Detained journalist’s health declines in psychiatric hospital

first_imgNews Receive email alerts UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Freelance journalist Jamshid Karimov, who has been held against his will in a psychiatric hospital since September 2006, has reported in a message smuggled out to friends that his health is declining and he attributes this to the psychotropic drugs he is being given and the harassment to which he is being subjected. He complains of memory loss, difficulty concentrating and a partial loss of vision.“Karimov should have already been released,” the press freedom organisation said. “He has been held illegally for more than 10 months. The inhuman and degrading treatment to which he is being subjected is outrageous. It constitutes a serious violation of his freedom and dignity as a human being. The authorities should at the very least let him be examined by an independent doctor as soon as possible.”Karimov, who is the nephew of President Islam Karimov, disappeared in September of last year after requesting a permit to leave the country. It emerged two weeks later that he had been interned in a psychiatric hospital in Samarkand and that a court in the provincial city of Jizzak, where he lives, had ordered that he should remain there for six months. A panel decided last March that he should stay for a further six months.Karimov began being harassed in 2005 after writing a series of articles for the Ferghana.ru news website about local government corruption and the plight of peasants in the Jizzak region.A friend said that in August 2005 Karimov was told to leave the region and not return until after the Uzbek independence day festivities in order “not to spoil the party.” He refused to comply with the order, which came from Jizzak governor Ubaydulla Yamankulov and the National Security Bureau (NSB). The following month, on 8 September 2005, a Zhiguli car came close to running him down twice while he was on the sidewalk. The driver was never identified. May 11, 2021 Find out more Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term ————————————————————-17.04.2007Journalist who is president’s nephew forced to spend another six months in psychiatric hospitalJamshid Karimov, the independent journalist who is President Islam Karimov’s nephew, is to spend another six months in the psychiatric hospital in Samarkand where he had been held against his will since 5 October 2006, the authorities have decided.Reporters Without Borders condemns this decision, which has not been accompanied by any attempt to justify it, and calls on the authorities to release him.A court in the provincial city of Jizzakh originally ordered that Karimov should receive treatment in the psychiatric hospital for six months, which were completed in mid-March. The decision to prolong his detention was made public on 13 April, although the hospital’s doctors have admitted that he is “stable, in good health, intelligent and educated.”Karimov’s colleagues say he was locked up in the hospital because of his journalistic work, and that he would have gone to prison if it had not been for his family ties with the president.———————————–6.10.2006Independent journalist gets six-years prison sentence, colleague committed to psychiatric hospital for six monthsAn “appalling, Soviet-style crackdown on journalists” is under way in Uzbekistan, Reporters Without Borders said today after learning that an independent journalist, Ulugbek Khaidarov, was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison and another one, Jamshid Karimov, who happens to be President Islam Karimov’s nephew, is to be kept against his will in a psychiatric hospital for six months.“The Uzbek government has launched a war on foreign and Uzbek journalists in a situation that has not stopped deteriorating since the Andijan uprising,” the press freedom organisation said, calling for the release of both detained journalists.“We hope the European Union will take account of the press freedom situation when, on 16 and 17 October, it is to reexamine the sanctions adopted against Uzbekistan including its decision to suspend the signing of a cooperation accord,” Reporters Without Borders added.The six-year prison sentence was passed on Khaidarov yesterday by a court in the provincial city of Jizzakh after it convicted him on a charge of “extortion and blackmail.” Meanwhile, it was reported yesterday that Karimov is to be kept for at least six months in a psychiatric hospital in Samarkand without any explanation being offered.Both Khaidarov and Karimov are former Uzbekistan correspondents of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, freelance contributors to the independent news websites fergana.ru and centrasia.ru and opposition supporters. And both have long been the targets of harassment by President Karimov’s government.Ever since the Andijan uprising in May 2005, the authorities have been forcing the foreign media out of the country and have been trying to silence the local independent media. As a result, many of the most outspoken journalists have gone into exile. August 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained journalist’s health declines in psychiatric hospital Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Uzbekistan News News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News October 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en to go further February 11, 2021 Find out more Organisation UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless

first_imgA housing charity in Surrey has launched the UK’s first lettings agency solely for homeless people and is hoping to find partners around the UK keen to replicate what it does.The first location is within a high street premises only recently vacated by Hampton International in the town of Walton-on-Thames.Rentstart, which helps homeless people in Surrey find accommodation with practical advice and support, has made the bold decision to open its own lettings agency on Walton-on-Thames’ high street.To most people who pass by, the branch with its smart entrance and funky furniture looks like any of the other lettings agencies in the area including, next door, a Martin & Co branch.“I thought ‘why don’t we seize the high street back for us? And why don’t we make our clients have the best experience? We’re making a stand about it, saying ‘come in’, removing the stigma and being proud of who we are,” Rentstart Chief Executive Helen Watson (left) told The Guardian.The charity has approximately 450 homeless people who approach it each year either directly or after being referred by local authority Elmbridge Borough Council.  It places approximately 150 tenants with the 30 local private landlords it works with.“The reason for the shopfront was not just about more people knowing about us. It is also about encouraging the whole community to come in, not just people who need support,” says Watson.“It makes us more attractive to local landlords and volunteers as well as clients.”Watson says her letting agency is looking for more landlords to help cope with expanding demand for its services. For more information visit its website.Read more about charity-focussed lettings agencies.rentstart helen watson homeless charity Surrey 2020-10-01Nigel LewisAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless1st October 202001,704 Viewslast_img read more

Dog credited with saving four young lives in Rush County now missing

first_imgRushville, Ind. — A dog credited with saving the lives of four children in a Rush County crash is missing and the owner is looking for help from local residents.Driver of the car, Austin Underhill, says he was on State Road 3 near State Road 244 Saturday around 9:30 p.m. with four children when a van crossed the centerline causing him to run off the road. When the airbag deployed it pushed Underhill out of the driver’s side door. Underhill suffered a broken hand and abdominal injuries.During the impact their dog, Simba, the Great Dane stood up, absorbing the impact and prevented the children from hitting the rear of the front seat. Underhill believes Simba’s actions prevent serious injury to the children.Following the crash, Underhill saw Simba running from the crash with an injury to one his front legs. The dog was last seen in the Rushville area. Information about Simba can be left by calling 765-716-7815.last_img read more