Govt COVID-19 response poses risks to human rights: Experts


first_imgRochsismandoko, an internist at a private hospital in Tangerang, Banten, concurred. He said he had to purchase N95 medical masks with his own money because the masks provided by the hospital were limited.“We appreciate the PPE donations given by individuals. Unfortunately, most of the PPE cannot be used as it doesn’t meet the certified health standards,” he added.Rochsismandoko pointed out that despite the government’s claims, not all medical workers had access to free COVID-19 tests. Medical workers, he said, also expressed their fear of being furloughed if they were found positive for the virus.“It is not only about income; medical workers are still experiencing a bad stigma and rejection by society,” he added.Threats to freedom of expressionUsman said the current outbreak could jeopardize people’s right to express their opinions, citing a circular issued by the National Police chief that instructed officers to charge those who were thought to be insulting the government or spreading misinformation.Amnesty has recorded 52 cases of alleged violations of free expression during the pandemic.“We certainly oppose the dissemination of misinformation by anyone. But we believe a legal approach is not suitable during these times, especially while the government is aiming to control the spread of the virus in prisons,” he said.Brian Sriprahastuti, a member of the Executive Office of the President, said that during the early days of the outbreak, the government faced challenges compiling nationwide data, which he said could only be provided by a limited number of laboratories at the time. He brushed off criticism of the government’s lack of transparency, claiming it had become more transparent in providing COVID-19 data. According to National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Hengky Widjaja, the Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has investigated 102 cases of fake news or provocation related to the COVID-19 pandemic under the authority of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law and the Criminal Code (KUHP).“Individuals are allowed to express their opinions while adhering to social restrictions rules, but the expression must not contain hate speech that provokes others,” he said in the discussion.Read also: Activist arrested as he was about to get into Dutch Embassy car: PoliceThe chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Abdul Manan, condemned what he called the police’s excessive actions against questionable offenses. Abdul asked the police to remain impartial regarding government issues. “During this pandemic, disinformation is the enemy we should fight against, but unfortunately, disinformation is also being used as a tool to oppress those who criticize government policy,” he said.Threats to workers’ rightsThe outbreak has caused the economy to seize up, with workers suffering the brunt of the effects. Data from the Manpower Ministry released on May 1 showed that approximately 3 million workers had been impacted by the pandemic.More than 1 million formal workers have been furloughed and more than 300,000 workers have been laid off since the outbreak started. As many as 315,000 informal sector workers, whose incomes are based on contingent daily work, have lost their incomes because of the pandemic.Read also: Businesses must have adequate support to prevent layoffs: ExpertsAndriko Otang, executive director of the Trade Union Rights Center (TURC), said the government’s inconsistent policies had worsened the situation for workers.“The PSBB policy provides exceptions for manufacturing industries or export-oriented industries to stay fully operational during this pandemic, forcing millions of workers to continue working and facing risk,” he said. A survey conducted by TURC found that only 35 percent of companies adhered to COVID-19 health protocols for workers. Topics : Rights groups have raised concerns over the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on residents. They say the response may pose risks to Indonesians’ human rights.Amnesty International Indonesia highlighted certain issues that could harm human rights, including medical workers’ rights, information transparency and free expression, workers’ rights and social security.“It is of high importance that the government acknowledges human rights during the COVID-19 [pandemic]. Amnesty’s records show that there are many rights violations taking place in countries like Egypt and Venezuela. We don’t want it to happen here, and we must minimize any potential for violations,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a virtual discussion on Sunday. He cited the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed by several provinces and regions across the archipelago to stem the spread of the virus. He said the policy, although deemed necessary, affected the livelihoods of all residents, especially those working in informal sectors.He urged the government to pay attention to fulfilling the basic rights of all residents – whether they were under PSBB or not – during the pandemic.Usman noted that the pandemic revealed Indonesia’s lack of health care readiness, as illustrated by frontline medical workers’ limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) while they were risking their lives to fight the disease.Read also: COVID-19: Online fund-raiser seeks to provide protective gear supplieslast_img read more

Sri Lanka cling on to draw after Kohli masterclass


first_imgKOLKATA, India (Reuters) – India’s captain Virat Kohli staved off the threat of defeat before their fast bowlers ensured the hosts finished on a high in the drawn opening Test against Sri Lanka in an enthralling final day at the Eden Gardens yesterday.Chasing an improbable target of 231 in little more than a session, the tourists were reeling on 75 for seven before the umpires ruled the light too poor to continue in the final session of the match.With rain washing out most of the first two days in the match, it was a stunning comeback from the world’s top-ranked Test side who were tottering at 79-6 in their first innings at one stage.Kohli propped up his side’s batting on the final day with an unbeaten 104 to register his 18th Test hundred, and 50th across formats, after paceman Suranga Lakmal’s inspired spell in the first session gave Sri Lanka hope of a maiden Test win in India.India, however, rode out the storm before declaring their second innings on 352 for eight immediately after Kohli hit a six to get to three figures against Sri Lanka, who have failed to win in 17 away Tests against the hosts.India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took four wickets in the first innings, picked up another four for just eight runs to take the hosts close to a win but the fading light helped Sri Lanka avoid a crushing defeat after dominating the match for more than four days.The 30-year-old Lakmal was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka in the first innings with four wickets and he returned to haunt the world’s top-ranked side with a triple strike in the second.After resuming on 171-1, India were cruising before Lakmal got a delivery to jag back off the seam and breach KL Rahul’s defence to dismiss the right-hander for 79.Lakmal then sent back the dependable Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the same over to reduce the hosts to 213-4.Dilruwan Perera dived forward to complete a brilliant catch to dismiss Pujara for 22, while Rahane was out leg-before without scoring.Kohli, who appeared unsure of his footwork at the start of his innings, then added 36 for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja to steady the ship before his partner perished to off-spinner Perera shortly before lunch.Ravichandran Ashwin and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha fell cheaply to all-rounder Dasun Shanaka, leaving Kohli to wriggle India out of trouble while also looking to add enough runs to take the total out of Sri Lanka’s reach.The 29-year-old Kohli, who has 32 hundreds in the 50-over format, was given out leg-before to Lakmal on 72 but survived on review after replays confirmed a thin edge off his bat.In his 119-ball knock, Kohli hit 12 fours and two sixes, the second off Lakmal over wide long-off bringing up his century. He went down on one knee and roared in delight with a clenched fist towards the dressing room.The second match in the three-Test series will be played in Nagpur from Friday.INDIA 1st innings 172 (C. Pujara 52; S. Lakmal 4-26) SRI LANKA 1st innings 294 (R. Herath 67, A. Mathews 52, L. Thirimanne 51; B. Kumar 4-88, M. Shami 4-100) INDIA 2nd innings (o/n 171-1)L. Rahul b Lakmal 79S. Dhawan c Dickwella b Shanaka 94C. Pujara c D. Perera b Lakmal 22V. Kohli not out 104A. Rahane lbw b Lakmal 0R. Jadeja c Thirimanne b D. Perera 9R. Ashwin b Shanaka 7W. Saha c Samarawickrama b Shanaka 5B. Kumar c D. Perera b Gamage 8M. Shami not out 12Extras: (b-7, lb-1, nb-1, w-3) 12Total: (for 8 wkts decl’d, 88.4 overs) 352Fall of wickets: 1-166, 2-192, 3-213, 4-213, 5-249, 6-269, 7-281, 8-321.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 24.4-4-93-3 (w-1), Lahiru Gamage 23-2-97-1 (nb-1), Dasun Shanaka 22-1-76-3 (w-2), Dilruwan Perera 13-2-49-1, Rangana Herath 6-1-29–0.SRI LANKA 2nd innings (Target: 231 runs)Sadeera Samarawickrama b B. Kumar 0Dimuth Karunaratne b Shami 1Lahiru Thirimanne c Rahane b B. Kumar 7Angelo Mathews lbw b U. Yadav 12Dinesh Chandimal b Shami 20Niroshan Dickwella lbw b B. Kumar 27Dasun Shanaka not out 6Dilruwan Perera b B. Kumar 0Rangana Herath not out 0Extras: (lb-1, nb-1) 2Total: (for 7 wickets, 26.3 overs) 75Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-14, 4-22, 5-69, 6-69, 7-75.Bowling: B. Kumar 11-8-8-4, M. Shami 9.3-4-34-2 (nb-1), U. Yadav 5-0-25-1, R. Jadeja 1-0-7-0..last_img read more

Solvay, Ludden football to move to Class C in 2020


first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The 16 teams in the revamped Class C were placed into two divisions (there were three in 2019), with Section III grouping them based on their recent record instead of geography.And the Class C-2 division has Solvay, Bishop Ludden and Skaneateles together, joined by Canastota, Clinton, Little Falls, Sherburne-Earlville and Westmoreland/Oriskany.Meanwhile, Jordan-Elbridge is in the C-1 division, where Cazenovia is also a newcomer after moving from Class B, where it won a state title in 2015. Defending sectional Class C champion Lowville is here, too, as are Hannibal, General Brown, Holland Patent, Mount Markham and Southern Hills. This is likely to break up many different local rivalries that were present in the Class B West division, where Solvay and Luden have left, but Marcellus and Westhill are still there, as are Homer, Cortland, Institute of Technology Central and South Jefferson.Meanwhile, the changes affected Section III’s large schools, too, leaving West Genesee still in Class AA, but now in a single nine-team division.With Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy moved to Class A, the Wildcats will now have a full regular-season round robin with AA’s remaining teams – Cicero-North Syracuse, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Henninger, Corcoran, Nottingham, Rome Free Academy and Utica Proctor.As if all this wasn’t enough, the regular season could move from seven games to nine, depending on what happens the next couple of months.Practices for all teams begin Aug. 24, with NYSPHSAA to vote in May on whether to allow teams to add a game to its schedule the first weekend of September without a scrimmage.Either way, the regular season follows, leading to possible playoff openers Oct. 30-31, sectional semifinals a week later and the sectional title games Nov. 13 and 15 at the refurbished Carrier Dome.C-NS’s Bragman Stadium hosts the regional finals Nov. 19-20. Now the state semifinals are on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-28, with the state finals at the Dome on Dec. 4 and 5. Tags: Bishop LuddenfootballMarcellusSolvayWest Genesee Solvay will not have an opportunity to defend its Section III Class B football championship – because, when the 2020 season gets underway, the Bearcats will have relocated into Class C.A massive realignment of Section III football at all levels was finalized earlier this week, reflecting changes in both school enrollment and the way the New York State Public High School Athletic Association classifies those schools for this sport.Those changes include a Class C lineup now full of local sides, with Solvay and Bishop Ludden joining a group that already included Skaneateles, who won the state Class C championship in 2017, and Jordan-Elbridge.last_img read more

“Connect” to bring one-stop service event to Palm Springs Church to…


first_imgThe Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, in partnership with several Palm Beach County service organizations, invites members of the community who are homeless or in crisis to attend Project Homeless Connect from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 14, at the Bethel Assembly of God, 4320 S. Congress Ave., in Palm Springs.Project Homeless Connect is a communitywide, collaborative event that brings together supportive programs, services and counseling, all under one roof. It is held in different areas of Palm Beach County throughout the year to make it easy for people to attend, gather resources, and move toward stability.  The Greenacres/Palm Springs/Lake Worth area of the county identified over 185 adult individuals experiencing homelessness in the January 2018 Point-in-Time Count.“We aim to bring services and resources to our homeless neighbors,” said Michelle Howell-Phillips, Project Homeless Connect program coordinator. “This event brings dozens of agencies together with food, clothing, hot showers, and health screenings in one place.” Doors open at 9 a.m. Those who attend will have a chance to visit with various agencies, explore resources and interactive displays, pick out clothes at a pop-up clothing rack, and get a haircut. Helpful professionals from host provider agencies will be on site throughout the day to share news about programs and resources in place to help the homeless and support those at-risk. Call for Volunteers and DonationsVolunteers are needed for various shifts to load, set up and breakdown the event on Thursday, June 14. We are in need of toiletry items and a hot lunch for attendees. To volunteer or make a donation, please email [email protected]last_img read more