Monthly Archives: September 2018

India: Sabarimala Verdict: This Lawyer Received Death Threats For 2 Years Over Supreme Court Petition

September 29, 2018

Naushad Ahmad Khan, president of the Indian Young Lawyers’ Association, hails the Supreme Court’s verdict, and says he wants to live in peace.

Lawyer Naushad Khan.

On 13 January 2016, a woman phoned Naushad Ahmad Khan in the morning, demanding to know why he had filed a petition against the ban on women entering Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. She wouldn’t say who she was or where she was calling from, but she was convinced that Khan had orchestrated the filing of the petition and that he was deliberately trying to hurt people’s religious feelings. Khan tried to reason with her but she would have none of it. The call ended with the woman telling Khan that he didn’t do the right thing.

Khan didn’t worry too much about the conversation until a video clip from the same number arrived in his WhatsApp inbox. The seconds-long clip had his photo, phone number and location. “It ended with a message saying, ‘this man is responsible for the Sabarimala case and we should teach him a lesson’,” Khan told HuffPost India.

Khan was taken aback momentarily, but couldn’t really understand what it meant. The petition in question had been filed in 2006 by the women’s cell of his organisation Indian Young Lawyers’ Association, who were being represented by advocate Ravi Prakash Gupta. Ten years later, the court had listed it for hearing the day before the woman called. Khan wasn’t even present at the hearing.

A few minutes after the video clip landed, Khan’s phone started ringing. He picked up the first call. It was a man, asking rudely why he had filed the petition and telling him what a big mistake he had made. “While I was speaking to the person, the phone started beeping for waiting calls,” he said.

Khan’s associate, who was present in his Delhi High Court chambers where HuffPost Indiamet him on Friday, chipped in. “There were roughly ten calls waiting while he was speaking to one person.”

That was the beginning of a saga of stalking, cyber-attacks and death threats that went on for two years, said Khan. (ESPANOL)

France/Israel: 24h avant la fin de sa peine, personne ne sait si Salah Hamouri, emprisonné en Israël, va être libéré

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A 24h de la fin de sa peine, personne ne sait si Salah Hamouri, avocat franco-palestinien de 33 ans détenu arbitrairement en Israël depuis le 23 août 2017, sera libéré. “Nous avons pris contact plusieurs fois avec la diplomatie française. A la veille de sa sortie, elle n’est toujours pas en mesure de nous garantir que Salah sortira de prison ce dimanche (NDLR : 30 septembre)”, regrette son épouse Elsa Lefort. 

Le 23 août 2017, trois jours après avoir obtenu son diplôme d’avocat, Salah Hamouri était arrêté par l’armée israélienne à son domicile de Jérusalem puis placé arbitrairement “sans procès et sans charge” en détention administrative pour six mois, une durée renouvelable indéfiniment comme le prévoit la loi israélienne.

Une peine qui a été reconduite plusieurs fois depuis. La dernière devrait donc s’achever ce dimanche 30 septembre.

“Mais avec l’arbitraire israélien, tout est possible”, lâche dépitée Elsa Lefort. “La décision de maintenir mon mari en prison est politique puisque ce n’est pas la justice qui décide mais Lieberman (NDLR : le ministre israélien de la Défense connu pour son racisme anti-arabe) qui signe l’ordre de détention administrative”, rappelle-t-elle.

Ce n’est pas la première fois que Salah Hamouri est emprisonné en Israël. (ENGLISH) (ENGLISH) (ENGLISH) (ENGLISH) (ESPANOL) (ITALIANO) (NEDERLANDS) (ROMANIAN) (ARABIC) (RUSSIAN) (CHINESE)

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4️⃣0️⃣0️⃣️ ème jour de détention de notre concitoyen.

Dimanche 30 septembre, cette injustice doit enfin cesser !

INTERPELLONS LE PRÉSIDENT MACRON avec le hashtag : #LiberezSalah !

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(Liberté pour Salah Hamouri Facebook, 27/09/18)


The Philippines: Odicta lawyer shot dead

September 28, 2018

ILOILO City-based lawyer Edeljulio Romero was gunned down by still unidentified suspects in Roxas City Friday.

He succumbed to a gunshot wound on the back of his head, initial reports indicated.

Romero was linked to the late suspected drug lord Melvin Odicta who was also shot dead in Caticlan, Aklan in August 2016.

In a statement, Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, Police Regional Office-6 director, confirmed Romero’s death.

“We confirm the shooting incident in Capiz, Iloilo at about 1:00 PM today which resulted in the death of Atty. Edeljulio Romero committed by three unidentified suspects who are now the subject of a hot pursuit operation by our local police force. We are already conducting investigation on this incident to identify and arrest those responsible. We also confirm as inquired by our media friends that the victim is a High Value Target Level 3 (HVT 3) in the Illegal Drug Personality List. We enjoin possible eyewitness to share information that may help in the ongoing

Pakistan: Protest against police: KP lawyers boycott courts

September 28, 2018

KP Bar observes strike against manhandling, arrest of lawyers in Quetta

The lawyers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday boycotted courts to protest police violence against their colleagues in Quetta. The lawyers observed the strike on the call of Pakistan Bar Council and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.

Syed Abdul Fayaz, President, PHC Bar Association and Wakeel Zaman, President Peshawar Bar Association, condemned the incident and demanded action against the police and district administration.

They asked for probing the police firing, physical attack, manhandling and torture of lawyers including Hadi Shakil Ahmed, senior Advocate Supreme Court and Former Vice Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, Qari Noorul Haq, President, Baluchistan Bar Association, Badar Munir Advocate and others. The lawyers’ representatives said some of their colleagues have been detained in police lock-up. They demanded the Balochistan government to take action against the police officials involved in the incident.

Egypt: Egyptian rights group says authorities disappeared 2 lawyers

September 27, 2018

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A spokesman for an Egyptian human rights organization says authorities have moved two detained lawyers to an unknown location and they haven’t been heard from since.

Ahmed el-Attar of Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms says Thursday that a court had ordered the release of Ezzat Ghoniem and Azzoz Mahgoub on Sept. 4 pending investigations into accusations they were plotting against Egypt, but the two disappeared while in custody on Sept. 14.

He says the men’s families tried to visit them but were told they had already been released. Amnesty International says the men have been forcibly disappeared and are at great risk of torture, and urges authorities to make their whereabouts known.

Both Ghoneim and Mahgoub supported victims of alleged police torture, the disappeared and their families in Egypt. (FRANCAIS)

#اخفاء_قسري | استمرار الإخفاء القسري بحق “عزت غنيم” المدير التنفيذي للتنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات بعد قرار إخلاء سبيله منذ 26 يومًا

ترفض الأجهزة الأمنية الإفصاح عن مكان احتجاز المحامي والحقوقي “#عزت_غنيم” 41 سنة، المدير التنفيذي للتنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات، وتُخفيه قسرًا لليوم السادس والعشرين على التوالي، بالرغم من قرار محكمة جنايات القاهرة، يوم الثلاثاء 4 سبتمبر بإخلاء سبيله.

كانت قوات الأمن قد ألقت القبض عليه مساء يوم الخميس 1 مارس من محيط منزله بمنطقة الهرم بالجيزة، وتعرض للاختفاء القسري لمدة 3 أيام، قبل أن تقرر نيابة أمن الدولة العليا بالقاهرة حبسه احتياطيا على ذمة القضية 441 لسنة 2018 حصر تحقيق أمن دولة عليا وإيداعه بسجن “طرة تحقيق”.


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(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook, 30/09/18)

India: State Vs Activists: Top Court To Decide Today On House Arrest

September 28, 2018

State vs Activists: Top Court To Decide Today On House Arrest

Today, the Top Court is likely to pronounce, its verdict on a plea by historian Romila Thapar. The plea seeks the immediate release of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and an SIT probe into their arrest.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra-led bench had reserved the judgment on September 20 after counsel for both parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, concluded their submissions.

Justices A M Khaniwlkar and D Y Chandrachud,are also the part of the decision making bench and had asked the Maharashtra police to file their case diary pertaining to the ongoing investigation in the case.

Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha, are the the five activists, under arrest at their respective homes since August 29.

Also Read: Activist Who Accussed UP’s Chief Minister, Gets Arrested On Rape Charge

Ms Thapar, economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, sociology professor Satish Deshpande and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala’s pleas is seeking an independent probe into the arrests and the immediate release of the activists.

The arrested of the five activist was made on August 28 by the Maharashtra police in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave — ‘Elgaar Parishad’ — held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state.

On September 19, the Supreme Court said that it would look into the case with a “hawk’s eye” as “liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures”.

Supreme Court verdict on activists’ arrest LIVE updates: SC declines demand for SIT probe, house arrest to continue for 4 weeks (HINDI)

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Argentina/Iran/Israel: Argentine leader asks UN to remember bombings on Jewish sites

September 27, 2018

Mauricio Macri also urges Iran to cooperate in investigation of the 1994 AMIA Jewish center terror attack, which killed 85 and injured hundreds

Argentina’s president spoke against global terrorism and remembered the victims of the 1992 and 1994 attacks in Buenos Aires in his address to the United Nations General Assembly.

Mauricio Macri also called on Iran to cooperate in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing, which killed 85 and injured hundreds. The late Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman established that Iran was responsible for organizing the bombing, which was carried out by a Hezbollah suicide bomber.

“We suffered two serious attacks in 1992 and 1994, which claimed the lives of 107 people and hundreds wounded,” Macri said Tuesday in his address to the international body. “Our country will not cease in its objective: to get all the people involved in the attacks to appear before Argentine courts, to be interrogated and eventually convicted. (ESPANOL) (ESPANOL) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines: IBP condemns attempted killing of Davao abogado

September 26, 2018

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has condemned the attack on one of its members on Wednesday in front of the Benigno Aquino Hall of Justice along Candelaria Street, Ecoland, this city.

Lawyer Wilmer Quiñones Donasco, 44, was shot by still two unidentified motor riding perpetrators while he was parking his Chevrolet pickup along Candelaria Street.

Police said the back rider fired at Donasco thrice at close range but missed. Donasco incurred minor injury caused by the shattered glass on the left front side of the car.

“This incident is highly alarming as it happened only two days after Atty. Connie Villamor was murdered in broad daylight in Tagum City. The brazenness of the attack done in broad daylight near the Hall of Justice and police office (Police Crime Lab and Highway Patrol Group) makes the incident even more alarming,” the IBP-Davao said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The IBP has called on police to investigate the murder of Villamor and the attempt on Donasco’s life.

“Nothing less than the identification and prosecution of the gunman and his principals could allay the fears of lawyers for their lives as they continue to advocate for the cause of their clients,” the IBP said.

It also called for the understanding of the public on the role of lawyers, “who remain steadfast and committed to their duty to help dispense justice despite the perils associated with the exercise of their profession.”

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Turkey: Lawyer’s office attacked in Turkey’s Eskişehir due to animosity towards pro-Kurdish HDP

September 27, 2018

Unidentified individuals staged an attack on an office belonging to lawyer Heval Yıldız Karasu in Eskişehir’s Odunpazarı district on Tuesday night, the Demirören news agency has reported.

The attackers opened fire on the lawyer’s office in a three-story building with hunting rifles and scrawled controversial graffiti on the walls of the office, reading, “We don’t want the HDP [pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party] in Odunpazarı.”

The employees working at the lawyer’s office noticed the graffiti and broken windows in the apartment on the ground floor of the building when they came to work on Wednesday morning and notified the police.

Karasu said luckily nobody was injured or killed in the attack because the family living on the ground floor was on vacation.

Karasu is a lawyer who works on cases such as the murder of Ali İsmail Korkmaz, a university student who was killed as a result of police violence during the anti-government Gezi protests of 2013, and a terrorist attack in Ankara on Oct. 10, 2015, which claimed the lives of more than 100 people. Most of the victims were supporters of the HDP.

Video: Persecution of Turkish Lawyers


Nigeria/USA: Nigerian Embassy In U.S Allegedly Targets Human Rights Lawyer For Criticizing Buhari

September 26, 2018

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A US-based Nigerian human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, has alleged efforts by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC to have his passport withdrawn over his constant criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

According to Ogebe, documents filed in an Abuja court show that the government wants his passport withdrawn for allegedly “trash-talking Nigeria” on social media.

The lawyer, who is the special counsel, Justice for Jos Project, said in a press release that part of “the document was a letter from the embassy dated June 2, 2016, addressed to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, Nigeria.

“In it [the court document] the embassy claimed that “Mr Ogebe derived pleasure from trash-talking Nigeria on social media in the chambers of the United States Congress and other public places across the United States.

“The embassy letter then stated further that, “Going forward, to prevent Mr Ogebe, who is a Nigerian citizen, from making further derogatory comments that are inimical to the image of Nigeria, Government May consider taking punitive action against him, including withdrawal of his privilege to carry a Nigerian passport.”

It was signed by the Charge D’affaires, Hakeem Balogun

Reacting, Ogebe said while he had long known and was fully aware of the alleged hostile activities of the Nigerian government through its embassy in the US to persecute him, it was still “shocking to see in writing the extremes to which they would go and the extent of their desperation.”