Press freedom violations mar demonstrations despite democratic progress

first_img Organisation KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Although the international community has hailed a new constitution limiting the president’s powers and increasing those of parliament as an important step in Kyrgyzstan’s democratic evolution, a wave of press freedom violations occurred during the massive demonstrations that preceded its adoption on 9 November, Reporters Without Borders said today.“Popular unrest forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to make democratic concessions, but the handling of the crisis showed the government’s authoritarian nature,” the press freedom organisation said. “Journalists were attacked while covering the demonstrations and websites were blocked, preventing the public from getting proper news coverage. It highlighted how precarious the media are and how they are exposed to frequent government censorship.”Journalists with the news agency were attacked by unidentified assailants while covering a pro-government demonstration in the capital, Bishkek, on 7 November. TV Pyramida reporter Turat Bektenov was attacked as he was returning home the same day.Several media were prevented from providing news coverage from 2 to 7 November. TV Pyramida’s antenna was attacked and damaged. The broadcasts of NTS, an independent TV station that was covering the protests live, were interrupted several times. The content and archives of the online newspaper were deleted the night after six protesters were injured, three of them with gunshot wounds, when police dispersed a demonstration.Marat Tokoyev of the NGO Journalists said the media were not able to cover these demonstrations in an independent manner. August 26, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Receive email alerts RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan center_img KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information November 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom violations mar demonstrations despite democratic progress August 14, 2020 Find out more News to go further News News October 9, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Operation Martillo making strides in counter-narcotics fight

first_imgBy Dialogo July 29, 2013 MIAMI, U.S.A. – The United States’ teaming with Western Hemisphere and European countries has led to the seizure of more than 245,000 kilograms of narcotics as the result of Operation Martillo, an international mission that gathers partner nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. “[U.S. Southern Command’s] commitment to working with partners, both in the region and throughout the U.S. government – from the military to the rest of our government – is helping build an integrated network of defense in the Western Hemisphere, based on shared responsibility and shared values,” United States Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a prepared statement. “Through initiatives such as Operation Martillo, U.S. Southern Command and its partners are dismantling transnational criminal networks and disrupting illicit drug trafficking.” Operation Martillo, which is led by the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South and includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, and the United Kingdom, strives to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. From Jan. 15, 2012 to July 17, 2013, Operation Martillo, which was launched in January 2012, resulted in the seizure of 207,740 kilograms of cocaine and 37,397 kilograms of marijuana, 472 arrests and the confiscation of 152 assets. The Joint Interagency Task Force South and U.S. Southern Command will continue to work closely with partner nations through Operation Martillo, as 69% of the disruptions made during the past fiscal year were supported by a member nation. During the 2011 fiscal year, 59% of disruptions included a partner nation. The operation directly supports the curtailing of trafficking and the dismantlement of transnational criminal networks in Central America, which are key objectives of the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). “Operation Martillo demonstrates a clear commitment of the Western Hemisphere and European nations to work as partners to counter the spread of transnational criminal organizations, and to protect citizens in Central America from the violence, harm and exploitation created by these criminal networks,” the Joint Interagency Task Force South and U.S. Southern Command said in a prepared statement. Operation Martillo is integral to the counter-narcotics fight, as about 80% of cocaine shipments are moved via maritime routes. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. “Operation Martillo has been a huge success and demonstrates our clear commitment to work together with our partner nations and interagency community to combat the influence of organized crime and disrupt the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S.,” Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet, said in a prepared statement. “By teaming up with our partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, our goal is to deny them the ability to transit so that the sea lines are not free for illicit traffic.” Partner nations are committed to Operation Martillo. “Canada has steadfast, growing relationships with the people and nations of the Caribbean and Central America,” Canadian Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy said in a prepared statement. “We are committed to building on those ties by sharing expertise and pooling our resources to tackle common threats such as international drug smuggling. By working together, we are achieving greater security and prosperity for our hemisphere.”last_img read more

CUNA, Foundation part of NCUA’s diversity, equity, inclusion summit

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Senior Policy Analyst Samira Salem and National Credit Union Foundation Chief Financial and Operations Officer Hannibal Brumskine will join more than a dozen other credit union leaders Nov. 6 for a summit on diversity, equity and inclusion. Registration is currently open for the full-day event, which will take place at the Westin Old Town Alexandria.According to NCUA, the summit is designed for credit union industry professionals committed to advancing DEI to gather and share best practices, address challenges to advancing diversity and lean how NCUA can support the industry in these efforts.Salem will participate in a panel featuring industry leaders discussing the challenges and best methods to collecting diversity data and how to establish benchmarks for the credit union system. Brumskine will participate on a panel on where to find and how to land the best and brightest from diverse talent pools. continue reading »center_img NCUA headquarterslast_img read more