The requirement of a negative test for covid-19 to allow the entry of international travelers to Colombia has faced the Ministry of Health, which eliminated that requirement a month ago, and a court of Bogota, which ordered through a guardianship judgment resume measure.
The Health portfolio eliminated this condition by considering the guidelines of international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (OPS), which recommended not depending on the tests because they have a limited impact on the control of spread of the virus.
However, citizens criticized the measure and one of them presented an action of protection (amparo appeal) to demand that the negative result of the PCR test would once again be a requirement to enter Colombia by air, a request that was resolved in favor by the administrative judge 11 of orality of the circuit of Bogota.
“(The ruling) puts us in a very complex situation because it somehow superimposes the individual right on collective rights, which is what prevails in a condition like the one we are going through a pandemic, “said this Friday, December 4, 2020 Health Minister, Fernando Ruiz.
The official questioned that the judge, who he said did not use epidemiological reasons in his ruling, also demanded a mandatory isolation 14 days for those arriving from abroad.
“That would lead us to quarantine more than 120,000 people in December, of which 80,000 would have a negative test,” said Ruiz.
The Ministry denies contempt
The Minister stated that “before the impossibility“to comply with the ruling” what will proceed now will be the filing of the challenge “thereof.
Given the criticism of those who pointed out a alleged incident from disrespect to the court order, Ruiz explained that his office is respectful of the court decisions, while specifying that part of the ruling limits the capacity of the ministry as an authority of the public health facing the exercise of the health emergency.
“Contempt is a manifest attitude of ill will, negligence, seeking to obstruct or conscientiously deceive the Justice and this is not our situation. Ours is the impossibility from the point of view of health and defense of the public health of this country to be able to apply a ruling that generates an extreme situation in the face of public health policy, “said the Minister.
The government Nacional considers that the judge’s order cannot be taken into account for an indefinite period of time because it does not make sense to limit air activity, as well as the right to mobilize people. }
Call for dialogue and notice effects on tourism
Faced with the controversy, the attorney general, Fernando Carrillo, summoned the Minister of Health to participate in a dialogue with the judge of Bogotá to expose the technical aspects that motivated the objection to the guardianship ruling.
Carrillo pointed out “that although it is recognized that the sentences granting guardianships must have immediate effectss in the terms provided by the judicial decision, it is necessary to seek a space that allows finding inter-institutional solutions that benefit the health of the population. “
Due to the controversy generated, the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Colombia) expressed his concern and assured that “the damage caused by the uncertainty caused by the court ruling (…) is enormous.”
“Many travelers are already reconsidering their decision to travel to Colombia due to the inconsistency that we are projecting at the international level, which also goes against the recommendations of the World Organization of the Health in health matters “, warned the director of AmCham Colombia, Mary Claudia Lacouture.
For his part, Ministry of Health clarified that international travelers will continue to reach Colombia without the test, as established by the current norm.
Colombia has ready 437,188,800,000 pesos, something like 123 million dollars, to acquire 10 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and Biontech, the same one that today was approved by the United Kingdom to begin to apply massively.
(Also read: 10 things to know about Pfizer’s vaccine against covid-19)
Although the conversations carried out by the Ministry of Health and the pharmaceutical companies have been kept confidential so as not to alter the process, a resolution of the Ministry of Finance, revealed by ‘BLU Radio’, gives details of what the business would be to bring the first vaccines against covid-19 to Colombia.
Specifically, resolution 2327 signed by Minister Alberto Carrasquilla on November 25 resolves to allocate these resources to the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management and in turn to the Emergency Mitigation Fund (Fome) “for the acquisition of 10 million doses of vaccines against the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 at a price of 12 dollars per dose with the company Pfizer”.
This purchase, as the resolution clarifies, was a recommendation of the Covid Vaccine Advisory Committee after its meeting on November 23.
(You may be interested: Historic! Pfizer vaccine, first to be approved against covid-19)
EL TIEMPO learned that these available resources are a key element in the negotiation process carried out by the Government with Pfizer. In other words, this solidifies the potential acquisition, This is because the great demand for vaccines could direct preferences towards countries with the available money.
In this sense, it is expected that in the next few days the consolidation of the agreements will be announced, while the approvals of the biological product are given by the regulatory agencies.
Within the negotiation it is likely that Pfizer deliver the vaccine directly to dispensing centers and in containers designed by themselves to guarantee the required refrigeration conditions (-70 degrees Celsius).
Last week, the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, had advanced, precisely, that Pfizer was one of the pharmaceutical companies with which the country was negotiating directly to acquire vaccines against covid-19 once it was certain of its safety and efficacy.
(Also: London claims that Brexit helped to approve the vaccine faster)
The 10 million doses contemplated in the resolution of the Ministry of Finance would cover five million Colombians, since this biological requires two applications to guarantee its effectiveness above 90 percent.
And in that sense, as the minister anticipated, they would be aimed at populations for which the covid-19 represents a high level of risk: health workers, people over 60 years of age and all those with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and kidney deficiencies.
Those populations number about 14 million people, so it is expected that as other vaccines are approved they can reach the country well through negotiations similar to that of Pfizer. or with the COVAX mechanism.
Colombia has been part of this mechanism since the beginning of September and there are 186 countries that joined to participate in equitable negotiations with the producers of at least 15 vaccine projects, in company with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other entities.
The vaccination program against covid-19 would begin in the first semester of 2021 with the biologicals that can be purchased directly from the pharmaceutical companies and would continue in the second semester of next year with the 10 million doses that Colombia has insured through the COVAX mechanism. said Minister Ruiz recently.
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The head of the portfolio was clear in saying that the rest of the population and the groups that are less likely to have mortality from covid-19 they could have access to the vaccine in 2022. “We are seeking to reduce mortality and in the way in which vaccines are going to be available, we are necessarily going to have to cover risk groups first,” he said last week.
It is worth saying, finally, that a few weeks ago the Government had revealed the availability of 213 million dollars to purchase vaccines that would cover 20 percent of the population, which will be managed through the Emergency Mitigation Fund (Fome).
But nevertheless, it was established that decisions about vaccines are made by the Covid Vaccine Advisory Committee, a coordination and advisory body made up of the ministers of Health and Finance, Planning. the National Institute of Health, Invima and scientific organization.
(It may interest you: Vaccine at all costs: reflections after days of intense public debate)
It was also unofficially known that the public-private coalition to facilitate access to vaccines in practice ceased to exist.
(Also: Guilds ask that COVID-19 vaccine decisions be made together)
With a five win streak between local tournament and Champions League, Porto FC prepares to face the midweek Manchester City from Pep Guardiola. On this occasion, the painting of Jesús Manuel Coronawon by the smallest difference al Santa Clara and they are close to the leader Sporting de Lisboa, being sub-leaders of the Portuguese competition.
Tecatito played most of the game, left the substitution at minute 86 after the Dragons secured victory with the Colombian’s score Luis Fernando Diaz after a large attendance of Wilson Manafá in the compensation time in the first part.
The second half was quiet for the visit that understood that fatigue and demand should be measured before the great commitment of Champions League. Even, Sérgio Conceição made his five changes already in the second half and still could maintain the victory despite the fact that he began to give rest to his offensive and populate the back line more.
After six minutes of addition, the game ended and the Dragons were left with the triumph what injects them for the half week engagement in which the Mexican will be the owner.
Two English teams, Arsenal and Leicester, and one German, Hoffenheim, qualified this Thursday for the round of 32 of the Europa League, while Villarreal will have to wait at least for the next matchday.
The Spanish team snapped their winning streak in the Europa League by drawing 1-1 at Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Álex Baena advanced to the ‘Yellow Submarine’ in the 45th minute, but the Israeli team balanced at the beginning of the second half, through the Serbian Aleksandar Pesic (47).
In the standings, Villarreal continues to lead, now with 10 points after its three initial wins, followed by Maccabi, who accumulate 7 points.
Third is the Turkish Sivasspor (6 points), Villarreal’s next rival and who won 3-2 in the field of Qarabag (4th, without scoring) of Azerbaijan, who now have no options.
A goal in the discount (90 + 5) of its star Jamie Vardy allowed Leicester to draw 3-3 in their visit to Sporting Braga and reach 10 points in their group that allows them to secure the pass to the round of 32 .
In addition to Leicester, Arsenal won the ticket after beating the Norwegian Molde 3-0 and adding a full 12 points in their key.
Hoffenheim have also achieved all possible points and therefore the classification, after beating Slovan Liberec 2-0 in Slovakia.
The one who has to wait to qualify is Serie A leaders AC Milan, who drew 1-1 in Lille.
The 4th date of the group stage of the Europa League is completed with the matches at 20h00 GMT.
– Results of the 4th round of the Europa League group stage and standings (GMT hours):
(20h00) CFR Cluj (ROM) – AS Roma (ITA)
CSKA Sofia (BUL) 0
Young Boys (SUI) 1 Nsame (34)
(20h00) Dundalk (IRL) – Rapid de Vienna (AUT)
Molde (NOR) 0
Arsenal (ENG) 3 Pepe (50), Nelson (53), Balogun (83)
Black Friday 2020 arrived and many offers have been launched around the world. One of them is those that have various operators in the United States around the iPhone 12-Did you know that you can get it totally free? Without a doubt, it is one of the things you should know right now in order to release the Cupertino cell phone. How to do it? Here we will explain it to you. (Photo: Apple) “class =” story-content__gallery-img w-full “importance =” high “/>
The Black Friday 2020 arrived and many offers have been launched around the world. One of them is those that have various operators in the United States around the iPhone 12-Did you know that you can get it totally free? Without a doubt, it is one of the things you should know right now in order to release the Cupertino cell phone. How to do it? Here we will explain it to you. (Photo: Apple)
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The telephone company AT&T has signed an agreement with Apple so they can get a iPhone 12 totally free. How? Well, for leaving your old cell phone from Cupertino you can receive up to US $ 800 in voucher, which would allow you to access the iPhone 12 Mini or the iPhone 12 in its standard version. To access this offer, you must be an AT&T customer in the United States and you must have an unlimited data plan and continue with the operator for 30 months with an installment payment plan. (Photo: Apple)
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<img src="https://elcomercio.pe/resizer/CcSDVVD-nS9WBUxZvFKsylwbS-o=/980×0/smart/filters:format(jpeg):quality(75)/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/elcomercio/63DBZMPRV5A3XMDCBMAYPGR5RI.jpg" alt="Otra oferta por Black Friday 2020 sobre el iPhone 12 is the one with the company T-Mobile. The company offers its owners that if they have an iPhone 11 Pro or 10 XS they can get an exchange of US $ 850 and a credit of US $ 680 to the owners of older iPhone models in the case of new customers. Of course, to have the expected device, you must have an unlimited data plan, which is the most expensive in the company. You dare? (Photo: Apple) “class =” lazy story-content__gallery-img w-full “importance =” low “/>
iPhone 12 Mini
Another offer for Black Friday 2020 on the iPhone 12 is the one with the company T-Mobile. The company offers its owners that if they have an iPhone 11 Pro or 10 XS they can get an exchange of US $ 850 and a credit of US $ 680 to the owners of older iPhone models in the case of new customers. Of course, to have the expected device, you must have an unlimited data plan, which is the most expensive in the company. You dare? (Photo: Apple)
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The company Verizon also has an offer on the iPhone 12. The company gives you a voucher for $ 800 as long as you leave your iPhone X or a newer one as collateral. But not only that, you must also be a new customer or add a new line. The device has a Retina OLED screen, A14 processor, 64 GB of storage, 12 megapixel dual cameras, among other details. (Photo: Apple)
Bogotá, Nov 25 (EFE) .- Colombian weightlifter Ubaldina Valoyes, 38, will receive the Olympic bronze in the 69 kilogram category at the London 2012 Games after the disqualification of three of her rivals for doping: the Belarusian Maryna Shkermankova and Dzina Sazanavets and the Romanian Roxana Cocos.
“Today they finally give me the notification that I am a bronze medalist in London 2012. It is an immense happiness, I am still bristling and I was surprised,” Valoyes said in a video published by the Ministry of Sport.
The weightlifter, a native of the municipality of Quibdó, capital of the jungle department of Chocó, said that in January they had anticipated the news, but that she had to wait until the process was completed.
“Today I feel happy, as a fulfilled woman. Today I close my sports career with a flourish and I feel like the happiest woman in this world,” added the athlete.
Valoyes adds this triumph to the three Olympic diplomas that he obtained in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016, as well as the golds that he obtained in the Pan American Games of Santo Domingo 2003, Rio 2007, Guadalajara 2011 and Toronto 2015.
With that of the weightlifter, there are already 29 medals that Colombia has obtained in its participation in the Olympic Games, among which the two golds obtained by Mariana Pajón in the BMX in London 2012 and Rio 2016, as well as the gold medals of the athlete Caterine Ibargüen, in triple jump, and Óscar Figueroa, in weightlifting, four years ago.
Likewise, María Isabel Urrutia won the first gold for Colombia in the 75 kilograms of the Sydney 2000 weightlifting.
“Ubaldina is 38 years old and today he celebrates the most important achievement of his career and a historic event for Colombian sports: the 29th medal in history, which leaves Colombia with five gold, nine silver and now 15 gold. bronze “, detailed the Olympic Committee in its social networks.
First a tropical storm, then a hurricane, “Iota” left destruction and flooding as it passed through Colombia. Providencia destroyed and San Andrés severely affected. Cartagena and Santa Marta, both flooded, as well as other towns on the coast. And without being directly caused by this phenomenon, the harsh winter also affected sectors of Medellín, Bogotá, Cali, Cúcuta and other cities to a greater or lesser extent with flooding. Fortunately, Barranquilla was only affected in very specific sectors, but without the severity of other parts. But, what would have happened in Barranquilla if the amount of streams that in the past dragged everything in their path had not been channeled, flooding many sectors with fury and causing deaths and destruction? Unquestionably, another very different story would have been. And that reality, which is part of the many and very positive changes that our beloved city has achieved, seems not to be sufficiently appreciated and recognized by many.
The enormous difference experienced by those families and business owners located on the roads where the mighty streams of the past used to run like demonized rivers is so positive and reassuring that it is difficult to relate it. They no longer feel the tremendous shock they suffered when they sensed a downpour. Your belongings are already safe under your roofs. They no longer see cars passing by and even people dragged by currents. Now also, their houses are more valued. Only the memory of that time remains, when Barranquilla was news in winter. Now, the bad news comes from other cities that did not suffer what we do. It is obvious that there are still some streams to be channeled. In the north, the one that originates in La Campiña, then taking Calle 85 to Carrera 50, to connect with the already channeled street 84. Also, the one that coming from Los Andes, takes Carrera 27 and snaking it connects at Calle 54 with Carrera 38, with the already channeled stream of Felicidad to La María and the Agromar channel to the Magdalena River. The discharge of the Hospital stream in the Ahuyama channel remains to be corrected to avoid occasional flooding to the homes in that sector, and the channeling of the stretch of stream that affects La Chinita in the access to the Pumarejo bridge has already been announced. But there are few, very few that remain. And they will be channeled. In the southwest and southeast, the mighty streams have also been channeled, to which I suggest building more pedestrian bridges, since these, not being vehicular roads, are uncovered, but they divide neighboring communities, which even in summer cannot pass from one side the other. Hopefully in the future the small streams will be led through smaller pipes, to the very long vox coulvers of the streams already channeled, to which our mayor Jaime Pumarejo compares with the large avenues to which the smaller streets are connected. That would be the ideal storm sewer. I particularly am very grateful to our recent leaders who have made such a positive change possible, and I suppose there will be many who will agree with me; as well as that some will continue to criticize whatever is done.
With the launch of WoW: Shadowlands just around the corner, in this video David Caballero, editor-in-chief of Gamereactor Spain, interviews Patrick Dawson, Production Manager, and Sarah Verrall, Senior Level Designer, about the many new features of the MMORPG eternal. Here is the full transcript of the conversation.
★ Gamereactor: Today we will talk about one of the most important launches of the Christmas campaign for PC that is already around the corner, and I am referring to Shadowlands, obviously, the new Blizzard expansion for World of Warcraft that comes to the market on November 24, after having suffered a slight delay. Many thanks to both Patrick and Sara for being here today; our first question is for you, Patrick: Since you’ve had a little more time due to the delay, what can players expect? Have you been finishing it up or fixing some last minute bugs?
Patrick: Yeah sure, let’s talk about it. You already know that delaying a title is not an easy decision to make, we always like that players can enjoy new content as soon as possible. However, when we tested the final version and after having listened to the opinions of the community we realized that there were a few things that were not exactly as we wanted, and it is very important that we solve this issue, because in the case of the Pacts , for example, these are very important decisions and we want to make sure that the four options are well balanced and that they end up rewarding you and putting you fully into the game so that nobody will think that we have not made an effort to they. We have been working very hard in these Pacts and also in the Maw area so that it is dangerous but also attracts attention so that the players jump to conquer it. We have also been working hard on the new areas for the final version of the title, and I think that when you can enjoy the new stories from November 24, you will have no doubt that the wait will be worth it.
★ You mentioned a couple of things that we also wanted to ask you about, the Pacts and the feedback you have received from the community to date. With Patch 9.0 you completely redesigned the level system of the title, how did players take this change?
Patrick: The level system issue is something that we already had in mind, especially so that new players would not be overwhelmed by seeing that there are 120 levels added to the 16 years that the title has been on the market, so we wanted to give them For these players, a different and new experience, the End of Exile, where you learn the basic mechanics of World of Warcraft and, at the end of it, instead of having to play small pieces of all the expansions, we wanted them to only focus on one, in Battle for Azeroth, in which they will go up to level 50. Also, having fewer levels to play makes them more marked, and so they can also discover more about the classes and how they work in order to be prepared for launch from Shadowlands on the 24th.
★ And what can you tell us about the Pacts? Maybe Sarah can tell us more in depth about how they will work.
Sarah: The Pacts are basically a representation of the four cultures of the Shadowlands, so we have the Kyrian, who are the citizens of Bastion, then the Venthyr of Revendreth, the Pact of Maldraxxus and finally the Pact of Ardenweald. Each of them is part of the plot and you learn more about them as you visit their areas, you also discover what is cooked in these places and who are the members of each of the Pacts, and in the process you are shown the skills that you offer each of the four by choosing one to join. So, finally, you will have to choose which Pact you join, and it is a choice that we want players to think well, since it is something that you are a part of and that identifies your character, and this choice will be based on what that you learn about the area and its culture, the skills that you have been testing, the modifications of pieces of each Pact, also the plots for the maximum level players who want to know more about the Pacts or the individuals with whom you come across by the path that will help you improve your character. There are also very cool events in each of the four elections, for example, if you choose Ardenweald you can work at the Queen’s Conservatory and grow your own plants, they are little things of this style. On the other hand, if you choose the one in Venthyr, you can throw a party and immerse yourself in that gothic and romantic world so typical of vampires and invite other characters from this culture to the party. I think players are going to really enjoy the experience as it is very broad and allows them to make a lot of important decisions that are different from anyone else.
★ It seems something very broad, yes. Since you have talked about the plot and the universe of the saga, let’s talk a little about Sylvanas. Are we at the end of his narrative arc? Who are your allies?
Sarah: Sylvanas is a character that some people like more and others less, she has that gray tone that divides people’s opinions, and everyone is impatient to see what happens to her. What do you expect? Why have you made some decisions and not others? Who are your allies? Finding out what plot in Shadowlands and how their decisions influence the title is an adventure in which we are looking forward to embarking with the players, and the truth is that I am biting my nails to see what the reaction of the community will be when they discover everything.
★ If it turns bad it would be a terrible thing, go. Do you think we can see the Alliance being the bad guys in the story not long from now?
Patrick: Are you sure it gets bad? Or is it that it has been from the beginning? What motivates you or what are your reasons for doing what you do? It’s hard to answer all of this without knowing what’s on your mind, but we’ll find out in Shadowlands. What Sylvanas has done is bring us to this area that, although it is a sinister place that we do not know, also gives us the opportunity to explore it and meet other characters and their stories to discover what it is that it intends and who are the good guys and the bad. But things do not have to be so polarized, maybe there is a space in the middle of both ends, that gray hue that we talk about, and we may see more on this topic throughout history.
★ What kinds of objects will players be able to find while exploring this new world? Will there be new legendary items just like in the other expansions?
Sarah: Yes, of course. One of the most important novelties is Torghast, the new experience that maximum level players can enjoy as many times as they want alone or in a group of five, and, while they are inside the tower, they will find materials that will allow them to make their own own legendary items. This is where the mysterious figure of the Rune Engraver appears, to which if you bring pieces created by the players themselves, such as armor or jewelry, it gives you the option to choose the kind of legendary object you want to make through what it discovers about your shares in Torghast. I think the players will love this, because it will be something very personal to each one, plus they will be able to enjoy Torghast as they explore it from top to bottom and find these materials that will make the experience of each one different from each other. In the end, they will leave the area with items that will improve their gaming experience in raids, in pvp, etc.
★ You mentioned the raids, so I have to ask you about Nathria Castle. What kinds of challenges will players face in it?
Patrick: Nathria Castle is an incursion that, personally, makes me very excited, since I really like the Gothic world, its art and that atmosphere typical of castles, in addition to the fact that the history of the incursion will allow us to discover what Sire Denathrius intends and why we have to fight him and the minions that protect him. There are many more things about the raid that we have been testing in the Public Test Realm, such as destroyed areas or battles that start in one area and end in another, we have tried to add very new things so that players feel that when it comes to raiding These are very varied and different from each other. The truth is that we are hoping that everyone can see it once the season begins.
★ Many thanks to both of you for the interview, we can’t wait to enjoy Shadowlands from November 24th. All good!
Amnesty International today launches the world’s largest human rights campaign, Write for Rights, in which it calls on governments to rectify injustices against people who are detained or persecuted in countries around the globe, and to lead by example to build a fairer post-COVID-19 world.
“As devastating as it has been, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought out the best in people. We have witnessed countless acts of compassion and solidarity as people come together in their communities to help those who need it most. Unfortunately, many governments have gone the wrong way, arresting and persecuting human rights defenders, ”said Julie Verhaar, Acting Secretary General of Amnesty International.
“We are at a crossroads: we can choose to build a future that has goodness, solidarity, tolerance and human rights at its core. Governments must seize this moment to demonstrate that they can rectify injustices by releasing prisoners of conscience, ending the persecution of human rights defenders, and respecting and protecting the right of all people to freedom of expression. . “
Write for Rights: The World’s Largest Human Rights Campaign
Every December, people around the world write millions of letters, emails, tweets, Facebook messages and postcards on behalf of others whose human rights are under attack, in what has become the largest rights event humans of the world. The ten cases selected for Write for Rights 2020 refer to private individuals and human rights defenders from Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Burundi, Chile, Colombia, Malta, Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey.
Gustavo Gatica is a psychology student in Santiago, Chile. On November 8, 2019, he attended a protest against rising inequality, part of a series of mass demonstrations that made headlines around the world for his inspiring example of popular power. The police violently suppressed this protest, and repeatedly fired at protesters with rubber-coated pellets.
Gustavo was hit in both eyes and left permanently blind. Amnesty International is calling for a full investigation into the events that led to Gustavo’s injuries, and for the commanding officers to be held to account.
In Malta, three teenagers from Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea are incarcerated awaiting trial on unfounded terrorism charges after acting as interpreters for the captain and crew of a Maltese tanker that rescued them – themselves and more than 100 others. migrants – from their sinking inflatable boat.
Initially, the captain wanted to take the 114 people, including 20 women and at least 15 children, back in Garabulli, Libya, where they would have been in danger of suffering abuses such as detention under inhumane conditions, extortion and torture.However, after discussing it with the migrants, the captain and crew agreed to take them to Malta.
But when they got there, the three teenagers, who had acted as interpreters, were arrested for allegedly hijacking the ship and for forcing the captain to take them to Malta. They are now charged with very serious crimes that could carry life sentences, simply for refusing to be illegally returned to a place of torture. Amnesty International demands justice for “the three from El Hiblu” and calls for the charges against the young men (now 21, 18 and 16 years old) to be dropped.
Other cases include the following:
Germain Rukuki, Burundian human rights defender and prisoner of conscience serving a 32-year prison sentence. He was found guilty because of his human rights work. Amnesty International is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
Jani Silva, an environmental defender who represents hundreds of peasant people in the Putumayo region, Colombia, constantly threatened by illegal groups, the army, drug traffickers and multinational companies. In Colombia, human rights defenders face numerous acts of persecution, repression, threats, criminalization, and even homicides. Amnesty International is calling for the protection of Jani Silva and others who, like her, defend human rights.
The METU LGBTI Solidarity Group, whose members they face a prison sentence for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Turkey. LGBTI students at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara have been organizing an annual Pride march on campus without restriction for years. In 2019, the peaceful event was dissolved by the police. Students and a teacher were arrested and beaten, and the case is now in court. Amnesty International is calling for all those accused to be acquitted, for the excessive use of force by the police to be investigated, and for students to be free to hold peaceful marches on campus.
Idris Khattak of Pakistan, an enforced disappearance researcher for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, was – in a cruel twist of fate – enforced disappearance himself on November 13, 2019, and can now be charged with espionage. Amnesty International calls for his immediate release.
As seen in previous years, letter writing can really make a difference for people whose cases are featured in Write for Rights, and it often offers tremendous emotional support and encouragement to these individuals and their families.
Nigerian teenager Moses Akatugba was arrested and sentenced to death when he was 15 years old, after being accused of stealing three phones. In 2019 he was released after 800,000 Amnesty International supporters showed their support.
“They sentenced me to death because the police claimed that I had stolen three phones,” says Moses. “But now I am free, because people like you wrote letters to support me. After eight years in jail, and 800,000 letters from Amnesty International supporters around the world, I was released. Those letters kept me spirited. Today I am alive thanks to them. Your letters can save a life. “
In July 2020, the death sentence of a South Sudanese was overturned, thanks in part to Write for Rights. According to his court testimony, Magai Matiop Ngong fired his father’s gun at the ground as a warning to his cousin, who was trying to stop him from fighting another boy in their neighborhood. The bullet ricocheted and hit his cousin, who later died in hospital. Magai, then 15 years old, was tried for murder without a lawyer. He was found guilty and sentenced to death.
Our research shows that the death penalty is used disproportionately against poor and disadvantaged people. According to international law, and the laws of South Sudan, sentencing a child to death is illegal.
More than 765,000 people took action and wrote to the government of South Sudan to express their solidarity with Magai. The South Sudan Court of Appeal eventually overturned Magai’s death sentence because he was a child at the time of the crime, and sent his case back to the High Court for a proper sentence..
“The power of individual actions to save lives and hold governments to account should never be underestimated. Year after year, we see the enormous impact that something as simple as writing a letter or an email can have, ”said Julie Verhaar.
“Write for Rights is about people who help others, and this way of expressing our shared humanity has never been more important and relevant. Governments must respond to this widespread desire for change by administering justice to those whose human rights are under attack. ”
Write for Rights mobilizes hundreds of thousands of people around the world to, through action, change the lives of people at risk. Last year, more than six and a half million actions were taken – an annual increase for the eighteenth year in a row. The Yasaman Aryani case, in Iran, alone, received more than a million shares.
The Write for Rights campaign will run from November 20 to December 31, 2020.
In the midst of the uncertainty that exists for the future of Atlético Nacional for the 2021 season, while the 2020 campaign ends with an interim coach, in the purslane team they analyze the future of their squad of players in terms of departures and arrivals; There are several names in the folder and the market will shake up soon.
A name that has awakened a great surprise in the Atlético Nacional environment is Carlos ‘La Roca’ Sánchez, the iconic midfielder of the Colombian National Team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and who was also in Russia 2018. Currently the footballer is without a team and could reach the Paisa team by 2021.
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According to the journalist Yony Gutiérrez, Atlético Nacional already has advanced talks so that Carlos Sánchez be one of his reinforcements for 2021, precisely in the middle of the field where strong pieces are lacking in the team led by Alejandro Restrepo and who would take Alexandre Guimaraes the other year.
The 34-year-old left West Ham English in June 202 in the middle of an injury and was close to reaching Spanish football, but the pandemic damaged his plans. He has a past in Espanyol, Fiorentina, Aston Villa, Elche, Valenciennes and River Plate of Uruguay. Carlos Sánchez would be happy with the opportunity to reach Nacional and thus have his first experience in Colombian soccer.
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Regarding Alexandre Guimaraes, the talks with the DT are on the right track and could be confirmed in the coming weeks. The 2020 Betplay League will continue to be run by Alejandro Restrepo.
Watch out for this. In Atlético Nacional they already have Real conversations and with interest from all parties for a leading player and World Cup with Colombia. The player wants and there are already contacts so that he can arrive: Carlos La Roca Sánchez