Daily Archives: 24/05/2017

China: End Torture of Chinese Lawyers – Sign the Petition!

End Torture of Chinese Lawyers

Why this is important

The World Stands with Chinese Human Rights Lawyers!
The Chinese government intimidated, harassed, detained or disappeared over 300 lawyers and activists since July 2015. Why?Because these lawyers are at the forefront fighting government abuses and defending human rights.Some families have disclosed details of torture of their loved ones at the hands of Chinese police, including being beaten, deprived of sleep, and forced to take unknown medication. The purpose was to extract confessions and punish them for promoting human rights.We stand with the nearly 400 hundred Chinese citizens who have signed a petition demanding their government allow independent investigations into these torture allegations. Sign this petition to show solidarity and let the Chinese government know the world is watching.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Chinese_President_Xi_Jinping_End_Torture_of_Chinese_Lawyers/

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/05/24/jailed-chinese-lawyer-suffered-cruel-sick-torture-force-fed-medication-says-wife/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4536216/Jailed-Chinese-lawyer-force-fed-medication-wife-says.html

http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/05/badiucao-two-years-709-relatives-alliance-grows/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/political-prisoners-china-database_us_589a1d83e4b09bd304be3300?utm_source=HRIC+Updates&utm_campaign=1e8f3d4f30-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b537d30fde-1e8f3d4f30-259223637

https://www.cjr.org/analysis/china-social-media-press-freedom.php

Egypt: Amid Wave of Arrests, Egypt Detains Ex-Presidential Candidate

May 24, 2017

Egyptian lawyer and ex-Presidential candidate Khaled Ali shouts slogans inside the State Council courthouse after a ruling against the Egypt-Saudi border demarcation agreement, in Cairo, Egypt January 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files

A prominent Egyptian opposition leader was detained on Tuesday for “offending public decency” amid what rights lawyers say is a wave of arrests of potential presidential candidates one year before the election.

Khaled Ali, 45, a prominent human rights lawyer who ran in Egypt‘s 2012 election, has suggested he might run against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a presidential election slated for 2018.

His detention follows a spate of recent arrests that rights lawyers say has been directed at those working with opposition figures in Egypt who have indicated they could run against Sisi next year.

Eight members of Ali’s left-wing Bread and Freedom Party (BFP) have been detained since April on charges including “misusing social media to incite against the state” and “insulting the president”, according to Elham Eidarous, the party’s legal advisor.

“We are in a state of repression. Every now and then the state launches another attack.” he said. “This is happening to scare people from running for president or even considering alternatives.”

Egypt‘s interior ministry denies the arrests are politically motivated.

https://thewire.in/139467/wave-of-arrests-egypt-detains-ex-presidential-candidates/

http://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Egypt_detains_expresidential_candidate_latest_in_arrest_series-ZAWYA20170524070516/

http://news.trust.org/item/20170524152745-qfyji/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4538194/Egypt-sets-trial-date-rights-lawyer-presidential-ambitions.html

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-politics-idUKKBN18K26J?il=0

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-politics-idUSKBN18K2I6

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Former Egyptian presidential candidate and rights lawyer Khaled Ali embraces a colleague upon his arrival at his political party’s headquarters in downtown Cairo on May 24, 2017, after he was released on bail.
Mohamed El Raai / AFP

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Former Egyptian presidential candidate and rights lawyer Khaled Ali (C) waves as he exits a police station in the Dokki neighbourhood in the capital Cairo’s western Giza district on May 24, 2017, after he was released on bail.
Mohamed El Raai / AFP

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Pakistan: Mastermind of blast at lawyers in Quetta arrested

May 24, 2017

Security officials claimed Tuesday they had arrested the mastermind behind several attacks that killed scores of people in the southwest, including a devastating blast targeting lawyers in the city of Quetta last year.

Officials in Balochistan province released video showing the confession of the alleged militant, named as Saeed Badini, a former madrassa student in his early thirties.

Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, spokesman for the provincial government, told reporters in Quetta that Badini had confessed to the bomb blast targeting the city’s lawyers as they gathered at a hospital in August last year. More than 70 people were killed. Badini also admitted an attack on a police training college in Quetta last year which killed more than 60 people, and on a Sufi shrine which killed 52, Kakar said, without offering further evidence. Officials have in the past released videotaped confessions from militants said to be responsible for multiple large-scale attacks. It is often impossible to verify the statements or ascertain if they were made under duress. In November last year officials claimed to have arrested other masterminds behind the lawyers’ attack and the assault on the police training college.

Kakar said Badini had trained first with the Pakistani Taliban before working with sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He also said Badini had revealed he was taking money from Pakistan’s arch-nemesis India as well as Afghan intelligence to carry out attacks in the country.

http://paktribune.com/news/Mastermind-of-blast-at-lawyers-in-Quetta-arrested-278826.html

Cameroon: Updates re trial of lawyer Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla et al May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017

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http://cameroon-concord.com/boko-haram/8450-cameroon-anglophone-consortium-leaders-25-others-due-in-court-today

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-letat-de-sante-de-paul-ayah-abine-se-degrade-alors-quil-demeure-ecroue-au-289533.html

Anglophone crisis: Trial of Consortium Leaders Resumes Today

Par Wilson MUSA | Cameroon-Info.Net
DOUALA – 23-May-2017

Des leaders du consortium anglophone Archives
The trial of leaders of the Banned Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, CACSC and 25 others shall resume this Wednesday May 24, 2017 at the Yaoundé Military tribunal.

The joint trial of Barrister Agbo Balla, Dr Fontem Neba and Mancho Bibixy among others will be in its second hearing since the court decided to apply “Joinder of Proceedings” even against the wish of defense counsel.

The defense counsel has been pleading for their clients to grant bail to the leaders and those arrested within the heart of what has today been termed Anglophone crisis, but the court had given a deaf ear. The argument whether to grant them bail or not was at the centre of discussion last April 27 when the trial took place, it was then that judges decided to adjourn the case for May 24, 2017.

Several persons have been calling on the state to release the Anglophones arrested including Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle, President of the Bar General Assembly.

The detained Anglophones are accused of vandalism, hostility, terrorism, revolution, secession among others.

http://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=25832050-4534-4ea5-9019-60e82a70297d

http://preview.mailerlite.com/z6y8o3/633783898928583130/n5q1/

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Lawyer Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla this morning (Facebook)

BREAKING NEWS FROM the MILITARY TRIBUNAL

Case adjourned to June 7 with a huge hint towards the long awaited and acclaimed liberation of Agbor Balla, Dr. Fontem, Mancho Bibixy and MAYBE the multitude, in the coming days; as The State’s Counsel (The Commissioner of Government) appears not to be opposed anymore to their possible liberation.

A possible judicial supervision of the accused persons (following their liberation) could therefore be pronounced on or before June 7, 2017, as their release from prison appears more and more likely.

Meanwhile, AYAH PAUL and about 15 others still awaiting their fate are currently held at SED…

There is hope…..

(Ayah Ayah Facebook)

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/cameroon-authorities-shut-down-amnesty-press-conference

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-droits-de-lhomme-une-conference-de-presse-damnesty-international-interdite-par-les-autorites-289572.html (FRANCAIS)

 

Canada: La prison pour avoir brutalisé un avocat!

le 23 mai, 2017

Nouvelles

Un homme écope d’une peine de 90 jours de prison pour s’en être pris physiquement à un avocat de la cour municipale de…

Les événements sont survenus en mars 2015. Pierre-Luc Deschamps est devenu agressif lors d’une rencontre avec l’avocat de la cour municipale de Joliette, Me Pierre-Édouard Asselin, l’empoignant par les épaules et le poussant, avant de quitter le bureau dans lequel ils se trouvaient, selon ce que rapporte l’hebdomadaire L’action.

« Ce genre d’infraction ne doit pas exister », a dit le juge Gilles Garneau lors du prononcé de la sentence de l’homme de 38 ans, de Saint-Thomas. Pierre-Luc Deschamps purgera sa peine les fins de semaine et devra se soumettre à une probation de deux ans.

Lors de l’agression, en mars 2015, Deschamps était à la cour pour répondre de plusieurs dossiers, dont des accusations de conduite avec les facultés affaiblies et de vol d’essence.

Me Asselin a porté plainte à la police et Pierre-Luc Deschamps a été arrêté quelques jours plus tard.

http://www.droit-inc.com/article20379-La-prison-pour-avoir-brutalise-un-avocat

Tajikistan: Tajikistani lawyers harassed, intimidated and imprisoned

May 24, 2017

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Tajikistani authorities have dealt a major blow to the legal profession through political manipulation of the criminal justice system and repressive legislation, Amnesty International said today ahead of the country’s National Lawyer Day.

A new briefing reveals a raft of repressive government tactics used to intimidate, silence and crush lawyers in the country, punishing them for the legitimate exercise of their professional duty. Over the last two years, the number of licensed lawyers fell by more than half.

“In a country where fundamental freedoms barely exist, where government critics are incarcerated and independent media silenced; lawyers – particularly human rights lawyers – play an essential role in defending those whose rights are under attack,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.

“The government has turned its attention to lawyers and launched an unrelenting assault that has drastically reduced their numbers and limited their independence; and seen those who put their professional duty above fear of reprisal thrown behind bars.”

Amendments adopted in November 2015 to the law regulating licencing requirements for lawyers brought the process back under control of the Ministry of Justice. The number of licensed lawyers has fallen from more than 1200 in 2015, to just 600 today.

Lawyers who defended clients accused of “extremism” have themselves faced increasing state abuse and persecution, including punitive arrest and long prison terms following unfair trials. The families of lawyers have also faced harassment and intimidation from Tajikistani security forces and local authorities.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/05/tajikistani-lawyers-harassed-intimidated-and-imprisoned/

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6495-tajikistan-human-rights-watchdogs-condemn-crackdown-on-lawyers

https://www.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-amnesty-lawyers-crackdown-yorov-mahkamov-kudratov/28505124.html

http://thediplomat.com/2017/05/no-justice-for-lawyers-in-tajikistan/

Cameroon: Trial of lawyer Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla et al resumes May 24th

May 24, 2017

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Southern Cameroon detainees to launch mass hunger strike

http://www.cameroonintelligencereport.com, 23, May 2017

Southern Cameroons detainees in the Kondengui Central prison in Yaoundé will begin a hunger strike on Friday the 26th of May 2017, Cameroon Intelligence Report has learnt from a reliable source in Yaoundé. Our source maintained that a majority of the Anglophones taken prisoner by security agents from La Republique du Cameroun do not even have an understanding of the Southern Cameroons uprising and quest for an independent state and will launch a hunger strike to press for basic rights and shed light on the difficult humanitarian conditions inside French Cameroun prisons.

We gathered that the detainees are demoralized after more than five months in detention with an average of five court appearances and no charges brought against them in a political trial that has been rocked by constant adjournment as though the judges are waiting for instructions from the 84 year old dictator, President Biya. They have core demands and will continue to fast until they achieve them. The prisoners see hunger striking as the only door they can knock on to attain their rights.

A senior Anglophone citizen loyal to the Biya Francophone regime in Yaoundé who spoke to us but sued for anonymity observed that the Southern Cameroonians detained in the many jails in French Cameroun were indirectly serving a long prison term without judgments. He added that living conditions in those Francophone detention facilities were very poor and ravaged by disease. “Even though it is one of the most dangerous and difficult decisions, they are only making this choice because conditions inside the prisons have reached a new low,” He added.

Many of those being held at the Kondengui prison in Yaoundé have complaint that they are under constant attacks by fellow Francophone inmates. Some of the Anglophones do not have any legal representation and it is difficult for their family members to visit them because of the distance and the Francophone procedures to meet any detainee which at times takes weeks.

Several of the Southern Cameroonians have lost their businesses and jobs and nothing is being mentioned about them by a divided Diaspora and a Southern Cameroon leadership caught between staying with the struggle and surrendering to La Republique’s dominance. Southern Cameroon rallies have also disappeared from the major cities in the West in solidarity with the plight of the Anglophone prisoners. It should be noted that the ages of those arrested since 2016 ranges from 19 to 67 yrs.

By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai

Cameroon Intelligence Report

Paul Ayah Abine Cries Out From Cell: “I Am Going Blind”

By Yusuf Issa, http://cameroonjournal.com, May 23, 2017

Cameroon Journal, Yaoundé – Detained Supreme Court Advocate, Ayah Paul Abine, has in a social media post lamented that he risks going blind completely as his detention condition at the Yaounde Gendarmerie headquarters, SED, worsens.

On Friday May 19, Ayah Paul took to the social media confessing his innocence to his detention, stating that his hands are “clean” and that his detention at SED remains “illegal.”

The man who challenged Paul Biya during the 2011 presidential election before later appointed Supreme Court Advocate, reminded supporters in his Facebook post last Friday that “Saturday, May 20, 2017 marks exactly four months since I was abducted from my residence in Yaounde by agents of the Government, and my current illegal detention at SED, in complete ignorance of what I have done wrong.”

In the post that has since attracted hundreds of consolatory comments, Ayah Paul, who is also a former Member of Parliament under the ticket of Biya’s governing CPDM party, said his morale is exceedingly high.

“I am very serene for I know the good Lord; the ultimate and incorruptible judge himself fights for me. I have lived an exemplary life throughout my career in strict respect of the law and in all honesty and integrity. My hands are clean and so I fear not.”

However, while he keeps up an upbeat spirit, he harbours fears about his health. “My health on the contrary is not at its best as I have picked up a heart condition while my sight has seriously (especially my left eye) depreciated. In the face of the silence maintained by the authorities as to who gave orders for my abduction and what evidence they’ve got against me, I am abandoned to rumours all of which are laughable.” Ayah wrote.

“I can’t help but ask the following questions: Why am I not taken to court like all the others picked up on account of the Anglophone problem in order for me to defend myself against all that is being rumoured (in very high places) in open court before all Cameroonians? Why am I kept here in complete ignorance of what my crime is (if any exists in the first place)? And why are the authorities completely silent as to the reasons behind my being kept here; Not even has the national station, to whom I pay taxes, as much as mentioned my name?”
Justice Ayah, proclaiming his innocence, draws even greater consolation from the scriptures. “One thing is certain: Darkness can never prevail over divine light just as lies and falsehood can never reign eternally over truth. And so onward I match and shall so do till the end and within the law, with inspiration from the Holy Scriptures thus: ‘whosoever holds on till the end shall be saved.” He wrote.

“As I thank you all for every manner of support you have given me and family this far, I pray thee all to be at peace with yourselves and with each other as we keep trusting the most high God who reigns supreme above everything that exists,” he urged.

In the meantime, Ayah’s social media outing last week was the second in less than two weeks.

The week before last, Ayah took to the social media to confess that despite his incarceration, he remains steadfast, though still waiting to be told what his crimes are.

http://cameroonjournal.com

(Comité de Libération des Prisonniers Politiques – CL2P Facebook)

http://preview.mailerlite.com/z6y8o3/633783898928583130/n5q1/

http://cameroon-concord.com/boko-haram/8443-ben-muna-lambast-accuses-gov-t-of-cultural-genocide-on-southern-cameroonians