Daily Archives: 25/06/2018

Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers: One year after receiving the L4L-Award 2017: Sirikan ‘June’ Charoensiri

June 18, 2018

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Thai human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri – known to friends as ‘June’- was the first woman to receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award one year ago. She was rewarded for her ‘unwavering courage and commitment’ in defending human rights in Thailand. We asked her what has happened since receiving the Award and her return to Thailand. Read also the interview with June on our website: https://bit.ly/2yFmzET

Many thanks to Human Rights in the Picture (http://www.humanrightsinthepicture.org, @HumanRightsinthePicture) for creating this video.

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13355/video-sirikan-june-charoensiri-received-l4l-award-one-year-ago/ (VIDEO)

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13329/nederlands-one-year-after-receiving-the-l4l-award-2017-sirikan-june-charoensiri/

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

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/bedanktvideo-sirikan-charoensiri (NEDERLANDS)

#L4LAward

 

Poland: Reforms a serious blow to judicial independence, says UN rights expert

June 25, 2018

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A UN human rights expert has criticised Poland’s efforts to reform the judiciary, saying the Government is planning a clear-out of senior judges to be replaced by magistrates recommended by a council of mostly political appointees of the current ruling majority.

“I am very worried about the far-reaching adverse effects that the reform of the judiciary is having – and will have – on the independence of Polish courts and tribunals,” said Diego García-Sayán, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, told the Human Rights Council.

“I appreciate the willingness of the Polish Government to listen to the concerns that I – along with several other international and regional institutions – have raised in relation to its judicial reform. Nevertheless, the amendments introduced by the governing majority are of a cosmetic nature, at best, and absolutely insufficient to address the serious concerns I expressed in my report,” added Diego García-Sayán, who visited Poland from 23 to 27 October 2017.

“Approximately 40 percent of Supreme Court judges, including the court’s president, could be forced to retire after 3 July 2018, before the end of their legal terms. This constitutes a serious blow to the principle of judicial independence, and a flagrant breach of the principle of irremovability of judges.”

The judges who leave the bench as a result of the lowering of the retirement age will be replaced by new judges appointed by the President of the Republic upon recommendation of the newly constituted National Council of the Judiciary, which will be largely dominated by the political appointees of the current ruling majority.

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23258&LangID=E

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/06/polands-protesters-will-not-be-silenced/

https://www.icj.org/hrc38-srijl/

http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/25/poland-s-protesters-will-not-be-silenced-view

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1806/S00138/poland-reforms-a-serious-blow-to-judicial-independence.htm

https://www.ft.com/content/ace048cc-78f0-11e8-bc55-50daf11b720d

https://www.coe.int/en/web/greco/home/newsroom/-/asset_publisher/yxhkEPo3SNnS/content/poland-council-of-europe-anti-corruption-group-criticises-weakening-independence-of-courts-and-judges?_101_INSTANCE_yxhkEPo3SNnS_viewMode=view/

http://www.brusselstimes.com/eu-affairs/11719/council-meeting-without-decison-on-the-rule-of-law-in-poland

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/eu-hearing-puts-poland-in-dock-over-judicial-changes

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-poland/eu-in-last-ditch-appeal-to-poland-to-respect-basic-eu-values-on-courts-idUSKBN1JM0YT

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-poland/eu-in-last-ditch-appeal-to-poland-to-respect-basic-eu-values-on-courts-idUSKBN1JM0YT?il=0

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/no-headway-in-eu-hearing-on-polands-justice-policies-37053749.html

https://euobserver.com/political/142198

https://www.tol.org/client/article/27810-poland-protest-government-laws-pis.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-poland/eu-piles-pressure-on-poland-over-courts-independence-idUSKBN1JM0YT

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

https://www.amnesty.be/infos/nos-blogs/blog-paroles-de-chercheurs-de-defenseurs-et-de-victimes/pologne-manifestation (FRANCAIS)

“Step by step, institution by institution:” Poland’s ruling party is trying to take control of the judiciary and endangers the rule of law and EU values.

(Human Rights Watch Facebook, 26/6/18)

Malaysia: Arrest of Siti Kasim draws flak from all quarters

June 25, 2018

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The arrest of lawyer activist Siti Kasim and the police application of remand for her have drawn much outrage from lawyers and activists in the country.

They criticised the actions of the men in blue, saying that the matter could have been resolved amicably.

A number of lawyers and social activists showed up in solidarity with Siti at the Kajang magistrate’s court where the police attempted to obtain a remand order.

They included lawyer and National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah.

There were 12 lawyers representing Siti yesterday, including Ambiga and Malaysian Bar Human Rights Committee co-chairman Roger Chan.

The remand application was eventually rejected by Registrar Sharifah Fazilah Zulkifli in exerci­sing the power of the magistrate.

“We assume that the reason for the dismissal is that there was no reason made out by the police for the remand. That will be the grounds,” Ambiga said after the remand application was dismissed.

Before the remand proceedings, she commented that the arrest of Siti was wholly unjustified.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/25/arrest-draws-flak-from-all-quarters-matter-taken-completely-out-of-hand-say-lawyers-activists-and-po/

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/25/cops-victims-mum-had-lodged-police-report-against-siti/

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/431126

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/despite-frightful-affair-lawyer-siti-020003408.html

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/25/why-would-i-kidnap-my-client-asks-siti-kasim/

http://www.malaysiandigest.com/frontpage/29-4-tile/744178-muhyiddin-wants-detailed-report-on-siti-kasim-s-case.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=malaysiandigest

http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/muhyiddin-wants-detailed-report-siti-kasims-case

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1645417/after-siti-kasims-arrest-suhakam-says-concerned-over-jais-hold-over-cops#.WzEMs9ttC08.twitter

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/25/muhyiddin-shouldnt-interfere-in-siti-kasims-case-says-lawyer/

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/25/muhyiddin-orders-igp-to-submit-report-on-siti-kasims-case/

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2018/06/25/suhakam-condemns-police-action-against-siti-kasim-harassment-abuse-power

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/56870

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1645429/after-outcry-home-minister-says-igp-to-present-full-report-on-siti-kasims-a#.WzDp8TFjZZo.twitter

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1645534/after-siti-kasims-arrest-malaysian-bar-says-police-should-let-lawyers-fulfi?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=twitter

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/431132 (MALAY)

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/nasional/kawad-cam-siti-kasim-tak-jadi-1.848736 (MALAY)

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