IranMiddle East – North Africa January 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three Iranian refugee journalists housed in Dijon Receive email alerts News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Accommodation has been found for three Iranian refugee journalists in the French city Dijon thanks to the efforts of Reporters Without Borders-Burgundy and exemplary cooperation from all the local authorities (Dijon city hall, Côte d’Or general council and Burgundy regional council). Reporters Without Borders and the Côte d’Or public housing office signed a three-month rental contract on 5 January for Benyamin Sadr, Sepideh Pooraghaiee and Ghasam Shirzadian.Reporters Without Borders is also due to receive financial support from the regional and departmental authorities that is intended to cover not only their immediate basic needs but also help fund their integration into French society (including language courses and housing assistance after the initial three-month rental period).Two other journalists who have fled Iran are due to arrive in Burgundy in the next few days and move into accommodation that the city of Dijon will give them for four months. After a quick tour of the city in the company of Thomas Barbier of Reporters Without Borders-Burgundy, the Iranian journalists told a large group of local journalists they were happy and confident about the move.Thanks to the support of the French authorities, 11 persecuted Iranian journalists and bloggers have arrived in France seeking asylum, some of them with their families. Reporters Without Borders is organising their travel and lodging and is assisting them with all the necessary administrative procedures. It is also mobilising its network of regional correspondents to help ensure that French society gives them a decent reception. Sadr, who covered politics for reformist publications and the Hamshahrionline website, had been arrested several times since 2008 because of his journalistic activities and his support for the pro-democracy movement. After the authorities stepped up their offensive against journalists, he crossed on foot into Turkey in August and arrived in France on 21 December.Pooraghaiee, who worked for various news media including the newspaper Gozareshe Rooz, spent 110 days in prison in 2007 as a result of her journalistic activities. During last June’s presidential election, she criticised the government’s efforts to discredit the reformist candidate Mehdi Karoubi. After reporting on manoeuvres by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s supporters, in defiance of the information ministry’s threats, she and Shirzadian, who is her husband, fled to Iraqi Kurdistan in September and arrived in France on 23 December. News March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out more
News UpdatesKarnataka Comes Out With Law To Protect Officials From Physical Harm While Performing COVID-19 Duty [Read Ordinance] Mustafa Plumber23 April 2020 4:40 AMShare This – xThe Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala, on April 22, promulgated the ‘The Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020’, to protect all officials engaged in COVID-19 related duties and for the regulation and prevention of epidemic diseases as decided by the Government. As per the ordinance whoever obstructs any officer or any Public Servant while acting or purporting to act…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?LoginThe Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala, on April 22, promulgated the ‘The Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020’, to protect all officials engaged in COVID-19 related duties and for the regulation and prevention of epidemic diseases as decided by the Government. As per the ordinance whoever obstructs any officer or any Public Servant while acting or purporting to act or discharging any duty in pursuance to any provisions of this ordinance, rules, regulations or orders made there under, shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with a fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees. Further the ordinance prohibits causing damage to public or private property. Whoever contravenes the provision shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to three years and with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees. In addition to the punishment specified the offender shall also be liable for a penalty of twice the value of public or private property damaged and loss caused to the public or private property as determined by the Deputy Commissioner after such enquiry as he deems fit. In case the offender has not paid the penal amount under sub section (1), the said amount shall be recovered under the provisions of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964 (Karnataka Act 12 of 1964) as if it were to be an arrears of land revenue. Deputy Commissioner may by notification make provisional attachment of his property available and direct seizure and forfeiture of property towards such dues subject to making it absolute by the competent court. Offences under this ordinance are to be cognizable and bailable. Where an offence has been committed by a Company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the Company, as well as the company shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished. By promulgating the new law, the government has repealed the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 (Mysore Act II of 1897) and the Hyderabad Infectious Diseases Act, 1950 (Hyderabad Act XII of 1950). From the date of commencement of this Ordinance, (From April 22, 2020) the provisions of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 (Central Act 3 of 1897) shall have no application to the State of Karnataka.Click Here To Download Ordinance[Read Ordinance] Next Story
iStock(NEW ORLEANS) — The family of one of the men who died when the Hard Rock hotel collapsed two weeks ago in downtown New Orleans has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the building’s developers.The hotel was under construction on Oct. 12, when the top floors came tumbling down, killing three construction workers and injuring dozens of others. The cause of the collapse is currently under investigation.Kamren Schexnayder and Angela Magrette Ortega, the daughter and twin sister of one of the victims, Anthony Magrette, said in their lawsuit that the developers failed to provide a safe working environment for the workers.Schexnayder and Ortega said Magrette, 49, was “alive at the time the Hard Rock began to collapse” and the companies are responsible for “his conscious physical pain and suffering and mental anguish immediately preceding his death.”They are also suing for their own mental suffering.Both women arrived at the scene of the collapse before rescue workers could find Magrette and witnessed his body removed from the rubble, according to the lawsuit.The two filed the suit on Tuesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court against multiple companies: 1031 Canal, Kailas Development, Citadel Builders, Moses Engineers, Harry Baker Smith Architects, and Heaslip Engineering.“Our highest priority is the care and concern for the families involved,” 1031 Canal said in a statement. “While there are many questions that are unanswerable at this juncture, our prayers and sympathies are with the good men and women who have been affected. We are hopeful that the thoughts and prayers throughout the community will help us as we continue to work with local authorities and the General Contractor to identify the causes of the incident.”A statement on Citadel Builder’s website read, in part, “safety has always been and shall remain a priority for our employees and subcontractors.”Harry Baker Smith Architects declined to comment, and the remaining companies did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News.The majority of the companies named in Tuesday’s lawsuit are facing separate litigation from victims who were injured in the collapse and have alleged negligence.The bodies of the two other victims who died, 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola and 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly, have not been removed from the building.Quinnyon Wimberly II, the son of the elder Wimberly, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Monday, according to the New Orleans Advocate.NOLA Ready, the city’s emergency preparedness agency, said that the recovery efforts of the two victims is “top priority” and will begin as “as soon as it is safe to do so.”Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News as to when that would be.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.