Monthly Archives: April 2019

Zimbabwe: Drama at Kwekwe magistrates courts

April 29, 2019

There was drama at Kwekwe magistrates courts on Thursday afternoon where a local lawyer was reportedly denied access to talk to his client who had been arrested by the police for an alleged foreign currency dealing.

The lawyer Lenon Mapfumo from Marufu Misi Law Chambers was allegedly bared from seeing his client Larry Munashe who was detained at Kwekwe Central Police by the two detective constables only identified as Bvaure and Chitima respectively.

When the lawyer was on his way to the police station he encountered the two police details at Kwekwe magistrates Court.

When the lawyer inquired about the reason and whereabouts of his client  demanding to see his client in line with Section 70 1 (d) of the Constitution  of Zimbabwe  which confers a right on people to be legally represented by lawyers of their own choice. A scuff ensued at the court premises.

The officers threatened to arrest Mapfumo for disturbing their peace but Mapfumo did not budge they tried to handcuff him and he resisted drawing the attention of people at the court.

Court business was brought to halt as Mapfumo wrestled with the two detectives who had to use maximum force by pinning him on the ground and dragging him to the police station.

India: Lawyer shot at, bullet hits driver’s seat in Greater Noida

April 30, 2019

A family lawyer was shot at by two unidentified men on Monday morning near the district court in Surajpur area of Greater Noida…

Pakistan/USA/The Netherlands: Lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Nominated For Rights Award

April 30, 2019


Lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, who prevented the execution of a Pakistani Christian woman, has been nominated by several European Parliamentarians for a top rights award. Legislators say the lawyer should receive the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award for his courage in defending Asia Bibi, who faced the death penalty in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy against Islam.

In November 2018, he fled Pakistan because of death threats from Islamists after Pakistan’s Supreme Court decided to acquit Bibi from all accusations of blasphemy.

When the Supreme Court decided to review the acquittal, Saif-ul-Malook returned to Pakistan to represent Bibi. “The courage Saif has shown in the whole case is remarkable,” said Dutchman Peter van Dalen of the ChristianUnion-SGP faction in the European Parliament. His office told BosNewsLife that several other European lawmakers also nominated the lawyer including Manfred Weber, the chairman of the influential European Peoples Party, and other parliamentarians.

The Four Freedoms Awards are presented annually to those showing a significant commitment to one of four principles proclaimed by late U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as essential to democracy: ‘freedom of speech and expression,’ ‘freedom of worship,’ ‘freedom from want’ and ‘freedom from fear.’


The prize is given in alternate years in New York City by the Roosevelt Institute to Americans and in Middelburg, The Netherlands, by the Roosevelt Foundation to non-Americans. Legislators nominate Saif-ul-Malook under the ‘freedom of fear’ category because of “the great courage” he showed while defending Bibi, explained Van Dalen. “Despite the tensions surrounding the case and the threats to himself and his family, Saif-ul-Malook stood firm. He ensured that Asia Bibi had a strong defense”, Van Dalen he said in a statement.

Van Dalen described the lawyer as “a modern-day Good Samaritan and an example of how we can help each other regardless of differences in our religions or beliefs” and added that it “is an honor to represent him for this prize.”

Lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Nominated For Rights Award

Asia Bibi’s Lawyer Nominated for Prestigious Human Rights Award (NEDERLAND) (NEDERLAND) (NEDERLAND) (ITALIANO)

China: Rights lawyer Tang Jingling released after 5 years imprisonment

April 29, 2019 (CHINESE)

Fear of China: Huawei and the Rule of Law

Tunisia: Tunisie – L’avocat Seifeddine Makhlouf auditionné pour outrage au procureur de la République de Sidi Bouzid

le 29 avril, 2019

L’avocat Seifeddine Makhlouf a été, dernièrement auditionné par la justice, en rapport avec ses déclarations outrageantes envers le procureur de la République de Sidi Bouzid, sur fond de l’affaire de l’école coranique du Regueb. Le dossier sera, bientôt transféré devant un tribunal compétent pour statuer sur son cas.

Concernant la traduction de Makhlouf devant le conseil de discipline, décidée par l’ordre des avocats, aucune date n’a encore été fixée.

Tunisie – L’avocat Seifeddine Makhlouf auditionné pour outrage au procureur de la République de Sidi Bouzid

Zimbabwe: Police arrest and release Coltart

April 29, 2019

The Zimbabwe Republic Police on Sunday arrested Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyer Douglas Coltart and charged him with Participating in gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of the peace or bigotry.

Announcing on a video posted on social media on Sunday Coltart said, “I have been called for questioning at Harare Central Police this morning in connection with the meeting yesterday from which 4 teachers were abducted and beaten by CIO and later handed over to the police. Would appreciate your prayers.”

The Code says that the crime of participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, a breach of the peace or bigotry is committed whether the action constituting it is spontaneous or planned in advance, and whether the place or meeting where it occurred is public or private.

The human rights lawyer was however released together with the four teachers after the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights dispatched a team of legal representatives to assist in the matter.

“I’ve been released after being charged with section 37 of the Criminal Code along with Roboh, Precious, Munya and Jess.” Coltart later said in an update. “Thank you ZLHR for the excellent legal representation from Denford Halimani and Tino Shoko. Aluta Continua!”

Police arrest Human Rights Lawyer Douglas Coltart


Canada/Iran: Canadian Parliamentarians call on Iran to release Nasrin Sotoudeh

April 29, 2019

Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced To 148 Lashes And 38 Years In Prison In Iran



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The Philippines: PHL, foreign lawyers ‘disturbed’ by attacks vs. NUPL

April 29, 2019

Seventy-five Filipino and foreign attorneys on Monday stood behind the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and said they are “disturbed” by attacks against the group of human rights lawyers.

The signatories to a solidarity statement expressed “grave concern” over “heightening attacks” against their fellow lawyers in the Philippines, particularly NUPL members, who are allegedly red-tagged and threatened.

“The red-tagging of NUPL is contrary to basic rules of evidence, due process and fair play,” reads the statement released Monday. “Political harassment undermines the rule of law and substitutes it with the law of rulers.”

Vouching for the “character, competence, and courage” of the NUPL’s pro bono human rights lawyers, the statement added that dissent and criticism are an exercise of democratic rights.

Former University of the Philippines law dean Pacifico Agabin, former senator Rene Saguisag, members of the Free Legal Assistance Group, and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay were among the several Filipino lawyers who signed the solidarity statement.

They were joined by lawyers from India, Australia, South Africa the United Kingdom, Belgium, Bangladesh, the United States, France, Canada, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Honduras, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Iraq, Greece, Puerto Rico, Germany, Nepal, and Turkey.

Matrix, a bad omen for democracy

Filipino, foreign lawyers stand with NUPL amid gov’t attacks

In Defence of Justice: End Impunity | Event

Click to access Edre-Olalia.8-May-2019.pdf

Statement of Support and Solidarity with Lawyers of the People

As of 29 Apr 2019


Ada Abad (Philippines)
Dean, Adamson College of Law

Pacifico Agabin (Philippines)
Professor, UP Law

Jose Luis Agcaoili (Philippines)
Agcaoili and Associates

June Ambrosio (Philippines)
National Director,
National Center for Legal Aid
Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Domingo Anonuevo (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Rafael Aquino (Philippines)
Partner, SPASLAW

Issouf Baadhio (France)
Union Internationale des Avocats

Plutarco Bawagan Jr. (Philippines)
UP Law Batch 1987

Purificacion Bartolome-Bernabe
President, International Pro Bono Alliance

Niloufer Bhagwat (India)
Vice President,
Confederation of Lawyers in Asia Pacific

Gill Boehringer (Australia)
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Max Boqwana (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Bill Bowring (UK)
President, European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Pura Ferrer-Calleja (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Joke Callewart (Belgium)
Progress Lawyers Network

Arnel Paciano Casanova (Philippines)
Lecturer, UP Law

Md. Hasan Tarique Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Democratic Lawyers Association of Bangladesh

Marjorie Cohn (US)
Professor Emerita,
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Norma Jullien Cravotta (France)
Lawyer at the Paris Bar

Amor Datinguinoo (Philippines)
Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Makati

Gail Davidson (Canada)
Executive Director,
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada

Jose Manuel Diokno (Philippines)

Evelyn Duermayer (Austria)
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Elena Esposito (Italian)
Giuristi Democratici

Jan Fermon (Belgium)
Secretary General,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ricardo Fernandez Jr. (Philippines)
Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism

Russell Fraser (UK)
Chair, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Ruben Fruto (Philippines)
Law Practitioner

Johannes Karel Gaasbeek (Netherlands)
Day of Endangered Lawyers Foundation

Symone Gaasbeek (Netherlands)
Gaasbeek and Gaasbeek Lawyers

Muhammad Masaud Ghani (Pakistan)
Democratic Lawyers Association of Pakistan

Caridad Gonzales (Philippines)
Ateneo Law Class 1989

Dennis Gorecho (Philippines)
Alumni, UP Law

Krish Govender (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Robert Sabata Gripekoven (Spain)
President, European Democratic Lawyers

David Israel Díaz Hernández (Honduras)
Human Rights Defenders Alliance

Florin Hilbay (Philippines)
Former Solicito General

Lennox Hinds (US)
Professor Emeritus,
Rutgers University

Hajime Inoue (Japan)
Japanese Lawyers for International Solidarity

Charlotte Kates (US)
National Lawyers Guild

Jang Kyunguk (South Korea)
Minbyun Lawyers for a Democratic Society

Antonio Gabriel La Viña (Philippines)
Professor of Law, Governance, and Philosophy

Nelson Loyola (Philippines)
Nelson Loyola Law Office

Beth Lyons (US)
Alternate Delegate to U.N.,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ernesto Maceda Jr. (Philippines)
Former Dean,
College of Law, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Fabio Marcelli (Italy)
Italian Democratic Lawyers

Felix Marinas Jr. (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Jeanne Mirer (US)
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Luis Carlos Moro (Brazil)
American Association of Jurists

Sabah Al-Mukhtar (Iraq)
Arab Lawyers Association

Osamu Niikura (Japan)
Professor Emeritus,
Aoyama Gakuin University

Mvuso Notyesi (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Virgilio Ocaya (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Carlos Orjuela (UK)
Joint International Secretary,
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Angel Reñon Orozco (Philippines)
Orozco Law Office

Alexander Padilla (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Ties Prakken (Netherlands)
Professor, Maastricht University

Roberto Rafael Pulido (Philippines)
Convenor, Manananggol Laban sa EJK

Yiannis Rachiotis (Greece)
Hellenic Union of Progressive Lawyers

Vanessa Ramos (Puerto Rico)
Asociación Americana de Juristas

Emiluz E. Pascasio-Reyes (Philippines)
Reyes & Teodoro Law Offices

Stuart Russell (France)
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Rene Saguisag (Philippines)
Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism

Arno Sanidad (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Pablito Sanidad (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Jun Sasamoto (Japan)
Secretary General,
Confederation of Lawyers in Asia Pacific

Micòl Savia (Italy)
Permanent Representative to the U.N. in Geneva,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Thomas Schmidt (Germany)
Secretary General,
European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Azadeh Shahshahani (US)
Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South

Ghanendra Shrestha (Nepal)
Progressive Peoples Lawyers Association (PPLA)

Mary Kathryn Sison (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Filibon Tacardon (Philippines)
Former Vice President,
IBP Quezon City Chapter

Lorenzo Tanada III (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Amado Danilo Tayag (Philippines)
Alumni, UP Law

Theodore Te (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Le Thi Kim Thanh (Vietnam)
Center for Legal Consultancy

Evalyn Ursua (Philippines)
Women’s Initiatives for Socio-Cultural and Economic Rights

Serife Ceren Uysal (Turkey)
Progressive Lawyers Association

Pilita Venturanza (Philippines)
IBP Oriental Mindoro

Susan Villanueva (Philippines)
Professor, UP College of Law

Gregorio Tanaka Viterbo Jr. (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group-
Metro Manila


Progressive Lawyers Association (Turkey):
Adil Anlama
Ali Safak
Fatma Arda Bicaz
Özge Serdar
Gülvin Aydin
Seyit Sönmez
Kemal Aytac
Adnan Kaya
Ahmet Bozkurt Çağlar
Ahmet Çevik
Ahmet Mandacı
Ali Akıncı
Ali Aydın
Ali Kaya
Ali Reşat Öztürk
Alihan Pilaf
Aycan Çiçek
Aylin Onursev
Ayşe Zilan
Ayşegül Çağatay
Aytaç Ünsal
Aytül Kaplan
Barkın Timtik
Barzan Demirhan
Bedirhan Tuna Yıldız
Behiç Aşçı
Berrak Çağlar
Bülent Şimşek
Canan Gözcü
Cemal Doğan
Cemre Topal
Çağla Deniz Felamur
Çiğdem Akbulut
Deniz Yıldırım
Dervis Emre Aydın
Didem Baydar Ünsal
Dinçer Çalım
Diren Yeşil
Duygu Mandacı
Elvan Olkun
Emel Diril
Emine Ufuktepe
Emrah Altunoğlu
Emre Erdal
Engin Gökoğlu
Ercan Avşar
Erdoğan Akdoğdu
Ergin Sözen
Evin Konuk
Eylem Kocaman Üsgüdar
Ezgi Çakır
Fahri Doğan
Fatma Kaymaz Son
Fırat Aktaş
Funda Buyruk
Gamze Güven
Gökmen Yeşil
Görgün Danacı
Görkem Ağdede
Gül Altay
Gülten Anlar
Güray Dağ
Hadi Cin
Halime Şenli Bilgin
Hasan Hüseyin Evin
Hatice Aslan Atabay
Hayati Bora
Hazal Aydın
Hüseyin Korkmaz
Hüseyin Yüksel Biçen
Irmak Başaçık
İhsan Şahabettin Örsal
İlahi Öz
İlhan Gül Kireçkaya
İlknur Önal Tarkan
İlyas Danyeli
İsmail Bozkurt
Kazım Bayraktar
Kenan Arslan
Kıvanç Kayaoğlu
Mehmet Altuntaş
Muharrem Erdogan
Murat Yılmaz
Mustafa Çinkılıç
Mustafa Ufacık
Müge Gezginci
Mürsel Ünder
Nadide Özdemir
Nazan Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı
Necmi Biçen
Nergiz Tuba Aslan
Neslihan Piliç
Nilgün Gürbüz
Nilgün Özkan
Nurettin Tanış
Özge Usanmaz
Özgür Yakut
Öztürk Armağan
Rahim Yılmaz
Rıza Karaman
Sabahattin Gümüş
Sabri Yurdakul
Sebahat Gençtarih
Sebahattin Demir
Sefa Aydoğan
Seher Dursun
Selçuk Kozağaçlı
Serdar Gedik
Sevil Aracı Bek
Sevinç Sarıkaya
Şiar Rişvanoğlu
Şule Arslan Hızal
Tamer Doğan
Tarkan Özdemir
Tugay Bek
Ülkü Tolunay
Ümit Büyükdağ
Vahap Kuzu
Yağmur Ereren Evin
Yaprak Türkmen
Yurdagül Gündoğan
Zana Yavaş
Zehra Özdemir
Zeycan Balcı
Zeynel Kaya

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Kazakhstan: Disbarment proceedings against lawyer Sergey Sizintsev by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan

April 2019




China: ‘We must carry on’: Chinese government critic and liberal icon Xu Zhangrun vows to keep saying ‘what needs to be said’

April 28, 2019

Suspended Tsinghua University law professor Xu Zhangrun is healthy and in high spirits, friends say. Photo: Sohu

A Chinese law professor who has become an icon of China’s liberal intellectuals remains in high spirits despite facing an internal investigation and being barred from leaving the country, friends close to him have said.

Xu Zhangrun, a normally low-profile academic at Tsinghua University, attracted global attention last year after he published several essays on social media, criticising Chinese authorities’ policies and controversial changes to the constitution to remove a two-term limit for the president.

The university suspended him from duty last month and put him under an internal investigation.

Sources familiar with the situation told the South China Morning Post that Xu was also barred from leaving the country. Earlier this month, border control officers at Beijing Capital International Airport stopped him from taking a flight to Japan and told him he could not leave the country. The officers did not elaborate, but Tsinghua had approved the trip and paid for the flights, sources said.