Daily Archives: 10/12/2016

China: Zhou Shifeng

December 9, 2016


Pays d’origine : Chine

Profession : Avocat

Causes défendues : Avocat pénaliste, il intervient sur de nombreux dossiers droits de l’Homme et défend les libertés fondamentales notamment la liberté d’expression, la liberté de croyance, la liberté d’opinion. Il est intervenu dans la défense de nombreux activistes dissidents du pouvoir chinois.

Fondateur et directeur du cabinet d’avocat Fengrui basé à Pékin, Zhou Shifeng, âgé de 52 ans et avocat depuis 1995, a été condamné le 4 août 2016 par le tribunal populaire intermédiaire n° 2 de Tianjin à 7 ans de prison pour « subversion du pouvoir de l’Etat » et à la perte de ses droit politiques pour une durée de 5 ans.

Zhou Shifeng et son cabinet Fengrui fondé en 2007 développaient une importante activité en faveur des droits de l’Homme, de la Démocratie et des libertés civiles et sont intervenus dans de nombreuses affaires contre l’Etat Chinois. Parmi les affaires les plus célèbres figurent celle du lait maternel contaminé en 2008, mais également la défense de l’artiste dissident Ai Weiwei, d’Ilham Tohti, qui purge actuellement une peine de prison à perpétuité pour séparatisme, et de nombreux autres intellectuels, activistes et membres de la pratique interdite Falun Gong. Peu avant son arrestation, Zhou Shifeng annonçait son intention de créer une Fondation des avocats de la défense en Chine pour soutenir les familles des avocats persécutés à travers le pays.




http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/ambassador-human-rights-day-statement-2016.html (ENGLISH)

http://www.irishlegal.com/6120/law-society-marks-european-lawyers-day/ (ENGLISH)




Thailand: The story of June A human rights lawyer in Thailand.

December 9, 2016

Sirikan Charoensiri, known as June, is a Thai human rights defender and lawyer who now faces prosecution for defending basic legal rights.

Throughout her career she has worked to defend the rights of others. This is the story of June.

In May 2014, martial law was declared in Thailand. June and her colleagues set up Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) to respond to instances of legal malpractice and abuse:



December 9, 2016

On Tuesday, several new stories emerged regarding Iranian arrests of political prisoners and the pressure being faced by persons already being held in Iranian jails. Human rights sources in Iran noted that a government official named Alireza Rahmani had been arrested on November 29 solely for the crime of using social media to express support for political prisoner and renowned human rights lawyer Narges Mohammadi.

In May, Mohammadi was sentenced to 16 years in prison for her peaceful activism, of which she will serve a minimum of 10 years, unless the Iranian judiciary takes highly unusual action to commute her sentence. Although such action seems unlikely, there has been virtually unprecedented advocacy among Iranian politicians for a review of her case. A number of members of the Iranian parliament, for instance, sent a letter to the head of the judiciary, urging “Islamic mercy.” But there has been pushback against these efforts, both from conservative MPs and from the judiciary itself.

Furthermore, hardline news outlets have sought to expose Mohammadi’s defenders, as in the case of Alireza Rahmani. His Telegram post asking friends to sign a petition on her behalf was published online, presumably contributing to his subsequent arrest. Rahmani, the director of public relations for the Qazvin governor’s office, was quickly released on bail, but still faces possible national security charges for “supporting a provocateur.







http://www.csdhi.org/index.php/actualites/prisonniers-politiques/8294-la-prisonniere-politique-le-plus-celebre-d-iran-demande-au-monde-de-briser-son-silence (FRANCAIS)

http://www.humanrights-ir.org/?p=1647 (FARSI)

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L’ambassadrice des Etats-Unis à l’ONU demande la libération de Narguesse Mohammadi
CNRI Femmes – Samantha Power, l’ambassadrice des Etats-Unis à l’ONU, a lancé une campagne en faveur des prisonniers politiques #FreeToBeHomelors de la Journée internationale des droits humains. Elle y lance un appel à la libération des prisonniers politiques dans dix pays du monde.
Parmi ces détenus, l’Iranienne Narguesse Mohammadi. Samantha Powers a twitté : « Narguesse a été arrêtée pour son plaidoyer contre l’oppression en Iran. Ses jumeaux, veulent leur mère libre et à la maison. »
Le site du Département d’Etat américain dit notamment que « Narguesse Mohammadi, une éminente défenseure des droits humain, avait déjà été arrêtée pour ses activités contre la peine de mort et l’oppression en Iran, mais cette fois, elle n’a pas été libérée. En mai 2015, elle a été arrêtée, jugée et condamnée à seize ans de prison. Elle est gravement malade et nécessite des soins médicaux spécialisés continus qu’elle ne peut recevoir en prison. Ses jeunes jumeaux attendent le retour de leur mère … Nous appelons le gouvernement iranien à libérer Narguesse Mohammadi immédiatement et à la réunir cette famille. »


China: China Charges Lawyer Treason After Recent Disappearance

December 9, 2016

FILE - Human rights activist Jiang Tianyong speaks to journalists outside a hospital after his failed attempt to see blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng who is believed to be seeking treatment in Beijing, China, May 2, 2012. The wife of one of China's most prominent human rights campaigners says he has disappeared during a trip to visit relatives of a detained rights lawyer.

China is showing no sign of easing its crackdown on the nation’s rights defenders.

Earlier this week, rights lawyer Li Heping was officially indicted, and the whereabouts of three other rights activists, including public interest lawyer Jiang Tianyong, are unknown more than two weeks after they disappeared.

Li’s wife, Wang Qianling, learned of her husband’s indictment days after she and attorney Ma Lianshun began pressing authorities in Tianjin for an answer.

Treason charge

“Today [on Thursday], Ms. Wang went to [the procuratorate in] Tianjin again and confirmed that Li is formally charged with treason. No more details were given,” Ma told VOA.

Wang hired Ma to defend Li, one of the country’s best-known lawyers, who was taken away from his home in Beijing during the Communist Party’s sweeping crackdown on rights activists last July.

But the lawyer has never been allowed to meet his client, and the authorities, by putting Li in detention where he is incommunicado, have not followed due process of law.





http://www.tpi.it/mondo/cina/stati-uniti-ue-chiesto-cina-liberare-prigionieri-politici (ITALIANO)




(N.B.  The charge is subverting state power and not treason.)

Pakistan: Investigate and Remedy Murder of Lawyer Bilal Anwar Kasi and Sandeman Civil Hospital Quetta Bomb Attack | Letter

December 9, 2016

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and other human rights defenders who promote human rights and the rule of law internationally through advocacy, legal research and education LRWC also campaigns for lawyers and other human rights defenders in danger because of their advocacy. LRWC has Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

LRWC condemns in the strongest terms the two separate attacks targeting the Balochistan legal community on 8 August 2016 in Quetta: the assassination of Bilal Anwar Kasi and the subsequent bombing of the emergency ward area of the Sandeman Civil Hospital that left over 70 people dead, the majority of whom were lawyers, over 100 injured.  The fact that the numbers of people killed and injured is still unknown four months after the tragedy is of great concern. Bilal Anwar Kasi, a prominent lawyer and president of the Balochistan High Court Bar Association, was in his car enroute to his office when he was shot by two motorcycle riding gunmen on the morning of 8 August. Prior to his death he had announced a two-day boycott of court to protest the recent murders of lawyers in Quetta.[1] Many lawyers, journalists, and friends had gathered at Sandeman Civil Hospital in Quetta to accompany the body of Bilal Anwar Kasi when the bombs went off. According to one estimate, 78 people including at 57 lawyers were killed, and 120 others injured.[2]Many of the lawyers killed were advocates for victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan. The assassination and bombing are believed to have been pre-meditated and well planned attacks on the legal community of Balochistan.[3] The bombing has wiped out  a generation of Quetta’s lawyers, a loss that cannot be replaced. A loss of lawyers of this magnitude in a single day has left a void in the legal community in Balochistan.



Syria: Razan Zaitouneh missing for three years

December 9, 2016


Since human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh, her husband and two colleagues were abducted on 9 December 2013, no one has heard of them. Today, exactly three years after their disappearance, fifty-six organizations, L4L amongst them, called for their immediate release.

Razan Zeitouneh, Wa’el Hamada, Samira Khalil, and Nazem Hammadi disappeared in Douma, after group of armed men stormed into the office of the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) on 9 December 2013.

Razan Zaitouneh has been one of the key lawyers defending political prisoners in Syria since 2001. Since the beginning of the crisis in 2011, Razan Zaitouneh has played a key role in efforts to defend human rights for all and protect independent groups and activists in Syria. Razan Zeitouneh is co-founder of the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) and the Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which documents human rights violations in Syria. As a result of her work, she had been threatened by both the Syrian government and armed opposition groups in Douma several months before her abduction.




http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.syr161010.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1446 (ARABIC)

China/EU: Statement by the EU Delegation to China on the International Human Rights Day

December 9, 2016

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Every year on 10 December the international community celebrates the anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This anniversary is an opportunity for both the EU and China to examine their progress in protecting the human rights of all persons.

In recent years, China has made considerable progress in a number of areas of human development, including improving the social and economic situation for hundreds of millions of its citizens. In the sphere of civil rights, we also see a reduction in the number of crimes eligible for the death penalty, increasing professionalisation of the judiciary as well as the introduction of China’s first national anti-domestic violence law.

However, we are also aware that there is an urgent need for additional progress with regard to the criminal justice system. In particular we are concerned about the failure to implement current legal protections and the adoption of laws and regulations which run contrary to China’s stated commitment to advance the rule of law. During the past year, we have been extremely troubled about the deterioration of the situation with respect to freedom of expression and association. This repression has led to the arrest, detention and conviction of human rights defenders, lawyers and others exercising rights such as freedom of religion or belief. We once again call for the release of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and Uighur academic Ilham Tohti. We remain extremely concerned about the cases of Zhang Haitao and Tashi Wangchuk  and the ongoing detention and conviction of human rights lawyers and defenders detained in connection with the 9 July 2015 crackdown, including Li Heping, Wang Quanzhang, Xie Yang and in particular Jiang Tianyong. We are equally concerned about all human rights defenders and their family members who have been harassed and punished because of their work in promoting rights which are protected in China’s Constitution and international law.






http://www.salzburg24.at/tag-der-menschenrechte-eu-kritisiert-verfolgung-in-china/apa-1433425490 (DEUTSCH)

http://www.pressonline.rs/svet/Svet/386212/narodna-republika-nestalih-kako-kina-legalizuje-otmice-boraca-za-ljudska-prava.html (SERBIAN)

http://www.voaindonesia.com/a/china-dakwa-pengacara-ham-lakukan-pengkhianatan/3629594.html (INDONESIAN)