May 6, 2017
An international group of lawyers and judges on May 2 called on Beijing to release human rights lawyer Xie Yang, who was detained during a nationwide crackdown on the legal profession beginning in July 2015, and whose trial at a court in the central province of Hunan was called off last month.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called on the Chinese government to release Xie, who has reported torture during his incarceration, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.
“Xie Yang’s arrest and prosecution seem to be in connection with his performing legitimate professional functions as a human rights lawyer,” ICJ secretary-general Sam Zarifi said in a statement.
“Lawyers in China like Xie Yang are indispensable in ensuring human rights protection and upholding the rule of law in China,” he said.
“The government should release Xie Yang immediately and conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation on the allegations that he has been subjected to torture,” he said.
The ICJ said Xie has been unable to communicate with his lawyers since he gave them his account of his torture at the hands of police, and is now represented by a government-appointed lawyer.
Bill of Indictment Against Human Rights Lawyer Xie Yang
May 3, 2017
Germany-based Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL) has nominated Murat Arslan, the last chairman of Turkey’s Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) for the 2017 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize.
Under arrest since Oct 26, 2016 over his alleged links to the Gulen movement, Arslan acted as the chair of YARSAV until it was shut down as part of the post-coup crackdown on July 23, 2016.
The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
“During his mandates, Murat Arslan has had a fearless and courageous intervention in Turkish society, denouncing all the abuses that were increasingly being made by the Executive and Legislative Powers against the rights of citizens and the independence of the Judicial Power. His constant intervention in social media, newspapers and institutional forums was never stopped by the growing menaces that the Turkish Government was directing to all those who defied the hegemonic power of President Erdogan, that was threatening Turkish society,” a statement by MEDEL said on Apr 28, 2017.
“Murat Arslan is now more than an individual person fighting for a democratic Turkey, in which Human Rights are promoted. He has become a symbol of all those that do not surrender and, even risking their own lives, fight for Human Rights and still believe that Turkish citizens have the right to live free and in a democratic State,” the statement further stated.
May 6, 2017
Two explosions – occurring about 2 1/2 hours apart – rocked Quiapo, Manila, Saturday evening, the first one killing two people and injuring four others, and the second one injuring two police officers.
The first explosion, which happened at around 5:40 p.m. on Gunao Street, at the office lawyer Nasser Abinal, president of the Imamate Islamic Center.
Shortly afterwards, the Manila Police District (MPD) secured the area around the , closing the street to traffic, according to a report by Radyo Inquirer.
At around 8:30 p.m., another there was another explosion, this time at the Norzagaray and Elizondo Streets.
This happened as Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), was about to wrap up a media briefing on the earlier explosion. With Albayaldo was Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, MPD chief.
Albayalde said the first explosion originated from a package delivered to the the lawyer’s office.