Daily Archives: 10/02/2018

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: SCC honorary chairman appointed to CRCICA board

February 9, 2018



One aspect of the changing market for legal services relates to relations between government and civil society groups and lawyers, showing.  Egypt is not without its problems, particularly for lawyers practicing in Egypt.

Some Egyptian lawyers have been denied the rights to a fair trial and freedom of expression and assembly because of broad security legislation passed since 2013, as well as facing travel bans and prosecution for carrying out their professional duties, in support of human rights.

On 24 January 2018, the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, which focuses on the rule of law issues in the legal profession internationally, was dedicated to Egypt. The American Bar Association (ABA) and both the English and Welsh legal representative bodies, as well as a consortium of international lawyers, spoke out, calling for the role of lawyers and the rule of law to be respected in the country.

In a statement released local time, ABA president Hillary Bass said that lawyers should be able “to work without intimidation, harassment or improper interference and to ensure that they are adequately safeguarded when their security is threatened”, citing United Nations principles justifying such protection. Those taking comfort from Franke’s appointment will hope that Egypt addresses those concerns, as well as promoting its ability to resolve those of investors.



France: Réforme de la carte judiciaire : Lorient gardera ses tribunaux

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Le député Jean-Michel Jacques, (LREM) s'est entretenu mercredi avec Nicole Belloubet, la Garde des sceaux,

L’horizon s’éclaircit pour l’avenir des juridictions de Lorient. Nicole Belloubet, Garde des Sceaux, a dissipé mercredi à l’assemblée nationale les inquiétudes suscitées par la réforme de la carte judiciaire. Elle a assuré “qu’aucun des tribunaux de Vannes et de Lorient ne sera fermé”

Le député Morbihannais Jean-Michel Jacques, (LREM) relate dans un communiqué avoir interrogé la Garde des sceaux, mercredi lors des questions au gouvernement. La ministre de la justice a assuré « qu’aucun territoire ne serait affaibli par la réorganisation judiciaire à venir. Qu’aucun des tribunaux de Vannes et de Lorient ne sera fermé.”













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Rendez-vous, en robes, sur les marches du Palais de Justice de St-Nazaire 77, rue Albert de Mun, dans le cadre d’une journée nationale de mobilisation “pour une justice de qualité”. Le 15 février 2018 est le jour où notre Garde des Sceaux rendra public son projet de loi sur les Chantiers de la Justice, au terme d’une phase dite de concertation menée au pas de course et avec une grande opacité. La Conférence des Bâtonniers, le Conseil National des Barreaux et plusieurs syndicats d’avocats, magistrats, greffiers et personnels de greffes appellent à cette journée d’action. L’heure de la manifestation “aux marches du Palais” a été fixée à 10 heures dans la France entière. Le Barreau de Saint-Nazaire a toujours su se mobiliser en nombre pour la défense du justiciable et pour que les moyens donnés à la Justice soient dignes d’une grande démocratie comme la nôtre et lui permette de fonctionner avec humanité. Notre Barreau sera une nouvelle fois au rendez-vous !

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Pakistan: Lawyers Stage Protest Demonstration Against Armed Attack On Additional Session Judge

February 9, 2018


A group of lawyers staged a protestdemonstration here on Friday condemning the armed attack on an Additional District and Session Judge in Khairpur district the other day.

The lawyers including advocate Sajjad Ahmed Chandio, Aslam Laghari, Geet Kumar and others while condemning the incident demanded immediate arrest of the attackers and exposing the cause of the attack.

They expressed solidarity with the judge Ghulam AliKanasro and lamented that the police could still not arrest the culprits.Chandio informed that some armed assailants attacked the residence of Kanasro in Sobho Dero and escaped.



Maldives: India seeks UN fact-finding panel for Maldives

February 10, 2018

Maldives Prisoners

India has urged the UN to send a fact-finding mission to Maldives and impressed countries to ask their judiciaries to support chief justice of the Maldives supreme court who has been imprisoned by the President following the order to release Opposition leaders.

The United Nations Security Council had held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the current political crisis in Maldives. Ahead of the meeting, UN Assistant Secretary, General Miroslav Jenca, reported to have informed the co ..

Officials in New Delhi indicated that India has also approached various countries to direct respective judiciaries to support chief justice of Maldives in this hour of crisis. There are reports that the chief justice is under duress and is being tortured in prison. India is also advising various other countries who have not used travel advisories to issue such to pressure the Yameen government with tourism being the mainstay of the Maldivian economy.




















Kenya/Canada: Deported Opposition Lawyer Seeks Return to Kenya

February 9, 2018

FILE - Opposition leader Raila Odinga, center, accompanied by lawyers Miguna Miguna, center-left, Tom "T.J." Kajwang, center-right, and politician James Orengo, right, holds a Bible aloft after a mock "swearing-in" ceremony at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 30, 2018.

A Kenyan attorney deported to Canada this week on charges of treason is challenging his removal in court, seeking a return to the African nation while insisting that its rightful leader is opposition figure Raila Odinga and not President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Miguna Miguna, who holds dual citizenship in Kenya and Canada, was sent to Toronto on Tuesday after participating in a mock presidential swearing-in ceremony for Odinga in Nairobi on January 30. Miguna also is one of Odinga’s attorneys.

“Today, my lawyers filed a petition seeking to invalidate the whimsical, illegal decision” to deport, Miguna said in a phone interview Friday with VOA’s Swahili service. He spoke from his home in a Toronto suburb.

Miguna was arrested last Friday at his home in Runda. On Tuesday, Kenyan authorities forced Miguna onto a late-night KLM flight from Nairobi to Toronto via Amsterdam. His removal flouted a Kenyan high court’s order that Miguna be presented to a Nairobi judge on Wednesday, five days after his arrest.




















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China: Video: The victims of China’s forced disappearances

February 9, 2018


In China, the authorities go to great lengths to control civil society, even resorting to forced disappearances. Since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, political opponents have gone missing every month. Sometimes without any form of judicial process, they are sent to secret prisons where they remain locked up for months or even years, without anyone ever finding out what happened to them. FRANCE 24 investigates China’s forced disappearances.

On July 9, 2015, nearly 300 lawyers and human rights activists were arrested, interrogated and imprisoned in China. Some ended up in “black jails”: untraceable places, completely cut off from the outside world, where they were detained in secret.

This massive purge, targeting all those who denounced and challenged the authoritarian excesses of the Chinese Communist Party, was called the “709 incident”. According to some experts, it was Beijing’s worst crackdown on civil society since the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989.

Since then, some of the “709 incident” activists have been released, but other dissidents have faced the ire of the Chinese authorities, sometimes even beyond its borders.

After a three-month investigation, several victims of these purges, family members of those missing and some of the few remaining pro-democracy activists in China agreed to speak to us on camera. They recounted the abductions, harassment and torture that they have been subjected to.

FRANCE 24 brings you the harrowing story of the missing people and activists that Xi Jinping’s China is so keen to silence.




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Gao Zhisheng is one of China’s most respected human rights lawyers who has been subjected to enforced disappearance, torture, illegal house arrest and detention over the years.

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Cyprus/Turkey: North ‘bar association’ condemns threats against Afrika judge

February 9, 2018

North ‘bar association’ condemns threats against Afrika judge


The Philippines: Carandang’s accuser barred from law practice for 2 years

February 10, 2018

Melchor Arthur H. Carandang

The lawyer who brought the complaint that led to Malacañang’s suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang has been barred by the Supreme Court from practicing his profession for two years for unethical conduct.

His misdeed? Endlessly blocking the enforcement of a lower court’s ruling arising from his failure to settle a P34,000 loan he took out from the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) 50 years ago.

The high court said Eligio Mallari violated the lawyer’s oath by resorting to “dilatory moves” in preventing the GSIS from foreclosing two parcels of lands which he used as mortgage for a loan he got in 1968.

The suspension order was meted out on Mallari on Jan. 10 but was made public only on Friday.





Thailand: Regulations spur party leaders to start from scratch

February 10, 2018

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Leaders of several small political parties have decided to start from scratch and form new ones to evade regulations requiring updated party membership information, which are seen as excessive and burdensome.

Under new rules, existing parties can begin their member registration process on April 1. The members are required to produce letters confirming their membership and pay party fees within 30 days of April 1 or lose their membership status.

The regulations, however, are seen as favourable to new political parties which have a month’s headstart. The registration process for new parties starts on March 1 and ends on March 31.

In a separate development, the Democracy Restoration Group and the Start Up People group were set to gather at the Democracy Monument at 4pm today.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court yesterday approved arrest warrants for four protest leaders who twice failed to report to police to hear illegal assembly charges. The four are Arnon Nampa, Rangsiman Rome, Aekachai Hongkangwan and Sirawith Seritiwat.

Mr Arnon yesterday said he would be at today’s rally to demand an election.