Daily Archives: 02/02/2019

Pakistan/France: Asia Bibi’s lawyer seeking European passport

February 1, 2019

Asia Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook (C) has been targeted by death threats in Pakistan since the acquittal of his Christian client on charges of blasphemy

The Pakistani lawyer who secured the acquittal of a Christian woman facing the death sentence for blasphemy is himself seeking protection from European governments, his French lawyer told AFP on Friday.

Saif-ul-Mulook has been targeted by death threats since his the spectacular acquittal of his client Asia Bibi, a labourer from central Punjab province on death row since 2010.

“He is hoping that people will take into account his heroic actions in defending Ms Bibi, given the current circumstances in Pakistan, which led him to exchange his freedom for hers,” Mulook’s lawyer Francois Zimeray told AFP.

“He does not want to seek asylum, but rather to ask for European nationality,” Zimeray said.

Mulook fled to the Netherlands last November after violent protests erupted over the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Bibi’s death sentence from 2010.

He returned to Islamabad on January 26 to defend Bibi as she faced another appeal of the supreme court’s decision, which was rejected on Tuesday.

Bibi, who has been detained in protective custody, is expected to leave Pakistan as well to seek asylum in a North American or European country, and unconfirmed reports have said her children are already in Canada.

The country’s foreign ministry confirmed Thursday that Bibi was free to leave the country after her years-long legal ordeal, which drew worldwide attention to religious extremism in Pakistan.

Even unproven accusations of blasphemy in Pakistan have caused lynchings and murders.

Religious groups have said “they would kill her despite the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Mulook said after the court’s decision Tuesday. “Therefore, I think she should leave the country.”

https://www.france24.com/en/20190201-asia-bibis-lawyer-seeking-european-passport

http://newsweekpakistan.com/aasia-bibis-lawyer-seeks-european-passport/

https://www.dw.com/en/conflicting-reports-about-asia-bibis-whereabouts/a-47324563

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/02/02/aasia-reportedly-moves-to-canada-protests-hit-pakistan/

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/headline/asia-bibi-reunites-with-family-in-canada-after-flying-out-of-pakistan/

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

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2019/02/01/97001-20190201FILWWW00308-le-defenseur-d-asia-bibi-demande-la-protection-de-l-europe.php (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affaire_Asia_Bibi (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ijmuidercourant.nl/cnt/dmf20190201_57160837/advocaat-asia-bibi-wil-europees-paspoort?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic (NEDERLANDS)

Turkey: Day of the Endangered Lawyer January 24, 2019 – Photos

February 2, 2019

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The Hague Supreme Court

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Athens

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Brussels, Turkish Embassy

https://www.istanbulbarosu.org.tr/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14146

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=7454339a-87a8-4749-b51e-85a2f2ad8724

DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER MARKED: ‘If Lawyers Lose Their Voice, Citizens Lose Their Breath’

https://horizonweekly.ca/en/law-society-of-ontario-marks-the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-highlights-deteriorating-situation-in-turkey/

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

#EndangeredLawyers

#24OcakTehlikedekiAvukatlarGünü

#24thJanuaryEndangeredLawyersDay

#İstanbulBarosu

China: Disappearing textbook highlights debate in China over academic freedom

February 1, 2019

A constitutional law textbook written by one China’s best-known reform-minded legal scholars has been pulled from book shops, apparently the latest text to run afoul of a government campaign against “Western influence”.

The author, Zhang Qianfan, a professor at Peking University known for his advocacy of constitutionalism and judicial reform, dismissed any suggestion his writing excessively promoted Western ideas as “utter nonsense”, and said the academic world should not be politicized.

Since taking office in 2012, President Xi Jinping has tightened the Communist Party’s control over society including the legal system and education.

While authorities have not confirmed they ordered the book withdrawn, and no reason for its disappearance has been given, it comes after the government launched a sweeping review of teaching materials.

The Ministry of Education in early January launched a nationwide check on the content of all university constitutional law textbooks, according to posts on the Jiangxi and Zhejiang province Education Ministry websites.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-law/disappearing-textbook-highlights-debate-in-china-over-academic-freedom-idUSKCN1PQ45T

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2184713/law-textbook-pulled-shelves-china-amid-campaign-against-western

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-scholars-fear-curbs-on-freedom

https://www.icj.org/hrc40china/

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

Sudan: Lawyer Salahdeen Adam Alnour arrested

February 1, 2019

The National Intelligence and Secretary Service (NISS) has arrested Salahdeen Adam Alnour a lawyer in Nyala, South Darfur State. The arrest came after a sit-in organized by lawyers in Nyala on January 9 in response to the ongoing protests and state repression in Sudan.  Since that time the NISS was looking for him until they arrested him on January 28.

(Facebook, 01/02//19)

Lawyer Wagdi Salih, in detention since December 2018

The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Taha Osman Ishaq, a Sudanese  lawyer in Khartoum, after his participation in sit-in organized by Alliance of Democratic Lawyers( independent lawyers group) before the Supreme Court to hand over a memorandum to the Justice in Chief regarding the grave violations against demonstrators, arbitrary arrest, torture and extrajudicial killings , on Tuesday, February 5 .

(Abdelrahman Gasim , External Relations Secretary, Darfur Bar Association)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/01/sudans-game-catch-and-release

https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/sudan-s-game-catch-and-release

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/middleeast/2019/02/02/thousand-protest-in-sudans-kassala-as-death-toll-mounts.html

https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/presidents/omar-al-bashir-net-worth/?amp=1

https://allafrica.com/stories/201902140338.html

https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/05/sudanese-security-forces-use-tear-gas-to-disperse-protesters

https://www.journaldutchad.com/soudan-un-militant-dun-parti-au-gouvernement-mort-en-detention-famille/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.actualite-news.com/fr/international/afrique/8561-soudan-nouvelles-manifestations-a-khartoum-et-omdurman (FRANCAIS)

#SudanUprising