Daily Archives: 15/04/2019

France: Alain Soral condamné pour négationnisme à un an de prison ferme

le 15 avril, 2019

Le polémiste d’extrême droite Alain Soral a été condamné ce lundi par le tribunal correctionnel de Paris à un an de prison ferme assorti d’un mandat d’arrêt, pour contestation de l’existence de la Shoah.

L’essayiste, condamné pour avoir publié sur son site des conclusions litigieuses de son avocat dans une autre affaire, n’était pas présent à la lecture du délibéré. Son conseil, Damien Viguier, a été condamné à 5000 euros d’amende pour complicité, en raison du contenu de ces conclusions.

Le tribunal est allé au-delà des réquisitions du parquet s’agissant de Soral, déjà condamné à plusieurs reprises, notamment pour provocation à la haine raciale. Lors de l’audience, le 5 mars, l’accusation avait demandé six mois ferme contre lui, et 15.000 euros d’amende contre son avocat. Tous deux devront verser un euro symbolique de dommages et intérêts à quatre associations antiracistes parties civiles, ainsi que 1500 euros au titre des frais de justice, solidairement, à chacune d’entre elles.




Conférence d’Alain Soral à Grenoble : l’avocat de l’idéologue adresse une lettre ouverte à Éric Piolle

Alain Soral et son avocat Damien Viguier poursuivis pour des conclusions en défense d’un dessin





http://en.rfi.fr/france/20190415-french-far-right-activist-alain-soral-sentenced-jail-holocaust-denial (ENGLISH)

https://qz.com/1595792/holocaust-denial-in-france-alain-soral-sentenced-to-a-year-in-jail/ (ENGLISH)

https://orf.at/stories/3118916/ (DEUTSCH)

https://www.agi.it/estero/alain_soral_olocausto-5334636/news/2019-04-15/ (ITALIANO)

http://br.rfi.fr/franca/20190415-ensaista-frances-e-condenado-prisao-por-negar-existencia-do-holocausto (PORTUGUES)

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2019/04/15/holocaustontkenner-alain-soral-veroordeeld-tot-jaar-celstraf-a3956942 (NEDERLAND)

https://nos.nl/artikel/2280599-extreem-rechtse-essayist-soral-krijgt-jaar-cel-voor-holocaustontkenning.html (NEDERLAND)

https://hirtv.hu/hirtvkulfold/egyevi-letoltendo-bortonre-iteltek-egy-francia-holokauszttagadot-2479743 (MAGYAR)

The Philippines: Rights lawyers seek protection from high court amid harassment, red baiting

April 15, 2019

“The Honorable Court cannot sit idly by and allow state forces and their agents dictate how law ought to be practiced and eliminate lawyers who chose to represent the marginalized from the face of this land,” the petition read.

Amid recent violence, harassment, threats and red baiting against its members, the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) filed a petition for writs of amparo and habeas data with the Supreme Court this afternoon.

Named respondents were President Rodrigo Duterte as commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Deputy Commander for Intelligence of the AFP Brig. Gen. Fernando T. Trinidad, Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) Chief Maj. Gen. Erwin Neri, Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Sabiniano Alberto and AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr.

The NUPL seeks the protection of its members “whose rights to life, liberty and security have been violated and continue to be violated through persistent threats and harassment, and red tagging clearly intended to vilify and intimidate them and prevent them from pursuing their profession as members of the bar and from practicing their advocacy as peoples’ lawyers serving the poor and the marginalized.”

The group said that some of their members have been in the line of duty.

The NUPL has also asked the high court to compel the respondents, under the Writ of Habeas Data, to produce and, if necessary, to update and rectify, or to suppress and destroy, data, information, and files in their possession, under their control, or contained in their data base which relate to or concern them.

Rights lawyers seek protection from high court amid harassment, red baiting

NUPL asks SC to stop police from surveillance, threatening its members

Lawyers group seeks SC help, protection from military harassment





Final draft NUPL AMPARO for filing

https://www.eaglenews.ph/dahil-sa-diumanoy-panghaharass-ng-militar-nupl-hiniling-sa-korte-suprema-ang-pagpapalabas-ng-writ-of-amparo/?fbclid=IwAR3Rwx4jecUazBNqk0Fo-cKuhJXVBK_E309Y6K7zTUahKlWaIJeCZ899dTA (TAGALOG)

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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)

Saudi Arabia: 5 Years On, Activist Still Behind Bars

April 15, 2019


Saudi authorities should immediately release the prominent human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, who was sentenced in 2014 to 15 years in prison solely for his peaceful human rights advocacy, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), Saudi Arabia’s terrorism tribunal, convicted Abu al-Khair in July 2014 primarily for his comments to media outlets and tweets criticizing Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, especially the country’s harsh sentences against peaceful critics. In addition to his 15-year sentence, the court also issued a 15-year travel ban and imposed a fine of 200,000 Saudi Riyals (US$53,000).


“Stifling peaceful dissent with outrageous sentences has shown the Saudi government’s lack of commitment to serious political and civil reform,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “A serious reform campaign, no matter how Saudi-funded public relations propagandists spin it, doesn’t entail locking up human rights defenders for 15 years for courageously speaking up.”
Abu al-Khair’s trial before the Specialized Criminal Court opened in October 2013. Following his fifth trial session on April 15, 2014, the interior minister issued a detention order, and Abu al-Khair has remained in detention since then. He is in al-Dhahban prison, north of Jeddah.
In its July 2014 decision, the court found Abu al-Khair guilty on six charges: “seeking to remove legitimate authority;” “harming public order in the state and its officials;” “inflaming public opinion and disparaging and insulting judicial authority;” “publicly slandering the judiciary, distorting the kingdom’s reputation, making international organizations hostile to the kingdom, and issuing unverified statements that harm the kingdom’s reputation and incite against it and alienate it;” “founding an unlicensed organization;” and violating Saudi Arabia’s anti-cybercrime law.
Abu al-Khair is a lawyer who has represented several others facing human rights violations as a legal advocate, and also founded Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, a human rights organization that published information about human rights issues in the kingdom.


HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer



https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/15/arabie-saoudite-cinquieme-annee-de-prison-pour-lactiviste-waleed-abu-al-khair?fbclid=IwAR39PqALljbp4s6mak76nEPU-aPkyK-qjQEXest7mqYKNozoB-xzgLm1e_8 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

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Iran: دادگاه تجدیدنظر حکم ۱۰ سال زندان یک وکیل دادگستری در ایران را تایید کرد

محمد نجفی، وکیل دادگستری

محکومیت محمد نجفی، وکیل دادگستری که در ارتباط با حوادث دی سال ۹۶ و به اتهام همکاری با دُوَل متخاصم، به ۱۰ سال حبس محکوم شده بود، در دادگاه تجدیدنظر تأیید شد.

به گزارش خبرگزاری ایرنا، محکومیت آقای نجفی به یک‌سال حبس برای فعالیت تبلیغی به نفع گروه‌ها و سازمان‌های مخالف نظام، دو سال حبس به اتهام توهین به رهبر جمهوری اسلامی و ۱۰ سال حبس به اتهام همکاری با دول متخاصم از طریق انتقال اخبار و اطلاعات به وسیله مصاحبه، در دادگاه تجدیدنظر استان مرکزی تأیید شد.

بر اساس ماده ۱۳۴ قانون مجازات اسلامی، در صورتی که جرایم فرد بیشتر از یک مورد باشد، تنها حکمی در نظر گرفته می‌شود که بالاترین میزان مجازات است.

محمد نجفی در پی اطلاع‌رسانی درباره وحید حیدری بازداشت شد. آقای حیدری یکی از معترضان دی‌ماه سال ۹۶ بود که در بازداشتگاهی در اراک جان باخت.



https://www.iranrights.org/library/document/3336 (ENGLISH)

https://www.rferl.org/a/iconic-iranian-antihijab-protester-jailed-for-year/29879887.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2019/04/prominent-human-rights-defender-iran-is-intensifying-crackdown-on-activism-to-stifle-dissent/ (ENGLISH)

https://milbankmonitor.com/iran-arrested-7000-in-crackdown-on-dissent-during-2018-amnesty/14/04/2019/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.nouvelobs.com/monde/20190415.OBS11576/un-an-de-prison-pour-une-iranienne-qui-avait-proteste-contre-le-port-du-voile.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1f-Sj6mS8f0-i1vaCoXqOjPc-0fBXTK9suU7ggmAv2KeKAlxCK9Vj0Ebc#Echobox=1555321172 (FRANCAIS)

Saudi Arabia: New wave of arrests targeting human rights community must stop!

April 11, 2019

On 09 April 2019, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received a list of at least 13 names of human rights defenders, including women’s rights activists, who are confirmed to have been arrested in Saudi Arabia this month. The Saudi authorities carried out a new wave of arrests of writers and social media bloggers who were previously engaged in public discourse on reforms.

Since 04 April, many Saudi activists and bloggers, including academics, have been tweeting intensively about this new crackdown. The international community is still struggling to reason with, put pressure on and hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its human rights violations. This includes the arbitrary arrest and torture of women human rights defenders, including prominent women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, who has yet to be released on bail as expected yet. The Saudi authorities continue to ignore, deny and act with utmost impunity and intransigence.

GCHR’s source (who must be kept anonymous for their safety) stated that “these arrests were orchestrated since February and linked to their support for the women activists’ families.” GCHR believes that Saudi Arabia is exerting every effort to shut down civic space, silence the human rights community and exterminate the feminist movement in the kingdom.

The list of names includes:

  1. Salah Al-HaidarAziza Al-Yousef’s son and a US citizen
  2. Bader Al-Ibrahim, Saudi-US citizen (writer & physician)
  3. Mohammed Al-Sadiq (writer)
  4. Thumar Al-Marzouqi (writer)
  5. Khadijah Al-Harbi (feminist writer), the wife of Thumar Al-Marzouqi, pregnant
  6. Fahad Abalkhail (an activist who previously supported the women driving) https://youtu.be/qQkXXicGpso
  7. Abdullah Al-Dehailan (writer)
  8. Naif Al-Hendas (writer)
  9. Ayman Al-Drees (writer and translator)
  10. Moqbel Al-Saqqar (novelist)
  11. Abdullah Al-Shehri (lawyer)
  12. Redha Al-Bori (blogger and writer)
  13. Ali Al-Saffar (writer)

Shaikhah Al-Urf, the wife of the detained lawyer Abdullah Al-Shehri, has also been suspected as detained because of lost communication with her, but her arrest couldn’t be confirmed

Anas Al-Mazrou, a lecturer at King Saud university, has also been detained after posting a question in a public panel at Riyadh Book Fair last month on the whereabouts of the jailed human rights and women activists.

The newly-detained activists and human rights defenders are being held incommunicado, while their families remain without any contact with them and unaware of their whereabouts and/or the charges against them, to date.