Daily Archives: 19/02/2018

China: Safeguarding the Right to Practice: A Statement by 58 Chinese Lawyers

February 19, 2018

On July 9, 2015, in the mass arrest of Chinese human rights lawyers and defenders known as the “709 Crackdown,” the security authorities used “residential surveillance at a designated place” (指定居所监视居住), a disguised form of secret detention, to detain lawyers. They denied family the ability to hire their own counsel, conducted secret trials, and violated the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” by forcing prisoners to plead guilt in video recordings for state media before trial. This campaign-style (运动式) suppression has engendered panic and backlash domestically, and led to widespread censure from the international community.

The lessons of the 709 mass arrests are deep. The rising prominence of human rights lawyers was, in the first place, a wonderful opportunity for the government to reflect on the value of lawyers for the rule of law and their role in improving social governance. But now, lawyers are arrested or disbarred on the slightest pretext, and their rights to practice and have a job are increasingly infringed upon.

On January 15, 2018, Yu Wensheng (余文生), defense counsel for 709 lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), was disbarred from practicing law by the Beijing Municipal Justice Bureau. On the morning of January 19, Yu, while taking his child to school, was criminally detained by public security agents from Shijingshan district, Beijing, on charges of “obstructing an officer in discharge of duties.” On January 27, Yu Wensheng was placed under “residential surveillance at a designated place” by the Xuzhou municipal public security bureau in Jiangsu province, on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power.”

Safeguarding the Right to Practice: A Statement by 58 Chinese Lawyers







The Philippines: Ronda vice mayor killed in ambush

February 19, 2018

Lawyer Jonah John Ungab, the vice mayor of Ronda town, died after he was shot inside his car by motorcycle-riding gunmen on North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Monday noon.

Superintendent Artemio Ricabo, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) spokesperson, said Ungab was shot after attending a hearing of his client, suspected big-time drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, for violation of the Omnibus Election Code (gun ban) and Illegal Possession of Firearms cases filed in 2010.

Ungab was driving his Suzuki Ciaz car from Qimonda Building Complex, where the Cebu City Hall of Justice was situated, and was crossing corner Sergio Osmeña Boulevard when he was shot by two unidentified men riding a Mio scooter with no plate number.

Ungab was with his wife, Pearl, inside the vehicle during the shooting at 11:50 a.m.

The vice mayor was rushed to a private hospital in Mandaue City but was declared dead at 2 p.m. by attending physicians.












https://rmn.ph/abogado-ni-self-confessed-drug-lord-kerwin-espinosa-gi-ambush/ (TAGALOG)


The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) Cebu Chapter condemns the senseless killing of Atty. Jonah John Ungab by unidentified men after he attended a court hearing this morning.

Both our collective moral sense and the international convention on human rights recognize the right to life as an inherent right of every human being that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived thereof.

We urge the authorities to immediately conduct a full and impartial investigation into Atty. Ungab’s killing and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. Failure to do so will only embolden murderers under a pervasive culture of impunity that knows no power of the rule of law.

This attack against a lawyer, an officer of the court, undermines the proper functioning of our entire justice system already laid bare to the fleeting events and political mood of the moment.

We likewise urge our brothers and sisters in the legal profession to be vigilant in our quest for justice and our struggle to put an end to rampant killings and human rights violations which continue to plague our country.”


Atty. Ian Vincent C. Manticajon
NUPL-Cebu Interim President
09173195687 / ianmanticajon@gmail.com

Atty. Ian Anthony Sapayan
NUPL Vice President for the Visayas

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook)

The Ibp Cebu Chapter condemns the act as can be read in the news.

Atty. John is not only a fellow lawyer to me. He is my law professor and my mentor. He is a very good lawyer and is known to do well in the Courtroom.

This act of violence against us lawyers has no place in a civil society. As lawyers, we are only doing our job as mandated by the law and as our personal commitment to our clients.

We hope that society will understand our importance and our specific roles. Any act against us, either for vengeance or not, is an act of an uncivilized man. This shouldn’t be in this generation.

I pray for him and I hope God will keep him safe in His arms.

Please be safe my fellow lawyers. You are always in my prayers.

(Integrated Bar of the Philippines National Facebook)

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France/Israel/Palestine: Intervention de Maitre Berenger Tourné lors de la Nuit de la liberté Free Salah Hamouri qui s’est déroulée le 16 février 2018, à Ivry-sur-Seine

le 16 février, 2018

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La défense de Salah Hamouri que j’ai l’honneur d’assurer, ici en France, c’est-à-dire à lointaine distance, pourrait s’apparenter à se battre contre un moulin à vent, alors qu’il n’est aucun prétoire pour plaider sa cause, ni ici en France, ni même là-bas, en Israël, si j’en crois mes confrères palestiniens, Sahar Francis et Mahmoud Hassan, auxquels j’adresse un salut confraternel et admiratif.

Salah Hamouri, j’avais déjà pu le défendre, en quelque sorte par procuration, il y a à peu près cinq ans, lorsque le CRIF intenta un mauvais procès au Président de l’AFPS de l’époque, qui n’était autre que M. le député Jean-Claude Lefort, dont on sait les peines et soins pour la Palestine et le combat permanent, depuis bien plus d’une décennie, pour la liberté et l’honneur de celui qui deviendra son beau-fils.

Alors qu’il m’est à nouveau confié sa défense, me voilà assez démuni, n’ayant comme autre contrepartie que les pouvoirs publics et les institutions françaises, dont mon propre ordre, auxquels je voudrais, dès lors, par votre entremise, m’adresser ce soir.

Je voudrais tout d’abord leur dire quelques mots sur le sort réservé à Salah Hamouri, qui n’a pas, en tant que notre compatriote, notre concitoyen, droit à tous les égards que sa nationalité française devrait pourtant lui faire bénéficier.










http://samidoun.net/2018/02/action-call-palestinian-french-lawyer-salah-hamouri-threatened-with-renewed-administrative-detention/ (ENGLISH)

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

#LiberezSalah #FreeSalah

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