March 8, 2017
More than 300 academics from around the world have launched a petition campaign demanding the release of prominent professor and social scientist İştar Gözaydın, who has been behind bars since late December on terror charges.
Gözaydın was detained on Dec. 20 as part of an investigation conducted by the İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office into the faith-based Gülen movement. She was arrested on Dec. 27. The professor was head of the sociology department at the İzmir-based Gediz University, which was shut down by government decree along with thousands of other educational institutions in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15.
The academics’ petition is a letter intended for Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. In the letter the academics say: “We, the undersigned, strongly urge the immediate release of İştar Gözaydın from her arrest at the Aliağa Ceza İnfaz Kurumları Kampüsü. All evidence that is available to us suggests that she is, in fact, a prisoner of conscience of the Turkish state. We request that charges be dismissed directly. In the same breath, we ask that others among the 14 members of Gediz University similarly incarcerated on December 20, 2016 and the hundreds of other academics, journalists and activists currently incarcerated under similar circumstances receive like consideration.”
https://www.change.org/p/free-istar-g%C3%B6zaydin (PLEASE SIGN!)
http://standinggroups.ecpr.eu/religion/?p=518 (PLEASE SIGN!)
January 17, 2017
We, the undersigned organizations, express solidarity with the Lawyers Collective, and strongly condemn the permanent cancellation of the license of the Lawyers’ Collective by means of the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA, 2010) by the Ministry of Home Affairs of India. We call for the immediate withdrawal of the cancellation order.
The Lawyers’ Collective is a non-governmental organization run by Indira Jaising, a noted senior lawyer from India, who is known for advancing women’s rights, and the rights of people living with HIV and other marginalized groups. In June 2016, the Government of India suspended the license of the Lawyers’ Collective for a period of six months. The Lawyers’ Collective was suspended for allegedly using funds to organize rallies and dharnas (peaceful demonstrations) with a political ‘hue and color’. The organization has repeatedly denied the charges and has termed them an act of ‘vindictiveness’.
On 27 November 2016, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) cancelled the FCRA registration of the organization permanently, barring the organization from receiving foreign funds for its work and activities. The MHA, in its order, alleges that there were discrepancies in foreign contributions cited by the Lawyers’ Collective in its returns filed with the Ministry. Further, the order states that Jaising violated the FCRA norms by receiving foreign funds between 2006-2007 and 2013-2014, when she was a government servant, that is, when she served as the Additional Solicitor General of India under the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government.
March 8, 2017
Crise anglophone: remise en liberté exigée de Paul Ayah Abine, avocat général près la Cour Suprême
Source: Boris Bertolt
Ses conseils estiment que sa détention provisoire est illégale, M. Ayah Abine n’ayant – entre autres – jamais pris connaissance de la plainte et des infractions qui lui sont reprochées.
Le Comité de Libération des Prisonniers Politiques (CL2P)
March 8, 2017
46 lawyers on trial as defendants on 9th March 2017. Istanbul 19th High Criminal Court – 10 a.m.
March 6, 2017
Two Sudanese families are concerned for the continued detention of their daughters, a lawyer and an accountant, by the Sudanese security service, in the lingering case against the detained Dr Mudawi Ibrahim. University students held a protest against his detention on Sunday.
The father of lawyer Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki, detained since 26 December, told Radio Dabanga that he has been inquiring with the Sudanese Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) what is the reason for his daughter’s arrest. He demands to be allowed to visit her. El Zaki is held in Khartoum. “The security apparatus has allowed me to visit her twice during the three months of detention.”
He added that she was transferred to the state security prosecution last week, where she was detained as a witness who had communication with the also detained human rights defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim.
Meanwhile Nazik Obeid, the sister of accountant Nura Obeid Osman, an accountant for a firm owned by Mudawi, told this station that their family managed to visit Nura for the first time 45 days after her arrest. A second visit was allowed two months after her arrest.
March 7, 2017
As the world marks International Women’s Day, Amnesty International recognizes the work of six distinguished women human rights activists who have faced harassment, threats, imprisonment, and violence for standing up for human rights in the region.
“In Southeast Asia, there are few governments who can be proud of their human rights records, but there are countless women across the region who have braved great dangers to take a stand against injustice,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
“On this International Women’s Day this year, we want to recognize five women, from five different countries, whose heroism inspires many in the region and whose contributions to society should commended, not condemned.”
Thailand: Sirikan Charoensiri
Lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri regularly defends clients who are being investigated and prosecuted for peacefully defending human rights guaranteed by international law. She is also a leading member of Thailand’s civil society. She faces fifteen years’ imprisonment under charges of treason and violating a ban on “political” assembly of five or more persons. The charges were filed in connection with her defence of her clients, penalised for acts of peaceful protest.
Other women human rights defenders working for justice in Thailand have faced targeted criminal charges and harassment, including Pornpen Khonkachonkiet and Anchana Heemina.
March 7, 2017
An advocacy group set up by exiled Turkish lawyers has decried the silence of Turkish Bar Association (TBB) in the face of massive crackdown on lawyers and human rights defenders and condemned its chairman Metin Feyzioğlu for flatly denying credible torture allegations that take place in Turkey’s detention centers and prisons.
In a statement made by the Arrested Lawyers’ Initiative (ALI) to Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF), the group accused TBB of remaining indifferent to the plight of hundreds of jailed lawyers by Turkish government on dubious charges and said “a lack of apathy appears to have taken the TBB leadership as hostage as they have not shown a real and effective engagement to free their members from unlawful detention and imprisonment.”
345 LAWYERS ARE IN PRISONS, FOR NOW
Turkish authorities have issued sweeping arrest warrants against 770 lawyers within last seven months on what is believed to be a part of crackdown on critics and opponents of Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government. So far 345 lawyers including prominent criminal law attorneys and heads of provincial Bar Associations were formally arrested while many were forced to self-exile to avoid torture and ill treatment in jails. The government also purged 108 academics including famous law professors from law schools of public universities and fired 108 government lawyers en masse.
March 7, 2017
Whenever I met with Ko Ni, whether seated in his office, with its flickering electricity and precarious piles of law books, or sipping tea in the moldering headquarters of Myanmar’s then-opposition political party, the image that came to mind was that of Atticus Finch—though an Atticus wearing a Burmese sarong. With his salt-and-pepper hair and upright bearing, Ko Ni was the consummate honorable lawyer. He persevered for decades as one of Myanmar’s top constitutional experts despite living under the rule of a military junta with little respect for judicial process. Every day, he woke up and prepared to throw himself, pro bono, into hopeless cases. One day in his office, I saw a stack of papers at the foot of his desk. On top was a copy of the Bulgarian Constitution. You never know, he said, when knowledge of such a document might prove useful.
On January 29th, Ko Ni, sixty-three years old, was assassinated at the airport in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. He had just returned from a democracy conference in Indonesia and was waiting for a taxi curbside, while holding his young grandson, when a gunman in sandals sauntered up and pumped a bullet into Ko Ni’s head at close range. Nay Win, a taxi driver who tried to chase down the assassin, was also shot to death. (Ko Ni’s grandson, who had come with relatives to greet his grandfather, tumbled out of the lawyer’s arms but was unhurt.)