Reporters Without Borders condemned the five-year prison sentence imposed by the Damascus criminal court today on lawyer and human rights activist Anwar Al-Bunni for signing a joint statement calling for better relations with Lebanon. Held for the past 11 months, he was found guilty of “disseminating false information weakening the nation.”“On the same day as the start of a visit by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and a day after a sham election designed to maintain the Baath party’s grip on power, a compliant judicial system has passed an unacceptable sentence on Al-Bunni in order to set an example and to discourage dissident groups from pushing for democracy,” the press freedom organisation said.“Nothing has changed in Syria in recent years and President Bashar Al-Assad’s installation in 2000 did not mean a break with the previous regime,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “The authorities have closed the vice around activists and independent journalists. Al-Bunni’s conviction bodes ill for Michel Kilo and Mahmoud Issa, who are being prosecuted on the same charges. We urge the authorities to drop the charges against them.”Aged 48, Al-Bunni was arrested and taken to Adra prison near Damascus on 17 May 2006 during a wave of arrests of people who had signed the “Beirut-Damascus, Damascus-Beirut” joint statement advocating the need to “respect and consolidate the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon and of Syria as part of institutionalised and transparent relations.” Signed by more than 300 leading figures from both countries, it had been made public a week before in Beirut.Khalil Maâtouk of the Al-Bunni defence committee told Reporters Without Borders his client’s conviction was a “political decision aimed at punishing him for his human rights activism.” Al-Bunni played a key role liaising with international human rights organisations. His lawyers plan to file an appeal in the next few days. The trials of Kilo, a writer and journalist, and Issa, a Communist Party member, are due to resume on 7 May. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Follow the news on Syria News Lawyer and human rights activist Anwar Al-Bunni was sentenced to five years in prison today for signing the “Beirut-Damascus, Damascus-Beirut” joint statement last year. “A compliant judicial system has passed an unacceptable sentence on Al-Bunni in order to set an example and to discourage dissident groups from pushing for democracy,” Reporters Without Borders said. March 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists to go further April 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dismay at five-year sentence for human rights lawyer News February 3, 2021 Find out more
By Steven McLoud/Diálogo December 10, 2020 Following the December 6 vote, which saw the illegitimate Nicolás Maduro regime win a majority in the parliamentary election, the European Union (EU) and the Lima Group, along with the United States, declared they would not recognize the results.According to Venezuela’s electoral council, just 31 percent of 20 million eligible voters participated in the election — less than half the turnout than in the previous National Assembly elections of 2015. In a news conference on December 7, Interim President Juan Guaidó called for a boycott of the vote, declaring it a farce meant to consolidate a dictatorship. He also called on his supporters to participate in a December 12 referendum that will ask citizens whether they reject the results and want a change of government.“They have imprisoned us, they have tortured us, and they have assassinated us, but here we are and here we will be until we see our Venezuela lead to a free, democratic country without dictatorship,” Guaidó said.“The United States, along with numerous other democracies around the world, condemns this charade which failed to meet any minimum standard of credibility,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on December 7.Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, echoed those sentiments saying the election “failed to comply with the minimum international standards.” In a statement, EU foreign ministers said on December 7 the vote “failed to comply with the minimum international standards for a credible process and to mobilize the Venezuelan people to participate.” Moreover, the European Council said “Venezuela urgently needs a political solution to end the current impasse and to allow for the delivery of the urgently required humanitarian assistance to its people.”In a written statement, the Lima Group called on the international community to “join in the rejection of the fraudulent elections and support the efforts for the recovery of democracy, the respect of human rights, and the rule of law in Venezuela.” The signatory countries of the Lima Group include Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Saint Lucia.
… Savage, Mike’s Wellman share Masters crownSUCCESS produced a stunning performance to clinch the Open title over Regal Allstars in the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. Republic Cup 4 final on Sunday.Playing at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Regal Allstars were bowled out for a paltry 67 in 10 overs.Richard Latif who hit one four and two sixes was the only batsman to offer any resistance, with a fighting 28.Puran John and Stephan Felix picked up four wickets each for the eventual winners.Success in reply reached 68 without loss, with three overs to spare.Surujpaul Deosarran top-scored, with 23, while Dindyal Lakhan made 19. Extras contributed 27 to the winning total.Meanwhile, Mike’s Wellman and Savage Masters shared the Masters title, after they played to a tie in the final.Batting first in the Masters final, Savage Masters posted 154-4 in 12 overs.Ricky Deonarain fashioned a brilliant 53. He clobbered seven sixes in his robust innings.Unnis Yusuf and Patrick Khan supported with 39 and 20 respectively.In the run chase, Nandram Samlall and Greg DeFranca added 37 for the first wicket, but the dismissal of Samlall (18), saw Mike’s Wellman reduced to 74-4.Lloyd Rooplall and Wayne Jones then steadied the chase nicely, with a stand of 48. Rooplall smashed one four and five sixes before he departed for 40.Following his demise, Mike’s Wellman lost a few more wickets, but Jones kept them in the hunt, with ten runs required in the final over.Jones and Hardat Heeranandan scored nine runs from the first five balls, but Heeranandan lost his concentration, and was bowled off the final ball of the innings, Mike’s Wellman finished on 154-8.Jones, who hit two fours and a similar number of sixes, remained unbeaten on 36.Zameer Hassan (2-3) and Navindra Pooran (2-29) were the successful bowlers in a losing cause.Earlier in the day, Success beat Farm by 65 runs, and Regal Allstars overcame Farm by 38 runs.Mike’s Wellman beat Ariel Masters by six wickets in their semifinal match, while Savage got the better of Regal Masters by seven wickets in the other semi-final game.In the other game played, Ariel Masters beat Success Masters by 39 runs.
Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer live score, resultsBelow are live scores and results from the 2019 Wimbledon men’s singles final.WimbledonFinalSunday 14 JulyEndNovak Djokovic (1)7 (7)17 (7)413 (7)Roger Federer (2)6 (5)66 (4)612 (3)All start times are estimatesClick here or refresh the page if you don’t see a live scoreboard. LIVE: Follow SN’s coverage of Novak Djokovic vs. Roger FedererDjokovic ousted Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in his semifinal match Friday to advance to the final. Federer faced longtime rival Rafael Nadal in the other semifinal and prevailed 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to make his 12th appearance in the Wimbledon final.It will be the first time the two have met in a Grand Slam final since the 2015 U.S. Open and their first meeting at the All England Club since the 2015 final, which Djokovic won in four sets. Djokovic, as the defending champion and world No 1, will be the favorite on Sunday, but if Federer can reproduce the level of ability he showed against Nadal, then he’ll have a superb chance.Wimbledon 2019 finals: When is Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer?Date: Sunday, July 14Time: 9 a.m. ETCoverage of Sunday’s final between Djokovic and Federer on July 14, begins at 8 a.m. ET, with the match scheduled to begin around 9 a.m.How to watch the Wimbledon men’s final on TV, live streamThe Djokovic vs. Federer match can be watched live on ESPN. The showdown will also be streamed lived on the ESPN app and can be seen on watchespn.com. Keep an eye out for royalty in the crowd. Two of tennis’ heavyweights meet at Centre Court on Sunday in the 2019 Wimbledon men’s final. Top-seeded and defending champ Novak Djokovic takes on the player with the most success in Wimbledon history, eight-time champion Roger Federer.Djokovic is seeking his sixth title at the All England Club and 16th Grand Slam title of his career. Federer has already won a record 20 Grand Slam tournaments, the most in men’s singles history, and will try to extend that record to 21 on Sunday.