Daily Archives: 19/06/2018

France/Israel: Me Salah Hamouri en détention – 300 JOURS !

le 19 juin, 2018

Cela fait 300 jours que Salah Hamouri, avocat franco-palestinien est en détention administrative en Israël. A quelques jours de la fin de sa peine, nous n’avons aucune garantie qu’il sera libéré, la prolongation de la peine étant toujours à craindre. L’Etat français doit enfin obtenir sa libération !

🔴 INTERPELLONS LE PRÉSIDENT MACRON avec le hashtag : #LiberezSalah !

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(Liberté pour Salah Hamouri Facebook)





http://internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article5581 (ENGLISH)

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



Thailand/EU: Rights lawyer Sirikan June Charoensiri faces court again

June 19, 2018

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On 19 June, representatives from the EU Delegation to Thailand and Embassies of Sweden, the Netherlands, France and the US observed an indictment hearing of the case of Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer. The purpose of the hearing was to establish whether she would be charged with concealing evidence and refusing to comply with an order, after she refused to allow the authorities to conduct a warrantless search of her car, which contained her clients’ information and consequently should be protected by the lawyer-client privilege.


(European Union in Thailand Facebook, 19/6/18)







https://prachatai.com/journal/2018/06/77501 (THAI/ENGLISH)

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20180622-thailande-france-prayut-chan-o-cha-premier-ministre-junte-pouvoir (FRANCAIS)

ICJ: The case for drafting a European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer

June 19, 2018

The ICJ welcomes the proposal of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in its Recommendation 2121(2018) calling for the development of a Council of Europe Convention on the Profession of Lawyer.

The ICJ believes that such a Convention could make an important contribution to strengthening the rule of law and the protection of human rights in the Council of Europe region, building on existing Council of Europe standards and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

The ICJ particularly welcomes PACE’s call for an effective control mechanism to be put in place under a new Convention, as recent developments in a number of Council of Europe Member States show a significant gap in implementation of Council of Europe standards on the independence and security of lawyers.

Lawyers, along with judges and prosecutors, are one of the pillars on which protection of the rule of law and human rights through the justice system rests.

Recognizing this, the ICJ, since its foundation in 1952, has worked to protect lawyers under threat and to develop international standards for the independence, role and integrity of the profession.



Click to access EN_Why-a-European-Convention-on-the-profession-of-lawyer-is-needed.pdf

Poland/EU: ‘They’re trying to break me’: Polish judges face state-led intimidation

June 19, 2018

Judges say ruling party is tightening its grip through threats and hate campaigns

A protest against changes to the Polish justice system in July 2017

Three high-profile Polish judges have complained of a “state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment” against them, as Poland’s ruling party tightens its grip on the judiciary.

Since taking power in 2015 the Law and Justice party (PiS) has assumed direct oversight of state prosecutors and the judicial body that appoints, promotes and disciplines judges, as well as the power to dismiss and appoint court presidents, who wield considerable power and influence in the Polish justice system.

A disputed law on the supreme court, forcing the retirement of 40% of its judges, is due to take effect on 3 July.

Judges involved in politically sensitive cases or who have expressed opposition to threats to judicial independence have told the Guardian they are frequently threatened with disciplinary proceedings and even criminal charges, and in many cases are subjected to allegations of corruption and hate campaigns orchestrated by leading PiS politicians.

“I became an enemy of the state,” said Waldemar Żurek, a district court judge in the southern city of Kraków, who served as spokesman for the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS), the body that appoints and disciplines Polish judges, until it was taken over by government appointees this year.






http://fr.euronews.com/2018/06/18/la-commission-europeenne-espere-poursuivre-le-dialogue-avec-varsovie (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2018/06/19/etat-de-droit-en-pologne-bruxelles-dans-l-impasse_5317694_3214.html (FRANCAIS)


The Philippines: It’s final: SC says Sereno no longer chief justice

June 19, 2018

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its ruling on Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition for quo warranto that voided Maria Lourdes Sereno’s appointment as the top judge of the country.

In a full court session, the high tribunal voted 8-6 to throw out Sereno’s motion for reconsideration to overturn its ruling on the legal challenge to her appointment as chief justice.

Entry of judgment will follow, making the ruling final.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te said that the 90-day period for filling the vacancy in the Office of the Chief Justice starts today, June 19.

This is pursuant to the Article VIII

Sereno was removed from her position through a vote of her colleagues, some of whom had appeared in House hearings on a separate impeachment complaint against her. She had asked the justices to inhibit themselves from the case but none agreed to do so.

In a special en banc session on May 11, the SC voted 8-6 to declare her appointment null. Sereno, according to the ruling penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, was “adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the Office of the Chief Justice.”













https://rmn.ph/ikinalugod-osg-nagbubunyi-sa-tuluyang-pagkakasibak-kay-sereno/ (TAGALOG)

https://mundo.sputniknews.com/asia/201806191079686710-jueza-filipina-maria-lourdes-sereno-destituida/ (ESPANOL)

India: Targeting activists

June 18, 2018

Recuperating from a kidney transplant, Arun Jaitley is currently minister without portfolio. But ever since he returned home from hospital two weeks ago, the temporarily relieved finance minister has been blogging quite a bit.

He has blogged more than once against the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, and his inadequacies. These diatribes have garnered a fair amount of publicity in the media, as Jaitley’s articulations invariably do. But it is Jaitley’s analysis of “increased Maoist activities” in the country that is by far more interesting – and a little ominous too.

In his blog dated June 8, Jaitley spoke of the spread of Maoist activities “in areas other than usual extremism affected areas” but did not elaborate this with any specific example. Instead, he recalled his speech in the Rajya Sabha when the United Progressive Alliance was in power wherein he had described “four kinds” of Maoists in India.

But today, as a leading member of the ruling party which has completed four years in office, his words carry far more weight and reflect a more sinister intent. The Modi government’s favourite epithet to those opposing its policies or resisting the sangh parivar‘s Hindutva offensive has been “anti-national”. That seems to be getting passé, and “half Maoist” could become the new label to tarnish, target, and incarcerate all manner of activists.

That is already happening. On June 6, two days before Jaitley wrote his blog on Maoists, five leading Dalit and human rights activists were arrested in different parts of the country. They included Shoma Sen, associate professor in the English department in Nagpur University; Surendra Gadling, general secretary of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers; Sudhir Dhawale, editor of the Marathi magazine Vidrohi and founder of Republican Panthers; Rona Wilson, human rights activist and public relations secretary of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners; and Mahesh Raut, a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow who has been working among tribals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district.

They have been charged, among other things, of inciting violence in Pune on December 31 by organizing the Elgaar Parishad on the eve of the bicentenary of the battle between the Peshwas and the British near the village of Koregaon on the Bhima river. On January 1, 1818, the British regiment consisting of people belonging to the untouchable Mahar community defeated the Peshwas – and Babasaheb Ambedkar was the first to commemorate that day as a victory of the oppressed against Brahminical forces.











Turkey: Reality Check: The numbers behind the crackdown in Turkey

June 18, 2018

Turkey crackdown in numbers

Almost two years after a failed military coup in Turkey, the country remains under a state of emergency. What has happened during the crackdown?

Turkey is holding presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June. There will be a second-round run-off for the presidency on 8 July if no candidate wins more than half the vote in the first round.

The state of emergency does not prevent registered political parties from taking part in the elections, and all parties are holding rallies and running campaigns.

But the government has used emergency powers to close down many independent media in the last two years, and most television coverage of the election focuses on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Since July 2016 more than 107,000 people have been removed from public sector jobs by emergency decree. Tens of thousands of others have been suspended, but most of them have subsequently been reinstated after investigation.

Among those dismissed by decree since the coup attempt are soldiers and police officers, judges and prosecutors, doctors and teachers.

Approximately a quarter of all judges and prosecutors have been removed from their posts. And a report on the state of emergency issued by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) says at least 5,000 academics and more than 33,000 teachers have also lost their jobs.











Iran: Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Charged With National Security Crimes For Representing Hijab Protesters

June 18, 2018

Human Rights Lawyer Threatens to Remove Hijab in Protest After Supporters Beaten Outside Prison

Detained Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing two national security charges for representing women facing prison time in Iran for peacefully protesting against the Islamic Republic’s compulsory hijab law.

“During the interrogation, she was told that the charges against her are ‘propaganda against the state’ and ‘assembly and collusion’ because she colluded with Ms. Shaparak [Shajarizadeh] in the courthouse in Kashan,” Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

“It’s the most laughable thing to say a lawyer met and colluded with her client,” he added. “Meeting a client is a basic part of a lawyer’s job. But the more interesting thing is that Shaparak was arrested in Kashan (152 miles south of Tehran) and Nasrin was not able to go there and therefore no meeting took place in the Kashan courthouse.”

Since December 2017, Iranian women including Shajarizadeh have been arrested for peacefully protesting the Islamic Republic’s compulsory hijab law by removing and waving their headscarves on busy streets. Known on social media as the “girls of revolution street,” at least three of the women have been officially charged for their acts of civil disobedience.

According to Article 638 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, “Women, who appear in public places and roads without wearing an Islamic hijab shall be sentenced to ten days to two months’ imprisonment or a fine of 50 thousand to five hundred rials.”