Daily Archives: 15/03/2019

Iran: European Parliament Urges Iran To Release Sotoudeh, Other Jailed Rights Defenders

March 14, 2019

Nasrin Sotoudeh was the co-winner of the European Parliament's 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

The European Parliament has urged Iran to stop criminalizing the work of women’s rights activists and reiterated its call on the country’s authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

In a resolution adopted on March 14, the lawmakers urged Iran to release “all human rights defenders, prisoners of conscience, and journalists detained and sentenced merely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”

It also called on the authorities to “stop the surveillance, arrest, harassment, and prosecution of journalists, online activists and their families, and to put an end to online censorship.”

Sotoudeh, the co-winner of the European Parliament’s 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, last year represented several of the women detained for removing their head scarves in public to protest against the country’s Islamic dress code.

She has reportedly been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes after what Amnesty International called two “grossly unfair” trials.

The activist was arrested in June and ordered to serve a five-year sentence imposed on her in absentia in 2016.

And in February, the Iranian authorities allowed Sotoudeh to read the verdict in her most recent court case, which showed that she had been convicted of seven charges and sentenced to an additional 33 years in prison and 148 lashes, London-based Amnesty International said on March 14.










https://www.france24.com/fr/20190314-oeilmedias-iran-droits-homme-femme-nasrine-sotoudeh-brexit-theresa-may (FRANCAIS)

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/societe/prisons/iran-le-barreau-de-paris-soutient-l-avocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-et-ne-la-laissera-pas-tomber_3231549.html?fbclid=IwAR3t_G_gndq6mE0xIzOS60kA_00RsAoc7KDqqBo8KNLuIP5IMyiRqv6B0ms (FRANCAIS)

https://www.nouvelobs.com/monde/20190314.OBS1799/qui-est-nasrin-sotoudeh-la-militante-des-droits-humains-emprisonnee-en-iran.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.marianne.net/monde/l-iran-geolier-de-nasrin-sotoudeh-et-membre-de-la-commission-pour-la-condition-des-femmes-de-l (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/actions-mobilisation/agir-pour-nasrin-sotoudeh?utm_medium=reseaux-sociaux&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2c2yp43aK8S2ZrzJ64A_Ea7U1oKanTnIKFobd_1Meqo6mKKBsfRFrlH5E (FRANCAIS)

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/carol-mann/blog/160319/pourquoi-il-est-urgent-de-sauver-nasrin-sotoudeh?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Sharing&xtor=CS3-66&fbclid=IwAR3-i7hXs3VawSqPa_FTS-1uT4YfYzGBRWklDtJUi7YQODwaX3rmT71EJg8 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.franceculture.fr/societe/nasrin-sotoudeh-une-vie-de-combats?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0HGK59Cyw4zyRLqhoQNCPjoT0S469q5Vm0tpbQkuUJorxKwHs3lOuXBow#Echobox=1552815799 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-47564364?SThisFB&fbclid=IwAR3hv1EEIS5Pk1fwBP4vq9U6LVKZgSBVuPx2RfmX3wTQVie9XvdrtRzrfaU (ESPANOL)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/actua/acciones/iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-mar19/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=Web_petition-Human+Rights+Defenders-nasrin-Iran-20190315-2190830421-FBPAGE&utm_campaign=Web_petition-Human+Rights+Defenders-nasrin-Women%27s+Rights (ESPANOL)

https://it.aleteia.org/2019/03/14/nasrin-sotoudeh-iran-condanna-carcere-frustate-diritti-donne/ (ITALIANO)

http://italians.corriere.it/2019/03/15/lettera-1513/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/plus190328525/Iran-Mann-von-Nasrin-Sotoudeh-beklagt-schlechte-Versorgung-in-Haft.html (DEUTSCH)

https://expresso.pt/dossies/diario/2019-03-12-Nasrin-nao-merece-estar-na-cadeia-nem-um-segundo-que-seja.-E-no-entanto-foi-condenada-a-38-anos-de-prisao-e-148-chicotadas-1?fbclid=IwAR3mYhGnAW72jmehjp3c5B9sCQSqPYqkcBY7VUG9_azvRKXsZ3CvTYDrKB0#gs.1c4as6 (PORTUGUES)

https://secure.amnesty.nl/urgentaction/nasrin-sotoudeh (NEDERLAND)

https://www.change.org/p/%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%80-%D0%B2%D1%8B%D0%BD%D0%B5%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B9-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%81%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BD-%D1%81%D0%BE%D1%82%D1%83%D0%B4%D0%B5?recruiter=1716644&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial.pacific_post_sap_share_gmail_abi.gmail_abi&utm_term=signature_receipt&recruited_by_id=b40dff50-10a5-0130-5b4e-404067ca6a7a (RUSSIAN)

La pétition lancée par le CNB et l’appel des organisations internationales qui demandent la libération de #NasrinSotoudeh en boucle sur FRANCE 24 FRANCE 24 >> https://youtu.be/NaSms9uDdAU?t=217


(CNB Conseil National des Barreaux Facebook, 15/03/19)


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Turkey: NGOs unite to defend civil society from destruction

February 27, 2019


Leading NGOs in Turkey have come together to call for the dropping of absurd allegations levelled against Osman Kavala and 15 other prominent figures and demand an end to the escalating crackdown and criminalization of civil society.

The open letter, signed by the organisations including Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders and eight other NGOs, calls for an end to the orchestrated campaign of intimidation and judicial harassment of civil society activists in Turkey.


We stand united against efforts to destroy civil society

In response to the absurd allegations levelled against Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu, who are both imprisoned pending trial, as well as 14 other civil society figures, all of whom are accused of “attempting to overthrow the government”, we, the undersigned human rights organizations, call for the escalating crackdown on and criminalization of civil society to end.

For the last five days, alleged details of an indictment against these 16 civil society actors have been leaked through the mainstream media in Turkey in a coordinated campaign of misinformation. According to purported leaks from the indictment, which has yet to be seen by lawyers representing the accused, the allegations focus on the 2013 Gezi Park protests, an overwhelmingly peaceful protest movement that was suppressed by the government amidst widespread police violence.











UN Committee against Torture blasts Turkey over wide-spread torture, and institutional negligence on investigating torture incidents



An Awareness Raising Campaign by the Arrested Lawyers Initiative





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India: Lawyer shot dead inside court campus in UP

March 1, 2019

Citing eyewitnesses, police said that Jagnarayan Yadav (63) was working in his chamber when the incident took place.

An advocate on Thursday was shot dead inside a court campus in neighbouring Basti district, police said.

Citing eyewitnesses, police said that Jagnarayan Yadav (63) was working in his chamber when the incident took place.

At around 3.30 pm, two youths came to him and after talking to him for some time, took out a pistol and fired at him. The other advocates and people present there tried to chase the culprit, but they managed to escape.

The police reached the spot and rushed Yadav to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

“The body has been sent for autopsy. The reason behind the murder is not clear at this stage. The deceased was a native of Kaptanganj village,” Additional Superintendent of Police, Basti, Pankaj Kumar said.





Pakistan: Lawyer killed as car ambushed in Kohat

March 2, 2019


A lawyer was shot dead by unidentified armed men near Parachagan Banda on the Hangu Road here on Friday.

The police said that the moving car of Asif Hussain Advocate was ambushed when he was driving from his house in Khadizai area to the Kohat city district courts. He died on the spot.

Nobody saw the assailants whether they were in a car or on foot as they managed to escape from the scene.

The police shifted the body to the KDA teaching hospital where it was handed over to relatives after autopsy.

The police registered FIR against unknown persons on the complaint of his brother, Mohammad Ikhlaq.

The district police officer visited the crime scene with senior officials and ordered constitution of a joint investigation team to trace the killers.

He then met with the members of the Kohat Bar Association and assured them that no stone would be left unturned in locating the murderers.




UK: Asian sex gang supporters threaten to rape female lawyers

March 2, 2019

SUPPORTERS of a depraved Asian sex gang targeted two female prosecutors outside a court room, hurling abuse and telling them: “Hope you get raped.”


The aggressive and threatening behaviour came at the end of a sixweek trial at Bradford Crown Court which saw nine paedophiles being jailed for a total of 132 years earlier this week. Prosecution barrister Kama Melly QC and junior counsel Sharon Beattie were heckled and verbally abused inside the court building late on Tuesday afternoon after the defendants had been found guilty. Miss Melly said around 10 people had hung around the public concourse area.

The lawyers were the last to leave the courtroom when they spotted the group waiting at the top of a stairwell.

Miss Melly said the mob, including men and women, began a slow hand clap, calling them “corrupt”, “tramps” and telling them: “Hope you get raped”.

They immediately returned to the court offices and informed officials of the abuse.

Police were called and the angry mob had their names taken and were barred from attending Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.


Argentina/Iran/Israel: Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing, 25 Years (and No Convictions) Later

March 6, 2019

At 9:53 a.m. on July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a suicide bomber in a Renault van detonated more than 600 pounds of explosives near the entrance to AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in English), a five-story center that has, for generations, provided and sponsored a variety of crucial services for the largest Jewish community in Latin America. 

The terrorist killed himself and 85 people who were in or near the Jewish center and injured hundreds. In the nearly 25 years since, there have been trials, accusations, public demonstrations, private lawsuits, volumes of testimony, videotaped bribery, at least one suspicious death and countless articles about Argentine malfeasance and the suspected involvement of Iranian, Hezbollah and Hamas officials. To date, no one has been convicted. 

“Justice” and “impunity” were key words in a symposium about the incident, held on Feb. 21 at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. The event, “25 Years After Argentina’s AMIA Bombing: Justice vs. Impunity,” featured American and Argentine speakers, mostly attorneys, many of whom have been personally involved in unsuccessful attempts to fully learn the facts and hold the perpetrators and their allies responsible, whether in Iran, Lebanon, Syria or Argentina. 

The first half of the symposium took place in a large classroom. Around 50 people attended. Each presentation was followed by critiques from experts and questions from the audience. One of the presenters was Gastón Chillier, an Argentine attorney and human rights activist, who spoke from Buenos Aires via Skype. He summed up the current state of the investigation, saying, “As of this day, Argentines do not know what happened.” 












https://www.elciudadanoweb.com/el-periodista-pablo-duggan-presenta-su-libro-quien-mato-a-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/politica/la-corte-dejo-firme-prision-cristina-kirchner-nid2226329 (ESPANOL)

https://www.clarin.com/politica/amia-confirmaron-esteche-seguira-preso-juicio-oral_0_4-g7qicVV.html (ESPANOL)

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

https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/juedische-welt/freispruch/ (DEUTSCH)

https://internacional.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,perito-do-caso-nisman-e-encontrado-morto-em-buenos-aires,70002759728?utm_source=estadao%3Afacebook&utm_medium=link&fbclid=IwAR00MDHPk6EBSOBrT21Vy6nenOg2KjLVoObAkbU2UeK50mn6q2tyHtPQElk (PORTUGUES)

Ukraine: Persecuted for Defending the Persecuted in Ukraine: Interview with Vyshinsky Defense Attorney Andriy Domansky

March 6, 2019

The Vyshinsky case is key in demonstrating the presence of political persecution of journalists in Ukraine. As a legal expert, I believe justice is still possible in Ukraine and I will do everything possible to prove Kirill Vyshinsky’s innocence. — Vyshinsky defense attorney Andriy Domansky

Andriy Domansky | Kirill Vyshinsky

Andriy Domansky is the defense lawyer for jailed Ukrainian-Russian journalist and bureau chief of  RIA-Novosti Ukraine, Kirill Vyshinsky. Vyshinsky has been imprisoned without trial by Ukrainian authorities since May 2018, accused of “high treason” and conducting an “information war” against Ukraine.

Last week, MintPress News published my interview with Vyshinsky, detailing the nature of his detention, the lack of a trial in spite of nearly 10 months of imprisonment, the absurdities of the accusations levied against him, and his lack of adequate medical care while imprisoned.

Domansky is not only Vyshinsky’s lawyer, he is also a journalist. He hosts a weekly radio show on the rights of journalists and, owing to his defense of journalists’ rights, he is sought out by an increasing number of persecuted journalists in Ukraine.

In mid-February, I traveled to Kiev to meet and interview Domansky about the political nature of the Vyshinsky case and about the persecution of journalists in general in Ukraine. The interview was conducted via an interpreter in Ukrainian.

During our conversation on February 19, Domansky received a phone call from the secretary of the court in Kherson, where Vyshinsky is imprisoned, informing him that at the then-upcoming pleading on February 21, the pair would be limited in the amount of time they were allotted to review case files. According to Domansky, the case files amount to 31 volumes, each between 250 to 400 pages (front and back), as well as approximately 80 hours of video footage.

Mr. Domansky told me:



Israel/Palestine: Following Protests, Police Release Wife of Palestinian Lawyer Under Investigation

March 6, 2019

Palestinian and Israeli lawyers say Amal Barghout’s detention was entirely designed to exert pressure on her husband, who was arrested last week alongside senior figure in a militant group

FILE Photo: Ofer prison.

The Ofer military court in the West Bank released on Wednesday Amal Barghout, the wife of an attorney who was arrested in Ramallah last week alongside a senior figure in a Fatah-linked militant group. Tarek Barghout has been undergoing questioning by the the Shin Bet for the past week.

Amal Barghout was arrested early on Tuesday morning. About 30 Palestinian and Israeli lawyers immediately filed motions calling for her unconditional release, arguing that there were no suspicions against her and that her detention was designed entirely to exert pressure on her husband.

Tarek Barghout was arrested alongside Zekariya Zubeidi, a senior figure in the Palestinian Prisoners’ Ministry, formerly of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Both are suspected of recent involvement in terrorist activity, according to the Israeli military spokesperson’s office and the Shin Bet.


Morocco/France: Maroc: Al Bouchtaoui, l’avocat du Rif obtient l’asile politique en France

le 6 mars, 2019

Les autorités françaises ont accordé l’asile politique à l’avocat et militant et actividte rifain Abdesadeq Al Bouchtaoui, condamné au Maroc à deux ans de prison pour avoir participé à la révolte sociale dans la région du Rif au nord du Maroc en 2017.

Al Bouchtaoui a déclaré aujourd’hui à Efe qu’il a reçu « avec joie et satisfaction » la décision du gouvernement français de lui accorder l’asile politique en France le 13 février, ainsi qu’à son épouse et à leurs trois enfants.

« Ma famille a subi à mes côtés les mêmes pressions et le même harcèlement qui ont même conduit à des menaces de mort pour avoir défendu les droits de l’homme au Maroc « , a-t-il dit.

En outre, il a ajouté que les autorités françaises ont décidé de lui accorder, ainsi qu’à sa famille, un permis de séjour de dix ans et qu’il poursuivrait son action en faveur des droits de l’homme dans la région du Rif et dans le reste du pays.

Le 8 février, le tribunal de première instance d’Al Hoceima, dans le nord du Maroc, a condamné Al Bouchtaoui à 20 mois de prison pour, entre autres,  » humiliation de fonctionnaires et d’agents de sécurité  » et pour  » organisation d’une manifestation non autorisée « .

La peine a même été portée à deux ans en avril, mais entre-temps, l’avocat s’était enfui avec sa famille en Europe, profitant du fait que la peine de première instance était encore provisoire.

L’avocat est le visage le plus médiatique de la défense de centaines de militants rifains arrêtés et jugés devant les tribunaux marocains pour leur participation aux manifestations qui ont éclaté dans la région du Rif fin 2016 et ont duré plusieurs mois.Rabat, 6 mars (EF





https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/61689/hirak-lawyer-abdessadek-bouchtaoui-sentenced.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/-het-lukt-marokko-niet-meer-de-waarheid-te-verbergen-~bc0a46a7/ (NEDERLANDS)

The Philippines: International lawyers’ groups to probe attacks on Filipino counterparts

March 15, 2019

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Alarmed with the attacks on lawyers, judges and prosecutors in the Philippines, nine foreign lawyers from six different countries have come to the country to conduct their own investigation.

The fact-finding mission is composed of lawyers from Belgium, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and United States.

Suzanne Adely of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) of the U.S, and International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) said the delegation is hoping to collect information and answers from government institutions about the alarming rate of extrajudicial killings of lawyers and judges.

According to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), 38 lawyers have been killed under the Duterte administration. On March 14, another lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, was gunned down in Tagum City.

Adely said their mission will focus on the extrajudicial killings of lawyers. “We cannot expect to be able to fight for justice if we cannot protect the peoples’ lawyers,” Adely told Bulatlat in an interview.

A trade unionist based in New York, Adely said she has been active in solidarity work with Filipinos in the U.S. and has learned about the political situation in the Philippines from her Filipino friends. “I always knew that I would come at some point,” she said.

Also joining the delegation is Johannes Karel Geesbaak, director of the Foundation for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, who joined similar missions in the country during the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration.

“The situation has not changed since the last time,” Geesbaak said during the colloquium held at the IBP building, March 15.

International fact-finding missions investigating the attacks on Filipino lawyers were conducted in 2006  and in 2008.  The 2008 mission noted little or no progress has been made in the cases investigated in 2006.



















15 March 2019

Legal Forum highlights crucial role of lawyers;
Int’l delegation of lawyers looks into attacks on peers & brethren

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE’S misconception of the role of lawyers in society has largely contributed to the continuing attacks and threats on the legal profession. This was highlighted during the Colloquium on the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers: Focus on the Philippines held yesterday March 14 at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

Over the past three years of Duterte’s administration, at least 37 lawyers, judges, and prosecutors – or more than one per month- have been killed since President Duterte assumed power on 1 July 2016. At least 26 incidents of other forms of attacks and threats have been recorded.

“I hope that we can educate the population on the indispensable role of lawyers in society,” said IBP National President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo. He added that: “I also hope that we can send the message across that we should not be attacked on the basis that we handle cases for a client.”

Day of the Endangered Lawyer Foundation Director Hans Gaasbeek of the Netherlands aired the same sentiment. Gaasbeek emphasized the need for governments to educate not only the people but also the police on the role of lawyers.

Meanwhile, the president of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) believes that the government is doing its best to address the killing of judges. Judge Felix Reyes Jr. discussed how the Supreme Court deals with the killings and attacks on the members of the Judiciary. He said that the Supreme Court had issued an administrative order detailing the actions a judge may take to secure his life. The PJA has recorded at least 29 judges killed from 1999 to 2018.

The Colloquium, sponsored mainly by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), Union of International Advocates (UIA) and Day of Endangered Lawyers Foundation (DELF), is part of the International Delegation of Lawyers to the Philippines. The
National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and the IBP were requested to host the 9-member Delegation of lawyers from Belgium, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands and the US.

The International Delegation of Lawyers to the Philippines is organized by the IADL, UIA, DELF and supported by the Confederation of Lawyers in Asia and the Pacific (COLAP), National Lawyers Guild (NLG) of the US, Progress Lawyers Network (PLN) of Belgium, Italian Democratic Lawyers, Japanese Lawyers for International Solidarity and Action (JALISA), and MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democratic Society of Korea.

The Dutch Lawyers for Lawyers, European Lawyers for World Human Rights and Democracy (ELDH), European Democratic Lawyers (AED), Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers of UK,
Hellenic Union of Progressive Lawyers (HUPL) of Greece, Italian National Bar Association, the Dutch League of Human Rights and the International Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL) also endorse the activity.

The Delegation wishes to know the reasons and causes of various forms of attacks against Filipino lawyers, share opinions on recommendations to abate further attacks, and remind the auuthorities of its obligation to ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference.

They will be holding a series of meetings in Metro Manila and Iloilo and will publicly share their initial insights and views on Monday, March 18. #

Contact: M. Pinlac – Ad Hoc Delegation Secretariat
09159074183 2019lawyersdelegation@gmail.com

(Facebook, 15/03/19)

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