to go further “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 G-8 leaders urged to raise human rights with Putin at Heiligendamm summit BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more News “Russia has been a full G-8 member since 2003 and cannot attribute its human rights violations to insufficient economic development. On the contrary, Russia should be setting an example in this regard.” RSF_en News May 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Reporters Without Borders today called on leaders attending the Group of Eight summit in the German resort of Heiligendamm on 6-8 June to raise human rights issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin.“Russia faces crucial elections in the coming months and civil society has already begun to feel their impact,” the press freedom organisation said. “The existing, significant harassment of the independent and opposition media is being stepped up. It is fundamental in these circumstances that those who defend civil liberties should be able to count on external support.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Russia has been a full G-8 member since 2003 and cannot attribute its human rights violations to insufficient economic development. On the contrary, Russia should be setting an example in this regard. If Vladimir Putin is the democrat he claims to be, he should listen attentively to those calling for a free press.”The summit in the Baltic resort of Heiligendamm is to be attended by the leaders of the world’s eight richest economies together with those of the European Union. Decisions taken at G-8 meetings are not binding but their influence is beyond dispute. After starting to attend the summits as a special guest in 1992, Russia became a full member of the group at the Evian summit in 2003.In an interview which President Putin gave on 1 June to several foreign correspondents heading to the summit and which was published today, he insisted on his commitment to democracy and said: “The tragedy is that I am the only pure democrat in the world. After the death of Gandhi there is no one to talk to.” Help by sharing this information
The World Technology Network (WTN) announced Oct. 24 that both the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Wyss founding Director Don Ingber won awards in the biotechnology category. The awards honor the world’s most significant innovators in science and technology who are “creating the 21st century” — and the Wyss Institute made an impressive showing, having won in two separate categories: one for an organization, and one for an individual.Last year, Wyss Institute core faculty member James J. Collins won the WTN award in the biotechnology category in recognition of his work in synthetic biology and antibiotic drug discovery. Read Full Story
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has no legal mandate to conduct its forthcoming stress tests for pension funds and should be challenged, according to Germany’s pension association (aba).Heribert Karch, chairman at the aba, questioned why EIOPA was still proceeding with the stress test, with a consultation due on 11 May, even after the European Commission gave repeated assurances that it would not attempt to introduce regulations akin to Solvency II “through the back door”.Speaking at the association’s annual conference in Berlin, Karch argued that the shadow of former internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier, who stepped down last December and was replaced by Jonathan Hill as commissioner for financial stability, still loomed large over the pensions industry.“EIOPA has no legal basis for the new phase of stress tests,” he told delegates. “And, if that is true, and we all know how counter-productive the introduction of [a holistic balance sheet] regulation would be, then maybe we should re-examine the evidence. “The European Commission’s thoughts have moved on, and EIOPA continues, with a mandate it granted itself, the job begun by commissioner Barnier.“Ladies and gentleman, how can this be true? I have to ask: How long will we continue to put up with this?”Karch added that he was in “intensive talks” with his Dutch colleagues about the matter and drafting a letter to the German Federal Finance Ministry that would be co-signed by the German employers association BDA.The Dutch Pensions Federation confirmed it was holding talks with the aba on the matter.EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino has previously defended the stress tests, telling a conference organised by the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds that it would not copy the model applied to the insurance sector.At the time, he also emphasised that it was important for the regulator to assess how financial shocks are transmitted through the markets, something it cannot monitor at present.“We do not want to start the thinking with the opinion that big pension funds are systemically important – this is not our starting point,” Bernardino said.“We want to understand the market better and how the linkages are.”However, the European industry has taken a dim view of the project since it was confirmed last summer, warning of “new and unnecessary burdens” for pension funds.