Daily Archives: 28/06/2018

Egypt: Detention of rights lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen renewed for 15 days

June 27, 2018

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#بيان_صحفي | أطلقوا سراح المحامي الحقوقي هيثم محمدين الذي يمثل أمام نيابة أمن الدولة يوم 27 يونيو 2018

المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات
25 يونيو 2018

طالبت اليوم المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات باطلاق سراح المحامي الحقوقي هيثم محمدين، المتخصص في مناصرة قضايا العمال، والذي يمثل أمام نيابة أمن الدولة يوم 27 يونيو 2018 بعد أن تم تجديد حبسه احتياطيا آخر مرة في 13 يونيو لمدة 15 يوما. كان هيثم قد ألقي القبض عليه من منزله بالجيزة في 17 مايو 2018، ولم يستدل على مكان احتجازه بقسم الصف سوى يوم 19 مايو حيث عرض على نيابة أمن الدولة بالتجمع الخامس التي أمرت بحبسه احتياطيا منذ ذلك الحين.
يواجه هيثم محمدين في القضية رقم 718 لسنة 2018 حصر أمن الدولة العليا، المعروفة بقضية المترو، الاتهام بالاشتراك مع “جماعة إرهابية” مع العلم بأغراضها والتحريض علي التظاهر لتعطيل المواصلات العامة والإضرار بمصلحة المواطنين، واستخدام موقع المعلومات الدولية للتحريض على “أعمال إرهابية”. وذلك على خلفية الاعتراض على زيادة أسعار تذاكر المترو مؤخرا.
يذكر أنه قد ألقي القبض على 22 من النشطاء والمتظاهرين من بينهم 6 سيدات إثر وقفات احتجاجية في مناطق مختلفة بالقاهرة في 16 مايو 2018 تعبيرا عن استيائهم من إقرار الحكومة لزيادة أسعار تذاكر مترو الأنفاق. وتم اتهامهم في القضية 718 لسنة 2018 حصر أمن الدولة العليا بنفس الاتهامات السابق ذكرها ويتم تجديد حبسهم منذ ذلك الحين، وهم: حاتم محمد بسطاوي، بسمة علي، يوسف أحمد، علي مصطفى، أسماء عبد الحميد، عبير هشام الصفتي، شاهنده أحمد، عادل محمد، محمد سمير، محمود عبد الغني، فريدة عاطف، كريم حسين، ربيع محمد، أحمد عبد الرحمن، فرغلي محمد، أدهم سعيد، فوزي سعد صالح، مجد أيمن، نفيسه عبد الوهاب، أشرف صلاح، محمد خليل ومصطفى محمد رزق.
كانت الحكومة المصرية قد قررت رفع أسعار تذاكر مترو الأنفاق في مايو الماضي من اثنين جنيه للتذكرة إلى 3 أو 5 أو 7 جنيهات على حسب عدد المحطات. وقد قام العديد من المواطنين باستخدام حقهم في حرية الرأي والتعبير للتعبير عن استيائهم من تلك الزيادة، وكان رد الأجهزة الأمنية بإضافة هؤلاء النشطاء إلى سلسلة معتقلي الرأي في مصر وتلفيق قضية لهم استنادا إلى قوانين الإرهاب والتظاهر.
وتطالب المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات بالإفراج الفوري عن هيثم محمدين وجميع المحبوسين على ذمة تلك القضية وجميع قضايا الرأي وإسقاط كافة التهم عنهم، واحترام الحق في حرية الرأي والتعبير المنصوص عليها في الدستور والقانون. كما تنادي المفوضية
المصرية للحقوق والحريات بتكثيف حملات التضامن مع هيثم محمدين وجميع المقبوض عليهم على ذمة مثل هذه القضايا الملفقة.

(المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook 25/6/18)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/detention-and-prosecution-haytham-mohamadeen (ENGLISH)

https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/06/28/opinion/u/prisoners-of-our-guilty-consciences/ (ENGLISH)

http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/76709 (ENGLISH)

https://www.am.com.mx/2018/06/21/opinion/trump-a-los-dictadores-tengan-un-buen-dia-485705 (ESPANOL)

Poland: EU unpersuaded by Poland’s defense at rule-of-law hearing

June 27, 2018

After extraordinary meeting, national ministers and Commission officials said efforts to sanction Warsaw would continue.

EU officials said efforts to sanction Poland over alleged rule-of-law violations would continue, after Warsaw’s attempt to defend itself at an extraordinary disciplinary hearing on Tuesday failed to persuade ministers and European Commission officials.

“Let me be very clear: The systemic threat for the rule-of-law persists,” Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans said at a news conference following the hearing before the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

“So for us to be able to say that it no longer persists, we will need some more steps from the Polish side,” Timmermans said. “We have not had any indications of that today. But who knows — there might be indications in the near future. We remain open for that dialogue.”

The hearing against Poland was an extraordinary step, in an already extraordinary effort launched by the Commission in December to invoke disciplinary measures under Article 7 of the EU treaties, which theoretically could lead to the suspension of Poland’s voting rights in the European Council.

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-unpersuaded-by-polands-defense-at-rule-of-law-hearing/

http://thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/370223,Poland-hopes-for-end-to-ruleoflaw-row

https://www.irishlegal.com/13099/polish-government-continues-to-resist-eu-pressure-on-rule-of-law/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/polands-defence-of-contested-judicial-changes-leaves-eu-unconvinced/

http://www.nycbar.org/media-listing/media/detail/city-bar-urges-congressional-leaders-to-support-judicial-independence-in-poland

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/370458,Urgent-action-needed-in-rule-of-law-spat-with-Poland-ECs-Timmermans

Turkey/IBAHRI: State of emergency and attacks on the legal profession in Turkey (VIDEO)

June 28, 2018

During HRC 38, IBAHRI co-organised a UN side event with the #LawSocietyand #BHRC on the state of emergency and the independence of the legal profession in #Turkey. The discussion focused on the systematic persecution of lawyers and threats to the rule of law since the attempted coup in 2016. Watch event: https://vimeo.com/277104106

IBAHRI also delivered an oral statement on behalf of five other organisations on widespread human rights violations against Turkish lawyers.

(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook)

https://www.ibanet.org/IBAHRI.aspx

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session38/Pages/38RegularSession.aspx

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

Turkey: Terminally-ill lawyer Mustafa Aydin released

June 27, 2018

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The IBAHRI welcomes the release of terminally-ill lawyer Mustafa Aydin and calls upon the Government of #Turkey to immediately end the arbitrary arrest, prosecution and detention of lawyers in accordance with the UN Basic Principles on the role of lawyers and international human rights law.

Southern Africa Litigation Centre Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada @Fair Trial Watch @Lawyers for Lawyers

(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook)

https://www.lrwc.org/turkey-mustafa-aydin-released-news/

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13390/turkey-joint-statement-on-situation-of-mustafa-aydin/

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/04/20/ccbe-urges-release-medical-treatment-of-detained-turkish-lawyer/

Click to access Turkey%20-%20Mustafa%20Aydin.pdf

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/cezaevindeki-kanser-hastasi-avukat-mustafa-aydin-icin-kaygiliyiz-h115806.html (TURKCE)

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

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China: Chinese Rights Lawyer ‘Forcibly Medicated’ in Prison: Family

June 27, 2018

Imprisoned Chinese rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong is shown in a file photo.

Jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong is being forced to take an “unidentified medicine” in prison, according to his U.S.-based wife.

Last week, Jiang’s father Jiang Lianghou visited his son in the Henan No. 2 Prison, where he is serving a two-year jail term  imprisonment after pleading guilty to “incitement to subvert state power” at what his family said was a show trial.

The elder Jiang, who is himself under continuous surveillance by China’s state security police, arrived at the prison on Friday, his second visit since his son was transferred there from a police-run detention center in April.

He reported back on “terrible” conditions at the jail, with Jiang only allowed to take his allotted exercise in the corridors, not in the open air, Jiang’s wife Jin Bianling told RFA.

Jiang is also being prevented from buying basic necessities using funds topped up by his family for that purpose, and from receiving clothing parcels from his relatives, she said.

But most worrying of all is that prison guards are forcing him to take an unidentified medication twice daily, and his memory has deteriorated considerably as a result, Jin said.

“He has to take medication twice a day,” she said. “When [his father] asked what the medication was, he said he didn’t know.”

“His father felt that there was a marked deterioration in his memory,” Jin said.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/medicated-06272018131637.html

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2152208/second-hong-kong-film-mainland-chinas-709-human-rights

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

https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/jiang-06272018074300.html?encoding=traditional (CHINESE)

India: Bhima Koregaon violence: Shifting narrative and fading public memory as 2019 approaches

June 27, 2018

On June 6, many of us who knew one or few of the five people arrested, supposedly in connection with the ‘violence’ at Bhima Koregaon, woke up with hasty messages of unexpectedarrests. I received a message that Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale was ‘picked up’ and had been taken to the Govandi police station in Mumbai. A huge crowd gathered outside the police station demanding to know the reasons for his arrest. But for Dhawale, who has been a face of some of the massive protests in Maharashtra in recent times and has similarly been implicatedin false cases earlier, arrests were not so unexpected.Amid protests from the crowd, the Govandi police took Dhawale to Pune from the backdoor.

As the day unfolded the shock meter rose manifold as unexpected and unwarranted arrests followed. While a reputed lawyer Advocate SurendraGadling was almost simultaneously being arrested from his Nagpur residence, one came to know that some Rona Jacob Wilson from Delhi and one Mahesh Raut working in Gadhchiroli had also been arrested. Raids were conducted at ex-Nagpur University Professor Shoma Sen’s house and she too was arrested.

All had been accused of one crime- inciting violence at BhimaKoregaon.

I watched in horror and shock as all these arrests were taking place, as both, an eye-witness of January 1 events at BhimaKoregaon memorial and as someone who broke the news and followed it through the months.

Troubled months after BhimaKoregaon

When Dalits were attacked at BhimaKoregaon, on an occasion meant to be a celebration- the bi-centenary of the battle of BhimaKoregaon – anger spilt out on streets of Maharashtra taking the form of a spontaneous, people’s protests.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/06/27/bhima-koregaon-violence-shifting-narrative-and-fading-public-memory-as-2019-approaches/

https://thewire.in/rights/extraordinary-laws-are-becoming-central-to-the-politics-of-repression-in-india

https://allendalepress.com/connecting-the-boys-to-a-plot-to-kill-the-pm-is-nonsense/121712/

http://indianculturalforum.in/2018/06/27/targeting-of-lawyers-dissenters-is-going-on-with-impunity-who-says-this-isnt-emergency/

http://southasia.oneworld.net/news/dalit-rights-activist-detained-in-maharashtra-amnesty#.WzRTydIzbIU

https://newsclick.in/targeting-lawyers-dissenters-going-impunity-who-says-isnt-emergency

https://scroll.in/latest/884552/united-nations-rights-experts-urge-india-to-release-jailed-delhi-university-professor-gn-saibaba

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/reality-check-in-probe-into-plottokillpm-contradictions-unverified-claims-and-a-u-turn-1874905

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

https://money.udn.com/money/story/5641/3219222 (CHINESE)

#FreeSurendraGadling

USA: Immigration Lawyer Broke Her Foot When ICE Officer Pushed Her, She Says

June 27, 2018

An immigration lawyer said she fractured her foot after being pushed to the ground by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer as she followed her client, a 3-year-old boy, into an ICE building in Kansas City, Mo.

The lawyer, Andrea Martinez, said that she and a colleague were trying to accompany the child, Noah Bautista-Mayorga, into the ICE office around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Noah’s mother, Kenia Bautista-Mayorga, had been detained since May.

The family had entered the country illegally in February 2016 and was to be deported to Honduras on Tuesday morning.

Ms. Martinez said that she and the other lawyer were pushed forcefully by the ICE officer as he tried to block her from entering the building. The encounter was captured on a widely circulated video, which shows a brief scuffle between the two lawyers and an ICE officer, with Ms. Martinez tumbling to the ground after she approaches the door to the building.

https://wokesloth.com/immigration-attorney-foot-broken-ice-agent/alexa/

https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article213865689.html

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article213938599.html

https://www.thedailybeast.com/immigration-attorney-says-ice-broke-her-foot-locked-her-up

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5892169/Lawyer-pushed-ICE-agent-left-fractured-foot-trying-reunite-boy-mom.html

Andrea Martinez Photos: Full Story of Immigration Lawyer

Video Shows ICE Agent Shoving, Injuring Immigration Attorney Reuniting Child With Detained Mother in Missouri

https://www.bustle.com/p/andrea-martinez-says-ice-agents-pushed-her-down-but-thats-not-why-she-wants-justice-9614728

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ice-investigating-after-attorney-says-her-foot-was-broken-when-agent-pushed-her/