le 2 mai, 2018
La police camerounaise a interdit ce matin, une manifestation d’avocats. Ceux-ci entendaient dénoncer ce qu’ils qualifient d’« injustice » lors du dernier examen d’admission au barreau, à l’issue duquel 474 candidats ont été admis contre 1341 inscrits.
La police, qui est descendue sur les lieux de la manifestation, a délimité un périmètre verrouillé, qu’elle a contraint les avocats « indignés » à ne pas franchir. L’itinéraire initial, prévu pour la manifestation, n’a donc pas été respecté.
L’appli KOACI Android avec les notifications en temps réel (cliquez ici pour installer) Ou Apple (cliquez et installez-la sur votre iPhone ou iPad) Munis de banderoles, et de la photo de Nelson Mandela, les avocats ont invité le président Biya à prendre un acte additif pour leur intégration au barreau.
« Le jour que tout le monde respectera la loi dans ce pays ça va aller. Figurez-vous qu’au Cameroun il y a 2 mille avocats qui ont ouvert les cabinets. L’Union européenne a subventionné à hauteur de 350 millions FCFA, pour former 1351 avocats lors des résultats d’examen de fin de stage, on va prendre 474 et on vous dit un examen niveau licence, les 6 docteurs en droit de la promotion ont raté », explique Jean Magloire Nlaté, porte-parole du groupe d’avocats indignés.
May 2, 2018
South Sudanese authorities have failed to investigate the enforced disappearance in Nairobi of two South Sudanese men one year ago, and hold those responsible to account, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Kenyan authorities should also step up their ongoing investigation into the enforced disappearances.
Dong Samuel Luak, a well-respected South Sudanese human rights lawyer and activist, and Aggrey Idri, a vocal government critic and member of the opposition, disappeared off the streets of Nairobi on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively. They are believed to have been abducted by or at the request of South Sudanese officials.
“These two prominent men should not be allowed to simply vanish into thin air without a trace,” said Mausi Segun, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Responsibility for the safety of both men lies with both South Sudan and Kenya, yet neither is making a real effort to solve their disappearance.”
April 30, 2018
Poland says it will oppose a European Union proposal to cut funding to countries where the rule of law is deemed under threat, calling it unfair political pressure that would hurt Poland while letting other countries off the hook for different problems.
Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz spoke to The Associated Press two days before the European Commission announces tough new rules for the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget. Last week, Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said the plan would include a “rule of law mechanism” that would link funding to observing democratic principles.
“We see this as an intention to exert pressure on some states, as political pressure before talks,” Czaputowicz said. “For this reason, we have a very negative opinion about these ideas.”
Poland, a nation of some 38 million, is the largest recipient of EU funds. Its economy has boomed for years, partly thanks to the infusion of billions of euros from Brussels that have helped upgrade Polish infrastructure and develop its poorest regions. According to the World Bank, Poland’s economy is on pace to grow 4.2 percent this year.
A letter addressed to the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers successfully raised awareness about the Polish Parliament’s worrying reforms of the justice system.
Read more about this issue in the 2017 Annual Review: https://tinyurl.com/y7rhftx4
(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook 2/5/18)
April 14, 2018
Every sentence of a letter written by Şukriye Erden, a lawyer in pretrial detention at Karabük T-Type Prison, was censored by prison authorities, tweeted Turkish journalist Gökçer Tahincioğlu, who said that “a letter was sent by jailed lawyer Şükriye Erden from Karabük T-Type Prison. According to the censorship authorities there is not one harmless word [in her letter].”
Erden, who is affiliated with the left-leaning People’s Law Office (HHB), was arrested in September 2017 together with 15 of her colleagues on charges of “membership in an armed terrorist organisation.” Erden was one of the lawyers representing Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, two educators who staged a lengthy hunger strike after being fired from their jobs by a government decree issued under a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
According to a recent report by the Brussels-based Arrested Lawyers Initiative, the Turkish government has prosecuted 1,539 lawyers, arrested 580 and sentenced 103 to long prison terms since the coup bid.