Monthly Archives: January 2016

Niger: Lettre ouverte à Monsieur le Président de la République du Niger

le 14 janvier, 2016

 

Lettre ouverte à Monsieur le Président de la République du Niger

Les barreaux membres de la Conférence Internationale des Barreaux s’associent à la résolution prise par le Barreau du Niger et par laquelle celui-ci sollicite qu’il soit ordonné à la DGDSE de cesser d’utiliser des prérogatives qui sont dévolues au seul pouvoir judiciaire. Ils expriment également leur solidarité au barreau du Niger et aux avocats du Niger dans leurs démarches de protestation.

Une lettre ouverte a été adressée ce jour par Monsieur le bâtonnier Bernard Vatier, secrétaire général de la CIB, à Monsieur le Président de la République du Niger S.E.M. Issoufou Mahamadou.

Lettre ouverte à Monsieur le Président de la République du Niger

Niger – Détentions extrajudiciaires : les avocats nigériens en grève

http://nigerdiaspora.net/les-infos-du-pays/politique-niger/politique-niger/item/72579-declaration-de-l-ordre-des-avocats-du-niger-du-09-janvier

http://www.actuniger.com/societe/10857-l%E2%80%99ordre-des-avocats-nig%C3%A9riens-s-inqui%C3%A8te-du-climat-d%C3%A9l%C3%A9t%C3%A8re-au-niger.html

 

 

Iraq: Stop ‘damaging’ attacks on lawyers investigating soldiers’ abuse of Iraqis – human rights groups

January 29, 2016

Senior Tory attacks on lawyers investigating alleged abuses and murders committed by British troops during the Iraq War are “ill-judged and damaging,” say human rights groups.

The attacks on groups like the Iraq Historical Investigations Team (IHAT) and legal firms Public Interest Lawyers (PSI) and Leigh Day have increased in recent weeks.

IHAT said attacks on its work are growing because it looks increasingly likely a number of soldiers will be charged.

© Ahmad Al-Rubaye

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon recently said the law firms were little more than “ambulance chasers,” while Prime Minister David Cameron accused them of “trying to profit from spurious claims lodged against our brave servicemen and women who fought in Iraq.

Responding to the attacks, a letter was delivered to Cameron signed by the International Federation for Human Rights, Legal Action Worldwide, Freedom from Torture, and Rights Watch UK.

 

https://www.rt.com/uk/330576-iraq-abuse-lawyers-cameron/

India: harassment against human rights lawyers Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal

January 28, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment against human rights lawyers Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal in India.

Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal are human rights lawyers and the founders of the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group (JagLAG), an organization that provides free legal aid to Adivasi people in Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Sukma and Bijapur. JagLAG has also worked on cases involving alleged human rights abuses by police.

It has come to our attention that on 6 October 2015, the Bastar Bar Association passed a resolution prohibiting any lawyer who is not registered with the local Bar Council from practising in the Jagdalpur courts. The resolution prevents Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal, both registered with the Delhi State Bar Council, from representing clients in Jagdalpur. It is our understanding that a local bar association has no authority to overrule Bar Council regulations and prevent a lawyer from practising in any court in the country under Section 30 of the Advocates Act of India.

https://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502180

Tajikistan: Public Statement – The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the detention of human rights lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov in Tajikistan

January 29, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the detention of human rights lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov in Tajikistan.

Buzurgmehr Yorov is a civil and criminal lawyer and the chairman of the Bar Association of Dushanbe.

It is our understanding that Buzurgmehr Yorov was arrested and detained on 28 September 2015. The authorities charged him with fraud-related charges, related to an incident which allegedly occurred in July 2010, when Yorov had purportedly received US$4,000from a resident of the city of Istaravshan.

Reports indicate that Buzurgmehr Yorov had just begun representing 13 members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan(IRPT) at the time of his arrest. The IRPT members had been arrested and charged by authorities on 16 September 2015. On 29 September 2015, the Supreme Court of Tajikistan banned the IRPT and declared it a terrorist organization. Prior to that date, the IRPT was the only Islamic political party legally registered in Central Asia.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/public-statement—the-law-society-of-upper-canada-expresses-grave-concerns-about-the-detention-of-human-rights-lawyer-buzurgmehr-yorov-in-tajikistan-566976941.html

Vietnam: Public Statement – The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the attack on human rights lawyers Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan in Vietnam

January 29, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the attack on human rights lawyers Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan in Vietnam.

Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan human rights lawyers who provide legal support to the victims of alleged police brutality and other human rights abuses by the authorities. They are currently supporting the family of Do Dang Du, who died on 10 October 2015, in police custody after being held there for two months on a charge of theft. It is our understanding that Tran Thu Nam and Le Luanquestioned the validity of the autopsy carried out on Do Dang Du’s body as it did not include an examination of internal organs, which could prove that he died as a result of injuries sustained in a beating.

It has come to our attention that on 3 November 2015, Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan were attacked and beaten by eight masked men. Front Line Defenders notes that the two lawyers recognized one of their attackers as a local police officer. Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan sustained a number of injuries for which they received medical treatment. The attack took place following a meeting betweenTran Thu Nam, Le Luan and the family of Do Dang Du to discuss the steps in the legal proceedings regarding Do Dang Du’s death. Do Dang Du’s mother, Do Thi Mai, witnessed the attack.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/public-statement—the-law-society-of-upper-canada-expresses-grave-concerns-about-the-attack-on-human-rights-lawyers-tran-thu-nam-and-le-luan-in-vietnam-566976851.html

Syria: Public Statement – The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the abduction of human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh in Syria

January 29, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the abduction of human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh in Syria.

Razan Zaitouneh is a prominent human rights lawyer who has won several awards for her human rights work, including the 2013 International Women of Courage Award and the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. She largely defends political prisoners. Razan Zaitouneh is a co-founder of both the Violations Documentation Centre (VDC) and the Local Development and Small Projects Support (LDSPS).

On 9 December 2013, Razan Zaitouneh, along with her husband, Wa’el Hamada, and two colleagues, Nazem Hamadi and Samira Khalil, were abducted by unknown individuals from a joint office of the VDC and the LDSPS in the Damascus suburb of Douma. In the months prior to her abduction, Razan Zaitouneh had received threats from at least one armed opposition group in Eastern Ghouta. Reports indicate that the abduction of Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues is linked to their human rights work.

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http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/public-statement—the-law-society-of-upper-canada-expresses-grave-concerns-about-the-abduction-of-human-rights-lawyer-razan-zaitouneh-in-syria-566976881.html

Syria: Déclaration publique – Le Barreau du Haut-Canada est très préoccupé par l’enlèvement de l’avocate des droits de la personne Razan Zaitouneh en Syrie

le 29 janvier, 2016

Le Barreau du Haut-Canada est très préoccupé par l’enlèvement de l’avocate des droits de la personne Razan Zaitouneh en Syrie.

Razan Zaitouneh est une éminente avocate des droits de la personne qui a été plusieurs fois récompensée pour son travail, y compris par le Prix international Femme de courage 2013 et le Prix Sakharov 2011 pour la liberté de l’esprit. Elle défend essentiellement les prisonniers politiques. Razan Zaitouneh est cofondatrice du Centre de documentation des violations (CDV) et du Bureau pour le Soutien au développement local (SDL).

Le 9 décembre 2013, Razan Zaitouneh, avec son mari, Wa’el Hamada, et deux collègues, Nazem Hamadi et Samira Khalil, ont été enlevés par des inconnus aux bureaux du CDV et du SDL à Douma, dans la banlieue de Damas. Dans les mois précédant son enlèvement, Razan Zaitouneh avait reçu des menaces d’au moins un groupe armé d’opposition dans la région de la Ghouta orientale. On rapporte que l’enlèvement de Razan Zaitouneh et de ses collègues est lié à leur travail de défense des droits de la personne.

http://www.newswire.ca/fr/news-releases/declaration-publique—le-barreau-du-haut-canada-est-tres-preoccupe-par-lenlevement-de-lavocate-des-droits-de-la-personne-razan-zaitouneh-en-syrie-566976931.html

China: China Is Said to Force Closing of Women’s Legal Aid Center

January 29, 2016

(Guo Jianmei, founder of the Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center, which she said was ordered to close. CreditSim Chi Yin for The New York Times)

The Chinese authorities have ordered a leading women’s legal aid center in Beijing to shut down operations, the center’s founder said on Friday, another sign of a continuing crackdown on civil society.

As word spread of the closing of the Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center, many women’s rights advocates expressed shock. The center was highly symbolic for having been born of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, a moment when China, struggling to be accepted internationally after the 1989 military suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations at Tiananmen Square, loosened controls on civil society activities.

Employees at the center, which is led by Guo Jianmei, a charismatic lawyer, were huddled on Friday afternoon to discuss the order. “We have a lot of things to deal with,” Ms. Guo said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/world/asia/beijing-women-legal-aid-guo-jianmei.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3427612/China-legal-aid-centre-closed-foreign-donations-media.html

China: Unjust Sentences for Guangzhou Activists

January 29, 2016

The Chinese government should quash the verdicts handed down by a court in Guangzhou sentencing three human rights activists to up to five years in prison.  On January 29, 2016, the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court’s sentenced Tang Jingling, Yuan Xinting, and Wang Qingying to five, three-and-a-half, and two-and-a-half years respectively for “inciting subversion of state power.”

The three men were convicted for promoting the ideas of “non-violent civil disobedience” and of promoting peaceful transformation to democratic rule in gatherings of activists. The guilty verdicts and prison terms reflect the Chinese government’s politicized manipulation of the courts and its increasing hostility toward peaceful dissent.

“The Chinese government needs to stop equating peaceful criticism with subversion if it is to make any progress towards respecting rights,” said Sophie Richardson, China director. “The prosecution of three rights activists on such dubious charges shows how far Beijing needs to go.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/29/china-unjust-sentences-guangzhou-activists-0

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-rights-idUKKCN0V7159

http://www.dw.com/en/china-charges-canadian-with-espionage-activists-with-overthrow-plot/a-19010860

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/pressure-01282016134010.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35437098

China: 3 Rights Advocates Are Sentenced to Prison in China

January 28, 2016

Three civil rights advocates were sentenced to prison in southern China on Friday, with the terms ranging from two and a half to five years, after a judge declared them guilty of inciting subversion.

The three had been charged for their roles in promoting peaceful civil disobedience, partly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and the ideas of Gene Sharp, an influential American theorist of nonviolent political movements.

Tang Jingling, Yuan Chaoyang and Wang Qingying were present in the courtroom in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, when the verdicts were announced.

Mr. Tang, a lawyer who had been denied a license to practice, was sentenced to five years; Mr. Yuan, a writer who also used the name Yuan Xinting, received a sentence of three and a half years; and Mr. Wang, a college professor who lost his job because of his political activism, received two and a half years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/world/asia/china-sentences-civil-rights-advocates.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/29/china-jails-three-activists-for-trying-to-start-civil-disobedience-movement?CMP=share_btn_fb

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1906542/prominent-lawyer-tang-jingling-jailed-five-years-china?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/29/guangzhou-human-rights-activists-jailed-on-subversion-charges/