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Turkey: DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2019 Solidarity with Turkish lawyers: Basic report

January 24, 2019

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https://eldh.eu/en/2018/11/22/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2019/

Updated Report: Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers | Unjust Arrests and Convictions (2016-2018)

https://www.ibanet.org/Conferences/Seminar—Day-of-the-Endangered-Lawyer-2019.aspx

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Soutien sans faille à nos confrères en Turquie IDHAE

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Bahamas: Police Seek Motive In Lawyer Stabbing

January 8, 2019

A PROSECUTOR at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is nursing wounds after he was stabbed in the head on Sunday night, an attack officials say has little precedent in The Bahamas.

The stabbing of Joel Seymour is believed to be connected with his role as a prosecutor, Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin confirmed yesterday.

“This matter is very serious,” he said. “As a matter of fact it goes to the administration of justice. The security of prosecutors is paramount because obviously everybody has their role to play and the role we play in the criminal justice system is critical so you can’t have persons either assaulted or intimidated or anything like that. We are mandated to do our jobs for you all, our clients, the Bahamian people.”

Asked to confirm if the stabbing was directly related to Mr Seymour’s role as a prosecutor, Mr Gaskin said: “Police haven’t completed their investigation and I don’t want a situation where my statements may impact the findings so I want to allow them to do their job and when their investigation is complete we’ll appropriately respond, but based on the information we have the incident appears to be in connection with his capacity as a prosecutor.”

Local prosecutors have faced threats before, but Mr Gaskin could not recall another time when one became a victim of bodily harm.

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2019/jan/08/police-seek-motive-lawyer-stabbing/

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2019/jan/09/bar-association-president-calls-protection-members/

Egypt: Alexandria: Prosecutor Extends Pretrial Detention of Yellow Vests Prisoner

January 8, 2019

Montazah Prosecution, Alexandria, has handed lawyer Mohamed Ramadan another 15-day detention order pending case 16576/2018.

The lawyer will be transferred to El Ghorbaniat Prison in Burj Al Arab Detention Center, according to his lawyer Mohamed Hafez.

Ramadan, known as Abu Baibars, has been held in solitary confinement since December 10 as he is charged with possessing yellow vests to use in demonstrations against the Egyptian regime copycatting the protests that erupted in France.

Hafez, lawyer at AFTE, said that Ramadan’s medical condition is deteriorating because of the solitary confinement and the lack of medical care.
Ramadan is also charged with joining a terrorist group and promoting its ideologies through social media, publishing fake news, and possessing illegal publications.

https://afteegypt.org/en/breaking_news-2/2018/01/08/16810-afteegypt.html

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/gilets-jaunes-france-egyptian-protests-media-security.html

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/egypt-human-rights-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan-detained-for-a-yellow-vest

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrest-and-detention-human-rights-defender-and-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/arrest-of-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan/

https://afteegypt.org/law_unit/2019/01/08/16801-afteegypt.html?fbclid=IwAR37QANehtEN_gNZ4WxiburKE0fSWcbht5neeItjAD_0PGIP5A1nfDphI3U (ARABIC)

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Pakistan: Senior lawyer shot dead in Peshawar

January 8, 2019

An official at the Gulberg police station told Dawn that Niazmeen Shah, a lawyer of the Peshawar High Court, was shot dead in Nauthia area of the city.

The official said the lawyer was sitting in a rickshaw when his enemies opened fire, killing him on the spot.

He said the deceased had a property dispute, which has already claimed a person’s life in Bhanmari area.

Following the lawyer’s killing, his family members took to the streets and also tried to set houses of their opponents on fire.

An officer at the Bhanmari police station told Dawn that the police were searching for the persons who tried to torch the houses.

Meanwhile, SSP operations Javed Iqbal, in a statement, announced to appoint SP city Sahafiullah Gandapur as inquiry officer and directed him to submit a report into the attempt to set the houses ablaze within 24 hours. He also directed the officials to arrest the accused immediately.

Also, the Peshawar High Court Bar Association announced to boycott court proceedings across the province in protest against the killing of the lawyer on Tuesday (today), according to statement.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1456119/senior-lawyer-shot-dead-in-peshawar

https://dunyanews.tv/en/Crime/473277-Lawyer-shot-dead-Peshawar

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/416007-n-a

https://pakobserver.net/lawyer-shot-dead-phcba-announces-strike/

China: In China, Rights Lawyer Likely to Be Disbarred for Defending Client

January 7, 2019

FILE - A security guard and police vehicle are seen outside the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China's southern Guangdong province, May 7, 2015.

Authorities in China’s southern Guangdong province are expected to soon revoke the license of a prominent rights lawyer, apparently for defending his client. Authorities held a public hearing Saturday to decide if such an administrative punishment would be imposed on lawyer Liu Zhengqing, according to other rights lawyers.

A final decision is expected a week from the hearing.

The ruling against Liu for allegedly “endangering state security” and “malicious defamation” while defending his clients will be the first of its kind.

The department of justice in Guangdong didn’t specify which comments in Liu’s earlier defense statements were at issue when he defended an ethnic Uighur minority in late 2016 and a Falun Gong practitioner in 2017.

Media reports, however, said what riled authorities the most was an earlier defense, in which he said: “the Chinese Communist Party was having a dictator’s doomsday panic, so much so that its lackeys were enforcing a political suppression through judicial means.”

Once disbarred, Liu will be the 26th rights lawyers in China who has suffered such administrative suppression in the past year or so, rights groups say.

https://www.voanews.com/a/in-china-rights-lawyer-likely-to-be-disbarred-for-defending-client/4731837.html

https://practicesource.com/china-human-lawyers-rights-concern-group-issue-statement-about-lawyer-liu-zhengqing/

https://www.nchrd.org/2019/01/chinese-government-puts-human-rights-defenders-on-trial-during-holiday-season-to-hide-rights-abuses/

https://www.france24.com/en/20181226-prominent-chinese-rights-lawyer-goes-trial-closed-court

https://chinachange.org/2018/12/31/weather-the-dark-storm-persevere-for-rule-of-law-in-china-a-2019-new-years-message-from-the-china-human-rights-lawyers-group/

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/defending-10172018145309.html

http://www.chrlawyers.hk/en/content/liu-zhengqing

Tajikistan: ‘Even by leaving us she gave us a lesson’: Fearless rights defender’s death shocks Tajikistan

January 7, 2019

Fayzinisso Vohidova, a prominent Tajik lawyer who was renowned for her preparedness to defend political arrestees and constant criticism of Tajikistan’s authoritarian system, passed away on January 4.

On Facebook, where open criticism of authorities in the Central Asian country is growing rarer and rarer, the outpouring of grief told its own story.

A mother of three, Vohidova was often referred to by her admirers as a “Gurdofarid”, referencing the fearless ancient Persian heroine from the Shahnameh epic Persian poem.

She lost a short battle to pneumonia only a week after celebrating her 55th birthday.

In recent years, Vohidova suffered regular harassment at the hands of Tajik authorities, verbal attacks from regime supporters and a curtailment of her professional activities.

Although she avoided arrest, Vohidova had her license to practise law suspended andcould not leave the country at the time of her death.

https://globalvoices.org/2019/01/07/even-by-leaving-us-she-gave-us-a-lesson-fearless-rights-defenders-death-shocks-tajikistan/

https://www.rferl.org/a/faiziniso-vohidova-tajik-lawyer-who-defended-dissidents-for-decades-dies-at-55/29691242.html?fbclid=IwAR1YtdbURiKj1eXIB8Dyzp_Yi8SwAna6HHSA0cn1Sc4I-pGegxQyvm5UxPE

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/05/16/tajikistan-travel-ban-rights-lawyer

https://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Tajikistan_-_Tadjikistan/2017/EN_HRL_20170809_Tajikistan_Concerns-regarding-the-travel-ban-against-lawyer-Fayzinisso-Vohidova.pdf

https://rus.ozodi.org/a/29695917.html (RUSSIAN)