Daily Archives: 23/09/2018

Turkey: Turkish gov’t puts 572 lawyers behind bars on terror charges since 2016 coup attempt

September 23, 2018

According to Turkey’s Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) 572 attorneys have been put behind bars since the controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016, in Turkey, Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of orchestrating the coup attempt, although the movement strongly denies any involvement.

The majority of the attorneys were arrested on charges of terrorism due to links with the movement, according to the report.

ÇHD İstanbul branch chairman Gökmen Yeşil said the number was calculated by legal activists living abroad who follow trials in Turkey through their contacts and that even though bar associations have a legal obligation to monitor lawyers’ cases, they had not kept accurate records.

Ankara Bar Association Chairman Hakan Canduran said these lawyers were put under investigation in the first place because some of their clients were terror suspects.

“The people in charge believe that if you’re defending a FETÖ suspect, then you’re a FETÖ member and that if you’re defending a DHKP-C suspect, then you too are a member of the DHKP-C,” Canduran said.




Maldives: Criminal Court remands lawyer Siraj for six days

September 21, 2018

The Criminal Court of the Maldives has remanded former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s legal representative Moosa Siraj for six days.

Jailed Adeeb’s defence lawyer was arrested on Thursday night under a court order decreeing that publicizing his client’s statements was a criminal offence.

The police raided his apartment on Friday morning and seized some documents, a pen drive, and a hard disk.

Read More: Maldives police seize ‘pen drive, hard disk’ from lawyer Siraj’s apartment

Upon being presented before the judge later in the evening, he had been remanded by six days after he confirmed publicizing his client’s statements. At the remand hearing Siraj had declared that he had done whatever needed to be done in his client’s defense as he is a law practitioner.

Read More: Jailed ex-VP’s lawyer arrested over statements revealing Yameen’s alleged sorcery

“Have any of you heard of a thing called lawyer-client privileges?” asked Siraj, going on to challenge the police service to present a law that states what he had done is illegal, which the police had failed to do. The officer investigating Siraj’s case had then claimed that the rights of President Yameen and General Shiyam had been compromised due to the statements.

Highlighting that President Abdulla Yameen is a candidate vying for Presidency in the Sunday election, the officer had stated that Siraj posed a threat to national security.











https://www.ouest-france.fr/monde/maldives/maldives-abdulla-yameen-president-autoritaire-d-un-pays-de-carte-postale-5981815 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lejdd.fr/international/asie/les-maldives-leurs-plages-et-leur-autocrate-islamiste-3762434 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/9863730-les-maldives-votent-a-une-election-presidentielle-controversee.html (FRANCAIS)


India/Jammu & Kashmir: Bring back K-issue on agenda: JKLF (R) to UNHRC

September 23, 2018

“Tramboo of IHRAAM chaired and moderated the event and remarked that civil society and NGOs have been vocal since the inception of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure that the right to self-determination is brought back on its agenda,” the spokesman said.


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Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chief patron Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo has stressed upon the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to bring back on its agenda the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

“Tramboo was presiding over an event entitled ‘Obstacles to the Right of Self-Determination’ on the side-lines of the 39th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The session was conducted by the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IIHRAAM) in collaboration with International Commission for Human Rights (ICHR),” a spokesman of the Front said , in a statement.

“Tramboo of IHRAAM chaired and moderated the event and remarked that civil society and NGOs have been vocal since the inception of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure that the right to self-determination is brought back on its agenda,” the spokesman said.

“The special guest at the event was a noted lawyer and human rights activist advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat who represents the parents of eight-year-old Kathua  rape and murder victim. She stressed on the importance of raising a unified voice for the oppressed even in the face of opposition from one’s own community as she has faced due to her involvement in the case. She declared that human rights work goes beyond race, religion and gender,” the spokesman said.