Daily Archives: 22/07/2017

Venezuela: Venezuela row as National Assembly appoints judges

July 22, 2017

The judges at a swearing-in ceremony in Caracas

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly has appointed 33 judges to the Supreme Court, prompting accusations of an attempted power grab.

The assembly says it has the right to name and fire justices under the country’s constitution.

But the court, which is largely made up of pro-government members, has described the move as illegal.

The opposition is stepping up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to call early elections.

Mr Maduro has refused and is instead going ahead with plans to form a constituent assembly which would have the power to rewrite the constitution and bypass the National Assembly.

The impasse has left Venezuela in a political crisis and scores of people have died in months of anti-government protests.

Following the National Assembly’s announcement, the government said it would not allow serving judges to be unseated.

The Supreme Court has ordered “civil and military authorities” to carry out “coercive actions” in response to the appointments, but it is unclear what that will entail.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40690251

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN1A6205

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=15943&SEO=venezuelaas-supreme-court-declares-oppositionas-judges-invalid

http://www.lalibre.be/actu/international/crise-au-venezuela-la-communaute-internationale-hausse-le-ton-alors-que-la-barre-des-100-morts-a-ete-franchie-5972e4ffcd70d65d24e970c1 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/venezuela-100-morts-depuis-le-debut-des-manifestations-de-l-opposition-21-07-2017-2144895_24.php (FRANCAIS)

Turkey: Turkey Detains Two Released Human Rights Defenders Again

July 22, 2017

Two of the four human rights defenders who were previously detained and released in İstanbul, were detained again since Friday according to reports in Turkish media. The detained rights defenders are Nalan Erkem from the Citizens’ Assembly and İlknur Üstün of Women’s Coalition who were taken to police stations in İstanbul and Ankara respectively. Another six rights defenders had already been imprisoned on charges of terrorism on Tuesday.

İstanbul’s Adalar Chief Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for four human rights defenders who were released on judicial probation on Tuesday after they were detained along with six others on July 5 during a workshop on İstanbul’s Büyükada. Detention warrants were issued for Nalan Erkem, Şeyhmus Özbekli, Nejat Taştan and İlknur Üstün.

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. The court however ordered the release of the four on judicial probation and banned them from international travel.

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.

https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-detains-rights-activist-erkem-who-was-released-only-four-days-ago/

https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-detains-right-activist-who-was-released-only-4-days-ago

https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-issues-detention-warrants-for-4-previously-released-rights-defenders

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/07/turkey-rearrest-of-four-human-rights-defenders-a-cruel-and-retrograde-step/

https://www.thelocal.de/20170722/eu-backs-germanys-tough-stance-on-turkey

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/berlins-turkey-stance-understandable-eu-commissioner-hahn-says.aspx?PageID=238&NID=115831&NewsCatID=351

https://turkeypurge.com/judge-suffering-cancer-jailed-in-kocaeli-wife-under-detention-in-tokat

Singapore: M Ravi’s HDB flat to be foreclosed – Help required

July 21, 2017

Human rights lawyer M Ravi has been hospitalised since 17 July (he is still in hospital).

On the day that he was hospitalised – he was supposed to appear in court as the bank mortgagee had sued to foreclose on his 3-room HDB flat, for the arrears of $7,452.

Although the mortgagee’s lawyers were informed by telephone on that day that he was hospitalised and a letter was sent two days later (19 July) attaching medical documentary evidence that he was unable to attend court on that day (17 July)  – the court replied on 20 July that “In the morning of 17 July 2017, Summons 2375 of 2017 was dismissed and judgement was granted to the Plaintiff”.

M Ravi has been fighting for so many constitutional law cases (such as the Hougang by-election – whether the Government must hold a by-election, the amendment to the Elected Presidency, etc); as well as fully or partly pro bono for so many cases, like Roy Ngerng’s defamation suit, Han Hui Hui’s illegal demonstration and public nuisance at Hong Lim park, several death penalty cases, etc.

I believe he has never asked for funding for himself, but only for Singaporeans – like his recent fund raising to challenge the amendment to the Elected Presidency.

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/07/21/m-ravis-hdb-flat-to-be-foreclosed-help-required/

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/07/16/the-fall-of-m-ravi/

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/m-ravis-appeal-on-elected-presidency-to-be-heard-on-july-31

http://www.connectedtoindia.com/non-practising-lawyer-m-ravi-rapped-for-misusing-court-as-platform-for-political-point-scoring-2134.html

Nigeria: Malabu oil block: Adoke takes case to UN, alleges persecution, intimidation, harassment

July 22, 2017

Mohammed-Adoke.jpg

Adoke, in a letter by his lawyer, Femi Oboro, urged the United Nations body not to watch while he is persecuted for an offense he knows nothing about

A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has cried for help to the United Nations Human Rights Committee over his alleged persecution in the Malabu oil deal.
Adoke, in a letter by his lawyer, Femi Oboro, urged the United Nations body not to watch while he is persecuted for an offense he knows nothing about.
In the letter titled: “Re: Complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on violation of the rights set forth in the international covenant on civil and political rights,” Oboro said Adoke is being persecuted by the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The letter, dated July 20, 2017, reads in full: “I have today 20th July 2017 filed a complaint on behalf of my client Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Federal Republic of Nigeria, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for unmitigated acts of persecution, intimidation, harassment, threat of deprivation right to life, unlawful interference with right to family life and livelihood.
“This complaint has become necessary in view of the constant harassment, intimidation and persecution that my client has endured in the hands of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies.

https://theeagleonline.com.ng/malabu-oil-block-adoke-takes-case-to-un-alleges-persecution-intimidation-harassment/

http://venturesafrica.com/as-buharis-corruption-fight-goes-global-there-may-be-no-hiding-place-for-these-nigerians/

http://saharareporters.com/2017/04/22/fear-mohammed-open-letter-fugitive-mohammed-bello-adoke-dotun-oloko

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Bello_Adoke