Daily Archives: 04/10/2017

Turkey: Detention warrant was issued for 8 lawyers by Mersin Prosecutorial Office

October 4, 2017


Detention warrant was issued for 8 lawyers by Mersin Prosecutorial Office yesterday. Lawyers Ali Bozan, Sebahat Genc, Bedri Kuran, Mehmet Altuntaş, Rıza Oğuz, Özgür Çağlar, Erhan Çiftçiler, Emrullah Şam and Onur Kale who are the members of Mersin and Van Bar Association are the subjects of detention warrant.  So far, 4 lawyers were detained by police and 4 lawyers are still wanted. Thus, number of lawyers subjected criminal prosecution since 15th July 2016 raised to 1398.

Police executed search warrant in offices and homes of the lawyers.

The eight lawyers are the executives or members of the Human Rights Association and the Progressive Lawyers Association. The Progressive Lawyers Association was shut down with decree by Erdogan Regime on the November of 2016.

Situation in Turkey

As of 1st October 2017, 550 lawyers have been arrested (since 15th July 2016) and 1398 lawyers are under prosecution. Some of the arrested lawyers were subjected torture and ill-treatment.

14 of detained or arrested lawyers are the presidents or former presidents of provincial bars associations.

There has been a relentless campaign of arrests which has targeted fellow lawyers across the country. In 77 of Turkey’s 81 provinces, lawyers have been detained and arrested on trumped-up charges as part of criminal investigations orchestrated by the political authorities and conducted by provincial public prosecutors. 

Detention warrant was issued for 8 lawyers by Mersin Prosecutorial Office

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Le rôle du régime iranien dans le meurtre d’un procureur argentin

le 3 octobre, 2017

Le rôle du régime iranien dans le meurtre d’un procureur argentin

Dans un article publié dans le Real Clear World, Toby Dershowitz, vice-président de la Fondation pour la défense des démocraties, a rapporté sur l’enquête concernant l’assassinat en 2015 du procureur Alberto Nisman. Celui-ci a eu lieu la veille du jour où il devait présenter des preuves impliquant le régime iranien dans la plus grande attaque terroriste en Argentine et démontrait que la présidente de l’époque, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, essayait de couvrir cette implication.

M. Dershowitz a souligné que le rapport de police de 400 pages « a découvert ce que la plupart des gens auraient trouvé instinctivement. » M. Nisman ne s’est pas suicidé, mais il a été assassiné. En réalité, il a été drogué, puis passé à tabac, ce qui ne conduit pas à l’hypothèse du suicide. Pourtant, Mme Kirchner a décrit sa mort en tant que suicide, le résultat d’une dispute avec sa partenaire, et même un meurtre pour la piéger.

L’affaire est cependant loin d’être résolue. Nous ne savons toujours pas qui l’a tué, qui l’a commandité et pour quelles raisons.

M. Dershowitz a écrit : « De nombreux observateurs pensent qu’il n’était pas la cible. La cible était les preuves qu’il devait exposer concernant le rôle de l’Iran dans le terrorisme dans l’hémisphère occidental, et concernant les tentatives présumées de Mme Kirchner pour couvrir le rôle de l’Iran dans les attentats du 18 juillet 1994 contre l’AMIA, le centre de la communauté israélite à Buenos Aires. »

Cet attentat a fait 85 morts et des centaines de blessés.




https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/02/official-report-death-of-argentine-prosecutor-in-1994-buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing-case-was-result-of-murder-not-suicide/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-murder-of-the-prosecutor-who-fingered-irans-terror-team-in-argentina (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

http://tn.com.ar/politica/la-muerte-de-alberto-nisman-diego-lagomarsino-pidio-la-nulidad-de-la-pericia-de-gendarmeria_824718 (ESPANOL)


October 4, 2017

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the continuing attack, harassment, witch-hunting and false implication of Adv. Rajat Kalsan, people’s lawyer and Dalit rights crusader in its true sense, by the Haryana Police and goonda elements belonging to the dominant caste.

Adv. Kalsan is a practicing Lawyer in Hisar district of Haryana and has been for the past 16 years working for the exploited and toiling masses, both inside and outside the court. Adv. Kalsan has been instrumental in getting justice for victims of more than 150 infamous cases of Dalit atrocities in state of Haryana, including Mirchpur carnage of 2010 (18 Dalit homes were torched and the duo of father and daughter burnt alive); the Gohana carnage of 2005 (60 Balmiki houses were set on fire); Dabra gang-rape case of 2012 (16-year-old Dalit girl was gang-raped and father was forced to commit suicide); and Daulatpur hand chopping case of 2012 (Dalit man’s hand chopped off for drinking water from dominant-caste field). While fighting these cases Adv. Kalsan has been attacked by dominant caste goons on more than 6 occasions and has been under police protection for past 6 years. This police protection has been arbitrarily withdrawn after the political intervention at higher level.

The FIR in which Adv. Kalsan has been recently implicated, is in the background of another case of Dalit atrocity and social boycott/. In June, 2017 in village Bhatla amid dispute on water, dominant castes villagers assaulted 6-7 Dalit boys, and FIR No. 190/2017 was registered at Police Station Sadar Hansi under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, in which the police and District Administration pressurized the complainant/victim, clients of Adv. Kalsan, to arrive at a compromise. When the complainants chose not to compromise, the dominant caste members of the village openly announced social and economic boycott of the Dalits in the village. Apart from the social boycott, the family members of the complainant Ajay Kumar were attacked twice and Adv. Kalsan was also attacked and chased out of the village, when he had gone to the village to assist the fact-finding team constituted vide the order of the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court. In the meantime, the people from dominant caste of village staged a protest against Adv. Kalsan, demanding cancellation of License of Practice of Adv. Rajat Kalsan and a registration of case against him. On this, two FIRs. No 328/2015 & 725/2016 which were cancelled, were re-opened without seeking any permission from the Court and raids were conducted at his house and chambers to arrest Adv. Kalsan, and when Adv. Kalsan obtained anticipatory bail in both the FIRs, another fresh, false and fabricated FIR No. 302/2017 under section 389 (extortion), 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration), 211 (False Charges), 193 (False Evidence), 505 (Statements Conducting Public Mischief), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120B (Criminal Conspiracy), 109 of IPC, leveling false allegations of spreading hatred amongst Dalit masses. The whole FIR is based on a recording of conversation between Adv. Kalsan and his client, done illegally infringing the privacy of Adv. Kalsan. It ought to be noted that communication between an advocate and his/her client is deemed as a privileged communication under the Indian Evidence Act, 1972. Interim bail has been granted by the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court in this case as well.

Adv. Kalsan has been embroiled in false and motivated cases owing to his professional work as an advocate, he has been repeatedly targeted because of his diligence towards the cause of his clients and his uncompromising politics against caste discrimination. It is pertinent to mention here that, Adv. Kalsan has been forced to abandon his law practice and home town since the last one month. Continuous harassment, surveillance and intimidation of Adv. Kalsan is a clear violation of the Article 19 and UN Basic Principles of the Role of Lawyers, amongst other constitutional and international standards. Further, here the role of District Bar Association also needs to be condemned and the casteist face of the District Bar Association needs to be exposed. The District Bar Association, under the influence of the police administration and Jat leaders, has sent a recommendation to Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana to get the license of Adv. Kalsan cancelled. Such attempts of intimidation of lawyers by the state and statutory authorities amounts to obstruction of the administration of justice as it is an attempt to deter lawyers from performing their duties.

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers calls upon all to stand in solidarity and support of Adv. Rajat Kalsan and condemn the witch hunt and persecution of a true People’s Lawyer. Further, the IAPL demands that the State of Haryana and Haryana Police withdraw/cancel all false and frivolous cases against Adv. Kalsan, expeditiously and take steps to protect the life, liberty and constitutional rights of Adv. Rajat Kalsan, given the gravity of the situation.

Advocate Surendra Gadling,
General Secretary,
Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL)
4th October 2017

(IAPL – Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Facebook)


Declaração da IAPL contra a perseguição ao Advogado Kalsan, em Haryana, Índia


4 de outubro de 2017

A Associação Indiana de Advogados do Povo/IAPL condena o ataque contínuo, a perseguição, a caça às bruxas e as falsas acusações contra o advogado Rajat Kalsan – que é um advogado do povo e um ativista dos direitos dos Dalits, um cruzado no seu verdadeiro sentido – feitas pela polícia de Haryana e por elementos ‘goonda’ pertencentes à casta dominante.

Kalsan é um advogado em exercício no distrito de Hisar, Haryana, onde tem trabalhado nos últimos 16 anos para as massas trabalhadoras e exploradas, tanto dentro como fora do tribunal. Kalsan tem sido fundamental na busca de justiça para as vítimas de mais de 150 casos infames de atrocidades cometidas contra os Dalits no estado de Haryana, incluindo: 1) a carnificina de Mirchpur, de 2010 (quando 18 casas Dalits foram incendiadas e pai e filha foram queimados vivos); 2) a carnificina de Gohana, de 2005 (quando 60 casas de Balmiki foram incendiadas); 3) o Caso Dabra, de estupros promovidos por gangues, de 2012 (quando, entre outros, uma menina Dalit, de 16 anos, foi estuprada por uma gangue e o pai foi forçado a suicidar-se); e 4) o caso de Daulatpur, em 2012 (quando a mão de um homem Dalit foi cortada apenas pelo fato dele estar bebendo água no campo de castas dominantes). Ao lutar contra estes casos, o advogado Kalsan foi atacado pelas castas dominantes em mais de seis ocasiões e estava sob proteção policial nos últimos 6 anos. Esta proteção policial foi, arbitrariamente, retirada após uma intervenção política de nível superior.

A FIR (NTFirst Information Report/Primeiro Relatório de Informações, quando a polícia registra uma queixa) em que Kalsan foi recentemente envolvido, está na base de outro caso de atrocidade contra os Dalits e boicote social imposto a eles. Em junho de 2017, na aldeia de Bhatla, em uma disputa sobre água, aldeões de castas dominantes agrediram sete meninos Dalits e a FIR No. 190/2017 foi registrada na delegacia de polícia Sadar Hansi, sob a lei SC / ST (Prevenção de Atrocidades), 1989, mas a polícia e a Administração Distrital pressionaram os queixosos/vítimas, clientes do advogado Kalsan, para chegarem a um acordo. Quando os queixosos optaram por não se comprometer, os membros das castas dominantes da aldeia anunciaram abertamente o boicote social e econômico aos Dalits na aldeia. Além do boicote social, os membros da família dos queixosos Ajay Kumar foram atacados duas vezes e Kalsan também foi atacado e expulso da aldeia, quando ele lá estava para ajudar a equipe de pesquisa constituída por ordem do Honorável Punjab e do Supremo Tribunal de Haryana. Enquanto isso, as pessoas da casta dominante da aldeia fizeram um protesto contra Kalsan, exigindo o cancelamento da sua licença de prática como advogado e ainda fizeram um registro de caso contra ele. Com isso, duas FIRs. No 328/2015 e 725/2016 que foram canceladas, foram reabertas sem solicitar qualquer permissão ao Tribunal e foram realizadas incursões tanto em sua casa como nas câmaras do tribunal, para prendê-lo. Quando Kalsan obteve fiança antecipada sobre estas FIRs, outra FIR, nova, falsa e fabricada, N ° 302/2017, sob a seção 389 (extorsão), 153A (Promoção de inimizade entre diferentes grupos), 153B (Imputações, afirmações prejudiciais à integração nacional), 211 (Falsos Encargos), 193 (Falso Evidência), 505 (Declarações de Transtorno Público), 506 (intimidação criminal), 120B (Conspiração Criminal), 109 do IPC, nivelando alegações falsas de propagação de ódio entre massas Dalits. Esta FIR é baseada em uma gravação de conversa entre Kalsan e seu cliente, feita ilegalmente contra a privacidade do advogado. Importante lembrar que a comunicação entre um advogado e seu cliente é considerada como uma comunicação privilegiada nos termos da Lei de Evidência Indiana, 1972. A caução provisória foi concedida pelo Honorável Punjab e Tribunal Superior de Haryana também neste caso.

Kalsan esteve envolvido em vários casos forjados devido ao seu trabalho profissional como defensor, e ele tem sido, repetidamente, alvo de ataques por causa de sua diligência em relação à causa de seus clientes e sua posição intransigente contra a discriminação de castas. É pertinente mencionar aqui que Kalsan foi forçado a abandonar sua prática legal em sua cidade natal desde o último mês. Perseguições contínuas, vigilância e intimidação de Kalsan constituem violações do Artigo 19 e dos Princípios Básicos das Nações Unidas sobre o papel dos advogados, entre outros padrões constitucionais e internacionais. Além disso, aqui o papel da Associação Distrital de Advogados também precisa ser condenado e o caráter de casta da Associação Distrital de Advogados precisa também ser exposto. A Associação Distrital de Advogados, sob a influência da administração da polícia e dos líderes do Jat (NT: grupo étnico tradicionalmente rural do norte da Índia e do Paquistão; no início do século 21, os Jats constituíam cerca de um quarto das populações de Punjab e Haryana), enviou uma recomendação ao Conselho de Advogados de Punjab e Haryana para obter a cassação da licença do advogado Kalsan. Tais tentativas de intimidação dos advogados pelas autoridades estatais e estatutárias equivale a obstruir a administração da justiça, pois é uma tentativa de dissuadir os advogados de exercerem suas funções.

Associação Indiana de Advogados do Povo/IAPL apela a todos para que se solidarizem com advogado Rajat Kalsan e o apoiem condenando a caça às bruxas e a perseguição que vem sendo feita contra um verdadeiro advogado do povo. Além disso, a IAPL exige que o Estado de Haryana e a Polícia de Haryanaretirem e cancelem todos os casos falsos e frívolos contra o advogado Kalsan, rapidamente, e tomem medidas para proteger a sua vida, a sua liberdade e os seus direitos constitucionais dada a gravidade da situação.

Advogado Surendra Gadling,

Secretário geral,

Associação Indiana de Advogados do Povo (IAPL)

(Mensagens de advogados de todos os países podem ser enviadas para IAPL India: indianapl2004@gmail.com)

Click to access EN_HRL_20171116_India_Concerns-regarding-the-charges-against-the-lawyer-Rajat-Kalsan.pdf

Ghana: GBA demands power to punish own members

October 3, 2017

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The Ghana Bar Association wants the Legal Profession Act, 1960 (Act 32) amended to take away the power to discipline its members from the General Legal Council.

The General Legal Council is the main regulatory body for the conduct and administration of legal education and profession in Ghana.

The serving Chief Justice is the Chairperson of the Council, and the Judicial Secretary is its Secretary together with other appointed members including the three senior-most Supreme Court Justices, the Attorney-General and her nominee, the President, Vice and Secretary of the Ghana Bar Association and the Ashanti Regional Bar President.

Section 18 of Act 32 demands that any complaint by a person relating to the conduct of a lawyer shall be referred to a Disciplinary Committee set up by the General Legal Council.

Following the suspension of renowned human rights lawyer, Francis Xavier-Sosu by the Council for three years for professional misconduct, there were calls questioning why GBA is not clothed with the powers to discipline its own members.

The Association appears to have gotten the concerns of its members and the general public as it calls for the amendment of Act 32 in a 5-page resolution passed at its 2017/2018 annual conference held in Sunyani in September.

“The GBA calls for the amendment of the Legal Profession Act to vest the Bar with the authority to discipline lawyers,” the statement mentioned as one of the matters affecting the legal profession.




France/Israel/Palestine: Administrative detention ‘worst of all possible worlds’

October 3, 2017

At first glance, a legislator, a circus performer and an NGO worker might not appear to have much in common. But all three Palestinians are former or current political prisoners who have been subjected to an obscure legal procedure called administrative detention, which allows Israel to imprison people without charge or trial for an indefinite amount of time.

Israeli authorities have been using this procedure for more than half a century, basing it on secret evidence. The Palestinian Prisoners Society, a detainee support group, noted a sharp rise in administrative detentions in August, with more Palestinians held without trial than during any other month this year. The rise, to 84 detentions, came amid increased tensions in the occupied West Bank after the stabbing of three Israeli settlers by a Palestinian on July 21.

As of September, there were 449 administrative detainees being held in prisons inside Israel, almost all of them Palestinian, according to data provided to rights group Hamoked by the Israel Prison Service.

“Administrative detention is the worst of all possible worlds because all the evidence is secret,” Sari Bashi, the Israel/Palestine advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera. “We would expect administrative detention to be the rarest as opposed to being standard practice. There are about 500 people in administrative detention. That’s not an exceptional number.”

Human rights activist Salah Hamouri, a Palestinian-French dual citizen, was among those arrested in August in a predawn raid at his home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kufr Aqab. No reason was given for the arrest, his family said.

Hamouri, 32, was previously released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, after spending seven years in prison. The deal was also backed by France. Israel alleged that Hamouri was part of a plot hatched by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to assassinate Ovadia Yosef, the founder of the ultraorthodox Shas party, who routinely incited against Palestinians.

Hamouri was taken to al-Muskubyeh (the so-called Russian Compound) interrogation centre in Jerusalem, where he was held for several days without access to a lawyer. He was later told he was in violation of his parole and that he would have to serve out the remainder of his sentence from 2005, which was three months.




http://www.bienpublic.com/edition-dijon-ville/2017/09/27/dijon-une-trentaine-de-personnes-demandent-la-liberation-de-salah-hamouri-detenu-en-israel (FRANCAIS)

http://www.letelegramme.fr/finistere/morlaix/liberte-pour-salah-un-rassemblement-demain-04-10-2017-11688752.php?share_auth=3c91de1e729a3f8de598f85e4fe94ab1#QUljtAzFDweesIFu.01 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.france24.com/fr/20171005-israel-territoires-palestiniens-france-prisonniers-salah-hamouri-jerusalem-emmanuel-macron?ref=fb_i (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salah_Hamouri (FRANCAIS)

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France: Réforme des cours d’appel : les avocats de Brive manifestent leurs inquiétudes

le 3 octobre, 2017

Réforme des cours d'appel : les avocats de Brive manifestent leurs inquiétudes

Inquiets d’une possible suppression de la cour d’appel de Limoges, les avocats de Brive relaient une pétition de la conférence des bâtonniers. Ils n’excluent pas des actions plus importantes si la menace se précise.

Par le biais d’un message posté sur sa page Facebook, le barreau de Brive a manifesté ce mardi 3 octobre ses inquiétudes quant à une possible fermeture de la cour d’appel de Limoges.

Des craintes basées sur le projet de réforme de la carte des cours d’appel, malgré le démenti apporté ce lundi 2  octobre par le directeur de cabinet du Garde des Sceaux.

Jeudi, le président de la conférence des bâtonniers Yves Mahiu ainsi que le premier vice-président Jérôme Gavaudan assisteront à une réunion à la Chancellerie “au cours de laquelle seront exposés les principes directeurs de la réforme”, affirme la bâtonnière du barreau de Brive, Isabelle Lescure. “Il est à craindre que le projet de la Chancellerie soit très avancé et que la concertation annoncée ne le soit que pour la forme”.

D’ores et déjà, le barreau de Brive a relayé une pétition mise en ligne par la conférence des bâtonniers. “Nous faisons cela pour mobiliser les gens car pour l’instant nous n’avons aucune information, explique Isabelle Lescure. Si cette réforme se concrétise, cela veut dire que les avocats de Brive et de Tulle, mais surtout les justiciables de la Corrèze seront obligés d’aller à Bordeaux. Cela va à l’encontre de la justice de proximité que souhaitait le précédent gouvernement.”























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La nouvelle carte judiciaire pour les Cours d’appel


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Soutien aux Barreaux de Metz, de Sarreguemines Et de Thionville ce matin!! Matthieu Dulucq, Simon warynski Et Anne Muller etaient présents

(FNUJA – Les Jeunes Avocats Facebook)

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Intervention du Président de la Conférence des Bâtonniers à Metz. Toujours en grève!!!!