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Call for pressure on China to free Swedish publisher jailed for ten years

first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News ChinaHong KongSwedenAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses DisappearancesImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionUnited Nations ChinaHong KongSwedenAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses DisappearancesImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionUnited Nations RSF_en Although suffering from serious health problems, the 55-year-old Swedish citizen has been detained arbitrarily in China since shortly after going missing while on vacation in Thailand in 2015. The part owner of a Hong Kong-based publishing house that specialised in publishing books with sensational details about the private lives of Chinese leaders, Gui was the last of five publishers to mysteriously disappear in 2015 only to later resurface on Chinese state TV delivering forced confessions.In yesterday’s sentencing announcement, the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court claimed that Gui had pleaded guilty and would not appeal. The court also said that, although he had become a naturalized Swedish citizen in 1996, he had decided to resume his Chinese citizenship in 2018.RSF condemns this outrageous travesty of justice and calls on democratic nations to put pressure on Chinese authorities to free Gui and all of the other journalists and bloggers imprisoned in China.“This case sets a dangerous precedent in which Beijing has assumed the right to kidnap an EU citizen, hold him arbitrarily for more than four years, and then give him a jail term that amounts to a death sentence in the light of his state of health,” said Erik Halkjaer, the president of  RSF Sweden. “We urge the international community to step up pressure on China to free Gui Minhai and all other detained  journalists and bloggers.”“This persecution of a foreign citizen in violation of both the Chinese constitution and international law shows that the Chinese government takes the democracies’ passivity for granted,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia desk. “If it doesn’t encounter more resistance, Xi Jinping’s regime will know that it can act with impunity when it kidnaps its opponents anywhere in the world, holds them incommunicado for as long as it wants, parades them on TV like cattle at a fair, claims against all evidence that they are free, and even prevents them from seeking medical care.”Kidnapped in ThailandThe main shareholder of Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay bookstore and the Mighty Current publishing house, Gui went missing on 14 October 2015, when he was probably kidnapped by Chinese intelligence agents from his holiday home in the Thai resort city of Pattaya. He reappeared on China’s state-owned CCTV on 17 January 2016, giving a supposedly “spontaneous” confession that had been filmed in a Chinese detention centre.The Chinese authorities proceeded to accuse him of “illegal commercial operations,” “divulging state secrets” and even “illegally keeping the company of foreign diplomats.” In 2017, they prevented him from seeing a doctor chosen by the Swedish embassy, although he had the symptoms of a serious neurological ailment.RSF repeatedly called for Gui’s release and submitted his case to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Swedish PEN awarded him the Tucholsky Prize for persecuted writers at a ceremony on 15 November 2019 attended by Sweden’s culture minister, prompting threats of “counter-measures” by China’s ambassador to Sweden, Gui Congyou. A group of press freedom defenders including RSF called for Gui’s immediate release in an open letter to Xi Jinping that was published in Sweden’s six largest newspapers last week.With more than 100 journalists currently detained, China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Sweden is ranked third. June 2, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the world’s democracies to press the Chinese authorities to release Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish book publisher who was sentenced to ten years in prison yesterday in the eastern city of Ningbo on a charge of “illegally providing intelligence” to foreign countries. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison February 25, 2020 Call for pressure on China to free Swedish publisher jailed for ten years Organisation to go further Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Community Health Alliance of Pasadena Chief Executive Officer Set to Begin Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Margaret MartinezToday, Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare’s) Chief Executive Officer, Margaret “Margie” Martinez, will begin her prestigious Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award. In an effort to replenish the stores of energy and inspiration for our community’s most gifted leaders, the biannual Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Program offers up to six non-profit chief executives stipends and expenses to travel, reflect or otherwise renew themselves in whatever manner they propose. The Sabbatical Program recognizes that effective institutions are driven by creative people who need time off to reflect if they are to keep their organizations ahead of the curve. In addition, the Foundation is providing the opportunity for succession planning and preparation of internal staff for expanded roles in the organization that are not always available to non-profit organizations. During Margie’s sabbatical, which begins on January 3, 2017 and fully concludes on April 17, 2017, ChapCare will be led by a team of experienced senior level staff:• Mr. Sergio Bautista, Chief Deputy Director, will take over as Acting Chief Executive Officer• Dr. Iris Paiso will continue as Interim Chief Medical Officer/Chief Care Officer• Dr. David Wortham will continue in a consulting role as Medical Professional Director• Mr. Francisco Benavides, Accounting Manager, will be Interim Chief Financial Officer• Ms. Deyner Zapata, Managed Care/Contracts Director, will be Interim Chief Administrative Officer.For more than 35 years, Margaret “Margie” Martinez has served as an advocate for low-income residents of Southern California. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Occidental College and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, Margie has led a variety of community-based organizations that promoted health care access and workforce development. In 1994, she was named Executive Director of Clinica Romero, a health center serving the immigrant community in downtown Los Angeles. In 1999, Margie was selected to lead ChapCare. During her seventeen year tenure, she has overseen ChapCare’s transition from a hospital-affiliated clinic to an independent nonprofit health center; she guided ChapCare’s application and designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC); and she directed the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR). She is currently developing strategies to expand ChapCare’s service delivery reach and capacity through ChapCare’s unique municipal partnership model.“I am deeply moved that the Durfee Foundation selected me for this prestigious award,” said Margie Martinez, ChapCare’s CEO, “This will give me a short time to re-charge before continuing my work at ChapCare. I am confident that during my time away our Senior Staff will continue the important work of expanding primary and specialty care access for the residents of the San Gabriel Valley.”About ChapCareCommunity Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) was founded in 1995 by a group of community residents, city officials, and health care agencies to establish primary healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents in Pasadena. ChapCare began providing medical services in 1998 and dental services in 2001. Today, ChapCare is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides healthcare services to countless residents of the San Gabriel Valley. ChapCare operates 4 health centers in Pasadena, 1 health center in Monrovia, and 3 health centers in El Monte/South El Monte. ChapCare provides over 64,000 primary healthcare visits annually to over 15,000 patients.For more information on ChapCare, please call (626) 398-6300 or visit www.chapcare.org. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. 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Ghana booted out of CHAN tournament

first_imgA listless locally-based Ghana Black Stars made an ignoble group stage exit from the ongoing African Nations Championship in Sudan after losing their second game 1:0 to Zimbabwe in Wad Madany, Sudan.The Stars have a final Group B date against Niger on Sunday, February 13, but the result will not count much for the pre-tournament favourites who now have only a slim mathematical chance to qualify from the group stage as an earlier opening group loss to South Africa’s Bafana Bafana adds up to the Zimbabwean shocker to almost shut out the Black Stars.On a night so much was expected of Coach Herbert Addo and his boys who had vowed to put the South African loss behind them and to run down Zimbabwe, it took a 70th minute header by Zimbabwean striker Archieford Gutu to beat goalkeeper Sammy Adjei and therefore put paid to the dreams of the Ghanaians.The Black Stars were finalists in the previous tournament, and had vowed only the championship diadem would be good enough this time round, however they would be the first to admit that the Warriors of Zimbabwe were more ambitious and indeed deserved their win.South Africa had early on beaten Niger by 2:0 and the result leaves South Africa with six points, followed by Niger and Zimbabwe with three points apiece and Ghana at the bottom with no point.Moments after the game, tongues were openly critical of Herbert Addo’s game plan, while many more saw the Black Stars’ exit as justification why he was not handed the coaching job for the senior national team. Story by Isaac Yeboah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img read more

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