Daily Archives: 20/08/2018

USA/Spain: Penn lawyer who defended immigrants could face her own deportation

August 19, 2018

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2015, Esperanza Franco headed south to the border, where she worked defending immigrants who faced deportation.

Now she’s the one who might get kicked out of the country.

Franco says her former employer’s mishandling of a work-visa application — she came here from Spain five years ago  — has put her in danger of losing her legal status. She fears that in less than a month, she could end up being jailed in the same Arizona detention center where she has gone to visit clients.

“I’m going through so much stress,” Franco said. “I’m waking up in the middle of night, with back pain.”

The paradox of her situation is not lost on Franco, 28, who put her legal knowledge and Spanish-language skills to work in Tucson at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, a nonprofit advocacy group.


https://www.univision.com/arizona/ktvw/noticias/inmigracion/esta-abogada-ayudaba-a-inmigrantes-en-centros-de-detencion-y-ahora-esta-a-las-puertas-de-su-propia-deportacion?hootPostID=e77659c51ce15984992748738b784230 (ESPANOL)

https://mundohispanico.com/noticias/abogada-que-defendia-a-inmigrantes-ahora-enfrenta-su-propia-deportacion-video (ESPANOL)

Iran: Iran Detains Outspoken Lawyer Calling for Free Elections

August 19, 2018

Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi speaks with media as he registers his candidacy for an upcoming presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iranian media is reporting that authorities have detained a human rights lawyer who planned a sit-in protest in front of parliament.


The Sunday report by the daily Arman says police detained Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi after he appeared outside parliament on Saturday in an “illegal gathering.”

A day earlier and on his Instagram account, Sholeh-Saadi posted that he will stage a sit-in protest in front of parliament to demand free elections.


Sholeh-Saadi, 64 and a former Iranian lawmaker in late 1980s, was taken to a police station.

Famous for his criticism of the establishment, Sholeh-Saadi was barred from running in the presidential elections in 2017.

A 12-member constitutional watchdog, half of them clerics, vets all nominees intending to run for parliamentary and presidential elections.







https://www.enlacejudio.com/2018/08/20/iran-detiene-abogado-elecciones-libres/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.isra.com/news/219077 (RUSSIAN)

https://www.adressa.no/nyheter/utenriks/2018/08/19/%E2%80%93-Menneskerettsadvokat-p%C3%A5grepet-i-Iran-17356470.ece (NORWEGIAN)


Kuwait: Human rights lawyer Abeer Al-Haddad faces threats due to her ongoing defense of Bedoon rights

August 20, 2018

According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), human rights lawyer Abeer Al-Haddad has received a large number of threats due to a recent tweet she published, in addition to her ongoing defense of the civil and human rights of the Bedoon community in Kuwait.

On 13 August 2018, Al-Haddad published a tweet on her Twitter account stating: “After the end of his term in the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs, Saleh Al-Fadala is working illegally and I declare my intention to sue him as the attorney for thousands of people affected from among the Bedoon.”

The Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs was established under decree No. 467 issued in 2010. Al-Fadala was appointed as the head of this government body with the rank of Minister by Decree No. 468 issued in 2010. The period of work of the Apparatus was determined to be a period of five years but no extension was mentioned in either decree; however, it was extended twice, in 2015 for two years, and in 2017 for a period of three years, and no decree was issued referring to the extension of the work of the head of the Apparatus.


https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1931 (ARABIC)

UK/Scotland: Scots lawyers reveal fears of violence after solicitor stabbing and survey launched

August 19, 2018

SCOTLAND’S lawyers have been urged to report violent attacks by clients in an anonymous survey commissioned by the Law Society of Scotlandfollowing a brutal and targeted attack on a solicitor outside Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Joseph Shields was slashed across the face and body and his injuries were so severe he will be scarred for life. The 63-year-old criminal defence lawyer, who is a partner at Glasgow firm Gallen and Co, has yet to return to work.

This week the Law Society of Scotland launched a survey of legal professionals which will ask them to detail “incidents of violent or threatening behaviour” amid growing concerns about an increase in attacks.

Chief executive Lorna Jack said: “It is essential that people are safe while doing their jobs. Solicitors help people, often at extremely difficult times in their lives, and it’s important they can do this without fear or favour.

“This survey is completely anonymous and will help us to build a more comprehensive understanding of the risks faced by the Scottish legal community. I would encourage members of the profession to take part and share their experiences.”