Daily Archives: 26/01/2018

Egypt/The Day of the Endangered Lawyer/The Philippines: Statement of National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer

January 24, 2018

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​Today, on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers joins the voices of the international community and other lawyers’ organizations calling for the cessation of all forms of harassments and attacks on lawyers worldwide.
​In the past year, at least sixteen lawyers and judges have been murdered in the Philippines while many others have been subjected to various forms of intimidation and harassment. Based on the total number of attacks on Philippine lawyers and judges monitored from 2001 to the present,  it appears that almost a third of the murders occurred during the first year of the Duterte Administration.
Many of these lawyers killed from 2016 to 2017 belong to the Department of Justice and the Judiciary but disturbingly, these institutions despite vast resources at their fingertips have not spared any effort to promptly and effectively investigate and run after the perpetrators.
Worse, in most cases, agents of the state are themselves the suspected perpetrators hence the hesitance to investigate and the inaction. Many of these murdered lawyers have taken up the cudgels for the poor and defenseless. They have become the voice of the silent but they themselves have been silenced.
​Worldwide, the attacks against lawyers continue unabated, more so against lawyers who defend human rights cases or defend communities under siege from developmental aggression.  In Iraq, at least 210 lawyers and judges have reportedly been killed in the period from the 2003 U.S. Invasion. In Colombia, lawyers representing rural communities opposing indiscriminate mining projects have been threatened and attacked.
In Egypt, Egyptian authorities have escalated from threats to taking concrete action to silence critical voices, running the gamut from wire-tapping, smear campaigns and hate speeches, and harassment and intimidation from state authorities. The decade-long human rights crisis in Egypt was worsened in 2015 with the adoption of national security laws. After that, a number of Egyptian human rights lawyers have been subject of attacks like illegal arrests, illegal search, surveillance, unreasonable and unexplained travel bans, restriction in the practice of their profession, filing of false and trumped up charges, and other forms of harassments.
These attacks on individual lawyers are attacks against the whole justice system and against the so-called rule of law. The killings, harrassment and intimidation deprive victims of human rights violations from receiving adequate legal assistance and exacerbate the injustice and oppression that they suffer.
​On this Day of the Endangered Lawyers, we stand in solidarity with our Egyptian colleagues and lawyers from all parts of the world in condemning all forms of attacks against lawyers. We call on the Egyptian government for the cessation of harassments and intimidation of Egyptian lawyers and the curtailment of their basic freedoms as persons and members of the legal profession.
We also call on other lawyers and groups to gather our ranks and strengthen our ties with organizations and networks because a united stand must be made against the widespread and almost orchestrated attacks against lawyers and human rights defenders and the legal profession.
Finally, we demand our governments to take action for the cessation of these attacks, to ensure respect of lawyers and the legal profession, comply with the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, investigate human rights violations and give justice to our endangered lawyers and to the peoples of the world that lawyers represent.#
Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares
NUPL Chairperson
Atty. Edre U. Olalia
NUPL President
Atty. Ephraim B. Cortez
NUPL Secretary General

National Secretariat
National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL)
3F Erythrina Bldg., Maaralin corner Matatag Sts. Central District,Quezon City, Philippines
Telefax no.920-6660
Email addresses: nupl2007@gmail.com and nuplphilippines@yahoo.com

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Visit the NUPL website at http://www.nupl.net/By calling yourselves the ‘people’s lawyer,’ you have made a remarkable choice. You decided not to remain in the sidelines. Where human rights are assaulted, you have chosen to sacrifice the comfort of the fence for the dangers of the battlefield. But only those who choose to fight on the battlefield live beyond irrelevance.”

– Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, in his message at the NUPL Founding Congress, September 15, 2007

After long years of experience as a people’s lawyer, I can honestly say it has been a treasured journey of self-fulfillment and rewarding achievement. I know it will be the same for all others who choose to tread this path.”
– Atty. Romeo T. Capulong, NUPL founding chairperson, in his keynote address at the Fifth Conference of Lawyers in Asia Pacific ( COLAP V), September 18, 2010

Egypt: Egypt Presidential Hopeful Khaled Ali Withdraws From Race

January 24, 2018

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Egypt’s last main opposition candidate in an upcoming presidential election announced he was halting his campaign and withdrawing from the race on Wednesday, saying conditions did not allow for a fair contest.


“We today announce our decision not to enter this race, and will not present our candidacy papers,” the candidate, rights lawyer Khaled Ali, said at a news conference in Cairo.


The announcement came a day after Egyptian authorities detained former army chief of staff Lieutenant General Sami Anan, the only other serious potential challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


“There has been stubbornness by the electoral commission and many violations against the other candidate,” he said, referring to Anan.


Candidates challenging Sisi have described sweeping efforts to kill off their campaigns before they begin, with media attacks, intimidation of supporters, and a nomination process stacked in favour of Sisi, himself a former general.

The 45-year-old Ali rose to national prominence last year when he won a case that nullified an unpopular government transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, a deal that had prompted rare mass protests.










Egypt’s Undemocratic Election

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-wewsegyy180124.htm (FRANCAIS)

Australia: Gunman still on run after Bankstown City Plaza murder of lawyer

January 23, 2018

Police guard the crime scene where the criminal lawyer was shot dead.

A massive manhunt continues for a gunman after the murder of a criminal lawyer in Bankstown on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, Ho Ledinh, was at the Happy Cup cafe at Bankstown City Plaza when he was shot dead at point-blank range at about 3.40pm.

Hours after his “best friend” was gunned down, 59-year-old Van Nguyen remained at the scene showing bystanders photos of Mr Ledinh happy and smiling.

Mr Nguyen said Mr Ledinh – a criminal lawyer, originally from Vietnam who once owned the Bankstown cafe where he was shot, was a great man.

The pair had coffee at the cafe on Tuesday morning for about half an hour, before Mr Nguyen bade his friend goodbye.

Several hours later, he got a phone call saying Mr Ledinh had been shot and was dead.














Turkey/IBAHRI: IBAHRI highlights plight of Turkish lawyers on ‘Day of the Endangered Lawyer’

January 24, 2018

To mark the 2018 Day of the Endangered Lawyer, amid growing evidence that human rights defenders and legal professionals in Turkey are being systematically persecuted, detained and prosecuted by Turkish authorities, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the government of Turkey to stop the persecutions. Further, the IBAHRI calls for the cancellation of all proceedings against those who have been arbitrarily detained and/or prosecuted, and for the immediate release of those convicted.

IBAHRI Co-Chair Ambassador (ret.) Hans Corellcommented: ‘The IBAHRI is deeply concerned by the large number of individuals arrested in Turkey who are part of groups promoting human rights and democracy in the country, or who have been working on cases in which authorities were, to some extent, involved. This situation demonstrates a flagrant disregard for the rule of law and is a deliberate attack on human rights defenders and legal professionals. We call on the Turkish government to bring an end to this deplorable situation and to adhere to international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the European Convention on Human Rights, by which Turkey is bound.’

Since a state of emergency was put in place following an attempted coup in 2016, reports make evident that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government have systematically targeted lawyers with 572 lawyers arrested, 1,488 lawyers being prosecuted, 79 lawyers sentenced to long-term imprisonment and approximately 34 bar associations shut down.

According to the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, grounds for prosecutions have commonly been alleged affiliation to an armed terrorist organisation, with sentences of up to 13 years’ imprisonment. A key piece of evidence in linking lawyers to terrorist organisations has been their use of the mobile phone application ByLock, an encrypted and secure messaging app that is widely used in Turkey.



Council of Europe/CCBE: Endangered lawyers: Council of Europe body votes on convention

January 24, 2018

European convention outlining both the obligations and rights of lawyers could take a step closer today as a Council of Europe body prepares to vote on whether to draft an agreement.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), made up of members of parliament from the council’s 47 member states, are discussing a convention on the profession of lawyer at a meeting in Strasbourg.

Legal professional bodies are backing the idea. The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) said the convention, if approved, should focus on legal professional privilege and the independence of legal professions and their representative bodies. It should emphasise the obligations on national authorities to respect and protect the free exercise of the profession and to promote the profession’s role in ensuring the effectiveness of the judicial system, protecting human rights and the rule of law.

PACE rapporteur, Sabien Lahaye Battheu, said a string of attacks on lawyers has taken place in the past 12 months alone. They include police raids on the home of a Greek lawyer representing Syrian refugees a Georgian lawyer being assaulted by a chief of police after giving advice to his client. Last year, hundreds of lawyers were detained after the failed coup in Turkey.

Chair of the barristers’ profession in England and Wales Andrew Walker QC said ’hard international law’ is needed to protect lawyers who are subject to threats and attacks from state agencies and individuals.

‘In the last two years we have seen a slew of attacks on legal professionals. These are often carried out by state actors attempting to prevent lawyers from doing the crucial job of enforcing the legal and human rights of their citizens and of holding Governments to account,’ he said. ‘We are urging the 18 UK MPs and peers who sit in the Parliamentary Assembly to vote in favour of drawing up this convention. We would like to see the UK continue to take the lead in upholding it on the world stage, and to use its influence at an international level to foster agreement and clarity on what the rule of law means and how it can be sustained in practice.’






https://www.cnb.avocat.fr/fr/actualites/le-conseil-de-leurope-en-faveur-dune-convention-europeenne-pour-les-avocats (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lemondedudroit.fr/institutions/55891-vers-convention-europeenne-profession-avocat.html (FRANCAIS)

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer/IDHAE: Bordeaux


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(L’Observatoire IDHAE  Facebook)

Journée de l_Avocat en Danger

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Italia



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(Avvocati minacciati / endangered Lawyers Facebook)



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(Avvocati minacciati / endangered Lawyers Facebook)






Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Ghana


The Petition the was submitted on behalf of Endangered Lawyers in Egypt 🇪🇬 and copied the Ghana Bar Association

(Francis-Xavier Sosu Facebook)



Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Taipei


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(L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)

People in the pictures (from left to right, all four are Attorney-at-Law):
– Ms. Lin Tzu-lin, Chairperson of the Human Rights Protection Committee of the Taipei Bar Association
– Mr. Guo Ji-ren, Convener of the Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network
– Ms. Yu Mei-nu, Member of the Congress, Chairperson of the Congress All-Party Caucus on International Human Rights
– Mr. Wang Lung-kuan Lukas, Board member of the Taipei Bar Association.
Press Conference on the Day of the Endangered Lawyers 2018: Egypt
Time: Wednesday, 9:00a.m., January 24, 2018
Place: Room 101, Research Building of the Congress, Taipei, Taiwan
Organizer: Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network
Co-sponsors: Congress Office of Yu Mei-nu; Human Rights Protection Committee of the Taipei Bar Association; Congress All-Party Caucus on International Human Rights
Follow-up Action: The groups will send a petition letter to the Minister of Justice of Egypt.



http://www.setn.com/news.aspx?newsid=340745 (CHINESE)

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Den Haag/The Hague


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(Dag Van De Bedreigde Advocaat Facebook)

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This afternoon at 15:00 before the Rechtbank (Court House) in The Hague and also in these other 33 cities on all continents: Accra, Ankara, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brasilia (13 August 2018), Brussels, Dhaka, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Halifax, Hannover, Istanbul, Izmir, London, Madrid, Manilla, Milano, Montpellier, Mumbai, Napoli, New York, Nürnberg, Paris, Roma, San Marino, Sousse, Strasbourg (CCBE event), Taipei, Toronto, Vancouver, Venezia, Victoria; and Colombia Caravana organizes an event.

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(Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook)


http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/nl/13144/nederlands-egypte-manifestatie-en-lezing-in-den-haag/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.trouw.nl/opinie/is-een-handgeschreven-brief-toch-persoonlijker-dan-geprint-~a55979f3/ (NEDERLANDS)