The head of the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL), a Kyiv-based human rights organisation that was awarded the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, says the prize will give them “more strength” in their efforts to fight for human rights. “We were shocked; even this morning, we knew nothing,” Oleksandra Matviychuk told Al Jazeera. “We are grateful for this award because we have made a titanic effort at the altar of peace, democracy and freedom; an effort that is still ongoing,” said Matviychuk who is currently returning to Ukraine from an event in New York. The organisation was originally founded in 2007 to tackle the high levels of corruption and promote democratic rights in Ukraine. In 2013 and 2014, the CCL set up the EuroMaidan SOS project, which recorded human rights abuses at the demonstrations in Kyiv’s Maidan Square by the security forces under the pro-Russian government led by then-President Viktor Yanukovych. The project also provided legal assistance to protesters. After a change of government, the CCL began to work on legislative initiatives to reform the country’s major institutions, including the security service, judicial sector and police force.
In Thailand, funeral held for child care center massacre:
Grief-stricken families prayed Saturday at a Buddhist temple filled with children’s keepsakes, flowers and photos of the smiling toddlers who were slain as they napped on blankets at a day care center in northeastern Thailand. Coffins containing the 36 killed, 24 of them children and most of them preschoolers, were released Friday and placed inside Wat Rat Samakee and two other temples in the town nestled among rice paddies in one of Thailand’s poorest regions. Several mourners stayed at Wat Rat Samakee overnight in the tradition of keeping company for those who died young. “All the relatives are here to make merit on behalf of those who died,” said Pensiri Thana, an aunt of one of the victims, referring to an important Buddhist practice. She was among those staying the night at the temple. “It is a tradition that we keep company with our young ones. It is our belief that we should be with them so they are not lonely.” The massacre left no one untouched in the small town, but community officials found helping others was helping assuage their own grief, at least momentarily.
In a path breaking judgement, Kerala High Court observed that an allegation of rape on false promise to marry will not stand if the woman knew that the man was already married and still continued the sexual relationship with the accused. The judgment came from the bench of Justice Kauser Edaggapath who said that any sex had between such a couple could only be termed as one on account of love and passion, and not based on any false promise to marry. “The admitted fact that the 4th respondent is having a relationship with the petitioner since 2010 and she continued the relationship knowing about his marriage from 2013 onwards would nullify the story regarding the sexual intercourse on the false pretext of marrying her. The alleged sex can only be termed as one on account of love and passion for the petitioner and not on account of misrepresentation made to her by the petitioner,” read the order. The court reiterated that if a man retracts his promise to marry a woman, then consensual sex they had will not constitute an offence of rape under Section 376 of the IPC unless it is established that the consent for such sexual act was obtained by him by giving false promise of marriage with no intention of adhering to the same and that the promise made was false to his knowledge. The court then passed the order on a plea moved by man to quash the case registered against him for the alleged commission of offences punishable under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 376 (rape) of Indian Penal Code.
A compilation of excerpts of the discourses made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on exercising rule-based governance over the Party has been published by the Central Party Literature Press. Compiled by the Institute of Party History and Literature of the CPC Central Committee, the book brings together 400 relevant parts falling under 10 themes, excerpted from over 180 important spoken and written works that Xi made between Nov. 15, 2012 and June 17, 2022. Some were made public for the first time. Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has advanced the development of intra-Party rules and regulations. A relatively sound system of intra-Party regulations has taken shape. The intensity and scale to improve intra-Party regulations, and the remarkable progress in this regard, have been unprecedented, a statement on the book’s publication said. Xi’s discourses on exercising rule-based governance over the Party bear vital significance to leveraging the role of intra-Party rules and regulations in upholding the centralized and unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee, and ensuring the Party’s long-term governance and long-term stability of the country, among others, according to the statement.
In Russia, explosion damages Crimean bridge and kills three:
A truck blew up on the Crimean Bridge early on Saturday, causing significant damage to a piece of infrastructure that is vital for Russia in its military operation in Ukraine. Three people were killed as a result of the blast, which temporarily halted both automobile and railway traffic. The powerful explosion occurred on the Crimean Bridge, which connects the Russian peninsula of Crimea to the country’s Krasnodar Region, at around 6am local time on Saturday. It caused a partial collapse of the road used by automobiles and a blaze on a parallel railway section where seven fuel tanks caught fire. Traffic on the whole bridge was stopped due to the incident. Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said that a truck blew up as it was traveling along the 19-km-long structure. The CCTV videos from the scene also showed a lorry exploding. At least three people were killed as a result of the explosion, according to the Investigative Committee. They’re believed to be the driver and passengers of a car that was attempting to overtake the truck at the moment it blew up. Two bodies have already been retrieved from the waters of the Kerch Strait.
In Nicaragua, storm with Hurricane potential approaches:
This Friday, tropical storm Julia formed off the Colombian peninsula of La Guajira with sustained winds of 65 km. Julia is 175 kilometers north of Colombia, moving westward at about 30 kilometers per hour, said the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER). Its path could reach Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. Some Caribbean and Central American countries are under warning regarding the evolution of Tropical Storm Julia, as it could become a category 1 hurricane this weekend. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its advisory number 5 on Friday, October 7, that the storm is forecast to “strengthen to a hurricane by Saturday afternoon as it moves over the southwestern Caribbean Sea.” “A hurricane warning is in effect for the Colombian islands of San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina,” while “a hurricane watch is now in effect for most of the coast of Nicaragua,” the NHC said.
The Department of Public Enterprises has come out guns blazing against news reports claiming its suspended Director-General Kgathatso Tlhakudi has accused Minister Pravin Gordhan of unlawfully removing him from his position. “He asserts this was because he was an obstacle to a programme involving the sale of South African Airways. The allegations, which are disputed, are most unfortunate and it is essential that due process take its course,” the department said in a previous statement. The Department of Public Enterprises maintains that Minister Pravin Gordhan placed Tlhakudi on precautionary suspension pending a disciplinary hearing. This comes after a complaint was laid with the Public Service Commission (PSC) against him about his alleged unethical behaviour concerning the recruitment process for Director: Security and Facilities Management. The department said Gordhan received a letter from PSC about the complaint and asked him to launch a probe into the matter. The services of a senior investigator to probe the allegations were then acquired. “The investigation report recommended that disciplinary action be taken against the DG and referred to the President in terms of the Public Service Act 1994, which provides that the appointment and career incidents of a head of a national department shall be dealt with by the President,” the department said. Just last week, the Public Protector cleared Gordhan, of any wrongdoing in the appointment of his Chief of Staff, Nthabiseng Borotho.