Monthly Archives: April 2016

Israel/Palestine: Imprisoned Palestinian-Swedish Lawyer Continues Hunger Strike For Fifth Day

April 29, 2016

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Friday, that a Palestinian Lawyer, who also holds a Swedish citizenship, declared hunger strike after Israeli soldiers kidnapped him five days ago.

The PPS said that the Lawyer, Majdi Safwat Yassin, 33, was kidnapped five days ago while crossing the al-Karama Border Terminal, on his way to Jordan.

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Following his abduction, Yassin declared a hunger strike to protest his illegal imprisonment, without charges.

It is worth mentioning that the detained lawyer also holds a Swedish citizenship. Yassin is from ‘Aneen village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Imprisoned Palestinian-Swedish Lawyer Continues Hunger Strike For Fifth Day

Egypt: Egypt’s Lawyers Syndicate to represent protesters detained during Tiran and Sanafir demos

April 29, 2016

Sameh Ashour

(Sameh Ashour, head of Egypt’s lawyers syndicate (Photo: Lawyers’ Syndicate website))

The Egyptian lawyers syndicate announced in a statement on Friday that it will set up defence committees to track those arrested during recent protests and to defend the accused during prosecution proceedings.

Dozens of people were arrested in the capital Cairo and other governorates over the past two weeks during demonstrations against a recent Egyptian-Saudi islands deal.

Among the detained are activists, lawyers and journalists.

The syndicate said the defence committees will include members as well as volunteer lawyers to track all detainees, not only lawyers, and provide legal assistance throughout “all phases of investigations.”

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/204733.aspx

China: Déclaration publique – Le Barreau du Haut-Canada très préoccupé par le harcèlement de l’avocat des droits de la personne Zhang Kai en Chine

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Le Barreau du Haut-Canada très préoccupé par le harcèlement de l’avocat des droits de la personne Zhang Kai en Chine.

Zhang Kai est un avocat réputé de Pékin en droits de la personne. Le 25 août 2015, il a été arrêté à Wenzhou, dans la province duZhejiang, alors qu’il fournissait des conseils juridiques à une communauté ayant reçu l’ordre d’enlever la croix de leur église. L’arrestation a eu lieu quelques heures avant la rencontre que Zhang Kai devait avoir avec un représentant du département d’État américain afin de discuter de la liberté de religion en Chine.

Suite à son arrestation, Zhang Kai a été placé en résidence surveillée dans un lieu tenu secret, selon une mesure de mise en détention pour une durée allant jusqu’à six mois. Plus personne n’a eu de nouvelle de Zhang Kai jusqu’au 25 février 2016, date où il est apparu à la télévision nationale lors d’une confession préenregistrée. Sur la vidéo, Zhang Kai exprimait ses remords et admettait qu’il avait conspiré avec des groupes étrangers afin de provoquer des agitations de nature religieuse en Chine. Il déclarait aussi avoir reçu une rémunération de la part de l’organisme China Aid afin de défendre des églises et d’autres organisations chrétiennes.

Suite à cette émission, Zhang Kai a été accusé de « mise en péril de secrets d’État » et d’avoir « rassemblé une foule afin de troubler l’ordre public » ; par la suite, Zhang Kai a été transféré de sa résidence surveillée et placé en détention criminelle. Ses parents ont été informés de ce transfert le 28 février 2016.

http://www.newswire.ca/fr/news-releases/declaration-publique—le-barreau-du-haut-canada-tres-preoccupe-par-le-harcelement-de-lavocat-des-droits-de-la-personne-zhang-kai-en-chine-577569231.html

Indonesia: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyers Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika in Indonesia

April 29, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyers Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika in Indonesia.

The Law Society has received reports that on 30 October 2015, Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika attended a peaceful protest rally at the Presidential Palace in order to monitor police violence against protestors. The lawyers were arrested along with 24 activists and subsequently charged under Article 216 of the Indonesian Criminal Code for ‘disobeying police orders’; however, reports indicate that the lawyers and the protestors were already dispersing the area when police started to beat them and put them in custody.

In their joint submission of 4 April 2016, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada noted that the charges appear to relate solely to Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika’s “legitimate actions as lawyers and human rights defenders.”

The Law Society presently writes to voice its deep concerns that charges laid against Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika appear to relate solely to their legitimate actions as lawyers and human rights defenders.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502428

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Thailand: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri in Thailand

April 29, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri in Thailand.

Sirikan Charoensiri is a lawyer with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR). On 26 June 2015, 14 student activists of the New Democracy Movement (NDM) were arrested and charged with violating a prohibition on gatherings of more than five people (Article 116 of the Thai Criminal Code). Sirikan Charoensiri represented the activists at their hearing along with seven other lawyers from the TLHR.

After the activists’ hearing on 27 June 2015, police attempted to conduct a warrantless search of Sirikan Charoensiri’s car. Sirikan Charoensiri refused to consent to the search and attempted to file a complaint alleging police malfeasance. The police refused to accept her complaint and summarily impounded her car. When Sirikan Charoensiri attempted to file another complaint, she was told by a senior officer that the police would take “some form of legal action” against her unless she abandoned her right to complain. The police subsequently obtained a warrant to search her car from the Court; however, reports indicate that they did not advise the presiding judge that the car in question belonged to counsel for the accused. The police then searched Sirikan Charoensiri’s car and seized three of the activists’ mobile phones as evidence. Later that evening, the police finally accepted Sirikan Charoensiri’s complaint against Pol.Lt. Gen. Chayapol Chatchayadetch for the unlawful search and seizure of her car.

The Law Society presently writes to voice its deep concern as a result of reports that Sirikan Charoensiri has been the subject of judicial harassment.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502429

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Malaysia: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of four lawyers in Malaysia

April 29, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyers Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, Charles Hector, Francis Pereira, and Shanmugam Ramasamy in Malaysia.

On 31 March 2016, lawyer and Secretary of the Malaysian Bar Association, Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, and lawyers Charles Hector, Francis Pereira, and Shanmugam Ramasamy were arrested and placed under investigation for sedition pursuant to section 4(1)(a) of the Sedition Act 1948. Reports indicate that the criminal investigation is a political response to a motion tabled by the lawyers at the Malaysian Bar’s General Assembly on 19 March 2016. The motion, which was passed by an overwhelming majority of the Malaysian Bar, called for the resignation of Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali following his controversial decision to end the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation into the Prime Minister’s financial affairs.

The Law Society presently writes to voice its deep concern as a result of reports that Malaysia continues to use the Sedition Act 1948 in order to silence the Prime Minister’s critics and interfere with the independence of the legal profession.

The Law Society of Upper Canada wrote to His Excellency Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, urging the government of Malaysia to comply with Articles 16 and 23 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502430

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Ukraine: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the murder of human rights lawyer Yuri Grabovski in Ukraine

April 29, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the murder of human rights lawyer Yuri Grabovski in Ukraine.

Yuri Grabovski was a Ukrainian human rights lawyer defending Aleksandr A. Aleksandrov, an alleged Russian intelligence officer. Yuri Grabovski disappeared on 6 March 2016 while returning to Kiev from a business meeting in Odessa. On 20 March 2016, Anatoly V. Matios, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine, informed the media that a suspect in Yuri Grabovski’s disappearance had been apprehended.

Yuri Grabovski’s body was found on 25 March 2016 south of Kiev. Shortly thereafter, Anatoly Matios confirmed that the victim “was killed in a violent way and finished off with a firearm.” Since then, another suspect has been detained by the police.

Yuri Grabovski’s murder is the second killing of a lawyer in Ukraine this month and the fourth since January 2015.

The Law Society of Upper Canada wrote to His Excellency President Petro Poroshenko, urging the government of Ukraine to comply with Articles 16 and 23 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502432

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