Daily Archives: 12/08/2018

Turkey/UK: Court accepts indictment against Hanifi Barış

July 27, 2018

Hanifi Barış

On 23 July 2018, İstanbul’s 29th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against detained lawyer and academic Hanifi Barış and ordered his continued detention. He was arrested for posts he made on social media on 4 July 2018 and is charged with creating “terrorist propaganda”. He has been kept in solitary confinement for approximately 10 days. His first hearing is scheduled for 18 September 2018.

Hanifi Barış is a lawyer and academic, who has also worked on human rights. He is a member of Academics for Peace, a group which has condemned state violence against Kurdish groups and the Turkish State’s ongoing violation of its own laws and international treaties resulting in numerous human rights violations. He also signed the 2016 peace petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”. The human rights defender drew public attention for representing a famous conscientious objector who was sentenced to prison, and defended the client’s right to represent himself in Kurdish, which was refused by the court.

On 23 July 2018, İstanbul’s 29th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against Hanifi Barış and confirmed his detention. The Court based its decision on an assessment of digital materials supposedly confiscated during an alleged search of his residence and belongings, however no such search ever took place.

In mid-July, Hanifi Barış submitted a petition requesting his transfer to another dormitory. He was informed that he would be kept in another cell until a final decision on his transfer was made. Since then, he has been kept in solitary confinement and has only been permitted to go to the open air facilities of the prison for one hour each day. Before being moved to his new cell, he was permitted 12 hours of outdoor activity a day.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/hanifi-baris-arrested

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/north-east-academic-in-jail-after-criticising-turkeys-president/

https://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/199036-academic-for-peace-arrested-due-to-his-social-media-posts

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1514218/outspoken-aberdeen-university-academic-has-been-arrested/

https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-academic-from-scottish-university-put-in-pre-trial-detention-over-social-media-posts

https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/aberdeen-graduate-faces-prison-term-in-turkey-for-criticising-erdoan

https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/9583/Demanding-release-of-Dr-Hanifi-Baris-in-Turkey?list=6216

https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/2018/07/turkey-legal-scholar-arrested-for-sharing-articles-critical-of-president-erdogan/

https://www.change.org/p/turkish-government-we-demand-the-immediate-release-of-university-of-aberdeen-lawyer-dr-hanifi-bari%C5%9F (PETITION – PLEASE SIGN!)

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/cisrul/

University of Aberdeen and CISRUL Graduate Hanifi Baris Arrested in Turkey

https://www.facebook.com/cisrul/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/433508947128873/?fref=mentions

#FreeHanifi

#HanifiyeÖzgürlük

Chile: FIDH envía carta a Piñera denunciando hostigamientos de Carabineros a conocida abogada de comuneros mapuche

17/7/18

La Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos pide a las autoridades chilenas resguardar y garantizar la seguridad de Karina Riquelme, quien fue fotografiada por funcionarios de civil durante la formalización del caso Huracán.

FIDH envía carta a Piñera denunciando hostigamientos de Carabineros a conocida abogada de comuneros mapuche

A través de una carta dirigida al presidente Sebastián Piñera, los ministros Gonzalo Blumel, Andrés Chadwick, Hernán Larraín y Roberto Ampuero, además de la directora del INDH Consuelo Contreras, la Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH) solicita que se tomen medidas ante distintos actos de hostigamiento que ha sufrido la abogada Karina Riquelme, conocida abogada de La Araucanía en causas que enfrentan comuneros mapuches.

La defensora es parte del Centro de Investigación y Defensa Sur (Cidsur), ONG que ha tomado la defensa penal de comuneros mapuche durante años, logrando emblemáticas absoluciones.

La carta, de la que hicieron parte también el Observatorio para la Protección de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos y la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura, denuncia que Riquelme fue hostigada los días 9 y 10 de julio de 2018 por funcionarios de civil de Carabineros de Chile, mientras se realizaban las jornadas de formalización del caso Huracán, que involucra el montaje de distintos funcionarios policiales que quisieron inculpar a comuneros mapuche de atentados incendiarios.

http://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2018/07/17/fidh-envia-carta-a-pinera-denunciando-hostigamientos-de-carabineros-a-conocida-abogada-de-comuneros-mapuche/

http://www.omct.org/es/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/chile/2018/07/d24965/

http://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2018/08/09/pruebas-ilicitas-persecucion-a-abogados-y-discriminacion-el-analisis-de-amnistia-internacional-de-los-casos-luchsinger-e-iglesia/

https://radio.uchile.cl/2018/07/04/karina-riquelme-hoy-criminalizar-al-mapuche-sale-gratis/

http://kaosenlared.net/chile-mapuche-amnistia-internacional-condenas-a-mapuche-son-injustas-y-no-respetan-garantias/

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karina_Riquelme_Viveros

India: This State Govt. has approved the Act which provides Jail term of 7 Years for Threatening an Advocate

July 20, 2018

 

Madhya Pradesh State Cabinet gave its approval to the Advocate Protection Act under which person accused of exerting undue pressure on a lawyer or obstructing their work would attract 7 years of jail with provisions of fine upto Rs 10,000.

According to the Sources, The Government is preparing to bring the ordinance to implement the Act soon.

This will make Madhya Pradesh the first State in India to promote law to protect advocates from any kind of violence perpetrated against them.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while addressing the State Bar Council at National Law University in May, 2018 has announced that the State Governement will present the Bill in the Monsoon Session of the Assembly.

https://www.latestlaws.com/latest-news/this-state-govt-has-approved-the-act-which-provides-jail-term-of-7-years-for-threatening-an-advocate/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/advocate-protection-act-to-be-implemented-in-state-chief-minister-shivraj-singh-chouhan/articleshow/64153630.cms

https://www.patrika.com/jabalpur-news/advocate-protection-act-implemented-in-mp-state-3010649/ (HINDI)

https://www.bhaskar.com/mp/bhopal/news/cabinet-can-grant-advocate-protection-act-today-5917685.html (HINDI)

Italy: Insulti sul web all’avvocata del prete pedofilo

28/7/18

Il Consiglio direttivo della Camera Penale di Prato interviene a difesa dell’avvocata Valeria Fontana che difende don Paolo Glaentzer ed è stata oggetto di offese

Il Consiglio direttivo della Camera penale degli avvocati di Prato prende le difese dell’avvocata Valeria Fontana che, in qualità di difensore di don Paolo Glaentzer, il parroco di San Rufignano a Sommaia nel comune di Calenzano,accusato di pedofilia per atti sessuali su una bambina non ancora undicenne, è stata oggetto di pesanti commenti dal contenuto ingiurioso, volgare e a volte violento. “Secondo questi illuminati commentatori – si legge nella nota della Camera penale – L’avvocato che assiste il parroco sarebbe colpevole due volte, la prima per fornire assistenza legale ad un presunto pedofilo e la seconda perché in quanto donna non dovrebbe prestarsi a difendere quello che si ipotizza essere l’autore di una violenza sessuale su una bambina”.

 

“Vogliamo ricordare a tutti che l’avvocato svolge nel processo penale una funzione nobile e imprescindibile di attuazione del diritto di difesa previsto dalla nostra Costituzione per qualunque soggetto indagato o imputato, e di garanzia del rispetto delle regole del giusto processo – continua la nota –  I commenti beceri di chi invoca giudizi sommari e pene corporali non sono tollerabili in uno Stato di diritto come il nostro”.

http://iltirreno.gelocal.it/prato/cronaca/2018/07/28/news/insulti-all-avvocata-del-prete-pedofilo-1.17101858

http://iltirreno.gelocal.it/prato/cronaca/2018/07/29/news/offese-al-difensore-i-colleghi-l-avvocato-fa-il-suo-mestiere-1.17105468

https://www.controradio.it/prete-arrestato-pedofilia-domiciliari/

Vietnam: Failure to Comply with International Human Rights Obligations | Joint Submission

July 30, 2018

  1. Lawyers for Lawyers (“L4L”) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (“LRWC”) jointly submit this report on the state of human rights in Viet Nam, especially in respect of the legal profession, with recommendations for the 32nd session of the UPR Working Group in the UN Human Rights Council in January-February 2019. This report was co-signed by Viet Tan.
  2. L4L is an independent and non-political Netherlands foundation, which was established in 1986 and is funded by lawyers’ donations. L4L promotes the proper functioning of the rule of law through the free and independent exercise of the legal profession around the world. L4L has special consultative status with ECOSOC since 2013.
  3. LRWC is a committee of Canadian lawyers and other human rights defenders who promote human rights and the rule of law through advocacy, education, and legal research. LRWC is a volunteer-run NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
  4. This submission highlights key concerns regarding Viet Nam’s compliance with its international human rights obligations to guarantee the right to independent counsel as set out in the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers [1] (“Basic Principles”) and other international human rights instruments, focusing the lack of effective guarantees for the functioning of lawyers, including the lack of freedom of expression and association of lawyers. Non-compliance with the Basic Principles undermines the proper functioning of the judicial system, in particular the right to fair trial and effective access to justice.

https://www.lrwc.org/viet-nam-failure-to-comply-with-international-human-rights-obligations-joint-submission/

Belgium: Theo Francken s’en prend à l’ordre flamand des avocats

le 2 août, 2018

Le secrétaire d’Etat fédéral à l’Asile et à la Migration, Theo Francken (N-VA), s’en est pris vertement, jeudi à l’ordre des avocats flamands après les critiques formulées par celui-ci à l’encontre de l’ouverture de cinq unités familiales au centre fermé 127 bis de Steenokkerzeel.

Theo Francken s'en prend à l'ordre flamand des avocats

Pour M. Francken, l'”Orde van Vlaamse Balies” fait de la politique et constitue “la énième ONG frontières ouvertes avec un agenda activiste de gauche”.

“Et les milliers d’avocats qui se taisent et avalent cela. Je rencontre très souvent des avocats, une très grande partie me soutient entièrement. Quelle différente marquante avec ‘leur’ Ordre”, a-t-il ajouté sur Twitter.

Les droits de l’enfant priment toujours sur la situation administrative de leurs parents, avait affirmé mercredi l’Ordre du barreau flamand. Pour celui-ci, priver de liberté des enfants alors qu’ils ne sont pas responsables de leur situation est contraire aux droits de l’homme.

La Belgique a été plusieurs fois condamnée par le passé par la Cour européenne des droits de l’Homme pour cette pratique, a rappelé l’ordre qui regroupe les avocats flamands.

http://www.levif.be/actualite/belgique/theo-francken-s-en-prend-a-l-ordre-flamand-des-avocats/article-normal-873403.html