first_img May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Imprisoned Cuban journalist and poet Raúl Rivero has lost nearly 20 kgs (40 pounds) in weight since he was jailed last March, according to his wife Blanca Reyes (photo), who fears he is being starved in jail in Ciego de Avila, where he is serving a 20-year sentence for allegedly “undermining the independence and unity of the state.”She told Reporters Without Borders on 4 August that she had spoken to him by phone on 31 July and that it was clear he was suffering though he did not complain. He was deliberately being held in harsh conditions and only allowed one visit every three months instead of the normal one month. She said her own visits to him, as his wife, were also restricted. “I can only bring him extra food every three months,” she said. “Canned food is forbidden, so he has to eat biscuits and has no protein in his diet. I won’t be able to see him again until 21 August.” She said he also had circulatory problems and that the authorities were passing on medication she brought him.”His conditions of detention are inhuman and unacceptable,” she said. “He is exhausted by the heat and the filthy cells are infested with cockroaches and mosquitoes. Even Fidel Castro, when he was jailed for armed rebellion against dictator Fulgencio Batista, didn’t have to suffer such conditions. Raúl is innocent. I’m in despair.” She called on the authorities to end his harsh detention regime and give him healthy and balanced food. She said his 82-year-old mother, Hortensia Castañeda, was very affected by his imprisonment. “I hold the government responsible for her state of her health,” she warned. Rivero (photo) has been in Canaleta prison in Ciego de Avila, 420 km east of Havana, since he was sentenced in April (after being arrested on 20 March). He was accused of writing “biased” articles in the foreign press, meeting with US diplomats and working with Reporters Without Borders, which was described as a “French terrorist organisation used by the US government.”Rivero, who was awarded the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France prize in 1997, is also a member of the Manuel Márquez Sterling Journalists’ Association, which is part of the Reporters Without Borders Network that includes press freedom organisations all over the world.At least seven other independent journalists arrested at the end of March are reportedly ill. One of them, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, has been transferred to hospital in Santiago de Cuba with cirrhosis of the liver as a result of strong international pressure. His wife Miriam Leiva says the hospital is not clean and has asked for his transfer to a hospital in Havana. Espinosa fears he will contract new illnesses in the Santiago hospital and has refused to undergo medical tests. His wife says he has lost about 20 kgs which is endangering his health.The six other journalists said to be ill are Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona, Carmelo Díaz Fernández, Hector Maseda Gutiérrez, Jorge Olivera Castillo, Miguel Galván Gutierrez and Normándo Hernández. Several have reportedly not received treatment they need and have also lost weight.A total of 75 regime dissidents were arrested at the end of March, including 26 independent journalists. They were tried in early April and each sentenced to between 14 and 27 years imprisonment, mostly under laws to protect the “independence and unity” of the state. They were accused of publishing articles abroad that allegedly served the “imperialist interests” of the United States and having contacts with the US Interests Section (diplomatic representation) in Havana. Tape-recorders, computers, fax machines and written material seized at their homes were presented as evidence at their hasty trials.Article 53 of the Cuban constitution bans privately-owned media. Apart from the small Catholic Church press, all media is controlled by the ruling Cuban Communist Party. More than 13 years ago, Reporters Without Borders set up a system where international media can “sponsor” imprisoned journalists. Some 120 media outlets around the world have responded by adopting colleagues, regularly calling for their release and publicising their plight so they are not forgotten. Rivero is sponsored by the French daily newspapers Ouest France, Le Figaro, Metro and La Tribune, as well as the TV station TV5 and the France Culture radio station.For more about journalists imprisoned in Cuba, see the section “Cuba, the world’s biggest prison for journalists” New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council August 5, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wife of jailed journalist Raúl Rivero attacks “unacceptable” prison conditions RSF_en Organisation Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet to go further Follow the news on Cuba RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Blanca Reyes has expressed her concern to Reporters Without Bordersabout the plight of her imprisoned husband, Cuban journalist and poet RaúlRivero. “He has lost nearly 20 kg (40 pounds) since he was arrested on 20March,” she said, “and is being held in inhuman and unacceptableconditions.” News CubaAmericas CubaAmericas News October 12, 2018 Find out more Newslast_img read more

first_imgThe Gulf state has halted passenger flights, closed its borders to foreigners and asked people to go outdoors only if necessary.UAE Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi has issued a list of fines ranging from $272 to $13,600 for those violating regulations imposed to contain the virus. According to official state news agency WAM, the facility can serve 600 people a day, with priority given to senior citizens, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses.The media office said people should book an appointment in advance.Tests “for the wider community for reassurance only” would cost 370 dirhams (US$100), according to government advice on Twitter.The UAE, which on Sunday had 570 officially declared COVID-19 cases, including three deaths, has imposed restrictions on night movements and taken steps to sanitize outdoor areas and public transport. The United Arab Emirates said it has launched a drive-through coronavirus testing facility as part of the Gulf state’s efforts to fight the disease.The facility, inaugurated by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, will provide screenings within five minutes, using state-of-the-art equipment and a medical team, the Abu Dhabi government’s media office said. “A new drive-through testing facility for COVID-19 has launched … to offer safe testing procedures,” the office said Saturday on Twitter.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 2 November 2015Children as young as four are receiving lessons from transgender campaigners – including a man who revealed to primary school classes that he is a “trans man” and was “assigned female” at birth.Thousands of UK pupils have had the controversial classes, in which they are encouraged to explore their gender identities and are questioned on what being a transsexual means, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.Up to 20 primary schools a year pay for the classes, given by campaigners’ organisation Gendered Intelligence. Parents’ groups have reacted with concern that pupils may be ‘frightened’ by the workshops, while experts warned the lessons may confuse young children.Gendered Intelligence has confirmed it teaches pupils of all ages in primary schools, from reception class – where children are aged four and five – up to Year Six, where pupils are aged 10 and 11. The workshops cost an undisclosed sum and have been available since 2008.The Mail on Sunday has seen footage of Gendered Intelligence conducting workshops with primary classes, in a video available for teachers to hire at a cost of $45.In one class, Year Six boys at a Newcastle primary school are asked to describe the ‘girlish’ things they like to do, while the girls say what ‘boyish’ pursuits they enjoy. read more