A crowd of supporters, local and national representatives turned out for the third ‘Solidarity with Sudan’ protest of the month in Letterkenny.The peaceful gathering at Market Square last Saturday was organised by 2019 local election candidate Thoiba Ahmed in response to the violent political crisis in her home country.Ms Ahmed’s protest highlighted the recent series of massacres that took place across Sudan by the Janjaweed militia in their campaign to suppress the uprising against toppled dictator Omar Al Bashir. “Thoiba Ahmed was a candidate in the County Council elections in Letterkenny, and I got to know and respect her during that campaign,” says Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh who showed empathy when listening to Ms Ahmed talk of the atrocities occurring in Sudan.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh and Thoiba Ahmed at the Solidarity With Sudan protest“I am here today to support Thoiba in her call for peace in Sudan, an end to violence, and a return to dialogue with a view to establishing democracy and lasting peace in a region that has suffered the loss of almost half a million lives in a few short war torn years. I hope that today’s event will help to raise awareness among our own community to the plight of ordinary people in Sudan,” said Cllr Kavanagh said.Councillor Gerry McMonagle attended the protest because “for me, it’s in my DNA; I was raised educated of the history of Ireland, the military rule and colonialism.” “As Irish people we can relate with what is happening in Sudan; any State in the world where physical force and military intervention has been exercised has never been successful. I fully support the people of Sudan and their right to democracy and self-determination” he added. Thoiba Ahmed, Thomas Pringle TD and supporters at the Solidarity With Sudan protestThomas Pringle TD said: “It’s vitally important that we as Irish people support the struggles of the people of Sudan in trying to have a government that looks after the needs of their people.”“A government that works on behalf of the citizens is the least that people demand and can expect. We in Ireland should expect the same,” Pringle TD added.Thoiba Ahmed at the Solidarity With Sudan protestMs Ahmed confirmed that another protest will take place at Letterkenny Market Square on 29th June from 2pm-4pm. No event is planned this week due to the Donegal Rally, but demonstrations will continue ‘until the demands of the people of Sudan are realised’, according to Ms Ahmed.She commented: “By recognising our shared humanity, we build connections that overcome the divisions of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. There’s a shared sense of responsibility when it comes to responding to the cries of help and confronting injustice.”Local support grows at Sudan solidarity protest was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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) Tags:letterkennyprotestSolidarity With Sudanthoiba ahmed
The Minister of Transport, Dr. Bonginkosi Blade Nzimande and the Premier of Limpopo, Mr Chupu Mathabatha, will officially launch the 2018 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign on Sunday, 18 November 2018 in Limpopo.The launch coincides with the annual two-day Road Safety Summit and the United Nations’ World Day of Remembrance for victims of road crashes.As part of the official launch, the Minister and the Premier will participate in a law enforcement operation and prayer service that will be led by faith based organisations.The World Day of Remembrance is a Global event hosted by the United Nations to remember those who have been injured or killed in road crashes.Meanwhile, the National Road Safety Summit will bring together all external and internal stakeholders including different Government Departments to review the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety Campaign and the National Road Safety Strategy.Details of the Department’s road safety campaign launch are as follows:Part A: National Road Safety SummitDate:16-17 November 2018Time: 09h00Venue: Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane. Limpopo ProvincePart B: Launch of 2018 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign and Wreath Laying for victims of road crashes (To be attended by Transport Minister andPremier of Limpopo):Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018Time: 09h00Venue: N1 Middlefontein between Mokgopong and KranskopPart C: Launch of 2018 Festive Road Safety Campaign and World Day of Remembrance (To be attended by Transport Minister and Premier of Limpopo):Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018Time: 11h00Venue: Ephraim Mogale Stadium in Modimolle
The Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill on Friday against conversion by force, inducement or through marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of adopting a new religion. The Opposition supported the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019, which was passed unanimously with a voice vote. Replying to the discussion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said a new stringent legislation was required as “forced conversion”, especially in Rampur and Kinnaur, was “on the rise.”The Bill seeks to repeal the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2006, which is on similar lines. The new Bill proposes stringent punishments — up to seven years in jail compared to the three years under the existing law.The Bill prohibits conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage or any fraudulent means. Any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will also be declared null and void under Section 5 of the Bill. While participating in the discussion on the Bill, Congress legislators Asha Kumari, Sukhvinder Sukhu, Jagat Singh Negi and lone CPI(M) MLA Rakesh Singha sought changes in some clauses. Answering Mr. Sukhu’s suggestion, Mr. Thakur said the 13-year old act was not so effective. The government decided to bring a new legislation instead of amending the already-existing Act as it has only eight sections and it would have not better to add about 10 more sections to it, the chief minister said.As per the Bill, anyone seeking to convert will need to give a month’s notice to the district magistrate, stating that the person is converting on his/her own. The provision figured in the 2006 law as well and was challenged in court. The priest who performs conversion ceremony will also give a month’s notice in advance. Those reconverting to their “parent religion” are exempted from this provision. Replying to Mr. Negi’s suggestion, the chief minister said everyone was worried about untouchability, but provisions in the Constitution against untouchability were already there. According to the new Bill, if Dalits, women or minors were made to convert, the jail term will be between two-seven years. Law Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Rakesh Pathania and Rakesh Jamwal from the treasury bench also participated in the discussion. Section 10 of the Bill states that no person or organisation violating the provisions will be allowed to accept any donation or contribution of any kind from within or outside the country. The Bill will become an Act after its notification following assent by the Governor.