Daily Archives: 06/04/2017

The Netherlands: Save the Date! 19 May: L4L-Award seminar

April 6, 2017


L4L invites you to

“The Voice of Rights”
About lawyers and Freedom of Expression



Presentation of the L4L-Award 2017

Phon van den Biesen
President Lawyers for Lawyers

Special guests:
Mark Stephens (United Kingdom)

Electra Koutra (Greece)

Jorge Molano (Colombia)
L4L-Award Laureate 2015

Heikelien Verrijn Stuart
Chair of the L4L Award Jury

Moderator: Frederiek de Vlaming (University of Amsterdam)

Date:          19 May 2017
Time:          13.00 – 17.30
Venue:        Law firm Allen & Overy, Apollolaan 15, 1077 AB Amsterdam

Award ceremony 2017

The Lawyers for Lawyers Award will be awarded to a lawyer or a group of lawyers who work to promote the rule of law and human rights in an exceptional way and whose rights have been violated as a result.
To pre-register for this event, please send an email to: S.deGraaf@lawyersforlawyers.org


Egypt: Khaled Ali, l’avocat qui défie le président égyptien

le 6 avril, 2017

Khaled Ali, le 16 janvier au Caire, après la décision de la Haute Cour administrative au sujet de Tiran et Sanafir

Immense sourire aux lèvres, Khaled Ali brandit un poing victorieux dans une salle d’audience du Caire. Avec ses collègues, l’avocat vient de gagner le procès. En cette journée de janvier, la Haute Cour administrative a annulé la rétrocession des îles de Tiran et Sanafir, promises à l’Arabie saoudite par le président Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi. Devant le tribunal, des centaines d’Egyptiens en liesse célèbrent la victoire, malgré l’interdiction de manifester.

Longue silhouette, Khaled Ali, 45 ans, a osé défier le président, malgré la chape de plomb sur le pays. Mais il sait que la bataille juridique n’est pas finie. Dimanche 2 avril, un tribunal des référés a invalidé la décision de la Haute Cour administrative, qui reconnaissait la souveraineté des deux îles inhabitées de la mer Rouge, situées à l’entrée du golfe d’Aqaba. Le sort de Tiran et de Sanafir reste en suspens. Acquis au pouvoir, le Parlement doit aussi se prononcer. Pas de quoi décourager Khaled Ali. Dès dimanche, cet acteur emblématique de la société civile a déposé une nouvelle plainte contre le président. Il est convaincu d’obtenir gain de cause.

« Force de changement »

L’affaire de Tiran et Sanafir a apporté une popularité nationale à l’avocat des ouvriers, des droits de l’homme et de la lutte anticorruption. De nombreux Egyptiens ont contacté son équipe du Centre égyptien pour les droits économiques et sociaux (ECESR), pour transmettre, parfois en cachette, archives et cartes de Tiran et Sanafir.



Turkey: Police in Turkey attack lawyers who started a ‘Justice Watch’

April 6, 2017

Birgun Gazetesi

A group of lawyers in İstanbul recently announced their decision to start a ‘Justice Watch’ to show solidarity with their jailed colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspapers.

Today (April 6), on the first day of their demonstration in front of the Çağlayan Courthouse of İstanbul, police attacked the lawyers.

Lawyers’ decision is to hold a demonstration in front of the courthouse every Thursday to demand justice for head of the executive board of Cumhuriyet, Akın Atalay; Cumhuriyet Foundation’s executive head Mustafa Kemal Güngör; and, Bülent Utku.

In the video below, shared by BirGün reporter Erk Acarer, police is seen as battering and pushing the lawyers.

Source: http://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/caglayan-da-avukatlara-saldiri-154263.html






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http://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/adliyede-cumhuriyet-icin-nobet-tutan-avukatlara-saldiri-154263.html (TURKCE)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/714639/Hukuk_ve_adalet_icin_avukatlarin_nobeti_basliyor.html# (TURKCE)

http://www.ondacero.es/solo-ondaceroes/latitud-cero/podcast/latitud-cero_2017040658e5f1110cf2abec9e0d18bb.html (ESPANOL)

Burma: Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Threatened, Followed

April 5, 2017

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Human rights lawyer Robert Sann Aung has reported receiving death threats and being followed just preceding and after the assassination of another prominent lawyer, U Ko Ni, on Jan. 29.

Legal activist Robert Sann Aung told The Irrawaddy that he was first approached on Dec. 19 last year by a man wearing civilian clothes in the airport in Bhamo Township, Kachin State, on the way back to Mandalay.

The man claimed to be from Military Intelligence, he said, but gave no evidence of the claim. Robert Sann Aung, a former political prisoner, tried to “ignore the man’s many questions.”

Since then, he added, the man has waited for him at the airport and followed him until he boarded his connecting flight on four separate occasions. He said people have come near his home, watching him twice a week for a while, as well as to his local teashop.

He has been receiving explicit photos, crude, insulting texts and threatening phone calls—some from international numbers—from men and women, mostly between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m.






China/Australia: China ‘abruptly cancels’ Australian delegation’s planned visit after human rights criticism

April 5, 2017

ABC News

A delegation of federal politicians’ planned visit to China has been abruptly cancelled after Beijing took offence at a human rights petition signed by Australia.

The letter from 11 nations — including Canada, Japan and Switzerland — reportedly urged China to investigate disturbing reports of torture against human rights lawyers.

It is believed the joint letter was sent last month from the diplomatic missions in China of the signatory countries, and reportedly expressed “growing concern over recent claims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in cases concerning detained human rights lawyers and other human rights defenders”.

The letter was meant to remain private but was leaked to the media.

Some members of Federal Parliament’s Law Enforcement Committee had been due to fly to China yesterday for a week-long visit to examine what the country is doing to stop the import and export of methamphetamines, known commonly as ‘ice’.

Sources have told ABC News the parliamentary delegation’s planned visit was “abruptly cancelled” about two weeks ago — shortly after the joint letter on human rights concerns was received by the Chinese Government.










Turkey: Assassinated Lawyer Tahir Elçi remembered on Lawyers Day

April 5, 2017






https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/turkish-colleagues-celebrate-lawyers-day-with-370-behind-bars/5060570.article (ENGLISH)

https://turkeypurge.com/imprisoned-ankara-lawyers-send-wreath-to-bar-association-on-lawyers-day (ENGLISH)

https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-jails-30-more-lawyers (ENGLISH)

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/04/05/30-feto-linked-lawyers-including-mhp-dissident-akseners-counsel-arrested-in-probe (ENGLISH)

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Lawyers in Ankara/Sincan Jail sent to garland Ankara Bar and Turkey Bar Association. They says; “Happy Lawyers Day, Lawyers in Sincan Jail” #5NisanAvukatlarGünü #FreeTurkishLawyers


Pro-AKP jihadist who defines himself as sword of the God, calls for execution of the arrested Turkish lawyers.


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