Two journalists still held after “Black Spring” journalist Iván Hernández’s release

first_img News February 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists still held after “Black Spring” journalist Iván Hernández’s release May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Iván Hernández Carrillo, a correspondent for the small independent news agency Pátria, returned to his family home in Matanzas province on 19 February after eight years in jail. Sentenced to 25 years in prison during the March 2003 “Black Spring” crackdown on dissidents, he is the second of the “Black Spring” journalists to be allowed the stay in Cuba following their release. The first was Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, who was freed nine days ago. All the others had to agree to go into exile in return for their release. Hernández has said he plans to resume working as an independent journalist.Pedro Argüelles Morán is now the only “Black Spring” journalist still awaiting release. We hope he will be freed soon, like Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, an independent journalist who has been jailed since 2009. We are also still waiting to know the exact reasons for former Spanish producer and journalist Sebastián Martínez Ferrate’s detention in Havana since 11 July 2010.We welcome the fact that the government is finally turning the page on the “Black Spring,” a harrowing chapter in Cuba’s recent history, and we urge it to take this further by respecting the rights of all its citizens, bloggers and human rights activities, who are demanding more freedom of expression.The repression must stop and the authorities must accept the principle of pluralism. Recent encouraging signs of an opening, including the unblocking of certain blogs and websites, will hopefully pave the way for a real debate between government and civil society. CubaAmericas October 15, 2020 Find out more News Pedro Argüelles Morán________________14.02.11 – Journalist’s release and unblocking of dissident blogs – signs of real opening?The 12 February release of Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, the co-founder of a small independent news agency called the Grupo de Trabajo Decoro, may mean that the page is finally about to be turned on the “Black Spring” crackdown on journalists and dissidents of March 2003. He was not forced to go into exile in return for his release.Reporters Without Borders hopes it will be soon be followed by the release of the last two journalists still held since Black Spring, Pedro Argüelles Morán and Iván Hernández Carrillo, who like Maseda are refusing to leave the country . If the authorities then also release Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, who has been held since 2009, there will be no more Cuban journalists in prison.The Cuban government had promised the Spanish government and the Cuban Catholic church last July to release the 52 remaining “Black Spring” prisoners within four months but Maseda, 68, was one of the 11 who refused to go into exile. Since 12 February, six of them have been due to be freed without having to submit to exile.Their release does not overturn the sentences imposed on them in 2003, as Maseda himself protested after being escorted to his Havana home.Although good news, Maseda’s release raises many lingering questions about the “Black Spring.” It continues to be a mystery why Cubans were sentenced to such long sentences (ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison) on such outrageous sentences as spying and treason just for claiming the right to freely inform others.It is also unclear why most of them were forced to go into exile upon release but now some of them are being allowed to stay. These questions will have an impact on the debate about the country’s future. We hope that the journalists who were sent into exile will be allowed to return.In another positive development, access to about 40 dissident blogs and Internet pages – including Yoani Sánchez’s Generación Y – has been unblocked since 9 February. Foreign press reports quoted Sánchez as saying this easing in online censorship was perhaps due to the fact that an information technology trade fair was held in Havana from 7 to 11 February.Reporters Without Borders hopes this will continue and will be extended when Cuba’s new fibre-optic Internet cable connection with Venezuela becomes operational in July. Laying of the undersea cable, known as ALBA-1, was completed on 8 February.If the Cuban government agrees to unblock the Internet and give the country a better connection, will it also agree to legalize online independent media? And privately-owned media? The answers to these questions will determine whether or not the signs of an opening of recent days are real.center_img to go further Organisation Follow the news on Cuba RSF_en Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News CubaAmericas News Help by sharing this information Albert Santiago Du Bouchetlast_img read more

O’Dea vows to prioritise Limerick mental health services

first_imgNewsLocal NewsO’Dea vows to prioritise Limerick mental health servicesBy Alan Jacques – February 26, 2016 599 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email TAGSFianna Fáilgeneral election 2016limerickMental HealthWillie O’Dea TD Print Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Willie O’Dea TDFAR too many people in Limerick and elsewhere are suffering from mental health issues in isolation and are not receiving the help and support they need from the State.This is the view of Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick, Willie O’Dea, whose party this week published proposals aimed at reforming the delivery of mental health services.Deputy O’Dea believes the ‘Improving Mental Health’ policy document will bring about a community approach to the delivery of mental health services in Limerick and across the country.“The provision of mental health services should be a priority for the Government. We are proposing an enhanced focus and resources for mental health services if elected to Government,” the Limerick TD explained.“Mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health in terms of the deployment of state resources. Fianna Fáil will establish a new national Mental Health Authority to ensure there is a single organisation tasked with coordinating mental health services,” he added.According to Deputy O’Dea, Fianna Fáil has also pledged to review and revamp the ‘Vision for Change’ strategy document, which sets out the direction for Mental Health Services in Ireland. He also pointed that the current level of funding for our mental health services is insufficient to deliver the staffing levels envisaged in their policy document.“Staffing levels are still about 3,000 short what was recommended by ‘A Vision for Change’. In order to increase staffing levels to the 12,000 required under the strategy, it will be necessary to increase funding to mental health from its current levels of circa €791m to €991m. On that basis, we will ensure an increase of €40m year on year.“Our ultimate aim is to create a society where mental health issues are treated in the community and not hidden away in isolation. We believe the proposals we are putting forward will contribute greatly towards achieving that aim.” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleCentenary themed theatre from Ireland-Finland partnershipNext articlePublic exhibition on flood alleviation scheme to be held in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitterlast_img read more

Gibraltar underlines that Tax Treaty will have no impact on employees status

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles The Gibraltar government has communicated to its business community that changes to laws agreed under its ‘Tax Treaty’ mandate with Spain should not impact employee rights.Last March, Gibraltar and Spain’s tax authority agreed to terms established under a ‘Tax Treaty’ related to the tax status of individuals working in Gibraltar and residing in Spain.From the start 2020, in accordance with Spanish laws, Individuals who spend more than 183 days out of the year in Spain, whose partner is a Spanish resident, who own a regular home in Spain or who keep two-thirds of their assets on Spanish territory, will have to pay taxes in Spain.On 1 November, Gibraltar government issued a statement to business stakeholders underlining that Tax Treaty terms, had not changed the British Overseas Territory’s existing frameworks on tax status.Gibraltar news sources stated that the government had been forced to issue its statement, following reports that a betting company (reported to be William Hill) had banned its employees from working from home.In its communication, the Gibraltar government underlined that for individuals Tax Treaty terms simply ‘set out the reality of Spanish tax law as it existed before the treaty’.Gibraltar government reminds businesses that relevant Spanish tax legislation has always had the potential to impact entities operating in the British Overseas Territory“This latest development is merely an example of commercial entities reminding employees to act in keeping with long-established principles of management and control if they are resident outside of Gibraltar, and has nothing to do with anything new in the tax treaty.” The Gibraltar government details in its statement“The clarity the treaty provides allows companies to remind their employees, in a measured manner, to regularise their own positions as we move forward in a new environment of cross-border tax certainty, but where the rules as to management and control remain unchanged.”last_img read more