January 28, 2017
The seven-member “fact-finding team” of Telangana Democratic Front arrested last month at Sukma, south Chhattisgarh, will move the bail application in the high court on Monday.
The seven members include lawyers, social activists, journalists and a research scholar who were reportedly visiting the restive Bastar zone to study and probe into the existing ground situation. They were arrested and jailed under the draconian Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act. Early this month the Dantewada court rejected their bail plea.
“The bail plea of the members of the civil society group is likely to be heard on Monday. The related case diary would be called to the high court from the lower court. It’s not a final hearing”, said the lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, who is also a general secretary of human rights organisation PUCL, Chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh police however will oppose the bail applications.
“We will surely challenge the bail. If they are set free then the bigger risk would be for those who have identified the seven members who are in Sukma jail. The charges against them are serious”, the Sukma additional superintendent of police Jitendra Shukla told Express.
Meanwhile a protest meeting will be organised by the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) at Hyderabad on Sunday. “The lawyers and others should be unconditionally released. The protest meeting at Hyderabad will raise the issue of lawyers being threatened, branded and arrested. We are joining the protest”, said Narayan Rao, general secretary of Telangana Civil Liberties.
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January 27, 2017
The African Bar Association’s Vice President (Central Africa) Mr. Felix Nkongho, Judeges, Magistrates, Lawyers and and other citizens of southern Cameroon brutally seized and held in underground cells by the government of president Paul Biya.
Afba demands international probe into the deadly crackdown on civil protesters by the Cameroonian security operatives which led to the murder of several protesters and the destructions of properties.
January 26, 2017
Chinese New Year is meant to be a time for family reunions and celebration, but for Wang Qiaoling and Li Wenzhu, Jan. 28 will be just another lonely day without their husbands.
“This is going to be our second new year without him,” Ms. Li says. “Our son is always asking when will Daddy come back.”
Ms. Wang’s husband, Li Heping, and Ms. Li’s husband, Wang Quanzhang, both Beijing-based lawyers, were taken away by police amid an unprecedented, mass crackdown on human rights lawyers in July 2015. They have been held in detention ever since and have not been allowed to see their lawyers or wives. After six months held incommunicado, they were charged with “subversion of state power.” Their cases have still not been tried in court.
About 300 lawyers and rights activists were interrogated, detained and harassed by police in that 2015 crackdown. Most have since been released, but four have been sentenced to jail after being held for more than a year.
On Jan. 23, Ms. Wang and Ms. Li learned from a reliable source that their husbands had been tortured in different ways while in police detention, including receiving electric shocks that left them unconscious.
January 27, 2017
A former Miss Jamaica USA who now works as a lawyer at the International Court of Justice has claimed she was the victim of a racially-motivated attack by police in the Netherlands.
Chaka Laguerre, who is from the United States, is currently carrying out a 10-month clerkship at the UN court in The Hague after previously studying at Cambridge University.
The 30-year-old was arrested earlier this week for a traffic offence in the city after being accused of walking her bike across the street on a red light.
However, she later took to Facebook and posted a picture of her in a hospital bed, which has since been deleted.
She claimed that she had been ‘roughed up’ by the officers before being attacked after she was unable to provide her ID and added that it would ‘continue to be the experience of people of colour in The Hague’.
However, Dutch police have hit out and vehemently denied her allegations and say they will complain to the president of the ICJ.