Daily Archives: 22/11/2018

Saudi Arabia: Reports of torture and sexual harassment of detained activists

November 20, 2018

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Several Saudi Arabian activists, including a number of women, who have been arbitrarily detained without charge since May 2018 in Saudi Arabia’s Dhahban Prison, have reportedly faced sexual harassment, torture and other forms of ill-treatment during interrogation, Amnesty International said today.

According to three separate testimonies obtained by the organization, the activists were repeatedly tortured by electrocution and flogging, leaving some unable to walk or stand properly. In one reported instance, one of the activists was made to hang from the ceiling, and according to another testimony, one of the detained women was reportedly subjected to sexual harassment, by interrogators wearing face masks.

“Only a few weeks after the ruthless killing of Jamal Khashoggi, these shocking reports of torture, sexual harassment and other forms of ill-treatment, if verified, expose further outrageous human rights violations by the Saudi authorities” said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director.

“Saudi authorities are directly responsible for the wellbeing of these women and men in detention. Not only have they been deprived them of their liberty for months now, simply for peacefully expressing their views, they are also subjecting them to horrendous physical suffering”.

According to the testimonies obtained, the human rights defenders were unable to walk or stand properly, had uncontrolled shaking of the hands, and marks on the body. One of the activists reportedly attempted to take her own life repeatedly inside the prison.

Those detained in Dhahban Prison include Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef, Samar Badawi, Nassima al-Sada, Mohammad al-Rabe’a and Dr Ibrahim al-Modeimigh.

Several other activists were detained in the ensuing months and remain in detention without charge. These include women’s rights activists Nouf Abdulaziz and Maya’a al-Zahran, as well as activists who had already been persecuted for their human rights work in the past, such as Mohammed al-Bajadi and Khalid al-Omeir, as well as Hatoon al-Fassi, a prominent women’s rights activist and academic, was also reportedly detained shortly after the lifting of the driving ban. Last week, Hatoon al-Fassi recieved the Middle East Studies Association Academic Freedom Award, which was awarded in her absence at the association’s annual meeting.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/11/saudi-arabia-reports-of-torture-and-sexual-harassment-of-detained-activists/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/21/saudi-arabia-tortured-female-right-to-drive-activists-says-amnesty

http://time.com/5460957/saudi-arabia-women-activists-tortured-amnesty/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46283364

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-22/saudi-women-who-campaigned-for-the-right-to-drive-tortured/10527104

http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/story.aspx?storyCode=5066521&preview=1&hash=F23478BA6205FF748D67391AA520269A

http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/international/international-rule-of-law/lawyers-at-risk/

N.B.: Dr. Ibrahim al-Modeimigh is a human rights lawyer.

https://www.lci.fr/international/electrocution-coups-de-fouets-des-militantes-feministes-torturees-en-arabie-saoudite-selon-amnesty-international-2105251.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.liberation.fr/direct/element/des-militantes-feministes-torturees-en-arabie-saoudite_90247/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.nouvelobs.com/monde/20181121.OBS5775/en-arabie-saoudite-des-feministes-torturees-pour-avoir-demande-la-fin-du-systeme-patriarcal.html (FRANCAIS)

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Egypt: Rights activists appear in Egyptian custody weeks after their disappearance

November 21, 2018

Group includes prominent human rights lawyer Hoda Abdelmonem, who was snatched from her home as part of Sisi’s crackdown on dissent

Prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer Hoda Abdelmonem, whose whereabouts have not been known for 21 days since police raided her home, appeared at Cairo’s National Security Prosecution headquarters on Wednesday, her family told Middle East Eye.

Abdelmonen, 60, was taken from her home to an undisclosed location in the early hours of 1 November by security forces that had turned her flat upside down, in what rights groups have described as unlawful “enforced disappearance”.

She was one of at least 19 activists and human rights defenders targeted by authorities that day, according to Amnesty International.

Abdelmonen’s daughter, Gehad Khaled, confirmed to MEE that lawyers saw Abdelmonem and several other female activists at the headquarters of the National Security Prosecution in Cairo on Wednesday, but that no charges have been brought against them yet.

Those who appeared alongside her include charity worker Somaya Nassef, who was arrested on the same day as Abdelmonem.

The lawyers who spoke to Khaled did not confirm the names of other activists who appeared. They may either be released or face charges, the lawyers told Abdelmonen’s family.

At least 40 other rights workers, activists and lawyers have been rounded up since late October and held incommunicado by Egyptian security forces, according to Human Rights Watch.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-rights-activists-appear-cairo-prosecution-after-21-days-enforced-disappearance-116880553

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/18/egypt-mass-arrests-lawyers-activists

https://africatimes.com/2018/11/20/egypt-continues-activist-repression-as-sisi-orders-legal-review/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/egypt-arrests-dozens-human-rights-activists-lawyers-hrw-181119061319361.html

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-11-22/egypt-reveals-it-is-holding-daughter-of-muslim-brotherhood-leader-five-others

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-orders-pre-trial-detention-eight-rights-activists-1689451931

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/egypt-human-rights-body-combat-criticism-state-181126081225548.html

https://www.icj.org/egypt-authorities-must-release-arbitrarily-detained-individuals/?fbclid=IwAR2xCWJMO9e3H5hNWQAvrmNyMQ70_6lsv8yGPqf8zGKDHJjhPa6R4w1rmow

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/to-punish-the-saudis-protect-the-jamal-khashoggis-still-at-work/2018/12/04/70624cd2-f7ea-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.d7f0c40fcfa1

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1812/S00024/egypt-un-alarmed-by-treatment-of-human-rights-defenders.htm

France: CARTE – Journée “justice morte” : plus de 100 barreaux prévoient de se mettre en grève jeudi

le 21 novembre, 2018

CARTE - Journée "justice morte" : plus de 100 barreaux prévoient de se mettre en grève jeudi

Le Conseil national des barreaux a lancé mardi un appel à la mobilisation jeudi de tous les avocats pour contester la réforme de la justice, actuellement étudiée à l’Assemblée. Plus de 100 barreaux ont déjà prévu de participer à cette “journée morte”.

CARTEAlors que la réforme de la Justice est débattue à l’Assemblée nationale depuis lundi le Conseil national des barreaux (CNB) appelle “à la mobilisation de tous les avocats ce jeudi 22 novembre, journée justice morte”. Une carte des tribunaux qui prévoient de se mettre en grève est déjà disponible.

Un appel général à la grève. “La parole de la profession doit demeurer forte, unitaire et au service d’une justice accessible à tous les citoyens. La mobilisation de tous est donc essentielle”, déclarent plusieurs membres du CNB, de la Conférence des bâtonniers et le bâtonnier de Paris, sur son site Internet  mardi.

En réponse au discours de présentation de la réforme de la Justice devant les députés lundi par Nicole Belloubet, les professionnels de la justice estiment que “les quelques annonces de la ministre sont très clairement insuffisantes.” Le CNB “renouvelle donc son appel à la mobilisation de tous les avocats”. Selon la carte partagée par la Conférence des bâtonniers sur Twitter, plus de 100 barreaux prévoient déjà de participer à cette “journée morte”, mercredi midi.

 

http://www.europe1.fr/societe/carte-journee-morte-dans-les-tribunaux-plus-de-100-barreaux-prevoient-de-se-mettre-en-greve-jeudi-3804935?fbclid=IwAR0qjYwfePU36UbXiy1JtjkDQ75YoyVfaUHy5rZ6ucZ1ttYyFUOybBDvtRg#xtor=CS1-16

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