Daily Archives: 18/01/2019

Canada/Turkey: Lawyers in Turkey Under Attack Seminar | Event (Vancouver)

January 16, 2019

LAWYERS IN TURKEY UNDER ATTACK

Held on January 24th each year since 2010, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer provides an opportunity to learn about the personal and professional safety of lawyers in a selected country facing persecution, prosecution, arbitrary detention, threats, torture, assaults and death as a consequence of carrying out their professional duties. The focus this year is on lawyers in Turkey. Between July 2016 and 1 January 2019 alone there have been 594 lawyers arrested, 1546 prosecuted and 216 sentenced to a total of 1,361 years in prison.


Join us at the UBC Allard School of Law and learn what you can do to assist

Date: January 24
Time: 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Location: UBC Faculty of Law, Allard Hall, Room 104

Sponsored by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC)

Presentations by Brian Samuels Q.C., Ozge Yazar and Mehmet Kilic will be followed by Q & A

  • Brian Samuels Q.C. Vancouver-based barrister, LRWC Director and Turkey Monitor;
  • Mehmet Kilic, President of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF), Director of the Center for Global Affairs at Peace Islands Institute, and PHD candidate at Walden University;
  • Ozge Yazar, Third year student at Allard School of Law, B.A. from Bogazici University.

https://www.lrwc.org/lawyers-in-turkey-under-attack-seminar-event/

http://allard.ubc.ca/

basic-report_turkey2019

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.euronews.com/2019/01/18/turkey-sentences-detained-judge-who-won-human-rights-award-to-10-years-anadolu-says

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

#EndangeredLawyers

#24OcakTehlikedekiAvukatlarGünü

#24thJanuaryEndangeredLawyersDay

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Egypt: Mohamed Ramadan, an Egyptian “yellow vest” lawyer in prison

January 18, 2019

Mohamed Ramadan, a lawyer and worker advocate, has been held in solitary confinement in the Borg el-Arab prison in Egypt for more than a month. His wrong? Have posted a photo of him on Facebook wearing a yellow vest in reference to the French movement. He is now accused of “joining a terrorist group and promoting his ideas “.

With our correspondent in Alexandria, François Hume-Ferkatadji

The Frontline defenders NGO published a damning report on Thursday, 17 January, the fruit of several months of work, on the repeated attacks against strikers, trade unionists and lawyers defending labor rights in Egypt. Enforced disappearances, beatings, acts of torture or immediate dismissals, the actors of the social movements are the targets of the regime.

Mohamed Ramadan is a well-known lawyer, who regularly opposes human rights violations in Egypt.On December 10, he puts on a yellow vest and takes a picture of himself. He posted it on Facebook before disappearing a few hours later.

” After his day at the court, he did not go home. He was not at his desk and we could not reach him, says his lawyer and friend Mohamed Awad. We, as lawyers, started looking for him in hospitals, police stations, but could not find him. It was only the next morning that we learned of his arrest. He was in the prosecutor’s office. 

 

http://www.tellerreport.com/business/–mohamed-ramadan–an-egyptian-%22yellow-vest%22-lawyer-in-prison-.rJbaxLsCf4.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/egypt-labour-rights

http://m.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190118-egypte-mohamed-ramadan-avocat-gilet-jaune-prison?fbclid=IwAR2rGxPWBDhh40WhB-ISwOa8UrDgNy-4R19SlJuy-vHs3zYoq45gK3RNMZ0 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Afrique/En-Egypte-arborer-gilet-jaune-mene-prison-2019-01-18-1200996478 (FRANCAIS)

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France: Un avocat parisien, défenseur de djihadistes, mis en examen pour “financement du terrorisme”

le 18 janvier, 2019

Un avocat parisien, défenseur notamment de djihadistes français partis rejoindre le groupe État islamique (EI) en Irak et en Syrie, a été mis en examen jeudi à Paris notamment pour “financement du terrorisme” et remis en liberté sous contrôle judiciaire, a-t-on appris de source proche du dossier. Cet avocat, Bruno Vinay, qui vient de passer 48 heures en garde à vue à la Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (DGSI) est soupçonné d’avoir versé de l’argent à un intermédiaire censé exfiltrer d’Irak Maximilien Thibaut, un djihadiste originaire de la région parisienne.

Présenté à un juge d’instruction, il a été mis en examen pour “financement d’une entreprise terroriste” et “transfert non autorisé d’une somme supérieure à 10 000 euros“, selon cette source. Il est soumis à un contrôle judiciaire qui lui interdit de rencontrer ce djihadiste, porté disparu, et son épouse Mélina Boughedir, ainsi que deux journalistes. En septembre, l’une d’elles, une journaliste spécialiste des affaires de djihadisme avait été placée en garde à vue à la DGSI dans ce dossier avant d’être remise en liberté sans être poursuivie.

En outre, le juge d’instruction va saisir, sur réquisition du parquet de Paris, le conseil de l’ordre des avocats en vue d’une éventuelle suspension de l’exercice de sa profession d’avocat. La décision, susceptible d’appel appartient à l’instance disciplinaire qui peut prononcer une suspension de 4 mois, plusieurs fois renouvelables.

Selon la source proche du dossier, le versement litigieux porte sur une somme de 20 000 euros collectés auprès de l’entourage du jihadiste et qui devait permettre de faciliter sa reddition auprès des autorités irakiennes, mais celle-ci n’est finalement pas intervenue.

https://www.laprovence.com/actu/en-direct/5328097/un-avocat-parisien-defenseur-de-djihadistes-mis-en-examen-pour-financement-du-terrorisme.html

https://fr.reuters.com/article/topNews/idFRKCN1PC1MO-OFRTP

http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2019/01/18/01016-20190118ARTFIG00063-un-avocat-de-djihadistes-mis-en-examen-pour-financement-du-terrorisme.php

https://www.europe1.fr/societe/un-avocat-de-djihadistes-mis-en-examen-pour-financement-du-terrorisme-3840845

https://www.leprogres.fr/loire-42/2019/01/17/un-avocat-qui-a-defendu-une-saint-chamonaise-partie-en-syrie-place-en-garde-a-vue

https://www.ledauphine.com/france-monde/2019/01/18/un-avocat-de-djihadistes-mis-en-examen-pour-financement-du-terrorisme

https://www.infoencontinu.com/article/?article=L%27avocat%20soup%C3%A7onn%C3%A9%20de%20financement%20terroriste%20voulait%20sauver%20des%20%22bombes%22%20ses%20clients

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/proche-orient/offensive-jihadiste-en-irak/l-avocat-soupconne-de-financement-terroriste-voulait-sauver-des-bombes-ses-clients_3151719.html

https://canadafreepress.com/article/jihadi-defence-lawyer-arrested-for-financing-terrorism (ENGLISH)

https://888.hu/article-lebukott-a-francia-dzsihadistak-vedougyvedje-terroristakat-finanszirozott (HUNGARIAN)

Armenia/Turkey: La députée d’origine arménienne du Parlement de Turquie, Selina Dogan : « les menaces contre mon mari deviennent sérieuses »

le 12 janvier, 2019

« Mon mari est avocat depuis près de 20 ans, il est menacé pour des dossiers qu’il réalisa depuis 2011 »a confié la députée d’origine arménienne du Parlement de Turquie, Selina Dogan. Revenant ainsi sur les publications et les menaces à l’encontre de son mari, l’avocat Kurde-Alévi, Erdal Dogan. « Mon mari était l’avocat de Hrant Dink de son vivant, et après l’assassinat de ce dernier, il est devenu l’avocat de la famille Dink. En 2007 il avait défendu l’affaire de Malaya où trois chrétiens étaient assassinés »continue Selina Dogan. Le site Tert.am auquel Selina Dogan a accordé l’interview rappelle les menaces de mort reçus par son mari qui défend les intérêts des Arméniens devant les tribunaux de Turquie. Erdal Dogan -outre la défense de l’intérêt des Arméniens- travaille également sur le dossier des massacres de Dersim dans les années 1937-1938 ainsi que de l’assassinat des intellectuels turcs. Des dossiers qui ne sont pas de nature à plaire à une partie de la Turquie et notamment les nationalistes. « Les menaces contre mon mari continuent depuis 7 ans déjà. Il tente de trouver des moyens pour se protéger mais en Turquie la situation économique et la crise politique et le monde judiciaire lié au pouvoir sont autant de menaces sérieuses contre lui » dit Selina Dogan.

http://www.armenews.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=6522&recher=oui

http://www.armenews.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=6430

https://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/204526-avukat-erdal-dogan-tehdidin-sorusturulmasi-icin-bassavci-vekili-gorevlendirildi (TURKCE)

http://www.agos.com.tr/tr/yazi/21854/avukat-erdal-dogan-can-guvenliginden-kaygili (TURKCE)

https://mknews.eu/2019/01/17/tremei-gia-tin-zoi-toy-o-erdal-dogan-dikigoros-toy-hrant-dink-poy-dolofonithike-to-2007-stin-konstantinoypoli/ (GREEK)

The Philippines: Former prosecutor shot dead in Cebu

January 18, 2019

Unidentified gunmen on board a motorcycle shot dead a former female prosecutor on Thursday night in Barangay Kamputhaw here.

Former Cebu City Assistant City Prosecutor Mary Ann Castro was driving a yellow Nissan Juke along Escario Street around  9:50 p.m. when one of the gunmen reportedly shot her.

After the shooting, the vehicle swerved across the street and hit the galvanized iron sheets used to cover a construction site.

Physicians could no longer detect any vital signs from Castro when the medical team arrived at the crime scene.

According to police investigators, witnesses heard five bursts of gunfire in the area and saw the vehicle swerving toward a construction site.

The Inquirer tried to talk to the victim’s nephews and nieces who arrived at the crime scene shortly after the shooting, but they refused to give a statement.

The police have yet to determine the motive of the killing, but Castro had been reportedly embroiled in several controversies when she was assigned in Cebu City.

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1074398/former-prosecutor-shot-dead-in-cebu

https://www.rappler.com/nation/221229-former-cebu-fiscal-mary-ann-castro-killed-in-ambush-january-17-2019

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/212799/prosecutor-mary-ann-castro-shot-killed-in-cebu-city

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/17/19/cebu-city-prosecutor-shot-dead

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1783405/Cebu/Local-News/Former-prosecutor-Mary-Ann-Castro-shot-dead

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/212810/who-wanted-mary-ann-castro-dead

https://visayas.politics.com.ph/cebu-city-police-chief-to-form-task-group-to-probe-killing-of-former-cebu-fiscal/

https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/lawyer-slain-01182019100803.html

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1074803/us-ngo-finds-ph-a-war-zone-in-disguise-hogwash-says-palace

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2019/01/19/1886270/ex-cebu-prosecutor-gunned-down

https://rmn.ph/nbi-papasok-na-sa-imbestigasyon-ng-pananambang-sa-babaeng-dating-cebu-city-prosecutor/ (TAGALOG)

N.B.: With the killing of Mary Ann Castro, lawyer and former Assistant Prosecutor for 18 years, the toll on lawyers rises once more. This killing occurred despite the presence of additional police on the streets of Cebu City due to festival activities. There have been 48 murderous attacks on Filipino lawyers and law workers under the Duterte regime, July 1 2016 to the present, a period of almost 31 months. Here are relevant up to date figures compiled by the Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers of the international Association of People’s Lawyers:

48 murderous attacks on Filipino lawyers and law workers
There have been 7 survivors (6 lawyers and 1 prosecutor).

Thus, 41 killed

Categories of those killed:
27 attorneys
8 prosecutors
3 judges
Total lawyers 38

2 paralegals
1 Court Official
Total law workers 3

China: Police Raid Legal Consultancy ‘Club’ Founded by Disbarred Chinese Lawyers

January 16, 2019

A view of the office of the Chinese Lawyers' Club set up by human rights attorneys in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to represent the public, Sept. 18, 2018.

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese region of Guangxi have raided a legal consultation company started by disbarred human rights lawyers and ordered it closed, RFA has learned.

Dozens of police officers on Tuesday raided the China Lawyers’ Club set up last September by Tan Yongpei, a former rights attorney stripped of his license by the local justice bureau for taking on too many “sensitive” human rights cases.

“There were more than 30 police officers, as well as officials from the civil affairs and justice bureaus, so 40-50 people in total,” Tan told RFA. “They told us we couldn’t hang up our sign, and that we are an illegal organization of banned lawyers.”

If the club continued to operate, members were warned that further action would be taken.

Police then went around the premises taking photos and left, after which Tan said he rehung the sign.

The club had initially lodged an application with the bureau of civil affairs to register as an organization, but was rejected, Tan said.

“They are afraid that Chinese lawyers may later form a political opposition, maybe a political party,” he said.

Tan said he plans to lodge an official complaint with the civil affairs department and to apply once more to have the club’s registration approved.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/raid-01162019111843.html

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/china-and-tibet

https://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/media/news/trial-of-mr-wang-quanzhang?fbclid=IwAR0LBoVUPsjE_dfUmTXg9x4dbwOZhy4kv_VuNjLZBDes6RiQCsSnbGkRvQc

http://www.chrlawyers.hk/en

http://www.chrlawyers.hk/?fbclid=IwAR0jq-5I-hRnm-HAfJp19pmgi-BSuQHWWG6tnr69ANJQ6rDFm9sPgqEf8iM (CHINESE)

Germany/Turkey/Greece: Critical of German justice, lawyer to take NSU case to European court

January 18, 2019

NSU avukatlarından Daimagüler: 1600 kez tehdit edildim

Mehmet Daimagüler, one of the lawyers for the families of victims in Germany’s notorious National Socialist Underground (NSU) case, says he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Addressing a conference on the NSU and racism in Germany at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul yesterday, Daimagüler said he did not trust German courts and did not expect much from the legal process in Germany regarding the neo-Nazi gang.

The NSU, composed of three members, were behind the murders of eight Turkish and one Greek immigrant and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Two members killed themselves when the police closed in on them, while the sole surviving member, Beate Zschaepe, was sentenced to life in a trial that concluded last year.

“I don’t trust German courts and that’s why we filed a compensation lawsuit [for the victims]. If the German government, state administrations did their jobs properly, if police did not look into the murders through a racist angle, people would not get killed,” the lawyer said.

The lawyer said he was certain cases against the NSU would be “lost,” referring to appeals to the sentence for Zschaepe and the gang’s accomplices who got away with lenient sentences. “But we will take these cases to the European Court of Human Rights afterwards,” he said.

Daimagüler also spoke about threats the lawyers of victims faced. “I’ve received about 1,600 threats so far but I didn’t take them seriously. Barking dogs seldom bite,” he added. However, he expressed concern about threats to fellow lawyer Seda Başay Yıldız. “It was discovered that threats were linked to a police station and had everything from the address of her residences to the address of her parents. It is also a big scandal that police told Yıldız that they can’t protect her properly and suggested she buy a gun to defend herself,” he said.

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2019/01/18/critical-of-german-justice-lawyer-to-take-nsu-case-to-european-court

http://www.migazin.de/amp/2019/01/15/frankfurter-anwaeltin-erhaelt-erneut-drohbrief/ (DEUTSCH)

https://www.landeszeitung.de/blog/nachrichten/politik/2243282-zweiter-drohbrief-des-nsu2-0-so-gehen-die-ermittler-vor (DEUTSCH)

http://juedischerundschau.de/den-bock-zum-gaertner-135911284/ (DEUTSCH)

http://medyaberlin.com/de/post/interview-mit-nsu-opfer-anwalt-mehmet-daimaguler (DEUTSCH)

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Daimag%C3%BCler (DEUTSCH)

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/avrupa/nsu-avukatlarindan-daimaguler-1600-kez-tehdit-edildim-41086283 (TURKCE)

https://www.star.com.tr/yerel-haberler/avukat-mehmet-daimaguler-3713766/ (TURKCE)

https://www.star.com.tr/guncel/nsu-davasini-aihme-tasiyacagiz-haber-1427028/ (TURKCE)

http://enpolitik.com/haber/266631/eger-alman-hukumeti-isleri-duzgun-bir-sekilde-yapsaydi-bu-insanlar-olmezdi.html (TURKCE)

https://perspektif.eu/2019/01/17/nsu-davasini-avrupa-insan-haklari-mahkemesine-tasiyacagiz/ (TURKCE)

https://www.trthaber.com/haber/dunya/nsu-davasini-avrupa-insan-haklari-mahkemesine-tasiyacagiz-401607.html (TURKCE)