Daily Archives: 26/01/2019

Iran: Iranian Lawyers Demand Release Of Jailed Colleagues

January 25, 2019

Five Iranian lawyers who are under judicial pressure in Iran; (LTR) Mohammad Najafi, Arash Keykhosravi, Amirsalar Davoudi, Ghasem Sholeh Sadi, and Nasrin Sotoodeh.

(Five Iranian lawyers who are under judicial pressure in Iran; (LTR) Mohammad Najafi, Arash Keykhosravi, Amirsalar Davoudi, Ghasem Sholeh Sadi, and Nasrin Sotoodeh.)

In an open letter addressed to the head of Islamic Republic’s judiciary, dozens of prominent Iranian attorneys have called for the immediate release of their colleagues, jailed on trumped up charges related to their defense of civil rights.

Referring to the pressures imposed on lawyers by the judicial and intelligence authorities, 49 signatories to the letter have insisted, “Any sort of discrimination, restrictions, and threats against legal counsels is illegal and leads to partial, unfair, and unjust trials.”

While several Iranian lawyers are currently behind bars, many more of them are free on huge bails, lined up for their trials.

Meanwhile, the signatories to the letter have asserted that a note added to the Article 48 of the Islamic Penal code is a source of discrimination against most lawyers.

The note limits the job of defending suspects in primary legal stages of national security-related cases to only twenty vetted lawyers, endorsed by the head of Islamic Republic’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iranian-lawyers-demand-release-of-jailed-colleagues/29730100.html

https://middle-east-online.com/en/iran%E2%80%99s-hijab-protesters-not-cowed-crackdown

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/iran-sentencing-and-ongoing-arbitrary-detention-of-mr-farhad-mayssami

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/iran/2019/01/d25212/

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/iran-immediately-and-unconditionally-release-mr-farhad-mayssami/

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2019/01/25/Activists-in-Iran-will-continue-protests-despite-crackdown.html

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/iran/2019/01/d25213/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

https://www.fidh.org/fa/%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B9%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7/%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1/%D8%A8%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AC%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%AF-iran-sentencing-of-mr-reza-khandan?fbclid=IwAR1fWnHEUQGaSCQ3z2pPyKlfkMs-qklWQYFr5Fg9w_9wDMBhbq-7E4l7KqM (FARSI)

http://resistancerepublicaine.eu/2019/01/26/jeannette-bougrab-les-musulmanes-persecutees-pour-leur-refus-du-voile-ninteressent-pas-les-feministes/ (FRANCAIS)

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China: Minitrue: Do Not Report on Wang Quanzhang Sentence

January 25, 2019

Old-Fashioned Thuggery Reinforces China’s High-Tech Censorship

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

All websites: the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court will deliver its sentence on the Wang Quanzhang case. Without unified prior arrangement, do not gather news or report, do not comment or reprint. (January 25, 2018) [Chinese]

On December 26, rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang stood trial for subversion in Tianjin after being held in detention for nearly three and a half years without access to legal representation or family. The trial was closed to press and diplomats, and even Wang’s wife was barred from attending. Wang, one of over 100 rights lawyers and activists detained in the 2015 “Black Friday” crackdown, was the last to be held without trial.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. Some instructions are issued by local authorities or to specific sectors, and may not apply universally across China. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source. See CDT’s collection of Directives from the Ministry of Truth since 2011.

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2019/01/minitrue-do-not-report-on-wang-quanzhang-sentence/

https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/old-fashioned-thuggery-reinforces-chinas-high-tech-censorship/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Quanzhang

 

Pakistan/The Netherlands: Asia Bibi’s lawyer, who left country after death threats, returning to Pakistan

January 26, 2019

Saiful Mulook (L) the lawyer of Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam, leaves after the Court overturned the conviction, in Islamabad, Pakistan October 31, 2018. REUTERS

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook, who left for  the Netherlands last year due to “security concerns”, has decided to return to Pakistan.

Talking to The Express Tribune by the phone, Malook said he would return to attend the January 29 Supreme Court hearing on the review petition against Aasia’s acquittal of blasphemy charges.

He, however, requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to ensure his security in Islamabad.

According to sources, Malook has decided to return to Pakistan permanently.

At a news conference in The Hague last year, Malook had said he was “put on a plane against my wishes”.

Aasia, a Christian woman, was accused of blasphemy in 2010 and subsequently sentenced to death by the Lahore High Court. However, on October 30, 2018, she was acquitted of the charges by the Supreme Court.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1896730/1-aasia-bibis-lawyer-left-country-death-threats-returning-pakistan/

https://www.christianpost.com/news/pakistans-top-court-to-decide-asia-bibis-fate-as-muslim-extremists-demand-her-death.html

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/01/pakistan-top-court-to-decide-whether-to-reverse-asia-bibis-acquittal-as-muslims-demand-her-death

http://mcmonitor.com/2019/01/25/freed-by-court-pakistani-christian-aasia-bibi-still-a-prisoner/

https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/nation-world/article225002295.html

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/25/asia-bibis-daughters-take-refuge-canada-ahead-court-blasphemy/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Bibi_blasphemy_case

Turkey/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: ‘If Lawyers Lose Their Voice, Citizens Lose Their Breath’

January 25, 2019

Being dedicated to lawyers in Turkey, January 24 Day of the Endangered Lawyer has been marked by lawyers in İstanbul. Marching from Galatasaray Square to İstanbul Bar Association, lawyers said, “If lawyers lose their voice, citizens lose their breath.”

On January 24 Day of the Endangered Lawyers, which has been dedicated to lawyers in Turkey by the European Democratic Lawyers (AED), European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH) and European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE), lawyers marched from Galatasaray Square in Beyoğlu to İstanbul Bar Association.

The march, which was organized in protest against the attacks directed to lawyers in Turkey, was attended by a large number of people. Lawyers attended the march, wearing their robes.

Led by the İstanbul Bar Association, the protest march was supported by İstanbul Bar Association Chair Mehmet Durakoğlu, Adana Bar Association Chair Veli Küçük, Aydın Bar Association Chair Gökhan Bozkurt, Antalya Bar Association Chair Polat Balkan, Bursa Bar Association Chair Gürkan Altun, İzmir Bar Association Chair Özcan Yücel, Tekirdağ Bar Association Chair Sedat Tekneci, Hatay Bar Association Chair Ekrem Dönmez,Gaziantep Bar Association Chair Bektaş Şarklı, Mersin Bar Association Chair Bilgin Yeşilboğaz and Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Cihan Aydın.

Since five lawyers were murdered in Spain by Francoists on January 24, 1977, this day has marked the “Day of the Endangered Lawyer.”

Throughout the march, the group attending the protest carried the photographs of journalist Uğur Mumcu, who was murdered on January 24, 1993, former Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Tahir Elçi, who was murdered on November 28, 2015, and Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) Chair Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who has been behind bars since September 17, 2018.

The group of people attending the march also chanted the slogans, “The advocacy has not kept silent and it will not do so”, “Right, law, justice” and “We are Tahir, we are Elçi, we are too numerous to be killed.”

http://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/204821-if-lawyers-lose-their-voice-citizens-lose-their-breath?fbclid=IwAR3PIovcyCK48QF9HEzlydJh5GUl_ImWhkfdUx5FVsDNWIlhkoyqAroFzzM

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/endangered-lawyers-216-jailed-in-turkey/5069029.article?fbclid=IwAR1MYT-tAaLuw8ZHhjwzNoMN0MmHNnab9CFruwwaZSkogZQdcK6CKpT1av0

http://www.barhumanrights.org.uk/lawyers-associations-join-forces-to-raise-concern-for-the-rule-of-law-and-the-legal-profession-in-turkey-for-the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/?fbclid=IwAR24RSuAxhEiVPSsUEuVLA3tpDy61ll6oilZS6xWWbt9A1Jj4l12myjSpRs

https://ahvalnews.com/arrested-lawyers/british-lawyers-association-says-216-lawyers-jailed-turkey

https://www.evrensel.net/daily/372072/lawyers-march-in-their-robes-on-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/threats-to-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law-around-the-world-require-our-attention

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/1297073.html

https://www.lawlibrary.ie/News/The-Council-of-The-Bar-of-Ireland-denounces-the-mi.aspx

http://www.fbe.org/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-24th-january-2019-5/

https://www.uianet.org/es/noticias/turkish-authorities-must-immediately-cease-persecution-against-lawyers

https://english.shabtabnews.com/2019/01/25/a-daily-overview-of-human-rights-violations-in-iran-for-january-24-2019/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-turkey-joint-statement/

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/persecution-of-lawyers-in-turkey-must-stop/

http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/204817-avukatlarin-sesi-kesilirse-yurttaslarin-nefesi-kesilir (TURKCE)

http://halkinsesitv1.org/lyonda-avukatlar-turkiyedeki-avukatlarla-destek-eylemindeydi/?fbclid=IwAR2ARZaUuSmmCpD_RCDGT2DKYr8 (TURKCE)

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20190125-turquie-avocats-danger-serbie-journalistes-independants-vienne-cimetiere (FRANCAIS)

https://mouvement-demain.be/journee-de-lavocat-en-danger-la-turquie-mise-a-lhonneur/ (FRANCAIS)

https://player.fm/series/accents-deurope/une-journee-pour-les-avocats-en-danger-en-turquie (FRANCAIS)

http://www.padovaoggi.it/politica/avvocati-detenuti-turchia-solidarieta-colleghi-padovani-padova-24-gennaio-2019.html?fbclid=IwAR2Y8pul5xx7MzwvNT5KYcQ6hqffVJ40Qg3d1TMrrcXOtAVBJd12VXF43UE (ITALIANO)

http://www.tribunapoliticaweb.sm/fare-bene/2019/01/25/32435_la-camera-penale-aderisce-al-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9659/giornata_dell%E2%80%99avvocato_minacciato_24_gennaio_2019.html?fbclid=IwAR0fZFHcC6E5iIajUieT7X9tAv1o6sKe7hXLJEtsFo3WqL5QS-3x2IKKN2E (ITALIANO)

http://www.libertas.sm/notizie/2019/01/25/san-marino-la-camera-penale-aderisce-al-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer.html?fbclid=IwAR2pMaWeyNrGDXox9i2kCQ4USg-igMBVnBqCsE2s6ic3F-O-ETWesGJ_vz0 (ITALIANO)

https://www.studiocataldi.it/articoli/33326-giornata-internazionale-degli-avvocati-in-pericolo.asp (ITALIANO)

http://www.radioradicale.it/scheda/563921/giornata-internazionale-degli-avvocati-in-pericolo?fbclid=IwAR305oQdxu080iI7G6zm5DCVb2GfX9YqGUqQKHneh1QmpD8M8bvwciIAQbI (ITALIANO)

http://www.fundacionabogadosdeatocha.es/webabogadosdeatocha/Inicio:1048743–Acto_central_del_42_Aniversario__Un_ano_mas_reivindicando_que_su_ADN_y_sus_valores_son_mas_necesarios_que_nunca?fbclid=IwAR2_RU1J1CFLBIKIHZQZKXmgiz8C3QFodc6WQFa5Q19KMUbQ32Ta3O014oI#.XEsGPYuDS4Y.facebook (ESPANOL)

https://www.elmundofinanciero.com/noticia/79843/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.leganews.es/cc-oo-homenaje-a-los-abogados-de-atocha-en-leganes/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.eltelescopiodigital.com/index.php/es/coslada/61999-coslada-recuerda-manana-a-los-abogados-de-atocha-en-la-estacion-de-cercanias.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.abogacia.es/2019/01/23/la-abogacia-espanola-participa-en-el-dia-del-abogado-amenazado-centrado-en-la-situacion-de-los-letrados-en-turquia/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/hamburg/Anwaelte-fordern-Freilassung-tuerkischer-Kollegen,anwaelte134.html?fbclid=IwAR2UN1BQFM_sTojnDspkihQo1z9tliRhk11FlgcZxojN4accdfdR2bVzCcw (DEUTSCH)

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/347801.verfolgung-von-anw%C3%A4lten-kollegin-warnte-uns-seid-nicht-so-naiv.html?fbclid=IwAR1Rmab-iFv6m994fJJRVFcgbqMA83rGsehl5eKibv2l2fvuzFCoVZ7-xtk (DEUTSCH)

https://www.lto.de/recht/justiz/j/egmr-tuerkei-anwaelte-in-gefahr-verfolgung-menschenrechte/ (DEUTSCH)

http://www.oejc.at/index.php?id=32&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=74&cHash=3602164379e9bfa47b95176e9665f179 (DEUTSCH)

https://legalworld.wolterskluwer.be/nl/nieuws/domein/algemeen-justitie/vandaag-is-de-dag-van-de-bedreigde-advocaat/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.abrilabril.pt/internacional/advocacia-uma-profissao-de-risco-na-turquia (PORTUGES)

https://portal.oa.pt/comunicacao/noticias/2019/01/dia-dos-advogados-em-perigo-24-de-janeiro/ (PORTUGUES)

https://www.efsyn.gr/arthro/dikastiko-praxikopima-erntogan (GREEK)

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University of Amsterdam with lawyer Ramazan Demir

University of Aberdeen

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Dans le cadre de ses diverses manifestations 2019 autour de « la journée internationale des avocats en danger », l’IDHAE a présenté, comme il l’avait fait les années précédentes, un ouvrage complet sur la situation du pays concerné. Cette synthèse, établie conjointement avec l’IDHBB -(qui est intervenu constamment depuis 1985 au soutien des avocats turcs)- évoque les cas personnels de 248 avocats en Turquie depuis 2012. (Rappelons que 222 avocats ont été condamnés à de lourdes peines de prison depuis le 15 juillet 2016). Cette présentation officielle s’est déroulée, autour d’un long débat, présenté et animé par le bâtonnier Bertrand FAVREAU, président de l’IDHAE, et Guislaine SEZE, représentant Défenseurs Sans Frontières (DSF) dans la salle du conseil de l’Ordre du barreau de Bordeaux exceptionnellement mise à disposition pour la circonstance.

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 26/01/19)

Bordeaux

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