Daily Archives: 22/02/2017

Cameroon: Déclaration du Secrétariat Général de la Conférence Internationale des Barreaux de Tradition Juridique Commune (CIB)

le 21 février, 2017

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Congo-Brazzaville: Affaire Ntsourou: la garde à vue de son avocat prolongée

le 22 février, 2017

La garde à vue de Maître Ludovic Essou a été prolongée mardi pour 48h. L’information a été donnée par ses proches. L’avocat a été arrêté samedi et est gardé à vue depuis à la gendarmerie. Il défendait le colonel Ntsourou, ancien numéro 2 des renseignements et a été un des derniers à le voir avant son décès soudain, vendredi, en détention. Par solidarité, le barreau de Brazzaville a annoncé trois jours de suspension de ses activités. Les avocats du barreau de Pointe-Noire viennent de s’associer aussi au mouvement et suspendent leur travail dans les juridictions et au greffe jusqu’à la libération de leur confrère. Le bâtonnier de Pointe-Noire, Maître Didier Christophe Mvoumbi, a été joint par RFI.



Thailand: Thai army urged to drop case against 3 activists

February 22, 2017

Rights groups yesterday urged the Thai army to drop defamation charges against three activists over a report on torture in the conflict-hit south, decrying the prosecution as an effort to silence critics.

A state prosecutor was handed the case file yesterday and will now decide whether to press on with the controversial charges against Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Anchana Heemmina and Somchai Homlaor.

Pornpen is the Amnesty International Thailand chairman, while Anchana is the founder of the Duay Jai Group which provides rehabilitation services for torture victims. Somchai is a human rights lawyer.

The trio could face up to seven years in jail for defamation and a separate charge filed for publishing the report online.

Released last year, the report, which is based on interviews with 54 former detainees, catalogued a host of torture tactics allegedly used by soldiers and police across the kingdom’s Muslim-majority southernmost provinces.


Burma: Tension Mounts with the Killing of a Lawyer in Myanmar

February 21, 2017

The communal tension in our neighbour Myanmar between its majority Buddhist population and its Muslim minority of Rohingyas has of late worsened. It was exacerbated by the recent assassination of a prominent Muslim lawyer and an advisor to the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), Mr Ko Ni, while he was waiting for a taxi in broad daylight outside the busy Yangon international airport, on his return from Indonesia. He was returning from Indonesia where he had gone in a delegation to study democracy and conflict resolution and was shot in the head as he was holding in his arms his three-year-old grandson.

He was a prominent defender of religious minorities in a country seething with anti-Muslim sentiment. The climate in Myanmar had worsened since attacks on Burmese border guards last October that had been blamed on the Rohingyas, a persecuted Muslim minority. Since then the Burmese Army had taken a scorched earth approach in northern Rakhine state, home of the Rohingyas. Human rights groups and international monitors have accused the Army of burning villages and raping and murdering many of its residents.

Mr Ko Ni, who was not himself a Rohingya, had been speaking against the law that long ago stripped Rohingyas of citizenship. That made people close to the government see Rohingyas as interlopers from Bangladesh, with no rights to stay in Mynmar.

Mr Ko Ni had received threats from Buddhist extremists. One Muslim activist who preferred to remain anonymous said: “People who speak against the nationalists, those who speak the truth about the situation in Rakhine state, are not secure.”

Mr Ko Ni’s killer targeted him because of his religion and being a prominent advocate of tolerance.