Daily Archives: 01/10/2018

Saudi Arabia: ‘Saudi Arabia should be shunned by civilised nations for human rights violations’

October 1, 2018


When advocating for basic human rights becomes dissent, stronger voices continue to rise in the hope that they will one day be heard. In an honour for such visionaries, on September 24, the Right Livelihood Award—known as the Alternative Nobel—was awarded to three jailed Saudi human rights activists—Mohammad al-Qahtani, Waleed Abu al-Khair and Abdullah al-Hamid—and two anti-corruption crusaders from Latin America.

The Saudi activists were chosen for ‘their visionary and courageous efforts, guided by universal human rights principles, to reform the totalitarian political system in Saudi Arabia.’ Mohammad al-Qahtani and Adullah al-Hamid have been active participants of Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA). Waleed, a lawyer and activist, was detained because he defended Samar Badawi and her blogger brother, Raif Badawi. Raif Badawi was a human rights activist who criticised the Saudi monarchy in his blog. For this, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and 1,000 lashes.

Daniel Arshack, Waleed Abu al-Khair’s attorney, also spoke to THE WEEK on the case and the way ahead.


As per a report in 2014, Waleed was not being treated as an innocent dissident, he was being denied food. What is the status of prison conditions now?

I believe that his conditions in prison improved after he went on a hunger strike. He was finally given some access to the Quran. Waleed has medical issues, including diabetes, that are not being adequately addressed. He has no access to newspapers and his mail and his right to visits are severely limited. Even I, as his lawyer, have been denied access to see him.

Daniel Arshack

Last heard in 2016, Samar Badawi was arrested. What is the status on possible freedom of the detainees including Samar, Raif Badawi and Waleed.

In 2016, Waleed’s former wife, Samar Badawi, was arrested for public advocacy of women’s rights and then released and a travel ban was placed against her. Then on July 30, 2018, she was arrested and imprisoned again and she continues to be detained based on her asking for equal rights for women in Saudi Arabia. Waleed was Samar’s lawyer before they were married. Later Waleed represented Samar’s brother, Raif Badawi, also an outspoken critic of the dictatorship who called for the establishment of a constitutional monarchy and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes.





https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)


The Philippines: Laoag City lawyer survives shooting

October 1, 2018

A lawyer who mostly handles drug cases was shot by motorcycle-rding gunmen in front of his house in Laoag City on Saturday night.

Lawyer Jason Perera, who was reportedly shot twice in the back, regained consciousness early Monday morning at the Roque Ablan Memorial Hospital where he was rushed after the shooting.

The lawyer’s mother, who was able to visit him in the hospital, said her son communicated through hand gestures but could not talk.

Ilocos Norte police have activated a Special Investigation Task Group to look into the case.

The attack on Perera comes weeks after a Tagum City lawyer was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen along the Apokon National Highway in Davao Del Norte. Lawyer Connie Villamor was declared dead on arrival on September 24 from multiple gunshot wounds.

“[A]n attack against any lawyer is an attack against the legal profession itself as it undermines the independence of lawyers,” lawyer Rogelio Largo, president of the Davao City chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, said in a statement condemning the attack on Villamor.

In February, the IBP board of governors formed a task force “to investigate, document, prosecute or assist in the prosecution of cases involving the murder or violent assault against the members of the Bar and/or their families.

“The apparent continued attacks on the members of the Bar, none of which had been successfully resolved or prosecuted, create an impression of impunity, wherein State forces appear indifferent and helpless, or, worse, in one case, even involved in such violent assaults,” the IBP said.







Kenya/Zambia: Zambia refuses entry to PLO Lumumba for ‘security’ reasons

September 29, 2018

Kenya Anti Corruption Commission director PLO Lumumba. PHOTO /  FILE

Kenyan law professor PLO Lumumba was on Saturday prevented from entering Zambia by the country’s immigration authorities.

A twitter post by Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesperson, Ms Dora Siliya, said Mr Lumumba was denied entry “due to security considerations”.


“[The government, through the] immigration [department] has denied entry into Zambia of Prof Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan national, due to security considerations. Immigration is a security wing working with agencies within and beyond Zambia,” the minister said.

Media in Zambia said Mr Lumumba was sent back by Immigration officials shortly after landing at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka.

According to Lusaka Times, he “was due to deliver a public lecturer on China-Africa relations on Saturday night at Eden University”.