Daily Archives: 26/08/2017

Pakistan: Lawyers threaten tit-for-tat approach against police

August 26, 2017

PHOTO: EXPRESS

In an ongoing standoff between the bar and the bench, the enraged representatives of lawyers bodies have threatened to respond tit for tat if police again raid the houses of senior lawyers.

Address at Aiwan-e-Iqbal: Deposed PM seeks lawyers’ support

The threat was made unequivocally by District Bar Association Multan President Yousuf Zubair while he was speaking to the enraged lawyer. He was speaking to the lawyers at the district bar before leaving for Lahore to attend All Pakistan Lawyers’ convention, which is going to be held on Saturday (today).

Zubair is leading the delegation of lawyers from the district bar Multan who left for the provincial city on Thursday.  Thousands of lawyers from Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, and Bahawalpur divisions observed a complete strike and did not perform their duties to express solidarity with the Multan High Court Bar Association.

The lawyers continued their protest against cancellation of licence of Lahore High Court Bar Association Multan Chapter President Sher Zaman Qureshi and issuance of an arrest warrants as no attorney appeared before any court of law.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1491089/lawyers-threaten-tit-tat-approach-police/

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/08/26/scbap-to-file-petition-in-sc-against-lhc-full-bench-verdict/

http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/17295/justice-against-wuqlagardi-needs-to-be-served-to-the-bench

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/226300-Lawyers-convention-assails-proceedings-against-HCBA-Multan-president

http://nation.com.pk/lahore/27-Aug-2017/lawyers-slam-contempt-proceedings-against-qureshi

https://www.dawn.com/news/1354623/pbbc-restores-qureshis-licence

https://www.dawn.com/news/1355430/advocate-sends-letter-about-68-armed-forces-cases-to-rabbani

Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Exiled Attorney General Says Venezuelan Regime Sent Paid Assassins After Her

August 25, 2017

Venezuelan Regime

The Attorney General of Venezuela Luisa Ortega Diaz claimed this week that Nicolás Maduro’s regime sent “assassins” to kill her once she began to speak out about the country’s broken democracy and human rights violations.

Ortega, who recently escaped from the country and is seeking asylum in the United States, gave an interview to the German magazine Der Spiegel in which she confessed to feeling unsafe even while abroad, as the regime could be hiring someone to kill her outside the country as well.

It was the first interview that Ortega gave since leaving Venezuela, and in it she documents how Maduro and his closest allies were using public funds for personal financial benefit.

Ortega detailed how the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which has caused scandal in a handful of countries around Latin America for bribing politicians in exchange for project contracts, paid Diosdado Cabello US $100 million through a Spanish third party.

“We are facing a group of people who are not statesmen, but criminals,” Ortega said.

She went on to explain that she decided to leave Venezuela after receiving multiple threats. Government officials issued a warrant for the arrest of her husband, Deputy Germán Ferrer, claiming that he ran a million-dollar extortion ring.

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/08/25/exiled-attorney-general-says-venezuelan-regime-sent-paid-assassins-after-her/

http://qctimes.com/business/the-latest-maduro-wants-opponents-investigated-for-treason/article_b84e1b54-ca57-50e4-8fb5-d3dd8230d0fa.html

https://www.voanews.com/a/medical-transfer-sought-for-detained-venezuelan-judge/4000707.html

http://verfassungsblog.de/venezuela-lessons-of-a-crisis-written-on-the-wall/

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/luisa-ortega-diaz-denuncia-que-han-enviado-sicarios-buscarla_200512 (ESPANOL)

http://www.paginasiete.bo/planeta/2017/8/26/ortega-denuncia-maduro-envio-sicarios-busca-149712.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/ortega-diaz-compara-gobierno-maduro-con-dictadura-argentina-los_200686 (ESPANOL)

http://www.diariodecuba.com/internacional/1503827391_33559.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.elobservador.com.uy/las-dos-caras-la-exfiscal-luisa-ortega-n1110613 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elsoldemargarita.com.ve/posts/post/id:194922/Luisa-Ortega_-Democracias-necesitan-medios-de-comunicaci%C3%B3n-libres (ESPANOL)

https://noticias.caracoltv.com/colombia/tres-magistrados-del-tribunal-supremo-de-venezolana-llegaron-colombia-por-presunta-persecucion (ESPANOL)

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20170827-venezuela-maduro-chavisme-violences-crise-politique-sociale-economique-ortega (FRANCAIS)

http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/venezuela-generalstaatsanwaeltin-luisa-ortega-diaz-ueber-ihre-flucht-a-1164585.html (DEUTSCH)

Cuba: Liberado el abogado Julio Ferrer

25/08/17

El abogado independiente Julio Ferrer Tamayo fue liberado este viernes en horas de la mañana, según confirmó él mismo a DIARIO DE CUBA.

“Ellos me suspendieron la sanción privativa de libertad. Estaría como en una especie de período de prueba, pero eso tengo que precisarlo con ellos (las autoridades). Darían la sanción por cumplida (cuando llegue la fecha en que se cumpla el plazo). Cancelarían los antecedentes penales en todos los registros”, detalló.

Asimismo, Ferrer señaló que las autoridades “saben que me asiste razón”, pero no le han dado la razón: “que es lo que yo he pedido, la anulación como tal de la sanción por ser ilegal: fui sometido a un proceso con violación de las normas del debido proceso y lo que establece la Carta de los Derechos Humanos”.

“Hay muchos funcionarios de alto rango implicados en esto (el caso) que tienen responsabilidad, que han cometido delitos de prevaricación, que han falsificado documentos. Y darme la razón así absolutamente, como corresponde el derecho, implicaría exigirles responsabilidad penal a un sinnúmero de funcionarios”, detalló el abogado.

http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1503688204_33527.html

http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1502186906_33117.html

http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1496424105_31607.html

http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1477337560_26232.html (ENGLISH)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.cub170825.htm (FRANCAIS)

Venezuela/Turkey/Poland: Ces magistrats qui défient des régimes autoritaires

le 25 août, 2017

Quelques cas emblématiques de magistrats qui, comme l’ex-procureure vénézuélienne Luisa Ortega, se sont dressés contre des régimes autoritaires dans le monde.

– Pologne: la Cour suprême en ligne de mire –

La présidente de la Cour suprême polonaise Malgorzata Gersdorf s’élève contre des réformes judiciaires de la majorité conservatrice, contestées par des manifestations massives et qui pourraient déclencher des sanctions de l’Union européenne.

– Turquie: plus de 4.000 magistrats radiés –

Depuis le putsch manqué du 15 juillet 2016, le gouvernement turc a lancé des purges d’une ampleur inédite, avec le limogeage ou la suspension de plus de 140.000 personnes dont plus de 4.000 juges, procureurs et autre membres du ministère de la Justice.

Aydin Sefa Akay, l’un des magistrats du Mécanisme pour les tribunaux internationaux des Nations unies (MTPI), a été condamné en mai en à sept ans et demi de prison pour appartenance à la mouvance du prédicateur Fethullah Gülen, accusé d’avoir ourdi la tentative de putsch.

Le juge, qui nie farouchement les accusations, a été condamné en raison de la présence sur son téléphone de l’application de messagerie cryptée Bylock, utilisée selon les autorités par les putschistes. Il est libre en attendant l’appel, interdit de sortie du territoire.

En 2014, le gouvernement avait déjà procédé à des milliers de mutations de magistrats après l’éclatement d’un scandale de corruption éclaboussant le régime du Premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ce dernier a accusé le prédicateur Gülen d’être à l’origine des accusations et d’avoir comploté pour provoquer sa chute.

http://www.boursorama.com/actualites/ces-magistrats-qui-defient-des-regimes-autoritaires-1ca525d2d9138a0b1136ba4871ede09b

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/225963-Judges-who-took-on-authoritarian-regimes (ENGLISH)

China: Quand Pékin torture les avocats

le 25 août, 2017

Les aveux arrachés à Jiang Tianyong lors d’un procès mis en scène démontrent la volonté du pouvoir chinois de briser toute forme de résistance à la veille d’un important congrès du parti unique

Jiang Tianyong a bien dû finir par avouer. Cet avocat chinois de 46 ans a reconnu tous les crimes dont l’accusait Pékin lors d’une audience du Tribunal de Changsha, au sud du pays, en début de semaine. Il a incité à la subversion de l’Etat, il a menti lorsqu’il accusait la police d’avoir torturé l’un de ses clients (Xie Yang, également avocat), il s’est laissé «influencer par des forces étrangères» pour contester la légitimité du système politique et le parti au pouvoir, a-t-il confessé par écrit. Dans une vidéo aussitôt diffusée par le tribunal sur les réseaux sociaux chinois, Jiang Tianyong demande pardon au parti, promet de ne plus recommencer et s’engage à devenir un «homme nouveau».

Jiang Tianyong a été arrêté en novembre 2016. Il compte parmi les 300 avocats, activistes ou membres de leur entourage qui ont disparu ou ont été arrêtés durant quelques heures, quelques jours, quelques mois ou des années depuis juillet 2015. Les preuves à charge contre lui mentionnées par la presse chinoise font état de 33 000 messages (sur Twitter ou Weibo, son pendant chinois censuré), de 37 000 personnes qui le suivent sur les réseaux sociaux, de 148 interviews avec des médias étrangers dont 70 dans lesquelles il «attaquait le gouvernement». Voilà. Il risque jusqu’à 7 ans de prison. Sa confession le sauvera-t-elle?

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https://www.letemps.ch/opinions/2017/08/25/pekin-torture-avocats

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/2017-08-29/8849818 (ENGLISH)

China: Person of the Week: Gao Zhisheng

August 25, 2017

高智晟

People across this country are awakening to their rights and seizing on the promise of the law. But you cannot be a rights lawyer in this country without becoming a rights case yourself.

—Gao Zhisheng, 2005

Born in 1964, Gao Zhisheng is a human rights lawyer, activist, author, and two time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. His work defending rights activists and documenting rights abuse in China has led him to multiple secret detentions, disbarment, imprisonment, , and extended virtual house arrest. In August of 2017, Gao disappeared from his home in Shaanxi. His whereabouts are unknown as of August 25, 2017.

Gao Zhisheng was born in Jia County, Yulin, Shaanxi on April 20, 1964. His father passed away in 1975, leaving Gao and his six siblings with his mother. His family didn’t have enough money to send him to primary school, but he reportedly sat outside a school window to listen to classes. He attended junior high school with the financial help of an uncle, and joined the People’s Liberation Army in 1985. Stationed in Kashgar, Xinjiang, he got his high school diploma and became a Party member. In 1991 he married his wife Geng He (耿和).

On August 13, 2017, 53-year-old Gao Zhisheng went missing from a remote cave-dwelling in Shaanxi. His current whereabouts are unknown. Coverage of his most recent disappearance from Radio Free Asia cites last year’s memoir and the sensitivity of the upcoming 19th Party Congress as potential reasons for his disappearance.

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/08/person-week-gao-zhisheng/

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2281408-renowned-human-rights-lawyer-gao-zhisheng-disappeared-says-wife/

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