February 4, 2016
Daily Archives: 05/02/2016
February 5, 2016
(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.
26 Jan. 2016
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.
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.