Daily Archives: 24/09/2017

China: Wang Quanzhang: the last ‘709’ lawyer left in China’s legal limbo

September 24, 2017

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Many of the dozens of people who stood outside a courthouse in Jingjiang, eastern China’s Jiangsu province, four years ago had never met the man they were demanding to be released.

But Wang Quanzhang’s reputation as an advocate for some of the country’s most marginalised groups united more than 50 people from across China in support of his cause.

Wang was ordered to serve 10 days in detention over a procedural dispute while defending a member of the outlawed Falun Gong religious sect but was released after three days amid public pressure.

“Many of the lawyers and civilians who were there to protest had not met Wang but they lined up at the entrance of the courthouse because it was a matter of public interest,” Shandong-based rights lawyer Li Jinxing said.

Four years later, Wang is behind bars again but this time the 41-year-old has languished for much longer – he is the last lawyer swept up in a 2015 crackdown to still be in custody.




France/Israel/Palestine: LIBEREZ SALAH HAMOURI!

le 24 septembre, 2017

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Libérez Salah Hamouri: vendredi 29 à Montreuil, à 20h

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Turkey: [OPINION] Right to Defence is Abolished Under The State of Emergency in Turkey

September 14, 2017

Only one day before their court hearings, lawyers of Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, the jailed hunger strikers of Turkey, have been arrested. The warrants were issued for 18 lawyers, all members of two law offices defending the teachers.“The detention of our colleagues today is an attempt in vain to leave Gulmen and Ozakca defenceless,” a lawyer representing the pair told Reuters.

Although a race is going on to violate the rights and freedoms during the investigations and prosecutions that have been conducted in Turkey for more than a year now, one of the most violated rights during this time has been the right to defence. The right of defence is secured under both national law and the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Public prosecutors are authorised to file criminal prosecutions and represent the public in criminal procedures. In other words, when a victim files a complaint against someone, the case is not automatically opened against the accused. First the public prosecutor completes his/her investigation, and if s/he reaches a conclusion that there is a strong suspicion of a crime, s/he files a public prosecution and s/he represents the public at the court. The victim, on the other hand, if there is a risk of being harmed by the crime, can only attend the court hearings and will have the right to take legal steps. Filing a case does not mean that the accused is counted guilty. By filing a case, the prosecutor asserts a claim against the accused and requests the court impose a penalty on the accused. In response to this, the accused defend themselves against the claims.



Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (18-24 September)

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September 23, 2017

Muhammad Rabbani in London

IT WAS NOT the first time Muhammad Rabbani had problems when returning to the United Kingdom from travels overseas. But on this occasion something was different — he was arrested, handcuffed, and hauled through London’s largest airport, then put into the back of a waiting police van.

Rabbani is the 36-year-old international director of Cage, a British group that was founded in 2003 to raise awareness about the plight of prisoners held at the U.S. government’s Guantánamo Bay detention site. Today, the organization has a broader focus and says it is working to highlight “the erosion of the rule of law in the context of the war on terror.” Due to its work campaigning for the legal rights of terrorism suspects, Cage has attracted controversy, and Rabbani has faced the government’s wrath.

His trouble at Heathrow Airport in late November began with a familiar routine. Often, on his return to the U.K. from foreign trips, he was stopped by police and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act— a sweeping power British authorities can use at the border to interrogate and search people without requiring any suspicion of wrongdoing. People questioned under Schedule 7 have no right to remain silent, and they can be interrogated for up to six hours. Rabbani estimates that he has been stopped under Schedule 7 about 20 times. Usually, he was let free after a few questions without any charges or arrest. But not this time.

Rabbani was returning to London after a business trip to one of the Gulf states. He had been meeting with an individual whom he says was previously detained by U.S. authorities and suffered “years of torture” at the hands of his American captors. The person provided Rabbani with information about his treatment, including names of particular individuals allegedly involved in carrying out the acts of torture. These details, Rabbani says, were provided on a confidential basis and were to be used by Cage as part of a pending legal action against the U.S. government.










https://lemuslimpost.com/proces-mohammed-rabbani-moralement-gagne.html (FRANCAIS)

Egypt/Brazil: 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity – Livestream

September 22, 2017


Can’t make it to see the #AllardPrize for International Integrity Award Ceremony in person? Tune in at 6.30pm PST on September 28 to watch the live stream here.  There are three amazing finalists — a courageous rights defender (Egyptian human rights lawyer Azza Soliman), a tenacious anti-corruptoin prosecutorial team (Brazil’s Lava Jato/Car Wash), and an indomitable investigative journalist.

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Argentina/Israel/Iran: Argentine prosecutor Nisman death, a homicide, according to toxicology report

September 23, 2017

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of AMIA Jewish community center  and accused then-President Cristina Fernandez of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing

A new toxicology report on the body of Alberto Nisman, the late Argentine prosecutor, found that ketamine and clonazepam were in his blood at the time his death, Argentine federal criminal prosecutor Ricardo Saenz announced this week.

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and accused then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing through a memorandum of understanding with Teheran. The memorandum of understanding was later declared unconstitutional. Nisman was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound to his head hours before he was due to present his findings to a closed-door session of Congress.

While clonazepam is a tranquilizer, ketamine is an anesthetic that is often used by veterinarians on animals. According to Argentine newspaper La Nacion, after the toxicology analysis was released, Saenz said in a radio interview that “there is plenty of evidence in the case that indicates that it is a homicide,” he added that the discovery of ketamine “would be one more.”

Echoing Saenz’s charge, a Wall Street Journal editorial on Wednesday observed that “it is highly unlikely Nisman would have voluntarily ingested such a drug.” The Journal also raised the question of Iran’s involvement in Nisman’s death. This is not the first time that Iran’s connection to the death of the prosecutor has surfaced. In 2015, Christopher Dickey, foreign editor for The Daily Beast, raised the possibility that Nisman was murdered by Iran, highlighting that Islamic Republic has a history of assassinating opposition figures and others who might harm their regime.






Turkey: Crackdown on Judiciary of Turkey since July 15, 2016

September 24, 2017

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[FACT] Turkey has arrested 2,431 judges/prosecutors, dismissed 4,424 since last year’s coup attempt || https://turkeypurge.com/purge-in-numbers

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