Amnesty for Mazen Darwish
The Recipient of the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2011 and founder of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Mazen Darwish, is covered by a political amnesty. This decision was made by an anti-terrorism court in Damascus on Monday, 31 August. Darwish had been granted a provisional release on 10 August. The Syrian journalist spent over three years in arbitrary detention after being arrested alongside a number of other colleagues during a raid on the office of the SCM by Air Force Intelligence personnel in Damascus in February 2012. Mazen and his colleagues were facing up to 15 years in prison under article 8 of the 2012 anti-terrorism law on a charge of “publishing information about terrorists acts.”
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released its 2015 Hunger Report: “About 795 million people are undernourished globally, down 167 million over the last decade, and 216 million less than in 1990–92.” http://www.fao.org/hunger/en/
“Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive.” A very interesting talk by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming: http://bit.ly/1rTOT5M
The Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mazen Darwish, who has been held captive by the Syrian regime since 2012, and the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression receive the 2015 Award for the Courageous Word (Preis für das Unerschrockene Wort 2015) from the Luther Cities.
In its 2015 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014: “Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents.” http://index.rsf.org/#!/
“With close to four million refugees, the scale of the crisis is overwhelming. This report tells the stories of the real people behind the numbers, in their own words.” Amnesty International UK released a staggering report on Syrian refugees. http://bit.ly/1DdhnS6
Pakistani lawyer and women’s right activist Dr. Asma Jahangir receives the Right Livelihood Award 2014, together with Basil Fernando (Asian Human Rights Commision, China) and Bill McKibben (350.org, USA).
“Girls are not property. They have the right to determine their destiny.“ Today, the world’s first Girl Summit is taking place in the UK. http://bit.ly/1qMLkDK
“The world has made extraordinary progress in helping children survive their first, most vulnerable years.” http://childlivesmap.com/
“The number of serious humanitarian crises resulting from armed conflicts has reached alarming levels.“ The German aid agency Welthungerhilfe has published its annual report.