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Rauf Mirkadyrov must be acquitted!

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first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia An Azerbaijani court is finally due to issue a verdict tomorrow in the trial of Rauf Mirkadyrov, a leading independent journalist who has been detained since April 2014. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its condemnation of the trumped-up charge of high treason and calls for his immediate release.Held behind closed doors in the capital, Baku, this sham trial is finally reaching its conclusion. The prosecutor requested a sentence of seven years in prison at the previous hearing on 16 December.“Like the trials of Khadija Ismayilova, Hilal Mammedov and so many others, Mirkadyrov’s trial has nothing to do with justice,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “This journalist is the latest victim of President Ilham Aliyev’s witchhunt against his regime’s critics. We again urge the authorities to end this persecution and to free Mirkadyrov.”Based in Turkey for the previous three years, he was arbitrarily stripped of his residence permit and deported on 18 April 2014 to Azerbaijan, where he was jailed on arrival. Although his health declined in prison, he continued to be held pending his trial, which finally began in the middle of last month, 18 months after his arrest.A co-founder of the opposition newspaper Bizim Yol, Mirkadyrov was also deputy editor of Monitor, a newspaper whose managing editor, Elmar Huseynov, was murdered in 2005. At the time of his arrest, Mirkadyrov was a correspondent for Zerkalo, a newspaper that was forced to close a few months later after being economically throttled by the regime.For years, Mirkadyrov covered the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region – a part of Azerbaijan with a mostly Armenian population that proclaimed its independence in 1991 – and participated in various projects aimed at fostering dialogue among civil society groups and finding a solution to a stalemate that has endured since 1994. The authorities decided that these efforts constituted grounds for accusing him of “spying on behalf of Armenia.”Ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index, Aliyev’s regime has been conducting an unprecedented crackdown on independent media outlets and human rights defenders for the past two years. News Organisation Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan June 4, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img News News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan December 22, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Rauf Mirkadyrov must be acquitted!last_img read more

Educate Together Model favoured by Cllr Shortt

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first_imgNewsLocal NewsEducate Together Model favoured by Cllr ShorttBy admin – July 12, 2011 672 WhatsApp Advertisement COUNCILLOR Tom Shortt favours the use of the Educate Together model of school patronage.He was responding to a call from the Diocese of Limerick for professionals to take up vacant positions on school boards.At present just two schools in Limerick use the Educate Together model, but Cllr Shortt holds the view there is room for growth.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I have believed for over 25 years that the Educate Together model of patronage of primary schools is the more realistic and appropriate model which acknowledges and accommodates changes in Irish society.“The model recognises diversity with regard to religious belief as no one religion is promoted in the classroom. In essence, there is freedom of religion for families. Children can attend denominational instruction after normal school hours”.The Labour councillor said professionals are needed on school boards, with religious domination of education on the wane.Cllr Shortt, an art teacher at Scoil Carmel on O’Connell Avenue, has served on the board of management of the multi-denominational Limerick School’s Project.“It is a huge responsibility. You may not see the Board of Management, but it is very much how a school operates”.He has been an increase in social capital in recent times, and the call made by the Diocese of Limerick, he added, would appeal to people.“There is an enormous amount of voluntary work involved in running a school.“The expertise of a professional, like a solicitor or an accountant, would be of major benefit.“Should schools be moving towards a more multi-denominational ethos? Should the ethos of schools be re-examined? These are questions we need to look at.“I think it’s a refection of the times we live, and opens up the broader issue of governance of schools.“This shows a changing climate in the country and we need to recognise that religious practices are changing”. He favours the multi-denominational format.“I was very involved in getting the multi-denominational movement off the ground in Limerick.“Many are advancing the Educate Together project at the moment”.According to him, the Educate Together model offers a lot.“This experience prepares children to participate in the modern Ireland which is both pluralist and multi cultural, and is a practical way of teaching them to respect people of other religious and cultural backgrounds as equals.“It also encourages greater democracy with greater parental responsibility and involvement in the running of the school. The seats on the boards are filled entirely by parents and teachers. In my opinion, parents should consider this model”. Twitter Printcenter_img Linkedin Email Previous articleTina’s fundraising heads to €1m markNext articleArchitect – peopled streets draw people in admin Facebooklast_img read more