Daily Archives: 09/01/2018

Saudi Arabia/AI: Embassy vigil for jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi

January 9, 2018

Waleed Abulkhair in November 2012

English PEN, along with Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders, will stage a lunchtime vigil on 9 January 2018 from 1 to 2pm at the Saudi Arabia Embassy in London, for the jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, to mark three years since he was given 50 lashes.

Mr Badawi, a  father-of-three who was detained more than five years ago, has been sentenced to ten years in jail and to be flogged 1,000 times for setting up a website focused on social and political debate in the country.

After Badawi was given his first batch of 50 lashes in a public square in the city of Jeddah on 9 January 2015, an international outcry appears to have led to the indefinite postponement of further floggings being carried out.

The blogger’s wife Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Canada, has led a high-profile campaign calling for her husband’s release. However, Badawi remains behind bars in Saudi Arabia.

Amnesty has long considered Raif Badawi a prisoner of conscience and has been critical of the UK Government for failing to speak out strongly about his case.

Amnesty is also raising the plight of Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair, who has also been jailed for 15 years – on various spurious charges, including “disobeying the ruler and seeking to remove his legitimacy”.

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/24959

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/07/saudi-arabia-cleric-held-4-months-without-charge

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/london-saudi-arabia-embassy-vigil-jailed-blogger-raif-badawi

http://gkmen.com/2018/01/09/joelle-king-advances-at-womens-squash-masters-with-clinical/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/01/we-will-campaign-until-all-prisoners-of-conscience-in-saudi-arabia-are-released/?utm_source=FBPAGE-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1276652644&utm_campaign=Other_issue

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/waleed-abulkhair-sits-in-a-saudi-jail-for-speaking-out/2016/07/11/185a0934-479e-11e6-bdb9-701687974517_story.html?utm_term=.ac5b6fff05c5

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

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/01/09/tre-anni-fa-le-50-frustate-al-blogger-saudita-raif-badawi/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/blog/historia/articulo/lucharemos-hasta-que-todos-los-presos-y-presas-de-conciencia-en-arabia-saudi-queden-libres/ (ESPANOL)

 

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Egypt: Trial of Rights Lawyer Mohamed Ramadan January 10th

9/1/18

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#تحديث :
يوم الاربعاء القادم ان شاء الله الموافق ١٠ يناير ٢٠١٨ آخر جلسات محاكمة الاستاذ/ محمد رمضان ابو بيبرسفبرجاء من المحامين الشرفاء الدعم والحضور والمساندة…
#تنظر_محكمة_جنايات_الاسكندرية الدائرة السادسة يوم الاربعاء القادم وقائع الجلسة الثالثة لإعادة إجراءات محاكمة الزميل الاستاذ/ محمد رمضان عبد الباسط – المحامي – في القضية المتهم فيها بالعيب في الذات الرئاسية، وإدارة صفحة على الفيسبوك بهدف قلب نظام الحكم 😜.
#والمحكوم فيها غيابياً بالسجن المشدد لمدة عشر سنوات، وخمس سنوات منعه من مغادرة منزله، وخمس سنوات منعه من وسائل الإتصال.
#والجدير_بالذكر أن محمد رمضان ابو بيبرس من أفضل ما أنجبت المحاماة {الحرة الشريفة} في مصر، فهو ظل يعمل على مدار اكثر من خمسة عشر عاماً في مجال الدفاع عن الحريات وقد فضح الأمن الوطني او ما يسمى سابقاً {أمن الدولة – البوليس السري – القلم السياسي – زوار الفجر} في ممارساته الوحشية وانتهاكاته الصارخة لكل حقوق الانسان، وهو من أشهر المحامين في قضايا التعذيب، وقد إنحاز الاستاذ/ محمد رمضان الى الفقراء والبسطاء والمساكين من افراد الشعب المصري، فكان طبيعياً أن لا يكون له ظهر وسند من أتباع النظام، ولكن يكفية القلوب الصادقة التي عرفته وأحبته.
#واتذكر_كلمته_الخالدة :
{إن خرق القوانين الظالمة، يُعد إلتزاماً بكافة قوانين العدل والعدالة الانسانية}

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Iran: Iran protests: deaths in custody spark human rights concerns

January 9, 2018

At least three demonstrators believed to have been killed in custody amid violent crackdown on anti-government protests

 
People protest against the high cost of living in Tehran, Iran.
 

Human rights activists in Iran have raised concerns about mass arrests during the country’s largest protests in nearly a decade after at least three demonstrators died in a notorious Tehran jail.

Two members of the Iranian parliament close to the reformist camp confirmed on Monday that one detainee, Sina Ghanbari, had died in Evin prison.

Separately, Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer, told the Guardian on the phone from Tehran that at least two other protesters had died in the jail. They have not yet been identified.

At least 21 people died after violent clashes between protesters and security guards during more than a week of demonstrations. Most of those killed were protesters and some were security guards, according to officials. More than 1,000 people, including at least 90 students, were arrested.

“I spoke to a prisoner in Evin prison and I was told that three detainees had lost their lives,” Sotoudeh said. “When authorities resort to mass arrests, they cannot claim to protect their rights. It is not possible in such a situation for the judicial process to take its due course.”

Sotoudeh said she was concerned about the prisoners’ legal representation at a time when many human rights lawyers were in jail, exiled or vilified.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/09/iran-protests-deaths-custody-human-rights

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/01/reformist-mp-pledges-to-seek-answers-on-students-arrested-in-irans-protests/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iran-lawmaker-says-3700-arrested-in-days-of-protest-unrest/2018/01/09/86c269bc-f520-11e7-9af7-a50bc3300042_story.html?utm_term=.8e90afef864b

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/tehran-university-tracks-students-detained-during-anti-government-protests

https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/iran-investigate-reports-of-protester-deaths-in-custody/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/iran-authorities-must-investigate-five-deaths-custody-following-protest-crackdown

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/080120182

http://time.com/5094700/3700-iranian-protestors-arrested/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/01/iranian-human-rights-organizations-file-motion-in-germany-against-ayatollah-shahroudi-for-crimes-against-humanity/

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

http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/iran-la-loi-permet-pourtant-de-manifester-sans-autorisation-11-01-2018-2185670_24.php (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20180109-iran-contestation-politique-economique-sociale-rohani-larijani (FRANCAIS)

http://caratteriliberi.eu/2018/01/08/in-evidenza/breaking-news-dalliran-le-proteste-non-si-placano-grave-situazione-dei-diritti-umani/ (ITALIANO)

Turkey: Arrest warrants issued for more than 30 Gülen network suspects in Turkey

January 8, 2018

Arrest warrants issued for more than 30 Gülen network suspects in Turkey

A public prosecutor’s office in the northern province of Tokat issued arrest warrants for 34 suspects, including 19 soldiers, on Jan. 8 for alleged links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), according to a judicial source.

The suspects include four FETÖ imams in the military, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The provincial gendarmerie command units launched an operation across 17 provinces to arrest the suspects.

In a separate ruling, the same office issued arrest warrants for 11 other people, including judges, prosecutors and lawyers, as part of an ongoing investigation into “the working houses of FETÖ-linked judges and prosecutors.”

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader, Fetullah Gülen, are widely believed to have orchestrated the July 15, 2016 defeated coup attempt.

Ankara also accuses the Gülen network of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, judiciary and schools.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/arrest-warrants-issued-for-more-than-30-gulen-network-suspects-in-turkey-125401

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-issues-arrest-warrants-for-over-30-feto-suspects-2972140

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2018/Jan-08/432854-greece-suspends-asylum-for-turkish-coup-officer.ashx