Daily Archives: 07/02/2018

Kenya/Canada: Kenya’s top judge rebukes government over escalating crackdown

February 7,  2018

Kenya's Chief Judge David Maraga. File photo.

Kenya’s top judge has warned that the country’s rule of law is under threat after the government deported a lawyer as part of an escalating government crackdown against the opposition.

In an unusually strong rebuke, Chief Justice David Maraga said “there had been worrying developments in the administration of justice”, alluding to the authorities’ refusal to comply with a string of court orders in the past week.

“The recent disregard of court orders is an act that is not only inimical to the rule of law but is also completely at odds with Kenya’s constitutional outlook,” Mr Maraga said.

His statement underlines fears that President Uhuru Kenyatta has become increasingly autocratic since securing a second term in October, in a worrying setback for democracy in east Africa’s dominant economy. The government launched its latest crackdown after Raila Odinga, the veteran opposition leader, held a mock swearing in as the “people’s president”.

https://www.ft.com/content/2fe34438-0bf3-11e8-8eb7-42f857ea9f09

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/africa/2018-02-07-kenyas-chief-justice-warns-government-to-respect-the-law/

http://mwakilishi.com/article/diaspora-news/2018-02-07/miguna-miguna-speaks-after-his-dramatic-deportation-to-canada?cid=h

https://hivisasa.com/posts/how-nasa-leaders-failed-miguna

https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/economy/Maraga-obeying-court-orders-not-an-option/3946234-4295546-1qrdsrz/

https://hivisasa.com/posts/babu-owino-apologizes-to-miguna-after-deportation?source=feed

https://www.voanews.com/a/kenya-deports-opposition-lawyer-after-treason-charge/4242881.html

https://www.cfr.org/blog/kenya-enters-dangerous-territory

https://www.today.ng/news/africa/73789/kenyas-chief-justice-warns-government-respect-law

http://www.dw.com/en/is-kenya-turning-its-back-on-democracy/a-42488747

http://www.kbc.co.ke/uncategorized/cj-maraga-warns-against-defying-court-orders/

https://www.kdrtv.com/miguna-migunas-press-conference/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/02/07/kenya-is-sliding-into-a-dictatorship/?utm_term=.eea94f33a304

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/07/africa/kenya-media-wanjigi-obituary/index.html

http://fr.africatime.com/liberia/articles/kenya-le-president-de-la-cour-supreme-denonce-le-non-respect-de-decisions-de-justice (FRANCAIS)

https://lanouvelletribune.info/2018/02/kenya-opposant-possedant-double-nationalite-expulse-vers-canada/ (FRANCAIS)

http://prensa-latina.cu/index.php?o=rn&id=150854&SEO=lider-opositor-keniano-pide-nuevas-elecciones-en-seis-meses (ESPANOL)

http://www.eldiario.es/internacional/Supremo-Kenia-Gobierno-respetar-Constitucion_0_737727037.html (ESPANOL)

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France: INCIDENT A LA PREFECTURE : SOUTIEN A NOTRE CONSOEUR EMMA DOCHLER GATE

le 7 février, 2018

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Le SAF Marseille apporte tout son soutien à notre consoeur Emma DOCHLER GATE, avocate au barreau de Marseille, qui a été victime d’un incident aussi grave qu’inadmissible au service “étrangers” de la Préfecture des Bouches du Rhône, dans l’exercice de ses fonctions.

Un de ses clients, qui s’était vu refuser l’enregistrement de sa demande de titre de séjour (après deux nuits d’attente devant la Préfecture), a sollicité son assistance.

Notre consoeur s’est donc rendue sur place et alors qu’elle essayait d’obtenir des explications sur les raisons de ce refus auprès de l’agent d’acceuil de la Préfecture, cette dernière a proféré à l’encontre de Me DOLCHER GATE, en présence de son client, des propos grossiers et insultants, puis lui a demandé de partir, en la menaçant même d’appeler la police. Me DOCHLER GATE, qui ne faisait que son métier d’avocat et n’avait rien à se reprocher, a refusé de céder à ce chantage, en indiquant simplement qu’elle partirait quand elle aurait obtenu les explications qu’elle sollicitait.

Des policiers, appelés par la Préfecture, sont finalement venus pour la faire sortir. Notre Consoeur a alors préféré partir pour ne pas que les choses s’enveniment.

Cette scène suréaliste d’intimidation d’un avocat ne s’est pas passée dans un pays lointain où l’exercice de notre profession est parfois périlleux, mais elle s’est passée en France, à Marseille, en 2018 !

Le SAF s’indigne qu’une administration de l’Etat puisse se comporter de la sorte envers un avocat, qui est aussi un auxilliare de justice et qui doit être considéré, à ce titre, par la Préfecture comme un interloccuteur privilégié.

Ce n’est pas la première fois que des avocats sont (parfois) mal reçus et mal traités par ce service préfectoral, mais cet incident dépasse toutes les bornes.

Le SAF a d’ores et déjà saisi Madame le Batonnier de l’Ordre pour demander que ces faits soient vigoureusement dénoncés au Préfet et qu’une réaction très ferme soit apportée, afin que de telles intimidations à l’égard d’un avocat, qui touchent à l’exercice même de notre profession, ne puissent jamais se reproduire.

(Saf Mars Facebook)

http://lesaf.org/

Belgium: Belgian lawyers challenge constitutionality of legal aid reform

February 7, 2018

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Belgian lawyers are protesting this Wednesday 7th February against the 2016 reform of the national legal aid system, which they say makes it more difficult for people to obtain free legal assistance.

The protests are held before the Brussels seat of the Constitutional Court, which is currently reviewing a constitutional challenge brought by Plateforme Justice pour Tous (Platform Justice for Everyone), a coalition of civil society organisations. The group are being represented by lawyer Marie Doutrepont.

The claimants are invoking article 23 of the Belgian Constitution, which protects the right to human dignity.

“According to the Constitution, human dignity implies the right to legal assistance” said Doutrepont, who added that “the reform also violates article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which is the right to a fair trial”.

The reform introduced an administrative fee starting at 50€ (20€ for the designation of the legal aid lawyer and 30€ for the first procedure) for any individual requesting legal aid, including those who qualify for state-provided legal assistance. The fee increases by 30€ for any appeal procedure.

“In theory, one could ask to be exempted from this fee” said Doutrepont “but in practice the procedure is cumbersome and lengthy”.

The 2016 bill also modified the criteria for granting legal aid, making it more difficult to prove one’s own needs and justify their own conditions. For instance, “a homeless person who is being hosted by a friend” said Doutrepont “will need to prove that this arrangement is only temporary and does not have an impact on their resources”.

Compensation for the work of legal aid lawyers is also problematic.

https://www.fairtrials.org/belgian-lawyers-challenge-constitutionality-of-legal-aid-reform/

https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_bruxelles-manifestation-contre-la-reforme-de-l-aide-juridique?id=9833437 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_les-ecologistes-veulent-elargir-l-acces-a-l-aide-juridique?id=9833199 (FRANCAIS)

United Arab Emirates: United Arab Emirates: UN Universal Periodic Review recommendations must be fully implemented

February 6, 2018

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to fully implements recommendations made during its third United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The Working Group on the UPR held its third review of the UAE’s human rights record during its 29th Session held in Geneva between 15 and 26 January 2018. During the review, 97 countries submitted written statements with 232 recommendations and the UAE government made a number of voluntary pledges. The UAE promised to examine 230 of the recommendations and noted two of them related to the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar.

The UPR revealed a number of areas in which the UAE government has failed to deliver since its previous UPR took place in 2013. These include recommendations to ratify key international human rights instruments such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; create an independent national human rights institution in line with the Paris Principles; amend legislation to ensure that domestic laws are brought in line with international human rights standards on the right to freedom of expression; and protect human rights defenders from harassment, intimidation, and discrimination.

GCHR echoes the human rights concerns raised during the recent UPR review and specifically calls on the UAE government to take immediate steps to implement recommendations made in the following areas of concern:

Other human rights defenders who are continuing to serve lengthy prison sentences following grossly unfair trials include human rights lawyers Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken and Dr. Mohammed Al-Mansoori, who were both sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in a mass trial known as the UAE94 which took place in 2013 for their outspoken support for human rights and after signing a petition which called for universal suffrage in the UAE.   

http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1781

http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1782 (ARABIC)

Chechnya/Russia: Oyub Titiev’s lawyer files complaint about investigation’s inaction

February 6, 2018

Oyub Titiev's lawyer files complaint about investigation’s inaction

According to the human rights activist, law enforcers have not yet withdrawn the video footage from the cameras in the Kurchaloy District Office of Internal Affairs, which he requested on January 12.

Pyotr Zaikin, the lawyer of Oyub Titiev, the head of the Chechen branch of Memorial, filed a complaint about the inaction of the investigators in the Shalinsky Town Court of Chechnya. According to the lawyer, the police have not yet withdrawn the records from the cameras in the Kurchaloy District Office of Internal Affairs, which Zaikin requested on January 12. This is reported in Memorial’s Telegram-channel.

According to the lawyer’s suggestion, the recording from the CCTV cameras of January 9 should have the moment of delivery of Titiev to the Office, as well as everything the policemen did with his car. The head of the Chechen Memorial, we will remind, insists that drugs were planted into his car.

Zaikin noted that he has not yet received a response to his request for the withdrawal of these records.

It is to be recalled that Titiev was detained in Chechnya on 9 January. He is charged with possession of drugs. According to the investigation, the policemen found a bag containing almost 200 grams of marijuana in the course of examining the car of the human rights activist. At the moment, Titiev is under arrest. Ombudswoman Tatiana Moskalkova appealed to the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a request to transfer the investigation to the federal level. In turn, Head of the republic Ramzan Kadyrov called such a call an attempt to exert pressure on the investigation.

https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/oyub-titiev-s-lawyer-files-complaint-about-investigation-s-inaction/

Pakistan: Wazir tribesmen attack office of pro-govt militia over lawyer’s killing

February 6, 2018

Tribesmen from the Ahmadzai Wazir clan, Wana South Waziristan on Tuesday attacked the pro-government Taliban militant’s office in Dera Ismael Khan and set it on fire in protests triggered by a youths killing in the heart of the metropolitan.

As a result of the fire, almost all of the Taliban office which is located in Madeena Colony was burnt along with its belongings and two vehicles parked inside. The militants, however, managed to escape before the arrival of angry tribesmen.

The Ahmadzai Wazir tribesmen attacked the Taliban office in reaction to the killing of a young lawyer, Advocate Muhammad Idrees who belonged to South Waziristan. He was shot dead while his brother was injured by a group of Taliban militants who opened fire when both the brothers were present in their father’s shop on Monday.

Earlier, Idrees and the pro-government militants had entered into a heated debate over a vehicular accident. Later a group of the militants came to Idrees’s father’s shop in Nizam Bazar; shot him dead, injured his brother and made a quick escape.

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/02/06/wazir-tribesmen-attack-office-of-pro-govt-militia-over-lawyers-killing/

India: Techie-turned-gangster held for lawyer’s killing

February 7, 2018

Satyawan Singh Malik

The police here on Tuesday arrested a wanted criminal carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh. Addressing a press conference, Rohtak SP Pankaj Nain said Lalit, alias Lucky, of Mandora village in Sonipat district was arrested from the ISBT in Delhi, following a tip-off. Lucky was wanted in the murder case of local lawyer Satyawan Malik.
Later, he was produced before a local court, which remanded him in police custody for three days. Police said Lucky, along with his accomplices, had shot Satyawan on December 11, 2017, at Sheela bypass in Rohtak. The accused had killed Satyawan on suspicion that he had played a crucial role in the murder of their gang leader Sandeep Badwasani, who was killed in February 2017.
According to information, Lucky, who is in his mid-20s, is a BTech and had worked in a hardware company before joining Badwasni’s gang four years ago. Due to his sharp shooting skills, he was Badwasni’s most sought after gang member. In February 2017, Badwasni was shot dead in Rohtak. His accomplices suspected the role of Satyawan in the incident and hatched a conspiracy to eliminate him. Last month, Lucky was accompanying the gangsters who were involved in cross firing with the special task force in Jhajjar. Lucky managed to escape while one of his accomplices was shot dead and another injured.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/techie-turned-gangster-held-for-lawyers-killing/articleshow/62811908.cms

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/haryana-advocate-shot-dead-in-rohtak/articleshow/62044585.cms