Daily Archives: 07/04/2017

Endangered Lawyers/Turkey: Injured Democracy

April 7, 2017

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April 6, 2017

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Sirikan Charoensiri (June), a human rights lawyer from Thailand, will receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017. On 19 May 2017 Sirikan Charoensiri will accept the Award at L4L’s seminar ‘The Voice of Rights’ about lawyers and freedom of expression, hosted by Allen & Overy in Amsterdam.

Jury remarks “Sirikan Charoensiri is a young Thai lawyer who stands up for human rights activists, journalists and people tried after the coup by military courts, even though she is facing considerable risks herself. By awarding Sirikan Charoensiri, the jury wants to applaud her unwavering courage and commitment, and draw attention to the human rights situation in Thailand that is relatively unknown in the West.”

High-profile human rights cases on a pro bono basis Ms. Charoensiri will be the first woman to receive the Lawyers for Lawyers award. Sirikan Charoensiri is the co-founder of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a lawyers’ collective founded shortly after the military coup on 22 May 2014 to provide legal aid and monitor the human rights situation in Thailand. As a human rights lawyer with TLHR, Ms. Charoensiri provides legal services in high-profile human rights cases on a pro bono basis. She acts for the increasing number of individuals facing lèse-majesté charges. These provisions make it illegal to defame, insult or threaten the king in Thailand. Ms. Charoensiri also represents human rights activists facing arbitrary arrest for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and expression and journalists facing arbitrary arrest in the exercise of media freedom and freedom of information by documenting the work of human rights activists. The political sensitivity of these cases is believed to be the reason why lawyers connected to TLHR are regularly subject to harassment, intimidation, and recently to criminal charges by the Thai authorities.



IDHAE: Rapport 2017

le 7 avril, 2017


Comme chaque année, nous sommes heureux de vous présenter notre rapport complet 2017 qui retrace les souffrances et les destins de nos confrères de par le monde.

Sans votre soutien, sans votre engagement personnel, l’action menée de concert par l’ensemble des organes qui s’emploient à veiller à la défense des Droits de l’Homme, ceux qui nous alertent comme ceux qui s’associent à nos interventions, ne pourrait pas s’accomplir, même si nous devons chaque fois prendre davantage conscience se son caractère insuffisant autant qu’inachevé.

Nous savons mieux que personne combien vous vous sentez concerné au premier chef par ces situations et que vous êtes parmi les fers de lance de la défense de la liberté des avocats, des droits de la défense et de l’indépendance des barreaux.

Avec nos remerciements, et l’assurance de notre amitié reconnaissante et fidèle. Bertrand FAVREAU


Click to access eurobsavocats2017.pdf

Turkey: ‘Adalet Nöbeti’ne müdahale: ‘Geri adım atmayacağız, savunma susmayacak’


İstanbul Adliyesi’nde “Savunmaya özgürlük” sloganıyla oturma eylemi yapan avukatlar, darp edilerek gözaltına alındı.  Bazı avukatların yüzünde kanama oldu. “Savunma susmayacak” diyerek duruma tepki gösteren ÖHP, her Perşembe günü “Adalet Nöbeti” tutmaya devam edeceklerini kaydetti.

Çağlayan’da bulunan İstanbul Adliyesi’nde “Savunmaya özgürlük” sloganıyla Cumhuriyet gazetesinin tutuklu avukatları Akın Atalay, Bülent Utku ve Mustafa Kemal Güngör için aralarında Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP) Grup Başkanvekili Filiz Kerestecioğlu, HDP’li vekil Garo Paylan, Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (CHP) Milletvekili Hilmi Yarayıcı ve çok sayıda avukat oturma eylemi yaptı.

Ellerinde tutuklu avukatların fotoğraflarının bulunduğu dövizleri taşıyan avukatlar, tutuklu meslektaşları serbest bırakılıncaya kadar her Perşembe saat 11.00 ile 13.00 saatleri arasında oturma eylemi yapacaklarını söyledi.







Turkey: Turkey’s board of judges, prosecutors temporarily suspends four for ordering release of Gülen suspects

April 4, 2017

Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) announced on April 3 that it temporarily dismissed a court board and a prosecutor, less than a week after they ordered the release of some 21 suspects in a case into the media structure of the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which is accused of orchestrating the July 2016 failed coup attempt.

HSYK Deputy Chair Mehmet Yılmaz told reporters that the Istanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court board head İbrahim Lorasdağı, its two members Barış Cömert and Necla Yeşil Yurt and prosecutor Göksel Turan were temporarily dismissed from their duties until an investigation into claims about them concluded.

“There are claims at the point of the fact that those releases are intentional, unlawful and did not comply with the truth,” Yılmaz said, adding that the final decision would be taken after HSYK inspectors finish their reports.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said the decision was taken on the board’s own discretion.

Over 4,000 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed since the attempted takeover on July 15, 2016, according to HSYK.




Cameroon: Former UN Legal Adviser and Lawyer Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla on Trial April 7, 2017

April 5, 2017

Inner City Press

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We understand that Mr. Felix Agbor Nkongho, as his two co-accused (Fontem Afoteka Neba and Mancho Bibixy), is facing trial for various alleged offences in connection with the situation in the Anglophone regions. Their lawyers requested they be freed on bail. The court is reportedly set to examine the request when the case is taken up again on 7 April. 

The UN is being asked today again about Agbor Balla, and about the arrested lawyerRobert Fon, former President of Northwest Common Law Lawyers’ Association, arrested and transferred to Yaounde. On March 29 Inner City Press asked the UN: “Because UNanswered, asking again: In Cameroon, former UN legal adviser (in UNAMA and elsewhere) Felix Agbor Balla now, according to a UK-based barristers’ organization, faces a military trial with the death penalty on the table for speaking out about conditions in the country’s Anglophone areas, where the Internet has been cut for 71 days and counting. Particularly given Agbor-Balla’s former position as a UN legal expert, what is not only the UN’s comment, but what is the UN doing to attempt to ensure he receives due process? Also, what about the arrest of human rights lawyer Robert Fon and his transfer to Yaounde?” But while the UN responded to other questions from Inner City Press, nothing on this one. Nothing.

With former UN legal adviser Felix Agbor-Balla in Cameroon facing a military trial with the death penalty on the table, a UK-based legal group has written to Cameroonian president Paul Biya (here) while his former employer the UN has done… nothing.


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(Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla in court today: Facebook)

(UPDATE April 7, 2017: “Breaking News
BaretaNews can now report that the court in Yaounde has passed a judgement to hear the case of our leaders and 25 more in a joint session rather than separate sessions. This means that the case will continue in a joint session on April 27th, 2017.” (Facebook))



http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-proces-des-leaders-anglophones-le-tribunal-militaire-ordonne-la-jonction-de-procedures-286371.html (FRANCAIS)

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Barrister Ben Muna grants a press statement on behalf of his clients Barrister Agbor Balla and Fontem Neba.
Lead Counsel for detained Consortium leaders speaks. He noted that the Consortium president, Barrsiter Nkongho Balla has asked him to make a statement on his behalf;
■That the Leadership of the Consortium still stands as Barrister Nkongho (President) and Dr Fontem Neba (SG).
■That the Consortium has never stood for the segregation or separation of Southern Cameroons.
■That while they (Nkongho and Fontem) are in jail, they mandated Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo Tanku to run the affairs of the Consortium
■That he (Barrister Nkongho) is quite satisfied with what Mark and Tapang has been doing so far.
■That the Consortium ,and him as the President has not authorized anybody to sign any agreement with any other Organization or group such as SCNC, SCAPO, SCACUF, AGC or any secessionist group.
■ That he (Barrister Nkongho Balla) is happy with Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo with the manner they run the Consortium as interim leaders.