Ricardo González ends his hunger strike

first_img News RSF_en December 30, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ricardo González ends his hunger strike Alida Viso Bello, the wife of Ricardo González Alfonso (photo), told Reporters Without Borders on 29 December that her husband had ended his hunger strike on 24 December after receiving “a satisfactory reply to his demand”.————————————-19.12.2003 – Concern about Reporters Without Borders correspondent on hunger strike in prisonReporters Without Borders today voiced concern about its correspondent in Cuba, Ricardo González Alfonso, who began a hunger strike in prison on 8 December to press his demand not to be held in a cell with non-political detainees.”We hold the Cuban government responsible for our correspondent’s health,” the organisation said, noting that several journalists have recently been transferred to cells with non-political detainees where they risk being the victims of violence from their cell mates, sometimes instigated by the authorities.With 29 journalists detained, Cuba is the world’s biggest prison for the press, ahead of Burma with 16 and Eritrea with 14. González is serving a 20-year sentence handed down on 7 April.González’s wife Alida Viso Bello told Reporters Without Borders she found him a lot thinner when she visited him on 17 December in “Kilo 8” prison in the central province de Camagüey, located more than 500 km from his home in Havana.She said he did not want to continue sharing a cell with non-political detainees or, at least, to be put with detainees who were less violent. Since 6 November, he has been held in various cells in the prison’s block 7 with non-political detainees, including one convicted of murder. Cell mates have twice stolen personal belongings from him.A prison official who attended the meeting between González and his wife said he was moved to a poorly-lit cell on 14 December as a punishment for “lack of discipline.” The prison official added that it was not up to him whether González was transferred to another cell.González was the president of the Manuel Márquez Sterling Association of independent journalists and the editor of De Cuba, the first independent magazine published in Cuba since Fidel Castro came to power. He was arrested on 18 March 2003 and convicted of “actions against the independence and unity of the state.”He was detained in a crackdown in which a total of 26 independent journalists and some 50 other dissidents were rounded up. The journalists were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 14 to 27 years.More information on Ricardo GonzálezMore information on the magazine De CubaMore information on the jailed cuban journalists CubaAmericas Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Follow the news on Cuba Help by sharing this information News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago to go further May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more News News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Receive email alerts CubaAmericas Alida Viso Bello, the wife of Ricardo González Alfonso, told Reporters Without Borders on 29 December that her husband had ended his hunger strike on 24 December. Gonzalez, correspondent for the international press freedom organisation, began his fast on 8 December to protest against his prison conditions. October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Impact-shocked rocks – insights into archean and extraterrestrial microbial habitats (and sites for prebiotic chemistry?)

first_imgImpact-shocked gneiss shocked to greater than 10 GPa in the Haughton impact structure in the Canadian High Arctic has an approximately 25-times greater pore surface area than unshocked rocks. These pore spaces provide microhabitats for a diversity of heterotrophic microorganisms and in the near-surface environment of the rocks, where light levels are sufficient, cyanobacteria. Shocked rocks provide a moisture retaining, UV protected microenvironment. During the Archean, when impact fluxes were more than two orders of magnitude higher than today, the shocked-rock habitat was one of the most common terrestrial habitats and might have provided a UV-shielded refugium for primitive life. These potential habitats are in high abundance on Mars where impact crater habitats could have existed over geologic time periods of billions of years, suggesting that impact-shocked rocks are important sites to search for biomolecules in extraterrestrial life detection strategies. In addition to being favourable sites for life, during the prebiotic period of planetary history impact-shocked rocks might have acted as a site for the concentration of reactants for prebiotic syntheses.last_img read more