Daily Archives: 13/08/2016

Egypt: Mahienour al-Massry and Youssef Shaaban released from prison after serving 15-month sentences

August 13, 2016

Human rights lawyer Mahienour al-Massry and journalist Youssef Shabaan were both released after serving 15-month prison sentences for storming Raml Police Station in Alexandria.

A court originally sentenced them both to two years in prison, with their terms being later reduced.

Relatives of Massry and Shabaan reported their delayed release, with both being held in police trucks for hours before appearing in front of Alexandria prosecution in order to finalize their release procedures.

Shaaban’s wife Ranwa Youssef said they were transferred to National Security Agency facilities Saturday morning, where they remained for hours before they were transferred back to the police station before their release.

The case dates back to March 30, 2013, when several activists and lawyers accused officers at Raml Police Station of assaulting a lawyer representing defendants accused of burning the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters.



Egyptian Human Rights Lawyer Mahienour El-Massry Released From Prison




https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%88%D8%B1_%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D9%8A (ARABIC)

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahienour_El-Massry (ESPANOL)

Egypt: Imprisoned human rights lawyer Malek Adly in jail 100 days in solitary confinement tomorrow!


August 13, 2016

غدا يكمل المحامي مالك عدلي 100 يوم من الحبس الاحتياطي والانفرادي لذلك
تدعوكم حملة مالك عدلي حر للكتابة والتدوين اليوم من 8 ل 10 مساء في هشتاجات #مالك_عدلي_حر و #free_malek_adly

Pakistan: Lawyers end boycott of courts, demand more security steps

August 13, 2016

The News International

The Karachi Bar Association (KBA) announced the end of a boycott of courts in the city on Friday, four days after the killing of more than 70 people, most of them advocates, in a suicide bomb blast at Civil Hospital in Quetta.

Making the announcement, KBA President Mehmoodul Hassan said the lawyers would remain alert and keep an eye on the steps being taken by the government for their protection. He also announced a convention of lawyers would be held in Quetta.

He expressed his satisfaction with the steps taken for the treatment and the payment of compensation to the injured people.

He said the injured people were being provided proper medical treatment and the affected families were being compensated. However, he said, more efforts were needed to be made by the government.

The KBA chief suggested that the intelligence system should be made more effective and powerful.

He said: “We are making a plan to hold a convention of lawyers in Quetta very soon in solidarity with the victims and lawyers of Quetta, who have made great sacrifices.”



China: Chinese Activists’ Families Face House Arrest, Travel Bans: Lawyers

August 12, 2016


Chinese authorities are continuing to mete out punishment by association to the families of detained human rights lawyers and activists, preventing them from leaving the county on “national security” grounds, activists said.

“Collective punishment against Chinese activists means blocking family members from traveling and obtaining passports or visas,” the Chinese website Weiquanwang reported on Friday.

On Thursday, four state security police officers prevented Li Wenzu, wife of detained rights attorney Wang Quanzhang, from leaving her home with the couple’s child, her lawyer said.

“Li Wenzu was prevented from leaving her home … by four state security police, who surrounded her and wouldn’t let her call a taxi,” Wang’s defense lawyer Yu Wensheng told RFA in a recent interview.

Yu said he suspects the authorities fear Li Wenzu will seek out a lawyer for her husband or apply for information about his trial.

“I think they are hoping to try him behind closed doors, so they don’t want the family members hiring lawyers, and they don’t want to give them a permit to sit in on the trial,” he said.



The Lawyers Who Vanished: Suppression of Political Dissent on the Rise in China

Mo Zhixu on the “Great Subversion Case”


#Freethelawyers #709crackdown

Kenya: Amnesty International hails ruling on lawyer Willie Kimani murder case

August 11, 2016

Lawyers demonstrate against the killing of Willie Kimani in Nakuru last month. /FILE

Amnesty International has termed Thursday’s High court ruling a befitting tribute to lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.

The agency said the ruling also augers well for hundreds of other Kenyans who have been executed or disappeared at the hands of the police.

Victor Odero, East Africa campaigner, termed the court’s determination as “a watershed moment in the history of justice in Kenya”

He said the decision sheds the spotlight on the common but under-reported scourge of extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances in the country.

Odero, in a statement, said the government should be compelled to recognise Willie Kimani as a champion of justice as the courts had done.

“Willie was indeed a champion of justice. He dedicated his life to fighting extra judicial killings, but sadly met his end through the same violations he had worked so tirelessly to eradicate,” he said.





Kenya: Law Society of Kenya’s Response to Murder of Willie Kimani | Letter

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2016/08/kenya-watershed-ruling-on-lawyers-disappearance-and-execution-by-police/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.haberturk.com/yerel-haberler/haber/9170659-kenyada-oldurulen-insan-haklari-avukati (TURKISH)

Endangered Lawyers: Killing Lawyers Means Killing Democracy

August 13, 2016