Ruslan Sharipov gets asylum in the United States

first_imgNews October 28, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ruslan Sharipov gets asylum in the United States Receive email alerts Organisation 10. Do you think the international community puts enough pressure on president Karimov to respect human rights more? No, I don’t think so. The situation in Uzbekistan is very serious and the population suffers a great deal as a result of President Karimov’s tyrannical regime. The government ignores basic human rights and freedoms, thousands of people are imprisoned and tortured for peacefully practising their beliefs, journalists and writers are periodically thrown to jail, and citizens are living in inhuman conditions.11. Are you optimistic about the future of human rights in your country? Do you think you will be able to go back one day and work freely as a journalist?I am optimistic by nature and this helped me to continue my work in recent years. However, despite being optimistic, I don’t believe there will be any change until the dictator, Islam Karimov, is no longer in power or until the international community takes more serious steps. 12. What are your plans in the United States?Unfortunately I still don’t know what I will be doing in the United States. Ruslan Sharipov has obtained political asylum in the United States after fleeing Uzbekistan, where he had been serving a prison sentence for homosexuality. “I was told that if I did not leave, I would die or I would be returned to prison”, he said in an interview for Reporters Without Borders. October 15, 2020 Find out more 3. What were your prison conditions like? They were better after 3 October 2003. Before that, I was subjected to cruel torture, both physical and mental. I was injected with unidentified substances and I was told that I was being infected with the HIV virus. They put bags and a gas mask over my head and made me write a suicide note. Unidentified substances were sprayed into my throat, making me feel I was suffocating, while they continued to torture me with electric shock to the ears and other parts of the body. It was mostly the interior ministry’s anti-terrorism department that did the torturing. I remember how Radjab Kadirov, who is in charge of all prisons and camps and who is the interior minister’s first assistant, told me that I should end all activity and give up any hope of getting US help. “Look how the United States cooperates with us in the war against terrorism,” Kadirov said. “Even our anti-terrorism department which is in charge of your case is financed by them. So don’t expect their help.”4. Could you describe the judicial proceedings pursued against you? Despite many protests, all court hearings took place behind closed doors. The judge also refused to let US embassy and US State Department representatives be present in court. 5. Why did you make a confession? The authorities still had a problem. Public defender Surat Ikramov and my lawyer Ravil Gayazov were able to demonstrate to the court that there was no evidence. My defence team was ready to win the case. This is why they put enormous pressure on me, including the use of torture. They also told me that if I did not officially say I did not want my defence team and my mother to be present in court, both my defence team and my relatives would be in danger. My public defender ended up being attacked and beaten and was hospitalised with serious injuries.6. At the end of the last in a series of hearings behind closed doors, the judicial authorities finally sentenced you on 23 June 2004 to two years’ forced labour and put you under house arrest in Bukhara, 600 km from the capital. Why did you find this sentence intolerable? This was the official version. In fact, the anti-terrorism department asked me to leave Uzbekistan immediately. I was told that if I did not leave, I would die in Bukhara or I would be returned to prison in Tovaksay. The Uzbek authorities had demonstrated that they always do what they say they are going to do. They gave me three choices: to die in Bukhara, to go back to prison in Tovaksay or to leave Uzbekistan. I realised that they were not going to allow me to carry on doing my work. After consulting with representatives of international organizations, we decided that my best option was to leave the country.7. Can you explain to us how you managed to escape? The people who asked me to leave have a great deal of power and I think this was the reason I was able to cross the Uzbek border into Kazakhstan, from where I took train to Moscow.8. What has it been like to take this risk and flee, to be in exile and to wait for months before being able to reach the United States? It was a very dangerous time for me. There are many corrupt clans in Uzbekistan fighting each other. I knew that the corrupt clans of certain senior officials could easily kill or harm me just to undermine a rival clan. The interior ministry would have been blamed if something had happened to me, because they were responsible for my detention. I ended up very ill with dangerous hepatitis B and D infections. The Russian doctors said the infections had started in Uzbekistan several months earlier. While I was under house arrest, the prison administration had sent me to a government medical unit. They carried out various tests on me using old syringes and old needles. I just hope that there is nothing more they infected me with.9. What is it like to work as an independent journalist in Uzbekistan? How would you describe the situation of press freedom? Under President Karimov’s oppressive regime, many journalists and human rights activists have to secretly cooperate with the authorities, seeking permission for any criticism they publish or being very restrained in their criticism. Others play safe by censoring themselves. One rarely sees any journalist or human rights defender criticize specific government officials or police officers. The case of Rustam Erkabaev, who went to the constitutional court against the president, is a good example of the kind of article I wrote. Nobody wanted to make his case public. Erkabaev was one of the biggest figures in the interior ministry. He was the head of the department that combats corruption and organized crime. But he was fired after he tried to bring a criminal case for gross corruption against Turop Kholtaev, who had key position in the government. I wrote many articles about the case and when a British TV crew came to Tashkent, I invited them to make a documentary about Erkabaev. May 11, 2021 Find out more Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Follow the news on Uzbekistan News News RSF_en February 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia to go further More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov has obtained political asylum in the United States after fleeing Uzbekistan, where he had been serving a prison sentence for homosexuality, Reporters Without Borders said today.Sharipov, 26, who has explained his reasons for leaving Uzbekistan in an interview for Reporters Without Borders, was originally given a four-year prison sentence on appeal on 25 September 2003 for homosexuality and having sexual relations with a minor.In the last of a series of secret hearings, the district court of Khamzincki (in the Tashkent region) sentenced Sharipov on 23 June 2004 to two years of community service in the central city of Bukhara (600 km from the capital). Sharipov fled the country before his transfer to Bukhrara took place.A former president of the Union of Independent Journalists of Uzbekistan (UIJU) and correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima, Sharipov was arrested on 26 May 2003.Under duress, he pleaded guilty in August, asked President Islam Karimov to be forgiven for all his critical articles, and waived his right to legal defence.Sharipov has never denied his bisexuality but he claims he had never met the adolescents who were alleged to have been his victims. They were detained on 26 May and held for three or four days. Sharipov’s lawyer said they were beaten and threatened by police to get them to testify against Sharipov in court. In fact, the trial had to be adjourned several times because they failed to turn up. Reporters Without Borders set up a sponsorship system 13 years ago under which it calls on international news media to adopt a journalist in prison. A total of 120 news organisations are currently supporting jailed journalists by regularly asked the relevant authorities to release them and by publicising their cases so that they are not forgotten.Sharipov had been adopted by the French magazine Têtu._______________Interview with journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov, living in exile in the United States1. On 13 August 2003, you were sentenced to five and a half years in prison for homosexuality and having sexual relations with minors. Do you think these charges were trumped up by the Karimov regime to trap you and reduce you to silence?The government cannot stand criticism, and it was always furious about the way I criticised the total control that corrupt officials exercise over the media and the violations of basic human rights and freedoms. The security services and government officials often warned me I would end up in prison or dead because of my activities. However I never stopped and as a result there were serious attacks and provocations against me and my colleagues. They tried to accuse me of possessing drugs and one of my colleagues was accused of links with an Islamic party. But this was just to frighten us because nobody would seriously believe that I am a drug-user or some kind of religious extremist. Before being imprisoned I got a last warning. I was asked to leave Uzbekistan as soon as possible. The Karimov regime then concocted a plan to get rid of me by using my sexual orientation as a way to have me convicted on the basis of false evidence.2. What did you do or write to incur the wrath of the authorities? The authorities were slowly brought to this by my refusal to stop criticizing officials, together with the unsuccessful efforts of the special security services to find another way to neutralize my activities. Many of the people I had been criticising over the years, including interior ministry and other government officials, finally decided to get rid of me despite knowing that there would be international protests. last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 12/3

first_imgDecember 3, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 12/3 Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballNon-RegionBEAVER, Utah-Crayton Hollingshead’s 17 points led the way and Ky Brown added 11 points and 7 rebounds as the Beaver Beavers surged past Bryce Valley 57-45 Tuesday in non-region boys basketball action.JUNCTION, Utah-Sam Orton posted 21 points as the Kanab Cowboys edged Piute 62-59 in non-region boys basketball action Tuesday. Kelby Jessen posted 24 points and 11 rebounds in the loss for the Thunderbirds.RICHFIELD, Utah-Taiven Shepherd stepped up with 24 points and the Pine View Panthers bested  Richfield 68-62 Tuesday in non-region boys basketball action. Will Robinson led the Wildcats in defeat with 14 points.GUNNISON, Utah-Harley Hill scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, as Gunnison Valley knocked off Tintic 83-34 Tuesday in non-region boys basketball action. Creed Mogle scored 13 points and Braxon Sylvester added 11 for the Bulldogs in the win. Cooper Snell scored 11 in the loss for the Miners.Girls BasketballNon-RegionRICHFIELD, Utah-Jarica Steck led the way with 10 points as the Richfield Wildcats mowed over Hurricane 43-23 in non-region girls basketball action Tuesday. Britin Behrmann had 8 points in the loss for the Tigers.MONROE, Utah-Kenzie Jones netted 14 points and the South Sevier Rams pounded Beaver 51-22 Tuesday in non-region girls basketball action. Halle Hutchings had 8 points in defeat for the Beavers.DELTA, Utah-Jayde Peterson posted 10 points and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs downed Delta 36-30 in non-region girls basketball action Tuesday. Jadee Dutson had 9 points for the Rabbits in defeat.PAYSON, Utah-Madelyn Taylor’s 24 points led the Payson Lions to a narrow 44-41 win over Juab in overtime in non-region girls basketball action Tuesday. Willow Kay posted 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss for the Wasps.CEDAR CITY, Utah-Grayce Glover led the way with 18 points as Kanab downed Canyon View 48-40 Tuesday in non-region girls basketball action. Brinley Cornell added 16 more points in the win for Kanab. Ashlyn Banks netted 15 points and 12 rebounds in the loss for the Falcons.FILLMORE, Utah-Debra Name posted 19 points and the Wasatch Academy Tigers got past Millard 49-43 in non-region girls basketball action Tuesday. Kobree Penney had 16 points for the Eagles in the loss.MANTI, Utah-Katie Larsen scored 16 points to lead the Manti Templars to a 50-39 win over North Sevier Tuesday in non-region girls basketball action. Macady Goble scored 11 points in the loss for the Wolves. Tags: Roundup Written bylast_img read more

Ernest F. Combs

first_imgErnest F. Combs, age 73 of Metamora, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.  Born August 1, 1944 in Cincinnati, he is the son of Edith (Nee: Garrett) and Dewey Combs.  His mother died when he was very young and was raised by his stepmother Eula Taylor.  He married Sandra Hericks February 10, 1973 in Newport, Kentucky.  Ernie served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and after the service worked 35 years as a chemical processor for the Cognis Corporation (formerly Emery Industries) before retiring in 2003.Ernie had many interests.  He had a love for the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. Sandy joked that when they were dating, he always had a pole in the car and many a date would end up at a one of his favorite fishing spots.  He enjoyed photography and spending time outside capturing nature stills as well.  Ernie was one of those people that never met a stranger and was happy to give you his opinion on any subject.  Those who knew him well would affectionately say, “Look out, here comes trouble.”  He was very proud of his military service and even prouder of his grandkids.  He treasured spending time with them.  According to his family, Ernie was a good cook and after retiring, he liked watching cooking shows on T.V. and then making those dishes for his family.  Apparently though, he had a reputation for being a slow driver.  Once a family member asked after hearing he’d run into a deer, “Did he hit it hard enough to tip it over?”Ernie is survived by his wife Sandy; daughter and son-in-law Kim and Frank Lecher of Batesville; sister Loretta Metz of Cincinnati; grandchildren Russell, Nolan, Winston, Sophia and Hazel Lecher as well as three nieces and one nephew.  He is preceded in death by his parents and stepmother.Visitation is Tuesday, January 2nd, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. Mike Holman officiating.  Afterwards military honors will be conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 in front of the funeral home.  It was Ernie’s wishes that following services he be cremated.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,728.28, down 66.85 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 15 cents, or 6.67 per cent, to $2.10 on 21.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 60 cents, or 8.66 per cent, to $7.53 on 14.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up seven cents, or 0.92 per cent, to $7.67 on 12.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down 17 cents, or 6.85 per cent, to $2.31 on 9.9 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 34 cents, or 0.8 per cent, to $42.09 on 7.1 million shares.Toronto Dominion Bank. (TSX:TD). Financials. Down 28 cents, or 0.4 per cent, to $69.55 on 6.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Inc. (TSX:BB). Down four cents at $10.61. Blackberry is making a play to integrate itself into smart cities and vehicles by building a new service to provide infrastructure for vehicles and traffic lights to exchange information securely. The Waterloo, Ont.,-based technology company says it will waive the service fees for the product for automakers and public offices involved in smart city and connected vehicle pilots because it says the offering is necessary to ensure users can trust the validity of information received from other systems. The service will first be used in conjunction with Invest Ottawa, which will use it for a 16-kilometre road autonomous vehicle test track resembling a miniature city, complete with pavement markings, traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian crosswalks.Badger Daylighting Ltd. (TSX:BAD). Up $2.23 or 7.1 per cent at $33.59. A director who served for 25 years on the board of Badger Daylighting said he’s resigning over its decision not to bring to its investors a secret takeover proposal made last summer. David Calnan, a Calgary lawyer who has been on the board since 1993, said Monday the way it dealt with the confidential unsolicited cash-and-shares buyout offer made in mid-July highlighted differences between his perspective as a director who is also a large shareholder and the rest of the board.Aurora Cannabis Inc. Aurora Cannabis has signed a deal to acquire Mexican company Farmacias Magistrales for an undisclosed price. The deal to buy the pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor follows an agreement last week that saw Aurora partner with the company. It says Farmacias recently became Mexico’s first federally licensed importer of raw materials containing THC. Aurora says Farmacias plans to use imported THC and CBD concentrates to produce various cannabis oil products for the medical market.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FA to crackdown on Premier League managers

first_imgThe English Football Association has announced that Premier League managers will get verbal warnings, according to Evening Standard.Managers who behave badly on the touchline will be shown yellow and red cards, the FA has revealed.The “pilot project” which builds on the existing rules of conducts in the technical area will apply to majority of football competitions in England including the Premier League, EFL, National League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.These warnings will also apply for managers as they do for players, any manager who receives four warnings will receive an automatic one-game touchline ban.However, in the Premier League, managers will not be shown cards but will be cautioned verbally.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But unlike the accumulated cautions for players, there’ll be no reset for managers, so if a manager picks up four warnings, he gets a one-game ban, eight warnings gets him a two-game ban, 12 warnings gets him a three-game ban and so on.The only exception to the rules will be playoff games in the EFL and National League as well as the FA Cup final.The FA have revealed that warnings will be given out for inappropriate language or gestures such as show of dissent, kicking of plastics or water bottles, waving imaginary cards, attempts to influence the referee’s decision and so on.EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey told reporters that the rules haven’t are not new but the idea is to make the disciplinary process clearer.“The whole process is not about creating drama but making sure we improve the behavior of people in the game.” He said.last_img read more

Gary Neville United need a big game

first_imgPundit Gary Neville says Manchester United need “a big game” to get back to winning ways after they lost to Brighton last weekend.Manchester United lost 3-2 to Chris Hughton’s Brighton side last weekend, and former player Gary Neville believes that they need a big result against Tottenham in order to refocus. Sky Sports reports.“The noise at the moment surrounding United is what everyone’s concentrating on, but just looking at it as a match and Spurs’ history coming to Manchester United – they haven’t turned up in the last two or three years,” Neville said.“United cannot be anywhere near where they were at Brighton on Sunday. I think this is what they need, they need a big game, they need a big opponent and Tottenham have been friendly opponents at Old Trafford in the last few years.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I suppose everyone will be queuing up to watch the game in the hope Man United lose, in the hope they can put another nail in the coffin.“That’s the sort of sense of feeling around the club at the moment, not being helped at times by the performances. You can talk about Jose’s press conferences, the mistakes the team has made, but the only thing that will put it right is to win. The players have that in their hands on Monday.“Tottenham have to turn up, and if they do it’ll be a very difficult game for Manchester United,” Neville added.last_img read more

Cavani Solskjaer has brought a change of energy to Man United

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani accepts Manchester United have turned things around under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of next month’s Champions League clashThomas Tuchel’s side will meet United in the last-16 stage of the Champions League this season after topping Group C ahead of Liverpool, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.United, on the other hand, did enough to secure second place in Group H by two points from Valencia with Jose Mourinho before they fired him last month following a poor start to their Premier League campaign.Since Solskjaer’s appointment as interim coach, the Red Devils have won all six of their games with 17 goals scored and just 3 conceded.Therefore, Cavani accepts PSG will have to be careful of this newly-rejuvenated United team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Manchester, we have to think of ourselves and not the other teams,” Cavani told Goal.“We have to think about what we have to do as a team, know our qualities and our faults to get to the next match ready, in the best and most fit way.”“We know that Manchester United has gone through a rather negative period, the coaching change has brought a change of energy too, different. They have started to have positive results.“It creates more motivation and that’s normal. But we will study them more specifically at the time of the match, not before.”The first leg of United and PSG’s last-16 clash will take place at Old Trafford on February 12 with the return leg at the Parc Des Princes set for March 6.last_img read more