Joint-letter to release Bahraini photographer Ahmed Humeidan

first_img Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest August 30, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joint-letter to release Bahraini photographer Ahmed Humeidan News Follow the news on Bahrain Your Majesty,We, the undersigned Bahraini and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), would like to call your attention to the case of Ahmed Humaidan—an award-winning Bahraini photojournalist sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with his work documenting the ongoing unrest in Bahrain. These types of charges and prison sentences are active forms of intimidation and repression against journalists and the press, and directly conflict with Bahrain’s international commitments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and to Bahrain’s accepted recommendations of the country’s 2012 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (115.147, 115.155, and 115.158). We call on your government to immediately and unconditionally release and dismiss all charges against Ahmed Humaidan and to fulfill Bahrain’s commitments to uphold international standards of press freedom.In December 2012, Bahraini courts tried Ahmed Humaidan along with over 30 individuals on charges relating to an attack on a Sitra police station which took place earlier that year. Following repeated home raids against his family, plain-clothes security agents abducted Humaidan from a shopping mall on the night of 29 December 2012 and took him to the Central Investigation Department (CID), where he was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer. Ahmed has maintained that he was not involved in any violence and that he wasn’t presence during the police station attack and if he does that would be only in his capacity as a photojournalist documenting the ongoing unrest. Humaidan is an internationally recognized, award-winning photographer who has captured a number of iconic images from Bahrain since 2011.The 10-year prison sentence handed down against Humaidan, as well as similar sentences against other Bahraini media professionals, is a form of intimidation, repression and abuse of the Bahraini media community, and serves to undermine press freedom in Bahrain. Additionally, the type of abuse Humaidan and his family endured through numerous home raids before his arrest and the manner of Humaidan’s arrest and his forced disappearance for 19 hours before being allowed to contact his family likewise serve as a comprehensive form of intimidation and abuse of journalists.As a signatory to the ICCPR, Bahrain has committed to uphold international standards of free expression, including the ability of media professionals to document and publish their work. This obligation is rooted in Article 19.2 of the Covenant, which states that, “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.” Similarly, a number of the 158 recommendations that the Government of Bahrain accepted as part of Bahrain’s 2012 Second Cycle UPR referenced ending intimidation, repression and censorship against journalists and the press in Bahrain. Recognizing these obligations and commitments made by Bahrain, we therefore call on your government to immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Humaidan and to dismiss all charges against him. We likewise call on the Government of Bahrain to recommit to upholding press freedom and freedom of expression in Bahrain, and to take immediate steps to end all intimidation, arrest, abuse, prosecution and detention of journalists and media professions on charges relating to their work. Sincerely, German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Reporters Without Borders signed a joint letter, with 10 organizations, addressed to the King of Bahrain calling for the release of Bahraini photographer Ahmed Humeidan, held for past 19 months. to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information HM Hamad bin Isa al-KhalifaKing of BahrainRifaa PalaceManama, Bahrain News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa June 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in BahrainREPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERSBahrain 19Bahrain Institute for Rights and DemocracyCommittee to Protect Journalists – Sherif Mansour – MENA Program CoordinatorCanadian Journalists for free expression Bahrain Center for Human RightsBahrain Salam for Human RightsLawyer’s Rights Watch CanadaBahrain Youth Society for Human RightsBahrain Press Association October 14, 2020 Find out more March 17, 2021 Find out more News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves liveslast_img read more

First Lady Michelle Obama to Honor Armory at White House

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Community News Community News First Lady Michelle Obama to Honor Armory at White House To be presented with nation’s highest honor for creative youth development programs Published on Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 4:48 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Make a comment Aspiring teen photographer Dalon Poole, 17, of Pasadena will be at the White House on November 17 to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Dalon will accept the country’s highest honor for after­school arts programs on behalf of Armory Center for the Arts’ “Art High” program, which will be recognized for its effectiveness in promoting learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in creative youth development programs. The Armory’s Art High Program has won the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award—the nation’s highest honor for these programs.The award recognizes the country’s best creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. The awardees—chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists—were also recognized for improving literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.First presented in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The awards are presented annually in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).“Having the chance to represent Pasadena and accept this award from the First Lady in the White House is incredible. I’ll never forget this experience,” said Dalon Poole. “I want to be a photographer someday. The Armory’s given me the opportunities to make that happen.”Since 2006, the Armory’s Art High program has made after school art classes and mentorship opportunities readily accessible to teens at parks and community centers throughout the region. Art High demonstrates the Armory’s deep commitment to bringing the power of art into the lives of teens living in neighborhoods facing challenges like drugs, gangs, poverty, and racial divisions. Art High brings teens together that share a common interest in the arts and provides over 1,000 hours of free, fine arts and media arts classes to over 700 teens each year, including painting, drawing, silk screening, photography, filmmaking, graphic design, animation, and more.Before he enrolled in free Armory photography classes two years ago at Pasadena’s La Pintoresca Teen Education Center, Dalon Poole took pictures with the only camera he had — his phone. At La Pintoresca, he learned how to operate a real camera for the first time, and he was mentored by a professional artist for the first time, Armory Teaching Artist Joe Sanchez. In addition to photography, Dalon began taking free Armory graphic design classes at La Pintoresca. In 2015, the Armory nominated Dalon for the Pasadena Art Council’s Young Artist Award, which he won. Dalon used part of the $1,000 award to buy his first real camera, which he used as a paid Summer intern taking photos for Pasadena’s Parks Department. Today, Dalon is a paid Armory Teen Apprentice — an initiative of Art High that identifies and trains youth mentors to assist Armory Teaching Artists at parks and community centers throughout the region.“Even just in terms of career opportunities, LA is the creative capital of the world. These young people are learning how to use creative thinking to work as a team, to solve problems, and to express themselves constructively,” said Jon Lapointe, Armory Communications Director. “The Armory’s Art High program gives teens not only the vision, but the skills to build a future for themselves, their families, and their community.”In addition to the national recognition bestowed by receipt of the prestigious award, the Armory will also receive $10,000 to support its programming and engage more young people from the community.“We hope this award will draw attention to the documented fact that programs like ours are essential investments not just in the lives of our young people, but in our community, as well,” said Scott Ward, Armory Executive Director “We’re incredibly proud of this achievement and of the young people, volunteers, supporters, board and staff who made it possible.”The Armory’s Art High program is made possible thanks to the continued support of public and private donors, including the Rose Hills Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Sony Pictures Entertainment — the program’s longest and most generous corporate supporter. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Corporate Giving program looks to develop the next generation’s creative workforce and leadership, and is committed to supporting arts in the community. Art High initiatives is also made possible with significant gifts from the James Irvine Foundation, Eisner Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation, Ann Peppers Foundation, The Michael J. Connell Foundation, The Green Foundation, Z Clark Branson Foundation, Mericos Foundation, Capital Group Companies, Opus Bank, Wells Fargo Private Bank – Pasadena, East West Bank, California Arts Council, City of Pasadena Human Services Endowment Fund, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Special council meeting to discuss weather response and cost

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Previous articleInishowen NCT centre open for businessNext articleMan charged with causing death of Derry man News Highland Google+ As Donegal County Council and the government’s Emergency Response Committee reiterate the need to conserve water, the way the council dealt with the severe weather is to be discussed at a special council meeting on Friday.The meeting will see officials brief councillors on how much was done, and what the cost of the work will be.This special meeting of council has been call to present members with a comprehensive report on all the services provided by the Council since the start of the severe weather conditions, and to discuss plans for dealing with any possible further periods of severe weather, as well as dealing with all infrastructural damage arising from the severe weather conditions.However, possibly the most difficult element of the meeting will be a review of the full costs of the services provided and the consequential impacts on the 2010 Budget.The wintry conditions which are only now beginning to abate actually began the night before the council’s budget meeting in December, and the cost of gritting and clearing roads on a daily basis since then will eat substantially into the authority’s road maintenance budget, having clearly gone far beyond the expectations of the budget document.The costs of the past three weeks will have ramifications that stretch far beyond the winter. Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Special council meeting to discuss weather response and cost WhatsApp Google+ 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook By News Highland – January 13, 2010 Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Newsx Adverts Pinterest Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more