August 16, 2016
The family of a Chinese attorney detained during a recent nationwide crackdown on human rights lawyers has accused the authorities of allowing his torture in detention.
Chen Guiqiu, wife of detained rights lawyer Xie Yang, has said she has good reason to believe that he is being mistreated at the police-run Changsha No. 2 Detention Center in the central province of Hunan.
Xie was initially detained on July 11, 2015, while on a trip to Huaihua in the central province of Hunan and later placed under “residential surveillance at a designated place.”
Under recent changes in the law, such detainees may be held in secret with no access to lawyers or relatives, if the charges relate to matters of national security.
Like many other lawyers and activists detained in the same crackdown, Xie has been denied meetings with lawyers or relatives since his incarceration.
“It seems obvious that you are preventing Xie Yang from meeting with his lawyers because you want to keep him incommunicado so that you can force a confession out of him,” Chen wrote in an open letter to the authorities dated Aug. 12.
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August 17, 2016
(source: Chr Lawyers Facebook)
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August 11, 2016
Today, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) expresses its vehement alarm at the investigation conducted with “Ahmed Al-Basha”, a cassation lawyers, owing to a graphic drawing he published depicting the Bar Association as a man who is drowning and called for saving it. The association didn’t understand the feeling of outrage and grief several of its members have, rather, it summoned the lawyer for investigation in a violation of all customary procedures.
Ahmed Abdel-Qader Abdel-Salam, aka “Ahmed Al-Basha”, is a cassation lawyer who published a graphic drawing- attached hereunder- on his Facebook page two days ago. He was then surprised a summon has been issued to interrogate him at the Bar Association, upon a complaint filed by one of the employees working therein! When he headed there to inquire about such summon, he was astonished to see a lawyer, who is not a board member at the association, acting as the investigator and refused to allow him to review the complaint paper as part of a series of violations; which started with an encroachment on his right to expression and criticism to the association’s acceptance of a complaint that is lodged by a mere employee, who is supposed to be working in the association serving the lawyers and is not considered as its representative, in addition to letting a non-specialist to carry out an investigation.
August 17, 2016
Last week’s terror attacks in Quetta, Pakistan, saw three generations of lawyers, wiped out. Quetta has been one of the longest-suffering victims of terrorism since September 11, 2001 in both Pakistan and throughout the world. But the recent attack on this vulnerable yet vibrant city is one of the worst it has seen in decades.
It began with the targeted death of Bilal Anwar Kasi, head of the Baluchistan Bar Association, who was shot at point blank on his way to work on Monday, August 8.
His death alone was enough to shake the province’s legal community, and as dozens of his colleagues gathered shortly after at the city’s Civil Hospital to receive his body in preparation for his funeral, the terrorists struck again, detonating a bomb at the entrance of the hospital.
Some 74 lives were lost in Monday’s attack, mostly lawyers along with two cameramen working for Pakistani news channels. Dozens were critically injured in the attack.
This is not the first time that lawmakers in the country have been targeted. In March 2013, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a judicial complex in Peshawar, killing four. And just days prior to the hospital bombing, lawyer Jahanzeb Alvi was shot dead in Quetta.