Daily Archives: 27/06/2018

Iran: #FreeNasrin Twitterstorm NOW!

June 27, 2018

Prominent Iranian rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was re-arrested on June 13, 2018.
She recently defended women protesting the obligatory Islamic headscarf.  Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to fighting for human rights in Iran. Retweet and call on the Iran authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Nasrin Sotoudeh!

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https://marietjeschaake.eu/en/nasrin-sotoudeh-in-iran

https://es.globalvoices.org/2018/06/28/encarcelan-a-abogada-irani-nasrin-sotoudeh-por-delitos-contra-la-seguridad-nacional-por-representar-a-manifestantes-contra-el-hijab/ (ESPANOL)

http://mujerdelmediterraneo.heroinas.net/2018/06/nasrin-sotoudeh-de-nuevo-en-la-prision.html (ESPANOL)

https://contrainformacion.es/nasrin-sotoudeh-abogada-irani-encarcelada-por-representar-a-manifestantes-contra-el-hijab/ (ESPANOL)

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

France/Israel: SALAH HAMOURI, DETENTION PROLONGEE DE 3 MOIS

le 27 juin, 2018

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L’abjecte nouvelle vient de tomber : Salah Hamouri reste en prison.
Un nouvel ordre vient d’être émis, la détention administrative de Salah est prolongée de 3 mois.

 Après 10 mois de détention, toujours aucune charge n’est prononcée contre notre compatriote.
 Après 10 mois de détention, les demandes des autorités françaises, y compris du Président Emmanuel Macron en personne à Netanyahou n’ont eu aucun effet sur les autorités israéliennes qui s’acharnent sur Salah Hamouri.
 Après 10 mois d’injustice qui se prolongent aujourd’hui, nous demandons une nouvelle fois quels moyens sont mis par France Diplomatie pour faire respecter un Français arbitrairement incarcéré. C’est un homme, une famille qui sont atteints brutalement par cette décision perverse. Mais c’est aussi la France qui est insultée avec cette prolongation alors qu’elle n’a de cesse de dérouler le tapis rouge aux dirigeants israéliens.

📍Dans ces conditions nous demandons solennellement au Président Macron de manifester publiquement sa position de soutien à Salah Hamouri et qu’il reçoive son épouse, Elsa Lefort, afin de l’informer des dispositions qu’il entend prendre face à cette situation qui n’a que trop duré. La liberté de Salah Hamouri ne saurait s’arrêter aux frontières de l’Etat israélien. La liberté est universelle, la France doit en être dépositaire et actrice majeure.

(Liberté pour Salah Hamouri Facebook)

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/jean-claude-bourdin/blog/240618/300-jours-en-prison-pour-salah-hamouri

https://oumma.com/salah-hamouri-detenu-en-israel-depuis-300-jours-sera-t-il-libere-le-28-juin-prochain/

https://lemuslimpost.com/salah-hamouri-passera-un-an-prison.html

https://oumma.com/salah-hamouri-reste-en-prison-scandaleux/

http://www.katibin.fr/2018/06/28/salah-hamouri-le-calvaire-continu/

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1123509/israel-prolongation-de-la-detention-dun-avocat-franco-palestinien.html

http://www.paris-normandie.fr/breves/l-essentiel/conflit-israel–prolongation-de-la-detention-d-un-avocat-franco-palestinien-NB13305329

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salah_Hamouri

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180627-israel-to-extend-detention-of-french-palestinian-lawyer-by-3-months/ (ENGLISH)

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/indefinite-detention-exception/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/178322-180629-france-criticizes-israel-s-renewed-detention-of-dual-french-palestinian-suspect (ENGLISH)

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

Thailand: Thai rights lawyer get 16 months prison for Facebook post

June 27, 2018

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A Thai court sentenced a human rights lawyer to 16 months in prison on Wednesday, finding him guilty of sedition for material he posted online but dropping charges of royal defamation.

Prawet Prapanukul had been indicted on 10 royal defamation charges and three sedition charges. He has said he would not appoint a lawyer to defend himself in the case he called “a political issue, not a legal one.”

The Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok sentenced him to five months for each sedition count and an additional month for refusing to let officials take his fingerprint identification, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said.

Prawet had been a lawyer for supporters of the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a military coup in 2006. He was arrested last year in connection with material he had posted on Facebook about Thailand’s 1932 revolution, which turned the country from an absolute monarchy into a constitutional one. Thailand’s current military government declared safeguarding the monarchy a top priority.

Critics of the lese majeste law covering royal defamation, which carries a punishment of three to 15 years’ imprisonment, say it is used to silence political dissidents. The legal aid group said last week at least 162 people have been charged under the lese majeste law since the military seized power again in 2014. Prawet’s was a rare case of an acquittal.

https://www.kveo.com/news/thai-rights-lawyer-get-16-months-prison-for-facebook-post/1266911615

https://www.deccanherald.com/international/thai-rights-lawyer-gets-16-677450.html

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1493274/rights-lawyer-gets-16-months-prison-for-facebook-post

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/world/article213901239.html

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/06/27/lawyer-goes-to-jail-for-sedition-cleared-of-lese-majeste/

http://www.trthaber.com/haber/dunya/taylandda-bir-avukatin-facebook-paylasimi-basini-yakti-16-ay-hapis-372201.html (TURKCE)

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The Criminal Court sentence a Lawyer to 16 months in prison for sedition and refusing to be fingerprinted

27 June 2018 Bangkok

The Criminal Court found Prawate, a lawyer and political activist who allegedly committed 3 counts of offense under sedition law (section 116 of the Criminal Code) by posted messages of his personal Facebook in a manner to provoke the public to campaign against the current political system of Thailand, guilty and sentence him to 5 months in prison for each count in total 15 months in prison. The court also found him guilty for refusing to let a police take fingerprints under decree of Council for Democratic Reform no.25/2006 (Council for Democratic Reform was a name of military regime that staged a coup in 2006) and sentence Prawate to a month in prison. In total, Prawate is sentenced to 16 months in prison. In the rendering of a verdict today, the court did not mention to allegation under lèse majesté law that Prawate was charged by prosecutor for 10 counts.

After hearing the verdict Prawate claimed that he still not recognized legitimacy of this trial as well as his detention. He also stated that “One day in the future history of the world will judged them” Prawate’s relatives who presented at the court today seems to satisfy with a verdict as Prawate will soon reunite with the family. Prawate was remanded in custody at the Bangkok Remand Prison since 3 May 2017 for 420 days or roughly 14 months, he then had about 2 more months to serve. Regardless the next move of public prosecutor, Prawate will be release immediately after his 16 months sentence is complete. If the public prosecutor decided to appeal the case Prawate will be summon to the court only when the Court of Appeal render its verdict.

Prawate’s case began in the late April 2017, he was arrested by military in the same time with other 5 individuals. All were detained and inquired in a military camp from 29 April and were brought to the court on 3 May 2017 with accusation under lèse majesté law and Computer-related Crime Act. Prawate and other 5 individuals have never known each other before. While other 5 individuals were accused under lèse majesté law for sharing facebook status of Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a former historian lecturer who is now living in exile, Prawate was accused under lèse majesté law for 10 counts of offense by his own facekook status. He also faced 3 additional accusations under sedition law for posting status that deemed to be a provocation to the public with regard to the current political system and the need of change.

Prawate was remanded in custody since 3 May 2017, he seek for bail was rejected by the court on the ground that circumstance of the case was severe. 5 individuals who had been arrested in the same time with Prawate were released after the public prosecutor issued a non prosecution order while Prawate was still remanded in custody as the public prosecutor proceed the case to the court.

Prawate’s trial commenced in May 2018, the trial was announced to be close to the public due to its sensitivity. Prawate however decided to make statement that he will not recognize legitimacy of this trial on the ground that he did not trust in the judicial system. Prawate claimed that the court had already found him guilty before the trial even began when it denied his right to bail on the ground that circumstance of the case is severe. Moreover, Prawate also claimed that since circumstance of this case is online offense, his detention then prevent him from access to necessary evidences while the prosecution had fully access, it is thus against principle of equality of arms.

The trial in May 2018 last only for a couple days as Prawate neither conduct cross examination against prosecution’s witnesses nor had witness testify on his behalf. The court initially set to render a verdict of this case on 23 May 2018 but the previous schedule was postponed to today as the court has not concluded its decision at that time.

 

(ILaw English Facebook, 27/6/18)

Sudan: Death sentence quashed for teenager who killed rapist husband in Sudan

June 26, 2018

After international outcry, appeal court found Noura Hussein guilty of manslaughter and handed down a five-year sentence

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A young Sudanese woman facing execution for killing her husband as he tried to rape her has had her death sentence quashed.

Lawyers for 19-year-old Noura Hussein announced the news on Tuesday afternoon and said the verdict for premeditated murder had also been quashed.

The appeal court in Khartoum has found her guilty of manslaughter and has sentenced her to five years in prison.

As Hussein was told of the news, celebration broke out in the prison in Omdurman, as the women inmates began ululating.

Her supporters, who organised a petition on her behalf, said they were “elated” by the decision. Hussein, who was forced to marry at 16, had been sentenced to death by hanging. Hussein became the focus of a global campaign with a series of petitions in her support reaching a million signatures.

Activists said Hussein’s legal team had been harassed by authorities. Her lawyers were stopped from holding a press conference by state security last week.

Judy Gitau, a human rights lawyer for activist group Equality Now, in Nairobi, said: “We are very pleased that Noura has won the court appeal against her death sentence, and we celebrate it as a positive step for both her, and women and girls generally in Sudan. However, sentencing her to five years in prison and a fine for defending herself against her rapist is still not acceptable and we are looking at next steps to support her.”

Last week, Hussein’s lead attorney, Adil Mohamed Al-Imam, was barred from holding a news conference.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/26/death-sentence-quashed-for-teenager-who-killed-rapist-husband-in-sudan

https://www.nanopress.it/mondo/2018/06/27/noura-hussein-annullata-la-pena-di-morte-per-la-sposa-bambina-che-aveva-ucciso-il-marito-stupratore/211112/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/06/27/niet-de-doodstraf-maar-wel-vijf-jaar-cel-voor-noura-hussein-a1608217 (NEDERLANDS)

#JusticeforNoura

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Haiti: La grève des avocats se poursuit dans la juridiction

le 26 juin, 2018

Depuis le 12 juin 2018, l’Ordre des avocats du barreau du Cap-Haïtien, dans une note rendue publique, a demandé aux avocats régulièrement inscrits au tableau de l’ordre et aux avocats stagiaires de suspendre toutes leurs activités auprès des tribunaux de paix, du tribunal de Première instance et de la cour d’appel du Cap-Haïtien, jusqu’à nouvel ordre, et annonce des mesures disciplinaires drastiques à l’encontre de tout contrevenant. Une décision qui n’est pas sans effet sur le fonctionnement de l’appareil judiciaire dans la juridiction du Cap-Haïtien, a constaté Le National.

D’après le bâtonnier de l’Ordre des avocats du Cap-Haïtien, Me Debréus Davilmar, cette décision reflète la position du barreau face à l’attitude cavalière, de la juge Ivanne Milien Osias qui, dit-il, représente une menace constante pour la sécurité des avocats dudit barreau, après l’arrestation illégale de me Esther Noël, le 31 décembre 2017 et celle de Me Roberto Oscar en date du 9 juin 2018.

Rappelons que le lundi 11 juin 2018, les avocats du barreau du Cap-Haïtien ont fermé la porte et interdit à la juge Ivanne Milien l’accès à son bureau en guise de protestation contre l’interpellation de Me Roberto Oscar qui avait passé environ 15 heures en garde à vue au commissariat principal du Cap- Haïtien alors qu’il accompagnait une cliente afin d’y déposer une plainte.

Cette situation a créé une vive tension au tribunal section nord du Cap-Haïtien, où les membres de la basoche ont réclamé l’expulsion de Me Milien de la juridiction du Cap-Haïtien. Il fallait attendre l’intervention du juge titulaire du tribunal de la section nord du Cap- Haïtien, Wilfrid Thelus accompagné de la Police, pour apaiser la situation permettre et permettre à Mme Milien de reprendre possession de son bureau. Contactée par Le National, cette dernière a fait savoir que « le juge n’a pas pour devoir de communiquer dans la presse ». Cependant, elle a qualifié de chimérique l’attitude des avocats du barreau du Cap-Haïtien, tout en rappelant que nul n’est au-dessus de loi.

http://www.lenational.org/la-greve-des-avocats-se-poursuit-dans-la-juridiction/

UK/Northern Ireland: Pat Finucane: Supreme Court urged to quash inquiry decision

June 26, 2018

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The UK’s highest court has been told it has a constitutional duty to protect the rule of law by quashing a decision not to hold a public inquiry into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane.

He was shot by loyalist paramilitaries in front of his young family in 1989.

The Supreme Court was told he was a victim of “a policy of systematic extra-judicial execution”.

Geraldine Finucane, his widow, is attempting to overturn a decision not to hold a public inquiry.

The decision was made by former Prime Minister David Cameron.

A family lawyer described the killing as an attack “on the constitution and the legal system in particular”.

Barry McDonald QC told the five Supreme Court judges that the government had reneged on a promise to the family to hold an inquiry.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-44620236

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/26/finucane-inquiry-refusal-subverted-rule-of-law-court-told

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2018/06/26/news/pat-finucane-s-widow-optimistic-as-supreme-court-battle-begins-1366599/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pat-finucane-s-widow-asks-highest-court-for-inquiry-t8dzt383h

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

Malaysia: Cops will submit report on Siti Kasim to Muhyiddin, says IGP

June 26, 2018

Inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today that police will submit a report to Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on lawyer Siti Kasim’s case.

“We will submit the papers, we will continue with the investigation and submit the papers,” he told journalists at Bukit Aman…

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/431450

http://www.suhakam.org.my/press-statement-no-22-of-2018-on-arrest-of-siti-kasim/

https://dayakdaily.com/suhakam-says-siti-kassims-recent-arrest-a-grave-concern/

http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/press_statements/press_release_%7C_abuse_of_police_investigative_and_detentive_powers_must_stop.html

https://asianhrds.forum-asia.org/?events=malaysia-lawyer-and-activist-siti-kasim-arrested-over-clients-abduction

https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/431420

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/26/igp-3-elite-police-units-removed-as-part-of-restructuring/

https://www.bfm.my/the-kidnapping-that-wasnt#.WzDZ8mMxj6U.twitter

#FreeSiti