Human rights activists prosecuted for “publishing illegally”

first_img March 8, 2021 Find out more September 16, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights activists prosecuted for “publishing illegally” February 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and the Syrian Human Rights Association (ADHS) called today on Syrian justice minister Nabil al-Khatib to immediately drop charges against four Syrian human rights activists, including the Association’s 72-year-old president, Haissam Maleh, for distributing an “illegal” publication.”The Syrian regime is not above the law, especially not where its association agreements with the European Union, which guarantee freedom of expression, are concerned,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Syrian civil society has many intellectuals, lawyers and human rights activists who must be allowed to join together to publish a magazine.” Lawyer Haissam Maleh, businessman Farouk al-Homsi (brother of opposition member of parliament Maamoun al-Homsi, who has been jailed for five years) and ADHS vice-president Mohammed Kheir Beik have been charged with “introducing and distributing within Syria an illegal publication,” the ADHS’s magazine, Tayyarat (“currents” in Arabic). Summonses were recently issued against the three, some of whom may be abroad. The fourth man charged, Ghassoud al-Malla, is the Syrian driver of the van that brought copies of the magazine into the country from neighbouring Lebanon. He is thought to have been jailed in Syria nearly four months ago.The ADHS, formed in July last year by several intellectuals and not officially authorised in Syria, distributed the first issue of its magazine this July. A copy was sent to President Bashar el-Assad and the ADHS is applying for the magazine’s publication in Syria to be authorised.Maleh, who is abroad having medical treatment, is accused of “spreading false information, belonging to a political association with ties to foreign parties and distributing publications inciting people to religious dissent and harming the nation,” the ADHS said.Maleh had legally defended 10 regime opponents arrested last year in what was seen as the end of the “Damascus spring” noted with the president’s succession to his late father two years ago. The 10, who include the well-known Riad Turk, have since been jailed for between two and 10 years each, some last month. News Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further RSF_en Receive email alertscenter_img March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime lawlast_img read more

Proteas mount rear-guard to save Test after Sibley, Stokes show

first_imgBy Nick SaidCAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Dom Sibley scored a maiden century to put England on top but South Africa have launched a rear-guard to keep the tourists’ victory charge at bay after going to the close of the fourth day of the second test on 126 for two on Monday.South Africa have been set 438 for victory at Newlands and will have to score a further 312 runs in 90 overs on the final day to achieve the highest run chase in test cricket history.It is much more likely, however, they will have to bat out the final three sessions to save the Test. The current highest successful run chase in Tests was 418 by West Indies against Australia in 2003.Debutant opener Pieter Malan is unbeaten on 63 and is at the crease with nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj (2 not out) on a wicket that has flattened considerably for the seamers, but is offering turn to the slow bowlers. Dean Elgar (34) and Zubayr Hamza (18) are the two players out, the latter in the penultimate over of the day when he edged James Anderson to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.“We are going to have to work hard tomorrow,” Sibley told reporters. “Hopefully that crack outside the off-stump (at the Kelvin Grove end) opens up again. “Today and yesterday is the best the pitch has played, but hopefully it goes back to how it was on the first two days.“It’s always nice to contribute to a win, hopefully we can take the eight wickets we need tomorrow.” England set the stiff target after declaring their second innings on 391 for eight just after lunch, with opener Sibley unbeaten on a patient 133 to go with an explosive 72 from Ben Stokes.Sibley’s hundred was met by an almighty roar from the sizeable travelling English support, even if it took him 269 balls to get there. Stokes was providing plenty of entertainment at the other end as he took on the task of providing the quick runs England wanted to build a big enough lead and still have enough time to bowl South Africa out a second time.He smashed seven fours and three sixes in a 47-ball innings of 72, before being caught at mid-on by Rassie van der Dussen off spinner Keshav Maharaj.His blitz propelled England to 157 runs in 27 overs in the morning session and crucially sped up the game in their pursuit of victory. South Africa won the first Test of the four-match series by 107 runs in Pretoria.ENGLAND 1st innings 269South Africa 1st innings 223England 2nd innings o/n 218 for 4Zak Crawley c Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada 25Dominic Sibley Not Out 133Joe Denly c Dwaine Pretorius b Anrich Nortje 31Joe Root c Faf du Plessis b Dwaine Pretorius 61Dom Bess c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 0Ben Stokes c Rassie van der Dussen b Keshav Maharaj 72Ollie Pope b Kagiso Rabada 3Jos Buttler c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 23Sam Curran c Zubayr Hamza b Keshav Maharaj 13Stuart Broad Not Out 8Extras 18b 3lb 0nb 0pen 1w 22Total (111.0 overs) 391-8Fall of Wickets : 1-28 Crawley, 2-101 Denly, 3-217 Root, 4-218 Bess, 5-310 Stokes, 6-315 Pope, 7-356 Buttler, 8-375 CurranDid Not Bat : AndersonBowling: Kagiso Rabada 20 – 3 – 69 – 2, Vernon Philander 14 – 7 – 24 – 0,Anrich Nortje 18 – 2 – 61 – 3 (1w), Dwaine Pretorius 16 – 4 – 56 – 1,Keshav Maharaj 43 – 9 – 160- 2.SOUTH AFRICA 2nd inningsPieter Malan Not Out 63Dean Elgar c Jos Buttler b Joe Denly 34Zubayr Hamza c Jos Buttler b James Anderson 18Keshav Maharaj Not Out 2Extras 4b 1lb 3nb 0pen 1w 9Total (56.0 overs) 126-2Fall of Wickets : 1-71 Elgar, 2-123 HamzaTo Bat : du Plessis, van der Dussen, de Kock, Pretorius, Philander, Rabada, NortjeBowling: James Anderson 9 – 4 – 18 – 1, Stuart Broad 9 – 2 – 20 – 0, Dom Bess 12 – 3 – 29 – 0,Sam Curran 8 – 2 – 13 – 0 (1w 1nb), Joe Denly 8 – 0 – 26 – 1, Joe Root 3 – 0 – 7 – 0, Ben Stokes 7 – 3 – 8 – 0 (2nb)last_img read more

Dodgers split-squad teams pound Padres, play to a tie vs. Yasiel Puig and Reds

first_imgRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season THE GAME: The Dodgers scored eight times in the first three innings and went on to beat the San Diego Padres 12-0 Thursday night in Peoria. Earlier in the day, another Dodgers’ split-squad team played to a 3-3 tie with the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning but allowed just two more hits while going four innings against the Reds. … Lefty reliever Scott Alexander gave up a solo home run to Phillip Ervin in his one inning of work. … Relievers Dylan Floro, Jaime Schultz and Pedro Baez each pitched a scoreless inning. … Against the Padres, Kenta Maeda called it his “best outing of spring training” after he pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six. … Top prospect Dustin May followed with three scoreless innings, allowing an infield single while striking out three.HITTING REPORT: Yasiel Puig was 1 for 3 with a single off Ryu in his first game against the Dodgers. … Infielder Jeter Downs (one of the two prospects acquired from the Reds in the trade that included Puig and Matt Kemp) was 1 for 2 with a double against his former team. … Kiké Hernandez was 1 for 3 and is batting .371 (13 for 35) this spring. … Catcher Will Smith tied the score with an RBI single in the sixth inning and went 2 for 4. … The Dodgers had 11 hits including five doubles and three home runs in the first four innings against the Padres. Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger and Brad Miller hit the homers. … A.J. Pollock (a single, double and walk) was on base in each of his first three plate appearances and scored runs each time. … Barnes was on base four times – two walks, an RBI double and a solo home run. … David Freese had two doubles and Joc Pederson three RBIs on his double. … Maeda had a double in his first at-bat of the spring.UP NEXT: Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias) at Reds (Reds RHP Tanner Roark), Friday, 6 p.m., Goodyear Stadium, SportsNet LA Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more