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Roxana Saberi ends her hunger strike

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News RSF_en March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Roxana Saberi ends her hunger strike News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders is extremely relieved to learn that Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist who is in a Tehran jail on a spying charge, has ended her hunger strike. The press freedom organisation continues to call for the appeal against her conviction to be given a fair hearing and not any sham proceedings.When Saberi’s parents visited her in Tehran’s Evin prison on 4 May, she agreed to begin eating again at her father’s insistence and took two spoonfuls of yoghurt. Yesterday evening, she confirmed to her parents during a phone call that she had decided to end the hunger strike she began on 21 April.She also expressed her gratitude for the international campaign of solidarity that has been waged on her behalf.In accordance with Iranian law, Saberi’s lawyers yesterday filed a request for her release on bail before the judge of the 28th chamber of the Tehran revolutionary court.“The Iranian authorities should respect Roxana Saberi’s rights by granting her lawyers’ request and releasing her on bail pending the appeal hearing,” Reporters Without Borders said.Iranian judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi announced yesterday that the appeal would be heard behind closed doors “in the course of next week” with representatives of the prosecutor’s office, the intelligence ministry and lawyers association in attendance.“This is a travesty of justice,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Leading independent figures should be present at this appeal hearing. We call for Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi of the Human Rights Defenders Centre to be allowed to attend.”Timeline of Saberi case- 31 January: Roxana Saberi is arrested.- 1 March: The US public radio network NPR breaks the news of her arrest (after getting a call from her father on 10 February).- 2 March: Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi says Saberi was working “illegally” in Iran.- 3 March: Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi says she has been “arrested on the order of the Tehran revolutionary court and is being held in Evin prison.”- 9 April: Saberi is charged with spying by deputy prosecutor Hassan Zare Dehnavi. This charge is often used by the Iranian authorities to arrest journalists and tighten the muzzle on freedom of expression.- 13 April: Saberi is tried in a closed-door hearing on a charge of spying for the United States.- 18 April: Saberi is sentenced to eight years in prison.- 20 April: Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi announces that she will join the Saberi defence team.- 21 April: Saberi begins her hunger strike.- 25 April: Her lawyer files an appeal against her conviction.- 28 April: Reporters Without Borders begins a hunger strike in Paris.- 1 May: Saberi is hospitalised for a few hours after ceasing to take liquids.- 2 May: Shirin Ebadi voices her support for Saberi and Reporters Without Borders.- 3 May: The Reporters Without Borders hunger strike continues outside UN headquarters in New York.- 5 May: Saberi confirms that she had decided to end the hunger strike.- 5 May: Saberi’s lawyers file a request for her release on bail. Follow the news on Iran News IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders is extremely relieved to learn that Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist who is in a Tehran jail on a spying charge, has ended her hunger strike. The appeal will be heard behind closed doors in the course of next week. The press freedom organisation continues to call for the appeal against her conviction to be given a fair hearing and not any sham proceedings. last_img read more


June 12, 2021 0

Competition: Win a pair of tickets to Munster v Scarlets in…

first_imgRugbyMunsterNewsSportCompetition: Win a pair of tickets to Munster v Scarlets in Thomond Park!By admin – October 7, 2014 754 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Our friends at Specsavers and WHPR have given us a pair of tickets to giveaway to this Friday night’s Munster v Scarlets Guinness PRO12 game at Thomond Park.Kick off is Friday @ 7.35pm in Thomond Park and the tickets are courtesy of Specsavers, sponsors of the match officials.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Simply answer the following question:Who captained Munster to their first Heineken Cup win?Email your Answer, Name, along with your  telephone number,  to [email protected] will be chosen at random. Tickets must be collected in Limerick Post Office at 97 Henry St.Best of Luck! Linkedincenter_img Email Advertisement Print Previous articleFarmer faces jail if court fines are not paid by DecemberNext articleTravelling Men of Shakespeare adminlast_img read more


June 4, 2021 0

Commonwealth Games: Ghana still medalless after day six

first_imgNo medal for Team Ghana at the Commonwealth Games after day six but some athletes continue to keep the nation’s slender hopes alive.Sprinter Janet Amponsah made it to the semi-finals of the women’s 200m, finishing second in the heats with a time of 23.66 seconds.Akua Obeng-Akrofi progressed to the semi-finals of the women’s 400m after coming third in her heats with a PB of 52.44, but 2017 world youth championship runner, Rafiatu Nuhu, who fell short as her fifth place finish in the heats with a time of 54.02, couldn’t progress to the semis. In the men’s 200m, Martin Owusu-Antwi qualified for the semi-finals finishing second in his heat with a time of 21.02 while compatriot Joseph Amoah also made it through as one of the fastest losers with a time of 20.82 in his heat.In the men’s 400m, Alex Amankwah failed to qualify for the semi-finals after finishing fourth with a time of 1.47.80 in the heats.Decathlete Atsu Nyamadi competed in 3 events on Day 7. He threw a new PB of 46.61m in the discus, finishing third; he won the 110m hurdles crossing the line in 14.82sec and made No Mark (NM) in the pole vault event. Nyamadi now ranks ninth with 5711 points with just two events to go – javelin and 1,500m.African champion Nadia Eke finished 10th in the Women’s Triple Jump final with a distance of 13.05m, way off her personal best jump of 13.93m.In the men’s Badminton singles, Daniel Sam lost to Anthony Joe of Australia 2-0 while Abraham Ayittey lost to Aatish Lubah 2-0, exiting the competition in the round of 64.In the women’s badminton event, Grace Atipaka progressed to the round of 32, beating Juliette Ah Wan Seychelles 2-0.In the mixed doubles round of 64, Ghana beat Fiji 2-1 before losing 2-0 to Singapore.  In the men’s table tennis singles, Ghana’s captain Bernard Sam defeated Guyana’s Nigel Bryan 4-2. Felix Lartey beat Trinidad and Tobago’s Yuvraaj Dookram 4-1 and Derek Abrefa beat Emmanuel Gboyah of Sierra Leone 4-0 in a best of 7 games match.In the women’s table tennis, Celia Baah-Danso won her first match against Lalma Sifi of Solomon Islands before compatriot Cynthia Kwabi failed to replicate her performance. Kwabi lost 4-0 to Sri Lanka’s Erandi Warusawithana in her first match before losing to Rheann Chung of Trinidad and Tobago 4-0.In the men’s 50m Rifle Prone, Emmanuel Koli Appiah finished 30th with a score of 571 and failed to progress to the next stage.In boxing, Ghana’s Jessie Lartey earned a narrow win over South Africa’s Sinethemba Blom in the men’s 64kg quarter-final with 3 of the 5 judges calling the bout in favour of Lartey. Samuel Addo, unfortunately, could not replicate that feat, losing to England’s Peter McGrail in the Men’s 56kg quarter-final.In Swimming, Jason Arthur finished 7th in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2:07:44. Finally, Botsyo Nkegbe missed out on a medal after finishing last but one – ninth – in men’s T54 1500m final.last_img read more


August 27, 2020 0