Daily Archives: 20/06/2018

Belarus: Joint NGO Letter on Belarus: UN Human Rights Body Should Renew the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur

June 18, 2018

Human Rights Watch

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

 

Excellency,

We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, urge your delegation to support the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus under Item 4 at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

At its 38th session in June, the Human Rights Council (HRC) will consider the human rights situation in Belarus. Since the creation of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur in 2012, there has been no systematic improvement in the human rights situation in Belarus. On the contrary, all legislative and systemic restrictions on freedom of expression and association remain in place, and violations of civil and political rights are coupled by economic and social rights’ abuses. The peaceful demonstrations on March 25th 2018, also known as Freedom Day, and which are organized every year, were once again met with preemptive house arrests of civic and political activists and journalists as well as the arbitrary arrest of about a hundred of peaceful marchers[1].

Calls by civil society, the Special Rapporteur and the European Parliament to end the most recent blocking of the charter97.org website have been ignored while the amendments to the Law on Media currently before the Parliament aim to further control access to sources of information, particularly online, including via social networks. Under the proposed law, the authorities would be able to block any online content without a court order on even vaguer grounds than at present.

Authorities continue to pressure human rights defenders, independent journalists and opposition activists, using the court system to harass them, impose preventive or administrative detention and levy severe fines. Moreover, in September 2017, eight  lawyers defending clients in a criminal case assessed by human rights defenders as politically motivated were subject to a qualification process controlled by the Ministry of Justice[2]. As a result, Anna Bakhtina, renown for her work in defending political prisoners, lost her practicing license while the license of the remaining lawyers was prolonged conditionally for 6 months. Even if they all passed the “examination” procedure in March 2018, the legislation that allows the authorities to arbitrarily revoke a lawyer’s license remains in place.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/18/joint-ngo-letter-belarus-un-human-rights-body-should-renew-mandate-un-special

https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/florian-irminger-valiantsin-stefanovi/death-penalty-belarus-must-be-accountable-to-someone

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/25/un-rights-body-strengthen-scrutiny-human-rights-belarus

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/CountriesMandates/BY/Pages/SRBelarus.aspx

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India: Bhima-Koregaon accused sent to 6-day police custody

June 19, 2018

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Advocate Surendra Gadling, an accused in the Bhima-Koregaon violence, has been sent to police custody till June 25.

The accused advocate was earlier admitted to Sassoon hospital following a blood pressure problem, after which he was sent to magistrate custody on June 11.

For those unversed, the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle took a violent turn when a youth died in clashes that broke out during an event to mark the day in January.
The violence also left several injured, including 10 policemen.
Subsequently, the four accused – Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut – apart from Gadling, were arrested by the Pune police on June 6 from Mumbai, Nagpur, and Delhi.
According to the Pune Police, Naxal links emerged during the interrogation of the accused in the case.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/bhima-koregaon-accused-sent-to-6-day-police-custody/articleshow/64654006.cms

http://theleaflet.in/maharashtra-cops-have-detained-the-bhima-koregaon-arrests-over-lecture-planned-at-jnu/

https://www.forum-asia.org/?p=26467

http://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/bhima-koregaon-accused-sent-to-6-day-police-custody/1299924

http://ashokanews.com/2018/06/19/bhima-koregaon-violence-surendra-gadling-has-been-sent-to-police-custody-till-25-june/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/friends-colleagues-flay-police-action-on-shoma-sen/articleshow/64654812.cms?utm_campaign=andapp&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=whatsapp.com&from=mdr

https://scroll.in/latest/883326/bhima-koregaon-arrests-artistes-criticise-police-media-over-witch-hunt-against-activists

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/india/2018/06/d24925/

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/india-arbitrary-detention-and-judicial-harrassment-of-%E2%80%8Bmr-surendra

https://thewire.in/rights/maharashtra-police-forced-us-to-sign-letters-implicating-missing-children-as-maoists-villagers

http://www.sakaltimes.com/pune/gadling-shifted-police-custody-20025

https://www.firstpost.com/india/sambhaji-bhide-denies-role-in-bhima-koregaon-violence-says-he-is-ready-to-face-any-probe-on-baseless-allegations-4289359.html

https://www.firstpost.com/politics/bhima-koregaon-violence-maharashtra-minister-deepak-kesarkar-blames-misinformation-on-social-media-for-flare-up-4286369.html

https://www.frontline.in/the-nation/article24201995.ece

Elgaar Parishad case: Being targeted as I am a common man, says Prakash Ambedkar

https://www.facebook.com/IAPLIndia/

https://www.change.org/p/devendra-fadnavis-we-demand-release-of-advocate-surendra-gadling-and-other-human-rights-activists (SIGN THE PETITION!)

http://anovademocracia.com.br/no-211/9017-advogados-e-democratas-sao-presos-na-india (PORTUGUES)

#FreeSurendraGadling

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Iran: Zeinab Taheri, lawyer for executed man, arrested

June 19, 2018

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5204-iran-zeinab-taheri-has-been-summoned-for-interrogation

http://www.kampain.info/archive/20234.htm

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/18/iran-dervish-member-executed

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/06/sufi-prisoner-mohammad-salas-buried-after-sudden-execution-without-familys-permission/

http://leaderpost.com/news/canada/i-cant-even-hurt-a-mouse-man-hanged-in-iran-after-three-police-officers-run-over-by-bus-driver-at-protest/wcm/a5187654-92b9-409c-bdaf-8f6e41ed8671

https://www.radiozamaneh.com/j_post_status/%D8%B2%DB%8C%D9%86%D8%A8_%D8%B7%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%8C-%D9%88%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9-%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%AF_%D8%AB%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AB-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7 (FARSI)

https://france.mojahedin.org/i/son-avocate-est-incarcre (FRANCAIS)

#FreeZeinabTaheri

#LiberezZeinabTaheri

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

June 19, 2018

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.”

http://www.payvand.com/news/18/jun/1089.html

https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/immediate-release-nasrin-sotoudeh.html (PETITION – PLEASE SIGN!)

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/human-rights/5012-iran-human-rights-lawyer-arrested.html

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/detained-iranian-lawyer-charged-with-collusion-with-client/5066542.article

https://en1kurdipost.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/nasrin-sotoudeh-if-i-remain-detained-i-will-also-unveil-my-scarf/

http://www.newsweek.com/obama-abandoned-iranians-when-they-fought-freedom-trump-must-not-do-same-985899

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13358/iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-arrested/

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

https://www.tribunezamaneh.com/archives/158885 (FARSI)

http://www.aasoo.org/fa/articles/%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%8C-%D8%B2%D9%86%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%87-%D8%B5%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%B4-%D9%BE%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA (FARSI)

https://france.mojahedin.org/i/ils-rclamaient-libration-dune-avocate-incarcre-dans-dossier-aberrant (FRANCAIS)

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dabiran/iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-erneut-verhaftet (DEUTSCH)

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/06/20/nasrin-sotoudeh-een-advocaat-die-zwaar-moet-betalen-voor-haar-moed-a1606991 (NEDERLANDS)

#NasrinSotoudeh

#FreeNasrin

#FreeNasrinSotoudeh

#RezaKhandan

#liberezNasrinSotoudeh

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