Daily Archives: 30/04/2017

Nepal: Nepal’s first female chief justice faces impeachment

April 30, 2017

Sushila Karki, Nepal's first female chief justice

Nepal’s first female chief justice has been suspended after the two largest parties in the ruling coalition filed an impeachment motion against her.

They accuse Sushila Karki of delivering biased verdicts and interfering in the executive’s jurisdiction.

At least 249 MPs signed the motion, well over the quarter required to open an impeachment investigation.

It comes after the Supreme Court overturned the government’s choice of chief of police.

‘Favours rather than merit’

Last month the court ruled in favour of a claim by Navaraj Silwal, the most senior officer in the ranks, that he had been unfairly bypassed in favour of a less senior colleague, Jaya Bahadur Chand.

A hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday 2 May on the government’s second choice of candidate, Prakash Aryal, local media report.



Nepal: Impeachment motion moved against Chief Justice Sushila Karki



Cameroon: Defense funds for Justice Paul Ayah – Please Contribute!

I first met Justice Paul Ayah Abine when he was the parliamentarian from Akwaya subdivision in Manyu, Cameroon. I became transfixed in his singular opposition to the President of Cameroon, Mr. Paul Biya on changing the constitution to become president for life.

Justice Paul Ayah Abine is in a fight of our life
The arbitrary, capricious and unjustifiable arrest and detention of Supreme Court Justice Paul Ayah Abine, is incontrovertible evidence of the incompatibility of the Common Law practices and the French imperial, neo-colonial system that prevails in Cameroon.
Even more shocking, is the conspiratorial silence of his colleagues in the Francophone Supreme Court Bench, who in Anglo-Saxon countries exert the ultimate power of sanctioning the legality of the acts of the executive branch.

As those who cherish the time-honored traditions of the Magna Carta and Habeas Corpus, we are appealing to you to DONATE  $5, $10, etc. to assist Justice Paul Ayah Abine’s family to continuously engage the lawyers who are working pro-bono.
Donations will be  delivered to his family, to pay for his food, medication, legal bills, and the cost of travel, room and board for empowered persons who will be advocating for his release in the courts of foreign leaders who have a significant influence on the Biya dictatorship which is detaining him in egregious conditions, where his health is rapidly deteriorating. 





Turkey: Top judge, paralysed after cancer surgery, under arrest at hospital

April 30, 2017

Top judge, paralysed after cancer surgery, under arrest at hospital

A Supreme Court of Appeals member until he was dismissed as part of the government’s post-coup purge of public institutions, Mustafa Erdogan has been kept in a holding cell at a private hospital since Dec. 30, 2016.

In a letter to the newly-established solidarity platform Justice Held Hostage, his daughter Buket Erdogan said the top judge was denied right to “trial without arrest” although he was paralysed after a surgery on his brain.

“I am a second-grade law faculty student at Ankara University. … I want to tell you what we have been through since the July 15, 2016 [coup attempt],” she started her letter.

Buket said police raided their home on July 16 and that an arrest warrant was issued for her father a day after while all their properties were confiscated by the government.

She said her father refused to turn himself in to the police in the face of rights violations proliferated under post-coup emergency rules. To top it off, she added, her father has been suffering from a tumour on his brain.

“[Doctors] told that he must undergo a surgery right away. … Police came by immediately after he was hospitalized for surgery. While all I was thinking was my father’s health, police officers were discussing ways to arrest and take him to the police station in front of the intensive care unit,” Buket narrated.



[DETAILS] Turkish government dismisses 3,974 public servants

China: “My Name is Li Heping, and I Love Being a Lawyer”

August 21, 2016

Li Heping screen shot

This is a translation of an Ai Weiwei interview of lawyer Li Heping (李和平) in July 2010 (here, here, here, and here) that was released only recently. Beginning from his first involvement in “sensitive” cases around 2002, Li Heping went through the trajectory of his years as one of China’s earliest rights lawyers, including police brutality against him in 2007. Over the past decade or so, many early rights lawyers have withdrawn from the scene under duress, but Li Heping is one of the few who have persevered. He was arrested in July, 2015, as one of dozens of rights lawyers in what is known as the “709 Crackdown” of human rights lawyers and activists. After a year of secret detention with no access to legal counsel or to family, his case has recently been sent to prosecutors for indictment, but earlier this month, Chinese state media seemed to have already charged him with “using funds from a certain overseas NGO to engage in subversion of state power.” If the spectacle of the four show trials in early August is any indication, the entire 709 crackdown is spurred by unfounded fears and is a mockery of the rule of law.  – The Editors

My name is Li Heping (李和平), and I love being a lawyer. I’ve served as counsel in many cases that have met with success, and that feeling of accomplishment makes me really happy.

Starting in 2002 I started getting involved in cases that were deemed sensitive — for example, cases involving Article 105 of the Criminal Law, “subversion of state power.” The first case I took at that time was the “New Youth Study Group” (新青年学会) where the Procuratorate had charged Yang Zili (杨子立) and three others of “subverting state power.” The first time I defended them was when I came to understand issues associated with politics and prisoners of conscience, and I was really shocked. At first, I was really at a loss as to how to defend them. Back then I didn’t know much about politics, democracy, republicanism, constitutionalism — I only knew how to mount a defense from the perspective of criminal law and the criminal process. But I later found that this sort of criminal procedure defense is simply useless.

“My Name is Li Heping, and I Love Being a Lawyer”

The Anti-Torture Work of Lawyer Li Heping That Irked the Chinese Authorities