The Co-operative Bank and online charity directory Charity Choice have launched an online donation service that is available, free of charge, to all UK registered charities.Charity Choice’s online directory attracts over 99,000 visitors each month, but very few of them were able to make donations to charities listed on the site because so few charities had the facilities for taking online donations.As a result Charity Choice, part of the Wilmington Group plc, approached the Co-operative Bank to establish an online donation service for all charities listed on the site. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 May 2006 | News Co-operative Bank handles online donations at Charity Choice Tagged with: Digital The new service, which has now been piloted and tested for several months, provides charities with an online donations service that includes a commitment that “no fees will be levied on donations by either Charity Choice or The Co-operative Bank”.Over 1,000 charities have already signed up to the service, according to Charity Choice.Chris Owens, The Co-operative Banks Customer Relationship Manager, said: “The response to the pilot has been overwhelming and has quickly made this service the natural choice for UK charities.”Polly Avgherinos, Charity Choice’s Publishing Director said: “Charity Choice is delighted to officially launch this service, which for the first time will make receiving online donations a reality for all UK charities – regardless of their size or fundraising budget”. 28 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Journalist Dharisha Bastians and her family are being targeted, intimidated and harassed by Sri Lankan authorities (photo: www.asianmirror.lk). Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources WomenJudicial harassment On 14 April 2020, Hejaaz Hizbullah, a lawyer who has represented victims of human rights violations, was arrested under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). He is being held illegally without charge and without having been produced before a magistrate for over 90 days. He has had limited access to his lawyers and family members. The day before his arrest, Hizbullah joined others in submitting a letter addressed to President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa criticising the denial of burial rights to the Muslim community under Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 regulations. Follow the news on Sri Lanka Lawyers taking on human rights cases have been targeted through legal and administrative processes and have faced smear campaigns in the media. Kumaravadivel Guruparan, a human rights lawyer, was a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Jaffna. He appeared as counsel on behalf of victims in the case of 24 Tamil youth who were subjected to enforced disappearance while in military custody at Navatkuli in 1996. In November 2019, Guruparan was banned by the University Grants Commission (UGC) from teaching law while also practicing in court. This was following a letter sent by the Sri Lankan army to the UGC questioning why Guruparan was permitted to engage in legal practice. Guruparan resigned from the University on 16 July 2020. News The United Nations, as well Sri Lanka’s partners and foreign donors, should immediately call for full respect, protection and fulfillment of the human rights of all Sri Lankans, and particularly to halt the reversal of fragile gains in the protection of human rights in recent years.Numerous civilian institutions, including the NGO Secretariat, have been placed under the control of the Defence Ministry. Serving and retired military officers have been appointed to a slew of senior government roles previously held by civilians. The authorities have recently established military-led bodies such as the Presidential Task Force to build “a secure country, disciplined, virtuous and lawful society,” which has the power to issue directives to any government official. This represents an alarming trend towards the militarization of the state. Many of those in government, including the president, defense secretary, and army chief, are accused of war crimes during the internal armed conflict that ended in 2009. Dissident voices and critics of the current government, including lawyers, journalists, human rights defenders and victims of past abuses, are being targeted by the police, intelligence agencies and pro-government media. January 13, 2021 Find out more Since the presidential election in November 2019, anti-human rights rhetoric intended to restrict the space for civil society has been amplified by senior members of government. On 6 July 2020, at an election rally, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that “NGOs will be taken into a special attention under the new government formed after the General Election, specifically, how foreign monies and grants are received to the NGOs from foreign countries and further, activities of the international organisations will be observed.” The government has also announced a probe into NGOs registered under the previous government. In February 2020, the acting District Secretary in the Mullaitivu District (Northern Province) issued a directive that only non-governmental organizations with at least 70 percent of their activities focused on development would be allowed to work, effectively enabling arbitrary interference with and prevention of a broad range of human rights work. A Jaffna-based think-tank was visited several times, including soon after the COVID-19 lockdown, and questioned about its work, funding and staff details. RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources WomenJudicial harassment Media rights groups have condemned the targeting of journalists since the presidential election, with threats of arrest, surveillance, and lengthy police interrogations linked to their reporting. Dharisha Bastians, former editor of the Sunday Observer newspaper and a contributor to the New York Times, her family, and associates, have been persecuted by Sri Lankan police in retaliation to her work. Since December 2019, authorities have attempted to link Bastians to the disputed abduction of a Swiss Embassy employee in Colombo. The government claims the alleged abduction was fabricated to discredit the government. Since Bastians had reported the incident, the police have obtained and published her phone records, searched her house, and seized her laptop computer.  The PTA allows for pre-charge detention for 90 days through a ‘Detention Order’ renewable every 90 days for 18 months. The Detention Order has now lapsed. The Sri Lankan government should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats against the lives and physical security of lawyers, activists, human rights defenders and journalists, 10 international human rights organizations said today. A campaign of fear has intensified since the 2019 presidential election, and has cast a shadow over the 2020 parliamentary election campaign. On 10 June 2020, lawyer Swastika Arulingam was arrested when she inquired about the arrests of people conducting a peaceful Black Lives Matter solidarity protest. Other lawyers, not named here for reasons of security, have also been visited at their homes by security officials, or called in for lengthy interrogations linked to their human rights work. On 9 April, social media commentator Ramzy Razeek was arrested under Sri Lanka’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act and the Computer Crimes Act. He approached the Sri Lankan police for protection following online death threats linked to his social media posts condemning all forms of extremism. Instead of receiving protection, he was jailed for speaking against hate speech and denied bail. His hearing has been postponed, despite failing health and heightened risk posed by the pandemic in prisons. For Further Information Please Contact:Amnesty International: Nicholas Bequelin – Regional Director – Asia-Pacific – [email protected]: World Alliance for Citizen ParticipationFIDH: Eva Canan, Press Officer – [email protected] Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) : Melissa Ananthraj, Communication and Media Programme Manager, [email protected] Line Defenders: Adam Shapiro, Head of Communications & Visibility – [email protected] Rights Watch: Meenakshi Ganguly – South Asia Director – Meenakshi Ganguly [email protected] Commission of Jurists: Osama Motiwala, Communications Officer – [email protected] Service for Human RightsReporters Without BordersSouth Asians for Human Rights: Anushaya Collure, Programme Coordinator [email protected]: Iolanda Jaquemet – Director of Communications – [email protected] – +41 79 539 41 06 Sri Lankan police refuse protection to journalists threatened with death Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Signed byAmnesty InternationalCIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen ParticipationFIDH, in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders,Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)Front Line DefendersHuman Rights WatchInternational Commission of JuristsInternational Service for Human RightsReporters Without BordersSouth Asians for Human RightsWorld Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Sri Lankan human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists need to be protected now. News Related documents joint_statement_sri_lanka_human_rights_under_attack.pdfPDF – 290.63 KB The targeting and repression of journalists and human rights defenders is not only an assault on the rights of these individuals, but an attack on the principles of human rights and the rule of law which should protect all Sri Lankans. These policies have a chilling effect on the rights to freedom of expression and association, which are crucial for the operation of civil society and fundamental to the advancement of human rights. Those working on ending impunity and ensuring accountability for past crimes, and especially victims, victim’s families, members of minority communities, and networks in the North and East of the country, are particularly at risk of intimidation and harassment. We call on the Sri Lankan authorities to end all forms of harassment, threats, and abuse of legal processes and police powers against lawyers, human rights defenders and journalists. Ramzy Razeek and Hejaaz Hizbullah must be released immediately. Human rights defenders living and working in Sri Lanka should be able to carry out their peaceful human rights work without fear of reprisals, which requires a safe and enabling environment in which they can organize, assemble, receive and share information. News News to go further July 15, 2020 Find out more Journalists and those voicing critical opinions on social media, have been arbitrarily arrested. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of expression, including the 1 April 2020 announcement by the police that any person criticizing officials engaged in the response to COVID-19 would be arrested. It is unclear what, if any, legal basis exists for such arrests. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has cautioned against “an increasing number of such arrests since the issuing of a letter dated 1 April 2020”. July 29, 2020 Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Organisation In the months following the November 2019 presidential election, a number of organizations reported visits from intelligence officers who sought details of staff, programs and funding. In particular, organizations in the war-affected North and East were questioned regarding their work, funding and staff. Such visits are blatant attempts to harass and intimidate Sri Lankan civil society. While the government of Sri Lanka continues to deny Sri Lankans the ability to promote and defend human rights, particularly targeting members of civil society, we call upon the international community, including states and the United Nations, to demand that Sri Lanka live up to its international human rights obligations. Achala Senevirathne, a lawyer who represents families in a case involving the enforced disappearance of 11 youth in 2008, in which senior military commanders are implicated, has been attacked on social media, including with threats of physical violence and sexualized abuse. The police have failed to act on her complaints of threats to her safety. January 28, 2020 Find out more
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