Daily Archives: 12/07/2017

Israel/Palestine: On 34th day, Muhammad Allan ends hunger strike in Israeli prison

July 12, 2017

After completing at least 33 days on hunger strike, imprisoned Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Allan suspended his hunger strike on Tuesday.

Local reports said Allan ended the hunger strike after he reached a deal with the Israel Prison service (IPS) to end his strike.
In response to a request for comment Wednesday, an IPS spokesperson only confirmed that Allan was no longer on hunger strike but provided no other details regarding the reported agreement.
Allan, a lawyer from the Nablus-area village of Einabus in the northern occupied West Bank, had been released from prison in November 2015 after a year-long stint in administrative detention — Israel’s widely condemned policy of internment without charge or trial — during which time he carried out a grueling 66-day hunger strike in protest of his detention.
However, Allan was redetained by Israeli forces on June 8 and began his hunger strike that same day.
An Israeli military court charged Allan with “incitement” on social media and for attending demonstrations in support of Palestinian prisoners, prompting his father to say at the time that Israeli forces “have been after his son to detain him and take revenge on him since the day he was released last year from administrative detention.”



Turkey: Human rights defenders in Turkey blast detention of activists

July 11, 2017

Several Turkish human rights associations have slammed a number of media reports on the recent detention of human rights activists for “defaming and criminalizing” the rights activists.

Ten human rights activists were detained on July 5 at a conference on Istanbul’s Büyükada Island, prompting a number of pro-government media outlets to accuse them of being involved in “intelligence activities” with foreign powers.

“It is impossible for us to accept news articles defaming and criminalizing them despite official statements that the investigations are still ongoing. Issues that have not even been told to lawyers and suspects, and those not included in the investigation files, are published as though they were real,” Human Rights Association (İHD) president Öztürk Türkdoğan said in a joint press conference on July 11.

“The way the activists were detained, the treatment they faced and the articles published about them are violating the principle of the presumption of innocence and human rights,” Türkdoğan said in the conference attended by six rights groups including Amnesty International’s Turkey branch, the Human Rights Association (İHD), and the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TİHV).

“[News reports] have spoken about Gezi [2013 anti-government protests], or a new coup attempt. These things are beyond imagination,” he added

‘Unknown accusations’

Oya Aydın, a lawyer, said lawyers have not been able to obtain information about the accusations as a confidentiality order has been imposed on the investigation.






http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.tur071117.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2017/07/11/turquie-la-garde-a-vue-de-la-directrice-d-amnesty-prolongee-d-une-semaine_5159161_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

http://pana-defenders.info/publications/zaderzanije-amnesty-int-turkey/ (RUSSIAN)

Egypt: Former Egyptian presidential candidate detained at Cairo airport

July 12, 2017

Former Egyptian presidential candidate Khaled Ali was released on Tuesday after he was detained in Cairo Airport for 40 minutes, Egyptian human rights lawyer Gamal Eid said in a Twitter post.

Earlier on Tuesday, several activists wrote on social media that Ali was held, along with a former senior member of an Egyptian opposition political party, upon their return from Tunisia where Ali was honored in a ceremony by a non-governmental civil society organisation for his anti-corruption efforts.

Read: Egypt sets trial date for rights lawyer with presidential ambitions

The two activists’ brief detention was confirmed by an airport security source quoted by Anadolu Agency. “They will be asked some questions; this is a routine procedure” then they will be allowed to leave the airport free after the questioning is over, he said, without naming the security body that held them.



Egypt: Mohamed Ramadan, 5 other lawyers in Tiran and Sanafir protest case to receive verdict on 25 June

July 11, 2017

A misdemeanours court in Alexandria will announce its verdict in the case of six lawyers facing charges related to protesting against Egypt’s transfer of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia on 25 June, the court decided on Tuesday.

The lawyers are accused of holding a protest in Alexandria’s Manshiyya district last June without giving prior notice to the authorities, thereby violating Egypt’s strict protest laws.
A number of lawyers attended the hearing in solidarity with the accused, two of whom were representing the Lawyer’s Syndicate branches of Alexandria and Qaliubiyya.
Among the accused is rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan, the only defendant in the case to be arrested following an arrest warrant issued by prosecution following the demonstration.
Ramadan had just appeared in front of the Alexandria Criminal Court on Monday in a separate case in which he was sentenced to 10 years in April for insulting the president, misusing social media and inciting violence. The court adjourned his retrial to October 10, and he is to remain in detention till then.

The court had issued the 10-year sentence in April in absentia, as Ramadan was in hospital at the time, his lawyer Mahienour al-Massry told Mada Masr. He was also sentenced to an additional five years of house arrest, as well as a social media ban under Egypt’s 2015 anti-terrorism law, which includes probation measures for anyone propagating violent ideas or inciting violence via social media or other channels.

Ramadan was arrested in December at Montazah Police Station in Alexandria while undertaking his duties as a lawyer, under an arrest warrant issued by the general prosecutor based on a National Security Agency report. He was later released pending investigations, only to be arrested again from an Alexandria cafe on June 16 along with two other men and accused of conspiring to protest and disrupt a public throughway. The prosecution ordered the detention of the three defendants, pending investigations.


(N.B. CORRECTION: Their trial continues on July 25th and 6 other lawyers are involved.)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.egy170710.htm (FRANCAIS)

Kenya: Kenya Law Society Warns Politicians Over Anti-judiciary Rhetoric

July 11, 2017

FILE - Jubilee Coalition presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, 2nd left, accompanied by his running mate William Ruto, left, meets with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) members in Nairobi, Kenya, May 29, 2017.

The Law Society of Kenya says attempts by politicians to undermine the judiciary could destabilize the country during elections next month. Candidates from the ruling Jubilee Coalition, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, have accused the courts of bias in favor of the opposition.

Law Society of Kenya President Isaac Okero says rhetoric against the courts must stop.

“They are being attacked on account of some decisions that have been made where they are sitting on a panel…. This can only undermine the integrity of the election process and the rule of law. It is only with strict adherence to the rule of law that we do not have a situation of anarchy. It is extremely important that all citizens protect the independence and the integrity of the institution,” Okero said.

On Friday, the High Court ruled the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission must re-advertise the tender for the printing of the presidential ballot papers. The court said the process was marred with irregularities and a lack of public participation. The printing of the presidential papers was to start next week (July 18).

In late June, the electoral body lost another case brought by the main opposition coalition regarding the announcement of the presidential election results. The court ruled the results announced at the polling station level are final. The commission wanted the results to be centralized and announced at the national level.

The rulings angered the ruling Jubilee Party, which accuses the judiciary of working with the opposition and interfering with the work of the electoral body.





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Ghana: Court sets July 26 to rule on suspended lawyer’s case

July 11, 2017

The Court of Appeal has fixed July 26, 2017, to rule on an application for stay of execution by suspended human rights lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu.

The court presided by a single judge Justice Henry Kwofie set the date after lawyers for both Francis Sosu and the General Legal Council (GLC) made their respective oral submission.

Arguing their case, lawyers of the General Legal Council, who are opposed to the application said the applicant did not file any notice of appeal at the registry of the GLC which implied that there was no notice of valid appeal for a stay of execution.

They also stated that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter since the notice was wrongly filed.

READ ALSO: Court adjourns suspended lawyer’s case

But the lawyers for the applicant argued that the GLC had no registry and therefore filed their notice of appeal at the high court.

The lead lawyer Samuel Cudjoe said that even though he admits that the process was wrongly filed, the GLC is not a court hence the decision to file the appeal at the high court.