Daily Archives: 13/02/2017


February 2, 2017

In her job as an immigration attorney, Farah Al-khersan has worked to reunite families and fight deportation hearings. On Friday night, she found herself in a similar position to some of her clients, when she and her husband were detained at the U.S. border hours after President Donald Trump signed a far-reaching immigration executive order.

Al-khersan, 26, is an American-Iraqi citizen. Her husband, Osama Fadel, 28, is a legal permanent resident of the U.S. and a dual Canadian-Iraqi citizen. On Friday night, the couple drove to Canada from their West Bloomfield, Michigan, to visit Fadel’s family, who live in Sarnia, minutes beyond the U.S.-Canada border. They planned to stay the night, but Al-khersan kept getting messages and alerts from other attorneys and organizations she’d worked with about the executive order.

“I knew the order had come out, but I didn’t think that my husband would be affected by it,” says Al-khersan. Both Al-khersan and Fadel were born in Iraq, but left with their families in the early 1990s. Fadel’s family bounced from Libya to Canada, while Al-khersan’s family first went to New Zealand before settling in the U.S.

They left for the U.S. at 11 p.m. on Friday in order to beat the inevitable crowds that would have amassed by the morning. Half an hour later, they were stopped at the Port Huron crossing at the U.S.-Canada border and held for the next four hours, just 70 miles from home.


Pakistan: Going by the gun: Advocate shoots dead two lawyers

February 5, 2017

The Express Tribune

Two advocates were gunned down by another lawyer allegedly over a property dispute in Shahdara, Lahore on Saturday.

Police said advocates Irfan Khokhar and Afzal were shot dead by Muhammad Bilal, who barged into their house and opened fire. The suspect is on the run.

Officials believed the murder stemmed from the possession of a 2.5 marla house near Jia Musa where Irfan was living.

On Saturday, Bilal came armed to the place and started quarrelling with the victims. After an exchange of some hot words, he took out his gun and shot at the victims, injuring both of them critically.

The injured men were shifted to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced them dead on arrival. Police have moved the bodies to a morgue till investigations are completed.


Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Day of Endangered Lawyers: Making sure they’re not forgotten

February 13, 2017

Activists in Hong Kong demonstrate for the release of rights lawyers detained in the Chinese mainland. Photo: rfa.org

As families in Hong Kong gathered to celebrate the Lantern Festival on Sunday, our thoughts were on civil rights activists and rights lawyers who are still behind bars or under house arrest in the mainland since the so-called “709 crackdown on dissent” that took place in July 2015.

In May 2015, more than 600 mainland lawyers petitioned the authorities to release 20 civil rights activists who were arrested after they rallied to the defense of the family of Xu Chunhe, a civilian man who had fallen victim to the excessive force used by mainland police and died in Heilongjiang province.

However, rather than addressing their demand, the mainland authorities used their petition as a pretext to mount an all-out crackdown on dissent from July 9 2015.

Within two months, more than 300 mainland rights lawyers, law firm staffers and human rights activists who had been committed to defending the rights of dissidents were rounded up and detained by the police on charges ranging from instigating subversion and endangering national security to disturbing public order. They were held without a proper trial.

To make things worse, many detainees were subjected to inhumane treatment in jail such as torture or solitary confinement.

Almost two years on, many of them have either remained in custody or virtually become unaccounted for. As a result, hundreds of families are separated. Many of the victims’ families are tormented by the fact that they might not be able to see their loved ones again.




Tanzania: Zitto Party Official Faults JPM, Defends Lawyers

February 6, 2017

ACT-Wazalendo party has opposed President John Magufuli’s order to arrest lawyers who defend suspects with evidence apparently incriminating them.

ACT Ideology and Publicity Secretary Ado Shaibu told journalists in the city yesterday that the order in the Head of State’s speech at the Law Day event recently was against the principles of rule of law.

“The court is a temple of justice. No one should fear to enter it to get his or her legal redress. Also, having a lawyer is an essence of the rule of law, which Tanzanians should enjoy,” said Mr Shaibu, whose party leader is prominent lawmaker and politician Kabwe Zitto.

He said that lawyers’ duties were guided by the country’s Constitution and laws which give suspects the right to get either a private or a public lawyer.

President Magufuli on Thursday last week urged courts to immediate send to jail suspects arrested with evidence that incriminate them, adding that even lawyers who defend them should be jailed as well.

He then insisted that even the lawyer who stands to defend them should face troubles.


Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Mobilisation du CNB dans le cadre de l’Observatoire international des avocats en danger pour la Journée de l’avocat en danger le 24 janvier 2017

le 6 février, 2017

Dominique Attias, vice-bâtonnière du barreau de Paris  -	Jean Jacques GANDINI, avocat honoraire et ancien président du SAF -	Stuart Russel, Comité de surveillance des attaques contre les avocats, International Association of People's Lawyers -	Pascale Taelman, Président de l’association des avocats européens démocrates (AED) -	Karine Metayer, Conseiller juridique senior, Conseil des barreaux européens (CCBE)  -	Bertrand Favreau, président de l'Institut des droits de l'homme des Avocats européens (IDHAE)

La Journée de l’avocat en Danger est une initiative internationale mise en place depuis plus de 7 ans par plusieurs organisations d’avocats (AED, Fondation de la Journée de l’avocat en danger et l’IDHAE notamment) qui permet, chaque 24 janvier, de mobiliser les sociétés civiles autour de la situation de confrères menacés dans un pays particulier.

La Journée de l’avocat en danger 2017 a été dédiée à la situation des avocats en Chine, victimes depuis des années de nombreuses mesures de représailles et de harcèlement de la part des autorités chinoises en raison de leur engagement pour la défense des libertés civiles, politiques, sociales et économiques de leurs concitoyens.

A Paris, Le Conseil national des barreaux et le barreau de Paris au sein de l’OIAD, AED, l’IDHAE, le SAF, l’AFAJA et la FNUJA ont uni leurs forces pour faire de cette journée un moment de mobilisation fort des avocats. Une manifestation d’avocats en robe a ainsi été organisée devant l’ambassade de Chine en France et a rassemblé de très nombreux avocats ainsi que plusieurs journalistes venus couvrir l’évènement. A l’issue de cette manifestation qui appelait à la libération de plusieurs avocats chinois actuellement détenus, dont plusieurs au secret et soumis à la torture, une pétition a été déposée à l’entrée de l’ambassade.


Pakistan: Lawyers boycott court proceedings over kidnapping of judge

February 7, 2017


The legal fraternity of Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Sanghar and Tharparkar boycotted Court proceedings on Tuesday. The boycott came on the appeal of Sindh Bar Council over the alleged kidnapping of a judge.

According to details, Senior Civil Judge and Assistant Session

Judge of Khipro, Ghulam Murtaza Jatt, was allegedly kidnapped on Monday from Tando Allahyar. The Kidnapper’s also made away with the judge’s car.

On hearing about the alleged kidnapping, lawyers boycotted court proceedings for the entire day and staged protests.

Leaders of Bar Association Mirpurkhas, condemned the kidnapping and demanded that the Sindh government provide suitable security to the legal fraternity.


France: La cour de cassation donne raison à Me Ripert

le 8 février, 2017

Photo Le DL/Christophe AGOSTINIS

La cour de cassation a rendu aujourd’hui son arrêt concernant la suspension de Me Bernard Ripert, prononcée par la cour d’appel de Grenoble en juin dernier. Et comme l’espérait l’avocat grenoblois, cet arrêt a été cassé, sans renvoi devant la juridiction. Concrètement, cela signifie que Me Ripert peut reprendre la robe et le chemin des prétoires dès à présent.

Plus d’informations dans nos éditions de ce jeudi 9 février.