Daily Archives: 20/04/2019

Sudan: Released Darfur lawyer tells of NISS torture

April 19, 2019

Detention cell in Sudan (file photo)

Darfur lawyer Salah Adam has claimed that he was subjected to torture in the cells of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in the South Darfur capital of Nyala, causing him to lapse into amnesia.

On Wednesday, Adam, who was arrested in February, was speaking at a press conference organised by Darfuri activists in Khartoum about Darfuri political detainees and prisoners of war. He said that he spent five days in under torture in the security cells of Nyala until he collapsed and lost his memory before he was moved to the infamous NISS premises “near the Shendi bus station” in Khartoum North.

He demanded that Colonel Ibrahim Taha, the deputy director of the security apparatus of South Darfur to be brought to justice for torture and others and his refusal to let him be medically treated.

Adam added that he was jailed with the Darfuri students who had been detained from El Doroshab area on January 4, and taken to “Shendi bus station”, known as the “the refrigerators detention centre”.

He pointed out that the eight students were chained and subjected to all kinds of torture and abuse to the extent they were scared of him even though introduced himself and assured them that he was from Darfur.

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/released-darfur-lawyer-tells-of-niss-torture

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-s-democratic-lawyers-alliance-to-probe-crimes-corruption-under-al-bashir-regime

Hong Kong/China: “There will be darker times ahead for Hong Kong but the sun will rise again”

April 19, 2019

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Benny Tai played a pivotal role in Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy protests. The year before, the law professor founded a civil disobedience campaign known as “Occupy Central”. The campaign later joined with student groups to create the Umbrella Movement. For 79 days between September and December 2014 more than 1 million people occupied major streets across Hong Kong to call for democracy in the city.

On 9 April, a Hong Kong court found Benny Tai and eight other prominent activists guilty of various vague and ambiguous charges, including “conspiracy to commit public nuisance”, “incitement to commit public nuisance” and “incitement to incite public nuisance”. for their roles in the Umbrella Movement. The nine activists will be sentenced on 24 April and could face up to seven years in prison.

This is the latest prosecution of Umbrella Movement protesters by the Hong Kong government, following the imprisonment of three student leaders in 2017.

Ahead of his trial, Benny Tai spoke to Amnesty International about civil resistance, the prospect of going to prison and why he is hopeful Hong Kong will one day have democracy.

“We both succeeded and failed with Occupy Central. Our goal was to advance democracy in Hong Kong and awaken more people to the cause. Over the 79 days more than 1.2 million people took part in different ways, young and old. There was more international attention than we had ever imagined.

“Civil disobedience at the right moment can bring change, but I was realistic our one action would not change the system alone. It is a long battle. This is the lesson I have learnt. We need to be resilient. We can’t blame others if we fail. Democracy won’t be given to us.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/benny-tai-hong-kong-umbrella/

https://www.ucanews.com/news/beijing-tightens-the-noose-on-hong-kong/84963

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

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Tai (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Ongoing judicial harassment against human rights lawyers Mr. Amir Salar Davoodi and Mr. Mohammad Najafi

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April 19, 2019

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation inIran.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about the ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Amir Salar Davoodi  and the sentencing and re-arrest of Mr. Mohammad Najafi. Both of them are human rights lawyers.

According to the information received on April 16, 2019, Branch 2 of the Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran’s Evin prison issued an indictment against Mr. Amir Salar Davoodi on charges of “cooperating with hostile governments through giving interviews to VOA[1]” (purportedly under Article 508 of the Islamic Penal Code) and “establishing a group to overthrow the system” (Article 498). The case was referred to Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolution Court in Tehran. It is believed that  the second charge is linked to Mr. Amir Salar Davoodi’ creation of a public channel called “withoutretouch” on the messaging application Telegram, on which he reported news and events regarding lawyers and the Bar Association. This channel was also used to share personal opinions on various topics including objections to the detention of lawyers such as Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh[2]and Messrs. Arash Kaykhosraviand Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi[3], and other lawyers, as well as occasional statements critical of the actions of the Supreme Leader and the former Head of the Judiciary. Mr. Amir Salar Davoodi has been detained in Evin prison since November 20, 2018 (see background information).

Moreover, the Observatory has received reliable information that  the Court of Appeals in Arak, Markazi Province, upheld the conviction and prison sentence issued by Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolution Court of Arak against Mr. Mohammad Najafi on November 26, 2018 (see background information): one year imprisonment for “spreading propaganda in favour of groups and organisations opposed to the system” (purportedly under Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code), two years imprisonment for “insulting the leader of the Islamic Republic” (Article 514) and ten years imprisonment for “co-operating with hostile governments by transmitting news and information in interviews” (purportedly under Article 508) through interviews he gave to Voice of AmericaRadio Farda, and BBC Persian Service. Under the provisions of Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code[4], Mr. Najafi will likely have to serve these sentences concurrently, i.e. up to 10 years in prison.

Mr. Mohammad Najafi was arrested on April 1, 2019 to serve his sentence and is currently detained in Arak prison.

The Observatory notes that Mr. Mohammad Najafi was released from Arak prison in Markazi Province under an amnesty on March 28, 2019. He was serving a three-year sentence related to his defence work in the case of the death of a protester in police custody in January 2018 in Arak (see background information).

The Observatory recalls that several other human rights lawyers are currently detained for exercising their profession or for defending human rights, including Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, and Messrs. Farhad Mohammadi and Massood Shamsnejad[5]. Others were arrested and released on bail and are still awaiting the outcome of their case.

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/iran/2019/04/d25318/

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/iran-ongoing-judicial-harassment-against-human-rights-lawyers-mr-amir

Amir Salar Davoodi

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

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/29880276.html (FARSI)

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1398/01/amirsalar-davoudi-charges-to-collaborate-with-hostile-states-through-an-interview-with-a-television-network/?fbclid=IwAR12d-ACvQoTAsKKhC-pYvhB98tCFsS0P9RrVizL3JlHKED_j814bGeK8-M (FARSI)

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/fr/avocat/amir-salar-davoodi/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/fr/avocat/mohammad-najafi/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lagazzettadilucca.it/cultura-e-spettacolo/2019/04/nasrin-sotoudeh-il-filo-rosso-degli-avvocati-passa-anche-da-lucca/ (ITALIANO)

Algeria: Les avocats boycottent les activités judiciaires

le 20 avril, 2019

Le boycott, depuis mercredi, des activités judiciaires par les avocats s’est poursuivi hier. A Alger, Oran mais aussi à travers de nombreuses wilayas du pays, les robes noires ont, à l’appel à la grève, lancé en fin de semaine passée par l’Union nationale des ordres des avocats (Unoa), boudé les audiences. En soutien, rappelle-t-on, au mouvement populaire pacifique et pour exiger les réformes et le changement radical du système politique.

Les avocats revendiquent le renforcement des libertés, la protection des droits et la consolidation de l’indépendance de la justice, pour reprendre de nombreux avocats, rappelant que ce boycott des audiences se poursuivra jusqu’au lundi prochain au niveau de toutes les Cours de justice du pays. Sauf, a précisé l’Union nationale des ordres des avocats (Unoa) dans un communiqué, pour délais et rendez-vous en vue de préserver les droits des justiciables. Les robes noires appellent au respect de la dignité de l’avocat et ses droits, revendiquent l’instauration d’un véritable Etat de droit qui ne s’accommode pas d’une justice aux ordres.
«Il est temps que le secteur de la justice s’affranchisse des coups de téléphone, de la corruption et du piston», ont considéré de nombreux avocats, assurant qu’une justice indépendante est garante de la démocratie. «C’est l’injustice et l’arbitraire qui ont conduit des millions d’Algériens à sortir ainsi dans la rue pour réclamer le changement», ont-ils encore rappelé. La crise actuelle que traverse le pays, a estimé l’Unoa, est d’ordre politique avant d’être constitutionnelle, nécessitant, observent les rédacteurs du communiqué, des solutions politiques acceptées par le peuple, dont une transition dirigée par des personnalités consensuelles.

http://lnr-dz.com/index.php?page=details&id=87275

http://www.elmoudjahid.com/fr/actualites/136001

Mustapha Bouchachi :  » la contestation doit continuer » et « nous devons rester unis »

Algérie: Les avocats poursuivent le boycott des audiences en soutien au Hirak

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/19/algerie-regain-de-repression-policiere-contre-les-manifestations

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/hamza-hamouchene/blog/190419/quelques-reflexions-sur-le-soulevement-algerien

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifestations_de_2019_en_Alg%C3%A9rie

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Hundreds-of-thousands-back-on-Algerias-streets-demanding-radical-reform-587378 (ENGLISH)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/19/algeria-police-renew-crackdown-mass-protests (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Algerian_protests (ENGLISH)