Monthly Archives: February 2018

China: Chinese rights lawyer dies under mysterious circumstances

February 26, 2018

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A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer died under mysterious circumstances in an eastern Jiangsu province military hospital on Monday, his close friend said, raising questions about the welfare of those who have defied the country’s authorities.

Li Baiguang was a well-known lawyer who defended farmers and Christian pastors, work that garnered him an award from the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy in 2008. He died just hours after being admitted to No. 81 People’s Liberation Army Hospital for a minor stomach ache, a relative of Li’s told Bob Fu, a religious activist who has known the lawyer for over a decade.

Fu said in a statement through his U.S.-based Christian nonprofit group China Aid that the “Chinese regime should be totally held accountable” for Li’s sudden and “mysterious” death.

“The hospital alleged that he had liver problems and that he bled to death, but Li was previously healthy,” the statement said. “China has a history of either neglecting the medical conditions of human rights activists until they succumb to them or declaring previously healthy people dead.”

An employee surnamed Yang in the hospital’s propaganda department said he had not heard of Li’s case.

“I do not know who this person is,” Yang said, adding that death and causes of death are a “private matter.”

https://apnews.com/6f296a68814644eb8833e7baef39d0d4

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinese-rights-lawyer-mysteriously-dies-in-hospital/2018/02/26/8c975b8e-1ae8-11e8-98f5-ceecfa8741b6_story.html?utm_term=.9bb5e1c7f537

Click to access EN_HRL_20180226_China_Disbarment-and-Detention-of-lawyer-Yu-Wensheng.pdf

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/02/26/we-dont-even-know-if-this-heroic-chinese-lawyer-is-alive-or-dead/?utm_term=.d92a65e5f0bd

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2018/02/activists-urge-investigation-lawyers-mysterious-death/

https://www.challenges.fr/monde/chine-la-mort-soudaine-d-un-avocat-suscite-des-interrogations_570067 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.24heures.ch/monde/Un-defenseur-des-droits-de-l-homme-meurt-subitement/story/28247185 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20180226/441103205619/muere-en-extranas-circunstancias-destacado-abogado-de-derechos-humanos-chino.html (ESPANOL)

http://fakty.interia.pl/swiat/news-chiny-nagla-smierc-obroncy-praw-czlowieka,nId,2550275 (POLSKI)

https://www.rfa.org/vietnamese/news/internationalnews/death-of-chinese-rights-lawyer-in-custody-raises-suspicions-02262018090258.html (VIETNAMESE)

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著名人權律師李柏光博士今日凌晨三時逝世,終年49歲。據悉死因為肝衰歇,但具體情況未明。

A renowned human rights lawyer Dr Li Baiguang passed away at 3:00 am this morning at the age of 49. He was reported to have died of liver failure but circumstances of his death have remained unclea

(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook)

France: Près de deux mille signatures contre l’éventuelle fermeture du Tribunal de Carpentras

le 25 février, 2018

Quel avenir pour le tribunal de Carpentras ?

Les avocats, mais aussi de nombreux habitants de Carpentras veulent conserver leur tribunal. Il est remis en cause par la réforme de la carte judiciaire.

1 700 personnes ont déjà signé la pétition lancée par le Barreau des Avocats de Carpentras.

” Si on applique cette logique, tout disparaît, et on ne serait plus qu’une petite juridiction de proximité traitant les affaires courantes. ”  Maître Pascale Girma bâtonnier du Barreau de Carpentras.

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/pres-de-deux-mille-signatures-contre-l-eventuelle-fermeture-du-tribunal-de-carpentras-1519543458

http://www.midilibre.fr/2018/02/24/non-le-tribunal-de-beziers-ne-fermera-pas,1632121.php

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/hauts-de-france/aisne/saint-quentin/saint-quentin-blouses-noires-contre-fermeture-du-tribunal-1429809.html

http://lessor42.fr/-le-justiciable-eloigne-de-la-justice-le-grief-du-monde-judiciaire-mobilise-20672.html

http://www.affiches-parisiennes.com/les-avocats-soucieux-de-la-reforme-de-l-organisation-judiciaire-7746.html

http://www.midilibre.fr/2018/02/23/beziers-une-campagne-d-affichage-pour-sauver-le-tribunal,1631950.php

https://www.republicain-lorrain.fr/justice/2018/02/26/lrem-toutes-les-inquietudes-sur-la-carte-judiciaire-sont-levees

https://www.deltafm.fr/info-locale/dunkerquois/dunkerque/cest-lunion-sacree-maintien-tribunal-a-dunkerque/

https://www.radio6.fr/article-32183-500-emplois-pourraient-disparaitre-a-dunkerque-avec-la-reforme-de-la-justice.html

http://www.paris-normandie.fr/accueil/video-les-avocats-du-havre-defendent-leur-tribunal-sur-le-clip-basique-du-rappeur-orelsan-AE12341724

https://actu.fr/normandie/havre_76351/video-rap-avocats-barreau-havre-contre-reforme-carte-judiciaire_15711496.html

https://www.tendanceouest.com/actualite-265073-insolite-les-avocats-du-barreau-du-havre-defendent-leur-tribunal-dans-un-clip.html

https://www.demotivateur.fr/article/manu-t-as-pas-les-bases-ces-avocats-du-barreau-du-havre-denoncent-la-reforme-de-la-nouvelle-carte-judiciaire-en-parodiant-le-celebre-titre-basique-12781

https://www.publicsenat.fr/article/politique/agenda-des-prochains-textes-de-loi-le-rythme-est-dense-previent-le-gouvernement

http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/limoges-fait-le-forcing-pour-rester-sur-la-carte-judiciaire-28-02-2018-2198438_23.php

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/vaucluse/reforme-carte-judiciaire-penalise-carpentras-1431995.html

http://www.francesoir.fr/culture-medias/contre-la-reforme-de-la-carte-judiciaire-les-avocats-du-havre-parodient-orelsan-video

http://www.letelegramme.fr/morbihan/vannes/vannes-avocats-et-mairie-militent-pour-accueillir-le-tribunal-departemental-28-02-2018-11870084.php

http://www.paris-normandie.fr/breves/normandie/denis-merville-ecrit-a-la-ministre-apres-avoir-rencontre-la-batonniere-dieppoise-GF12354332

http://www.bfmtv.com/societe/au-havre-des-avocats-parodient-un-clip-d-orelsan-pour-protester-contre-la-reforme-de-la-justice-1384520.html

http://mobile.lemonde.fr/big-browser/article/2018/02/28/les-avocats-du-havre-reprennent-un-morceau-d-orelsan-pour-defendre-leur-tribunal_5263854_4832693.html

http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/des-avocats-s-en-prennent-a-macron-dans-une-parodie-du-clip-d-orelsan-28-02-2018-7584153.php

https://secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/tout_public_Sauvez_le_Tribunal_de_Grande_Instance_dALES/(SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

https://secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/tout_public_SAUVEZ_LES_TRIBUNAUX_DE_LONGWY_ET_BRIEY/?aZgtJab (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYAoke-LGvKlQVIp5rWqhD34uUiWCq0L0C8k7Eop222k54jg/viewform?c=0&w=1 (SIGNEZ LA PETITION SVP!)

https://www.unepetition.fr/mobilisationpourlajustice (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

#Cartejudiciaire #Réforme #Justiceprocheducitoyen #Touchepasamacour

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The Philippines: Release of Senator Leila de Lima urged on the one-year anniversary of her detention

February 23, 2018

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The Observatory condemns Philippine Senator Leila de Lima’s arbitrary and politically motivated detention, and calls for her immediate release and for all charges against her to be dropped. Tomorrow will mark one year since Senator de Lima, a critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was detained on unsubstantiated drug charges.

“Senator de Lima’s arbitrary detention is aimed at silencing her and intimidating other lawmakers and government critics from speaking out against the brutal killings that have been carried out as part of President Duterte’s ‘war on drugs.’ She should be immediately released and all charges against her dropped,” said FIDH Secretary-General Debbie Stothard.

On February 24, 2017, Ms. Leila de Lima handed herself in to police, a week after the Department of Justice filed three charges against her under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and a day after a Manila court issued a warrant for her arrest. The charges were related to de Lima’s alleged involvement in a drug trafficking ring inside the New Bilibid Prison in Metro Manila’s Muntinlupa City, while she was Department of Justice Secretary. If convicted, de Lima could face between 12 years and life in prison.

De Lima has been a staunch critic of President Duterte’s approach to combatting crimes and drug trafficking. In 2009, as Chair of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR), she initiated a probe into Duterte’s involvement in the ‘Davao Death Squad’ during his time as mayor of Davao City. In August 2016, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, de Lima convened hearings on the hundreds of killings that had been carried out as part of President Duterte’s ‘war on drugs.’ On September 19, 2016, a group of Senators voted to replace de Lima as Chair of the Committee, effectively shutting down the hearings.

President Duterte has repeatedly targeted de Lima. Prior to her imprisonment, he had pledged to “destroy her in public.” He also made personal attacks against her, accusing de Lima of “immorality” for allegedly having had an affair with her driver.

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/philippines/2018/02/d24737/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/02/philippines-detained-duterte-critic-must-be-freed-immediately/

https://www.rappler.com/nation/196703-amnesty-international-release-leila-de-lima

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/02/23/roque-urges-minority-senators-not-to-politicize-courts/

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2018/02/22/palace-taunts-de-lima-happy-1st-anniversary-detention-590243

http://thestandard.com.ph/news/national/259477/de-lima-supporters-hold-protest.html

https://www.rappler.com/nation/195580-de-lima-icc-the-hague-act-urgency-killings

http://opinion.inquirer.net/111281/independent-vulnerable-judiciary

https://www.facebook.com/notes/leila-de-lima/de-lima-among-political-prisoners-featured-at-10th-geneva-summit/2124403167790227/

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

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/02/philippines-detained-duterte-critic-must-be-freed-immediately/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20180224-philippines-leila-lima-prisonniere-opinion-amnesty-drogue-duterte (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leila_de_Lima (FRANCAIS)

#FreeLeilaNow #StandUp4HumanRights #WorldIsWatching#StopPoliticalPersecution

Azerbaijan: YALCHIN IMANOV SUSPENDED FROM PRACTISING PENDING TRIAL

February 22, 2018

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On 21 February 2018, the preliminary hearing of Yalchin Imanov was concluded in the Ganja City Administrative – Economic Court.

On 20 November 2017, Azerbaijan’s Bar Association suspended human rights lawyer Yalchin Imanov from practising law, pending a court ruling, following a complaint from the Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijan. On 10 August 2017, the Deputy Chairman of the Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijan stated, in a letter of complaint to Azerbaijan’s Bar Association, that Yalchin Imanov had been circulating false information through the press. The complaint refers to the human rights defender allegedly disseminating false information regarding allegations of torture of two of his clients in detention. Yalchin Imanov was also accused of creating negative public opinion of the work of the Prison Service.

At the hearing, the human rights lawyer emphasised that the Administrative Procedure Code did not contain any relevant provisions for a hearing on the decision of the Bar Association and therefore an administrative court is not the correct forum for a hearing on his case.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/yalchin-imanov-suspended-practising-pending-trial

http://www.contact.az/ext/news/2018/2/free/Social/en/69217.htm

Click to access EN_HRL_20180302_Azerbaijan_Situation-of-lawyers-in-Azerbaijan.pdf

https://www.lrwc.org/attacks-on-the-legal-profession-in-china-azerbaijan-kazakhstan-and-turkey-joint-oral-statement-to-the-37th-session-of-the-un-human-rights-council/

http://www.barassociation.az/ (AZERBAIJANI)

Turkey: Amnesty International: Turkey’s dissent being ruthlessly suppressed

February 23, 2018

Amnesty International: Turkey’s dissent being ruthlessly suppressed

A report released by Amnesty International on Thursday reveals that critical voices and dissent were ruthlessly suppressed in Turkey in 2017 and that a state of emergency in the country served as a backdrop for rights violations.

Amnesty International Report 2017/18 sheds light on the state of human rights during 2017 in 159 countries.

The Turkey section of the report talks about how journalists, political activists and human rights defenders were targeted due to a lack of tolerance for dissenting voices, which diminished further due to a state of emergency that was declared in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

The report said the state of emergency paved the way for unlawful restrictions on human rights and allowed the government to pass laws beyond the effective scrutiny of Parliament and the courts. “Over 50,000 people were in pre-trial detention on charges linked to membership of the ‘Fethullahist Terrorist Organization’ (FETÖ), which the authorities blamed for the 2016 coup attempt. A similar number were released on bail and were subjected to reporting requirements. Only a tiny minority of them were accused of taking part in the actual events of the attempted coup,” said the report.

Amnesty’s report also makes mention of how eight human rights defenders including Amnesty International Turkey Director İdil Eser were held in pre-trial detention until a trial on trumped-up charges for “membership of a terrorist organization” based on their work as human rights defenders began in October, and Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty International Turkey, still remains in prison due to alleged links to the Gülen movement.

https://turkeypurge.com/amnesty-international-turkeys-dissent-ruthlessly-suppressed

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/report-world-human-rights-2017

https://reliefweb.int/report/turkey/turkey-drop-terror-charges-against-amnesty-chair-taner-kili-un-human-rights-experts

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1802/S00186/people-power-ignites-new-era-of-hope-for-human-rights.htm

http://www.vocaleurope.eu/story-of-a-purged-judge-turkey/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_K%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7

https://www.challenges.fr/monde/amnesty-international-denonce-l-etat-d-urgence-en-turquie_569360 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2018/02/22/5a8e8e05e5fdea832f8b4667.html (ESPANOL)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/02/22/odio-e-mobilitazione-il-rapporto-2017-2018-di-amnesty-international/ (ITALIANO)

http://t24.com.tr/haber/af-orgutu-insan-haklari-raporu-turkiyede-muhalifler-susturuldu-ozgurlukler-saldiri-altinda,565663 (DEUTSCH)

Maldives: authorities must end assault on the legal profession

February 23, 2018

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As the assault on the rule of law and human rights under the state of emergency in the Maldives continues, the ICJ expressed concerned about government reprisals taken against lawyers for performing their legitimate professional functions.

The ICJ urged the Maldivian authorities to stop obstructing the work of lawyers and respect the independence of the legal profession.

The ICJ called on the government to immediately lift the state of emergency, revoke the “suspension” of human rights protections, release judges of the Supreme Court and persons detained for political reasons, and ensure the independence of the judiciary.

On 22 February, the Department of Judicial Administration, the administrative arm of the Maldivian judiciary, suspended lawyer Hussain Shameem for an indefinite period of time, citing an ongoing investigation against him.

“No lawyer should be subject to persecution for carrying out their professional duties. Lawyers like Hussain Shameem are indispensable in ensuring human rights protection and upholding the rule of law in the Maldives, especially during a state of emergency,” said Frederick Rawski, ICJ’s Asia-Pacific Director.

The decision to suspend Shameem came only days after the Maldivian police launched an investigation against him for “obstruction of justice” and “obstruction of the administration of law and other government function”.

https://www.icj.org/maldives-authorities-must-end-assault-on-the-legal-profession/

https://raajje.mv/en/news/27469

https://raajje.mv/en/news/27403

https://raajje.mv/en/news/27025

https://raajje.mv/en/news/27063

https://avas.mv/en/45233

https://avas.mv/en/44854

http://vnews.mv/95885

http://www.alcmaldives.com/service/hussain-shameem/

http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/feb/23/maldives-president-abdullah-yameen-loses-support-of-top-law-officers-1777846.html

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/maldives-sc-approves-extension-of-emergency-for-30-days/articleshow/63033131.cms

https://avas.mv/en/45284

https://raajje.mv/en/news/27486

https://raajje.mv/en/news/27525

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/india-must-lead-international-efforts-to-restore-democracy-in-maldives-former-vice-president/articleshow/63064064.cms

https://raajje.mv/en/news/27540

https://raajje.mv/en/news/27567

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/39340921/maldives-opposition-seeks-un-mediated-talks-to-end-crisis/

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Fact-finding-team-sent-to-Maldives-deported-LAWASIA-146530.html

India: Nalapad Assault Case: Victim’s lawyer seeks protection, cites threat to life

February 22, 2018

Karnataka MLA NA Haris

Special prosecutor in the Nalapad assault case, Shyamsunder has written to the Bengaluru police commissioner seeking protection for himself and his family. After Shyamsundar’s request, the police immediately began patrolling around his home.

Mohammed Haris Nalapad, also Bengaluru District Youth Congress General Secretary, was sent to judicial custody till March 7 after he attacked an individual over putting up banners during Rahul Gandhi’s Bengaluru visit.

On Wednesday, Judge of the 8th ACMM Court remanded Mohammed Nalapad and his six associates to Judicial Custody till March 7 for brutally assaulting a person.

Commenting on the matter, senior BJP leader R Ashoka said he was shocked that a lawyer could not argue a case in court without fear. “Is there democracy in Karnataka?” Ashoka asked.

Mohammed Nalapad and his six associates are lodged at the Parappana Agrahara Central prison in the city. Nalapad had gone absconding after the assault and was untraceable for almost 36 hours after the incident took place on Saturday night. He surrendered before the Cubbon Park police on Monday morning.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/nalapad-assault-case-victim-s-lawyer-seeks-protection-cites-threat-to-life-1175573-2018-02-22

http://www.news18.com/news/india/nalapad-assault-case-special-prosecutor-alleges-threat-to-life-from-congress-mlas-son-1669269.html

Turkey/Austria: Pressekonferenz der Plattform Rechtsstaat: Yücel-Anwalt und Wiener Experten kritisieren “Zurückhaltung” des EGMR

21/02/18

Der Anwalt des Journalisten Deniz Yücel, Veysel Ok, und führende Rechtsexperten haben scharfe Kritik am Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte (EGMR) geübt. Dessen Zurückhaltung gegenüber Ankara werde “schlimme Folgen” haben, sagte Ok am Mittwoch bei einer Pressekonferenz im Vienna International Press Center des ÖJC in Wien. Der Wiener Rechtsprofessor Hannes Trettersieht in dieser Frage die Glaubwürdigkeit des EGMR insgesamt in Gefahr.

Das über die Einhaltung der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention wachende Straßburger Gericht, sei “die letzte Burg, von der aus man die Meinungs- und Pressefreiheit (in der Türkei) verteidigen kann”, sagte der Yücel-Anwalt. Trotzdem sei der EGMR bisher untätig geblieben, und habe so die in der vergangenen Woche erfolgte Verurteilung der Journalisten Mehmet und Ahmet Altan zu lebenslanger Haft zugelassen. Ein Jahr sei seit den Beschwerden der Journalisten, darunter auch der am Freitag auf massiven Druck aus Deutschland freigelassene Yücel, vergangen. “Der EGMR wusste, dass es die Verurteilungen geben wird. Trotzdem hat er bisher keine Entscheidung getroffen. Das wird schlimme Folgen für die Journalisten in der Türkei haben”, kritisierte Ok.

Tretter berichtete, dass bis Ende Mai 2017 18.000 Beschwerden gegen die Verfolgungswelle nach dem gescheiterten Putschversuch in der Türkei beim EGMR eingegangen seien. Nur in einem Fall hätten die Richter die Türkei zu einer Stellungnahme aufgefordert. 280 Fälle seien zurückgewiesen worden.

http://www.oejc.at/index.php?id=32&L=-1%27%25&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=74&cHash=6f3a8c7bea0f253efcb2e24960e5f7be

https://diepresse.com/home/ausland/aussenpolitik/5375914/Tuerkei_Anwaelte-und-Experten-kritisieren-Zurueckhaltung-des-EGMR

https://derstandard.at/2000074719684/Kritik-an-Untaetigkeit-des-Gerichtshofs-fuer-Menschenrechte-zu-Tuerkei

http://ipahaber.com/2018/02/21/aihm-neyi-bekliyor/ (TURKCE)

India: P’KHEMUNDI LAWYER HELD ON WARRANT

February 23, 2018

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The Paralakhemundi police have arrested lawyer Upendra Nayak on capacity of a non-bailable warrant issued by the R Udayagri JMFC Court.

A team led by ASI SN Purohit arrested Nayak from his residence at Badagouda Sahi in the city.  After arrest, he was forwarded to the JMFC Court at R Udayagiri, according to information.

Meanwhile, the Campaign against Fabricated Cases and the PUCL have approached the Odisha Human Rights Commission against arrest of Nayak. “We are deeply concerned that advocate Upendra Nayak was arrested on charges seditions, waging war against State, unlawful activities prevention charges etc.  65-year-old Nayak is a regular legal practitioner and ventured to defend the defenceless tribes who are languishing in jails in Gajapati district. His arrest violates rights of lawyers. Therefore, we request that the matter be inquired by the own agency of the OHRC and the State Government be directed to take necessary steps for withdrawal of prosecutions against Nayak,” demanded a memorandum sent to the OHRC.

Biswapriya Kanungo of the Campaign Agaisnt Fabricated Cases and Promodini Pradhan of the PUCL undersigned the memorandum, among others.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/pkhemundi-lawyer-held-on-warrant.html

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/senior-lawyer-arrested-for-maoist-links/articleshow/63025685.cms

https://www.nyoooz.com/news/bhubaneswar/1040318/senior-lawyer-arrested-for-maoist-links/

http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/adviser-to-cm-confirms-assault-on-cs.html

CONDEMN THE ARREST OF ADVOCATE UPENDRA NAYAK BY THE ODISHA POLICE!

RELEASE ADV. NAYAK IMMEDIATELY AND UNCONDITIONALLY!

23rd February 2018

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers condemns the arrest of peoples’ advocate Upendra Nayak by the Paralakhemundi police, Odisha on the night of 20th February 2018. He was produced before the Mohana, Gajapati Judicial Magistrate on 21st February and subsequently sent to R. Udaygiri Jail. Shockingly, he has been arrested in ten criminal cases under serious charges like sedition, waging war against the State and provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, wherein he himself was the advocate defending the accused.

Advocate Nayak is more that 65 years of age and a regular legal practitioner in the courts of Gajapati. One of the southern districts in Orissa, Gajapati is where Adivasis constitute 51 percent of the population in the district. Advocate Nayak has been defending innocent tribals of Gajapati who have been arrested in fabricated and false cases under the name of anti-Maoists operations. Apparently he has been sent to jail for his alleged involvement in the ten cases. All registered way back in 2009 and 2010 in which he successfully defended number of innocents including Arati Majhi, Pasanti Patamijhi, Munita Lakshmi and the trial ended in acquittals. The case of Arati Majhi is well documented by the Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) (https://wssnet.files.wordpress.com/…/arati-majhi-case-from-…

).However this type of arrest wherein the State has identified a lawyer with the cause of his client, is becoming a common practice in so-called terrorist cases or Maoist trials. IAPL had observed in earlier fact findings to Chhattisgarh and Madurai how Advocates Rekha Praganiya and A. Murugan had been arrested in criminal cases in which they themself had been defending other accused. Special ant-terror laws such as UA(P)A with broad and vague definitions of conspiracy, association and culpability often help the State to do so.

This practice is in violation of the “Basic Principles of the Role of Lawyers, 1990” (Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders) which clearly states that “Lawyers shall not be identified with their clients or their clients’ causes as a result of discharging their functions”. By hindering Advocate Nayak to fearlessly practice his profession and defend his client, the State has also violated Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution, a fundamental right, that guarantees a person the right to practice any profession.
IAPL demands:

1. RELEASE Adv Upendra Nayak immediately and unconditionally.
2. STOP identifying lawyers with the causes of their clients.
3. REPEAL the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

Signed,
Adv. Surendra Gadling, General Secretary, IAPL
Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj, Vice-President, IAPL

(IAPL – Indian Association of People’s Lawyers 23/02/18 Facebook)

https://countercurrents.org/2018/02/23/condemn-arrest-advocate-upendra-nayak-odish-police/

Pakistan: Advocate Ehsan Ali released on bail amid protests

February 22, 2018

Amid widespread protests in Gilgit-Baltistan and parts of Pakistan, advocate Ehsan Ali, the detained President of Supreme Court Bar Association and founding leader of Awami Action Committee, was released from jail by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) here on Monday.

Accepting Ehsan Advocate’s bail application, the ATC Judge, Raja Shahbaz, ordered the release of the lawyer leader whose arrest over sharing of a post on Facebook had triggered national and international outcry.

Awami Workers Party, several leftist groups, and lawyers community of Gilgit-Baltistan had been protesting for the last week against the detention of Advocate Ehsan Ali.

A protest was held at Skardu on February 14 against the illegal detention of Advocate Ehsan Ali. The protest was jointly organised by Baltistan Student Federation (BSF), Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) and Gilgit-Baltistan Youth Alliance (GBYA).

The protesters stated that the allegations are concocted and were registered with the intention of persecuting Ehsan Ali for his political activism.

Advocate Ehsan Ali, who was also the former head of Awami Action Committee (ACC) was arrested on February 12 on the charge of re-sharing an allegedly ‘Anti-Religion” post on social media.

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/advocate-ehsan-ali-released-on-bail-amid-protests201802222102240001/

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/advocate-ehsan-ali-released-on-bail-amid-protests-118022201223_1.html

http://www.indianews-today.com/news/advocate-ehsan-ali-released-on-bail-amid-protests

https://www.siasat.com/news/advocate-ehsan-ali-released-bail-amid-protests-1321995/

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/283559-a-symbol-of-political-sanity

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/283138-dangerous-politics

https://www.eurasiareview.com/27022018-pakistan-where-islamabad-sees-terrorists-gilgit-baltistan-analysis/