Daily Archives: 26/01/2017

Nigeria: DSS flays lawyers’ protest in Rivers

January 26, 2017

DG of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura

The Department of State Services (DSS) says the protest by Lawyers in Defence of Democracy and Citizens for Good Governance that its Director General, Alhaji Lawal Daura, be relieved of his position as misplaced priority.

“We believe that that protest by the group, claiming to be acting on behalf of some aggrieved lawyers and Human Rights activists, has other hidden motives,” the DSS said.

The group of lawyers and others had during the protest complained against the excesses of the DG in trying to destabilise Rivers State, the gradual destruction of Nigerian democracy, abuse of human rights, detention of citizens and journalists.

While calling for the release of their members from the DSS underground detention facilities, they also demanded for the disbandment of the panel set up by the Police to investigate the violence in the last Rivers re-run elections.

Moving from United States, British High Commission, the European Commission and the Human Rights Commission where they submitted petitions, the protesters said their march was to stand up against the SSS boss in his bid to install a reign of fear and intimidation.
But the DSS source who spoke on behalf of head of the country’s secret police said yesterday: “The protesters’ main grouse was that some lawyers who are members of their group are being detained by the DSS. I wish to state categorically that no lawyer is in our custody. I repeat, no lawyer is being detained in DSS custody.’’

http://guardian.ng/news/dss-flays-lawyers-protest-in-rivers/

Russia/Crimea: Lawyer For Prominent Crimean Tatar Activist Forcibly Detained

January 25, 2017

Nikolai Polozov

A Russian lawyer who is defending a prominent Crimean Tatar activist says he was forcibly detained and taken to a Federal Security Service’s (FSB) office in Russia-controlled Crimea on January 25.

Nikolai Polozov, who was seen being forced into a car by men in civilian clothes, said he was released two hours later.

He said FSB officers had used psychological pressure in an effort to force him to answer questions related to the case of his client, Ilmi Umerov.

Polozov added that he refused to answer the questions.

Polozov’s colleague Mark Feigin said earlier on Twitter that Polozov would risk being barred from representing Umerov if he invoked his right to protect his client’s privacy.

Umerov, former deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatars’ self-governing body, the Mejlis, was charged with separatism last year after he publicly criticized Moscow’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014.

http://www.rferl.org/a/crimean-tatar-activist-lawyer-forcibly-detained-russia/28256809.html

http://www.interpretermag.com/day-1073/

http://112.international/video/lawyer-nikolai-polozov-detained-in-crimea-218-218.html

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: l’ancien bâtonnier du Barreau de Lubumbashi, Jean-Claude Muyambo et ses avocats contraints de quitter la salle d’audience où ils protestaient contre les irrégularités du procès

le 26 janvier, 2017

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http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.rdc170124.htm

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20170125-rdc-proces-batonnier-jean-claude-muyambo-affaire-politique-scode

http://adiac-congo.com/content/justice-soixante-mois-de-prison-requis-contre-jean-claude-muyambo-60523

http://www.radiookapi.net/2017/01/26/actualite/justice/rdc-5-ans-de-prison-requis-contre-jean-claude-muyambo

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Translation into Japanese of Petition to Chinese Embassy

January 24, 2017

Many thanks to Changho Kim of Human Rights Now in Tokyo for this translation.  Changho is a lawyer working for Human Rights Now, a Japan based international human rights NGO.  Although Human Rights Now is a human rights NGO, most of their members and staff, including himself, are attorneys or law professionals, including their representatives Shin Haebong and secretary general Kazuko Ito. They have been concerned about the situation of human rights situations of lawyers in China, and have issued statements on this issue which are on their websites.

Click to access 9a2717223a0a859b9cb3eeb0407f6bff.pdf

WEB(Japanese)http://hrn.or.jp
WEB(English) http://hrn.or.jp/eng/

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: In solidarity with those at risk

January 24, 2017

Lawyers across the world run the risk of harassment, imprisonment and even murder just for doing their jobs, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as it marked 24 January: the Day of the Endangered Lawyer.

This annual expression of solidarity is recognition of the dangers many lawyers face as they work to uphold and protect fundamental rights.

Law Society president Robert Bourns said: “Today is a chance to reflect on the importance of the rule of law and the independence of the legal profession – essential foundations for political, social and economic stability.

“Lawyers must be allowed to carry out their professional duties without interference and should never be identified with their clients or clients’ causes.”

The country focus for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2017 is China.

Robert Bourns added: “The Law Society stands in solidarity with legal professionals around the world. We will continue to fight to ensure the survival of strong, vibrant justice systems everywhere.”

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-in-solidarity-with-those-at-risk/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-china-torture-is-real-and-the-rule-of-law-is-a-sham/2017/01/26/38d0ef16-e33e-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group

January 24, 2017

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國際關注迫害律師日

一班歐洲律師把1月24日定為 「國際關注迫害律師日」。每年這日關注迫害律師日基金會均與歐洲法律人團體及各地律師公會合作舉行研討或會議,並由各團體穿律師袍到有關國家的使館抗議並遞交請願信及關注名單。亦將於年度內在組的網頁上持續報道該國律師的情况。

定於1月24日是因為要紀念 1977 年當日,於佛朗哥執政下受害致死的幾位西班牙律師。

活動至今第七年。去年是關注洪都拉斯,之前有菲律賓,土耳其等。今年 2017 將重點關注中國。活動由包括歐洲律師公會,歐洲律師人權研究所,律師助律師基金會等,來自五個歐洲國家的多個重要的律師團體合作辦理。據主辦機構表示今年世界各地將會有 25~30 城市將會加入行動。我們將會大家陸續更新相關消息。

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India: Chhattisgarh lawyers targeted for defending alleged Naxals: IAPL

January 23, 2017

Advocates who are defending political prisoners have to brunt of the police.

 

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL), a Mumbai-based organisation, has raised its voice against frequent attacks against human rights lawyers who are allegedly openly targeted by the government and police for defending tribals in Chattisgarh. IAPL has prepared a fact-finding report on such assault cases, which will be released during a protest demonstration on Tuesday. According to the report, advocates who are defending “political prisoners” as well as Chhattisgarh locals, have to bear the brunt of the police, which includes false cases against the aforementioned.

The report reads that such an environment is created in the Bastar district of Chattisgarh that advocates are persistently avoided by their community and their colleagues. “These lawyers, some of whom are members of IAPL, are hounded because they defend alleged Maoists, or because their family members have been arrested for Naxal activities, or because they raise before the courts issues regarding police atrocities. There is a deliberate design by the administration to terrorise and/or threaten advocates into withdrawing their appearance for those accused of Naxal activities. Lawyers are identified with their client’s causes when discharging their professional duties,” reads the report.

The report elaborates on three advocates who were harassed by the local police. Advocate Satendrakumar Chaubey who has been practising since 1996, and who was appearing for the villagers accused of attacking Bargaon police station in Ambikapur, was branded as a Naxalite. The police had raided his house, but they allegedly failed to find anything incriminating. He was arrested in 1999 from Jharkhand and was behind bars for three months.

 

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-chhattisgarh-lawyers-targeted-for-defending-alleged-naxals-iapl-2295526

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: 国际关注危难律师日 29名各国律界人士谴责中国迫害律师

25/01/17

1月24日是国际关注危难律师日,今年的主题是“中国人权律师”。29名各国律界人士谴责中国迫害律师。(志愿者提供/记者忻霖)

1月24日是“国际关注危难律师日”。29名来自世界各国的资深法律界人士和学者,在英国《卫报》发表公开信,谴责中国违反法治、迫害律师,敦促中国履行依法治国的承诺。此外,在国际关注危难律师日当天,在美国的中国人权律师滕彪,受邀参与了在美国举办的多个以此为主题的活动。他谴责习近平当局开历史倒车,对人权律师进行史无前例的打压。

1月24日是国际关注危难律师日,今年的主题是“中国人权律师”。为此,来自法国、英国、比利时、德国、瑞士、奥地利、西班牙、美国、澳大利亚、巴基斯坦的29位资深律师和法官以及国际律师组织领导人,在英国《卫报》联名发表公开信,表示严重关切中国律师所受的遭遇,谴责中国政府公然破坏法律,打压人权律师。公开信指,中国要想成为一个受尊重的大国,必须遵守它的国际承诺。

中国人权律师团的文东海律师接受本台采访时称,中国的“依法治国”在国际上几成笑谈:

“目前来说这个世界已经是民主国家占了绝大多数,还有少数几个国家在开历史的倒车,而709案正是集中体现了这一特点。把709作为关注的重点对象,我认为这不仅仅是作为我们国内人的一个想法,同时我认为也是所有的追求正义的人的行动。”

公开信还列数了日前曝光的各种迫害手段,包括“709案”谢阳律师遭遇吊吊椅、疲劳审讯、剥夺睡眠、威胁恐吓、殴打、烟熏、不给饭吃不给水喝、不给看病等酷刑;李和平及王全璋等律师曾遭受电击酷刑,以致当场昏厥;及李春富律师被强迫服用他不需要的药物,获释后确诊为精神分裂。公开信敦促中国释放被捕律师,尊重他们的权利。

被指定监视居住,但仍未有任何消息的人权律师江天勇的妻子金变玲希望,海内外各界人士能够发出声音,敦促中国立即停止对维权律师实施酷刑:

“我们家属到现在还不知道他被关押在哪里,律师会见也不让会见。前几天看到李春富律师被诊断为精神分裂,那都是酷刑所致;又看到陈建刚律师公布的谢阳律师在指定监视居住期间看守所期间被严重酷刑,也担心江天勇的安危。关于江天勇,接到的通知是长沙市公安局直属分局主管,如果他关在长沙的话,迫害他的肯定又是和迫害谢阳律师一样的一班人马。”

http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/xl1-01252017102850.html?utm_source=HRIC+Updates&utm_campaign=c0f8b0c9b7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b537d30fde-c0f8b0c9b7-259223637

(29 legal professionals worldwide criticize China on“Day of Endangered Lawyer” for persecuting lawyers)

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: The Hague (2)

Januar 24, 2017

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Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: ‘Day of the Endangered Lawyer’ recognised today around the globe

January 24, 2017


No, we’re not referring to the looming rise of AI legal tech.

Lawyers, their colleagues and clients around the globe today will recognise and commemorate 24 January as international ‘Day of the Endangered Lawyer’ – an initiative launched by European Democratic Lawyers to raise awareness of the human rights challenges faced by practicing legal professionals around the world. The day also stands in recognition of the indispensable role that lawyers play in protecting and ensuring the rights of citizens in the countries where they live and practice. The date 24 January was chosen to commemorate the 1977 murders of four lawyers and their co-worker in Madrid, in what is now referred to as the Massacre of Atocha.

Each year, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer initiative focusses its attentions on the challenges and injustices being faced by the legal community in one country. Honduras was in the spotlight in 2016, while the focus this year will turn to China. ‘Each year a disturbingly high number of lawyers are threatened, beaten, incarcerated or murdered because they represent unpopular clients or speak out against human rights abuses. Their brave and courageous actions are something for all lawyers to salute,’ said New Zealand Law Society president Kathryn Beck in support of the initiative.

 

http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-recognised-today-around-the-globe-67408109/