Daily Archives: 30/12/2016

India: Bastar Police Continue Their Vendetta Against Women Human Rights Defenders

December 30, 2016


Clearly rattled by the mounting body of evidence of blatant violations of the rule of law and Constitutional rights under the cover of anti-Maoist operations, the Bastar police has launched a no-holds-barred attempt to silence all those who are calling them to account.

Advocate Shalini Gera and her colleagues of JagLAG who were in Jagdalpur in connection with a case of false encounter of a young Adivasi boy (1), were confronted on the night of 27 December by a police team which entered the dharamshala where they were staying and accused them of trying to exchange demonetised notes on behalf of the Maoists. Despite the fact that they were following up on an order by the Chhattisgarh HC for exhumation and a second post-mortem in the case and their accommodation had been arranged by the office of the Divisional Commissioner, Adv Shalini and her colleagues were ordered to come to the police station for interrogation. Attempts were also made to forcibly search their rooms and belongings. When asked to produce a warrant, the SI in charge of the team became even more aggressive and abusive. It took a personal call from the Divisional Commissioner to the SI to force the police to back off.

A day later when she was back at her office in Bilaspur,Adv Shalini received a call on her mobile from the SP Bastar, Shri RN Dash. Shri Dash was calling from a private number which was later identified as belonging to one Farukh Ali, a member of AGNI, a vigilante group that enjoys the patronage of the Bastar police.






Vietnam: Vietnam Extends Detention for Human Rights Attorney

December 28, 2016

Nguyen Van Dai displays his face after he was beaten by masked assailants in Nghe An province, Dec. 6, 2015.

Vietnamese authorities extended human rights attorney and activist Nguyen Van Dai’s time in prison until April, marking the third time the government has added time to his detention, RFA’s Vietnamese Service has learned.

Dai’s lawyer Ha Huy Son posted the government document extending his prison time on Facebook, but told RFA he has little information beyond that.

“I rely on the Supreme Prosecutorate. Whenever they give me the permit I will be able to meet Dai,” he said. “They are following the Bill on Legal Prosecution of Vietnam.”

Dai, 46, was taken into custody last December after leaving his Hanoi home to meet with European Union representatives who were researching human rights issues in the country.

Plainclothes officers stopped Dai before he got to the meeting and took him back to his home, where a police camera faces the front door and authorities monitor everyone who comes and goes. They confiscated three computers and USB sticks and later charged Dai with “conducting propaganda against the state” under Vietnam’s Article 88.

Human rights groups claim Article 88 is used to imprison peaceful activists in the one-party communist nation.

The arrest came soon after masked assailants beat him and other activists in what he said at the time was a reprisal for his work educating the Vietnamese people on human rights.


India: AIADMK cadres assault suspended MP Sasikala Pushpa’s husband in Chennai

December 29, 2016

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AIADMK cadres on Thuesday attacked and injured the husband of expelled MP Sasikala Pushpa, who was accused of trying to create a law-and-order problem ahead of tomorrow’s General Council meeting to elect a new General Secretary. While initial reports suggested that the attacked man, who was seen bleeding profusely, was Pushpa’s lawyer, police later clarified he was her husband Lingeswara Thilagan, who has been detained for interrogation. Police said no other person was injured.

AIADMK supporters rained blows on Thilagan, who had stayed put there despite being asked to leave, resulting in bleeding injuries on his nose. He was rescued by police who removed him from the vicinity for first aid, even as angry men and women were seen swearing at him.

AIADMK workers started gathering at the party headquarters following information that Pushpa, earlier expelled by Jayalalithaa for anti-party activities, could come there ahead of tomorrow’s General Council, possibly to seek an invitation to attend it. It was felt that she could even try to contest for the top post.


China: Rights Website Founder Formally Arrested For Subversion in China’s Hubei

December 28, 2016

Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website founder Liu Feiyue is shown in an undated photo.

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei have formally arrested Liu Feiyue, the founder of a rights website, on subversion charges, fellow activists and relatives told RFA on Wednesday.

Liu Feiyue, who founded the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website, was detained on Nov. 17 under criminal investigation for “incitement to subvert state power,” by police in Hubei’s Suizhou city and placed under formal arrest on Dec. 23.

His wife confirmed the news when contacted by RFA on Wednesday, but declined to comment further.

“They haven’t told us anything for certain; they just told us to wait,” she said.

Meanwhile, detained rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has been denied permission to see his attorney by authorities in the central province of Hunan following his detention last month on suspicion of fraud and “illegal possession of state secrets.”

According to Jiang’s defense lawyer Chen Jinxue, the case is being handled by state security police in Hunan’s provincial capital, Changsha.

Jiang, who has been incommunicado since Nov. 21 during a trip to Hunan’s provincial capital Changsha, is currently under “coercive measures,” which allow for a suspect to be held in secret for up to six months where national security-related crimes are claimed by police.

He is being investigated for “fraudulent use of identification,” “illegal possession of state secrets,” and “illegally providing state secrets.”



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Turkey: How a Top International Judge Was Trampled by Turkey’s Purge

December 29, 2016

Photos of Aydin Akay and his family at their home in Turkey.

Aydin Akay is confined to a prison cell that holds four beds and six men.

In September, Mr. Akay, 66 years old, a judge and internationally known defense attorney, was taken from his three-story island home to Block C of Turkey’s maximum-security Sincan Prison outside Ankara, where he is held as a terror suspect.

The grounds for his arrest show how far the government has gone in its voracious hunt for traitors after the summer’s failed coup: Mr. Akay downloaded a message app available from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

Turkey’s intelligence service believes he and hundreds of other detainees used the app to hide membership in a secretive Turkish religious group, led by U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for the failed overthrow.

About 40,000 people have been arrested. The first wave swept up mostly military personnel and civil servants who allegedly participated in the coup attempt or had ties to Mr. Gulen. Mr. Gulen denies any involvement.