China: 誠邀大家參與更換頭像行動│釋放709大抓捕的律師及維權人士

29/05/17

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709大抓捕中的受害者雖然有部份已被判刑及服刑中,也有部份獲取保候審,但仍然有兩位維權律師(王全璋及江天勇)以及一位法律維權人士(吳淦)被中國政府羈押。一日倘有受害人未獲自由,709事件一日還未終結。

現在三位的情況非常危急,王全璋音訊全無;江天勇仍未能見律師及家人;吳淦在透露被不人道對待之後再被不准會見律師。

我們呼籲各位參與更換頭像行動,讓你身邊的朋友繼續關注三位的狀況。

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王全璋律師:

王全璋律師於2015年7月與外界失去聯絡,2016年1月8日被正式逮捕,2017年2月14日被正式起訴。

儘管目前王案件已完成刑事調查程序,進入候審階段,但中國政府至今仍未批准王全璋會見辯護律師,亦未有審訊安排。
王全璋已被秘密囚禁超過20個月,鑑於李和平律師已被審訊判刑,王全璋目前成為所有於2015年起被拘禁的律師中,最缺乏訊息的一位。除了早前有消息指其在拘禁曾受嚴重酷刑包括被電擊以外,外界一直無法得知王的狀況,甚至未能知悉案件是否存在官派律師。事實上,中國刑事訴訟法中存在一些含糊的條款,變相容許長期拖延審訊。王全璋的狀況難免令人憂慮。

江天勇律師:

江天勇律師於2009年被注銷執照,但他在2016年11月21日失蹤前,持續為權利違反的案件提供法律諮詢。中國政府確認江天勇自2016年12月1日起被「指定居所監視居住」。江被拘留至今5個多月,一直處於幽禁狀態,未獲准會見其辯護律師,但卻被安排接受官方控制的媒訪問承認「編造謝陽受酷刑故事」,片段於2017年3月1日廣播。對於中國政府企圖透過明顯不能令人信服的戲碼,安排在其控制下的人自證其罪;以代替履行其作為國家的責任,盡職深入調查此一清晰明確的酷刑指控,以遮掩官員被指犯下的嚴重人權違反;中國政府必須立即停止將江天勇作為代罪羔羊,立即予以釋放。

吳淦(屠夫):

吳淦為北京鋒銳律師行行政人員及法律維權人士。吳於2015年7月3日被逮捕,並2016年於2016年12月以涉嫌「顛覆國家政權罪」及「尋釁滋事罪」被正式起訴。吳首次會見律師的日期是在2016年12月。會見律師後,律師傳出吳淦曾被酷刑及受到不人道對待。律師在2017年4月份開始不能回見吳。在2017年4月之前,公安及由公安安排的心理治療師曾勸吳認罪及配合庭審,但被吳當場拒絕。天津二中院於3月24號退回吳案檢察院補充偵查。

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今次有三款的頭像,前兩款(江天勇及王全璋)是由變態辣椒所設計,最後一款(吳淦)是由內地網友山本碧池所設計。

(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook)

Egypt: Cairo court postpones trial of Egyptian rights lawyer Khaled Ali to 3 July

May 29, 2017

Khaled Ali

A Cairo misdemeanour court has postponed to 3 July the first session in the trial of prominent rights lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali, who is facing charges of “offending public decency.”

Last week, Ali, 45, was released on EGP 1,000 bail one day after he was detained “without questioning” and referred to trial, according to his lawyer.

The postponement on Monday was requested by Ali’s defence team to have more time to prepare for trial.

Ali, who recently spearheaded a case challenging a government deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, faces charges of “making an obscene action [that] offends public decency.”

The charges stem from an incident last January when Ali allegedly gave a middle finger while being lifted up by a crowd during a demonstration outside the State Council headquarters.

The demonstration was celebrating a court ruling annulling the 2016 deal to hand over control of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia.

Ali did not attend the Monday court session.

The case against Ali was filed by independent lawyer Samir Sabry in January.

Ali ran for president in Egypt’s 2012 presidential elections, which saw the election of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/269765/Egypt/Politics-/Cairo-court-postpones-trial-of-Egyptian-rights-law.aspx

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-trial-of-egyptian-rights-lawyer-with-presidential-ambitions-starts-2454655

http://in.reuters.com/article/egypt-politics-idINKBN18P1A5

http://www.egyptindependent.com/khaled-ali-hearing-indecent-act-adjourned-july-3/

http://reviews.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/26614/egypt-media-roundup-(may-29)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-05-29/trial-of-egyptian-rights-lawyer-with-presidential-ambitions-starts

http://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/29/khaled-ali-trial-postponed-3-july/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/smear-campaign-incites-violence-against-human-rights-defenders-egypt-0

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/gypte-lancien-candidat-la-prsidentielle-khaled-ali (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/592c03d4435123.23176094/1575399/2017-05-29/egitto-tribunale-espelle-giornalisti-da-prima-udienza-processo-avvocato-protagonista-proteste-isole-mar-rosso (ITALIANO)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/592c2011d87638.27567640/1575469/2017-05-29/egitto-aggiornato-al-3-luglio-processo-contro-avvocato-protagonista-proteste-isole-mar-rosso (ITALIANO)

http://www.ara.cat/opinio/Contra-dissidencia_0_1804619559.html (CATALONE)

Russia: ICR Head Bastrykin: “Check legality of Surgut lawyer’s arrest in accident involving investigator”

May 28, 2017

ICR Head Bastrykin: “Check legality of Surgut lawyer's arrest in accident involving investigator”

Members of the Surgut Bar Association believe that the investigative bodies are responsible for the illegal persecution of their colleague Dmitry Porchulyan. Earlier, he was on the defense team in the case of a woman killed in an accident; she was hit by car of Acting Head of the Surgut interdistrict investigative department Aleksey Marochkin.

A couple of months after Porchulyan began to represent the interests of the deceased woman’s relatives, a criminal case was initiated against him. First, the lawyer was charged with aiding in attempted bribe-giving. When it became apparent that the case did not really ‘flow’, another case was initiated; this time, he was accused of Swindling.

At the same time, Chairman of the Bar Association Bureau Amil Abbasov notes that there has been no swindling; people asked Porchulyan for advice, and he indicated the cost of his services; those people made it look as extortion of a bribe, filing a complaint with the law enforcement authorities. Currently, the lawyer has been placed under house arrest. +

“We believe that all these cases appeared after he filed a statement to Bastrykin, revealing the corruption schemes in the local ICR, as well as describing the conflict with the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate of Surgut. This happened after Marochkin hit that woman by car,” Amil Abbasov added.

https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/icr-head-bastrykin-check-legality-of-arrest-of-surgut-lawyer-in-accident-involving-investigator/

https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/siloviki-detained-murderer-of-moscow-lawyer/

Kenya: I lost arm to police brutality but now fight injustice with the long arm of the law

May 29, 2017

David Makara shows his amputated hand./MONICAH MWANGI

It’s Thursday morning and 207 new advocates are ready to be admitted to the bar at the Supreme Court. Among them is one extraordinary man, David Makara.

When the oath taking time comes, the master of ceremony asks the advocates-to-be to hold the Bible with the right hand and the oath, written in an A4 sheet of paper, with the left hand, and read after him.

It is at this point that Makara’s mind races back 15 years ago, when he lost him right hand to a rogue police officer. To read the oath, Makara hangs the paper on what was left of his arm after it was amputated just below the elbow. After taking the oath and with excitement written all over his face, Makara, who had a stint of street life, did the way of the cross and jumped, celebrating his achievements.

His is a painful story with a beautiful ending. He remembers the 15th day of December 2002 as if it were yesterday. It was a normal day and in the evening, at around 6.30pm, he went to Nyahururu to collect a video cassette. “I ran a video showing business at the time and there was a video library in town,” he says.

While in the library, a group of police officers came in and held him by the belt, asking if he knew a guy they had handcuffed. Makara said yes and immediately, he was told he was under arrest. “I came to learn later that the officers had been drinking at a nearby joint and they didn’t have the money to clear the bill, so they came looking for bribes,” Makara says.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/05/29/i-lost-arm-to-police-brutality-but-now-fight-injustice-with-the-long_c1568518

Iran: Imprisoned human rights lawyer Narges Mohammadi has been hospitalized due to uterine bleeding (نرگس محمدى به دليل خونريزى رحم در بيمارستان بسترى شد)

May 29, 2017

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http://www.humanrights-ir.org/?p=1764 (FARSI)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narges_Mohammadi

Suffering… Human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi was taken from Evin Prison to a hospital in Tehran Sunday to receive specialist treatment for abnormal bleeding. Mohammadi will not leave prison before 2026 according to a punishment handed down by the Revolutionary Court for her peaceful defense of the rights of women and her opposition to the death penalty.

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(United for Iran Faceb ook)

Cameroon: Of Southern Cameroons Struggle and Conditional Release Of Consortium Leaders

May 28, 2017

Of Southern Cameroons Struggle And Conditional Release: A Mark Bareta’s Opinion.

Over the last days, the Southern Cameroons Internetosphere has been washed with the news that the outlawed Consortium leaders Barrister Balla and Dr. Fontem shall be Released conditionally. Though we have not heard from their lawyers directly, the people of Southern Cameroons based their reactions on Ashu Nyenty’s declaration over the state radio CRTV wherein he explained what a Conditional Release will mean for this two leaders. We do not yet know if the lawyers have engaged in any such negotiations or if they are going to accept such conditional bail come 7th June, 2017.

Considering the fact that every Southern Cameroonian is emotionally attached to this struggle, their reactions over such a News is understandable and welcome. We do not expect people to fold their arms and not debate such. Debating is part of the Anglo Saxon culture. However, it should be recalled that there is none who will not want to see our leaders out. Staying in jail is never a good thing. This morning, Mr. Chris Anu of the Cameroon Journal, sent out an editorial why Balla and Fontem must reject any Conditional Release and public opinion agrees that releasing any of them conditionally will be bad not only to themselves but also to those in jail.

It should also be recalled that the ban on the outlawed Consortium has not been reversed. The Cameroun Government as of the 17th January, 2017 considers the Consortium illegal through it ban. Should the Consortium leaders be out Conditionally, they won’t be able to assume their role of the consortium. Conditional release will subscribe to judicial supervision which is like a house arrest.

http://bareta.press/southern-cameroons-struggle-conditional-release-consortium-leaders/

http://cameroonjournal.com/2017/05/25/case-of-agbor-neba-and-co-again-adjourned-to-june-7/

http://bareta.press/jailed-consortium-leaders-hold-heads-high-prof-fanso/

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India: Court review: Finally a film on the Indian legal system with more insight than ‘tareekh pe tareekh’

September 23, 2015

An ageing folk singer-performer and Dalit activist, Narayan Kamble (Vira Sathidar) is arrested during a performance in a Mumbai slum. The charge: allegedly abetting conservancy worker Vasudev Pawar’s suicide. Kamble, according to the police, performed an explosive song which incited Pawar to kill himself by drowning himself in a manhole. Perhaps because of the total lack of drama in the way all this unfolds and the matter-of-fact nature of the arrest, the absurdity and the irony of the charge and Kamble’s arrest is biting.

Vira Sathidar, who plays Narayan Kamble, in a still from Court. Image Courtesy: Facebook

Reality is surreal business in Chaitanya Tamhane’s award-winning film, Court. Inspired perhaps by the state witch-hunts of dissenting activists like Dr Binayak Sen, Vilas Ghogre, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, and members of Kabir Kala Manch, Tamhane’s film languidly moves through the workings of a court case in Mumbai.

Slowly, it unravels the social reality of the conservancy worker and the blatant, political arrests in lower courts. Why did a “gutter-cleaner” enter a manhole without any equipment? Was it because, as the state suggests, that Pawar was driven to kill himself because he heard Kamble’s songs? What kind of equipment is he given by the municipality? What kind of a life does his profession afford him?

And then there’s the social activist-cum-singer Kamble, who actually does want to write a song about suicide — not because he wants to incite people to such acts, but because nothing else communicates the hopelessness he sometimes feels about Dalit lives. Sathidar, who plays Kamble, should know. He’s a human rights activist in real life and editor of the radical Nagpur-based publication, Vidrohi. The songs he sings as Kamble were voiced by Sambhaji Bhagat, a friend of Vilas Ghogre, the Dalit poet and activist who committed suicide to protest the 1997 killing of Dalit residents of Ramabai Colony, in Mumbai.

Much of Court is akin to a real life courtroom, where cases often unfold without drama.

http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/court-review-finally-a-film-on-the-indian-legal-system-with-more-insight-than-tareekh-pe-tareekh-2198598.html