Daily Archives: 20/06/2016

China: China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists continues

June 20, 2016

Human rights lawyers in China remain as the government’s targets in its effort to silence critics.

About two weeks ago, three women who protested against the incarceration of their husbands, were taken by police. They were released the following day, but they still have not heard any news about their husbands.

The women’s husbands were human rights lawyers who have been held by police for a year now and have not been allowed to communicate with their families.

“There is no way to know the physical situation of my husband,” said Wang Qiaoling, one of the women who protested, according to Christian Science Monitor. “I have not seen him since they took him away July 10.”

Their case is among the hundreds of human rights lawyers and activists that have been detained with false charges following a crackdown that began last year. According to the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, more than 300 of them have been affected by the crackdown targeting human rights advocates as of May 2016.

http://christiantimes.com/article/chinese-governments-crackdown-on-human-rights-lawyers-and-activists-continues/57478.htm

A reminder to those wishing we were like China

Spain/Basque Country: De Prada defiende excarcelar a Arantza Zulueta al haber cesado la actividad de ETA

09/06/16

De Prada defiende excarcelar a Arantza Zulueta al haber cesado la actividad de ETA

La sección segunda de lo Penal de la Audiencia Nacional ha decidido mantener en prisión preventiva a la abogada Arantza Zulueta por integrar el frente de cárceles de ETA “KT” con el voto en contra del juez José Ricardo de Prada, que cree que debería quedar en libertad ante el cese de actividad de ETA.

En el auto, suscrito por los magistrados Concepción Espejel (presidente) y Julio de Diego (ponente), se señala que Zulueta, en prisión desde enero de 2014, debe permanecer privada de libertad al verse incrementado el riesgo de fuga al estar “próximo a concluir” el procedimiento en el que está procesada por “el delito grave” de integración en organización terrorista en grado de dirigente.

Los magistrados recuerdan que Zulueta “aparece como integrante y representante del KT, órgano del EPPK, instrumento fundamental del que se vale ETA para ejercer la labor de dirección y supervisión de todo el entramado relacionado con los presos y huidos” que “se mantienen bajo su disciplina”.

http://www.eldiario.es/politica/Prada-excarcelar-Arantza-Zulueta-ETA_0_524948225.html

http://www.noticiasdegipuzkoa.com/2016/06/10/politica/cientos-de-personas-exigen-en-bilbao-la-libertad-de-los-cuatro-militantes-de-ata

The Philippines: The Killing Fields: Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines

June 19, 2016

Activists decry extrajudicial killings of human rights advocates in the Philippines under the Aquino presidency. (Photo Courtesy of Toto Lozano / MindaNews.com)

When Philippine President Benigno Aquino III assumed power in 2010, he promised to stop extrajudicial killings in the country. Six years later, with his term ending, he has yet to live up to his promise. Aquino won the presidency on an anti-corruption platform and a call for change and development. His mother, Corazon Aquino, was also the country’s president from 1986 to 1992. Aquino has been described by critics as an inept landlord president whose policies are elitist due to his insensitivity to the plights of his countrymen and women.

Though the Philippines is considered a middle-income country, and the Aquino administration has touted supposed economic growth year after year, poverty is still widespread, with one out of four people living below the poverty line. Primarily an agricultural country, three out of 10 people are employed in agriculture, yet seven out of 10 farmers have no land of their own to till. Indigenous peoples are in danger of losing their lands to large multinational companies interested in mining and energy projects, many of which are located within ancestral lands.

Human rights lawyers, judges and prosecutors have also been victims of extrajudicial killings. From 1999 to 2014, some 114 lawyers, judges and prosecutors have been killed, according to the International Association of People’s Lawyers. Of these, 36 died under Aquino’s watch (mid-2010 to end 2014). That’s an average of two lawyers, judges or prosecutors per month.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36481-the-killing-fields-extrajudicial-killings-in-the-philippines

Turkey: Tutuklu avukat Ayşe Acinikli: Bize yönelik operasyonlarla cezaevlerindeki hak ihlallerinin üzerini örtmeye çalışıyorlar

19/06/16

ÖHD ve TUAD üyelerine dönük yapılan operasyon sonucunda tutuklananlar 22 Haziran’da ilk kez hakim karşısına çıkacak. Baskınlar sonrası tutuklanan avukatlardan Ayşe Acinikli, “Savunma saf dışı bırakılmak isteniyor. Bize yönelik operasyonların amacı cezaevlerinde yaşanan hak ihlallerinin üzerini örtmek” dedi.

Bakırköy Kadın Kapalı Cezaevi’nde tutulan Acinikli hakkında Marmara Bölgesi’nde bulunan cezaevlerinde müvekkilleriyle yaptığı görüşme ve ziyaretler delil sayıldı. Cezaevinden gönderdiği mektup aracılığıyla yaşananları anlatan Acinikli, cezaevlerindeki hak ihlâllerinin üstünü örtmek için avukatların susturulmak istendiğini söyledi.

Dicle Haber Ajansı’nın haberine göre,  Acinikli, “Bize yönelik yapılan operasyonun amacı cezaevlerinde yaşanılan ihlallerinin örtülmesidir. Bu yüzden cezaevleri ile ilgili çalışan dernekler, bu dernekler ile çalışan avukatlar ve bizzat tutuklu ve hükümlüler hedef alınmıştır Savunma hakkı demokrasinin en temel unsurlarından biridir. Savunma saf dışı bırakılarak cezaevlerindeki direniş kırılmak isteniyor. Demokratik duyarlılığa sahip bütün arkadaşları duruşmaya bekliyoruz” dedi.

http://t24.com.tr/haber/tutuklu-avukat-ayse-acinikli-bize-yonelik-operasyonlarla-cezaevlerindeki-hak-ihlallerinin-uzerini-ortmeye-calisiyorlar,346059

http://t24.com.tr/haber/tutuklu-avukat-ramazan-demir-mahkemede-tahliye-talep-etmeyecegim-yaparsam-cubbeyi-bir-daha-giymem,346191