Reporters Without Borders backs European Coalition appeal not to lift China arms embargo

first_img News to go further Follow the news on China Friday 3 December 2004:In the lead up to the seventh EU-China Summit on 8 December 2004 in The Hague, our organisations call on the EU to retain the weapons sales embargo on China. An end to the embargo cannot be justified without significant improvement of human rights in China.We regret that some European Union leaders have seemingly dismissed the repeated concerns of the European Parliament, human rights groups and the citizens of Europe by indicating that they are “ready to give a positive signal to China” with regard to lifting its embargo on weapons sales.The arms embargo was imposed as a direct response to the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989 and following the similarly brutal quelling of civil unrest by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Tibet in the same year. The international outrage over the killings and arrests of thousands of students and workers by the PLA prompted the European countries to react with firmness.Any lifting of the arms embargo would potentially lead to European weapons technology being used to suppress peaceful resistance by the people of Tibet, East Turkistan (now known as the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region), Inner Mongolia, against Taiwan, or end up in the hands of the North Korean, Burmese and/or Sudanese military, who are privileged recipients of Chinese arms.Last week the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of maintaining the embargo, arguing that China must take “concrete steps with a view to improving the human rights situation” (17 November). In addition, the Former European Commissioner, Mr. Chris Patten, said at the European Parliament in Strasbourg that the lifting of the embargo should be linked to concrete improvements in the human rights in China (16 November).The Coalition’s member organisations call on the European Union and its member states to maintain the embargo until significant improvement is made to the human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China. The Coalition calls upon China to:1. Revise its position on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations, which are still described by the authorities as “counter-revolutionary” incidents, and stop harassing and imprisoning people who defend the memory of the Tiananmen Square students, including Huang Qi and Jiang Yanyong;2. Free all prisoners of conscience, including those detained after the June 1989 events, and to exonerate the victims of the 4 June 1989 massacre by recognising the Tiananmen Mothers movement; 3. State that it will not use weapons against its own citizens, the people of Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia or Taiwan;4. Demonstrate its commitment to non-violent resolutions of disputes by acknowledging the Dalai Lama’s significant concessions and engaging in formal dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives to ensure a negotiated solution to the future status of Tibet; 5. Comply with the United Nations human rights mechanisms and ratifies the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Ottawa treaty on banned weapons, especially anti-personnel mines.6. Adopt a moratorium on executions as a first step towards the abolition of the death penalty as set forth in the EU Guidelines on the death penalty. Europe showed leadership in imposing this sanction on China in 1989 for “acts of repression against those who legitimately claim their democratic rights.” Major human rights violations continue to take place.The EU is attempting to shift public attention from the reasons the embargo was first imposed – the systematic human rights abuses in China, which continue today – to its own Code of Conduct on arms exports. The Coalition encourages the strengthening of the Code and reiterates the European Parliament’s calls for this to be “legally binding”, however, the European Parliament, Amnesty International and others have recently highlighted significant limitations to the EU’s Code of Conduct for Arms Exports, which some EU countries have erroneously claimed would serve as a safeguard in the event of the embargo on China being lifted. Moreover China has identified the lifting of the arms embargo as a significant component of its EU China strategy published in October 2003. To remove the arms embargo before securing a significant and substantive improvement in human rights in China and Tibet would be an unparalleled error.The Coalition holds that it is erroneous for the EU to allow the resumption of weapons sales to China solely on the basis of strengthening its own Code of Conduct and its bilateral human rights dialogues. China must first make significant improvements to its human rights situation before the arms embargo should be lifted. Maintaining the embargo also has a positive symbolic value for pro-democracy activists, political prisoners, ethnic minorities and all those who are not resigned to the Chinese Communist Party’s dictatorship.Yours sincerely,The European Coalition Against the Lifting the EU’s Embargo on Weapons Sales to China, consisting of:- Reporters Sans Frontières- International Society for Human Rights (IGFM/ISHR)- International Campaign for Tibet – Laogai Research Foundation – Harry Wu- Chinese Democratic Party Overseas Exiles Headquaters – Xu Wenli- Olympic Watch – Solidarité Chine- World Uyghur Congress- Save Tibet, Austria- Les Amis du Tibet, Belgium- The Tibet Support Committee, Denmark- Students for a Free Tibet, Denmark- briançon05-urgence.tibet, France- France-Tibet, France- Tibet Support Group Ireland, Ireland- Associazione Italia-Tibet, Italy- Zida Cels, Latvia- Les Amis du Tibet, Luxembourg- Polish-Tibetan Friendship Association, Poland- Comite de Apoyo al Tibet, Spain- Swedish Tibet Committee, Sweden- Free Tibet Campaign, UK- Tibet Society, UK- Students for a Free Tibet, UK RSF_en Twenty-six organisations have urged the European Union, on the eve of its 8 December summit with China in The Hague, not to lift an arms embargo against China without a significant improvement in human rights in the country. Beijing would have to change its line on the pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, always termed by the authorities as counter-revolutionary incidents, and to release all of its political prisoners. News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alertscenter_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Open Letter to the European Union from the European Coalition Against the Lifting the EU’s Embargo on Weapons Sales to China Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific December 3, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders backs European Coalition appeal not to lift China arms embargolast_img read more

Garda warning over traffic mayhem at Donegal beauty spots

first_img Twitter Previous articleGardai & family increasingly concerned for missing Seamus McCarneyNext articleNo immediate plans to upgrade south Inishowen supply News Highland Google+ Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Gardai in Donegal have issued a warning that parked vehicles which are causing potential danger for other motorists will be towed away. It follows traffic chaos at a number of beauty spots across the county over the last few weeks, with several narrow routes blocked.In particular, the road to Murder Hole beach in North West Donegal experienced gridlock over the Bank Holiday Weekend.Garda Niall Maguire says if cars are parked in such a manner, Gardai will have no other choice but to act accordingly:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/niallmdsfsfsdfsdfurderhole1pm-2.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Garda warning over traffic mayhem at Donegal beauty spots Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 11, 2020 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Lady Gaga Performs On The Roof Of Intimate NYC Club To Celebrate Her New Album

first_imgAs far as modern rock and roll goes, few are as committed to the cause as Lady Gaga. The singer returned to her roots last night, performing at the 230-person capacity club The Bitter End in New York, NY, a city where she once cut her teeth in the earliest days of her career. Lady Gaga has pulled a lot of interesting stunts in her career, but her talent as a musician, singer, and songwriter shines above it all.Supporting her new album Joanne, Gaga has been touring dive bars across the country. She not only took the stage at The Bitter End, but the roof as well! Just after midnight in downtown Manhattan, Gaga appeared before the masses of those unable to get inside, and played encore renditions of her songs “Angel Down” and “Joanne.” Watch footage of the exciting performance below.last_img read more

DONEGAL PEN BOYS WRITE ANOTHER CHAPTER ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

first_imgDonegal Pens brothers Ronan and Conor Mc GarveyThe McGarvey brothers of Donegal Pens have just made a major investment in their business taking it to a new level.Not to be beaten by the refusal of funding from state agencies due to their young age, the Loughanure boys have taken a huge step to further their business.Ronan, 17, and Conor, 14, travelled to the UK where they spent “quite a lot” of their hard earned cash on a new laser engraving system. The boys had been outsourcing their engraving work since last year but decided that it was time to look at in-house engraving.The newly installed Mantech laser machine now allows them to laser engrave names, messages, logos, etc on the wood part of their handmade pens. In addition to that they can also engrave glass, marble, tile, ceramics, aluminium, leather and many other materials. They have even personalised the flutes for the Mullaghduff marching band.The new system is one of just four from the long established UK based Mantech company’s laser systems that is operating in Ireland and the boys are excited about the new addition to their business.“We explored this option for quite some time but the price of some of the basic laser systems we looked at exceeded €12,000 and that just wasn’t within our budget. We were put in touch with Mantech UK and travelled over to see their high end equipment and soon realised it was what we needed. “We underwent onsite training at their facility, and following some negotiations on price, we returned to Loughanure with the new system for somewhat less than €12,000,” said Conor.The boys looked at several machine options and finally went with a model that can both engrave and cut a variety of materials. It has an engraving bed size of 600 x 400mm that will allow them to carry out many other projects in addition to engraving their pens.They were fortunate to secure a very large corporate order for pens recently and decided they would reinvest the proceeds and put it towards the funds required for the new system.“It was a huge sum of money to be handing over but we decided that we would take the plunge and add a new dimension to our business. Unfortunately our age restricts us from receiving any grant aid or financial support which we feel is ridiculous. It’s not much of an incentive for young entrepreneurs when funding agencies won’t entertain you because “you’re too young” but that isn’t going to stop us in trying to bring Donegal Pens to a new level,” said Ronan.It took a bit of time for the boys to get accustomed to the new equipment but they have finally ironed out all the issues and are now up and running with the latest addition to their business. “So far we’ve had a lot of enquiries and orders for both personal and corporate gifts. The fact that we can engrave company logos etc is a huge bonus as businesses like to use our pens as corporate gifts. Our options for engraving and cutting are basically unlimited so we are excited about this new chapter for Donegal Pens,” added Conor.Donegal Pens are now stocked in just under forty outlets in Ireland and three in Germany, and the new engraving option is also available on www.donegalpens.comDONEGAL PEN BOYS WRITE ANOTHER CHAPTER ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS was last modified: July 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL PENSengraving systemlast_img read more

Green buildings sprouting in South Africa

first_imgBlock E, Upper Grayston, is the first commercial building in South Africa to receive five green stars.Bruce Kerswill of the Green Building Council of South Africa says that green is catching on in the country.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Beverley Bradley  McCann Public Relations  +27 72 272 5166 • Martin Evans  Director, Bryprop  +27 11 463 5455 or +27 82 451 2291RELATED ARTICLES • Green buildings now the law in SA • Bank’s green building looks ahead • Top green rating for SA building • No 1 Silo gets green rating • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape TownJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s first commercial green star-rated building has been unveiled. The cutting-edge building – the E block in Upper Grayston, a small multi-purpose development in the business district of Sandton – is the first small office building to receive five green stars from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).“We want to get the message out to other developers,” says Martin Evans of Upper Grayston’s developer Bryprop, “that South Africa can produce green buildings economically.”Green buildings are attractive to the property market, he says, and they offer a good return on investment.“Green buildings command a higher rental price and capital value, they have lower running costs, they let better, and they retain tenants better,” says the GBCSA’s executive chairman Bruce Kerswill. This green mindset is catching on in South Africa, he says. Five stars are not enough for Bryprop, though, and the firm is aiming for the coveted six-star rating with its newest building Upper Grayston F, which is under construction right next to the celebrated E Block. This will make it the only six star-rated commercial building in the country. Rental space should be available around the end of June 2013, according to Bryprop.Green buildings mitigate climate changeSouth Africa is following a new trend noted in a report titled Rethinking Consumption: Consumers and the Future of Sustainability, which has found that people in developing nations have a keener sense of responsibility towards the earth than those in developed nations. “Two-thirds of consumers globally say they ‘feel a sense of responsibility to society’ (65%), including 81% in emerging markets and 50% in developed markets”, notes the report. “Buildings can be a big part of the solution to mitigating the effects of climate change,” says Kerswill. “Good planning can reduce their use of power and water by up to 70%, and together with waste reduction this can have a significant impact.” Office buildings especially contribute heavily to global warming and pollution, and consume large amounts of energy and water. “But buildings are the cheapest way to make savings on carbon emissions,” says Warren Gray of Solid Green Consulting. “Overseas they use around 30% of the world’s energy. In South Africa the situation is a little different because our economy has been geared towards mining and we are still constructing the buildings that other countries already have.”Savings realised in a green building will come mainly from running costs and electricity. Although the largest part of a company’s expenses goes towards salaries, says Gray, people who work in green buildings perform better, they get discharged from hospital sooner, and they give the employer more value for the salary.“A 10% increase in productivity outperforms a 5% saving on electricity.”Bringing in the tenantsBryprop says that its tenants are becoming more and more interested in green features.In the new building, lessons learned from Upper Grayston E will be applied, with some extra features that the developers are confident will earn the six green stars.All timber used in the project comes from a sustainable forest and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Most of the building’s water will be reclaimed from rain and filtered and purified, and municipal water will only be used when the tanks are empty.Solar panels for both power and heating will ensure that no energy is used to heat water, and in terms of space heating, says Gray, good architectural principles and passive design means that a minimal amount of heating is needed. The building also has big glass windows which let in natural light and air, reducing the need for artificial lighting and climate control. A mixed-mode ventilation system will allow the building to use mechanical ventilation when necessary.People in the building will be able to monitor energy consumption in real time, via a screen in the entrance and a page on the web, which will supply a graph of energy consumption measured at one-minute intervals. The graph for Block E is already available online.The amount of concrete used in construction has been reduced through the addition of fly ash into the mixture. Fly ash is a residue generated during combustion, for example at coal-burning power stations.“This means that the building itself is constructed from recycled material,” Gray says.Carpets and paint used in the interior contain low levels of volatile organic compounds. Cycle parking and special cycle routes around the office park are aimed at encouraging this eco-friendly alternative means of transport.Going green and saving the planetGreen buildings, according to GBCSA, are energy and resource efficient and kind to the environment because of the practices used in their design, construction and operation. They have also been proven to be healthier for residents and workers, leading to higher productivity.For green buildings, these practices will usually include the optimal circulation of fresh air and use of natural light, resulting in a lower use of air conditioning and heating. Lighting will be energy efficient and controlled through motion detectors, and there will be greater use of renewable energy sources. The builders will make use of recycled or sustainable materials, and there will be other sources of water, such as rainwater harvesting, besides the municipal supply.Locally sourced products are essential to shrink the construction footprint, and if any existing structure is demolished to make way for the new building, as much material as possible, such as windows, doors or floors, must be re-used.When a company applies for green star certification for a building, there is a rigorous process that must be followed. Once the building has been registered – which is only the first step towards certification – the project team will prepare the necessary documentation to prove that the building complies with GBCSA standards. Assessors will not award points, says the GBCSA, unless they can see that all the requirements have been met exactly as detailed in the technical manual. By this stage the full assessment fee must have been paid. Once the fee and the documentation have been received, a panel will evaluate the submission and make their recommendations to the GBCSA, who will then contact the project team.At this point the team gets another chance to earn their green stars by including extra supporting documentation or making alterations to their designs if necessary, and resubmitting their application.The panel will again scrutinise the application and make their final pronouncement and the project team will be notified of their score.A score of 45 to 59 earns the building four green stars and is an indication of best practice locally; a score of 60 to 75 earns five green stars and signifies South African excellence; and a score of 75 to 100 earns six green stars and is indicative of world leadership.Upper Grayston E scored 67 points, which is currently the highest five-star score in the country.last_img read more

Real Madrid respond to Ramos doping scandal

first_imgReal Madrid have released a statement debunking the speculations that Sergio Ramos breached the anti-doping control regulations after Football Leaks revelations.According to Football Leaks via Football Italia, and other European publications broke the story that Ramos failed a doping test after the 2017 Champions League Final victory over Juventus.There were also other instances where the anomalous Real Madrid approach to anti-doping rules was allowed to slide by both UEFA and the Spanish authorities.Football Leaks latest – Sergio Ramos broke anti-doping rules twice:1) testing positive (later absolved by Uefa for ‘administrative error) for dexamethasone2) obstructing an anti-doping testhttps://t.co/UTpP9720uESergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) November 23, 2018“In relation to the information published by Der Spiegel referring to our captain Sergio Ramos, the club states the following:“1. Sergio Ramos has never breached the anti-doping control regulations.“2. UEFA requested timely information and closed the matter immediately, as is usual in these cases, after verification by the experts themselves of the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and of UEFA itself.“3. Regarding the rest of the content of the aforementioned publication, the club does not pronounce itself before the evidence of its insubstantial nature.”last_img read more