Daily Archives: 14/07/2017

Egypt: Incommunicado detention of Mr. Tarek Hussein (known as Tito)

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July 13, 2017

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Egypt.

New information:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the incommunicado detention of Mr. Tarek Hussein (known as Tito), human rights activist and lawyer at the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) [1].

According to the information received, on July 9, 2017, authorities reported that Mr. Tarek Hussein who had disappeared since July 4, 2017 (see background information) was held at Giza Central Prison.

Following the announcement, Mr. Tarek Hussein’s family went to Giza Central Prison to see him but the prison’s administration denied his family a visit and did not provide his lawyer or family any reason for his detention. In addition, they were given Mr. Tarek Hussein’s clothes, torn apart.

The Observatory recalls that on July 4, 2017, Mr. Tarek Hussein was set to be transferred to Imbaba Police Station. However, Imbaba Police Station denied Mr. Tarek Hussein’s presence within their premises.

As of publication of this appeal, neither his relatives nor his lawyers have been able to see Mr. Tarek Hussein in detention.

Following two unanswered complaints filed by Mr. Tarek Hussein’s family and the Lawyers’ Syndicate, another complaint was filed by Tarek’s lawyers on July 11, 2017, before Giza’s General Prosecutor on similar grounds. On July 13, 2017, the head of Giza Prosecution orally confirmed he will sent an inquiry to Imbaba Police Station and promised to pursue formal inquiries on Mr. Tarek Hussein’s whereabouts as well as on the legal procedures pending against him and try to ensure family and lawyers’ visit.

Mr. Tarek Hussein was first arrested on June 17, 2017 and later accused of “joining an illegal organization” and “calling for a protest”. The following day, he was granted provisional release on bail but remained detained (see background information).

The Observatory remains extremely concerned over the incommunicado detention of Mr. Tarek Hussein and consequently urges the Egyptian authorities to immediately disclose his whereabouts and allow him access to his lawyer and family.


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Turkey: Turkey’s judicial board replaces 154 judges

July 14, 2017

The first chamber of Turkey’s Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) has replaced 154 judges under a summer decree, the Diken news website reported on Friday.

The judges demanding a re-examination of the decision concerning their replacement have been  asked to submit petitions until July 17 via the National Judiciary Network Information System (UYAP).

The name of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) was changed to HSK and its number of members was dropped to 13 from 22 after a constitutional referendum on April 16 declared the “yes” campaign as the winner with 51.4 percent of the votes, paving the way for the country to shift to an executive presidency.

The Turkish government is being widely criticized for taking the judiciary under its control and imposing pressure on its members to make politically motivated decisions. The government has removed thousands of judges and prosecutors from their posts on coup charges since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.



India: Lawyer shot dead in Saran

July 13, 2017

A lawyer was shot dead by unidentified criminals on Chhapra -Rewa Ghat road under Garkha police station area in Saran district today. Police said here that two motorcycle borne criminals intercepted the lawyer of civil court Ramendra Kumar Chauhan and opened fire causing serious injuries to him. He died before being rushed to a local hospital. ” The body had been sent for postmortem”, police said adding that raids were being carried out to nab the killers. Motive behind the killing was being investigated, police further added.



Turkey: Demirtaş’ Letter to UEL Chairman Tiny Kox

July 13, 2017

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Dear Tiny,

I learned through my lawyers that the UEL group nominated me for the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. I am very honored and would like to thank you and to all group members for your incessant support and solidarity in these most difficult times for our peoples and party in Turkey.

I have no doubt that the HDP will overcome multiple challenges and survive the onslaught carried out by the Erdoğan-AKP regime. We are continuing our dignified struggle from within prisons. The support and solidarity of our comrades across the world is an invaluable support, inspiration and source of motivation. Even under the direst circumstances, we do not lose our hope to create a world free of injustice, inequalities and oppression. We will win the future. Thanks again and I hope to see you in person soon.

Peace and solidarity,

Selahattin Demirtaş
HDP Co-chair
Edirne F Type Prison
13 July 2017


(N.B. Selahattin Demirtas is also a human rights lawyer)

http://www.hdp.org.tr/tr/guncel/haberler/demirtasin-tiny-koxa-mektubu/10631 (TURKCE)

http://www.cnnturk.com/dunya/selahattin-demirtas-vaclav-havel-insan-haklari-odulune-aday-gosterildi (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/326292/demirtas-hdp-erdogan-rejiminin-agir-saldirilarini-atlatacak (TURKCE)


https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

Turkey: Talk of resurgent Turkish democracy dominates failed coup anniversary

July 13, 2017

Supporters of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party, hold Turkish flags in Istanbul at the rally.

Opposition to Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been re-energised by the success of a month-long, cross-country anti-government “justice march” and last weekend’s unprecedented mass rally in Istanbulattended by more than a million Turks.

The show of strength momentarily shocked the government into nonplussed silence. This week is supposed to be dominated by a series of official events marking the first anniversary of the 15 July attempted coup – the planned culmination of which is Erdoğan’s address to parliament in the early hours of Sunday morning, exactly a year since the attempt was launched.

Erdoğan will stress the perils the nation has faced and his own heroic steadfastness, by way of justifying his subsequent harsh crackdown. But the anniversary is being dominated instead by excited talk of a resurgent Turkish democracy, led by Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the centrist main opposition party, the Republican People’s party (CHP). He has vowed to fight Erdoğan’s “one-man regime” and overturn what he calls the “second coup” – the Erdoğan power grab that has followed the failed putsch.

About 190,000 people have been detained, fired or suspended from their jobssince the coup attempt, which Erdoğan is accused of exploiting to neutralise opponents. They include judges, army and police officers, lawyers, academics, politicians and journalists. Kilicdaroglu has been widely abused and threatened by AKP officials and supporters, and condemned as subversive and a traitor.




Turkey’s Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan’s Private Army




http://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2017/07/14/turquie-la-machine-folle-de-la-repression_5160367_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20170713.AFP7278/turquie-bylock-la-messagerie-cryptee-au-coeur-du-putsch.html (FRANCAIS)

China: Late Liu Xiaobo Joins a Long Line of Victims of Harsh Chinese Prison Life

July 13, 2017

Video grab of political prisoner Liu Xiaobo in an unspecified hospital released about two weeks before his death from cancer on July 13, 2017.

Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who received international attention for his role in the Tiananmen Square protests and was serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” died of liver cancer on Thursday. The 61-year-old is merely the latest example of the life-shortening effect of time spent in Chinese prison.

Liu was granted medical parole, but the Chinese government refused to fully release him from custody. Human rights advocates say Liu’s case fits a deliberate pattern in Chinese prisons, where dissidents are routinely denied health care and forced to endure harsh prison conditions that aggravate their illnesses.

“They give people medical parole when they are under political pressure to do so, meaning that they don’t particularly want people to die on their watch,” China director of the Human Rights Campaign Sophie Richardson told RFA.

“There are cases where people are let out because they are so sick they couldn’t be treated properly in detention. But there are certainly cases where that is not true,” she said.

Lawyers tortured

Hu told the New York Times that doctors had repeatedly misdiagnosed his abdominal pain as a side stitch. It was not until he was released from prison that he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis.

“His cirrhosis of the liver and now this acute pancreatitis are related to his time in jail,” Beijing rights lawyer Sui Muqing told RFA in an earlier report.

The deteriorating health of Chinese women’s rights activist Su Changlan, who was found guilty of “incitement to subvert state power” by the Foshan Intermediate People’s Court in southern Guangdong Province, also received international attention last month after a medical parole request made earlier this year by her husband was denied.

Speaking to RFA in mid-May, Jin Bianling, the wife of lawyer Jiang Tianyong, who went missing in November 2016, said she was kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition for months.

“We have recently learned from a sympathetic official source in Changsha that Jiang Tianyong has been tortured. There is a problem with his feet. They are so swollen that he can’t stand up. He may be crippled for life,” Jin told RFA.




http://www.courrier-picard.fr/43322/article/2017-07-13/le-nobel-et-dissident-chinois-liu-xiaobo-est-mort-pluie-de-critiques-pour-pekin (FRANCAIS)

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/07/13/le-nobel-et-dissident-chinois-liu-xiaobo-est-mort-pluie-de-critiques-pour-pekin_1583620 (FRANCAIS)

Kenya: Cops linked to lawyer Willie Kimani murder lose bid to delay case

July 13, 2017

APs Fredrick Ole Leliman, Leonard Mwangi Maina, Silvia Wanjiku Wanjohi and Stephen Cheburet Morogo during a past appearance at the Milimani law court. /FILE

Police officers on trial over the murders of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and two others were dealt a blow on Thursday after the High Court declined to delay the case.

Lawyers representing to officers wanted more time despite the fact that the high-profile murder trial resumed after a two-month break.

The legal brass sought the extension to allow them appeal against a decision that rejected their bid to bar victims from cross –examining witnesses.

Trial judge Jessie Lessit said the request by the defence team was premature.

The judge also declined to expunge crucial evidence that was introduced by lawyers representing victims in the case.

“I am unable to even consider the application as there is nothing before me,” the judge said

The AP officers are Stephen Chebulet, Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Maina, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku.

Their trial alongside informer Peter Ngugi is now expected to run on a day-to-day basis for the next two weeks.

Johana Ngoria, a police officer working at Ol Donyo Sabuk police station, gave his account of the incident.

He is the one who retrieved the bodies of Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri from Sabuk River.

The officer said they were tied on their waist with gunny bags while their heads had been tied with plastic bags.












Iran: Iran just gave foreign delegates a tour around a ‘luxury’ part of one of their most notorious prisons

July 13, 2017


Last week the Iranian authorities arranged a rare international visitto one of the country’s most infamous places of detention – Evin Prison in Tehran.

This visit wasn’t arranged for an international prison expert or a human rights body. It was for representatives of over forty foreign diplomatic missions from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The UK had a representative there.

The foreign delegates were shown around some limited areas of the prison, and there was a roundtable discussion, held outdoors in a lush garden. There are photos in circulation and you can see various countries’ flags perched on al fresco tables, the Union Jack amongst them. By the standards of diplomatic meetings, it all looks rather idyllic.

Away from these select parts of Evin, things are much bleaker. Research reveals widespread inhumane and unsanitary conditions. There’s chronic overcrowding, severely limited hot water, poor ventilation, and infestations of cockroaches and mice. Prisoners have described being forced to sleep on the floor because of a shortage of beds and being fed “barely edible” meals.

Meanwhile, the delegation was entirely barred from accessing areas of Evin controlled by the Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards, where detainees are routinely held in prolonged solitary confinement and tortured. Similarly, they weren’t allowed to see where the dozens of prisoners of conscience are held. This includes building 350, where the prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani and severely-ill human rights activist Arash Sadeghi languish; building 8, which holds human rights activist Omid Alishenas; and the women prisoners’ wing where human rights activists Narges Mohammadi, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi are serving their sentences.


http://www.women.ncr-iran.org/fr/infos-des-femmes/2406-iran-les-prisonnieres-protestent-contre-la-visite-guidee-des-ambassadeurs-a-evine (FRANCAIS)

http://www.women.ncr-iran.org/fr/infos-des-femmes/2410-iran-la-prisonniere-politique-maryam-akbari-monfared-ecrit-aux-visiteurs-d-evine (FRANCAIS)


July 12, 2017

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Today, Secretary Tillerson is meeting with senior foreign officials in Saudi Arabia. This is the latest leg of a week-long tour of the Gulf, and the meeting will also include officials from Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Tillerson is expected to discuss counterterrorism and security efforts. Amnesty International USA senior director of campaigns, Naureen Shah, issued this statement:

“While Secretary Tillerson holds talks with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, human rights defenders are in prison and face torture for speaking out against horrific abuses in the region,” said Naureen Shah, senior director of campaigns at Amnesty International USA. “Tillerson should condemn the persecution of peaceful dissidents, many who are facing bogus national security charges. Otherwise, Tillerson risks giving Gulf governments a green light to continue ruthless crackdowns on dissent.

“Ever since President Trump took office, we’ve seen Gulf countries step up brutal repression of activists. This is the cost of cutting human rights from the agenda.”

Over the next three days, Amnesty will be telling the stories of activists jailed in Gulf states for peacefully expressing dissent. Amnesty is urging Secretary Tillerson to take this opportunity to advocate for the release of activists such as Raif Badawi, Waleed Abu al-Khair, and Ebtisam al-Saengh.

In Saudi Arabia, prisoner of conscience Raif Badawi has been flogged and jailed for exercising his right to freedom of expression. Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair is serving a 15-year sentence for speaking out against the abuses by the Saudi government.