Daily Archives: 22/07/2016

Turkey: Arbitrary arrest of human rights defenders Orhan Kemal Cengiz and Sibel Semira Hurtas

July 22, 2016

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkey.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a human rights lawyer [1], a journalist who writes on various human rights issues and founding member and former President of the Human Rights Agenda Association (Insan Haklari Gundemi Dernegi – HRAA) [2] , and his wife, Ms. Sibel Semira Hurtas, a journalist specializing in women’s rights and State crimes.

According to the information received, on July 21, 2016, Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz and Ms. Sibel Semira Hurtas were arrested by the police at Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport, before boarding for a plane to London to attend a conference promoted by the the Tahir Elci Foundation and placed in police custody. Ms. Sibel Semira Hurtas was released on the same day but Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz remained detained in Istanbul Security Directorate located on Vatan Avenue. The grounds for his arrest have not been provided. At the time of publication of this Urgent Appeal, he has not had access to his lawyer.

On July 17, 2016, Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz was mentioned on a blacklist of “dissent journalists” to be detained soon, published on the pro-Government Twitter account known as Başkentçi.

Turkey: Arbitrary arrest of human rights defenders Orhan Kemal Cengiz and Sibel Semira Hurtas

TUR 005 / 0716 / OBS 063 Arbitrary arrest Turkey July 22, 2016
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkey.
Description of the situation:
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a human rights lawyer, a journalist who writes on various human rights issues and (…)

Yavuz Baydar: Escalation in the clampdown on Turkey’s media and academia

http://www.nrttv.com/EN/Details.aspx?Jimare=9094

http://www.zamanvandaag.nl/nieuws/turkije/14920/journaliste-zehra-do%C4%9F-gearresteerd-nusaybin (DUTCH)

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/medien/tuerkisches-tagebuch-v-ausnahme-ist-kein-zustand-1.3090529 (GERMAN)

http://elregiodeporte.com/2016/07/23/turqu-a-decretan-excepci-n-tras-el-intento-de-golpe/ (SPANISH)

Turquie: Harcèlement contre des avocats turcs !

Accusés dans un premier temps d’« appartenance à une organisation illégale » avec plusieurs de leurs confrères, Ramazan Demir et Ayse Acinikli, membres de l’Association des avocats pour la liberté (ÖHD), ont été arrêtés le 6 avril dernier, au prétexte fallacieux d’activités liées au terrorisme. Leur détention n’a pour but que de les empêcher de dénoncer les violations des droits humains en Turquie.
Ramazan Demir et Ayse Acinikli sont en détention arbitraire dans l’attente de leur prochaine audience, le 7 septembre. Ce harcèlement doit cesser immédiatement !
Mobilisez-vous sur ‪#‎ForFreedom‬. Plus on en parle, plus vite ils sortent :http://fr.freedom-defenders.org/

Turkey: Harassment of Turkish lawyers!

First charged of “membership of an illegal organisation” with other lawyers, Ramazan Demir and Ayse Acinikli, members of the Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD), were arrested on April 6, 2016, under terrorism-related accusations. Their detention is a way to prevent them from denouncing human rights violations in Turkey.
Ramazan Demir and Ayse Acinikli remain arbitrarily detained pending their next hearing scheduled on September 7, 2016. This harassment must stop immediately!
Act on ‪#‎ForFreedom‬. We speak out, they walk out : http://en.freedom-defenders.org/

Turkey: Me Halimatou Camara, barreau de Guinée : “Libérez Mes Ramazan Demir Et Ayse Acinikli”

le 22 juillet, 2016

#FreeRamazanAndAyse

Thailand: Défense impossible Les avocats sous la menace constante de la police

le 22 juillet, 2016

 

Les avocats assurant la représentation juridique dans les cas dits “politiques” sont victimes de harcèlement de la part de police et d’autres autorités de l’Etat..
• 9 février 2016 : Sirikan Charoensiri pour avoir refusé d’accorder l’autorisation à la police de fouiller sa voiture sans mandat alors qu’elle défendait ses clients en juin 2015.
• 228 Janvier 2016 : Benjarat Meethien poursuivie pour « fausses informations » parce qu’elle avait plaidé que son client était accusé pour des faits alors qu’il était en déjà détention dans une autre affaire .
• 8 Janvier 2016 : Benjarat Meethien poursuivie pénalement pour la défense de prévenus dans les affaires «politiques».
• 19 février 2016 : Chuchart Kanpai, menacé de poursuites par le chef de la police nationale adjoint, pur avoir allégué que son client, Bilal Mohammad a été « torturé ».
• 27 mai 2016 : Anon Nampa poursuivi pour soutien et solidarité avec les personnes détenues par la junte militaire. Première audience le 8 août.

 

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.thai167.htm

Turkey: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the mass arrests and suspensions of lawyers and judges in Turkey

July 21, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the mass arrests and suspensions of lawyers and judges in Turkey.

Reports indicate that following a failed military coup d’état attempt in Turkey on Friday, July 15, 2016, approximately 755 judges and prosecutors have been detained. Furthermore, an additional 2,745 judges and prosecutors have been suspended by the Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors.  It is the Law Society’s understanding that the number of judges and prosecutors arrested and suspended amounts to one-fifth of Turkey’s justice system. Human rights organizations note that there is no evidence to support the allegations that the judges and prosecutors in question were linked to the attempted coup.

The Law Society has noted that since 2014, a number of lawyers and judges have faced barriers to their abilities to exercise their legitimate duties, including attacks and threats; prosecutions; and sanctions against judges who make controversial or unpopular rulings. The Law Society believes strongly that the protection of judicial independence and the independence of the legal profession are essential to the maintenance of the rule of law.

The Law Society of Upper Canada strongly urges the government of Turkey to comply with its obligations under international human rights laws, including the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – which both speak to the obligation to respect human rights, the prohibition of torture, the right to liberty and security, and the right to a fair trial – the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary and the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502988

 

Turkey: Communiqué de l’Observatoire international des avocats en danger : les purges menées en Turquie touchent également les avocats

le 22 juillet, 2016

Communiqué de l'Observatoire international des avocats en danger : les purges menées en Turquie touchent également les avocats

L’Observatoire international des avocats en danger s’alarme de la vaste répression menée par les autorités turques après la tentative manquée de coup d’Etat en Turquie du vendredi 15 juillet 2016. Après l’armée, la magistrature, les universités et les médias, la profession d’avocat est désormais également victime de la purge opérée par l’Etat turc.

Depuis le vendredi 15 juillet 2016, les autorités turques auraient arrêté ou suspendu de leurs fonctions près de 50.000 magistrats, militaires, universitaires, journalistes et fonctionnaires.

Environ 2 800 magistrats auraient été démis de leurs fonctions dans toute la Turquie, soit environ un quart des effectifs de la Magistrature. Conséquence directe de ces arrestations massives et arbitraires, la plupart des affaires courantes devant les tribunaux turcs sont désormais gelées. Cette situation constitue une atteinte majeure au fonctionnement de la Justice et à l’Etat de droit.

L’Observatoire international des avocats en danger a appris ce jeudi 21 juillet 2016 qu’au moins 11 avocats avaient été arrêtés à Izmir au cours de la nuit du 20 juillet. Leurs appartements et cabinets auraient été fouillés et des documents saisis. 14 autres avocats seraient actuellement activement recherchés par les forces de police turques. Il leur serait reproché d’appartenir à des groupes favorables à Fethullah Gülen, prédicateur turc exilé aux Etats-Unis et soupçonné par le gouvernement turc d’être à l’origine du récent coup d’Etat militaire raté.

http://cnb.avocat.fr/Communique-de-l-Observatoire-international-des-avocats-en-danger-les-purges-menees-en-Turquie-touchent-egalement-les_a2733.html

http://www.avocatparis.org/communique-de-lobservatoire-international-des-avocats-en-danger

China: Upholding Justice in China—An Interview with Human Rights Lawyer Liang Xiaojun

July 21, 2016

Liang Xiaojun. (Epoch Times)

Director of a law firm in Beijing. Graduate of the prominent China University of Political Science and Law. Son of a wealthy Chinese Communist Party cadre.

Liang Xiaojun is all these things — yet he’s also willing to risk police surveillance and arrest to defend the disenfranchised in Chinese society: maligned death row inmates, house Christians, and Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

Liang’s commitment to upholding legal rights stems from his observing injustice in China endlessly play out.

“I once defended a person of faith in Chenghai, a district in Shantou City,” he told Epoch Times in an interview. “The person said had been illegally detained at a local legal education school, and was deprived of sleep for over 10 days, threatened, and intimidated. When he explained the situation to the court prosecutor, the prosecutor said: ‘You must’ve committed a crime if the public security officers resorted to torture to extract a confession.’”

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2122155-upholding-justice-in-china-an-interview-with-human-rights-lawyer-liang-xiaojun/

Kenya: Enforced Disappearance and Extra-Judicial Killing of Lawyer Willie Kimani | LRWC Letter

July 21, 2016

Dear Mr. President, Honourable Members, Commissioners, Excellencies:
Re: Enforced Disappearance and extra-judicial killing of lawyer Willie Kimani

On June 23, 2016, lawyer Willie Kimani disappeared, along with his client Josphat Mwenda, following a court appearance in respect of the client’s claim against police. The bodies of Mr. Kimani, his client, and their driver Joseph Muiruri were found a week later, on June 30, in the Ol-Donyo Sabuk River in Machakos County, about 70km northeast of Nairobi.[1]The post-mortem report indicates the victims were badly beaten and tortured before being killed.[2]

LRWC is gravely concerned that the disappearance and extra-judicial assassination of Mr. Kimani and his client was the culmination of a pattern of violations against Mr. Mwenda following the filing of his complaint against the police last year. Worse, these extra-judicial killings are themselves part of a broader pattern of abuse carried out by Kenyan police and security officials. While Kenya’s own human rights body has identified 25 extra-judicial killings between 2013 and 2015,[3] non-governmental watchdog Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) says the police killed 97 people in 2015 alone.[4]

On July 2, Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinett confirmed that three AP officers, Frederick Leliman, Stephen Chebulet and Sylvia Wanjiku, were being held in relation to the killings. They appeared in court on Monday, July 4, 2016 where the judge ordered that they be held in custody for two weeks until investigations are carried out.

Kenya: Enforced Disappearance and Extra-Judicial Killing of Lawyer Willie Kimani | Letter

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/home-affairs/human-rights/press-release/bar-council/77507/bar-human-rights-committee-and-bar