Two cyber-dissidents harassed for calling for Middle East-style protests

first_img VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News News April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison to go furthercenter_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam March 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two cyber-dissidents harassed for calling for Middle East-style protests April 7, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information April 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam News Because of their age and ill health, Reporters Without Borders urges the government to be lenient with two cyber-dissidents in their 60s who are facing possible imprisonment for urging Vietnamese to follow the example of pro-democracy demonstrators in the Middle East. Their poor health would only be exacerbated if they were sent back to jail.They are Nguyen Dan Que, 69, an independent journalist, who has been charged with anti-government propaganda and Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest and human rights activist, 64, who has a brain tumour and whose very worrying condition would inevitably suffer if he had to resume serving an existing jail sentence.“We are dismayed to see that arrests and harassment of democracy advocates are continuing after the increase in repression of dissidents caused by January’s Communist Party congress,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Worried about possible contagion from the protests in the Maghreb and Middle East and obsessed with protecting stability at all cost, Hanoi is determined to silence its outspoken citizens and reinforce online censorship.”Que was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City, in the south of the country, on 28 February for urging the population to “be inspired by the pro-democracy movements in Africa and the Middle East” and to “get rid of the communist dictatorship and to build a new, free, democratic, human and progressive Vietnam.” He was released 48 hours later on condition that he would cooperate closely with the authorities.Reporters Without Borders has learned that Que nonetheless issued a statement on 3 March announcing his refusal to cooperate with the police and denouncing the arbitrary charges brought against him. He was placed under close surveillance when he was granted a conditional release in 2005 after more than 20 years in prison.Father Ly, a member of the Bloc 8406 pro-democracy network, has been under growing pressure from the authorities for calling for Middle East-style protests and for criticising the government in his articles. Sentenced to eight years in prison in 2007, he was granted a 12-month suspension of his sentence so that he could receive treatment for his brain condition.The judicial authorities are supposed to decide on 14 March whether to extend the suspension of his sentence or send him back to prison. Ly has ruled out any possibility of compromising with the authorities, announcing: “I don’t care if I go back to prison (…) if necessary I will go on hunger strike.”Sixteen other netizens are currently detained in Vietnam for expressing their views freely online.last_img read more

Palliative care specialists reject End of Life Choice bill

first_imgStuff 27 April 2018Family First Comment: Superb. Thank you! medical specialists tasked with guiding us to death are unwilling to administer euthanasia.Senior palliative care specialists gathered on Thursday to warn against the End of Life Choice Bill, currently being considered by a parliament Select Committee.All rejected legalised euthanasia, feared patients might be coerced into death, and considered doctors and nurses ill-equipped to evaluate a person’s readiness to die.Hibiscus Hospice palliative medicine specialist Professor Rod MacLeod said patients were prone to changing their mind.“Almost always when people are asking for a quick way out, what they’re saying is: ‘I don’t want to live like this’.”New Zealand’s palliative care – which ranks third in the world – was well designed for people with terminal cancer and neuro-muscular disorders, he said.“There’s a large cohort of people who are dying of heart failure, respiratory disease, dementia – in particular – who don’t ever get referred to palliative care services.”These people were most vulnerable to coercion from family to end their life, which was impossible to identify, he said.READ MORE:–reject-end-of-life-choice-billlast_img read more

Dodgers’ Charlie Culberson has fond memories of Turner Field

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error To Charlie Culberson, that’s OK.“I grew up coming here having a lot of fun,” the Dodgers’ utility man from nearby Rome, Ga. said.One time Culberson got Chipper Jones’ autograph here. As a freshman in high school, he met a rookie outfielder named Jeff Francoeur, who happened to be in the Braves’ lineup again Tuesday.When he was 7-years old, Culberson attended a pair of Olympic baseball games at Centennial Olympic Stadium (before Ted Turner loaned his name to the park) with his family. Culberson can’t remember which nations were playing then. He’s 27 now and sounded a little more excited about the fact that SunTrust Park will be a couple miles from his house. But his memories of Turner Field are fond and distinct. “It’s neat to see it from this side, to be able to play here,” he said. “I was here the first year, now I’m here the last year.”Stripling to bullpen? Maybe laterRoss Stripling, who starts for the Dodgers on Wednesday, still hasn’t lost a game in the major leagues. His 2.03 earned-run average is lower than that of Zack Greinke, among others.He also might finish the season in the bullpen.Stripling is on an innings limit this year, his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. He once guessed his limit falls in the 100- to 150-inning range and the folks in the Dodgers’ front office who helped set Stripling’s limit have declined to clarify. Manager Dave Roberts said there haven’t been any internal discussions yet about moving Stripling to the bullpen before he runs out of innings. The Dodgers have time to decide; Stripling has only started two games this season. When the time comes, Roberts won’t dismiss the idea. “He’s shown he can get big-league hitters out,” Roberts said. “It’s a way to temper the innings and keep him around long. That’s worthy of discussion.” Stripling only made the rotation after injuries to five other pitchers: Brett Anderson, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Mike Bolsinger and Brandon Beachy. When one of the five returns, it could catalyze the decision to move Stripling to the bullpen.“You’ve got that fine balance between, he’s giving you a quality start when he goes out there, you want to keep him on that rhythm, and also when the innings start to run out,” Roberts said. “And you’ve also got to look at your roster, who’s coming back, for sure.”AlsoOutfielder Carl Crawford, who will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, traveled with the team to Atlanta. … Roberts said he had the same lineup penciled in before and after the Braves announced that Williams Perez would start in place of Julio Teheran, who was sick. Teheran started Tuesday, so the Dodgers could use an identical lineup in back-to-back games. … First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is the only Dodger who’s appeared in every game this season. Roberts said that he envisions Gonzalez playing all six games on the current road trip, then getting a day off when the Dodgers return home to play the Miami Marlins.center_img ATLANTA >> Only two players in baseball history have played more games at Turner Field as an opponent than Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley. The circumstances line up well: Turner Field entered the league in 1997; Utley entered in 2003 and spent the next 13 1/2 seasons playing in the National League East. Even Alex Wood, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher Tuesday who began his career in the Braves’ organization, hasn’t played as many games here as Utley’s 90.And yet, not one single game stood out in Utley’s mind Tuesday. No clinchers, no real stinkers, mostly a lot of in-between. He’ll have two more chances to make a memory this week in the Dodgers’ final regular-season series at Turner. The Braves are set to move into SunTrust Park in April 2017.To some, Turner Field will be remembered as the home venue of the 1996 Olympic Games that was reconfigured for Major League Baseball, then survived another 20 years with little distinction. It isn’t among the many brick-laden baseball-only venues of its era that inspire fondness and nostalgia.last_img read more