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: