Daily Archives: 03/03/2018

ICJ: The role of judges, lawyers and prosecuters in preventing human rights abuses

February 27, 2018


The head of the ICJ’s Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Matt Pollard, highlighted the role of judges, lawyers and prosecutors in preventing human rights abuses, at a UN expert workshop in Geneva.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organised the expert workshop, 21 to 22 February 2018, to discuss the role and contribution of civil society organizations, academia, national human rights institutions and other relevant stakeholders in the prevention of human rights abuses, drawing on the conclusions and recommendations of OHCHR’s study on the prevention of human rights violations.

The workshop, mandated by the Human Rights Council resolution 33/6, covered topics such as: a framework approach to prevention; human rights education; abuses by private actors, national and regional practices, planning and monitoring tools; human rights impact assessments; and the role of UN institutions.

The presentation on the role of judges and lawyers can be downloaded in PDF format here: UN-ExpertMeeting-JudgesLawyersPrevention-2018

More information about the expert workshop is available by clicking here.





The Philippines: She Stood Up to Duterte. Now She Faces Impeachment

March 2, 2018

The chief justice of the Philippines, who has resisted some of President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies on the grounds that they flouted human rights and the rule of law, faces an impeachment vote next week over accusations that she had concealed some of her income for years.

Supporters of the chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno, the first woman to lead the Philippine judiciary, say that Mr. Duterte’s allies organized the impeachment push to remove a thorn in his side. Chief Justice Sereno has denied the allegations.

“I am trying to show the people what it means to fight for an institution, what it means to fight for democratic values,” she said in an interview last month. “This fight is much larger than myself. It is about our democratic way of life and preserving our gains as a people.”
























http://www.journal.com.ph/editorial/opinion/dapat-mag-resign-na-si-sereno-bago-mahuli-ang-lahat (TAGALOG)


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Egypt: A statement for Egyptian human rights organizations: “EZzat ghoniem where are ?

March 3, 2018


The undersigned parties hold the Egyptian security authorities all the responsibility of Ghonim’s safety and demand quickly detection of his place detentions and quickly release him. And call upon all domestic and international organizations to solidarity by all possible means to guarantee the safety of Ghonim and quickly releasing him.

It’s worrisome that human rights field in Egypt is threatened after the repeated targeting of human rights defenders, in opposition of the United Nations declaration on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and society institutions in promoting and protection of human rights.

They also have fears that enforced disappearances and other human rights violations after the systematic targeting of human rights defenders and getting them out of sight like what’s happening now with the lawyer (Ezzat Ghonim).

At last, the undersigned call upon all domestic and international organizations to demand the Egyptian authorities revealing his whereabouts, and calling them to stop arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearance policies, and creating a safe area to enable human rights defenders to do their jobs without fears for their freedom or safety.

List of organizations:



https://forcechange.com/477158/release-human-rights-activist-to-the-safety-of-his-family/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnistia.org/ve/noticias/2018/03/5114/egipto-posible-desaparicion-forzada-del-abogado-ezzat-ghonim (ESPANOL)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2018/03/02/egitto-avvocato-difensore-dei-diritti-umani-egiziano-probabile-nuova-vittima-sparizione-forzata/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.haberturk.com/sisi-guvenlik-guclerine-hakaret-vatana-ihanete-girer-1860444 (TURKCE)

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Ezzat Ghoneim .. Shield of humanity and law and freedoms

Hours after his disappearance amid expectations of his arrest, Egyptian lawyer and Human Rights Activist Ezzat Ghneim adds new tournaments in the legal and human rights struggle for human rights, which has always sought his right regardless of his color, belief or opinion

In order to achieve a society that is safe and free from terrorism

He graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2000 and worked in the legal field as a lawyer specializing in freedom issues before administrative courts and the Council of State. He obtained a Diploma in Human Rights and Civil Society from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.

He has been in the field of human rights since 2005 and has emerged as a human rights activist committed to legal and professional standards in his work.

Where he worked on issues of human rights in general and civil rights in particular as an independent activist and then active in some civil society organizations, until he became executive director of Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms in 2014

He did not stop his activities in human rights and legal fields, but he went to raise awareness about them. He has many contributions and writings in the field of rights and freedoms

Including the book “Human Rights between Islamic law and international covenants” and “Legal Awareness Book” in cooperation with the Foundation of Toshiba Al-araby, and recently issued a book “the legal researcher between the methodology of work and influence ways

He has also published many legal and legal studies, including the NGO Law and the Philosophy of the System, as well as a guide to dealing with human rights violations, in addition to periodic articles in several websites and electronic newspapers, as well as televised interviews with international and local media organizations.

URGENT 4/3/18

We received news that the lawyer and human rights activist “Izzat Ghneim” appeared in the Supreme State Security Prosecution at the Fifth Gathering in Cairo in the early hours of Sunday, March 4th, without the presence of any of his lawyers, despite the waiting of lawyers until 11pm on Saturday March 3 Without his presence, and his continued detention in an unknown place

The charges against him are still unknown.

(Egyptian Coordination for rights and freedoms Facebook)

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#عاجل | أنباء عن ظهور المحامي والحقوقي “عزت غنيم” بنيابة أمن الدولة العليا بالتجمع الخامس بالقاهرة، في الساعات الأولى من صباح اليوم الأحد 4 مارس؛ دون حضور أيّا من محاميه معه، رغم انتظار المحامين حتى الساعة الحادية عشر مساء أمس السبت 3 مارس دون حضوره، مع استمرار احتجازه في مكان غير معروف ولم يتم التعرف على التهم الموجهة إليه حتى الآن.


(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook 4/3/18)



China: Five Lawyers Write to Minister of Justice: Cease the Campaign-style Political Crackdown Against China’s Lawyers

March 2, 2018


Minister Zhang Jun:

We are among the lawyers who have been disbarred or prevented from practicing as a result of coordinated suppression by the Ministry of Justice in the year 2017.

We are well aware that open letters are regularly received by ministries, commissions, and high officials in the Party, state, and military — some angry, some polite, some beseeching… letters of every kind imaginable. There are simply too many people who, unable to find redress anywhere else, will put their hopes in making direct appeal to officials. Whereas local officials may occasionally respond to letters, writing to high-ranking officials in Party Central is like tossing a rock into the ocean.

There are also many, in particular human rights lawyers, who act with goodwill, out of a concern for the people and the country, and write to high officials of various ranks. In the end they often meet with trouble of various sorts — the loss of licences to practice law, or even the loss of their personal freedom and retribution of all kinds. A recent example is lawyer Yu Wensheng (余文生) who wrote to the National People’s Congress with suggestions about appointments, dismissals, and constitutional amendments. Subsequently his license was revoked, and he was detained on the baseless charge of “obstructing official business” (妨碍公务罪), and in the end was formally arrested and charged with “incitement to subvert state power.” He was then placed under residential surveillance at a designated location.

For another example, veteran lawyers Cheng Hai (程海) and Zhou Lihui (邹丽惠), among others, wrote you an open letter in October 2017 — a sincere, respectful, evidenced, and thoroughly rational address. Yet merely days after the new year, Cheng Hai’s law firm was forcibly shut down, and a lawyer who had heretofore proudly called himself a “rule-of-law lawyer” faced the threat of losing the right to practice, as many before him.

Five Lawyers Write to Minister of Justice: Cease the Campaign-style Political Crackdown Against China’s Lawyers









https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/9384924-ces-dissidents-chinois-envoyes-dans-les-prisons-noires-du-pouvoir-de-pekin.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/chine/chine-la-dictature-de-xi-jinping_2637350.html (FRANCAIS)

Sudan: Immediately Cease and Remedy Arbitrary Detentions of Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, Saleh Mahmoud, and Mohammed Al-Hafiz and Others | Letter

February 15, 2018

(Lawyer Mohamed Abdallah El Doma)

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers, students and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues. We also engage in legal research and education about international human rights law. I am a lawyer and a partner of a law firm in Canada, Cohen Highley LLP, and I am writing to you to ask that you intervene with respect to proceedings involving the above named individuals.

On January 17, 2018, Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, the co-vice-president of the National Umma Party (NUP) and the chairman of the Darfur Bar Association, was arrested in Omdurman.

On February 1, 2018. Saleh Mahmoud, a lawyer and human rights defender as well as a member of the Central Committee of the Sudanese Communist Party, was arrested from his office in Khartoum.

Mohammed Al-Hafiz, a lawyer, was arrested in Khartoum at approximately 9:30 PM when security forces raided a meeting of opposition leaders.

The whereabouts of these men, along with roughly 40 others, is unknown. They have no access to counsel or family. They have not been formally charged with anything. They have been held incommunicado; denied access to medicine; subjected to torture, harsh conditions, verbal abuse and physical abuse.

We are concerned about the prolonged detention, in most cases incommunicado, of individuals under NISS custody feared to have been abused or at risk of abuse as well as those of advanced age with serious health conditions. The lack of access to lawyers and family members for the detainees, together with the well-documented use by the NISS of torture and other forms of ill- treatment against detainees, particularly whilst held in unknown locations, gives rise to serious concerns for their safety.

LRWC urges the authorities of South Sudan to do the following: