Call for presidential pardon after supreme court upholds Perwiz Kambakhsh’s 20-year jail sentence for “blasphemy”

first_img News Kambakhsh’s brother, fellow journalist Yaqub Ibrahimi, told Reporters Without Borders: “We thought there would be more justice in the Afghan capital and especially at the summit of the judicial system, but this decision taken in silence leads us to fear that there is no justice at all in this country.” RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Organisation Receive email alerts News to go further “At no point in this case has the Afghan judicial system observed the correct procedure,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After an initial trial behind closed doors without any defence lawyer and after all the appeal court irregularities, the supreme court has now confirmed a very severe sentence without even hearing the defence’s arguments.” The organisation added: “We now fear that Kambakhsh could be transferred to Pul-e-Charkhi prison or Mazar-i-Sharif prison, where his life would be in danger.” Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that the Afghan supreme court has upheld the 20-year prison sentence which Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh received on a blasphemy charge. The organisation solemnly appeals to President Hamid Karzai to use his right of pardon in order to have Kambakhsh released without delay. June 2, 2021 Find out more Kambakhsh’s lawyer, Mohamad Afzal Nuristani, told Reporters Without Borders: “I went to the supreme court to hand in the defence arguments. There, I was told that the court confirmed the 20-year sentence a month ago and that the case has been already passed back to the prosecutor. How can they reach such a decision without even waiting to hear what the defence has to say? (…) I am going to file an appeal.” Kambakhsh was arrested on a blasphemy in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on 27 October 2007 for downloading an article about the role of women in Islam. A Kabul appeal court imposed the 20-year prison sentence in October 2008.Reporters Without Borders visited Kambakhsh at the Kabul provisional detention centre in January. He continues to insist on his innocence. “From the outset I have said I was innocent,” he told the delegation. “Under the law and the constitution, I have committed no crime. Neither of the two courts proved my guilt. I was convicted solely because of pressure from certain people, not because of the law.”A journalism student at Balkh university and a reporter for the newspaper Jahan-e-Naw (“New World”), Kambakhsh was arrested in Mazar-i-Sharif on 27 October 2007 on a charge of “blasphemy and distribution of texts defamatory of Islam.” Under pressure from the Council of Mullahs and local officials, the Mazar-i-Sharif court sentenced him to death in a trial held behind closed doors and without a defence lawyer on 22 January. Members of the security forces tortured him to obtain a confession. Help by sharing this information RSF_en center_img May 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that the Afghan supreme court has upheld the 20-year prison sentence which Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh received on a blasphemy charge. The supreme court took its decision without hearing arguments from the defence. In fact, the journalist’s lawyer learned of the ruling as he was about to submit his letter of defence. Follow the news on Afghanistan AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders solemnly appeals to President Hamid Karzai to use his right of pardon in order to have Kambakhsh released without delay. Karzai had promised several foreign leaders that the young journalist would be freed. The press freedom organisation continued: “It is astounding that the supreme court failed to overturn the appeal court verdict, as none of the prosecution witnesses said he had received a copy of the allegedly blasphemous article from Kambakhsh and one of them retracted what he had said at the initial trial, recognising that his initial testimony was given under duress.” News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News March 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for presidential pardon after supreme court upholds Perwiz Kambakhsh’s 20-year jail sentence for “blasphemy” AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

HSE Staff Choirs Sing for Wellbeing Concert

first_imgHSE staff from around the country held a concert in University Concert Hall in Limerick called Sing for Wellbeing Concert in aid of the UL Children’s Ark Unit. Attending the event were Maaz Mirza, medical student, ULHG, Fergal Fox, HSE Health Promotion, Brian McKeon, ULHG, Cate Hartigan, HSE, Health and Wellbeing, Laura Tobin, ULHG, Kerrie Hennigan, SHO, UHL Maternity and Prof Roy Philip, Pediatrician & Neonatologist, ULHG.Photograph Liam Burke Press 22Speaking about the event, Dr Cate Hartigan, Assistant National Director Health and Wellbeing, Strategic Planning, said, “It was very positive to see staff participating in their local workplace choirs, which can offer a great outlet to support staff health and wellbeing and improve staff engagement.” NewsCommunityHealthVideoHSE Staff Choirs Sing for Wellbeing ConcertBy Cian Reinhardt – October 23, 2018 2793 Print Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This initiative was part of the implementation of Healthy Ireland within our health service, and specifically aims to support staff health and wellbeing.The voluntary donations raised on the day will go to the Children’s Ark in University Hospital Limerick, which is the only inpatient facility for sick children in the Midwest.The Children’s Ark is a purpose-built paediatric unit for children with 49 beds in the Sunshine and Rainbow wards, a high-dependency unit, a cystic fibrosis unit and our Caterpillar day ward.  There is also a school for children staying in hospital so that those that are well enough can keep up with their school work. Email Facebook Attendees were treated to an afternoon of engaging songs and a mass participation grand finale where all choirs and the audience will sing together the legendary, unifying John Farnham song “You’re the voice”.The choirs and audience sang to the accompaniment of the Dr. Diarmuid O Herlihy Pipe Band from Cashel.  It was a unique opportunity to see and hear frontline HSE staff in a different context.Other choirs performing on the day included Galway University Hospital Choral Society, Scrubs (Cork University Hospital), Merlin Miscellany (Merlin Park Galway), HSE Tullamore Staff Choir, Heart and Soul (Mullingar) and Naas Workplace Choir.The development of workplace choirs within the health sector is a relatively new development which is proving very popular among HSE staff. Twitter Linkedin WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleLISTEN: The Breakdown EP65 with Sporting Limerick and Three Red KingsNext articleWATCH: Intermediate football final preview Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! The HSE Staff Sing for Wellbeing Concert took place on Sunday 21st October in the University of Limerick concert Hall 2.00pm – 5.00 pm in aid of University Hospital Limerick Children’s Ark Unit.Over 600 people attended the performance, to see and hear HSE Workplace Choirs from around the country perform at this exciting event. Ennis Hospital Singers, from Ennis Hospital and  Chimers (Limerick Mental Health Services), took part from the Midwest.As part of the HSE’s work to promote Healthy Ireland, the Government’s strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of the Irish population, this free concert celebrated the health and wellbeing benefits that staff get from singing in workplace choirs and showcased the talent that exists among HSE staff.This event was free to attend and a voluntary bucket collection took place on the day with all proceeds going to University Hospital Limerick Children’s Ark Unit. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Advertisement HSE staff from around the country held a concert in University Concert Hall in Limerick called Sing for Wellbeing Concert in aid of the UL Children’s Ark Unit. Attending the event were Chimers, Limerick Mental Health Services.Photograph Liam Burke Press 22Singing in a choir can help alleviate stress in what can be a challenging work environment, create social connection among work colleagues, improve mental wellbeing and offer retired colleagues the chance to stay connected.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TAGScharityCommunityFundraiserhealthLimerick City and CountyNews Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more