Daily Archives: 10/07/2017

Egypt: release Tarek Hussein and other unjustly imprisoned human rights defenders

July 10, 2017

On 10 July, 2017, ESCR-Net sent a letter on behalf of its collective membership calling on the Government of Egypt to immediately release Mr. Tarek Hussein, of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, and other human rights defenders in Egypt.

According to reports received, Mr. Hussein was detained at Ain El-Shams Police Station since June 20, 2017, and disappeared on 4 July after his legal council presented evidence to attest to his innocence. Reportedly, the authorities of both prison facilities originally denied that he was present on their premises. Mr. Hussein was subsequently located, on 9 July, at the 10.5Km prison, where the administration denied his family ot lawyer the opportunity to visit him. ESCR-Net also raised concern about the arbitrary detention of Mohamed Ramaden and recent measures to prosecute Asmaa Naeem, both human rights defenders who have been charged in absentia by Egyptian courts.

In the letter, ESCR-Net raised concern that the recently adopted Law No. 70, “The Law of Associations and Other Foundations Working in the Field of Civil Work,” will further restrict the already constrained space for legitimate work of to defend human rights in Egypt.

Recalling Egypt’s obligations under international human rights law, ESCR-Net called on the Government of Egypt to:


https://www.escr-net.org/ar/news/2017/389501 (ARABIC)

http://www.masralarabia.com/%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B4%D9%8A%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7/1454470-%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%82-%D8%AD%D8%B3%D9%8A%D9%86–%D9%82%D8%B5%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D8%AC%D9%88%D9%86–%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AE%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9–%D8%B1%D8%BA%D9%85-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A5%D8%AE%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%B3%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%87 (ARABIC)

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Nigeria: Update on human rights lawyer Franc Utoo

July 10, 2017

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Earlier today, I was arraigned before the Magistrate Court 2, Makurdi, Benue State, by the Commissioner of Police based on the petition filed against me by the Benue State APC Chairman, one Abba Yaro (who was absent in court) and represented by E. S. Irabor.

I was granted bail on SELF- RECOGNIZANCE and case adjourned to September 9 for trial.

I want to use this opportunity to appreciate hundreds of supporters who defiled the early morning rain in Makurdi and physically appeared in court to express solidarity and inspiration. I want to particularly thank one of Nigeria’s greatest lawyers, Jibril S Okutepa, who, pro bono, led a team of 18 other lawyers to defend me. They include, but not restricted to: my big brother and senior, Terhemen Oscar Aorabee; Dr. (Lolo) Ekpendu; ex Chairman of NBA Makurdi branch, Assoh MikeKelvin Iorzenda, Dan Sorkaa, etc.

I also wish to thank my political father and leader, Rt. Hon Avine Agbom(House of Assembly Member, Makurdi North) and Hon. Terseer Adzuu(House of Assembly Member for Guma), the Makurdi Hausa Forum APC leadership; former APC Chairman for Guma, Samue Ioraor Mtan etc.

I am infinitely grateful to all my friends like Modi Jonathan, Comrade Shighen, Isaiah Abah, Hon. Wuaga Isaac, Tarbunde Joshua, Comrade Bobby, Alex TyonongoJebu Solomon, etc for their encouragement. And to my last woman standing, Dr. Margaret Bai- Tachia (my dearest auntie), God bless you all and guide your paths.



Turkey/Belgium: Manifestation à Bruxelles ce matin contre la détention des avocats Taner Kiliç et Idil Eser d’Amnesty International

le 10 juillet, 2017

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Ce matin, le directeur d’Amnesty Belgique francophone a été enfermé devant l’ambassade turque, pour protester contre l’arrestation de la directrice et du président d’Amnesty Turquie ainsi que d’autres défenseurs des droits humains. Demandez leur libération : http://bit.ly/2v2ebZ8

(Amnesty International Belgique francophone Facebook)

De voorzitter én de directeur van Amnesty Turkije zitten in de cel. De aantijgingen zijn absurd en tonen de moeilijke omstandigheden aan waarin mensenrechtenverdedigers moeten werken in het land.

(Amnesty International België Vlaanderen Facebook)



http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/binnenland/1.3021330 (VLAAMS)

http://stockholmcf.org/amnesty-protests-arrest-of-2-members-in-front-of-turkish-embassies/ (ENGLISH)

https://turkeypurge.com/rights-activists-detained-in-turkey-at-risk-of-torture-says-un-spokesman (ENGLISH)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/turkey-detained-rights-activists-170709074704936.html (ENGLISH)

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/the-law-society-of-upper-canada-and-lawyers-rights-watch-canada-express-grave-concern-about-the-arrest-and-detention-of-lawyer-taner-kilic-and-22-additional-lawyers-633675393.html (ENGLISH)

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/turkey/2017/07/d24442/ (ENGLISH)

(N.B. Taner Kiliç et Idil Eser sont avocats)

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UK/Iraq: Law firm cleared of misconduct over wrongfully hounding troops could face second probe

July 9, 2017

Leigh Day solicitors Anna Crowther, left, Martyn Day, centre , and Sapna Malik, right, were cleared of any wrongdoing concerning their work on torture allegations against British troops in Iraq in June 

Campaigners are calling for solicitors to face a new hearing on charges of wrongfully hounding troops after it emerged that one of three panellists hearing their case thought they were guilty on 12 counts.

Law firm Leigh Day and three of its solicitors were cleared of a string of misconduct allegations following a disciplinary hearing.

They were charged by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after the Ministry of Defence submitted a lengthy dossier of alleged wrongdoing, including claims they caused innocent troops years of torment.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) found the firm and its solicitors not guilty of more than 20 charges last month.

But it has emerged that one of the three members of the panel, Richard Hegarty, a senior partner at a law firm, believed they were guilty in relation to 12 of the allegations.

A document published on the SDT’s website states on the record that Mr Hegarty ‘dissented with the majority’ in respect to the dozen charges.

A source close to the inquiry said: ‘This is believed to be the first time the SDT has ever made explicit that a panel member disagreed with the panel. This is unprecedented.’


China/Hong Kong/Taiwan: Human Rights: Is China likely to build a better world?

July 10, 2017

Activists ask China to allow Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia to go overseas for medical treatment. Photo: HKEJ

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has been busy traveling the world to deliver the message that China is a responsible power, ready for world leadership. The official Xinhua news agency said of his visit to Hamburg for the G20 gathering: “Chinese President Xi Jinping has demonstrated China’s readiness to join the rest of the world in building a better world for everyone.”

Within China, however, not everyone would agree that a better world was being built for them. Sunday [July 9] marked the second anniversary of the “709 crackdown” against human rights defenders, which began on July 9, 2015. According to China Change, an organization that works with Chinese democracy advocates, more than 300 human rights lawyers and activists have been detained, disappeared, temporarily rounded up and interrogated.

To mark the second anniversary, the China Human Rights Lawyers Group, founded in 2013, issued a statement in which it recalled the first arrests, that of Beijing-based lawyer Wang Yu and her husband, Bao Longjun, and their son, Bao Zhuoxuan.

“This was a prelude to the mass arrests of the July 9 sweep,” the group said. “After July 9, over 360 lawyers and citizens around the country were summoned and subjective to coercive, high-pressure interrogations. The family members of lawyers and rights activities were also implicated and subjected to constant threats and intimidation.”

These events have not gone unnoticed overseas. The New York City Bar Association also issued a statement marking the “709 Crackdown” on Sunday.






http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/Xinwen/XQL-07102017030919.html (CHINESE)

https://www.voachinese.com/a/voaweishi-20170710-connect2-709-lawyer/3935749.html (CHINESE)

http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/17/7/10/n9374432.htm (CHINESE)

http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/hx-07102017103502.html (CHINESE)

http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2017/07/10/0200000000AKR20170710122700074.HTML (KOREAN)

Inaugural China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day, Hong Kong, July 9, 2017

China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group chairpersn Albert Ho announced the inaugural Day for Human Rights Lawyers in China, followed by a moment of silence, a protest of 7 minutes 09 seconds by Hong Kong lawyers and lawmakers. Some prominent figures from the Hong Kong legal community were present, including Mr Mrtin Lee, Ms. Margaret Ng, Ms Audrey Yu and Mr Eric Cheung. The protest was also joined by a group of young lawyers from the Progrssive Lawyers Group.


Cameroon: Day 171 in jail for Cameroon citizens peacefully decrying Anglophone marginalization by government

July 10, 2017

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(The continuation of the trial of detained lawyer Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla et al takes place on July 27, 2017 in Yaoundé.  They are charged with sedition and face the death penalty.)


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Turkey: G20: Amnesty International’s Secretary General in Hamburg today to demand release of staff detained in Turkey

July 8, 2017

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Press briefing on Turkey’s human rights crackdown at the G20 in Hamburg today by Amnesty’s Secretary General Salil Shetty. 14.30 local time, more details below.

Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, will attend the G20 summit in Hamburg today (8 July) to lobby world leaders to urge Turkish President Erdoğan to immediately and unconditionally release Amnesty International Turkey staff, Idil Eser and Taner Kılıç, and end the onslaught against civil society in Turkey.

Salil Shetty said:

“This is the first time in our history that Amnesty International has a director and chair from a single country both behind bars. They, along with all other detained human rights defenders, must be released immediately and unconditionally.

“If world leaders meeting at the G20 fail to stand up for Turkey’s beleaguered civil society now, there may be nothing left of it by the time the next summit comes around. Nineteen years ago we declared President Erdoğan a prisoner of conscience. Now he is presiding over a massive crackdown on human rights in Turkey.

“I will not rest until my colleagues – and those detained alongside them – are freed and I have flown out to Hamburg to demand world leaders take action.”

Amnesty Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser, was detained on 5 July along with seven other Turkish human rights defenders attending a training workshop outside Istanbul. She is being held under a seven-day detention order and is under investigation for “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”.

Amnesty Turkey’s Chair, Taner Kılıç, was detained on 6 June. He was charged three days later with “membership of the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organisation” and remanded in pre-trial detention.

Amnesty believes the charges against both are baseless and is calling for their immediate and unconditional release, along with all those detained alongside Idil Eser.







https://fr.metrotime.be/2017/07/10/news/tentative-de-coup-detat-en-turquie-le-directeur-damnesty-enferme-dans-une-cage-pour-la-liberation-de-ses-collegues-turcs/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.corriere.it/esteri/17_luglio_06/turchia-arrestata-direttrice-amnesty-87bd7c78-622a-11e7-84bc-daac3beed6c1.shtml (ITALIANO)

https://zh.amnesty.org/more-resources/news/absurd-terrorism-investigation-launched-into-amnesty-internationals-turkey-director-and-nine-others/ (CHINESE)

(N.B. Both Eser and Kiliç are lawyers)