Daily Archives: 20/02/2017

Turkey: HDP Appeals To The ECtHR For Jailed Leaders Demirtaş And Yüksekdağ

February 20, 2017

Pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) has applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) for the continuing unlawful imprisonment of the party’s co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.

The application filed to the ECtHR has underlined the failure of the Constitutional Court as an appeal body to carry out an investigation, so the top court’s inertia has necessitated the application to the ECtHR.

It is stated in the application file that the imprisonment of the co-chairs of the HDP constitutes a violation of the right to freedom and security, freedom of speech and the right to free elections as protected by both Turkey’s Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Pro-Kurdish HDP is the third largest political party of Turkey in terms of votes received in the last general election.

http://stockholmcf.org/hdp-appeals-to-the-ecthr-for-jailed-leaders-demirtas-and-yuksekdag/

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opposition-hdp-applies-to-euro-court-over-arrest-of-co-leaders.aspx?pageID=238&nID=109967&NewsCatID=338

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/prosecutor-who-called-intel-chief-to-testify-arrested-over-feto-in-istanbul.aspx?pageID=238&nID=109996&NewsCatID=509

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hdp-co-chair-demirtas-given-jail-term-mp-arrested-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=110006&NewsCatID=341

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-criticizes-measures-against-hdp-co-chairs-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=110081&NewsCatID=338

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opposition-hdp-criticizes-top-court-over-not-ruling-for-release-of-partys-co-chairs-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=110549&NewsCatID=338

http://stockholmcf.org/court-says-demirtas-inclined-by-personality-to-commit-crimes/

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1036417/turquie-5-mois-de-prison-pour-le-leader-kurde-demirtas.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-forget017-2.htm (FRANCAIS)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

https://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (TURKCE)

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE: l’un des avocats du colonel Ntsourou arrêté et interrogé Marcel Ntsourou au deuxième jour de son procès, le 3 juillet 2014.

le 20 février, 2017

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Par RFI Publié le 20-02-2017

Au Congo-Brazzaville, la mort en détention du colonel Marcel Ntsourou continue de susciter de nombreuses interrogations parmi ses proches. L’ancien numéro deux des services de renseignement est mort vendredi 18 février, et dans la foulée, l’un de ses avocats a été placé en garde-à-vue par les enquêteurs congolais pendant le week-end. Il est interrogé depuis samedi après-midi.

Ce n’est pas parce qu’il avait défendu le colonel Ntsourou que maître Esseau a été interpellé, ni même parce qu’il défendait d’autres prisonniers politiques.

Si l’avocat est en garde-à-vue depuis samedi après-midi, c’est officiellement parce qu’il est le dernier visiteur à être entré dans la cellule du colonel Ntsourou, le jour même de sa mort. Et ce alors qu’il était officiellement venu à la maison d’arrêt pour rencontrer un autre détenu de ses clients.

C’est ce qu’explique le porte-parole du gouvernement, le ministre Thierry Moungalla : « Maître Esseau, qui a vu le colonel Ntsourou quelques minutes avant son décès, avant son malaise, est tout à fait passible d’être entendu à ce stade comme témoin. Pour ceux qui s’inquiètent du sort de cet avocat, on ne peut pas à la fois demander qu’il y ait des diligences qui soient accomplies pour en savoir plus, et en même temps s’étonner que ces diligences arrivent justement pour que nous déterminons les circonstances du décès. »

→ A (RE)LIRE : Mort du colonel Ntsourou: l’opposition réclame une enquête internationale

Aucun problème légal, confirme le bâtonnier du barreau de Brazzaville, qui précise cependant rester vigilant. Maître André-François Quenone : « En principe, en ma qualité de bâtonnier, je me dois d’être présent, tout au moins avoir été informé. On essaiera de mettre au clair la procédure. Nous aurions aimé le voir déférer aux convocations en toute liberté, mais ce sont les enquêteurs qui décident du bien-fondé de ce que nous voulons. »

Par ailleurs, le bâtonnier du barreau de Brazzaville explique que c’est maître Esseau lui-même qui l’a prévenu de son interpellation : « J’ai eu l’appel de mon confère qui se trouvait à la gendarmerie, m’informant qu’il [était] en garde à vue pour des besoins d’enquête. Alors je me suis empressé de le rejoindre pour en savoir davantage. Et c’est alors qu’il va m’expliquer que cela avait un lien avec le décès du détenu du colonel Ntsourou, qu’il était entendu depuis quelques heures. »

Le bâtonnier du barreau de Brazzaville explique qu’une nouvelle audition est prévue pour ce lundi et qu’il compte bien, cette fois, y assister pour soutenir maître Esseau.

■ Mort du colonet Ntsourou : « Il est très important de pouvoir clarifier la situation »

Le colonel Ntsourou purgeait une peine d’emprisonnement à perpétuité, notamment pour « rébellion, détention illégale d’armes de guerre ». Pour Florent Geel, directeur du bureau Afrique de la Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’homme (FIDH), le décès du colonel Ntsourou arrive dans une période de durcissement du régime à l’égard de l’opposition, d’où l’importance de faire toute la lumière sur les conditions de sa mort.

#Congo – Le barreau de #Brazzaville réagit après l’arrestation de Ludovic Essou, avocat de feu Marcel Tsourou et d’André #Okombi #Salissa.

(Comité de Libération des Prisonniers Politiques – CL2P Facebook)

http://www.adiac-congo.com/content/justice-des-avocats-exigent-la-liberation-de-me-ludovic-desire-essou-61357

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20170220-congo-brazzaville-barreau-esseau-colonel-ntsourou-maitre-yvon-eric-ibouanga

http://apanews.net/index.php/fr/news/greve-de-trois-jours-des-avocats-de-brazzaville

http://www.dac-presse.com/actualites/a-la-une/societe/3557-2017-02-20-19-24-23.html

Turkey: Turkey dismisses 227 more judges, prosecutors in post-coup probe -AA

January 20, 2017

Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Turkey dismissed 227 more judges and prosecutors on Monday as part of investigations into last July’s failed coup, the state-run Anadolu agency said, meaning close to 4,000 members of the judiciary have now been purged.

Turkish authorities have detained, sacked or dismissed more than 100,000 people from the police, military, public service, judiciary, and elsewhere since the abortive coup over suspected ties to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the putsch.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied the charge and condemned the coup.

With the latest dismissals, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has now dismissed more than 3,886 members of the judiciary since the July 15 putsch, Anadolu said.

Rights groups and some Western allies fear President Tayyip Erdogan is using the coup as a pretext to stifle dissent. The government argues the purges are justified by the extent of the threat to the state on July 15, when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets, killing at least 240 people

http://news.trust.org/item/20170220155008-fb736

http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/turkey-dismisses-227-judges-prosecutors/186078.html

http://aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-dismisses-227-feto-linked-judges-prosecutors/754554

http://stockholmcf.org/227-more-judges-and-prosecutors-dismissed-over-alleged-gulen-links/

http://turkeypurge.com/purge-in-numbers

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/hsykdan-son-dakika-karari-40372003 (TURKISH)

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(France Culture Facebook)

UN/UK/The Netherlands: UN Side Event “The Independence of the Legal Profession”

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On 16th March 2017, the Law Society of England and Wales, in partnership with Lawyers for Lawyers, is organising a UN side event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The side event will focus on the topic of the independence of the legal profession worldwide. Lawyers from Turkey, Cameroon, and Azerbaijan will share their experiences, obstacles faced by members of  the legal profession in their respective countries, and possible ways to improve the safety of lawyers who work in challenging contexts.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr. Diego García-Sayán, will be the keynote speaker.

To register to this event or for more information, please find the relevant contacts in the attached leaflet.

The side event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/human-rights/news-and-events/un-side-event-the-independence-of-the-legal-profession/5060591.article

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/12479/un-side-event-the-independence-of-the-legal-profession/

Pakistan: View from the courtroom: Attack on judges’ vehicle exposes security loopholes

February 20, 2017

In the recent spate of acts of terrorism in parts of Pakistan the judiciary was also targeted when a suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into an official vehicle carrying judges of the subordinate judiciary on Feb 15. The occurrence resulted into the death of the official driver, Khursheed Khan, and injuries to four of the five civil judges boarding the vehicle.

The incident exposed the vulnerability of judicial officers and others attached with the legal profession, including lawyers. As the proscribed TTP claimed responsibility for the attack, another militant outfit Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed in a recent video footage that the judiciary and its attached institutions are on their hit list.

In the wake of the recent incidents security arrangements have been beefed up at the Peshawar High Court, Judicial Complex and Peshawar registry of the Supreme Court as well as courts in other cities. Not only Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Yahya Afridi visited the Judicial Complex, which in past was twice targeted by terrorists, to examine the security arrangements, the high-ups of police also looked into the security arrangements in those buildings.

Ever since the acts of terrorism by militant outfits started in the country over a decade ago, the militants continued to target judiciary-related institutions from time to time. Several incidents took place in the country, including in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, when militants attacked different courts and lawyers.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1315830/view-from-the-courtroom-attack-on-judges-vehicle-exposes-security-loopholes

The Philippines: Alternative lawyers set memorial for colleague killed in Bohol

February 20, 2017

Lawyers and activists for environmental and human rights will hold a requiem and indignation rally on Tuesday for Mia Mascariñas-Green, an environmental lawyer killed in Bohol last week.

“Our society simply has no place for lawless killings. No one deserves to be killed especially as how Attorney Mia was cold-bloodedly gunned down. Nobody should be killed most especially so because of one’s advocacy and beliefs,” the Alternative Law Groups said in an emailed statement.

ALG will hold the requiem with the Environmental Legal Assistance Center, the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation and the Manila Observatory on Tuesday evening at the observatory at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

“This will also serve as an indignation gathering of environmental and human rights lawyers and activists,” ALG said.

According to a Freeman report, Green was killed last Wednesday afternoon in Tagbilaran City by men on motorcycles while she was driving with her three children and a helper.

Police believe the killing is related to a property dispute over a resort in Panglao that Green was working on at the time. One of the persons of interest in the case is hotel owner Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga who is on the opposite side of the dispute.

Tagbilaran police served a search warrant on a hotel in Panglao island on Friday but the suspect in the killing, Romarico Templado Benigi-an, had just left when police arrived.

http://www.philstar.com/nation/2017/02/20/1674094/alternative-lawyers-set-memorial-colleague-killed-bohol

http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/123325/never-ending-quest-justice

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-phi17215.htm (FRANCAIS)