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

Baseball commands home win over Long Beach

first_imgThings quieted down for both teams during the second and third frame. USC freshman pitcher Chandler Champlain tossed a scoreless second inning while junior pitcher Gus Culpo threw two strikeouts in the third, rounding out the top of the inning for the Trojans. Coming off the win, USC now sets its sights on a three-game series against Washington. The Huskies hold an overall record of 11-5 and 3-0 at home. A series sweep by USC would place the Trojans at 11-11 and .500 on the season. The Trojans defeated Long Beach State 5-2 at Dedeaux Field Tuesday night. The Trojans, who hold a 7-11 record, were looking to build off of a strong series at Cal over the weekend, while the Dirtbags, who are 3-15, hoped to recover after losing their last series to Minnesota. Heading into the series, USC head baseball coach Dan Hubbs is looking to improve on the team’s scoring efficiency. At the start of the fourth inning, the game was tied 1-1, and the Trojans started to heat up. With one out left, USC rallied with a single by redshirt junior pitcher CJ Stubbs and a double down the right field line by sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez. A single to center field by freshman catcher Tyler Lozano would cement the two out rally and push Stubbs and Ramirez home to give the Trojans a 3-1 lead as they entered the fifth inning. “That was a big confidence booster for us,” Lozano said. “With two outs, getting a big hit helps a team a lot going into the next inning.” Freshman pitcher Chandler Champlain throws on the mound against UCLA March 10 at Dodger Stadium. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) The USC bullpen continued its success in the eighth inning with Lambert retiring three Dirtbags. At the bottom of the frame, Lozano tallied his third hit of the night with a single to center field. Sabol followed up by lining up a sinker down the middle to score Lozano and make the game 5-2 Trojans.center_img USC picked up its momentum into the fifth inning. Freshman pitcher Calvin Schapira retired three Dirtbags to wrap up the first half of the 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the frame, an RBI single to left by Ramirez pushed sophomore infielder Jamal O’Guinn past home to extend the Trojan’s lead to 3. Down 4-1 entering the sixth inning, the Dirtbags looked to get things going offensively after four scoreless innings. LBSU responded with a two-out RBI double to center by sophomore first baseman Jacob Hughey to cut the Dirtbag deficit to 2. USC wouldn’t find a run during the second half of the frame. The bats got going early into the first inning when LBSU junior infielder Riki Desa put the Dirtbags on the board with a leadoff home run to left field. But the Trojans didn’t blink. Junior catcher Blake Sabol returned the favor in the bottom of the first with a leadoff triple to centerfield. Senior infielder Chase Bushor later brought Sabol home after hitting a grounder, tying the game 1-1. USC held onto its lead in the ninth, and the Trojans went on to win the ball game 5-2. “I think we left quite a few guys on base today,” Hubbs said. “I think that could have been an 8-9-10 run game and it wasn’t. I’m excited about the pitching. I thought we played good defense. Against Washington we’re going to have to punch some of those runs across when we have them there if we expect to beat them.” First pitch is at Husky Ballpark in Seattle on March 22 at 6:05 p.m.last_img read more

Finbarr’s, Queens College Win GTBank Masters Cup

first_imgSt. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, on Thursday at the Onikan Stadium defeated, Anwar-Ul-Islam College, Agege by two goals to one in the final of the Masters Cup.Two first half strikes from Augustin Ikechukwu and Tijani Rafiu were enough to see St. Finbarr’s through, while a late second half goal from Sodiq Giwa via the penalty spot ensured the game finished on a tensed note but could not help the Agege side avoid defeat.In the female category played earlier, Queens College, Yaba defended the trophy with an emphatic 2-0 win against Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire. Chioma Mblonwu scored twice to help the Yaba side retain the GTBank Masters Cup in an exciting encounter.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img