Daily Archives: 03/02/2018

Iran: She refused to wear a hijab in prison. Now Nasrin Sotoudeh is defending women as they remove their headscarves across Iran

February 3, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh was jailed for three years from 2010 and is now defending women arrested for protesting against being forced to wear the hijab

From her cell inside Tehran’s Evin prison, Nasrin Sotoudeh took a small stand against the Iranian regime that jailed her: she refused to wear a hijab.

It was 2010 and the prominent human rights lawyer, known for defending dissidents and opposition figures, was under arrest on charges of spreading propaganda and endangering national security.

Guards would come to her, sometimes pleading and sometimes threatening, to try to make her put on a prison-issue chador, a full length garment that leaves only a woman’s face uncovered. She resisted, even when authorities extended her sentence for bad behaviour.

Nearly a decade later, Ms Sotoudeh is fighting a new and larger battle as she represents young women arrested for taking off their headscarves in public to protest against laws that force them to wear a hijab.

“I myself tolerated a lot of hardship by refusing to wear hijab inside prison,”…

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/03/refused-wear-hijab-prison-now-nasrin-sotoudeh-defending-women/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5347779/Iran-anti-hijab-protests-continue-despite-earlier-arrests.html

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/2/2/iranian-women-arrested-for-appearing-without-a-headscarf

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/29/second-woman-arrested-tehran-hijab-protest-iran

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/30/middleeast/iran-hijab-protests-vida-mohaved-intl/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

https://www.lesoleil.com/actualite/monde/iran-arretees-pour-avoir-ote-leur-voile-en-public-831d05b236e9f5349042b3993894dbf9 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ultimavoce.it/arrestate-a-teheran-29-donne/ (ITALIANO)

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Côte d’Ivoire: Une autre affaire révélée après celle de « la policière giflée par un député » : Une avocate bastonnée par un chef de village et son protocole

le 3 février, 2018

Une autre affaire révélée après celle de « la policière giflée par un député » : Une avocate bastonnée par un chef de village et son protocole

Le phénomène prend des proportions inquiétantes en Côte d’Ivoire. Bastonnade en cascade des femmes dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions. Après la femme policière, sergent-chef Pulchérie Kouamé, qui aurait été giflée par Touré Ya, député Pdci de Duékoué, un fait similaire vient d’être révélé, impliquant, cette fois-ci, un chef de village et une avocate.

Sous le titre «  Une avocate bastonnée », le site d’informations générales Koaci.com informe qu’une avocate a eu maille à partir avec un chef de communauté, à Bingerville, une banlieue abidjanaise. L’agression physique perpétrée par le chef du village et son garde du corps sur l’auxiliaire de justice se serait produite, dans la nuit du vendredi 19 janvier 2018, dans les environs de la cité « Feh Kessé » à Bingerville. Le confrère raconte, dans les moindres détails, cette affaire aux contours dégradants, qui a pris les allures d’une correction… « Une avocate a été agressée dans la nuit du vendredi 19 janvier dernier par deux individus au moment où elle rentrait à la maison. Ce malheureux incident s’est produit à la montée de la citée Feh Kessé sur la route de Bingerville », écrit Koaci.com. Qui, citant des sources, révèle que «  la victime se nomme maître Laeticia Segui », membre de l’Association des jeunes avocats de Côte d’Ivoire.

Cette agression n’a pas laissée indifférente sa corporation. Les avocats de Côte d’Ivoire sont d’autant plus indignés qu’ils ont saisi les autorités gouvernementales afin qu’une suite, en termes de sanction, soit donnée à cette affaire. Dans cette dynamique, Me Assi Khaudjhis-Offoumou Françoise a rencontré la ministre de la Femme, de la protection de l’enfant et de la solidarité, Mariatou Koné, en compagnie de la Conseillère chargée du genre auprès du président de la République, Euphrasie Yao Kouassi. Et ce, à l’occasion d’une rencontre avec des organisations féminines de la société civile. Me Assi Khaudjhis-Offoumou Françoise a affirmé que l’avocate « Laetitia Ségui a été collectivement agressée par le chef du village d’Akouédo Attié, son protocole et l’un de ses notables. L’agression de l’avocate serait liée à un incident survenu dans la circulation. Alors que l’avocate a immobilisé son véhicule sur le bas-côté, pour cause de panne, les feux de détresse en marche, le véhicule du chef est venu violemment percuter, par l’arrière, celui de l’avocate. Maître Laeticia Segui a été agressée par le chef du village d’Akouédo Attié et l’un de ses notables ou protocole après avoir heurté l’arrière du véhicule de l’avocate stationné sur le bas-côté de la route avec ses feux de détresse actionnés parce que le véhicule était en panne», a expliqué Me Assi Khaudjhis-Offoumou Françoise.

http://www.linfodrome.com/vie-politique/36350-une-autre-affaire-revelee-apres-celle-de-la-policiere-giflee-par-un-depute-une-avocate-bastonnee-par-un-chef-de-village-et-son-protocole

http://koaci.com/cote-divoire-avocate-bastonnee-chef-village-route-bingerville-116983.html

http://www.225news.net/societe/cote-divoire-une-avocate-bastonnee-par-un-chef-de-village-sur-la-route-de-bingerville/

Turkey: Lawyers In Exile: 572 colleagues jailed, 80 sentenced in Turkey since failed coup

February 3, 2018

Lawyers In Exile: 572 colleagues jailed, 80 sentenced in Turkey since failed coup

At least 572 lawyers have been put in pretrial arrest while 80 of them were sentenced to varying years in prison across Turkey since the summer of 2016, a recent report said.

The Arrested Lawyers Initiative released its 24-page report, “The Rights to Defense and Fair Trial Under Turkey’s Emergency Rule” on Feb 1.

“There has been a relentless campaign of arrests which has targeted fellow lawyers across the country. In 77 of Turkey’s 81 provinces, lawyers have been detained and arrested on trumped-up charges as part of criminal investigations orchestrated by the political authorities and conducted by provincial public prosecutors,” the report said.

“As of today, 1506 lawyers have been prosecuted, 572 lawyers have been arrested 80 of whom have been sentenced to long imprisonment. Some of the arrested lawyers have been subjected torture and inhumane treatment.”

The Arrested Lawyers Initiative, according to its online bio, is a group of Turkish lawyers who are forced to live in exile after the government mass crackdown on human rights defenders and lawyers across Turkey.

https://turkeypurge.com/lawyers-exile-572-colleagues-jailed-80-sentenced-turkey-since-failed-coup

https://arrestedlawyers.org/

REPORT: The Rights to Defense & Fair Trial Under Turkey’s Emergency Rule

France/Israel/Palestine: “La Nuit de la liberté”pour Salah Hamouri: à ne pas manquer, le 16 février prochain !

February 1, 2018

Cela fait maintenant 5 longs mois que Salah Hamouri, après avoir été arrêté chez lui le 23 août dernier, en pleine nuit, a été placé en « détention administrative » sur ordre du ministre israélien de la Défense, l’ultra-sioniste Avigdor Lieberman.

Une mobilisation très large dans notre pays, entraînant une multitude de femmes et d’hommes de professions, de fonctions, d’origines sociale, politique et culturelle et de parcours très différents, s’est réalisée. Grâce à elle, nous sommes parvenus, petit à petit, à faire bouger les lignes.

Dans ce cadre et dans cet esprit, nous appelons à des prises d’initiatives, les plus diverses et marquantes, vers le gouvernement français, afin que Salah soit libre au plus tard, disons le 28 févier conformément à la décision de « détention administrative » signée par Lieberman.

Une initiative se tiendra le 16 février en ce sens, une initiative importante dont nous vous informons sans attendre, afin que vous puissiez vous dégager pour cette soirée qui se tiendra à l’espace Robespierre, à Ivry-sur-Seine (métro 7 Mairie d’Ivry), à partir de 18h. Ce sera un moment à la fois politique et festif.

https://oumma.com/la-nuit-de-la-liberte-pour-salah-hamouri-a-ne-pas-manquer-le-16-fevrier-prochain/

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/jean-claude-bourdin/blog/310118/salah-hamouri-emprisonne-depuis-cinq-mois

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/banned-ngos-what-israel-so-afraid-1042901999

http://www.midilibre.fr/2018/02/15/les-lozeriens-soutiennent-salah-hamouri-detenu-de-facon-arbitraire-en-israel,1628586.php

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/jean-claude-bourdin/blog/140218/pour-la-liberte-de-salah-hamouri

https://oumma.com/la-nuit-de-la-liberte-pour-salah-hamouri-vendredi-16-fevrier-a-ivry-sur-seine/

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salah_Hamouri

http://www.addameer.org/news/call-action-22-days-free-salah-hamouri?platform=hootsuite (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salah_Hamouri (ENGLISH)

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Burma: Gunman Was Blackmailed into Killing U Ko Ni, Lawyer Says

February 2, 2018

A defense lawyer for the accused gunman in the shooting death of prominent Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni said his client was blackmailed into carrying out the murder and didn’t know the mastermind behind the assassination.

U Kyaw Kyaw Htike, a defense lawyer for accused gunman Kyi Lin, told the media after a hearing at Yangon’s Northern District Court on Friday that an individual named Myint Swe had threatened his client with harm if he did not kill U Ko Ni, the late legal adviser to the ruling National League for Democracy.

“If he didn’t do it, who would take responsibility for his and his family’s survival?” U Kyaw Kyaw Htike asked, adding that Kyi Lin had never met U Ko Ni before the incident and had no personal motive for murdering him.

U Ko Ni was gunned down outside Yangon International Airport on Jan. 29 last year. Taxi driver U Nay Win was also fatally shot as he tried to apprehend the assassin.

Police have detained four suspects: Kyi Lin and alleged co-conspirators Zeya Phyo, Aung Win Zaw and Aung Win Tun. Police allege that former military Lieutenant-Colonel Aung Win Khaing, who remains at large, masterminded the assassination.

At Friday’s hearing, prosecutors presented judges with their closing arguments, capping 10 months of witness testimony in the murder trial of the four accused.

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/gunman-blackmailed-killing-u-ko-ni-lawyer-says.html

http://www.dvb.no/news/claiming-weak-evidentiary-basis-defence-argues-release-alleged-ko-ni-assassination-co-conspirators/79570

https://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/u-ko-ni-defence-lawyers-argue-discharging-accused

http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/myanmar-mystery-shrouds-muslim-lawyers-assassination/1053819

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/lawyers-u-ko-ni-trial-demand-action-taken-nationalists-threatening-t-shirts.html

http://www.dvb.no/news/ko-ni-murder-trial-prosecutor-seeks-change-courtroom/79593

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/rohingya-crisis-could-spark-regional-conflict-3083968

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ko_Ni

Sudan: NISS Detains Dozens During Khartoum Protest

February 2, 2018

Opposition parties reported that more than 40 people were or remain detained against the backdrop of a large demonstration in Khartoum North on Wednesday. Another leading opposition member has been placed under arrest.

Groups of the opposition, civil society, youth and women planned a peaceful march against the soaring prices of food and medicines in Sudan at El Shaabi Square in Khartoum North on Wednesday. Police in riot gear and columns of vehicles blocked the perimeter of El Shaabi Square and confronted protesters in the surrounding streets using tear gas and vehicle charges.

Yesterday, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested Maj.-Gen. Fadlallah Burma Nasir, the co-vice-president of the National Umma Party, from his house in Khartoum. Lawyer and human rights defender Saleh Mahmoud, a member of the the Communist Party, was arrested in his office in Khartoum.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802020786.html

http://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64629

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salih_Mahmoud_Osman

Serbia/USA: 2 US Lawmakers Nominate Serbian Activist for Nobel Prize

February 2, 2018

Natasa Kandic, who founded a nonprofit to document human rights violations amid the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize by two U.S. lawmakers.

Senator Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican who is chairman of the Helsinki Commission, an independent government agency that promotes human rights, military security, and economic cooperation, and Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat who is the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, nominated Kandic, of the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Center.

Kandic, who founded the nonprofit in 1992, has won numerous international accolades for her humanitarian work.

“As members of the U.S. Congress, we helped shape the international response to the conflicts, which erupted in the Western Balkans, and we continue to support and encourage post-conflict recovery in the countries of the region,” read the nomination letter, jointly drafted by the legislators and submitted to the Norway-based awards organization Wednesday.

“This recognition would further the cause of peace and reconciliation in this and other troubled regions of our world,” they said.

Trained as a lawyer, Kandic has been widely credited with furnishing to U.N. war crimes tribunal officials in The Hague critical evidence on Serbia’s role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys.

https://www.newdelhitimes.com/2-us-lawmakers-nominate-serbian-activist-for-nobel-prize/

https://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbia-s-humanitarian-kandic-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize-02-01-2018

https://inserbia.info/today/2018/02/kosovo-should-back-natasa-kandic-for-nobel-peace-prize/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nata%C5%A1a_Kandi%C4%87

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nata%C5%A1a_Kandi%C4%87 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ard-wien.de/2018/02/02/natasa-kandic-fuer-friedensnobelpreis-nominiert/ (DEUTSCH)