Daily Archives: 05/02/2016

India (Kashmir): Five persons including three lawyers injured in Bandipora court feud

February 4, 2016

Bandipora Sessions Court compound turned into battle ground when an under trial along with an accomplice assaulted his opposite counsel. Five persons including three lawyers and a civilian were injured in the feud.
The under trial identified as Noor Muhammad Gojjar of Doban Onagam in crowded court complex attacked 65-year-old Advocate Jan Muhammad Mir allegedly for some monetary issue. Advocate Jan is said to be his opposite counsel in a criminal case titled Noor Gojjar versus Zubaida under trial from last six years.
The advocate was allegedly attacked with a knife by under trail and his three accomplices. The incident led to hundreds of people gathering in court complex who also took part in the feud, witnesses told Rising Kashmir.
Five persons were injured including three lawyers, Jan Muhammad, Shafeeq Ahmed (PP) and Kaiser Bashir while accused Noor Muhammad and a civilian Ashiq Hussain were rushed to Srinagar hospital after receiving severe injuries.


China: Women’s rights crackdown exposes deepening crisis in Chinese society

February 5, 2016

Portraits of Li Tingting (top L), Wei Tingting (top R), (bottom, L-R) Wang Man, Wu Rongrong and Zheng Churan are pictured during a protest calling for their release in Hong Kong April 11, 2015. Chinese police are broadening their investigation into five detained women activists to focus on their campaigns against domestic violence and for more public toilets for women. The women were taken into custody on the weekend of International Women’s Day, March 8, and later detained on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” their lawyers said.

(Portraits of five activists detained by police in China after campaigning against domestic violence are seen at a protest. They were taken into custody on International Women’s Day 2015. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Just a few years ago, Beijing hailed Guo Jianmei as China’s “patron of the weak”, a fearless and influential activist-lawyer whose NGO offered solace and support to thousands of disenfranchised Chinese women.

But this week, after 20 years, Guo’s organisation – the Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counselling and Service Centre – abruptly announced it was closing, sending shockwaves through the country’s already embattled third sector.

Details of the group’s closure remain sketchy. Reached by telephone on Thursday, Guo, 55, declined to comment on its apparently forced demise, citing “pressure”. “It is not convenient to say [what is happening],” the veteran women’s rights activist said. “I hope you can understand.”

Human rights campaigners, NGO workers and diplomats are convinced Guo’s group is the latest victim of President Xi Jinping’s escalating clampdown on civil society. Maya Wang, a Hong Kong-based researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), said the authorities’ decision to shut it down was designed to send a message that only those toeing the Communist party line would now be tolerated.


Honduras: Matan a abogado y yerno de vicealcalde de El Paraíso, Copán

26 Jan. 2016

El abogado Franklin Edgardo Montero.

Un abogado fue ultimado a balazos la noche del lunes a la altura de La Ceibita, Santa Bárbara, en el occidente de Honduras.

La víctima fue identificada como Franklin Edgardo Montero, quien era yerno del vicealcalde de la Municipalidad de El Paraíso, Copán, Adonias Morales.

Montero, quien residía en Copán, había venido a los tribunales de San Pedro Sula para la audiencia inicial de uno de sus clientes a quien defendía por el delito de lavado de activos; sin embargo, decidió irse en horas de la noche para Copán. El crimen ocurrió a eso de las 11:00 pm.


Thailand: immediately drop criminal proceedings against human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri

February 5, 2016

The ICJ today called on the Royal Thai Government to immediately drop criminal proceedings against human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri.

On 2 February 2016, Sirikan Charoensiri received two summons to appear at the Chanasongkram Police Station on 9 February 2016 to be charged with two offences under the Criminal Code of Thailand: “giving false information regarding a criminal offence” and “refusing to comply with the order of an official”.

Such charges could result in punishment of up to two years’ imprisonment.

“The charges against Sirikan Charoensiri apparently relate to her efforts to protect the legal and human rights of her clients, students who never should have faced arrest or criminal proceedings for peacefully exercising their freedoms of expression and assembly in the first place,” said Matt Pollard of the ICJ’s Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

Thailand: immediately drop criminal proceedings against human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri