Daily Archives: 10/04/2019

Turkey/Lawyers for Lawyers: Selçuk Kozağaçlı to receive L4L Award 2019

April 10, 2019

Selçuk Kozağaçlı to receive L4L Award 2019

Selçuk Kozağaçlı, a human rights lawyer from Turkey, will receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019. By selecting Selçuk Kozağaçlı, the expert jury “wants to applaud the unwavering dedication of both Selçuk Kozağaçlı and his colleagues to defending the basic human rights of their clients.”

 

Furthermore, with this award, “the jury also honours the many Turkish lawyers that have been prosecuted in Turkey for doing their job”.

Human rights lawyers from across the world were nominated for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019. The expert jury (Ms Heikelien Verrijn Stuart, Mr Cees Flinterman, Mr Egbert Myjer, Ms Els Swaab and Ms Channa Samkalden) selected Selçuk Kozağaçlı as the laureate. The Jury chose lawyers Ramazan DemirVeysel Ok and Ali Yildiz, also from Turkey, as the lawyers for the shortlist.

On Thursday 23 May 2019, the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019 will be presented in Amsterdam. Prior to this ceremony a very interesting seminar will be held. The seminar will be organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam Bar Association and the Justitia Commission of the Young Lawyers Association Amsterdam. The main topic of the seminar will concern the developments surrounding the proposed European Convention on the Profession of Lawyers. Click here to register for this event.

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/selcuk-kozagacli-to-receive-l4l-award-2019/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/presentation-lawyers-for-lawyers-award-2019/

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/Top-Stories/human-rights-honour-for-turkish-lawyer/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/selcuk-kozagacli-detained

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/10/turkey-mass-prosecution-lawyers

https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-has-arbitrarily-jailed-hundreds-of-lawyers-since-2016-coup-report/?fbclid=IwAR2U67GoQ2Gi6QPql0xXuPBhdMPf8m83ay7ogZyueca5eEPi2oMchr3jcGM

HRW Report: (Turkish) Lawyers on Trial

HRW: Turkey has arbitrarily jailed hundreds of lawyers since 2016 coup

https://www.cnnturk.com/haberleri/selcuk-kozagacli (TURKCE)

https://www.hrw.org/tr/news/2019/04/10/329017 (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/377247/insan-haklari-izleme-orgutu-adil-yargilanma-hakki-saldiri-altinda (TURKCE)

https://www.voaindonesia.com/a/hrw-turki-penjarakan-ratusan-pengacara/4869703.html (TURKCE)

https://www.hrw.org/de/news/2019/04/10/tuerkei-massenverfolgung-von-rechtsanwaelten (DEUTSCH)

https://www.adressa.no/nyheter/utenriks/2019/04/10/HRW-med-kraftig-kritikk-av-Tyrkias-rettsforf%C3%B8lgelse-av-advokater-18831697.ece (NORWEGIAN)

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Algeria: Grève de protestation des avocats: Une demande de levée du contrôle judiciaire de Me Dabouz sera introduite

le 10 avril, 2019

Au tribunal de Sidi M’hamed, l’activité dans les salles d’audience était réduite à la présentation des affaires déjà programmées en référé.

Les avocats ont gelé hier leurs activités dans les différentes juridictions du pays pour protester contre l’arrestation de leur confrère Me Salah Dabouz, libéré lundi.
Cette action de protestation était “une réussite totale”, a commenté dans une déclaration à Liberté, le président de l’Union nationale des ordres des avocats (Unoa), Ahmed Saï, en précisant qu’elle a été observée “pour le droit à la défense qui est bafoué par le procureur général de Ghardaïa, qui a entamé des poursuites abusives et infondées contre notre confrère Salah Dabouz”. Il a indiqué, dans ce sens, que “toute la corporation a observé cette journée de protestation”, ajoutant qu’une demande sera introduite auprès du procureur général de Ghardaïa pour la levée du contrôle judiciaire. Hier, au tribunal de Sidi M’hamed, l’activité dans les salles d’audience était réduite à la présentation des affaires déjà programmées en référé.

Me Salah Dabouz, avocat et militant des droits de l’Homme, a été arrêté, dimanche, par la police, à Alger. Présenté devant le procureur de la République du tribunal de Sidi M’hamed, il a été ensuite transféré au tribunal de Ghardaïa où le juge a ordonné son arrestation. Il a été libéré, lundi 8 avril, mais placé sous contrôle judiciaire. Appelé par nos soins, Me Dabouz a indiqué : “Je n’ai pas encore vu le dossier, mais le juge m’a dit que j’ai ici beaucoup d’écrits et m’a montré des pages Facebook. Il m’a parlé de certaines déclarations que j’ai faites au sujet d’une affaire concernant des avocats d’Oran, et m’a parlé aussi d’une interview que j’ai donnée au blogueur Merzoug Touati.”

https://www.algerie360.com/greve-de-protestation-des-avocats-une-demande-de-levee-du-controle-judiciaire-de-me-dabouz-sera-introduite/

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/actualite/debrayage-en-soutien-a-me-salah-dabouz-313475

https://lesoirdalgerie.com/actualites/les-tribunaux-paralyses-22087

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/actualite/une-demande-de-levee-du-controle-judiciaire-de-me-dabouz-sera-introduite-313476

https://www.algerie360.com/affaire-salah-dabouz-linterpellation-qui-accouche-dun-scandale-judiciaire/

https://kab-news.com/salah-dabouz-le-procureur-general-pres-la-cour-de-ghardaia-a-essaye-de-marreter-par-nimporte-quel-moyen/

https://www.reflexiondz.net/GHARDAIA-L-avocat-Salah-Dabouz-poursuivi-dans-trois-affaires_a55321.html

https://www.elwatan.com/edition/actualite/la-mobilisation-a-louest-du-pays-10-04-2019

https://www.depechedekabylie.com/national/la-rue-ne-decolere-toujours-pas/

Kenya/Canada: Miguna unearths new alleged plan to stop his return to Kenya this month

April 10, 2019

File image of lawyer Miguna Miguna

Former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Miguna Miguna has revealed what he termed as a new plan to derail his planned return to Kenya.

The controversial lawyer has faulted Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa for instituting a new requirement for passport applications.

According to Miguna, the two purposely instituted the Huduma Namba requirement to curtail his plans to return to Kenya after he was deported twice.

“Uhuru Kenyatta and his goons – Fred Matiang’i and Gordon Kihalangwa – are aware that I’m on my way home.

“Their unlawful declaration that Kenyans require the Huduma Namba before being issued with passports are part of their illegal barricades to stop me from re-entry into Kenya,” Miguna tweeted.

Statement by Gordon Kihalangwa

On Tuesday PS Kihalangwa notified members of the public that it would be difficult to get a passport without being registered in the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS).

“If you are not in NIIMS and you are applying for a passport, we will know very well that you are not a Kenyan,” he stated.

He added that the system launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week would greatly improve the way the department delivers its services.

https://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/politics/miguna-miguna-faults-huduma-namba-as-plan-to-stop-his-return-to-kenya-this-april/vl3te96

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-02-14-miguna-miguna-to-make-a-comeback-in-april/

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

Turkey: Why we need to support lawyers in Turkey

April 10, 2019

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An attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016 was followed by a purge of lawyers, judges, journalists, opposition politicians, academics and civil servants. Estimates vary, but up to 150,000 people were dismissed, with thousands prosecuted and imprisoned. Amongst them over 1,500 lawyers, including many presidents of provincial bar associations, have been prosecuted and over 200 convicted of terrorist-related offences. Many face long jail sentences. The number grows daily.

The Law Society has been heavily involved in supporting persecuted lawyers. This has been through making interventions on behalf of individual lawyers, and through working jointly with the IBA Human Rights Institute, the Bar Human Rights Committee and Turkish lawyers to make detailed representations to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

Human Rights Watch today publishes an important report highlighting cases in which lawyers have been unjustifiably prosecuted and making detailed recommendations as to what the Turkish state should do to remedy violations against lawyers. It also proposes steps which it feels that the national bar association, the Union of Turkish Bars, should do to better support its members.

Judges and lawyers are of course always at the centre of efforts to ensure that the citizen is properly represented when charged with crimes by the state; that the rule of law is upheld; and that fundamental rights and freedoms are respected. These roles have been described as one of the ‘guardrails of democracy’ by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt in their book ‘How Democracies Die’. When the guardrails come loose, democracy itself is threatened. Persecution of lawyers and judges, evidenced by attacks in state sponsored media, threats, investigations and prosecutions are becoming almost a template of oppression in authoritarian regimes. Rattling the guardrail until it detaches results in democratic safeguards being rendered impotent.

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/commentary-and-opinion/why-we-need-to-support-the-lawyers-in-turkey/5069865.article

https://ahvalnews.com/human-rights/turkish-authorities-undermine-right-fair-trial-targeting-lawyers-rights-group?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2epc77t4e3ToA7aQVbVUXWhJMlqvKRXdThto-khd38LbkeNjjtByJrg9c

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/international/turkey-accused-of-systematic-assault-on-legal-profession-/5069939.article

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/gpsolo/publications/gp_solo/2014/january-february/giving_back_lawyers_under_attack_turkey/

https://www.voanews.com/a/turkey-human-rights/4869478.html

http://bianet.org/english/law/207321-hrw-report-on-lawyers-in-turkey-they-feel-like-extras-in-hearings

Turkey: Mass Prosecution of Lawyers

April 10, 2019

Lawyers march in Istanbul on January 24, 2019 Day of the Endangered Lawyer. The banner reads: “To silence the lawyer’s voice is to deprive the citizen of breath.”

Turkey has been arbitrarily jailing hundreds of lawyers and putting them on trial in the aftermath of the country’s failed military coup in July 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The move is part of the Turkish authorities’ major assault on the right to a fair trial and on the role of lawyers in the administration of justice.

The 56-page report, “Lawyers on Trial: Abusive Prosecutions and Erosion of Fair Trial Rights in Turkey,” examines how since the failed coup, police and prosecutors have targeted lawyers with criminal investigation and arbitrary detention, associating them with their clients’ alleged crimes. The government brings charges against lawyers who expose rights abuses with little or no evidence of their membership of terrorist organizations. Courts have complied with the attack on the legal profession by sentencing lawyers to lengthy prison terms for terrorism on flimsy evidence and in trials that ignore fair procedure. The abusive prosecutions of lawyers have been accompanied by legal amendments that undermine the right to legal counsel for those arbitrarily detained on terrorism charges.

“Putting hundreds of lawyers in jail and on trial, and restricting their ability to act for people in police custody and in court, shows the dire state of Turkey’s criminal justice system and should be of grave concern to everyone in Turkey and internationally,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Lawyers are central guarantors of the right to a fair trial and Turkey’s willingness to flout it over the past three years is deeply alarming.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/10/turkey-mass-prosecution-lawyers

https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/04/10/lawyers-trial/abusive-prosecutions-and-erosion-fair-trial-rights-turkey

HRW Report: (Turkish) Lawyers on Trial

https://www.hrw.org/tr/report/2019/04/10/328920 (TURKCE)

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/10/turquie-poursuites-judiciaires-massives-contre-des-avocats (FRANCAIS)

France: Lille Un policier (de nouveau) condamné pour violences sur avocate

le 9 avril, 2019

 

Le 20 octobre 2015, les abords du palais de justice de Lille sont en effervescence. Dans toute la France, les avocats se mobilisent afin d’obtenir une revalorisation de l’aide juridictionnelle. Les robes noires lilloises sont à la pointe du combat et la capitale des Flandres jouit d’une forte mobilisation. Ce jour-là, les avocats décident de dresser un cordon autour du palais de justice afin d’en bloquer le fonctionnement. Cette stratégie est symbolique à plus d’un titre…

http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/565680/article/2019-04-09/un-policier-de-nouveau-condamne-pour-violences-sur-avocate

Hong Kong: JUST IN: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement activists bailed ahead of sentencing, as court seeks report on activist Tommy Cheung

April 10, 2019

Chan Kin-man umbrella movement court

The nine leading activists of the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement will receive their sentences on April 24, the court ruled on Wednesday.

District court Judge Johnny Chan said the court needed 14 days to obtain reports on defendant Tommy Cheung, including a report on whether he is suitable for community service.

In the meantime, all nine had their bail extended and were allowed to leave.

On Tuesday, each of the nine activists was found guilty of public nuisance charges in relation to the 79-day protests in 2014, and could now face up to seven years behind bars.

The Umbrella Movement was the biggest pro-democracy protest in the city’s history, during which thousands occupied Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay from September to December of 2014.

Defence lawyers made arguments on sentencing on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, with some asking the court to refrain from imposing immediate jail terms. The court should consider community service orders or suspended sentences instead, they suggested.

Most of the activists also submitted personal statements to the court, some of which were read out in Cantonese.

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/10/just-sentencing-delayed-9-convicted-umbrella-movement-activists-court-seeks-report-tommy-cheung/?fbclid=IwAR2HwvmNCi4dmcXydaKIiT_m21XCP5Bf4ko6K5xUc67qJPGddiVAfitt9lU

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3005498/hong-kongs-occupy-leaders-granted-bail-and-will-learn

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3005451/tears-court-first-occupy-leaders-deliver-mitigation

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/09/full-civil-disobedience-not-defence-says-judge-umbrella-movement-activists-await-sentencing/

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3006037/hong-kong-people-will-continue-protest-against-injustice

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

https://www.france24.com/fr/20190409-hong-kong-militants-mouvement-parapluies-coupables-chine-liberte (FRANCAIS)

https://www.france24.com/es/20190410-revolucion-paraguas-hong-kong-culpables (ESPANOL)

Iran/France: Iran : après un entretien avec Rohani , Macron appelle à éviter toute escalade dans la région

le 9 avril, 2019

Washingon a décidé d’inscrire les Gardiens de la Révolution iraniens sur sa liste des “organisations terroristes”. En réaction le président iranien a accusé les Etats-Unis d’être “à la tête du terrorisme international”.

Emmanuel Macron, s’est entretenu par téléphone mardi avec le président iranien Hassan Rohani. Il appelle à “éviter toute escalade ou déstabilisation de la région”, a indiqué l’Elysée, après le regain de tensions entre l’Iran et les Etats-Unis. Le président français a aussi “rappelé l’attachement de la France et de ses partenaires européens au cadre fixé par l’accord nucléaire” iranien de 2015, avec la création du mécanisme de facilitation des transactions commerciales légitimes Instex.

Demande la libération de Nasrin Sotoudeh

 

“Il a souhaité qu’un dialogue constructif avec Téhéran se poursuive, sur la base d’un strict respect” de l’accord  et “d’une vision claire de l’avenir du programme nucléaire civil de l’Iran”.

Mais il a aussi fait part à son homologue iranien de ses “préoccupations sur le cas de l’avocate et militante iranienne” des droits humains Nasrin Sotoudeh et de nouveau appelé à sa libération. Déjà emprisonnée pour espionnage, la célèbre militante des droits humains, prix Sakharov du Parlement européen, a été condamnée à 12 ans de prison supplémentaires pour “incitation à la corruption et à la débauche” et 148 coups de fouet, notamment pour s’être présentée au tribunal sans le voile islamique obligatoire pour les femmes dans l’espace public.

https://www.lci.fr/international/iran-apres-un-entretien-avec-rohani-macron-appelle-a-eviter-toute-escalade-dans-la-region-2117958.html

https://www.flamboroughreview.com/whatson-story/9273177-atwood-urges-iran-to-release-activist/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/support-grows-for-iranian-human-rights-lawyer-s-release-from-prison-1.4371619 (ENGLISH)

http://www.rguama.icrt.cu/el-mundo-se-levanta-contra-condena-a-latigazos-y-prision-a-la-abogada-irani-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.cronachemaceratesi.it/2019/04/09/condannata-a-33-anni-e-148-frustate-raccolta-firme-in-tribunale-per-liberare-nasrin-sotoudeh/1234761/ (ITALIANO)

https://ildubbio.news/ildubbio/2019/04/09/nasrin-socia-onoraria-della-camera-penale-di-roma/ (ITALIANO)

https://ildubbio.news/ildubbio/2019/04/10/gli-avvocati-in-piazza-per-la-liberta-di-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.altalex.com/documents/news/2019/04/10/xxxiv-congresso-nazionale-forense (ITALIANO)

https://www.tt.com/ticker/15527676/macron-fordert-freilassung-iranischer-menschenrechtlerin-sotoudeh (DEUTSCH)

https://www.bndestem.nl/opinie/meer-actie-vanuit-het-westen-nodig-voor-mensenrechten-in-iran~aa25cddb/ (NEDERLAND)

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China: Lawyers under attack in China

April 9, 2019

Lawyer’s duty in China it is not to offer his services as a defendant but to support the rule of the Chinese Communist Party.

The profession of lawyer in today China is one of the most dangerous ones. Lawyer’s duty is not to offer his services as a defendant but to support the Chinese Communist Party’s rule.

This is what China’s Ministry of Justice announced. According to the notice released on March 27 the evaluation of the professionalism of lawyers is directly connected to the way they defend the socialist rule in China and of course the Party.

Disrespect of human rights in China has many aspects and affects ethnic groups, religious minorities, gender rights activists, workers’ rights activists and supporters of democratization. The problem is that lawyers who dare to take on the defence of victims against the Chinese authorities are also persecuted and imprisoned.

According to the announcement party loyalty is a required qualification and can determine the acquisition of the practicing license.

As reported by IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers the first criterion is that a lawyer “must support the leadership of the CCP, defend the rule of law under socialism, abide by the Constitution and laws, and adhere to the professional ethics and discipline of lawyers.”

The second is that all lawyers “must not have been subject to disciplinary action, administrative punishment, industry penalty, nor credit penalty during the past five years of practice.”

The Chinese regime becomes more and more intolerant. The Ministry’s notice wants to intimidate lawyers by offering their services to persecuted persons and deprive arrested activists of the right of defence.

https://www.europeaninterest.eu/article/lawyers-attack-china/

https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-regime-tightens-control-on-lawyers_2870637.html

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/hong-kong-lawyers-at-risk-of-rendition-to-china-law-society-warns-/5069925.article

https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/latest-news/news/2019/04/03/the-european-union-and-china-human-rights-dialogue

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2019/04/rights-lawyer-barred-from-leaving-china-to-study-in-us/

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/hong-kong-lawyers-at-risk-over-new-extradition-laws-law-society-warns-/5069925.article

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Yu_(lawyer)

China: Support Grows for Suspended Tsinghua Law Professor in China

April 9, 2019

People walk near the gate of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, July 27, 2016.

Support is growing at home and abroad for a liberal law professor at China’s Tsinghua University who was recently suspended for criticizing Chinese President Xi Jinping.

But how big an impact the backlash will have on the university’s Communist Party-appointed leadership or in China’s academic circles remains to be seen, observers say. Xu Zhangrun is one of several dozen cases of academics recently silenced because of their dissenting views.

Two weeks ago, Tsinghua University launched an investigation into Xu after he wrote articles that boldly criticized the Communist Party’s repressive policies in recent years including last year’s constitutional amendments to scrap Xi’s two-term limits.

Not intimidated

So far Xu has been silent about the investigation but has shown no signs of caving to the university’s suppression, according to Hu Jia, a rights activist in Beijing.

“He [Xu] came to the realization that, in times of crisis, so many people have taken his side and spoken up for him. This shows that justice naturally inhabits man’s heart,” Hu quoted Xu as saying after having exchanged messages with the professor on the Chinese social media app Wechat.

“It is Professor Xu’s belief that history will be on his side and justice will prevail. And no matter how hard those in power suppress him, the truth cannot be hidden,” Hu added.

https://www.voanews.com/a/china-academic-freedom/4867877.html

http://chinaheritage.net/xu-zhangrun-%E8%A8%B1%E7%AB%A0%E6%BD%A4/

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2019/04/08/2003713010

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201904060015.aspx

http://www.schoolinfosystem.org/2019/04/03/speaking-up-for-a-man-who-dared-to-speak-out/

https://bitterwinter.org/maintaining-stability-measures-curb-academic-freedoms/

Chinese university professor denounced by students for ‘opposing the Party and violating the constitution’

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/professor-04102019100534.html

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