January 18, 2017
Marked on January 24th, the annual Day of the Endangered Lawyer is a time to reflect on the plight of lawyers around the world who risk harassment, persecution, injury and death as they work to protect the rights of those who need it most.
For 2017, the Law Society would like to acknowledge the untiring efforts and courage of human rights lawyers in China and the prominent Human Rights Defender Waleed Abu al-Khair in Saudi Arabia.
The Law Society is committed to maintaining and advancing access to justice and the rule of law.
Through the Human Rights Monitoring Group, the Law Society has intervened many times in the cases of lawyers in China and Saudi Arabia, including that of endangered lawyer and Law Society Human Rights Award recipient Waleed Abu al-Khair.
The Law Society encourages its members to honour the brave lawyers around the world. Learn more about their stories through the links above.
Diyarbakır Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı’nın yürüttüğü soruşturma kapsamında 4 Kasım’da tutuklanan ve 142 yıl hapis istemiyle hakkında iddianame hazırlanan HDP Eş Genel Başkanı Selahattin Demirtaş, dün Edirne F Tipi Cezaevi’nden şimdiye kadar SEGBİS yoluyla savcılık ve mahkemelere toplam 30 saat ifade vermişti.
Mardin, Ankara, İstanbul, Adana ve Mersin’de hakkında açılan soruşturma ve davalar kapsamında ifade veren Demirtaş’ın, önümüzdeki 4 ay içerisinde 19 kesinleşmiş duruşmasının daha bulunduğu kaydetmişti.
Mardin davasından beraat
Demirtaş, Mardin’in Midyat ilçesinde yargılandığı örgüt propagandası davasından beraat etti.
HDP’den ilk açıklama
Konuya ilişkin açıklama HDP Genel Merkezi’nden geldi. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Eş Genel Başkanımız Selahattin Demirtaş, 9 Eylül 2015 tarihinde Cizre’de sokağa çıkma yasağının 6ncı gününde duruma dikkat çekmek üzere Midyat’ta yaptığı konuşma nedeniyle “terör örgütü propagandası” iddiasıyla hakkında açılan davanın Mardin Midyat Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülen duruşmasında beraat etmiştir.
Our Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş was acquitted at the hearing held today (19 January 2017) at the Mardin Midyat High Criminal Court of the case where he was charged with “propaganda of a terrorist organization” regarding the speech he made on 9 September 2015 in Midyat in order to draw attention to the curfew in Cizre on its 6th day. The Prosecutor observed that the speech contained “no element of propaganda for a terrorist organization, or praise of violence” the court (panel of judges) ruled for acquittal.
(source Peoples’ Democratic Party – HDP Facebook)
(NOTE: Selahattin Demirtas is a human rights lawyer)
January 19, 2017
Last Sunday was the 19th wedding anniversary of Jin Bianling and her husband, the rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong. As usual, the couple spent it apart. Ms. Jin has not seen Mr. Jiang since 2013, when she and their daughter moved to California from China seeking safety from the state harassment that came along with Mr. Jiang’s work.
“We really miss him,” Ms. Jin said by telephone from the United States.
But this year’s anniversary was especially hard, she said.
On Nov. 21, Mr. Jiang went missing. Police officials later confirmed that he was in custody under suspicion of “incitement to subversion of state power,” but they did not disclose his location.
Then, last week, the police released on bail a close associate of Mr. Jiang’s, the human rights lawyer Li Chunfu, in what Mr. Li’s relatives and lawyers said was a confused and frightened condition, occasionally raving or belligerent. Mr. Li had been tortured, they said, and his neck was injured and his mind damaged. He was also administered unknown drugs, they said.
DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER JANUARY 24, 2017 (CHINA):