Daily Archives: 16/05/2018

China: Chinese Rights Lawyer Detained Amid Scuffles at ‘Disciplinary’ Hearing

May 16, 2018

Human rights lawyer Xie Yanyi is shown in an undated photo.

A prominent human rights lawyer who penned an open letter to the leaders of the ruling Chinese Communist Party calling for an amnesty for political prisoners and democratic reforms has been detained following scuffles at a hearing that could strip him of his license to practice.

Xie Yanyi, who was among hundreds of lawyers and associated rights activists detained during a nationwide police operation targeting the legal profession since July 2015, attended a hearing of the Beijing municipal branch of the China Lawyers’ Association on Wednesday.

Xie stands accused of “disciplinary violations” by the government-backed regulatory body, which has stripped a number of prominent rights lawyers of their livelihood in recent months.

“The hearing went fairly smoothly, in the sense that it allowed everyone to speak, but I don’t think it should ever have been convened in the first place, because there was no substantive evidence,” Xie’s lawyer Wen Donghai told RFA.

“Neither was any evidence produced to substantiate the alleged material facts of the case,” Wen said. “There is a growing tendency nowadays to start investigating lawyers at the drop of a hat.”

Wen said such politically charged investigations were out of keeping with the role of the China Lawyers’ Association’s role as a professional body.

“They should be working to protect lawyers’ right to practice, not punishing them,” he said.




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(Hong Kong Free Press HKFP Facebook)

Lesotho: authorities must ensure the independence of the judiciary and reopen the Court of Appeal

May 15, 2018

The Africa Judges and Jurists Forum (AJJF) and the ICJ today called on the authorities in Lesotho to guarantee the independence of the judiciary and to immediately take all legal and administrative measures necessary to make the Court of Appeal function independently and impartially.

The call came as the AJJF and ICJ concluded a 5-day Fact Finding Mission to Lesotho (7-12 May 2018).

The mission emphasized the importance of the Lesotho authorities ensuring that the constitutional and legal framework on the selection, appointment and tenure of judges and the actual practices conform to the international obligations of Lesotho pursuant the international human rights treaties to which it is party, as well as other applicable international standards.

“During our mission we were troubled to discovered that the Court of Appeal has not sat in the past two of its scheduled sessions and with the current impasse we are concerned that it may not convene anytime soon,” said Retired Chief Justice Othman Chande of Tanzania who led the AJJF/ICJ mission.

“We also found that the Prime Minister had initiated a process that may result in the impeachment of the Chief Justice under controversial circumstances,” he added.




Kenya/Canada: I’m not returning today, go on hunger strike, Miguna tells patriots

May 16, 2018

NRMKe leader Miguna Miguna at JKIA after he was denied entry to Kenya in March, 2018. /EZEKIEL AMING'Á

Firebrand lawyer Miguna Miguna has postponed his trip back to Kenya citing states’ failure to issue him with a valid passport.

“I was determined to arrive home on schedule, however, just before my departure, I reluctantly cancelled my flight to Nairobi and postponed my next arrival date,” he said.

Miguna said he has instructed his lawyers to move to court with a view of challenging the Department of Immigration refusal to issue him with a valid Kenyan passport.

“We will provide you with my new arrival date as soon as the court gives further directions on this matter,” he said in a statement.

Miguna further asked NRMKe patriots to engage in peaceful protests “against the illegitimate regime’s continued violation of his rights and those of millions of Kenyans”.

“Hold processions, sit-ins, street protests, hunger strikes, and use all media at your disposals against the escalating tyranny and the culture of impunity,” he said.

The self-declared NRMKe leader claimed that NASA is dead and with ODM having essentially joined Jubilee, the NRMKe is the new Kenyan opposition.

“We will and must march on until we defeat those trying to institutionalise the culture of impunity. We must establish a merit based democratic society,” he said.














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Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

In view of the refusal by the Department of Immigration to issue me with a valid Kenyan passport and facilitate my unconditional re-entry into Kenya as ordered by the High Court and formally requested by the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights on my behalf, and on advice from legal counsel, I have instructed my advocates to immediately bring to the attention of the court the continued willful contempt of its orders.

I was determined to arrive home on schedule, however, just before my departure, I reluctantly cancelled my flight to Nairobi and postponed my next arrival date.

We will provide you with my new arrival date as soon as the court gives further directions on this matter.

Meanwhile, I urge all Kenyan patriots and members of the National Revolutionary Movement of Kenya (NRMKe) to engage in peaceful protests against the illegitimate regime’s continued violation of my rights and the rights of millions of Kenyans, its continued refusal to obey court orders, its looting of hundreds of billions of public resources and failure to adhere to and respect the constitution.

Hold processions, sit ins, street protests, hunger strikes and use all media at your disposals against the escalating tyranny and the culture of impunity.

NASA is dead and with ODM having essentially joined Jubilee, the NRMKe is the new Kenyan opposition. We will and must march on until we defeat those trying to institutionalize the culture of impunity. We must establish a merit based democratic society.


(Dr. Miguna Miguna Facebook, 16/5/18)

Pakistan: May 12 mayhem: Karachi mayor, 18 others indicted

May 15, 2018

Women lawyers tie black ribbons on arms during boycott of court proceedings to mark the anniversary of May 12 incident. PHOTO: ONLINE

An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted 19 suspects, including Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, in a case related to the carnage which unfolded across the port city on May 12, 2007.

The suspects pleaded not guilty, and the witnesses were summoned for the next hearing scheduled for June 23. The hearing of the four cases pertaining to the incident took place in Karachi’s ATC Court-II.

Lawyers mark tragic events of May 12, 2007

Akhtar and other suspects appeared before the court. The arrested suspect, Umair Siddiqui, was also presented. The court indicted all suspects in one out of the four cases. All 19 suspects are on bail. A total of seven cases were registered related to the tragic incident. Four of these cases are underway in court II, and three are pending in court III.

Besides the apprehended Siddiqui, the court has termed the 16 missing suspects as absconders.

Justice Nisar summoned records of the May 12 incident which left 50 dead, including lawyers and political activists as they went to welcome former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in 2007.

After the prayers, the CJP inquired from lawyer Faisal Siddiqui as to whether an inquiry in that incident took place. Siddiqui informed the court that the matter is being heard at the Sindh High Court (SHC), upon which the CJP asked for details so he could examine the case himself.






India/Jammu & Kashmir: Yasin Malik condemns lawyer’s arrest

May 16, 2018

Yasin Malik condemns lawyer’s arrest

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik today condemned the arrest of advocate Shabir Ahmad Bukhari, terming it highly ‘deplorable’.

“The lawyer was called by police and put into jail which is highly deplorable,” Yasin Malik, in a statement today, said.

Meanwhile, the JKLF chairman also expressed condolences to GK correspondent Altaf Ahmad Baba on the the demise of his mother and also to photojournalist Bilal Bahadur at the demise of his mother.  Praying for the heavenly abode of both the deceased mothers, the JKLF chairman prayed for the patience of their bereaved families.

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman along with a high level delegation visited the bereaved families of Fayaz Ahmad Hamal and Adil Ahmad, expressing condolences with these families.










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Kenya/Canada: Miguna expected back from Canada on Wednesday

May 16, 2018

Miguna Miguna

Lawyers representing self-declared NRM general Miguna Miguna could be heading to court on Wednesday, the same day he is expected to arrive from Canada.

The decision to go to court follows a letter by the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Immigration, Mr Gordon Kihalangwa, to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) that the department would neither issue Mr Miguna with a passport nor buy him an air  ticket as ordered by the court.


“We have been talking with the lawyers (for Mr Miguna) and we understand they are going to court on Thursday on the basis of Kihalangwa’s letter, which, in effect, says the government is still not keen on letting him back. So they will be asking for fresh directions and orders from the court,” KNCHR Vice-Chairman George Morara said.



Mr Miguna announced that he will be returning on Wednesday from Canada after the government deported him twice.

“May 16, 2018, my return date to my motherland is now engraved on granite. Thanks patriots, #NRMKe comrades, colleagues like Stuart Russell, for keeping the flame alive. We shall triumph,” he tweeted.


Mr Miguna has claimed that during his latest deportation on March 29, government officials “brutalised, tortured, sedated and forced” him into exile.

On the eve of his expected return, a lot of things including his itinerary still remained unclear.


“We are not getting any leads on the matter. Of course we are still keen on obeying the court orders and we will be writing to KAA for the facilitation like we did the other time,” said Mr Morara.











Turkey: Bar Council: Pressure mounts on Prime Minister to raise barristers’ urgent concerns with Turkey

May 15, 2018

British CouncilBar Human Rights Committee

The Bar Council of England and Wales and the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) have written jointly to Prime Minister Theresa May, urging her to voice concerns over Turkey’s ongoing and large-scale prosecution of judges, lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders with the Turkish President when the two meet on Tuesday.

The letter, which has also been copied to the Lord Chancellor and the Foreign Secretary, is the second such letter that the Bar Council and BHRC have written to the UK Prime Minister on the injustices in Turkey.

The legal bodies refer to further information that, since the failed coup in 2016,  2431 (out of 4560 dismissed) judges and prosecutors, 580 lawyers, and 319 journalists and media workers have been arrested; an estimated 1000 judges and prosecutors, 400 lawyers and 180 journalists and media workers are still detained; and more than 5,966 judges, prosecutors and lawyers are facing prosecution.

Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar Council, said:

“The seriousness of what legal professionals and human rights defenders have been – and continue to be – subjected to in Turkey cannot be overstated.  The impact reaches internationally.  This is a significant threat not only to those individuals affected, but also to the fundamental principles of the rule of law, without which a truly fair and democratic society cannot exist, and which authorities are duty-bound to protect.