Refugee journalists are particularly vulnerable and need better protection

first_img_______________________________Copy of the letter sent by Reporters Without Borders to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres News Paris, 30 May 2012Urgent: Situation of asylum-seeking journalists in transit countriesDear High Commissioner,Reporters Without Borders, the leading international NGO defending freedom of information, is extremely concerned about the situation of journalists who apply to UNHCR for protection in the first country they reach after fleeing their own country.By providing information about the situation of their fellow citizens, by interviewing government opponents, and by drawing attention to human rights violations, corruption and misrule, journalists attract the hostility of regimes and influential groups that do not tolerate freely reported news and information.Because of their work, journalists are exposed to serious reprisals. Many are forced to flee abroad to escape physical violence, threats, arrests and arbitrary jail sentences. Journalists are easy to identify because they sign articles, appear on TV and speak on the radio. When they flee to a nearby country and register with UNHCR, they continue to be at the mercy of the regimes they are trying to escape because their names, faces and voices are known.This was seen when Eritrean journalist Jamal Osman Hamad was arrested in Khartoum on 24 October 2011, less than a week after Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki visited his Sudanese counterpart, and 300 Eritrean citizens were deported to their country of origin without UNHCR being able to examine their cases.Our concern increased when Rwandan journalist Charles Ingabire was gunned down in Kampala on 30 November 2011 in very unclear circumstances. Reporters Without Borders is convinced that an act of political revenge cannot be ruled out.It is clear that the Rwandan, Eritrean, Ethiopian and Iranian governments, like Somalia’s Al-Shabaab and Latin America’s drug traffickers, have an ability to do harm that reaches well beyond their own borders.It must however be recognized that, as things stand, there is no adequate mechanism for protecting asylum-seeking journalists (and other news providers), who are all, by the nature of their work, also human rights defenders. Reporters Without Borders would therefore to like propose that local UNHCR offices adopt the following dedicated procedures for the protection of journalists.Reporters Without Borders asks UNHCR to establish an alert mechanism with a designated referral officer within each of its local offices so that cases of persons who are in particular danger can be identified and handled more quickly. As Reporters Without Borders is in regular contact with journalists who have decided to flee abroad to safeguard their safety and freedom, and as it systematically conducts an investigation whenever it is contacted by a journalist seeking its protection, it is in a position to act as guarantor of the identity and background of journalists who approach UNHCR protection officers.Adequate safety measures must also be adopted for refugee journalists (and other human rights defenders) including a programme of urban shelters (away from the regular refugee camps), safehouses, and emergency alert and protection mechanisms. Reporters Without Borders has been helping refugee journalists for more than 20 years but, although we are in constant contact with them and give them advice and guidance, we do not have the human and financial resources to enable them to meet their daily needs, including their security needs.It is vital that journalists should have greater access to the emergency resettlement process and to the UN’s mechanism for temporary evacuation to a safe third country. UNHCR should work to obtain greater participation in these programmes by countries that can offer safe refuge.Reporters Without Borders also urges the United Nations to publicly acknowledge that its traditional protection procedure is not appropriate for threatened journalists and to ask member states to help to make up for the shortcomings. This would enable UNHCR to overcome the culpable inaction of certain western government that use the overall quota as an excuse for doing nothing, although more than 260 journalists have been killed in connection with their work in the past five years and 154 are currently detained.Our organization very much hopes that you will come out in favour of specific and more personalized treatment of resettlement requests by journalists and human rights defenders who are threatened in transit countries. We also hope that our recommendations will help to bring about a more general overhaul of UNHCR procedures.We stand ready to provide you with any additional information and to meet with you to discuss these recommendations further.Sincerely, Related documents RSF – Guide for journalists forced into exile 2012PDF – 1.06 MB300512 RSF – Letter to A. GuterresPDF – 174.53 KB Read and download the Guide on line Organisation Mr. António GuterresUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCRPO Box 2500CH-1211 Geneva 2Switzerlandcenter_img RSF_en Olivier BasilleDirector General Read in Chinese / 看中文On the eve of World Refugee Day, Reporters Without Borders is alerting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres to the need to provide refugee journalists with better protection and is publishing an updated version of its guide for journalists who are forced to flee into exile.Around 80 journalists fled abroad in 2011 to escape the fate reserved for them by governments hostile to freedom of information. The exodus is continuing this year. Dozens of Syrian, Iranian, Somali and Eritrean journalists have had to flee their countries in the past six months.Faced by the probability of imminent arrest, physical violence, harassment or even murder, these men and women have had to abandon family, friends and colleagues in a quest for greater security.Because of a lack of funds or because they departed in haste, they often end up being stranded in neighbouring countries that are accessible to refugees but also to the agents of the governments they are fleeing. As a result, their safety is far from being assured in these countries of initial refuge.Reporters Without Borders wrote to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres on 30 May alerting him to the situation of refugee journalists in countries such as Turkey, Uganda and Kenya. Today, we are releasing the letter and the recommendations it contains.We call on UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to establish an alert mechanism with a designated referral officer within each of its local offices so that cases involving refugee journalists and human rights activists can be identified and handled more quickly because they are particularly exposed to danger.We also urge the High Commissioner to ensure that refugee journalists and human rights activists get better access to appropriate individual protection, to the emergency resettlement process and to the UN’s mechanism for temporary evacuation to a safe third country.Finally, Reporters Without Borders is convinced that UN member states have a duty to help protect journalists who are forced to flee into exile because of their work. It therefore urges Guterres to publicly acknowledge that the UN’s traditional protection procedure is not appropriate for refugee journalists and human rights activists, who continue to be in danger in countries of initial refuge, and to urge member states to take the necessary action.The latest version of the Guide for journalists who flee into exile, which Reporters Without Borders first published in 2009, contains some 30 pages of advice for refugee journalists about UNHCR protection procedures and seeking asylum in Europe and North America. Journalists who have had to flee their country will find information, tips and contacts that will help to guide and assist them during the long and difficult process of starting a new life. June 19, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Refugee journalists are particularly vulnerable and need better protection Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Data code could stop companies testing for drugs

first_img Comments are closed. Data code could stop companies testing for drugsOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Draftregulations included in the Data Protection code of practice on drug testingcould restrict companies from checking employees for illegal substances in thefuture.Thecode, which is expected to come into force in mid-April, recommends thatemployers should only use drug testing if it can be justified on safetygrounds. This “justification on safety grounds” has yet to be clarified. MikeGoodie, HR director of rail company GNER, said, “Employers have a right toexpect that their employees are not intoxicated in any way when they areworking.“Becauseof the industry we are in, we test all of our staff to demonstrate thestandards that we expect across the company.”ButCynthia Atwell, occupational health consultant and former HSE member, believesthere are employers who should be allowed to test for drugs who do not have anobvious safety issue. Shesaid, “There are certain jobs where the wrong push of a button or a wrong sumcould cost companies thousands of pounds – their employers would be justifiedin testing them.“Ifthe employee caused an accident where someone was killed or injured, theemployer would be liable under the Health and Safety at Work Act becausemanagers have a duty of care to oversee the health and safety of others.” Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Datebook

first_imgSATURDAY: Graduate school information forum, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., California State University, Northridge, Student Union, 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-2138 or see www.csun.edu/graduatestudies. Exploration of Sycamore Canyon, 9 a.m., Point Mugu State Park, four miles west of the Ventura County line from Pacific Coast Highway. Enter at Sycamore Canyon campground. Call (805) 488-1827. Introduction to Mountain Bike Skills, 9 a.m., Malibu Creek State Park. Helmet required. Take 101 Freeway to Las Virgenes Road, exit south to Mulholland Highway. Park entrance is a quarter-mile past intersection. Call (805) 558-1606 or visit www.corbamtb.com. Ranger-led hike, “From California to Korea,” to the old “M*A*S*H*” movie set, 9:30 a.m., Paramount Ranch. Take 101 Freeway to Kanan Road, exit south, then left on Cornell Way and veer right. Head south 2.5 miles; entrance is on right. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Kite-making workshop, 10:30 a.m., Stough Canyon Nature Center, 2300 Walnut Ave., Burbank. Cost $3. Call (818) 238-5440. Undiscovered Chinatown tour, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Los Angeles Chinatown. Cost $20. For more information, call (213) 680-0243 or see www.chinatownla.com. Silver Rose Debutante Ball, 6:30-11 p.m., Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City. Call (661) 253-8082. Royce Hall Organ and Film Silent Comedy Classics featuring Charlie Chaplin and others, 2 p.m, Royce Hall, University of California, Los Angeles. Tickets $25 adults, $15 UCLA students and children 12 and under. Call (310) 8825-8101 or visit www.uclalive.org. Campfire program, 7 p.m., Leo Carrillo State Park, 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Park is at Pacific Coast Highway and Mulholland Highway. Call (805) 488-1827. he Gerald Wilson Orchestra will perform, 7:30 p.m., Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets $35-$40, $31.50 students and seniors. Call (805) 493-3900. San Fernando Symphony Orchestra concert, 8 p.m., Pierce College Performing Arts Theater, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Tickets $25, $15 students and seniors, $12 children. Call (818) 347-4807 or see www.sfvsymphony.com. The Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa performs, 8 p.m., College of the Canyons, Vital Express Center of the Performing Arts, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets $25-$50. Call (661) 362-5304. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: NEW YEAR – NEW YOU?

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: January 2015 is here.The new wave of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ will have started as people set out to undo the Christmas excess and ‘finally’ reach their goals. 

There are literally hundreds of options available to help you along your way this January.Yet with all these options available, statistics show us that 90% of New Year’s Resolutioners won’t make it to the end of January. Why then is it so hard to stick to our New Year’s Goals?Quite simply, you are expecting too much of yourself too quickly at the beginning.If you were planning to run a marathon, you wouldn’t turn up on race day with all your new training gear and expect to finish the race, would you?So why is it that most people think they can simply change a lifetime of bad habits in the first 4 weeks of January? The truth is, it isn’t your fault.

We have been lead to believe through the media, television and internet, that huge rapid weekly weight loss is the norm and anything else is simply a failure.This is simply not true.Weight loss is not linear.Your weight will fluctuate day to day and week to week.You weight loss will stall; do not panic when it does. If you see every slight set back as a complete failure, you are destined to fail before you even begin.Try not to run head first into January with all guns blazing.Take a step back and have a look at what you are trying to actually achieve.For the majority of people, an extreme lifestyle shift quite often ends in failure. So what do we do?We look for what is going to give us the MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF RESULTS WITH THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF EFFORTWe will be using the ‘2 week rule’ with this.The ‘2 week rule’ will determine if you are able to stick to one habit change before moving onto another one.What we are trying to do with this is to breed habits that will last.Change your breakfast from high sugar cereals; have an omelette with vegetables in it, or have porridge oats with berries.

Try and stick to this every day for 2 weeks.Once you can master this without missing, it is time for another habit change.If you snack on high sugar cereal bars or chocolate and crisps, try changing these for a portion of fruit and nuts.A portion size is one piece of fruit and a palmful of any nut except peanuts. 
 
Again, aim for a 2 week period of time and if you can master this, without failing, it’s time to change another habit.If you drink a lot of fizzy high sugar drinks, try and swap them for the ‘diet’ or ‘free’ variety rather than cutting them out altogether.If you go ‘cold turkey’ after drinking a lot of sugary drinks for a long period of time, you will have withdrawal symptoms. This can lead to you slipping back into old habits before long. 

Switching to the diet or free alternatives can help you to cut calories without feeling too deprived from what you were used to.This system is not a quick fix. It is not intended to help you to lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time, but rest assured, if you start making small dietary changes, not only will you lose weight, you will be more likely to keep it off.These small changes can help you to breed new habits and because you are allowing a suitable time frame to adjust to these changes, you are more likely to succeed in keeping them.
 
It will take slightly longer to achieve your goals, but you will achieve them.P.S
. If your New Year’s plans are the same ones that you have tried and failed at for the past few years, maybe it’s time to try something else. 

Try stepping outside your comfort zone and try something new. 
You might just love it.#TrainSmartTo keep up-to-date with tips and information on how to stick to your goals in 2015, check out my page through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: NEW YEAR – NEW YOU? was last modified: January 4th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columnDonegal Dailydonegaldaily.comemmet rushefitnessJanuaryNew Yearlast_img read more

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