Daily Archives: 13/04/2018

China: Guards Beat Friends Who Brought Food to Disappeared Chinese Rights Lawyer’s Wife

April 12, 2018

Beijing activist Li Meiqing rests in bed after suffering a caudal bone fracture from beatings by Chinese security officials as she and others tried to deliver food to Li Wenzu, wife of disappeared human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, April 12, 2018.

The wife of “disappeared” human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been released from house arrest after growing pressure from overseas activists, she told RFA on Thursday.

Earlier this week, police in Beijing prevented Wang’s wife Li Wenzu from finishing her planned 120 kilometer (60-mile) trek from the capital to neighboring Tianjin to highlight Wang’s disappearance.

Li was confined to her home, while dozens of security guards, officials and state security police stood guard over the building, beating up friends and fellow activists who tried to visit her.

The surveillance detail decamped on Thursday, leaving her free to go out again, she said.

“I have been able to move around freely since this morning,” Li told RFA. “I have my freedom back, for now, anyway.”

She said a friend had already been to her home to visit her.

“She told me there wasn’t anyone watching me downstairs any more,” she said. “I want … to thank everyone for their concern over Wang Quanzhang’s situation, which I think has been enormously helpful.”

“They may have stopped us from continuing the march, but I haven’t decided what I am going to do next yet,” she said. “But I definitely won’t stop speaking out … for as long as Wang Quanzhang doesn’t come home and the authorities fail to deal with his case according to law.”

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/liwenzu-update-04122018143233.html

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3403921

http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2454487&CategoryId=12395

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/12/china-march-find-her-husband

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/04/12/video-wife-chinese-rights-lawyer-put-house-arrest-amnesty-condemns-display-thuggery/

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/04/11/active-collaborators-state-media-outlets-culpable-airing-chinese-tv-confessions-report-says/

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-human-rights-group-urges-sanctions-against-chinese-state-media-for/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-promised-detainees-video-confessions-wouldnt-be-televised-rights-group-says-1523355020

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/protesters-04102018114649.html

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2454352&CategoryId=12395

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=105493&sid=4

https://independent.ng/chinese-rights-lawyers-activists-detained-since-2015/

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/04/09/2003690963

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/wife_of_detained_chinese_lawyer_marches_to_demand_answers_on_his_fate

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/04/07/pictures-hong-kong-activists-demand-release-chinas-political-prisoners/

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/04/05/1000-days-wife-vanished-chinese-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-marches-100km-answers/

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/march-04092018135125.html

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=105400&sid=3

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/wife_of_detained_chinese_lawyer_marches_to_demand_answers_on_his_fate

 

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The Philippines: President Duterte’s attack on the Chief Justice is an attack on the rule of law

April 10, 2018

The ICJ today condemned a threatening statement made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attacking Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Philippines Supreme Court.

The ICJ said that the President’s remarks constituted an assault not just on the Chief Justice, but on the independence of the judiciary in the country.

The ICJ urged President Duterte to respect judicial independence and not to exert political pressure on any government official or agency to undermine the independence of the judiciary.

In a press conference on 9 April 2018, President Duterte told reporters: “I’m putting you on notice that I’m your enemy and you have to be out of the Supreme Court.”

He also called on the House of Representatives to expedite impeachment proceedings presently underway against Chief Justice Sereno.

“It is absolutely unacceptable for President Duterte to make such a statement not only because it constitutes direct intimidation of the Chief Justice, but the chilling effect it may have on other independent judges who carry out their professional duties,” said Emerlynne Gil, Senior International Legal Adviser of ICJ.

https://www.icj.org/philippines-president-dutertes-attack-on-the-chief-justice-is-an-attack-on-the-rule-of-law/

https://www.rappler.com/nation/200141-sereno-behind-bars-duterte-only-wants-her-out

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/04/13/1805610/duterte-lashes-out-again-ignorant-sereno

https://www.rappler.com/nation/200222-international-commission-of-jurists-statement-duterte-attack-sereno

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2018/04/09/duterte-sereno-i-am-now-your-enemy-you-have-be-out-597530

https://www.rappler.com/nation/199862-duterte-congress-fast-track-chief-justice-sereno-impeachment

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/977622/sereno-quo-warranto-case-fatally-flawed-ibp-tells-sc-in-plea-vs-cj-ouster

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/977714/lawyers-group-asks-sc-to-reject-calida-move-to-oust-sereno

http://thestandard.com.ph/news/top-stories/261746/ibp-seeks-quo-warranto-plea-dismissal.html

https://www.rappler.com/nation/198755-supreme-court-chief-justice-maria-lourdes-sereno-warning-ouster

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/586164/Impeachment-effort-well-funded-chief-justice

https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21739204-there-are-moves-impeach-her-congress-well-remove-her-through-courts-chief

http://www.manilatimes.net/drug-addicts-chief-justice-deserve-due-process/387955/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/03/17/1797492/business-groups-follow-rule-law-sereno-impeachment

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/974499/news-larry-gadon-supreme-court-department-of-justice-maria-lourdes-sereno-impeachment

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/04/02/1802112/sereno-supporters-picket-supreme-court-session-baguio

https://www.wpxi.com/news/philippine-govt-asks-supreme-court-to-expel-chief-justice/711092110

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/03/12/1796073/davide-quit-call-judiciary-worse-impeachment-petition

http://www.manilatimes.net/ateneo-and-san-beda-on-the-quo-warranto-case/393116/

http://www.manilatimes.net/tirades-vs-sereno-not-an-attack-on-sc/394100/

Kenya: Lawyer Willy Kimani Murder Trial Resumes

April 11, 2018

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The trial of five people implicated in the murder of human rights lawyer Willy Kimani, his client and taxi driver resumes Wednesday after a long break.

The trial is nearing conclusion with the prosecution having called more than 30 witnesses to support the case.

Four Administration Police officers, Fredrick Leliman, Mr Stephen Cheburet, Ms Sylvia Wanjiku and Mr Leonard Maina Mwangi, and a police informer Peter Ngugi, have denied murdering Mr Kimani, his client Mr Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Mr Joseph Mururi.

The three were kidnapped after leaving the Mavoko Law Courts on June 23, 2016. They later disappeared only for their bodies to be retrieved one week later from the Athi River, near Donyo Sabuk police post.

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Evidence presented in court shows that the three victims had fractured skulls and injuries on the chest, neck and face.

In addition, they had wounds on their hands.

The three are suspected to have been tortured to death and their bodies stashed in gunny bags and thrown into the river.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201804120171.html

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Willy-Kimani-s-murder-trial-resumes/1056-4381710-n02i3k/index.html

Honduras: Asesinan a abogado de alcalde de Arizona, acusado por defender el río Jilamito en Atlántida

11/04/18

Carlos Hernández, era el apoderado legal del alcalde de Arizona, Arnoldo Chacón, quien recientemente, junto a otros 4 integrantes del MADJ fueron acusados del delito de usurpación por detentación en contra del Estado de Honduras y la empresa Generación Eléctrica (INGELSA), debido a su defensa del río Jilamito, hecha y sostenida desde el Campamento Digno en Defensa del Río Jilamito, instalado en Arizona, desde mayo del 2017.

San Pedro Sula. 10 de abril de 2018.

El abogado y ex fiscal del Ministerio Público, Carlos Hernández fue asesinado al interior de su bufete ubicado en el municipio de Tela, justamente en la esquina opuesta a donde hace una semana ultimaron a una doctora, en Tela Atlántida.

Carlos Hernández, era el apoderado legal del alcalde de Arizona, Arnoldo Chacón, quien recientemente, junto a otros 4 integrantes del MADJ fueron acusados del delito de usurpación por detentación en contra del Estado de Honduras y la empresa Generación Eléctrica (INGELSA), debido a su defensa del río Jilamito, hecha y sostenida desde el Campamento Digno en Defensa del Río Jilamito, instalado en Arizona, desde mayo del 2017.

Previo al proceso judicial en su contra, Arnoldo Chacón fue víctima de allanamientos domiciliarios ilegales por parte de los cuerpos de seguridad del Estado, hostigamientos y persecución debido a su condición de candidato a alcalde afín a las luchas por los bienes naturales y a su oposición abierta dentro de la corporación municipal al otorgamiento de permisos de construcción a la empresa INGELSA.

https://www.movimientoamplio.org/single-post/2018/04/10/Asesinan-a-abogado-de-alcalde-de-Arizona-acusado-por-defender-el-r%C3%ADo-Jilamito-en-Atl%C3%A1ntida

http://www.laprensa.hn/sucesos/1167716-410/matan-abogado-penalista-tela-carlos_hernandez-

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/asesinan-abogado-carlos-hernandez-honduras-20180411-0011.html

http://radiohrn.hn/2018/04/11/policia-nacional-investiga-posibles-causas-del-asesinato-de-carlos-hernandez/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/carlos-hernandez-killed (ENGLISH)

France: Plusieurs milliers d’avocats et magistrats dans la rue à Paris contre la réforme de la justice

le 11 avril, 2018

Un manifestant portant un masque à l'effigie d'Emmanuel Macron défile avec des avocats, des magistrats et des greffiers à Paris le 11 avril 2018, contre le projet de réforme de la justice

Contre «une justice sans juge» et «le recul des droits de la défense», pour «la justice de proximité»: des milliers d’avocats de toute la France mais aussi des magistrats et greffiers ont manifesté mercredi à Paris contre le projet de réforme de la justice.

Des avocats en robe des barreaux venus notamment de Dieppe, Amiens, Bethunes, Aix-en- Provence, Libourne, Bayonne, Tours ont défilé derrière la banderole «Pour une justice de qualité et accessible». Les manifestants, qui étaient 4.000 selon la police et entre 6.000 et 7.000 selon les organisateurs, ont marché de la place du Châtelet jusqu’à la rue de la Paix toute proche de la place Vendôme, où se situe le ministère de la Justice.

Les avocats de Valenciennes avaient amené un cercueil pour cette nouvelle journée «justice morte». Quelques messages sur les pancartes: «Justice sans juge. Ils sont devenus fous à Bercy», «Cheminot en robe noire»… Un magistrat avait lancé lundi à des avocats niçois en grève: «Vous êtes des cheminots en robe noire ! (…) Vous êtes la honte de la profession!».

A quelques jours de la présentation en Conseil des ministres, le 18 avril, du projet de loi, des avocats étaient aussi mobilisés dans les juridictions, notamment à Annecy, Marseille et Nice.

http://www.liberation.fr/societe/2018/04/11/plusieurs-milliers-d-avocats-et-magistrats-dans-la-rue-a-paris-contre-la-reforme-de-la-justice_1642724

https://www.20minutes.fr/societe/2253611-20180412-paris-plusieurs-milliers-avocats-magistrats-rue-contre-reforme-justice

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http://www.europe1.fr/societe/plus-de-250-magistrats-interpellent-le-gouvernement-sur-une-fermeture-des-tribunaux-dinstance-3621929

http://www.letelegramme.fr/finistere/quimper/manifestation-des-avocats-locaux-dans-le-cortege-parisien-12-04-2018-11923691.php

https://www.nicematin.com/justice/video-deux-avocats-nicois-signent-une-chanson-contre-la-reforme-de-la-justice-qui-cartonne-sur-le-net-222345

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