August 14, 2018
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August 14, 2018
August 15, 2018
Lawayer Yasir was gunned down by unknown assailants on Tuesday in Dera Ismail Khan District. They demanded that killers should be arrested and brought to justice.
August 15, 2018
Following a decision by a court in Istanbul to release the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kılıç , after more than fourteen months behind bars, Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s new Secretary General said:
“We are overjoyed at this news. It has taken us more than a year of campaigning and struggle to get here, but it appears that Taner will finally be freed. Whilst we rejoice at this decision, our celebrations will only truly begin when he is safely back at home in the arms of his wife and daughters.
“But beneath the smiles of joy and relief there will be sorrow, anger and a steely determination. Sorrow for all the things Taner has missed during his cruel incarceration. Anger that the baseless charges against him and the Istanbul 10 have not been dropped. And determination to continue our fight for human rights in Turkey and for the release of all other human rights defenders who have been unjustly jailed in the vicious crackdown.
“Today we take a moment to celebrate, but tomorrow our struggle will continue, re-energized by the example set by Taner himself – a man who knows the importance of human rights and is willing to dedicate his life to defending them.”
The EU leadership has set a deadline for Poland to fix its law on retiring Supreme Court judges or risk a lawsuit. The dispute happens as Brussels and Warsaw are locked in a much bigger conflict over rule of law.
The EU’s top executive body, the European Commission, announced on Tuesday that Poland now has one month to amend its controversial law that would retire 27 Supreme Court judges. If the demands are not met, the EU Commission is likely to sue Poland before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg.
Last month, Poland’s ruling “Law and Justice” (PiS) party affirmed that judges would be required to retire at 65 instead of 70 years of age. The move would affect 27 of 76 Supreme Court judges, cutting short their six-year-terms, and retire the rebellious Chief Justice Malgorzata Gersdorf. The PiS says the changes are necessary to jolt the justice system, but Gersdorf and other judges describe the move as a “purge” and refuse to step down.
The EU commission has already urged Poland to change the law , which the government refused. Polish authorities also sent out a 36-page document to justify their position, and said the judges would be able to ask the Polish president for an extension of their terms.
On Tuesday, however, the EU Commission restated their criticism of the law.
“The response of the Polish authorities does not alleviate the Commission’s legal concerns,” officials said in a statement.
‘Defend’ until the end
In response, Polish officials accused the Commission of acting “politically” and vowed to fight any court case.
“I believe we will defend our position until the end,” said deputy justice minister Lukasz Piebiak.
“We certainly don’t see any reason to abandon court reforms that are under way, and we are convinced that they will continue to be put into effect, because that is what the Polish people want.”
August 15, 2018
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls for the immediate release of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, as we believe that her arrest and detention are solely due to her human rights work. Reports suggested that her detention comes following her legal representation of women arrested in Iran for peacefully protesting against the Islamic Republic’s compulsory hijab law, and for criticising the judiciary.
On 13 June 2018, Sotoudeh was taken from her home in Tehran. During the interrogation, she was told that the charges against her are “propaganda against the state,” for allegedly being a member of LEGAM, an NGO opposed to the death penalty, and “assembly and collusion against national security.” The charges could incur a five-year prison sentence.
Her husband, Reza Khandan, told an Iranian news agency that Sotoudeh’s initial one-month detention was extended for another month at the end of July after a delay.
Before her arrest, Sotoudeh was among a group of human rights lawyers who signed a letter criticising the judiciary’s decision to allow only 20 state-approved lawyers to defend people in security-related cases.
Sotoudeh also represents at least two women detained for refusing to cover their hair in public.
August 15, 2018
An 84-year-old Australian who was barred from entering the Philippines has arrived back in Sydney after spending six days detained at Manila airport.
An Australian activist who spent six days detained at an airport in the Philippines has arrived in Sydney.
NSW professor Gill Boehringer arrived in Sydney on Wednesday morning after boarding a flight from Manila via the Chinese city of Guangzhou on Tuesday.
The elderly man was barred from entering the Philippines on August 8 after being placed on the Bureau of Immigration’s blacklist for attending a rally in the country three years ago.
Although relieved to be back in Sydney, Prof Boehringer said he won’t be let back into the Philippines.
“President (Rodrigo) Duterte is determined to keep me out,” he told AAP at the airport.
At 12.50 pm (Manila time), Prof Boehringer boarded the China Southern Airlines CZ3092 flight to Guangzhou where he will take a connecting flight to Sydney later tonight. He is expected to land at the Kingsford Smith International Airport, tomorrow, 15 August at 8.25 am. Prof Boehringer was forced to board the plane without proper medical clearance and assessed fit to travel.
Prof Boehringer is returning to Sydney by virtue of the exclusion order of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI). His name is included in the BI’s blacklist. He was kept at the NAIA 1 terminal for nearly 7 days, subjected to the most frustrating kind of ping-pong bureaucracy BI could exercise.
Prof Boehringer will be met at the airport by community and human rights activists.
He will be available for media interviews as soon as he arrives.
Contact: Peter Brock 0425363370 (Action for Peace and Development), Peter Murphy 041831201 (International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines), Lina Cabaero 0407841010 (Migrante Australia)