Hu Jia’s wife, Zeng Jinyan, threatened with eviction

first_img News June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News to go further Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Follow the news on Chinacenter_img Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the Chinese government’s utterly unacceptable persecution of Zeng Jinyan, the wife of the jailed cyber-dissident Hu Jia and herself a blogger who defends human rights. Zeng, who is bringing up their 3-year-old daughter alone, reported on Twitter yesterday that the authorities are pressuring the owner of her rented apartment in the southern city of Shenzhen to evict her. She has been under close surveillance ever since her husband’s arrest in December 2007.“We are outraged by the government’s harassment of Zeng Jinyan, an emblematic figure in the struggle for human rights in China,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “By treating the 2008 Sakharov laureate’s wife and daughter in such a despicable manner, the Chinese government is showing its contempt for the European Union and the values it defends.”Julliard added: “We support the condemnation expressed by Jerzy Buzek, the president of the European Parliament, and we urge the European Commission and its vice-president, Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, to do the same. We demand that the Chinese authorities put a stop to this policy of hounding Zeng.”Zeng is threatened with eviction from the Shenzhen home to which she moved with her daughter in April, following permanent harassment and surveillance by the police who were stationed outside her apartment in Beijing. The move was motivated in part by the desire to avoid the possibility of house arrest after her husband’s release, which is due to take place on 26 June.Referring to the eviction threats, Zeng wrote on her Twitter account on 8 June: “The landlords had been forced to end a rental contract. I’ve received physical threats. How many times will we have to move? I know this won’t be the last time.”In another post the same day, she referred to the other forms of harassment to which she is subjected: “If I try to find a job, they threaten my boss. If I try to work with someone, they threaten my partner.”In early December 2007, Reporters Without Borders awarded a special “China” prize to Hu and Zeng for the way they way they were managing – despite being under house arrest – to inform the world about the negative impact that preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics were having on the Chinese population.A campaigner on behalf of AIDS sufferers, the environment and free speech, Hu was arrested three weeks later and was sentenced on 3 April 2008 to three and a half years in prison on a charge of inciting subversion of state authority. Zeng and her then four-month-old daughter were meanwhile place under residential surveillance.The European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Hu in October 2008. News ChinaAsia – Pacific News Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en June 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hu Jia’s wife, Zeng Jinyan, threatened with eviction March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

SC Issues Notice In Nagaland Govts’ Plea Seeking Removal Of Lokayukta For Acts of ‘Impropriety’

first_imgTop StoriesSC Issues Notice In Nagaland Govts’ Plea Seeking Removal Of Lokayukta For Acts of ‘Impropriety’ Sanya Talwar23 Aug 2020 1:25 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice in a plea seeking removal of the Nagaland Lokayukta for acts of impropriety.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun issued notice in the plea after Advocate General for the State KN Balgopal argued for the State Government.The plea states that the Lokayukta had insisted on functioning online from Delhi…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice in a plea seeking removal of the Nagaland Lokayukta for acts of impropriety.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun issued notice in the plea after Advocate General for the State KN Balgopal argued for the State Government.The plea states that the Lokayukta had insisted on functioning online from Delhi by making a representation to the Chief Secretary in May 2019 stating that his house “is far away from the office”, “the terrain is hilly”, “that he has his library in Delhi” and for “security reasons”.A letter dated June 6, 2019 was engineered from the department permitting him to function from Delhi.”Later when the Chief Secretary learned that one such letter was issued purportedly on his approval though he was not aware of the same, immediately thereafter a letter was issued to the Lokayukta stating that the earlier letter issued by the department did not have the approval of the Chief Secretary, and therefore, the same stands withdrawn and the Government intends to conduct an inquiry in the matter,” said a statement by K.N. Balgopal, Advocate General, Nagaland.Following this, the Lokayukta “started showing his ire” and notices were issued from his end to various honest officials.The state government also states that the Lokayukta Justice Uma Nath Singh (Former Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court) made a request to the Chief Secretary of the state government for relaxation of Section 4(2)(c) of the Nagaland Lokayukta Act which bars the Lokayukta to hold any other office.The relaxation was sought to the extend of insinuating his engagement in an arbitration matters, the plea avers.He was personally informed that these requests could not be acceded to, considering that the same would require amendment to the statute. Subsequently, a communication dated June 6, 2019, purportedly sent from the office of the Chief Secretary, came to light, which claimed that the Chief Secretary approved of these demands, even though he did not have knowledge of the same.The June 6 letter was later withdrawn owing to the Chief Secretary’s lack of knowledge of the communication being made. It was also proposed that an inquiry be made into how the misleading letter was sent.After this, the Lokayukta “started showing his ire”, the petition says, by issuing notices to various honest officials.The plea contends that the Lokayukta’s demands included asking demand for presence of the Commissioner of Police at Dimapur airport at the time of his arrival and/or departure every time.”He also insisted upon writing to the authorities for avoiding frisking at the airport which was also not allowed. At one stage, he even insisted on continuing on the arbitration cases which according to the Lokayukta Act he is not entitled to do so. In a complaint case he directed the Chief Minister to conduct an enquiry against the Deputy Chief Minister and to file a report in his court overlooking the fact that the Chief Minister is not an investigating authority. In yet another case he alleged that the law department is a danger to the Government because some officer of the law department in an internal note questioned his authority in interfering with service matters of an employee retired in 2009. The list is endless. The Supreme Court has issued notice returnable in two weeks’ time” – the Plea statesIt is therefore contended that this is in “clear deviation from the security protocol and the Y plus security detail accorded to the Lokayukta, the petition further states”.”…it is imperative that the prayers sought in the writ petition be granted by this Hon’ble Court in exercise of its jurisdiction under Article 32 read with Article 142 in order to protect the institutional autonomy and propriety of the office of Lokayukta which, in the constitutional and statutory scheme, is necessary to ensure the preservation of the legitimate rights and expectations under Article 14, inter alia, of the residents of Nagaland against arbitrary/unreasonable action of statutorily appointed office bearers.”- Excerpt of pleaThese incidents, among others, prompted the state government to seek cessation on Justice Singh’s exercise of his powers and functions.The notice thus issued is returnable within 2 weeks.Click Here To Download PetitionNext Storylast_img read more

South Bend Schools releases COVID-19 classroom plans, options

first_img WhatsApp South Bend Schools releases COVID-19 classroom plans, options Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Google+ Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/South Bend Community School Corporation) South Bend School leaders want parents to know their children will be safe when classrooms open to students next month.Superintendent Dr. Todd Cummings released the district’s guidelines for students during the school board meeting on Monday, July 14.It includes the wearing of face masks, physical distancing, cleaning of buildings and protocols on how to communicate with parents, and whether to dismiss students for e-learning in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.Reopening Plan and Roadmap slide presentationcenter_img Reopening Plan FAQSuperintendent Dr. Todd Cummings issued the following letter to parents:Dear SBCSC families,This evening, together with the Board of School Trustees, I released our initial plans to reopen our schools for the coming semester. I realize that these guidelines come at a time of great ongoing uncertainty for our whole community, at local and national levels. Above all, our primary focus is to keep students, teachers, and staff safe.Please know that these plans are adaptable, and are fully based on our collaboration with the St. Joseph County Health Department, Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Indiana Department of Education, and Indiana Governor Eric Holcolmb.I want to express my gratitude for your patience, support, and input over the past months as we worked to find ways to best determine how we could safely and realistically serve and support each of our students, teachers, and staff. Especially, thank you for your feedback and ideas. I’m grateful for all who have taken the time to provide their insight.Please review our plan to move cautiously forward in starting this academic year on Wednesday, August 12.Your input, as always, is crucial in our work.Please continue to share your concerns and ideas during the coming weeks. I hope you’ll join me and bring your questions to the following coming virtual forums on Facebook Live:● Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14 at 4:00 p.m. (Virtual Talks with Todd)● Tuesday, July 21 at 9:00 a.m. (Virtual Talks with Todd)● Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m. (Virtual Strategic Planning and School ReopeningFeedback Town Hall, held in Spanish)Also, I will be available to speak with you in-person at these locations this week for a Re-entrySchool Plan Listening Tour:● Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Charles Black Center3419 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN, 46619(The Community Room will be set up to accommodate appropriate social distancing.)● Wednesday, July 15 at the Kroc Center from 5:30-6:30 p.m.900 W Western Ave., South Bend, IN 46601(To be held in the tents outside of the Center.)● Thursday, July 16 at Cultivating Life Ministries, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.1042 W. Western Ave., South Bend, IN 46601(To be held outdoors.)● Thursday, July 16 at Riley High School, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.1902 S. Fellows St., South Bend, IN 46613(Doors open at 6:15 p.m., to be held in the school auditorium.)● Friday, July 17, at Howard Park from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.219 S. St. Louis Blvd., South Bend, IN 46617(Rooms B and C will be set up to accommodate appropriate social distancing.)Know that we will keep you updated with any changes as soon as possible.Please, wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice safe social distancing. We must continue to work together to do all we can to keep our community safe and healthy. Thank you, again, for all you do for our students and one another. Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articlePolice searching for suspect after attempted robbery, shooting on Corby BlvdNext articleFour Winds New Buffalo opens its sports book Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – July 14, 2020 0 517 last_img read more