Daily Archives: 06/11/2018


November 6, 2018

TWO Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) members, former Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and the Home Affairs Ministry have apologised to Mordecai Mahlangu, a human rights lawyer and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) Board Chairperson after conceding that they violated his fundamental rights when they arrested and detained him almost a decade ago.

The ZRP members namely Henry Sostein Dowa and Clever Ntini together with the Co-Home Affairs Ministers and Tomana, who served as Attorney-General then, tendered their apologies to Mahlangu last week after acknowledging that the ZLHR Board Chairperson’s arrest and detention in November 2009 was wrongful and unlawful.

In a Deed of Settlement signed on Wednesday 31 October 2018, Dowa, Ntini and the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs, who served during the coalition government of former President Robert Mugabe and the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai agreed to pay Mahlangu a total of $13 500 to cover his legal costs before Friday 30 November 2018.

Mahlangu was placed under arrest and spent one night at Harare Central Police Station cells in November 2009 on a trumped up charge of attempting to obstruct the course of justice. He was apprehended after he sought to highlight to the State the difficulties the authorities would encounter in using Mutare arms dealer Michael Peter Hitschmann as a State witness during the trial of the late former MDC-T legislator Roy Bennett.

Through summons filed at the High Court by his lawyers Advocate Thabani Mpofu instructed by Raymond Moyo of ZLHR, Mahlangu argued that his arrest in 2009 was not warranted as he was acting purely as a legal practitioner giving advice in accordance with his professional requirements.

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(Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Facebook, 06/11/18)






Cameroon: Cameroun : Maurice Kamto arrêté le jour de l’investiture de Paul Biya

le 6 novembre, 2018

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L’opposant Maurice Kamto, qui revendique la victoire au scrutin présidentiel, a été arrêté à Yaoundé mardi 6 novembre, jour de la prestation de serment de Paul Biya pour un septième mandat.

Maurice Kamto, candidat du Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) à la présidentielle du 7 octobre dernier, a été arrêté au Rond-Point Nlongkak, non loin de son QG de campagne à Yaoundé, mardi 6 novembre en fin de matinée. Selon des informations recoupées auprès de son entourage et de sources policières, il été interpellé par des éléments de la police, en faction depuis le matin près de l’esplanade du Stade-Omnisports, où le président du MRC avait annoncé sa volonté de tenir un meeting ce mardi. Des éléments de la gendarmerie étaient également présents.

Selon une source au sein du MRC, Maurice Kamto, ainsi que plusieurs autres cadres du parti – parmi lesquels Christian Penda Ekoka, Me Emmanuel Simh ou encore Alain Fogue Tedom -, ont été conduits dans les locaux de la Direction de la police judiciaire (DPJ).

Maurice Kamto se trouvait avec plusieurs dizaines de militants à un rassemblement pour protester contre la prestation de serment de Paul Biya, 85 ans, qui entame son septième mandat présidentiel.







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The Guardian Post No. 1530 of Wednesday November 7, 2018 (Facebook)

India: Bhima Koregaon Case: Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira And Vernon Gonsalves Sent to Judicial Custody For 14 Days

November 6, 2018

Bhima Koregaon Case: Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira And Vernon Gonsalves Sent to Judicial Custody For 14 Days

Activists Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves, all three accused in Bhima Koregaon violence case have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days by Pune Sessions Court. According to an ANIupdate, one of the accused Ferreira alleged in Court that he was beaten up during custodial interrogation. He said on November 4 during the interrogation that he was slapped about eight to ten times by police officials and that on November 5, he was taken to hospital as well. Bhima Koregaon Case: Supreme Court Stays Bombay HC Order Refusing Extension of Time to Police to File Chargesheet.

The Pune Police had arrested lawyer Surendra Gadling, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, activist Mahesh Raut and Kerala native Rona Wilson in June for their alleged links with Maoists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA)

The arrests had followed raids at their residences and offices in connection with the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31 last year, which, the police had claimed, had led to violence at Bhima Koregaon the next day. After the arrest of the activists in August, historian Romila Thapar had moved a petition in the Supreme Court saying the police crackdown is linked to the left-leaning viewpoints of the activists.











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Egypt: Fears grow for 19 missing human rights activists in Egypt

November 5, 2018

Egyptian security forces entered the apartment of 60-year-old Hoda Abdelmonem, legal advisor to the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECFR), and trashed her belongings
Egyptian security forces entered the apartment of 60-year-old Hoda Abdelmonem, legal advisor to the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECFR), and trashed her belongings

In the early hours of Thursday morning Egyptian security forces entered the apartment of 60-year-old Hoda Abdelmonem, legal advisor to the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECFR), and trashed her belongings.

The photos widely circulated online portray overturned cupboards with her books, papers and personal items cast across the floor.

As a prominent lawyer Hoda took the same route to her office every day and appeared regularly in court which means that if authorities wanted to arrest her they could do so easily without coming to her house.

“They wanted to send a message,” says Ahmed El-Attar, a London based human rights activist – if you speak out against the government, this is what will happen to you.

Read: Egypt arrests prominent cleric, say activists

Hoda was one of 19 human rights activists – eight women and 11 men – swept up that day as the regime already well known for its mass trials, torture and vast dissemination of the death penalty escalated pressure on human rights NGOs.

Four days later the location and fate of these activists is still unknown. One of the organisations hit hard by this crackdown is the ECFR, which documents enforced disappearances and the expanding use of the death penalty.

Lawyer and former spokesperson for the ECFR was arrested in the same pre-dawn raids as Hoda, along with his wife Aisha Shatr.

A number of prominent members of the group have been targeted. In September, Executive Director of ECFR, Ezzat Ghoneim, was forcibly disappeared despite being released from Tora prison after serving a six-month prison sentence there.





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Brazil: Homem mata advogada e marido dela após perder ação judicial no litoral


Suspeito está foragido; em 2018, ao menos cinco defensores foram mortos em razão do exercício profissional

Marleni Fantinel Ataíde Reis

A advogada Marleni Fantinel Ataíde Reis, de 68 anos, e seu marido, Marcio Ataíde Reis, de 46, foram assassinados a tiros e facadas, na noite de sábado, 3, quando passavam o fim de semana em Peruíbe, no litoral sul de São Paulo. O suspeito do crime, segundo a Polícia Civil, estava inconformado por ter perdido uma ação judicial em que Marleni atuou como advogada da parte contrária. Neste ano, ao menos cinco advogados foram assassinados no Estado, quase sempre em razão do exercício da profissão.

Marleni e o marido moravam em Santos, mas costumavam passar fins de semana na chácara, na Estrada Armando Cunha, em Peruíbe. O imóvel foi invadido pelo suspeito que, armado de espingarda, atirou nas costas de Marcio. A advogada tentou fugir, mas foi alcançada pelo agressor, que a atingiu com várias facadas. Vizinhos chamaram a polícia. A advogada foi levada com vida à Unidade de Pronto-Atendimento (UPA) de Peruíbe e chegou a ser transferida para o Hospital Regional de Itanhaém, na mesma região, porém, não resistiu. Antes de morrer, ela contou aos policiais quem era o autor dos crimes.

O suspeito, Antonio Ferreira Silva, de 61 anos, teve a prisão decretada, mas está foragido. Conforme a Polícia Civil, em agosto de 2011, a filha da advogada, Virgínia Conceição Fantinel Dias, vendeu um Fusca ano 1983 para Antonio, mas ele não transferiu o veículo para o seu nome. A vendedora passou a receber as multas de trânsito sofridas pelo homem e, sem acordo, entrou com ação na Justiça, tendo como advogada a própria mãe. Em junho, o juiz Alexandre das Neves condenou Silva a pagar R$ 2 mil a Virgínia por danos morais e a regularizar a documentação do carro, sob pena de multa diária de R$ 100. Conforme o relato da filha, ela e sua mãe passaram a receber ameaças de Silva.

A Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB) em Santos classificou o assassinato da filiada como uma afronta a toda a advocacia.







N.B.: At least five lawyers have been murdered so far this year in the state of São Paulo.

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72 meurtres d’avocats au Brésil.

Selon un rapport établi en 2018 par l’Ordre des avocats du Brésil (OAB), qui n’a toujours pas été rendu public, depuis 2016, il y a eu 72 meurtres d’avocats au Brésil. Parmi ceux-ci, 45 ont été identifiés officiellement comme directement liés à l’exercice de leur profession.
Cássio Telles, le président actuel de la Commission nationale pour la défense des prérogatives et la valorisation de la profession d’avocat, qui a été responsable du groupe de travail. “Ces chiffres sont absolument incroyables et alarmants”, a-t-il averti…il y a une escalade perceptible de la violence à l’encontre des avocats.

En 2018,19 avocats ont été tués au Brésil dont 4 au mois de juin et 6 au mois de juillet.

Parmi eux les femmes ont payé un lourd tribut.

3 novembre 2018
Marleni Fantinel Ataíde Reis
Assassinée, avec son mari, par un adversaire mécontent d’avoir perdu un procès à Peruíbe, sur la côte sud de São Paulo.

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 10/11/18)

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Shocking murder of #lawyer Marleni Fantinel Ataíde in #Brasil, which the #CCBE strongly condemns.MichelTemer


(Ccbe Brussels Facebook, 14/11/18)