Daily Archives: 25/09/2017

Turkey: Egypt court sentences notable opposition leader to 3 months

September 25, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2017 file photo, lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali, center, celebrates with other lawyers after winning a landmark case against the government, blocking its attempts to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, in Cairo, Egypt. On Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, an Egyptian court sentenced Ali, a prominent opposition leader widely expected to run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year's elections, to three months in prison over a charge of offending public morals for making an obscene finger gesture. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

An Egyptian court has sentenced a prominent opposition leader widely expected to run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year’s elections to three months in prison for offending public morals.

Khaled Ali didn’t attend Monday’s trial at the misdemeanor court of Cairo’s Dokki neighborhood, where he was convicted for making an obscene finger gesture.

Ali was ordered to pay 1,000 Egyptian pounds (nearly $57) on bail. The verdict can be appealed but if it stands will bar him from electoral candidacy.

The incident allegedly occurred outside a courthouse in January where Ali and other lawyers had just won a landmark case against the government, blocking its attempts to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The presidency has since ratified the islands’ transfer.

http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/us-and-world/egypt-court-sentences-notable-opposition-leader-to-3-months_20170925&profile=1016

http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL8N1M6541

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/Egypt-court-sentences-notable-opposition-leader-12226415.php

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-court-sentences-notable-opposition-leader-months-50077536

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/hand-gesture-gets-egyptian-opposition-figure-jail-term-20170925-00939

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/09/egypt-former-presidential-candidate-given-jail-term-in-bid-to-stop-him-running-in-2018-election/

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/egypt-court-sentences-notable-opposition-leader-3-months-article-1.3519903

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egyptian-opposition-leader-handed-jail-sentence-hand-gesture-1186082199

https://www.voanews.com/a/egypt-court-notable-opposition-leader-sentened-three-months/4043903.html

http://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Hand_gesture_gets_Egyptian_opposition_figure_jail_term-TR20170925nL8N1M6541X2/

http://anhri.net/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%B9%D8%AF-%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%87-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%AA%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%88%D8%B5%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%AD%D9%83%D9%85-%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%A6%D8%B1/ (ARABIC)

http://www.dw.com/ar/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D8%A8%D8%B3-%D8%AB%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AB%D8%A9-%D8%A3%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1-%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D8%B7%D9%85%D8%AD-%D9%84%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%B4%D8%AD-%D9%84%D9%84%D8%B1%D8%A6%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%A9/a-40678337 (ARABIC)

http://ecesr.org/?p=775380 (ARABIC)

Kashmir/India: Joint leadership supports today’s shutdown call

September 24, 2017

Joint leadership supports today’s shutdown call

Joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday extended its support to the shutdown called by traders and transporters on September 25 (Monday) against the NIA summon to a Kashmiri business leader Muhammad Yaseen Khan and others.

“New Delhi is using the National Investigation Agency as a war weapon to harass oppressed and suppressed people of the state,” the leadership said in a joint statement.

Criticising the Enforcement Directorate for filing a chargesheet against Shabir Ahmad Shah, the three leaders termed it as “sheer political vendetta.” The trio criticised the NIA for issuing notices and summoning the traders’ leader Muhammad Yaseen Khan, Haji GhulamNabi, Agha Syed Hassan, Kashmir University scholar AalaFazili, DrNaeemGeelani, DrNaseemGeelani, photograph journalists (sic), Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Shah Wali Muhammad, advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom, Muhammad Shafi Rishi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and university students.

“The NIA is framing fabricated cases against pro-freedom leaders to defame the freedom movement as part of pre-planned psychological crackdown so that they (leadership and activists) surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their nation,” the leaders said.

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/front-page/joint-leadership-supports-today-s-shutdown-call/261176.html

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/nia-summons-bar-association-president-mian-qayoom-in-funding-case/259317.html

http://www.kashmirnewsobserver.com/DisplayNews.aspx?id=8786

http://pakobserver.net/nia-framing-fabricated-cases-jrl-traders-go-strike-today/

(N.B. Muhammad Shafi Rishi is also a  lawyer)

UAE: Free Mohammed Al Roken!

September 25, 2017

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Mohammed Al Roken is a detained human rights lawyer and recipient of the 2017 Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, which will be awarded in Venice on November 10, 2017.

The Jury of 27 european lawyers, meeting in Academie de France, in Villa Medicis in Rome, awarded the 22nd s”Ludovic-Trarieux, to
Mohammed al-Roken
United Arab Emirates (UAE),
Mohammed Al-Roken, 54, former president of UAE Jurists Association, is a leading human rights lawyer who provides legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses in the UAE, including to fellow human rights defenders.
He was one of the defence lawyers in last year’s prominent case of five political activists – known as the ‘UAE 5’–a group of five individuals who were sentenced to between two and three years’imprisonment for petitioning the government for legislative reforms in 2011. He is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence as a result of a mass trial of 94 human rights defenders and political activists in the UAE.

The Jury was representing bars from, Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Bordeaux Brussels, Geneva, Paris, Roma, Luxemburg, Venice, Cracovia and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE) and of Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA

The Jury launched an appeal to UAE authorities to release immediately and without conditions.

Le Jury du XXIIème Prix International des Droits de l’Homme “Ludovic-Trarieux” 2017 réunis en séance de délibération, à l’Académie de France à la Villa Médicis à Rome a été attribué le Samedi 27 mai 2017, à

Mohammed al-Roken,
(Émirats arabes unis)

Mohammed al-Roken, 54 ans, ancien président de l’Association des juristes des Émirats arabes unis, s’est consacré à la défense et à la promotion des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales tout en soulignant leur universalité et indivisibilité. Il , était l’un des avocats de la défense dans l’affaire très médiatisée concernant cinq militants politiques – connus sous le nom « UAE 5 », « Cinq des Émirats » – qui ont été arrêtés, jugés et condamnés à une peine de prison par un tribunal-émirati en novembre 2011 . Détenu depuis le 17 juillet 2012, il a été condamné en juillet 2013, à 10 ans de prison, interdit d’exercer sa profession d’avocat et transféré dans l’une des prisons les plus redoutées des Émirats arabes unis.

Les membres du Jury représentaient les barreaux d’Amsterdam, Athènes, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bruxelles, Genève, Luxembourg, Paris, Rome, Venise, Athènes, Cracovie, l’Institut des Droits de l’Homme des Avocats européens (IDHAE) et l’Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).
Le Jury a lancé un appel aux autorités pour qu’elles libèrent immédiatement et sans condition Mohammed al-Roken.

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(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

http://www.uianet.org/fr/content/ensemble-obtenons-la-lib%C3%A9ration-imm%C3%A9diate-et-incon

http://www.dsa.gr/%CE%BD%CE%AD%CE%B1/%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%B1%CE%BA%CE%BF%CE%B9%CE%BD%CF%8E%CF%83%CE%B5%CE%B9%CF%82/22%CE%BF-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%B5%CE%B8%CE%BD%CE%AD%CF%82-%CE%B2%CF%81%CE%B1%CE%B2%CE%B5%CE%AF%CE%BF-%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%B8%CF%81%CF%89%CF%80%CE%AF%CE%BD%CF%89%CE%BD-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9%CF%89%CE%BC%CE%AC%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-ludovic-trarieux-2017%CF%83%CF%84%CE%BF%CE%BD-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B7%CE%B3%CF%8C%CF%81%CE%BF-moham (GREEK)

Cameroon: Barrister Agbor Balla releases statement after release from jail

September 24, 2017

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http://cameroon-concord.com/boko-haram/cameroon-barrister-agbor-balla-releases-statement-after-release-from-jail

https://journalducameroun.com/en/agbor-balla-breaks-long-silence-says-dialogue-solution-crisis/

http://www.camerounliberty.com/engagement-a-nos-cotes-a-renforce-modele-cameroun-lequel-devons-battre-construire-agbor-balla-leader-de-contestation-angloph/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.icicemac.com/2017/09/25/agbor-balla-leader-de-la-contestation-anglophone-vous-avez-tous-montre-que-vous-avez-la-resilience-la-volonte-et-le-courage-necessaires/ (FRANCAIS)