Daily Archives: 05/04/2019

The Philippines: Red-tagging NUPL places lawyers, judges in more danger

April 5, 2019

Members of the legal profession could be in more danger due to an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) official’s claim that the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) had alleged links with communist rebels.

“Such reckless claims, on top of the public labeling and vilification of our members, has put the judges, prosecutors, public defenders, law professors, gov’t lawyers, law students and paralegals who belong to our voluntary pro bono organization in even more danger,” NUPL President Edre Olalia said in a statement on Friday.

Olalia’s statement was issued after AFP deputy chief of staff for civil-military operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. accused the NUPL and other local organizations of having links with Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).

The NUPL President said Parlade “crossed the line way too far” and that the allegation was “baseless” and “does not legally hold water at all.”

Olalia even warned the AFP official that members of the NUPL will face him in court to question the credibility behind the allegation.

“Absent any credible, competent and admissible evidence to even remotely give a semblance of veracity to this unabashedly fascist claim, we shall hale you to court. And you better match our best lawyers money cannot buy with your best lawyers money can buy,” Olalia’s statement read.

NUPL records show that from September 2016 to November 2018, a total of 24 lawyers have been killed, 15 of which are still unresolved.

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1103754/red-tagging-nupl-places-lawyers-judges-in-more-danger

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/690428/insinuation-that-nupl-is-tied-to-cpp-npa-puts-lawyers-judges-in-danger-olalia/story/?fbclid=IwAR3fF3z9Knz_m562tA3c36jdUuNV0fteotETmKPq05rP6MCpojJ2MwDWksE

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1066679

https://www.bulatlat.com/2019/04/07/international-lawyers-group-slams-red-baiting-of-nupl/

https://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/7/ilps-condemns-duterte-slander-and-intimidation

http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/red-tagging-of-nupl-and-other-groups-legally-punishable/

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/05/19/icc-receives-another-communication-on-dutertes-drug-war

https://www.ucanews.com/news/duterte-threatens-to-arrest-all-his-critics/84902

https://www.manilatimes.net/funding-reds-may-turn-into-transnational-crime/536093/

https://nupl.net/

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Cameroon: Kamto demande la médiation de l’ONU

le 5 avril, 2019

africanews.com Apr 4, 2019 6:26 PM

Des avocats français ont annoncé jeudi avoir saisi jeudi l’ONU concernant l’incarcération “arbitraire” d’opposants camerounais parmi lesquels leur dirigeant, Maurice Kamto, dont ils réclament la libération “immédiate”.

“Le cabinet Dupond-Moretti et Vey a saisi le Groupe de travail sur la détention arbitraire des Nations unies, à Genève, de la situation des trois principaux leaders de l’opposition camerounaise et de leurs partisans détenus depuis plus de deux mois dans des conditions arbitraires”, ajoutent les avocats dans un communiqué.

Le cabinet d’avocats parisiens affirme que Maurice Kamto, Albert Dzongang, Paul Eric Kingue et 150 de leurs partisans et alliés, “ont été arrêtés de manière totalement illégale, sous des prétextes divers masquant en réalité une volonté de répression politique”.

Les avocats rappellent que ces opposants sont inculpés “d’insurrection, rébellion et hostilité contre la patrie (…) encourant à ce titre la peine de mort”. Ils se trouvent “en détention provisoire dans le cadre d’une instruction ouverte près le tribunal militaire de Yaoundé, en violation de l’interdiction pour un tribunal militaire de juger des civils qui s’impose en droit camerounais”.

“Au regard de l’inefficacité de tout recours interne et de l’opposition des autorités camerounaise à toute forme de dialogue”, les prisonniers demandent à l’ONU, par la voix de leurs conseils, “de constater les graves manquements à leurs droits les plus élémentaires et demandent leur libération immédiate”.

Président du Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) et avocat de renom, Maurice Kamto a été arrêté avec environ 150 manifestants à la suite d’une marche pacifique le 26 janvier. Ils protestaient contre la victoire du président sortant, Paul Biya, 86 ans dont 36 au pouvoir, à la présidentielle de 2018, qualifiée par M. Kamto, qui avait qualifié la victoire de “hold-up électoral”.

https://freecameroun.com/maurice-kamto-demande-la-mediation-de-lonu/?fbclid=IwAR3tBEqbXwVlvlkeK65QW-XKxbGCT8veKqKtZZcxql_VcpTWT0mPsV1FQTc

https://fr.africanews.com/2019/04/04/au-cameroun-l-opposant-maurice-kamto-demande-la-mediation-de-l-onu/

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/04/05/les-opposants-detenus-au-cameroun-saisissent-l-onu_5446291_3212.html

https://www.jeuneafrique.com/758941/societe/cameroun-maurice-kamto-et-les-opposants-arretes-a-ses-cotes-saisissent-lonu/

https://www.lebledparle.com/actu/politique/1107250-emprisonnement-de-maurice-kamto-et-cie-dupond-moretti-depose-159-plaintes-a-l-onu-contre-l-etat-du-cameroun

https://www.lebledparle.com/actu/politique/1107256-cameroun-les-manifestations-du-mrc-prevues-pour-les-6-et-13-avril-sont-interdites-sur-toute-l-etendue-du-territoire

http://www.cameroonvoice.com/news/article-news-37620.html

https://www.koaci.com/cameroun-gouvernement-interdit-manifestations–129594.html

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Kamto

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Kamto (ENGLISH)

Turkey: Statement on situation of lawyers in Turkey

April 5, 2019

On this day, 5 April 2019 – celebrated as Lawyers’ Day in Turkey – 34 organizations, including Lawyers for Lawyers, take the opportunity to strongly condemn the ongoing crackdown against lawyers in Turkey. View the full statement here.

Following the failed coup d’état of 15 July 2016, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and adopted a series of decree-laws that seriously undermined human rights and the rule of law across the country. Although the state of emergency was lifted in July 2018, many of the decree-laws were integrated into ordinary laws and the persecution of lawyers continues, including mass arrests, unfair trials and harsh sentences.

According to the latest information available, since July 2016:
▪ 1546 lawyers have been prosecuted;
▪ Almost 600 lawyers have been arrested;
▪ 274 lawyers have been sentenced to long prison terms – the average prison term being 7 years.

Lawyers are being targeted solely because they are carrying out their professional activities, on the basis of alleged accusations of supporting terrorist organisations. The use of “mass trials” against lawyers or lawyers’ associations is frequent and fundamental rights and procedural safeguards are often not respected.

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/joint-statement-on-situation-of-lawyers-in-turkey/?fbclid=IwAR0FCpkZE3a_4lcZuoxxJnoix0MJgPBeZoLvAIMvU_iSunSTxnq2UjBzoco

https://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS/HR_Position_papers/EN_HR_20190405_Joint-Statement-on-the-situation-of-lawyers-in-Turkey.pdf

Statement on the occasion of the Lawyers Day in Turkey

https://preview.mailerlite.com/t3a6j4/1127427705520787910/z2v4/

http://www.barhumanrights.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Letter-to-President-Erdogan-FINAL.pdf

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/05/34-western-lawyers-organizations-urge-turkey-to-end-persecution-of-lawyers/?fbclid=IwAR03QFJ_LKEws61VorCBDZcgQb1dwaHP8ZRMiw_OT3vF8YdZ_MrVIckZeZQ

https://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/avukatlar-gunu-kutlama-degil-mucadele-ve-dayanisma-gunudur.html (TURKCE)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9825/lunione_delle_camere_penali_italiane_col_ccbe_e_le_principali_organizzazioni_forensi_europee_ed_internazionali_contro_la_repressione_degli_avvocati_in_turchia.html?fbclid=IwAR3noWzQtenWWFwXkdZ_DGF704imxV78rzZKFgNAmrAtENB9UDpZCCj6wGU (ITALIANO)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9822/giornata_degli_avvocati_in_turchia_solidarieta_ai_colleghi_turchi.html?fbclid=IwAR3iDY-OrtKB_PK1mYxGWd4ROcSjZeTF_h-QC78-DMaIIQnnLFhGYcBJfM8 (ITALIANO)

#FreeTurkishLawyers

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Istanbul, 05/04/19

Hungary: Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2019 goes to Hungarian Márta Pardavi

April 5, 2019

Hungarian human rights lawyer Márta Pardavi has been awarded the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2019. As an outspoken critic of the Hungarian government and its policies, Márta is often smeared and her work discredited. The award is a recognition of her work of many years, fighting against the attempts to systematically dismantle democracy, normalisation of xenophobia and hate crimes in Hungary.

Márta Pardavi is the Co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, one of Hungary’s leading human rights organisations. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee is a watchdog organisation that protects human dignity and the rule of law through legal and public advocacy methods. Being both vocal and successful in its activities, and particularly because of their work to support asylum seekers, the organisation has become a prime target of the government’s toxic campaigns.

“Democracy is under threat all over the world and now we see what authoritarians do when they get to power. They target critics, human rights defenders and treat marginalised groups as threats to society. We see this happening in Hungary, but also in other countries such as Poland. This award sends a very strong message, that our work is recognised, and that we as civil society organisations will continue to defend democratic values”, said Márta Pardavi.

Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2019 goes to Hungarian Márta Pardavi

https://crd.org/2019/04/04/civil-rights-defender-of-the-year-2019-marta-pardavi/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungarys-viktor-orban-has-bashed-europe-for-years-will-europes-most-important-political-party-finally-kick-him-out/2019/03/17/66fb7430-402d-11e9-85ad-779ef05fd9d8_story.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/m%C3%A1rta-pardavi

https://www.politico.eu/list/politico-28-class-of-2019-the-ranking/marta-pardavi/

https://www.helsinki.hu/en/about_us/our-team/marta-pardavi/

https://nepszava.hu/3031447_a-magyar-helsinki-bizottsag-tarselnoket-valasztottak-az-ev-emberi-jogvedojenek-stockholmban (MAGYAR)

https://hvg.hu/itthon/20190404_Nyiltan_szembefordul_az_allami_elnyomassal__dijaztak_a_Helsinki_Bizottsag_tarselnoket (MAGYAR)

https://index.hu/belfold/2019/04/03/orban_rahel_ma_mar_befolyasosabb_mint_az_edesanyja/ (MAGYAR)

https://www.nsd.se/nyheter/ungersk-manniskorattsjurist-far-utmarkelse-nm5069940.aspx (SVENSK)

The Philippines: Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo charged with murder over Batocabe killing

April 4, 2019

CHARGED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is charged with murder over the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo was charged with murder over the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed on Thursday, April 4.

Guevarra told Rappler in a text message that the charges were filed on Thursday before the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court (RTC). A copy of the prosecutors’ resolution was not immediately released.

Guevarra added that Baldo was also charged with attempted murder since several others were injured in the attack on Batocabe.

Baldo was earlier barred from traveling outside the country.

Police had arrested Baldo on January 22 over the unrelated case of illegal possession of firearms. He was rushed to the hospital that same night for asthma and remained confined under police custody until his release in February.

He was released on P3-million bail back then by Legazpi RTC Branch 10 Presiding Judge Theresa San Juan Loquillano, then immediately went back to work.

The murder charges are set to be raffled within the Legazpi RTC, after which the judge will decide whether there is probable cause to order the arrest of Baldo for murder, a non-bailable case.

Batocabe and his police escort Orlando Diaz were shot dead last December 22, after attending a gift-giving event in Daraga. Batocabe was the first congressman to be killed under the Duterte administration.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/227428-carlwyn-baldo-charged-murder-batocabe-killing

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2019/04/05/1907400/daraga-mayor-carlwyn-baldo-charged-over-rodel-batocabe-slay

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/04/04/1907281/daraga-mayor-baldo-faces-murder-charge-over-batocabe-slay

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/04/04/mayor-baldo-of-daraga-faces-murder-charges-for-killing-of-batocabe/

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1103412/doj-files-charges-versus-baldo-6-others

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

https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/bansa/2019/04/05/1907351/mayor-baldo-kinasuhan-na-ng-doj-sa-batocabe-slay (TAGALOG)

USA/Canada/Ecuador: Fraudulent Ecuador Judgment is Unenforceable Against Chevron’s Canadian Subsidiary

April 4, 2019

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The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a request to review a decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario that a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation cannot be enforced against Chevron Canada Limited, an indirect subsidiary. The Court of Appeal for Ontarios decision, which is now final, dismissed all claims against Chevron Canada Limited, holding that it is a separate entity from Chevron Corporation and that its shares and assets cannot be seized by those seeking to enforce the corrupt Ecuadorian judgment. The Ecuadorian judgment itself has already been found by U.S. courts and an international tribunal in The Hague to have been obtained through fraud, bribery and corruption.

“We are pleased that the highest court in Canada has put an end to the plaintiffs lawyers attempts to enforce their corrupt Ecuadorian judgment against Chevrons indirect subsidiary in Canada, said R. Hewitt Pate, vice president and general counsel, Chevron Corporation. Canadian courts have rejected the plaintiffs efforts to circumvent the determination by U.S. courts that the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron was procured through bribery, fraud and other racketeering activity. Any further efforts by the plaintiffs lawyers to continue this lawsuit in Canada would be an abuse of the countrys legal system and a waste of its judicial resources.

Because Chevron Corporation has never had any assets in Ecuador, the plaintiffs, led by adjudicated racketeer and suspended lawyer Steven Donziger, are attempting to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment in other jurisdictions. Donziger and his associates had sought to enforce the judgment against both Chevron Corporation, which has no assets in Canada, and Chevron Canada Limited, which was not a party to the Ecuadorian lawsuit. Today’s decision confirms once and for all that the fraudsters cannot pursue Chevron Canada Limited’s shares and assets.

In 2018, Donziger was suspended from practicing law in New York State and Washington, DC as a result of his unlawful conduct in procuring the Ecuadorian judgment.

https://www.globalbankingandfinance.com/fraudulent-ecuador-judgment-is-unenforceable-against-chevrons-canadian-subsidiary/

http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/41860-Fraudulent-Ecuadorian-Judgment-Is-Unenforceable-Against-Chevron-s-Canadian-Subsidiary

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/03/branded-content-fossil-fuel-companies/

https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-l-csc-a/en/item/17657/index.do

http://stevendonziger.com/

https://eldiariony.com/latinowire/fraudulenta-sentencia-ecuatoriana-es-inejecutable-contra-subsidiaria-canadiense-de-chevron/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/nature-environnement/pollution/chevron-marque-un-point-contre-les-equatoriens_132757?fbclid=IwAR0Hc_2vMTEn9QL6wquHOYYuH9bvMVQYbZjz6OzNq4F_4qrffak9RkQ8KA8 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.zonebourse.com/actualite-bourse/Le-jugement-frauduleux-rendu-en-Equateur-est-inapplicable-a-l-encontre-de-la-filiale-canadienne-de-C–28357808/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/economia/business_wire/news/2019-04-05_1051932895.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.boerse.de/nachrichten/Betruegerisches-Ecuador-Urteil-ist-nicht-vollstreckbar-gegen-die-kanadische-Tochtergesellschaft-von-Chevron/8032356 (DEUTSCH)

France: Avignon : des gilets jaunes devant le commissariat

le 4 avril, 2019

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15h15, Me Albert-Salmeron vient d’entrer dans le commissariat accompagnée de son avocat Me Jean-François Camus du barreau de Lille. Le groupe de Gilets jaunes reste devant les grilles fermées de l’hôtel de police.

Une cinquantaine de Gilets jaunes est actuellement devant le commissariat du boulevard Saint-Roch à Avignon. Ils sont venus se réunir en soutien à Me Sophia Albert-Salmeron. Cette avocate du barreau d’Avignon a défendu plusieurs d’entre eux depuis le début du mouvement. Elle se trouve convoquée aujourd’hui au commissariat pour une vidéo postée sur internet et dans laquelle elle s’adresse à un policier.

https://www.ledauphine.com/vaucluse/2019/04/04/avignon-des-gilets-jaunes-devant-le-commissariat

http://www.la-philosophie.fr/sophia-albert-salmeron.html

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