Daily Archives: 17/09/2018

UK/Scotland: One in three lawyers attacked or threatened, suggests survey

September 17, 2018

Fist being stopped by hand

One in three Scottish solicitors say they have been victims of violence or threatening behaviour in connection with their work.

Law Society of Scotland research revealed almost all of the incidents took place within solicitors’ offices or in a court or tribunal building.

The survey, the first of its kind in Scotland, suggested 12% of solicitors who responded had experienced violence.

About 60% reported threatening conduct or communications.

The survey heard from more than 1,100 solicitors.

It found that clients or former clients – or clients of the opposing party’s solicitor – accounted for 60% of incidents.

Criminal defence lawyers were most at risk, but those dealing with sensitive cases such as divorce or child custody had also been targeted.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-45550487

https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16883474.one-in-eight-solicitors-attacked-because-of-work-law-society-finds/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/one-in-three-lawyers-attacked-or-threatened-j0klvqcwg

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1018949/scotland-law-society-solicitors-attacked-threatened-at-work

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/almost-half-scots-criminal-defence-13262113

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/national/16883474.one-in-eight-solicitors-attacked-because-of-work-law-society-finds/

 

Iran: Human rights defender Reza Khandan arrested and Nasrin Sotoudeh remains on hunger strike

September 17, 2018

According to reports received from Iran by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), human rights defender Reza Khandan, husband of detained prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been arrested.

On 04 September 2018, Khandan was arrested almost two months after his wife Sotoudeh was arrested on 13 June. His lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, said in a Facebook post, “This morning, 12/6/13, my client, Mr. Reza Khandan, husband of human rights lawyer Mrs. Nasrin Sotoudeh, was arrested at his home and at Branch 7 of Evin Prosecutor’s Office, three accusations were directed against him: assembly and collusion against national security, propaganda against the system, and spreading and promoting [the wearing] of no hijab in society. He was informed that a bail amount of 700 million Iranian Toman (USD$16,630) will be issued for him.” Later reports confirmed that he rejected the bail, and he is being held in Evin prison, the same prison as Sotoudeh.

Badges were found in the family’s home, saying “No to compulsory hijab,” which has led to the arrest of several prominent human rights defenders, including Dr. Farhad Meysami, a friend of Sotoudeh’s.

Sotoudeh went on hunger strike on 25 August 2018 to protest poor treatment of family and friends since her arrest in June. See: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1938 According to some other reports, the next day, three new charges were filed against her for “urging a referendum,” “assisting in the formation of house churches” and “organising protest rallies.”

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.” On 15 August 2018, Sotoudeh was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia for the two charges as well as for “espionage”. She has appealed the conviction.

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.

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1945

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/09/nasrin-sotoudeh-sacrifices-family-visits-to-protest-prosecutors-demand-she-wear-full-hijab/

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/iran/2018/09/d25033/

http://www.payvand.com/news/18/sep/1040.html

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/09/irans_shaky_foundations.html

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-intelligence-organs-harass-sotoudeh-children/29496700.html

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/09/rouhani-should-be-called-to-account-for-human-rights-abuses-in-iran-at-un-gathering/

https://iranian.com/2018/09/21/rouhani-should-be-called-to-account-for-human-rights-abuses-in-iran-at-un-gathering/

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

https://ir.voanews.com/a/us-iran-rights-sotoudeh/4570390.html (FARSI)

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/06/rouhani-should-be-called-to-account-for-human-rights-abuses-in-iran-at-un-gathering/ (FARSI)

http://madame.lefigaro.fr/societe/en-iran-lavocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-poursuit-sa-greve-de-la-faim-120918-150503 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1946 (ARABIC)

https://www.dw.com/de/iran-kampf-um-aktivisten-im-hungerstreik/a-45461941 (DEUTSCH)

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Turkey: 5 Released Lawyers Arrested Again

September 17, 2018

Of the 17 lawyers from the Progressive Lawyers Association and People’s Law Bureau, who were released from prison on September 15, five of them have been arrested again.

Upon the objection to the release of 17 lawyers from the Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) and People’s Law Bureau (HHB), who were previously in jail pending trial, the lawyers Ahmet Mandacı, Engin Gökoğlu, Aycan Çiçek, Aytaç Ünsal and Behiç Aşçı have been arrested again.

The Penal Judgeship of Peace has ruled for the arrest of the lawyers, for whom a verdict of release was issued on September 14 and who were released on September 15, on the ground that “there is a strong criminal suspicion” and “arrest is proportional to the punishment expected to be given”.

Selçuk Kozağaçlı, the Chair of the ÇHD, who went to the İstanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan yesterday (September 16) upon the arrest warrants, was battered by the police and taken to the İstanbul Security Directorate.

The People’s Law Bureau has announced that Kozağaçlı will be taken to the courthouse again today.

 

http://bianet.org/english/law/200873-5-released-lawyers-arrested-again

http://bianet.org/english/law/200890-selcuk-kozagacli-arrested-again-his-attorneys-battered

http://www.aeud.org/2018/09/statement-trial-against-22-lawyers-in-tukey-istanbul-37th-high-criminal-court-file-no-201884/#.W5-0jwWaiik.facebook

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/14-lawyers-arrested-and-charged

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/09/17/turkish-court-rules-to-re-arrest-17-lawyers-a-day-after-releasing-them/

https://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/200867-tahliye-edilen-avukatlardan-biri-daha-tutuklandi (TURKCE)

http://www.gazeteipekyol.com/gundem/urfa-barosu-ndan-mahkemeye-tepki-haksizligin-laneti-yakaniza-h41961.html (TURKCE)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1084885/CHD_li_avukatlar_yeniden_tutuklandi.html (TURKCE)

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

#SelçukKozağaçlı

#SegbisYargılamaDeğildir

#SavunmayaÖzgürlük

 

COMUNICADO:

El Foro de Abogados de Izquierdas muestra toda su solidaridad con la Asociación de abogados Progresistas Turcos (ÇHD) e insta a la puesta en Libertad de los abogados y abogadas detenidos 24 horas después de ser puestos en Libertad después de un año en prisión preventiva y así se cumplan sus derechos más fundamentales.

El tribunal turco que había dictaminado la liberación de 17 abogados, la mayoría de los cuales han estado encarcelados desde septiembre de 2017 por las acusaciones de “pertenencia a una organización terrorista armada”, ha decidido arrestar a 12 de ellos, debido a las objeciones de los fiscales a su liberación de la prisión preventiva, una vez que ya estaban puestos en Libertad, el cambio de posicionamiento repentino del Tribunal se basa en que “existe una fuerte sospecha criminal” y “el arresto es proporcional al castigo que se espera dar “, 24 horas después que argumentara lo contrario para ponerlos en Libertad.

Según un informe del medio de comunicación en línea Artı Gerçek, el Tribunal Penal Superior de Estambul nº37, que había fallado la liberación de los abogados en la sexta audiencia del juicio de los 20 abogados el viernes 14 de septiembre, ha decidido volver a detener a 12 de ellos, incluido el presidente de la Asociación de Abogados Progresistas (ÇHD), Selçuk Kozağaçlı y ha suspendido la continuación del juicio oral hasta el 19 de febrero de 2019.

Todos los abogados enjuiciados son miembros de la asociación de abogados de izquierdas ÇHD y la Oficina de Derecho del Pueblo (HHB), que es conocida por sus esfuerzos contra la represión estatal y se centra en los procesos políticos en todo el país.

Entre los abogados detenidos está el presidente de ÇHD, Kozağaçlı, que fue arrestado en noviembre de 2017. Había sido arrestado por el mismo cargo en 2013 y puesto en libertad después de que los cargos se retiraran un año después, incumpliendo los Tribunales Turcos el principio de “non bis in idem”

El ÇHD, que se estableció en 1974 y es miembro de la Asociación Europea de Abogados por la Democracia y los Derechos Humanos (ELDH),al igual que el Foro de Abogados de Izquierdas, fue cerrado hace unos dos años por un decreto del gobierno bajo un estado de emergencia declarado luego de un controvertido golpe de Estado el 15 de julio de 2016.

El gobierno turco dirigido por el presidente Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ha enjuiciado a 1.546 abogados por cargos excesivos basados en acusaciones cuestionables que impiden el derecho a una defensa; 585 abogados permanecen arrestados, y 169 abogados han sido condenados a penas de cárcel de entre tres y 12 años, según datos compilados por la Iniciativa de Abogados Detenidos.

Los abogados progresistas en Turquía están siendo injustamente juzgados por posicionarse en Defensa de los Derechos Fundamentales.

Tambien Instamos a las autoridades turcas que apliquen los PRINCIPIOS BÁSICOS SOBRE EL PAPEL DE LOS ABOGADOS adoptados por el 8º Congreso de las Naciones Unidas sobre Prevención del Delito y Tratamiento del Delincuente, La Habana, Cuba, 27 de agosto a 7 de septiembre de 1990, consagran como garantías para el funcionamiento de abogados:

16. Los gobiernos se asegurarán de que los abogados (a) puedan desempeñar todas sus funciones profesionales sin intimidación, impedimento, acoso o interferencia indebida; (b) pueden viajar y consultar con sus clientes libremente tanto dentro de su propio país como en el extranjero; y (c) no sufrirá, ni será amenazado con, enjuiciamiento o sanciones administrativas, económicas o de otro tipo por cualquier acción tomada de acuerdo con deberes profesionales reconocidos, normas y ética ….

18. Los abogados no serán identificados con sus clientes o las causas de sus clientes como resultado del desempeño de sus funciones.

También invocamos el Informe del Relator Especial sobre la independencia de los magistrados y abogados (22 de agosto de 2016), las asociaciones de abogados junto con las organizaciones no gubernamentales deberían crear redes para actuar en coordinación y solidaridad para defender y proteger a los abogados de los ataques. Por lo tanto, las asociaciones profesionales de abogados como ÇHD tienen un papel vital que desempeñar en la defensa de los estándares profesionales y la ética, protegiendo a sus miembros de la persecución y las restricciones e infracciones inapropiadas.

India: Bhima-Koregaon violence: Supreme Court to resume hearing of the case regarding activists’ arrests

September 17, 2018

The Supreme Court will resume the hearing of the arrests of five activists made by Maharashtra Police in relation to the Bhima-Koregaon violence on January 1, 2018.

bhima koregaon violence

The Supreme Court will resume the hearing for the arrests of five activists made by Maharashtra Police in relation to the Bhima-Koregaon violence on January 1, 2018. Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha were arrested and remain under house arrest as directed by the apex court.

Although the police say they have evidence to prove the activists are guilty of triggering violence through their speeches in Elgar Parishad, several have claimed it as a conspiracy. The activists have been under house arrest for over twenty days and they do not have access to mobile phones. They are only allowed to meet selected people.

The Supreme Court will hear their plea against the arrests that were made on August 28. Earlier, another “fact-finding” committee that was constituted, had said that the attacks on January 1 were “pre-planned”. The masterminds were right-wing activists, Sambhaji Bhide, and Milind Ekbote. However, they have denied any role in the violence during the Bhima-Koregaon Violence.

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/bhima-koregaon-violence-supreme-court-to-hear-activists-arrests-maharashtra-police-elgar-parishad-varavara-rao-arun-ferreira-vernon-gonsalves-sudha/285616

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-activists-arrests-centre-opposes-supreme-courts-interference-says-every-case-cant-come-here-its-w-1917602

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/shouldn-t-have-entertained-petition-against-activists-arrest-centre-to-sc/story-Lf759bAqnlH5qGz9G6gUvK.html

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/bhima-koregaon-case-interim-order-of-house-arrest-against-five-activists-continues-sc-to-hear-again-on-wednesday/316665

Supreme Court to examine ‘material’ against activists, extends their house arrest till Sept 19

https://www.newsx.com/national/bhima-koregaon-violence-case-hearing-supreme-court-social-activist

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/knock-on-ferreiras-door-came-at-6am-arrest-9-hours-later/articleshow/65585938.cms

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-activists-arrests-centre-opposes-supreme-courts-interference-says-every-case-cant-come-here-its-w-1917602

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/bhima-koregaon-violence-sc-to-resume-hearing-in-the-case-regarding-activists-arrests/videoshow/65838691.cms

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/shouldn-t-have-entertained-petition-against-activists-arrest-centre-to-sc/story-Lf759bAqnlH5qGz9G6gUvK.html

http://www.india.com/news/india/every-case-cant-come-to-sc-centre-opposes-top-courts-interference-in-activists-arrest-3329658/

http://theleaflet.in/update-from-hearing-in-romila-thapar-v-union-of-india-before-the-supreme-court-dated-17-september-2018/

https://www.livelaw.in/if-it-shocks-your-lordships-conscience-there-is-perversity-on-the-face-of-it-the-gripping-courtroom-exchange-in-bhima-koregaon-hearing/

http://indianculturalforum.in/2018/09/18/over-80-palestinian-latin-american-and-international-organisations-send-a-powerful-message-of-solidarity/

Terrorised By Law

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

https://www.haribhoomi.com/news/bhima-koregaon-case-senior-lawyer-revealed-trurth-in-supreme-court-about-accused-persons (HINDI)

https://blog.francetvinfo.fr/bureau-new-delhi/2018/09/17/inde-protestation-pour-la-liberation-des-5-militants-des-droits-de-lhomme.html (FRANCAIS)

Saudi Arabia: Number of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia increases to 2,613

September 17, 2018

The number of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia has increased to 2,613 detainees, according to Saudi human rights sources.

The Twitter account of Prisoners of Conscience concerned with the detainees in Saudi Arabia stated in a tweet that: “the number of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia has increased to 2,613 detainees.”

The Twitter account added that “prominent lawyers, judges, academics, Muslim scholars, and media professionals” were among the detainees.

It is noteworthy that there are detainees in the Kingdom who have been imprisoned for more than 10 years either under sentences approved by the court against them or without charges and judicial rulings.

Since September 10, 2017, there have been hundreds of arrests in Saudi Arabia, despite human rights activists’ denunciation, and calls from international organisations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International to immediately release detainees, and precedent calls to immediately disclose their whereabouts and allow them to communicate with their families and lawyers.

In May, the arrests reached human rights activists and feminist activists. They were accused by authorities of having connections with foreign parties as a result of their activity on women’s rights.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180917-number-of-prisoners-of-conscience-in-saudi-arabia-increases-to-2613/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/09/11/saudi-arabia-free-right-drive-activists

https://www.eurasiareview.com/12092018-saudi-arabia-should-free-right-to-drive-activists-says-hrw/

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/saudi-arabia-women-drivers-protest-friend-in-jail-op-ed

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/39th-session-human-rights-council-opening-statement-un-high-commissioner-human-rights

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/09/16/574312/Over-2500-antiregime-activists-being-held-in-Saudi-detention-centers-Group

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

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/09/11/arabie-saoudite-liberer-les-militantes-des-droits-des-femmes-detenues (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1134624/lautre-justin-trudeau.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.marianne.net/monde/raif-et-samar-badawi-lutter-contre-le-pere-avant-de-lutter-pour-les-droits-des-saoudiens (FRANCAIS)

http://www.elmundo.es/opinion/2018/09/17/5b9e54bb22601d75658b45d4.html (ESPANOL)

France/USA/Israel: Israel to deport French-US professor arrested at West Bank protest

September 16, 2018

Without informing attorney, Frank Romano sent to immigration authorities, after allegedly blocking demolition of Bedouin village

An American-French law professor arrested by Israel while protesting against the demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank is to be deported, his lawyer said Sunday.

US-born Frank Romano, who teaches law at the Paris Nanterre University, was detained on Friday while taking part in a demonstration at the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.

“There is an administrative decision to deport him,” lawyer Gaby Lansky told reporters.

“Like thieves in the night, instead of bringing Frank Romano to a hearing to free him from jail, which I requested and which was set for 4 p.m. in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, without notifying me or the court, at 2 p.m., police transferred him to immigration for deportation,” Lansky wrote on Twitter.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli Interior Ministry could not immediately confirm such a decision.

The village of roughly 200 people in the West Bank will be demolished, after an Israeli court paved the way for its razing.

Anti-demolition activists said Romano was arrested along with two Palestinian protesters when they tried to block bulldozers sent in by Israeli authorities to seal off an access road to the village. The activists said that Romano stood in front of a bulldozer that was clearing barriers that had been set up to slow demolition.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-deport-french-us-professor-arrested-at-west-bank-protest/

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5352628,00.html

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/israel-court-halts-expulsion-of-french-us-academic-seized-at-demo-1.771042

https://972mag.com/judge-israeli-police-scandalous-for-trying-to-deport-u-s-french-activist/137802/

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-to-expel-french-american-professor-arrested-in-west-bank-protest-1.6479007

https://www.albawaba.com/news/french-professor-declares-hunger-strike-protest-israels-khan-al-ahmar-demolition-1186634

https://www.jta.org/2018/09/16/news-opinion/professor-us-french-citizenship-arrested-west-bank-protest-ordered-deported-israel

https://www.lexpress.fr/actualites/1/monde/cisjordanie-un-juriste-francais-arrete-apres-une-manifestation-va-etre-expulse-avocat_2035467.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.i24news.tv/fr/actu/international/moyen-orient/184246-180915-cisjordanie-maintien-en-detention-d-un-juriste-francais-apres-une-manifestation (FRANCAIS)

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/edition/palestine/article/150918/frank-romano-contre-la-destruction-du-village-khan-el-ahmar (FRANCAIS)

https://infos-israel.news/frank-romano-un-professeur-de-luniversite-de-paris-a-entame-une-greve-de-la-faim-en-prison-pour-entrave-a-laction-de-la-police-et-des-soldats-israeliens/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.france24.com/fr/20180914-cisjordanie-echauffourees-pres-dun-village-bedouins-promis-a-demolition (FRANCAIS)

http://www.leparisien.fr/international/un-professeur-francais-expulse-d-israel-a-la-suite-d-une-manifestation-16-09-2018-7890879.php (FRANCAIS)

http://fr.viadeo.com/fr/profile/frank.romano2 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Romano/e/B004MNTR5K (FRANCAIS)

https://www.parisnanterre.fr/m-frank-romano–695945.kjsp?RH=FR (FRANCAIS)

http://www.jforum.fr/qui-est-frank-romano.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-israel-deportara-profesor-universitario-franco-estadounidense-arrestado-protesta-jan-ahmar-20180916205054.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.vietnamplus.vn/giao-su-my-ngan-can-israel-pha-ngoi-lang-cua-nguoi-palestine-o-bo-tay/524964.vnp (VIETNAMESE)

https://www.hidayatullah.com/berita/palestina-terkini/read/2018/09/16/150675/zionis-israel-menangkap-profesor-prancis-di-tepi-barat-karena-bela-warga-palestina.html (MALAY)