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first_img Since you’re here… Share on Facebook In the 50 days since Hakeem al-Araibi has been held in a Bangkok jail, global events for Olympic sports have continued. The Hockey World Cup and the World Swimming Championships were held and the Handball World Championships, football’s Asian Cup and tennis grand slam the Australian Open have begun. The Winter X Games and Super Bowl will also be under way soon.Yet one of our fellow Australian athletes, Hakeem al-Araibi, a former international footballer, remains in jail, awaiting the worst fate of any asylum seeker or refugee: extradition back to the country that persecuted him, the country he fled in fear for his life. Support The Guardian Share via Email At first glance, I am just like Al-Araibi. I am an international athlete. An immigrant to Australia. An activist. I speak and write about bad governance in sport, human rights violations and injustice in the world of sport and beyond. The difference is that I am free to speak out, whereas Al-Araibi has been tortured for doing the same. Even today, as I continue to write and speak out against corruption at the highest levels of world sport, Al-Araibi faces extradition to Bahrain where he risks torture for trying to realise those same freedoms.Will the Olympic movement allow a fellow athlete to languish in jail, or worse be sent back to his country of birth to be tortured? Or will the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its member sporting federations, countries and its Olympians act now to ensure that the Olympic values are upheld?The complexity of Al-Araibi’s position involves not just Asian Football Confederation president, Fifa vice-president, and member of the ruling Bahraini royal family, Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa, a man who wants to be Fifa president, but the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and major television rights and deals for Fifa. Over the past three years, Fifa has taken serious steps to improve its human rights policies and practices. But Olympic membership is a privilege that can and should be withdrawn when violations of essential human rights and the Olympic charter occur. Fifa’s test of its human rights policy is upon us, but so too is that of the Olympic movement.While Fifa and the football family have the first responsibility to seek to have the Thai authorities free Al-Araibi, the IOC has claimed to be a “voice for athletes” and yet has been silent in this egregious case. The IOC controls the Olympic movement, in which Fifa and all of world football play a part – from Olympians to grassroots players. But the system of international federations, regional bodies, all of it has bred corruption and bad governance for decades because it all remains separate and apart from the rest of society, choosing to apply the rules of “sport governance” instead of the rule of law.Meanwhile, athletes are finding their voices, speaking out increasingly to say they don’t want to be party to human rights abuses when they play.The Olympic movement must stand up in support of Al-Araibi knowing it is backed by international law. Al-Araibi’s arrest was unlawful under Australian and international law and Australia’s foreign minster, Marise Payne, issued a strong statement calling for his return to Australia. Football Federation Australia (FFA) has also made public its support.The IOC would be well advised to do the same and apply any leverage it has to support Al-Araibi – not only because is it the right thing to do, but because they have an obligation to do so under the Olympic charter, which calls upon everyone in the Olympic movement to “place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity”.The freedoms I enjoy – swimming, travelling freely, the act of writing this article – are things I do not take for granted. I will not simply watch from the sidelines as a fellow athlete, a fellow Australian immigrant, a fellow activist, is denied the rights and freedoms I enjoy every day. Share on LinkedIn Rahaf and Hakeem: why has one refugee captured the world’s attention while another is left in jail? Bahrain Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. 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Thank you. comment Topics Minky Worden Opinion Football politicscenter_img Olympic Games Share on Twitter Read more Helen Davidson Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Hakeem Al-Araibi’s case is a true test of Fifa’s new human rights policy Read more Fifa As an Olympian, a human rights and immigration lawyer, I take my responsibility to uphold the law and the Olympic values seriously and I have a clear duty to stand up for Al-Araibi and ensure my fellow Olympians do the same.Standing up to Gulf repression is not easy, but the IOC did it in 2012 when leaders told Qatar and Saudi Arabia they had to send women to the London Olympics if they wanted to compete.In the same way Olympic athletes must play by the rules, it is time for the IOC to step up and remind Fifa of its obligations under the Olympic charter and as a member of the Olympic movement.• Nikki Dryden, a human rights and immigration lawyer based in Sydney, is a two-time Olympic swimmer Hakeem al-Araibi Share on Pinterest Thailand Refugeeslast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), which has an outstanding debt of Rs 94,216 crore, said Wednesday the board has taken various steps to address over Rs 20,000 crore of its debt pile over the past nine months. The government had appointed new board headed by veteran banker Uday Kotak last October. “A critical focus of the board has been to maintain a ‘going concern’ status for companies under the group. Towards this, as many as 55 companies were classified as ‘green’ which are servicing all their obligations,” the company said in a statement. The group has 348 subsidiaries and associates. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt also said measures have been taken for resolution of debt of three ‘amber’ companies, which are in final stages of implementation and will result in these companies being re-classified as ‘green’. The 55 group businesses that are under asset monetisation process include securities business, renewable energy, domestic road vertical, alternate investment fund management, education and thermal, the company said. Its fund-based outstanding debt was Rs 94,216 crore as of October 8, 2018. The sale process for assets under the education and roads, environment verticals and real estate are at an advanced stage, it added.last_img read more

first_imgVeteran fashion designer Ritu Kumar says it is important to lower the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on handlooms to sustain the sector and improve the livelihood of craftspeople. India today has 16 million craftspeople who are working on textiles as an everyday profession, she noted. “This is… the size of most small countries; the population. It is very important to both sustain the craft and the art behind (handloom) as well as the livelihood of so many people,” she told in an interview, adding that the sector had the potential to be a huge generator of income. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Today you see a lot of craftspeople’s children moving to the city and not taking up traditional crafts. It is important to provide incentives for them to come back and work. If we can lower the GST, or eliminate it, from the handicraft or handloom areas, it will give an incentive to the younger craftspeople to come back to this livelihood,” she added. Handloom fabrics and handloom apparel have been made taxable with GST rates of 5 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKumar started her career in 1969 and has great understanding of traditional design and the innovative use of traditional crafts. She started with just four hand-block printers and two tables in a small village near Kolkata and pioneered the term “fashion” in the Indian context.With an over four-decade-long journey in the industry, Kumar, whose list of clients include Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and international celebrities such as the late Princess Diana and Mischa Barton, has seen the evolution in the fashion world. “Textiles, in India in particular, have involved in a fairly spectacular manner. From almost being non-existent after the colonial ban on most handlooms and handicrafts, it has today evolved into the best of each discipline… whether it is weaving, printing or embroidery,” said Kumar.”This has not happened in any other country where most textiles and crafts were systematically decimated and were found in museums rather than in everyday use. This is the miracle that I’m seeing in India,” she added.The designer, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 for her exceptional service in the field of fashion, textiles and craftsmanship, feels the history of Indian textiles was ignored in the 150 years of modernisation.”And we, from being one of the countries with the largest exports of textiles, became one of the largest importers of Lancashire and Manchester produced goods. So what we completely ignored was the historical significance of India as a creator of textiles and an influencer of fashion for centuries, a place where I think its slowly going to get back,” said the designer.Kumar is currently showcasing at the fifth edition of the Nayaab exhibition that celebrates the magnificence of Indian weaves. It is curated by Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao.”This is our first time being a part of Nayaab. It’s an effort to celebrate Indian textiles, which falls in line with our brand DNA. Nayaab strives for excellence and believes in celebrating the finest of Indian weaves by curating and showcasing the wonders of Indian textiles. This edition aspires to embody the traditions of Indian textile heritage and epitomises the stories of the countless hands that have worked to create these masterpieces.”last_img read more