Saudi king urged to pardon blogger on third anniversary of arrest

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more June 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi king urged to pardon blogger on third anniversary of arrest June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Badawi has been detained since 17 June 2012 for creating an online discussion forum. The sentence passed on him after a series of unfair trials – 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes – was upheld by the supreme court ten days ago. There is no longer any way of obtaining his release by means of an appeal.Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told RSF she was so saddened and upset by the anniversary that she was “incapable of describing” how she felt. She reiterated her appeal to the king to pardon her husband – an appeal supported by RSF.“With the month of Ramadan newly under way, we ask King Salman bin Abdulaziz to show clemency and pardon Raif Badawi, the father of three children, as this is now the only way to free him,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “This young Saudi has already been held for three years in deplorable conditions and is in very poor health. His immediate release is vital.”Discretionary justiceReached by RSF, Saudi human rights activist Hala Al-Dosari attributed Badawi’s continuing detention to the flaws in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system.“The biggest problem in Saudi Arabia is the fact that criminal law is exclusively based on the Sharia, which is in fact discretionary,” she said, adding that the Badawi case is a clear example of how the punishments imposed by the judicial system are incompatible with international standards.“The international community’s support and diplomatic efforts can help, because this has an impact on the Saudi authorities,” she said.In the eyes of the Saudi justice system, Badawi is guilty according to sharia and he was convicted above all of breaking its rules. The three years he has spent in prison is already more than adequate as punishment for what he was accused of doing. It is time to free him.RSF has been campaigning for months for the release of Badawi, who was awarded its press freedom prize in 2014 in the Netizen category. A petition for his release launched by RSF already has more than 46,000 signatures.In a joint initiative with its national sections and foreign bureaux, RSF also sent letters to heads of state and government urging them to intercede with the Saudi authorities on Badawi’s behalf. Recipients included US President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande and Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy.The Saudi authorities tolerate no independent media outlets and have been steadily tightening their grip on the Internet since the Arab spring in 2011. Online information is closely controlled and the regime does not hesitate to use security grounds and a draconian cyber-crime law to jail bloggers. News RSF_en Follow the news on Saudi Arabia March 9, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts On the third anniversary of Raif Badawi’s arrest, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz to demonstrate clemency and pardon this young blogger. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News to go further Help by sharing this information Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBSlast_img read more

Climatology of the three coastal Antarctic stations Dumont d’Urville, Neumayer, and Halley

first_imgLong term air and snowfall chemistry measurements have been performed at the three coastal Antarctic stations Dumont d’Urville (66°40′S, 140°1′E), Neumayer (70°39′S, 8°15′W), and Halley (75°35′S, 26°19′W). The results have to be interpreted and compared with respect to the regional meteorological conditions. In this study the 3-hourly synoptic surface observations taken at the three stations between 1991 and 1995, as well as the daily upper air soundings from 1993, are analyzed to describe the aspects of station climatologies relevant for the air and snowfall chemistry measurements discussed in the papers of this special section. Although the three stations are comparable, being situated close to the coastline of Antarctica, the meteorological conditions differ. While at Dumont d’Urville katabatic winds cause predominant strong and relatively dry surface winds from the interior of Antarctica, Neumayer and Halley are frequently influenced by easterly winds associated mostly with eastward moving cyclones. From April through October the wind field above 5 km is governed by a circumpolar vortex with westerly winds increasing in intensity with height. Dumont d’Urville represents a station at the edge of this vortex with extreme stratospheric wind velocities up to above 50 m s−1. Neumayer and Halley are mostly situated within the vortex and isolated from air masses advecting from lower latitudes into the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere during the Austral winter.last_img read more

GUEST COLUMN: Participation in census is critical for area

first_imgFederally funded programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Home Energy Assistance Grants, the School Lunch and Breakfast Program, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant all play a critical role in combating poverty in our community. As the designated Community Action Agency for Schenectady County, Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP), assists thousands of low-income families and residents each year overcome barriers to housing, employment and education.SCAP, like most community-based agencies that provide human services, relies on money distributed from the federal government to operate much needed programs.These include but are not limited to, Supportive Housing Programs, which provide rent subsidies and supportive services; the Community Development Block Grant, which helps with eviction prevention and rapid rehousing; Head Start, which provides comprehensive early childhood services for children ages birth to 5.These programs provide life-changing opportunities for low-income residents and deserve adequate funding. Community Action Agencies were established with the mission of improving local communities by helping the most vulnerable people, and ensuring all residents, regardless of age, are supported and have a voice in shaping their community.All Community Action Agencies in the Capital Region will be actively involved in complete count committees to ensure the count of all persons in low response neighborhoods, public housing communities, shelters and transitional housing, colleges and universities, nursing homes, and people experiencing homelessness.  Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn the spring of 2020, the constitutionally-mandated decennial census will be conducted to count the population of people living in the United States.This crucial count includes all people regardless of citizenship status.However, the census is much more than a population count. The data compiled from the census has important and far-reaching implications for local communities across the country.Census data is used for redistricting purposes, redrawing boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts to account for population shifts. The data also helps determine representation in government by accurately determining the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.Most importantly, however, census data provides the basis for the distribution of over $800 billion in federal funding to state and local municipalities, which is used to support vital programs for housing, education, infrastructure and employment at the local level. For these reasons, it is crucial that the census is conducted fairly, and that a full, complete and accurate count is achieved. A complete count is particularly important for the Schenectady community, which historically has faced an undercount.Data from the 2010 Census reveals that most of Schenectady is considered hard to count with a majority of census tracts in the area having a 73% or less return rate and low-income neighborhoods having the lowest response rates.An undercount of this proportion has significant consequences on the amount of federal funding our community receives, which in turn has a substantial impact on funding for programs that help families experiencing poverty and homelessness.At present, the city of Schenectady has a documented poverty of rate of 21%, and Schenectady County as a whole has a poverty rate of 12.5%.center_img For the first time, census participants will have the option to respond online, by phone or by mail.It is important to note that census information is protected by federal law and the Census Bureau is required to keep all information confidential.This means that the information provided as part of the census is never shared with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.Participation in the census is the civic responsibility of every resident and provides opportunity for everyone to help support our local community.There is much at stake and everyone should be counted, because everyone counts. Debra Schimpf is CEO of Schenectady Community Action Program.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more