Daily Archives: 01/02/2018

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

January 27,  2018

As part of the global 2018 Day of the Endangered Lawyer activities on January 24th, a panel discussion was held at the University of Victoria’s faculty of law, organized by LRWC, in partnership with student club LEVEL. Justice. Ragia Omran (by video from Cairo), prominent lawyer and human rights activist in Egypt, 2017 recipient of the prestigious Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, spoke about the repressive regime in Egypt, the challenges and obstacles she continues to face from the Egyptian authorities. She implored LRWC members, as her legal colleagues, to please keep the people of Egypt, especially the human rights advocates and lawyers, on our radar and in our thoughts. Dr. Martin Bunton, Professor at the University of Victoria History Faculty, spoke about the history of the 2011 Arab Uprisings with a focus on Egypt, highlighting how this has affected human rights. M.T., law graduate from Turkey and Convention refugee to Canada, spoke about his experience as a law graduate in Turkey, and about the arrests and detention of lawyers and judges in Turkey following the 2016 attempted military coup. Renée Mulligan, LRWC Director and Megan Presnail, LWRC Myanmar Monitor, moderated the panel.




China/Germany: Germany calls for release of Chinese rights lawyer arrested for inciting subversion

February 1, 2018

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The German commissioner for human rights on Wednesday called for the immediate release of disbarred rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, who was arrested by the Chinese authorities on Jan. 19 and later charged with inciting subversion.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping crackdown on human rights activism in China that has seen hundreds of rights lawyers and activists detained, dozens arrested and some handed lengthy prison sentences.
Yu, an outspoken critic of the government clampdown who had worked to defend fellow lawyers who were arrested in the sweep, was disbarred on Jan. 15, days before he was detained by authorities outside his home in Beijing.






https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1097881/chine-lallemagne-reclame-la-liberation-dun-avocat-pekin-sinsurge.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/asie-pacifique/article/2018/02/05/l-avocat-chinois-des-droits-humains-yu-wensheng-detenu-au-secret_5251964_3216.html (FRANCAIS)

UK: Tony Fisher: ‘Rights are precious and are easily lost’

January 31, 2018

Solicitor Tony Fisher, Senior solicitor at Fisher Jones Greenwood in Colchester, awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Modern Law Awards.

LIFETIME achievement awards are not given out lightly. The recipients are often shining lights in their fields who have, as the name suggests, a lifetime of achievement behind them.

For Tony Fisher, senior partner at Colchester law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood, recognition at this year’s Modern Law Awards is a token of his tireless enthusiasm.

Towards the end of the cases he realised he was not going to be able juggle it all. He stopped the European case work but joined the Human Rights Committee at the Law Society, the representative body for solicitors.

He became chairman of the Human Rights Committee in 2007, making interventions on behalf of lawyers being persecuted in other countries. Other challenges include a lack of opportunities for younger trainees.




Israel/Palestine: Fifty-Four Palestinians abducted by Israeli soldiers In West Bank

January 31, 2018

Fifty-Four Palestinians abducted by Israeli soldiers In West Bank

 Israeli occupied soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, fifty-four Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including 33 in Jerusalem Al-Quds, after invading their homes and violently searching them, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted 33 Palestinians, including several children, during extensive and violent searches of homes in al-‘Isawiya town.

They have been identified as Issa Mohammad Abu Ryala, 16, Mohammad Zakariya ‘Oleyyan, 17, Shai Mohammad Atiya, 17, Samir Akram Atiya, 15, Abdullah Abu ‘Assab, 16, Mohammad Mahmoud ‘Oleyyan, 16, Wisam Sameeh ‘Oleyyan, 15, Mohammad Ali Dari, 14, Adam Kayed Mahmoud, 17, Nassim Kleib, 17, Yahya Arafat Dirbas, 16, Yousef Bilal Abu al-Hummus, 19, Daoud Yousef ‘Atiya, 19, Bashar Mohammad Mheisin, Ashraf Wael Obeid, Abdul-Qader Mohammad Obeid, Mohammad Abu Sneina, 18, Nassim Sami Moheisin, Mahmoud Mohammad Abu ‘Oweiss, Ahmad Abu Roomi, Mahmoud ‘Assem Obeid, Anas Abu Assab, Mohannad Nasser Mahmoud, Nidal Mahmoud, Issa Nasser Mahmoud, Hamed Shafiq Obeid, Mahmoud Shafiq Obeid, Mohammad Shawkat Obeid, Bashar Mahmoud, Rashad Abu Ryala, Saleh Na’im Mheisin, Amir Khaldoun Mustafa and Ma’moun Mahmoud.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Doha town, west of Bethlehem, and violently searched the home of a lawyer and the head the Independent Commission for Human Rights in southern West Bank, Farid al-Atrash.





Egypt: Lawyer Ahmed Mohammed Abu Musa forcibly disappeared for 33 days

January 31, 2018

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A lawyer faces an unknown fate since his arrest in Cairo

Ahmed Mohammed Abu Musa, 33, has been forcibly disappeared for 33 days since he was arrested on 28 November, while he was passing through a security ambush in Cairo. He was taken to an unknown destination. His relatives are still unaware of his detention center.

(Egyptian Coordination for rights and freedoms Facebook)


Turkey: [UPDATE] AI board chair Kılıç detained after another court ruled for his release

February 1, 2018

A Turkish court late on Wednesday ordered that Taner Kılıç, chairman of the board of Amnesty International Turkey, be kept in detention after another court had earlier in the day ruled for his release, Turkish media reported.

A prosecutor on Wednesday evening appealed Kılıç’s release to the Istanbul 36th High Criminal Court, which agreed and decided that the human rights defender’s detention should continue.

Andrew Gardner, AI’s senior advisor and researcher for Turkey, tweeted earlier in the day that “the prosecutor appealed the court decision to release him. We don’t know if the appeal court has made a decision. What we do know is that there has been an arrest warrant issued and that Taner has been taken out of prison and into Gendarmerie custody.”

Kılıç has been behind bars since June 6 over alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of being behind a failed coup last year.

A lawyer, a founding member of AI Turkey and chairman of its board of directors since 2014, Kılıç was arrested by an İzmir court on June 9 along with 22 other attorneys as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement.








Update on Turkey: Taner Kılıç released but what about all the others?






http://takeaction.amnesty.ca/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=72390&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=FBpostFreeIdil (TAKE ACTION!)

https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=72390 (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/free-the-rights-defenders-in-turkey/?utm_source=FBPAGE-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1316640182&utm_campaign=Amnesty (TAKE ACTION!)






https://www.aydinlik.com.tr/taner-kilic-yeniden-tutuklandi-turkiye-subat-2018 (TURKCE)

https://agir.amnistie.ca/page/19429/donate/1?en_chan=fb&locale=fr-CA&ea.tracking.id&en_ref=133927070 (FRANCAIS – SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/turquie-le-prsident-damnesty-de-nouveau-arrt-une-t (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnistie.ca/evenements/2018/rassemblement-pour-reclamer-liberation-taner-kilic (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2018/02/01/a-peine-libere-le-president-d-amnesty-en-turquie-a-ete-de-nouveau-arrete_5250206_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.leparisien.fr/international/turquie-a-peine-libere-le-president-d-amnesty-est-de-nouveau-arrete-01-02-2018-7534842.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/actua/acciones/turquia-defensores-jun17/?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=comp&utm_medium=social_com&utm_term=Detention&utm_content=Web_petition-turquia_jun17 (ESPANOL)

http://www.lanotiziagiornale.it/mamma-li-turchi-arrestato-di-nuovo-taner-kilic-il-presidente-di-amnesty-international-in-turchia-era-stato-rilasciato-ieri/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/europa/europastaaten/944510_Tuerkischer-Amnesty-Praesident-Kilic-erneut-festgenommen.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/amnesty-voorzitter-taner-kilic-nog-steeds-vast (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.em.com.br/app/noticia/internacional/2018/02/01/interna_internacional,935058/presidente-da-anistia-internacional-na-turquia-volta-a-ser-detido.shtml (PORTUGUES)

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