Daily Archives: 29/01/2017

Burma: Myanmar: Leading lawyer Ko Ni assassinated at Yangon airport

January 29, 2017

angon International Airport

A leading lawyer and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has been shot dead at Yangon airport in Myanmar.

Ko Ni was shot in the head on Sunday after arriving from an international trip. A taxi driver was also shot.

A suspect has been detained but there are no details on the motive.

Ko Ni was one of few prominent Muslims in a country dominated by Buddhists. It is not clear if that was a factor in his death, says the BBC’s Jonah Fisher.

Assassinations are extremely rare in Myanmar.

A student activist dating back to the uprising of 1988, Ko Ni was a political prisoner and then, once released, a senior lawyer and adviser to the NLD.







http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2017/01/29/588dfb1ee5fdea43588b4577.html (ESPANOL)

http://thanhnien.vn/the-gioi/myanmar-soc-vi-vu-am-sat-tai-san-bay-thu-do-787311.html (VIETNAMESE)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.burm170129.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20170129-birmanie-avocat-proche-formation-aung-san-suu-kyi-abattu (FRANCAIS)

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Deutschland/Germany

January 29, 2017

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Republican Lawyers Association (RAV), in cooperation with Association of Democratic Lawyers (VDJ), Association of Criminal Lawyers Berlin and Berlin Bar (RAK Berlin) organized a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy in Berlin – picture attached.

A group of lawyers, non-lawyers and Amnesty International supporters performed a play by the State Theatre Nuremburg ensemble:”Trial against Hans Litten – Taken at midnight“. Hans Litten was a German criminal lawyer who fought against the German faschists, was arrested 1933 and committed suicide 1938 in KZ Dachau, the Dachau concentration camp.

Amnesty International / German section organized two Urgent Actions for these Chinese colleagues:
Xie Yang
At the end of this call is a link “Tag der verfolgten Anwälte und Anwältinnen” to the site of foundation “Day of the Endangered lawyer”: http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/

Jiang Tianyong


India: Shalini Gera on Attack on Bela Bhatia & Plight of Lawyers in Chhattisgarh

January 28, 2017

Shalini Gera is a lawyer working in Bastar, Chhattisgarh under the collective JagLAG – Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group and has faced unprecedented level of persecution from the state and her legal colleagues in the state.

On December 25, 2016, a fact-finding team of seven lawyers and activists set out from Telangana to Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district to investigate the alleged encounter of a hearing-impaired teenager and other human rights abuses in the region. The entire team was arrested



le 24 janvier, 2017

La Chine a-t-elle besoin d’avocats ? La question ne manque pas de pertinence : depuis juillet 2015, nous avons recensé plus de 240 cas d’avocats, de militants spécialistes du droit et de défenseurs des droits humains placés en détention, questionnés, harcelés ou condamnés, dans le cadre de la plus vaste répression menée par les autorités chinoises depuis des décennies à l’encontre des professions juridiques.

Beaucoup sont soumis à des mois de détention secrète au titre d’une disposition légale qui autorise les policiers à détenir les personnes soupçonnées d’atteinte à la sûreté de l’État dans le lieu de leur choix, en dehors du système officiel de détention. Plusieurs ont été torturés et la plupart se sont vus refuser tout contact avec leurs proches et leurs avocats. Certains ont fait des « aveux » publics qui font froid dans le dos. Quatre ont déjà été déclarés coupables et deux incarcérés. Cinq autres attendent leur procès.

Plusieurs ont été torturés et la plupart se sont vus refuser tout contact avec leurs proches et leurs avocats.

Cela ne cadre guère avec la volonté affichée du président Xi Jinping ( 習近平 ) de développer vigoureusement le système judiciaire, instrument principal permettant au gouvernement et au parti de diriger le pays.


India: Lawyer shot dead in Samastipur

January 29, 2017


Unidentified men on Saturday shot dead a lawyer in Samastipur, police said. The assailants accosted Vijay Kumar Poddar near a Kali temple under town police station this evening and fired at him, Superintendent of Police Nawal Kumar Singh said. The injured lawyer was taken to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

The SP said Poddar was returning home after attending a fast track court in the evening when the gang of 3-4, fired at him. He added the murderers were yet to be identified. Meanwhile, lawyers of the district said they would decide on protest programme on the murder when the court reopens on Monday.

Lawyer shot dead in Samastipur


India: High Court Bar members go on stir protesting assault on lawyer

January 28, 2017

High Court Bar Association

Protesting against the assault on one of their colleagues, lawyers of Orissa High Court Bar Association stayed away from work calling for a cease work stir.

A meeting under the chairmanship of Bar Association Vice President Kali Prasanna Mishra was held on Friday to protest on the issue and also discuss proceedings on the backdrop of attack on lawyer Chinmaya Mohanty.

Notably, Chinmaya a member of State Bar Council was attacked by some unidentified miscreants in Lingaraj police station area in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday evening.

A case was registered at Lingaraj PS but so far police has not taken any foreseeable actions in this regard which has led to protests and disruption in court’s proceedings.

Orissa High Court Bar Association secretary Umesh Chandra Behura said, they would meet on Monday to take stock of the situation on their demands for immediate arrests of the culprits and decide on future course of actions.




China: EU demands China investigate torture of lawyer and release political prisoners

January 29, 2017

Lawyer Xie Yang who has been detained by Chinese authorities as part of a crack down on human rights.

China must investigate a harrowing account of torture by a detained lawyer and release several political prisoners, the European Union has demanded in a rare statement amid a deteriorating human rights situation under president Xi Jinping.

Detained rights lawyer Xie Yang detailed his treatment in detention last week, where he was allegedly beaten, forced into stress positions, denied medical care and deprived food, drink and sleep by police. Interrogators threatened him repeatedly, allegedly saying: “We’ll torture you to death just like an ant”.

Separate reports have said two other civil rights attorneys, Li Heping and Wang Quanzhang, have also been tortured while in custody.

“If verified, this mistreatment would amount to torture,” the European Union’s foreign affairs spokesperson said in a statement. “All necessary measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of these individuals need to be taken.”

“If the accounts of mistreatment or torture are confirmed, this should result in the punishment of the responsible persons,” the statement added, citing China’s own laws that prohibit torture.