Daily Archives: 12/09/2018

Italy: Italian prosecutor in Salvini investigation receives death threat

September 12, 2018

Far-right extremists suspected to be behind bullet note sent to Luigi Patronaggio, say sources

The prosecutor who placed the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, under investigation over the illegal detention of migrants has received a death threat, sources have told the Guardian.

Believed to be the work of far-right extremists, an envelope containing a bullet was sent to the office of the chief prosecutor of the Sicilian city of Agrigento, Luigi Patronaggio, on Wednesday alongside the note: “You are under fire.”

The envelope was stamped with the symbol of a Gladius sword, a mark often used often by military groups close to far-right movements.

Patronaggio placed Salvini, who also leads the far-right League party, under investigation for the kidnapping and detention of 177 migrants after he refused to allow them to disembark the coastguard ship Ubaldo Diciotti last month.

The ship had been docked for six days at the Sicilian port of Catania as Salvini maintained a standoff with the EU in an attempt to push other member states to take in the migrants. The Catholic church, Ireland and Albania, which is not an EU state, eventually agreed to host the mostly Eritrean migrants.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/12/italian-prosecutor-matteo-salvini-investigation-receives-death-threat-bullet

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/25/matteo-salvini-formally-investigated-over-migrant-ship-standoff

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2018/09/12/agrigento-prosecutor-sent-threat-bullet_03caae66-af97-464c-9341-0383387182c0.html

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/primopiano/cronaca/diciotti_migranti_minacce_morte_procuratore_agrigento_patronaggio-3968996.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.liberoquotidiano.it/news/cronaca/13376707/inchiesta-diciotti-minacce-di-morte-a-procuratore.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.blogsicilia.it/agrigento/minacce-di-morte-al-pm-patronaggio-una-lettera-con-proiettile-recapitata-in-uffici-procura/452746/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.ansa.it/sicilia/notizie/2018/09/12/minacce-morte-a-capo-procura-agrigento_0966db2d-3b7f-420e-b6f7-a2eec5ca98e8.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.teleacras.com/wp1/2018/09/12/lettera-di-minacce-di-morte-al-procuratore-patronaggio/ (ITALIANO)

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Ukraine/Kazakhstan/Russia/Moldova: Defence for the defenders: Lawyers and attorneys under attack for participation in politically motivated cases

June 29, 2018

The right to defence is one of the fundamental human rights that is enshrined in a number of international agreements. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims the principle of equality of all before the law, the presumption of innocence, and the right to be examined openly and with all the requirements of justice by an independent and impartial court.

In order to exercise their right to defence, prosecuted persons must have full access to legal services provided by independent lawyers and attorneys. According to the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, everyone has the right to ask any lawyer for help in defending their rights and protecting them at all stages of criminal proceedings.

According to the opinion of the European Court of Human Rightslawyers play a key role in maintaining public confidence in the judicial system and act as intermediaries between the public and courts. Thus, they are an important element of the rule of law.

As noted in paragraph 16 of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, governments shall ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions in an environment free from intimidation and improper interference. Also, lawyers shall not be prosecuted or sanctioned for any acts committed as part of their professional duties.

Unfortunately, in countries where democratic institutions are poorly developed and the rule of law does not work, lawyers and attorneys often become victims of persecution as well as various kinds of pressure and restrictions. This especially concerns those who participate in politically motivated cases.

Lawyers and attorneys are attacked both by state institutions and authorities and by various criminals, against which the state is unable to protect them. This prosecution also involves professional associations that proclaim their aim to protect the rights and interests of lawyers, but are not independent of state bodies.

At the moment, there are no effective mechanisms for monitoring the interference of the state and other entities in the activities of lawyers and attorneys. The solution could consist of adopting a special document that would protect lawyers and attorneys at the international level.

The statutory goals of the Open Dialog Foundation provide for the protection of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in the post-Soviet space. This report examines cases of harassment and attacks on lawyers and attorneys in countries such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine,and Turkey. The latter is not a post-Soviet state, but it is a member of the Council of Europe and therefore has international obligations in the field of standards of law, democratic development, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.

https://en.odfoundation.eu/a/8707,defence-for-the-defenders-lawyers-and-attorneys-under-attack-for-participation-in-politically-motivated-cases

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

Turkey: ÇHD ve HHB üyesi avukatların yargılandığı dava 3. gününde

12/09/18

Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği ve Halkın Hukuk Bürosu üyesi 18 avukatın yargılanmasına üçüncü gününde devam ediliyor.

ÇHD ve HHB üyesi avukatların yargılandığı dava 3. gününde

Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği (ÇHD) ve Halkın Hukuk Bürosu (HHB) üyesi 17’si tutuklu 18 avukatın yargılanmasına üçüncü gününde devam ediliyor.

Tutuklu avukatlardan Barkın Timtik, Oya Aslan ve Özgür Yılmaz’ın “örgüt yöneticiliği” 17 avukatın ise “örgüt üyeliği” iddiasıyla yargılandığı davanın üçüncü duruşması İstanbul 37. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi tarafından Bakırköy Adliyesi’ndeki Konferans Salonunda görülüyor. Tutuklu avukatlar, Ahmet Mandacı, Aycan Çiçek, Ayşegül Çağatay, Aytaç Ünsal, Barkın Timtik, Behiç Aşçı, Didem Baydar Ünsal, Ebru Timtik, Engin Gökoğlu, Naciye Demir, Özgür Yılmaz, Selçuk Kozağaçlı, Süleyman Gökten, Şükriye Erden, Yağmur Ererken, Yaprak Türkmen, Zehra Özdemir ve tutuksuz avukat Ezgi Çakır duruşmada hazır bulundu. Duruşmayı aralarında HDP Milletvekilleri Erkan Baş ve Barış Atay ile CHP Milletvekili Mahmut Tanal’ın da bulunduğu çok sayıda kişi izliyor.

‘SAVCI TARAFGİR, HIRSLI VE BİLGİSİZ’

ÇHD ve HHB üyesi avukatların yargılandığı davanın üçüncü günü, tutuklu avukat Naciye Demir’in savunmasıyla başladı. Çocukluğundan beri haksızlığa karşı direndiğini söyleyen Demir, ilk tutuklandığında 15 yaşında olduğunu belirtti. 1 senedir tutuklu kalmasına sebep olan iddianameye ilişkin söyleyebileceği bir şey olmadığını ifade eden Demir, “İddianamede bana ilişkin hiçbir şey yok. Sadece bir tanık varmış. Neymiş, müvekkillerimi ziyarete gitmişim. Gideceğim tabii benim mesleğim bu. 1 yıldır hiçbir şey olmamasına rağmen tutukluyum. Buna üzüldüm mü, hayır. Tek üzüldüğüm şey evladımdan ayrı kalmak.” dedi. Demir iddianameyi hazırlayan savcıyı ise, “tarafgir, hırslı ve bilgisiz” olarak tanımladı. Demir, “Bu belge, iddianameden başka her şey. Ağaç israfı. Hukuk fakültesi mezunu olan birinin hazırlayacağı bir şey değil bu iddianame. Bu kadar cahilce hazırlanmış. Örgüt üyesi olduğuma dair bir bilgi, belge, kanıt var mı? Yok. Tanık diyor ki ‘davalara giriyor, müvekkilleri ziyaret ediyor’. E doğru. Ben avukatım. Peki buradan benim örgüt üyesi olduğuma dair kanıt ne?” diye konuştu. Beraat ya da tahliye talebi olmadığını belirten Demir mahkemeye şöyle seslendi: “Devletin size dediğini mi yaparsınız vicdanınızı mı dinlersiniz o size kalmış.”

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/361195/chd-ve-hhb-uyesi-avukatlarin-yargilandigi-dava-3-gununde

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/savunma-yargilaniyor-3-kusak-tutukluyuz-89627.html

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/bm-turkiye-uluslararasi-hukuku-ihlal-etmis-olabilir-89633.html

http://jwf.org/jwf/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Death-in-Custody-Right-to-Life-in-Turkish-Prisons-.pdf (ENGLISH)

http://proderechos.org/informe-jwf-expresa-su-preocupacion-por-las-ejecuciones-extrajudiciales-de-detenidos-en-las-prisiones-turcas (ESPANOL)

N.B. September 12th is the third day of the trials of 17 CHD lawyers in Istanbul.

#SelçukKozağaçlı

#SegbisYargılamaDeğildir

#SavunmayaÖzgürlük

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

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Mobilisation avocat.e.s et militant.e.s de toute l Europe en soutien à confrères et consœurs de Turquie 🇹🇷 incarcéré.e.s depuis 1 an , nombreux bâtonniers de toute la Turquie présents, confrères Istanbul , presse , familles . Palais de justice en état de siège .Salle d audience bondée .Coeur 💔de les laisser .Heureusement nb observateurs restent 👏👏 Présente pour DSF , OIAD , Barreau de Paris, FBE , Institut droits de l homme de Bruxelles . Indispensable présence d observateurs (trices) à chaque audience 

(Dominique Attias Facebook, 12/09/18 re 10/09/18)

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Conférence de presse avant le procès.

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Briefing aux avocats étrangers.

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Nous étions nombreux. Turquie, Espagne, France, Belgique, Italie, Japon, Europe, familles, clients, association des avocats pour la démocratie,…

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Selcuk KOZAGACLI : “These policemen who show their guns there, they are not pointing them to me. They are pointing the guns to you Mr Judge”.

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Selcuk KOZAGACLI menotté pendant l’émeute.

Premier jour du procès contre des membres du CHD (Associations des avocats progressistes) et du HHB (People’s Law Office) sous tension devant la 37ème chambre de la haute cour criminelle d’Istanbul. Menaces à la défense, émeute.
Selcuk KOZAGACLI : “Demandez aux avocats étrangers présents dans cette salle si eux aussi ils sont torturés et emprisonnés quand ils conseillent à leur client de faire usage de leur droit au silence.”.
22 accusés, 200 avocats de la défense.
L’Ordre des Barreaux Francophone et Germanophone de Belgique – AVOCATS.BE, représenté par Mes Ives Detilloux, Robin Bronlet et Sibylle Gioe, en mission d’observation, apporte son soutien aux avocats turcs en danger.

(Sibylle Gioe Facebook, 11/09/18 re 10/09/18)

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India: SC extends house arrest of rights activists till September 17

September 12, 2018

Activist Gautam Navlakha being taken into custody in Delhi on Tuesday.

Pune police had arrested the five activists on August 28.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the house arrest of five rights activists who were arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case till September 17.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud adjourned the hearing on the plea filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others to September 17 after it was submitted that senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is representing the petitioners, was busy in another court.

 

Earlier, Mr. Singhvi appeared before the Bench and submitted that the hearing on Ms. Thapar’s plea be conducted after 12 noon as he has to appear in another matter.

The court was hearing the plea filed against the arrest of the rights activists — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — in the case.

Pune police had arrested the five activists on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave — ‘Elgaar Parishad’ — held on December 31 last year that they claim had later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaon.

On August 29, the apex court ordered the house arrest of the activists, saying “dissent is the safety valve of democracy.”

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sc-extends-house-arrest-of-rights-activists-till-september-17/article24933423.ece

https://www.newsx.com/national/bhima-koregaon-violence-supreme-court-hearing-5-left-wing-activists-arrest

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/sep/12/supreme-court-extends-house-arrest-of-rights-activists-in-koregaon-bhima-violence-till-september-17-1871037.html

http://www.india.com/news/india/bhima-koregaon-violence-supreme-court-extends-house-arrest-of-five-activists-till-next-hearing-on-sep-17-3321081/

https://scroll.in/latest/894067/bhima-koregaon-supreme-court-adjourns-case-to-monday-five-activists-to-remain-under-house-arrest

https://www.livelaw.in/bhima-koregaon-case-just-because-adv-surendra-gadling-argued-for-prof-saibaba-he-is-being-treated-like-a-third-grade-criminal-anand-grover-to-sc/

http://theleaflet.in/videopodcast/watch-advocate-susan-abraham-speaks-on-bhimakoregaonarrests-uapa/

https://scroll.in/latest/894172/un-condemns-alleged-reprisals-against-human-rights-activists-in-india-and-37-other-countries

http://avaninews.com/article.php?page=1743

https://www.frontline.in/cover-story/article24923696.ece

https://www.economist.com/asia/2018/09/15/ten-indian-activists-are-arrested-over-a-far-fetched-conspiracy

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/5b98e485370d57.85582977/2064224/2018-09-12/india-operazione-anti-naxaliti-corte-suprema-proroga-ancora-domiciliari-per-i-cinque-attivisti-arrestati (ITALIANO)

Liberia: Commercial Court Pauses Contempt Charges Against Human Rights Lawyer Gongloe

September 12, 2018

The ground of the Temple of Justice Tuesday, September 11 was a scene of jubilation when fans and supporters of human rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe were told that contempt charges were dropped against him and two of his staffs.

Fans and supporters from various intellectual centers across Monrovia gathered to witness the court’s ruling against the popular lawyer on Tuesday, singing and chanting their support.

Last week, the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice issued a contempt charge against the popular human right lawyer and two of his office staffs – Cllrs. Momolu Kandakai and Philip Gongloe – ordering their detention for 20 days.

The move by the court to hold Cllr. Gongloe and his staffs in contempt, according to court records, grew out of lawyers’ alleged refusal to advise his client businessman Amos Brosius, who had accused the Resident Judge of the court Eva Mappy Morgan on a talk show (The Costa Show) of allegedly withdrawing US$ 3.4 million out of his account at the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).

The Monrovia Oil Trading Company had sued the Manager of the Ducor Petroleum Company Amos Brosius for allegedly failing to account for over US$1M petroleum products allegedly supplied to the Ducor Petroleum Company.

Brosius, however, denied the allegation.

However, on Tuesday, September 11, while appearing on the Power FM talk show, Cllr. Gongloe was arrested and taken to the court alongside Cllrs. Kandakai and Gongloe – his sibling.

During the contempt hearing, Cllr. Gongloe backed by several lawyers including Cllrs. Roland Dahn and Slyvester Rennie, pleaded with the court to exercise justice with mercy.

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/liberia-commercial-court-pauses-contempt-charges-against-human-rights-lawyer-gongloe/

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/liberia-court-issues-writ-of-arrest-for-cllr-tiawon-gongloe-others/

https://allafrica.com/stories/201809050154.html

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/human-rights-lawyer-cllr-tiawon-gongloe-assures-justice-for-victims-of-liberias-civil-war/

Iraq/HRW: Officials Threatening, Arresting Lawyers

September 12, 2018

Mosul’s Civil Status Directorate. © 2018 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch

Iraqi security officers are threatening, and in some cases arresting, lawyers seen to be providing legal assistance to Islamic State (ISIS) suspects and families perceived to be related to ISIS members, effectively denying them legal services, Human Rights Watch said today.

Lawyers said that, fearing for their lives, they have stopped representing ISIS suspects or people perceived to be related to them. As a result, ISIS suspects are relying on state-appointed defense lawyers, who rarely provide an adequate defense, and families with perceived ties to ISIS suspects are generally left without access to legal services.

“The Iraqi government is attacking lawyers for doing their job and is effectively preventing people who need legal services from getting them,”  said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “In addition to being illegal, these attacks have a corrosive effect on the rule of law by sending a message that only some Iraqis have the right to legal representation.”

In July and August 2018, Human Rights Watch interviewed 17 lawyers working in and around Mosul for international and local organizations that provide legal services to those affected by Iraq’s recent armed conflict. The services include defending people against terrorism charges and assisting families who lived under ISIS control to get the civil documentation they need to live in government-controlled areas, an well as for welfare benefits (known as Public Distribution System or PDS cards) that they lost during their time under ISIS.

The lawyers all said they had witnessed or experienced threats and other verbal harassment by National Security Service or Ministry of Interior Intelligence and Counter Terrorism officers for providing legal representation to those viewed by security forces as “ISIS” or “ISIS families.” One said an Interior Ministry intelligence officer detained him for his legal activities for two hours, while another said that intelligence officers detained two other legal aid workers for two months, finally releasing them without charge.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/09/12/iraq-officials-threatening-arresting-lawyers

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/69c3896d-2a97-452d-bf45-a5dc18d7c007

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/130920182

Brazil: Advogada negra é arrastada algemada para fora de audiência em Duque de Caxias. Vídeo

11/09/18

Representante da OAB diz que “nada justifica o tratamento dado à colega… Iremos atrás de todos os que perpetraram esse flagrante abuso de autoridade”

A advogada, Valéria Santos, negra e carioca, foi detida e posta algemada no exercício de sua profissão durante uma audiência no 3˚Juizado Especial Criminal, em Duque de Caxias, no Rio de Janeiro. Em um vídeo, que circula desde segunda-feira (11) nas redes sociais, a defensora tem um recurso a favor de sua cliente, durante audiência criminal, que sequer é apreciado para, logo em seguida, ser retirada por seguranças do local.

“A única coisa que eu vou confirmar aqui é se a senhora vai ter que sair ou não. Se a senhora tiver que sair, a senhora vai sair!” rebate o policial não identificado.

A advogada responde: “Eu estou indignada de vocês, como representantes de Estado, atropelarem a lei. Eu tenho o direito de ler a contestação e impugnar os pontos da contestação do réu. Isto está na lei, eu não estou falando nada absurdo aqui.”

“Eu não vou sair, não, eu tenho que esperar o delegado da OAB, porque eu quero fazer cumprir o meu direito. Eu não vou sair, eu estou no meu direito, eu estou trabalhando. Eu não estou roubando, não estou fazendo nada não. Estou trabalhando!”, insiste a defensora. Veja no vídeo:

https://www.revistaforum.com.br/advogada-negra-e-arrastada-algemada-para-fora-de-audiencia-em-duque-de-caxias-video/

https://www.jota.info/opiniao-e-analise/artigos/e-se-a-dra-valeria-nao-fosse-mulher-e-negra-11092018

http://www.newsrondonia.com.br/noticias/advogada+negra+e+algemada+e+arrastada+durante+audiencia+video/115927

https://www.vix.com/pt/noticias/564001/caso-de-advogada-presa-e-algemada-no-rj-gera-revolta-e-cria-onda-de-apoio-a-profissional

https://www.tudorondonia.com.br/noticias/presidente-da-oab-ro-repudia-ato-contra-as-prerrogativas-de-advogada-algemada-em-duque-de-caxias-rj-uma-cena-repugnante-diz,20668.shtml

https://blogs.oglobo.globo.com/ancelmo/post/frente-de-juristas-negras-do-rio-repudia-prisao-de-advogada-em-forum-de-duque-de-caxias.html

https://extra.globo.com/noticias/rio/oab-vai-entrar-com-acao-no-cnj-contra-juiza-leiga-que-mandou-algemar-advogada-23058374.html

https://www.jota.info/justica/advogada-negra-algemada-12092018

https://www.geledes.org.br/quem-algemou-valeria-santos/

#somostodosvaleriasantos

NOTA DE REPÚDIO

A ABRAPO-Associação Brasileira dos Advogados do Povo repudia, com veemência, as arbitrariedades sofridas pela combativa advogada, Dra. Valéria Santos, que teve as suas prerrogativas profissionais violentadas pela Juíza Leiga que atuava no III Juizado Especial Cível de Duque de Caxias.

A advogada estava na defesa dos direitos de sua constituinte, diante da injustiça que entendia estar sofrendo sua cliente.

Nada, absolutamente nada, pode justificar tamanha truculência, tão grave violação às prerrogativas da advocacia, bem como a agressão a sua imagem pessoal e profissional.

A Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil, pelos seus Conselhos Seccional/RJ e Federal também já se posicionaram com firmeza contra essa barbaridade, que não é tão incomum como se possa imaginar.

O caso deverá ser acompanhado pelas entidades e pela advocacia.

Advogar não é crime!

(Abrapo – Associação Brasileira dos Advogados do Povo Facebook, 12/09/18)

N.B. A Black female lawyers was arrested and handcuffed during a trial.

 

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OAB/RJ disponibilizará ônibus gratuitos para ato de desagravo em Caxias 

Na próxima segunda-feira, dia 17, a Seccional disponibilizará três ônibus para facilitar o deslocamento da advocacia fluminense para o ato de desagravo público à advogada Valéria Lúcia dos Santos, que na manhã do dia 10 foi algemada e presa no exercício da profissão durante uma audiência no 3º JEC de Duque de Caxias.

Os ônibus sairão da sede da Seccional – que fica na Avenida Marechal Câmara, 150, Centro – às 14h. O ato acontecerá na porta do fórum de Caxias, às 15h, e contará com a presença do presidente do Conselho Federal, Claudia Lamachia, do presidente da OAB/RJ, Felipe Santa Cruz, e do presidente da Comissão de Prerrogativas da Ordem, Luciano Bandeira.

#AAdvocaciaNaoPodeSerAlgemada

Leia mais no Portal da OAB/RJ: http://bit.ly/2NC1Ec8

(OAB/RJ – OFICIAL Facebook, 12/09/18)