Daily Archives: 20/11/2018

Nigeria: Suspected kidnappers return to Ekiti, kidnap lawyer, 9 others

November 20, 2018

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A lawyer practicing in Ekiti State was among 10 people that were kidnapped last weekend allegedly by Fulani gunmen, at the Iwaraja – Efon axis of the state, a development that has raised fresh fears among the people of the state and the users of the road.

Sources said the kidnappers had attacked around three in the afternoon and had shot sporadically as they took their victims away.

A police source said the kidnappers were Fulani, and had taken to their heels when the police gave them a hot chase as they ran into the bush.

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Nigerian Tribune gathered that the police had engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel, which led them to shed the number of their victims as they ran.

According to the sources, the unrelenting police pursuit and engagement of the bandits led to their release of nine of their victims, and eventually went away with one.

The one they took away is a legal practitioner named Adeola Adebayo.

The lawyer and the family were said to have been travelling from Osogbo back to Ekiti when they were attacked.

The lawyer’s father, a lawyer and Lecturer at Ekiti State University (EKSU), his mother, sister and wife were released, while he is the only person in their captivity.

According to a statement by his family, the gunmen numbering 10 had demanded the sum of N100 million ransom for his release.

Adebayo is the Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikole -Ekiti branch.





Thailand: Judicial harassment of Mr. Anon Nampa

November 16, 2018

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November 16, 2018

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand.


Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Mr. Anon Nampa, a human rights lawyer working with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) [1] since 2014. Mr. Anon is the lawyer of Mr. Thanakorn Siriphaiboon, who has been charged with violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse-majesté), Article 116 of the Criminal Code (sedition), and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act for having shared information about alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park [2], and for having ‘liked’ a Facebook post deemed insulting to King Rama IX’s dog.

According to the information received, on October 2, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court issued a summons dated September 25, 2018 for Mr. Anon to be investigated for disseminating on the TLHR website a statement [3] from a prosecution witness, Pol. Maj. Gen. Wijarn Jodtaeng, without the permission of the same military court in relation to Mr. Thanakorn’s case. If convicted under Article 30 of the Civil Procedure Code (‘contempt of court’), Mr. Anon could face up to six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of 500 Bahts (approximately 13,50 Euros).

On October 3, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court argued that the public dissemination of the testimony could negatively impact the case and asked Mr. Anon to ask TLHR to delete the content published on their website within 24 hours. The Court also banned any other individual or organisation from publishing witness testimonies related to the case in the media, and indicated that this would be considered contempt of court.

On October 4, 2018, Mr. Anon submitted a motion to revoke the Bangkok Military Court’s order, arguing that Mr. Thanakorn’s trial should be conducted publicly, as provided for under Article 172 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the 2017 Constitution, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Mr. Anon added that TLHR’s publication did not distort the military officer’s testimony and did not directly disseminate any military court documents.

On October 5, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court dismissed the motion arguing that the case was still pending, and that publishing the witness testimonies could have a negative influence on society.

On October 8, 2018, Mr. Anon submitted an appeal to the Bangkok Military Court’s decision from October 5, on the grounds that the dismissed motion order had violated Mr. Thanakorn’s right to a fair trial and the performance of his duties as a lawyer.

Mr. Anon dedicates his efforts to providing legal aid to those facing politically motivated charges. He is facing another 10 legal cases against him [4] (among others for sedition under Article 116 of the Criminal Code and insulting a court under Article 198 of the Criminal Code). Three of the cases have concluded, while eight are still ongoing. Two cases are being tried in military court for violations of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 3/2015.

The Observatory condemns the judicial harassment of Mr. Anon and considers that this investigation over the dissemination of a witness’ testimony is emblematic of the violations of the right to a fair trial of the accused and of the continuous judicial harassment of human rights lawyers in Thailand.




Colombia: Atentan contra la vida de abogada de la Defensoría del Pueblo, en Barranquilla


En la mañana de este viernes en el barrio El Lucero. Fue herida en el rostro con arma de fuego.

A las 6:40 de la mañana de este viernes fue atacada a bala la abogada de la Defensoría del Pueblo, Dignoris Pérez Niño, de 40 años, cuando salía de su residencia, ubicada en la calle 52 con carrera 31, barrio Lucero de Barranquilla.

Según la información de las autoridades, la abogada fue atacada por un sujeto a pie que sin mediar palabra le disparó ocasionándole un herida en el pómulo izquierdo con orificio de salida por la oreja del mismo lado.

La mujer fue llevada rápidamente a la Clínica La Merced, donde a esta hora recibe atención médica.

La Policía investiga el atentado y trata de establecer si guarda relación con su profesión.





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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 20/11/18)

Turkey/ECHR: European human rights court orders Turkey to free Kurdish leader Demirtas

November 20, 2018

European human rights court orders Turkey to free Kurdish leader Demirtas

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ordered the government of Turkey to release Kurdish political leader Selahattin Demirtas from a now two-year-long pre-trial detention.

The Strasbourg-based court unanimously held that the Turkish state had to “take all necessary measures to put an end” to Demirtas’ continued detention, which it deemed unlawful.

The verdict by the ECtHR on the Demirtas vs. Turkey case came 21 months after the former Co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) applied to the court, accusing Turkey of grave rights violations.

His lawyers argued that Demirtas’s initial pre-trial detention and its continuation were executed arbitrarily by the Turkish authorities and that the duration of his detention has been excessive.

They said that relevant Turkish judicial decisions contained no reasons other than mere citation of the grounds for detention provided for by law and they were “worded in abstract, repetitive, and formulaic terms,” essentially accusing the government of abusing the law.

Demirtas also complained that his lack of access to the investigation file prevented him from effectively challenging the order during his detention at a supermax prison in Turkey’s Edirne Province on the border with Greece.












https://www.cnnturk.com/turkiye/aihmden-selahattin-demirtas-karari (TURKCE)

https://www.ntv.com.tr/turkiye/son-dakika-aihmden-selahattin-demirtas-karari,mHvcI_jYikqW5F_wgg57mQ (TURKCE)

https://www.haberturk.com/son-dakika-aihm-den-selahattin-demirtas-karari-2227483 (TURKCE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2018/11/20/la-cedh-ordonne-a-la-turquie-de-liberer-l-opposant-kurde-demirtas_5385982_3218.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.france24.com/fr/20181120-cedh-turquie-liberer-opposant-depute-kurde-selahattin-demirtas-erdogan-hdp (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-tribunal-europeo-ddhh-insta-turquia-acelerar-proceso-contra-lider-prokurdo-selahattin-demirtas-20181120164501.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/europaeischer-gerichtshof-entscheidet-ueber-haft-von-selahattin-demirtas-a-1239326.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.tvsvizzera.it/tvs/corte-strasburgo–turchia-rilasci-l-oppositore-demirtas/44558046 (ITALIANO)

https://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/tribunal-europeu-exorta-turquia-libertar-lider-da-oposicao-pro-curda-23246986 (PORTUGUES)

Maldives: Ex-judges and chief prosecutor released to house arrest

November 19, 2018

The release of political prisoners on the first day in office was a campaign pledge of President Solih.

Former chief justice Abdulla Saeed, former justice Ali Hameed, former prosecutor general Muhthaz Muhsin and former magistrate Ahmed Nihan have been released to house arrest as President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih formed a committee for the release of political prisoners.

The release of political detainees on the first day in office was a campaign pledge of the joint opposition candidate.

The former judges and chief prosecutor were transferred from the Maafushi prison Sunday night, the Maldives Correctional Service confirmed.

Saeed and Hameed are serving jail sentences of more than three years on two separate convictions. The former justices, who were arrested during a state of emergency in February after the Supreme Court ordered the release of jailed politicians, denied the “fabricated and politically-motivated” charges.







UAE/AI: End relentless crackdown on critics ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

November 19, 2018

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Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand-Prix, which is set to take place between 23 and 25 November, the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must step up to the modern image they want to project and unconditionally release all those who have been detained solely for peacefully criticizing the government.

“As the world tunes in to watch the final race of the Formula One Grand-Prix season and attend glitzy music concerts, they should know that the UAE authorities have also been racing to silence critics and human rights defenders,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Campaigns Director.

Since 2011 the UAE authorities have embarked on a ruthless crackdown targeting human rights defenders, judges, lawyers, academics, students and journalists, in their efforts to stamp out dissent in the country. Many have been subjected to arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and unfair trials. As a result, critics and dissidents in the UAE are serving lengthy prison sentences simply for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.

“Today, we call on Formula One Grand-Prix drivers, teams and performers to be the champions of human rights on the circuit and on the entertainment stage. They should be the voice of those who have been silenced and unfairly detained.

Amnesty International is campaigning for the release of the following prisoners of conscience in the UAE:

Dr Mohammed al-Roken is a prominent human rights lawyer and former president of the UAE’s Jurists Association who was arrested on 17 July 2012.  He was sentenced in July 2013 to 10 years’ imprisonment, following the grossly unfair trial of 94 reform advocates, which became known as the “UAE 94” trial.

Many of the UAE 94 defendants have alleged in court that they were tortured or otherwise ill-treated in pre-trial detention, where they were often held incommunicado for months in secret State Security detention facilities.










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