Daily Archives: 27/07/2016

Cameroon: Libération de Me Lydienne Eyoum : il y a des moments heureux dans la vie politique.

le 27 juillet, 2016

La libération le 4 juillet 2016 de Maître Lydienne Eyoum, avocate franco-camerounaise, en prison au Cameroun depuis plus de 6 ans, fut ainsi un moment de bonheur. Un bonheur partagé par l’ensemble de ceux qui se mobilisèrent en sa faveur depuis de nombreuses années. D’abord son mari, Michel Loyse, ses deux avocats, Maîtres Caroline Wassermann et Christian Charrière-Bournazel, nos deux ambassadeurs aux droits de l’Homme François Zimmeray puis Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay, notre Ambassadrice au Cameroun Christine Robichon et son prédécesseur Bruno Gain, Marc Nzoumba et l’équipe de SOS Racisme Cameroun, nos deux consuls Astride Cheminel et Bertrand Caillaud, qui l’ont accompagnée durant toutes ces années, la visitant et l’aidant dans les moments de doute et de souffrance, et beaucoup d’autres encore. Rompant avec l’indifférence de l’ère Sarkozy, il faut aussi rappeler et souligner l’implication sans faille du Président de la République, François Hollande, qui n’avait pas hésité à évoquer une fois encore la situation de Lydienne lors de son passage au Cameroun début juillet 2015. Ainsi, depuis l’alternance de 2012, chaque visite de responsables politiques français était l’occasion d’évoquer avec le Président Paul Biya notre préoccupation quant au sort de Lydienne EYOUM. Claude Bartolone, Bernard Cazeneuve, Michel Sapin et dernièrement, quelques jours avant la libération de Lydienne, André Vallini.

Je remercie Paul Biya, qui, après l’analyse personnelle du cas de Me Lydienne EYOUM à laquelle il s’était engagé auprès de François Hollande en juillet 2015, a décidé de rendre à l’ancienne avocate de l’Etat camerounais ses droits, sa liberté. Compte-tenu du contexte de l’arrestation – l’opération Epervier – et de la condamnation de Me Lydienne EYOUM, la nécessaire lutte contre la corruption méritait cette appréciation spécifique du Chef de l’Etat camerounais.

Cette libération, obtenue suite à une grâce présidentielle, est l’aboutissement de nombreux efforts. Mais c’est d’abord la victoire d’une femme, de sa dignité, de son humilité tout au long de sa captivité. Toujours combattante, alerte, digne. A l’écoute de ceux qui venaient la rencontrer dans cette prison mouroir de Kondengui. Comprenant que la réalité du temps à l’extérieur de sa prison imposait malheureusement de la patience, de la confiance lorsque nous lui disions que nous avions bon espoirde mettre fin à sa détention. Détention, qualifiée d’arbitraire par le Comité des droits de l’Homme des Nations Unies.

https://jeanyvesleconte.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/liberation-de-me-lydienne-eyoum-il-y-a-des-moments-heureux-dans-la-vie-politique/

China: ABA to Honor Imprisoned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer

July 27, 2016

Xi Jinping, China's president, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama stand during the playing of the National Anthem during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

In a sign of support for China’s embattled rights lawyers, the American Bar Association earlier this month announced it is giving the organization’s first ever “International Human Rights Award” to Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu.

Wang, based in Beijing and widely known for her work on behalf of women and religious minorities, was arrested by the Chinese authorities last year on charges of “anti-state activity,” and remains incarcerated in China. According to the ABA, she’s awaiting trial, and will receive the award in absentia at the association’s annual meeting in San Francisco next month.

She is one of hundreds of lawyers whom the PRC government reportedly has detained since launching a crackdown last summer in what has been widely perceived as an effort to silence dissent.

A number of bar associations and legal organizations, including the New York City Bar Association and the International Bar Association, issued letters last year condemning the crackdown and calling on the Chinese government to release prisoners.

The ABA also issued a letter, calling for the government to “permit lawyers to discharge their professional duty.” But lawyers, law professors, and even members of Congress alleged the association hadn’t been harsh enough in its condemnation of the arrests.

ABA to Honor Imprisoned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer

https://next.ft.com/content/ccd94b46-4db5-11e6-88c5-db83e98a590a

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36882918

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/detained_chinese_lawyer_to_receive_inaugural_aba_award

http://maestro.abanet.org/list/inxsxxpc/160720A/h5odgz.vib?a0=813&a2=%26UNSUBSCRIBE_TOKEN%3B&a1=%26EMAIL_ADDRESS%3B

(UPDATE: The award will be given, in absentia, on August 6, 2016 during the ABA annual meeting in San Francisco)

China: Open letter about detention lawyers

July 24, 2016

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The 9th of July 2016 marks one year since the unprecedented and seemingly well-coordinated detention campaign of a large number of human rights lawyers and defenders in China. In an open letter to President Xi Jinping, L4L, together with a large coalition of lawyers and lawyers organizations, expressed its continuing concern about the situation of the lawyers still held in detention. 

The wave of arrests followed the disappearance of lawyer Wang Yu on 9 July 2015. In the weeks hereafter, more than 300 human rights lawyers, legal assistants, and rights activists were targeted during the nationwide sweep.

Today, 23 individuals are held under formal arrest, nine of them human rights lawyers, one law firm staff member and 13 human rights defenders. Six of the lawyers, including Wang Yu, Wang Quanzhang, Li Heping, Zhou Shifeng, Li Chunfu and Liu Sixin have been charged with the serious crimes of “subversion”. Three other lawyers, Bao Longjun, Xie Yanyi and Xie Yang, have been charged with “inciting subversion”.

Even though these lawyers were formally arrested half a year ago, none of them has been able to meet with their defense counsel and family. In the letter, the organizations and individuals call on President Xi Jinping to release all lawyers and others unlawfully detained.

China Open letter about detention lawyers

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2125339-confined-shanghai-rights-lawyer-recounts-case-of-forced-rr/

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/online-activist-denies-public-order-charges-despite-police-pressure-07272016111139.html

Turkey: Provisional release of Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz and travel ban against him

July 26, 2016

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

New information:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the provisional release 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]. As a journalist, Orhan Kemal Cengiz published articles on various newspapers including Today’s Zaman, Radikal, Al-Monitor, Ozgur Dusunce and Bugun.

According to the information received, on July 24, 2016, the Prosecutor ordered the provisional release ofOrhan Kemal Cengiz and issued a travel ban against him, pending the end of the investigation.

During his interrogation, the Prosecutor informed Orhan Kemal Cengiz that he was investigated within the framework of a criminal case regarding Muhammed Fethullah Gülen’s alleged terrorist organisation. Orhan Kemal Cengiz was questioned about a few tweets posted on his Twitter account.

The Observatory welcomes the release of Orhan Kemal Cengiz but deplores his continuing judicial harassment, which seems to merely aim at sanctioning his human rights activities.

Until all charges are dropped, the Observatory calls upon the Turkish authorities to cancel the travel ban and ensure that any judicial proceeding against him are carried out in full compliance with his right to a fair trial, as protected under international law.

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/turkey/2016/07/d23879/

Turkey: Provisional release of Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz and travel ban against him

New information TUR 006 / 0716 / OBS 063.1 Provisional release / Restrictions to freedom of movement Turkey July 26, 2016
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkey. New information: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the provisional release of Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz, (…)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-orhan-kemal-cengiz

Tanzania: PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF ADVOCATE SHILINDE NGALULA WHILE IN THE COURSE OF PERFORMING HIS DUTIES AS AN OFFICER OF THE COURT

July 26, 2016

On Friday 22nd July 2016, we learned that one of our member, Advocate Shilinde Ngalula was arrested; temporarily detained and questioned while undertaking his duties as an advocate in Loliondo District by security organs on allegations of community incitement and espionage.

We have established beyond per adventure that during his arrest on 22nd July, 2016, Mr. Ngalula was following up a case involving his clients who had been earlier arrested and detained by the Tanzania Police Force for several days in Police cells without being formally charged contrary to laid down procedures. We were informed that these arrests were part of a security operation in a long standing land dispute between Maasai pastoral communities and foreign investors from UAE and USA.

While were following up on the matter we received information that Advocate Ngalula was later released on Police bail with directions that he should report back to the Police Station on Monday, 25th July 2016 for statement taking. Following the directives that he should report back on 26th July 2016, Advocate Ngalula opted to comply with the order and remained in Loliondo rather than returning to his base in Arusha Town. We wish to record that while undergoing all this interrogation procedures, Mr. Ngalula had not been accorded an opportunity to perform his noble obligations as an Advocate by failing to meet his clients who were under police detention.

Click to access Statement-on-Illegal-arrest-of-Advocate-Shilinde-Ngalula-Signed.pdf

Turkey: Respect human rights in Turkey (International Union of the European Criminal Lawyers)

July 26, 2016

International Union of the European Criminal Lawyers formally asks expulsion of Turkey from the Council of Europe or the suspension of its membership until minimum standards of fundamental rights protection are restored and asks for a meeting with COE’s Secretary General (July, 26)

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The International Union of the European Criminal Lawyers expresses its deep concern about the recent developments in Turkey, which significantly undermine European standards of fundamental rights and the European Convention of Human Rights itself.

Suspension, detention and prosecution of thousands of university professors, journalists, judges, defense lawyers, as well as civil servants and private citizens, take place every day; we have no doubt that these professions are targeted due to their social function as defence of rights and the rule of law and their relevance for the functioning of democracy.

Arbitrary arrests, mass persecutions, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of people deprived of their liberty, restrictions of freedom of speech and freedom of press and media expression, censorship of education, attack to the independence of judiciary power, suspension of access to a lawyer for detained people, and the potential restoration of death penalty, as suggested in these days by Turkish government, are incompatible with the rights granted by the European Convention of Human Rights and its protocols, even considering Turkey’s temporary derogation under Article 15 of the Convention. In fact, no derogation is allowed under same provision with regard, inter alia, to the right to life, the prohibition of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and the principle of no punishment without law.

 

2016.07.26 Appeal for respect HR in Turkey

http://camerepenali.it/cat/7798/appello_per_il_rispetto_dei_diritti_umani_in_turchia_-_appeal_for_respect_the_human_rights_in_turkey_.html (ITALIAN)

http://milano.corriere.it/foto-gallery/cronaca/16_luglio_27/toghe-unite-contro-purghe-erdogan-0f2765aa-5423-11e6-bb79-1e466f3b40d8_preview.shtml?reason=unauthenticated&cat=1&cid=R4HjdAFx&pids=FR&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fmilano.corriere.it%2Ffoto-gallery%2Fcronaca%2F16_luglio_27%2Ftoghe-unite-contro-purghe-erdogan-0f2765aa-5423-11e6-bb79-1e466f3b40d8.shtml (ITALIAN)

http://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=ec860506-e7cd-43f2-99c7-fe2a84453a28

Turkey’s president is using the failed coup as an excuse to snuff out secular democracy

http://www.osce.org/node/255556

European lawyers and the defence of their international colleagues

Stuart Russell, Alternative Law Journal: (2016) 41(2) AltLJ 141

 

http://www.altlj.org/news-and-views/downunderallover/duao-vol-41-2/1057-european-lawyers-and-the-defence-of-their-international-colleagues

Egypt: Lawyer Mahienour El-Massry free in 2 weeks!

July 27, 2016

الإسفلت حيولع ليه؟ عشان ماهينور حتدوس عليه!
هانت 15 يوم و ماهينور تنورنا يارب
Activist Mahinour Elmasry, sentenced to 15 months in prison for peaceful protesting in Alexandria, will be released in 15 days.
Freedom for All!