Daily Archives: 31/01/2019

Sudan: NISS campaign of arrests nets opposition leaders, activists

January 31, 2019

Mariam El Sadig El Mahdi, the co-president of the National Umma Party

Yesterday, the security and intelligence forces continued a large-scale campaign of arrest of activists and leaders of political forces from their homes and chased and prosecuted youths and women during demonstrations and protests demanding the step-down of Al Bashir and his regime from the government.

Yesterday, the security forces arrested lawyer and prominent law and human rights defender Kamal El Jazuli from his office in Khartoum and transferred him to an unknown destination.

The arrest of Kamal El Jazuli also coincided with the arrest of Mariam Mahjoub Sharif and Sarah Ibrahim.

Activists published massively on social networking sites the names of dozens of detainees arrested in various areas in Khartoum, in conjunction with the announcement by security director Salah Gosh about the release of the detainees.

Sudanese Professionals Association

The Sudanese Professionals Association and opposition forces signatory to the Declaration of Freedom and Change pointed out in a joint statement that the detention of the NISS is still crowded with professionals, politicians, and honourable citizens.

The statement said that the play to release the detainees will not fool the inside or the outside, and that the regime knows that the liberals will get out of the prisons to the streets and that the ceiling is not the release of political detainees, but the demolition of the project and its legislators.

It stressed that the release of the detainees will not restore the lives of the martyrs and the sacrifices of the Sudanese since the coming of the Al Bashir regime.





Burma: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Calls for Swift Justice for Slain Lawyer U Ko Ni

January 30, 2019

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged authorities to find justice as soon as possible for prominent constitutional lawyer U Ko Ni and taxi driver Ko Ne Win, two years after they were gunned down in Yangon.

U Ko Ni, a legal adviser to the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), was gunned down at pointblank range outside Yangon International Airport on Jan. 29, 2017. Ko Ne Win, a taxi driver at the scene, was killed by the same gunman while chasing after him.

The 63-year old lawyer was an expert on the military-drafted Constitution and came up with the idea of creating the position of state counselor to get around a clause in the charter effectively banning Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency. He advocated for changes to the Constitution that would strip the military of its undemocratic privileges; many believe those efforts led to his death.

In her message at a commemoration ceremony for the lawyer and driver in Yangon on Tuesday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi praised them as ‘”role models who sacrificed their lives for truth and justice” and called their deaths “a big loss for Myanmar.”

“I would like to urge the concerned authorities to find speedy justice for Saya U Ko Ni and Ko Ne Win, who both sacrificed their lives to help fight the challenges to promoting the rule of law and justice in Myanmar,” she said.

To date, 72 prosecution witnesses and 40 defense witnesses have appeared in court over the course of 101 hearings in the trail of U Ko Ni’s accused assassins — gunman Kyi Lin and alleged conspirators Zeya Phyo, Aung Win Zaw and Aung Will Tun. A verdict is expected after the defense makes its closing argument on Friday, prosecution lawyer U Nay La told The Irrawaddy.











Lawyers for Lawyers: Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019

January 31, 2019

Nominate a lawyer for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019! Nominations can be made until 1 March 2019, via our website: https://bit.ly/2RvKzOK

In 2017, Sirikan Charoensiri (‘June’) was presented with the Lawyers for Lawyers Award in Amsterdam. Watch her story here.

(Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook, 31/01/19)






Call for nominations for the L4L award 2019


Nigeria: Onnoghen: Thugs attack NBA chairman, other lawyers in Rivers over court boycott directive

January 30, 2019

– Suspected thugs reportedly attacked the NBA chairman, Silvester Adaka, and other lawyers in Port Harcourt

– The lawyers were reportedly attacked when they staged a protest and attempted to court proceedings

– Adaka said he addressed the justices of the court of appeal and lawyers to rise in continuation of NBA peaceful boycott of the court only to be descended upon by the thugs

Some suspected thugs reportedly beat up the chairman of the Port Harcourt chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Silvester Adaka and other lawyers who had gone to stage protest to disrupt court proceedings.

Adaka and his colleagues had reportedly planned to disrupt the court proceedings in a bid to enforce the NBA’s court boycott directive over the controversial suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

Daily Trust reports that angry litigants also chased the protesting NBA team out of the courtroom, causing pandemonium and heightening fear among the judges and other litigants.











Germany: Police may be behind death threats to lawyer

January 30, 2019

Officials from Hesse police department suspected of sending death threats to prominent German-Turkish lawyer

Germany: Police may be behind death threats to lawyer

Authorities investigating death threats sent to a prominent German-Turkish lawmaker suspect that they were written by police officers, German media reported on Wednesday.

Seda Basay-Yildiz, who represented families of victims killed by a neo-Nazi terror cell, received serious death threats in recent months, after she criticized the constant failure of the intelligence and police to resolve the murders.

Investigators who analyzed the fax messages sent to Basay-Yildiz concluded that they were most likely written by personnel working for the Hesse state police, as they included information and special acronyms only known by such personnel, the daily Suddeutsche Zeitung reported.

Following two serious death threats late last year, Basay-Yildiz received this month several other fax messages which included racist insults and threats.

The death threats included her address and names of her family members, which could be obtained only from official records.

In December, five police officers in Frankfurt were suspended on suspicion that they took personal information of Basay-Yildiz from police records and shared them with the far-right extremists.

The German-Turkish lawmaker represented the families of victims who were killed by the far-right National Socialist Underground (NSU).

The shadowy NSU group killed 10 people, including eight Turkish and one Greek immigrant as well as a police officer between 2000 and 2007, but the murders have remained unresolved.






http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/frankfurt-seda-basay-yildiz-soll-erneut-drohbriefe-erhalten-haben-a-1250623.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2019-01/seda-basay-yildiz-frankfurter-anwaeltin-polizei-rechtsextremismus (DEUTSCH)

https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/drohbrief-basay-yildiz-103.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.welt.de/debatte/kommentare/article187998153/NSU-2-0-Wo-bleibt-die-Aufklaerung-im-Fall-Seda-Basay-Yildiz.html (DEUTSCH)

https://odatv.com/turk-avukata-tehditlerin-arkasinda-alman-polisi-mi-var-30011949.html (DEUTSCH)

UK/Georgia: Speedboat killer: Jack Shepherd’s lawyer receives Nazi death threat

January 28, 2019

Jack Shepherd Tbilisi court 25 Jan

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd’s British lawyer, Richard Egan, has received a death threat amidst torrents of abuse.

The letter, which tells him to “remember Jo Cox”, the Labour MP murdered by far right extremist Thomas Mair, has been passed to the police.

It talks of stabbing, bombing, features a swastika and the words “Heil Hitler”.

Former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, says the letter represents an attack on the rule of law.

As a defence solicitor representing Shepherd, Mr Egan has received a steady stream of abusive and threatening letters, emails and texts accusing him, among other things, of having blood on his hands.

He did not take them especially seriously until he received a letter, sent to his office, which warned him he had 48 hours to state that he was “no longer supporting or providing legal aid” to Shepherd and saying, “remember Jo Cox?”

“You have been followed – nice house! Now, accidents happen, people get stabbed in London, pets get poisoned, children run over.

“Be warned we (EDF) will petrol bomb your nice office.”

It also contained a swastika, SS sign and the words “Heil Hitler 88”.






Egypt/France: 4 human rights leaders accused of inciting against Egypt

January 30, 2019

File photo: Human Rights activist Gamal Eid

Four directors of prominent local human rights organizations were accused of dispensing false information about the political situation in Egypt.

Lawyer Tareq Mahmoud filed a report before the Public Prosecution against Gamal Eid, the executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI); Mohamed Zarea, the head of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS); Mohamed Lotfy, the executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms and Gaser Abdel Raziq, the executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

In his report, Mahmoud claimed that the four human rights advocates met with French officials during French President Manuel Macron’s recent visit to Egypt, where “they blamed the Egyptian state for enforced disappearance cases and alleged the presence of mistreatment and torture inside prisons in order to incite against the state, change the international stance against Egypt and convey a completely different picture of the internal situation in Egypt.”

Mahmoud called in his report for immediate and prompt investigations into the incidents mentioned in his complaint; in addition to issuing an arrest warrant , referring all the aforementioned human rights advocates to trial and probing the possibility they are receiving foreign funds from suspected bodies linked to the banned –Muslim Brotherhood international organization.









https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/02/01/apres-la-visite-de-macron-en-egypte-des-defenseurs-des-droits-humains-vises-par-une-plainte_5417851_3210.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3-VFYgQj5WNsm_sLLQwZkcyeJBpiVa_J8Q6_fue5OjBUl8abgIDHy7TEM#Echobox=1549038656 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2019/02/01/l-egypte-signifie-sa-resistance-a-macron-sur-les-droits-de-l-homme_1706846?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0ZRzkGd4eJbH4XqHNj5Fgwh1BkC3PzDg5NSuZ3GXP7F2TiNrhdwgs0AQI#Echobox=1549041776 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/cultures-monde/culturesmonde-du-jeudi-31-janvier-2019?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2OtGMm-g6JJPPncyvloreIaVpiaZu0HGrI2q3JM4e9QL7QPikkGHkuGM4#Echobox=1549033034 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20190129/4687015256/macron-se-reunio-con-representantes-sociedad-civil-antes-de-partir-de-egipto.html (ESPANOL)