Daily Archives: 05/06/2018

Azerbaijan/USA: Rights lawyer Emin Aslan sentenced to 30 days detention

June 5, 2018




https://www.amerikaninsesi.org/a/hebs/4424970.html (AZERBAIJANI)

http://arqument.az/az/emin-aslan-30-sutka-ceza-ald/#.WxamBEiFPIV (AZERBAIJANI)



Human Rights House Tbilisi expresses deep concern about disappearance and alleged abduction of Emin Aslanov – our former colleague at HRHT, from Baku. Emin Aslanov is a human rights lawyer and was living in Georgia, he was working at Human Rights House Tbilisi. He was granted LL.M degree at the University in U.S. and was back to Baku. According to his Fiance he was taken by unknown men and forced into the car, when they were walking at Boulevard in Baku yesterday, June 4, in the evening.

თბილისის ადამიანის უფლებათა სახლი ღრმა შეშფოთებას გამოთქვამს ჩვენი ყოფილი თანამშრომლის, ემინ ასლანოვის, ბაქოდან სავარაუდო გატაცებისა და გაუჩინარების შესახებ. ემინ ასლანოვი იყო უფლებადამცველი, იურისტი, ის საქართველოში ცხოვრობდა და თბილისის სახლში მუშაობდა. აშშ-ს უნივერსიტეტში მას LL.M. ხარისხი მიენიჭა, რის შემდეგაც ის ბაქოში დაბრუნდა. მისი საცოლის განცხადებით, გუშინ, 4 ივნისს საღამოს, ემინი უცნობმა პირებმა დააკავეს და მანქანაში იძულებით ჩასვეს, როდესაც ისინი ბაქოში ბულვარზე სეირნობდნენ.

(Human Rights House Tbilisi • თბილისის ადამიანის უფლებათა სახლი Facebook, 5/6/18)

Turkey: Eren Keskin’s travel ban upheld and next hearing scheduled for October

June 5, 2018

Eren Keskin

On 30 March 2018, Istanbul’s 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced human rights defender Eren Keskin to 7.5 years in jail for having published articles deemed to have “degraded” the Turkish nation and “insulted” the Turkish president. The articles had been published in the daily newspaper Özgür Gündem (“Free Agenda”), of which she was co-editor-in-chief at the time. Özgür Gündem was closed on 16 August 2016 as a result of a statutory decree issued under the State of Emergency.

On 4 June 2018, the ninth hearing of the Özgür Gündem “Main Trial” was held. Former editor-in-chief of Özgür Gündem, Eren Keskin is one of nine defendants in the case. During the hearing the court requested that the prosecutor prepare a statement for the next hearing, which is scheduled for 20 October 2018. Her lawyer’s request to lift the travel ban on the human rights defender was refused by the court.

Eren Keskin is a prominent human rights defender and lawyer in Turkey. She is the vice-president of the Human Rights Association (İHD). She is also the founder of the Legal Aid Bureau against Sexual Harassment and Rape in Custody. Keskin has been arrested, imprisoned and the object of numerous lawsuits for her legitimate and peaceful work in the defence of human rights.





https://www.gercekgundem.com/medya/18371/ozgur-gundem-davasinda-flas-gelisme (TURKCE)


Azerbaijan/USA: Lawyer Emin Aslan kidnapped in Azerbaijan


June 5, 2018

Azerbaijani lawyer Emin Aslan, who prepared for Azerbaijani citizens a number of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), was detained in Baku and taken away to some unknown destination, the “Caucasian Knot” was informed by Anar Mamedli, the head of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS). According to him, several days ago, Emin Aslan returned from the United States, where he studied at the Syracuse University College of Law.

At about 5:30 p.m. on June 4, Emin Aslan was detained in the centre of Baku in front of a shopping and entertainment centre in Primorsky Boulevard. Till present, his relatives or colleagues are still not aware of his whereabouts, Anar Mamedli reports.

“Three persons in civilian clothes approached Emin. At first, they greeted him. They asked if he was Emin. Then they asked him to step aside, and after that forced him inside a Mercedes car with 90 XG 017 state registration plates and took him away to some unknown destination. Meanwhile, the people in civilian clothes did not introduce themselves,” Anar Mamedli said.

The activist noted that before studying in the US, Emin Aslan was engaged in human rights activities.

“Emin prepared for Azerbaijani citizens a number of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights. In general, he showed his civic activity and criticized the authorities,” Anar Mamedli said.




http://www.bbc.com/azeri/azerbaijan-44371441?ocid=socialflow_twitter (AZERBAIJANI)

http://historia-ime.com/2018/06/05/azerbajxhan-aktivisti-emin-aslan-merret-peng-nga-autoritetet/ (ALBANIAN)



Arzu Geybullayeva Visiting Fellow, George Washington University (from Facebook), reports:

Emin Aslan, holds a bachelor degree from the Baku State University Law Faculty. After graduating in 2008, Emin worked in Azerbaijan with a number of local non-governmental organizations as a lawyer. In 2017, Emin successfully secured a scholarship to Syracuse University where he pursued his LLM degree. He received his masters in 2018. Outside of his work as a lawyer, Emin is known for his writing and translation works. Emin returned back to Azerbaijan on May 30. On June 4, at around 5.30pm local time, he was approached by plainclothes men while out with his girlfriend. The men first confirmed Emin’s identity and then, asked him to step aside. He was asked to proceed with them to the police station. Emin did not object. His fiancé was left near Park Bulvar, which is a mall on the Baku waterfront. He was put in a car, that is now known to belong to a man named Mehman Teymurov. Teymurov was an employee at the Department to combat drugs and was later mentioned as an employee of the Department to combat organized crime at the Ministry of the Interior. If you know a little bit on Azerbaijan, then you would also know that this place is notorious for torturing its captives. There are no grounds for Emin’s arrest. Although he was previously accused of tax evasion at the time of his work with some of the NGOs in Azerbaijan, he has paid all his dues and has no history of criminal record. He has been missing since the moment he has been put in that car. Emin’s lawyer, as well as his friends and former colleagues, have searched for him across multiple police stations unable to locate him. At this point, the conclusion is that he has been kidnapped and is held illegally. [Updated June 5, 2018] There is now confirmed that Emin is being held at BandOtdel- Department to Combat Organized Crime. His Facebook account has been activated.

The Philippines: Another slain prosecutor becomes 10th killed since 2016

June 5, 2018

The fatal stabbing of Office of the Ombudsman Assistant Special Prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco-Tanyag, who was five months pregnant, has shocked the nation. Fueling the public’s grief and anger is the memory of the prosecutors slain in recent years.

A shocking killing

Tanyag 32, was found lying by her car with four stab wounds after purchasing milk tea along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City on the morning of June 4, 2018.

She was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center but passed away.

Authorities have apprehended a suspect: Angelo Galvez Avenido, who was found possessing items belonging to the victim.

While the suspect is set to be charged with robbery with homicide, a Facebook post by Tanyag’s widower Cris revealed that Tanyag had been working on a graft and corruption case a month before she was killed.







https://www.philstar.com/pang-masa/police-metro/2018/06/05/1821738/piskal-ng-ombudsman-na-5-buwang-buntis-pinatay (TAGALOG)

Egypt: Mohamed Lofty: «La répression atteint un niveau inimaginable en Egypte»

le 31 mai, 2018

Amal Fathy et son époux Mohamed Lotfy. 

Alors que le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi doit prêter serment samedi devant le Parlement, la répression à l’encontre des voix discordantes franchit un seuil jamais atteint, dénonce le défenseur des droits humains helvético-égyptien Mohamed Lotfy. Son épouse, Amal Fathy, a été emprisonnée dans le but de l’intimider. Entretien.  

L’élection triomphale du président égyptien n’a pas engendré la moindre détente sur le plan politique. La répression se poursuit. Et ce bien au-delà de la mouvance islamiste des Frères musulmans. Une tendance dénoncée tant par l’Union européenne que par Amnesty InternationalLien externe et l’Organisation mondiale contre la torture (OMCTLien externe), basée à Genève.

Des ONG qui appellent également à la libération d’Amal Fathy, accusée d’inciter au renversement du régime pour avoir posté sur Facebook une vidéo excédée sur le harcèlement sexuel dont elle se dit victime et arrêtée le 11 mai dernier. Pour son époux qui est directeur de la Coalition égyptienne pour les droits et les libertés (ECRFLien externe), le gouvernement cherche ainsi à étouffer encore plus l’expression de toute forme de critique sur les réseaux sociaux, tout en faisant pression sur lui-même et son ONG. Genevois, Suisse et Egyptien, Mohamed Lofty témoigne de cette affaire suivie par le ministère suisse des affaires étrangères (DFAELien externe), comme ce dernier l’a précisé à swissinfo.ch.


https://www.thedailybeast.com/sexually-harassedand-arrestedin-egypt-the-cruel-fate-of-amal-fathy (ENGLISH)

https://www.amnesty.ie/egypt-human-rights-defender-amal-fathy-detained-talking-sexual-harassment/ (ENGLISH)

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23174&LangID=E (ENGLISH)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypts-opposition-assailants-trashed-party-55684065 (ENGLISH)

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/06/egypt-sisi-arrest-campaign-rights-activists-opposition.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-politics/egypt-arrests-leave-few-vocal-critics-of-sisi-idUSKCN1J42AC?il=0 (ENGLISH)

http://www.ilpescara.it/eventi/pescara-muzii-anmesty-international-amal-fathy.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20180531/443962098411/hrw-critica-la-oleada-de-detenciones-de-activistas-en-egipto.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.mo.be/nieuws/egypte-president-al-sisi-zet-repressieve-lijn-door-met-nieuwe-golf-arrestaties (FLAAMS)

https://www.thenewslens.com/feature/timefortune/96753 (CHINESE)

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Azerbaijan: Rights lawyer Emin Aslan Kidnapped

June 4, 2018


Another human rights defender is arrested today.
Emin Aslan is a lawyer. He represented me in several Freedom of İnformation litigations and libel cases when he was one of the lawyers of Media Rights Institute. Three days ago he completed his studies in Syracuse university and came to Azerbaijan.
He is engaged and was planning to marry. Today, he was kidnapped in front of his fiancee, forced to the car and taken in unknown direction. The car, that he was forced to belongs to Mehman Teymurov – officer of Bandotdel – Anti Organized Crime Unit of Interior Ministry – the unit that is notorious for tortures.
Emin Aslan is a human rights defender and he was also mentioned in the famous NGO case which caused arrest of Intigam Aliyev, Anar Mammadli, Rasul Jafarov and myself in 2013-2014. Possible arrest was the reason why he left the country. He thought it might be safe now. No it isn’t.






Iran: نسرین ستوده: لیست قوه قضاییه خداحافظی با حق دفاع است و راهی جز لغو آن نیست

نسرین ستوده وکیل دادگستری به کمپین حقوق بشر در ایران گفت با ارائه لیست بیست نفره وکلای مورد تایید قوه قضاییه، حق دفاعی را که تا کنون متهمان سیاسی و امنیتی به طور نیم بند از آن برخوردار بودند، از بین می‌رود و اجرای این تبصره به معنای خداحافظی با نهاد وکالت در ایران است. این وکیل دادگستری گفت هیچ راهی جز لغو این تبصره وجود ندارد و در صورت لزوم، تعدادی از وکلا برای تحصن و تجمع در اعتراض به این قانون اعلام امادگی کرده‌اند.

نسرین ستوده روز چهاردهم خرداد به کمپین گفت قوه قضائیه لیستی را به دادسراها ابلاغ کرده که طبق تبصره ماده ۴۸ آیین دادرسی کیفری، از میان ۲۰ هزار وکیل عضو کانون وکلا، تنها ۲۰ وکیل مورد اعتماد قوه قضائیه واقع شده‌اند و متهمان سیاسی و امنیتی، در مرحله تحقیقات مقدماتی، بالاجبار باید وکیل خود را انحصارا از این لیست انتخاب کنند و نام هیچ یک از وکلای زن و وکلای مدافع فعالان سیاسی و مدنی در این لیست به چشم نمی‌خورد.

اصل ۳۵ قانون اساسی جمهوری اسلامی ایران اصل‏ تصریح کرده در همه‏ دادگاه‏ها طرفین‏ دعوی‏ حق‏ دارند برای‏ خود وکیل‏ انتخاب‏ نمایند، اما در آیین دادرسی کیفری مصوب ۱۳۹۲، قانونگذار تبصره‌ای به ماده ۴۸ این قانون درباره حق انتخاب وکیل افزوده که طبق این تبصره، در مرحله تحقیقات مقدماتی جرائم علیه امنیت داخلی و خارجی، طرفین دعوا باید وکیل خود را از لیست وکلای مورد تایید قوه قضائیه انتخاب کنند،

خانم ستوده به کمپین گفت ارائه لیستی محدود از وکلا و اجبار شهروندان به انتخاب آنان، با حق دفاع و حق انتخاب وکیل تصریح شده در قانون اساسی جمهوری اسلامی نیز تعارض دارد: «این عمل رییس قوه قضاییه که به استناد تبصره ماده ۴۸ آیین دادرسی کیفری صورت گرفته ذاتا با مفاد اصل ۳۵ قانون اساسی که بر حق دفاع و حق انتخاب وکیل توسط متهمان تاکید کرده تعارض دارد و به همین دلیل هم بوده که طی سه سال که از تصویب این تبصره می گذرد تا به حال رئیس قوه قضائیه این لیست را ابلاغ نکرده بود.»



https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/06/iranian-human-rights-attorneys-speak-out-against-state-approved-list-of-20-lawyers-for-national-security-cases/ (ENGLISH)

https://iranwire.com/en/features/5276 (ENGLISH)

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-political-detainees-state-approved-attorneys/29273645.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/05/want-choose-your-lawyer-good-luck-iran (ENGLISH)

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/06/nobel-laureate-crackdown-in-iran-as-judiciary-bans-human-rights-lawyers-from-security-cases/ (ENGLISH)

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

(N.B. Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (photo) states that a number of lawyers are prepared to protest on this issue.)

China: Hong Kong Marks Tiananmen Crackdown, as China Ignores Event

June 4, 2018

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy activists turned out in Hong Kong Monday to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, observing an event that goes largely unmentioned in mainland China.

This year’s vigil focused on freeing “dissidents imprisoned or under home arrest” in addition to pushing for greater democracy in mainland China.

The protesters marking the Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong have seen their numbers dwindle in the years since the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement gripped Hong Kong in 2014. Organizers said as many as 180,000 people showed up to that year’s June 4 vigil — the police estimated the number to be roughly half that — but last year they estimated 110,000 people attended.

Heavy rains on Monday also limited this year’s turnout at the event, held annually in the semiautonomous territory.










http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2018/06/04/01003-20180604ARTFIG00090-les-etats-unis-veulent-la-verite-sur-les-fantomes-de-tiananmen.php (FRANCAIS)

#709lawyers #709crackdown