le 16 mars, 2016
(Des avocats français manifestent devant le commissariat central de Toulouse, le 23 octobre 2015 afp.com/REMY GABALDA)
Les bâtonniers français, représentés par la Conférence des bâtonniers, ont dénoncé mercredi la “persécution” dont sont victimes leurs collègues en Turquie, où la police vient d’arrêter huit avocats d’une association défendant la cause kurde.
“Ces avocats sont les victimes d’une véritable persécution: l’Etat turc tente de les bâillonner parce qu’ils ne font qu’assurer la défense d’opposants politiques“, a déploré dans un communiqué la Conférence, qui regroupe les 160 bâtonniers de France.
La Conférence “s’inquiète légitimement de ces nouvelles arrestations” après l’assassinat non encore élucidé du bâtonnier de Diyarbakir Tahir Elçi le 25 novembre 2015 et alors qu'”aujourd’hui même se tient à Istanbul un procès politique contre de nombreux avocats ayant été pour certains incarcérés pendant plusieurs années pour avoir défendu des militants kurdes“.
Le barreau de Paris, qui suit cette affaire depuis six ans, a aussi fait part de son indignation dans un communiqué: “Nous ne pouvons accepter qu’un avocat soit arrêté parce qu’il veut plaider“, a fortiori dans “cette Turquie alliée de la France depuis toujours“.
le 16 mars, 2016
C’est à 7h09, en ce 16 mars que nous avons été prévenus. L’information est brutale. La violence de l’annonce se mêle à la colère. L’indignation, la volonté d’agir, de ne pas accepter, de ne pas laisser l’affaire s’éteindre. Nos confrères İrfan Arasan, Ayşe Acinikli, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Şefik Çelik, Adem Çalışçı, Ayşe Başar, Tamer doğan, Ramazan Demir et Mustafa Ruzgar ont été arrêtés à l’aube.
A quelques milliers de kilomètres de là, sur les rives du Bosphore, dans cette Turquie alliée de la France depuis toujours et qui frappe aujourd’hui à la porte de l’Europe, nos confrères, nos amis, avec qui nous avons partagé tant de combats, tant de luttes, ont été arrêtés au petit jour dans des conditions indignes d’un pays qui se veut démocratique.
Parce qu’ils défendent la liberté, qu’ils ont fait le choix d’exercer pleinement leur mission auprès des opposants, des libres penseurs, de ceux qui dérangent et qui refusent le joug autoritaire, ils ont été arrêtés comme de vulgaires criminels. Ils étaient membres de l’association OHD, Association des avocats pour la liberté : serait-ce un crime ? Serait-ce parce qu’ils devaient plaider le lendemain au procès KCK, une affaire que le barreau de Paris suit depuis maintenant plus de six ans ? C’est en tout cas étonnement leur autre point commun.
March 16, 2016
A police raid was carried out on the houses of eight lawyers from Libertarian Jurists Association who were taken into custody after the search towards this morning. The lawyers were not given any justification, there is a confidentiality order on the case.
In the police operation conducted this morning (March 16) in İstanbul, a police raid has been carried out on the houses of eight lawyers from Libertarian Jurists Association (ÖHD).
The names of the eight lawyers taken into custody are; İrfan Arasan, Ayşe Acınıklı, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Şefik Çelik, Adem Çalışcı, Ayşe Başar, Tamer Doğan and Ramazan Demir.
“Investigation serial number” instead of justification
Attorney Banu Güveren talkin to bianet has noted that they were not not given any justification for the search or custody and added “we only have an investigation number in our hands”.
Güveren has pointed out that also no justification or detail was given in the search order, only the expression “conduct search in their houses, workplaces and vehicles” and that there was a confidentiality order on the case.
Turkish Authorities Launch Raids in Istanbul Targeting PKK
March 15, 2016
Who will defend the defenders when all the lawyers are detained?
A Tajik lawyer says the government has been putting pressure on his family because of his client, jailed politician Zayd Saidov. Ishoq Tabarov told RFE/RLthat the recent charging of his son, Daler, with failure to report a crime and the sentencing of his other son, Firuz, to more than 13 years in jail for anti-state propaganda, were politically motivated moves.
Saidov, a prominent businessman, formed a political party ahead of the 2012 presidential elections. He was arrested and charged with fraud, polygamy, and rape. After conviction, he was sentenced to 26 years in jail. In August 2015, Saidov was given three more years on additional charges of forgery, abuse of office, embezzlement, and tax evasion.
Tabarov is far from the first lawyer to come under pressure from the Tajik authorities, even just in relation to the Saidov case.
le 9 mars, 2015
Le Conseil National des Barreaux s’inquiète de la situation des 22 avocats turcs arrêtés en janvier 2013 et en attente de leur procès annoncé pour le 13 mai 2015. Le Conseil National des Barreaux partage les inquiétudes des avocats européens s’exprimant par la voix du Conseil des Barreaux Européens, dans une lettre adressée au Président Turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan le 6 février 2015, au sujet des 22 confrères turcs, membres de « l’association of Progressive Jurists », arrêtés le 18 janvier 2013 et toujours en détention provisoire alors que leur procès est annoncé pour les 13 et 14 mai 2015.
Ces arrestations troublantes s’ajoutent à une liste déjà longue de violations des droits des avocats en Turquie : en particulier l’arrestation en novembre 2011 de 41 avocats turcs dans le cadre d’une vaste opération de contre-terrorisme visant une organisation politique kurde « l’Union des Communautés du Kuridstan ». Aujourd’hui encore, 16 avocats arrêtés dans le cadre de cette opération sont toujours en prison.
Or ces avocats sont poursuivis du seul fait de l’exercice de leur profession. L’identification illégitime des avocats à la cause de leur client et la violation de la présomption d’innocence par les autorités turques marquent de façon regrettable la plupart des procédures engagées contre ces avocats.
(Gözaltına alınan avukatlardan Ramazan Demir.)
Bu sabaha karşı evlerine düzenlenen polis baskınlarında Özgürlükçü Hukukçular Derneği üyesi dokuz avukat gözaltına alındı.
DHA, avukatların İstanbul merkezli altı ilde düzenlenen PKK operasyonunda gözaltına alındığını yazdı. Ancak avukatlara dosyada gizlilik kararı olduğu gerekçesiyle gözaltına alınma sebepleri açıklanmadı.
Bianet’ten Ayça Söylemez’in haberine göre, Özgürlükçü Hukukçular Derneği üyesi İrfan Arasan, Ayşe Acınıklı, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Şefik Çelik, Adem Çalışcı, Ayşe Başar, Tamer Doğan ve Ramazan Demir’in evi sabaha karşı polis tarafından basıldı. Evleri aranan avukatlar, gözaltına alındı, saat 11:00 civarında da yine ÖHD’den avukat Mustafa Rüzgar gözaltına alındı.
ÖHD Eş Başkanı Banu Güveren polisin gözaltı ve arama için hiçbir gerekçe göstermediğini belirterek, “Elimizde sadece bir soruşturma numarası var” dedi. Dosyada gizlilik kararı olduğunu da aktaran Güveren, arama emrinde de gerekçe olmadığını sadece, “Evleri, işyerleri, araçları aransın” yazdığını belirtti.
March 15, 2016
Chinese activists on Monday, the second anniversary of the death of Cao Shunli in detention after she was denied medical attention, condemned the impunity enjoyed by authorities as deaths in custody are not investigated.
Cao, a law graduate who began recording human rights violations in China, was arrested in September 2013 from the Beijing airport as she was leaving for Geneva to attend a UN human rights session.
“After her death, no official has been sentenced and neither has the government offered an apology. The case is not closed. We have to continue seeking accountability, direct or indirect,” Cao’s friend and fellow activist Hu Jia told EFE on Monday.
“If an investigation into what happened is not conducted, (detained lawyer) Gao Zhisheng could be the next Cao; I, myself can become another such case,” the activist asserted.
Hu, who has been under house arrest in Beijing since the last two years, could not mark the anniversary of his friend’s death with a protest as he was forced to move to Guangdong while the Chinese parliament holds its plenary session in Beijing.
March 5, 2016
Giza prosecution released lawyer Negad El-Borai on Saturday after three days in custody pending the completion of the prosecution’s investigations.
El-Borai is charged with running an organisation that hinders state progress and disturbs national security.
Upon his release, El-Borai wrote on his twitter account that he is the first rights lawyer to be charged with such a crime.
Al-Borai, director of the United Group law firm, was previously summoned for interrogation last June for submitting a bill to combat torture, along with two other judges: Assem Abd Al-Gabbar and Hisham Raouf.
In a condemning statement, 19 NGOs said they believe that these charges were an attempt at “harassing independent judges who support legislative reforms to improve the human rights situation.”
March 10, 2016
(Cast member George Clooney and his wife Amal arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the movie ‘Hail, Caesar!’, during the opening gala of the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, in Berlin, Germany February 11, 2016.)
George Clooney has reportedly been forced to step up security after his human rights lawyer wife Amal received death threats. She is currently receiving death threats for defending jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed. The Clooneys have taken drastic measures to protect their mansion in Berkshire, U.K.
The couple has been advised not to travel without bodyguards and are being driven to restaurants. South Oxfordshire district councillor Paul Harrison, who has been involved in negotiations to beef up surveillance at the Clooneys’ home, said the security was for Amal rather than George. “From George’s point of view, the high-level legal work she does and the death threats she gets, it’s quite serious,” Harrison said.
The 54-year-old actor’s massive security plan for his Berkshire home has been rejected as it was thought to infringe the privacy of neighbors. The “Tomorrowland” actor had planned to set up six cameras but now it has been reduced to three. Also, the coverage of the cameras has now been reduced from 19.7 feet to 9.8 feet, which locals are reportedly happy with.
George’s concern for his 38-year-old wife is very valid in the wake of Amal’s co-counsel, Mahfooz Saeed being stabbed in the head outside his hotel in Male in September. The incident happened just before Amal Clooney visited Nasheed in the Maafushi prison.
March 9, 2016
(Several hundred people gather at the Mississippi state capitol in Jackson for a rally to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag in February. Photograph: Rogelio V Solis/AP)
The black civil rights lawyer who has filed a federal lawsuit to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag has been forced to employ security protection after receiving a spate of death threats through social media.
Carlos Moore, 39, an attorney from Grenada, Mississippi, has reported several threats to the FBI and local police after he was showered with vitriol following the lodging of his lawsuit on 29 February. In the most blatant verbal attack, a Facebook user purportedly from Corinth, Mississippi, who displays a handgun as his profile picture, posted: “Ok somebody shot [sic] this P.O.S before he infects us all!”
Another Facebook member, apparently from a county abutting Moore’s, posted: “He’s black, they hate white folk – storms happen, lightning strikes, buildings burn.”
Then on Tuesday night a construction worker purportedly from Dallas invoked the assassin of Martin Luther King: “To all the people in Mississippi, Carlos Moore is trying to change your state flag. He is black and think a lot of other things mixed in too… If any of my bro’s out that way need my help to keep your flag the way it is I’m right here. Where is James Earl Ray when you need him.”