Ban calls on Belarus to release detained journalists and opposition leaders

Mr. Ban noted the serious concerns voiced by observer groups regarding the electoral process and post-electoral developments and called on the Government to observe fully human rights and due process, spokesperson Martin Nesirky told a news conference in New York.“The Secretary-General recognizes the important work of the office for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Belarus and regrets the decision of the Government of Belarus to close the OSCE office in Minsk,” he added, referring to the Belarus capital.Last month UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced deep concern at the violence that erupted after the election, including the abduction of opposition candidates, and called for the immediate release of those detained. A leading opposition candidate was attacked on his way to a mass rally in Minsk, hospitalized and later abducted by unidentified persons amid the violence that erupted following the polls. In addition, attempts by radical supporters of opposition candidates to break into a government building were followed by mass detentions of opposition candidates and their supporters, human rights activists, journalists and harassment of civil society.Ms. Pillay also called on the Government of Belarus to ensure that human rights defenders, journalists and civil society organizations are free from any harassment. “I urge all parties to refrain from violence and demonstrate full respect for human rights.” 10 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the release of journalists, opposition candidates and their supporters who continue to be detained in Belarus following recent presidential elections. read more

MS forced to change lavatory signs after complaints of sexism

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The male toilet sign at Marks and Spencer at the Holmbush Centre in Shoreham, Sussex She added: “This is in your Holmbush store at Shoreham. Please could you explain why this happened in your recent revamp and what plans you have to ensure that if you continue with these signs that both signs reflect or just have no pictures of children in for the future.”It has nothing to do with baby changing. They are the entrances to the male and female toilets, there are no baby changing facilities in the toilets. It’s just plain sexist for all concerned, men and women. Symbols means a lot.” The male toilet sign at Marks and Spencer at the Holmbush Centre in Shoreham, SussexCredit:Brighton Pictures/ Sharon Sawyercenter_img Jenni Readman also commented: “The signage represents an outdated assumption that women will be the only ones taking children to the toilet as there is nowhere, according to the signage in this store, for men to take children to the toilet.”The design was also condemned by Sussex Police hate crime ambassador Sergeant Peter Allan, who wrote on the Facebook thread: “This should not be happening in 2017.”A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer said: “Our baby changing facilities are in a unisex area and we also provide a baby changing mat in both the male and female toilet facilities.” M&S has been forced to change lavatory signs in their stores after complaints of sexism. A customer at the chain’s Holmbush store in Shoreham spotted that the female toilet sign showed a woman with a baby while the sign for male toilet just showed a man, and claimed this suggested that only women look after children. Writing on Facebook, Sharon Sawyer said: “I was surprised and disappointed at the pictures for the toilets.”I expected being a family store that you understood that families very much share children’s needs and personal care, not just women. “The picture shows a woman and child. The picture in the comments just shows a man, why?”last_img read more