A session of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on alleged violations of international law and international humanitarian law by the Turkish Republic and its officials in their relations with the Kurdish people and their organisations will be held in Paris (France) on 15 and 16 March 2018.
A panel of judges will examine an indictment served upon the Turkish State and some of its officials. Turkey has been criticised by respected human rights organisations, governments, international bodies for violations of the right to freedom of expression, freedom of organisation etc. These violations have been extensively documented and some of them also submitted to the European Court of Human Rights. The indictment will therefor focus on two specific questions which have been less examined:
- It is alleged that in the framework of the armed conflict that opposes the Turkish State to Kurdish insurgents, war crimes have been committed by the Turkish forces. These crimes allegedly targeted deliberately civilians with the purpose of terrorising the civilian population. This type of crimes has, according to many sources, increased dramatically in intensity in the period of 2015 -2017 after the Turkish state ended the peace talks with the representatives of the Kurdish movement and with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in particular. The first main part of the session will concentrate on the aforesaid period and examine the events that occurred in the main Kurdish cities such as Diyarbakir, Cizre, Sirnak during this period. Several sources have reported the use of aircrafts, tanks and artillery by the Turkish army in civilian neighbourhoods of these cities causing massive destruction and loss of lives.
February 19, 2018
The state of emergency in trouble-torn Maldives was today extended by 30 days after a key parliamentary committee approved President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s request.
The state of emergency in trouble-torn Maldives was today extended by 30 days after a key parliamentary committee approved President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s request, a media report said, allowing him to reinforce his power in the picturesque Indian Ocean island nation.
During an extraordinary meeting of the The National Security Committee of the People’s Majlis, approval was given to the Decree for State of Emergency submitted to the People’s Majlis (Parliament) by President Yameen, the Sun online reported.
Deputy Speaker of People’s Majlis, MP Moosa Manik confirmed the decree was approved by the Committee during its meeting today held behind closed doors.
The Committee approved the decree, and well as the request for a 30-day extension to the State of Emergency, the report said.
Under the emergency law, Yameen had two Supreme Court judges arrested, accusing them of corruption. Later, the remaining three judges annulled the order to release Yameen’s opponents.
le 19 février, 2018
Jean Claude Muyambo et Eugène Diomi Ndongala (Opposants) respectivement président de la Solidarité Congolaise pour la Démocratie et le Développement (SCODE) et président de la Démocratie Chrétienne (DC) seront libérés ce mardi 20 février 2018. C’est ce qu’a affirmé à ACTUALITE.CD ce lundi 19 février William Kalombo, avocat de Jean Claude Muyambo.
Selon l’avocat, le directeur de la prison de Makala est déjà notifié (par le ministre de la justice) pour cette fin.
« La notification de la libération des prisonniers Diomi Ndongala et Jean Claude Muyambo vient de parvenir au directeur de la prison de Makala. Demain mardi 20 février ils seront libres”, a-t-il affirmé.
Diomi Ndongala a été condamné à 10 ans de prison pour “viol sur mineure” alors que Jean Claude Muyambo avait écopé de 26 mois pour “stellionat”.
William Kalombo dit son remerciement anticipé “aux Laïcs Catholiques, aux abbés et évêques, aux protestants, musulmans dans le changement, aux leaders du Rassop, UNC, MLC pour leur détermination, à la population surtout à la communauté internationale”.
February 20, 2018
Lahore High Court Bar Association-Multan bench president Sher Zaman Qureshi, who had refused to appear before former chief justice of the Lahore High Court in a contempt case against him, finally turned up before a full bench led by new Chief Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali.
A bench headed by former chief justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued a notice to Sher Zaman under contempt of court charge last year but he never appeared. During his Monday’s appearance before the newly-constituted bench, Mr Qureshi told Chief Justice Yawar Ali that he had a great respect for the courts and never thought of disrespecting them. He also submitted his written reply before the bench. The bench reserved the verdict on the contempt proceedings.
The former chief justice had initiated contempt proceedings against Qureshi and another lawyer for misbehaving a judge at Multan seat. The bench headed by the former chief justice had also issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Qureshi, however, withdrew the same after some senior bar’s leaders promised to make him produce before the court. However, Mr Qureshi refused to appear before the high court, however, made his appearance before Supreme Court when Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of the contempt proceedings on his personal appeal.