Category Archive: Events

Another all-low for Iranian press freedom and judicial rights

Free Roxana

Four members of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), including the secretary-general, Jean-Francois Julliard, began a hunger strike two days ago in support of the Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. She has been sentenced to imprisonment for eight years in Iran on the charge of spying for the United States. Saberi herself has been on hunger strike since …

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Peruvian ex-President off to prison for human rights abuses

Last week former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, was found guilty by the Peruvian Supreme Court on different charges, among them serious human rights violations. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for two massacres and two kidnappings. The verdict took over three hours to read. For a decade from 1990, when he was …

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Earth Hour

View of the melting Collins Glacier in Antarctica, showing the effects of climate change.

But how effective is one hour really? Saturday March 28th was a day of contemplation and waking up for many people. People across 25 time zones in over 4.000 towns in 88 countries joined the demonstration and let the lights fade out for an hour. “Earth Hour 2009 was an incredible success”, said WWF International …

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The Online Free Expression Day vs. Censorship and Harassment

Darfur camp

Yesterday, the 12th of March, marked the second celebration of the Online Free Expression Day. It was launched by Reporters Without Borders and is supported by Amnesty International USA to call attention to online freedom of expression. UNESCO was supposed to be a partner, but the eve before the launching in 2008 its patronage was …

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8th of March: International Women’s Day

Flowers and gifts, the way Romanians celebrate 8th of March

Yesterday people around the world celebrated the 98th IWD, a result of the first International Women’s Conference in Copenhagen 1920. The 8th of March is a major day for global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. Yesterday there were 962 official events in 62 countries, including the United Arab Emirates and …

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Cluj has elected new mayor: Sorin Apostu

Sorin Apostu (right) is the new elected mayor

Interim mayor Sorin Apostu (photo right) is the new elected mayor of Cluj-Napoca. Apostu, the liberal-democrat candidate (PD-L), won the election on Sunday after the first round, with 60.48% of  votes (49,234 votes). National liberal Marius Nicoară is the runner-up, with 24,78% of votes, while social-democrat Teodor Pop-Puşcaş came in third place with 7,39%. Only …

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Taxi drivers are protesting

Taxi drivers in Cluj held a protest

Taxi drivers in Cluj held a protest today against the big number of taximetres which are running in the city without authorisation. About 60 taxi drivers gathered for the march which lasted 2 hours. The remonstrants started their march in front of  “Horia Demian” Indoor Sports Arena, and then went on to 1st December boulevard, …

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