Daily Archives: 12/04/2019

Ukraine: criminal proceedings against lawyer Andriy Domanskyi raise concerns

April 12, 2019

Today, the ICJ expressed concern at the criminal proceedings against Andriy Domanskyi, a lawyer practicing in Ukraine, known for representing individuals facing political prosecution and defending journalists.
The ICJ has called on the Ukrainian authorities to drop any criminal proceedings which may result from the identification of the lawyer with his clients and to ensure that the lawyer’s rights are protected and that he can continue to carry out his professional activity without improper interference, intimidation or threat.

On 5 April Domanskyi was issued a note of suspicion in a criminal proceeding reportedly initiated in 2013 concerning the “privatization of municipal premises”.

Criminal proceedings were initiated one day after the commencement on 4 April of a trial of his client Kirill Vyshynskyi, Chief Editor of RIA Novosti Ukraine recently changed with high treason and a number of other crimes.

Domanskyi considers these criminal proceedings against him are linked with his professional activity and are a means of putting pressure on him as a result of work on this high-profile case.

Ukraine: criminal proceedings against lawyer Andriy Domanskyi raise concerns

Nigeria: BREAKING: EFCC releases detained lawyer Ubani

April 11, 2019

EFCC releases detained lawyer Ubani

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today released the former 2nd Vice President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Monday Ubani who had been detained by the Commission.

Ubani was arrested and detained on March 19, along with Senator Christopher Enai, for failing to produce the former Managing Director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Mrs Ngozi Olejeme, who they both stood for as sureties.

Olojeme is facing a N6.4billion fraud charge preferred against her by the EFCC.

Ubani had maintained his innocence over Olejeme’s disappearance, insisting that she absconded after the EFCC raided her home

BREAKING: EFCC releases detained lawyer Ubani

http://www.barristerng.com/breaking-magu-releases-top-lawyer-monday-ubani-after-24-days-illegal-detention/

http://saharareporters.com/2019/04/11/breaking-ex-bar-association-vp-monday-ubani-released-after-30-days-efcc-custody

EFCC releases Ubani from detention

http://www.onyekachiubanifoundation.com/authobiography-of-onyekachi-ubani/

Sudan: IBAHRI calls for respect of human rights and the rule of law in Sudan

April 12, 2019

Sudanese celebrate after officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Following the announcement of the ousting of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir and the Defence Minister, Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, assuming leadership of the country, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the army and transitional government to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in Sudan.

 

IBAHRI Co-Chair, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, stated: ‘While not wishing to comment on the legality or otherwise of this transition, it must be emphasised that it is imperative that human rights and the rule of law are respected. The overthrowal of a brutal tyranny must not be the occasion of new and gross violations of human rights. The military must ensure that the state of emergency called for the next two months is not used as an excuse to undermine fundamental human rights. The violations that have accompanied the protests cannot continue. In addition, individuals arbitrarily arrested and detained during the protests that preceded this transition must be immediately released.

In December 2018, increased prices on fuel, bread and medicine, as well as limits on cash withdrawals, sparked ongoing protests across Sudan. These protests intensified on 6 April 2019 when thousands of protesters gathered outside the residence of then President Al Bashir to demand his resignation. On 11 April 2019, the Defence Minister, General Ibn Ouf, announced that President Al Bashir had been removed from power and that the army would oversee a two-year transition period until elections take place.

During the December protests, excessive force by the National Intelligence and Security Service, other security forces and police led to the deaths of at least 38 people. Persons connected to demonstrations were arrested and detained, with some reportedly tortured. Many of these detainees were denied access to lawyers, family members and possibly medical assistance. Many remain under detention either pending trial or having been convicted on tenuous charges for their actual or perceived participation in the protests.

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=c0ac545c-861f-489c-bd5a-dc0cf1d12f76

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/11/sudan-al-bashir-ouster-end-authoritarianism

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/sudan-military-authorities-must-break-with-al-bashir-assault-on-human-rights/

http://saharareporters.com/2019/04/12/turn-over-al-bashir-international-criminal-court-amnesty-international-tells-sudan

https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir?fbclid=IwAR3rRdQixFBIBfD2TDZ31qGspl-UPs9kUMjZlJVwbDg3_AQ5k_fTjxlMN0A

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/09/sudan-protesters-killed-injured

http://www.idhae.org/pdf/SOUDSUP19.pdf (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20190411-soudan-omar-el-bechir-cpi?fbclid=IwAR1YAm9Gc97Eo-WY5ziLWxk8uXXb-FwUwQsv1GgAj50TYrKZ_7tLZ7RQI60 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2019/04/sudan-government-mounts-lethal-offensive-against-protesters-killing-nine-blocking-food-and-water-supplies/ (FRANCAIS)

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Turkey: 300 purge victim judges, prosecutors barred from obtaining law licenses: report

April 11, 2019

Three hundred judges and prosecutors who were dismissed by the Turkish government but also acquitted or cleared of charges of membership in terrorist organizations have been prohibited from obtaining law licenses, according to the Rule of Law Platform, BBC Turkish service reported on Thursday.

They are mostly former judges or prosecutors who were purged by a government decree during a two-year-long state of emergency declared after a failed coup in 2016.

Turkey dismissed them for alleged affiliation with terrorist groups designated by the country’s National Security Council (MGK).

While the dismissals were primarily based on administrative investigations conducted by the public institutions in which they were working at the time, some criminal investigations were also launched into them.

After their acquittals, the dismissed judges and prosecutors were free to apply to bar associations for law licenses.

Initially, the bar associations rejected their applications; however, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) later overruled the rejections.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry appealed the TBB’s decision in a local court, which ruled in favor of the ministry. An appeals court also upheld the verdict.

According to the government decrees, dismissed public servants cannot be hired for any public office, and the Justice Ministry deems serving a private lawyer to be a public duty.

At this point, some of the purged lawyers individually applied to the Constitutional Court but have not yet received a decision. On the other hand, the TBB has started to reject applications from purge victims based on the latest ruling from the appeals court.

300 purge victim judges, prosecutors barred from obtaining law licenses: report

Erdoğan manages to install his choice as new European Court of Human Rights judge

Nigeria: Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma

April 10, 2019

Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma

In a letter to the Nigerian authorities Lawyers for Lawyers expressed concern about the maltreatment of Justus Ijeoma by the police. It was reported that Mr Ijeoma was brutally assaulted by police officers when accompanying a client to the State Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Asaba, on 26 March 2019.

 

Justus Ijeoma is a Nigerian human rights lawyer and the executive director of the International Human Rights and Equity Defense Foundation (I-REF). His work especially focuses on police violence. By providing free legal services and advice his organization aims to improve the access to justice of the population and the public accountability.

According to the information we received, Mr. Ijeoma was brutally assaulted by officers of the anti-kidnapping unit of the Nigerian police force when accompanying a client to the State Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Asaba, on March 26th, 2019. When his client still wasn’t interrogated in the early evening, Mr. Ijeoma suggested that they would plan the hearing for the next day. The Officer-in-Charge (OC) then ordered that Mr. Ijeoma’s client would be taken to the detention room. Mr. Ijeoma objected, informed his client about her rights and refused to hand over her phone, which led to him begin slapped in the face by the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in the presence of the OC.  Mr. Ijeoma told the OC that he wanted to report to him that his officer had just slapped him, but got ignored and The OC ordered for Mr. Ijeoma’s detention too. He was then violently captured by four officers, who held him and beat him severely, tearing off his clothes. The officers chained his legs and left him in the room, which they filled with tear gas. When the officers returned and opened the door and window, Mr. Ijeoma managed to take a picture of himself with his phone by means of evidence and when he refused to hand over his phone the officers were ordered to beat him ‘professionally’ and avoid leaving any trace.

Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma

https://www.world-talks.com/blog/a-case-of-police-violence-in-nigeria-interview-with-justus-ijeoma

Human rights defender Justus speaks at the Rotterdam International Secondary School