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Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Your Excellencies,We, the undersigned press freedom and freedom of expression organisations and journalists’ organisations, are writing to you in advance of your planned visit to Turkey on April 6, to ask you to prioritize calls to improve the country’s domestic human rights situation, and in particular to end the persecution of journalists and independent media, both publicly and during discussions with President Erdoğan.We welcome the European Council’s statement in its March 26 conclusions that:– Rule of law and fundamental rights remain a key concern. The targeting of political parties and media and other recent decisions represent major setbacks for human rights and run counter to Turkey’s obligations to respect democracy, the rule of law and women’s rights. Dialogue on such issues remains an integral part of the EU-Turkey relationship.However, we regret that the opening of negotiations of a possible modernization of the EU-Turkey Customs Union is not clearly tied to much needed progress on respect for the rule of law, fundamental rights and press freedom.We are deeply concerned that the Human Rights Action Plan released in March fails to address the weaknesses in the country’s current record. Political prisoners such as Osman Kavala and Selahattin Demirtaş remain behind bars along with dozens of journalists jailed for their journalistic work and criticism of the government.  We call on you to stress to President Erdoğan that this 128-page plan carries little weight in the face of the serious and persistent rule of law and human rights violations.  Meaningful action is needed; not attempts to divert international scrutiny from focusing on the dire problems of a lack of judicial independence and the grave erosion of rule of law and protection of fundamental rights.Of the scores of journalists in prison, most are held on terrorism-related charges. Defamation charges for insulting public officials, including President Erdoğan, are commonly used to criminalize journalistic work. Hundreds more are investigated each year for their online communications. Since the beginning of 2021 alone, the International Press Institute has recorded that Turkish courts sentenced 21 journalists to a total of 70 years and 6 months (as of April 1). Since the 2016 coup attempt, journalists have been sentenced to a total of 1455 years of prison.The European Commission’s annual progress report on Turkey provides detailed documentation of the range of violations of press freedom and the rapid deterioration of respect for human rights in the country. Since the release of this report, the situation in Turkey continued to decline sharply, in particular with the decree withdrawing Turkey from the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, and the moves to close down the second-largest opposition party in parliament.Efforts to resolve the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean should not lead the EU to deprioritize engagement on human rights concerns.Any effort to engage with Turkey without addressing the ongoing deterioration of the rule of law and protection of fundamental rights, which are vital to ensure people in Turkey can hold their government accountable for serious breaches of international law, will inevitably remain short-lived.We therefore urge you as Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, respectively, to take the opportunity of the Ankara meeting to send a strong and public message that fundamental rights, especially press freedom, freedom of expression and of assembly, judicial independence, the rights of women, LGBTQI+ and minorities, are central to the EU’s principles and inform its Common Foreign and Security Policy, and that improved relations, economic or otherwise, will be tied to substantial improvement in Turkey’s domestic human rights record.Yours sincerely,International Press Institute (IPI)Association of European JournalistsARTICLE 19Articolo 21Committee to Protect JournalistsCartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI)Danish PENEuropean Federation of Journalists (EFJ)German PENHuman Rights WatchIFEXIPS Communication FoundationInternational Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)OBC TranseuropaReporters Without Borders (RSF)PEN CanadaPEN NorwayP24South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)Swedish PENWorld Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) His Excellency Mr. Charles MichelPresident of the European CouncilHer Excellency Ms Ursula von der LeyenPresident of the European CommissionBrussels01.04.2021 Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Reporters Without Borders and 20 international human rights and freedom of expression organisations sent today a joint letter to the presidents of the European Council and European Commission to call on EU leaders to prioritize improved human rights records in Turkey ahead of their visit to the Turkish president Erdoğan on April 6.See the full letter below. Turkish journalist’s murder trial verdict “leaves bitter taste” News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Turkey: Rights groups call on European leaders to send a strong message to Ankara, in favour of judiciary independence and media freedom, before their official visit on 6 April. News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF_en March 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


Arsenal fans demand Shkodran Mustafi is sold immediately after Crystal Palace horror show

first_imgArsenal fans demand Shkodran Mustafi is sold immediately after Crystal Palace horror show Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Apr 2019 5:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Skip Comment PLAY About Connatix V67539 Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Video Settings SPONSORED Top articles Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / Advertisementcenter_img 1/1 1 min. story Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Full Screen Coming Next Shkodran Mustafi was at fault for Wilfried Zaha’s goal against Crystal Palace (Picture: Sport Image)Arsenal fans instructed Unai Emery to sell Shkodran Mustafi following another error-strewn display against Crystal Palace.The Germany international was restored to the starting line-up as a consequence of Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s suspension after the former Borussia Dortmund defender picked up his 10th booking of the season in the recent defeat at Goodison Park.Arsenal had kept six cleans sheets in their last seven games in all competitions, but Mustafi’s presence heralded the return of familiar defensive frailties.The 27-year-old was partly at fault for Christian Benteke’s opener, allowing the Palace striker, who hadn’t scored a Premier League goal in over a year, the freedom of the penalty area to head home Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Mustafi has to be sold this summer. He is broken and in need of immediate repair somewhere else #ARSCRY— Alex (@TotalFootball_7) April 21, 2019 Read More Read More Shkodran Mustafi appeared to blame Bernd Leno for Wilfried Zaha’s goal (Picture: PA)Arsenal equalised immediately after the break through Mesut Ozil but another Mustafi error gifted the visitors the lead when he failed to play the ball and allowed Wilfried Zaha a clear run in on goal.The Ivory Coast international comfortably beat Bernd Leno with Mustafi compounding his error by appearing to lay the blame at the feet of his goalkeeper, much to the annoyance of Arsenal’s fans who were left to count the cost of an eventual 3-2 defeat that put a huge dent in their Champions League qualification hopes… More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Skip Ad by Metrolast_img read more


Cineplex Community Day Event Provides Free FamilyFriendly Movies Across Canada

first_img Login/Register With: Cineplex (CNW Group/Cineplex) TORONTO – On Saturday, October 14, Canadian movie-lovers and their families are invited to visit their local Cineplex theatre and enjoy a morning of free films for a good cause. For the seventh consecutive year, Cineplex Community Day (“Community Day”) will treat guests to a selection of popular, family-friendly movies, with all proceeds from donations and select concession sales supporting the company’s national charitable partner, WE Charity, part of WE – a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable.“We are proud of our continued relationship with and support of WE and remain committed to supporting initiatives that empower young people across the country,” said Ellis Jacob, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cineplex. “As one of the country’s largest employers of youth, we know firsthand that Canada’s youth have the power to inspire and create positive change to make a lasting impact on the world around them. We are proud to play a role in making that happen.”This year’s line-up of free films includes popular releases for movie-lovers of all ages, such as Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Guests can enjoy concessions like popcorn, soft drinks and select candy for just $2.50 each and, in exchange for a $2.00donation, theatres will also be selling a fun variety of ME to WE Cineplex ‘Change Bracelets’ which feature motivational statements to inspire youth to create positive change. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook “Community Day brings families and friends together to celebrate amazing young change-makers who are creating long-lasting impacts in their local and global communities,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder, WE. “Thanks to Cineplex and all the support from Community Day, we are able to continue inspiring young people through our domestic WE Schools program while empowering them with the tools they need to dream up ways they can make a difference.”Cineplex theatres across Canada will open their doors at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 14, with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Movies will begin at 9:30 AM, and all locations will return to regular programming in the afternoon. Films will be shown in English and French, depending upon the market, and guests are encouraged to visit Cineplex.com/CommunityDay for a list of participating theatres, show times and available languages.Cineplex is proud to acknowledge its numerous corporate employees and theatre cast members who volunteer their time each year as well as Mars Canada and Wrigley Canada for providing products or services to help make Community Day a reality.To show your support for Community Day, please join in Cineplex’s online conversation via Facebook (Facebook.com/Cineplex), Twitter (@CineplexMovies), Instagram (@CineplexMovies), and Snapchat (@CineplexMovies).About CineplexA leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes 75 million guests annually through its circuit of 163 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com).  It also operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and will be opening new sports and entertainment complexes in communities across the country (Topgolf). Additionally, Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs over 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States.  To learn more visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App.last_img read more