Daily Archives: 08/02/2018

Iran: 1000 Days And Counting

February 8, 2018

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Monday 29 January marked the 1000th day Iranian lawyer Narges Mohammadi spent in detention in Iran.

A prominent human rights defender, Mohammadi was sentenced twice for her human rights activities and is in the midst of serving a sentence amounting to a total of 16 years for what human rights group Amnesty International describes as trumped up charges.

Mohammadi’s situation is however not atypical for human rights defenders in the Islamic Republic. As Amnesty International’s Researcher for Iran Raha Bahreini told The Iranian, it is representative of the way in which the country treats those who campaign for the improvement of the human rights situation within it. In particular, her case is part of a wider crackdown against those campaigning to end the death penalty in Iran.

Also notable is the conviction of Abdolfattah Soltani, a founder of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. He is serving a 13-year prison sentence, also in Evin prison and again in part for his peaceful activism against the death penalty in Iran.

https://iranian.com/2018/02/08/1000-days-counting/

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

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

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/06/opinions/iran-global-women-rights-opinion-boniadi/index.html

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Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Madrid 24 de enero 2018

8/2/18

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¡Imágenes del Día del Abogado Amenazado, celebrado en más de 35 países!

Y es que mañana tenemos reunión en Francia los miembros de la Asociación Europea de Abogados Demócratas (AED), organizadora de esta jornada, y de la que ALA forma parte.

¿Y qué es AED? Pues la integramos numerosas asociaciones de abogados y abogadas de toda Europa, incluyendo Turquía, con el objetivo de hacer acciones conjuntas y que nuestra voz sea más escuchada.

Si quieres saber más sobre nuestros proyectos, ideas, seminarios… únete a Avocats Européens Démocrates o visítanos en http://www.aeud.org/

 

(Asociación Libre de Abogadas y Abogados Facebook)

India: Lawyers’ protest over attacks cripples courts

February 8, 2018

Routine work in all the courts of Jagatsinghpur and Kujang was completely paralysed on Wednesday as lawyers boycotted their duties in protest against recent attacks on two senior advocates in Paradip.Condemning the assault on the lawyers by BJD leader and councilor of Paradip Municipality Manas Biswal, hundreds of lawyers of Kujang and Jagatsinghpur District Bar Associations abstained from work. On January 30, Biswal had attacked senior advocate Debabrata Sahoo in Paradip town when the latter opposed the use of loudspeaker at a function organised by the councilor. Though Debabrata lodged an FIR in this regard the next day, police are yet to act against the BJD leader.

Earlier, another advocate Kailash Sahoo was attacked by drunk miscreants who were creating nuisance in the market area. Kailash was assaulted with wooden planks when he raised objection to their activities. The advocate sustained head injuries and was rushed to Biju Memorial Hospital near Atharbanki. Later, he was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

Though Paradip police arrested four accused who had attacked Kailash, no action was taken against Biswal and his supporters due to his links with the ruling party, the agitating lawyers alleged and demanded suspension of Paradip IIC for not acting against the accused BJD leader.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2018/feb/08/lawyers-protest-over-attacks-cripples-courts-1770141.html

Maldives: Maldives president shuns European diplomats

February 8, 2018

A Maldives soldier stands guard outside the presidential residence in Male as President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to meet senior European diplomats

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to meet senior European diplomats who were the first foreign dignitaries to visit the troubled nation since his crackdown on the islands’ judiciary.

Envoys from the European Union, Germany and Britain arrived in the capital after top judges and several other dissidents were arrested this week, as Yameen appeared to gain the upper hand in a bitter power struggle.

The tiny island nation has been grappling with a political crisis after the president refused to obey a Supreme Court order to release nine political prisoners and declared a state of emergency.

The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jorn Rohde, said the trio requested meetings to discuss Yameen’s crackdown on dissent which the UN human rights chief had dubbed “an all-out assault on democracy”.

“Sadly the Maldivian government refuses dialogue today with my UK/EU colleagues… Our requests were unfortunately refused,” Rohde said on Twitter. “That is surely not the way forward.”

The diplomats, based in neighbouring Sri Lanka but also accredited to the Maldives, arrived in Male after the regime said it was open to foreign observers visiting the country.

However, foreign media have effectively been barred after authorities imposed tough visa conditions and warned they would take up to three weeks to process applications.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5367533/Maldives-president-shuns-European-diplomats.html

http://www.canindia.com/eu-delegation-arrives-in-maldives-amidst-crisis/

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/world/france-calls-for-normalcy-in-maldives-2503579.html

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/india-rejects-meeting-with-maldives-special-envoy-as-tensions-brew/article22692333.ece

https://avas.mv/en/44492

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/maldives-crisis-updates-opposition-seeks-indias-intervention-as-president-imposes-emergency-rule-1809318

http://menafn.com/1096445363/Maldives-sends-Special-Envoys-to-China-Pakistan-and-Saudi-Arabia

https://avas.mv/en/44427

http://www.supremecourt.gov.mv/eng/?decision=eng

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china-against-un-intervention-in-the-maldives/story-jLFi3lqkEyj3adbpdsoaML.html

https://avas.mv/en/44495

https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/india-and-the-maldives-emergency/

http://www.millenniumpost.in/editorial/maldives-in-crisis-284022

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/europe/amnesty-warns-maldives-against-suppression201802082020250001/

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/europe/amnesty-international-tells-maldives-to-release-opposition-leaders201802082027400001/

https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21736564-he-only-had-sack-two-supreme-court-justices-and-two-police-chiefs-do-so-president

https://newsclick.in/maldives-needs-democracy-not-indian-intervention

https://raajje.mv/en/news/26659

https://www.khabarindiatv.com/world/asia-maldives-supreme-court-top-judge-threatened-with-death-says-lawyer-568129 (HINDI)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/02/08/97001-20180208FILWWW00167-maldives-le-regime-refuse-de-rencontrer-des-diplomates-europeens.php (FRANCAIS)

http://courrierstrategique.com/11975-la-crise-aux-maldives-prend-la-forme-dune-lutte-dinfluence-entre-la-chine-et-linde.html (FRANCAIS)

http://information.tv5monde.com/en-continu/maldives-nasheed-un-ex-president-en-exil-qui-n-pas-dit-son-dernier-mot-219106 (FRANCAIS)

Sudan: Detained Darfur Bar Assoc. Head’s Wife Demands Visiting Rights

February 7, 2018

Darfur Bar Association chairman Mohamed Abdallah El Doma (file photo).

The wife of the detained lawyer Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, co-vice-president of the National Umma Party (NUP) and the chairman of the Darfur Bar Association, has demanded the security authorities reveal her husband’s place of detention and allow her to visit him.

Maryam Abakar Mohamed told Radio Dabanga that since El Doma’s arrest on January 17 in Omdurman, she has not known where he has been held nor been allowed to visit him.

She said she was worried about his health as he is suffering from cartilage and blood pressure.

She said there has been undocumented information indicating that they had transferred him to Zalingei in Central Darfur and then to El Fasher in North Darfur.

She said she had made several requests for a visit but had not yet received a response from the security apparatus which had declined to reveal his whereabouts.

She appealed to the security services to reveal the whereabouts of her husband to enable her to meet him.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080220.html

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/detained-darfur-bar-assoc-head-s-wife-demands-visiting-rights

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/darfur-bar-association-leader-still-detained-lawyers-concerned

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/activists-held-in-kordofan-khartoum-detainees-moved-to-darfur-prisons

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802050203.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201801300233.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201801310197.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080495.html

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/sudan/2018/02/d24712/

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/meaningful-change-sudan-descent-chaos-180214090216308.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/22/sudan-prisoner-release-left-many-activists-behind

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Sudan_-_Soudan/2018/EN_HRL_20180226_Sudan_Arrest-and-detention-of-lawyers-Hanan-Hassan-Khalifa-Rawa-Gafar-Bakhit-Mohamed-Aldouma-and-Salih-Mahmoud-Osman.pdf

https://www.lrwc.org/sudan-immediately-cease-and-remedy-arbitrary-detentions-of-mohamed-abdallah-el-doma-saleh-mahmoud-and-mohammed-al-hafiz-and-others-letter/

Kenya/Canada/HRW: Government Crackdown Threatens Rights

February 8, 2018

Miguna Miguna (left) partakes in Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic presidential oath of office, Nairobi, Kenya, January 30, 2018.

Human rights groups have been concerned since President Uhuru Kenyatta took power in 2013 at the authoritarian direction Kenya’s government has been taking. But the situation has taken an alarming turn in the past week. Three highly repressive measures by the authorities since January 30 should worry us all, including the international community, which has been treating Kenyatta’s administration with kid gloves.

Kenyan media and nongovernment groups that are even mildly critical of the government have come under immense pressure in the last five years.

On the early morning of February 2, police broke into the house of an opposition lawyer, Miguna Miguna,and arrested him. Miguna is one of the people who swore Odinga in as the people’s president That evening, Miguna’s lawyers secured a court order for his release on bail.

Kenyan authorities simply ignored the order and not only failed to release Miguna but denied him access to lawyers and to medication despite reports that he had an asthma attack in police cells and urgently needed the medicine. His lawyers struggled to establish where he was being held. Miguna had not been charged by the third day even though Kenyan law requires an accused to be charged within 24 hours or be released.

On February 5, police ignored a second court order to produce Miguna in court, prompting the judge to cite the inspector general of police and the director general of the directorate of criminal investigations for contempt. On Feb 6, media reports suggested that Miguna may have been charged in a Magistrates court in the outskirts of Nairobi, but police failed for the second time to produce him before the High Court as ordered by the Judge. Instead, later that evening, and rather than present him before court as ordered, police deported Miguna to Canada, the country of his acquired citizenship.

This heavy-handed approach by the Kenyan authorities completely disregards international law and its own national law. The government and state officials have a responsibility to uphold the rule of law, especially releasing people whom courts have ordered released – even more so at a time when the political stakes are so high.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/08/government-crackdown-threatens-rights

http://www.kbc.co.ke/local-news/81455/

http://thenationonlineng.net/kenya-deports-lawyer-odinga-swearing/

http://zipo.co.ke/29712/murkomen-trouble-tackling-maraga/

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/02/08/kot-goes-wild-after-murkomen-criticises-maragas-take-on-miguna-case_c1711140

https://citizentv.co.ke/news/deporting-miguna-a-shame-to-africa-governor-ojaamong-tells-jubilee-190362/

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080306.html

http://www.ghafla.com/ke/savage-miguna-miguna-deported-wearing-pair-slippers-kenyans-react/

http://zipo.co.ke/29715/miguna-couldnt-stop-insulting-us-cops/

https://www.iol.co.za/news/opinion/kenyas-light-is-waning-from-information-age-to-stone-age-13175551

https://news.wbhm.org/npr_story_post/2018/inside-a-kenyan-courtroom-a-deepening-political-crisis-is-on-display/

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/miguna-miguna-arrives-canada/

http://www.africanews.com/2018/02/08/outrage-in-kenya-over-govt-s-deportation-of-opposition-critic-the-morning-call/

https://hivisasa.com/posts/miguna-i-was-offered-food-only-twice-in-police-cells?source=highlightedFeed

http://www.ghafla.com/ke/miguna-migunas-wife-speaks-husbands-arrest-deportation/

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080606.html

http://mobile.royalgazette.com/opinion-writers/article/20180208/crackdown-in-kenya&template=mobileart

http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/we-failed-miguna-miguna-nasa/

Kenya just deported the lawyer who oversaw the opposition leader’s swearing-in ceremony

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/07/kenya-opposition-lawyer-miguna-miguna-deported-crackdown-row-judiciary

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/02/08/kenya-lying-about-deportation-ill-sue-over-passports-miguna_c1711483

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/02/08/kenya-lying-about-deportation-ill-sue-over-passports-miguna_c1711483

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2018/02/miguna-arrives-canada-dramatic-deportation/?doing_wp_cron=1518099108.7164208889007568359375

http://mwakilishi.com/article/kenya-news/2018-02-08/nasa-threatens-call-for-civil-disobedience

https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/letters/Miguna-s-deportation-violates-the-Constitution/440806-4296946-42f4v1/index.html

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001269028/miguna-i-was-not-escorted-to-amsterdam

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/02/08/judiciary-and-media-an-extension-of-nasa-tuju-tells-bbc_c1711514

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3ct2kp1

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001269031/respect-the-rule-of-law-nasa-supporters-in-london-tell-jubilee-government

http://www.jurist.org/paperchase/2018/02/kenya-lawyer-deported-after-protesting-re-election-of-kenyatta.php

http://www.africatopsuccess.com/2018/02/08/kenyaprestation-de-serment-de-raila-odinga-lavocat-ayant-supervise-la-ceremonie-expulse/ (FRANCAIS)

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

http://fr.africanews.com/2018/02/08/kenya-un-avocat-opposant-extrade-au-canada-the-morning-call/ (FRANCAIS)

http://prensa-latina.cu/index.php?o=rn&id=151120&SEO=reanudan-labor-televisoras-kenianas-tra-veto-hace-una-semana (ESPANOL)

http://www.dw.com/pt-002/qu%C3%A9nia-oposi%C3%A7%C3%A3o-queixa-se-de-repress%C3%A3o/a-42500629 (PORTUGUES)

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Kenya/Canada: Miguna Miguna receives warm welcome in Canada

February 8, 2018

Miguna Miguna has received a warm welcome on arriving in Canada earlier today.

A handful of men and women awaited for him at Toronto International Airport, and Mr Miguna was presented with a bouquet of flowers upon arrival.

“Welcome ‘general’! Welcome home,” a woman said when she saw him.

“Miguna Miguna how are you?,” a man asked him.

“I am tired,” he replied.

“Kenyans are watching you, they want to hear a word from you,” Miguna told.

“No, today, I want to go and take a shower, I haven’t showered for the last six days, maybe seven. So I need to take a good shower, hug my wife, hug my children, then eat properly, I have not eaten for the last one week and then I can talk about anything else.”

 

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Miguna-Miguna-arrives-in-Canada-/1056-4296058-y8banl/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001268940/miguna-miguna-arrives-in-canada-to-a-grand-welcome-photos

https://www.sde.co.ke/article/2001268933/i-was-treated-like-a-beast-for-five-days-miguna-miguna

https://www.sde.co.ke/article/2001268934/revealed-this-is-how-miguna-miguna-will-return-to-kenya

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/02/08/i-will-be-back-vows-miguna-as-he-arrives-in-canada_c1710814

https://hivisasa.com/posts/miguna-to-jet-back-to-kenya–orengo?source=highlightedFeed

https://hivisasa.com/posts/murkomen-attacks-cj-maraga?source=feed

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080006.html

https://hivisasa.com/posts/mixed-reactions-after-cj-maraga-warned-govt-wednesday?source=feed

http://zipo.co.ke/29695/miguna-miguna-plots-return-back-kenya/

http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/miguna-miguna-receives-warm-welcome-canada/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001268950/seven-interesting-things-you-did-not-know-about-miguna-miguna

http://www.ghafla.com/ke/miguna-miguna-arrives-in-canada-to-a-heroic-welcome-photos/

http://en.brinkwire.com/132039/kenya-blasted-over-opposition-leaders-court-absence/

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080060.html

https://www.sde.co.ke/article/2001268961/uliza-kiatu-miguna-was-deported-wearing-red-slippers

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080133.html

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/02/08/general-miguna-gets-heroic-welcome-in-canada-says-uhurus-downfall-a_c1710986

http://zipo.co.ke/29698/miguna-receives-heros-welcome-canada/

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080096.html

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Miguna-Miguna-arrives-in-Canada-/1056-4296058-y8banl/index.html

http://zipo.co.ke/29697/cj-maraga-pro-nasa-jubilee-mp-shouts/

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/africa/2018-02-08-opposition-firebrand-deported-to-canada-for-backing–railas-inauguration/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001268982/youth-in-muguna-s-village-demonstrate-over-his-deportation

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001268986/miguna-was-put-on-an-amsterdam-bound-flight-for-deportation-to-canada

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080208.html

http://thenationonlineng.net/kenya-deports-lawyer-odinga-swearing/

http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/state-secretly-plotted-migunas-deportation-canada/

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Lawyers-cry-foul-over-Miguna-deportation/1064-4295880-n6aw81z/index.html

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/02/08/ndii-wanjigi-and-orengo-at-dci-to-block-arrest_c1711176

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Afrique/Au-Kenya-face-face-poursuit-entre-president-principal-rival-2018-02-08-1200912202 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20180208/44614835166/canada-pide-al-gobierno-keniano-que-respete-su-constitucion.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.eldiario.es/politica/Canada-Gobierno-keniano-respete-Constitucion_0_738076218.html (ESPANOL)

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