first_imgNews Receive email alerts December 9, 2020 Find out more RSF_en DjiboutiAfrica Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the detention of Maydaneh Abdallah Okieh, the website editor of the independent radio station La Voix de Djibouti (LVD), who was arrested at his home on 9 March and has been held since.“We demand the immediate release of Okieh, who was arrested arbitrarily for having covered a meeting of the National Salvation Union (USN), an opposition alliance,” said Cléa Kahn Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“It is the job of journalists to observe and report, and as such they must be free to do their work, which includes reporting dissenting views. Is President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s government so fragile that it cannot tolerate the least criticism?”Okieh was arrested at his home in Cité Maka Moukarama, in the Djibouti City suburb of Balbala, on 9 March by gendarmes from the Balbala-based Sheik Moussa Brigade and was transferred to Gabode central prison the next day, where holding conditions are known to be dire.The police said they had been looking for him since 4 March, when he covered a USN meeting in Balbala and saw gendarmes use violence to break up the meeting. He appeared in court on 11 March on a charge of disturbing public order. The court is supposed to issue a verdict on 18 March.Okieh spent two long spells in Gabode prison last year. He was held for six months, from 15 May to 19 October, on charges of “insulting a police officer” and “defaming the police” for posting photos on his Facebook page that showed police breaking up an opposition protest. Before that, he was held from 4 March to 10 April on charges of inciting a rebellion and inciting illegal demonstrations.Djibouti is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This is two places lower than in the 2013 index.Photo : Maydaneh Abdallah Okieh March 13, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent radio’s website editor detained again Help by sharing this information La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says News Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti Citycenter_img Organisation News to go further Follow the news on Djibouti Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked August 4, 2020 Find out more DjiboutiAfrica News July 17, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesSC Issues Notice On PIL Seeking Rescue Of Indian Workers From Gulf Countries Sanya Talwar7 Oct 2020 1:57 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre in a plea seeking directions to the government for bringing back workers from the Gulf.Filed by the President of Gulf Telangana Welfare and Cultural Association Pathkuri Basanth Reddy seeks directions to set up a mechanism to bring back Indian workers who have lost their passports in Gulf countries and implement policies framed for their…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre in a plea seeking directions to the government for bringing back workers from the Gulf.Filed by the President of Gulf Telangana Welfare and Cultural Association Pathkuri Basanth Reddy seeks directions to set up a mechanism to bring back Indian workers who have lost their passports in Gulf countries and implement policies framed for their welfare.A bench of Justices NV Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose issued notice on the petition and sought response from the Centre, states as well as the CBI on the plea which urges the Court for issuance of directions to assist Indians in Gulf countries financially and legally for their rehabilitation.The plea highlights that around 44 Indians are facing death sentences and 33,940 Indian workers have died in the past six years in the Gulf countries.The petitioner association avers that when the workers are sent to Gulf countries by agents, “their salary is very low, payment of salary is not done, some of them were sold by the agents and there is no life security.”The plea states that many Indians have found themselves in adverse circumstances and have been compelled to become slaves and bonded labourers on account of being cheated by travel agents.”Due to the adverse circumstances many of them are compelled to become slaves, bonded. There are many incidents of people sent through agents sold out to locals. Women workers are harassed and forced to become sex workers. In some cases women workers were beaten and locked up in houses” – Excerpt of PleaIn this context, the petition states that Indian embassies must work proactively and adopt effective measures to bring back those workers who are suffering the other countries through exchange programs and good will gestures.”A large number of Indians from the respondent States are going/gone to the Gulf and other countries for doing jobs as labour, drivers, helpers, salespersons, domestic workers etc. Most of the workers are uneducated or under-educated,” the plea reads.The PIL has also claimed that women workers in foreign countries are forced to become sex workers while in some cases women workers were beaten and locked up in houses.Apropos this, the plea urges the court to frame guidelines and set up a grievance redressal cell to bring back the dead bodies of Indian citizens who have died abroad and to give financial aid/insurance and legal aid to the families of the deceased.Next Storylast_img read more