Daily Archives: 12/12/2017

Turkey: ‘There’s no logic’: Turkey begins trial of academics charged with ‘terror offences’ after signing petition

December 5, 2017

Prof. Kaboğlu’ndan ‘Sarraf davası’ yorumu

Turkey on Tuesday began the hugely controversial trial of a group of academics charged with terror offences for signing a petition calling for peace in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

More 1,120 Turkish and also foreign academics signed the petition which emerged in January 2016 calling for an end to the military’s crackdown on outlawed Kurdish rebels in the southeast that had begun six months earlier.

The academics say the petition was an apolitical call for peace but prosecutors charged 146 of the signatories with making propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The first 10 – from Istanbul University and Galatasaray University – went on trial in Istanbul on Tuesday with the hearing attended by EU diplomats including the French ambassador.

Each suspect had a 10-minute hearing at the start of a marathon process expected to continue until at least April. The prosecution has chosen not to stage a mass trial involving all the suspects in the same case.

 

Professor Ibrahim Kaboglu, whose hearing is set for December 21, called the trial an “absurdity.”

“It’s a paradoxical dilemma. There’s no logic. It cannot be justified legally,” said Kaboglu, who lost his job after signing the petition.

“The trial is rooted in freedom of expression, which is a crucial problem for Turkey,” he said.

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2123034/theres-no-logic-turkey-begins-trial-academics-charged-terror

https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-opens-terror-trial-academics-over-peace-petition-002313186.html

http://www.abcgazetesi.com/prof-kaboglundan-sarraf-davasi-yorumu-70719h.htm (TURKCE)

http://ibrahimkaboglu.org/ (TURKCE)

https://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0brahim_Kabo%C4%9Flu (TURKCE)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-wews1721.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.focus.de/politik/ausland/tuerkei-erdogan-will-akademiker-im-10-minuten-takt-verurteilen-die-trotzen-der-willkuer_id_7950513.html (DEUTSCH)

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Burma: Almost a Year After NLD Adviser’s Murder, Key Suspect Still at Large

December 12, 2017

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As a human rights and constitutional lawyer, U Ko Ni helped others find justice. But for U Ko Ni himself, justice remains elusive.

This coming January will mark the one-year anniversary of his tragic death at Yangon International Airport, where he was shot at close range in broad daylight. But 11 months after his death, Aung Win Khaing, the suspected mastermind of the assassination, is still at large. A statement issued by the President’s Office said the former lieutenant colonel is believed to have hired gunman Kyi Lin to shoot U Ko Ni.

The ex-army officer vanished into thin air after the killing. Four other suspects have been on trial for several months, and as of last week 65 of 80 witnesses have testified. The motive for the murder, according to the national police chief, was a “personal grudge;” he said the alleged conspirators were “resentful” of U Ko Ni’s political activities.

With the murder trial having dragged on now for nearly a year without the main suspect, longtime friends and colleagues of U Ko Ni expressed their disappointment with the Home Affairs Ministry — which controls the country’s police force — for its failure to arrest Aung Win Khaing.

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/almost-year-nld-advisers-murder-key-suspect-still-large.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ko_Ni

Venezuela/EU/Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought: Call for EU sanctions ahead of human rights award

December 12, 2017

2017 Sakharov Prize laureate Democratic opposition in Venezuela

The EU’s top human rights award will be officially presented to Venezuela’s opposition and political prisoners on Wednesday.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought comes after deadly anti-government demos in the country earlier this year.

Last month, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, an opponent of President Nicolas Maduro, escaped house arrest and made it to Spain.

Speaking to Euronews, he says the EU needs to hit Venezuela with sanctions.

“Canada and the US have made sanctions against individuals, and not against the whole country. They’re meant to hit people in connection with drug trafficking, corruption and human rights violations. The EU too should follow this path,” Ledezma stressed.

“But there has been a step forward with the EU’s embargo on arms being used by the government of Nicolas Maduro to commit crimes against human rights.”

Venezuela is in crisis, with deep splits between supporters of Maduro’s socialist government and the opposition. The government rejects global criticism.

The Sakaharov prize – named after a Soviet scientist and dissident – is awarded annually. Last year, it was went to two Yazidi women who escaped the so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

Wednesday’s ceremony will be held in Strasbourg.

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/12/venezuela-call-for-eu-sanctions-ahead-of-human-rights-award

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/12/11/venezuelas-maduro-bans-opposition-parties-2018-election/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/en/home/the-prize.html

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-12-13/local-news/Sakharov-Prize-Venezuelan-winners-call-on-EU-for-urgent-humanitarian-intervention-6736182576

https://www.euractiv.com/section/languages-culture/news/sakharov-prize-opposition-leader-lashes-out-against-dictatorship-in-venezuela/

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/world/article/Venezuela-s-opposition-prisoners-win-EU-human-12426806.php

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/08/voices-of-opposition-in-venezuela

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-14/exiled-venezuela-prosecutor-says-maduro-war-on-graft-is-a-farce

https://www.amazon.com/Gonzalo-Himiob-Santom%C3%A9/e/B004AOMGD6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Ledezma

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/fr/home/the-prize.html (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.cncd.be/Le-vampire-de-Caracas-recompense (FRANCAIS)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/entretien-antonio-ledezma-opposant-venezuelien-nous-sommes-un-peuple-sequestre (FRANCAIS)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/es/home/the-prize.html (ESPANOL)

https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foro_Penal_Venezolano (ESPANOL)

Democratically elected mayor of Caracas, leader of the Venezuelan opposition, and political prisoner from 2015 until his escape last month – Antonio Ledezma works ceaselessly to fight for the freedom of his people.

Just yesterday, Ledezma and Julio Borges received the Sakharov Prize awarded by the European Parliament to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela.

We are honoured to have Antonio Ledezma speaking at the upcoming Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy 2018. #GS18

(Geneva Summit Facebook)

India: PROTEST OVER ATTACK ON ADVOCATE

December 12, 2017

Demanding to submit challan and medical examination of minors to verify age, scores of lawyers gathered at SP North office in connection with a case in which a lawyer was assaulted by three youths on Sunday near Nanke petrol pump under TT Nagar police station area.

Police said that the victim advocate Ashok Vishwakarma was hit in his head with a hard object by the three accused including two minors. Suraj was sent to jail while one of the minors was sent to juvenile home and after the verification of the documents the other minor would be produced in the juvenile justice court.

SP (South) Rahul Kumar Lodha said that the lawyers were demanding that one of the accused who was minor and produced in the Juvenile Justice Court should undergo medical examination for confirmation of his minor age.

“Their other demand was to submit challan at the earliest and we are investigating the case and the further investigations have been started,” he added

In the incident three persons including two minor boys attacked the victim in his head but the victim braved and nabbed one of the accused while the other two were nabbed later in the investigation.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/protest-over-attack-on-advocate.html