Daily Archives: 27/08/2018

China/Hong Kong: Mainland Chinese university bars two Hong Kong human rights lawyers from teaching regular course there

August 27, 2018

In response Bar Association pulls regular course at Peking University, which has been running since 2011

A mainland Chinese university blocked two Hong Kong human rights lawyers from teaching a course delivered by the city’s Bar Association earlier this year, and told the group’s chairman not to attend a course ceremony, it has emerged.

The association – the city’s top legal professional body – responded by pulling the course at Peking University, Beijing, indefinitely.

Philip Dykes, who was elected association chairman this January, revealed the news in a circular to his members on Monday, as the Post learned separately that the group’s regular Beijing meet-up with officials and judges would probably not happen this year.

A source said the two barristers Peking University objected to were human rights lawyer Hectar Pun and Cheung Yiu-leung, vice-chairman of the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group. They were not allowed to teach the common law course and asked to be replaced, despite having done so for several years. Both have not replied to Post requests for comment.

But a few other members from the group who had also taught on the month-long programme, which ran annually at the university from 2011, were not blacklisted. The course still went ahead this year.

Dykes revealed he was not allowed to attend the closing ceremony of the course in Beijing in June, which he had intended to join to “get to the bottom of the refusal” of the two members continuing their lectures.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2161531/mainland-chinese-university-bars-two-hong-kong-human-rights

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/08/27/hong-kong-bar-assoc-axes-peking-university-legal-course-two-members-barred-teaching/

https://www.theepochtimes.com/persecuted-chinese-lawyer-gao-zhisheng-awarded-shahbaz-bhatti-freedom-award_2636585.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/29/china-and-human-rights-australia-making-difference

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/dissidents-08302018175754.html

https://www.theepochtimes.com/interview-with-chinese-human-rights-lawyer-wang-yu-on-fighting-the-good-fight_2554757.html

http://english.pku.edu.cn/

http://www.chrlawyers.hk/en

https://www.acatfrance.fr/actualite/chine—dans-les-coulisses-des-confessions-televisees (FRANCAIS)

https://www.epochtimes.it/news/avvocato-e-madre-leterna-battaglia-per-i-diritti-umani-in-cina/ (ITALIANO)

Egypt: Update on Detained Labour Lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen

August 27, 2018

Labor lawyer and activist Haytham Mohamadeen was handed a 15-day detention renewal order by the Supreme State Security Prosecution on Monday in Case 718/2018, according to lawyer Maha Youssef.

Mohamadeen was arrested on May 17 and faces charges of joining a terrorist group and inciting protests over the March metro fare hikes.

Read our earlier coverage here:https://goo.gl/USgara

(Mada Masr English Facebook, 27/8/18)

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

https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-regime-fears-another-arab-spring/a-45224716

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/campaigns/2018/09/egypt-freedom-of-expression/ (ARABIC)

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Iran: Lawyer Calls on President Rouhani to Work For Human Rights Attorney Abdolfattah Soltani’s Release

August 6, 2018

Soltani Granted Furlough to Mourn Daughter’s Death

One of Iran’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Abdolfattah Soltani, was granted furlough from Evin Prison to mourn his daughter’s death on August 4, 2018.

Soltani’s 30-year-old daughter, Homa, had passed away on August 3 from a heart attack. Video clipsposted on social media showed the moment Soltani was reunited with his remaining family at a mourning ceremony for his daughter. One clip shows Soltani breaking down into tears as he embraces his wife, Masoumeh Dehghan, who is wailing.

“I pledge in the presence of all the martyrs to always serve the people and work for the greatness of the country,” said Soltani in another clip showing him standing over his daughter’s grave. “I hope to God that we will always do the things that make the people happy. I pledge to never forget the people. I pledge in the presence of your good soul to never forget your mission to bring happiness and help the people. We will strive to bring a smile onto the faces of the people. I salute you all.”

It is not clear how long Soltani will be allowed to stay on furlough. On August 5, his lawyer Saeed Dehghan called on President Hassan Rouhani to seek Soltani’s release.

Soltani, 64, has been eligible for release since 2014 but the Intelligence Ministry, which operates under Rouhani, has blocked his freedom despite Soltani’s deteriorating health, according to his surviving daughter, Maede.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/08/lawyer-calls-on-president-rouhani-to-work-for-human-rights-attorney-abdolfattah-soltanis-release/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/15/eu-concerned-over-detention-of-rights-lawyer-in-iran

http://iranpresswatch.org/post/19442/bahai-prisoner-semnan-2000-days-counting/

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180808000843

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

http://fa.euronews.com/2018/08/06/funeral-of-homa-soltani-young-daughter-of-abdolfattah-soltani-in-tehran (FARSI)

https://www.ncr-iran.org/fr/actualites/droits-humains/21155-amnesty-international-appelle-le-regime-iranien-a-liberer-tous-les-manifestants (FRANCAIS)

https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2018-08/iran-protest-nasrin-sotoudeh-mehscnerechte-anwaelte-verhaftungen (DEUTSCH)

http://24h.com.cy/2018/08/i-periptosi-abdolfattah-soltani-kai-oi-iranoi-antifronoyntes/ (GREEK)

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