Daily Archives: 06/04/2016

Egypt: The Broken Side: A New Book by ANHRI about the Lawyers’ Struggle in the Corridors of the Justice System

January 21, 2016


The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, announced the release of a new book entitled “The Broken Side: About Lawyers’ Struggle in the Corridors of the Justice System”, in the framework of Lawyers for Democracy Initiative that was launched by ANHRI in 2014 to monitor and document the democracy path in Egypt.

The 91-page medium-sized book includes various testimonies given by 15 different lawyers about the difficulties and obstacles that they experience while doing their daily work at courts, police stations, public prosecutions headquarters, prisons, and other justice-related bodies in Egypt.

The book is divided into 6 chapters pursuant to the bodies that lawyers deal with, they are:

Chapter One: Testimonies from Courts

Chapter Two: Testimonies from Public Prosecutions

– Chapter Three: In the Military Courts

– Chapter Four: At Police Stations

-Chapter Five: At Military Camps where Detention, Investigations & Trials are Held

– Chapter Six: The Lawyer being an Accused


Malaysia: Letter Regarding Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, Shanmugam Ramasamy, Francis Pereira, and Charles Hector | Letter

April 5, 2016

  1. On March 19, 2016, a motion was tabled at the Annual General Meeting of the Malaysian Bar Association calling on Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali “to immediately resign as Attorney General, for the good of Malaysia, to restore public confidence and perception of the rule of law, in particular the administration of criminal justice in Malaysia.” The motion was approved by members of the Malaysian Bar Association, with 744 members voting in favour, 62 voting against, and 12 abstaining.
  1. On or about March 31, 2016, following the motion referenced above, Secretary of the Malaysian Bar Association Karen Cheah Yee Lynn and the three lawyers who had moved the motion, namely, Shanmugam, Francis Pereira, and Charles Hector (the “Four Lawyers”), were arrested and placed under investigation for sedition pursuant to section 4(1)(a) of theSedition Act 1948.
  1. The arrests and investigation referenced above have been widely criticized by the international community, including Amnesty International and others. The arrests and investigation signal that lawyers in Malaysia are not free to express opinions on legal matters.
  1. LRWC has, in the past, provided analysis of the use of the Sedition Act 1948 as a tool of repression in Malaysia. LRWC’S analysis, Lawyers and the Rule of Law on Trial: Sedition in Malaysia, and other LRWC work on this and related matters can be viewed online. The LRWC analysis cited above contains an extensive review and discussion of Malaysia’s requirements to comply with international law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and its own domestic law.

Malaysia: Letter Regarding Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, Shanmugam Ramasamy, Francis Pereira, and Charles Hector | Letter