Daily Archives: 23/03/2017

China: Update of 709 crackdown

March 23, 2017

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Belgium: Inculpé, Me Olivier Martins se dit innocent et pourrait faire appel à son ami Me Dupond-Moretti : “Je suis victime d’une machination”

le 22 mars, 2017

Inculpé dans le dossier de la tentative d’évasion de Mohamed Benabdelhak, Maître Olivier Martins se dit « innocent à 100 % ». Il n’exclut pas de faire appel à son ami proche, Maître Dupond-Moretti, le plus célèbre avocat de France.

Un séisme a fait trembler le barreau de Bruxelles mardi dernier. Me Martins, célèbre avocat pénaliste, connu notamment pour avoir défendu Abdallah Ait Oud, Brahim Abdeslam ou Basri Bajrami, a été placé sous mandat d’arrêt et inculpé du chef de membre d’une organisation criminelle.




Turkey: 35 Lawyers Of Suspects In Gülen Movement Trials Detained

March 23, 2017

Turkish police on Thursday detained 35 lawyers who are defending suspects accused of links to the Gülen movement in several ongoing trials.

Arrest warrants were issued for 80 lawyers, and 35 of them were detained in house raids across Turkey.

The arrest warrants target lawyers including those defending imprisoned journalist Hidayet Karaca, the former head of the now-shut-down Samanyolu TV station, exiled businessman Akın İpek, the former chief executive of Bank Asya and some jailed police officers.

Turkish authorities have issued sweeping arrest warrants against 967 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 362 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.

What is more, the authorities also ordered the seizure of all assets of lawyers who faced an arrest although they were not convicted of any crime and there was no indictment filed and no trial hearing held yet.



India: Delhi lawyers protest outside BCI office, SCBA, DHCBA, IAPL condemn BCI – Live Updates

March 23, 2017

The Delhi Bar Association’s protest against amendments proposed by the Law Commission to the Advocates Act has commenced outside the office of Bar Council of India (BCI).

A huge contingent of lawyers are present outside the office of BCI at Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi. They are chanting slogans against BCI Chairman while the leaders at the Bar are continuously making announcements through loudspeakers.

The controversy relates to the recent amendments which the Law Commission proposes to make to the Advocates Act, barring lawyers from going on strike and to impose fines on advocates for any misconduct.

The Delhi Bar Association yesterday had announced that thelawyers will go on strike to protest against the proposed amendments and that BCI had no authority to recommend any changes to the Advocates Act.

President NC Gupta had stated that this was a “complete surrender by the BCI before the judges by recommending suspension of those who participate in strikes”.

Moreover, the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers also emerged with a statement condemning the recommendations. In a press release, it was stated,

“Protests and struggles by the lawyer community have played an immense role in safeguarding and promoting the rights of citizens. The Indian freedom struggle itself had the participation of numerous lawyers and to criminalize protests of the lawyer community is a severe attack on this longstanding contribution of lawyers in upholding constitutional values…”






Bahrain: After 282 days of arbitrary detention, human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial postponed once again

March 23, 2017

On 22 March 2017, Manama’s Fifth High Criminal Court postponed again Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial in the Twitter case, in clear contempt of international human rights standards. His arbitrary detention and judicial harassment are only meant to silence one of Bahrain’s most vocal human rights defenders, say the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Front Line Defenders, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT).

Arbitrarily detained since 13 June 2016, Nabeel Rajab is facing a series of charges and up to 18 years in prison. In the “Twitter case”, ongoing since 02 April 2015, Nabeel Rajab is accused of “deliberately spreading false information and malicious rumours with the aim of discrediting the State”, “disseminating false rumours in time of war”, “insulting a statutory body” and “offending a foreign country [Saudi Arabia]” in relation to Tweets denouncing the torture of detainees in the Kingdom’s Jaw Prison and human rights violations perpetrated by the Saudi-Arabia led coalition air strikes in Yemen. The thirteenth hearing is scheduled on 17 May 2017. In addition, Nabeel Rajab is facing charges of “spreading false information and malicious rumours about domestic matters with the aim of discrediting and adversely affecting the State’s prestige” in a separate case related to three televised interviews made in 2015 and 2016 in which Nabeel Rajab exposed Bahrain’s poor human rights record. The next hearing in that case is on 3 May 2017.

“Despite a court order to temporarily release him following a failure to give any sufficient evidence in the Twitter case, Nabeel Rajab remains arbitrarily detained. Arbitrary and solitary detention, endless postponements, denial of visa for international human rights NGOs have been jeopardising the judicial process. Bahrain is failing its international obligations and makes a mockery of justice,” declared the organisations.

Further investigations are underway and may lead to additional charges, including “intentionally broadcasting false news and malicious rumours abroad impairing the prestige of the state” following the publication on 05 September 2016 of an Op-Ed in The New York Times with his by-line, which discussed the conditions of his imprisonment and arrest.



http://www.omct.org/files/2017/03/24260/bahrain_joint_230317__.pdf (ARABIC)

Turkey: New wave on crackdown against lawyers! #Istanbul Detention warrant issued for 80 lawyers.

March 23, 2017

With today’s last wave ⏩80 lawyers were detained in Istanbul⏪ ▶️ 967 lawyers are under prosecution ▶️ 362 are arrestees


Cameroon: CLLs enroute to defend Anglophone leaders Yaounde severely beaten.

March 22, 2017

Alafnet.com is getting confirmed reports that a group of Common lawyers enroute to the nations capital yaounde to defend their colleague Bar Kongho Felix Agbor and anglophone leaders  at the military court  have been  severely beaten by forces on the regime.

The Anglophone lawyer’s from Buea on their way to Yaounde to defend our leaders were followed by LRC forces right from Buea .They cheated death  after been attacked and severely beaten on the highway between Douala and Yaounde .All of them escaped each one not knowing the way about one another.

According to the our source himself a lawyer who was in a second car, two private cars had left Buea and the one which was ahead was attacked, the second  only discover their colleagues car  by the road and  stop .The attackers had left .They were stoped by security forces and beaten ,says a lawyer desperately lying at the scene.As we write there is desperate attempt to make sure all car 1 occupants are found and save.

The lawyers have still insisted in completing their journey to defend the consortium leaders due in court march 23rd.It is our understanding that Militarized  reinforcement has been called at the capital of the SouthWest region against any reaction for the population .



Inner City Press asked UN about arresting former UN Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla, France letting itself off the hook

( https://twitter.com/innercitypress/status/844656623142518785)


China: Rights Lawyer Complains to Mayor Over ‘Cultural Revolution’ Treatment of Colleagues

March 22, 2017

Liu Xiaoyuan in an undated photo (L) and a copy of his lawyer's license (R), which he altered to read 'Unemployment License' in protest of a crackdown on rights attorneys.

A prominent Chinese lawyer has made a complaint to Beijing’s mayoral hotline about a nationwide police operation targeting the country’s human rights lawyers beginning on July 9, 2015, likening it to the political violence of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

Liu Xiaoyuan, a partner at the now-shuttered Fengrui law firm that was the first target of police raids and detentions, made the complaint on Wednesday, saying that he and other lawyers had lost their business licenses as a result.

Liu said the crackdown, which was to target more than 300 lawyers, law firm staff and associated rights activists in the months to come for detention, professional sanctions, house arrest and travel bans, including for family members, had had a devastating impact on China’s legal profession.

“These were tactics that were very similar to the campaigns of the Cultural Revolution,” Liu told RFA. “But we are not in the Cultural Revolution any more, so they shouldn’t be using such methods.”

“[It’s because] everyone just does what their bosses tell them, so we have the rule of personalities instead of the rule of law,” he said.

Liu warned that allowing a legal professional to do his job is a crucial part of the rule of law, and of human rights protection.