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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

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Flexing up to the future

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Flexing up to the futureOn 14 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Flexibility is not just a buzzword of thenew millennium – the UK’s most talented, experienced employees want it and companieswant the UK’s most talented, experienced workforce. But your board needsconvincing that flexibility is the way forward and they need evidence of thebenefits. Carol Savage, managing director of flexible work consultancy TheResource Connection, begins a regular column by showing the way to shaping amore flexible future for your organisation.Three-quarters of UK employers believe that flexible work programmes bringcompetitive advantage, and two-thirds are experiencing an increased demand forflexible work. Yet nothing moves forward. Why?The Employers Study, carried out by Resource Connection and the IndustrialSociety, points to two possible reasons. First, HR professionals who know thata flexible work policy is important find themselves banging their heads againsta brick wall of “status quo culture” in the boardroom. Even those who manage to break through the corporate mindset are oftendaunted by the prospect of putting their plans into effect. Second, devising apolicy that is fair to everyone is a logistical nightmare for many and otherssimply lack the resources to get a programme off the ground.It remains that flexible policies need to be implemented, yet our ownresearch shows that flexible options currently on offer are not being taken upbecause the prevailing culture dictates that by doing so, these individuals arecommitting professional suicide. But while changing that culture is always”someone else’s problem”, HR professionals now have a realopportunity to drive strategic and cultural change and make tailor-made workingpackages the norm in British business.Over the next few months, this column will be giving you the informationneeded to effect change – successful case histories of both large and smallorganisations; demonstrable proof that flexibility improves the bottom line;practical advice on how to formulate, test and implement a flexible workpolicy; how to sell it to the board; how to accentuate the positives andcounteract the negatives and, most important, how to evaluate the system onceit is up and running, improve it and fine-tune it.As a starting point, it is worth defining terms. Far from being simply an HRissue, true flexibility is a pioneering concept which can provide all-roundbusiness, financial and practical benefits company-wide. It is about new waysof working for all reasons and at all levels, expanding minds to differentoptions for the mutual benefit of employer and employee; it is not just aboutpart-time and flexi hours, although these should not be discounted as elementsof a flexible mix.Going back to the survey, 60 per cent of respondents do not believe that allroles can be done on a flexible basis. Yet there is no reason why all levels ofresponsibility cannot carry some form of flexibility, providing in each casethat the needs of the business are met. With a little imagination and a lot ofperseverance in setting benchmarks for evaluating employee output and therewards are significant: attracting and retaining key staff, improved moraleand motivation, lower absenteeism, greater commitment and productivity,reduction in stress, positive PR – and maximising office space.When it comes to the benefits of flexible work policies, the argument hasalready been won in the HR department, and increasing evidence points to thecontribution the work-life balance makes to the bottom line. In his book The100 Best Companies To Work For, US management consultant Robert Leveringcorrelates best practice with return on investment, and in his most recentpublication, A Great Place To Work, he shows that if you had invested £1,000 inany of the 100 companies identified as having the best work practice policiesthree years ago, you would now be enjoying £8,000 in shareholder value, versusan average £3,000 shareholder from other top US companies from the same £1,000investment.The purpose of this column is to provide a forum for shared learning from arange of companies at different stages and with different objectives. Those whocall me, write to me or e-mail me with their experiences, observations andissues will derive most benefit from it. There is a flexible future ahead andyou are in the best position to make a case for it, and so contribute to yourcompany’s competitive edge.Carol Savage can be contacted at The Resource Connection, 14 Floral Street,London WC2, Tel 020-7379 3021, or e-mail her at [email protected] Day in the LifeThe lack of a positive response from employers to Carol Savage’s need tojuggle work and family life led her to set up her own company so she could workflexibly and offer opportunity for others to do the same. Carol’s typical working day starts at 6.30am when she is woken by her twochildren. The next two hours are spent getting herself and them ready fornursery and the childminder. She catches a 9.09 train and arrives at her officein central London at 9.45. The rest of the day is devoted to meetings. At 4.45pm she heads home, and picks up her two boys at 5.30. She thendevotes her time to them up until bedtime at 8pm. From 8 to 8.30pm she eats a meal with her husband. Then three nights a weekit is into her home office to write emails and reports until midnight. On Fridays she works half a day at home and spends the afternoon with herchildren.She also often works on Sunday morning while her husband spends time withtheir two boys. This way Carol manages to work more than 40 hours a week andcope with a busy family life. “Working flexibly full time takes stamina. You do not get much time foryourself,” says Carol.She suggests it is vital that you at least spend one night a week out withyour partner to keep your relationship healthy. The Resource Connection specialises in placing professionals into flexibleworking roles and providing consultancy advice to help companies introduce newways of working. www.resourceconnection.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Grant applauds players in Canada friendly

first_imgGhana coach Avram Grant has hailed the performance of his team in their 1-1 draw with Canada in an international friendly.The Black Stars and the Canucks of Canada shared the spoils at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC on Tuesday.The Canadians opened scoring through Marcel De Jong, before Albert Adomah equalized on the stroke of half time.US based Kwadwo Poku, Ofosu Ayeh and Gideon Baah made their Ghana debut with striker Majeed Waris returning to the team after missing their last two assignments due to injury.Grant was impressed with the team’s output despite the draw.“It was a good friendly game for us, a good opportunity for us to see other players,” he said “We wanted to win like every game but we used this to assess the strength of others when the regular players are not around so it was a good exercise for us.“When I took over the Black Stars job I noted that I want to have a big squad that I can choose from for games, all the players are good and have the potentials to always be in the team but I can’t say after this game if we will use them or not but it gives me lots of options.“We will continue to check players because Ghanaian players are all over the world.”The Black Stars game on Tuesday formed part of their preparations for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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CWG scam: CBI arrests Kalmadi aide

first_imgThe CBI on Tuesday arrested Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) official KUK Reddy and equipment supplier Praveen Bakshi, two days after raids in connection with the awarding of Rs 630 crore worth of overlays contracts.Suresh KalmadiAgency sources also did not rule out the possibility of the arrest of former OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi , who has been claiming that he has nothing to hide as far as managing games was concerned.The CBI had recently arrested Shekhar Deorukhkar, OSD to Kalmadi , in the overlays scam.Group Captain Reddy, who came on deputation from the Indian Air Force, was working as additional director general (finance and accounts). Reddy was the key person as far as payments made to the suppliers was concerned.The OC had awarded overlays contracts which included furnishings, treadmills, air conditioning, generators, sports equipment, tents, LED boards and civil construction.The arrest follows the searches the CBI had carried out at the premises of CWG officials Reddy, R. P. Gupta, U. K. Ridhi, A. K. Saxena, Surjeet Lal and Nukesh Jain. Two Delhi-based suppliers Bakshi and Sandeep Wadhwa’s premises were also raided.The Enforcement Directorate and income-tax sleuths are probing the overlays scam. The CBI had earlier registered three FIRs for alleged irregularities in the awarding of contracts. Two cases were related to irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the UK. In January also, the agency had conducted searches at the premises of equipment suppliers, including those of an officer in the sports division of the ministry of sports.Earlier, the CBI had questioned OC joint director-general R. K. Sacheti for his alleged involvement in the mega sporting event scam. In December last year, the CBI had interrogated Sacheti along with former OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot and Kalmadi’s advisor-cum-political secretary Manoj Bhore in connection with the Rs 107 crore Games scoring system contract.Sacheti’s residence was searched by the CBI after it registered an FIR in November 2010 naming director general V. K. Verma and Lalit Bhanot in the Games scoring system contract.advertisementlast_img read more

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