Daily Archives: 11/01/2018

Egypt: Appeal of Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Mahienour El-Massry heard January 13th

January 11, 2018

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On 30 December, lawyer Mahienour El-Massry was sentenced to two years in prison. According to our information, the appeal hearing in her case will take place on 13 January 2018. L4L called for her immediate release –> http://bit.ly/2D0nAZc 


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#بعيداً_عن الصراعات النقابية والبطولات الزائفة أدعو جميع المحامين {الشرفاء} بالوقوف بجانب الزميلة ماهينور المصري -المحامية- حيث تنظر محكمة جنح مستأنف المنتزة بجلستها المُنعقدة يوم السبت المقبل الموافق ١٣ يناير ٢٠١٨ القضية المعروفة إعلامياً بالتظاهر بشأن الإعتراض على بيع أرض مصر {جزيرتي تيران وصنافير} والمتهم فيها خمسة متهمين (من بينهم ثلاثة محامين) وهم ماهينور المصري واسماء نعيم ووليد العماري.
#والجدير_بالذكر أن محكمة جنح المنتزه الجزئية حكمت حضورياً على ماهينور ومعتصم بالسجن لمدة سنتين مع الشغل والنفاذ، وغيابياً على باقي المتهمين بالسجن لمدة ثلاث سنوات مع الشغل والنفاذ.






https://www.marx21.de/aegypten-solidaritaet-mit-mahienour-el-massryn-und-moatasem-medhat/ (DEUTSCH)

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Freiheit für Mahienour el-Massry und Moatasem Medhat
und alle anderen politischen Gefangenen in Ägypten. Die Menschenrechtsanwältin Mahienour el-Massry und der Gewerkschaftsführer Moatasem Medhat wurden von einem ägyptischen Gericht zu zwei Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt. Aktivistinnen und Aktivisten rufen nun zu internationalen Protesten auf. #30DecemberTrials #MahienourelMassry Mehr Informationen: https://www.marx21.de/aegypten-solidaritaet-mit-mahienour-el-massryn-und-moatasem-medhat/

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Pakistan: Kasur incident: CJP urges lawyers to end boycott of court proceedings

January 11, 2018


Expressing condolences over the brutal murder of a minor in Kasur, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday called upon the lawyers to end their strike over the incident.

The CJP made these remarks while hearing the case of Al Razi Medical College Peshawar earlier today.

“Entire nation’s head hangs in shame over the incident in Kasur,” he remarked.

Making a comment on the strike being observed by Punjab Bar Council, the chief justice said the strike call by lawyers over the incident is unjustified since the entire nation is in grief and anger.

“Kasur incident is an embarrassment for people across the country as Zainab was their daughter too,” he noted.

The Punjab Bar Council has demanded an immediate arrest of the culprit(s) and announced a complete boycott of courts today.

Justice Nisar emphasized that protest is a fundamental right to every citizen but a boycott of court would delay the proceedings in many cases and litigants will suffer from it.






CCBE: CCBE Side Event “Threatened lawyers: the end of the Rule of Law in Europe?”, January 24th in Strasbourg

January 11, 2018

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The CCBE has been working since last year on the issue of a European Convention on the profession of lawyer. This work was initiated following a motion signed by several members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), inviting the Committee of Ministers to initiate work on the drafting of a European Convention on the profession of lawyer.

The CCBE supports this work and considers that such an instrument is needed in order to respond to the attacks against the role of lawyers which have grown over the recent years (see full CCBE position EN FR).

The report drafted by the rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights was adopted unanimously on 12 December 2017 and underlines the need for such a Convention (see adopted report EN FR).

The next step will be for the PACE to vote on the draft recommendation adopted by the Committee, which requests the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to draft and adopt such a convention.

The CCBE will hold a Side Event on 24 January (1-2 pm) in Strasbourg, in conjunction with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) session

The main objective of this Side Event entitled “Threatened lawyers: the end of the Rule of Law in Europe?”  is to convince PACE members of the need for a European Convention on the profession of lawyer.

The CCBE Side Event will highlight the increasing attacks on lawyers in Council of Europe States with concrete testimonies from lawyers, who have themselves been victims of human rights violations. The CCBE will also explain why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed in order to counter those attacks, and allow lawyers to play their essential role as actors in the system of justice and to contribute to protecting the Rule of Law.

Please see attached the programme and a brief summary entitled “Why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed”.

If you wish to participate in the Side Event, please let me know by 16 January, at the latest in order to establish your access badges to the Council of Europe building – registrations after this date will not be accepted by the Council of Europe.

Please note that the number of external participants (i.e. non parliamentarians) is limited to 30.

Please also note that the Side Event will be in English (with interpretation in Russian).


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Conseil des barreaux  européens – Les avocats européens pour le droit et la justice

Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe – European lawyers promoting law and justice

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Tel.: +32 (0)2 234 65 10 = metayer@ccbe.eu = www.ccbe.eu

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Final programme CCBE Side Event 24 01 2018

EN-Why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed

FR-Why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed – FR

France: Sarreguemines : 300 à manifester contre le projet de réforme judiciaire

le 11 janvier, 2018

Ils sont près de 300 à manifester en ce moment à Sarreguemines contre le projet de réforme de la carte judiciaire. Il prévoit la disparition de la cour d’appel de Metz et des TGI de Thionville et de Sarreguemines.

La journée justice morte organisée par les trois barreaux de Moselle a commencé à Sarreguemines. Magistrats, avocats, élus locaux, régionaux, nationaux, organisations syndicales sont réunis pour manifester contre la réforme de la carte judiciaire. Ils craignent qu’elle entraîne la disparition de la cour d’appel de Metz et des tribunaux de grande instance de Sarreguemines et Thionville.

Dans la foule on peut reconnaître les trois députés de la République en marche à savoir Nicole Trisse de Sarreguemines, Hélène Zannier de Saint-Avold et Christophe Arend de Forbach. Le ressort judiciaire de Sarreguemines couvre l’ensemble de la Moselle Est ce qui représente 360 000 justiciables et près de 360 communes des arrondissements de Forbach et de Sarreguemines.

Le cortège vient de quitter le Palais de Justice de Sarreguemines pour rejoindre le pont des Alliés par le centre-ville.


















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Réforme de la carte judiciaire : 11 janvier 2018, Journée Justice morte en Moselle!
L’UJA de METZ participe au rassemblement des barreaux de Metz, Thionville et Sarreguemines devant le TGI de SARREGUEMINES.

(Uja de Metz Facebook)

France: Les avocats mettent en garde contre les « déserts judiciaires »

le 11 janvier, 2018

les avocats entendent sensibiliser l’opinion à la réorganisation judiciaire qui se profile.

Plusieurs barreaux de province lancent, jeudi 11 janvier, une journée de mobilisation, craignant une réorganisation judiciaire d’ampleur qui se profile.

Tout en reconnaissant vouloir « rationaliser » la carte judiciaire actuelle, la chancellerie promet de ne fermer aucun site.

Après les barreaux de Savoie, de Pau, de Saint-Nazaire, ce sera aujourd’hui au tour de ceux de l’est de la France, mais aussi de Bretagne, de manifester. De Sarreguemines à Quimper en passant par Metz et Thionville, les avocats entendent sensibiliser l’opinion à la réorganisation judiciaire qui se profile. « Nous craignons que cette réforme n’éloigne davantage encore les justiciables des tribunaux et, in fine, que certains de nos concitoyens renoncent à aller en justice », met en garde Me Jérôme Gavaudan, président de la Conférence des bâtonniers.

Consciente que la fronde couve, et se souvenant de l’ire suscitée par Rachida Dati lors de la réforme de la carte judiciaire de 2007, la chancellerie promet de ne fermer aucun site… tout en planchant sur « une adaptation du maillage juridictionnel ». On devrait connaître lundi les pistes préconisées par les deux experts mandatés par Nicole Belloubet sur le sujet dans le cadre des grands chantiers de la justice lancés à l’automne.







#Cartejudiciaire #Réforme #Justiceprocheducitoyen #Touchepasamacour

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China: Wife Of Chinese Activist Petitions To Live In Jail With Husband

January 10, 2018

Lai Wei wants to stay by the side her Chinese human rights advocate husband, Liu Yao, who was recently condemned to a 20-year prison sentence.

It is not unusual for a husband or wife of a jailed political prisoner to campaign for their spouse’s release. But the wife of Liu Yao, a Chinese human rights defense lawyer recently condemned to a 20-year sentence in the southern province of Guangdong, has taken another recourse: Lai Wei has applied to be allowed to live inside prison with her jailed husband, Radio Free Asia’s Chinese website reports.

Liu Yao had gained prominence by defending local farmers whose land had been grabbed illegally by unscrupulous officials. He was first detained in 2007, and subsequently sentenced to four years in jail. In 2015, he was once again accused of crimes, including extortion, fraud and child-trafficking because his wife, suffering from infertility, had adopted a child.

Beijing has used many forms of harassment to try to silence the defenders of rights.

The particularly harsh sentencing, which was upheld in appeal in November, was widely regarded as a reprisal by the corrupt officials his cases had targeted.

Lai Wei petitioned the court late last month to be allowed to join her husband in prison. ”Though my husband is convicted to imprisonment, the law, however, doesn’t specify that married prisoners be deprived of continued emotional communication and cohabitation with their spouses,” she wrote in her request.