Daily Archives: 12/10/2017

France: Avocate de Nice menacée de mort: l’audience sur la dissolution de l’association Vallée de la Roya se tiendra demain à Nice

le 12 octobre, 2017

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Malaysia: Stand with me against ‘radical’ preachers, Siti Kasim tells Malaysians (VIDEO)

October 12, 2017

Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim expressed her gratitude to the Conference of Rulers for their statement yesterday denouncing extremists and extremism. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Vocal human rights lawyer Siti Kasim has pleaded with Malaysians to stand with her and speak out against creeping extremism in the country’s religious institutions.

In a 5.47-minute video posted on her Facebook page as well as uploaded on YouTube last night, Siti urged Muslim and non-Muslim citizens to “take a further step” to address the “clear and present danger to our society” after an Islamic preacher was caught criticising a royal decree against a Muslim-only laundry and denigrating ethnic Chinese as “impure”.

“Is it only me or does anyone else feel this dread of extremism covering over our beloved Malaysia these days?” she asked at the start of the clip.

“It seems the extremists and radicals are everywhere these days stopping at nothing to have others bow to their demands and take the rights of others away,” she continued, and listed as examples the recent successful objections for non-Muslims to hold events with alcohol, the past numerous arrests of Muslims from the Ahmadiyyah denomination and the ban against a book titled Islam Without Extremes.
Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/stand-with-me-against-radical-preachers-siti-kasim-tells-malaysians-video#k1Cjp4xdk60UF6zs.99




https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/397734 (MALAYSIAN)

Turkey/AI: Turkey must release human rights defenders still in jail after 100 days

October 12, 2017

One hundred days after their wrongful arrest, Amnesty International is leading a global demand for the immediate and unconditional release of 11 prominent human rights defenders in Turkey.

Ten activists, including İdil Eser, the Director of Amnesty Turkey, were arrested on 5 July whilst Amnesty International’s Turkey Chair, Taner Kılıç, was arrested a month earlier. On 4 October a prosecutor filed an indictment calling for jail terms of up to 15 years for all 11 human rights defenders on absurd and trumped up terrorism charges.

“One hundred days ago our colleagues were locked up for standing up for human rights. Every passing day further exposes the long reach of the post-coup crackdown and the deep flaws in Turkey’s justice system,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director.

“The indictment is a toxic mix of innuendo and untruth which does not stand up to the slightest scrutiny. It repeats ludicrous and contradictory allegations which have no place in any self-respecting courtroom.”

After three months the investigation has unsurprisingly failed to provide any incriminating evidence to substantiate the prosecutor’s fantastical charges. Nor has it shown how the supposedly secret ‘Buyukadameeting’ relates to terrorism in any way.







https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2017/10/turkey-must-release-human-rights-defenders-still-in-jail-after-one-hundred-days/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2017/10/12/turquie-tortures-dans-des-centres-de-detention-de-la-police-et-enlevements (FRANCAIS)

https://zh.amnesty.org/more-resources/turkey-idil-eser-detention-birthday-cats/ (CHINESE)

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France/Israel/Palestine: Campaign to free Salah Hamouri continues to grow in France

October 10, 2017

The campaign for the release of imprisoned French-Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender Salah Hamouri has continued to expand. Elsa Lefort, Hamouri’s wife and the spokesperson for his support committee, has continued to speak at events and actions across the country as well as meeting with French diplomatic officials to push for meaningful French action to demand Hamouri’s release. He is currently held without charge or trial under a six-month administrative detention order after he was seized from his home near Jerusalem by Israeli occupation forces, who invaded his house in an armed pre-dawn raid.

Hamouri is a field researcher for Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and a newly graduated lawyer who passed the Palestinian bar examination only three days before he was seized by Israeli occupation forces on 23 August. He is a Jerusalemite Palestinian and former political prisoner who was jailed for nearly seven years before being released in the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange and has been an international spokesperson on the issue of Palestinian prisoners.

Elsa Lefort, Jean-Claude Lefort and Maitre Berenger Tourne, Hamouri’s French lawyer, met on 9 October with a diplomatic advisor to French president Emmanuel Macron, pushing for meaningful action to free Hamouri from administrative detention, where he is held on secret evidence without charge or trial on an indefinitely renewable term.

“As with every French citizen, Salam Hamouri must be able to benefit from the protection and support that the French State grants to its citizens and residents. Beyond consular protection, the French Republic must also take a position in this case against the arbitrary detention of Salah Hamouri and the harassment to which he and his family are subjected,” said the Support Committee.



http://orientxxi.info/magazine/les-detentions-administratives-un-guantanamo-israelien,2039 (FRANCAIS)

http://lepeuplebreton.bzh/2017/10/09/salah-hamouri-bonne-nouvelle/ (FRANCAIS)

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

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📢 Demain soir, à Ville de Gennevilliers, meeting de soutien à Salah Hamouri, en présence d’ Elsa Lefort, porte parole du comité de soutien.

(Liberté pour Salah Hamouri Facebook)

India: Advocates take out rally

October 12, 2017

Bezwada Bar Association members taking out a rally in Vijayawada on Wednesday protesting against attack on a woman advocate

Advocates boycotted duty on Wednesday protesting against the attack on a woman advocate Bayana Ramani at her residence in Kothapeta under Two Town police station limits. The lawyers under the auspices of Bezawada Bar Association boycotted duty and took out a rally from Bar Association to Beasant Road and came back to Civil Courts.

Lawyers raised slogans against the attacks on the lawyers. Bar Association president S Krishna Murthy, secretary K Srinivasa Rao, senior lawyers Sunkara Rajendra Prasad, Ch Manmada Rao, Puppala Srinivasa Rao and others condemned the attack on the woman advocate.

They said every person has right to engage lawyer and fight a legal battle. They said it is wrong to physically attack the advocates. They demanded that a case of attempt to murder be booked against the accused rowdy sheeter Banka Siva and his associates for attacking lawyer on Tuesday. The female lawyer is recovering from injuries.




Turkey/Armenia: NANTERRE 17 OCTOBRE La cause arménienne en procès

le 8 octobre, 2017

Nouvelles d'Armenie

Deux procès qui mettront en cause des Arméniens se tiendront le 17 octobre. L’un à Paris, devant la 17e Chambre correctionnelle où comparaitront Ara Toranian et Sam Tilbian, l’autre à Nanterre en correctionnelle aussi. Y seront jugés deux jeunes étudiants qui avaient lancé en mars 2015 de l’eau colorée sur l’ambassadeur de Turquie venue faire une conférence dans une faculté parisienne. Nous publions ci-dessous le communiqué leur comité de soutien, signé par nombre de personnalités et d’associations. Il souligne en substance que la violence est du côté de l’État de turc dont les adversaires n’ont pas que des notes de pressing à payer pour prix de leur opposition. A.T.

L’impunité étant mère du crime et de nouvelles impunités, celle de l’Etat turc pour ses crimes passés encourage ses exactions présentes. En Turquie, aujourd’hui plus de 200 écrivains sont en prison et des centaines d’étudiants ont subi le même sort ; nous ne les oublions pas. Hrant Dink journaliste turc d’origine arménienne a été assassiné il y a 10 ans, victime du nationalisme turc, pour avoir milité pour la reconnaissance du génocide des Arméniens. Selahattin Demirtaş, coprésident du Parti Démocratique des Peuples, HDP, troisième parti au sein de l’Assemblée nationale turque, est placé depuis le mois de novembre en détention préventive : il représentait la voix du seul contre pouvoir ayant la capacité de s’opposer au président Erdogan et à la menace qu’il représente pour les droits des peuples vivant en Turquie. Ayse Acinikli et Ramazan Demir, avocats et défenseurs des libertés, ont été emprisonnés pour avoir exercé leur profession, ce qui leur a valu la qualification de « terroriste ». Comme d’autres magistrats, avocats, syndicalistes, journalistes, académiciens de Turquie, victimes d’une instrumentalisation de la justice de leur pays, ils sont encore poursuivis aujourd’hui. Garo Paylan député du HDP, s’est vu exclure du Parlement pour avoir « osé » prononcer le mot « génocide » concernant les Arméniens.


https://www.ibanet.org/Committees/Divisions/Legal_Practice/IBA-Human-Rights-Award.aspx (ENGLISH – The Award will be given October 13, 2017 in Sydney)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/ramazan-demir (ENGLISH)

China: Police in China’s Hubei Target Outspoken Wife of ‘Disappeared’ Human Rights Lawyer

October 11, 2017

Li Wenzu (R), wife of detained rights attorney Wang Quanzhang, says state security police officers prevented her and their son from leaving their  home in an interview with RFA on Aug. 11, 2016.

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday questioned the wife of ‘disappeared’ human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, amid an ongoing operation targeting rights lawyers and their families nationwide.

Several unidentified officials arrived at the parental home of Wang’s wife Li Wenzu in Hubei’s Shijingshan city, demanding to see her registration papers, she told RFA.

“Three people came this morning saying that they were employees of the residential compound, and that we had to register,” Li said. “Then they took away my household registration book.”

“They wanted to see who was living in my home now, and they started secretly filming from the moment they got inside the door,” she said.

“A few minutes later, four police officers came along, without any paperwork at all or showing me any ID, nor would they tell me their police numbers,” she said.

“They said someone had called the police and they were acting on the basis of a tip-off, but they left after I’d argued with them for a while,” Li said.

Li said she has been under close surveillance by police since she arrived back in her hometown in Hubei on Oct. 1.

Wang Quangzhang has been held at an unknown location without trial or access to a family-appointed lawyer or family visits for more than two years after being detained in a nationwide July 2015 police operation targeting rights lawyers and associated activists.




http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2017/10/12/59de1e6e46163f23478b460b.html (ESPANOL)

Turkey: Amnesty calls on Turkey to release human rights defenders on 100th day of their arrest

October 11, 2017

Amnesty calls on Turkey to release human rights defenders on 100th day of their arrest

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday called on the Turkish government for the immediate andunconditional release of 11 prominent human rights defenders, including its Turkey director İdil Eser, who has been in pretrial detention for 100 days on terrorism charges.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe director, said: “One hundred days ago our colleagues were locked up for standing up for human rights. Every passing day further exposes the long reach of the post-coup crackdown and the deep flaws in Turkey’s justice system.”

Underlining that the accusations faced by the 11 activists are baseless, Dalhuisen said: “The indictment is a toxic mix of innuendo and untruth which does not stand up to the slightest scrutiny. It repeats ludicrous and contradictory allegations which have no place in any self-respecting courtroom.”

Ten activists, including Eser, were detained on July 5 during a workshop at a hotel on İstanbul’s Büyükada and were put in pretrial detention by an İstanbul court on July 18 on charges of “abetting a terrorist organization.”

AI Turkey Chair Taner Kılıç was also put in pretrial detention a month earlier on charges of alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which Turkish authorities blame for a failed coup last year.

On Oct. 4 a prosecutor filed an indictment calling for jail terms of up to 15 years for all 11 human rights defenders.