Daily Archives: 12/11/2015

The Philippines: SC asks for full probe on Bulacan judge’s slay

November 13, 2015

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday called on authorities to leave no stone unturned in investigating the killing of Malolos, Bulacan Regional Trial Court Judge Wilfredo Nieves last Wednesday.

In a statement, the SC said “the court condemns in the strongest terms the killing of Judge Nieves and calls on the authorities concerned to take all necessary steps with all deliberate speed to do justice for
Judge Nieves by fully investigating his killing.”  Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, who supervises judges in the country, tasked Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva to go to Bulacan to coordinate with authorities for the investigation.


India: Odisha lawyers’ to strike work over Boudh murder

November 12, 2015

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Lawyers across Odisha will resort to cease work tomorrow demanding immediate arrest of assailants of Boudh lawyer Hemant Sahu.
The All Odisha Lawyers’ Association (AOLA) today resolved to support the OHCBA decision for cease work.The decision was taken at the general council meeting of the Orissa High Court Bar Association (OHCBA) held here this afternoon. The Bhubaneswar Bar Association has already extended its support to the OHCBA’s decision.

The AOLA has informed the OHCBA that 156 bar associations across the state will abstain from work tomorrow.


China: HK Alliance to raise issue of China human rights, Tiananmen massacre at UN hearing

November 12, 2015

Richard Choi Yiu-cheong, Vice President of the Hong Kong Alliance, has said that he will be attending the the United Nations Committee Against Torture hearing next week in order speak about human rights violations in China.

The meeting will be held in Geneva from November 17 to 18. Choi said that he will be speaking at the session allocated for NGOs, and that he will mention issues such as the Tiananmen Massacre of June 4 1989, the suppression of organisations like the Tiananmen Mothers, the imprisonment of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, and the crackdown on human rights lawyers and dissidents.


China: Les cas de torture et d’«aveux» forcés sont monnaie courante, et les droits des avocats systématiquement bafoués (AI)

le 12 novembre, 2015

Le système pénal chinois s’appuie encore fortement sur les « aveux » arrachés sous la torture et par le biais d’autres formes de mauvais traitements, tandis que les avocats qui persistent à dénoncer les abus sont souvent menacés, harcelés, voire incarcérés et torturés eux-mêmes, écrit Amnesty International dans un nouveau rapport rendu public jeudi 12 novembre.

Ce rapport, intitulé No End in Sight, explique que des réformes pénales présentées par le gouvernement chinois comme des avancées pour les droits humains ont en réalité peu fait pour changer la pratique tenace consistant à extorquer des « aveux » par la force. Les tentatives d’avocats de la défense de dénoncer des cas de torture ou d’enquêter sur ceux-ci continuent à être systématiquement contrecarrées par la police, le parquet et les tribunaux.

« Dans un système où même les avocats peuvent finir par subir la torture aux mains de la police, que peuvent espérer les accusés ordinaires ? », a déclaré Patrick Poon, spécialiste de la Chine à Amnesty International.


China: Torture and forced confessions rampant amid systematic trampling of lawyers’ rights (AI)

November 12, 2015

China’s criminal justice system is still heavily reliant on forced confessions obtained through torture and ill-treatment, with lawyers who persist in raising claims of abuse often threatened, harassed, or even detained and tortured themselves, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.

The report, No End in Sight, documents how criminal justice reforms hailed as human rights advances by the Chinese government have in reality done little to change the deep-rooted practice of torturing suspects to extract forced confessions. Attempts by defence lawyers to raise or investigate torture claims continue to be systematically thwarted by police, prosecutors and the courts.

“In a system where even lawyers can end up being tortured by the police, what hope can ordinary defendants have?” said Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty International.