Saudi Arabia put in charge of human rights panel

first_img Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS The Saudi ambassador to the HRC, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, was quietly appointed to the position in June but the appointment only came to light today. It has enraged human rights defenders and international human rights organizations worldwide.“This appointment is grotesque,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk. “It is outrageous that the UN is allowing Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest human rights violators, to chair this panel.“Saudi Arabia is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. How could anyone image Riyadh making a significant contribution to the fight against human rights violations throughout the world?”The Saudi kingdom’s human rights record is disastrous. There are no independent media. Journalists and bloggers who dare to stray from the official line are tried and given long jail terms, especially under the many draconian cyber-crime and anti-terrorism laws. Listed as an ‘Enemy of the Internet’, Saudi Arabia has been cracking down harder and harder on online activity since the Arab spring of 2011.Two professional journalists and seven citizen-journalists are currently detained arbitrarily. Reporters Without Borders and eight other international NGOs sent a joint letter to the Saudi authorities in July calling for the release of Saudi human rights defenders and other prisoners of conscience, including Raif Badawi, Waleed Abu Al-Khair and Fawzan Al-Harbi, one of the founders of the Arabian Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA).There has been no reply to the letter, the text of which was released on 1 September. News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Saudi Arabia has been appointed to head a five-member panel that advises the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is currently holding its 30th session. to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more March 9, 2021 Find out more September 21, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi Arabia put in charge of human rights panel News Receive email alerts RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 28, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Students discuss intersectionality between race, gender, sexuality

first_imgWith the aim of creating a space for vulnerable dialogue regarding questions of gender, race and sexual orientation, a number of groups on campus came together Thursday night to sponsor the second “Let’s Talk About Race” discussion in Geddes coffee house.In order to facilitate small group discussion, organizers prepared a set of questions to serve as launching points for discourse relating to the intersectional nature of gender, race and sexual orientation. Senior Kenzie Isaac, who was part of the event’s planning committee, said the discussion was shaped in light of StaND Against Hate Week, which served to combat hate in all of its forms.“How does your racial identity inform your gender and sexual expressions? How are gender and sexuality in dialogue with each other in your personal life? And how does your racial and ethnic identities underlie this dialogue if at all? These questions can be incredibly difficult to answer even when you’re approaching the question with your own personal narrative,” Isaac said.While the questions were complex and nuanced, Isaac urged people to understand that there were no correct answers.“We are simply providing a setting for your story to remain visible, validated and celebrated,” Isaac said. “We know that speaking on multiple [aspects] of your identities at once can be challenging and incite feelings of vulnerability especially because we are so used to navigating spaces where some of our identities are in direct contention with one another, compelling us to choose which ones to minimize and which ones to elevate, but this is not one of those spaces.”Senior Sydney Porter, who also helped plan the event, said she was happy to see a number of new people who did not attend the last Let’s Talk About Race iteration.“It’s good to know that we’re getting more and more people each time to show up and just talk about these conversations,” Porter said.In regards to her discussion group, Porter said she gained insight as to the cultural influences surrounding questions about identity.“At my table I had a lot of international students, and that gave me a whole different perspective on how your society or the way you grow up can influence your race, you sexual identity and your gender identity,” Porter said.Throughout the night, Isaac said she also felt the need to check her own biases at times.“It just goes to show that even the students who initiated this out of passion have so much work to do and we are not approaching this space claiming that we are the authorities on how to navigate these conversations, so we are students and teachers in this space and in the Notre Dame context at large,” she said.Senior Vaishali Nayak, who attended the discussion, said she appreciated the opportunity for these conversations on campus.“‘Let’s Talk About Race’ provides a space for us to talk about things that we all go through but we don’t take the time to reflect on … spaces like these let you talk about topics, let you think about topics in a more reflective light which can advise how you live your life with your friends and other relationships,” Nayak said. “Through reflective discussion on myself and others, I live my life better.”Tags: gender identity, race, sexualitylast_img read more

Service Quality Survey: Find out who has the best service in the region?

first_imgMystery shoppers visited in total 800 points of sale from various activities: car showrooms, banks, gas stations, retail, supermarkets, points of sale of telecommunications companies, tourist and catering facilities, service facilities. Slovenia leads in the quality of service in the region, Croatia in third place Heraklea doo, mystery shopping agency The research was done according to the acronym of the English word GUEST (guest) for Greet, Understand, Explain, Suggest, Thank, which consists of: greeting, determining the needs / desires of customers, product knowledge, offering an additional product to zthanks for visiting. Heraklea doo, mystery shopping agency In this year’s survey, Croatia is with a score of 75,12% occupied third place recording an increase of 1,96 percentage points compared to last year. With the best service in the region stood out Slovenia achieving a result of 83,44% and increase from 7,84 percentage points. S most areas for improvement and with a drop of even 15,41 percentage points she stood out Montenegro which achieved a result of 55,18%. Source: Heraklea doo, mystery shopping agency / Cover photo: Ibrahim Boran, Pexels.com As the best category, as in previous years, the category stood out product knowledge achieving a result of 92,57% you rise from 0,89 percentage points compared to the previous year. On the other hand, for several years in a row, the category offering additional products highlighted with the most areas for improvement. She achieved a result of only 34,35% and is the only category that recorded a decline compared to the previous year, and for 6,41 percentage points. In Croatia, the situation is the same as in the region, in the category product knowledge (90,27%) we achieved the best result, and we had the most areas for improvement in the category offering additional products (39,10%). In the period from 3 to 30 June 2019, for the eleventh time in a row, the Heraklea Agency, in cooperation with mystery shopping agencies from the region (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia), conducted a service quality survey measuring the basic elements of good or quality service.last_img read more