On 11 July 2017, the Manshiya Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria began the trial against human rights lawyer Asmaa Naiem and six other individuals, including human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan, on charges of ‘acquisition of prohibited leaflets’, ‘spreading false news and slander against the state’, ‘participating in a demonstration of more than five people without notice’ and ‘taking part in an illegal gathering’.
The charges are in connection with a demonstration held on 13 June 2017, during which a group of lawyers in Alexandria took part in a protest against the Egyptian Parliament’s decision to transfer two islands on the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, despite court rulings against it. Asmaa Naiem was present at the location of the demonstration to observe and report about any potential abuses against the protesters. On 17 June, human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan was arrested in connection with this demonstration. The Montazah Prosecutor ordered his detention pending further investigation after charging him and six other lawyers, including Asmaa Naiem with the aforementioned charges. However, Asmaa Naiem was not informed of the charges until the prosecutor rejected her representation of Mohamed Ramadan on 4 July. The Manshiya Misdemeanour Court is expected to deliver its verdict on 25 July.
Front Line Defenders is concerned by the charges against Asmaa Naiem, which it believes to be in connection withher legitimate human rights activities, including monitoring and the provision of legal aid.
Tension prevailed in Siddipet on Monday after TJAC chairman M. Kodandaram and advocate B. Rachana Reddy, who had gone to Bailampur village in Siddipet district to meet villagers who stand to lose their lands for the Konda Pochammasagar reservoir, were detained by the police.
While Prof. Kodandaram was detained soon after he left the village, Ms Rachana Reddy was detained after being chased for about 15 km on the highway, for allegedly violating prohibitory orders in place in the village. They were later released.
Earlier, the police tried to take the TJAC chairman and Ms Reddy into custody while they were in a meeting with about 50 villagers in the local panchayat office. However, taken aback when the villagers started protesting, the cops beat a retreat.
Prof. Kodandaram and Ms Reddy had visited the village where the state government has completed about 50 per cent of the land acquisition process in the last three days for the Konda Pochamma reservoir. The villagers say that the government is now trying to pressurise them in order to expedite the acquisition of their agricultural lands for the project and had invited them to understand their legal position.
Members of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) have called for a countrywide strike on Wednesday, July 19, to seek the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, in light of the damning report of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
Addressing a press conference with Punjab Bar Council office bearers, PBC Vice Chairman Ahsan Bhoon urged the disqualification of those nominated in the high-profile Panama Papers case and expressed confidence that the Supreme Court will take the case to its logical conclusion.
The members called for the resignation of Nawaz, Shehbaz, Dar and their “accomplices” in light of the JIT’s findings and demanded “punitive action against them under the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws and their prosecution for perjury”.
The members also assured support of the legal fraternity to the Supreme Court and said they “will not hesitate to foil any attempt on the part of the ruling party to influence and undermine the dignity and prestige of the apex court”.
Bhoon also blamed Dar for paralysing the country’s economy during his tenure as the finance minister and urged punitive action against “all those who submitted fake documents” in the apex court.
Six human rights activists, including Amnesty International’s (AI) Turkey director İdil Eser, who were detained on July 5 during a workshop at a hotel on İstanbul’s Büyükada were put in pre-trial arrest by an İstanbul court on Tuesday.
Turkish police, acting on an anonymous tip, raided a hotel on Büyükada, one of the Princes’ Islands off İstanbul, and detained Eser from AI, İlknur Üstün from the Women’s Coalition, lawyer Günal Kurşun from the Human Rights Agenda Association, lawyer Nalan Erkem from the Citizens Assembly, Nejat Taştan from the Equal Rights Watch Association, Özlem Dalkıran from the Citizens’ Assembly, lawyer Şeyhmuz Özbekli, and Veli Acu from the Human Rights Agenda Association. Two foreign trainers — a German and a Swedish national — as well as the hotel owner, who was later released, were among the detainees.
After being interrogated at the anti-terror branch of the İstanbul Police Department on the 12th day of their detention, 10 human rights defenders who are accused of membership in a terrorist organization were referred to the İstanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan on Monday morning. Six of the human rights activists were subsequently arrested while the court decided to release four of them on judicial probation.
The court overseeing their case ruled to arrest Eser along with 5 other activists: Dalkıran, Acu, Kurşun, trainees Ali Garawi and Peter Steudtner. The accusation raised against them was “to abet a terrorist organization.”
L’avocat est le lien entre l’individu et la société. En sa qualité de défenseur, a une mission particulière au sein de la
société civile et il est nécessaire de veiller à ce que les principes essentiels qui guident son exercice professionnel
puissent être respectés.
L’avocat est par principe indépendant. Il ne peut altérer l’intérêt de son client avec d’autres intérêts : l’intérêt personnel
ou les intérêts de tiers. L’avocat doit bénéfi cier du secret professionnel et doit veiller au respect des règles de confl it
Au regard de ces contraintes, la profession a donc été organisée sous la forme de barreaux qui assure l’autorégulation
de la profession. L’avocat est ainsi protégé des mises en cause et des pressions exercées à son encontre dans l’exercice
de sa défense. En contrepartie, le barreau qui le protège, veille à ce que les principes essentiels qui guident son action
soient respectés. Le barreau est également un juge disciplinaire. Dans cette conception, le barreau est le garant des
principes essentiels de la profession en vue de servir les intérêts du public.
C’est ainsi que les barreaux qui ont été créés à travers le monde comme des personnes morales de droit privé avec une
mission de service public : la défense du public par le respect des valeurs et des principes de la profession d’avocat.
D’aucun ne considère que les barreaux sont des associations d’avocats à caractère corporatiste. C’est une confusion
et cette confusion peut aisément être entretenue lorsque les avocats se regroupent dans des associations à caractère
privé ce qui laisse entendre que les avocats défendent les intérêts personnels de ses membres et non l’intérêt public
puisqu’une association de droit privé est par principe au service de ses adhérents.
The second letter to Baibars
Dear Baibars. I had previously mentioned in my first letter, I do not know what the authorities hold in store for me. I think the answer to this question is beginning to reveal itself. There is an organized plan that is steadfastly moving towards liquidating me psychologically and physically. Dear Bibars, with the approach of your fifth birthday on August 11th I was hoping I will be by your side and present you with advice as I feel that you are beginning to realize the nature of matters. I am confused, however, should I advise you to be a good person aligned to what is good, just and free and defend them to end up in jail?? Or should I advise you to be an opportunist, negative person and lose your value as a human being? Honestly this is a confusing matter. I worry about you from jail and fear you losing your humanity. My son Baibars, I cannot lie to you, prison is horrible and the only thing that makes it a little bearable is the company of criminal prisoners who have one thing in common; they are all poor. They love me and I love them. They even call me “Monsieur”. I miss you a lot and miss playing with you that annoying game, “Kasha Kombash” that I can not understand to this day. Take care of your mother and your sisters and please do not fight with your sister Mahienour over Toyour Al Gana TV channel.. be the bigger person. I love you
Cell #3, Transfers prison, Alexandria Security Headquarters
Over the weekend from the 7-10 July, 2017, the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front-SCACUF met in Nigeria where a Governing Body for the Southern Cameroons was set up.BaretaNews will like to throw more lights on the resolutions reached. It is clear from the resolutions sent to BaretaNews that the Southern Cameroons now has a governing body. This governing body has three organs
1. The Executive Council
2. The Legislative
3. The Judicial
The conclave called for the immediate and unconditional release of Barrister Felix NkonghoAgborBalla, Dr. Fontem Neba, Mancho Bibixy, Justice Paul Ayah Abine, students from various institutions of learning and all the other abductees now languishing in the dungeons of “La Republique du Cameroun”.
The Conclave Expressed outrage and condemned the GENOCIDAL policies of “La Republique du Cameroun” against the peace-loving people of the Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia, and deplored the continued abduction, incarceration and systematic torture of the citizens of Ambazonia in the torture centers of the Yaounde government.
Condemned in strong terms the removal and court martialing of civilians in military courts far away from the areas where they were arrested and arbitrary trials of accused persons without legal assistance in a language they do not understand and under a different legal system in total violation of the Banjul Ruling in Communication 266/2009 and other international instruments to which Cameroun is a signatory.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) will give priority to applications for the cases of 11 pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies who are imprisoned in Turkey on terrorism charges.
According to a Deutsche Welle (DW) story on Monday, the ECtHR in Strasbourg marked the cases of the HDP deputies “urgent” and demanded that the Turkish government explain whether the arrest of the deputies and their situation in prison conform with with European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
HDP Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ along with nine other lawmakers from the party are now in Turkish jails on terror charges following the revocation of their parliamentary immunity in May 2016.
Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to dozens of municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast, while hundreds of local Kurdish politicians and co-chairs have been arrested on terror charges.
The developments have attracted widespread criticism from the region and Western countries.