Daily Archives: 30/03/2019

Iran/Tunisia/France: Soutien des avocats à Nasrin Sotoudeh

le 30 mars, 2019

Resolution in favour of Maître Nasrin SOTOUDEH.
La Fédération des barreaux d’Europe (FBE) et l’Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie lors de leur réunion des Assises de la Méditerranée, qui s’est tenue à Hammamet les 29 et 30 mars 2019,
Ont adopté à l’unanimité la résolution suivante
La Fédération des barreaux d’Europe et l’Ordre national des avocats de Tunis veulent:
Expriment leur solidarité maximale avec l’avocate Nasrín Sotoudeh, lauréate du prix Sakharov pour la liberté de conscience du Parlement européen en 2012, qui a assumé la défense de personnalités notoires telles que le prix Nobel de la paix 2013 Shirín Ebadí ou des opposants arrêtés lors de les manifestations du mouvement vert de 2009.
Rendent hommage au travail des personnes ou des institutions qui se sont distinguées pour leurs mérites ou leurs services en faveur de l’état de droit et de la protection des droits de l’homme.
Expriment leur profonde préoccupation devant la situation des défenseurs des droits de l’homme et des avocats en Iran, fréquemment soumis à une détention arbitraire et à d’autres formes de harcèlement, ainsi qu’à l’exclusion sociale croissante du barreau iranien, au détriment de l’assistance juridique pour un procès équitable.
Exhortent tous les États à se conformer aux Principes de base sur le rôle des avocats, adoptés lors du huitième Congrès des Nations Unies pour la prévention du crime et le traitement des délinquants, tenus à La Havane (Cuba) en août / septembre 1990, demandant protection de tous les avocats, leur permettant de poursuivre leurs activités légitimes et pacifiques en faveur des droits de l’homme sans crainte d’intimidation, de harcèlement, de représailles et de perte de leur propre vie.
Expriment leur ferme volonté de soutenir toutes les initiatives promues dans tous les pays du monde pour la protection et la sauvegarde de l’exercice du droit de la défense par les avocats d’un État de droit, de la garantie des droits et de la liberté de la personne citoyens.


https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/480677640/leaders-of-muslim-countries-urged-to-denounce-persecution-of-women-s-rights-defenders

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/middle-east/511243

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/nasrin-sotoudeh-iran-republic-day-human-rights-revolution-a8848801.html

Nasrin letter (commTLS 26032019) (003)

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

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-sotoodeh-human-rights/4855657.html?nocache=1&fbclid=IwAR0hlzPUDRzwZx-oBQf8t8_UYHmGJBYYqhHvGJEjfQXx2gZg8zAskiGbt8o (FARSI)

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

https://play.cadenaser.com/audio/001RD010000005483233/ (ESPANOL)

https://okdiario.com/internacional/iran-no-legal-defender-derechos-humanos-historia-abogada-nasrin-sotoudeh-3916338 (ESPANOL)

https://ilclandestinogiornale.italiasera.it/primo-piano/84083/la-camera-penale-di-velletri-si-schiera-per-la-liberazione-di-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (ITALIANO)

https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/19_marzo_28/nasrin-sotoudeh-avvocati-roma-difesa-collega-iraniana-carcere-86a7aa78-516d-11e9-a893-b193ce6f4a88.shtml?fbclid=IwAR0-DVcGA1_0yGZXI7VnQodRgDzEL9wjBrCs55zrX9GQX2kvKK8fFOfqgYo (ITALIANO)

https://www.kulturradio.de/programm/schema/sendungen/zeitpunkte/archiv/20190331_1704/2.html (DEUTSCH)

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CNB Conseil National des Barreaux, (French Bar Association) le 28 mars, 2019 #FreeNasrin
Le CNB déploie une bâche sur toute la façade de l’immeuble pour demander la libération de l’avocate iranienne #NasrinSotoudeh, défenseure des droits de l’homme condamnée à 33 ans de prison et 148 coups de fouet.

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Saudi Arabia: Nomination of Waleed Abu al-Khair for the 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award | Joint Letter

March 29, 2019

Waleed Abu al-Khair, unlawfully imprisoned for his work as a human  rights lawyer since 15 April 2014, has been nominated for the 2019
American Bar Association Human Rights Award jointly by LRWC, Lawyers for  Lawyers, Union Internationale des Avocats and the Law Society of England  and Wales.

JOINT NOMINATION LETTER

In accordance with the request of the American Bar Association (ABA) for nominees for the 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award, the following organizations —Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW) and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) —recommend and nominate human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair of Saudi Arabia for the 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award.

Waleed Abu al-Khair is one of the best-known advocates for democratic and human rights reform in Saudi Arabia.  He has used the written and spoken word coupled with his legal knowledge to fearlessly advocate for reforms to improve the lives of all in Saudi Arabia by calling on the Government of Saudi Arabia to allow its citizens to enjoy internationally protected rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and the right to participate directly and indirectly in public affairs.  He has done this work through writing and public speaking, by representing causes and clients unpopular with the Government of Saudi Arabia, by providing a safe space for peaceful discussion of issues of public concern and by providing people with an example of responsible advocacy for justice for all.  At the risk of his own personal and professional safety and security, Waleed Abu al-Khair persisted in using his training and skills as a lawyer to be an outspoken advocate for an elected parliament, an independent judiciary, a constitutional monarchy and recognition of internationally protected human rights. He has also advocated on behalf of prisoners of conscience and written many articles identifying human rights abuses and the need for legal reform. He recommended reliance on the rule of law and proper legal procedures to effect reform and settle disputes and differences of opinion and never advocated or used violence as a means of opposition.

https://www.lrwc.org/saudi-arabia-nomination-of-waleed-abu-al-khair-for-the-2019-aba-international-human-rights-award-joint-letter/

https://www.lrwc.org/saudi-arabia-waleed-abu-al-khair-update-wgad/

https://www.lrwc.org/saudi-arabia-arbitrary-detention-of-samar-badawi-working-paper/

https://www.ifex.org/saudi_arabia/2019/03/25/al-qahtani-mistreatment/

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/434752-senate-dems-petition-saudi-king-to-release-dissidents-us-citizen

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

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

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India/USA: Sudha Bharadwaj, Arrested in India for ‘Maoist Links’, Honoured by Harvard

March 8, 2019

Her long career as a lawyer-activist has seen her up against both governments and corporations.

Sudha Bharadwaj, Arrested in India for 'Maoist Links', Honoured by Harvard

Lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj is among the women honoured at this year’s Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit. The 21 honourees also included lawyer Menaka Guruswamy, who had argued for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India.

This is the sixth iteration of the annual exhibit, which recognises “astounding contributions of women around the world to the areas of law of policy”, based on nomination by students, faculty or staff of Harvard Law School.

Also read: ‘If You Try to Be Safe and in the Middle, You Will Never Succeed’

In August last year, Bharadwaj was arrested by the Pune police, which was investigating a public meeting – called the ‘Elgar Parishad’ – held prior to the caste-based violence that broke out in Bhima Koregoan, near Pune, on December 31, 2017.

Bharadwaj has spent nearly three decades working with underprivileged communities in Chhattisgarh. She was part of the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, a labour organisation founded by the late Shankar Guha Niyogi.

She has been a trade unionist, human rights activist and lawyer, engaging with marginalised workers and adivasis dispossessed of their land. Her long career as a lawyer-activist has seen her up against both governments and powerful corporations.

https://thewire.in/women/sudha-bharadwaj-arrested-in-india-for-maoist-links-honoured-by-harvard

https://thewire.in/rights/activists-arrests-urban-naxals-bhima-koregaon

https://www.sabrangindia.in/article/sudha-bharadwaj-and-shoma-sen-organise-womens-march-india-jail

https://indiacivilwatch.org/peoples-lawyer-sudha-bharadwaj-honoured-by-harvard-university/

https://scroll.in/latest/915821/activist-sudha-bharadwaj-to-be-featured-in-harvard-exhibition-on-womens-contribution-in-law-policy

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Turkey: Ankara Court sentences 21 lawyers to some 150 years in prison

March 29, 2019

Ankara 22nd Heavy Penal Court sentences 21 lawyers to some 150 years in prison. Lawyers who were detained on 3rd and 26th of August 2016, were convicted under Article 314§2 of the Turkish Penal Code which criminalizes membership to an armed terrorist organization. Two of the 21 lawyers are remanded by the Court while the other 19 lawyers were released.
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The Ankara Court sentenced 21 lawyers as follows:

Family members, including underage children, were also the subjects of a secret investigation. of these lawyers are, too, targeted by the Turkish Government as reported.

According to documents reviewed by Nordic Monitor, the Turkish government investigated the spouses and children of 28 lawyers including prominent attorneys who have been jailed or forced to live in exile since the crackdown started in 2015 and intensified a year later. The documents show spouses and children including underage youngsters were investigated by the Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK), an executive organ attached to the Finance and Treasury Ministry, which is led by Berat Albayrak, Erdoğan’s son-in-law.

The investigation documents were found in docket No. 2017/134 of the Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court, which is hearing the trials of dozens of jailed lawyers. The Masak report, dated July 13, 2018, reveals how intrusive the Turkish government was in its campaign of intimidation of lawyers who were harassed and threatened with the prosecution of family members on fabricated charges. The report lists 83 people as being targeted, indicating that some of the lawyers have more than one child and that all of them were listed as suspected criminals in an unprecedented prosecution of lawyers and rights defenders.

Ankara Court sentences 21 lawyers to some 150 years in prison

https://arrestedlawyers.org/

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

https://bianet.org/english/law/206869-selcuk-kozagacli-files-lawsuit-for-non-pecuniary-damages-against-judge

http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/206866-selcuk-kozagacli-dan-hakime-manevi-tazminat-davasi (TURKCE)

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

USA/Canada/Hong Kong/France: Robert Tibbo, l’avocat d’Edward Snowden forcé à l’exil

le 29 mars, 2019

Lawyer Robert Tibbo speaks to the press outside the Immigration Tower in Hong Kong on May 15, 2017. - A group of refugees who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong are facing deportation after the city's authorities rejected their bid for protection, their lawyer said on May 15. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

Le sort de cet avocat des droits de l’homme et de sept de ses clients est lié au destin du lanceur d’alerte américain, à l’origine des révélations sur la surveillance de masse menée par les Etats-Unis.

 

C’est une belle victoire qui a dû adoucir, au moins pendant quelques heures, l’exil de Robert Tibbo en France. Après plusieurs années de bataille, l’une des clientes de cet avocat canadien, Vanessa Rodel, et sa fille Keana viennent d’obtenir, le 25 mars, l’asile au Canada. Elles faisaient partie d’un groupe de sept réfugiés à Hongkong dont le surnom, les « anges gardiens » d’Edward Snowden, dit leur rôle crucial dans la vie du lanceur d’alerte américain, qui révéla en juin 2013 l’ampleur de la surveillance d’Internet menée par les Etats-Unis.

A l’époque, juste après avoir confié à des journalistes une montagne de documents secrets dans un hôtel hongkongais, Edward Snowden est l’homme le plus recherché de la planète. Son avocat Robert Tibbo, spécialisé dans le droit d’asile, compte alors parmi ses rares soutiens. Pour le mettre à l’abri, il décide de l’envoyer chez ses clients réfugiés, là où personne ne le cherchera, au milieu de la population la moins considérée de l’ancienne colonie britannique. Le lanceur d’alerte y passera plusieurs nuits avant de quitter Hongkong en toute discrétion.

De Hongkong à la campagne provençale

Ce geste de solidarité « de réfugié à réfugié » a profondément changé leur destin et celui de leur avocat. Si Vanessa Rodel et sa fille vont désormais s’installer à Montréal, Robert Tibbo, lui, a dû quitter Hongkong à la fin de l’année 2017 après trente ans de résidence et se réfugier dans le sud de la France. « Le barreau et le gouvernement hongkongais n’ont eu de cesse d’interférer dans mes dossiers. Ma vie privée a été affectée et tout ce que j’ai construit jusqu’alors a été détruit », résume Robert Tibbo, attablé dans une pizzeria d’Aix-en-Provence, choisie avec soin car à l’abri des regards.

https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2019/03/29/robert-tibbo-l-avocat-d-edward-snowden-force-a-l-exil_5443069_4408996.html

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1160241/edward-snowden-cavale-hong-kong-lanceur-alerte

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-30/canada-grants-asylum-to-two-edward-snowden-refugees/10953072 (ENGLISH)

https://www.hk01.com/%E5%91%A8%E5%A0%B1/306729/%E4%BA%BA%E5%8F%A3%E8%B2%A9%E8%B3%A3-%E7%8F%BE%E4%BB%A3%E7%89%88%E8%B3%A3%E8%B1%AC%E4%BB%94-%E4%BE%86%E6%B8%AF%E6%89%93%E5%B7%A5%E8%A2%AB%E8%B3%A3%E8%87%B3%E4%B8%80%E6%A8%93%E4%B8%80%E9%B3%B3%E5%A4%A7%E5%BB%88 (CANTONESE)

https://derstandard.at/2000100270156/Robert-Tibbo-Snowdens-unermuedlicher-Advokat (DEUTSCH)

Saudi Arabia: Saudi law professor arrested for criticising kingdom’s human rights record: Report

March 28, 2019

Professor denounces Saudi Arabia’s detention of rights activists, before he himself is arrested

Saudi Arabian authorities arrested a law professor who teaches at King Saud University in the capital Riyadh, hours after he criticised the kingdom’s human rights record, media outlet Arabi21 reported.

Speaking at the Riyadh International Book Fair on Thursday, Anas al-Mazrouee denounced Saudi Arabia’s arrest and detention of women’s rights and other human rights activists.

He criticised the kingdom’s crackdown on dissent, calling out the government for claiming it champions women’s rights while it was arresting women activists.

Abdullah al-Ouda – son of detained Saudi cleric Salman al-Ouda, who has been held since  2017 – said that the professor was arrested shortly after giving his talk at the fair.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-law-professor-arrested-criticising-kingdoms-human-rights-record-report

https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/report/2019-03-28-king-saud-university/

https://www.merdeka.com/dunia/kritik-kerajaan-soal-pelanggaran-ham-dosen-hukum-ditangkap-otoritas-saudi.html (INDONESIAN)

http://voa-islam.com/read/world-news/2019/03/29/62890/profesor-hukum-saudi-ditangkap-beberapa-jam-setelah-kritik-catatan-ham-kerajaan/#sthash.wHqOSnYM.dpbs (INDONESIAN)