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German freelancer held by Assad regime

first_imgNews May 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 German freelancer held by Assad regime Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more Related documents 130513_cp_armin_wertz_ar-2.pdfPDF – 244.07 KB SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns German freelance journalist Armin Wertz’s detention by the Syrian authorities since 5 May. Shortly after his arrest by government forces in the battle-torn city of Aleppo, Wertz sent an SMS to a friend from his mobile phone saying the police were holding him. He asked the friend to notify his family but not make his detention public.He sent another message yesterday expressly asking for help and reporting that he was about to be transferred along with other detainees to Latakia, a coastal city under government control. The German foreign ministry and Reporters Without Borders were alerted.Born in 1945, Wertz is nowadays normally based in Indonesia, where he reports for various media including the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel. He had gone to Syria to cover the civil war and, in particular, the situation of refugees, for two Asian newspapers.A spokesman for the family of James Foley, a US journalist missing since 22 November (LINK), meanwhile reported on 3 May that he is also being held by the Assad regime. German journalist Billy Six spent 12 weeks being held by the Syrian authorities before finally being released on 5 March.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of all Syrian and foreign journalists currently detained in Syria. At least 22 professional journalists and 18 citizen-journalists are currently held. News Receive email alerts Organisation Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en last_img read more

Prostitution Survivor had this to say about Amnesty’s Decriminalisation Policy

first_imgNew Statesman 4 August 2015Prostitution Survivor Rachel Moran had this to say about Amnesty’s Full Decriminalization Policy:“[Amnesty’s policy in favour of decriminalizing prostitution] refuses to recognize that commercial sexual exploitation is a highly gendered abusive practice, and in numerous places throughout the document, Amnesty considers recommending the decriminalization of punters, pimps, brothel owners and others who exploit women for financial gain or sexual gratification in the global sex trade. . . .One would expect that Amnesty would know their resolution is in direct contravention of at least three UN Conventions. Since they are ignoring the fact, it is timely to remind them. . . . Where prostitution has been given the government’s stamp of approval and repackaged as legitimate ‘sex work’, there is no onus on governments to provide exit strategies – any more than they’d be expected to provide exit strategies for women in nursing, hairdressing or childcare. Women like this are simply abandoned by the state.”READ MORE: http://www.newstatesman.com/voices/2015/08/amnesty-can-no-longer-claim-defend-human-rights-if-it-backs-decriminalisingKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Golden Agers Celebrate Easter on ‘Good Friday’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt truly was a ‘Good Friday’ as the Golden Agers fellowshipped to celebrate before Easter. The ladies who meet once a month gathered at the Salvation Army to eat, mingle and listen to guest speakers from the Alpena Gardening Club.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Easter, Golden Agers, Salvation ArmyContinue ReadingPrevious Local Churches Tell WBKB News Their Easter PlansNext Alpena Senior Center Continuing to Raise Funds for ‘Meals on Wheels’ Programlast_img