Daily Archives: 8 de December de 2016

Cameroon: Alice Nkom

le 8 décembre, 2016

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Pays d’origine : Cameroun

Profession : Avocate

Causes défendues : Alice Nkom est une avocate renommée et particulièrement engagée dans la défense des minorités sexuelles. Son engagement en faveur du respect des droits des personnes LGBTI et des victimes de violence policières lui a valu une reconnaissance internationale de son travail, mais également de nombreuses menaces dans son propre pays.

Avocate au Cameroun, Alice Nkom a consacré sa carrière à la défense des droits de l’Homme et à la défense en particulier des droits des personnes LGBTI, criminalisées et persécutées au Cameroun. L’homophobie au Cameroun est en effet très répandue et se traduit par de nombreux actes de violence et de persécution à l’égard de la communauté homosexuelle. Pourtant, seuls deux avocats au Cameroun sont connus pour avoir pris la défense des droits de cette communauté et pour accepter de défendre des personnes accusées d’homosexualité : Alice Nkom et Michel Togué.

Alice Nkom est par ailleurs la première femme inscrite dans un Barreau de Douala en 1969 à l’âge de 24 ans. Elle fonde en 2003 une association pour la défense des personnes homosexuelles(ADEFHO), seule organisation de ce type dans l’ensemble du pays. Tout au long de sa carrière, elle s’est battue avec courage pour défendre les personnes LGBTI incarcérée et faire modifier la législation camerounaise criminalisant l’homosexualité, en particulier l’article 347bis pénalisant l’homosexualité selon une ordonnance présidentielle de 1972. Elle défend ainsi en 2005, onze jeunes homosexuels emprisonnés et en 2013, obtient le premier acquittement de deux jeunes homosexuels.

https://oiadblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/alice-nkom/

Turkey: Arbitrary detention of members of IHD Ms. Seher Acay, Mr. Fevzi Adsiz, Mr. Ziya Baği, and Mr. Mahmut Bingöl

December 7, 2016

URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY                                                                            

TUR 008 / 1216 / OBS 103

Arbitrary arrest /Arbitrary detention /Denial of access to lawyers

Turkey

December 7, 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 detention of Ms. Seher Acay, representative of the Mardin Branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD), as well as of Mr.Fevzi Adsiz, Mr. Ziya Baği, and Mr. Mahmut Bingöl, members of IHD. The four lawyers are also affiliated to the Association of Jurists of Mesopotamia (MHD)[1].

According to the information received, on November 21, 2016, the four human rights lawyers were arrested and have been detained since then at the headquarters of the anti-terror police in the city of Mardin, on the basis of an arbitrary decision issued by Public Prosecutor Vural Eker. As of issuing this Urgent Appeal, the four detainees have not had access to their lawyers and no formal charges have yet been filed against them. However, the local press has reported that their arrest and detention would be linked to their activities as counsels of the city of Mardin, the mayor of which as been detained since November 21, 2016, on accusations of being linked to the PKK.

In addition, it has been reported that the four lawyers are being held in a department together with 186 persons, and are more specifically detained with five other individuals in a cell designed for two persons. As a result, the nine cannot lie down and rest as the cell is too crowded. Besides, they have been denied the right to undergo a medical checkup in the jail, and the prison doctor was reportedly summonsed to the Anti-Terror Headquarters in relation with their case. So far, the President of the Mardin Bar Association Celebi Araz visited them in jail, but they have been denied access to the legal counsel of their choice.

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/turkey/2016/12/d24088/

 

Greece: Ongoing judicial and police harassment against the human right lawyer Electra Koutra

December 8, 2016

The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Greece.

Description of the situation:

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial and police harassment against the human right lawyer Ms. Electra Koutra, President of the Hellenic Action for Human Rights “Pleiades”[1].

According to the information received, on September 6, 2016 Ms. Koutra was informed that on August 11, 2016, a police officer, member of the Thessaloniki Police, filed a complaint for “insult to his personality” requesting the award of 80,000 euros in civil damages against Ms. Koutra. This action for damages was filed in response to a complaint filed by Ms. Koutra on June 5, 2013, after she accused the same police officer of locking up in a cell and denying the right to see her client (see background information). Ms. Koutra has time until December 9 to present her arguments in writing to the judge in charge of the case, who, by December 24, will issue a date for a court hearing.

Moreover, on September 29, 2016, Ms. Koutra has also been summonsed as a suspect, and then as a witness in relation to a criminal a case in which she represents five Syrian refugee children aged between 12 and 16 allegedly arrested and ill-treated on September 27, 2016, for carrying plastic toy guns in a bag in the street in Athens[2]. This summons contravenes the legal principle that lawyers should not be called to testify in cases tin which they act as lawyers[3].

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/greece/2016/12/d24091/

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/12072/greece-lawyer-subject-of-harassment/

France: SAINT-DENIS – GUITO NARAYANIN EN GARDE À VUE AU COMMISSARIAT MALARTIC

le 8 décembre, 2016

Guito Narayanin est entendu dans le cadre de l’agression d’une avocate qui a eu lieu le 2 septembre 2015 à Mayotte, a annoncé Réunion 1ère Télé ce mercredi soir 7 décembre 2016. L’homme d’affaires réunionnais a été placé en garde à vue et son audition a lieu au commissariat Malartic de Saint-Denis.

Guito Narayanin a été “interpellé dans les locaux de son entreprise à Saint-André, en compagnie de trois de ses collaborateurs” ce mardi matin indique le JIR.

Son interpellation a donc eu lieu dans le cadre d’un dossier d'”association de malfaiteurs et violences en réunion”à la suite de l’agression d’une avocate. Les faits s’étaient produits alors qu’elle se rendait à son cabinet à Mamoudzou (la principale ville de Mayotte). D’après le récit qu’en avait fait France Mayotte Matin, “trois individus encapuchonnés” l’attendait dans la cage d’escalier de son immeuble pour la rouer de coups avant de s’enfuir à bord d’une “voiture positionnée à l’avance”.

La victime avait été gravement blessée.

Quelques jours après les faits quatre hommes âgés de 29 à 36 ans, tous Réunionnais, avaient été interpellés. Ils avaient ensuite été mis en examen. Avant de se rétracter, l’un des auteurs présumés aurait mis en cause  l’homme d’affaire Guito Narayanin., le désigant comme le commanditaire de l’attaque.

http://www.ipreunion.com/faits-divers/reportage/2016/12/08/agression-d-une-avocate-a-mayotte-guito-narayanin-entendu-au-commissariat-malartic,54027.html

http://www.zinfos974.com/Guito-Narayanin-en-garde-a-vue_a108708.html

China: China to Try Top Human Rights Lawyer, Delays Three Other Cases

December 7, 2016

The defense attorney for jailed rights lawyer Li Heping discovered he was relieved of duty when he visited his client in detention, Feb. 18, 2016.

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin have indicted prominent rights lawyer Li Heping on unknown charges, paving the way for a trial, while other lawyers detained in a July 2015 crackdown remain in pretrial detention.

Tianjin police passed Li’s case to state prosecutors in the city on Dec. 5, defense attorney Ma Lianshun told RFA.

“[We] went to the No. 2 branch of the Tianjin People’s Procuratorate … where they told us that they were indicting him [on Dec. 5],” Liang said. “They told us to call back to find out the charges against him  … but then they said they couldn’t confirm my credentials, so I can’t tell you what they are.”

An employee who answered the phone at the Tianjin People’s Procuratorate No. 2 Branch declined to comment.

Fellow rights lawyer Liang Xiaojun told RFA that officials there had also refused to reveal the charges against Li when he contacted them.

“They had tables set up outside because it was Rule of Law day [on Tuesday],” Liang said. “The procuratorate had set up tables outside to receive visitors, and we were able to meet with a department head.”

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/delays-12072016122907.html

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1-china1612.htm (FRANCAIS)

DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER JANUARY 24, 2017 (CHINA):

http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/

https://www.facebook.com/events/374243992921815/

Egypt: UPDATED: Egyptian rights activist Azza Soliman released on bail in NGO case

December 7, 2016

Azza Soliman

A Cairo court ordered on Wednesday evening the release of Egyptian human rights activist Azza Soliman on EGP 20,000 bail pending investigations into her alleged involvement in the illegal foreign funding of NGOs.

Soliman was arrested earlier in the day at her home in Cairo.

In mid-November, the renowned rights advocate and lawyer, who is co-founder and head of Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA), was barred from travelling as she was leaving Egypt for a human rights event in Morocco.

Soliman was told by authorities that the travel ban was the result of a judicial order related to investigations into a number of NGOs for allegedly receiving illegal foreign funding.

Soliman is accused of receiving funding with the aim of harming national security, founding an illegal entity engaging in NGO activities, and tax evasion.

“Police came to our house with an arrest warrant for my mother,” said Soliman’s son Nadeem Abdel-Gawad, adding that his mother was taken to New Cairo court for investigations.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/251565/Egypt/Politics-/UPDATED-Egyptian-rights-activist-Azza-Soliman-rele.aspx

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/un-chief-concerned-arrest-egyptian-rights-lawyer-195800982.html

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/12/7/un-chief-concerned-by-arrest-of-egyptian-rights-lawyer

http://www.cihrs.org/?p=19402&lang=en

https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/mozn-hassan/what-has-azza-done-azza-soliman-unique-feminist-at-risk

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Egyptian-womens-rights-advocate-Azza-Soliman-freed-on-bail-1001582434

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/12/08/human-rights-lawyer-azza-soliman-released-egp-20000-bail/

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=c363ce1194&e=3e3dfc0878

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-egyptian-women-s-rights-advocate-azza-soliman-freed-on-bail-after-being-detained-on-thursday-2280985

http://www.alnadeem.org/content/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A8%D8%B6-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%B9%D8%B2%D8%A9-%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%AD%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%AC%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%BA%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1#.WEvqpIzFbqY.facebook (ARABIC)

(N.B. It has been confirmed that lawyer Mohamed Ramadan — who was arrested along with Azza Soliman — has also been released)