Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets the Swedish prosecutor’s rejection of RSF’s latest request, filed in October, for Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak’s disappearance in Eritrea to be investigated as a crime against humanity. RSF intends to ask the prosecutor-general to reconsider the decision. Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria to go further Receive email alerts Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder News January 13, 2021 – Updated on January 15, 2021 Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Photo : Kalle Ahlsén Follow the news on Africacenter_img EritreaSwedenAfricaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses DisappearancesImpunity Organisation Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. News The National Unit for International and Organized Crimes, which is attached to the Swedish prosecutor’s office, said in a decision published on January 12 that it had reasons to believe Dawit Isaak is the victim of a crime against humanity coming under Sweden’s universal jurisdiction. But it refused to open an investigation on the grounds that it would be difficult to carry out in the absence of any cooperation by the Eritrean authorities.The prosecutor-general’s office also thinks that such an investigation would undermine any chance of obtaining Dawit’s release via diplomatic channels, although it recognizes the lack of Eritrean cooperation and despite the fact that diplomacy has not yielded any progress for the past 20 years.The Swedish judicial system is “letting Dawit down,” said Dawit’s brother, Esayas Isaak, who joined RSF and Swedish lawyers Jesús Alcalá and Percy Bratt last October in filing the complaint accusing Eritrean officials of a crime against humanity, torture and enforced disappearance in the case of Dawit. The complaint was signed by 12 leading international human rights lawyers. “This complaint had given renewed hope to many Eritreans in exile,” Esayas added. “They are going to despair now when they see that such a well-known and clear-cut case as this one is going nowhere.”“After three complaints by RSF in Sweden and three refusals by the prosecutor’s office to open an investigation, Dawit Isaak’s disappearance is an international crime that has continued for nearly 20 years and remains unpunished,” said Paul Coppin, the head of RSF’s legal unit. “A lack of cooperation by the suspects is not acceptable grounds for refusing to investigate crimes against humanity, and claiming to prefer using diplomacy with a government whose lack of cooperation you recognize amounts to abandoning any attempt to render justice. The prosecutor-general must reverse this decision.”The prosecutor-general can change the decision taken by prosecutor’s office and RSF intends to ask him to do this. RSF will also ask the independent parliamentary commission – that is to be created to investigate the Swedish foreign ministry’s handling of the Dawit case – to recommend a criminal investigation.Eritrea is ranked 178th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News June 8, 2021 Find out more June 10, 2021 Find out more EritreaSwedenAfricaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses DisappearancesImpunity June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

EWP Starts Procurement Phase for Jaffa Port Project Expansion

first_imgEco Wave Power has finished the design and engineering of its Jaffa Port project expansion and started procurement of parts for the construction of the plant.The project, co-funded by the Israeli Energy Ministry, is planned to include the construction and installation of ten floaters on 30 linear meters of a pre-existing breakwater within the port, having an installed capacity of 100kW.Each floater will have a surface area of 8.54 square meters.As part of EWP’s strategic cooperation with Siemens, the company will use only Siemens products and technology for its electric system and grid connection works, and in turn Siemens will dedicate its knowledge and resources for an upgrade of EWP’s electrical components and transmission to the grid, to enhance the electrical system’s efficiency.The companies are also reviewing the possibility of expanding their strategic cooperation to EWP’s near future commercial scale installations.Inna Braverman, CEO of Eco Wave Power, said: “This is a new and exciting era for wave energy. We are proud to work in partnership with large global industry leaders such as Siemens and we are looking forward to continue the positioning of wave energy as a feasible and reliable source of clean electricity”The Jaffa port expansion will be EWP’s second grid connected project after the launch of its Gibraltar project in 2016.last_img read more

Governor Holcomb, delegation promote Indiana to Belgian, European Union, NATO stakeholders

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and the delegation continued the economic development trip this week in Brussels, meeting with business leaders and government officials with ties to Belgium and the European Union.“I’ve told every governor I’ve met that Brussels should be their launching pad to Europe. Governor Holcomb is the first governor to take me up on that,”said U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium Ronald J. Gidwitz. “Indiana will benefit for many years because of Holcomb’s strategic international engagement efforts.”The delegation joined AmCham EU and representatives of its 160-company membership, which spans across the 28 Member Countries of the European Union, to share key benefits of doing business in Indiana, from its pro-growth business climate to its central location and robust infrastructure network.This marks Gov. Holcomb’s fourth international economic development trip to Europe, which supports 450 business facilities in Indiana and more than 113,200 Hoosier jobs, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the state’s jobs supported by foreign direct investment. The delegation also traveled to Germany to meet with business executives and government officials.last_img read more

Day Five – Men’s Amateur: Barrow and Cope ready for friendly final

first_img1 Aug 2020 Day Five – Men’s Amateur: Barrow and Cope ready for friendly final Callan Barrow and Jack Cope will enjoy a friendly rivalry as they go head-to-head in tomorrow’s 36-hole English Men’s Amateur Championship final.Barrow, from Royal Lytham and St Anne’s Golf Club and Cope, who plays out of the Players Club in Gloucestershire, are mates and will remain so no matter the outcome of the final.However, neither man has battled through two rounds of stroke play on the Hotchkin and Bracken Courses at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire as well as four tough match play games since Tuesday, to come up short.Both are on top form and the final on the Hotchkin promises to be one of the most keenly contested in recent times.Barrow – a former Manchester United youth team player – booked his place in the final after consecutive 4&3 wins over Enrique Dimayuga and Sam Done.Cope (pictured below) sealed his place with a final hole victory against England international Sam Broadhurst and then a 3&1 triumph over Stanford University scholar Barclay Brown.When asked to describe his emotions on reaching the final, Barrow said: “Ecstatic  – I’ve played pretty solid all week and I’m really happy to get to the final.“My game is at its peak and should be good tomorrow.“I’ve holed putts. I’ve been rolling the rock pretty nice. It’s a case of just get it close and they are going in somehow.“I’m good friends with Jack – it will be a friendly game. I’ll need to play well to win and we’ll see how it goes.“I still have something left in the tank – although I will have none left by Monday.”Cope turned 21 on Thursday, but wisely put the celebrations on hold for the time being.He added: “I’ll celebrate when I’m home.“I’m absolutely thrilled to be in the final and through the matches I’ve been getting better.“Against Barclay I was six or seven under and he was four or five.“I’m not here to make up the numbers – I’m here to win, simple as that.”The final will be played over 36 holes with the winner following in the footsteps of some illustrious past winners.Stars such as Sir Nick Faldo, Tommy Fleetwood, Danny Willett and Paul Casey have lifted the title of English Amateur champion in the modern era.Cope and Barrow now have the chance to write their name into the history books at an event that has been staged since 1925.Details of how both men got to the final as well as videos, images and stats from the week can be found on the English Amateur Championships homepage.Photographs: Leaderboard Tags: Callan Barrow, Jack Copelast_img read more

Depleted Steelers beat Bengals 24-17

first_imgby Joe KayAP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The top two running backs were gone. So were two offensive linemen. Safety Troy Polamalu was sitting on the bench along with all those other injured Steelers. So, what exactly did Pittsburgh have left? A determined defense. Some reserve running backs. And Ben Roethlisberger.That’s enough, especially in Cincinnati.Roethlisberger threw for a touchdown, and Pittsburgh’s defense clamped down on the Bengals’ Dalton-to-Green connection for a 24-17 victory Sunday night that got the Steelers back into the thick of the AFC North race.For the Steelers (3-3), it was a significant win under tough conditions. Their first road victory of the season moved them into second place behind Baltimore (5-2), which lost to Houston 43-13 earlier Sunday.“It puts us right there in the hunt,” safety Ryan Clark said.A lot of players got them there on a tough night.Third-year running back Jonathan Dwyer made his first career start and ran for a career-high 122 yards, including a 32-yard gain in the final minute that put it away. Shaun Suisham kicked field goals of 42, 47 and 42 yards. And the defense came up with a game-turning interception.“It was a back-against-the-wall mentality and you’ve got to fight your way out,” said cornerback Ike Taylor, who helped limit Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green to one catch.Cincinnati (3-4) wasted yet another chance to show it deserved to be considered up there with the division’s two most successful teams. The Bengals fell to 0-6 against the Steelers and Ravens over the last two seasons, a sign they are still an also-ran in their division.They have lost three straight, falling into third place in the division.“It’s going to be tough to sleep,” Bengals cornerback Leon Hall said. “At the end of the day, we’ve lost three in a row and we’re in a tough spot.”This was their best chance yet to break through, especially after the Steelers dropped passes, fumbled and threw an end zone interception in a self-destructive first half. They couldn’t take full advantage against the team that always seems to win on their home field.The Steelers improved to 12-2 at Paul Brown Stadium, where thousands of towel-waving fans make them feel at home. They have won their last five overall against their Ohio River rival and 10 of the last 12.And once again, the Bengals could blame themselves.Andy Dalton’s slip-out-of-the-hand interception set up Roethlisberger’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller and a tying 2-point conversion to the tight end with 24 seconds left in the half. Chris Rainey’s 11-yard touchdown run put the Steelers ahead early in the fourth quarter, and the injury fill-ins finished them off.“I’m proud of the way those young guys stepped up,” said Roethlisberger, who was 27 of 37 for 278 yards. “There never was a doubt they would do that.”The Bengals got the better of it at the outset, pulling ahead 14-3 by getting their running game moving behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis and turning a fumble by Roethlisberger into a touchdown. If they were going to end that streak of futility against the Steelers, this was their chance.Dalton’s only glaring mistake made the difference.He saw a defender waiting to make an interception and tried to stop his throwing motion. The ball slipped out of his hand, hit the helmet of Bengals lineman Kevin Zeitler and deflected to linebacker LaMarr Woodley at the Cincinnati 29-yard line with 1:23 left in the half. That set up Roethlisberger’s tying TD pass and conversion.“You can’t have a thing like that happen,” Dalton said. “We had a chance to go down and score points or at least keep it where it was. What you can’t let happen is not just let the ball slip out of your hands, but let them get an interception and get points.”Dalton was 14 of 28 for only 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He threw six passes toward Green but completed only one, an 8-yard touchdown after Roethlisberger’s fumble.The Steelers’ 31st-ranked running game was missing Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, as well as center Maurkice Pouncey and right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Rookie Mike Adams made his first start in Gilbert’s spot.Plus, Polamalu was inactive for the fourth time in the last five games with a calf injury.That put a lot on Roethlisberger, who usually does well in his home state — 15-2 all-time in Cleveland and Cincinnati — but has rarely been so short-handed.Didn’t matter.“On the road, which is big for us, in this hostile environment — I can’t say enough about it,” Roethlisberger said.Notes: Steelers rookie NT Alameda Ta’amu served the first of his two-game suspension for his arrest last weekend. … Bengals rookie CB Dre Kirkpatrick was inactive for the seventh game. He hurt his left knee over the summer and hasn’t played. He’s expected to be ready after the Bengals’ upcoming bye week. … Bengals C Jeff Faine injured a hamstring, forcing rookie Trevor Robinson to take over in the second half. … The Steelers wasted a chance to score off a trick play in the first half. Roethlisberger threw a lateral to Antonio Brown, who threw a pass to uncovered running back Baron Batch. The ball went through his arms. Roethlisberger then threw an end zone interception.(Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL.) CAREER GAME–Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer (27) runs past Bengals defensive back Chris Crocker (33) during the second half on Sunday, Oct. 21, in Cincinnati. Dwyer gained 122 yards in the game. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) last_img read more