Daily Archives: 20/12/2016

Saudi Arabia: Issa al-Marzoq al-Nukhaifi, éminent avocat des droits de l’homme et rédacteur en chef du journal électronique al-Waqa, arrêté par les forces de sécurité dans la région de Jizan

le 20 décembre, 2016

Avant d’être arrêté, Issa al-Nukhaifi avait été convoqué à comparaître par les autorités. Le 6 décembre 2016, il avait a publié le tweet suivant: «Je n’ai pas volé des trillions, je n’ai pas acheté de yacht et je n’ai pas acheté d’avion. Je n’ai pas de maison pour mes enfants. Je n’ai pas un emploi après avoir pris mon travail et même le paiement du loyer de ma maison est en retard alors pourquoi une convocation? “

Issa al-Nukhaifi est un avocat et militant social qui a protesté contre la politique du gouvernement visant à déplacer des familles des frontières saoudo-yéménites sous couvert de mesures de sécurité sans compensation adéquate.

Issa al Nukhaifi avait été précédemment arrêté en septembre 2012 et condamné par le Tribunal pénal spécial à trois ans d’emprisonnement le 29 avril 2013. Il a été libéré le 6 avril 2016 après avoir purgé trois ans et huit mois de prison. Il aurait été torturé et placé en isolement après avoir entamé une grève de la faim pour demander justice. Il a été accusé de plusieurs chefs d’accusation, notamment de contester le pouvoir judiciaire, d’accuser les institutions de l’État d’avoir manqué à leurs devoirs, participé à la sédition en incitant et organisant des manifestations, en stockant et en envoyant des informations préjudiciables à l’ordre public

(source IDHAE Facebook)

http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/244 (ENGLISH)

http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1451 (ARABIC)

The Philippines: Lawyer, aide shot dead after dawn Mass in Isabela

December 20, 2016

A gun enthusiast fires his Kimber 1911 pistol at the LAX Firing Range in Inglewood, California on September 7, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN

A 38-year-old lawyer and his security aide were shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen at 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 20) after they attended dawn Mass.

Arlan Castañeda, a former councilor, and Melito Binag, his 51-year-old security aide, were about to leave the local church when attacked, according to Senior Supt. Leon Rafael, Isabela police director. Three empty shells fired from a 9-mm pistol were found at the crime scene.

The former councilor died on the way to a hospital in Tuguegarao City. Binag died on the spot.

Castañeda widow, Joana, is a town councilor. She has not released any statement.



China: Woman sues China security bureau over video

December 20, 2016

The wife of a Chinese human rights lawyer said on Monday she is suing the public security bureau for accusing her in an online propaganda video of fomenting “colour revolution.”

Li Wenzu’s husband Wang Quanzhang took on a number of civil rights cases considered sensitive by the ruling Communist party and was detained last summer.

His employer, Beijing’s Fengrui law firm, was at the centre of last year’s so-called “709 crackdown” which saw some 200 legal staff and activists detained.

A propaganda video posted last week to the social media account of a department of China’s public security bureau accused activists of being in league with foreign organisations trying to undermine national security and foment “colour revolution” against the government.

It twice includes footage of Li calling for the return of her husband and of others detained. The “colour” term is used to describe a series of anti-government revolts in the former Soviet Union and Middle East.

Over footage of Syrian refugees, the video said: “’Colour revolutions’ have successfully turned many countries to war zones and strife, and the sharp claws of the devil have also reached China!”, according to a transcript by civil society website Chinachange.org





Thailand: Missing activists’ wives call for justice

December 20, 2016

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(Somchai Neelapaijit lawyer)

Human rights activists whose husbands are still missing years after they mysteriously vanished have urged the government to pass a law on preventing enforced disappearances, to address human rights violations.

Prominent human rights campaigner Angkhana Neelapaijit urged Thai authorities to enact the Torture and Enforced Disappearance Prevention and Suppression bill as quickly as possible, regardless of the fact that no missing persons case has been resolved.

“I have fought a lot in the past 10 years, but nothing has changed,” said Ms Angkhana, whose Thai-Muslim lawyer husband, Somchai Neelapaijai, is one of the missing.

Ms Angkhana addressed a press conference organised by the Sombath Initiative on Monday — named after the missing Laos lawyer — at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) to mark four years since Sombath’s enforced disappearance.

Ms Angkhana said she has lost hope of seeking justice under the present and previous governments.

Her husband, Somchai, a human rights lawyer, is believed to have been abducted by five state officials on Ramkhamhaeng Road in March 2004. His body has never been discovered.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) declared the Somchai case closed two months ago, reasoning that no culprits were found.