Daily Archives: 18/06/2016

China: Rights lawyers on trial: China’s sharp crackdown shows no sign of letting up

June 17, 2016

Early last week, three Chinese women held a protest outside a police station in Tianjin, southeast of Beijing. They carried placards proclaiming support for their jailed husbands – human rights lawyers detained incommunicado for nearly a year.

Police quickly detained the three women, before releasing them the next day. Their husbands? Still in jail – presumably in Tianjin –conditions unknown.

“There is no way to know the physical situation of my husband,” said Wang Qiaoling, wife of one of the lawyers, Li Heping, in an interview this week. “I have not seen him since they took him away July 10.”

A year ago, Chinese authorities launched an unprecedented crackdown on lawyers and rights advocates, detaining more than 200 of them. Some 25 are still in detention or missing, according to the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, a Hong Kong-based organization that advocates for their release.

The crackdown shows no sign of letting up. Family and friends learned recently that prosecutors will try Zhou Shifeng, another detained lawyer, on subversion charges that could send him to prison for a decade or more. Xia Lin, a lawyer who has represented artist Ai Weiwei and other dissidents, went on trial today in Beijing.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2016/0617/Rights-lawyers-on-trial-China-s-sharp-crackdown-shows-no-sign-of-letting-up

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/persecution-06172016133549.html

Italy: AVVOCATI MINACCIATI

La puntata di oggi è realizzata in collaborazione con il Progetto “Avvocati minacciati – Endangered lawyers” dell’Unione camere penali.

Nelle giornate del 10 ed 11 giugno 2016, a Rimini, si è svolta la II edizione dell’Open Day dell’Unione delle Camere Penali Italiane. La sessione mattutina del sabato, intitolata “Sempre e comunque a tutela delle libertà e dei diritti”, è stata dedicata al delicatissimo tema degli avvocati minacciati e perseguitati per l’esercizio della loro professione e per la difesa dei diritti umani.

Ha coordinato l’avv. Nicola Canestrini, titolare dello studio CanestriniLex, coordinatore con l’avv. Ezio Menzione del progetto dell’Unione delle Camere penali “avvocati minacciati – engangered lawyers”. Dopo la proiezione di un video con alcuni casi esemplificativi di avvocati perseguitati, dalla metà del Novecento ad oggi in tutto il mondo, Nicola Canestrini ha presentato il progetto concepito nel febbraio 2015 “avvocati minacciati – endangered lawyers”.

Sono poi intervenuti alla tavola rotonda:

-l’avv. Richard Sédillot, legale francese, che ha presentato casi di avvocati minacciati, o di gravi violazioni di diritti umani, di cui si è occupato come difensore in varie zone del mondo, illustrando anche il neonato Osservatorio internazionale sugli avvocati minacciati.

Avvocati minacciati

Egypt: Dietro le sbarre del regime

17/06/16

Il regime egiziano ha bisogno di spazio per raccogliere gli effetti della repressione politica: spunta l’undicesima nuova prigione degli ultimi tre anni. Un record: fino al 2011 le carceri egiziane erano 42, ora sono 53 contando l’ultima che sarà costruita a Qalyubia. Un 26% in più che si spiega con un altro numero, quello dei prigionieri politici: se negli ultimi anni della dittatura Mubarak oscillavano tra 5 e 10mila, oggi – secondo Gamal Eid, direttore dell’Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (Anhri), lui stesso nel mirino del governo – oggi sarebbero 41mila. Un +300%.

Nel mare magnum delle prigioni egiziane sono state risucchiate decine di migliaia di persone su cui oggi una nuova campagna attira l’attenzione. “Voices behind Bars”, voci dietro le sbarre, è stata lanciata mercoledì da 10 organizzazioni per i diritti umani, tra cui Anrhi e Ecrf, ma anche il noto Nadeem Center. Basta aprire il sito per capirne gli obiettivi: i volti e le storie di alcuni detenuti politici di al-Sisi sono là, uno in fila all’altro.

Ci sono la giovanissima Sana Saif e suo fratello, il leader di piazza Tahrir Alaa Abdel Fattah, lo scrittore Ahmed Naji e l’avvocato Malek Adly. Ci sono i ragazzi del gruppo satirico Aftal al-Shawarea, i bambini di strada. E c’è Ahmed Abdallah, direttore dell’Ecrf e consulente della famiglia di Giulio Regeni, desaparecido del regime, barbaramente torturato e ucciso come tanti egiziani prima e dopo di lui.

http://ilmanifesto.info/dietro-le-sbarre-del-regime/

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabian Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair Continues to Fight for Social Justice from Prison

June 17, 2016

“Even from prison, you can still light a candle”

Waleed Abu al-Khair began to practice law in Saudi Arabia in 2007. He quickly earned an international reputation as one of the most respected human rights lawyers in one of the world’s most repressive countries. Within a year he joined in a high profile critique of the ruling monarchy. He repeatedly and openly advocated for democracy. He controversially defended the human rights of women, dissidents, and prisoners targeted by the authorities. Before long, the government called his stands for human rights terrorism. They harassed him, surveilled him, shut down his social media and finally put him in prison, where he has remained since 2014.  Even from prison, though, he refuses to back down and continues to publicly press for freedom and human rights. This is his story.

First, a bit about Saudi Arabia, which has been a close ally of the US since the 1940s. Saudi Arabia is tightly ruled by a hereditary monarchy and is a scary place to be a free human being, much less a human rights lawyer. Freedom House rates Saudi Arabia as one of the worst in the world in civil liberties and political rights.  Torture is common, according to Amnesty International. The country ranks third globally, right behind North Korea, in denying freedom of the press, frequently arresting not only protestors but also those who report on protests.  Human Rights Watch notes government authorities continue to arbitrarily arrest, try and convict peaceful dissidents.  Recent “antiterrorism” laws allow the government to jail anyone who demands reform or engages in dissent.

Saudi Arabian Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair Continues to Fight for Social Justice from Prison

Iran: Release Abdolfattah Soltani (UA 142/16)

June 17, 2016

Prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani was returned to Tehran’s Evin Prison on 7 June after he went on prison leave following his mother’s death. He is a critically ill prisoner of conscience serving a 13-year prison sentence for his human rights work. He cannot receive the adequate medical care he needs inside prison.
1) Please write immediately in Persian, English, Arabic, French, Spanish or your own language:
  • Calling on the Iranian authorities to release Abdolfattah Soltani immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and association, including his work as a defence lawyer;
  • Urging them to ensure that he is immediately granted access to the adequate medical care he needs outside prison.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
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http://www.amnestyusa.org/get-involved/take-action-now/iran-release-abdolfattah-soltani-ua-14216