Watchdog urges Russia world cup opening boycott over Syria

first_img0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow © AFP/File / YURI KADOBNOVBEIRUT, Lebanon, May 22 – World leaders should boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin’s VIP box at next month’s World Cup opening unless he takes steps to protect Syrian civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.Russia, which hosts the world’s most-watched sporting event for the first time this year, is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and arguably the most powerful broker in the seven-year-old war. “In hosting one of the most televised events in the world, Russia is courting world public opinion and looking for respect,” HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, said in a statement.“World leaders should signal to President Putin that unless he changes track and acts to end atrocities by Russian and Syrian forces in Syria, they won’t be in their seats in the VIP box with him on opening night.”Billions of people worldwide are expected to watch the World Cup on television and HRW argued that Moscow’s responsibility in the suffering of Syrian civilians should not be forgotten.Russia is the main exporter of weaponry to the Syrian regime and its forces provide on-the-ground support to government forces and allied militia.The New York-based watchdog has documented Russian-Syrian joint military operations that “have caused thousands of civilian casualties”, including recently in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.Roth warned that millions of other civilians faced the same fate in upcoming operations, especially in the northwestern province of Idlib that still largely escapes government control.“World leaders should not allow a sporting event to gloss over a pattern of atrocities in Syria that now looms over two million civilians,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgANOTHER former employee of on-the-run businessman Francois de Dietrich has contacted to tell of her horrific time working with the Frenchman.Yesterday we revealed how the roly-poly crook was completely unpredictable being complete calm one minute and then exploding the next.Now another former Etic Solutions employee has revealed how the married father-of-two had a crazy plan to throw the biggest Ann Summer lingerie party in the world! The woman was initially hired as an assistant to the Marketing Manager but De Dietrich fired the Marketing Manager two weeks later and gave the woman her former bosses’ job – but refused to give her a pay riseThe woman revealed “He told me when I started there that he wanted to host the biggest Ann Summers party the world had ever seen.“I got screamed at every day…each time I put on an event he would tell me my job was on the line and scream down the phone at me (during my weekends off too) if I spent too much money on advertising.“I could talk all day about my worst job ever,” she said De Dietrich is today still on the run from every police force in Europe. He faces 18 months in jail for contempt of court after failing to give a Belfast court details of all his assets.The businessman promised people 40% returns on investments within just six weeks by selling on liquidated stock including airplane seats and designer clothing.So far the Financial Service Authority in the UK has seized Stg£20.2m. An AIB bank account in Ballybofey containing €1.7m has also been frozen.But cops on both sides of the border believe millions are still missing.Donegal investors promised their money via a third party in recent weeks have not received their cash. Copyright donegaldaily.comFRANCOIS WANTED TO HOLD THE BIGGEST ANN SUMMERS PARTY EVER – EX-EMPLOYEE was last modified: February 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more