Daily Archives: 05/04/2017

Burma/EU: Ko Ni awarded posthumous honor

April 4, 2017

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Union, EU Ambassador Roland Kobia organised a ceremony in Yangon to grant the first ever “Schuman Awards”for outstanding merits in promoting universal values which the EU actively supports across the globe such as human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

The awards were granted to U Ko Ni (posthumous), Daw Ja Nan Lahtaw and U Aung Myo Min.

“The Schuman Award recognises the merits of those who stand out in promoting core values of the European Union – and indeed universal values of humanity. U Ko Ni, Daw Ja Nan Lahtaw and U Aung Myo Min have dedicated their lives to working towards a better future for their country and all the people who call Myanmar their home. They are ambassadors for peace, democracy, human rights and equality. With this award, the European Union would like to honour the important work of our first Schuman Laureates,” said EU Ambassador Roland Kobia.

The Schuman Awards – named after former French Foreign Minister and founding father of the European Union, Robert Schuman – were established in 2017 to recognise the merits of Myanmar personalities in defending core European values of peace, democracy and human rights.



April 5, 2017

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Belgium: Bruxelles: l’avocat Olivier Martins libéré sous conditions

le 4 avril, 2017

 Olivier Martins, le célèbre pénaliste.

Le célèbre avocat pénaliste Olivier Martins a été libéré sous conditions ce lundi 3 avril. Il n’a notamment pas le droit de quitter le territoire belge ou encore d’entrer en contact avec les autres personnes citées dans le dossier pour lequel il est suspecté, c’est-à-dire celui la tentative d’évasion de Mohamed Benadbelak.

Pour rappel, l’avocat a été interpellé le 14 mars dernier par les enquêteurs de la police judiciaire fédérale (PJF) de Bruxelles. Son arrestation s’inscrivait dans le cadre d’une instruction judiciaire concernant la tentative d’évasion de la prison de Saint-Gilles. Des perquisitions ont été menées le même jour à son domicile et à son cabinet. M e  Martins a été placé sous mandat d’arrêt et inculpé du chef de membre d’une organisation criminelle. La chambre du conseil l’a ensuite placé sous surveillance électronique.

La justice bruxelloise s’est également penchée sur la situation financière de l’avocat. Les factures de travaux d’aménagement que M e  Martins a fait effectuer à son domicile ont été saisies et une commission rogatoire s’est récemment rendue en France pour jeter un coup d’œil sur le vignoble dans lequel l’avocat pénaliste a investi en 2014.

Des protagonistes sont également cités dans une autre affaire, il s’agit de David M.B. et Luigi M.B qui sont soupçonnés d’avoir participé à la tentative d’évasion de la prison de Saint-Gilles. Le père et le fils M.B. Ces derniers ont été arrêtés la semaine du 22 mars. Olivier Martins n’a également pas le droit de communiquer avec eux.





China: Updates on the case of Lawyer Xie Yang

April 5, 2017

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

Turkey: 30 FETO-linked lawyers arrested

April 5, 2017 Lawyers Day in Turkey

30 FETO-linked lawyers arrested

An Istanbul judge Wednesday ordered that 30 lawyers detained as part of a Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO)-linked probe be remanded in custody, according to judicial sources.

According to the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the group includes Nuri Polat, the counsel for former opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy and chair candidate Meral Aksener; Erdogan Soruklu, the counsel for Erhan Tuncel, accused in the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink; as well as Nazif Aktas and Seyfettin Dayan, who have represented FETO-linked ex-police commissioners.

As part of an investigation into FETO-linked lawyers, 38 suspects initially gave testimony to the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The Istanbul judge then ordered the 30 lawyers remanded in custody and the release of the other eight.

The investigation found that 25 of the suspects had used the ByLock mobile app, a suspected means of communication for FETO members. Five of the others had made calls to people who used the app.

According to the Turkish government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 2016, which left 249 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara has said FETO is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.






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5th April and Lawyers Day in Turkey. But presently 38 lawyers under custody and more than 350 are arrestees.


Vietnam/Germany: Detained Vietnamese Human Rights Attorney to Receive Award For His Work

April 4, 2017

Nguyen Van Dai displays his face after he was beaten by masked assailants in Nghe An province, Dec. 6, 2015.

Detained human rights attorney and activist Nguyen Van Dai will receive an award from the German Association of Judges on Wednesday, making him the first Vietnamese awarded the honor for his work in human rights, RFA’s Vietnamese Service has learned.

A representative of Nguyen Van Dai will accept the award from the group known in German as Deutscher Richterbund (DRB), which is the largest professional organization of judges and public prosecutors in Germany.

Every other year, the organization bestows a human rights award on a judge, public prosecutor, or other lawyer for outstanding merit in the defense of human rights.

Former prisoner of conscience Pham Van Troi, a democracy activist and member of the Vietnam-based Brotherhood for Democracy, called Dai’s selection “wonderful news.”

Dai and other formerly jailed dissidents created the online group in 2013 to coordinate human rights activities across Vietnam and host forums in Hanoi and Saigon to mark International Human Rights Day.

“I think lawyer Nguyen Van Dai deserves this award,” Troi told RFA’s Vietnamese Service. “This is also a positive sign to promote democratization in Vietnam in the near future.”



http://www.rfa.org/vietnamese/vietnamnews/human-right-lawyer-nguyen-van-dai-be-award-by-germany-04042017083451.html (VIETNAMESE)

China/USA: Calls Grow For Trump to Pressure China’s President on Human Rights At Summit

April 4, 2017

Jin Bianling (L), wife of disappeared rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, and ChinaAid head Bob Fu (R) ask U.S. help to locate Jiang, Washington D.C., Dec. 7, 2016.

The relatives of China’s detained human rights lawyers have written to U.S. President Donald Trump calling on him to raise Beijing’s human rights record during his forthcoming summit with President Xi Jinping in Florida on Thursday.

“We now know that they have been tortured, and we worry about whether they will live or die,” the relatives said of their loved ones. “We want to know how they are looking, and why they haven’t been allowed to meet with a lawyer for a year and eight months now.”

“We have never given up trying to find out the whereabouts of our loved ones, nor trying to help them,” the letter, addressed to President Trump at the White House, said.

“We have been detained several times … and beaten up by police because of our activities,” it said. “We have sent hundreds of letters and paid hundreds of visits, but it has all been to no avail.”

“We are writing to you, Mr. President, … because we know that under the present reality, there is no hope of a fair trial.”

Sixteen out of more than 300 human rights lawyers, activists, and law firm employees detained since July 2015 are still facing trial, while two have already been handed harsh sentences.

Request for demands

Jin Bianling, the U.S.-based wife of detained rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, said she had penned the letter, dated March 31, on behalf of all of the relatives of lawyers detained across China in a nationwide police operation since July 2015.

“This week, Trump will meet with Xi Jinping, so we are hoping that Trump can make some demands on China, such as releasing all of the innocent rights lawyers and other citizens detained in the July 2015 crackdown,” she said.