Daily Archives: 16/02/2017

Pakistan: Lawyers in KP boycott courts today

February 16, 2017

The News International

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council has announced province-wide strike against suicide attack on judicial officers of subordinate courts in Peshawar in which a driver was killed and four judges including three women were injured.

“The KP Bar Council has unanimously decided to observe a strike across the province as a mark of protest against the terrorist attack,” KP Bar Council Vice-Chairman Muhammad Sareer Khan told The News after a meeting that made the decision about the protest.

Condemning the suicide attack, the lawyers’ body asked the government to ensure protection and foolproof security to judicial officers and lawyers. KP Bar Council Executive Committee Chairman Syed Zahid Jamal Bacha said that there was no proper security for judicial officers and that was why the vehicle was attacked.

He said the joint general body meeting of KP Bar Council, Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) and Peshawar Bar Association would be held today to protest the terrorist attack and devise a strategy for the security of the judges and lawyers.

PHCBA President Muzammil Khan and General Secretary Yousaf Ali condemned the attack on the judges. They announced to support the KP Bar Council decision’s to boycott courts. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa judiciary came under attack in the past. On March 17, 2013 terrorists attacked the Judicial Complex in Peshawar in which four people were killed and 29 others injured.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/186614-Lawyers-in-KP-boycott-courts-today

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/02/16/lawyers-boycott-kp-courts-in-protest-over-attack-on-judges-vehicle/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/blast-hits-pakistan-lal-shahbaz-qalandar-sufi-shrine-170216144747128.html

China: Lawyer Li Heping, Wang Quanzhang and Xie Yang have been officially indicted for crimes related to “subversion of state power”.

February 16, 2017

 

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Turkey: URGENT: Release lawyer Barkin Timtik!

February 16, 2017

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Statement and model fax to be sent urgently!

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China: CHRD Releases “They Target My Human Rights Work as a Crime”: Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China (2016)

February 16, 2017

Promoting and protecting human rights remained a high-risk activity in 2016, says CHRD in its annual report released today on the situation of human rights defenders in China, They Target My Human Rights Work as a Crime. The Chinese government intensified crackdowns on human rights defenders (HRDs) and criminalized rights activities as “political” threats to “national security.”

In 2016, many human rights activists and lawyers suffered reprisals. The Chinese government punished them with arbitrary detention, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, and torture. In addition, their families faced collective punishment. Police systematically deprived detained HRDs of due process rights, such as the right to a fair trial and access to independent legal counsel. Authorities also rolled out a series of draconian laws and regulations that give police even more power to criminalize human rights activities.

“These measures take aim at closing off the already diminishing civil society space,” said Renee Xia, CHRD’s international director. “The laws and regulations effectively legalized Xi Jinping’s harsh crackdowns on activists and lawyers who tried to defend the rights of migrant workers, women, suppressed faith groups or ethnic minorities.”

The report finds an alarming trend in 2016, where authorities prosecuted detained and imprisoned HRDs in larger numbers for “political” offenses. According to CHRD’s documentation, almost one-third of human rights defenders convicted in clampdowns since 2013, when Xi came to power, were charged with “endangering state security” crimes such as “subversion of state power” or “inciting subversion.” These political crimes were used in most of the cases involving prominent human rights lawyers and activists in 2016.

https://www.nchrd.org/2017/02/chrd-releases-they-target-my-human-rights-work-as-a-crime-annual-report-on-the-situation-of-human-rights-defenders-in-china-2016/

Amnesty International: THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS Item 3: Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February- 24 March 2017)

February 13, 2017

 

Title The Situation of Human Rights Defenders – Item 3: Amnesty International’s Written Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February- 24 March 2017)
Publisher Amnesty International
Publication Date 13 February 2017
Topics Human rights activists | Human rights and fundamental freedoms
Reference IOR 40/5647/2017
Cite as Amnesty International, The Situation of Human Rights Defenders – Item 3: Amnesty International’s Written Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February- 24 March 2017), 13 February 2017, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/58a195034.html %5Baccessed 13 February 2017]

http://www.refworld.org/docid/58a195034.html

Turkey: 13 Lawyers Referred To Court For Arrest In Bursa

February 16, 2017

Thirteen of 19 previously detained lawyers were referred to court on Wednesday, with a Bursa prosecutor demanding their arrest over the use of a smart phone application named ByLock, which is considered by the Turkish government to be “proof” of a connection to Gülen movement.

According to data compiled by ‘Arrested Lawyers Initiative’, 301 lawyers are currently in jail and arrest warrants have been issued by courts about more than 100 lawyers in Turkey. Moreover, 725 lawyers are currently under legal investigation. The list of arrested lawyers includes current or former presidents of bar associations. Head of 10 local or regional bar associations are currently in jail. Besides of arbitrary mass arrests and detentions lawyers are under the threat of systematic torture and ill-treatment in Turkey.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen. The movement denies the accusations.

http://stockholmcf.org/13-lawyers-referred-court-arrest-bursa/

Turkey: URGENT: Trial of Lawyer Barkin Timtik Today — Take Action!

February 16, 2017

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Rilasciate l’avvocato Barkin Timtik – release the lawyer Barkin Timtik.

Toghether with AED (European Democratic Lawyers, ELDH (European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights) and the Foundation of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer we denounce that our colleague -still an executive board member of ÇHD banned by the Turkish government-, Barkın Timtik was arrested.

We have information that she has been in prison since 15.12.2016.

She was allegedly tortured during her detention period and also was physically attacked while she had been exiled from one prison to an another. She could not access to her lawyers for the first days of her detention.

We really would like to underline that belonging to UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers Governments shall ensure that lawyers (a) are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference; (b) are able to travel and to consult with their clients freely both within their own country and abroad; and (c) shall not suffer, or be threatened with, prosecution or administrative, economic or other sanctions for any action taken in accordance with recognized professional duties, standards and ethics. Furthermore, Lawyers shall not be identified with their clients or their clients’ causes as a result of discharging their functions.

We therefor express our deep concern about the charges agains our colleague Barkin Timtik, requesting her immediate release.

The fax number: + 90 212 240 04 43
The Court: İstanbul Çağlayan 24. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi
File Number: 2017/33

(Avvocati minacciati / endangered Lawyers Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/events/205275183282074/

#AvBarkınTimtikeÖzgürlük

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The Philippines: Environmental lawyer shot dead in front of kids in Bohol

February 15, 2017

Ambush investigation (File photo by Junjie Mendoza, CDN/INQUIRER)

An environmental lawyer was shot and killed by still unidentified gunmen while she was driving her three young children home in the capital city of Tagbilaran, Bohol, on Wednesday afternoon.

Mia Manuelita Cumba Masacariñas-Green, 49, died of bullet wounds in the head and body. Her children, one aged 9 and her two-year-old twins, were unharmed but they were shocked and shaken.

Supt. Nicomedes Olaivar, Tagbilaran police chief, said they were still determining, as of Wednesday night, the motive behind the killing. He said they would check the cases she had handled to find out if the killing was job-related.

Masacariñas-Green was known as an environmental lawyer when she was a member of the  Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC).  She had also handled civil and criminal cases.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/871932/environmental-lawyer-shot-dead-in-front-of-kids-in-bohol

http://www.manilatimes.net/greenpeace-condemns-lawyers-murder/312780/

http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/02/19/1673647/editorial-threatened-species

China: Report: Human rights lawyers in China beaten, arrested

February 15, 2017

Lawyers who defend human rights activists and dissidents targeted by China’s communist government have increasingly themselves become subject to political prosecutions, violence and other means of suppression, according to a report released Thursday.

The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a coalition of groups working within and outside China, identified six occasions last year that lawyers were beaten by plaintiffs, police officers or assailants likely hired by authorities. In more than a dozen cases, the report found, detainees were pressured to fire their own lawyers and accept government-supplied attorneys.

“The government is trying to give this impression that it’s abiding by the rule of law,” said Frances Eve, a researcher for the network. “In fact, it’s just legalizing repressive measures.”

Under President Xi Jinping, China has widely suppressed independent organizations and dissenters, as well as lawyers defending people caught in its crackdown. The report says 22 people have been convicted since 2014 of subversion or other crimes against state security, including 16 last year alone.

Dozens of lawyers have been questioned or detained in an ongoing campaign against dissident lawyers known as the 709 crackdown launched in July 2015.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-human-rights-lawyers-china-beaten-arrested-45523102

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/16/china-eliminating-civil-society-by-targeting-human-rights-activists-report

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2071188/709-lawyer-face-court-tianjin-subversion