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Writer who was assaulted gets three-and-a-half-year sentence on trumped-up assault charge

first_img April 7, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News VietnamAsia – Pacific News Thuy was already jailed in 2007 for writing articles critical of the government for websites and dissident publications: http://www.rsf.org/Leading-woman-writer-arrested-for.html. She was freed in February 2008 but the political police kept her under surveillance and continued to harass her.Another woman writer, Pham Thanh Nghien, received a four-year jail sentence a few weeks ago in Hai Phong on a charge of “propaganda” against the regime under article 88 of the criminal code. Reporters Without Borders condemns the three-and-a-half-year sentence which a Hanoi court passed today on writer and human rights activist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy on a trumped-up charge of assault. Analysis of some of the prosecution’s evidence against Thuy and her husband, Do Ba Tan, who was given a suspended sentence, shows that it was fabricated by the police. Thuy and her husband assaulted no one. On the contrary, they were the victims of violence on the part of the security forces, which have been making their lives impossible for years.The court convicted the couple of assaulting two neighbours on the evening of 8 October 2009, the day that Thuy tried to travel to Hai Phong (to the east of Hanoi) to attend the trial of six pro-democracy activists. The police intercepted her while she was en route to Hai Phong and escorted her back to the capital.In the evening, two individuals who were clearly in cahoots with the police entered the couple’s home and hit Thuy with a brick, injuring her. Her husband took her to hospital where they were arrested by the police. The next day, the state media carried reports accusing the couple of attacking two neighbours.The police file includes a photo that is supposed to show the injuries that one of the neighbours received at the hands of the couple. But it can be established from an IT analysis of the photo that it was taken in February 2005 and not October 2009, as the police claim (see photo and results of analysis). Col. Vu Cong Long and the other officers in charge of the case clearly fabricated the evidence in order to punish a well-known government critic. Instead of trying her under article 88 of the criminal code, which concerns dissident activities, they preferred to accuse her of violating article 104.“The hidden motive for this grotesque trial and verdict was the desire of the police authorities to silence a critic for a long time, a critic who has never ceased to peacefully defend human rights,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The security forces mounted a Machiavellian response to Thuy’s courage.” Reporters Without Borders has just sent a letter to the European Union’s leaders, including Catherine Ashton and the Spanish presidency, asking them to suspend its human rights dialogue with Vietnam in protest against the recent wave of arrests and trials of pro-democracy activists.Thuy was transferred on 19 October to Hoa Lu prison near Hanoi, where the authorities have denied her the medical attention she needs for the diabetes and advanced tuberculosis she suffers from. Reporters Without Borders already condemned the government’s “criminal” refusal to release Thuy despite the deterioration in her health in a release in November: http://www.rsf.org/Information-about-imprisoned.html News Follow the news on Vietnam Help by sharing this information Organisation VietnamAsia – Pacific Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF_en February 5, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Writer who was assaulted gets three-and-a-half-year sentence on trumped-up assault charge April 22, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alertslast_img read more

Rents in Limerick city rise despite national rate cooling

first_imgFacebook Twitter NewsHousingRents in Limerick city rise despite national rate coolingBy Rose Rushe – February 14, 2020 686 WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSdaft.ie Q$ 2019Irish Property Owners AssociationProfessor Ronan LyonsRental Tenancies Board Print THE last quarter for which we have national statistics for the rate at which rents fluctuate in the 26 counties is Q4 of 2019. Daft.ie’s reports issued four times annually are met with interest, given the enormous database from which it collates statistics.This portal to residential (and commercial) rentals and sales is used by virtually all estate agents and by private landlords who eschew an agency to let and maintain properties.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Note the Daft infographic that shows the biggest increase in rents charged in the country were in Limerick. This is true of the city especially, presenting an 8.3 per cent gain over Q4 2018. Properties in adjacent Clare were charging almost 8 per cent more than in the last quarter of 2018.The FG-FF coalition is deemed to have fallen on the twin spears of Housing and Health. Swathes of the electorate who voted were unmoved by a 95 per cent employment rate, years of slog for a stable Brexit and Ireland ranked by the UN in December as 3rd best country in the world for quality of life (pipped by Switzerland and Norway, tops).What is driving rents here up, vis a vis Dublin levelling off with household income maxed out in The Pale?Scarcity. Daft.ie’s analyst Prof Ronan Lyon of TCD makes the point that construction costs for apartments “make it unviable to build the thousands of new rental homes that are desperately needed.”Another factor is the thousands of private landlords bailing out of the sector due to steep taxes and the cost of refurbishment between tenancy turnovers.2019 closing data for rents: €1,402 national average €896 Limerick county€1,167 Limerick city( €667 average mortgage)Feb 2020 – 76 properties availableWith a burgeoning jobs market in the Mid-Wests biopharma, food, finance, tech and aviation sectors, there has been a major influx in professional workers and their families moving to Limerick. From Cook Medical to WP Engine, Johnson & Johnson to Regeneron, recruitment campaigns by locally rooted industry are bringing an educated populace to the Mid-West.For sure, new residential stock is coming on board in the suburbs, in city new builds and the remodelling of older properties. But in a market of rising residential values, owners of landbanks and builders know that their assets are appreciating all the time. Limerick City and County Council is backing a €12mn investment in public housing so future supply is being addressed.The good news is that available rental accommodation nationally has increased by 10 per cent in 2020 since last year. Much of this is driven by tax-friendly house sharing in a landlord’s principal private residence, such contracts being outside the remit of the Rental Tenancies Board. The most recent rental index for the Board is Q3 of 2019. The Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA) had a big reaction  to news that there were 21,235 tenancies registered in Q3 2019 compared to 25,448 in Q3 2018.“There was a drop of 17 per cent in the amount of tenancies registered,” commented Stephen Faughnan of the IPOA. “Rent Pressure Zones limit the income of investors without limiting the cost of the provision of the accommodation.  Property owners who rewarded  good tenants by keeping the rent low have been unfairly and substantially disadvantaged.“A recent survey carried out by IPOA revealed that 31 per cent of landlords were sub-venting their mortgage from other income, and 71 per cent of landlords were letting below market rent.  25 per cent of landlords had rent [pegged at] 33 per cent below market rent.”Mr Faughan went on to state that “sadly, 44 per cent of landlords surveyed stated that they intended to leave the market in the next five years.”Another statistic: “Between 2016 and 2018 over 2000 landlords left the sector and over 12,000  rental homes are no longer available.” Email Linkedin Previous article€6m investment brings 50 new jobs to BallinaNext articleJoe Rooney: Shut up and laugh Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Postlast_img read more