MEXICO CITY: Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday it had asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the murders of 102 journalists in Mexico from 2012 to 2018, calling the rash of killings a crime against humanity.
Another 14 journalists have gone missing in the same period, the media-rights group said. It urged the Hague-based court, which handles the most serious international crimes, to investigate the killings and kidnappings as a targeted campaign against the press.
“These crimes against humanity… (constitute) a generalized and systematic attack on a civilian population: journalists,” the secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, Christophe Deloire, told a news conference.
He accused authorities of “evident complicity” in the killings under the two presidents in question, Felipe Calderon (2006-2012) and Enrique Pena Nieto (2012-2018).
Reporters Without Borders and Mexican rights group Propuesta Civica, which are jointly pushing the ICC to act, said they would ask Mexico’s new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to file a case before the court.
Only the court’s member states, prosecutor or the United Nations Security Council can bring cases before the ICC.
Mexican officials are “very positive” about the initiative, and Lopez Obrador is open to the idea, said Emmanuel Colombie, Latin America representative for Reporters Without Borders.
The watchdog group ranks Mexico as one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, behind only war-torn Afghanistan and Syria.
The explosion of journalist murders in Mexico has coincided with a wave of violent crime driven by powerful drug cartels and fueled by political corruption.
The vast majority of the murders have gone unpunished, as do more than 90 percent of violent crimes in Mexico.
Latest weapons being provided to Police
RAWALPINDI: IGP Punjab, Amjad Javed Saleemi on Monday said that in order to promote professional skills of the police force, the cops were being equipped with the latest training facilities to curb crimes.
He stated this while addressing 60th passing-out Parade of 217 ASIs in Police College. Addl. IG Police training (Punjab) Tariq Masood Yasin, Superintendent College Sihala Amir Khaleel Syed, City Police Officer (CPO) Abbas Ahsan, senior police officers, and faculty members were present on the occasion. Smartly dressed contingents of police marched passed in front of the dais. IGP appreciated the high standard of the parade. Addressing the participants he said that in the present age where criminals had to find out new methods of criminal activities, it was imperative that standards of police training would also be improved in accordance with the requirements. He said that the police force was being made people-friendly and the police officers were directed to fulfill their obligation of providing security to the people. He said the police force had rendered great services for maintenance of peace and the officers and officials had presented their lives while discharging their professional responsibilities.
He said they were trying to dispel the negative impression of police by inculcating high moral values and sense of responsibility among the police force. The IGP said those who had been recruited were lucky because they had been entrusted responsibility to safeguard the lives and properties of the citizens. Amjad Javed said that latest weapons had been provided to police to enable them to foil the attempts of anti-state elements. He said that police force had been made service-oriented police by imparting them training of security intelligence, crime central investigation, and other similar disciplines. Commandant Police College Sihala Muhammad Ihsan Tufail on the occasion said that syllabus of college had been reviewed and new disciplines were incorporated in the training modules. He said that the College had imparted training to 90,000 police officials, terming it the best training institute in the country.
CDA removes illegally constructed houses
ISLAMABAD: CDA carried out anti-encroachment operation in collaboration with ICT Administration in Malpur Village and removed structures of newly illegal constructed houses on the state land.
The object of this operation was to remove the structure of newly illegal constructed house from state land. During the operation Assistant Commissioner (Secretariat), ICT has provided magisterial cover, while staff of Enforcement Directorate participated in the operation and also used heavy machinery to demolish the illegal constructions and vacated the state land from the illegal occupants.
During the operation, structures of five under construction houses with outer boundaries got razed down with the help of heavy machinery. Furthermore, the occupants of remaining structures are being served with notices under the law for removal of their illegal constructions at the earliest to avert any loss or damages. It is pertinent to mention here that CDA in collaboration with ICT continues ongoing anti-encroachment operation along the Right of Way of Murree Road, started mid of the last month to eliminate illegal activities and encroachments from the area.
District admin gets 50 Kanal state land vacated!
PESHAWAR: District administration vacated 50 Kanal state land during grand anti-encroachment operation in Mera Kachori, a suburban locality here today.
On the directives of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peshawar Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shahid Ali Khan and Assistant Commissioner (AC), Sara Rehman directly monitored the operation and remained present on the occasion.
Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Town-IV, Waheedur Rehman, SHO Chamkani Police Station, Ahmadullah Khan, officials of Rescue 1122 and other department participated in the operation. A heavy contingent of police was deployed to avert any kind of unpleasant incident.
During the operation, the administration demolished over 70 illegal constructions and vacated 50 Kanal state lands. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh has said that anti-encroachment operation would continue and similar action against encroachment mafia in other localities will also begin soon.