US government urged to free Al-Jazeera cameraman in Ramadan gesture

first_imgNews RSF_en Receive email alerts September 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US government urged to free Al-Jazeera cameraman in Ramadan gesture United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information News News June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News to go further Today, on the first day of Ramadan, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the US authorities to free Al-Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Haj, a Sudanese national who has been held at the US military base at Guantanamo, Cuba, since 13 June 2002 without being tried and without any precise charges being brought against him.Al-Haj has tried to stage several hunger strikes since January and his physical and psychological condition has deteriorated a great deal. His lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, is due to travel to Guantanamo on 26 September.“Ramadan is traditionally the month of self-denial and forgiveness and for the individual to confront his own humanity, but how much humanity remains when someone is detained arbitrarily and deprived of all contact with his family for more than five years?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “And what remains of the rule of law, when a prisoner is denied a fair trial, denied treatment and tortured? The Al-Haj case is a legal scandal, as is the Guantanamo prison camp itself.”The press freedom organisation added: “Together with the International Committee for the Release of Sami Al-Haj, we call on the United States to free him immediately. We also urge the US congress, where the camp’s existence is increasingly criticised, to press for his release. And we call on the US federal courts, which have ruled that it is unconstitutional to try the Guantanamo ‘enemy combatants’ before military tribunals, to impose their decisions.”Arrested at the Afghan border by the Pakistani security forces in December 2001, Al-Haj was handed over to the US army a month later and flown to Guantanamo on 13 June 2002. The US army claimed he secretly interviewed Osama Bin Laden, trafficked in arms for Al-Qaeda and ran an Islamist website. But no evidence has ever been produced to support these claims and no formal charge has ever been brought. In reality, Al-Haj’s detention is way for the US State Department to harass his employer, Al-Jazeera, which it suspects of ties with Al-Qaeda.Regularly tortured and interrogated about 200 times by his guards, Al-Haj began a hunger strike on 7 January to protest against his detention and to demand respect for his rights. In reprisal, he has been force-fed several times. His lawyer, Stafford-Smith, who last visited him in July, said he had lost 18 kilos and had serious intestinal problems. He also has paranoia attacks and has more and more difficulty in communicating normally. Stafford-Smith suspects he will encounter more hostility and censorship from the camp authorities when he returns at the end of the month.Nine of the 380 persons currently held in Guantanamo are Sudanese. The Khartoum-based daily Al-Sahafa reported on 11 September that the US government is on the point of freeing two them and that talks are under way about the other seven, including Al-Haj. A recent US government memo to the Sudanese authorities set conditions for their possible release. In Al-Haj’s case, the Americans want him banned from leaving Sudan and from working as journalist.Reporters Without Borders established a system of sponsorship 16 years ago in which international media are encouraged to adopt imprisoned journalists. More than 200 news organisations, journalists’ associations, press clubs and other entities throughout the world are currently supporting journalists by regularly calling on the authorities to release them and by publicising their cases. Al-Haj has been adopted by four Spanish media organisations – La Sexta, IPS-Comunica, La Voz del Occidente and Colexio de Xornalistas de Galicia – and six Canadian ones – Corriere Canadese, Atlas media, Magazine de Saint-Lambert, Mouton Noir, CIBL and Radio Canada Sudbury. On the first day of Ramadan, Reporters Without Borders joins the International Committee for the Release of Sami Al-Haj in calling for the Al-Jazeera cameraman’s release from Guantanamo, where he had been held since June 2002. His physical and psychological condition is such that a humanitarian gesture is urgently needed. Follow the news on United States Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

CWI/PCL Four-day tournament… Jaguars beat Hurricanes by ten wickets

first_imgAFTER a defiant effort from Akeem Saunders, who stroked his maiden first class century, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes batting crumbled for a second time in three days to hand the Guyana Jaguars a ten-wicket win last evening in the seventh round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day encounter.Trailing by 268 on first innings, the tourists were asked to follow on by the Guyana Jaguars, and were bowled out for the identical deficit, leaving the Jaguars with just one run for victory.Akeem Saunders acknowledges his teammates after reaching his hundred.Saunders had anchored the middle-order, putting on 91 for the fourth wicket with Shane Burton (53) and 76 for the fifth with Jahmar Hamilton (23), but when he was dismissed, the visitors’ effort unraveled and the second collapse of the match continued with increasing speed. From 127-4, the visitors lost 6-141.It was a total bowling effort from the Jaguars, with Keemo Paul claiming 3-38, Romario Shepherd (2-33), Gudakesh Motie (2-79), Veerasammy Permaul (2-77) and Sherefane Rutherford (1-18), being the successful bowlers.The tourists were made to follow-on after being dismissed for just 149 in reply to the Jaguars’ first innings 417.Resuming at 114-9, 304 behind the Jaguars first innings total 417, the Hurricanes overnight batsmen Jeremiah Louis and Mervin Matthew put together a last pair stand of 35 runs before left-arm spinner Motie had Matthew caught at the wicket for 16.With 268 runs ahead, Leon Johnson rightly enforced the follow on and pacers Paul and Shepherd provided instant results with their pace, bounce and movement, claiming the wickets of both openers Montcin Hodge (13) and Chesney Hughes (8), at 26-2.Paul had Hughes edging one to Anthony Bramble on a delivery which had some extra bounce while Hodge was trapped leg before wicket.Soon after Motie pegged the tourists further back with the wicket of Devon Thomas; Motie benefiting from a fine Johnson catch at first slip.But Burton and Saunders then allied for a counter-attacking 64-run unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket until the interval, at 100-3.Upon resumption, the left-handed Burton went pass his fifty but departed soon after, caught at the wicket off Rurtherford.At the other end, Saunders brought up his fifty in company with Hamilton, and the pair then continued to frustrate the hosts until a power outage sent the players off the field.When play finally resumed some 40 minutes after, Permaul put down Saunders when the right-hander was on 87, but the pair added 76 runs for the fifth-wicket before Permaul trapped Hamilton plumb in front for 23.The 23-year-old Saunders then registered his hundred off 171 balls, but soon after he was dismissed, edging Motie behind, at 205-6. His innings lasted for 173 balls, inclusive of 12 fours and a six.Permaul then bowled Rakheem Cornwall (9) while Paul and Shepherd, who both returned for respective new-ball spells removed Terance Warde (29), Gavin Tonge (1) and Jerimiah Louis (16).Tagenarine Chanderpaul then ensured the victory with a boundary. Anthony Bramble was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten 196.The tournament will break for the holiday season and will resume on January 4, 2018.GUYANA JAGUARS FIRST INNINGS 417Leeward Islands Hurricanes 1st innings (Overnight 114-9)M. Hodge b Shepherd 9C. Hughes b Paul 10S. Burton c&b Permaul 20D. Thomas lbw b Shepherd 20A. Saunders c Johnson b Permaul 18J. Hamilton c wk Bramble b Permaul 0T. Warde lbw b Permaul 8R. Cornwall c wk Bramble b Permaul 13J. Louis not out 12G. Tonge lbw b Permaul 2M. Matthew c wk Bramble b Motie 16Extras: (nb-5, b-12, lb-4) 21Total: (all out; 49.2 overs) 149Fall of wickets:1-24, 2-26, 3-51, 4-77, 5-77, 6-89, 7-107, 8-112, 9-114, 10-149Bowling: Shepherd 8-1-29-2, Paul 9-0-35-1, Permaul 17-7-32-6, Rutherford 6-2-19-0, Motie 9.2-4-18-1LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES 2nd inningsM. Hodge lbw b Shepherd 13C. Hughes c wk Bramble b Paul 8S. Burton c wk Bramble b Rutherford 53D. Thomas c Johnson b Motie 2A. Saunders c wk Bramble b Motie 101J. Hamilton lbw b Permaul 23T. Warde c wk Bramble b Permaul 29R. Cornwall b Permaul 9J. Louis c wk Bramble b Paul 16G. Tonge b Shepherd 1M. Matthew not out 6Extras: (nb-3, lb-4) 7Total: (all out; 87.3 overs) 268Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-26, 3-36, 4-127, 5-203, 6-205, 7-226, 8-250, 9-252, 10-268Bowling: Shepherd 12-2-33-2, Paul 12.3-2-38-3, Motie 27-5-79-2, Permaul 25-2-77-2, Johnson 4-0-15-0, Rutherford 6-2-18-1, Hemraj 1-0-4-0Guyana Jaguars 2nd inningsT. Chanderpaul not out 4C. Hemraj not out 0Total: (no wickets; 0.4 overs) 4Bowling: Thomas 0.4-0-4-0last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Celtics shopping Aron Baynes, looking to clear cap space

first_imgThe Celtics’ 2019 offseason has already been a rocky one, but the team’s front office is trying to salvage what it can.Boston is actively looking to trade veteran center Aron Baynes in order to clear cap space, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Baynes exercised his $5.4 million player option earlier this month. Boston has offered center Aron Baynes — $5.4M expiring contract — into salary cap space elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN. Without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on the books, moving Baynes without taking back salary could get the Celtics to $23M in space.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019Baynes is apparently on board with the plan now that the Celtics are unlikely to be title contenders in the near future.To clear something up with news that Aron Baynes could be traded by the Boston Celtics for cap space: This is a mutual thing. Baynes wanted to stay in Boston, if the Celtics were also going to be contenders. As some things have changed, Baynes and Boston are looking for trades.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 20, 2019With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford each declining their respective player options and electing to test the market, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is doing everything he can to position Boston to be a viable destination for other free agents this summer.The departures of Horford and Baynes would leave a huge void in the frontcourt, so the Celtics will have to aggressively pursue centers when free agency [email protected] on @SiriusXMNBA earlier today: “The Celtics are going to prioritize getting a center, maybe someone like (Nikola) Vucevic. … They’re fully operating under the belief that those two guys (Kyrie and Horford) are walking.”— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) June 19, 2019 NBA DRAFT RUMORS: Celtics have interest in trading up to No. 4last_img read more