le 8 février, 2016
Figure de la défense des étrangers clandestins en France, l’avocat André Mikano comparaît lundi devant la cour d’appel de Paris accusé d’avoir franchi la ligne jaune en se faisant le complice de passeurs.
En première instance, il avait été condamné, en décembre 2013, à deux ans de prison dont un ferme et 100.000 euros d’amende pour aide au séjour irrégulier en bande organisée par le tribunal correctionnel de Bobigny. Il sera rejugé aux côtés de six co-prévenus dont la tête du réseau et des passeurs présumés.
La justice reproche à l’avocat d’avoir travaillé «sciemment» pour un réseau de passeurs qui faisait entrer en France des sans-papiers marocains de 2007 à 2010.
January 21, 2016
Azerbaijani elites are outraged that famed British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has agreed to defend in European court Khadija Ismayilova, the investigative journalist who was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail after exposing corruption and abuse by the ruling Aliyev family.
Ismayilova, a Truthdig Global Voices contributor, was honored as Truthdig’s Truthdigger of the Week while she was in prison in early January 2015.
February 5, 2016
On February 16 at 10:00 will be considered the appeal of the human rights defender Rasul Jafarov in the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan. On 21 January he sent an appeal to the judge Farhad Kerimov presiding at the trial with the request to provide his personal presence at the hearing. “I think that in view of my rights as reflected in the legislation my participation at the trial will be provided. I do not lose hope that the latest intra-court will make a fair decision,” says the statement by Jafarov released on his page to Facebook.
Rasul Jafarov , the head of Human Rights Club and coordinator of the advocacy campaign “The Art of Democracy” , was arrested on 2 August 2014 on charges of illegal business, tax evasion and abuse of power.
On April 16, 2015 he was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison. On 31 July the Baku Court of Appeal reduced the sentence by three months. Amnesty International recognized Jafarov as a “prisoner of conscience”. Numerous statements by international organizations, including the Council of Europe, European Union and others call on the Azerbaijani authorities to release Jafarov and other human rights defenders who were arrested on trumped up charges. -06D-
February 7, 2016
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of Canadian lawyers who promote human rights and the rule of law through advocacy, education and research. LRWC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN).
LRWC is deeply concerned by illegitimate charges against Ms. Sirikan (“June”) Charoensiri, a lawyer from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR). She is one of the legal representatives of 14 student members of the student New Democracy Movement (NDM) who may face prison terms up to seven years after being arrested on 26 June 2015 and charged with sedition by a military court for exercising their right to dissent and for participating in peaceful, symbolic, protests against the 2014 military coup. On 2 February 2016, Ms. Sirikan received a summons to report to the Chanasongkram Police Station on 9 February 2016 at 10:00 am on two charges under Thailand’sPenal Code: filing a false police report (s. 172) and refusing to comply with an order of competent official (s. 368). Police Colonel Suriya Chamnongchok has accused Ms. Sirikan of filing false charges of misconduct against police for improperly searching her car, and refusing a police order to allow the search of her car.
The charges against Ms. Sirikan appear to be based on her refusal to agree to a warrantless search of her car in the course of representing her clients, and filing a complaint about police misconduct after they sought to conduct a search without warrant or permission and illegally impounded her car. Ms. Sirikan’s clients are themselves facing illegitimate charges before a Military Court based on the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedoms of expression and assembly.