Prison guards brutally beat jailed Cuban journalist

first_img January 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prison guards brutally beat jailed Cuban journalist CubaAmericas RSF_en News October 12, 2018 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Cuba Receive email alerts News News Reporters Without Borders has strongly condemned an assault against a journalist who was brutally beaten by prison guards in the provincial Guantánamo prison, eastern Cuba, and urged the authorities to punish his assailants and to protect prisoners from further harm.Victor Rolando Arroyo Carmona was taken from his cell by three prison guards on 31 December and dragged to room where they beat him about the face and body. They also deliberately shut his leg in a door. He told his wife Elsa González Padrón in a telephone call on 7 January that he was still suffering from the after effects of the attack.”It is the second time in a month that a jailed journalist has been attacked,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders. “The Cuban authorities are responsible for the state of health of the 30 journalists imprisoned in Cuba for having exercised their right to freedom of opinion as guaranteed by several international treaties ratified by this country.”The journalist was attacked after complaining about being transferred to Building 4B of the prison where 235 common-law prisoners are locked up in appalling conditions. Common-law prisoners are often made use of by the authorities to harass political prisoners.The journalist’s wife said she was also very concerned about the state of health of her husband who suffers from heart and liver problems and whose blood pressure is unstable. He was put in solitary confinement during the summer of 2003 for protesting against ill treatment meted out to another prisoner.Another independent imprisoned journalist Juan Adolfo Fernández Saínz was physically attacked by a common-law prisoner on 6 December as he tried to dissuade him from beating a fellow prisoner. No action was taken against his assailant.Arroyo Carmona was arrested with 26 other independent journalists and 50 other dissidents in an unprecedented crackdown in March 2003. They were sentenced to terms from six to 28 years in prison. May 6, 2020 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information to go further Three prison guards brutally beat Victor Rolando Arroyo Carmona on 31 December for protesting about his prison conditions and his transfer to another cell. Reporters Without Borders strongly protests at this assault and calls on the Cubanauthorities to protect imprisoned journalists from further harm. October 15, 2020 Find out more RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internetlast_img read more

Huge drop in social housing refits in Limerick

first_imgTwitter Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenMaurice Quinlivan TD with John Nugent, Sinn Féin Representative at the Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleesonHOUSING Minister Eoghan Murphy has been criticised for a whopping 86 per cent drop in the number of vacant social housing units being brought back into use in Limerick.Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan this week hit out at the government’s housing policy, criticising the huge number of local authority houses lying idle in Limerick, as they await central government funding for refurbishment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “My constituency office is inundated with working families with nowhere to live. This government has completely failed to get a handle on the homelessness and housing crisis, and their policies in housing have been a complete failure. There are now 2,725 people on the housing waiting list in Limerick, yet if you look around the city you will find a large number of local authority houses boarded up and lying idle,” Deputy Quinlivan told the Limerick Post.Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenBoarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleeson“This is a source of great frustration for so many people, who rightly can’t understand why these houses are boarded up and left empty in the midst of a homelessness and housing crisis.”The problem, the deputy maintains, is that the Fine Gael government is not providing the capital required by local authorities to refurbish these social housing units, and get them into use.“Limerick Council has informed me that they are awaiting funding approval from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for void houses.“Last month I wrote to Minister Murphy outlining my concerns about this, and asking when funding will be provided for these houses. Unfortunately, the Minister or his Department failed to reply to any of my questions.“In 2017, just €215,520 in funding was provided to Limerick Council to return vacant social housing units to use, down from €915,969 in 2014. As a result, the number of void units returned has substantially dropped from 94 units in 2014, to just 13 last year, a whopping 86 per cent fall,” he declared.Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenBoarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleesonThe Limerick politician went on to invite Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to come to the city to see for himself the huge number of boarded up social housing units waiting for funding.“Time and time again we hear the Minister and this government say funding is not an issue for local authorities. This is complete nonsense, and these figures prove funding is desperately needed.“These homes are sitting idle, while thousands of people in Limerick wait for a local authority house. It’s a ridiculous situation. The buck stops with Minister Murphy, and if he can’t manage to do the job, we need an election now to let the people decide who should.”Fine Gael Senator for Limerick, Kieran O’Donnell told the Limerick Post this Wednesday that he has received confirmation from Minister Murphy that funding is being provided to the Council to refurbish 70 voids owned by the local authority and bring them back into use.“These are much-needed homes here in Limerick and the total cost of this refurbishment programme is €1.4m. Having this funding approval in place will enable the local authority to bring these vacant homes up to standard and back into use as quickly as possible,” Senator O’Donnell commented. Advertisement TAGSHousingNewspolitics NewsHousingPoliticsHuge drop in social housing refits in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 23, 2018 5401 Facebook Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Previous articleMunster will look to take learnings from Exeter with bigger tests aheadNext article‘Eye Scream’ Mural vandals condemned Alan Jacques Email Print Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Linkedin Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more