“This series of disappearances is shocking and extremely worryingon several counts,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’sAsia-Pacific desk. “We cannot ignore the similarities or the factthat they have all taken place in towns near Lahore or the capital.Nothing can be affirmed with certainty, but the possibility ofaccidental disappearances cannot be taken seriously either. @ India Times Organisation January 12, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Four Pakistani bloggers missing – all possibilities must be considered April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistan is ranked 147th out of 180 countries inRSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. “If they were abducted, who were the perpetrators and what wastheir motive? Were they radical armed groups or members of the armedforces? No scenario should be ruled out. The police and judicialauthorities must thoroughly examine all possibilities that could leadto the four bloggers being recovered safe and sound. Failure will beseen as giant step backwards for democracy in Pakistan.” The most prominent of the four is Salman Haider, a universityprofessor known for making outspoken comments about enforced disappearances in Balochistan. He disappeared in the capital,Islamabad, on 6 January. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Waqas Goraya, a frequent critic of the government andreligious extremists in his blog posts, and Asim Saeed werereported missing by their families near the northeastern city ofLahore on 4 January, while Ahmed Raza Naseer, a polio victim,was abducted from his family’s shop in Sheikhupura, a town nearLahore, on 7 January, his brother said. Both Saeed and Naseer wereknown for their liberal views. Help by sharing this information January 28, 2021 Find out more News Haider’s wife received a text from Haider’s phone on the eveningof 6 January saying he was abandoning his car on the Islamabadexpressway, but it has not been possible to verify whether it wasHaider himself who sent the text. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsImprisonedHostagesCitizen-journalistsInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Pakistani government to conduct thorough investigations into the disappearances of four secularist bloggers in the past week and to explore all conceivable scenarios, including their possible abduction by armed groups or by members of the security forces. News PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsImprisonedHostagesCitizen-journalistsInternet Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The interior ministry said during the weekend that Haider’sdisappearance would be investigated but it has not mentioned theother disappearances. to go further Civil society activists and journalists who cover sensitive politicaland social issues in Pakistan are subject to constant harassment andpersecution by both the security forces and armed extremist groups. Follow the news on Pakistan News Receive email alerts RSF_en News Hundreds of people have taken part in demonstrations in Pakistanicities in the past few days to condemn the disappearances of the fouronline activists and to call for their immediate and safe return.Calls for protests are being organized under the #RecoverAllActivistshashtag.
News Organisation May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Lady Ann Salem, a journalist who should have been freed ten days ago when a regional court in the Manila suburb of Mandaluyong dismissed a firearms case against her. RSF also urges the Philippine authorities to stop using terrorism legislation for political ends. February 16, 2021 – Updated on March 5, 2021 Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News Filipina reporter held for past year on trumped-up firearms charge But the release of this journalist, who is the editor of the Manila Today news website and co-founder of the Altermidya network of independent alternative media, has been blocked by the prosecution on the spurious grounds that the court’s decision “is not yet final.” People gathered in support of journalist Lady Ann Salem who has been detained for 2 months, on 9 January le 9 janvier (photo: Free Lady Ann Salem Network). News The Philippines is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF also reiterates its call for the immediate release of Frenchie Mae Cumpio, the editor of the Eastern Vista news website (a member of the Altermidya network), who has been held on a similar charge of illegal possession of firearms since 7 February 2020, when the police claimed to have found firearms during a search of her home in the eastern city of Tacloban. June 1, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa to go further Fabricated evidence February 9, 2021 Find out more “This could be a cue for the authorities to resort to the insidious tactic of bringing a much more serious charge against our editor under the anti-terrorism law,” a member of the Manila Today staff told RSF, referring to a draconian law that took effect in July 2020, under which journalists can be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison if convicted of inciting terrorism. —————————————————————————-Update – 5 March 2021 It was only today, exactly one month after a court dismissed the case against her, that Manila Today editor Lady Ann Salem was finally released from prison. RSF condemns this arbitrary delay, which prolonged her detention, although the court had ruled that the search warrant that led to arrest her was “null and void’’.—————————————————————————– At a hearing on 5 February, the court dismissed the case against Lady Ann Salem after ruling that the search warrant used by police to raid her Mandaluyong apartment on 10 December was “null and void’’ and that the evidence they claimed to have found there, firearms and explosives, was inadmissible. News Receive email alerts RSF_en “After declaring the evidence to be inadmissible because of police manipulation, the court determined that Lady Ann Salem had no case to answer, which was tantamount to acquittal,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The prosecution has no legal grounds for opposing the judge’s decision and we therefore demand this journalist’s immediate release. We also caution the Philippine authorities against thought of using the anti-terrorism law to persecute reporters.” PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment
“After rolling lockdowns which have been the longest in Europe, many of the restrictions now need to be eased and people’s lives and livelihoods need to return to as close to normal as possible.” Deputy Willie O’DeaPhoto: Brendan GleesonWILLIE O’Dea TD has called on the Government to expedite the opening up of outdoor activities in light of new data which has emerged. Just one confirmed case of Covid-19 in every thousand is traced to outdoor transmission. Of the 232,164 cases of Covid-19 recorded in the State up to March 24th this year, 262 were as a result of outdoor transmission, representing 0.1 per cent of the total.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Willie O’Dea TD said, “In light of this new information which shows how safe outdoor gatherings are, I am urging the Government to immediately open up all sports at all ages, including tennis and golf. “It is pretty much unheard-of to transmit Covid-19 by playing outdoor sport. It was recently reported that in 12 months of detailed tracing of positive Covid-19 tests in professional soccer, American football, and rugby, there hasn’t been a single case of on-field transmission.“Scientific evidence has already shown how minimal the dangers of transmission of Covid-19 between children are and now we have proof that outdoor gatherings are very safe for everybody. “In light of this information, we should now allow coffee shops and restaurants to serve outdoors and permit all retailers to operate a click or call and collect service. he added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Email Facebook WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter “It also makes little sense why Ireland is practically the only country in Europe that does not allow churches and other places of worship to open for regular services under Covid 19 restrictions. With so many of the most vulnerable now vaccinated and in view of the importance of public worship to so many people, the Government should now allow places of worship to reopen. Print “Most churches are well ventilated buildings that can seat hundreds of people. By all accounts the churches operated very safely when allowed to open last year with sanitising, allocated places, one-way systems, limits on numbers, social distancing and face coverings. Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsO’Dea Urges Government to open up Outdoor ActivitiesBy Staff Reporter – April 8, 2021 176 Advertisement Previous articleLimerick Post Show | DL BridgeNext article65 Roses Day Goes Virtual… Limerick People Urged to support 65 Roses Day on Friday Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Top Stories’There Is Legitimate State Interest In Limiting Recognition Of Marriage To Persons Of Opposite Sex Only’, Centre Opposes Plea To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage Shreya Agarwal25 Feb 2021 2:51 AMShare This – xOpposing a petition seeking recognition to same-sex marriages under various personal laws before the Delhi High Court, the Centre today informed the court through an affidavit that, “there is a “legitimate state interest” in limiting recognition of marriage to persons of opposite sex only”, and that the institution of marriage is not merely a concept relegated to the domain of privacy of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOpposing a petition seeking recognition to same-sex marriages under various personal laws before the Delhi High Court, the Centre today informed the court through an affidavit that, “there is a “legitimate state interest” in limiting recognition of marriage to persons of opposite sex only”, and that the institution of marriage is not merely a concept relegated to the domain of privacy of an individual.”The acceptance of the institution of marriage between two individuals of the same gender is neither recognized nor accepted in any uncodified personal laws or any codified statutory laws”, the affidavit stated.The centre has said that contrary to the popular view that homosexuality was legalized by the Supreme Court in the case of Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India, the court had “only made a limited declaration to decriminalize a particular human behavior, which was a penal offence under S.377 IPC. The said declaration was neither intended to, nor did in fact, legitimise the conduct in question.” Observations in ‘Puttaswamy Judgment'(Privacy Case) and ‘Navtej Johar’ case(which struck down Sec 377 IPC) do not confer a fundamental right to seek recognition of same-sex marriages, the Centre argued.Central Government opposes plea for recognition for same-sex marriages. There is no fundamental right to seek recognition for same-sex marriage, Centre tells Delhi High Court.Courts cannot give legal recognition to such marriages when statute does not allow it, Centre adds. pic.twitter.com/5hE1bFI2vq— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) February 25, 2021 It has also been argued by the centre that legalizing same-sex marriages was not the purview of the court, and a decision on the same has to be taken by the legislature. Towards this, the centre submits that, “The question as to whether such a relationship be permitted to be formalised by way of a legal recognition of marriage is essentially a question to be decided by the legislature and can never be a subject matter of judicial adjudication. The Hon’ble Constitutional court can analyze the existing rights but cannot create a new right by the process of judicial adjudication. The prayer made by the petitioner before this Hon’ble Court, is, therefore, wholly unsustainable, untenable and misplaced.”The affidavit further states that, in India the marriage is not just a matter of union of two individuals but a “solemn institution between a biological man and a biological woman” and goes on to give the definition of marriage as per the Black’s Law Dictionary.The centre has gone on to dispute the fact that the right to marriage falls within the right to privacy of an individual and stated that, “While a marriage may be between two private individuals having a profound impact on their private lives, it is submitted that marriage, as a public concept, is also nationally and internationally recognised as a public recognition of relationship with which several statutory rights and obligations are attached.”The Centre also said that Western decisions sans any basis in Indian Constitutional Law Jurisprudence cannot be imported in the Indian contextSome highlights from the Centre’s affidavit “Fundamental Right under Article 21 is subject to procedure established by law and the same cannot be expanded to include the fundamental right for a same sex marriage to be recognized under the laws of the country which in fact mandate the contrary”.”Considerations of social morality are relevant in considering the validity of legislation and it is for the legislature to judge and enforce such social morality and public acceptance based on Indian ethos”.”In our country, despite statutory recognition of the relationship of marriage between a biological man and a biological woman, marriage necessarily depends upon age-old customs, rituals, practices, cultural ethos and societal values”.”Statutory recognition of marriage as a union between a ‘man’ and a ‘woman’ is intrinsically linked to the recognition of heterogeneous institution of marriage and the acceptance of the Indian society based on its cultural and societal values”.Next Story