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first_img News October 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anti-terrorism law among targets of Addis Ababa protest Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Organisation Help by sharing this information News May 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home to go furthercenter_img News Follow the news on Ethiopia EthiopiaAfrica RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica News A major street protest took place in Addis Ababa on 29 September in response to a call from Unity for Democracy and Justice, an opposition political party headed by the previous president, Dr. Negasso Gidada. The demonstrators protested against the arbitrary detention of journalists, human rights activists and dissidents, which is made possible by the 2009 anti-terrorist law. Independent estimates put the number of demonstrators at between 12,000 and 15,000 while government sources said they were a few hundred.The urgent need to amend this repressive law was of one of the recommendations that Reporters Without Borders included in its submission on Ethiopia to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 19th Universal Periodic Review session to be held between April and May next year.“The anti-terrorism law is one of the most serious obstacles to the promotion and protection of freedom of information in Ethiopia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Ever since its adoption, the government has used it as a legal tool to clamp down on dissidents and create a cloud of fear that limits the ambition and activity of the media. “Without taking any position on the politics of the demonstrators, we urge the government to respond to the widespread demand by concerned citizens and activists for immediate and participatory reform of the anti-terrorism law. We also call on the government to respect the freedom of expression of all news and information providers, regardless of their political views.”According to the organizers, the demonstration’s aim was not only to condemn the law but also to demand the release of opposition members and journalists who have been jailed under it. They include activist Eskinder Nega, detained since 15 September 2011 for alleged “links with terrorist organizations and conspiracy to harm national security”.Journalists Reyot Alemu, winner of the 2013 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano press freedom prize, and Woubeshet Taye, the deputy editor of the Amharic-language weekly Awramba Times, have been detained under this law since June 2011. Reyot Alemu has been reportedly subjected to mistreatment including solitary confinement, minimal access to medical care and restricted visits from family and friends. They are serving jail terms of five and 14 years respectively, on charges of “conspiring with a terrorist organization and taking part in planning terror attacks”. Two Swedish journalists working for the Kontinent news agency, reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, were arrested on 1 July 2011 after illegally entering Ethiopia’s southeastern Ogaden region from Somalia with members of the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) with the aim of investigating human rights violations in the region. Sentenced to 11 years in prison on a charge of “terrorist activities”, they were released after 450 days in detention thanks to pressure from the international community.In an interview for Reporters Without Borders, Schibbye said: “The mere fact that these protests are taking place is a positive sign in Ethiopia. This shows the growing implication of the youth, namely through social networks, and their refusal to live in a society where journalists and dissidents can be jailed arbitrarily.”Ethiopia is ranked 137th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information about Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgCommunity News Surge of Cases in Juvenile Facilities Mirrors L.A. County By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service Published on Monday, December 21, 2020 | 8:59 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. 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Masks are mandatory, social distancing protocols are followed, and more frequent cleaning is scheduled, among other measures to limit spread.However, the jump in community cases has found its way into juvenile halls and camps.“I am very concerned with this latest surge,” said Mary Logan, the department’s chief nurse. “We have had a number of youth come in from the community who have tested positive, but thankfully most of the youth have not had any serious symptoms.”Every minor admitted to a county juvenile facility goes immediately into quarantine, is assessed by medical personnel and also tested for the virus, Logan said. If they test positive, they are placed in medical isolation for 10 days.As of last Thursday, 107 minors had tested positive for COVID-19, 40 of them while in probation’s care rather than at admission, according to a weekly department report. That represents roughly 20% of the total population of halls and camps on that date. In addition, there were 120 youth in quarantine due to possible exposure.A total of 360 staff members have tested positive, though more than half of those work in field offices rather than detention facilities.Logan said the positivity rate in facilities was 3.8% as of Monday.Dr. Lello Tesema, director of population health at Correctional Health Services, said most of the transmission comes from staff.“It’s not surprising that (as) we’ve seen a dramatic uptick in community transmission, we’re seeing that reflected in juvenile facilities,” Tesema said.Youth at juvenile halls and camps have access to mental health services, both with staff on site and via virtual videoconferencing. There is a lot of stress, anxiety and apprehension among staff and youth, creating greater demand for those services, according to representatives from the Department of Mental Health.Earlier in the pandemic, the Probation Department was managing family visits outdoors, but visitation has now been suspended under the most recent stay-at-home orders instituted by state and county public health officials.However, youth, even those in quarantine, have access to all other services, including educational programming, college classes, calls with family and recreational activities, according to department officials.In-person activities are held in smaller groups, typically by living unit, and much of the instruction is virtual, with a limited number of teachers and administrators on site.“We’re going to continue for now with our virtual instruction and … our students have connectivity in the classrooms, and now we’re mostly done with connectivity in the living units,” said Los Angeles County Office of Education Chief Educational Programs Officer Maricela Ramirez. “Teachers are providing education to our students on a daily basis.”Technology has resulted in more opportunities and access, a bit of a silver lining of the pandemic. This is true not only in terms of educational tools — telemedicine and virtual access to court hearings has also evolved out of necessity. Online tools have also been a boon to parent engagement, Ramirez said.“We’ve seen some great transformations happen with technology,” Ramirez added, mentioning an all-sites assembly with a guest speaker as one example. “Whatever positive things are happening right now, we are taking note of, we are learning from, and we’ll continue to amplify it to provide access to our students and our families.”One key way to limit the spread of the virus has been to release minors who need not be detained as a matter of public safety. The number of youth in probation facilities was already in decline prior to the pandemic, but has dropped precipitously since then, from 840 minors in custody in March to 458 as of Monday.“That’s about a 45% reduction since the pandemic really hit in late February, early March,” said acting Chief Deputy Tom Faust, who oversees juvenile operations for the county’s Probation Department.And the numbers continue to decrease, falling 9% from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18, according to the Probation Department update.Asked whether the population in youth camps and halls would increase post-pandemic, Probation Deputy Chief Felicia Cotton said the goal would be to continue to limit the number to those who cannot safely be supported in the community. But the numbers now are lower than expected and could tick up slightly post-COVID, she said.Department of Health Services Chief Medical Officer Dr. Margarita Pereyda reminded everyone of the dire state of the county’s hospital system.“The Department of Health Services is under immense stress right now, as is the rest of Los Angeles County,” Pereyda said, pointing to “the lack of intensive care unit beds, the really horrific increase in not only people who are positive, but the terrifying increase in hospitalizations. Our emergency departments are at max capacity.”When the rate of infection is this high, the entire system is affected, including the camps and halls, she added, making a plea for everyone to wear masks and avoid non-household gatherings.“It’s vitally important in the next two to three weeks because there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the number of hospitalizations that we are experiencing,” Pereyda said. 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