News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) commends the awarding of Swedish PEN’s 2019 Tucholsky Prize to Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, arbitrarily detained in China since 2015 despite serious health concerns. Help by sharing this information to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more November 20, 2019 China: RSF welcomes the awarding of Swedish PEN Prize to detained publisher Gui Minhai RSF_en News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists ChinaSwedenAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesInternational bodies DisappearancesImprisonedImpunityUnited Nations June 10, 2021 Find out more News ChinaSwedenAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesInternational bodies DisappearancesImprisonedImpunityUnited Nations In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 7, 2021 Find out more Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, 55, arbitrarily detained in China and still awaiting a trial date after having been kidnapped in Thailand in 2015, was awarded the 2019 Tucholsky Prize on Friday November 15th by the Swedish PEN, an association promoting freedom of speech. Sweden’s Culture and Democracy Minister Amanda Lind handed out the prize despite open threats from Chinese Ambassador in Sweden Gui Congyou.“The case of Gui Minhai reminds us that a citizen of the European Union can be kidnapped and detained for four years without any valid reason and in total impunity by Beijing,” denounces Erik Halkjaer, the president of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Sweden. Cédric Alviani, head of Reporters Without Border (RSF) East Asia Bureau, urges the international community “to increase pressure on China to obtain the release of Gui Minhai and all other journalists and bloggers detained.”Gui Minhai is the last detained of the five “Causeway Bay booksellers” that were abducted by the Chinese regime in 2015. He is currently detained for alleged “illegal business operations,” “disclosure of state secrets ” and for “illegally spending time with foreign diplomats.” In 2017, the Chinese authorities prevented him from seeing a doctor proposed by his embassy despite symptoms corresponding to a serious neurological disease.RSF has called multiple times for Gui Minhai’s release, and has submitted his case to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD).China, with at least 120 journalists behind bars, ranks 177th out of 180 countries and territories in the RSF World Press Freedom Index 2019. In stark contrast, Sweden is ranked 3rd. News
Home » News » Housing Market » Transforming Generation Rent to Generation Buy Transforming Generation Rent to Generation Buy18th May 20160657 Views As the new Act became law on 16th May, Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis (right) said, “Our landmark Housing and Planning Act will help anyone who aspires to own their own home achieve their dream.“It will increase housing supply alongside home ownership building on the biggest affordable house building programme since the 1970s.“The act will contribute to transforming generation rent into generation buy, helping us towards achieving our ambition of delivering 1 million new homes.”Let’s hope he is right, because that’s an extremely positive speech at a time when Mark Carney (left), Governor of the Bank of England, is warning of interest rate rises, a technical recession and a collapse in the housing market.Financial pundits are also warning of dire consequences of a Brexit, which could include redundancies, inflation and plummeting house sales. Even Henry Pryor (right), usually a positive property pundit, is a bit worried, he says. “The next few months will be key for the U.K. housing market. For those who have recently bought hoping prices would rise or thought property was a one-way bet, I expect there will be tears shed.”Even more worryingly, the usually confident Iain Duncan Smith told the BBC that we should take The BoE Governor’s warning with a ‘pinch of salt.’He said, “All forecasts in the end are wrong. If anybody can tell me they know what the global economy is going to be doing over the next year let alone next 10 years I have to say they’re either soothsayers or they’ve got some link with God.”The ActSo, in the absence of crystal balls and Tarot cards, we must hope for the best.The Act, says Brandon Lewis, sets out a “clear determination from the government to keep the country building while giving hard working families every opportunity to unlock the door to home ownership.“It will give housebuilders and decision-makers the tools and confidence to provide more homes and further streamline the planning system to accelerate their delivery.The measures include underpinning the voluntary Right to Buy agreement with housing associations, supporting the doubling of the number of custom and self-build homes by 2020, tackling rogue landlords and speeding up the neighbourhood planning process.In the sales sector, the Act will:Help more people own their own home; extend Right to Buy level discounts to housing association tenants; promote the development of Starter Homes; get the nation building homes faster; unlock brownfield land to provide homes faster; support custom and self-built homes; ensure that every area has a local plan; reform the compulsory purchase process and speed up neighbourhood planning.In the rental sector, the Act will:Ensure the way housing is managed is fair and fit for the future; require social tenants on higher incomes to pay fairer rents; place a duty on councils to consider selling higher value housing assets when they fall vacant; tackle rogue landlords; provide better local information on the PRS – allowing local authorities to access data held by the Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes; reduce the regulatory controls for private registered providers of housing to increase their freedoms to manage their housing stock efficiently and effectively enable lead enforcement authority for estate agents.Melanie Leech (left), Chief Executive of the British Property Federation, said, “The Housing and Planning Bill set out to provide details on one of the government’s main manifesto commitments and on that front, it delivered.“The fact that the regulations are still yet to be laid, however, casts into significant doubt whether the government will be able to achieve its promise of 200,000 homes by 2020. The longer the government takes to iron out the details of this policy, the more that target slips into the distance. Spades are not likely to be in the ground until 2017 at the earliest, and time is certainly running out.”You can read more about the Housing and Planning Bill at: www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-housing-and-planning-bill-receives-royal-assentGeneration Rent housing market generation buy homeownership new housing Act Housing and Planning Act regulations 2016-05-18The Negotiator Related articles City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 First-time buyers, not Stamp Duty, now driving market says leading agency29th April 2021 Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown29th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.