Daily Archives: 19/01/2018

Morocco: Abdessadeq El Bouchtaoui’s trial to take place on 25 January 2018

January 18, 2018


On 25 January 2018, human rights defender and lawyer Abdessadeq El Bouchtaoui will face trial on charges including “insulting public officials and members of the public forces to obstruct their work”, “threatening and insulting public bodies”, “contempt of judicial decisions”, “incitement to commit misdemeanors and felonies”, “contributing to the organization of an unauthorized and prohibited demonstration”, and “inviting people to participate in a prohibited demonstration” at the Court of First Instance in Al-Hoceima (case no. 147/2101/2017.)

Abdessadeq El Bouchtaoui is a human rights defender and lawyer who represents activists in Al-Hoceima facing charges in relation to protests. He is also the lawyer of the family of Emad El-Attabi, who died as a result of clashes between police and protesters during demonstrations in July 2017 which resulted in over eighty people being injured. The human rights defender has denounced the excessive use of force by Moroccan forces against non-violent protesters and restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. He is also the co-founder of the National Association for Human Rights in Morocco.

On 25 January 2018, human rights defender and lawyer Abdessadeq El Bouchtaoui will face trial on charges including “insulting public officials and members of the public forces to obstruct their work”, “threatening and insulting public bodies”, “contempt of judicial decisions”, “incitement to commit misdemeanors and felonies”, “contributing to the organization of an unauthorised and prohibited demonstration”, and “inviting people to participate in a prohibited demonstration”at the Court of First Instance in Al-Hoceima (case no. 147/2101/2017.) Human rights defender Abdessadeq El-Bouchtaoui attended the first hearing of his case at the Court of First Instance in Al-Hoceima on 26 October 2017 for opening arguments. The prosecution referenced over 114 of his Facebook posts which criticised the use of excessive police force, the disproportionate sentencing of protesters, and violations of freedom of expression.



Argentina/Israel/Iran: Three Years After His Death, Will Alberto Nisman’s Work Bring Justice to the AMIA Victims?

January 17, 2018


It is difficult to expose the truth and seek justice when there is no trust in the legal system and there’s a lack of judicial independence facilitating impunity. Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman fought against all odds and was murdered in his quest for justice.

In 1997, Nisman became involved in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA bombing—the deadliest terror attack in the Western Hemisphere prior to 9/11—and worked under two other prosecutors who were already handling the case. The trial began years later, but the investigation, headed by federal judge Juan Jose Galeano, was plagued with irregularities: Galeano bribed a suspect with $400,000 to testify against other officers under investigation, former president Carlos Menem endorsed that bribe in what appeared to be an attempt to humiliate the governor of Buenos Aires who was a political adversary, and the role of the local police facilitating the attack was overlooked. The absurdities in the case continued and the AMIA case became one of the most high profile investigations in modern Argentinian history.

The case collapsed, and its handling became a national embarrassment. But, a year later, Nisman was appointed to lead a new AMIA investigative unit and by 2007 he charged several top Iranian officials, including former President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani as well as Hezbollah leaders, for carrying out the attack. Interpol issued “red notices,” which are similar to arrest warrants. Iran, not surprisingly, refused to extradite the suspects, denied its role in the terror attack, and ignored Interpol’s red notices.





https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/01/18/argentina/1516299599_381466.html (ESPANOL)

https://tn.com.ar/politica/la-muerte-de-alberto-nisman-un-exespia-amigo-pidio-investigar-la-desaparicion-de-damian-stefanini_846275 (ESPANOL)

http://www.laprensa.com.ar/461282-Homenaje-a-Nisman-en-el-cementerio-de-La-Tablada-a-tres-anos-de-su-muerte.note.aspx (ESPANOL)

https://www.elsol.com.ar/homenajearan-a-nisman-en-el-cementerio-israelita (ESPANOL)

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

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France: Réforme de la carte judiciaire : « pas de fermeture » mais…

le 18 janvier, 2018


Le gouvernement va (encore) réformer l’institution judiciaire et son organisation sur le terrain. « Sans fermer aucun site », jure la Garde des sceaux. Qui prévient pourtant qu’il n’est pas question de statu quo. Explications.

« Penser le statu quo serait une erreur. » Dans un courrier adressé aux deux députés LR de Haute-Savoie qui l’avaient interpellés, Nicole Belloubet, ministre de la Justice et Gardes des sceaux, annonce la couleur : oui, l’institution judiciaire va être (à nouveau) réformée. Et ceux qui refusent le changement vont en être pour leurs frais.

En octobre, le gouvernement a annoncé le lancement de 5 chantiers : transformation numérique ; adaptation de l’organisation judiciaire ; amélioration et simplification de la procédure pénale ; idem pour la procédure civile ; sens et efficacité des peines.

Tribunaux amputés de certaines activités ?

Chez les professionnels et les élus, c’est l’adaptation de l’organisation qui inquiète le plus. Avec la crainte de voir fermer des tribunaux. Que nenni !, jure la ministre. « Ma volonté est claire : cette réforme doit se faire en conservant le maillage actuel de nos juridictionset en maintenant les implantations judiciaires que nous connaissons aujourd’hui. Ces adaptations ne se traduiront par la fermeture d’aucun lieu de justice. »

















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Rassemblement des avocats du barreau de BAYONNE ce vendredi 19 janvier pour le maintien du TGI dans le cadre de la réforme judiciaire

(Ordre des Avocats de Bayonne Facebook)

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China: China detains rights lawyer after call for reform

January 19, 2018

Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng has been a persistent voice for reform in China, despite the country's increasingly severe crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping

Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng has been a persistent voice for reform in China, despite the country’s increasingly severe crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping


Chinese authorities detained a prominent human rights lawyer on Friday, people familiar with the case said, just hours after he provided journalists with a letter calling for constitutional reform.

Around a dozen people, including a SWAT team, seized Yu Wensheng as he left his Beijing apartment to walk his child to school, two sources told AFP.

Local police said they were unaware of his detention.

Yu has been a persistent voice for reform in China, despite the country’s sweeping and increasingly severe crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping, which has led to the jailing of numerous human rights litigators.

Just hours before Yu’s detention, he had circulated an open letter calling for reforms to China’s constitution, including the institution of multi-candidate presidential elections.










https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1095159/chine-un-avocat-interpelle-apres-un-appel-a-des-elections-libres.html (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines: Justices showed weakness, personal grudges vs Sereno: lawyer

January 19, 2018

The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday said the testimonies of her colleagues in the Supreme Court do not constitute impeachable offenses as they are merely complaints or disagreements with the top magistrate.

Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao said some of the justices who appeared before the House justice panel are out to destroy Sereno after she was appointed Chief Justice at age 52.

“This is a problem on the independence of the Supreme Court because they have gone to Congress and lay themselves out and in fact they did not appear well,” Lacanilao, who represents Sereno in the impeachment complaint, said in an ANC interview.

“The mystique, the mystery of being a Supreme Court justice is gone because some of these justices have already come out and showed that they’re weak and they have personal grudges and they cannot overcome these issues with the Chief Justice.”

He added that whatever the justices would say against the Chief Justice “will have no moment in terms of the impeachment case.”






China: Son of Detained Rights Lawyers Arrives in Australia After Battle to Leave China

January 18, 2018

Bao Zhuoxuan (C), the son of human rights lawyer Wang Yu (R) and her legal activist husband Bao Longjun (L), pose for an airport photo before the teenager's flight to Australia, Jan. 16, 2018.

The son of top human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her legal activist husband Bao Longjun, detained in a massive nationwide crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in July 2015, has arrived in Australia after being under house arrest with his parents and denied permission to leave China for more than two years, RFA has learned.

Bao Zhuoxuan, also known by his nickname Bao Mengmeng, was just 16 when his passport was confiscated in the wake of his parents’ arrest on the night of July 9, 2015 at the start of a nationwide police operation targeting the legal profession that became know as the “709 crackdown.”

He had planned to complete his high school education overseas.

The teenager later tried to escape across the border from the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan into northern Myanmar with a couple of fellow activists posing as tourists.

But Bao and his minders were taken away from the Huadu Guesthouse in the Myanmar border town of Mongla by local police and handed over to the Chinese authorities.

Rights activists Tang Zhishun and Xing Qingxian were both later detained in the Tianjin No. 2 Detention Center on suspicion of “organizing the smuggling of persons across a national boundary.”

Now, Bao has finally been allowed to leave China, nearly three years after he had planned.