Daily Archives: 29/05/2018

Egypt: Communiqué de solidarité avec l’avocat du travail égyptien Haytham Mohamadeen

le 27 mai, 2018

Vendredi 18 mai à l’aube, les forces de sécurité égyptiennes ont investi le logement de Haytham Mohamadeen, avocat du travail et activiste socialiste, pour l’emmener vers une destination inconnue. Haytham est un défenseur connu des droits des travailleurs, et a travaillé sans relâche pour soutenir les syndicalistes indépendants visés par la répression de l’état à cause de leurs revendications pour de meilleures conditions de travail et le droit à l’organisation et à la grève. De plus, comme l’affirme Amnesty International, Mr Mohamadeen “a été persécuté par les autorités égyptiennes en raison de son travail pour les droits de l’homme” ; il a en effet joué un rôle central pour défendre le Centre al-Nadeem, qui soutient les victimes de torture et de violence, du harcèlement et de la persécution par les autorités.

Mr Mohamadeen est apparu au tribunal le samedi 19 mai pour se faire signifier sa mise en détention provisoire pendant 15 jours. Les rapports d’activistes des droits de l’homme en Egypte disent qu’il subit un interrogatoire pour avoir “encouragé à des manifestations contre la hausse récente du prix des tickets de métro.”

Nous exprimons notre inquiétude quant au bien-être de Mr Mohamadeen après son arrestation, au vu de l’utilisation systématique et bien documentée des abus et de la torture par les forces de sécurité égyptiennes contre les détenus. Nous sommes convaincu-e-s que son arrestation est conçue, encore une fois, pour faire taire toute critique à l’encontre du pouvoir militaire actuel. Nous sommes outré-e-s de voir que l’on puisse se faire arrêter et poursuivre en justice pour avoir protesté contre les inégalités sociales. Nous appelons les autorités égyptiennes à libérer Haytham Mohamadeen immédiatement et sans conditions et à abandonner les poursuites dont il fait l’objet.

Pour signer la pétition

https://www.change.org/p/prosecutor…

http://www.afriquesenlutte.org/afrique-du-nord/egypte/article/communique-de-solidarite-avec-l

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/ar/case/detention-and-prosecution-haytham-mohamadeen (ARABIC)

http://the-levant.com/egypt-widens-security-crackdown-as-concerns-of-unrest-grow/ (ENGLISH)

IDHAE: “Ces avocats assassinés, emprisonnés, persécutés dans le monde en 2018”

le 29 mai, 2018

L’édition 2018 de l’ouvrage “Ces avocats assassinés, emprisonnés, persécutés dans le monde” a été publiée par l’Institut des droits de l’Homme des avocats européens (IDHAE), préfacée par le bâtonnier de l’ordre des avocats de Genève, Grégoire Mangeat et introduit par le Président de l’IDHAE, Bertrand Favreau.

L’Institut des droits de l’Homme des avocats européens (IDHAE) publie son ouvrage “Ces avocats assassinés, emprisonnés, persécutés dans le monde en 2018”.

L’IDHAE regroupe les barreaux d’Amsterdam, d’Athènes, de Berlin, de Bruxelles, de Genève et de Luxembourg, les Instituts des droits de l’Homme des barreaux de Paris et de Bordeaux ainsi que l’UFTDU de Rome, l’IUA et l’ADE.

Cet ouvrage est un rapport de la situation des avocats dans le monde en 2018 qui met en exergue le danger qui pèse sur eux dans l’exercice de leur mission. En effet, ces professionnels de la défense font l’objet de multiples atteintes : restrictions d’exercer, sanctions, menaces, emprisonnements, disparitions ou encore assassinat de ceux qui exercent la défense des plus démunis, notamment les prisonniers politiques ou les membres des organisations non gouvernementales (ONG).

Dans ce rapport, l’IDHAE met en lumière le travail de 379 avocats qui, dans chaque continent, contribuent en toute indépendance à ce que la justice soit rendue aux prisonniers politiques, aux lanceurs d’alerte ou encore aux défenseurs des droits humains, souvent au détriment de leur sécurité, de leur vie ou de leurs libertés.

https://www.lemondedudroit.fr/on-en-parle/58018-ces-avocats-assassines-emprisonnes-persecutes-monde-2018.html

https://www.dalloz-actualite.fr/flash/etat-des-lieux-2018-des-avocats-en-danger-dans-monde#.WxC2zkiFPIU

https://www.facebook.com/idhae4/

http://www.idhae.org/idhae-fr-index2.htm

http://www.idhbb.org/idhae-fr-page2.htm

https://twitter.com/idhae4?lang=en

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institut_des_droits_de_l%27homme_des_avocats_europ%C3%A9ens

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The Philippines: AMNESTY PHILIPPINES NAMES DE LIMA, DAKILA AS MOST DISTINGUISHED HRDS

May 28, 2018

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Amnesty International Philippines on 28 May, on the occasion of its movement’s 57th anniversary, formally announced the recipients of its Ignite Awards for Human Rights – an award, first of its kind, given to Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) to recognize the impact brought about by their work in changing peoples’ lives through policy advocacy, mobilization and activism.

“We live in very challenging circumstances for justice and human rights, with battles over natural resources, rising inequality, increasing movement of people within and across borders, ongoing crises and conflicts, and unlawful actions by states against its citizens. Despite these, people always come together in solidarity with the help of individuals and organizations who are in the forefront of our fight for our rights,” said Ritz Lee Santos, Board Chairperson of Amnesty Philippines.

Amnesty opened the nominations publicly shortly after it launched Ignite Awards in 2017, and took a year to process all the finalists. Ignite Awards for Human Rights has three categories – Most Outstanding Human Rights Defenders for Individuals and Organizations, Outstanding Young Human Rights Defender and Art that Matters.

“We are very lucky to have a prestigious set of Board of Judges for two rounds of awarding seasons. The Chairperson of the Board of Judges is human rights lawyer and advocate, Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno. For members, we have Aurora Corazon Parong, M.D., member of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) and Amnesty Philippines’ former Director; Bayang Barrios, singer, artist and indigenous peoples and women’s rights advocate. Two non-Filipino members of the Board of Judges include Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi, a human rights advocate and Senior Lecturer at the University of Malaya and the fifth seat filled by a senior manager from Amnesty International’s South East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office. Their criteria for judging are impact for human rights work at 40%, coverage of human rights work at 40%, and credibility at 20%,” explained Santos.

The recipient for Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender for Individual is Senator Leila De Lima; for Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender for Organization, DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism. Recipient for Outstanding Young Human Rights Defender is Floyd Scott Tiogangco and for Art that Matters for Film, Christia Angela Roque. The recipients will be awarded on 2 June 2018 at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City.

“Across the world, HRDs are risking everything to speak out against injustice. They are student leaders, political opponents, teachers, lawyers, journalists, women’s rights & environmental defenders. They are persecuted, harassed, tortured, jailed and even killed – just for daring to stand up for what’s right. Amnesty International Philippines would like to change that. It is not a crime to be brave.” Santos said.

http://www.amnesty.org.ph/news/igniteawards2018-recipients/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/995252/ai-confers-de-lima-most-distinguished-human-rights-defender-award

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/654975/de-lima-named-most-distinguished-human-rights-defender-by-amnesty-international-phl/story/

http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/0529_delima1.asp

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

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leila_de_Lima (FRANCAIS)

 

Posted by Leila de Lima on Monday, May 28, 2018

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The Philippines: ‘Biased 5’ may yet redeem Judiciary

May 28, 2018

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In the minds especially of five Supreme Court justices, Maria Lourdes Sereno has defiled the Judiciary. They – Justices Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, and Noel Tijam – are probably right.

When the Chief Justiceship was vacated in 2012 Sereno was, at 52, the youngest and newest of the 14 SC Associates. Most of the rest were over 14 years her senior. Yet in the subsequent search for a new CJ she applied for the post, alongside the then most tenured ones. The newbie broke the time-honored tradition in the courts of seniority. That, the five justices likely think today, was raw ambition, a form of the first deadly sin of pride.

Then came the eliminations. Of the 64 applicants, 22 were interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council. And of the 22, eight got the highest JBC votes. Sereno reportedly rated low in the psychological test. Worse, she was unable to submit seven of her ten prior years’ Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth, as a state university professor. The SALNs were supposed to be proofs of integrity, a qualification for public office. Yet somebody in the JBC had waived the ten-year compilation by Sereno. The papers would have shown if she truly had declared some P30 million in professional fees as government legal counsel during five of those ten years.

Despite those defects Sereno joined the eight JBC nominees shortlisted for the President’s selection as CJ. Again the newbie broke the rules. Our five justices disavow awareness of it then. Peralta, as most senior SC justice not nominated for CJ, had chaired the JBC search. Had he known of Sereno’s lacking submissions, he swore recently at the House of Representatives, he would have dumped her.

https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2018/05/28/1819202/biased-5-may-yet-redeem-judiciary

http://opinion.inquirer.net/113508/sereno-matter

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/995156/senate-sets-plenary-debate-on-plea-to-sc

http://thestandard.com.ph/opinion/columns/hail-to-the-chair-by-victor-avecilla/266769/false-doomsday-scenarios.html

https://www.icj.org/philippines-supreme-court-decision-removing-its-chief-justice-contributes-to-deterioration-of-the-rule-of-law/

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/30/18/sereno-appeals-ouster-from-supreme-court

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/05/30/Sereno-ouster-Supreme-Court-quo-warranto-motion-for-reconsideration.html

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

China: Will China allow rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng to seek medical help abroad?

May 28, 2018

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In a letter to ChinaAid, Grace Geng last week called on German chancellor Angela Merkel to speak out on behalf of her father during her just-concluded visit to China.

The case of Gao Zhisheng, a prominent human rights lawyer, has appeared in newspaper editorials since he was first targeted for “inciting subversion” in 2005. According to Ms Geng, her father has been missing since last August and his whereabouts are still unknown (“Unbowed, unbent, unbroken: Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng speaks out on his torture”, September 24, 2015).

 

Mr Gao, who is known for representing Christians, has been unable to leave China, despite serious dental problems which restrict his ability to eat. As his daughter put it in her letter, “My mother, my brother, and – as well as all of our relatives – are very worried”.

An act of goodwill on the part of China to secure the release of Gao, and allow him to travel abroad for medical treatment, would surely be welcomed with open arms.

http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/2148068/will-china-allow-rights-lawyer-gao-zhisheng-seek-medical-help-abroad

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/05/28/german-chancellor-angela-merkel-met-wives-jailed-lawyers-china-visit/

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/05/29/will-the-trump-administration-get-serious-on-human-rights-in-china/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/europe/2018-05-28-angela-merkel-refuses-to-ignore-human-rights-issues-in-beijing-visit/

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/dfat-avoids-rocking-boat-in-chinese-social-media-posts-defence-think-tank-20180528-p4zhyd.html

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

Egypt: In Sisi’s Egypt, collective punishment is tearing entire families apart

May 28, 2018

In Sisi's Egypt, collective punishment is tearing entire families apart

In a recent Facebook post, an Egyptian writer commented that anyone who survived Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime would be the subject of a National Geographic documentary entitled ‘The Last Survivors’.

It certainly is a struggle for to stay alive in Egypt where students, protesters, and the politically active are being swallowed up into a dark hole. Some 60,000 political prisoners are currently incarcerated and 1,300 people have been forcibly disappeared.

The arrest of so many people is a tool of repression used by the regime, mostly against anyone who opposes the government. But not all of those imprisoned are even politically active – some were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, others are family members of people who are considered enemies of the state.

One of the reasons enforced disappearances take place is that without evidence someone has been kidnapped by the state, it’s harder to mount a legal challenge – Egypt has taken this one step further and just taken away the lawyers themselvesEzzat GhoneimHaitham Mohamedeen and Malek Adly are just some of the human rights lawyers who have been targeted in the line of duty.

Read more: Prominent Egyptian scholar Qaradawi sentenced to life in prison

Another is Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, one of the founders of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared.

In September 2017 Hegazy prepared to take a flight to Geneva where he planned to raise the case of Giulio Regeni, the Italian doctorate student who was tortured to death by Egyptian security forces. Hegazy never made it, for he was forcibly disappeared at Cairo airport.

Hegazy’s association offers advice and legal assistance to desperate families, a subject close to Hegazy’s heart since his son Amr Ibrahim Metwally was forcibly disappeared during the post-coup protests in 2013.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/5/28/in-sisis-egypt-collective-punishment-tears-entire-families-apart

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/egypt-intensifies-crackdown-on-dissent-as-sisi-silences-critics-1.3511624

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/egypt-arrests-sisi-campaigner-turned-critic-180527182800561.html

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/egyptian-police-arrest-former-presidential-campaigner-turned-critic-15198569

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/trump-doctrine-and-sisi-callous-contempt-human-rights-874365730

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/ar/case/detention-and-prosecution-haytham-mohamadeen (ARABIC)