Daily Archives: 22/03/2017

Iran: Take #NowruzAction this spring! (Imprisoned human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani)

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:

https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/2017/03/take-nowruzaction/

Cameroon: ROBERT FON ARRESTED AS PART OF GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN IN WESTERN CAMEROON

March 22, 2017

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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.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/robert-fon-arrested-part-government-crackdown-western-cameroon

https://www.camerpost.com/cameroun-mouvement-anglophone-avocat-membre-redhac-detention-sed/ (FRANCAIS)

Turkey: After the objection of prosecutor, P.C.Judge issued warrant for #President of #Maras #Bar #Assoc Mr. Bagcı & 6 other lawyers to be arrested.

March 22, 2017

Zeynel Balkız, former president of Manisa Bar Association, former deputy for Manisa. Arrested.

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http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/TR/OHCHR_South-East_TurkeyReport_10March2017.pdf?utm_content=buffer908ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.VHjUOQS7.dpuf

(Recent Turkey Human Rights Report by the UN)

Turkey: 19 lawyers on trial tomorrow because of their sit-in protest of Ankara Train Station Bomb Attack (caused 100+ deaths)

March 22, 2017

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(The Arrested Lawyers‏ @Av_EvrenSEL)

China: Lawyer Jiang Tianyong has been subjected to enforced disappearance for more than 4 months

March 22, 2017

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

Turkey: Graft Prosecutor’s Wife Arrested Over Alleged ByLock Use

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.”

http://stockholmcf.org/graft-prosecutors-wife-arrested-over-alleged-bylock-use/

https://turkeypurge.com/wife-of-prosecutor-who-launched-2013-corruption-probe-arrested-over-coup-charges

Russia: Nikolai Gorokhov , l’avocat de la famille Magitski, « tombé » de son balcon au quatrième étage la veille du jour où il doit témoigner

le 22 mars, 2017

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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.

(IDHAE Facebook)

http://www.france24.com/fr/20170322-affaire-magnitski-accident-nikolai-gorokhov-avocat-corruption-russie

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39347461 (ENGLISH)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/22/lawyer-for-family-of-russian-whistleblower-seriously-injured-after-fall (ENGLISH)

http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-magnitsky-lawyer-gorokhov-window-fall/28382907.html (ENGLISH)

http://wfae.org/post/when-russian-lawyer-falls-out-window-i-dont-think-its-accident (ENGLISH)

Democratic Republic of Congo: Condamné à 26 mois de prison, Jean-Claude Muyambo demande l’annulation de la procédure

le 21 mars, 2017

L’opposant Jean-Claude Muyambo demande l’annulation de la procédure qui a conduit à sa condamnation à 26 mois de prison dans l’affaire du conflit immobilier qui l’oppose au grec Alexandros Stoupis.

Il soutient que le jugement a été rendu en son absence alors qu’il se trouvait au pays. L’opposant demande l’annulation pure et simple de la procédure qui devrait, selon lui, reprendre à zéro.

Jean-Claude Muyambo plaide pour sa libération, clamant son innocence dans cette affaire.

De son côté, le ministère public a interjeté appel contre la condamnation de Jean-Claude Muyambo au premier degré, estimant qu’elle était «dérisoire». Il a plutôt requis une peine de cinq ans de prison et le paiement de deux millions de francs congolais (1 482 dollars américains) d’amende à l’Etat congolais.

Un autre appel émane de la partie civile, représentée par les avocats du Grec Alexandros Stoupis, qui va dans le sens de la démarche du ministère public.

Détenu depuis le 20 janvier 2015, le président Solidarité congolaise pour la démocratie et le développement (SCODE) fait partie des prisonniers dont l’opposition exige la libération. Elle le considère comme un «prisonnier politique».

– See more at: http://www.radiookapi.net/2017/03/21/actualite/justice/condamne-26-mois-de-prison-jean-claude-muyambo-demande-lannulation-de#sthash.e3Jx1bXS.dpuf

http://www.radiookapi.net/2017/03/21/actualite/justice/condamne-26-mois-de-prison-jean-claude-muyambo-demande-lannulation-de

Bangladesh: Vandalism at Court: 15 lawyers jailed

March 22, 2017

A court yesterday jailed 15 lawyers including the general secretary of Satkhira District Bar Association for going on the rampage at Satkhira Women and Children Repression Prevention Court in 2013.

Judge Md Habibullah Mahmud of the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Satkhira jailed each of them for two and a half years and fined them each Tk 5,000, in default of which they would have to spend six more months behind bars.

The lawyers handed down punishment include former president of the district bar advocate Shah Alam, former general secretary advocate Abdus Sattar, General Secretary advocate Tozammel Hossain Toza and advocate Mostafa Asaduzzaman.

The lawyers appealed against the verdict yesterday afternoon and the Court of District and Sessions Judge granted them all an interim bail, said Public Prosecutor Abdul Gani.

Advocates Sarder Saif and Shaheduzzaman have been acquitted in the case.

Court sources said equipped with sticks, the convicted lawyers along with court staff on November 18, 2013 ransacked the doors and windows of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal and created panic among justice-seekers.

Tribunal Judge Md Fakhruddin filed a case against 17 lawyers with Sadar police the same day.

Sub-inspector SM Humayun Kabir investigated the incident and pressed charges against the 17 lawyers. The court framed charges against them on August 3, 2014.

http://www.thedailystar.net/backpage/vandalism-court-15-lawyers-jailed-1379338

Cameroon: Justice : Vers une arrestation d’Akere Muna ?

le 21 mars, 2017

L’avocat international est attendu à la Gendarmerie nationale demain à 9h.
Me Akere Muna est attendu au secrétariat d’Etat à la défense demain 22 mars 2017, dans le cadre d’une enquête ouverte contre lui. Rien de précis n’est dit dans la convocation qu’a pu lire la rédaction, et signée de Serges Kack, Chef du service central des recherches judiciaires à la Gendarmerie nationale. On se contente de savoir que la convocation fait suite à une enquête ouverte à la Gendarmerie nationale contre l’homme.
Le bâtonnier a par le passé été cité dans l’affaire du crash de l’avion de la Camair. Mais dans une actualité plus proche, l’avocat international est soupçonné d’être un défenseur de la cause des contestataires des régions anglophones du pays. Lui qui, comme beaucoup d’autres avocats de renommée internationale dont Me Maurice Kamto, se sont constitués pour défendre la cause des personnalités interpelées et détenues à la prison centrale de Yaoundé, dans le cadre de la répression des revendications corporatistes, devenues sociales et populaires dans cette partie du pays. Et sur le plateau de Canal2 international, le fils de l’un des pères de la Réunification du Cameroun, n’a pas gardé sa langue dans la poche pour condamner la violence utilisée par le régime de Yaoundé pour répondre aux mécontents. Tout comme il ne comprend pas la condamnation de Marafa Hamidou Yaya.

http://newsducamer.com/index.php/sport/item/994-justice-vers-une-arrestation-d-akere-muna

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-justice-convoque-au-secretariat-detat-a-la-defense-sed-le-22-mars-akere-284856.html

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-justice-une-enquete-judiciaire-actuellement-en-cours-au-secretariat-detat-a-la-defense-284853.html

Local press reports Akere Muna summons by Biya police, simply for practicing law. Propaganda reports Biya is *touring* Rome today

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http://koaci.com/cameroun-crise-anglophone-lancien-batonnier-akere-muna-convoque-gendarmerie-107559.html

https://www.lebledparle.com/actu/politique/1102386-cameroun-justice-akere-muna-propose-au-sed-de-repondre-a-convocation-le-24-mars-2017

http://www.camernews.com/cameroun-akere-muna-ne-se-rendra-pas-au-sed-le-22-mars/

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-justice-akere-muna-attendu-au-secretariat-detat-a-la-defense-sed-charge-de-285111.html