Maldives: Opposition vows to free jailed top court judges

September 20, 2018

An opposition government would immediately free the two jailed top court judges, opposition alliance presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih vowed Thursday on the eve of the crunch elections.

The island nation has been embroiled in fresh political turmoil after the Supreme Court on February 1 ordered the immediate release of jailed political leaders including self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on February 5 had declared state of emergency after his last ditch attempt to convince the top court to revoke the order failed, purged the Supreme Court by arresting two judges and the remaining political leaders and ultimately had the order revoked.

Less than a day after the arrest of the two judges, the remaining three judges rescinded its ruling to release the political leaders referring to the concerns raised by president Yameen in the letters he had sent to the chief justice hours before state of emergency was declared.

Chief justice Abdulla Saeed along with top court judge Ali Hameed facing four separate charges which includes terrorism after being accused in the plot to overthrow the government were convicted of abuse of power to influence lower court judges and sentenced to one year, six months and one day in prison in June.


France: Nicole Belloubet accepte d’assouplir sa réforme de la justice

le 18 septembre, 2018

Devant le palais de justice de Poitiers, le 19 juillet 2017.

A l’approche du débat parlementaire sur le projet de loi de programmation de la justice, Nicole Belloubet, la garde des sceaux, a décidé d’amender son texte pour tenter de vaincre les oppositions qui s’étaient mobilisées au printemps. Présentée le 20 avril en conseil des ministres, la vaste réforme de la justice n’a pas pu être examinée à l’Assemblée nationale avant l’été et débutera son parcours législatif par le Sénat le 9 octobre. Les députés devraient s’emparer dès fin novembre du texte sur lequel le gouvernement a demandé la procédure d’urgence.

Ce délai a permis de retravailler les points qui avaient cristallisé les mécontentements des avocats et des magistrats. Selon nos informations, Mme Belloubet compte en particulier revenir sur la réforme des tribunaux d’instance.

La ministre ne reviendra pas sur la fusion des tribunaux d’instance avec les TGI. En revanche, ces magistrats de la « vulnérabilité économique » devraient conserver un statut. Autrement dit, lorsqu’ils sont nommés dans une juridiction, ils seront affectés à cette famille de contentieux, quitte à participer par ailleurs au service général du tribunal, comme assesseurs d’une audience correctionnelle par exemple.

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Azerbaijan: Intigam Aliyev c. Azerbaïdjan (CEDH)

le 20 septembre, 2018

Un avocat et défenseur des droits de l’homme accusé d’exploitation d’entreprise illégale, de détournement de fonds et de fraude fiscale, fait condamner 5 fois l’Azerbaïdjan.

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 20/09/18)   (ENGLISH) (ENGLISH) (ENGLISH)

India: Activists arrest: Supreme Court reserves order on plea for probe by Romila Thapar, others

September 20, 2018

Stating that there should be a clear distinction between opposition and a bid to overthrow the government, the bench had said that it would look at the Maharashtra Police’s material on the Bhima-Koregaon case with a “hawk’s eye” as liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures.

The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its order on the petition seeking an independent probe and the release of the five activists held for the alleged link with Maoists. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also ordered all the sides to submit their written notes by Monday.

The five activists — Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — were arrested by Maharashtra Police on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following the Elgaar Parishad event held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaonvillage.

Stating that there should be a clear distinction between opposition and a bid to overthrow the government, the bench had said it would look at the Maharashtra Police’s “material” on the Bhima-Koregaon case with a “hawk’s eye” as liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures.

According to the Maharashtra Police, material recovered from six alleged Maoist cadres arrested before the five were held had thrown up “concrete material requiring and justifying” the arrests. The apex court had earlier slammed the Maharashtra Police for making statements related to the arrests in the press, even as the court proceedings are underway.

Activists arrest: Supreme Court reserves order on plea for probe by Romila Thapar, others (ITALIANO)

South Sudan/USA: March for freedom, march to #FreePeterBiar NYC September 28

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Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM EDT
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza E. 47 St. and First Ave.

9 DAYS until we will make sure our request to #FreePeterBiarunharmed, is heard before South Sudan, neighboring countries, and the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly. Please join us as we raise our voices to free Peter Biar Ajak.

Join us as we stand in solidarity with Peter Biar Ajak, friend, father, husband, and peace advocate, who has been unconstitutionally jailed in South Sudan since 28 July. By South Sudanese law, he is only allowed to be detained for two days before appearing in court or being granted bail. He has been afforded neither.

Peter is currently being held at the notorious South Sudanese prison known as the Blue House. His friends at universities, human rights institutions, media organizations and others around the world are calling for his immediate and unconditional release. Over 64,000 people have signed the petition asking South Sudan to release Peter.

Meet us at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza E. 47 St. and First Ave. (directly across the street from the U.N. Headquarters in NYC) on Friday, September 28 at 5:30pm to stand with Peter and all others who are being detained without cause.

Call on President Kiir and the South Sudanese government to release Peter Biar Ajak unharmed as a sign of their commitment to peace in South Sudan. Allow Peter to resume his collaborative efforts in his country’s peace process!

For more information on Peter’s incredible journey and his detention, please click here. For information on how to get more involved, please email or follow @FreePeterBiar on Twitter.

(March for freedom, march to #FreePeterBiar NYC Facebook, 15/09/18) (SIGN THE URGENT PETITION!)

Turkey/UK/Scotland: Hanifi Barış released and banned from travel

September 19, 2018

Hanifi Barış

Detained academic and lawyer Hanifi Barış was released following his first hearing on 18 September 2018. The human rights defender faces charges of creating “terrorist propaganda” for posts he published on social media. The criminal proceedings remain ongoing and a travel ban was issued against him, which his lawyer will appeal. His next hearing is scheduled for 13 December 2018.

Hanifi Barış is a member of Academics for Peace, a group which has condemned state violence in Southeastern Turkey and signed the 2016 peace petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”.

On 4 July, Hanifi Barış was arrested by the 10th Criminal Peace Judge. During his interrogation at the Prosecutor’s Office, he was accused of creating “terrorist propaganda” and questioned about his social media posts, which consisted of shared news articles and commentaries from international and local media sources. The human rights defender had not commented on the contents of the links. On 23 July 2018, Istanbul’s 29th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against Hanifi Barış on the same charges and confirmed his detention. He was held in pre-trial detention for over two months.






Egypt: Egyptian appeals court issues 3 month suspended sentence to rights lawyer Khaled Ali

September 19, 2018

Khaled Ali

A Giza misdemeanour appeals court handed on Wednesday a three month suspended sentence to Khaled Ali, the prominent labour rights lawyer and the 2012 presidential candidate, for offending public decency in an incident that dates back to 2017.

According to Egyptian law, Ali has the right to appeal Wednesday’s court decision.

In September 2017, a misdemeanour court had sentenced Ali to three months in prison in the case and ordered a bail of  EGP 1000 on charges of ofending public decency by making the middle-finger gesture outside of the State Council headquarters in January 2017.

The incident that led to Ali’s conviction occurred as a crowd gathered to celebrate a successful court ruling won by Ali against the April 2016 Egypt-Saudi border demarcation agreement that placed the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir within Saudia Arabian territory.

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