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first_imgNEW DELHI: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has registered 454 FIRs and arrested 452 people under the Excise Act in the national capital till now from the date of announcement of Lok Sabha election schedule. As many as 31,651 people were booked under various Sections of the CrPC and the Delhi Police Act. Moreover, 209 unlicensed arms and weapons along with 2260 cartridges, explosives, and bombs have been seized from them. “As many as 2,20,233 hoardings, banners, and posters were removed in all over Delhi, said an official statement on Wednesday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNine cases registered against AAP, six against BJP and one against Congress. “For the violation of Model Code of Conduct, FIRs and DD entries have been registered against nine workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), six of BJP, one Congress, and 40 from other parties,” said CEO Ranbir Singh. Till now, a huge quantity of liquor has been seized during the search operations. Of 454 FIRs registered under the Excise Act, 452 persons have been arrested, said Singh. CEO Singh said that till now , 378 bottlesw, 60 half , 61102 quarters of Indian Made Foreign liquor (IMFL) and 4771 bottles beer were seized.last_img read more

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first_imgMadrid: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez led Barcelona to a stunning comeback against Villarreal on Tuesday and may have ensured there will be no return for Atletico Madrid in La Liga’s title race. Atletico play Barca at the Camp Nou on Saturday and were given fresh hope of a resurgence when struggling Villarreal, inspired by the brilliant Santi Cazorla, led the Catalans 4-2 going into the final minute. But Messi, who had started on the bench, drove in a free-kick in the 90th and in the 93rd, Suarez fired in a devastating half-volley to earn Barca a 4-4 draw and an unlikely point. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhCombined with Atletico’s earlier 2-0 victory over Girona, the result means the gap at the top is reduced to eight points ahead of this weekend’s top of the table meeting but Ernesto Valverde’s side celebrated Suarez’s goal like it was a winner. “In the end it is only a point but there is a certain feeling after coming back from two goals down in the last minute,” Valverde said. Cazorla, meanwhile, sank to his knees, a chance spurned for Villarreal to pull four points clear of the relegation zone, with Celta Vigo, now only two behind, still to play Huesca on Wednesday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThey had come from two down, as Samuel Chukwueze and Karl Toko Ekambi cancelled out early goals from Philippe Coutinho and Malcom. Vicente Iborra and Carlos Bacca looked to have sealed an incredible win, only for Messi and Suarez to intervene. The pair have now scored 51 goals between them in the league this season, just one shy of the total managed by Real Madrid. “The spirit we showed at the end, to refuse to give in, to come back in the last minute – we showed that we want to win this league,” said Suarez. Rested along with Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic, it seemed Barcelona would not need Messi as Coutinho tapped in a pass by Malcom, who then headed in Arturo Vidal’s cross for a 2-0 lead after 16 minutes. But Villarreal sprung into life, revived by Chukwueze, who pulled one back seven minutes later. A sumptuous flick by Iborra launched the counter-attack and Cazorla sent the striker clear.last_img read more

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first_imgSrinagar: A Pakistani terrorist, who was indoctrinated and trained by 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was arrested from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said here on Wednesday.Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Mohammad Waqar Awan, who was tasked with reviving militancy in certain areas of the Kashmir valley, was arrested earlier this week and paraded before the media on Wednesday at the Police Control Room. Awan, a resident of Mohalla Miana in Mianwali area of Punjab in Pakistan, was indoctrinated by Lakhvi at his residence in Rawalpindi, officials said. The initial arms training to the Pakistani terrorist was also given by Lakhvi, who along with six others has been charged by the Pakistani authorities with planning and executing the Mumbai attacks in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead. Lakhvi is currently on bail, and the case is moving very slowly. Awan, known by alias of “Chota Dujana , told reporters that before he joined militancy, he was told that atrocities were being inflicted on the people of Kashmir by security forces but he saw no such thing in the Valley. “I received training for four months at a camp in Muzaffarabad. I was told that atrocities are committed on children and women. Prayers are not allowed in mosques and houses of Muslims are destroyed, he told reporters, adding he found that the conditions were different in Kashmir. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Police officials said Awan’s arrest and “confession” is live evidence for Pakistan as to how youths are manipulated on its soil, prepared for militancy and then sent here to join Jaish-e-Mohammad or Lashkar-e-Taiba. Asked if he was involved in any attacks in the valley, Awan said, I was not involved in any attack.” The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom, said Awan had infiltrated into the valley in July 2017. “He was active in Handwara (area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district). For the last about two years, he was active in different places of Srinagar. When he was returning to Baramulla, he was intercepted at a naka (check post). However, the driver of his vehicle rammed it into police vehicle and sped away.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The government has issued a notification taking over the National Housing Bank (NHB) after buying entire stake for Rs 1,450 crore from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The RBI has exited the NHB, thus making it a fully government-owned entity. The central bank was holding 100 per cent stake in the NHB, the housing finance regulator. The move is part of ending the cross-holding in regulatory institutions and follows the recommendation of Narasimham-II committee report of October 2001 and the RBI’s own discussion paper on the same, titled ‘Harmonising the Role and Operations of Development Financial Institutions and Banks’. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The central government hereby notifies that the subscribed capital of Rs 1,450 crore of the NHB by the RBI, stands transferred to, and vested in the central government upon payment of the face value of the subscribed capital, to the RBI, with effect from the 19th day of March, 2019,” said the finance ministry notification dated April 29. The Narasimham panel had said the RBI could not own those entities which are regulated by it. The RBI has also divested its shareholding in Nabard. The central bank held 72.5 per cent equity in Nabard worth Rs 1,450 crore, of which 71.5 per cent amounting to Rs 1,430 crore were divested way back in October 2010 and the residual shareholding was divested on February 26, 2019. Earlier, the RBI had proposed to transfer its ownership in State Bank of India, NHB and Nabard to the government in October 2001.last_img read more

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first_imgCasablanca- According to news outlet Le360, a painting by Moroccan painter, Ahmed Cherkaoui entitled, “Myriam, Casa” (73 x 92 cm), was auctioned for MAD 3.5 million on Saturday, in Casablanca.Unsurprisingly, this is was not the first time a work of art by Ahmed Cherkaoui was auctioned for MAD 3.5 million.Born in Casablanca, on October 2, 1934, Ahmed Cherkaoui is one of the forerunners of modern painting in Morocco. His works are present in numerous collective exhibitions in Morocco and France, as well as in Algeria, Spain, Japan and Sweden. “Moroccan painter Ahmed Cherkaoui, who died at the age of 33 in 1967, had this passion for symbolism in all of his paintings,” Moroccan writer and poet Tahar Benjelloun once said on Ahmed Cherkaoui’s idiosyncratic art. “[It] is a reading of the most beautiful carpets of his native Morocco, a subtle and sublime reinterpretation of this art, simultaneously ancient and modern.” During the same auction, organized by the Moroccan Company of Works and Objects of Art (CMOOA), a work by acclaimed Moroccan painter, Chaïbia Talal was auctioned for MAD 1.35 million. Born in Chtouka, a small village near El Jadida, Chaïbia Talal (1929 – April 2, 2004) is another celebrated Moroccan painter with watershed and priceless works of art. Her works were exhibited in multitudinous national and international painting exhibitions, notably in France, Germany, Spain and Netherlands.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Fez – A new video circulating on social media shows Hamid Chabt, the current mayor of Fez and head of the Istiqlal party, a major opposition party, being decorated by a delegation of the World Federation of Moroccan Jewry. The video, which was posted by Alraiy website, comes after a number pictures of Hamid Chabat being decorated by a Jewish delegation was posted on Facebook on Saturday.The pictures were widely shared on social media and elicited the condemnation of the overwhelming majority of Moroccans, who are opposed to any form of normalization with Israel and any entity that represent it. Following the publication of the pictures, Chabat in an interview with the Moroccan website Alyoum 24 (the news was taken down), denied that pictures were real and claimed they were fabricated by the followers of the Party of Justice and Development, which is heading the coalition government.But the video shows that Chabat was indeed decorated by the Jewish delegation and was given a prize. Hamid looked very happy to be receiving the delegation.The video comes in stark contrast with Chabat’s public condemnation of any normalization with Israel and the entities that may be regarded a Zionist. read more

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Rabat – Bahrain announced the closure of a new pan-Arab news channel owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal less than ten days after its launch.“It has been decided to halt the activities of Alarab, the channel not having received the necessary permits,” a statement from the Bahrain Information Affairs Authority said on Monday.Launched on February 1, the Alarab News Channel was on air for only few hours before its programming was interrupted following the broadcasting of an interview with an opposition politician in Bahrain. It then reverted to promotional material. The interview with a Shiite opponent of the Gulf kingdom’s Sunni rulers reportedly sparked outrage in the country’s high circles.Until just after 1200 GMT on Monday, Alarab news channel was broadcasting a message that programming had been interrupted for “technical and administrative reasons, and we’ll be back soon, God willing”.But about 1204 GMT the promotional material stopped and the screen displayed only Alarab’s green and white logo.Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi royal family and a nephew of King Abdullah,who died on January 23, meant with the launch of Alarab News Channel to rival Dubai-based Al-Arabiya and Qatar’s Al Jazeera in the Arabic-language. read more

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Rabat – A Kuwaiti Prince celebrated his wedding with a mind-boggling splendor. The grandson of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Fahd Bin Nasser Bin Sabah Al Ahmad, has wed the daughter of wealthy local businessman Al-Kharafi in a lavish ceremony in which guests received diamond rings as wedding gifts.The ceremony was also marked by the presence of a number of Arab performers and artists, including Mohammed Abdu, Rashed Al-Majed, Abdul Majeed Abdullah, Nawal, Hussain Al Jassmi, Lebanese singer Myriam Fares and Qatari artist Issa Kubaisi. read more

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Rabat – A Moroccan national has been arrested in the Spanish city of Badalona on Saturday.The Moroccan national is accused of disturbing militant Islamist propaganda across social networks, according to a statement from the Spanish interior Ministry.The accused is also seen as a supporter of the so-called Islamic State militants and that he had called for jihad on Facebook and Twitter. “The detainee had undergone an important process of indoctrination and radicalization, by which he displayed a high level of commitment and willingness to cooperate with Daesh (arabic acronym of the Islamic State),” said the statement.“On one side, the call for Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq and form part of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, on the other, for those that cannot travel, autonomous terrorist acts in their respective countries of origin or residence,” it added.As of June 23, Spanish authorities had arrested 45 people this year in relation to international terrorism, according to the Interior ministry’s website. read more

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Miami – Following the dismissal of Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, on Sunday, the British press announced two possible replacements to coach the Premier League club: German Jürgen Klopp and Italian Carlo Ancelotti.Liverpool owners sacked Brendan Rodgers following a series of bad performances. His last game was at Goodison Park on Sunday, where Liverpool faced Everton (1-1). A match in which the ‘Reds’ did not shine.During his time at Liverpool, the Irishman was unable to take the team any higher than a 52% victory rate. Amidst speculation of the media and several possible names in the running for the British club’s bench, Sky Sports commentators and former Liverpool players gave their opinions on former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp and former Real Madrid boss Ancelotti.Jamie Carragher, former ‘Reds’ defender said: “If I were the one who had to decide, I’d choose Klopp before Ancelotti. Coaching Liverpool is not easy nowadays. Ancelotti is a great coach, but he tends to go to clubs where winning titles is a must.”“Liverpool needs someone with energy, someone who can lead the team where it deserves. No need to talk about titles, but to come back and finish the season among the top four. I think Jürgen Klopp is the right man,” insisted the sports pundit.Meanwhile, according to former ‘Reds’ captain Scottish Graeme Souness, the Italian coach would be a better match for the club.“If you analyze it logically, the last three jobs Ancelotti had were at Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid. In these teams you can sign the best players in the world, you have more economic power than any other,” emphasized Souness.The Scot disagreed with Klopp being tipped as Rodgers replacement because he said: “At Dortmund, Klopp lost his best players at the end of every season and he worked with young footballers. I think he [Ancelotti] fits better in today’s Liverpool.” read more

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Madrid – The Moroccan-Spanish counterterrorism cooperation represents a “model to follow,” said on Tuesday Spanish secretary of state for foreign affairs Ignacio Ibanez.Spain appreciates cooperation ties with Morocco in terms of counterterrorism, this cooperation is a model to follow, the Spanish official said in an interview with the International Observatory for Terrorism Studies (OIET).He added that counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries does not face difficulties marking such cooperation in the European zone. He underlined that Spain is striving to promote cooperation between Brussels and Rabat.With MAP read more

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By Sana ElouaziRabat – An Egyptian lawyer, Nabih Al-Wahsh, has sparked fury after saying that women who wear revealing clothes, such as ripped jeans, deserve to be sexually assaulted and raped.Al-Wahsh’s inflammatory comments came during a panel discussion over a draft law aimed to fight prostitution and “debauchery,” that was broadcast on the local television show Infrad on October 19. The Islamist lawyer called for the sexual assault of women who show parts of their bodies by wearing torn trousers, adding that it is a man’s “national duty” to do so.“Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?” he said.“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.”Al-Wahsh further stated that “girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.”The lawyer’s remarks prompted an outrage across the region, with activists claiming that his comments were a “flagrant call” for rape and sexual assault that violate the country’s constitution.In response, Al-Wahsh said in a statement to a local news site Al-Watan that even “his daughter would deserve rape and sexual harassment if she decided to walk in the streets wearing ripped Jeans.”Following these comments, Egypt’s National Council for Women announced in a statement that it would file a complaint against the the channel and the Islamist lawyer, who the organization said is supposed to defend people’s rights and freedoms.“All the members of the council denounce and decry this statement, which explicitly promotes rape and sexual harassment,” said a council spokesman.The national council also issued a plea to media outlets not to  invite speakers who incite violence and sexual assault against women.Al-Wahsh’s controversial comments came right after the Egyptian capital, Cairo, was named the world’s most dangerous city for women, according to a poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.This is not the first time that the Egyptian lawyer’s public statements have sparked controversy.Al-Wahsh previously attacked the Egyptian film director Inas Al-Dagheidy, saying that she “doesn’t have a shred of femininity.”The lawyer also expressed his opposition to women serving as judges, suggesting it would give them too much power.“If we let a woman become a judge, why shouldn’t she become Sheik of Al-Azhar? Why shouldn’t she becomes the Mufti? Why don’t we all just go to Hell? Will she issue me a fatwa while she is menstruating?” he said. read more

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Rabat – As the case of Akhbar Alyoum president Taoufik Bouachrine progresses, former journalist Kholoud Al-Jabri, one of alleged the victims of his alleged sexual misconduct, made a video appearance and said that Bouachrine “did not rape me, but attempted to.”“I am ready to go with anyone who suspects that I have been raped to any doctor of their choice to prove that I am still a virgin,” said Al Jabri on Monday to Alyaoum24, which is affiliated with Akhbar Alyoum.She explained in a video interview, conducted by Chouf TV, that Bouachrine would make her stay alone with him at the office. “We would finish work at 5 pm. But he would ask me to stay until 6 under the pretext that I still have more work to do.” Once in his office, Bouachrine would allegedly try to kiss and grab her. “But I always reject,” she indicates during the video interview, adding that sometimes “he would use violence and force against me.”When she refused him, he began criticizing her work. “I had a program dubbed ‘The Other Face’ and he shut it down, to press me to give him what he wanted.”“He knew that I desperately needed the job to support my family and used that against me as a ‘smart tactic’,” the former journalist said.After informing her parents of the circumstances of Bouachrine’s conduct, they encouraged her to file a complaint, she said in the video.Several women in Bouachrine’s circle of friends and colleagues were summoned by the Public Prosecutor as part of the ongoing investigation over charges that have been filed against him. His lawyer, Mohammed Ziane, said that the number of women contacted so far is about 30.According to a communiqué published Monday by the Prosecutor General Office, Bouachrine appears in 50 different videos, showing him with female victims of his sexual misconduct.The same communiqué indicated that “Bouachrine is being prosecuted for human trafficking, rape and sexual assault.”He was arrested on Friday by officers of the Judicial Police at Akhbar Alyoum headquarters in Casablanca. read more

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TORONTO, United States — Cannabis tech company Namaste Technologies Inc. has fired its chief executive and plans to commence legal action against him as it launches a strategic review process to examine its options.The Toronto-based firm which operates an e-commerce platform and a portal that connects patients with doctors.It said Sean Dollinger’s termination from the CEO’s position came after an investigation by a special committee of its board of directors, who looked into allegations raised in October by prominent short seller Citron Research.Namaste concluded there were breaches of fiduciary duty by Dollinger. It terminated his employment as CEO and says he’ll be removed as a director. Meni Morim has been appointed interim CEO of Namaste.Dollinger couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.Namaste says its board has initiated a formal strategic review to consider all “value-maximizing alternatives” which could include a sale of the company or other transactions.The Canadian Press read more

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By Hajare El KhaldiRabat – Colin Dye, senior leader of Kensington Temple in London, calls for more religious freedom in Morocco after being allegedly denied entry to the country. Dye reportedly arrived at the Fes-Sais Airport on April 6, but was stopped and interrogated overnight regarding his previous informal meetings with Moroccan Christians, reported the evangelical periodical Christianity Today. Despite the intervention of three Moroccan human rights lawyers, Dye was allegedly put on a plane to Rome the following day, and was informed that he was barred from entering the country. “Morocco officially has freedom of religion, but in practice it is a conservative Muslim country. Although spontaneous conversion from Islam to Christianity is not illegal, the criminal code prohibits attempts by non-Muslims to ‘shake the faith’ of citizens from Sunni Islam,” read the article. Dye, who has been assisting church leaders in Morocco, said that he was only in the country to meet evangelical house church leaders in Morocco for prayer and encouragement without facing any obstacles for the last three months. “I am asking for Morocco to put its own constitution into practice and allow freedom of religion,” protested Dye. Chapter 220 of the Moroccan criminal code effectively punishes whoever tries to shake a Muslim’s Islamic faith or convince them of converting to another religion. However, the article only officially refers to punishment for those who evangelize the poor and children.According to the 2016 International Freedom Report, an estimate of 99 percent of the Moroccan population are Sunni Muslim, while other religious minorities, including Shia Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Bahais, constitute less than 1 percent. The number of Moroccan Jews is estimated at 3,000 to 4,000, of which 2,500 reside in Casablanca, while the Rabat and Marrakech Jewish communities each officially account for only 75 people. read more

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Quoting Qatari news agency QNA, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani attended the meeting.The head of Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) and General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) is on a working visit to Qatar to attend the launch of the 12th annual International Exhibition of Internal Security and Civil Defense.Military and security officers and ministers attended the launch of the symposium. The event is marked by the participation of 219 companies from 24 countries, including 90 local companies.The companies will showcase their latest innovations in the field of public security, defense solutions and equipment, security and communications, radiation detection, and communications software throughout the three-day event.While in Qatar, Hammouchi and Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani held talks to discuss Qatari-Moroccan bilateral ties and issues of common interest. read more

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6 June 2007Risk reduction is critical to addressing climate change and other hazards, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an expert meeting being held in Geneva to address the issue. Risk reduction is critical to addressing climate change and other hazards, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an expert meeting being held in Geneva to address the issue.“We must act with renewed commitment to save lives and livelihoods from the effects of natural hazards, particularly in developing nations, where the world’s poorest are also the most vulnerable,” Mr. Ban said in a video message to the first session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, which opened yesterday and runs through tomorrow.“And we must act with even greater urgency given the impact of climate change,” he cautioned, pointing out that scientists predict more extreme weather, with rising sea levels and increasingly intense storms and droughts.“This could affect millions of people. Risk reduction is our front-line defence against these threats,” said Mr. Ban, calling on those present “to act with common purpose” in addressing the problem.Representatives of more than 100 governments are attending the meeting, which is also attracting the participation of the UN and other specialized organizations, academic institutions, financial associations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups.They will review progress made in policies adopted since the January 2005 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Japan, where countries adopted the Hyogo Framework for Action, a 10-year plan to bolster the ability of nations and communities to respond to disasters. read more

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The mission welcomed the recent statement by the Serbian Foreign Minister to the Security Council that UNMIK is the exclusive administrative authority in Kosovo and that resolution 1244 is the only legal framework, said Larry Rossin, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, said.“However, this now places responsibility on Belgrade to avoid or avert any action that challenges this authority.”In his meeting with Slobodan Samardzic, Mr. Rossin emphasized that last week’s attack on and occupation of UNMIK’s District Court building in Mitrovica, as well as Serbian Railways continued use of the rail line, are violations of the mission’s exclusive mandate. He noted that such moves are at odds with Serbia’s direct assurances to the Council.The Deputy Special Representative urged Mr. Samardzic to immediate take measures to end these and other challenges to UNMIK’s authority and to refrain from making inflammatory public statements during his visit to Kosovo, which has been administered by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999.Although both he and Special Representative Joachim Rücker are ready to enter into direct talks with Belgrade, recent developments create an unfavourable atmosphere for such discussions.“For dialogue to be potentially fruitful, we need the authorities in Belgrade to take effective steps to counter such challenges – before, during and after – whether unambiguous public statements, practical use of influence or cessation of direct improper intrusions,” Mr. Rossin said.Last month, the Assembly of Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo – where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one – declared independence from Serbia, and since then both Mr. Rücker and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have underlined the need for restraint from all sides. 16 March 2008Meeting with Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo, a senior United Nations official today underscored that challenges – which violate Belgrade’s pledges to the Security Council – to the mandate of the world body’s mission, known as UNMIK, must come to an end. read more

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In the middle of the night last week, over 130 families were forced to leave their homes without prior notice in the capital, Phnom Penh, so that a private company could redevelop the site. The shelters in the poor community were destroyed, and there have been reports that before the eviction, the community suffered intimidation and that the area’s representatives were subject to criminal charges.“It is regrettable that the ongoing negotiations with residents were abandoned, casting aside a valuable opportunity to reach a just and lawful solution to this longstanding dispute,” said Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, in a statement. “It is now of utmost importance that the rights of the residents to fair compensation for their lost homes and property and the provision of adequate alternative housing are fully respected.”She noted that last week’s evictions in Phnom Penh are not isolated, but are “[alarmingly]” on the rise, with tens of thousands of people losing their homes and becoming even more destitute.In the South-East Asian nation, the expert said, there has been a “consistent pattern” of rights violations tied to forced evictions, including the systematic lack of due process, inadequate compensation, and the excessive use of force.“Given the disastrous humanitarian situation faced by the victims of forced evictions, I urge Cambodian authorities to establish a national moratorium on evictions until their policies and actions in this regard have been brought into full conformity with international human rights obligations.”Ms. Rolnik, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, took up her post last May and serves in an independent and unpaid capacity, as do all Special Rapporteurs. 30 January 2009The forced evictions of tens of thousands of Cambodia’s poor constitute a “grave breach” of human rights, a United Nations independent expert said today, calling for damages to be paid for lost homes and the provision of alternative housing. read more