November 23, 2018
The ICJ is concerned at increasing government interference with the independence of the legal profession, including through intimidation and harassment of the leadership of the National Bar Association and individual lawyers in Kazakhstan.
In the last two months, there have been a series of resignations in the leadership of the National Bar, including Anvar Tugel, ex-President of the National Bar Association who publicly announced that his resignation was the result of “disagreement with the reform proposed by the Ministry of Justice”.
He explained that the “reform” aimed to remove the leadership of the Bar Association.
In his public statement, Tugel points out that several presidents of the local bar associations, faced pressure.
Indeed, Yakubenko Raisa and Vladimir Zolotov presidents of Aktyubinsk and Pavolodar bar associations respectively faced disbarment proceedings in the Kazakhstan courts, initiated by the Ministry of Justice.
The disciplinary charges against them are related to their administration of the bar associations.
November 23, 2018
Late Advocate Sanam Sikandar Umrani was brutally murdered on 31 May 2018, in her Jacobabad home by armed men. Her sister Nayab Sikandar Umrani is still waiting for justice amid threats on her own life. Advocate Sanam Umrani Sister’s Appeals for Justice now.
She has taken to social media and uploaded her video pleading the authorities for justice for Advocate Sanam Sikandar Umrani.
Nayab Sikandar Umrani who can hardly speak, have said:
She Nayab Sikandar Umrani and her brother Munawar Sikandar Umrani who hail from Jacobabad city of Sindh province belong to a Baloch family.
Her step brothers have murdered her mother, sister,brother and brother’s wife. Her sister advocated Sanam has three small children.
On 31 May 2018 her sister of Nayab Sikandar Umrani was brutally murdered in Jacobabad right in front her by her step brother.
Shafqat Umrani who murdered her sister is still free. He has confiscated their property and lands forcibly as well.
Her family was murdered over property and land.