CAF expanding e-business

Howard Lake | 9 August 2000 | News Charities Aid Foundation are advertising for an e-business developer in the Online supplement of today’s The Guardian. The candidate will join their expanding New Media Department. CAF have already achieved considerable success with a range of sites supporting the voluntary sector, so it is encouraging to see them planning to expand in this area. CAF expanding e-business About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Peace III capital grants programme opened

first_img Howard Lake | 19 November 2007 | News There is no deadline for applications, with the call for applications under the theme being made on a rolling basis. However, a closing date will be announced at a later date as the funding under this theme is distributed.There is a two part application form. You can complete Part A online at Part B is a downloadable application form (available as a word document) and detailed background information. Applications can only be made by visiting this site and application forms cannot be obtained without first registering on the website. The Peace III programme in Northern Ireland has opened calls for applications for major capital projects. Under Priority 2 of the programme, there is an allocation of ‚€80-‚€130 million, with about 10 projects likely to get grants around ‚€10 million. The theme for the programme is ‘Creating Shared Public Spaces’. The definition of a shared society is one in which public spaces are shared by all members of that society, with the objective of regenerating urban, rural and border areas that have been neglected due to the civil unrest of recent years. Given the size of intended capital projects and likely on going revenue requirement it seems that public bodies will be best placed to draw down the grants. The programme will tackle the problems of separation of communities within society and address the underlying problems of sectarianism, racism and prejudice by encouraging the development of physical environments that are not ‘marked out’ with symbols that define it as a territory of one side of a community. Advertisement Tagged with: Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Peace III capital grants programme opened  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

U.S. war on the defenseless / Sanctions harm one-third of world’s people

first_imgThe most insidious and pervasive form of modern warfare by Wall Street and the Pentagon, acting in coordination, is passing largely unnoticed and unchallenged. This calculated attack is rolling back decades of progress in health care, sanitation, housing, essential infrastructure and industrial development all around the world.Almost every developing country attempting any level of social programs for its population is being targeted.U.S. imperialism and its junior partners have refined economic strangulation into a devastating weapon. Sanctions in the hands of the dominant military and economic powers now cause more deaths than bombs or guns. This weapon is stunting the growth of millions of youth and driving desperate migrations, dislocating tens of millions.‘A crime against humanity’Sanctions and economic blockades against Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Russia and China are well known. But the devastating impacts of U.S. sanctions on occupied Palestine — or on already impoverished countries such as Mali, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Fiji, Nicaragua and Laos — are not even on the radar screen of human rights groups.Most sanctions are intentionally hidden; they don’t generate even a line of news. Some sanctions are quickly passed after a sudden news article about an alleged atrocity. The civilians who will suffer have nothing to do with whatever crime the corporate media use as an excuse. What are never mentioned are the economic or political concessions the U.S. government or corporations are seeking.Sanctions cannot be posed as an alternative to war. They are in fact the most brutal form of warfare, deliberately targeting the most defenseless civilians — youth, the elderly, sick and disabled people. In a period of human history when hunger and disease are scientifically solvable, depriving hundreds of millions from getting basic necessities is a crime against humanity. International law and conventions, including the Geneva and Nuremberg Conventions, United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, explicitly prohibit the targeting of defenseless civilians, especially in times of war.Sanctions draw condemnationModern industrial society is built on a fragile web of essential technology. If pumps and sewage lines, elevators and generators can’t function due to lack of simple spare parts, entire cities can be overwhelmed by swamps. If farmers are denied seed, fertilizer, field equipment and storage facilities, and if food, medicine and essential equipment are deliberately denied, an entire country is at risk.The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, spoke to the XVIII Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 26. Addressing the 120 countries represented, he denounced the imposition of arbitrary measures, called “sanctions” by the U.S., as “economic terrorism which affects a third of humanity with more than 8,000 measures in 39 countries.”This terrorism, he said, constitutes a “threat to the entire system of international relations and is the greatest violation of human rights in the world.” ( Group of 77 and China, an international body based at the U.N. and representing 134 developing countries, called upon “the international community to condemn and reject the imposition of the use of such measures as a means of political and economic coercion against developing countries.”The Group explained: “The criminal, anti-human policy of targeting defenseless populations, which is in clear violation of United Nations Charter and international law, has now become the new weapon of choice for these powerful states since they are faced with strong opposition from the majority of their own population to the endless wars of occupation that they are already involved in.”The power of banksThe mechanism and the ability of one country or one vote to destroy a country on the other side of the world are not well understood.International capital uses the dollar system. All international transactions go through U.S. banks. These banks are in a position to block money transfers for the smallest transaction and to confiscate billions of dollars held by targeted governments and individuals. They are also in a position to demand that every other bank accept sudden restrictions imposed from Washington or face sanctions themselves.This is similar to how the U.S. Navy can claim the authority to intercept ships and interrupt trade anywhere, or the U.S. Army can target people with drones and invade countries without even asking for a declaration of war.Sometimes a corporate media outlet, a U.S.-funded “human rights” group or a financial institution issues charges, often unsubstantiated, of human rights violations, or political repression, drug trafficking, terrorist funding, money laundering, cyber-security infractions, corruption or non-compliance with an international financial institution. These charges become the opening wedge for a demand for sanctions as punishment.Sanctions can be imposed through a U.S. Congressional resolution or Presidential declaration or be authorized by a U.S. government agency, such as the departments of the Treasury, Commerce, State or Defense. The U.S. might apply pressure to get support from the European Union, the U.N. Security Council or one of countless U.S.-established regional security organizations, such as the Organization of American States.A U.S. corporate body that wants a more favorable trade deal is able to influence numerous agencies or politicians to act on its behalf. Deep-state secret agencies, military contractors, nongovernmental organizations funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, and numerous corporate-funded foundations maneuver to create economic dislocation and pressure resource-rich countries.Even sanctions that appear mild and limited can have a devastating impact. U.S. officials will claim that some sanctions are only military sanctions, needed to block weapons sales. But under the category of possible “dual use,” the bans include chlorine needed to purify water, pesticides, fertilizers, medical equipment, simple batteries and spare parts of any kind.Another subterfuge is sanctions that supposedly apply only to government officials or specific agencies. But in fact any and every transaction they carry out can be blocked while endless inquiries are held. Anonymous bank officials can freeze all transactions in progress and scrutinize all accounts a country holds. Any form of sanctions, even against individuals, raises the cost and risk level for credit and loans.There are more than 6,300 names on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List of individuals sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the U.S. Treasury Department.The OFAC describes its role this way: “OFAC administers a number of different sanctions programs. The sanctions can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals.” There is also a Financial Action Task Force list and an International Traffic in Arms Regulations list.The sanctions weapon has become so extensive that there is now a whole body of law to guide U.S. corporations and banks in navigating sales, credit and loans. It is intended to be opaque, murky and open to interpretation, payoffs and subterfuge. There seems to be no single online site that lists all the different countries and individuals under U.S. sanctions.Once a country is sanctioned, it must then “negotiate” with various U.S. agencies that demand austerity measures, elections that meet Western approval, cuts in social programs, and other political and economic concessions to get sanctions lifted.Sanctions are an essential part of U.S. regime change operations, designed in the most cynical way to exact maximum human cost. Sudden hyperinflation, economic disruption and unexpected shortages are then hypocritically blamed on the government in office in the sanctioned country. Officials are labeled inept or corrupt.Agencies carefully monitor the internal crisis they are creating to determine the optimum time to impose regime change or manufacture a color revolution. The State Department and U.S. covert agencies fund numerous NGOs and social organizations that instigate dissent. These tactics have been used in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Iran, Syria, Libya, Zimbabwe, Sudan and many other countries.A weapon of imperialism in declineGone are the days of Marshall Plan-type promises of rebuilding, trade, loans and infrastructure development. They are not even offered in this period of capitalist decay. The sanctions weapon is now such a pervasive instrument that hardly a week goes by without new sanctions, even on past allies.In October the U.S. threatened harsh sanctions on Turkey, a 70-year member of the U.S.-commanded NATO military alliance.On Nov. 27, Trump suddenly announced, by presidential decree, harsher sanctions on Nicaragua, calling it a “National Security Threat.” He also declared Mexico a “terrorist” threat and refused to rule out military intervention. Both countries have democratically elected governments.Other sanctions sail through the U.S. Congress without a roll call vote — just a cheer and a unanimous voice vote, such as the sanctions on Hong Kong in support of U.S.-funded protests.Why Wall Street can’t be sanctioned Is there any possibility that the U.S. could be sanctioned for its endless wars under the same provisions by which it has asserted the right to wreak havoc on other countries?The Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, in November 2017 asked the Hague-based ICC to open formal investigations of war crimes committed by the Taliban, the Haqqani network, Afghan forces, and the U.S. military and the CIA.The very idea of the U.S. being charged with war crimes led then White House National Security Advisor John Bolton to threaten judges and other ICC officials with arrest and sanction if they even considered any charge against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.“If the court comes after us, Israel or other U.S. allies, we will not sit quietly,” Bolton said. He noted that the U.S. “is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any U.S. personnel. … We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system. … We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans.” (The Guardian, Sept. 10, 2018)Bolton also cited a recent move by Palestinian leaders to have Israeli officials prosecuted at the ICC for human rights violations. The ICC judges got the message. They ruled that despite “a reasonable basis” to consider war crimes committed in Afghanistan, there was little chance of a successful prosecution. An investigation “would not serve the interests of justice.”Chief Prosecutor Bensouda, for proposing an even-handed inquiry, had her U.S. visa revoked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Sanctions are a weapon in the capitalist world order used by the most powerful countries against those that are weaker and developing. One hundred years ago, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson advocated sanctions as a quiet but lethal weapon that exerts pressure no nation in the modern world can withstand.Sanctions demonstrate how capitalist laws protect the right of eight multibillionaires to own more than the population of half the world. U.N. sanctions demanded by WashingtonThe U.S., with the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet and 800 military bases, claims — while engaged in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya — that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran are the greatest threats to world peace. In the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. succeeded in winning harsh new sanctions against Iran and the DPRK by threatening, on the eve of “war games,” that the U.S. would escalate hostilities to an open military attack.This threat proved sufficient to get other Security Council members to fall in line and either vote for sanctions or abstain.These strong-arm tactics have succeeded again and again. During the Korean War, when the U.S. military was saturation-bombing Korea, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Warren Austin held up a submachine gun in the Security Council to demand expanded authority in the war from that body.Throughout the 1990s the U.S. government used sanctions on Iraq as a horrendous social experiment to calculate how to drastically lower caloric intake, destroy crop output and ruin water purification. The impact of these sanctions were widely publicized — as a threat to other countries.Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, when asked about the half a million children who died as a result of U.S. sanctions on Iraq, replied, “We think the price is worth it.” The sanctions imposed by the U.S. against Iran are book-length, spanning 40 years since the Iranian Revolution. The blockade and sanctions on Cuba have continued for 60 years.Sanctions Kill campaignIt is an enormous political challenge to break the media silence and expose this crime. We need to put a human face on the suffering. Targeted countries cannot be left to struggle by themselves in isolation  — there must be full solidarity with their efforts. The sheer number of countries being starved into compliance via U.S.-imposed sanctions must be dragged into the light of day. And one step in challenging the injustice of capitalist property relations is to attack the criminal role of the banks.The effort to rally world opinion against sanctions as a war crime is beginning with a call for International Days of Action Against Sanctions & Economic War on March 13-15, 2020. Its slogans are “Sanctions Kill! Sanctions Are War! End Sanctions Now!”These coordinated international demonstrations are a crucial first step.   Research and testimony; resolutions by unions, student groups, cultural workers and community organizations; social media campaigns; and bringing medical supplies and international relief to sanctioned countries can all play a role. Every kind of political campaign to expose the international crime of sanctions is a crucial contribution. For more information and to register your support, see FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2019 Indiana State Fair Grand Drive Winners

first_img Meat goat wether: Spencer Goettemoeller, Randolph Beef heifer: Clint Main, Jackson Facebook Twitter Harlee Henney of Steuben County with her grand champion beef steer. Facebook Twitter 2019 Indiana State Fair Grand Drive WinnersThe best market animals in the state were named Sunday evening at the 2019 Indiana State Fair Grand Champion Drive. Lane Slaton of Hamilton County is no stranger to the backdrop. This is his third consecutive year winning the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the ISF.“Hardwork, dedication got me here, it’s always a great feeling to be out there on the dirt. It doesn’t matter if you have a reserve or champion, it always feels the same.”Whittlee Singleton of Marshall County exhibited the Grand Champion Dairy Beef Steer. As a third-year member, it’s her first time on the woodchips.“I’m speechless…My mom, grandpa, and our friend Jerry Chism, they all helped me accomplish this goal.” 1 of 7 By Ashley Davenport – Aug 6, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News 2019 Indiana State Fair Grand Drive Winners SHAREcenter_img Barrow: Erika Newhouse, Grant Dairy beef steer: Whittlee Singleton, Marshall Previous articleTrade War Intensifying as Tariffs Set to Increase on Chinese Goods Sept. 1Next articleMeet the 2019 Indiana State Fair Grand Drive Champions on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition Ashley Davenport Wether dam: Nash Hensley, Madison 2019 Indiana State Fair Grand Drive Winners Sheep: Lane Slaton, Hamilton Other winners were Spencer Goettemoeller of Randolph County with his meat goat wether, Nash Hensley of Madison County with his grand champion wether dam, Erika Newhouse of Grant County exhibited the grand champion market barrow, Clint Main of Jackson with the beef heifer, and Harlee Henney of Steuben County showed the grand champion beef steer. Congratulations to the winners and all livestock exhibitors. SHARElast_img read more

Authorities arrest another journalist, seek blogger’s extradition

first_img November 27, 2020 Find out more May 9, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities arrest another journalist, seek blogger’s extradition News October 7, 2020 Find out more Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Receive email alerts ChadAfrica Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reporters Without Borders condemns the unprecedented wave of arrests and persecution of bloggers and journalists that the Chadian authorities have been orchestrating for the past few weeks.The arrests of the blogger Jean Etienne Laokolé on 22 March and the journalist Eric Topona, the general secretary of the Union of Chadian Journalists (UJT), on 6 May – both of whom are still held – have been followed by that of Moussaye Avenir de la Tchiré, the managing editor of the newspaper Abba Garde and UJT treasurer.Arrested on the evening of 7 May, De la Tchiré is reportedly accused of “inciting hatred and a popular uprising.”At the same time, the Chadian authorities are seeking the extradition of Makaila Nguebla, a Chadian blogger who fled to the Senegalese capital of Dakar, from where he was expelled to Guinea-Conakry on the night of 7 May.“We can no longer talk of isolated arrests,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is a major crackdown on the independent and opposition media. We are also appalled by Senegal’s failure to protect Nguebla by allowing him to stay. Expelling him was disgraceful. We urge the Guinean authorities not to extradite him back to Chad, or else they will be accomplices to a violation of freedom of information.“Why is the Chadian government targeting the media? Does it accuse them of being accomplices to the recently thwarted coup d’état? Was the recent ministerial reshuffle carried out in order to prepare for this offensive against troublesome individuals, above all news providers?“The government cannot blame the recent political unrest in Chad on the media. Under Chad’s constitution, which guarantees media freedom, we call on the government to free the detained journalists and bloggers immediately and unconditionally and to stop hounding its critics.”Last year already saw an increase in acts of intimidation against independent and opposition journalists in Chad. Newscenter_img Reports December 1, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica RSF_en Follow the news on Chad to go further Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad News Organisation last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders demands enquiry intowhy jailed woman journalist is in a coma

first_img Organisation Canadian diplomats, along with her mother, have been allowed to visit her and have reported she is in a coma. IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en It said it was extremely concerned at the report about the 54-year-old journalist, who has both Canadian and Iranian nationality, and urged the government to grant her family’s request for a foreign doctor to examine her and allow her to be flown to Canada for treatment.Kazemi was reportedly arrested while taking photos on the northern outskirts of Teheran on her way to Turkmenistan for a journalistic assignment. Her family had no news of her for three days and then was told she had been taken to the city’s Baghiatollah Hospital because she had had a stroke. The authorities are believed to have accused her of spying. Reporters Without Borders called today on the Iranian authorities to thoroughly and urgently investigate why imprisoned journalist Zahra Kazemi was in a coma, apparently after having a stroke. IranMiddle East – North Africa July 10, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders demands enquiry intowhy jailed woman journalist is in a coma Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News News to go further News February 25, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Newslast_img read more

Damp squib

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Print Facebook Linkedin NewsLocal NewsDamp squibBy Alan Jacques – May 8, 2015 577 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsAppcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RESPONDING to the Government’s Spring statement Limerick Sinn Féin councillor Maurice Quinlivan said that while the Government heralded it as an important new event on a par with a budget, in reality it was a damp squib with no new important measures just the promise of jam tomorrow – which is basically a suggestion of tax cuts mainly for high earners. “There is less spin in my washing machine and although we are seeing a recovery, growth it is very weak coming out of such a long and deep recession,” he said. Previous articleJazz Workshop’s Sunday matinée gigNext article#music Limerick show for Don McLean Alan Jacques Email Twitter TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanlimerickSinn Fein last_img read more

Relive the Award-Winning Space Opera in Mass Effect Legendary Edition on May 14

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Twitter Previous article3 top strategies to keep bones strongNext articleHeart to Heart: How Staying Connected Helps Your Cardiac Health Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Facebook Relive the Award-Winning Space Opera in Mass Effect Legendary Edition on May 14 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter TAGS  Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 2, 2021 last_img read more

Chief Justice Govind Mathur Of Allahabad High Court Will Be Remembered As A Defender Of Civil Liberties

first_imgTop StoriesChief Justice Govind Mathur Of Allahabad High Court Will Be Remembered As A Defender Of Civil Liberties Akshita Saxena13 April 2021 10:13 PMShare This – xJustice Govind Mathur has retired as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. Originally from Rajasthan High Court, Justice Mathur was transferred to the Allahabad High Court in November 2017. He served as a Chief Justice of the High Court for a little over two years. In this short span, Justice Mathur made his mark as a fearless defender of personal liberty and human rights….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?LoginJustice Govind Mathur has retired as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. Originally from Rajasthan High Court, Justice Mathur was transferred to the Allahabad High Court in November 2017. He served as a Chief Justice of the High Court for a little over two years. In this short span, Justice Mathur made his mark as a fearless defender of personal liberty and human rights. In his farewell speech delivered yesterday in a virtual function, Chief Justice Mathur said that he was inspired by the ideals of Dr BR Ambedkar, with whom he incidentally shares his birthday. Here is a list of significant judgments passed by benches led by CJ Mathur: UP Govt’s Anti-Conversion Ordinance: Chief Justice Mathur refuses to defer hearing During hearing of petitions challenging the UP Government’s controversial anti-religious conversion Ordinance, the CJ-led Bench refused to defer hearing of the matter simply because similar petitions were also filed before the Top Court. While extending protection to one Nadeem, booked by the UP Police under the said law, the Bench fearlessly observed that pendency before the Supreme Court does not preclude the High Court from hearing a challenge against the law. Later, the Supreme Court also refused to interfere in the High Court proceedings, reinstating that High Courts are “Constitutional Courts”, fully empowered to decide the matter concerning fundamental rights and personal liberty. Police excesses in AMU Violence: A Human Rights Violation In January 2020, a Division Bench led by Chief Justice Mathur ordered inquiry into alleged police excesses at the Aligarh Muslim University, during protests against the current Government’s pilot project, the Citizenship Amendment Act. Terming the incident to be a ‘human rights violation’ the Court had stated, “Section 12 of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 charges National Human Rights Commission as well as the State Human Rights Commission with duty for proper implementation as well prevention of violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms available to every human being. Under the Act of 1993 the Commission may inquire suo motu or on a petition relating to the students for violation of human rights or abatement thereof or negligence in prevention of such violation by a public servant.” It thus constituted a six-member team of the NHRC, which recommended that action must be taken against the delinquent policemen in accordance with the law apart from compensating the injured students. Accordingly, the Court directed the Director General of Police of the UP Government to identify and take action against the errant policemen. A direction was also made to sensitize the police force and to impart special training so as to inculcate “professionalism” in handling such situations. The order came as a huge relief to students who were not only subjected to unwarranted brutality at the hands of executive but were also being projected as anti-nationals for raising a voice of dissent. Name & Shame Banners: Violation Of Right To Privacy In March, the same year, Justice Mathur’s bench was prompt in safeguarding the fundamental right to privacy of individuals allegedly involved in anti-CAA protests, whose photos and personal details were published by the UP Govt in its infamous “Name & Shame Banners”. While taking suo moto cognizance of the matter based on certain news reports, the High Court observed that the Government action had an “injurious effect” on the precious rights enshrined under the Constitution and that the Courts cannot “shut its eyes” if a public unjust is happening just before it. These remarks later resonated in Justice Mathur’s message on the occasion of 129th anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, the chief architect of Indian Constitution. He said, “Being member of the judicial fraternity, the responsibility lies in higher degree on our shoulders to ensure promotion and protection of all constitutional ideals and values. These values are not meant to be adhered by state only, but these must be the way of our life and in day to day activities of every citizen.” Keeping in view the urgency of the issue involved, the Court held a special sitting to hear the matter on a non-working day and it concluded that the UP Govt had failed to show why the personal data of few persons had been placed on banners and it thus amounted to an “unwanted interference” with the citizens’ right to privacy. Undoubtedly, the Name & Shame banners had the effect of fixing liability on individuals without a trial and the High Court made extensive observations against such “colorable exercise of powers” by the Executive. “We do not find any necessity for a democratic society for a legitimate aim to have publication of personal data and identity. The accused persons are the accused from whom some compensation is to be recovered and in no manner they are fugitive. Learned Advocate General also failed to satisfy us as to why placement of the banners is necessary for a democratic society for a legitimate aim,” the order read. Migrants Issue: High Court took suo moto action During the course of the national lockdown, the High Court was alive to the hardships being faced by the weaker end of the society, especially migrant labours. It therefore ordered that an officer should be appointed over groups of 400 migrants, to keep a regular check on their “health and living conditions”. To ensure that the direction does not remain a mere empty formality, the High Court specifically ordered that such officers shall: enquire about the well-being of the migrants through Mobile Numbers which shall be maintained by those officers. enquire about the healths of the persons entered in their lists, on a daily basis. if they find that food is not being made available to anyone in the list, shall make proper arrangements to see that food is made available. With respect to the migrants who were stranded in other States/ were walking towards their home towns in UP, the Court sought a detailed report on the facilities being provide to them. This direction was in addition to the Standard Operating Protocol issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on movement of stranded workers. Further, to address the issue on a long-term basis, Justice Mathur directed the Government to prepare a scheme for rehabilitation of migrants and to come out with employment layout to reduce migration of the natives of Uttar Pradesh to other parts of the country to earn minimum livelihood. Kafeel Khan’s Case: Court upholds Personal Liberty A bench headed by Chief Justice Mathur set aside the detention orders passed against Gorakhpur-based paediatrician Dr. Kafeel Khan, under the stringent National Security Act, 1980, allegedly for giving a provocative speech during an anti-CAA protest last year. He had been languishing in the Mathura Jail since January 2020. The High Court rapped the local District Magistrate who had passed the detention order under NSA in February this year, for a ‘selective reading’ of Khan’s speech and selective mention of few phrases from his speech, “ignoring its true intent”. Dr. Khan, who addressed a group of AMU students during protests against the contentious CAA Bill, inter alia, made insinuations against ‘Mota Bhai’ of promoting communalism instead of humanism. Chief Justice Mathur observed that Dr. Khan’s remarks in fact called for “national integrity and unity among the citizens” and that the speech had nothing which affected public peace. “A complete reading of the speech prima facie does not disclose any effort to promote hatred or violence. It also no where threatens peace and tranquility of the city of Aligarh. The address gives a call for national integrity and unity among the citizens. The speech also deprecates any kind of violence,” the High Court observed in a much-celebrated ruling. It made significant remarks with respect to right to liberty of citizens as reiterated below: “Preventive detention is an exceptional mode to curtail liberty and freedom of a person in exceptionally rare circumstances. Under Article 21 of the Constitution of India along with the right to life, the right to personal liberty is a precious fundamental right. This precious fundamental right must always be protected.” In another significant ruling, Justice Mathur called for remedial actions to improve the conditions at a local prison. “Prisoners too are having human-rights,” a CJ-led Bench categorically held while taking exception to over-crowding in prisons. Covid Crisis: Preventing People From Inflicting Self Harm The High Court is also keeping tabs on the steps being taken by the local authorities to prevent the transmission of Covid 19 virus in the state. The suo moto plea registered by the Bench of Justice Mathur to monitor the conditions of Quarantine Centers in the State, has now been assigned to another Division Bench comprising Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar, to track day to day steps being taken by the local authorities to implement social distancing norms.In an order passed earlier this month, a bench headed by CJ Mathur asked Government to consider giving COVID vaccination to all, including those below the age of 45 years. Recently, the High Court expressed strong displeasure over reports of people not adhering to the “mask rule” amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A CJ-led Bench directed the District Administration including Police Authorities to get into action and see that there is 100% masking in every district of the State.He also took suo moto cognizance of police atrocities against a lawyer in Etah and ordered judicial enquiry. Conclusion The orders passed by Justice Mathur are an intangible reflection of his solemn faith in the Constitution, which got reflected in a message given by him on the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar: “The Constitution of India is not a simple law book or testament for do’s and dont’s, but a well finished path for socio-economic and political progress of India as a nation and as a federal society of its citizens with adequate freedom to all the stakeholders to protect and promote their healthy traditions and values. In our day to day life as well as while discharging our official duties we must commit ourselves for the core constitutional values those acquired shape during our freedom struggle and put in words by the Drafting Committee under leadership of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.”Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Flexible working must have a flexible review

first_imgFlexible working must have a flexible reviewOn 27 Nov 2001 in Vexatious claims, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Last week’s proposals from the DTI to give parents a legal right to requestflexible working if they have children under six will be greeted with relief byemployers. Plans to give all parents the automatic right to work either parttime or flexible hours have been thrown out, as well as the proposed unworkableharm test for employers. The latest proposals then appear to be a sensible compromise and they havewon the support of the majority of HR directors (News, front page). However, it is also welcome that the DTI will be keeping these measuresunder review. The Government estimates that there will be half a millionrequests a year, out of which 1 per cent will result in an Employment Tribunalhearing. If these targets are not met there will be an urgent need to assessthe effect on companies’ competitiveness. It is also important that employers’ bodies watch resulting tribunalscarefully. There are grey areas in the taskforce’s recommendations about theright of staff to challenge the facts in an employer’s business case, andemployees will also be able to cite other areas of legislation. The DTI mustmake sure that its plans for arbitration and its new penalties for vexatiousclaims prevent the new law from tying up employers in unnecessary red tape. Dazzling inconsistency between the genders A survey shows that half of company directors think women who wear make-uplook more professional (News, this page). Surely a professional appearance isabout looking smart and if men can manage this without wearing make-up then whyshouldn’t women be able to? Or is it just that men have such lovely complexionsand dazzling eyes that they look ravishing without the need of cosmetics? By Noel O’Reilly Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more