News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today called for Liberal Party representative Romualdo Bueso Melghem, the vice-president of the parliamentary commission for ethnic minorities, to be stripped of his parliamentary mandate for assaulting and trying to strangle community journalist Martha Vásquez, a member of the Lenca indigenous group.The attack on Vásquez, who is a contributor to the Indymedia website, took place during a public meeting attended by senior officials that was organised by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH) on 2 April in the southwestern city of Intibucá.“This degree of violence is completely unacceptable from a parliamentarian, but all the more so when he is the vice-president of a commission that is supposed to promote dialogue with the indigenous communities,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The COPINH has criticised Bueso’s derogatory attitude towards the Lenca people several times in the past and we hope that this time he will be stripped of his mandate and receive an appropriate punishment,” the press freedom organisation continued. “It would be unthinkable for him to allowed to continue, especially as the health minister and a presidential representative witnessed the attack.”Health minister Orizon Velásquez and presidential representative Arcadia Gómez were among the participants at the meeting on health issues with some 200 COPINH delegates at the council’s headquarters in Intibucá. It was interrupted half way through the morning when a group of gunmen burst in and said it could not go on without Bueso’s permission.According to COPINH, Bueso himself arrived a few minutes later and angrily singled out one of the delegates, Salvador Zúniga, telling him “his death was planned and would be easy to carry out.” Suddenly realising Vásquez was recording his threats, he turned on her, hit her, grabbed her tape recorder and tried to strangle her. Two other delegates were injured and received death threats during the incident.Vásquez’s ethnic group is represented on the COPINH and she was attending the meeting in her capacity as the COPINH’s press and communications representative. Organisation News April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports News RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America December 28, 2020 Find out more HondurasAmericas RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Honduras April 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliamentarian tries to strangle indigenous community journalist 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies HondurasAmericas Parliamentary representative Romualdo Bueso Melghem (photo) assaulted Martha Vásquez, a contributor to the Indymedia website, during a meeting held by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras on 2 April. Reporters Without Borders hopes he will be stripped of his parliamentary mandate.
Top Stories’Will Pave Way For My Evolution’ : Madras HC Judge Decides To Have Psycho-Education Session To Understand Same-Sex Relations Better Akshita Saxena28 April 2021 9:13 AMShare This – xJustice N. Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court on Wednesday remarked that he is not fully “woke” to the concept of same-sex relationships and that he will undertake an education session with a psychologist to understand the same. The psycho-education session, the Judge said, will help me understand same-sex relationships better and will pave way for my evolution. The development happened during hearing of a protection plea filed by a same-sex couple. Significantly, the Judge had earlier asked the couple and their parents to undergo counselling in order to understand each other better. As there was significant progress between the parties, the Court was asked to issue certain guidelines to deal with cases of similar nature, so that persons involved in same sex relationships are treated with dignity and their safety is also ensured. It is at this juncture that Justice Venkatesh observed, “Insofar as the request made by the learned counsel for the petitioners for setting out guidelines in cases of this nature is concerned, I want to give myself some more time to churn.” He added, “Ultimately in this case, the words must come from my heart and not from my head, and the same will not be possible if I am not fully “woke” on this aspect. For this purpose, I want to subject myself for psycho-education with Ms.Vidhya Dinakaran and I would request the psychologist to fix a convenient appointment for the same.”He stated that if writes an order in this regard after undergoing psycho-education, the words will fall from his heart.Same-Sex Relationships- “I Am Trying To Break My Own Preconceived Notions”: Madras High Court Judge So far as parties in the case are concerned, the Court noted that the Petitioner-couple is safely taken care of by an NGO and they also continue to talk with their parents on a regular basis. However, the parents had expressed various concerns regarding stigma attached to same-sex couples and confusions regarding the lineage, adoption and other normal consequences that follow a heterosexual relationship. In this backdrop, the Court noted that the evolution (of parents) cannot take place over night and it requires continuous effort to bring in a change. It therefore directed the parents of the Petitioners to undergo one more round of counselling with the concerned psychologist. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsMadras High Court #Justice N. Anand Venkatesh Same-Sex Orientation LGBT Rights Same Sex Marriage Next Story
New Delhi: Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and wife Geeta Basra on Sunday pledged to distribute ration to 5,000 families.”Geeta_Basra and I pledge to distribute ration to 5000 families from today May waheguru bless us all,” Harbhajan said in a tweet.Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan had paired up with former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives across the world.Harbhajan had also praised Afridi for the valuable social work he was doing in these trying circumstances.The pair were criticized for their effort by a section on social media. Harbhajan reacted by uploading a video on his Twitter handle showing Sikhs preparing and distributing food to needy in England. “No religion, no caste, only humanity…that’s what it is…stay safe, stay home…spread love not hate or virus…let’s pray for every single one…May Waheguru bless us all,” he wrote. IANSAlso Read: Harbhajan starts new innings with Geeta BasraAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silchar