Daily Archives: 28/11/2018

Cameroon: prominent Anglophone lawyer kidnapped in Bamenda

November 28, 2018

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A prominent Anglophone lawyer was kidnapped in Bamenda, North West region of Cameroon by unidentified gunmen, sources have said.

Barister Suh Fuh Ben was kidnapped on Tuesday November 27 in Bamenda as he had just returned from Douala where he took part at the General Assembly of the Cameroon Bar Association at the weekend.

The identity of his kidnappers is not yet known but it is suspected armed separatists in the area are responsible for the act following threats in the past weeks on Anglophone lawyers.

Separatists activists had warned Anglophone lawyers not to take part in the last week elections claiming their participation would be a betrayal to the Anglophone course.

Lawyers and other civil society activists have called for the immediate and uncondition release of Barister Suh Fuh Ben who has defended several Anglophone activists in court.

“The authors of this misfortune were misguided. As a consequence they should proceed to realease him immediately and let us concentrate on on freeing our brothers and sisters languishing in jail,”Barrister Akere Muna said in a statement.

https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/cameroonprominent-anglophone-lawyer-kidnapped-in-bamenda/

https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/cameroon-akere-muna-calls-for-release-of-kidnapped-lawyer/

UPDATE: On November 28th Barrister Suh Fuh Ben was released:

https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/cameroon-kidnapped-anglophone-lawyer-released/

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20181128-cameroun-anglophone-enlevement-avocat-bamenda?fbclid=IwAR3Dqb_DNmIehR4JOrLr4PRjXgEdVmPjVwo7O_SBDIWNSEioQnNcYhY4EQg&ref=fb_i (FRANCAIS)

France: La justice française ordonne le blocage du site raciste Démocratie participative

le 27 novembre, 2018

Le tribunal de grande instance de Paris a confirmé le blocage de ce portail d’extrême droite, qui a pris pour cibles de nombreuses personnalités publiques.

Le site Internet raciste, antisémite et homophobe Démocratie participative va être bloqué en France. Ainsi l’a ordonné le tribunal de grande instance de Paris, dans une décision rendue mardi 27 novembre. Le procureur de Paris avait déjà ordonné début octobre à neuf fournisseurs d’accès à Internet français, dont les principaux comme Orange, Free ou Bouygues Telecom, de rendre impossible l’accès depuis la France à ce site internet, dont la violence n’a pas d’équivalent dans la nébuleuse d’extrême droite.

La décision du tribunal de grande instance oblige désormais les fournisseurs d’accès à rendre ce blocage effectif, sans limite de temps, sur le territoire français dans les quinze prochains jours. Passé ce délai, ils seront condamnés à payer 10 000 euros par jour de retard, si ce blocage n’est pas mis en place. Ce dernier concerne également, selon la décision du tribunal que Le Monde a pu consulter, « tout site comportant le nom democratieparticipative.biz », une manière, semble-t-il, de bloquer aussi d’éventuels nouveaux sites portant le même nom mais disposant d’une autre adresse.

 

Créé en 2016, Démocratie participative a multiplié les articles débordant d’injures antisémites, homophobes, antimusulmanes et racistes. De nombreuses personnalités publiques y sont traitées de « youpins », de « nègres » ou, pour les personnes homosexuelles, de « dégénérés ». Dans sa décision, le tribunal en donne un aperçu non exhaustif en listant dix-sept injures à caractère raciste, homophobe ou antisémite, trois incitations à la haine en raison de la religion, cinq incitations à la haine en raison de l’orientation sexuelle, quatre injures en raison de l’orientation sexuelle, et trois cas d’apologie de crime contre l’humanité.

Une procédure rare

La demande du parquet de Paris est une mesure rare. La justice, du siège comme du parquet, ne s’est que rarement aventurée vers le blocage judiciaire d’un site internet raciste, par méconnaissance des textes ou par frilosité à appliquer des lois jugées trop floues. Comme ont pu le constater procureurs et juges à l’audience, la loi française dispose pourtant d’outils pour bloquer un site internet lorsque les circonstances l’obligent. « Ce blocage est une décision importante, car elle va faire précédent : cette victoire en appelle d’autres », ajoute Frédéric Potier, en réaction à l’annonce du tribunal de grande instance de Paris.

Plusieurs associations antiracistes (SOS Racisme, Licra, MRAP…), de lutte contre l’antisémitisme (CRIF…) et l’homophobie (SOS Homophobie) et certaines victimes du site étaient, par le biais de leurs avocats, présentes à l’audience, notamment les youtubeurs Marie S’infiltre et Aurélien Enthoven, l’ancien bâtonnier du barreau de Grenoble Denis Dreyfus ou encore Marc Knobel, directeur des études au Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (CRIF).

https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/11/27/la-justice-francaise-ordonne-le-blocage-du-site-raciste-democratie-participative_5389364_4408996.html?fbclid=IwAR3aGZsjSG_rvv8Ph9YLHrLSSo9ojFNfUVlxWLu9PXDCHdlkoBclnXJlAgc

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/la-justice-ordonne-le-blocage-d-un-site-de-la-fachosphere-27-11-2018-7955301.php

https://www.ledauphine.com/isere-sud/2018/11/27/la-justice-ordonne-aux-fournisseurs-d-acces-de-bloquer-le-site-democratie-participative

https://www.ledauphine.com/isere-sud/2018/08/21/vise-par-des-propos-antisemites-me-denis-dreyfus-va-deposer-plainte

https://www.letelegramme.fr/bretagne/internet-la-justice-ordonne-le-blocage-du-site-raciste-de-boris-le-lay-27-11-2018-12145728.php

https://www.ldh-france.org/stop-au-racisme-sur-la-toile/?fbclid=IwAR27tShiNWVsyYG390EPqjag1KYriDKNvWhyyLk4bR5CrMDsq0Cg3OY9m-c

https://www.echosdunet.net/breve/90803-breve-justice-oblige-blocage-dun-site-raciste

http://en.rfi.fr/france/20181128-court-orders-french-internet-providers-block-access-racist-anti-semitic-and-homophob?fbclid=IwAR2PmwFslLLDnE3PyFi852oJqXpWVMaGcYAy-gCkYFgkg-c775GGkkdCAhw (ENGLISH)

Turkey/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Trial of lawyers from People’s Law Office to continue between 3 and 7 December

November 27, 2018

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The trial of lawyers from People’s Law Office will continue between 3 and 7 December 2018 at 10 a.m. at Silivri Prison. Seventeen lawyers are accused of “being members of a terrorist organisation”, while three of them are charged with “being managers of a terrorist organisation”. Six lawyers from People’s Law Office remain in detention.

People ‘s Law Office is a public interest law firm known for its work on high profile cases such as that of 15- year old Berkin Elvan, who died during the Gezi Park protests after being hit on the head by a tear-gas canister fired by a police officer, and Dilek Doğan, a young woman who was shot and killed by a police officer during an anti-terror raid on her house on 18 October 2015. The Office also represented Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, two educators dismissed from their positions following the failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016. One of the organisation’s lawyers, Selçuk Kozağaçlı, worked on the “Soma Mine” disaster, the worst mine disaster in Turkey’s history, in which 301 miners were killed.

On 14 September, after a full week of hearings, Istanbul’s 37th High Criminal Court ordered the release of all 17 detained lawyers from People’s Law Office, who had been in pre-trial detention since 2017. They were released the following morning. The Court then ordered the re-arrest of 12 lawyers less than 24 hours after its previous decision, after the prosecutor had contested the court’s decision. To date, six lawyers from the People’s Law Office, namely Selçuk Kozağaçlı, Engin Gökoğlu, Aycan Çiçek, Aytaç Ünsal, Behiç Aşçı and Ahmet Mandacı have been re-arrested, and the re-arrest orders for six other lawyers are still pending. While the Court confirmed the release of the remaining five lawyers, namely Yaprak Türkmen, Yağmur Ereren Evin, Didem Baydar Ünsal, Ayşegül Çağatay and Zehra Özdemir, the criminal proceeding against all 20 lawyers charged remains ongoing.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/14-lawyers-arrested-and-charged

https://www.demokrathaber.org/guncel/chd-li-avukatlara-ilk-durusmada-beraat-h110334.html (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/361562/avukat-selcuk-kozagacli-yeniden-tutuklandi-avukatlari-darbedildi (TURKCE)

http://cagdashukukcular.org/ (TURKCE)

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

https://arrestedlawyers.org/