Monthly Archives: October 2017

Iran: Narges Mohammadi Calls on MPs to End the “Illegal” Torture of Solitary Confinement in Iran’s Prisons

October 14, 2017

Image result for narges mohammadi

Imprisoned prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has called on members of Iran’s Parliament to investigate and end the “illegal” practice of solitary confinement of prisoners.

“As a defender of human rights who has been tortured by this practice, I consider it my duty to take every opportunity to express my protest against solitary confinement, the suffering victims of which I continue to see in Evin Prison,” wrote Narges Mohammadi in a letter from the prison where she is serving a 16-year sentence for peacefully advocating for human rights.

“I am sure you are aware that under the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and based on the opinion of the Supreme Administrative Court, keeping suspects in solitary confinement is not only illegal, but also a clear violation of the constitutional and basic human rights and dignity of prisoners, instituted by the security and judicial agencies without rules or limits,” she wrote.

Article 39 of Iran’s Constitution forbids “all affronts to the dignity and repute of persons arrested, detained, imprisoned, or banished.”

The letter, published by the Defenders of Human Rights Center on October 8, 2017, addressed members of Parliament’s Article 90 Committee, which is authorized by the Constitution to investigate citizens’ complaints against the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state.

In her letter, Mohammadi—a 45-year-old mother of twins who is currently being held in Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward—mentioned 15 other cellmates who she said have spent a total of 140 months in solitary confinement throughout different periods of their incarceration.

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi awarded APS’ Sakharov Prize 2018

Dominican Republic: Cadáver de abogado Yuniol Ramírez Ferreras presenta disparo en un ojo


Abogado Yuniol Ramírez Ferreras

Uno de los residente en la zona explicó que el cadáver del abogado fue hallado aproximadamente a las 11:00 de la mañana por un joven que se disponía a pescar en el afluente

República Dominicana.- El cadáver del abogado Yuniol Ramírez Ferreras, hallado este jueves amarrado con cadenas a dos blocks en un arroyo de Hato Nuevo, en Manoguayabo, próximo al municipio Los Alcarrizos, presenta un disparo en un ojo.

El cuerpo Ramírez Ferreras, quien era presidente de la Convergencia Nacional de Abogados (Cona) y catedrático universitario, presenta una herida en la región occipital con entrada y salida por arma de fuego.

El Patólogo Juan Tomás Pérez, quien levantó el cadáver que fue sacado del agua por miembros del Cuerpo de Bomberos,  explicó que este llevaba allí al menos 14 a 16 horas y estaba cubierto por un manto.

Uno de los residente en la zona explicó que el cadáver del jurista fue hallado aproximadamente a las 11:00 de la mañana por un joven que se disponía a pescar en el afluente, quien dio parte a las autoridades.

Click to access EN_HRL_20171116_Dominican-Republic_Concerns-regarding-the-assassination-of-Yuniol-Ramirez-Ferreras.pdf (FRANCAIS)

(On October 11, 2017 the body of lawyer  and law professor Yuniol Ramírez Ferreras, the president of the Convergencia Nacional de Abogados (Cona) was found with a bullet in his head.)

India: Cops use force against lawyers protesting visit by WB governor

October 15, 2017

Police had to resort to mild lathicharge when hundreds of lawyers from 22 districts of western UP staged violent protests against visiting West Bengal Governor Keshrinath Tripathi, because of his long-standing opposition to the formation of a high court bench in West UP. Tripathi was scheduled to visit Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) for an event.

Agitating advocates broke through police barricades on the way to CCSU and scuffled with security forces including local police, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and contingents of Rapid Action Force (RAF), after which police used force to disperse them. Tripathi had to eventually be taken by helicopter to the venue of the event.
The lawyers contended that Tripathi, who himself had been a lawyer in Allahabad High Court had been the “main hurdle” in the formation of a bench in the region.
Former president of HC Bench Central Action Committee Gajender Dhama said, “Tripathi is the sole reason why we have not been able to get a HC bench in Meerut. In 1992, when the BJP-BSP combine was in power, the then chief minister Mayawati had agreed to the logical demand for the bench, but Tripathi, who was UP assembly speaker at the time had vehemently opposed the move. From time to time, whenever we came close to getting a bench he opposed it, so much so that he once said the bench would be formed ‘on my dead body’. So, our protest was symbolic, comprising lawyers of 22 districts of western UP but police gave it a colour of a violent agitation.”

Lawyers lathicharged in Meerut, WB governor forced to take aerial route to attend programme (HINDI)

Greece: Hundreds Pay Last Respects to Murdered Greek Lawyer

October 14, 2017



colleagues and politicians gathered to pay their last respects to Michalis Zafeiropoulos who was assassinated in his office on Thursday evening.

The funeral service was held at the Hellinikon cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

Among those attending were President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos and leader of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Meanwhile, investigators have determined that the two men entered his office in central Athens at around 7 p.m. had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

According to the a law associate, the two men were aged between 30 and 40 and spoke Greek well but with a foreign accent that suggested they might be Albanian. (GREEK) (GREEK) (GREEK) (FRANCAIS)

Turkey/AI: Birthday behind bars in Turkey’s highest security prison

October 13, 2017

Image result for idil eser

Imagine if you threw a party and no one showed up.

For İdil Eser, Director of Amnesty International in Turkey, there is no danger of that tomorrow, 14 October, as thousands of people are expected to gather to celebrate her birthday.

Only one person will be missing: İdil herself.


Instead of taking part in one of the more than 200 birthday parties that are taking place in 27 countries, İdil will be spending her birthday in the highest security section of Turkey’s highest security prison.

She was arrested, alongside nine other human rights defenders, on terrorism charges just over 100 days ago. On October 4, in an alarming development, a Turkish prosecutor filed an indictment calling for jail terms of up to 15 years for the group – known as the ‘Istanbul 10’ – and for Amnesty International’s Turkey Chair, Taner Kiliç, was arrested a month earlier on similar ridiculous charges.

For more than two months after her arrest, Idil (who immediate family) was not allowed personal visitors. Despite the avalanche of birthday cards and messages sent to Amnesty International by well-wishers, she is still not allowed to receive mail. (TURKCE) (TURKCE) (ESPANOL) (ITALIANO) (SWEDISH)

India: Three who fled after attacking woman advocate apprehended

October 14, 2017

The city police arrested the three accused in the case of attacking advocate Bayana Venkata Ramani on Tuesday and presented before media on Friday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kranthi Rana Tata said the three, Banka Ganesh, Banka Shiva and Srinivas, entered Ramani’s house forcefully and attacked her by punching her face.

Ganesh planned to get rid of the lawyer who is also his distant relative after she failed to win a land dispute case that he brought to her a few years ago. “With the motto to kill Ramani, the three entered her house knowing that she is alone. Ganesh gave `1 lakh to Shiva and Srinivas to kill Ramani,” the DCP said.

In the attack, Ramani received injuries on the nose and face and was later rushed to a private hospital. Following a complaint, a case was registered against the duo in Two-town police station. “When she shouted for help, the three fled from the spot as neighbors escorted her. The three were arrested on the basis of Ramani’s complaint and sent to custody,” Kranthi told.–woman-advocate-apprehended-1673737.html

The Philippines: Lawyer group: Duterte tirades undermine checks and balances in gov’t

October 13, 2017


An alliance of lawyers denounced on Friday President Rodrigo Duterte’s “brazen assaults” against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, saying these attacks “deliberately undermine” the independence of their respective institutions.

The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) said the President’s tirades and the moves to unseat the two officials are a threat in maintaining the checks and balances in the government.

“We, the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), denounce the brazen assaults against democratic institutions of President Rodrigo Duterte, which undermine the independent bodies mandated by the Constitution to maintain the system of checks and balances in the government,” the group said in a statement.

“These acts deliberately undermine the independence of the institutions whose duties primarily consist in upholding public trust by cleansing the government’s ranks of graft and corruption and maintaining checks and balances so that tyranny would not arise from any branch of the government again,” it added.

Duterte has criticized Sereno and Morales, who have been vocal against his violent campaign against illegal drugs several times and on other different issues.

He had criticized the chief justice for “sitting” on the temporary restraining order against two provisions of the Reproductive Health Law, and the Ombudsman for handing down “selective justice.”

Venezuela: Venezuela: violations de Caracas soumises à la CPI

le 13 octobre, 2017

L’ancienne procureure générale du Venezuela Luisa Ortega, en exil, va donner un dossier à la CPI sur des exécutions extrajudiciaires et d’autres violations menées par son gouvernement. Elle a rencontré vendredi à Genève le Haut commissaire aux droits de l’homme.

Ce document pour la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) sera accompagné “d’un ensemble d’expertises” qui prouvent ces exécutions, a-t-elle dit à quelques journalistes après sa discussion avec Zeid Raad al-Hussein. Après s’être réfugiée fin août en Colombie, Luisa Ortega, entrée en dissidence, avait entamé une tournée à travers l’Amérique latine, au Brésil, au Costa Rica et au Mexique.

Elle avait présenté des indications à charge sur la corruption présumée du gouvernement. Son successeur a expliqué qu’il n’ouvrirait pas d’investigations contre le président Nicolas Maduro sur ces allégations. Luisa Ortega avait été congédiée de ses fonctions début août par la nouvelle Assemblée constituante controversée, acquise au chef de l’Etat.

De son côté, M. Zeid a dénoncé en septembre devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme de possibles “crimes contre l’humanité” dans ce pays, accusations qualifiées de “mensonges” par le gouvernement. Il a demandé un mécanisme international d’investigations sur les violences de ces derniers mois entre le régime et les opposants qui ont fait au total au moins plus de 120 victimes.–violations-de-caracas-soumises-%C3%A0-la-cpi/43594620 (ENGLISH) (ENGLISH) (ENGLISH) (ENGLISH) (ESPANOL) (ESPANOL)

UK: Muslim activist’s fight for privacy after ‘degrading digital strip search’

October 13, 2017

Muhammad Rabbani.

A British Muslim legal advocate has appealed to the High Court after he was convicted of a terrorism offence for failing to hand over his phone and computer password at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Muhammad Rabbani is now fighting to change a controversial law in the United Kingdom that allows police to carry out ‘digital strip searches’ without any specific suspicion.

Mr Rabbani is the International Director of CAGE, an organisation that fights policies developed as part of the global War on Terror.

He told SBS World News that embarrassing airport interrogations have become a routine part of travel for him and he has lost count of the amount of times he has been stopped at airports – it is in excess of 20 times.

“It’s a difficult ordeal, I mean it’s ever-degrading,” he says.

Mr Rabbani said he had flown home from Qatar in November 2016 when authorities “crossed a red line”.

Greece: Police examining the cases undertaken by murdered lawyer

October 13, 2017

Police on Friday stepped up an investigation into the murder of prominent lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos, who was gunned down in his central Athens office on Thursday night, apparently by perpetrators posing as clients.

According to authorities, the two men who entered the building on Asklipiou Street at around 7 p.m. had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

Once they were alone with him, they shot him in the head and chest.

As Zafeiropoulos’s office has no surveillance cameras, police are focusing on the footage of cameras from shops in the area in their bid to identify the killers.

The police investigation was focusing on recent cases undertaken by the 52-year-old criminal lawyer as investigators believe one of these may have provoked the perpetrators.

Among the cases handled by Zafeiropoulos are the defense of a suspect in the Energa-Hellas Power embezzlement affair (which has been linked to an attempted contract killing), the defense of the publisher of Parapolitika in a case against Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the defense of arms dealer Thomas Liakounakos as well as theft and drug cases.

Zafeiropoulos was a well-known criminal lawyer and the son of former New Democracy MP Nondas Zafeiropoulos. His murder prompted a reaction from Greece’s political parties. (ENGLISH/GREEK) (GREEK) (GREEK) (GREEK) (GREEK) (ROMANIAN)