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Algeria: Sit-in des magistrats et des avocats devant le ministère de la Justice

le 13 avril, 2019

Sit-in des magistrats et des avocats devant le ministère de la

Des avocats et magistrats ont tenu ce samedi 13 avril 2019 un rassemblement devant le siège du ministère de la Justice à Alger, pour protester contre les symboles du pouvoir en place, en solidarité avec le mouvement populaire et exiger la “liberté de la Justice”.

Les protestataires ont commencé à se rassembler peu après 10H30 devant le ministère de la Justice. Brandissant des emblèmes nationaux, ils ont donné le coup d’envoi de leur manifestation avec des “Djazaïr, Hourra Democratiya” et des “Libérez la Justice”.

Des éléments des forces de l’ordre bloquaient les accès au ministère et tentaient de repousser les avocats et magistrats, qui étaient présents par dizaines pour exiger une “justice libre”.

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/sit-in-des-magistrats-et-des-avocats-devant-le-ministere-de-la-justice_mg_5cb1bb78e4b098b9a2d42bc7

Rassemblement des magistrats et des avocats devant le Ministère de la Justice

Sit-in des magistrats et des avocats ce samedi devant le ministère de la Justice

Rassemblement des avocats contre le système à Alger [vidéo]

Les juges et les avocats annoncent le boycott de la présidentielle ! [vidéo]

Algérie : l’Union des avocats rejette Bensalah et les présidentielles du 4 juillet

ALGÉRIE/ POLITIQUE: Manifestation des avocats et des magistrats devant le ministère de la Justice.

http://www.dpa-international.com/topic/algerian-judges-lawyers-push-post-bouteflika-overhaul-190413-99-811017

http://lepays.bf/algerie-le-noble-combat-des-magistrats/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/algeria-magistrates-threaten-boycott-july-presidential-poll-190414052809258.html?fbclid=IwAR0iUXkHIDtV5j_LrlIsYReP5OPR45YHmXLs_fixYLfsQfjciPqsj-wEJoo (ENGLISH)

https://thearabweekly.com/algeria-has-interim-president-so-whats-next (ENGLISH)

https://www.modernghana.com/news/926911/algerian-rights-lawyer-mustapha-bouchachi-a-leading-voice-f.html (ENGLISH)

DÉCISION DU CONSEIL DE L’ORDRE DU 13 AVRIL 2019.MARCHE DES AVOCATS DE TIZI OUZOU DU 17 AVRIL 2019.

Le conseil de l’ordre des avocats de Tizi Ouzou, à décidé d’organiser le mercredi prochain le 17/04/2019 à 10 H00 un Grand rassemblement des avocats avec robes à la cour de Tizi Ouzou suivi d’une marche Pacifique pour exiger le départ du système et tous ses supplétifs.
-Départ de tous les responsables de la tragédie.
-Ouverture des vrais dossiers de corruption. 
-Installation immédiate d’une période de transition qui sera gerée par des personnalités crédibles choisies par le Peuple.
-Rejet de la mascarade électorale prévue pour le 04 juillet prochain.
NB:le transport sera assuré de toutes les juridictions vers la cour de Tizi Ouzou.
Pour le conseil de l’ordre le Bâtonnier Salah BRAHIMI.

(Ordre des avocats de Tizi Ouzou Facebook, 13/04/19)

 

Turkey: Tahir Elçi İnsan Hakları Vakfı açıldı: Koca boşluk vakfımızın varlık sebebi

Uğradığı silahlı saldırı sonucu yaşamını yitiren Diyarbakır Barosu Başkanı Tahir Elçi İnsan Hakları Vakıf açılışı bugün yapıldı. Açılışta Tahir Elçi’nin eşi Türkan Elçi bir konuşma yaptı.

Uğradığı silahlı saldırı sonucu yaşamını yitiren Diyarbakır Barosu Başkanı Tahir Elçi İnsan Hakları Vakfı açılışında Türkan Elçi konuştu. Elçi açılış konuşmasında, “Ölünceye kadar beraberimizde taşıyacağımız bir acıya ortak olduk” dedi.

‘AİLECE BİR VAKIF KURMAYI KENDİMİZE AMAÇ EDİNDİK’

Tahir Elçi’nin eşi Türkan Elçi, vakfın kuruluş amaçlarını anlatırken nasıl karar verdiklerini şöyle anlattı: “Her şeye rağmen biz yine de yüreği cesaretli kılmaya çalıştık. Yaşadığımız acının bir yandan yasını tutarken öte yandan içimizdeki acının kine nefrete dönüşmemesi aksine toplumun her kesimini birleştirici, kucaklayabileceği bir mecraya dönüşebilmesi için ailece bir vakıf kurmayı kendimize amaç edindik. Kızımla beraber kurmuş olduğumuz aile vakfının topluma mal olabilmesi, mücadelemizin güçlenebilmesi için vicdanlı, cesaret sahibi seslere ihtiyacımızın olduğunu duyurmak için yönetim kurulumuzla beraber düzenlediğimiz bu açılış gününde sizlerle bir arada bulunmanın gururunu yaşıyoruz.”

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2019/04/13/tahir-elci-insan-haklari-vakfi-acildi-koca-bosluk-vakfimizin-varlik-sebebi/

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/tr/news/kurdistan/514012

https://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/turkey-a-democracy-in-crisis-20190414 (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahir_El%C3%A7i (ENGLISH)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahir_El%C3%A7i (FRANCAIS)

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(Facebook, 13/04/19)

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China: ‘We Know That She is in Very Poor Health’

April 12, 2019

Li Wensheng (L) and Yuan Shanshan (R) in front of the courthouse in Shenyang, April 9, 2019.

Authorities in the northeastern Chinese province of Liaoning have postponed the trial of a detained human rights lawyer, who is suffering from multiple health problems after more than 18 months of pretrial detention.

Li Yuhan was scheduled to stand trial on charges of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” on April 9, according to her brother Li Wensheng, who was only notified by the judge after making the trip from his home in the eastern province of Jiangsu to attend the trial.

Li told RFA he had tried to arrange a meeting with the judge after his arrival, but that the judge hadn’t taken his calls.

“As for the specific reason, the judge said it was because the lawyer had requested that witnesses be allowed to appear in court,” Li said.

“But when I asked the lawyer, he said that this request was made last year, that they were maybe just using this as an excuse [to delay the case],” he said.

“I will try contact the judge again, but I have been unable to contact him so far; he just says he’s in a meeting.”

Li Yuhan has been visited by her defense attorney in the Shenyang No. 1 Detention Center, and found to be in poor health. She has been hospitalized twice and given a number of medications, Li said.

Her lawyer has applied for her release on medical grounds.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/trial-04122019113544.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/li-yuhan

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 13/04/19)

Nigeria: Gunmen assassinate P-Harcourt based lawyer

April 12, 2019

Unknown gunmen have assassinated a Port Harcourt based legal practitioner, identified by the Rivers State Police Command as Mr. Promise Frank Igwe.

The victim was shot dead at a bar in Ozuoba Community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, around 10am, Friday.

The victim was quickly identified as a lawyer because he had gone to the waiting point dressed in his full barrister regalia.

A source who claimed to have witnessed the incident, but pleaded anonymity, said the unknown gunmen trailed the lawyer to the drinking joint where he was waiting for an undisclosed person before the gunmen arrived the scene.

It was gathered that the gunmen killed the victim and made away with his telephone sets.

However, personnel from Ozuoba Divisional Police, had later arrived the scene and picked the remains of the victim to a mortuary.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/04/gunmen-assassinate-p-harcourt-based-lawyer/

Gunmen Assassinate lawyer, Promise Frank Igwe In Rivers

Hoodlums assassinate lawyer in Rivers

Hoodlums assassinate lawyer in Rivers

The Philippines: Karapatan ex-leader belies link to CPP-NPA

April 13, 2019

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The former head of the human rights group Karapatan in Southern Mindanao criticized the Armed Forces of the Philippines for linking the group to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Honey Mae Suazo, the former secretary-general of Karapatan Southern Mindanao, said in an emailed statement that AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. was “spinning their dirty old tactics to discredit the human rights advocacy and legal services of Karapatan to the marginalized.”

“They have gone so low, even adding personal attacks against me by dragging my husband, whom I am separated from, into their allegations,” she said.

On Friday, the AFP linked Karapatan’s Suazo to the communist group when they presented a receipt for the bail of alleged NPA commander named Zaldy Cañete, alias Jinggoy, in 2015, which was paid by Suazo.

The Tagum City Regional Trial Court issued the receipt with serial number 8369533B back in July 7, 2015, after posting the P200,000 bail for Cañete who was captured in 2010.

But Suazo said it was part of her work to provide legal services as paralegal worker to represent Cañete’s family.

“I had to act as representative for the family, given the situation at that time. Cañete’s father was murdered, while his mother and sibling were gravely under threat. We had worked through this legal process and most of the cases were dismissed due to lack of merit and others were bailable. The family raised the funds for the recommended bail,” Suazo said.

Karapatan ex-leader belies link to CPP-NPA

https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2019/04/13/1909564/foreign-partners-support-karapatan-vs-red-tagging

Karapatan files complaints with UN officials vs military’s red-tagging

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/04/05/1907546/karapatan-raises-red-tagging-concerns-un-officials

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/04/14/1909842/duterte-rights-groups-you-defend-i-kill-criminals

https://www.karapatan.org/

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

ADVISORY AND INVITATION

The vicious red-baiting must stop. Gen. Parlade must put up or shut up.

The NATIONAL UNION OF PEOPLES’ LAWYERS (NUPL) will ask the Supreme Court to protect its officers and members from reckless labelling harassment, threats and violence through the Writs of Amparo and Habeas Data against Parlade and his superiors, including Atty. Rodrigo Duterte.

This is the opening salvo in a string of legal suits against Gen. Parlade’s wild red-tagging.

Representatives from the marginalized sectors, who are clients of NUPL, will join them and stage a protest action in calling for the military and the Duterte administration to take their hands off their people’s lawyers.

NUP lawyers, law students and their allied lawyers in the profession will appear in the street in their court attire.

When: 15 April 2019
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Supreme Court

STOP THE ATTACKS ON LAWYERS!
LAWYERS ARE NOT TERRORISTS!

-Full media coverage and livestreaming are requested.-

For more information, please contact the NUPL Secretariat at (02) 920-6660 or (+63) 917-887-0776.

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 14/04/19)

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ATM: Members and officers of the NUPL troop to the Supreme Court to ask for protection from relentless military red-tagging led by Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.

The red scare tactics have intensified in recent months, with NUPL members being subjected to surveillance and various forms of threat, harassment and intimidation. The most vicious attack was the murder of Atty. Ben Ramos in Negros last year. In his last days alive, Atty. Ben was red-baited in anti-communist posters which showed his photo together with those of activists in the region.

NUPL lawyers were joined this afternoon by their clients from the marginalized sectors. They called on the government to let their lawyers do their jobs and urged the Supreme Court to issue the protective writs of amparo and habeas data in their favor.#

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 15/04/19)

The Philippines: CA junks arrest warrant in Cavite case vs. lawyer who sued Duterte before ICC

April 13, 2019

The Court of Appeals (CA) has junked the arrest warrant issued against Jude Sabio, the lawyer who filed a communication with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

In a 15-page decision dated March 29, a copy of which ABS-CBN News obtained Saturday, the CA 9th Division ruled that there was no basis for a Trece Martires City, Cavite judge to order Sabio’s arrest over his non-compliance with the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program for lawyers.

All Philippine lawyers are required to take MCLE classes every 3 years.

CA Associate Justice Emily Aliño-Geluz, as then Trece Martires City Regional Trial Court Branch 23 Judge, had issued an arrest warrant against Sabio on March 7, 2018 after Sabio failed to pay the P2,000 fine which the judge imposed as his MCLE compliance certificate had expired.

Sabio asked the judge to reconsider her order but she ignored the motion and instead issued another warrant of arrest in place of the previous unserved one in April 2018.

The President appointed her as CA associate justice on April 30, 2018 shortly after she issued the arrest warrants against Sabio.

In its ruling, the appellate court said Geluz gravely abused her discretion when she imposed the penalty of a fine with imprisonment and later on issued the warrants of arrest against Sabio.

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/13/19/ca-junks-arrest-warrant-in-cavite-case-vs-lawyer-who-sued-duterte-before-icc?fbclid=IwAR26md0AZOCYkwuf4YSnk1U-r735JG86NzuD5TGhCvTsIifjF-GzWQ4cMow

https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/05/05/608440198/philippine-lawyer-faces-death-threats-after-filing-case-at-the-hague-against-dut

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-drugs-icct/threatened-and-vilified-but-philippine-lawyer-says-he-wants-death-squad-president-in-court-idUSKCN1G203C

CA junks arrest warrant in Cavite case vs. lawyer who sued Duterte before ICC

https://www.icc-cpi.int/

Iran/France: Prominent Human Rights Defender: Iran is Intensifying Crackdown on Activism to Stifle Dissent

April 12, 2019

The Iranian government and judiciary are intensifying a nationwide crackdown on civil society and beyond, as well as most forms of activism, to stifle any form of dissent, Abdolkarim Lahiji, a prominent Iranian human rights attorney now based in France, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

In a wide-ranging interview conducted by phone on April 5, 2019, Lahiji, who defended political prisoners in Iran before and after the country’s 1979 revolution told CHRI: “Today, it’s not just political opponents and defenders of human rights being imprisoned, but conservationists, hungry people and Sufi Muslims, too. The scope of the crackdown has expanded. When social and economic conditions deteriorate, the Islamic Republic believes it can only protect its cohesion by cracking down on people and if it loosens its grip, protests could spread into an uncontrollable situation.”

Excerpts of the interview follow.

CHRI: In recent years, Iran’s judiciary has been leveling various charges against prisoners of conscience based on activities that are not crimes under the law. How did we get here?

Abdolkarim Lahiji: First we have to keep in mind that we are dealing with an ideological and theocratic judicial system. Iran’s judiciary has two traits that we have witnessed since the first week after the 1979 revolution. The first trait is that it’s arbitrary.

What they have done to Abdolfattah SoltaniNarges Mohammadi and Nasrin Sotoudeh are clear examples. They want to intimidate everyone, especially after the mass demonstrations that have taken place in the past two years, with people protesting against unpaid wages, high prices and poverty. They punish prisoners of conscience and political prisoners so that others would be scared to talk to foreign media and share their frustrations with the world.

Prominent Human Rights Defender: Iran is Intensifying Crackdown on Activism to Stifle Dissent

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

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

https://plus.lesoir.be/217822/article/2019-04-12/nasrine-sotoudeh-et-les-cites-sans-voiles (FRANCAIS)

http://www.reportageonline.it/a-lamezia-sabato-13-aprile-conferenza-stampa-e-convegno-avvocati-in-pericolo/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.giornaledibrescia.it/brescia-e-hinterland/camera-penale-di-brescia-nasrin-sotoudeh-%C3%A8-socia-onoraria-1.3354116 (ITALIANO)

https://brescia.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/19_aprile_13/camera-penale-nasrin-sotoudeh-socia-onoraria-b4c5767a-5dd3-11e9-89db-a8646a3a5dc3.shtml (ITALIANO)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/local/valencia/20190412/461600561624/generalitat-valenciana-rechaza-la-condena-sin-precedentes-a-nasrin-sotoudeh-y-exige-a-gobierno-y-ue-revisar-acuerdos.html (ESPANOL)

https://contrainformacion.es/140398-2/ (ESPANOL)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/ar/free_nasrin_loc/?email&fbclid=IwAR0VpIYYF8_FHRK7bjvaDapyTAf9oxuVjHPMb14MxqUTSDhUiBZRqsqjclI (ARABIC)

#FreeNasrin

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