Shock and grief at human rights activist’s murder in Russian Caucasus

first_img Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption July 20, 2009 – Updated on June 8, 2019 Shock and grief at human rights activist’s murder in Russian Caucasus News Receive email alerts to go further Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing June 2, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Newscenter_img Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is appalled and saddened by the murder of former journalist Natalya Estemirova, the Russian human rights NGO Memorial’s representative in Chechnya. Her body was found on the afternoon of 15 July in the neighbouring republic of Ingushetia following her abduction in the morning in the Chechen capital of Grozny.Estemirova helped Reporters Without Borders conduct a fact-finding visit to Russia’s three Caucasian republics – Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan – in March. The information and analyses she shared with Reporters Without Borders reinforced our conviction that the Caucasus is on the brink of chaos and that human rights activists like her are bravely filling the gap left by a dwindling independent press.“We salute the exemplary courage and commitment of this human rights activist and former journalist, we share the grief of her friends and family and we join them in honouring her memory,” said Reporters Without Borders, which participated in a demonstration in her honour in Paris on 17 July.“We remind the Russian authorities of the violence and abuses to which the population of the Caucasus has been abandoned and we urge them to take action,” the press freedom organisation added. “The authorities must publicly condemn this murder and demonstrate a real determination to combat impunity. A human rights activist’s abduction in the heart of Grozny and ensuing murder at a time when Chechnya is supposedly safe again shows that, despite the optimistic claims, the issue of the Caucasus has not been resolved.”Employed by one of Russia’s best known human rights NGOs, Estemirova specialised in exposing human rights violations in Chechnya and previously helped to cover the wars in this troubled republic as a journalist. She was awarded many prizes and was nominated for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2004.Oleg Orlov, the head of Memorial, claimed that Estemirova’s murder was ordered by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who had never hidden his hostility towards her and had even threatened her publicly. Kadyrov responded by describing Orlov’s allegation as “bizarre” and brought a libel suit against him. As a result, Memorial announced on 18 July that it was temporarily suspending its activities in Chechnya. Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

Veteran Athlete Biren Medhi’s birthday celebrated

first_imgOur CorrespondentMANGALDAI: Octogenarian sports organizer and veteran athlete of international reputation Biren Medhi of Mangaldai in a unique and exceptional way celebrated his 80th birthday by completing one hour race continuously in MSA stadium here.With the motto of ‘run for good health’ this ever young sportsman even at the age of 80 decided to run for one hour only to inspire and encourage the younger generation. Talking to The Sentinel Biren Medhi who already has taken part in international masters Athletics meets several times made a hearty appeal to the younger generation to make them away from all intoxicating substances only to maintain a good health and to make a stronger nation. Another septuagenarian person Suren Barua, Industrialist cum Secretary of Mangaldai Sports Association (MSA) Anupam Deka also accompanied him during the one hour run.Mention may be made here that Darrang District Sports Journalists Association and Mangaldai Sports Association to mark his 80th birthday organized a day-long program which began with a marathon from Kalaigaon to MSA Stadium in the early hours today. As many as seventy participants took part in the marathon. Later in an open meeting at MSA ground attended by leading and senior citizens, sportspersons, sports organizers coming from various parts of Darrang and Udalguri district offered him felicitation on his birthday. In the function inaugurated by Mangaldai legislator Guru Jyoti Das, Darrang Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman released a book on the life and works of Biren Medhi.“Biren Medhi with his long involvement in sports and athletics which he is continuing even at the age of 80 is no doubt a rare chapter which all the younger generation should follow. With his determination and involvement in sports activities, he has been able to win over the age” said Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman in his speech. Secretary of Darrang district Sports Journalist Association Ganesh Dutta and sports organizer Bichitra Medhi anchored the felicitation function.last_img read more

Administrators, students discuss concerns at Trojan Council

first_imgThe USC Trojan Council, comprises the presidents and vice presidents of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student governments, Academic Senate and Staff Assembly, held its second University Forum Monday evening. While the Trojan Council is recognized by some member organizations such as USG, GSG and Staff Assembly, it still lacks formal external recognition from the University. “I guess your own personal experiences, a lot of times, dictates what you want to be brought up, so I was really happy with the low-income voice that was brought up and the attention to needing food accessibility, because as a low-income student, that’s something that is super vital,” said Correy McGlynn, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention studies. “I think the Trojan Council as a whole can really bring that force, and bring the entire constituency of USC together to push forward the needs that students, faculty and staff all have,” Tahsin said. “I really appreciated the personal stories that were shared to give a grounded aspect to the problems that students, staff, faculty, everyone across the University is facing, as well as the range of tangibility of projects,” said Truman Fritz, USG Senior Director of Communications.  “I definitely think there’s room for improvement to be able to have more direct engagement, and I think our priority will be trying to figure out how to move forward with that and encourage those around us to participate in those types of engaging dialogue,” Stone said. However, the forum’s format as a listening session resulted in a desire from attendees to engage in direct dialogue and discussion with senior leadership.  Yet, some leaders believed that the Forum represented a move toward more collective efforts to fixing university issues.  “This was our second-ever University Forum that we know of and I think it went incredibly well, particularly because it’s the first time where I think we brought together the larger USC community since a lot of administrative change,” USG President Trenton Stone said. “It was a good opportunity to have them in the room and hear from members of the Trojan Family that they probably have not met before. I think that’s really encouraging that [the senior administration] really [does] want this feedback and they really are trying to look at how to improve the University, especially those that are new in their role.” The forum, held once a semester, invites students, staff and faculty to openly discuss ideas, suggestions and concerns with University leadership. The event took place at the Tutor Campus Center on the University Park Campus and was live broadcasted to the Health Sciences Campus. center_img “There were promises of ‘We’re going to listen, and also take action on this,’ and that’s up to them to do. We’ll be the judges of that in the coming months,” said Nathan Delgado, a senior majoring in economics.  The forum allowed community members to express issues of personal relevance to them, especially regarding the university’s support in alleviating the cost of living for students, faculty and staff. Concerns about food insecurity, homelessness and the clear economic disparity between students were discussed during the event.  The presidents of each body moderated the conversation revolving around four topics: communication, interconnectivity across campuses, community wellness and sustainability before the floor was opened to concerns related to all issues.  The Council’s next steps after their formal recognition are to better facilitate this engagement.  Ideas ranged from streamlining the communication of safety and DPS reports to increase the availability of resources for students of color, to the University’s lack of preparedness for natural disasters.  Members of the new senior administration, including President Carol Folt, Provost Charles Zukowski and Senior Vice President for Human Resources Felicia Washington, were in attendance at the forum. “With regards to the Trojan Council, we’ve existed for a while, but we’ve kickstarted what we’ve been doing as an organization in the past two semesters,” USG Vice President Mahin Tahsin said. “I think there’s a lot of work we can do, what kind of collaborative force we can bring and what kind of issues we can really highlight for our University.” last_img read more