Daily Archives: 22/11/2017

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Will New Reports and Court Proceedings Shine a Light on the Death of Alberto Nisman and the AMIA Bombing?

November 21, 2017

The mysterious murder of Alberto Nisman, Hy”d, the prosecutor charged with investigating the 1994 bombing of the headquarters of Argentina’s central Jewish communal organization (AMIA), aroused suspicions from the moment it was made public. For an investigator’s body to be found just a week after accusing his country’s then-president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of conspiracy to shield the perpetrators of a lethal terror attack, on the very night before he was to present his findings to the Argentine Congress, seemed to most observers like more than mere coincidence.

Most initial reports from the government and law enforcement authorities labeled the shooting death, which took place in January 2015, a suicide. While the veracity of this was highly doubted in the public eye, the move largely smothered any possibility of further inquiry into Nisman’s demise as well as investigations and indictments connected to the bombing itself.

Yet for more than a year, the government of President Mauricio Macri, who wrested power from President Kirchner later in 2015, has encouraged authorities to thoroughly investigate Nisman’s death once again, an effort bolstered by the declassification of all documents related to the case.

In the coming weeks — even days — it looks as if the justice long called for by the many who took to the streets following Nisman’s death might be taking shape.










http://www.boursorama.com/actualites/attentat-de-1994-a-buenos-aires-kirchner-nie-toute-entrave-au-profit-de-l-iran-62a240ca74fe2e16e06ab80042c74cf3 (FRANCAIS)

Cameroon: Agbor Balla porte plainte contre le procureur général du Sud-ouest

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https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/attack-fathers-house-agbor-balla-writes-emotional-open-letter-southern-cameroonians/ (ENGLISH)

http://cameroon-concord.com/boko-haram/cameroon-anglophone-consortium-declares-agbor-balla-persona-non-grata (ENGLISH)

Pakistan: Lawyers continue to boycott courts in Balochistan

November 18, 2017

Lawyers continued to boycott court proceedings for the second consecutive day in Quetta and other cities of the province on Friday in protest against the murder of Advocate Muhammad Adil who was gunned down along with his father, acting SP Investigation Mohammad Ilyas, mother and son, on Wednesday.

The Balochistan Bar Association (BBA), Balochistan Bar Council (BBC) and Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) called for a three-day strike in protest against the murder.

Leaders of the BBA, BBC, BHCBA and other lawyers’ bodies strongly condemned the incident. They demanded that those responsible for the killings should be arrested without any delay.

Mr Adil, his father, mother and son were gunned down by motorcyclists in the Nawan Killi area when they were travelling in a car. A four-year-old girl was also injured in the attack and admitted to the civil hospital. Quetta DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema said SP Ilyas was targeted when he was coming to Quetta from the Nawan Killi area.


Egypt: From cafe worker to lawyer, who is Egyptian presidential runner Khalid Ali?

November 18, 2017

Egyptian human rights and labor lawyer Khaled Ali is so far the only candidate to announce that he will challenge a likely bid by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in next year’s presidential elections.

Unlike 2012, when he was a latecomer in joining a fierce presidential race at the time, Ali has been an early bird in announcing his bid to run for presidency in 2018.

From a coffee shop worker to a fierce lawyer, here’s a look back at Khalid Ali’s career life.

Early life

Ali was born on Feb. 26, 1972, in the village of Meet Yaeesh, the place of his origin, which is found in the Egyptian governorate of Dakhalia. He is the second sibling among five girls and three boys.

He joined law school in Egypt’s University of Zagazig in 1990 and graduated in 1994.

During his school years, he would work in the summer to help his family. He worked as a porter who carries rice, then in a biscuit factory, and a worker in a coffee shop called Sphinx.

Upon graduating from college, he conducted an unpaid internship at a local law firm.

He got married in 2002 and has two children, a daughter named Amina and a son called Omar.

Fierce opposition lawyer

Ali made a name for himself by being a lawyer fighting for labor rights and a promoter of social justice.

He established the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights in 2009 and formerly served as its executive director. In 2010, he won a case against an executive who exploited the rights of his workers.

Ali was also known to be an outspoken critic of the regime of Hosni Mubarak regime.

In 1999, he was a founding member of the independent Hisham Mubarak Law Center, where he worked to provide legal support for detained and imprisoned anti-Mubarak activists.















France: Me Berton devant le conseil de discipline, au nom de l’indépendance

le 11 novembre, 2017


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Comment a-t-on pu en arriver là ? L’un des plus talentueux, des plus influents avocats pénalistes de cette région –  de ce pays  – va comparaître ce lundi devant le conseil régional de discipline des avocats, à l’initiative du parquet général de Douai.

La scène s’est jouée en mai 2014 à Saint-Omer, devant la cour d’assises, où Frank Berton défendait en appel Kazim Genc, accusé d’avoir exécuté Zacharia Ban el Mahdi, en novembre 2007, de six balles dans le corps, en pleine rue du quartier lillois de Fives.

Bizarrement, il y a peu de témoins du crime. Et Genc nie farouchement. En première instance, à Douai, ce jeune Franco-Turc résidant à Lille est condamné à 29 ans de réclusion criminelle, défendu par Frank Berton et son avocat historique Christian Cochet.





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Kenya: Lawyer attacked in Kisumu by pro NASA supporters, his car vandalised and property stolen wishes he had a gun

November 21, 2017

A Mombasa-based lawyer wished he had a gun after a group of goons attacked him in Kisumu on Monday, November 20 and vandalised his car and stole his property.

Lawyer Leonard Shimaka took to his Facebook page o narrate how he came close to being killed after the NASA supporters threatened him at Kondele as he headed to the airport to catch a flight to Mombasa.

In the post seen by TUKO.co.ke, Shimaka narrated how he was flagged down, asked to produce his identification documents and forced to pay KSh 5000 before he could be allowed to proceed.


India: Lawyer ‘attacked’ by cops seeks Rs 25L relief

November 21, 2017

Advocate C Rajarathinam, who was allegedly attack by police personnel in Tirunelveli district, causing humiliation to him and his family, has filed a case before the Madras high court bench demanding a direction to the state home secretary to provide him Rs 25 lakh compensation. On this petition, justice R Mahadevan directed the government to get instruction and adjourned the case.
When the case came up for hearing, the petitioner narrated the entire episode. According to it, the petitioner lodged a compliant to Palavoour police against one Ykkoupuram Isaac Selvakumar, but police did not act on it. He then filed a petition before the judicial magistrate court against the said person and the police personnel concerned for failure to discharge their duty. The petition was posted to be heard on November 10.

In this backdrop, a team of police personnel trespassed his house on November 4 midnight and allegedly attacked him. They also abused his wife and used obscene language at his family members and snatched away their mobile phones. Later, the police personnel took him to a police station at Radhapuram. There too, he was attacked mercilessly using a lathi and iron rod by hanging him upside down. Thereafter, police took him to the Uvari police station. Then police started an inquiry about his complaint and issued a life threat to him.


Turkey: Selçuk Kozağaçlı charged with “membership of an armed terrorist organization”

November 14, 2017


On 13 November 2017, human rights defender and lawyer Selçuk Kozağaçlı was falsely charged with membership of an armed terrorist organisation, namely the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C), which is recognized as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, and sent to Metris Prison.

On the evening of 8 November 2017, Selçuk Kozağaçlı was taken into custody by a group of police officers as he made his way to a meeting with a number of Bar Association presidents and was brought to İstanbul Security Directorate’s Anti-Terror Branch.

On 13 November 2017, four days after his arrest, Selçuk Kozağaçlı was ordered to remain in pre-trial detention by an Istanbul judge as a result of the charges he faced. A trial date has yet to be set.

On 15 November 2017, the People’s Law Office reported that Selçuk Kozağaçlı was transferred from Metris Prison to the 9th Block of Istanbul Silivri Prison, a special unit dedicated to “terrorists”.



17 Turkish lawyers are under police custody

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/337453/avukat-selcuk-kozagacli-gozaltina-alindi (TURKCE)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/865447/Avukat_Selcuk_Kozagacli_nin_tutuklanmadan_onceki_konusmasi__Kisin_sonu_bahardir.html (TURKCE)




Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (1-13 November)










http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.tur072416.htm (FRANCAIS)

https://www.cnb.avocat.fr/fr/actualites/loiad-condamne-larrestation-de-selcuk-kozagacli-avocat-turc-et-president-de-lassociation-des-avocats (FRANCAIS)

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Duizenden Turkse gevangenen van allerlei verschillende beroepen, niet alleen advocaten, hebben steun en solidariteit nodig.

Ondersteun onze acties op de derde donderdag van elke maand.

Symone en Hans

(Hans Gaasbeek Facebook 17/11/17)

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Turkey: University Of Oslo Grants Human Rights Award To Turkey’s Purge-Victim Academic

November 16, 2017

The University of Oslo (UIO) has granted the 2017 Human Rights Award to Turkish academic and human rights activist Professor İştar Gözaydın for her efforts towards freedoms and human rights in Turkey.

Professor Gözaydın, who spent some four months in prison after last year’s coup attempt in Turkey, told UIO’s Uniforma newspaper that she was honored by the award and said she thinks she was given it because of an article about her in the newspaper last year.

UIO Rector Svein Stølen told Uniforma that Gözaydın was honored because she is a successful academic, active in public debates and contentious in freedom of expression and human right issues. Stølen said he expects Gözaydın would arrive in Oslo in November to receive her award.

Speaking about her jail time, Gözaydın told Uniforma that during her pre-trial detention from Dec. 20, 2016 to April 7, 2017 she had received over 200 letters from all over the world and replied to all. She also underlined that her cellmates were academics like herself who were dismissed from their jobs by government decrees issued as part of emergency rule declared days after a failed coup on July 15, 2016.

Gözaydın was detained on Dec. 20 as part of an investigation conducted by the İzmir Chief Prosecutor’s Office into the Gülen movement. She was arrested on Dec. 27.

Gözaydın was head of the sociology department at the İzmir-based Gediz University, which was shut down by government decree along with thousands of other educational institutions in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt over the university’s alleged links to the Gülen movement.




http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/istar-gozaydin-a-insan-haklari-odulu-h69120.html (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/kultur-sanat/2017/11/13/istar-gozaydina-oslodan-insan-haklari-odulu/ (TURKCE)




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UAE: Jailed prominent human rights lawyer Mohammed Al-Roken awarded human rights prize

November 21, 2017

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) congratulates jailed Emirati prominent human rights lawyer Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken, who has been awarded the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize for 2017 at a ceremony in Venice, Italy on 10 November 2017. Dr. Al-Roken, who is serving a ten-year sentence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was unable to accept the prestigious award, so Mohammed Al-Saqer, a colleague from the now-dissolved Association of Jurists, accepted it on his behalf.

In his speech, Al-Saqer called Dr. Al-Roken “a man of principles who defends the human and civic rights of all people.” He noted that Dr. Al-Roken was a brave lawyer who would take on cases known to be “dangerous” to defend, because he was “the only one who will accept this challenge and he is paying now for all that with his freedom.”

He continued, “Dr. Al-Roken did not work for fame, but was working to defend the voiceless, the poor people, and citizens in order to deliver the rights to those who deserve to have it. He is a person who looked at the needs of people more than a lawyer seeking fame or money, and some of those whose cases he took said after his arrest that he refused to take any money from them for his work.

Dr. Al-Roken was arrested on 17 July 2012, just after his son and his daughter’s husband were arrested as part of a round-up of activists, including prominent human rights defenders, judges, academics, and student leaders. Dr. Al-Roken was among many others who were held in secret detention centres and subjected to torture after being placed in solitary confinement for months, uninterrupted light, high cold, beatings and many violations by the State Security Apparatus.

On 04 March 2013, the government commenced the mass, unfair trial of 94 defendants before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi in case that came to be known as the UAE94. The government accused them of “establishing an organisation that aimed to overthrow the government,” a charge which they all denied. On 2 July 2013, the court convicted 69 of the defendants sentencing them with up to 15 years in prison. Dr. Al-Roken was sentenced to 10 years, and Al-Saqer to five years in prison in absentia. Their trials were widely condemned as lacking the minimum international standards of fair trial and due process.




http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1734 (ARABIC)

http://www.uianet.org/fr/content/stop-%C3%A0-la-d%C3%A9tention-de-l%E2%80%99avocat-%C3%A9mirati-mohammed-a (FRANCAIS)

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VENISE -10 Novembre 2017
Le Jury a rendu Hommage au lauréat du Prix International des Droits deL’Homme”Ludovic-Trarieux” 2017 (L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)