Daily Archives: 30/05/2018

Nigeria: The assault on Port Harcourt High Court

May 30, 2018

We join other concerned Nigerians to condemn the recent unwarranted attack on a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by armed hoodlums. The attack which occurred on May 11 on the Port Harcourt High Court complex occurred as judges, magistrates, staff and lawyers were reporting for duty, is an affront on the judiciary.

While the attack was on, judicial and non-judicial workers were denied access to the complex as all gates were locked and surrounded by the hoodlums. The heavily armed thugs injured some judicial officers, other officials and destroyed some equipment. The invasion of the court has been condemned by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen who also called on Nigerians to condemn the act and preserve the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man. The attack was equally condemned by the Rivers State House of Assembly which resolved to write to the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the Commonwealth of Nations on the development.

That the court was allegedly attacked over a political matter involving factions of a political party in the state is an attempt to undermine the institution of the judiciary.

It is, indeed, senseless to at- tack the court, the sacred temple of justice a few months be- fore the 2019 general elections. It is also a sign of what to expect during the elections, when there is need for peace to reign in the land. But, if there must be peace, there must also be justice. Our judicial officers must always uphold justice in carrying out their functions without minding whose ox is gored.

Because the judiciary is the only institution that dispenses justice, any attack on the judiciary is the highest form of rebellion. The police must make frenetic effort to fish out those behind the attack as well as their sponsors.

They should be prosecuted and severe punishment meted to those found guilty of the of- fence. There could never be any good reason for the attack.

The court was invaded over an impending political matter in the court and we advise judicial officers not to be partisan in the discharge of their duties. They must be above board and maintain a position of absolute political neutrality on any matter before them.


Algerie: L’avocat Noureddine Ahmine acquitté

le 29 mai, 2018

Logo El WatanJustice : Maître Noureddine Ahmine relaxé par le tribunal criminel de Ghardaïa

L’avocat et militant des droits de l’homme Noureddine Ahmine a été acquitté par la cour de Laghouat.

Poursuivi pour «outrage à corps constitués» et «présentation de fausses preuves dans l’affaire d’un crime commis lors des événements de Ghardaïa», me Ahmine est désormais libre de toute poursuite. La cour d’appel a en effet confirmé l’acquittement prononcé par le tribunal de Ghardaïa.

Cette affaire a fait couler beaucoup d’encre vu que c’est la première du genre. L’avocat a été poursuivi, faut-il le préciser, dans le cadre de l’exercice de ses fonctions. D’où la forte mobilisation des robes noires pour le défendre. En effet, un collectif de 28 avocats issus des différents barreaux du pays a pris la défense de cet avocat et militant des droits de l’homme.

Contacté par nos soins, Brahim Meziani, sénateur et membre de la délégation du FFS, qui a exprimé son soulagement après la confirmation de l’acquittement, a affirmé que «les poursuites judiciaires contre Me Ahmine constituent une affaire très grave, qui n’a pas lieu d’être». «Je dois rappeler que Me Ahmine a été poursuivi en justice pour des faits qui se sont produits pendant l’exercice de sa fonction d’avocat, ce qui constitue une atteinte à la profession d’avocat et au droit de défense», a précisé ce sénateur du FFS, pour lequel «le pouvoir a eu la possibilité d’arrêter les poursuites, mais il ne l’a pas fait».

«Le parquet a fait appel après la décision du tribunal de Ghardaïa d’acquitter Me Ahmine pour absence de preuves», a rappelé Brahim Meziani. Le FFS a réagi officiellement à ce procès par le biais de son premier secrétaire, Mohamed Hadj Djilani. «Le FFS se félicite de la forte solidarité et la confirmation de l’acquittement de me Ahmine», a souligné M. Hadj Djilani.






https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/human-rights-lawyer-ahmine-noureddine-judicially-harassed (ENGLISH)

Tribunal criminel de Ghardaïa : L’avocat Noureddine Ahmine acquitté

China: Rights Groups: China Continues Purge of Rights Lawyers

May 29, 2018

A photo described as the trial showing human rights lawyer Xie Yang which is seen on the social media of the Changshai Intermediate People's Court is displayed on a computer in Beijing, China, May 8, 2017.

Authorities in China’s southern Hunan province have revoked the licenses of two rights lawyers, adding their names to a growing list nationwide to face the same fate in recent months.

According to international rights groups, more than a dozen lawyers and several law firms have lost their rights to work and operate, and the actions mark a new wave in a crackdown on rights defenders that began nearly three years ago.

Many lawyers said the administrative penalties imposed by the country’s judicial system have created a chilling effect on the local community of right defenders, who are not only deprived of their practice, but their livelihood as well.

During the weekend, the Hunan Justice Department held disciplinary hearings to disbar lawyers Wen Donghai and Yang Jinzhu.

The department did not release a complete account of its final decisions on the lawyers or answer any question when contacted by VOA, but directed inquires to the department’s Weibo account.