Daily Archives: 01/02/2016

China: Australia’s Law Society president hits out at Chinese crackdown

February 1, 2016

Stuart Clark says that the Chinese government’s crackdown on lawyers is an “unwelcome turn in the wrong direction. Writing in The Australian the president of the Australian Law Society notes China’s move towards a rule-of-law but points out that this requires “a secure and independent legal profession.” The Society has called on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to increase pressure on Beijing and Mr Clark says that it is in Australia’s interests to ensure that China allows its lawyers to operate fairly and freely.


Tajikistan:Court Extends Tajik Islamic Party Lawyer’s Detention

February 1, 2016

Buzurgmehr Yorov was arrested in September soon after agreeing to represent now-banned Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan.

A district court in Dushanbe has ruled to extend by two months the detention of a prominent civil rights and criminal lawyer representing Tajikistan’s Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT), who was taken into custody in September on charges of fraud and forger

The court’s press service said the extension was necessary to allow for further investigation into the case of Buzurgmehr Yorov (pictured), chairman of the Bar Association of Dushanbe, according to a report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Tajik service, Radio Ozodi,EurasiaNet says.

Yorov was arrested on 28 September, shortly after he agreed to represent members of the IRPT, which the Justice Ministry banned the following day and placed on a blacklist of extremist and terrorist organizations, accusing the party’s leadership of attempting to overthrow the government.