UN General Assembly adopts resolution on journalists safety

first_img RSF_en November 26, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 UN General Assembly adopts resolution on journalists safety Adopted today by consensus by the Third Committee, this resolution meets calls that Reporters Without Borders has been making for years, in particular, in connection with the United Nations Plan of Action, and which it reaffirmed after the recent tragic death of two French journalists in Mali.“With 89 journalists killed in connection with their work, 2012 was the deadliest year for journalists since Reporters Without Borders began producing an annual round-up in 1995,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“Another 52 journalists have been killed in connection with their work since the start of 2013. We were outraged by the murders of veteran French journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Mali on November 2, as we have been by the murders of fellow journalists in Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Brazil and other parts of the world in 2013.”“The safety of journalists is an essential prerequisite for achieving freedom of expression, democracy, social development and peace. The resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly and the cause symbolized by the date chosen for International Day to End Impunity are more crucial than ever.“By choosing this date, the United Nations is sending a strong message to those who persecute journalists. It is vital that all UN bodies continue to proclaim the importance of combatting impunity for those responsible for physical attacks against journalists.” Resolution 1738, initiated by RWB, condemning intentional attacks against journalists in conflict situations, which the UN Security Council adopted in December 2006, and the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, adopted in April 2012, were very important prior steps in improving protection for journalists. Organisation Reporters Without Borders hails the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of its first resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity and on the creation of an International Day to End Impunity for crimes against journalists on November 2. center_img News “This latest Resolution is undoubtedly a new step in the right direction,” Deloire said. “However, the problem that remains to be addressed is not a legal void but the lack of any verification of respect by member states for their obligations, in particular, their obligation to protect journalists, investigate all acts of violence and bring perpetrators to justice.“That is why we are calling for effective monitoring of states’ respect for their obligations. And, at a time when ordinary citizens play a vital role in informing the public and when most violations against journalists happen outside of war situations, we are also calling for member states’ obligations to be extended to non-professional news providers and beyond armed conflict situations.”The General Assembly resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers in both conflict and non-conflict situations and underlines the important role played by all news providers by stating that “journalism is continuously evolving to include inputs from media institutions, private individuals and a range of organizations that seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, online as well as offline.” It also underlines states’ obligations to prevent violence and to bring perpetrators to justice, by urging “Member States to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability through the conduct of impartial, speedy and effective investigations into all alleged violence against journalists and media workers falling within their jurisdiction, and to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice and to ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies.”Finally, it “invites the relevant agencies, organizations, funds and programmes of the United Nations system to consider identifying focal points for the exchange of information about the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, in cooperation with Member States under the overall coordination of UNESCO.” Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions

first_imgCovid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Print Advertisement Facebook From 26 April (subject to prevailing public health situation):Outdoor sports facilities can reopen (e.g. pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, other facilities as appropriate). See notes to editors for further details.Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen (i.e. zoos, open pet farms, heritage sites). Amusement parks are not permitted to open. See notes to editors for further details.Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 can recommence for all exercise activities that can be delivered outdoors including dance.Maximum attendance at funerals will increase to 25 on compassionate grounds. Linked gatherings should not take place before or after funeral services.Vaccine Bonus for those fully vaccinatedCurrent guidance for those most vulnerable to the severe impacts of COVID-19 – the over 70s and the medically vulnerable – will be aligned with that for the general population (e.g. regarding use of public transport, going to shops etc)Those who have the full protection of the vaccine may visit indoors with one other household who also has full protection. See notes to editors for further details.The restrictions that are currently in place continue to have a considerable impact on the social and economic wellbeing of the community. However the vaccination programme gives us a pathway to a return to economic and social activity.In the meantime Government’s community support, well-being programmes, employment and business supports continue, with the EWSS, PUP and Covid-19 enhanced illness benefit applicable to June 30th.The measures announced today will continue up to the 4th of May, at which point the following areas will be under consideration:Full re-opening of construction activity.Phased return of non-essential retail commencing with click and collect and outdoor retail i.e. garden centres/nurseries.Recommencement of Personal Services on a staggered basis.Re-opening of Museums, Galleries & LibrariesRecommencement of religious services on a staggered basis Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions NewsBreaking newsGovernment announces phased easing of public health restrictionsBy Staff Reporter – March 30, 2021 233 WhatsApp Email Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash In line with the plan set out in COVID-19 Resilience & Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead, the Government has today announced the phased easing of some restrictions for the month of April, to commence on 12th April.After taking full account of the current status of Covid-19 in the community, and the public health advice, the Government has decided to implement a limited phased easing of restrictions for the month of April. This cautious approach will continue until a substantial level of vaccination has been achieved, at which point we will move to reopen our society more widely.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While the vaccine programme continues to be scaled up, people are encouraged to stay local and to continue to choose outdoor options over indoor options where possible.The vaccination programme has entered its second phase, seeing a significant increase in the scale and speed of vaccinations. However, the Government believes that a widespread lifting of restrictions at this point – in advance of further substantial vaccination – would lead to unacceptable increases in infections, hospitalisations and deaths – and thus the very real prospect of having to reintroduce restrictions.The month of AprilThe following phased easing of restrictions will begin on 12 April and continue through the month:Full return to in-school teaching.Two households can meet up with one another outdoors for social and recreational purposes (this does not include private gardens). Any meetings outdoors should be safe with continued practicing of social distancing and other safe behaviours. Masks should be worn in crowded outdoor spaces.Travel restrictions will be relaxed to enable travel within own county or within 20km of residence if crossing county boundaries.Construction:– All residential construction projects can recommence.– Early Learning and Childcare and school aged childcare services will be added to list of essential services for construction activity during these restrictions to align with the current exemption to primary and secondary schools (where school building projects are progressing) and to allow important fire safety works to progress.From 19 April:Expansion of elite sports to include:training for and playing of National Governing Body sanctioned and organised adult intercounty National Gaelic Games Leagues, not including under 20 or minor competitions.certain high performing athletes as approved by Sport Ireland, in a range of sports. ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19 Linkedin Previous articleElla Nethercott wins Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021Next articleLimerick Post Show | PlayAct Drama School Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Here is my bulls*it avoidance toolkit – Treat every day like it is April Fool’s Day! #AnnSteveTalk re-edit on vaccines, disinformation on Covid-19 and…last_img read more