March 21, 2017
The Iranian holiday Nowruz (نوروز or “new day”) is an ancient holiday that takes place on the first day of spring to celebrate the new year. Each Nowruz, Scholars at Risk partners with Amnesty International for their #NowruzAction Campaign, an effort to remember prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Iran.
This year, SAR will write to Iranian prisoners of conscience Hamid Babaei and Abdolfattah Soltani to share Nowruz cheer and raise awareness about their cases. We ask that you join us by writing a brief, non-political Nowruz greeting on a spring-themed card to be sent to these courageous scholars. Nowruz is a time of renewal and letters should be sent with the intent of giving these scholars a sense of acknowledgement and hope. You may send a greeting in either English or Farsi (Persian) but please do not mention Scholars at Risk, Amnesty International, specifics of the recipient’s case, or the political situation, human rights or U.S.-Iran relations.
Abdolfattah Soltani, Iran
Abdolfattah Soltani is a prominent human rights lawyer and co-founder, along with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. Mr. Soltani has been arrested on multiple occasions, most recently on September 10, 2011 on charges of “spreading propaganda against the regime” and “endangering national security,” for which he is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence. SAR is concerned about the disregard of international standards of due process and fair trial in the case of Mr. Soltani as well as his lack of access to medical treatment, legal representation, and family visitation.
You can send Nowruz greetings to Abdolfattah Soltani at:
March 22, 2017
On 16 March 2017, lawyer Robert Fon was arrested and brought to the Secretary of State for Defense (Secrétariat d’Etat à la Défense – SED) in Yaoundé, according to sources.
On 16 March 2016, Robert Fon was called upon by the Governor of the North-West Region, Adolphe Lele L’Afrique, to attend a meeting at his office. During the course of this meeting, Robert Fon was arrested and then taken to Yaoundé in police custody. No arrest warrant was presented, nor was a reason for the arrest given at the time. Since his arrest, reports state that he has been charged on two counts; acts of terrorism and insurrection. His trial will commence on 23 March 2017. Under Cameroon’s 2014 anti-terrorism law, Robert Fon will be tried in a military court. He is currently being held at the complex of the Secretary of State for Defence in Yaoundé, and has been granted visiting rights with his family.
Robert Fon’s arrest is part of a larger crackdown on human rights defenders in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon in the North-west and South-west of the country. In the fall of 2016, lawyers and teachers, among others, started to protest against the institutionalized discrepancy between conditions in the Anglophone regions and in the Francophone regions of Cameroon. Human rights defenders who have been leading the call to respect the human rights of citizens in the Anglophone regions, have been the first to be targeted by the authorities in the crackdown.
March 22, 2017
(The Arrested Lawyers @Av_EvrenSEL)
March 22, 2017
Özlem Yüzgeç, the wife of one of the prosecutors who conducted a corruption probe that became public in late 2013 and implicated senior members of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, was arrested in Kahramanmaraş province over alleged use of a smart phone application known as ByLock.
Yüzgeç is the wife of Mehmet Yüzgeç, one of the prosecutors who conducted what is known as the Dec.17-25 corruption probe in 2013, which implicated several members of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s family, his inner circle and four former ministers.
Özlem Yüzgeç is accused of using ByLock, considered by Turkish authorities to be the top communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement, which is accused by the government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15,2016.
Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since the failed coup attempt.
In August 2015, detention warrants were issued for Zekeriya Öz, Celal Kara and Mehmet Yüzgeç, all former prosecutors who took part in the corruption investigations.
The prosecutors face charges of “forming an illegal organization,” “attempting to topple or incapacitate the government through the use of force or coercion” and “preventing the government from performing its duties partially or completely.”
le 22 mars, 2017
Nikolai Gorokhov est mystérieusement tombé de son balcon du quatrième étage, lors de l’emménagement dans son appartement près de Moscou. Il a été emmené d’urgence à l’hôpital où il a été placé en soins intensifs.et a dû être hospitalisé d’urgence. Il devait témoigner dans l’affaire de corruption, lié au décès de Sergei Magnitsky mort en détention provisoire en death in novembre 2009 à Moscou.
Il ne témoignera donc pas le 22 mars, à un procès à enjeu fort impliquant des proches du pouvoir russe.
Son employeur et ennemi personnel du président russe Vladimir Poutine, l’homme d’affaires britannique Bill Browder, a assuré dans un communiqué que Nikolai Gorokhov avait été poussé.