Daily Archives: 22/08/2017

Pakistan: MALL ROAD TURNS INTO BATTLEFIELD AS LAWYERS GO ON RAMPAGE IN LHC

August 21, 2017

Lawyers go rogue after LHC order to arrest Multan bar president

Police on Monday fired tear gas and water cannon on protesting lawyers who had gathered at the Lahore High Court (LHC) where contempt of court proceedings were underway against the president of the Lahore High Court Bar Association’s (LHCBA) Multan chapter. Their attempt to storm the CJ block was thwarted as anti-riot police used tear gas and water cannon to force them out of the court premises.

Earlier, the bench issued warrants for the arrest of Qureshi and directed the police to arrest and produce him before it. Later, the five-member larger bench was constituted to proceed against the delinquent advocates under the law of contempt and High Court Rules and Orders for suspension and/or removal of their practice of the LHC. They said the move not only tarnished the image of the legal fraternity but also endangered the system of dispensation of justice, creating and enhancing the void between the bench and the bar. He articulated that no compromise will be made on the sactity of the court.

The lawyers then continued their protest at the Mall Road, which was subsequently blocked for traffic.

However, lawyers based in Multan said Qureshi would himself appear before the LHC chief justice if warrants of his arrest are withdrawn. Mall Road around the Lahore High Court looks like a battleground with lawyers pelting stones at the policemen, and the policemen using water cannons to disperse the crowd.

http://appsforpcdaily.com/2017/08/mall-road-turns-into-battlefield-as-lawyers-go-on-rampage/

https://www.dawn.com/news/1352963

http://nation.com.pk/national/21-Aug-2017/contempt-of-court-case-lhc-issues-non-bailable-arrest-warrants-for-multan-bar-president

http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/402319-LHC-directs-police-to-arrest-Multan-bar-president-

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/224957-Lawyers-go-rogue-after-LHC-order-to-arrest-Multan-bar-president

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/224957-Lawyers-go-rogue-after-LHC-order-to-arrest-Multan-bar-president

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/225134-Lawyers-observe-strike-in-Punjab-cities

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/lawyers-to-observe-country-wide-strike-tomorrow/

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/08/22/lawyers-observe-country-wide-strike-to-protest-lhcs-arrest-warrants/

http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/402291-Lawyers-observe-countrywide-strike-against-LHC-ord

http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/402230-Bar-councils-in-Punjab-Sindh-and-KP-call-strike-o

Turkey: Turkey’s Supreme Court Member Dies After Being Released In Intensive Care

August 22, 2017

Turkey’s Supreme Court member Mustafa Erdoğan, who was detained at a hospital room, lost his life on Tuesday morning after being released in critical care, Samanyolu Haber reported.

The medical reports showing the criticality of his situation were ignored and the appeals for his release were rejected. His daughter Buket Erdoğan had earlier said: “My father is fighting for his life in a cell. He is getting infected in the prison.”

Erdoğan was put to sleep nine days ago since he lost his consciousness and was released later on.

The reason for Erdoğan’s arrest is not known since no indictment was written.

Erdoğan is only one of thousands of judges and prosecutors who were imprisoned without any evidence following a controversial coup attempt last summer.

The Turkish government has arrested a total of 2,431 judges and prosecutors and dismissed 4,424 others since a botched coup attempt on July 15, 2016, a recent Constitutional Court general assembly ruling revealed.

https://stockholmcf.org/turkeys-supreme-court-member-dies-after-being-released-in-intensive-care/

https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/08/22/supreme-court-member-dies-after-being-released-in-critical-care/

https://turkeypurge.com/top-judge-paralysed-after-cancer-surgery-under-arrest-at-hospital

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17539153.2017.1326559

China/Hong Kong: Pro-Beijing lawmaker wants Occupy co-founder sacked from HKU post for ‘poisoning young minds’

August 21, 2017

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Pro-establishment lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu has called for the dismissal of a co-founder of the 2014 Occupy protests from his teaching post, saying that he is “unfit to teach” law at the city’s oldest university.

Speaking on a radio programme on Monday morning, Ho said he would write to the University of Hong Kong asking for Benny Tai Yiu-ting, who is a law professor at the school, to be removed.

“It is no longer appropriate for Benny Tai to teach at HKU given that he is teaching students how to maintain the rule of law under the spirit of advocating civil disobedience,” Ho said. “[He is] poisoning young minds … we cannot let this happen, he needs to be removed.”

Tai has been an associate dean on HKU’s law faculty since 2000, specialising in constitutional and administrative law, according to the university’s website.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2107623/pro-beijing-lawmaker-wants-occupy-co-founder-sacked-hku-post

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=95487&sid=4

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=186527&sid=11

http://www.ejinsight.com/20170821-marchers-stage-show-of-force-for-jailed-activists/

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2108408/ungrounded-attacks-hong-kongs-judiciary-are-threat-citys

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2109021/outgoing-hku-vice-chancellor-urged-sack-occupy-leader-and

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

China: Chinese activist on trial accused of subverting state power

August 22, 2017

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A prominent Chinese human rights activist is standing trial on charges of subversion of state power.

Parts of the Tuesday trial of Jiang Tianyong were broadcast by the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court in the central province of Hunan.

He is one of the last people detained in connection with a sweeping crackdown on lawyers and rights activists launched more than two years ago.

Jiang was a lawyer who took on politically sensitive cases. He was disbarred in 2009, but helped publicize the plight of lawyers arrested in the crackdown that began in July 2015.

He was taken away by state security agents in November and charged by prosecutors in May.

Vaguely defined subversion charges are frequently leveled against rights activists and perceived political foes of the ruling Communist Party.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/chinese-activist-trial-accused-subverting-state-power-49349009

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2107731/chinese-rights-activist-court-subversion-charge

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-china-begins-trial-of-prominent-rights-lawyer-jiang-tianyong-2537864

http://www.startribune.com/chinese-activist-on-trial-accused-of-subverting-state-power/441352983/

http://news.trust.org/item/20170822034850-irhps/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-begins-trial-of-prominent-rights-lawyer-jiang-tianyong-9145854

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-idUSKCN1B209H

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4811508/China-begins-trial-prominent-rights-lawyer-Jiang-Tianyong.html

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/08/22/china-rights-lawyer-confesses-subversion-trial

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4811472/China-rights-lawyer-confesses-subversion-trial.html

http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/chinese-activist-on-trial-for-subversion/news-story/19f75e07710061d43d8412c8b3eeccde

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinese-activist-on-trial-accused-of-subverting-state-power/2017/08/21/79909fd8-86ea-11e7-96a7-d178cf3524eb_story.html

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/22/china-rights-lawyer-confesses-subversion-sham-trial

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/08/22/prominent-chinese-rights-activist-jiang-tianyong-confesses-inciting-subversion-state-power/

http://www.dw.com/en/china-rights-advocate-jiang-pleads-guilty-to-subversion/a-40186019

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-rights-lawyer-confesses-subversion-trial-041521233.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-idUSKCN1B209H

http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article168557677.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/22/chinese-activist-jiang-tianyong-subversion-trial-dismissed-as-sham

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/08/22/cynical-court-performance-china

https://www.voachinese.com/a/china-rights-lawyer-jiang-tian-yong-on-trial-in-changsha/3995358.html (CHINESE)

http://cszy.chinacourt.org/article/detail/2017/08/id/2973186.shtml?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0 (CHINESE)

http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/lawyer-08222017100828.html (CANTONESE)

https://www.tdg.ch/monde/Il-avoue-avoir-voulu-ternir-l-image-de-Pekin/story/11685863 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20170822-chine-proces-avocat-defenseur-droits-homme (FRANCAIS)

http://www.tt.com/home/13348586-91/bekannter-b%C3%BCrgerrechtsanwalt-in-china-vor-gericht-gestellt.csp (DEUTSCH)

http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/china-buergerrechtsanwalt-vor-gericht-gestellt.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=783180 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.nzz.ch/international/china-buergerrechtsanwalt-jiang-tianyong-vor-gericht-gestellt-ld.1311991 (DEUTSCH)

http://www.oe24.at/welt/Nach-Treffen-mit-Merkel-Chinesischer-Buergerrechtler-vor-Gericht/296011121 (DEUTSCH)

http://www.dw.com/de/chinesischer-b%C3%BCrgerrechtsanwalt-jiang-tianyong-vor-gericht/a-40185891 (DEUTSCH)

http://www.stuttgarter-nachrichten.de/inhalt.prozess-gegen-jiang-tianyong-bekannter-buergerrechtsanwalt-in-china-vor-gericht-gestellt.19d24409-4c08-4cc9-87f9-f718c690c6b0.html (DEUTSCH)

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jiang-tianyong-prozess-gegen-chinesischen-buergerrechtler-a-1164045.html (DEUTSCH)

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-comienza-china-juicio-contra-prominente-abogado-derechos-humanos-jiang-tianyong-20170822070144.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.wradio.com.co/noticias/internacional/comienza-el-juicio-contra-conocido-abogado-de-derechos-humanos-jiang-tianyong/20170822/nota/3555796.aspx (ESPANOL)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20170822/43736780804/comienza-el-juicio-contra-conocido-abogado-de-derechos-humanos-jiang-tianyong.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.aftonbladet.se/senastenytt/ttnyheter/utrikes/article25728092.ab (SWEDISH)

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Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Colombia offers asylum to Venezuelan prosecutor who criticized Maduro regime

August 21, 2017

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Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor is being “protected” in Colombia and will receive asylum if she asks for it, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday.

Santos’ Twitter message may put to rest speculation that Luisa Ortega, who fled Venezuela with her husband on Friday, had already sought asylum in the United States.

Ortega, a one-time government ally turned critic, says she has proof that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is personally implicated in the Odebrecht construction scandal. The Brazilian company has told authorities that it paid at least $100 million in bribes for Venezuelan contracts.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article168377072.html

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-offers-asylum-ousted-venezuela-prosecutor-49336732

https://www.icj.org/venezuela-lessons-of-a-crisis-written-on-the-wall/

http://www.france24.com/fr/20170821-venezuela-luisa-ortega-sous-protection-colombie-juan-manuel-santos-asile-maduro (FRANCAIS)

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/08/21/l-ex-procureure-generale-du-venezuela-luisa-ortega-qui-a-fui-en-colombie-est-sous-la-protection-de-c_1591175 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/amerique-sud/la-dictature-stade-supreme-du-socialisme-du-xxie-siecle_1936168.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20170822-venezuela-colombie-offre-asile-ex-procureure-generale-luisa-ortega-exil?ref=fb_i (FRANCAIS)

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/21/colombia/1503330225_245904.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.dn.pt/mundo/interior/venezuela-ex-pgr-luisa-ortega-diaz-esta-sob-protecao-da-colombia-8719394.html (PORTUGUES)

http://www.wochenblatt.de/nachrichten/welt/Kolumbien-bietet-venezolanischer-Regierungsgegnerin-Ortega-Asyl-an;art29,465471 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.swissinfo.ch/ita/venezuela–colombia–ortega-diaz–sotto-protezione–bogot%C3%A0/43459252 (ITALIANO)

Kenya/UN: Kenyan activist Maina Kiai briefly detained at Nairobi airport

August 21, 2017

Kenyan activist Maina Kiai briefly detained at Nairobi airport

A prominent Kenyan human rights activist and lawyer whose own organization was de-listed by Kenyan authorities last week says he was detained Sunday morning at a Nairobi airport and surprised by demands that he prove he was cleared to travel.

Maina Kiai, board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission NGO, planned a trip to Amsterdam from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights was held up in what officials say was a “routine procedure,” but Kiai, a private citizen, was taken aback by security demands for his departure.

“I think we are back to the dark era when officials would do anything because of your perceived political affiliation,” Kiai said in an interview with the Standard. “We have to resist this.”

The Kenya Human Rights Commission has denied allegations of tax evasion leveled against the NGO in the immediate wake of the August 8 elections, which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta win another term against primary challenger Raila Odinga of the Nasa political opposition coalition. Odinga plans to challenge the results.

http://africatimes.com/2017/08/21/kenyan-human-rights-activist-maina-kiai-briefly-detained-at-nairobi-airport/

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/20/rights-defenders-condemn-maina-kiai-detention-urges-him-to-sue_c1619817

http://zipo.co.ke/24183/maina-kiai-troubles-worsen-jkia-officials-block-travelling/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001252023/drama-as-rights-activist-kiai-briefly-stopped-at-jkia-over-clearance-to-travel

http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/ugly-standoff-as-activist-maina-kiai-is-detained-at-jkia/

http://freeassembly.net/news/china-lawyers/

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/AssemblyAssociation/Pages/MainaKiaibio.aspx

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