Chinese dissident journalist detained in Bangkok despite UNHCR protection

first_img to go further Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Thailand August 21, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomcenter_img News News December 21, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese dissident journalist detained in Bangkok despite UNHCR protection Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls on the Thai authorities to release Sun Shucai, an 87-year-old refugee activist and journalist who was arrested in Bangkok on 8 December. He is now in a Bangkok immigration detention centre after a judge fined him 3,000 Baht (75 euros) on 9 December and ordered the authorities to examine the possibility of deporting him.“We are very concerned about Sun’s health as the conditions in the detention centre are poor,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We fear that a man his age may not be able to endure this ordeal. He is in a collective cell with little hygiene and is not getting enough food. We urge the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and embassies in Bangkok to press the Thai authorities to release this political refugee.”Sun’s only crime is to have sought refuge in a safe place because his defence of human rights was exposing him to reprisals in China.Sun was arrested along with other people when the police raided the Bangkok building where he and many immigrants live. Sun should not have been arrested because he has a UNHCR document that says the refugee agency is in the process of considering his request for protection and resettlement.Sun’s political activism goes way back. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 1956 for writing articles criticising the Maoist revolution. After being subjected to forced labour in Liaoning province from 1956 until 1970, he was assigned to work in metallurgical plant. He resumed his dissident activity in 1998, again writing articles critical of the Communist Party, some of which were published in Beijing Spring, a Chinese dissident magazine based in New York. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News ThailandAsia – Pacific June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Talk by Palestinian human rights activist

first_imgEmail AS part of Israeli Apartheid Week, March 7 to 14, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) invites the community to a Wednesday 11 talk by Elaine Bradley. Taking place at the Mechanic’s Institute at 7.45pm, Harstonge Street, Bradley is an Irish human rights activist and academic who will give an eyewitness report to the continuing conflict between Israel and Palestine.She will speak on the destruction wrought upon Gaza last summer and what the IPSC terms,  “the ongoing illegal siege of Gaza and the systematic and structural violence perpetrated by Israeli occupation forces throughout Palestine”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Elaine Bradley is former CEO of Volunteering Ireland and an organisational consultant who has worked with governments, the UN and the EU. She has just returned from eight months in Gaza and the West Bank.This event is organised by the Campaign as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2015: for a full list of events taking place around Ireland see  http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2015 Linkedin NewsCommunityTalk by Palestinian human rights activistBy Rose Rushe – March 10, 2015 1096 Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Print Twitter Previous articleResolution in sight in pensions dispute?Next articleThe wonder of Eastwick Witches Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post WhatsApplast_img read more

The poetry of achievement

first_imgOn a warm summer evening, 30 high school students from the greater Boston area gathered for the Crimson Summer Academy’s (CSA) annual poetry slam, raising their hands high in the air or leaping to their feet and snapping fingers enthusiastically to show their support for their peers.The young scholars spend three consecutive summers on the Harvard campus, amid a stimulating mix of classes, projects, field trips, and cultural activities to achieve their dream: success at college.“The mission of the program is to help talented, low-income high school students gain access to first-rate colleges and universities,” said Maxine Rodburg, director of the CSA, who has directed the program since its inception in 2004. “From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, they attend classes, and we schedule special events for a few nights per week. Student success results from building a strong community, so we’ve built a culture in which people can get to know each other well and encourage each other.”While the average family income of most scholars is just $28,000, all 158 CSA graduates have gone on to attend college, and 94 percent complete their degrees in four years. Some scholars have even attended Harvard.“The Crimson Summer Academy’s long-term investment in our youth is life changing,” said Jeffrey Young, superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools, “and the Cambridge Public Schools are proud to be collaborating with Harvard on this very important project.”“One hundred percent of CSA Scholars are attending college today, regardless of family income, cultural background, or challenging circumstances,” added Young. “Through this program, Harvard has given local students the tools, skills and confidence they need to achieve the goal of going to college and pursuing their dreams.”At the slam, student Tyler diBenedetto’s poem brought the crowd to its feet with cheers and snapping fingers. A sophomore at East Boston High School, this is his first summer with CSA.Inez Khan of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School reads a poem to students in the Crimson Summer Academy at Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall.“CSA is an amazing program,” diBenedetto said. “It really gives kids who don’t have the opportunity to go to private schools the chance to get ahead of the game. The courses we take here are already advanced, so that will help us through high school. And after high school, we get a grant toward college. But that doesn’t even touch on the relationships we’re building here, and that’s the best thing about the program: the people. The community is so strong, and that’s what makes it such a rewarding, powerful experience.”Along with the CSA scholars, more than 20 college undergraduates — seven of whom this year are CSA graduates — serve as mentors, working and living alongside the scholars and living with them during the summer. “We stay in very close touch with all our graduates,” Rodburg said,  “before they enter college, during their college years, and even after college. We have a very strong network of alumni.”“I was part of the first cohort of students with CSA in 2004,” said Jide Olanrewaju, an alumnus at the poetry slam to lend his support. Olanrewaju, who was at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, said, “I remember it was a very exciting opportunity, and a very different atmosphere from high school. I came here for three summers as a scholar, and then won a grant that allowed us to come back as junior mentors to the incoming scholars. “Olanrewaju, who studied architecture and urban design at Hampshire College and graduated in 2011, said, “CSA was fundamental in my going to college,” he said. “Just the exposure of learning at Harvard and seeing that there’s much more to the world, that there are so many opportunities and resources for you to develop your dreams, that is what it’s all about. There’s a sense of connection, belonging, and community in these relationships that you’ve built over the years — a sense of guidance. This program has given me a sense not only of the importance of education, but also giving back.”CSA mentor Suryani Dewa Ayu ’15, who graduated from CSA in 2010 and performed her own poem at the slam, said CSA was pivotal in her attending Harvard.“CSA is a family,” Ayu said. “It’s a network of people who really support each other, who are constantly in contact, checking up on you, encouraging you, and seeing how you’re doing. It’s such a phenomenal program, and I’m so glad to be back here, interacting with the kids.”Program mentor Jiovani Robles delivers a poem with gusto.Jiovani Robles, a 2009 CSA graduate, a senior at Wesleyan University, and a 2012-13 Gates Millennium Scholar, is a CSA mentor this summer and emcee of the poetry slam. “CSA is a program that really pushes you,” he said. “It allows students to really think about what they want to do for the future and helps them think for themselves. And by bringing them onto the Harvard campus, it exposes them to college life.“The people in this program are a real inspiration,” he said, looking around the crowded room. “This is a whole new generation of scholars. I’m so impressed with the work they did tonight, and the passion that they have for the program and each other.”last_img read more

Video: Syracuse runs youth clinic for children of Fort Drum soldiers

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm Commentscenter_img FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Before scrimmaging at Fort Drum on Thursday evening, Syracuse players and coaches held a youth clinic for the children of the base’s soldiers.Scott Shafer was extremely pleased with how excited his team was to play with the kids, as each of the team’s units had a station for to come through. Dressed in full pads, the kids bolted from drill to drill while their parents and coaches followed. But between the SU players and players from the Fort Drum Mountaineers Pop Warner team, it was hard to tell who was having more fun.Here are some videos from the clinic:Offensive line works on blocking with kidsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textLinebackers teach kids to shed a block before attacking a dummyTight ends teaching kids to run through tacklersTight ends get fired up with the kids after a drillWide receivers greet a group of kidslast_img read more

New UWI Chancellor takes office

first_imgOn Monday, Trinidad and Tobago national Robert Bermudez assumed duties as the sixth Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI).Bermudez was appointed at the University Council’s annual business meeting on April 27 to succeed Sir George Alleyne.Chancellor Bermudez, has been an entrepreneur for over 40 years.  According to UWI release “He led the growth of his family-owned firm, to a regional business throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. He enjoyed a distinguished career in business, serving as either Chairman or Board Director for several corporate bodies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.”The vision of the new chancellor for the regional university “outlines a keen sense of the mission, effectiveness, relevance and interdependence of academia and the economy. His professional experience as a Caribbean-wide entrepreneur with business acumen garnered from across the region suggests that he will continue the outstanding tradition of Chancellorship at the University.His predecessors include Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (1948-1971); Sir Hugh Wooding (1971-1974); Sir Allen Montgomery Lewis (1975-1989); Sir Shridath Ramphal (1989-2003); and Sir George Alleyne (2003-2017).The institution also thanked Sir George Alleyne for his tenure of 23 years working at the regional University, including 14 years of service as Chancellor.The official installation ceremony for Chancellor Bermudez will be in September, at the university’s St. Augustine Campus.“Our new Chancellor has demonstrated through his many roles a man conscious of his Caribbean identity and responsibility. He’s willing to provide leadership to our people at home and beyond, in the entrepreneurial arena and elsewhere. He’s amply energized for the role of Chancellor of our beloved UWI. He comes to office on the eve of our 70th anniversary during which the university community will be reflecting upon 70 years of service and leadership. It will be an honor for us to have him presiding over these activities,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles,last_img read more