Daily Archives: 12/05/2018

Egypt: Activist held after posting video critical of Egyptian govt – Amnesty International

May 12, 2018

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Egyptian police on Friday detained an activist after she posted a video on social media criticising the government for failing to protect women against sexual harassment and over worsening living conditions, Amnesty International said.

The rights group said the arrest of Amal Fathy, a member of the now banned April 6 youth movement which played a role in 2011 mass protests that forced President Hosni Mubarak out of office, was a “new low in Egypt’s crackdown on freedom of expression”.

Egyptian police could not immediately be reached for comment, but a security source said Fathy had been detained over a complaint that she had insulted the Egyptian state through an offensive social media posting.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticised Egypt’s human rights situation, saying conditions in the country have continued to deteriorate under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power in 2013 after the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi following protests against his rule.

Amnesty said Fathy was detained from her home at 2:30 A.M. on Friday, together with her husband, Mohamed Lotfy — a human rights lawyer, and were taken to a police station in Maadi in southern Cairo.

Lotfy was freed some three hours later but Fathy was kept in custody to allow a prosecutor to examine her case.

https://www.firstpost.com/world/activist-held-after-posting-video-critical-of-egyptian-govt-amnesty-international-4466351.html

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/05/egyptactivist-arrested-for-facebook-video-on-sexual-harassment/

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/egypt/2018/05/d24858/

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/11/middleeast/egypt-amal-fathy-activist-detained/index.html

https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2018/05/index-on-censorship-calls-on-egypt-to-release-amal-fathy/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights/activist-held-after-posting-video-critical-of-egyptian-government-amnesty-international-idUSKBN1IC2KZ

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/prosecution-and-detention-amal-fathy

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-mohamed-lotfy

http://www.wtva.com/content/national/482437962.html?ref=962

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/fathi (FRANCAIS)

https://www.challenges.fr/monde/une-egyptienne-arretee-pour-une-video-critiquant-le-gouvernement_586724 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/premium/articoli/il-cairo-arresti-e-perquisizioni-contro-un-legale-dei-regeni/ (ITALIANO)

#FreeAmalFathy

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Kenya/Canada: NASA’s self proclaimed general Miguna Miguna plans his second coming

May 11, 2018

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It appears the stage is set for yet another showdown between outspoken advocate Miguna Miguna and the government, as he plans to make a second coming attempt. The department of immigration has failed to respond to a letter from the Kenya national commission on human rights, which is demanding that the government adheres to three court orders facilitating Miguna’s entry. KTN’s Duncan Khaemba has also found out that high court advocate Nelson Havi has withdrawn from Miguna’s legal team.

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ktnnews/index.php?videoID=2000154973&video_title=nasa-s-self-proclaimed-general-miguna-miguna-plans-his-second-coming

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ktnnews/video/2000154915/-self-declared-nrm-general-miguna-miguna-set-to-return-to-kenya

https://todaynewsafrica.com/shocking-videos-show-how-kenyan-opposition-figure-was-deported-from-his-own-country/featured/

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

The Philippines: IBP to appeal Sereno ouster; lawyers called to rise up

May 11, 2018

APPEAL. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will appeal the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said on Friday, May 11, that it intends to seek the reversal of a Supreme Court ruling that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

“We are awaiting official receipt of the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) in Republic vs. Sereno, with an eye towards seeking its reconsideration or reversal,” IBP national president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo said on Friday, May 11.

The SC en banc voted 8-6 on Friday to oust Sereno.

“This is pursuant to our position that only the Senate, assembled as an impeachment court, has the power to dismiss an incumbent Justice of the Supreme Court on questions pertaining to his or her alleged lack of integrity,” Fajardo said.

However, when Fajardo and the IBP first attempted to intervene, the petition was only “noted” by the Court. (READ: After ouster as CJ, Sereno says ‘the fight has just started’)

Only Congress

According to constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan, it is only the Congress which has the personality to challenge the quo warranto petition.

“[The Congress] would have a stronger case because they are the party in interest, because it is their function to do what the Supreme Court is trying to do,” Gatmaytan said.

Ha added: “The IBP, it’s always hard for them to defend their personality, sometimes they say they have to make sure the law is followed. That doesn’t always work in the Supreme Court especially in a case like this.” (READ: After SC ousts her, what can Sereno do now?)

But as of Friday, either chambers have not expressed intent to challenge this ruling.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202289-ibp-appeal-sereno-ouster

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989743/darkest-hour-in-ph-democracy-senators-slam-sc-ruling-vs-sereno

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/12/fear-for-democracy-after-top-philippine-judge-and-government-critic-removed

http://www.manilatimes.net/meilous-fall/398221/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/11/philippine-chief-justice-ouster-assault-rights-democracy

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/12/1814572/human-rights-watch-condemns-nefarious-sereno-ouster

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/05/12/teresita-de-castro-chief-justice-sereno-ouster.html

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202326-supreme-court-suicide-without-honor-caguioa-quo-warranto-sereno-ousted

http://bulatlat.com/main/2018/05/11/red-carpet-dictatorial-rule-progressives-say-serenos-ouster/

https://www.ibanet.org/Conferences/142269986.aspx

http://bicoltoday.com/2018/05/11/statement-nupl-calls-sc-majority-decision-vs-chief-justice-the-red-carpet-for-dictatorial-rule/

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/05/12/Carpio-Sereno-ouster-Supreme-Court.html

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202342-document-supreme-court-justice-marvic-leonen-dissenting-opinion-sereno-quo-warranto

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1742853/Baguio/Local-News/Supreme-Court-rally

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/ousted-philippine-chief-justice-condemns-vote-to-sack-her-10228110

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

http://www.ibp.ph/

http://www.ibp.ph/ibp-statement.html

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20180511-philippines-presidente-cour-supreme-limogee-critique-drogue-duterte-sereno (FRANCAIS)

https://www.worldjournal.com/5564468/article-%E9%AB%98%E8%AA%BF%E6%89%B9%E8%A9%95%E6%9D%9C%E7%89%B9%E8%92%82-%E8%8F%B2%E9%A6%96%E5%B8%AD%E5%A4%A7%E6%B3%95%E5%AE%98%E8%A2%AB%E6%92%A4%E6%8F%9B/ (CHINESE)

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