Daily Archives: 10/10/2017

Egypt/Martin Ennals Human Rights Award: 2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders goes to Egyptian activist Mohamed Zaree

October 10, 2017

Selected by a jury of 10 global human rights organizations, including the ICJ, Mohamed Zaree is a devoted human rights activist and legal scholar whose work focuses on human rights advocacy around freedom of expression and association.

Mohamed Zaree is also known for his role as the Egypt Country Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), which works throughout the Arabic speaking world.

He assumed this role after government pressure on CIHRS prompted them to relocate their headquarters to Tunis in 2014.

The Egyptian government has been escalating its pressure on the human rights movement.

Human rights NGOs and defenders are confronted with a growing wave of threats, harassment, and intimidation, legal and otherwise.

Despite this, Mohamed Zaree is leading CIHRS’ research, human rights education, and national advocacy initiatives in Egypt and is shaping the media debate on human rights issues.

During this critical period for civil society, he is also leading the Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights NGOs, a network aiming to unify human rights groups in advocacy.

Zaree’s initiatives have helped NGOs to develop common approaches to human rights issues in Egypt.



















https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2017/10/2017-martin-ennals-award-for-human-rights-defenders-goes-to-mohamed-zaree/ (ESPANOL)

Turkey: Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (2-8 October)

October 9, 2017


Lawyer Ayhan Gül who is member of Adana Bar Association was sentenced to 9 years 2 months imprisonment with charge on being member of armed terrorist organisation by Adana 11th High Penal Court on 4th October.


Lawyer Gül who was released on the March of 2017 after 7-month pretrial arrest was re-arrested with the verdict of conviction.


Lawyer Nazmi Değirmenci who is member of Adana Bar Association was sentenced to 6 years 3 months imprisonment with charge on being member of armed terrorist organisation by Adana 11th High Penal Court on 4th October.

Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (2-8 October)

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Consulat Turque Bruxelles

4 rue Montoyer, 1000 Bruxelles/Brussels

Ce jeudi 12 octobre, cela fera 100 jours que la directrice d’Amnesty Turquie, Idil Eser, avocate, ainsi que 9 autres activistes des droits humains, ont été arrêtés en Turquie. Le 14 octobre sera par ailleurs l’anniversaire d’Idil. Elle le fêtera en prison.

Nous avons tout récemment appris que ces 10 défenseurs des droits humains, ainsi que Taner Kiliç, le président d’Amnesty Turquie, risquent des peines allant jusqu’à 15 ans de prison pour des accusations de terrorisme. Ces accusations sont absurdes et scandaleuses. Elles ne visent qu’à réprimer la voix des personnes qui osent critiquer les autorités et la vague de répression qu’elles mènent.

Idil, Taner et les autres défenseurs n’ont rien fait de mal. Ils doivent être libérés immédiatement et sans condition.
Jeudi 12 octobre de 10h à 11h, rejoignez-nous devant l’ambassade de Turquie pour exprimer votre indignation.
Nous espérons atteindre la présence de 100 personnes, pour marquer symboliquement les 100 jours de détention. Nous célébrerons à notre manière ce bien triste anniversaire. Pour ce faire, venez habillé-e en noir, ou de manière sombre.

Merci de relayer cette invitation à toute personne qui pourrait être intéressée.

Nous vous attendons nombreux-ses !

Egypt/Martin Ennals Human Rights Prize: Meet the civil rights defender that Egypt doesn’t want you to know about

October 9, 2017

At an awards ceremony on Tuesday in Geneva, dignitaries from the United Nations and the Swiss government, along with diplomats and members of the international human rights community, will come together to recognize the work of human rights defenders worldwide at risk of persecution.

But one seat will be notably empty: that of Mohamed Zaree.

Egyptian activist Zaree is one of three finalists for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award — often called “the Nobel Prize for human rights” for its global scope and recognition. It’s named after Amnesty International’s esteemed former secretary-general.

Zaree will not be present to find out if he has been selected the winner by a jury comprising representatives from 10 leading international rights organizations, including Amnesty and Human Rights Watch. He can’t leave Egypt because he was slapped with a travel ban by the Egyptian government last year.

Still, the 37-year-old activist says he’s very grateful to be nominated for the award, if anything for the extra security it could potentially give him by raising his profile abroad.

“Being recognized in a prestigious award,” Zaree said in an interview with PRI, “this is a kind of protection.”





This year’s Martin Ennals Award ceremony is today!
Join us at 6PM, Uni Dufour, at Auditorium Jean Piaget (U-600). Meet the finalists or their representants, learn about their work, and contribute to their protection! The ceremony is open to public and the entry is free.

You are not in Geneva? Don’t worry, you can follow the live streaming right here on our Facebook page.

Show your support: come to the ceremony or watch our Facebook live, leave a comment or a like.

Each year, the jury of 10 International Human Rights NGOs selects the Laureate of the Martin Ennals Award. This award provides the finalists and laureates protective publicity to continue their work, as well as opens doors to high level discussion on human rights.

The annual ceremony takes place in Geneva, in October, in association with the City of Geneva.

The Martin Ennals Award takes its name from Martin Ennals, Secretary General of Amnesty International between 1968 and 1980. He was active in the creation of HURIDOCS, SOS Torture (later called the World Organisation Against Torture), Defense for Children International, Article 19, and finally International Alert.

(Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders Facebook)


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Turkey: Jailed Turkish Lawyer Awarded 2017 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

October 9, 2017

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has announced on Monday that jailed lawyer Murat Arslan, president of the now dissolved Association for the Union of Judges and Prosecutors (YARSAV), is the winner of the 2017 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize.

In a tweet from the PACE_news account, Arslan was named the winner during the first day of the PACE autumn session on Monday.

“The nominee, in detention since 2016, is a former well-known and reputed Rapporteur of the Turkish Constitutional Court and President of now dissolved Association for the Union of Judges and Prosecutors (YARSAV). He has always been a supporter of the independence of the judiciary,” PACE said in the tweet.

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has slammed the PACE for awarding the 2017 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to jailed lawyer Murat Arslan on Monday. In a statement on its website on Monday, Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “It is wrong and unacceptable to give the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to a member of the terrorist FETÖ organization, which was behind the July 15 [2016] coup attempt in Turkey.”

Criticizing PACE for presenting Arslan as a defender of human rights despite being a terror suspect in an ongoing trial in Turkey, the statement said such an approach supports environments that encourage and help terror.











http://website-pace.net/fr/web/apce/vaclav-havel-human-rights-prize (FRANCAIS)

http://www.boursorama.com/actualites/l-assemblee-du-conseil-de-l-europe-celebre-un-juge-turc-emprisonne-1ce242b8d72e67d372988996e871a278 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Moyen-Orient/magistrat-turc-detention-recompense-prix-Vaclav-Havel-2017-2017-10-09-1200882898 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ouest-france.fr/monde/turquie/le-prix-vaclav-havel-pour-un-magistrat-turc-emprisonne-murat-arslan-5301547 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lematin.ch/monde/prix-vaclav-havel-magistrat-turc-emprisonne/story/15096352 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1077339/la-turquie-mecontente-du-choix-du-prix-vaclav-havel-2017.html (FRANCAIS)

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/gervaise-thirion/blog/121017/la-democrature-turque-pointee-du-doigt-par-le-prix-vaclav-havel-2017 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ouest-france.fr/monde/turquie/le-prix-vaclav-havel-pour-un-magistrat-turc-emprisonne-murat-arslan-5301547 (FRANCAIS)