Daily Archives: 06/09/2017

The Philippines: Aguirre orders probe on killing of former fiscal

September 4, 2017

Aguirre on Monday issued Department Order No.575 directing NBI Director Dante Gierran to investigate and build-up the case on the death of Mandaluyong prosecutor Pablito Gahol (PNA Photo)

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe the killing of former prosecutor in Mandaluyong City.

Aguirre on Monday issued Department Order No.575 directing NBI Director Dante Gierran to investigate and build-up the case on the death of Mandaluyong prosecutor Pablito Gahol, who was ambushed by two motorcycle-riding men last Sept. 2.

“The NBI is hereby directed and granted authority to conduct investigation and case build-up over the killing of former City Prosecutor Pablito A. Gahol and if evidence so warrants, to file appropriate charges thereon,” Aguirre said in his order dated Sept. 4, 2017.

Gahol, chairman of Barangay Mauway in Mandaluyong, was shot over the weekend by unidentified gunmen on motorcycle in front of Mataas na Paaralan ng Neptali Gonzales along Nuebe de Pebrero St. in Barangay Mauway.

Gahol is the sixth prosecutor attacked since October 2016.

In July, Rizal Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Maria S. Ronatay, was ambushed and gunned down by riding-in-tandem men.

In February, Caloocan City Prosecutor Diosdado Azarcon, the fourth prosecutor, was shot thrice in the head by a motorcycle riding gunman outside his house along Brgy 63 Kapas St., in Caloocan while he was on his way to work.

Also in February, Surigao City prosecutor Manuel Tesiorna was the third prosecutor attacked.

On Jan. 11, Quezon City Prosecutor Noel Mingoa was shot at close range outside a restaurant along Commonwealth Avenue.

Mati City Prosecutor Rolando Acido was shot dead outside Mati City Hall of Justice last Oct. 26, 2016.





Egypt: Découvrez un de nos 3 finalistes pour le Prix Martin Ennals 2017: Mohamed Zaree

le 6 septembre, 2017

Mohamed Zaree lutte contre les lois limitant les ONG qui travaillent sur les droits humains, notamment la liberté d’expression et d’association. Son organisation, l’Institut des études des Droits Humains du Caire (CIHRS) a dû se délocaliser à Tunis en 2014, à cause de la pression grandissante du gouvernement égyptien sur les défenseurs des droits humains. Cependant, Mohamed a pris la courageuse décision de rester en Egypte pour y continuer son travail. Mohamed ne peut pas quitter présentement l’Egypte car il a reçu l’interdiction formelle de voyager et continue à recevoir des menaces de mort pour son travail en tant que défenseur des droits humains. Malgré cela, Mohamed persévère dans sa lutte pour convaincre le gouvernement qu’une société civile forte et dynamique, avec des citoyens libres de s’exprimer, renforce la stabilité de l’Egypte.
Pour plus informations sur l’organisation de Mohamed Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) allez sur ce lien ️http://www.cihrs.org/?lang=en
Vous pouvez également suivre CIHRS et Mohamed sur twitter ➡️ @CIHRS_en @mzaree

🎬Pour en savoir plus sur les efforts de Mohamed visant à promouvoir les #droitshumains et la #libertedassociation visionnez notre vidéo avec les explications du Jury. (vidéo disponible en anglais avec sous-titres arabes)

(Ville de Genève – Officiel Facebook)



http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/egypt-blocks-human-rights-watch-website-170908033740219.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/sep/06/egypt-security-forces-enforcing-torture-assembly-human-rights-watch-al-sisi (ENGLISH)

https://www.hrw.org/it/news/2017/09/06/308531 (ITALIANO)

Turkey: Head of İstanbul Bar Association: No rule of law in Turkey

September 6, 2017

The chairman of the İstanbul Bar Association Mehmet Durakoğlu warned against the threat of political favoritism in judiciary and said there is no rule of law in Turkey.
Durakoğlu’s remarks came on Tuesday during an interview with Cumhuriyet daily following the opening of the new judicial year in Ankara.

Referring to government decrees issued under a state of emergency announced immediately in the wake of a botched coup attempt in July 15, 2016, lawyer Durakoğlu argued Turkey is not committed to rule of law anymore.

“Turkey has today lost its characteristic of being a state under rule of law and the reason for this is OHAL [state of emergency] process that was initiated after July 15, the KHKs [government decrees] issued due to that and Turkey’s Supreme Court decisions which stopped doing the constitutional monitoring of KHKs. Before these qualities are gained again, I believe it is not possible for the rule of law and democracy to function again in Turkey.”

Underlining that Turkey is going through the most serious judicial crisis of its history due to political favoritism in judiciary initially ensured by a constitutional referendum held in 2010, Durakoğlu noted that majority of Turkish people did not trust the justice system.


Nigeria: OMG!! University Of Calabar Lecturer Attacked By Cultist Is Now In Pains (Photos)

September 5, 2017

Joseph Odok, a lawyer, a social crusader and a lecturer in the University of Calabar was attacked on Monday, September 4, 2017 by suspected cult boys in Calabar, Cross River state capital.

He was cut with machete and other weapons during the attack and was left seriously wounded by the hoodlums. He is being currently treated at an undisclosed hospital in Calabar.

Before the attack, his last post on Facebook reads, ‘People keep talking of Senator Gershom Bassey moving so many motions. I watch plenary and hardly see him talk, are Sen Gershom Bassey’s motions moved off camera? So much media can hide the truth. I challenge Sen Gershom Bassey’s aides to provide us with video clips of the much talked about Sen Gershom Bassey’s motions.

We are not giving up in engaging our leaders. We kept quite and we were deceived by media hype when so much rot bedeviled Cross River State water board and can’t repeat same mistakes again’.





China/OHCHR: UN experts urge China to release lawyer Jiang Tianyong currently on trial for subversion

September 6, 2017

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A group of United Nations human rights experts has called on the Government of China to immediately release the prominent lawyer and human rights defender Jiang Tianyong, who is on trial for inciting subversion of the State’s power.

The experts’ appeal comes as Mr. Jiang awaits the Court’s verdict after his televised “confession” on 22 August, to seeking to overthrow China’s political system, which the experts described as “a worrying sign of China’s disregard for due process and the rule of law”.

“We urge the Chinese authorities to uphold the rule of law by respecting Mr. Jiang’s rights to a fair trial and to carry out his work as a professional lawyer and human rights defender,” they said.

Mr. Jiang, who was allegedly disappeared on 21 November 2016, has been detained and under surveillance at an unknown location for more than nine months, without access to his family or a lawyer of his own choosing. There are concerns that he, along with other lawyers and human rights defenders in detention, may have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

“Given the reported conditions of his detention and earlier cases of a similar nature highlighting an ongoing worrying trend, we are gravely concerned that his confession may have been coerced by the use of torture, in contravention of the Chinese Criminal Procedures Law and international human rights standards, as reiterated by the Committee Against Torture in 2015,” the experts noted.

They also stressed the fact that the proceedings were not freely open to all interested members of the public to attend, while Mr. Jiang’s “confession” was broadcast on television and the Court’s social media; and that Mr. Jiang’s lawyer was dismissed by the authorities and had no access to him since his disappearance. “These factors clearly point to the serious shortcomings in guaranteeing a fair and impartial trial in accordance with international standards,” they said.




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Jiang Tianyong’s sister, Jiang Jinping received a summon notice by the PSB in Luoshan County for the alleged crime of purposeful destruction of property yesterday. On 18 August 2017, before the trial of the case of Jiang, the local state security officers attempted to forcibly take his sister and sister’s child to the local police station and to confiscate her mobile phone. His sister resisted, took up a stick and knocked on their car.

(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook)

Tanzania: Lawyers Isolate Lissu Over Immma ‘Bomb’

August 29, 2017

Several lawyers are opposed to a recent call by the Tanganyika Law Society governing council to boycott court sessions for two consecutive days starting today to protest the ‘bombing’ of IMMMA Advocates Offices in Dar es Salaam.

The call was relayed to TLS members by its president, Tundu Lissu, just moments after an emergency meeting convened by the council specifically to chart its next course of action following the alleged bombing of the law firm’s offices at Upanga area in Kinondoni District on the night of August 25, 2017.

Most of advocates interviewed by the Daily News yesterday pointed out those calls were unprofessional, unnecessary and unreasonable, arguing that such action would have negative impacts or consequences to their clients, who have fully instructed them to provide legal services.












Turkey: Third of Turkish judicial staff linked to Gulen movement: Official

September 5, 2017

Chairman of the Turkish Supreme Court Ismail Rustu Cirit delivers a speech during a ceremony at the Supreme Court of Appeals in Ankara, Turkey, on September 5, 2017. (Photo by Anadolu news agency)

A high-ranking Turkish judicial official says almost one-third of the country’s judicial staff have been affiliated to the movement of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the failed July 15 coup attempt.

On Tuesday, Chairman of the Supreme Court Ismail Rustu Cirit described it as “discouraging” that members of the Turkish judicial institution have had a role in acts of terror.

“There is nothing more confidence-shaking for the society than to see almost one-third of judges and prosecutors, who are supposed to be entirely trustworthy, have been involved in terrorist activities,” Cirit commented.

During the July 15 botched putsch last year, a faction of the Turkish military declared that it had seized control of the country and the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was no more in charge. The attempt was, however, suppressed a few hours later.

Ankara has since accused Gulen of having orchestrated the coup. The opposition figure is also accused of being behind a long-running campaign to topple the government via infiltrating the country’s institutions, particularly the army, police and the Judiciary.







China/HRW: China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square


September 5, 2017

China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

“China’s crackdown on human rights activists is the most severe since the Tiananmen Square democracy movement 25 years ago,” Kenneth Roth, the director of the agency, Human Rights Watch, said in Geneva on Tuesday at the introduction of a report that he described as an international “wake-up call.” “What’s less appreciated is the lengths to which China goes to prevent criticism of that record of oppression by people outside China, particularly those at the United Nations.”

“The stakes are not simply human rights for the one-sixth of the world’s population who live in China,” Mr. Roth added, “but also the survival and effectiveness of the U.N. human rights system for everyone around the globe.”

The report highlights China’s measures to prevent activists from leaving the country to attend meetings at the United Nations, its harassment of those who do manage to attend and the risk of reprisals when they return or if they interact with United Nations investigators inside or outside China.