#NirbhayaCase #NirbhayaVerdict #Nirbhaya #NirbhayaCaseConvicts #NirbhayaNyayDivas #NirbhayaHasWon #nirbhayadiwas #NirbhayaConvictsHanged
Uttar Pradesh (India), Mar 20 (Canadian-Media): The hanging to death of four Delhi gang rape convicts in the Nirbhaya case resulted in a festive atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, media reports said.
The bus’ cleaners Mukesh Singh and Akshay Thakur, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta and gym instructor Vinay Sharma had been accused of the crime of gang-raping a young woman Nirbhaya in the bus in 2012, brutally assaulting her and finally throwing her off the bus.
Nirbhaya case culprits. Image credit: Twitter
The victim had fought for her life for nearly two weeks in a hospital in Singapore, where she had been airlifted, on December 29, 2012 before succumbing to her injuries.
Although the culprits were convicted within a year and their death sentence upheld by the Supreme Court in 2017, but the delay in execution was due to the lawyers representing these men citing presence of the legal remedies available to the convicts to delay their hanging.
The young woman's parents, especially her mother, continued with the legal battle for eight years to see the culprits hanged.
As soon as the villagers heard about the news on Friday regarding the hanging of the convicts, they gathered at the door of Nirbhaya's grandfather Lal Ji Singh to celebrate the day for the country's daughters.
It was demanded by Singh that the government announce March 20 as 'Nirbhaya Diwas,' which means Day of Fearlessness.
#U.S.BorderPatrol; #TwoIndiansArrested; #NewYork; #IllegalEntryToU.S.; #AlienSmuggling
Bombay (New York), Feb 21 (Canadian-Media): Two individuals were arrested Feb 15 by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Massena Border Patrol Station in connection with a failed attempt smuggling attempt, media reports said.
US Custom & Border Patrol. Image credit: Twitter
A vehicle was stopped by Border Patrol agents on State Route 95 in Bombay on Feb 15 and was confirmed by the agents that the occupants were of India origin who entered the United States illegally. On further investigation by Border Patrol Station one subject was charged with Improper Entry by Alien in violation of 8 USC 1325, while the driver, also a citizen of India was charged with Alien Smuggling in violation of 8 USC 1324.
Alien smuggling is a felony, which carries a penalty of a fine and up to 5 years in prison for each violation.
“Border Patrol Agents of the Massena Station are continually vigilant and work hard day and night to apprehend smugglers who profit through illicit cross border activity” stated Massena Station Patrol Agent in Charge Wade Laughman, “This is just one example of many recent smuggling events that have been thwarted in the Massena Station area of operation.”
#Rome; #Italy, #LegalAction; #Astronomers; #StarlinkSatellites, #StopLaunchOfSatellites; #HighSpeedInternet; #ImpactOnNightSky
Rome (Italy), Feb 5 (Canadian-Media): Legal action had been called by a group of astronomers to stop the launch of vast numbers of satellites designed to beam high-speed internet around the world until their impact on the night sky can be assessed, media reports said earlier this week.
240 satellites have already been launched by US firm SpaceX as part of its planned Starlink constellation of up to 42,000 satellites. Other companies like the UK company OneWeb, also plan to launch hundreds of their own. There are currently 1500 active satellites orbiting Earth.
SpaceX plans to launch 1500 Starlink satellites this year. Image credit: SpaceX/Flickr
Astronomical observations are being affected by bright streaks in some telescope images created by some Starlink satellites and had caused concern that the thousands of bright points of light could alter the sky for the public and astronomers forever.
Michele Maris at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste in Italy, part of the group calling for legal action said that the best thing would be stop the deployment of these kind of satellites until they fully understand the their impact on the sky.
“It would be desirable to adopt contingent and limiting resolutions to be ratified as shared international rules,” the astronomers wrote and added that in the meantime all mega constellations should be put on hold.
An associated petition has more than 1400 signatures to temporarily halt further launches.
Although SpaceX has started testing a Starlink satellite coated in a darker material so that it won’t reflect as much light, there are ongoing launches, with SpaceX set to send up 1500 Starlink satellites in 2020.
“If it is not possible to leave a better planet for future generations, we can at least try not to make it worse,” said group member Stefano Gallozzi at the Astronomical Observatory of Rome in Italy.
#USBorderPatrol; #Fentanyl, #Arrest
Tuscon (United States), Feb 1 (Canadian-Media): A 19-year-old American man transporting fentanyl in bags taped to his body was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 near Amado, Arizona on Wednesday on Jan. 22, media reports said.
US Border Patrol. Image credit: Facebook
During a routine immigration inspections of a passenger shuttle van the agents questioned the man and performed a search and discovered pills taped to the individual’s thighs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
After determining that the pills were fentanyl following appropriate tests, the agents seized the pills totaling 243 grams, and arrested the subject.
#USBorderPatrol; #SWBorderLongestSmugglingTunnel; #Trump'sBorderWall; #DEA; #SDTTF, #SanDiegoSector; #HSI; USAO;
Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): The longest illicit cross-border smuggling tunnel on the Southwest border stretching more than 1.2 kilometres from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area, was discovered by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) San Diego Sector and partners, as a result of many years of challenging, intelligence gathering, utilizing technology capabilities, and community outreach, USBP reports said.
Longest illicit tunnel along Southwest border of U.S. Image credit: U.S. Border Patrol
San Diego Tunnel Task Force (SDTTF) an inter-agency unit consisting of agents from USBP, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) were successful in uncovering the location of the tunnel after months of inter-agency investigation and tireless law enforcement efforts.
“I am thrilled that this high level narco-tunnel has been discovered and will be rendered unusable for cross-border smuggling. I am proud of the tremendous efforts of the Tunnel Task Force and our agents,” said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke.
The newly discovered tunnel includes an extensive rail/cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance, and a complex drainage system and is approximately five and a half feet tall and two feet wide, an average depth of 70 ft. from the surface, and length more than 14 American football fields went under several warehouses in the Otay Mesa area, where sophisticated tunnels have typically ended, and extended into open fields.
No arrests have been made as a result of this discovery.
"The sophistication of this tunnel demonstrates the determination and monetary resources of the cartels...the DEA and our partners on the Tunnel Task Force will continue to use our resources to ensure they fail, that our border is secure, and that tunnels like this are shut down to stem the flow of deadly drugs entering the United States, said DEA Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery.”
Heitke added, “The investigation continues, and I am confident that our hard work and dedication to uphold the law will lead to future arrests and seizures.”
François-Philippe Champagne. Image credit: Twitter
#CanadaImposingSanctions; #SpecialEconomicMeasuresAct; #illegitimateElections; #RussianOccupiedCrimea;
Ottawa, Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made yesterday by François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, about Canada's impositions of sanctions on six individuals, under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), who were involved in the illegitimate elections held in Russian-occupied Crimea on September 8, 2019, in concert with the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU), media reports said.
The SEMA is a legislation that allows the Governor in Council to regulate restriction or prohibition of certain activities in relation to a foreign state, any person (individual or entity) in a foreign state or a national of that foreign state who does not normally reside in Canada, as well as to seize or freeze related property. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act
These sanctions were in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and its violations of international law.
“Canada’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering...sanctions demonstrate that Canada and its allies stand united...and the international community are ready to impose a cost for ignoring international law and the rules-based international order,” said Champagne.
Canada has sanctioned more than 430 individuals and entities, since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, and imposed asset freezes and prohibiting dealings.
#Mexico; #MexicoCriminalJustice; #CriminalProcedure; #Law&Order; #theSenate
Mexico, Jan 27 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made by the Mexican Senate on January 15, 2020, that a proposal aimed to reform aspects of Mexico’s criminal justice system to improve its performance, would be received from the executive branch, media reports said.
Criminal Justice in Mexico. Image credit: Facebook
The Senate would begin the analysis of the initiatives after the text of the proposed bills is released on Feb 1, 2020.
In the meantime, limited information on a number of salient aspects of the proposed reforms would be provided by the Senate including: the enactment of a National Criminal Code; new rules on imprisonment, training programs for the prison inmates; and community services.
There had been reports some news organizations regarding some leaked additional information to the press about the proposed reform. But all the admission of illegally obtained evidence has currently been prohibited by the constitution.
#UN; #ICAO; #CrashOfUkrainianPassengerPlaneInIran; #Investigation; #InvestigationSpecialCourt; #aviationSafety
United Nations, Jan 15 (Canadian-Media): Experts from the United Nations (UN) aviation watchdog, ICAO, will support the investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian Passenger plane in Iran on January 8, following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, which was accepted on Tuesday, UN reports said.
The Iranian Red Crescent team, and other relief organizations, participate in an operation to transfer dead bodies after a Ukrainian plane crashed in Tehran, Iran. Image credit: Iranian Red Crescent Society
In a statement, the ICAO said that it has appointed senior and expert technical staff, who will now serve as advisors and observers.
Few details of Iran’s investigation have been released by the authorities, but Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said in a televised address that it will be overseen by several experts, and that the judiciary will create a special court.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the country’s judiciary reportedly said, in a press conference, that the investigation will look into the causes and direct impact of the incident.
Iran has admitted that Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 was shot down by its armed forces and announced on Tuesday that several people have been detained over the incident which, it says, was accidental. All 176 people on board were killed in the crash.
The incident took place several hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile strike from home soil on US forces stationed in Iraq, in response to the US drone killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
Initially, Iran denied responsibility for the crash, reportedly blaming it on a technical failure but eventually admitted that the operator of a missile defence system had mistaken the plane for a missile and shot it down.
What is ICAO?
A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world.It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities.
ICAO. Image credit: Facebook
The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 193 Member States.
#Ukraine, #UkrainePlaneCrash, #Iran, #IranDetainSeveral,
Tehran, Jan 14 (Canadian-Media): Several people have been detained in connection with the crash of a Ukrainian plane in Tehran last week, Iran's judiciary said, media reports said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Judiciary Branch should form a special court to look into the case of the Ukrainian airliner that was downed mistakenly, reported IRNA news agency.
Iran's military on Saturday said it shot down the Ukrainian passenger flight this week due to 'human error', reported Iran's state TV.
A Ukrainian plane which crashed earlier this week outside Tehran had flown close to a sensitive military site and brought down due to human error, General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran was quoted as saying by Press TV.At least 176 people were killed as Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed this week.
The incident occurred just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC on Tuesday that he was "glad" Iran had acknowledged making a "terrible mistake" in shooting down the plane.
"It's good that they've apologised. The most important thing now is that tensions in the region calm down," he added.
"I was in Oman just at the weekend, talking to people in the region and they don't want a military conflict between the West and Iran.
#UN; #UNGeneva; #LawAndOrder; #UNRefugeeAgency;#HumanitarianAid
Geneva, Jan 11 (Canadian-Media): A new law in El Salvador opens a door for tens of thousands of forced displacement victims in the country to access to life-saving humanitarian assistance and have their basic rights restored, said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday, UN reports said.
A young internally displaced man stands by the road on the outskirts of San Salvador in El Salvador. Credit: © UNHCR/Diana Diaz
The legislation, which was passed by a resounding majority in El Salvador’s National Assembly on Thursday, also protects, aids and offers durable solutions to people who may be either at risk or who have already been internally displaced, due to violence perpetrated criminal gangs.
And for the first time ever, the law also provides for the establishment of a comprehensive national system of State institutions to prevent and respond to forced displacement.
‘Lasting positive impact’
Once the new law is signed by President Nayib Bukele, it can have “a lasting positive impact on the lives of the 71,500 Salvadorans estimated to have been forcibly displaced between 2006 and 2016 within their country’s borders, as well as tens of thousands more who are at risk of being forced to flee their homes”, UNHCR spokesperson Liz Throssell explained to reporters in Geneva.
UNHCR provided technical support to the legislative text on internal displacement to align with the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and other international standards on the rights of internally displaced persons.
“It also establishes mechanisms to allow those affected by internal displacement to protect and reclaim property they may have been forced to abandon in their flight”, she elaborated.
The spokesperson recalled that in October, UN Secretary-General António Guterres established a High-level Panel on Internal Displacement “to increase global attention and advance solutions for this issue which affects more than 40 million people worldwide due to conflict and violence”.
“The law reflects the growing momentum in Central America and beyond to recognize and respond to the phenomenon of internal displacement”, Ms. Throssell said.
In Honduras, where an estimated 247,000 people have been displaced by violence within their own country, the National Congress is considering legislation similar to the law passed in El Salvador.
Mexico also recognizes the serious impact of internal displacement and has expressed its commitment to pass legislation on the issue at the federal level.
The UNHCR spokesperson concluded by reiterating the UN refugee agency’s readiness to continue offering technical and operational assistance to the governments of Central America and Mexico to “help mitigate the causes and consequences of forced displacement”.