Daily Archives: 11/04/2019

China/USA: China defends exit ban on human rights lawyer

April 10, 2019

Exit bans are a common way for China to try to curb the activities of figures it sees as disturbing the communist system

China on Thursday defended an exit ban imposed on a human rights lawyer as lawful after the United States urged Beijing to let him travel to receive a US fellowship.

Chen Jiangang was selected to study English as part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, a programme named for the late vice president that provides a year of US education for emerging leaders from around the world.

But the lawyer said he was pulled aside by customs at Beijing Capital airport as he prepared to board a flight to Seattle on April 1 and told he was banned from leaving China.

“This persecution of lawyers and disregard for the rule of law once again shows to the world that the Chinese government is openly and unceasingly depriving people of their human rights,” he said in a statement.

“Nothing stops the Chinese government from doing whatever it wants to, disregarding any law or commitment it makes,” he said.

The US State Department said it was “disturbed” by the move and urged China to “respect Chen’s freedom of movement and to view lawyers and rights defenders as partners in strengthening Chinese society through development of rule of law.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday the exit ban was “in accordance with China’s own laws.”

“China’s relevant departments are… handling the exit-entry affairs of the relevant Chinese national in accordance with the law,” Lu said at a regular press briefing.

Chen had represented Xie Yang, a leading lawyer involved in politically sensitive cases including the defending of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, who was himself rounded up in a sweeping crackdown on legal staff in 2015.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6909301/US-urges-China-let-blocked-lawyer-travel-fellowship.html

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/china-defends-exit-ban-on-human-rights-lawyer-119041100779_1.html

US urges China to lift exit ban on prominent lawyer Chen Jiangang to travel for fellowship

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3004544/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-banned-leaving-country-study-us

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/ban-04112019111824.html

https://www.atlantico.fr/node/3570239 (FRANCAIS)

Iran/France: Conférence exceptionnelle de Shirin Ebadi sur la situation dramatique des avocats en Iran

le 11 avril, 2019

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Ouverture de la conférence exceptionnelle de Shirin Ebadi avec notamment la lecture de la lettre de Nasrin Sotoudeh adressée hier à l’attention du barreau de Paris en remerciement de notre mobilisation.
Il convient de lutter ensemble contre la fin total de l’indépendance judiciaire en Iran.
L’Observatoire international des avocats en danger condamne avec la plus grande fermeté la décision du gouvernement iranien de limiter la défense des accusés de crimes politiques à une liste d’avocats approuvé par celui-ci.
De nombreux avocats iraniens sont incarcérés : Nasrin Sotoudeh, Mohammad Nafaji, Hoda Amid, Arash Keykhosravi et Ghasem Sholel Sa’di. Tous ces avocats ont été condamné, incarcéré pour avoir tout simplement exercer leur métier.

(Barreau de Paris / Ordre des avocats de Paris Facebook, 11/04/19)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/04/11/en-iran-le-gouvernement-exerce-une-pression-maximale-sur-les-avocats-independants_5448986_3210.html?fbclid=IwAR0xaGz8YNz16qCtCK1_rP2AoeVi0eksakBRiAVARkZvB3AaDlg9q8lPnpc

http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190411-mots-nasrin-sotoudeh-dela-barreaux-lettre-prison

http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190411-iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-combat-voix-droits-humains

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Moyen-Orient/Iran-prison-lavocate-Nasrin-Sotoudeh-poursuit-combat-droit-femmes-2019-04-12-1201015239

https://www.unsa.org/L-UNSA-apporte-son-soutien-a-l-avocate-iranienne-Nasrin-Sotoudeh.html

https://www.affiches-parisiennes.com/nasrin-sotoudeh-citoyenne-d-honneur-de-la-ville-de-paris-8903.html

http://video.lefigaro.fr/figaro/video/avocate-en-danger-la-video-de-soutien-du-barreau-de-paris-a-nasrin-sotoudeh/6025621930001/

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

https://fa.euronews.com/2019/04/12/iran-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-letter-to-paris-bar-association-shirin-ebadi (FARSI)

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

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2003/ebadi/biographical/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Shirin-Ebadi (ENGLISH)

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

https://verbaende.com/news.php/Anwaltverein-DAV-fordert-unverzuegliche-Freilassung-der-iranischen-Menschenrechtsanwaeltin-Nasrin-Sotoudeh-Statement-der-Praesidentin-des-Deutschen-Anwaltvereins-DAV-Rechtsanwaeltin-und-Notarin?m=128246 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2019/04/11/iran-firma-la-petizione-salviamo-nasrin-sotoudeh-condannata-a-148-frustate-e-quasi-40-anni-in-prigione/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.difesaonline.it/mondo-militare/lei-difesa/lonu-ammetter%C3%A0-al-comitato-i-diritti-delle-donne-un-loro-persecutore (ITALIANO)

https://www.agenziagiornalisticaopinione.it/lancio-dagenzia/coppola-futura-mozione-solidarieta-allavvocata-iraniana-nasrin-sotoudeh-condannata-da-un-tribunale-iraniano-a-38-anni-di-reclusione-e-148-frustate/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.bolsamania.com/noticias/sociedad/generalitat-valenciana-rechaza-la-condena-sin-precedentes-a-nasrin-sotoudeh-y-exige-a-gobierno-y-ue-revisar-acuerdos–3841526.html (ITALIANO)

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Colombia/UK: International lawyers observe “12 Apostles” trial of Santiago Uribe Vélez

April 11, 2019

Representatives from the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the Colombian Caravana (UK) have returned to Medellin to continue observing the trial of Santiago Uribe Vélez, the brother of former President and current Senator, Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Santiago Uribe is accused of heading a paramilitary group in North Antioquia during the early 1990s that became known as the “12 Apostles”.  He also is charged with the murder of bus driver, Camilo Barrientos Durán, in 1994.  During its existence, the 12 Apostles sought to carry out what many have referred to as ‘social cleansing’ – eliminating those considered ‘undesirable’ to the group such as sex workers and drug addicts. In addition, the group targeted members and supporters of guerrilla groups. The group is considered to be responsible for over 500 murders and disappearances during this period.

International observation missions were organised following evidence of threats and intimidation to lawyers and witnesses in the case. Daniel Prado, lawyer to the victims of the case, has been granted precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Medida cautelar N° 261-16 of 20 November 2017), which stated that “the rights to life and personal integrity of Mr. Daniel Ernesto Prado Albarracín are at grave risk.” We understand that, although the National Protection Unit (Unidad Nacional de Protección) provided him with a car as a security measure, it does not have reinforced windows which means that it does not provide adequate protection.

The mission has been informed about serious attempts having been made to undermine the work of the prosecution. It is reported that in November 2017 a plan was uncovered to murder Olwan de Jésus Agudelo Betancurt, one of the witnesses in the case.

https://preview.mailerlite.com/b1t2k6/1131637732708192920/z6w9/

https://www.abcolombia.org.uk/case-los-doce-apostoles-human-rights-lawyer-at-risk/

https://peacebrigades.org.uk/daniel-prado-colombia

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/law-society-expresses-grave-concerns-regarding-human-rights-violations-against-members-of-legal-profession-886341166.html

http://www.colombiancaravana.org.uk/trial-observation-12-apostles-case-press-release-nota-de-prensa/

http://www.advocates.org.uk/news-and-responses/news/2018/dec/faculty-observer-at-twelve-apostles-trial-in-colombia

http://www.lawyersatrisk.org/

https://www.fidh.org/es/temas/defensores-de-derechos-humanos/colombia-campana-de-ataques-intimidacion-y-amenazas-en-contra-del-sr (ESPANOL)

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Ameriques/Daniel-Prado-justice-paix-2018-12-05-1200987560 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.newswire.ca/fr/news-releases/le-barreau-tres-preoccupe-par-les-violations-des-droits-de-la-personne-a-l-encontre-de-membres-de-la-profession-juridique-845161362.html (FRANCAIS)

China/USA: US urges China to let blocked lawyer travel for fellowship

April 11, 2019

The US State Department on Wednesday (Apr 10) urged China to let a human rights lawyer travel after he said he was prevented from flying to the United States for a fellowship.

“We are disturbed by reports that Chinese authorities prevented prominent human rights lawyer Chen Jiangang from leaving China to participate in a State Department-sponsored exchange programme,” said the department’s spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus.

“We urge China to respect Chen’s freedom of movement and to view lawyers and rights defenders as partners in strengthening Chinese society through development of rule of law,” she tweeted.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/us-urges-china-to-let-blocked-lawyer-travel-for-fellowship-11431462

https://chinachange.org/2019/04/01/a-statement-by-lawyer-chen-jiangang-blocked-today-from-leaving-china-to-take-part-in-the-humphrey-fellowship-program/

Egypt/USA: Desperate To Secure Her Mother’s Release From Prison, Egyptian Woman Seeks U.S. Help

April 9, 2019

Through the hallways of Capitol Hill, Jihad Khaled, 26, was desperately bouncing from one meeting to another, talking to Congress members as well as human rights activists and major news outlets. She hoped her efforts would help get her mother, Hoda Abdelmoniem, 60, released from an Egyptian prison.

“Death is much better than imprisonment. Death is fate. But when you’re a political prisoner — that’s just injustice,” Khaled said in a recent interview with NPR.

Before dawn on Nov. 1, 2018, Khaled was in Doha, Qatar, when she woke up frantically to a phone ringing. She picked up to hear her sister’s voice panting. Their mother, Abdelmoniem, a prominent human rights lawyer and former member of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights, had been detained and taken to an undisclosed location by Egyptian state security forces after they raided her flat in Cairo.

“I felt numb. Frozen. I didn’t realize what was happening, but I knew it wasn’t something that can be solved in two days,” Khaled said.

Twenty days after her detention, Abdelmoniem appeared in court for the first time. She told her family that she was being detained in an undisclosed location. Her last appearance in court was on March 26. During the time between court hearings, none of her relatives knew her whereabouts.

Khaled said the family has now learned that Abdelmoniem is being held at al-Qanater women’s prison in Egypt’s Monufia province, north of Cairo.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/09/709456720/desperate-to-secure-her-mothers-release-from-prison-egyptian-woman-seeks-u-s-hel?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190410

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190119-amnesty-egypt-must-release-rights-activist-abdelmonem/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde12/9705/2019/en/

https://clarionproject.org/ilhan-omar-demands-release-of-muslim-brotherhood-senior-member/

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/11/18/egypte-arrestations-massives-davocats-et-dactivistes (FRANCAIS)