Daily Archives: 06/02/2018

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

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The Day of the Endangered Lawyer, marked on 24 January 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 was on Egypt. A total of thirty-three cities participated in the events this year, including Paris, Mumbai, Milan and Taipei.

LRWC co-hosted three events across Canada to discuss the issues to honour our legal colleagues in Egypt and to call on authorities to respect and protect advocacy rights and ensure freedom from “intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference”, their personal and professional safety and remedies for violations.  The first event was a panel discussion in Halifax in partnership with the CBA-NS Constitutional & Human Rights Law Section and the Dalhousie University International Law Society. A panel discussion was held at the University of Victoria’sfaculty 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.

In Toronto the Day of the Endangered Lawyer was marked on 31 January with a sold-out event at the Law Society of Ontario sponsored by LRWC, the Law Society of Ontario and Human Rights Watch. Farida Deif of HRW interviewed Mr. Adel, an Egyptian human rights lawyer now living in Canada who was able to share both professional and personal perspectives on the decline of the rule of law and the persecution of lawyers for political purposes under the guise of state security and anti-terrorism. Their discussion was followed by a reception where Gavin Magrath and Cindy Song represented LRWC, discussing work on behalf of human rights defenders and Ms. Song’s personal experiences as a Chinese-trained lawyer. More information on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer can be found here.


France: Le tribunal de Cherbourg victime de la nouvelle carte judiciaire ?

le 6 février, 2018

le tribunal de grande instance de Cherbourg va-t-il devenir un "simple" tribunal de proximité

La réforme de la carte judiciaire figure parmi les cinq chantiers prioritaires définis par la garde des sceaux et suscite de nombreuses inquiétudes. Certains tribunaux, comme celui de Cherbourg, craignent un “déclassement”.

Le 26 janvier dernier, près de 200 avocats étaient rassemblés à l’appel du barreau de Caen devant le palais de justice de la ville au nom de “la justice de proximité”. Quatre jours plus tard leurs homologues rouennais manifestaient à leur tour contre le projet de réforme de la carte territoriale. Pour les deux anciennes capitales des deux Normandie, il s’agit de ne pas perdre en influence. L’enjeu: devenir la future “capitale” judiciaire de la grande région. Mais cette future carte n’inquiète pas que les “gros”.

 Dans les villes plus modestes, elle suscite également beaucoup d’inquiétude. Ici pas d’enjeu de pouvoir mais la crainte d’un déclassement. La réforme envisage de ne conserver qu’un seul tribunal de grande instance par département. Dans l’ex Basse-Normandie, Argentan, Lisieux et Cherbourg se verraient en quelque sorte “déclassés” en perdant une partie de leurs compétences. Les justiciables du nord-Cotentin devraient alors se rendre à Coutances. Pour les avocats cherbourgeois, une telle mesure mettrait à mal la justice de proximité.










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L’USM appelle à une journée nationale d’action le jeudi 15 février dans toutes les juridictions qui prendra la forme d’un rassemblement devant les palais à 10 heures, avec suspension ou renvoi de toutes les audiences


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Jammu & Kashmir/India: Police Disallowed Our Team To Visit Bimyar Graveyard: APDP

February 5, 2018

Police disallowed our team to visit Bimyar graveyard: APDP

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has condemned the detention of its president and three lawyers in Baramulla district.

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has condemned the detention of its president and three lawyers in Baramulla district.

“Advocate Parvez Imroz, president Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society and patron APDP, and three lawyers accompanying him were illegally detained by personnel from police station Boniyar for more than one hour today,” APDP spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson said the members and activists of APDP were visiting the grave site of Atta Muhammad Khan in Bimyar village of Chehal area of Baramulla district to pay tributes and to lay a tombstone on his grave.

“The event was planned to remember Atta Muhammad and his contribution to the discovery of the phenomenon of unmarked and mass graves in Jammu and Kashmir. As a result of the police action, the event could not be held and APDP members, around 15 persons (mostly family members of the disappeared) could not pay their respects to Atta Muhammad Khan,” the statement said.

“The police were waiting for advocate Imroz and his team at Bimyar village.




China: Family of Detained Chinese Rights Lawyer Denied Visit, Details of His Location

February 5, 2018

File photo of lawyer Yu Wensheng, who had taken up politically sensitive human rights cases and was taken away from his Beijing home by around a dozen police officers on Jan. 19, 2017.

The family members of detained Chinese human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, who is currently detained on suspicion of subversion, have been denied permission to visit him, while another prominent rights lawyer is fighting a decision to have him debarred from the profession, RFA has learned.

Yu was placed under criminal detention on Jan. 20, on suspicion of “obstructing public servants in the course of their duties,” but has since been transferred from Beijing to Xuzhou city in the eastern province of Jiangsu on a more serious charge of “incitement to subvert state power.”

His family traveled to Xuzhou in the hope of paying him a visit, but were denied permission by the local police department, Yu’s wife Xu Yan told RFA.

“We went to the Tongshan district police department in Xuzhou and asked to visit Yu Wensheng, and for contact details for the officer in charge of his case so we could find out more about his case,” Xu said.

“Two police officers came out, and told us we’d have an answer regarding our request for a meeting within 48 hours, but that they’d have to ask what to do regarding the officer in charge of the case,” she said. “So today, we still have no result on either of these things.”

Xu said she had also asked the address of the place where Yu is currently being held under “residential surveillance.”

“They didn’t tell me,” she said. “As his relative, I wanted to deposit some money for Yu to use, but they wouldn’t let me do that either.”




Turkey: Over 20 FETO suspects arrested across Turkey

February 5, 2018

Over 20 FETO suspects arrested across Turkey

More than 20 suspects were arrested over links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, as part of nationwide counter-terror raids, police sources said Monday.

Police rounded up five suspects including dismissed judges, prosecutors and attorneys in the central Tokat province, according to a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The operation came after Tokat Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into FETO/PYD’s infiltration into the judiciary, the source added.

Separately, Adana Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for eight suspects for alleged links to FETO and using ByLock, an encrypted mobile phone messaging application used by coup plotters during and after the defeated coup attempt, the source added.






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Un momento di silenziosa protesta di magistrati e avvocati, in concomitanza con la visita in Italia del presidente turco Erdogan, per solidarietà con chi ogni giorno vede violati in Turchia i propri diritti.
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Kenya: Bring Miguna to court, judge orders IG Boinnet

February 5, 2018

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Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti have been ordered to appear in court today to explain circumstances surrounding their failure to release Nasa activist Miguna Miguna.

High Court judge Luka Kimaru gave the order yesterday when a group of more than 10 lawyers appeared before him to protest failure by the State to release their colleague, who was granted bail on Friday but was still locked up.

Mr Miguna was arrested on Friday.

Earlier Monday, Justice Kimaru had ordered the IG and DCI to personally produce Mr Miguna, who is also a political commentator, in court that afternoon. The judge further asked the two to explain why they should not be held liable for disobeying an order regarding Mr Miguna’s release.

“From the submissions presented, it appears that the police, in detaining Mr Miguna, are operating outside the Constitution and the law,” ruled Justice Kimaru. “In the circumstances, therefore, to remedy the situation, this court orders the IG and DCI to appear before me in person at 9am together with Mr Miguna so that he can be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

The judge directed that if the two did not want to appear in court, they should have Mr Miguna released yesterday.



















http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/kenya-un-membre-de-lopposition-inculpe-de-trahison-315162.html (FRANCAIS)

Azerbaijan: Risky Business: Defending Azerbaijan’s Opposition

February 5, 2018

Lawyer Yalcin Imanov doubts he will be allowed to practice law in the future. "I don't have any hope for a fair ruling."

A prominent lawyer spoke openly about the beating of his client while in custody, perhaps thinking that it could stir change in Azerbaijan.

Action was taken in the authoritarian country, but not against the police suspected of carrying out the beating. Instead, it is the whistle-blowing lawyer who finds himself being punished.

Shortly after speaking out, Yalcin Imanov, who has defended a number of government critics, was suspended by the Azerbaijani Bar Association. He awaits a final decision this month on whether he will be formally disbarred.

With the Bar Association refusing to release any documents on its decision, Imanov and others strongly suspect the action is tied to his work. “I’ve asked for a copy of the decision on terminating my practice and a transcript of the session when the decision was made,” Imanov told RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service. “But so far I’ve heard nothing back.”

It wouldn’t be the first time a lawyer has been singled out in Azerbaijan, which has been led by authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev since 2003.




Maldives: Supreme Court judges arrested amid political crisis


February 6, 2018

Maldivian police stand guard on a main street during a protest by opposition supporters

Maldives police have arrested the country’s chief justice of the Supreme Court as a political crisis worsens in the Indian Ocean nation.

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after the government declared a state of emergency.

No details were given about the investigation or any charges.

The turmoil began when President Abdulla Yameen refused to obey a court order to release political dissidents.

The opposition have called the government moves a “purge” and there has been international condemnation.

Maldives is a nation is made up of 26 coral atolls and 1,192 individual islands, and tourism is a vital part of its economy.

What’s happening in Maldives?

Last week, the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of opposition politicians. It also ruled that the 2015 trial of former President Mohamed Nasheed, who is living in exile, had been unconstitutional.

It was followed by a pledge from the country’s police commissioner that he would enforce the court’s ruling. In response, the government of President Adulla Yameen sacked him.

The army has now been ordered to resist any attempt to impeach or remove President Yameen.