Daily Archives: 07/11/2018

Nigeria: Lawyers boycott courts over abduction of ex-NBA chairman

November 6, 2018

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Members of the Auchi branch of the Nigerian Bar Association have commenced a seven-day boycott of the courts in protest over the abduction of their former chairman, Mr. Anthony Itemuagbor.

Itemuagbor was whisked away by unknown gunmen at Ahor, in the Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state, on Sunday.

His wife was said to have been shot dead by the kidnappers as they moved him and other victims to an unknown location.

The abductors were also said to have demanded a ransom of N50m for his release.

Speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, the chairman of the Auchi branch, Mr. Simon Mokidi, condemned the abduction of the lawyer and killing of his wife by the attackers.

Mokidi stated, “We have asked the secretary of the bar to formally lodge a report with the Commissioner of Police.

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“We have also dispatched a letter from a lawyer in his (Itemuagbor) office to the Divisional Police Officer at Ehor to make a statement on the matter.

“For now, we are not sitting in solidarity with him. We are not going to court for this week.




Turkey/AI: Judicial farce continues as authorities once again fail to produce evidence against Taner and the Istanbul 10

November 7, 2018

Responding to the decision by an Istanbul court to further postpone the trial of Amnesty International Turkey’s Honorary Chair, Taner Kılıç, former Director, İdil Eser, and nine other human rights defenders, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey Strategy and Research Manager said:

“The farce continues for these human rights defenders who are facing absurd terrorism charges. The ridiculous allegations that the Istanbul 10 participated in a secret and subversive meeting has been proven to be entirely untrue in previous hearings. It boggles the mind that the authorities are yet to analyse the digital devices seized when they were first arrested almost a year-and-a-half ago.

“The trial has now been heard in six separate hearings. Dragging out proceedings in politically motivated cases is nothing new. It is a deliberate tactic forcing innocent human rights defenders to suffer a tortuous wait with the threat of conviction under terrorism charges hanging over their heads.

“Turning defenders into defendants is despicable. We will never give up fighting for the Istanbul 10 and Taner. They must be acquitted without further delay and prosecutions in Turkey of all those merely for defending human rights must end.”

The trial was postponed until 21 March, 2019. Taner Kılıç’s travel ban was not lifted.



http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/istanbul/buyukada-davasi-taner-kilicin-yurtdisi-yasag-41011421 (TURKCE)

https://www.dw.com/tr/taner-k%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7%C4%B1n-yurt-d%C4%B1%C5%9F%C4%B1-yasa%C4%9F%C4%B1-kald%C4%B1r%C4%B1lmad%C4%B1/a-46194492 (TURKCE)

http://aktifhaber.com/genel/taner-kilicin-yurt-disi-yasagi-kaldirilmadi-h124809.html (TURKCE)

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https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_Kili%C3%A7 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20181107/452787427518/tribunal-turco-pospone-a-marzo-juicio-contra-defensores-de-derechos-humanos.html?fbclid=IwAR2tnnLegh9WindRaGZrpb1XN84b631MfgtZljGYO0aX_qk7DwzIOTZpMg0 (ESPANOL)

https://www.nau.ch/news/europa/ausreisesperre-gegen-taner-kilic-in-turkei-bleibt-65453096 (DEUTSCH)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/11/07/turchia-riprende-il-processo-ai-leader-di-amnesty/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.dn.pt/lusa/interior/tribunal-turco-adia-para-marco-julgamento-de-defensores-dos-direitos-humanos-10142458.html (PORTUGUES)


Turkey/AI: Judicial farce must end with acquittal of human rights defenders

November 6, 2018

Taner Kılıç with his wife and daughters after his release on bail in August

Almost a year-and-a-half after they were first arrested, and still facing absurd charges, Amnesty International Turkey’s Honorary Chair, former Director and nine other human rights defenders must be acquitted, said Amnesty International as their trial resumes tomorrow in Istanbul.

Taner Kılıç, Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair, and İdil Eser, the organisation’s former Turkey Director, are being tried alongside nine other human rights defenders on baseless allegations of ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’.

“Without a shred of credible evidence presented to substantiate the absurd charges made against them, it is now time to end this judicial farce and acquit these women and men who have dedicated their lives to defending the rights of others,” said Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“These human rights defenders have cumulatively spent more than three years behind bars. Nothing can bring back that time, but the court can now finally lift the threat of conviction that has needlessly hung over their heads.”

During five previous trial hearings, every aspect of the prosecutor’s case against the human rights defenders has been comprehensively disproven. Yet the Turkish authorities appear willing to drag the case out as far possible.

Taner Kılıç, spent more than 14 months in prison before his release on bail in August. Eight of the Istanbul 10 spent almost four months each behind bars before they were bailed in October 2017.

“Taner and the Istanbul 10 are potent symbols of what is happening under the relentless crackdown in Turkey today,” said Kumi Naidoo.

“Rather than being lauded and supported, human rights defenders spend their days either languishing in jail or living in constant fear of prosecution and imprisonment. The Istanbul 10 and Taner should be acquitted and all those jailed in Turkey merely for defending human rights, must be released.”


The hearing will begin at 06.30 GMT, 7 November at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court, No 34. For live updates from the court follow @MilenaBuyum@andrewegardner @KateAllenAI @ColmOCuanachain @ClareAlgar @stefsimanowitz and @JohnPeder





http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/istanbul/buyukada-davasi-taner-kilicin-yurtdisi-yasag-41011421 (TURKCE)

https://www.amnesty.ch/fr/pays/europe-asie-centrale/turquie/docs/2018/la-farce-judiciaire-doit-se-terminer-par-lacquittement-des-defenseurs-des-droits-humains (FRANCAIS)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/noticias/noticia/articulo/turquia-farsa-judicial-que-debe-concluir-con-la-absolucion-de-defensores-y-defensoras-de-los-dere/ (ESPANOL)

https://contrainformacion.es/amnistia-internacional-pide-que-la-farsa-judicial-concluya-en-turquia-con-la-absolucion-de-defensores-y-defensoras-de-los-derechos-humanos/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.morgenpost.de/berlin/article215734971/Amnesty-fordert-Freispruch-von-Menschenrechtlern-in-Tuerkei.html (DEUTSCH)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/11/07/turchia-riprende-il-processo-ai-leader-di-amnesty/ (ITALIANO)

https://indicator.gr/%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85%CF%81%CE%BA%CE%AF%CE%B1-%CF%83%CF%85%CE%BD%CE%B5%CF%87%CE%AF%CE%B6%CE%B5%CF%84%CE%B1%CE%B9-%CE%B7-%CE%B4%CE%AF%CE%BA%CE%B7-%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85-%CF%84%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%AD%CF%81-%CE%BA (GREEK)

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https://expresso.sapo.pt/internacional/2018-11-06-Amnistia-Internacional-pede-absolvicao-para-os-seus-membros-julgados-na-Turquia (PORTUGUES)

https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/1113252/amnistia-internacional-pede-absolvicao-para-membros-julgados-na-turquia (PORTUGUES)

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http://www.amnistiacatalunya.org/en-que-treballem/noticies-dactualitat/noticies-dactualitat/articulo/turquia-farsa-judicial-ha-de-concloure-amb-labsolucio-de-defensors-i-defensores-de-drets-humans/ (CATALON)

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The Philippines: Rights lawyer gunned down in Negros

November 7, 2018

“It is a painful price we have to pay sometimes in the service of the people and as a pledge to the next generations we will leave behind.”

In a statement, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers described him as a “passionate, dedicated and articulate yet amiable and jolly” person who was, for the longest time, “the run-to pro-bono lawyer of peasants, environmentalists, activists, political prisoners and mass organizations in Negros.”

Prior to the shooting incident, Ramos, a founding member of the NUPL and secretary general of its chapter in Negros Occidental, was a victim of red-tagging, with public posters tagging him as a member of the New People’s Army.

“These beastly attacks by treacherous cowards cannot go on. Not a few of our members have been attacked and killed before while literally practicing their profession and advocacies in the courts, in rallies, in picket lines, in urban poor communities, and in fact-finding missions,” the NUPL said.

Last week, a kidnapping case was filed against human rights lawyer Kathy Panguban, who, too, assisted farmers and rights advocates in the aftermath of the Sagay massacre. The police alleged that Panguban kidnapped a 14-year-old survivor of the massacre but the lawyers group has maintained that the survivor is in the rightful custody of her mother.

“It is a painful price we have to pay sometimes in the service of the people and as a pledge to the next generations we will leave behind,” the group said.

The NUPL said, “But who will defend the defenders? Our clients will.”

























7 November 2018@

On the cold-blooded murder of
NUPL officer Atty. Ben Ramos


We are shocked, devastated and enraged at the premeditated cold-blooded murder of our colleague and fellow people’s lawyer, Atty. Benjamin Tarug Ramos, our Secretary General for the NUPL Negros Occidental Chapter.

Ben who was 56 years old was shot dead in Kabankalan last
night by motorcycle-riding men while taking a break after he had just finished a legal paper for another of his many pro bono clients. He sustained three gunshot wounds at the right back side and left upper chest of his body and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

The passionate, dedicated and articulate yet amiable and jolly Ben, was a founding member of NUPL. Despite limitations, he was for the longest time the “go-to” pro-bono lawyer of peasants, environmentalists, activists, political prisoners and mass organizations in Negros.

Earlier, he was maliciously and irresponsibly tagged in a public poster by the Philippine police as among the so-called personalities of the underground armed movement.

Ben is the 34th lawyer killed under the 2-year administration of President Duterte. Excluding judges and prosecutors, he is the 24th member of the profession killed and the 8th in the Visayas.

These beastly attacks by treacherous cowards cannot go on. Not a few of our members have been attacked and killed before while literally practicing their profession and advocacies in the courts, in rallies, in picket lines, in urban poor communities, and in fact-finding missions.

Of late, a number of us have received threats for handling cases of political prisoners, suspected rebels, environmentalists, and suspected poor drug users.

The NUPL and its key officers have themselves been increasingly labelled and branded pejoratively by the police, military, vigilantes, some bigoted columnists, and online trolls, in open contempt of basic principles of the role of lawyers in society.

The head of our Women and Children’s Desk, law professor Atty. Katherine Panguban, is presently being pilloried by the police, landlords and even biased prosecutors for performing her duty in a fact-finding mission and in assisting victims of a massacre of peasants in Sagay, Negros, which Atty. Ben also responded to as part of a Quick Reaction Team.

Atty. Kathy herself is facing absolutely fabricated and unbelievably ridiculous non-bailable police complaints of kidnapping a 14-year old who is in fact in the rightful custody, care and protection of her biological mother.

The killing of our beloved, adorably husky-voiced zany, Ben has distressed all of us, battle-scarred and seemingly undaunted and impervious to threats and dangers while courageously, even at times audaciously, running against the tide of daily injustice, oppression and repression in defense of the defenseless and persecuted.

But who will defend the defenders?

Our clients will.

The people and their various organizations will.

And we the lawyers of the people will not be cowed, will not blink, will not retreat, we will not look the other way, and we will stand our ground. Yet we will close ranks.

We will be there in the trenches in defense of the defenseless. There is no other choice.

It is a painful price we have to pay sometimes in the service of the people and as a pledge to the next generations we will leave behind.

Salamat Ben!
Padayon gid! #


Atty. Edre U. Olalia

Atty. Ephraim B. Cortez
NUPL Secretary General

Atty. Josalee S. Deinla
NUPL Spokesperson
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(Facebook, 08/11/18)

N.B.: There have now been 43 murderous attacks on law workers, 37 deaths with 6 survivors, in the past 28 1/4 months under Duterte. Of those killed 34 were lawyers (includes judges and prosecutors), 2 were paralegals, and one was a Clerk of a Regional Trial Court (not a lawyer but we include as a law worker as it is an attack on the judicial system personnel)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 07/11/18)

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