Israeli jailers release Palestinian hunger striker

first_imgHundreds of Palestinians gathered in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on May 20 to celebrate the release of Mohammed al-Qeeq by Israeli jailers a day earlier. Al-Qeeq, a 34-year-old Palestinian journalist and father of three, was freed after a record-shattering 94-day hunger strike protesting his “administrative detention.”Protesters demand al-Qeeq’s release, Feb. 5.This Israeli military regulation allows the indefinite internment, without charge or trial, of Palestinians under orders by area commanders of the Israeli occupation forces. Israel currently holds around 750 “administrative detainees,” out of 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners overall, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club in Ramallah.In New York, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network celebrated al-Qeeq’s freedom at a weekly protest outside the local office of British-Danish security company G4S. Samidoun had organized over a month of pickets demanding al-Qeeq’s freedom before he ended his strike on Feb. 26 in an agreement with his captors to secure his release.G4S, the regular site of the protests, currently holds contracts to equip Israeli prisons and detention centers. It also operates private jails and services immigration facilities for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the United States.Following years of campaigns by both anti-prison and pro-Palestine groups, G4S said in March that it would end its operations in Israel and youth jails in the U.S. and United Kingdom.On May 22, Israel’s public security and strategic affairs minister, Gilad Erdan, told a conference in New York that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement had helped drive G4S from the Israeli market. “The company is now trying to convince everyone that BDS was not a factor,” Erdan said. “Don’t listen to them.”The BDS campaign against G4S, the world’s largest security company and second-biggest private employer, will continue until the implementation of its March announcement. These efforts include Samidoun’s protests, on Fridays at 4-6 p.m., outside the company’s office at 19 West 44th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan.The gatherings currently highlight ongoing hunger strikes by other “administrative detainees,” including Fouad Assi and Adib Mafarjah, who will reach their 62nd day of fasting on Friday, May 25.Another, Sami Janazrah, resumed a full hunger strike on May 18 after suspending it to consume only liquid foods during a one-week “investigation” by Israeli forces. Before that he held a full hunger strike for 70 days.For news about struggles by these and other Palestinian political prisoners, as well as about worldwide activities to support them, visit Samidoun’s web site and subscribe to its emails at samidoun.net.Catron is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The City of Pasadena Announces Support Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Government The City of Pasadena Announces Support Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Published on Friday, April 3, 2020 | 3:34 pm 62 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * The City of Pasadena has announced a number of resources available to assist Pasadena businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19.COVID-19 Employee Rights & Resources WebinarThe Foothill Workforce Development Board (FWDB) will host a webinar on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 1 PM to help Pasadena workers impacted by COVID-19. Whether you have questions about unemployment and health insurance or financial and job services, this webinar will afford you the opportunity to ask questions and get on-the-spot answers to your questions. To participate, go to https://zoom.us/j/6967524809. Dial-In Option: 1-669-900-6833 (US Toll) or 1-696-752-4809 (US Toll). Meeting ID: 696 752 4809.Understanding Relief Funds For Businesses Impacted By COVID-19The Pasadena Small Business Development Center will host a webinar on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 11 AM to help Pasadena businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This webinar will provide a helpful overview to Pasadena business owners on relief funding available under the CARES Act. To participate, go to https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/379302553. Dial-In Option: 1-669-900-6833 (US Toll) or 1-346-248-7799 (US Toll). Meeting ID: 379302553.The City of Pasadena website contains helpful information and resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19. The website contains information about relief options as well as resources for employers and employees. The COVID-19 Information for Businesses webpage is regularly updated and can be accessed here: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/economicdevelopment/covid-19-business-resources/.Beginning today, California small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the federal government for up to $10 million. The program is first-come, first-serve and eligible Pasadena businesses are encouraged to contact their lender to learn more. Information about the CARES Act can be accessed here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options .In addition to the above resources, the Pasadena City Council approved a moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent by tenants experiencing financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions to assist the community in understanding the tenant protection moratorium. Those FAQ’s can be accessed here: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/wp-content/uploads/COVID19-Eviction-Moratorium-FAQs.pdf?v=1585986455924. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News 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 First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stufflast_img read more

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[Breaking]Delhi HC Gives Green Signal To Harper Collins To Publish Book On Asaram Bapu Case, Directs A Disclaimer To Be Put Inside The Book Cover

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking]Delhi HC Gives Green Signal To Harper Collins To Publish Book On Asaram Bapu Case, Directs A Disclaimer To Be Put Inside The Book Cover Karan Tripathi22 Sep 2020 2:33 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has given green signal to Harper Collins to go ahead with its book titled ‘Gunning For The Godman’, which is based on the criminal case against Asaram Bapu. The Single Bench of Justice Najmi Waziri has set aside the ex-parte injunction passed by the district court by holding that where there’s a fair discussion in public domain which is based on facts and not…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?LoginDelhi High Court has given green signal to Harper Collins to go ahead with its book titled ‘Gunning For The Godman’, which is based on the criminal case against Asaram Bapu. The Single Bench of Justice Najmi Waziri has set aside the ex-parte injunction passed by the district court by holding that where there’s a fair discussion in public domain which is based on facts and not malicious, the same is protected under freedom to speech and expression. The court said: ‘In a civilised society, which is governed by rule of law, discussions should be governed by facts. The moment such discussions go into speculations and unproven facts, right to injunction arises.’ While sitting aside the ex-parte injunction passed by the district court against Harper Collins, the court observed that the district court was not made aware of the disclaimer which is present in the book. Moreover, the court noted that the book is based on the facts available in the public domain and the original plaintiffs had moved the district court only on the penultimate date of publication. During the course of the proceedings, Justice Waziri noted that 5,000 books had already been printed. Thus, he orally remarked that these many books “cannot be undone” and suggested the parties to arrive at a “mutual closure”. However, after seeking instructions, Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat, appearing for the respondent, had asked the Court to adjudicate on merits. Kamat had argued that the Court had to strike a balance between 5,000 books of a Publication House and the Reputation and Right to fair Trial of the Defendant/Plaintiff, who was co-convicted as Asaram’s aide. Reading out excerpts from the Judgment, Kamat had said “Extreme proposition that judges are never influenced or impressed by extraneous publications is difficult to be accepted”. Kamat had argued that release of the book will cause an irreparable damage to the Defendant/Plaintiff’s reputation and will adversely affect her Right to a fair trial. At this juncture, Sr Adv Sibal had intervened and pointed out that Mr. Kamat had conveniently missed an important aspect of Mushtaq Moosa Judgment. He pointed out that the Bombay HC had passed the injunction order in the above case only until delivery of Judgment by the TADA Court. “Film was permitted to be released until passing of Judgment. Where is censorship after conviction? Mr. Kamat has conveniently missed the operative part,” Sibal had argued. He had further submitted that he is not denying that the Respondent/Plaintiff has a right to reputation. He said that the book should be released and if the Plaintiff is aggrieved, she may file a suit for defamation. However, he added that he shall take the defence of Truth in those proceedings as the book was based on the facts disclosed in the conviction Judgment rendered by the Special POCSO Court, Jodhpur. After that, the judge had urged the parties to explore the scope and settlement and adjourned the hearing for sometime. Later, the parties had told the bench that the settlement process failed. Justice Waziri has reserved judgment and the order is likely to be released on the HC website. The book, alleged to be a true story of the facts surrounding the conviction of self-styled godman Aasaram Bapu was authored by Ajay Lamba, Additional Commissioner of Police, Jaipur and Sanjiv Mathur. It was scheduled to be released last Saturday. The impugned order was passed ex-parte on September 4 by the Additional District Court, Patiala House in Delhi restraining its publication in a suit filed by Sanchita Gupta, who was convicted as an aide of the self-styled godman in a case related to rape of a minor. The Civil Court observed that the publication of the book could cause irreparable harm to the reputation of the plaintiff. During the course of the proceedings, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Harper Collins, had submitted that the law on ex-parte injunction against publication is that the plaintiff has to show utmost good faith. However, in the instant case, the plaintiff did not approach the court with clean hands, as the judgment of the trial court that convicted and sentenced her was not appended along with the plaint. “What the Respondent/Plaintiff claims to be Defamatory, are observations made by the Court. They have suppressed material facts by not annexing the Judgment. On this ground alone, the application should be dismissed”, Sibal had argued. He had pointed out that the High Court has only suspended the sentence and that the conviction is still in operation. He had further submitted that while passing the impugned order, the trial court fell into “serious error” in not considering the settled principles of law against pre-publication censorship which is unconstitutional as it is against the right to freedom of expression under Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India. Sibal had further submitted that the plaintiff approached the court on the last minute, just a day before the scheduled publication even though the publication was announced in media in the last week of July, and this factor should be held against them. Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat (assisted by Advocates Rajesh Inamdar, Naman Joshi and Karan Khanuja), appearing for the respondent/plaintiff, submitted that the matter was still sub-judice, and the publication of the book can cause prejudice to the appeal and tarnish her reputation. “If tomorrow the Special Court Judgment is reversed by the HC, the book, standing with all its disclaimers, will be available in market. This will tarnish the reputation of Respondent/Plaintiff forever”, Kamat submitted. Kamat had further submitted that the publisher should approach the trial court first, seeking vacation of the interim order by filing an application under Order 39 Rule 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure. When Kamat had submitted that the book has dramatized the events, Justice Waziri orally remarked, “There has to be some license for the writer to write in a particular way. It cannot be drab like recording evidence”. Kamat had also referred to the order passed by the High Court against the movie ‘Batla Hosue’. Justice Waziri replied that the said order was passed not on contest but after the film-makers voluntarily agreed to make changes. Kamat had also referred to the pre-publication restraint passed against Juggernaut from publishing a book on Baba Ramdev. Next Storylast_img read more

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