Daily Archives: 18/09/2018

Turkey/UK/Scotland: Detained lawyer & academic released by Istanbul court today

September 18, 2018

Hanifi Barış hocamız için tahliye kararı verildi.

Verdict: The judge has ordered the release of our colleague Hanifi Barış.

#HanifiBarışaÖzgürlük #FreedomForHanifiBarış #FreeHanifi#HandsOffOurColleagues

(The Free Hanifi Bariş Campaign Facebook, 18/09/18)








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https://www.evrensel.net/haber/361617/2-baris-akademisyenine-1er-yil-3er-ay-hapis-cezasi-verildi (TURKCE)

http://www.gaziantephaberler.com/haber/iki-baris-akademisyenine-hapis-cezasi-verildi-haberi-41209.html (TURKCE)

http://gazetekarinca.com/2018/09/baris-bildirisi-imzacisi-avukat-hanifi-barisa-tahliye/ (TURKCE)

https://www.alevinet.com/2018/09/18/baris-akademisyenlerinin-durusmalari-goruldu/ (TURKCE)

https://medyascope.tv/2018/09/18/baris-imzacisi-hanifi-baris-hakkinda-tahliye-karari-verildi/ (TURKCE)

http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/200936-hanifi-baris-tutuksuz-yargilanmak-uzere-serbest-birakildi (TURKCE)

South Africa: JUST IN: Sebenza SAPS hunt for two “hitmen” after lawyer is beaten, shot and hospitalised

September 17, 2018

A 26-year-old suspect believed to be connected to the attempted murder of a lawyer in the Sebenza police precinct earlier today has been arrested.

Also read: LATEST: Two arrested for murder of Edenvale resident (77)

Sebenza Police Station’s spokesperson, Sgt Sharon Tsotsotso said the suspect was arrested by SAPS and EMPD officers after he and two “hitmen” attacked the lawyer.

“During the confrontation, the lawyer was shot in his abdomen. He was taken to hospital where he was stabilised. We think the matter is related to the sale of an RDP house,” said Tsotsotso.

Also read: Girlfriend serves deadly pudding to boyfriend’s other woman, confesses to murder.

“In June the suspect transferred over R200 000 to the lawyer,” said Tsotsotso.

“After making the transfer the suspect was informed that the sale had been illegal and he wanted his money back.”

Tsotsotso said the trio confronted the lawyer on Limoniet Road this morning.

“The suspect hit the lawyer with a steering lock. Fearing for his life, the lawyer fled and entered his vehicle where he was shot,” said Tsotsotso.

“The suspect continued to hit the lawyer after he was shot.”

She said the two “hitmen” fled the scene in a grey Three Series BMW.



Pakistan: KP lawyers boycott courts

September 18, 2018


The legal fraternity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday observed a complete strike against the recent firing incident inside the Peshawar Judicial Complex in which three people, including a senior lawyer, were injured.

The lawyers boycotted the court proceedings across the province on the call of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council and Peshawar High Court Bar Association.

Three people, including a lawyer, were injured on Saturday when an armed man opened fire at the premises of the Peshawar Judicial Complex.

The police said the accused Saeedullah opened fire on Lal Sher, injuring him and his counsel Yousaf Riaz. A boy serving tea at Peshawar Bar hotel was also injured in the firing.

The attacker was apprehended by police shortly after he was trying to flee the scene. The firing was a result of a dispute between Lal Sher and the accused.

The accused managed to conceal and smuggle a pistol despite tight security at the entry points of the building.

The lawyers protested insufficient security and the firing incident in which senior lawyer was injured. They demanded foolproof security and strict checking of the outsiders entering the courts.



Burma: Rohingya lawyer Kyaw Hla Aung on the price of fighting for justice

September 17, 2018

U Kyaw Hla Aung, 78, a lawyer and activist, remembers a time when there was no discrimination against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Just weeks after winning the $1.1 million Aurora Prize, the Rohingya activist spoke by phone from his home in Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state — from which more than 700,000 of his countrymen fled in the past year amid brutal state violence.

Kyaw Hla Aung began his career in 1960, as a clerk at the state court in Sittwe. At the time, he says, Rohingya Muslims held high positions in government offices, police departments, and the army. There were Muslim teachers, doctors, judges, and lawyers.

“Starting from 1970s, discrimination has been increasing with every passing day,” said Kyaw Hla Aung. “Now, we cannot see a single Muslim staff in Rakhine state as well as in Central Myanmar.”

As a lawyer, Kyaw Hla Aung took his first case in 1986, when a group of Muslim farmers were arrested, and their land confiscated under state seizure laws. Kyaw Hla Aung wrote an appeal letter, protesting the draconian laws. In retaliation, he himself was arrested under a controversial colonial-era act used to quash dissent.

“The authorities wanted to confiscate agricultural lands [to] construct university buildings and charged me with obstructing the project,” he said.

In prison, Kyaw Hla Aung’s health declined rapidly. Arthritic and prone to gastric disorders, he suffered from the poor conditions in prison while defending his own case for the next two years. Meals consisted of rotting boiled vegetables in a damp and dark cell.

“Every adjournment day was exhausting because prisoners were ferried to court in a van, which held 50 to 60 at a time,” he said. “We were packed into cells with a capacity for 10 people. Toilets were in the same cell without any cover. I had to appear at the court for approximately 100 adjournments in two years.”






Turkey/UK/Scotland: Hanifi Baris, Signer of Peace Petition, Goes to Court on September 18th for Re-Posting Articles on Social Media. International Observers Invited to Attend Hearing


September 17, 2018

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Hanifi Baris was arrested for posting items of “criminal intent” (reposting articles from Turkish newspapers and other newspapers and magazines) on the internet and to which he did not add any of his own commentary. He has been held in pre-trial detention for this since July 4, 2018. On September 18, 2018 he is scheduled to have his court hearing at the Caglayan Courthouse. International Observers are invited to attend and observe the proceedings. It is hoped he will be released immediately and charges dropped.

Dear Supporters and Followers of the ‘Case of Academics for Peace’ #Turkey,On July 4th, 2018, Hanifi Barış (signatory of the Peace Petition, 11th of January, 2016, lawyer and academic) reported to Bakırköy Police station in Istanbul, responding to a request that he give a statement about his social media accounts. He was arrested that day, and charged with “posting items of criminal content” on his social media accounts. The alleged criminal behaviour for which Hanifi Barış was arrested amounts to sharing news articles from Turkish and international media sources, including websites such as The Guardian and Foreign Policy, to which he did not add any of his own commentary. On the 23rd of July, a judge for Istanbul’s High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against Hanifi and re-affirmed his pre-trial detention. He has been held since then, at least part of that time in solitary confinement.

Hanifi Barış’s colleagues from the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, Aberdeen/Scotland, where he has done his PhD, have joined with human rights organisations, and Hanifi Barış’s Turkish colleagues, many of them signatories of the Academics for Peace Declaration, “We will not be party to this crime!” to protest his unjust detention. They have circulated a petition demanding his immediate release, which has received almost 5,000 signatures.

His case has drawn international scrutiny. Human rights defenders such as Scholars at Risk, Frontline Defenders, Index on Censorship have reported on his arrest and pending trial.



Three International Bar Associations urge Turkish Government to stop human rights violations


https://www.change.org/p/turkish-government-we-demand-the-immediate-release-of-university-of-aberdeen-lawyer-dr-hanifi-bari%C5%9F (SIGN THE URGENT PETITION!)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/361617/2-baris-akademisyenine-1er-yil-3er-ay-hapis-cezasi-verildi (TURKCE)

http://www.gaziantephaberler.com/haber/iki-baris-akademisyenine-hapis-cezasi-verildi-haberi-41209.html (TURKCE)


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The trial of our beloved colleague Dr Hanifi Barış @aberdeenuni will take place on Tuesday 18 Sept, 10.30, Istanbul Çağlayan Justice Palace. Please join our #FreeHanifi campaign to fight this injustice! #FreedomForHanifiBarış#HandsOffOurColleagues #HanifiyeÖzgürlük

Dear #FreeHanifi Supporters,

Just to remind you that the trial of our friend, colleague and lawyer Dr Hanifi Barış will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10.30 at the Istanbul Çağlayan Justice Palace.

From now until then, we ask that you help us with the Twitterstorm currently underway to remind people what is happening. We ask that you share details from the https://twitter.com/freehanifi

page as much as possible. There are a number of hashtags people are using which include #FreeHanifi #FreedomForHanifiBarış #HanifiBarışaÖzgürlük#HanifiyeÖzgürlükPlease tell as many people as you can about this!

In love and solidarity,

The #FreeHanifi Team

Azerbaijan: Statement in Support of Azerbaijani Human Rights Lawyer Elchin Sadigov

September 17, 2018

Civil Rights Defenders and International Partnership for Human Rights are gravely concerned to hear of new disciplinary proceeding launched against the Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Elchin Sadigov by the Bar Association of Azerbaijan. The proceedings are the latest step in the Azerbaijani state’s campaign to deny a livelihood to any lawyers willing to take politically sensitive cases and to dismantle protections for civil society in general.

The proceedings were launched at the request of a deputy prosecutor, who had removed Sadigov from the case of Yunus Safarov, a Russian citizen accused of the attempted murder of the head of the Ganja city executive authority. According to the prosecutor’s claim, Sadigov advised his client to manufacture claims of torture and inhumane treatment in order to create grounds for a case for the European Court of Human Rights.

The complaint seems to be based on confidential attorney-client discussions, apparently obtained through extralegal surveillance, and states the prosecutor “could not find any proof about the allegations about the inhuman treatment and torture [of Safarov].” As photographs of Safarov’s bloodied body circulated on social media shortly after his arrest in July, the independent media outlet Meydan TV quoted several sources naming the specific individuals who allegedly tortured Safarov, and the Azerbaijani justice system has a well-documented and long history of systemic torture and ill-treatment, the allegations are clearly ungrounded.

Following the recent disbarment or suspension of the other prominent human rights lawyers Yalchin Imanov, Fakhraddin Mehdiyev, Asabali Mustafayev, Irada Javadova, and Nemat Kerimli, Sadigov’s suspension or removal from the bar would leave the country of 10 million people with only five active human rights lawyers.







🇦🇿Watch new video. 20 Sep 2018 – As Azerbaijan underwent its 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle, and the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the Azerbaijan’s UPR outcomes, the International Bar Association‘s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expressed concerns related to the lack of independence of lawyers in the country. The IBAHRI is particularly concerned by the ongoing harassment of lawyers working on human rights cases.

During the Azerbaijan UPR, the IBAHRI urged the Government of Azerbaijan to end the harassment of lawyers and ensure that the principle of independence of the legal profession is im.plemented in practice. A number of lawyers who have faced attacks were named including: 𝐘𝐚𝐥𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐯, disbarred for raising the issue of torture of his imprisoned client; and 𝐍𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐭 𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐥𝐢 whose lawyer’s licence was suspended because of the critical statements he made to the media concerning a case on which he was working. 𝐄𝐥𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐚𝐝𝐲𝐠𝐨𝐯 was also mentioned because his confidential conversation with his client was surreptitiously taped, and then moves were made to use the content against him when the Azerbaijani Prosecution addressed the Azerbaijani Bar Association with a request to consider his lawyer’s licence.

(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook, 21/09/18)