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Al Jazeera condemns Egypt verdict

Baher Mohamed and Mohamed FahmyFollowing today’s retrial verdict in Cairo, Al Jazeera Media Network’s Acting Director General Dr Mostefa Souag said:

"Today's verdict defies logic and common sense. Our colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy will now have to return to prison, and Peter Greste is sentenced in absentia."



The whole case has been heavily politicized and has not been conducted in a free and fair manner.  There is no evidence proving that our colleagues in any way fabricated news or aided and abetted terrorist organisations and at no point during the long drawn out retrial did any of the unfounded allegations stand up to scrutiny. A report issued by a technical committee assigned by the court in Egypt contradicted the accusations made by the public prosecutor and stated in its report that the seized videos were not fabricated,. Baher, Peter and Mohamed have been sentenced despite the fact that not a shred of evidence was found to support the extraordinary and false charges against them.



"Today's verdict is yet another deliberate attack on press freedom. It is a dark day for the Egyptian judiciary; rather than defend liberties and a free and fair media they have compromised their independence for political reasons."



“Al Jazeera Media Network will continue to call for their freedom and an end to the ordeal for Baher, Peter and Mohamed and the six Al Jazeera staff who were sentenced in absentia”.



“The support shown for Baher, Peter and Mohamed has been loud and unified and has come from every corner of the world, from world leaders, journalists, human rights organisations and the general public. Alongside demanding the release of our colleagues, Al Jazeera calls on every one to continue the fight for the freedom of speech, for the right of people to be informed and for the right of journalists around the world to be able to do their job.



“We will not rest until Baher, Peter, Mohamed and the six Al Jazeera staff sentenced in absentia are freed and formally and definitively acquitted from the trumped up charges against them.”



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Burkina Faso: Opportunity to abolish the death penalty must be seized

Death penalty DebateBurkina Faso must seize the opportunity to abolish the death penalty, Amnesty International said on the eve of parliamentary sessions which will culminate in an historic vote.

 

Tomorrow the national transitional parliament will start a series of discussions with organisations and interested parties regarding the abolition of the death penalty before putting a bill to the vote on 6 September. The government has already approved the text of the bill which has been sent back to the transitional parliament.

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‘A mission to save African cultures’ a vision of the Chewa Culture Grouping

Professor Kanyama Phiri, CHEP's ChairpersonAn African with abundant resources, where you simply scatter seeds and harvest fruit, and everybody is a friend and a welcome quest. An African where stories are told under the stars and songs are sung around the fire, where beer is drunk and wisdom passed on to one to next generation.

That is the African Kalonga Gawaundi founder of the Chewas, the biggest cultural grouping in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, who is trying to capture, preserve and unite through the Kulamba ceremony in M’kaika Zambia.

The Day of the Disappeared: Enforced disappearances continue unabated in every region of the world

MediaThe use of enforced disappearance by governments to silence its critics and instil fear into targeted groups continues unabated in every region of the world, said Amnesty International as the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared on 30 August.

The organization is currently actively campaigning on the cases of more than 500 individuals who have been subjected to enforced disappearance, and is continuing to pressure governments to determine the fate and whereabouts of all those who have been disappeared.

“Governments in every region of the world, from Syria to Mexico and from Sri Lanka to Gambia may be holding hundreds or even thousands in secret detention. In many countries, the authorities continue harassing and intimidating those who are looking for their relatives. The struggle for justice must not cease,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

Graca Michel Trust lauds Malawi’s effort to reduce stunted growth rate

Rachel Toku-Appiah, GMT's Nutrition Program ManagerGraca Michel a wife to the former South African President late Nelson Mandela through her institution-Graca Michel Trust (GMT) has commended the country’s efforts to reduce the nation’s stunted growth which is now at 42.5% from 48% in 2010.

 

Michel with GMT team was in the country for a two-visit from Thursday, August 20 to Friday, August 21, 2015 aimed at accelerating efforts to end child marriages and improve education of the girl child and nutrition outcomes.

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