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UN secretary-general asked to raise imprisoned blogger’s case with Egyptian president

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first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders today asked UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (photo) to raise the case of imprisoned blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during the two-day Arab League Summit that begins tomorrow in Riyadh. Suleiman was given a four-year sentence on 22 February because of his blog posts, which he wrote under the pseudonym of Kareem Amer. Reporters Without Borders points out the UN has chosen Egypt to host the Internet Governance Forum in 2009. Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News February 1, 2021 Find out more News News to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more March 27, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN secretary-general asked to raise imprisoned blogger’s case with Egyptian president Help by sharing this information EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today asked UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to raise the case of imprisoned blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during the two-day Arab League Summit that begins tomorrow in Riyadh. Suleiman was given a four-year sentence on 22 February because of his blog posts, which he wrote under the pseudonym of Kareem Amer. Reporters Without Borders points out the UN has chosen Egypt to host the Internet Governance Forum in 2009.Letter sent on 27th March by Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard :”Dear Secretary-General,Reporters Without Borders would like to ask you to raise the case of imprisoned blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during the two-day Arab League Summit that begins tomorrow in Riyadh. Mr. Suleiman, who is better known as “Kareem Amer,” received a four-year sentence on 22 February because of his blog posts. We would point out that the UN has agreed to Egypt’s hosting the Internet Governance Forum in 2009, a choice that would seem inappropriate as long as this young blogger remains in prison.We know you are committed to promoting an uncensored Internet, one on which users can express themselves freely. We therefore feel sure you would agree that it would damage the UN’s credibility if one of the seven countries in the world that imprison bloggers was asked to host the IGF. We remind you that the second stage of the World Summit on the Information Society – which paved the way for the IGF – took place in Tunisia, a country that systematically violates online free speech.Mr. Suleiman was arrested on 6 November 2006 because of articles he had posted on his blog (www.karam903.blogspot.com), in which he often condemned the government’s authoritarian excesses and criticised Egypt’s highest religious institutions, especially the Sunni university of Al-Azhar, where he studied law. He was sentenced on 22 February to three years in prison for “inciting hatred of Islam” and one year for “insulting” the president. The sentence was upheld on appeal on 12 March. While his outspokenness may have caused displeasure, we do not think it justified putting him in prison.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.”——————-Lisez notre revue de blog internationale et créez votre blog sur : www.rsfblog.org Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Follow the news on Egypt Organisation Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison RSF_en January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Women’s pay victory is a ‘wake-up call’ for bosses

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first_img A landmark £12m equal pay settlement won by a group of female speech and language therapists has been described as a “wake-up call” for employers.The women, backed by the MSF union, argued that their salary range breached equal pay legislation because they were not as well paid as men in a separate occupation.Speech therapy, which is female-dominated, was compared in the NHS to clinical psychology, which is both male- dominated and better paid.The 15-year case was finally resolved after the Government reached an out-of-court settlement with the MSF.Margaret Wall, MSF national secretary, said, ” I think any sensible employer would immediately look at their job evaluation system.“The case is absolutely crucial for other organisations, not just the NHS, and we will now be looking at the insurance sector.“Other unions have been talking to us and I think the case will give impetus for more cases because the elements of the jobs examined in this case were far wider than in previous cases.”Martin Chitty, partner at employment law firm Wragge & Co, said the case has implications for all employers.“This case has opened up the fact that historic factors are not justification for differences in pay regulations, particularly when they are male-dominated,” he said.The bill will be met by the health trusts which employed the women.www.msf.org.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Women’s pay victory is a ‘wake-up call’ for bossesOn 16 May 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more