Daily Archives: 12/01/2017

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Jornada dedicada a la abogacía amenazada (Madrid)

24 de enero de 2017

Jornada dedicada a la abogacía amenazada

El Consejo General de la Abogacía Española y su Fundación, miembros fundadores del Observatorio Internacional de Abogados en Riesgo, se suman a la iniciativa promovida anualmente por la Asociación Libre de Abogados-ALA en el marco de los actos celebrados por la Asociación Europea de Abogados Demócratas-AED de manera paralela en varias capitales europeas.

En el 2017 el país escogido en atención al elevado número de denuncias recibidas es la República Popular China donde existen indicios y hechos que demuestran el elevado riesgo que comporta movilizarse en torno a la defensa de derechos y cuestionar el status quo. Por este motivo, son propuestos para el próximo 24 de enero los siguientes actos en solidaridad y compromiso con los compañeros y compañeras de la República Popular China que padezcan o hayan padecido toda forma de vulneraciones por razones estrictamente relacionadas con el ejercicio de la abogacía y la defensa de los derechos humanos.

13.30 pm: Concentración con togas frente a embajada de la República Popular China.

16-18:30 pm: Coloquio sobre la situación actual en la República Popular China para entender la situación de amenazas y persecución que padece la abogacía de derechos humanos y por extensión toda forma de activismo en un contexto adverso para el ejercicio, reivindicación y defensa de los derechos fundamentales.

Lugar: Salón de actos de la Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid

(Calle de Juan Bravo, 6. 28006 Madrid)




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India: 3 arrested in hotelier murder case in Odisha’s Puri

January 11, 2017


Puri police arrested three persons late last night for their alleged involvement in the murder of lawyer-cum-hotelier Chandan Behera in the city.

Raids were conducted by police at several places following which the three were arrested, informed Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi.

The arrested were identified as Kapilash Bhoi, Basudev Bhat and Brajakishore Bhoi.

Sharp weapons, one revolver, six bullets, one car and a bike were seized from their possession, he said.

Behera had purchased a piece of land in which the three accused had cooperated following which he gave job to the trio at the hotel with free accommodation and food. Later, the hotel was leased out by Behera which led to a dispute between him and the accused, the SP said.

Notably, Behera was hacked to death by unknown assailants on January 8 evening inside the compound of Sai Kutir Lodge owned by him. Behera was attacked with swords while he was returning to the lodge with one of his staff Krushna pillion riding with him on a scooter. Krushna also received minor injuries in the attack.

Lawyers across Odisha had resorted to one-day cease work yesterday protesting the incident and demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.




January 11, 2017

Eldoret-based lawyer Simon Lilan addresses the media in Eldoret town. Members of his family have said the lawyer has gone missing. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA


I have received with alarm the news of the disappearance of advocate and LSK member Simon Lilan.

The LSK has been in communication with his family from whom we have learnt that Mr. Lilan was last seen on the 9th January, 2016 on which date he called me at 17:52hrs after calling and speaking to the Chair, LSK North Rift branch between 17:32hrs and 17:37hrs of the same date.

I am further informed the family has formally reported to the police his disappearance and remain very concerned for his safety.

I have spoken to the Inspector General of the National Police Service who has given his assurance that the police has received a missing person report and are looking for Mr. Lilan. I urge the police to carry out thorough investigations to locate Mr. Lilan and facilitate his safe return to his family.

Isaac E. N. Okero
President, Law Society of Kenya

(source Law Society of Kenya Facebook)