Daily Archives: 20/05/2018

Brazil: Escalating threats against lawyer Rivelino Zarpellon in the state of Pará

May 17, 2018

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Since the end of 2017, human rights defender Rivelino Zarpellon has been the target of surveillance and threats. Between the end of April and the beginning of May 2018, the homes of several of the defenders’ friends and relatives were visited by unknown men, travelling on motorcycles, who said they were looking for Rivelino Zarpellon. On 10 May 2018, the defender recorded the incessant passage of a suspicious motorcyclist on the street where he lives.

Rivelino Zarpellon is a human rights defender and a lawyer of 18 years. He is a legal advisor to the Union of Workers in Public Education of the State of Pará (SINTEPP) and the Union of Workers in Health in the State of Pará (SINDSAUDE). He is also the President of the Human Rights Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association (Xinguara Subsection). The human rights defender, who has been particularly active in the state of Pará, has worked on many emblematic cases, including cases of corruption that led to the dismissal of several judges in Pará’s Xinguara District.

In conjunction with the Pastoral Commission of the Land of Pará (CPT-PA), Rivelino Zarpellon has also been working on the case of the Pau D’Arco Massacre, where 10 rural workers were killed by police officers in May 2017. He was present during the plea bargain testimonies of two of the police officers involved in the massacre. Late last year, excerpts of the video of the testimonies were leaked and circulated in Whatsapp groups. Rivelino Zarpellon, who appears  in the leaked videos, began receiving threats shortly afterwards and he heard rumours that his name was on a list of “people marked to die”. The Federal Human Rights Defenders Program (PPDDH) was made aware of the threats and at the end of 2017 Rivelino Zarpellon was temporarily relocated outside of his hometown of Xinguara.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/escalating-threats-against-lawyer-rivelino-zarpellon-state-para

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/pt/case/escalating-threats-against-lawyer-rivelino-zarpellon-state-para (PORTUGUES)

Brazil: 110 magistrados estão sob ameaça no País, diz CNJ

20/05/18

Pesquisa do Conselho Nacional de Justiça mostra que seis em cada mil juízes e desembargadores sofrem retaliações; riscos são maiores pela atuação na 1ª instância

Levantamento do Conselho Nacional de Justiça (CNJ), obtido pelo Estado, aponta que 6 em cada mil magistrados estão sob ameaça no Brasil. Os riscos na atuação profissional são maiores para os juízes de primeira instância – a média sobe para 7 em cada mil – e menores para desembargadores, quando o índice cai para 2 por mil. Ao todo, 30 dos 82 tribunais citados na pesquisa relataram casos de ameaças, contabilizando 110 magistrados em situação de risco no ano passado.

+ AMB relaciona episódios de ameaças a juizes à ‘agressividade social

+ Juízes da Lava Jato ganharam escolta

O estudo do CNJ constatou ainda que 97% das ameaças decorrem da atuação dos magistrados e que o potencial agressor é conhecido em 65% dos casos. E não são apenas os juízes criminais que sofrem ameaças, ofensas e tentativas de intimidação – as áreas de atuação que trazem mais riscos são as Varas de Família, do Trabalho e os casos de violência doméstica.

+ Para Cármen, Justiça vive o seu momento ‘mais difícil e mais turbulento’

“É preciso estar atento, porque ser juiz não é uma profissão qualquer, é uma profissão onde o magistrado vai lidar com a vida das pessoas, decidir a vida delas, e uma das partes do processo sempre perde. É uma arena onde vão disputar bens e direitos e por conta disso é normal que haja reação da parte desagradada”, disse a delegada da Polícia Federal Tatiane da Costa Almeida, diretora do Departamento de Segurança Institucional do Poder Judiciário do CNJ.

O departamento – integrado exclusivamente por mulheres – foi instalado em maio de 2017 pela presidente do CNJ e do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), ministra Cármen Lúcia, que definiu o tema como uma das prioridades de sua gestão. Um dos desafios, segundo ela, é disseminar uma “cultura de segurança” entre os juízes e desembargadores, que muitas vezes não tomam os devidos cuidados e minimizam o problema.

“Às vezes um juiz criminal, até pelo fato de estar julgando vários crimes, consegue enxergar riscos e ser mais desconfiado, mas, via de regra, o juiz não está tão preocupado com a própria segurança”, alerta Tatiane.

http://politica.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,110-magistrados-estao-sob-ameaca-no-pais-diz-cnj,70002315945

https://www.jota.info/coberturas-especiais/liberdade-de-expressao/liberdade-de-expressao-mpf-14052018

http://politica.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,juizes-da-lava-jato-ganharam-escolta,70002315961

https://www.otempo.com.br/capa/brasil/pelo-menos-110-ju%C3%ADzes-est%C3%A3o-sob-amea%C3%A7a-no-brasil-aponta-estudo-do-cnj-1.1613474

https://www.brasil247.com/pt/247/brasil/355498/Ju%C3%ADzes-da-Lava-Jato-vivem-sob-escolta.htm

https://g1.globo.com/politica/blog/matheus-leitao/post/2018/05/20/cnj-diz-que-juizes-sao-ameacados-mp-paulista-investiga-caixa-2-de-alckmin-jornais-de-domingo-20.ghtml

http://www.cnj.jus.br/

https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conselho_Nacional_de_Justi%C3%A7a

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Justice_Council (ENGLISH)

(N.B. 110 judges involved with the anti-corruption Lava Jato investigation are threatened and they must now be escorted to and from their work by the police.)

Uganda: Lawyer, 3 others held over Nekyon death claim

May 20, 2018

Arrested Nekyon's family lawyer Adam Makmot Kibwanga who filed a complaint with CID

Detectives have arrested four people, including a lawyer, after they allegedly wrote to police seeking criminal investigation into the death of Akbar Adoko Nekyon.
Nekyon, a cousin of former president Dr Milton Obote, died on May 4.
Police officers arrested and detained Mr Adam Makmot, a lawyer, Ms Mariam Akullo, a relative of Nekyon, and two other men, who had gone to CID to rescue the duo on Thursday.
The four were arrested over what the police said was uttering false documents.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations spokesman Vincent Ssekatte confirmed the arrest of Mr Makmot, Ms Akullo, and two others men.
“Mr Makmot appeared on Thursday at CID headquarters at Kibuli [in Kampala] and we interviewed him. However, there are a few issues we didn’t complete. That is why he was detained. Akullo is also detained and she has given us important information about the issue. We still need more information from her,” Mr Ssekatte said on Friday.
The police say Mr Makmot wrote to CID on behalf of Akullo on May 8, asking them to investigate the death of Nekyon, claiming it wasn’t due to natural causes and cited foul play.

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Lawyer-three-others-held-over-Nekyon-death-claim/688334-4570530-59jqxoz/index.html

https://www.redpepper.co.ug/nekyon-death-lawyer-arrested-at-cid/comment-page-1/

https://ugandaradionetwork.com/story/former-minister-nekyons-death-sister-lawyer-and-2-others-arrested

India: Woman lawyer ‘detained’ in Ghaziabad police station, SSP orders probe

May 20, 2018

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The SSP has ordered an investigation into an allegation that a Delhi-based woman lawyer was allegedly detained inside Sihani Gate police station for more than four hours on the night of May 17. Her collegaue in a legal firm, representing a client along with her, was allegedly roughed up by cops.

A complaint had been lodged in Sihani Gate police station on May 18. The inquiry was ordered after scores of lawyers met Ghaziabad SSP Vaibhav Krishna on Saturday, alleging no case had been registered despite the complaint being filed.

The lawyer, Sangeeta Sharma, and her colleague, Vinod Tyagi, an advocate in the district court, were reportedly let off from the police station after 10.30 pm. The duo had reached Sihani Gate police station from the Nandgram outpost around 6 pm.
“Sangeeta Sharma is representing a client in a case in Ghaziabad along with Vinod Tyagi. The accused in the case, which pertains to financing of vehicles, is a resident of the Sihani Gate police station area. Despite several reminders, cops from the police station have not submitted a wanted report of the accused in court,” Ghaziabad bar association secretary Vishwas Tyagi told TOI.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ghaziabad/woman-lawyer-detained-in-ghaziabad-police-station-ssp-orders-probe/articleshow/64240205.cms

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/woman-lawyer-alleges-sho-manhandled-abused-her-118052000642_1.html

Egypt: Egypt detains socialist activist, lawyers say

May 20, 2018

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Egypt’s state security prosecutor on Saturday ordered a prominent activist detained for 15 days for investigation on charges of involvement with a banned group and inciting and taking part in illegal protests, rights lawyers said.

Haitham Mohamedeen, a leftist lawyer, was taken from his home on Friday, security sources said, the latest in a number of arrests of activists in recent weeks.

At least 20 people have been detained by security forces over protests against a rise in metro fares, and they are being investigated on charges that include disturbing the peace and obstructing public facilities.

Mokhtar Mounir and Mohamed Hanafi, two rights lawyers representing Mohamedeen, told Reuters he was under investigation for “participating in the activities of a banned group while knowing its objectives” and “using the internet to incite terrorist acts,” charges he denies. The prosecutor did not identify the banned group, Hanafi said.

A judicial source confirmed Mohamadeen’s detention but gave no further comment.

Mohamedeen had been detained at least twice in the past, once in 2013 on accusations of belonging to a secret organization and spreading lies about the military, and again in 2016 for calling for protests against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

 His detention follows those of other prominent activists.

 

http://www.fijitimes.com/egypt-detains-socialist-activist-lawyers-say/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/detention-and-prosecution-haytham-mohamadeen

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-arrests-socialist-activist-terror-charges-2013158471

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights/egypt-detains-socialist-activist-lawyers-say-idUSKCN1IK0TZ

https://www.dotemirates.com/en/details/1298476461?from=dot

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/5/19/egypt-authorities-arrest-prominent-socialist-activist

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-detains-socialist-activist-over-illegal-protests-lawyers-say-1.731941

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-says-prominent-socialist-activist-arrested/2018/05/19/51adfd0a-5b5e-11e8-9889-07bcc1327f4b_story.html?utm_term=.95b9041e6425

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsegy1870519.htm (FRANCAIS)

#FreeHaytham
#الحرية_لهيثم_محمدين

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Haytham Mohammadeen in custody for 15 days in «Objection to metro tickets»

On Saturday (May 19th), the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to imprison political activist Haitham Fawzi Mohammadin, a lawyer and member of the Revolutionary Socialist Movement, in the investigation of case 718 of 2018.

In the early hours of Friday, May 18, security forces in Giza arrested Haitham Mohammadin from his family’s home in Al-Saf center in Giza and took him to an unknown destination.

(Egyptian Coordination for rights and freedoms Facebook, 20/05/18)

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India: Sharpshooter, killer of public prosecutor arrested by AATS

May 20, 2018

Sharpshooter, killer of public prosecutor arrested by AATS

The Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS) team of South-East District of Delhi Police has arrested an interstate gangster Wazir Ahmed (36), member of notorious Mintoo Singh’s gang of Gopalganj (Bihar), from where Ahmed hails, said police.

Ahmed alias Daddu Miya was wanted in a murder case of a former Public Prosecutor and prominent senior advocate Tripurari Sharan Sharma of Gopalganj in 2015, police said.

On May 18, information was gathered that an interstate sharpshooter Ahmed will come in Jamia Nagar to meet his acquaintance and will be carrying illegal weapon.

A trap was laid at Sailing Road near Jamia Nagar. At about 5.30 pm, one person was seen coming from Kalindi Kunj side. On seeing the police, he started running but was apprehended after a brief chase, said DCP Chinmoy Biswal (South East).

On his search, one loaded country-made pistol and five live cartridges were recovered, Biswal said.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/delhi/sharpshooter-killer-of-public-prosecutor-arrested-by-aats/591957.html

http://www.dnaindia.com/delhi/report-sharpshooter-arrested-in-lawyer-s-murder-case-in-south-east-delhi-2616961

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/man-wanted-in-advocates-murder-held/article23939132.ece

India/Jammu: Deepika Singh Rajawat, we are with you! (PETITION)

Ms Deepika Singh Rajawat,

After details of the brutal gangrape in Kathua became public, we cannot imagine how difficult it must be for you to do your job to ensure the accused get convicted! We’ve been reading articles, listening to debates on primetime TV, and following news on social media — this eight-year-old Bakkarwal girl has grabbed the nation’s attention. Nothing we do can ever get her back, but what we can do is hope for speedy justice. And this is why your job is of utmost importance right now.

Ms Rajawat, in this period of distress, when you feel intimidated by one hundred people, remember that lakhs of Indians are with you.

You are doing the right thing, and your passion to ensure justice is given to the family in Kathua against all odds is a beacon of hope for the rest of us. We send you our encouragement, hope and strength to come out of this legal battle standing tall.

Lawyers and activists like you fighting for justice are subject to intimidation and pressure. It’s human nature to feel threatened and to back down. But it takes courage and determination to not let it not bother you.

https://act.jhatkaa.org/campaigns/kathua-lawyer?utm_campaign=KM7epMSFuV&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/17/lawyer-recieved-death-threats-india-rape-case-calls-modi-break/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/nishitajha/deepika-rajawat-kathua-rape-case-india?utm_term=.jfG32gOMw#.otLq0ZGY6

https://nation.com.pk/07-May-2018/indias-top-court-moves-rape-murder-trial-of-8-year-old-out-of-ihk?show=previe

https://www.globalvillagespace.com/kathua-tragedy-hindutva-india-in-denial/

https://www.dcyoutube.com/watch/OQrcgAZPG-I

http://www.anandabazar.com/supplementary/rabibashoriyo/deepika-singh-rajawat-the-lone-fighter-standing-firm-against-hindutva-in-asifa-bano-s-case-1.802050 (HINDI)

https://www.weser-kurier.de/deutschland-welt/deutschland-welt-politik_artikel,-mangelnde-wertschaetzung-fuer-indische-frauen-_arid,1730317.html (DEUTSCH)