Daily Archives: 22/03/2019

Turkey: Turkey orders detention of 108 more lawyers

March 22, 2019

The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday ordered the detention of 108 lawyers along with 18 others as part of a post-coup crackdown targeting followers of the Gülen movement, Reuters reported.

The addresses of 12 of the suspects could not be determined or records showed they had left the country, the statement issued by the prosecutor’s office said, adding that operations spread over 37 provinces to detain the remaining 114 people were continuing.

Meanwhile, a Turkish lawyer Selçuk Kozağaçlı, former president of the now-closed Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) who has been behind bars since November 2017 on terrorism charges, was handed down a sentence of 11 years, three months on Wednesday.

The İstanbul 37th High Criminal Court rendered the sentence for conviction of membership in a terrorist organization. Seventeen other lawyers received sentences of varying length.

According to data compiled by independent monitoring site The Arrested Lawyers’ Initiative, 555 lawyers have been arrested since July 15, 2016 and 1,546 were under prosecution as of January 24, 2019. 216 lawyers have been sentenced to a total of 1,361 years in prison. Some of the arrested lawyers were reportedly subjected to torture and ill treatment. Fourteen of the detained or arrested lawyers are presidents or former presidents of provincial bar associations.

https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-orders-detention-of-108-more-lawyers/?fbclid=IwAR33bHSxdhrTTAkTmymNSW7CoB5SqwG7lUqNf5WA2YuYPd0kxsBAY_MRarM

https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/22/turkey-orders-detention-of-144-over-gulen-links

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/dozens-detained-in-feto-probe-in-judiciary-142092

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-arrests-dozens-of-feto-terror-suspects-in-nationwide-operations-3477160

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/03/22/turkey-orders-detention-of-108-lawyers-over-gulen-links/

https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-detains-144-lawyers-over-gulen-links-reuters?fbclid=IwAR1spZINsbTpKlywjSIh7q8VXA0PWznd3ameGfhbEGXULApXjMBaAd-ARs0

https://www.lrwc.org/turkey-release-108-lawyers-from-arbitrary-detention-letter/

http://www.nordbayern.de/region/nuernberg/protest-in-nurnberg-nach-festnahme-turkischer-anwalte-1.6771240?fbclid=IwAR3mB-Yh736M66YKuI28aUlfCE1IY5JYXCIvm9pQppzzpAtlRVlPqJsNug0 (DEUTSCH)

Turkey: 39 Bar Associations Denounce Verdict Against ÇHD Lawyers: ‘It is Not a Trial’

March 21, 2019

Denouncing the verdict given against lawyers from the Contemporary Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD), 39 bar associations have stated: “In these days when we are in a quest for justice, a verdict has been given against our colleagues with unlawful methods.”

Releasing a joint statement about the verdict given against 18 lawyers from the Contemporary Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) and People’s Law Bureau (HHB), Chair of 39 bar associations* have denounced the verdict and said, “The right to a fair trial and the law on criminal procedure and legislation procedures were violated by the court board multiple times.”

CLICK – 18 Lawyers Sentenced to Prison for 159 Years, 1 Month, 30 Days in Total

In the final hearing of the trial held on March 20, the court board sentenced the defendant lawyers to 159 years, 1 months and 30 days in prison in total without hearing their statements of defense.

Here are some of the highlights from the joint statement:

‘Judges signing warrants appointed to court board’

‘After days-long hearings, it was unanimously ruled that our colleagues shall be released; upon the objection of the Prosecutor’s Office, the same court board issued arrest warrants against some of our released colleagues no later than a day. Shortly after this verdict, the places of duty of some members of the court board have been changed.

“In place of the members whose places of duty were changed, the judges who signed the arrest warrants during investigation were appointed.

http://bianet.org/english/law/206678-39-bar-associations-denounce-verdict-against-chd-lawyers-it-is-not-a-trial?bia_source=mailchimp&fbclid=IwAR1AKIRe-uPpahr54Tvu-S2d0fi44fvWbnhdjpSbByzcQm7vDcu6Xw3hUaM

http://bianet.org/english/law/206651-what-is-tragic-is-not-sentences-but-the-state-that-the-trial-has-come

https://ipa.news/2019/03/21/18-lawyers-sentenced-to-over-159-years-in-jail/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/18-lawyers-sentenced-to-long-prison-terms/?fbclid=IwAR2Ecl6MYlN9KQQRRdJdD7Yhu9yJbYG9sPZgWqqv0-4C6i7oZgIXIFU9qFI

http://lesaf.org/une-parodie-de-justice-18-avocats-turcs-condamnes-a-longues-peines-de-prison-159-ans-1-mois-30-jours-au-total/?fbclid=IwAR0ok4RD3SarteL5vVVdeH119b9vxX-9OUPmSkP6LOiPKhs4zKkbUO7VBl8

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/14-lawyers-arrested-and-charged

https://www.lrwc.org/turkey-release-108-lawyers-from-arbitrary-detention-letter/

http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/206673-39-barodan-chd-davasi-kararina-tepki-bu-bir-yargilama-degildir (TURKCE)

https://www.sozcu.com.tr/2019/gundem/chd-ve-hhb-avukatlari-icin-verilen-karara-39-barodan-ortak-tepki-4008409/ (TURKCE)

https://t24.com.tr/haber/turkiye-barolar-birligi-nden-chd-ve-hhb-li-avukatlara-verilen-hapis-cezalarina-tepki-adil-yargilamaya-iliskin-guveni-derinden-sarsmistir,813347 (TURKCE)

http://ildubbio.news/ildubbio/2019/03/21/la-scure-di-erdogan-sugli-avvocati-turchi/ (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2019/03/21/paris-barosu-turkiyedeki-meslektaslarimiz-birakilmali/ (TURKCE)

https://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/chdli-avukatlara-verilen-savunmasiz-cezaya-39-barodan-ortak-tepki-sozun-bittigi-yerdeyiz.html (TURKCE)

http://yorumcahaber.com/haber_detay.asp?haberID=45006&fbclid=IwAR1k4R-ZzIuqx8zyM4MekjyPNhKk7Fm4LcrW8IbNMPNx1rqB6y5qUqSYh7c (TURKCE)

http://www.avocatparis.org/turquie-18-avocats-condamnes-jusqua-18-ans-de-prison-le-barreau-de-paris-appelle-leur-liberation (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lessor38.fr/le-cnb-solidaire-des-avocats-turcs-condamnes-24289.html?fbclid=IwAR1dBQ30dKpRnfknST8s57Qgp4Zul9GnxIlhdiAs7GwwAissXa4oBTw9dAI (FRANCAIS)

http://lesaf.org/une-parodie-de-justice-18-avocats-turcs-condamnes-a-longues-peines-de-prison-159-ans-1-mois-30-jours-au-total/?fbclid=IwAR1Ss1nN39eDNi5OQTNfuR_hAVOO-9lYFAuPTa9FpKIH1b1TVMkdx8rxwdc (FRANCAIS)

https://web.icam.es/actualidad/noticia/5741/Comunicado_relativo_a_la_condena_a_38_a%C3%B1os_de_prisi%C3%B3n_y_148_latigazos_a_la_defensora_de_los_Derechos_Humanos_y_de_las_mujeres_Nasrin_Sotoudeh?fbclid=IwAR3YMHOvHaeiY9L8dfpt6SUg_KLVF9YT8itiSJkm0FhPTBuLxrOUgSDVJSM (ESPANOL)

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USA/Ecuador/Canada: Prominent Lawyers Rally to Support Steven Donziger’s Demand that He Be Allowed to Present Evidence of Chevron Fraud

March 11, 2019

HARVARD PROFESSOR NESSON SAYS EVIDENCE PROVES OIL GIANT “MANUFACTURED A LIE” TO TRY TO STRIP DONZIGER’S LAW LICENSE TO RETALIATE FOR WINNING POLLUTION CASE

Ecuador Oil

Professor Charles Nesson is engaging in an united effort for justice against Chevron Corporation’s vital impact on the indigenous peoples and environmental health of the Ecuadorian Amazon. He now extends an opportunity for student pro-bono work in support of the case and indigenous human rights attorney and HLS alumnus, Steven Donziger ‘95.

If interested, please write to a2eon@law.harvard.edu.

Time commitment: 3 – 5 hours / week for the next 6 months

Topics and/or relevant background: Disciplinary procedure and proceedings, Human rights, Indigenous rights, Environmental law
Read more at MakeChevronCleanUp

https://cyber.harvard.edu/story/2019-03/prominent-lawyers-rally-support-steven-donzigers-demand-he-be-allowed-present

http://thechevronpit.blogspot.com/2019/03/questions-raised-about-ny-bar-grievance.html

http://thechevronpit.blogspot.com/2019/02/chevron-named-corporate-bully-of-year_27.html

https://www.makechevroncleanup.com/press-releases/2019/3/12/prominent-lawyers-rally-to-support-steven-donzigers-demand-that-he-be-allowed-to-present-evidence-of-chevron-fraud

https://www.law360.com/energy/articles/1141487/donziger-still-defying-court-in-9-5b-ecuador-fight-chevron

https://www.law360.com/internationalarbitration/articles/1141967/chevron-attacks-can-t-stand-in-9-5b-dispute-donziger-says

http://stevendonziger.com/

http://www.ecuadorinmediato.com/index.php?module=Noticias&func=news_user_view&id=2818851972 (ESPANOL)

https://www.juiciocrudo.com/casorico.php/articulo/a-5-anos-de-la-sentencia-rico-cortes-internacionales-confirman-fraude-contra-chevron/11267 (ESPANOL)

https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-cuando-agua-deja-ser-fuente-vida-20190322081531.html (ESPANOL)

Venezuela: Venezuela Crisis Escalates as Guaidó’s Chief of Staff Is Arrested

March 21, 2019

The political crisis escalated significantly on Thursday when the chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, a lawyer and confidant of Mr. Guaidó, was taken from his apartment in southern Caracas around dawn to an unknown destination by armed intelligence officers, said Sergio Vergara, an opposition lawmaker who is a friend and neighbor of Mr. Marrero’s.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/21/juan-guaido-claims-venezuela-intelligence-agents-arrested-chief-of-staff-roberto-marrero

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/roberto-marrero-venezuela-juan-guaido-key-aide-detained-today-2019-03-21/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/22/venezuela-juan-guaido-roberto-marrero-arrest-accused-terrorist-cell

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-peru-idUSKCN1R501H?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c96ded44b73850001c74b02&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0ZQV6MIHuKiMWJ7aBRf83UsB3XLBX-Nk4MyAIxQoq1EWBLuGYbbz0t-4M

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47666799

https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/world/venezuela-crisis-guaido-aide-faces-terrorism-charges/

https://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/news/guaido-reported-that-marrero-was-taken-to-court-on-monday/

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

https://www.infobae.com/america/venezuela/2019/03/21/el-regimen-de-nicolas-maduro-detuvo-al-abogado-roberto-marrero-jefe-del-despacho-de-juan-guaido/ (ESPANOL)

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/03/21/actualidad/1553163428_311380.html (ESPANOL)

https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2019/03/21/las-reacciones-de-la-comunidad-internacional-a-la-detencion-de-roberto-marrero-director-de-despacho-de-guaido/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.lafm.com.co/internacional/union-europea-exige-liberacion-inmediata-de-diputado-venezolano-roberto-marrero (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/informo-que-roberto-marrero-esta-siendo-trasladado-tribunales_275967 (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/abogado-marrero-quedara-detenido-fin-semana_275973 (ESPANOL)

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/03/08/america/1552057858_517896.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/03/21/venezuela-le-chef-de-cabinet-de-juan-guaido-arrete-par-les-services-de-renseignement_5439443_3210.html  (FRANCAIS)

https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2019/03/21/venezuela-le-chef-de-cabinet-de-juan-guaido-arrete_1716557 (FRANCAIS)

Iran/France: France urges Iran to free human rights lawyer

March 21, 2019

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov Prize in 2012

France on Thursday called for Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to be released and warned Tehran that its adherence to a nuclear accord does not give it a blank cheque on human rights.

“We will do all we can to secure the release of Mrs Sotoudeh”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the upper chamber Senate.

“She was condemned under astonishing conditions,” for “defending the rights of women, in particular those who contest the obligation to wear the Islamic veil,” he added.

Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan told AFP on Sunday that his wife had been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison over a case with seven charges, but she is to only serve the longest sentence, 12 years imposed on Sunday for “encouraging corruption and debauchery”.

She has also been convicted of espionage.

Sotoudeh has also been sentenced to a total of 148 lashes for appearing in court without the hijab Islamic head covering and for another offence.

According to Khandan, Sotoudeh has refrained from choosing a lawyer as attorneys on her previous cases have faced prosecution for representing her.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190321-france-urges-iran-free-human-rights-lawyer

https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/21/france-says-nuclear-deal-no-blank-cheque-for-rights-abuses-in-iran

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1470556/middle-east

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/iran-and-the-jailing-of-nasrin-sotoudeh-1.3832875

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/nasrin-sotoudeh-arrested?fbclid=IwAR1kUpWztKLYWvOZYCZfK-XWH_jZsFQ7UIvLEo_rT-oh6UAlblx4I7Hjxlo

https://almezmaah.com/english/2019/03/21/severe-punishment-against-nasrin-sotoudeh-for-defending-opponents-of-the-iranian-regime/

http://www.barhumanrights.org.uk/uk-barristers-urge-secretary-of-state-jeremy-hunt-to-call-on-iran-to-immediately-release-human-rights-lawyer/

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/en/news/

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-attacks-u-n-human-rights-rapporteur-says-it-is-largest-democracy-in-the-world-/29839337.html

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

http://www.leparisien.fr/international/la-france-demande-la-liberation-de-l-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-21-03-2019-8037282.php#xtor=AD-1481423553 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lesinrocks.com/2019/03/13/actualite/qui-est-nasrin-sotoudeh-la-militante-des-droits-humains-emprisonnee-en-iran-111173219/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/fr/nasrin-sotoudeh-elue-membre-dhonneur-du-barreau-de-paris-par-un-vote-a-lunanimite/ (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.abogacia.es/2019/03/21/la-fundacion-de-la-abogacia-espanola-muestra-su-apoyo-a-la-abogada-irani-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR3gvc5s-MqRwEHrpeCE4gcrqOP1A1bjytUzFev9Z5VUvkaaC7O42rRuW58 (ESPANOL)

#FreeNasrin

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