Saudi Arabia to end flogging as form of punishment: Document

first_imgFlogging has been applied to punish a variety of crimes in Saudi Arabia. Without a codified system of law to go with the texts making up sharia, or Islamic law, individual judges have the latitude to interpret religious texts and come up with their own sentences.Rights groups have documented past cases in which Saudi judges have sentenced criminals to flogging for a range of offences, including public intoxication and harassment.Read also: Aceh unveils new female flogging squad”This reform is a momentous step forward in Saudi Arabia’s human rights agenda, and merely one of many recent reforms in the Kingdom,” the president of the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) Awwad Alawwad told Reuters.Other forms of corporal punishment, such as amputation for theft or beheading for murder and terrorism offences, have not yet been outlawed.”This is a welcome change but it should have happened years ago,” said Adam Coogle, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. “There’s nothing now standing in the way of Saudi Arabia reforming its unfair judicial system.” Topics : Saudi Arabia is ending flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom’s top court seen by Reuters on Friday.The decision by the General Commission for the Supreme Court, taken sometime this month, will see the punishment replaced by prison sentences or fines, or a mixture of both.”The decision is an extension of the human rights reforms introduced under the direction of King Salman and the direct supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” the document said.last_img read more

Brain tests at age of 3 can predict child’s future success

first_imgDaily Mail 13 December 2016Family First Comment: Based on the Dunedin longitudinal study, but here’s a key point…In the at-risk group, “77 per cent of children brought up without fathers”This is what our recent report on child abuse and also our report on child abuse highlighted! A simple test at the age of three can predict if children will grow up to be a burden on society, scientists claim.A study has found roughly a fifth of the population are responsible for 81 per cent of criminal convictions, 77 per cent of children brought up without fathers, two-thirds of benefits claimed and more than half of nights spent in hospital.This small group of people drain the public purse, but researchers at King’s College London say their troubled lives could be forecast from early childhood.It takes just 45 minutes to give three-year-olds a battery of tests, on their language abilities, motor skills, frustration and impulsivity.Decades after taking the test, children who scored low were far more likely to fall within the most burdensome group.They were also more likely to smoke, be obese and take prescription drugs.The findings, while controversial for indicating that someone’s life path is set in their early years, suggests reaching these at-risk children young could turn things around.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4026274/Brain-tests-age-THREE-predict-child-s-future-Scientists-say-scores-reveal-kids-burden-society.htmllast_img read more

Newcastle, Crystal Palace battle for Jordon Ibe

first_imgRelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Released Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe is attracting Premier League interest.Cut loose by the relegated Cherries before the Prem restart, Ibe is still attracting top-flight suitors. Report claimed Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are keen on the winger.Ibe struggled throughout his stay at the Cherries after joining for £15 million in 2016.But that isn’t putting off Newcastle and Palace, who are both looking to strengthen their attacking options.Neither club has huge sums to shell out on transfers this summer and Ibe appeals on that front.The fact he has Premier League experience is another driving factor, with both Steve Bruce and Roy Hodgson keen to add more quality to their squads Former England youth international Ibe started at Wycombe before joining Liverpool in 2012.Tags: Crystal PalaceInterestJordon IbeNewcastle Unitedlast_img read more

Liberation lawmaker claims recent Assembly policies limit press freedom

first_imgNational Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Rolando González Ulloa on Wednesday morning filed an appeal with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, that challenges a directive by the Legislative Assembly’s directorate prohibiting officials from providing information or statements to the press without approval by the Assembly’s executive director.Assembly President Henry Mora Jiménez, from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC), and secretaries Jorge Rodríguez Araya and Luis Vásquez Castro, from the Social Christian Unity Party, signed the directive on Dec. 10, 2014. It was disclosed to Assembly officials in an internal memo this week.The memo explains that all information required by members of the media must be approved and channeled through the Assembly’s executive director, Antonio Ayales Esna.“The measure aims to provide effective, official, clear and concise information. It does not intend to block communication bridges. The goal is to maintain order and unity in the delivery of official documentation,” the document states.Vázquez denied that the move limits access to information.“We are enforcing a 2009 agreement that is currently being used in all public offices; we are simply naming an official spokesperson. The move is necessary because some people here have distributed information and documents regarding decisions that haven’t yet been approved,” he said.Earlier on Wednesday, González filed the complaint asking Sala IV justices to revoke the directorate’s policy because “it constitutes a threat to freedom of expression, of accessing information and of the press in our country,” he said at a press conference later that day.González told reporters that the directorate’s latest agreement “is one of 11 consecutive decisions – all related to the government and to PAC and its allies – where threats to press freedom are evident.”The legislator cited a directive by Casa Presidencial last year to filter all public agencies’ communications to the media. He also mentioned criticisms, negative remarks and calls to boycott media outlets made by Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez, PAC President Kattia Martin and former Broad Front Party presidential candidate José María Villalta.In addition, González said he filed a separate appeal with the Sala IV against minister Jiménez for refusing to comply with a request to deliver a report on the log of Casa Presidencial’s incoming and outgoing visitors from December to January.“The Constitutional Chamber will tell us if that information is confidential or not,” the Liberation legislator said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Legislative Assembly reverses order restricting access to information Costa Rican lawmakers reject 2015 budget, Assembly president passes it anyway Less-than-impressive: It’s been a year of few achievements by Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly Setback for Solís: Opposition parties gain control of Costa Rica’s legislative directoratelast_img read more