Daily Archives: 18/01/2018

Egypt: Egypt presidential hopeful Khaled Ali says bureaucrats blocking his bid

January 18, 2018

A rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt’s presidential election in March said Wednesday that bureaucrats loyal to the government were obstructing efforts to get him on the ballot, while his campaign officials said police and government supporters were intimidating potential voters.

The complaints, aired at a news conference held at Khaled Ali’s campaign headquarters in downtown Cairo, suggested that he was struggling to secure the 25,000 signatures, or “recommendations,” necessary to challenge President Abdel-Fattah Sisi, who is widely expected to run for and win a second four-year term.

Alternatively, a presidential hopeful could secure the formal backing of 20 elected lawmakers. But the overwhelming majority of the chamber’s 596 members already have pledged their support to Sisi, who has yet to formally announce his candidacy.

“The battle for the recommendations is the real battle in this election. Either we win together or I fail alone,” Ali told reporters.








https://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/actu/le-president-egyptien-sissi-candidat-a-sa-propre-succession (FRANCAIS)

http://it.euronews.com/2018/01/20/presidenziali-egitto-al-sisi-si-ricandida (ITALIANO)

http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?o=rn&id=146234&SEO=presidente-egipcio-aspirara-a-segundo-mandato (ESPANOL)

http://de.euronews.com/2018/01/20/al-sisi-tritt-zur-wiederwahl-an-geringe-chancen-fur-gegenkandiaten (DEUTSCH)

https://www.terra.com.br/noticias/mundo/presidente-do-egito-anuncia-candidatura-a-reeleicao,6977cd575d80f96ee76ea07027d00aa933e3y426.html (PORTUGUES)



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Turkey: It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

January 17, 2018

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The Arrested Lawyers Initiative has launched a campaign via change.org entitled “It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

Only in last 24 hours 1647 people supported the campaign.

It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

Turkey witnessed a coup attempt on 15 July 2016.


The 3-month State of the Emergency regime which was declared immediately after the coup attempt (21/07/2016) by the Cabinet “to preserve the democratic order” has since been extended for five times.

Despite calls by the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the Venice Commission and numerous human rights institutions for the Turkish government to end it, the State of Emergency Regime remains in effect.

In defiance of it purpose, The Turkish government has subversively used the State of Emergency Regime against the country’s democratic parliamentary system, the rule of law and human rights.

During the state of emergency, so far;

  • 28 deputies have been taken into custody, duly elected mayors of 90 different towns/cities have been removed from office,
  • 61,247 individuals, including 16 deputies, two members of the Constitutional Court, 193 members of the Court of Cassation, 2360 judges and prosecutors, 571 lawyers and 308 journalists  have been arrested,

It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!




Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Roma 24 gennaio


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China/Human Rights Watch: Rights Crackdown Goes Global

January 18, 2018

Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who died in Chinese custody in July 2017.

The Chinese government under the leadership of President Xi Jinping expanded its sustained offensive against human rights both at home and abroad in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. The death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in a hospital under heavy guard in July epitomized the authorities’ deep contempt for people’s rights. China used its increasing global influence to threaten the protection of rights internationally.

Liu Xiaobo died from cancer in a Shenyang hospital, surrounded by state security, after serving nearly 9 years of his 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion.” During his hospitalization, authorities isolated Liu and his wife, Liu Xia, from family and supporters, and denied Liu’s request to seek treatment outside the country. Since Liu’s death, authorities have forcibly disappeared Liu Xia.

“Chinese authorities are leaving no stone unturned in their cruel campaign against peaceful human rights activism,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “The near future for human rights in China appears grim as President Xi enters his second five-year term.”

In the 643-page World Report, its 28th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that political leaders willing to stand up for human rights principles showed that it is possible to limit authoritarian populist agendas. When combined with mobilized publics and effective multilateral actors, these leaders demonstrated that the rise of anti-rights governments is not inevitable.

Beijing subjected more human rights defenders – including foreign nationals – to show trials in 2017. Police tortured detainees to obtain confessions, denied them access to lawyers of their choice, and held them incommunicado for months. Lawyer Wang Quanzhang and activist Wu Gan, who were rounded up in the nationwide crackdown that began in July 2015, remained in police custody. Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-che was sentenced to five years in prison, and lawyer Jiang Tianyong received two years, both for “subverting state power.”





https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/01/18/chine-la-repression-des-droits-se-generalise (FRANCAIS)

https://www.hrw.org/zh-hans/news/2018/01/18/313834 (CHINESE)

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Paris le 24 janvier

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Pakistan: Quetta carnage: Lawyers to approach SC for making findings part of order

January 18, 2018


Dissatisfied with the Supreme Court detailed order in August 8, 2016 Quetta carnage suo motu case, lawyers from Balochistan will approach the Supreme Court for making Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s findings as head of the Quetta Commission part of the apex court’s order.

Five days after disposing of the case, the SC three-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, on Monday issued a five-page written order which said findings of the commission at its para 17 were based upon observations of the commission and “they are not to be treated as findings of this court.”

Talking to The Express Tribune, Balochistan Bar Council member Munir Kakar said lawyers are upset over the court’s recent judgment, which has held that Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s findings against former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan are not to be treated as findings of the apex court.





Ukraine: New Footage Shows Final Hours Of Slain Ukrainian Lawyer

January 17, 2018

Iryna Nozdrovska is seen in a photograph that was placed near her coffin in her hometown of Demydiv on January 9.

Iryna Nozdrovska’s trip home on December 29 should have been routine: a short walk from her Kyiv office to a subway station, then a 31-minute ride north before taking a bus to the village of Demydiv, where it stops 150 meters from her home.

But the crusading human rights lawyer never made it.

Her body was found on New Year’s Day floating in the shallow Kozka River just a kilometer down the road. She had been stabbed multiple times in what police described as a “violent death” and “revenge killing.”

On January 17, the Interior Ministry and police released security-camera footage showing the last images and movements of Nozdrovska, who was 38.

The video, published on the personal Facebook page of Interior Ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko, shows Nozdrovska walking in a heavily policed government district at about 3:40 p.m., before arriving at the Khreshchatyk metro station two minutes later. Nozdrovska, wearing a brown winter coat, does not appear to be in distress in the footage.






Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: The Hague January 24, 2018

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Stichting de Dag van de bedreigde advocaat en Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) nodigen u van harte uit voor het seminar dat in het kader van de Dag van de bedreigde advocaat wordt georganiseerd in Den Haag. Tijdens dit seminar zal de huidige situatie van advocaten in Egypte centraal staan. De situatie van advocaten in Egypte verslechtert in rap tempo. Afgelopen jaar werden er meerdere advocaten in verband met hun werk gearresteerd. Voor het seminar heeft Lawyers for Lawyers Italiaanse advocaat Nicola Canestrini uitgenodigd. Nicola Canestrini was in december 2017 op een fact-finding missie in Egypte, waar hij met meerdere Egyptische advocaten sprak.

Let op: plaatsen zijn beperkt, dus wacht niet te lang met je aanmelden. Het bijwonen van het seminar levert 1 lezingpunt op.


Inloop 16.30 uur

17.00 Opening door Adrie van de Streek, directeur van Lawyers for Lawyers

17.05 Irma van den Berg, moderator, gaat in gesprek met advocaat Nicola Canestrini –avvocati minacciati- over de situatie van advocaten in Egypte.

17.55 Symone Gaasbeek-Wielinga, secretaris van de Stichting Dag van de Bedreigde Advocaat






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Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer/UK: Lawyers to organise international day of protest at attacks on Egyptian colleagues

January 17, 2018

Lawyers around the world are gearing up for an international day of protests and activities in solidarity with their colleagues in Egypt who are facing arrest and persecution for their work defending victims of human rights abuses. On 24 January, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer will see lawyers in a score of cities join protests and events highlighting the dangers and difficulties faced by Egyptian lawyers.

Today in Egypt, human rights activists, lawyers, political activists and independent journalists, all have to live with their phone calls being tapped, endless smear campaigns and hate speech from state – affiliated media as well as continuous harassment and intimidation from the authorities,” the organisers said in a report published last month.

“Lawyers pay a heavy price. Many of them are victims of arrest, conviction, threats, travel bans from the territory and other restrictions on the practice of their profession,” the report added.

National and regional Bar Associations and Law Societies are taking part in the day of action, including the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Belgian Ordre des Barreaux francophones et germanophones. Lawyers wearing court robes will gather to protest at Egyptian embassies and consulates in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Geneva, The Hague, Madrid, New York, Paris, Rome, Toronto and London, while meetings and event will take place in many other cities across the globe.

Lawyers to organise international day of protest at attacks on Egyptian colleagues



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Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Canada January 24, 2018

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The Day of the Endangered Lawyer, marked on January 24th of each year, is a time to reflect on the personal and professional safety of lawyers around the world, who face mounting persecution, prosecution, arbitrary detention, threats, torture, assaults and death in reprisal for their work to protect rights and secure justice.

Each year, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer focuses on the plight of lawyers in a particular country. The focus in 2018 is on Egypt.

Many human rights organisations, among them Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, IDHAE, ELDH and the International Commission of Jurists confirm that the Egyptian authorities have moved beyond scaremongering and are now rapidly taking concrete steps to shut down the last critical voices in the countrys human rights community.

Join Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and its partner organizations with 3 events across Canada to discuss the issues, to honour our legal colleagues in Egypt and to call on authorities to respect their rights to practice law free from intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference, and to ensure their personal and professional safety and remedy violations against them.

More information is available on Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada’s website:  https://www.lrwc.org/

Learn more on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer website: http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/



Day of the Endangered Lawyer  International Experiences and Opportunities


In honour of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, a panel discussion will take place about international issues and opportunities for lawyers and law students to promote human rights, support human rights defenders and defend the rule of law, in partnership with the CBA-NS Constitutional & Human Rights Law Section, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, and the Dalhousie University International Law Society.

Location: Schulich School of Law, room TBD

Time:  12pm  1:30pm

Guest Speakers:       Danny Graham (McInnes Cooper)

                                    Shanisha Grant (worked overseas with the Supporting Access to                                             Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa [SAJCEA] Project);

                                    Christine Hanson (NS Human Rights Commission).

A pizza lunch will be provided, courtesy of MDW Law.



Please join us for a panel discussion on the  Day of the Endangered Lawyer  on the topic of human rights and the rule of law. This event is co-hosted by LEVEL Justice and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, in partnership with the NGO Day of the Endangered Lawyer.

Location: University of Victoria, Fraser Building, Room 158

Time:  Noon – 1:20pm

A pizza lunch will be provided, courtesy of LEVEL Justice.


Guest speakers:

Dr. Martin Bunton, Professor, History Department at the University of Victoria.

Ms. Ragia Omran  (by video), Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist, recipient of the prestigious Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the  Rule of Law (2017), best known for her work protecting womens’ rights.

Ms. Azza Soliman  (by video), Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist, co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance.

“MT”, law graduate from Turkey and Convention refugee in Canada.

Moderated by Renée Mulligan and Megan Presnail, LRWC volunteers




Join Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and the Law Society of Ontario for a special event honouring our legal colleagues in Egypt.

Presentations: 5:30  7:15 p.m.

Reception: 7:15  8:30 p.m.

Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto


This event is free, but space is limited. For additional information,

and to register, please visit: lawsocietygazette.ca/event/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2018


416-947-3413 | 1-800-668-7380, ext. 3413


Note: Photographs and video taken at this public program will be used in

Law Society and partner organization print and online publications.






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