Daily Archives: 24/06/2017

India: Justice CS Karnan row: Former judge still in Kolkata hospital, doctors say his condition is stable

June 24, 2017

Former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan, arrested for committing contempt of the Supreme Court, continued to be in hospital for the third day on Saturday though doctors treating him said his condition had improved a bit.

Coimbatore: Former Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan, facing the contempt case after he accused 20 judges of the high judiciary including those currently serving in the Supreme Court of corruption, is being arrested in the outskirts of Coimbatore on Tuesday. PTI Photo (PTI6_20_2017_000203B)

According to a senior doctor at the state-run SSKM hospital, the 62-year-old former judge’s condition was “stable” and needed to be under observation for a few more days before being released from the hospital.

“He is bit stable but needs to be under the observation of the doctors,” the officer told PTI.

Doctors at the hospital conducted a few medical tests on the former judge during the day and the results were being awaited.

Karnan was admitted to state-run SSKM hospital on Thursday evening after he complained of uneasiness and chest pain.

Karnan, who had been evading arrest since 9 May after the Supreme Court awarded him a six-month jail term, was arrested on the night of 20 June by a team of West Bengal CID from a private resort at Malumichampatti, about six kilometres from Coimbatore, where he was hiding for a few days.

He was brought from Chennai to Kolkata on Wednesday afternoon and was taken to the Presidency correctional home.

Karnan, who has earned the dubious distinction of being the first sitting high court judge to be awarded a jail-term by the apex court, retired from service on 12 June as a fugitive.













Former Justice C S Karnan in Presidency Jail Hospital after his release from SSKM

Turkey: Défense Sans Frontière-Avocats Solidaires Newsletter n° 4 et rapports sur la Turquie

le 24 juin, 2017

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DSF-AS newsletter n°4 – juin 2017

DSF-AS Rapport mission Istanbul 7 juin 2017

DSF-AS Rapport Turquie 9 mars 2017


China: Approaching the ‘International Day in Support of Victims of Torture,’ a Request to OHCHR and IBA to Address the Torture of Chinese Human Rights Lawyers in the 709 Crackdown

June 23, 2017

This year, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is partnering with the International Bar Association (IBA) to mark the annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” on June 26. Through storytelling, social media campaigns, and a panel discussion, they hope to advance their “shared ambition for the absolute prohibition of torture.” This year and the year before, we have begun to learn, with horror, about the torture of Chinese human rights lawyers during the 709 Crackdown. Below is a letter from theChina Human Rights Lawyers Group addressed and delivered to OHCHR and IBA. — The Editors

To the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Bar Association:

In the early morning of July 9, 2015, Chinese police began a campaign of mass arrests, interrogations, and warnings against human rights lawyers and rights defenders. Dozens of rights lawyers and other activists were detained; hundreds of lawyers, scholars, and citizens were called in for “chats” and warnings by the police; dozens of lawyers and citizens were prevented from leaving the country.

Whether they were charged with the crime of “subversion of state power,” “inciting subversion of state power,” or the more pedestrian “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” all were subjected to the coercive criminal penal measure known as “residential surveillance at a designated place,” based on the claim that they were a threat to national security.

Residential surveillance at a designated place is a compulsory criminal procedure that was specified, codified, and integrated into China’s “Criminal Procedure Law,” modified in 2012 and implemented in 2013. In the implementation of this procedure, Chinese police have been abusing the relevant clauses, using it to put subjects under completely secret control, torturing them, and acting without accountability and restraint.

The torture that 709 lawyers have been subjected to during residential surveillance at a designated place has been made clear in the transcripts of interviews of lawyer Xie Yang provided by his defense counsel Chen Jiangang.

Approaching the ‘International Day in Support of Victims of Torture,’ a Request to OHCHR and IBA to Address the Torture of Chinese Human Rights Lawyers in the 709 Crackdown

Malaysia: Lawyer pleads not guilty to obstructing religious department officer

June 23, 2017

Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim (pic) has claimed trial at a magistrate’s court here to allegedly obstructing a religious department officer from carrying out her duties at an event last year.

Siti Kasim, or her full name Siti Zabedah Kasim, was accused of obstructing Siti Nor Jihan Saleh @ Md Ghazali, 36, who is an enforcement officer with the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), from executing her duties.

The offence was allegedly committed at a ballroom at Renaissance Hotel here, at about 10.30pm on April 3, 2016.

The 54-year-old Siti was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code and faces up to two years’ in jail or a fine of up to RM10,000, or both.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

DPP Siti Hajar Mohd Ashif did not offer bail.

Lawyer Roger Chan, who is representing Siti, asked for the court to impose a bond without security instead.

“She is a human rights activist, a member of the Bar Council and a person with status in society. She does not pose a flight risk,” he said.

Magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abd Wahid fixed bail at RM3,000 with one surety. The case is set for mention on Aug 22.








Kenya: [STATEMENT] Kenya remembers rights lawyer Willie Kimani a year after murder

June 23, 2017

Lawyers and Civil Society members sit in with caskets symbolising the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client boda boda rider Josephat Mwendwa and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri during protests in Nairobi, July 4, 2016.  /JACK OWUOR

A year ago today at exactly this time I was sending text messages to Willie Kimani to get updates on the court hearing he was attending with our client Josephat Mwenda, and our friend and colleague Joseph Muruiri. I can hardly believe that a year has passed and they are not with us.

I am so sad that I never met Josephat. When I hear our social workers describe their interactions with him, it makes me smile – a quiet, faithful young man with a wife and daughter, making an honest living. Josephat thought that it was totally unacceptable that he should be arrested and charged for something he did not do – he was completely right!

Every time I get into a taxi, I look for Joseph – which is strange, since this generous-hearted guy and I, did not spend a lot of time driving around together.

This was because Joseph’s normally chatty personality would disappear in my presence (because I am the boss!) But I loved seeing Joseph with our team. I loved knowing that he was always looking out for our interns; loved watching him care for our sick colleagues; and loved the way he willingly ran all manner of strange errands from gifts to grocery shopping. Joseph was a blessing to us.

I knew Willie Kimani best.





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One year ago, our beloved friend and staff member, Willie Kimani, was kidnapped with an IJM client, Josephat Mwenda and their driver, Joseph Muiruri. Eight days later, we learned they had been murdered.

Our hearts broke, but we were amazed at the outpouring of your love, grief and anger from every corner of the world.

As we remember the loss of our friends today, we remain committed to the fight for millions of people who live in fear of corrupt police in Kenya.

(International Justice Mission Facebook)


Father Daniel, the families of Willie Kimani, Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri, friends, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.

I am honoured to stand before you and make these brief remarks as we mark one year since the tragic murder of Willy, Josephat and Joseph. I do so in three different capacities.

First, I speak to you on behalf of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-K) whose Council I am privileged to chair. Last December, during the International Human Rights Day, the 600 members of ICJ-K elected Willy Kimani posthumously as the Jurist of the Year for his immense contribution to justice, human rights and the rule of law. Today I come here on behalf of the members, Council and Secretariat of ICJ-K to join friends and family in honouring the memory and celebrating the legacy of Willy, Josephat and Joseph, three soldiers for justice who chose bravery over safety, who marched in front when comfort was in the midst of ranks, who defied the logic of power that pretends that might makes right, and who stood up for justice and paid the ultimate price.

Second, I speak to you as an ordinary Kenyan addressing other ordinary Kenyans and friends of Kenya. The brutal murder of Willy, Josephat and Joseph, while tragic, was not unique. It is a just the tip of a very big iceberg. Its importance lay in calling national and international attention to the daily reality that confronts young men in the slums and informal settlements who are shot in cold blood and with impunity in a reign of terror declared by the police. Over the last five years, thousands of young men have been shot dead by the police without the benefit of due process by simply being declared to be criminals. But their biggest crime appears to be that they are all poor.

I am here to join in the chorus of rising voices that are rising all over our country to condemn the systematic murder by the police of our fellow citizens. We are all here to demonstrate that we care about these young people and the families that they leave behind.

The 16th Century English poet and clergyman John Donne once wrote in a poem, “Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. So, never send to know for whom the death tolls. It tolls for thee.” In like manner, any Kenyan’s death diminishes you and me. There have been many bells tolling to announce the funerals of the young men murdered by the police in cold blood. But we shall no longer send to know for whom the bell tolls in Mathare, Korogocho and Dandora, for we know that it tolls for us in Kilimani, Kileleshwa and Karen.

Any Kenyan’s death at the hands of the police not only diminishes each one of us, it also implicates you and me, for it is carried out in our name and using weapons paid for by our taxes. And so we are here to join the chorus of rising voices to take a stand and declare “Not in our name! Not any more!” We are here to demand that the police do their work according to the law without abusing human rights in our name.

Third, I speak to you as a Christian, a member of the Church of Christ in Kenya. And in that capacity, I stand here to repent to God and to the families of the victims of these police killings for the Church’s inaction in the face of this moral crisis of our time.

Martin Luther King Jr. once proclaimed that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

What could matter more than the plight of a widow, already victimised by the violence of poverty and life in the slums, losing her only son in a hail of police bullets?

What could matter more that the tragic story of a young father being cruelly taken away from his little children and young widow thereby condemning them to a life of destitution?

What could matter more than the story of a deaf teenager caught rummaging for something to sell at the Dandora dumpsite on 20th April 2017? He could not here when the police called out to him and they shot him in cold blood and declared him a criminal.

What could matter more that the story of Ibrahim Mohammed and his cousin Lemin Abdalla, both 14 year old teenagers, who left their homes to play football and never returned to their mothers?

What could matter more that the fact that a young man caught with a gun in Karen is accorded the benefit of a full trial, while a young man found eating chips in Mathare is shot in cold blood by the police in unclear circumstances?

And what could matter more that the fact that the citizenry and church members have become so desensitized that they have become cheerleaders to this trigger-happy police force that has appointed itself the judge, jury and executioner, killing our young people merely because “they deserve to die”?

Over the last three weeks, NGO’s have supported these communities in holding community dialogues to give the mothers, brothers and sisters of these young men a platform to express their agony and have stood in solidarity with them. They have done this because they recognise that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

And yet, the Church has largely remained eloquent in its silence, conspicuous in its absence and distinguished in its indifference.

Jesus paid the ultimate price for our salvation. Our salvation was complete at the cross of Calvary when he declared with his dying breath that it was finished. But he left us, his Church, behind to do the work of justice in his world. To go to the places where the fabric of shalom has been raptured and there to be his agents in the ministry of healing. We therefore cannot afford to remain silent and look the other way when God’s children are being exterminated like cockroaches.

The Church must not only weep with those who weep and bury the victims in private, it must take a stand and speak out in public against this injustice of extra-judicial killings. It must also develop and teach an empowering theology of humane policing that requires our police service to secure our country without abusing our rights.

As individual Christians, in addition to raising our voices in condemnation of this injustice, we must find the moral courage to join the sweat of our brow to the tears of the bereaved and the blood of the slain in the hope that they will together become the seeds of a new Kenya where justice will truly be our shield and defender. Only then can we assure ourselves and future generations that Willy Kimani, Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri did not die in vain.

I thank you.

Consolata Shrine, Nairobi.

23 June 2017.

(Law Society of Kenya Facebook)

Turkey: Turkey Issues Arrest Warrants For Another 56 Lawyers Over Alleged Gülen Links

June 24, 2017

The İstanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office has issued arrest warrants for 56 lawyers on Friday as part of an investigation targeting people allegedly linked to the Gülen movement. The lawyers are accused of membership to a “terrorist organization”, a clear reference to the Gülen movement as the government labels the movement as “terrorist.”

The prosecutor’s office said police could not locate 56 of a group of lawyers against whom detention warrants were issued earlier, at their registered addresses. Detention warrants were issued for 189 lawyers over alleged Gülen links on June 14, 2017.

Turkish government have issued sweeping arrest warrants against more than 1100 lawyers within last 11 months on what is believed to be a part of crackdown on critics and opponents of Turkey’s autocratic President Erdoğan and his government.

So far about 513 lawyers including prominent criminal law attorneys and heads of provincial Bar Associations were formally arrested while many were forced to self-exile to avoid torture and ill treatment in jails. The government also purged at least 108 academics including famous law professors from law schools of public universities and fired over 100 government lawyers en masse.

What is more, the authorities also ordered the seizure of all assets of lawyers who faced an arrest although they were not convicted of any crime and there was no indictment filed and no trial hearing held yet. The seizure of assets has deprived family members of their livelihood while lawyers are left languishing behind bars in long pre-trial detentions.




June 24, 2017

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Trial will continue on June 29, 2017. To all colleagues, Cameroonians, friends, family and well wishers, I urge you all to show up massively at the Yaounde Military Court. Join us in asking the government to Free All Arrested Anglophones.
#FreeAllArrested #Cameroon #Cameroun

(Agbor Nkongho Facebook)

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