are on our roads, especially before and after school.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said “I would appeal to everyone to demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times as children will learn from our example.  If they travel by car or bus, make sure they know how important it is to put their seatbelt on at all times.  Show them how you put on your seatbelt any time you get into the car, no matter how short the journey and always demonstrate good, safe and responsible road safety behavior”.“Roads will be busier, and the increased volume of traffic will lead to an increase in journey time so it is important to allow for this when deciding what time to set off at in the morning and to be aware of this again in the afternoon. Footpaths, particularly around schools will also be busier and people will have to be patient with each other as they adhere to social distance guidelines.  Children are the most vulnerable of our road users so it is really important that parents and teachers ensure that they learn how to stay safe on the roads.  Nothing excuses or justifies putting the lives of children in danger or the safety of other road users”.“We need to continue to remind all road users about the importance of road safety to save lives, reduce injury and to lower the pressure on health and emergency services. We still need to stay alert and vigilant, which can be difficult at such a stressful and anxious time, when it is easy to lose our concentration.  Whether driving our car or crossing a road, thinking about and practicing road safety is still as important as ever”.Let us all make this a safe return to school for everyone and please Stay Safe. Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – August 27, 2020 WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleExtension at Raphoe school gets green light to go to tenderNext articleUpdate – Fisherman who died in overnight tragedy is named locally News Highland last_img read more

5-year-old’s ‘Up’ photoshoot with great-grandparents goes viral

first_imgA 5-year-old boy who loves the movie “Up” partook in an “Up”-themed birthday photoshoot with his 90-year-old great-grandparents, Richard and Caroline Bain.Now, his mom’s uplifting photos are going viral!In the photos taken by Rachel Perman, her son Elijah dressed up as Russell while his great-grandparents dressed as Carl and Ellie Fredricksen.Perman said that her son had been obsessed with “Up” for years, adding, that Elijah only draws and colors the house with balloons featured in the movie, the only books he wants to get at the library, and it was the only toy he wanted when the family was in Disney World last year.She organized the photoshoot as a surprise and said his grandparents were “thrilled” to participate.last_img