Daily Archives: 12/03/2017

China: China’s Chief Justice Praises Cases Criticized in West

March 12, 2017

China's Chief Justice Zhou Qiang delivers a speech during a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 12, 2017. Zhou said Sunday that his country, which is believed to execute more people than the rest of the world combined, gave the death penalty

The convictions of a prominent defense attorney and his associates were among the country’s top legal achievements last year, China’s chief justice said Sunday, highlighting a case that has been criticized by Western governments and rights groups.

In a report to the national legislature, Zhou Qiang also said that China, which is believed to execute more people than the rest of the world combined, gave the death penalty “to an extremely small number of criminals for extremely serious offenses” in the past 10 years.

The actual number of executions in China is a state secret. A 2007 decision that all death sentences must be reviewed by the Supreme People’s Court is believed to have reduced the number of executions dramatically.

Rights lawyer jailed

Zhou praised courts for severely punishing crimes against state security and violent terrorism, and said the trend will continue in order “to resolutely safeguard the country’s political security.”

The only case of subverting state power he highlighted was that of Zhou Shifeng, director of a law firm that used to be one of the country’s best-known advocates for human rights. He was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment in August for attempting to manipulate public opinion and harm national security.

Rights groups and Western governments including the U.S. had urged China to release Zhou and other activists and lawyers detained in a sweeping crackdown that began in 2015. Critics say it’s about the ruling Communist Party silencing opponents.





http://cnb.avocat.fr/OIAD-Suivi-de-la-situation-des-avocats-defenseurs-des-droits-de-l-Homme-en-Chine_a2934.html (FRANCAIS)


Colombia: Abogacía en Riesgo: Petición urgente de medidas de protección para Jorge Enrique Belalcázar


Video mostraría a pistolero que atacó a abogado en el centro de Cali

El Observatorio Internacional de Abogados en Riesgo (OIAD), entre otras organizaciones, hace un llamamiento urgente a las autoridades colombianas para que adopten medidas de protección que garanticen la vida y la seguridad del abogado penalista Jorge Enrique Belalcázar Gutiérrez, herido tras recibir un disparo cuando se encontraba dentro de su coche a plena luz del día el pasado 1 de febrero.

El OIAD ha hecho público el siguiente comunicado:

“Las entidades abajo firmantes expresan su profunda preocupación por los repetidos ataques y amenazas a la integridad personal y profesional de los abogados y abogadas colombianas en el desempeño de su labor profesional. En este sentido desean expresar su más enérgica condena del asesinato que terminó con la vida del abogado Jhon Fredy Concha Valbuena el pasado 24 de enero 2017 y el atentado frustrado que se cometió contra el abogado Jorge Enrique Belalcázar Gutiérrez el pasado 1 de febrero 2017. Ambos ataques tuvieron lugar en la ciudad de Cali.


Según las informaciones recibidas, el abogado Jorge Enrique Belalcázar Gutiérrez, fue abordado en un semáforo cuando se encontraba dentro de su vehículo y recibió un disparo a la altura de la clavícula que por fortuna no le causó la muerte. Cabría destacar que el ataque tuvo lugar a plena luz del día en la Calle 11 con Carrera 7 a pocos metros de la sede de la Dirección Seccional de Fiscalía y de la Gobernación del Valle del Cauca. En la fecha y hora en la que se emite el presente comunicado, no se tiene constancia de que al abogado Jorge Enrique Belalcázar Gutiérrez le hayan sido otorgadas las medidas de protección solicitadas a la Unidad Nacional de Protección.






Thailand: Somchai Neelapaijit Memorial Fund award recipients announced

March 12, 2017

Pawinee Chumsri, a lawyer with the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, has won the outstanding human rights award given by the Somchai Neelapaijit Memorial Fund.

The award was announced on Saturday along with three other prestigious human rights awards to mark the 13th anniversary of the disappearance of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit.

Ms Pawinee won the Somchai Neelapaijit Award as a lawyer who has dedicated her legal career to the fight for human rights in the restive southern border provinces as well as cases involving politics after the 2014 coup.

The three other awards went to the Khon Rak Ban Koed Group (KRBKG), established by anti-gold mining villagers in Loei province; 14 Myanmar workers who filed a lawsuit against a chicken processing operator in Lop Buri; and student activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, known as “Pai Dao Din”.

Jon Ungpakorn, a panel member, said Ms Pawinee has played a pivotal role in several cases associated with human rights in the three restive southern provinces since 2007. She also had experiences in dealing with many enforced disappearance cases as well as other lawsuits after the coup.







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