Daily Archives: 23/07/2017

India: Bar v. Bench at Allahabad High Court: Agarwal J pens scathing letter to Chief Justice

July 23, 2017

Allahabad High Court

The Allahabad High Court has been witnessing a tussle between the Bar and the Bench for the past few days. While the Bar alleges that the conduct of Justice Sudhir Agarwal has been inappropriate and insulting towards the lawyers, the judge feels the stance of the Bar to be contempt of Court.

Recently, lawyers went on strike as a mark of protest against the Bench, which they allege had passed adverse remarks against them.

The members of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association represented by their President Anil Tiwari had also requested Chief Justice DB Bhosale to intervene and restore convention.

Then on Friday, Justice Agarwal wrote a letter to the Chief Justice communicating his desire for taking appropriate action against the lawyers involved in the strike. Justice Agarwal, while narrating his experience, states that the conduct of the lawyers amounts to criminal contempt and is a “veiled threat to the Court” warranting necessary action to be taken against them.

https://barandbench.com/tussle-bar-bench-allahabad-high-court/

Egypt: EGIPTO: LA DEFENSORA AZZA SOLIMAN NECESITA NUESTRA AYUDA (PETICION)

Azza Soliman hablando en un grupo

Por su trabajo a favor de los derechos de las mujeres, puede ser condenada a 15 años de cárcel.

Cada día, Azza Soliman arriesga su seguridad y su libertad para defender a las sobrevivientes de violencia en Egipto. Es confundadora de un centro que proporciona asistencia letrada gratuita para mujeres egipcias e imparte clases de alfabetización, para mujeres que viven en la pobreza y sobrevivientes de malos tratos.

A causa de su labor altruista y valiente, Azza y otros defensores y defensoras egipcios de los derechos humanos han sido calificados de espías y de amenazas para la seguridad nacional. Han sido blanco de campañas de desprestigio y vigilancia gubernamental, y del acoso constante de las fuerzas de seguridad y los medios de comunicación progubernamentales. Muchas de estas personas se exponen a cadena perpetua.

Azza ha sido detenida e interrogada recientemente. Ahora está acusada de cargos como mancillar la imagen de Egipto por afirmar que las mujeres del país están expuestas a la violación. Se le ha prohibido viajar, han congelado sus bienes y podría ser condenada a una pena de hasta 15 años de prisión.

¡Firma! Reuniremos las firmas y las entregaremos al presidente de Egipto.

https://www.es.amnesty.org/actua/acciones/egipto-azza-soliman-valiente-may17/?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=comp&utm_medium=social_com&utm_term=Womens_rights&utm_content=Web_petition-firma_egipto_may17

Poland: Protests in Warsaw as government moves on courts

July 22, 2017

Bogdan Klich looked on as hundreds of protesters confronted a long line of impassive police officers ringing the Polish parliament. It was early Friday morning, not long after midnight, and Klich seemed a man in his element.

It wasn’t the first time the 57-year-old minority leader of the Polish senate had taken on his government. Klich led student strikes in 1980 and joined the underground opposing communist martial law later that decade. What he hadn’t expected was having to return to the streets again, 27 years after Poland’s break with communism.

“I always felt Polish democracy was based on strong foundations, and that no one would try to overturn that,” he said, as a small group of demonstrators called him over, worried the police might try to remove them. “I was wrong,” he said.

Hours earlier, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw and other Polish cities to protest the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party’s effort to impose tighter political controls over the judicial system. The lower house of parliament, where PiS has a majority, adopted a law Thursday that would force all Supreme Court judges into retirement except those selected by the justice minister.

http://www.politico.eu/article/protests-in-warsaw-as-government-moves-on-courts/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/22/polish-senate-approves-bill-to-give-government-influence-over-courts

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/21/europe/poland-judicial-bill-pass-upper-house/index.html

https://www.ft.com/content/8ddc360a-6e0d-11e7-b9c7-15af748b60d0

https://www.economist.com/news/europe/21725333-question-whether-eu-will-do-anything-about-it-polands-government-putting-courts

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/22/538773014/critics-say-new-poland-law-dissolves-separation-of-judiciary-and-ruling-party

https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/07/272791.htm

Click to access EN_HR_20170718_Letter-to-His-Excellency-A-Duda-regarding-adopted-amendments-to-the-Polish-Act-on-the-National-Council-of-the-Judiciary-and-the-Act-Law-on-Common-Courts-Organisation.pdf

http://information.tv5monde.com/info/reforme-de-la-justice-en-pologne-tusk-juge-deplorable-la-cooperation-avec-bruxelles-182304 (FRANCAIS)

http://fr.euronews.com/2017/07/21/pologne-vote-reforme-cour-supreme-manifestations-union-europeenne (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/europe/reforme-de-la-justice-en-pologne-lech-walesa-rejoint-les-protestations-contre-la-loi-sur-la-cour-supreme-en-pologne-938254.aspx (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/europe/20170722-pologne-casse-tete-commission-europeenne-tusk-duda-cour-supreme (FRANCAIS)