Daily Archives: 24/11/2018

The Philippines: Colleagues of slain Negros lawyer receive death threats

November 24, 2018

At least two colleagues of slain human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos Jr. have received death threats today, Nov. 24.

Felipe Levy Gelle Jr. and Enrita Caniendo, both staff members of Paghida-et sa Kauswagan Development Group Inc., received their printed photos in a coffin that came with a note that read, “Subong Gina amat amat na namun kamo. Kamo na ang madason.” (We will take you one after the other. You are next.)

In an urgent alert posted at Karapatan – Negros Facebook account, the printed photos were thrown inside one of the houses of a local peasant leader there.

Their colleague, human rights lawyer Ramos, was shot dead on Nov. 6. His cold-blooded killing has been assailed by various local and international human rights group.

Ramos served as one of the lawyers of the relatives of protesting farmers killed in the infamous Sagay Massacre.

Ramos’ colleagues and friends from the human rights community were subjected to surveillance and threats by two motorcycle-riding men later identified as soldiers and other suspected state agents riding a pick-up truck while they were on their way to his wake.

The two soldiers, who brandished a gun at the human rights workers and lawyers during Ramos’ wake, were arrested by the police and later allowed to post bail.

The military later claimed that they were merely providing security details to the human rights workers and lawyers during their convoy.



















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Saudi Arabia: Jailed Saudi activists honored with Right Livelihood Award

November 24, 2018

Three Saudi activists have been honored alongside anti-corruption campaigners at the awards ceremony. Known as the Alternative Nobel, the prize recognizes efforts thought to be ignored by the Nobel prizes.

Right Livelihood Award laureates Thelma Aldana, Tony Rinaudo, Yacouba Sawadogo and Iván Velásquez hold up a picture of the three jailed laureates from Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Al-Hamid, Waleed Abu Al-Khair and Mohammad Fahad Al-Qahtani

Three jailed activists in Saudi Arabia were among a series of people recognized for their work at the presentation of the so-called “Alternative Nobel Prize” on Friday.

The Saudis were honored in absentia at the Right Livelihood Award Foundation ceremony in Sweden for campaigning for reform in the repressive kingdom.

The co-founders of the banned Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, Abdullah al-Hamid and Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani, are serving sentences of 10 and 11 years. The third Saudi, Waleed Abu al-Khair, was sentenced to 15 years in 2014. He is known for defending activists such as jailed blogger Raif Badawi.

The foundation urged the kingdom to stop “harassing and killing those who fight” for democracy. Foundation head Ole von Uexkull said last week the trio had “acted through peaceful means” in their activism.

Al-Qahtani’s son, Omar, and London-based Saudi human rights activist Yahya Assiri accepted the award. “They inspire and encourage many others to follow in their footsteps,” said Assiri, urging the Saudi authorities to release the trio.

The annual awards were created in 1980 to honor efforts that the philanthropist prize founder Jakob von Uexkull felt were being ignored by the Nobel prizes.








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https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

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India: Koregaon-Bhima: 2 activists taken into custody after court rejects bail

November 23, 2018

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Left-wing activists Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves, accused of having Maoist links, were taken into custody by Pune police on Friday, hours after their bail pleas were rejected by a Pune court, an official said.

District and Sessions Judge (Special Judge) K D Vadane rejected the bail applications of Ferreira and Gonsalves along with that of Sudha Bharadwaj, observing that the material collected by the police, on the face of it, shows their alleged links with Maoists.

Bharadwaj could be taken into custody on Saturday, the official said.

All three are already under house arrest but the Pune police was not able to get their custody because of stay ordered by various courts.

The Pune police had arrested Ferreira, Gonsalves, Bharadwaj and two others — Telugu poet Varavara Rao and activist Gautam Navlakha — in August this year in connection with the probe into violence in Koregaon Bhima in Pune on Januuary 1 this year.

The police had claimed to have seized emails exchanged between them and top Maoist leaders.

Navlakha was later released by the Delhi high court.

The Bombay high court on Friday extended interim protection from arrest granted to him till November 1, when his plea seeking guashing of FIR will be heard.