Daily Archives: 09/04/2017

Turkey: HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s lawyer accused of joining ‘HDP Istanbul’ WhatsApp group


HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s lawyer accused of joining ‘HDP Istanbul’ WhatsApp group

An indictment prepared against Levent Pişkin, a lawyer representing Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, revealed that he is charged with offenses including being a member of a Whatsapp group created by the party’s Istanbul organization.

Demirtaş has been under arrest since Nov 4, 2016. Briefly detained days after his client, Pişkin now stands accused of meeting Demirtaş in prison.

The indictment seeks imprisonment for Pişkin as he is claimed to have been a member of a terrorist organization and of making propaganda on behalf.

Among the evidences the prosecutor included in the indictment for terror charges is Pişkin’s membership to HDP Istanbul WhatsApp group.





https://www.evrensel.net/haber/315232/levent-piskin-muvekkili-demistasla-gorusmekle-suclaniyor (TURKCE)

http://www.diken.com.tr/orgut-uyeligiyle-suclanan-avukat-piskinin-hdpistanbul-whatsapp-grubu-uyeligi-suc-unsuru/ (TURKCE)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.tur170407.htm (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Supporters Mark One-Year Anniversary of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Imprisonment in Iran

April 3, 2017

Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe never thought she would be detained by the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Organization when she and her 22-month-old daughter arrived at Tehran’s international airport, on their way back home to the UK on April 3, 2016.

One year later, the 38-year-old employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation is in Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward in Tehran serving a five-year sentence for unspecified “national security charges.”

On the anniversary of the forced separation, her husband Richard Ratcliffe asked supporters to describe their ideal “one day of freedom” on a Facebook page for the Free Nazanin Ratcliffe campaign, which has received nearly 900,000 supportive signatures.

Fellow Prisoners Imagine One Day of Freedom

Some of Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s fellow inmates also contributed to the “One Day of Freedom” event.

“The biggest pain for a mother is to be away from her children,” wrote prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, serving a 16-year sentence for her peaceful activism. “It’s nearly two years now that I haven’t seen my 10-year-old twins.”
Fariba Kamalbadi, a former leader of Iran’s persecuted Baha’i community serving a 20-year prison sentence for her religious beliefs, said: “I always wished to spend my whole first night next to my family members and watch them sleep, to make up for the time passed away so quickly when they came for a visit while I was in prison.”



http://www.nordbayern.de/region/erlangen/amnesty-erlangen-freiheit-fur-narges-mohammadi-1.5877832 (DEUTSCH)

(N.B. Narges Mohammadi is also a lawyer)

Nouvelle condamnation pour Narguesse Mohammadi en Iran
Avec la fin de sa première peine de six ans de prison en Iran le 15 mars 2017, Narguesse Mohammadi a commencé à purger sa deuxième peine le même jour.Mme Mohammadi avait été condamnée à six ans en 2010 pour propagande contre l’État, ainsi que d’association et collusion contre la sécurité nationale.
Narguesse Mohammadi avait obtenu une autorisation de sortie médicale en 2012 en raison d’une grave maladie. En avril 2015, elle avait été arrêtée dans un raid de la police à son domicile et emmenée à Evine pour continuer d’y purger sa peine de six ans. C’est au cours de cette période, qu’elle a écopée d’une autre peine de 16 ans, dont dix années incompressibles.Cette fois aussi, elle est accusée d’association et de collusion contre la sécurité nationale en raison de ses activités continues avec la Ligue de défense des droits humains et des groupes de droits des femmes, d’avoir organisé des rassemblements sur les droits des citoyens, contre la pollution et pour le 8 mars, de propagande contre l’État et de soutien à la campagne contre la peine de mort.La commission des femmes du Conseil national de la Résistance iranienne a publié un communiqué le 19 mai 2016, exigeant l’annulation de la peine injuste contre Narguesse Mohammadi et sa libération immédiate.

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Italy: Dalla Camera Penale la solidarietà all’avvocato aggredito nel suo ufficio


«Ormai troppo frequentemente, e in ogni parte d’Italia, accadono episodi che vedono minacciati e intimiditi gli avvocati per il solo fatto di adempiere al loro compito e di svolgere la funzione per la quale hanno prestato giuramento. Avvocati che vengono additati quasi quali complici di persone accusate di un reato, ovvero fatti oggetto di atti di “vendetta” per avere assunto la difesa di persone danneggiate da un reato», la riflessione è del presidente Roberto Trinchero e del direttivo della Camera Penale Vittorio Chiusano che esprimono la loro solidarietà nei confronti del collega Gianpaolo Mussano, aggredito ieri nel suo ufficio da un uomo armato di pistola e coltelli.

«La nostra solidarietà e vicinanza al Collega è totale e assoluta – si legge in una nota -. Vogliamo però ricordare all’opinione pubblica che la nostra società sta attraversando un momento ”delicato”, se non proprio pericoloso, laddove si assiste, ormai troppo spesso, ad una tendenza di ”svilimento” del ruolo dell’avvocatura e della sua ”nobile funzione”. Così è stata definita dalla Suprema Corte di cassazione, la ”libertà di difendere” che qualunque cittadino dovrebbe comprendere essere la intangibile professione dell’avvocato, e noi avvocati continueremo “liberamente” a svolgere la nostra nobile funzione che nessuna deriva potrà negare».




Cameroon: Cameroon Lawyer Told His Family Will Die If He Doesn’t Stop Defending LGBT People

April 8, 2017

Cameroon lawyer Michel Togué has received multiple death threats for defending clients charged with homosexuality, Human Rights Watch reports.

“We know that your wife is now shopping in the mall,” read one anonymous threat. “We know your children are now standing in front of their school. They will die if you don’t stop.”

Consensual same-sex conduct is criminalized under Cameroon law with a maximum prison sentence of five years.

The president of Cameroon’s Lawyer’s Association reportedly told Togué, “Stop defending the LGBT community and you won’t have problems anymore.” Likewise, in response to his request for protection, Cameroonian police reportedly laughed and said, “Don’t defend those faggots.”


Click to access EN_HRL_20170503_Cameroon_Concerns-regarding-threats-against-human-rights-lawyer-Michel-Togue.pdf

Turkey: Prosecutor Overseeing Coup Investigations Dismissed Over Alleged Coup Links

April 8, 2017

Tevfik Önen, a Mersin prosecutor who has launched several judicial investigations into the Gülen movement very recently, has been purged over his alleged ties to the movement, too, as Turkish government’s post-coup witch hunt against the group has gone off the track.

Önen was among 45 judges and prosecutors Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) dismissed from profession over alleged links to the movement, which the government accuses of being behind the July 15 coup attempt, last week.

With the recent dismissals, the number of judges and prosecutors purged since July 15 has gone up to 4,317. The government has further detained many of them after their dismissals.

Önen was also briefly detained before he was released on judicial control last week. He sought detention of many individuals as part of local investigations in Mersin’s Silifke district.



http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/feto-sorusturmasi-yapan-savci-fetoden-tutuklan-40421032 (TURKCE)

Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers: Brave rights lawyer Sirikan to get top European award

April 9, 2017

SIRIKAN CHAROENSIRI, a Thai human rights lawyer, has been selected to receive the Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) Award this year for her “unwavering courage and commitment” in fighting for the human rights situation in Thailand, the organisation said in a statement.

Known to her family and friends as “June”, Sirikan, 30, will be the first woman to receive the L4L award, which was announced on Friday. She will accept the award at L4L’s seminar ‘The Voice of Rights’ about lawyers and freedom of expression, hosted by Allen & Overy in Amsterdam on May 19.

“Sirikan 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,” the release said.

“By giving this award to Sirikan, the jury wants to applaud her unwavering courage and commitment, and draw attention to the human rights situation in Thailand, which is relatively unknown in the West.”

Sirikan is a co-founder of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a lawyers’ collective founded shortly after the military coup in May 2014 to provide legal aid and monitor the human rights situation in Thailand.