U.S. Congress and Obama Administration urged to examine dark side of Uribe years

first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America By giving a platform to Duque and Morris, we are obviously intending to maintain all the vigilance necessary to ensure that justice is rendered in one of the biggest domestic spying scandals of recent years, one that involved multiple violations or the right to impart and receive news and information. And by giving them a platform in Washington, we are seeking the attention of a country that is linked to Colombia by a “Plan” of the same name, and by an accord granting the US army seven military bases on Colombian territory.The degree to which technology and information exchanges between intelligence services facilitated the DAS dirty tricks during this period also remains to be established. And do they still? Barack Obama’s promises as a candidate to adapt his foreign policy to human rights imperatives could find room for implementation here.Some members of the U.S. Congress raised human rights issues when Plan Colombia was debated. This kind of cooperation should not be undertaken or renewed without taking account of fundamental freedoms. The United States needs to examine the dark side of the Uribe years.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Rodolfo Maya Aricape, an indigenous leader and journalist with Radio Payumat, a community radio station, was murdered on 14 October. When we visited Colombia together with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), we met with the North Cauca Association of Indigenous Councils (ACIN), to which Radio Payumat is affiliated.Its representatives told us how the local communities, and their journalists, are constantly caught in a trap between, on the one hand, the army and paramilitaries, who accuse them of being “in the pay of the guerrillas” and, on the other, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which accuses them of “collaborating with the state.”Maya was shot dead at his home in front of his family by two unidentified gunmen. According to ACIN and the Press Freedom Foundation (FLIP), the Reporters Without Borders partner organization in Colombia, graffiti had branded Maya as a “FARC member” shortly before his death. Colombia’s civil war is far from over. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation October 21, 2020 Find out more ColombiaAmericas to go further ColombiaAmericas Radio Nizkor journalist Claudia Julieta Duque is planning to bring a legal action against former President Alvaro Uribe in connection with the illegal phone-tapping, smear campaigns and acts of sabotage carried out against her by the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), Colombia’s leading intelligence agency.Duque will explain her plans at a news conference that Reporters Without Borders is hosting at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. at 7 p.m. today. Hollman Morris, producer of the current affairs programme Contravía on Colombia’s state-owned Canal Uno TV, who is another victim of DAS dirty tricks, will also take part. Details of the news conference and participants are available here. The so-called “DASgate” scandal, the subject of a Reporters Without Borders special visit and report last May, is now reaching the highest level of the Colombian state. Former President Uribe, who handed over to his elected successor in August after completing two four-year terms, is due to be questioned about it by a special congressional commission but he is not facing any criminal charges.To what degree did Uribe participate in the incredible misuse of the intelligence services to target the opponents of his “democratic security” policies? It should be up to the courts to decide.President Uribe’s heavily publicised personal attacks on his critics clearly had a major impact. Branded by the president in person on television, as shown in this video recording made during our visit, Canal Uno programme director Daniel Coronell was the target of serious threats and had to spend time in self-imposed exile, as did his two colleagues at today’s news conference. News May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia RSF_en October 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 U.S. Congress and Obama Administration urged to examine dark side of Uribe years Help by sharing this information Reports News April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Receive email alertslast_img read more

Dolores McNamara bids to buy Childer’s Road Retail Park in #Limerick

first_imgLinkedin Previous articleWell-known #Limerick pubs to reopenNext article‘Improvised shotgun’ trial opens at #Limerick Circuit Court Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSDOLORES McNamaraeuromillionsfeaturedlimerick Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print NewsDolores McNamara bids to buy Childer’s Road Retail Park in #LimerickBy Staff Reporter – April 13, 2016 1642 center_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Advertisement Childer’s Road Retail Park is in the purchasing eye of multi millionaire Dolores McNamaraChilder’s Road Retail Park is in the purchasing eye of multi millionaire Dolores McNamaraEUROMILLIONS winner, Dolores McNamara is in a bidding war to purchase one of Limerick’s biggest and top performing retail park, Childer’s Road Retail Park.With an overall floor area of 257,000sq ft, the retail park has caught the eye of the Limerick multi-millionaire who scooped €115m in Europe’s biggest ever jackpot win.One of Ireland’s richest people, Ms McNamara has now qualified for the second round of bidding along with Irish Life and Savills Investment Managers to bid in excess of the €44m guide price to acquire the retail park.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UK home, garden and leisure retail chain The Range which is to go into competition with Woodies, have recently acquired space at the park where Dunnes, Boots; Arcadia’s Burton, Wallis, Evans and Dorothy Perkins; Next, Lifestyle, Argos, Heatons, Harry Corry, Smyths Toys and smaller units for Costa Coffee, KFC and Pizza Hut.Mrs McNamara, through her company Blue Haven, is understood to be receiving advice from Eddie Hobbs.HWBC and DTZ Sherry FitzGerald are jointly handling the sale of the park which was developed more than 10 years ago by Alan and Brian McCormack of Alanis Capital with funding from Anglo Irish Bank.The park produces a rental income in the region of €3.22 million.The sale of the park is under a joint marketing campaign to also find a buyer for the Ennis Road Retail which holds at €15m price tag and a rental income close to €1.5m Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more