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US military at Guantanamo try to implicate Al-Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer

first_img United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at US military attempts to threaten and discredit British lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, who is defending an Al-Jazeera cameraman, Sudanese citizen Sami Al-Haj, held at the US navy’s Guantanamo Bay base since 13 June 2002. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is trying to claim that Stafford-Smith encouraged three Guantanamo Bay detainees to commit suicide.“Do the Guantanamo military authorities think they can escape blame for the inhuman treatment of their detainees by making such stupid and crass accusations against Stafford-Smith?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “Defence rights are constantly flouted at Guantanamo. Lawyers can barely get access to their clients. It is hard to see how a lawyer could advise three detainees to commit suicide when he was not even defending them. This alone is sufficient grounds to close the camp.”The press freedom organisation added: “The failure to execute the supreme court decision of 29 June invalidating special military tribunals and the attempts by congress now to hastily create a legal basis for Guantanamo clearly show that the US authorities are trying at all costs to make us forget that most of the detainees have never been charged. We reiterate our call for the release of Al-Haj, who has been held for no reason for four years and denied treatment.”In a note to Reporters Without Borders, Stafford-Smith said he was threatened with imprisonment by an American NCO at Guantanamo on the morning of 5 August after he asked to see two of his clients (one of them Al-Haj), who are identified at the base by the numbers 905 and 906. To Stafford-Smith’s surprise, the NCO said his clients were refusing to see him. He went on to accuse Stafford-Smith of violating the camp’s rules by encouraging one of his clients, Saudi citizen Shaker Aamer (“number 239”) to go on hunger strike, although Stafford-Smith had in fact been unable to see him during his preceding visit a month before. The NCO than threatened to have Stafford-Smith arrested by the US justice department.Stafford-Smith said he discovered that another of his clients, Mohammed El Gharani, a young Chadian, was constantly pressured by guards to implicate him during July and August. Tortured and subjected to racist taunts, he had been placed with Shaker Aamer in the high-security Camp Echo section of Guantanamo in March in an attempt to get Aamer to give up his hunger strike.Gharani was then forced to confess – under pain of being moved to the maximum-security Camp 5 unit – that Aamer had told him that Stafford-Smith had urged him to go on hunger strike and had encouraged three other detainees – two Saudis and a Yemeni – to commit suicide. In fact, Stafford-Smith had never acted for these three and does not even known their names.Despite calls from the international community for Guantanamo’s closure and despite announcements of more respect for defence rights, “no information filters out about the condition of detainees, not even to their lawyers,” Stafford-Smith told Reporters Without Borders. “The military authorities assure me that Al-Haj, who I briefly saw a couple of weeks ago, is being treated for his throat cancer but I have no way of verifying that,” he added. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns attempts to intimidate and discredit British lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, who is defending a Sudanese cameraman, Sami Al-Haj, held at Guantanamo Bay since 13 June 2002. The press freedom organisation reiterates its call for Al-Haj’s release. to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas Organisation News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists September 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US military at Guantanamo try to implicate Al-Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

2016 Limerick women in business award winners named

first_imgBusinessNews2016 Limerick women in business award winners namedBy Staff Reporter – May 24, 2016 1383 2016 Winners of Network Ireland Limerick Business Woman of the Year Awards from L to R: Michelle Costello, Fusion Media – winner of Emerging Business Award, Sandra Honan, The Pudding Brand Agency – winner of the Employee Award and Valerie Murphy, Valerie’s Breast Care – winner of the SME Award2016 Winners of Network Ireland Limerick Business Woman of the Year Awards from L to R: Michelle Costello, Fusion Media – winner of Emerging Business Award, Sandra Honan, The Pudding Brand Agency – winner of the Employee Award and Valerie Murphy, Valerie’s Breast Care – winner of the SME AwardLIMERICK’S Michelle Costello, Fusion Media has taken the top crown as the Emerging Business Award winner at the Limerick Women in Business Awards event held recently.The Employee Award went to Sandra Honan, The Pudding Brand Agency and Valerie Murphy, of Valerie’s Breast Care won the SME Award.The winners of each award category will now go on to the national finals which will be announced at a Gala Ceremony in September in Cork.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The ten finalists, representing a broad range of businesses, were joined by their family, friends and fellow members at the glamorous awards ceremony. Also in attendance were the judges; Helen O’Donnell, Dolmen Catering, Judy Tighe, AIB and Bernie Moloney, Limerick Enterprise Office, along with Deirdre Waldron, National President of Network Ireland.The Awards night was opened by special guest speaker Chupi Sweetman-Pell, Founder and Creative Director of multi-award winning jewellery brand Chupi. She shared her success story to date and gave support to the finalists noting that she has lost more awards than won and found that “loosing can be more powerful”.Louise Lawlor, President of Network Ireland Limerick said, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognise and celebrate the excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of our members. Our network is growing rapidly and it’s fantastic to see such a wide variety of businesses represented. I hope our winners and finalists really benefit from the recognition they are receiving by being part of these awards. I would like to especially thank the support of our sponsors and judges who made this fantastic evening possible.”Emerging Business Award – Michelle Costello, Fusion MagazineAs the driving force behind Fusion Media, Michelle Costello has gone above and beyond in making Fusion Magazine and The Limerick Magazine what they are today. With a background in the media industry spanning sales, public relations, advertising, project management, event co-ordination and marketing, Michelle started out with the intent of filling a gap in the market in Limerick, and wanted to create a platform for creative communities. In 18 months since launching Fusion Media, Michelle has been responsible for publishing over 20 issues of the two different publications so far. Since its conception, Fusion Media has grown more rapidly than anyone could have anticipated. With 2 publications, a graphic design department, web development and content creation, the next few years are set to be one of growth and expansion. What are Michelle’s goals for Fusion Media in the future? “The goal for both Fusion Magazine and The Limerick Magazine is that people who are in it are there to inspire others. The rest is to work and collaborate on lots of exciting and fun projects with fun and exciting people.”Employee Award – Sandra Honan, The Pudding Brand AgencyAs Chief Communications Strategist with The Pudding Branding Agency which specialises in Strategy and Design, Sandra heads up all things communication. She has a passion for persuasive storytelling and has secured coverage in a number of national media outlets including the Sunday Business Show on Today Fm, the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Image Magazine and the Irish Country Magazine. This coverage has increased brand awareness of The Pudding nationally.Using the experience and knowledge she’s gained after working for up to ten years in local and national media, Sandra also works with The Pudding’s clients on their PR and Communications. She works with them to identify brand messages they should communicate, unlocks the newsworthy potential within these messages and pitches them to the relevant media.SME Award – Valerie Murphy, Valerie’s Breast CareValerie Murphy runs Valerie’s Breast Care, a service, which provides breast prostheses, mastectomy lingerie & swimwear to women who have had breast cancer surgery. She gives her clients the option of an appointment at her Limerick shop or a complimentary home visit in the Mid West Counties. Trained in Texas, in 2012, she has introduced new, fashionable & innovative American & European products to Irish women.Valerie was drawn to work within breast care when she was a volunteer at a Breast Cancer Organisation, in America. Since then, she has been involved in various projects and events which fundraise for Cancer Support Services. She also gives breast cancer information awareness talks, encouraging people to self-examine & attend mammograms as ‘early detection saves lives’. Valerie loves to communicate all aspects of the service, with women, through her facebook page www.facebook.com/ValeriesbreastcareLiving in the countryside with her husband Barry, they enjoy the outdoors with their three lively children, Paddy, Isolde and Frankie. 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