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Archive for December 27th, 2009

Russia to Crack Down on Police Corruption

Posted by Info on 27/12/2009

President Dmitri A. Medvedev: “People want members of the police who are morally impeccable to defend them, even more so in a legal sense. They want to trust them. I am confident that we can create such a structure.”

The reputation of the police has been severely tainted in recent months after officers were accused in high-profile crimes involving both violence and corruption. In April, the chief of a Moscow police precinct went on a rampage in a supermarket, killing two people and wounding seven others, officials said. Also Russians have become exasperated by police officers who cite trumped-up infractions and then demand bribes to overlook them.

Mr. Medvedev, a former law professor, has portrayed himself as a modernizer who will tackle what he has termed Russia’s legal nihilism. Since taking office in May 2008, he has proposed many anti-corruption measures, though analysts say little has changed.

Mr. Medvedev has also moved to revamp the leadership of the prison system. This month, he dismissed numerous administrators in response to the death of a lawyer in pretrial detention.

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Moldovan Government Closes Private TV Channel After 12 Years

Posted by Info on 27/12/2009

Private TV channel “NIT“ was informed by Government on Thursday that contract on renting the premises where this company works for 12 years won’t be prolonged starting with next year, just one week before the contract expires.

This TV channel rents these premises for 10 years and now has modern studious, endowed with advanced equipment, involving substantial investments of the company. The TV channel NIT is operating on Moldovan media market for 12 years, broadcasting in absolute majority of the country’s localities.

The governmental decision follows the multiple declarations made by the activist of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, director of radio station “Vocea Basarabiei“, Veaceslav Ţâbuleac expressing disagreement with the editorial policy of the company.

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President’s Pardon Is Not For Political Prisoners In Azerbaijan

Posted by Info on 27/12/2009

Any act of pardon or amnesty should be welcomed from the viewpoint of humanism; however, the President’s pardon has not solved the problem of political prisoners in Azerbaijan. This was stated by Emin Guseinov, Director of the Institute of Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), in his comments on the order of the head of Azerbaijan.

He has emphasized that persistent appeals of the international community to release bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Gadjizade and journalists Einullah Fatullaev and Ganimat Zakhidov, who were recognized by the Amnesty International to be prisoners of conscience, remained unheard.

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На Белорусский Интернет Набрасывают Сеть

Posted by Info on 27/12/2009

Совет министров Белоруссии намерен ратифицировать президентский указ “О мерах по совершенствованию использования национального сегмента глобальной компьютерной сети Интернет”.
В документе идет речь о блокировании сайтов по решению государственных органов, идентификации пользователей Сети, привлечении к ответственности распространителей информации в Интернете, а также государственной регистрации интернет-СМИ.

Эксперты отмечают, что многие формулировки в проекте указа не выдерживают критики. К примеру, один из пунктов запрещает оказание на территории страны любых услуг, в том числе информационных и рекламных, при помощи ресурсов, зарегистрированных в международных доменных зонах.

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Not All Caucasians Coming To Poland Have Right To Status Of Refugees

Posted by Info on 27/12/2009

Many people who come to Poland from Caucasian republics have no grounds to claim for the status of refugees.

“Having come to Poland, refugees wait for their status. Cases are different, some are considered quickly, but there are situations, when cases need more time for consideration. There are people who live for a year without any status. The point is that frequently such persons have no grounds to claim for the status, since it is awarded only to those who suffer from personal persecution in their country. They can hardly prove that they are persecuted all over Russia. Even if they have problems in Chechnya, not necessarily they will be persecuted all over Russia.”

“Besides, the majority of refugees just want to reunite with their families living in Western Europe. They just go to their relatives in Austria, France, Norway and Germany. It’s understandable; moreover, it’s much easier to find job in Western Europe, and social benefits provided, even if they live in refugees’ camps are much higher than in Poland, where it’s just a subsistence level. This may be the main reason why refugees leave Poland.”

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