Daily Archives: 07/03/2017

Turkey: 29-Year-Old Judge, A Victim Of Post-Coup Witch Hunt, Dies In Prison

March 7, 2017

Mehmet Tosun, a 29-year-old Turkish judge who was expelled from his job and subsequently arrested over alleged involvement in the coup attempt, died of cancer in prison on Monday morning.

“Mehmet Tosun, 29 year-old, a judge of Council of State. Dismissed with a decree, arrested, got sick in prison, died yesterday, buried today,” Hüseyin Aygün, a former deputy of the main opposition People’s Republican Party (CHP), tweeted on Tuesday.

In the currently ongoing post-coup purge, a total of 4,070 judges and prosecutors were purged over alleged coup involvement or terrorist links. Also, over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of March 1, 93,248 people were being held without charge, with an additional 46,274 in pre-trial detention.

Turkish government branded Gülen movement as terrorist group and blamed the failed coup to the movement without presenting any direct evidence. Strongly denying any role in the putsch, Fethullah Gülen, whose views inspired peaceful civic group called by his followers as “Hizmet” but popularly known as Gülen movement, called for an international investigation into the coup attempt. Turkish government has never responded to this offer, instead secured a gag order on media on coup investigation.




China: Updates on the case of Lawyer Xie Yang

March 7, 2017

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(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook)


UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders: #HRC34 | Global NGO coalition calls for renewal of mandate of UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders

March 7, 2017

In a letter to member States of the Human Rights Council, a global coalition of leading civil society organisations has called for the consensus renewal of the mandate of the UN expert on human rights defenders.

Read more about the renewal in ISHR’s Human Rights Council Alert.

The undersigned civil society organisations, coming from all regions, urge your delegation to support the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

The work of human rights defenders is vital to promoting human rights, upholding the rule of law, and achieving sustainable and inclusive development. Despite this critical role, the Special Rapporteur notes that defenders are under ‘unprecedented attack’ with ‘the number killed around the world continuously rising’.

In turn, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur is key to provide visibility of the situation of defenders and highlight the need for their protection. Since the creation of the mandate in 2000, successive mandate holders have made concrete contributions to the protection of those defending human rights and the dissemination and implementation of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. The mandate has also made significant contributions to acknowledging gender specific attacks targeting women human rights defenders and the need to develop intersectional responses.

During the Human Rights Council’s 34th session, States are considering a resolution extending the mandate for a further three years. The proposed renewal of the Special Rapporteur’s mandate provides a key opportunity for the HRC to strengthen the recognition of the crucial role defenders play in our societies, and towards the creation of a fair, just and equal world.

We call upon all States to show their commitment to human rights, peace and sustainable development through strong and unconditional support for the renewal of the mandate.


Mozambique: Au Mozambique, la mort d’un avocat français a ouvert une longue liste d’assassinats politiques

le 7 mars, 2017

Marche de protestation contre l’assassinat de Gilles Cistac, à Maputo, le 7 mars 2015.

Le 3 mars 2015, l’avocat et universitaire toulousain Gilles Cistac était assassiné par balles en plein centre de Maputo, et en plein jour. Une figure incontournable du droit au Mozambique, pays dont il avait obtenu la nationalité. Sa mort avait alors déclenché une onde de choc dans la classe politique locale. Deux ans après, l’enquête est au point mort et l’événement tragique, quasi oublié.

Vendredi 3 mars, aucun titre de presse ne mentionnait la commémoration de l’assassinat, pourtant un tournant de la crise politico-militaire que traverse le pays depuis les élections de 2014. Car, entre-temps, ce sont des dizaines d’opposants et de critiques du pouvoir qui ont été tués dans des circonstances similaires. Pour beaucoup d’observateurs, l’implication du régime est évidente.

« Je relance le tribunal à Paris tous les trimestres et ils n’ont aucune information, ce qui laisse présager de l’absence d’une véritable enquête du côté de la justice mozambicaine », estime Thierry Carrère, l’avocat de la famille Cistac. Celle-ci a déposé plainte en France fin mars 2015. Depuis Toulouse, cet ami du défunt garde espoir que toute la lumière soit faite un jour sur l’affaire. Mais on en est loin. « On ne sait pas trop comment analyser ce silence radio, confie une source diplomatique, qui souligne l’absence d’accords de coopération judiciaire entre la France et le Mozambique. Diplomatiquement, on met la pression sans vouloir non plus les braquer, ils pourraient mal le prendre. »



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_Cistac (ENGLISH)

https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_Cistac (PORTUGUES)

Pakistan: KP lawyers boycott courts

March 7, 2017

The lawyers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday observed a strike to protest the recent killing of a senior advocate in a targeted attack.

The lawyers in Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Kohat and Hangu observed complete strike on the call of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council and Peshawar High Court Bar Association.

The members of the community stayed away from courts. However, lawyers of other districts observed Monday as mourning day. Like other districts, lawyers in Peshawar boycotted the Peshawar High Court and sub-ordinate courts.

Bilal Khan Khalil, Press Secretary to the PHCBA, said senior lawyer Muhammad Jan Gigyani was killed and his nephew Rahim Shah suffered injuries in an attack on their vehicle by armed men near Shabqadar on Saturday.

According to police, Muhammad Jan Gigyani, who was a leader of the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), was travelling in his car along with Rahim Shah and two other lawyers to Shabqadar tehsil courts when the attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on them.

Gigyani suffered fatal injuries and died in a hospital, while Rahim Shah was wounded in the attack. The other two lawyers remained unhurt. Reportedly, Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Peshawar High Court Bar Association President Muzammil Khan said the lawyers and courts were under attack in the province. He urged the government to protect the lawyers.