April 26, 2019
“The authorities…refuse to accept the fact that they have condemned a woman lawyer to suffer the inhuman act of flogging and a long prison sentence because of activities that were entirely peaceful.” –Reza Khandan, husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh
Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, has rejected Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili’s claim that the magnitude of the sentence against her has been exaggerated.
“They are playing games,” Esmaili said at a press conference in Tehran on April 23, referring to the outcry over the harsh punishment against Sotoudeh for her defense of peaceful activists and her opposition to the mandatory hijab.
The Judiciary Spokesman added: “The so-called legal experts are being misleading rather than transparent and honest. The Islamic Penal Code (Article 134) states that in case of multiple sentences only the most severe punishment will be enforced.”
On March 11, 2019, Sotoudeh, 55, was sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes on seven charges: “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” “membership in the Defenders of Human Rights Center, the Legam group [against the death penalty] and the National Peace Council,” “encouraging people to corruption and prostitution,” “appearing at the judiciary without Islamic hijab,” “disturbing public peace and order” and “publishing falsehoods with the intent to disturb public opinion.”
She would be eligible for release after serving 12 years for the heaviest sentence, which was “encouraging people to “corruption and prostitution.”
Imprisoned Lawyer’s Husband Rejects Judiciary’s Accusation of “Exaggerating” Her Heavy Sentence
Female Activists: Much More than Victims
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April 25, 2019
For the third consecutive week, thousands of Sudanese have continued their sit-in outside the army general headquarters in Khartoum and other cities in the country to demand full handover of power to civilian government, the arrest of former regime figures and corrupt officials and bringing them to trial.
The pro-freedom marches have been ongoing in Khartoum, El Fasher and Zalingei in Darfur, Tendelti in White Nile state, Wad Madani in El Gezira state who came yesterday on buses to the sit-in in front of the General Command of the army in Khartoum, El Obeid in North Kordofan, Port Sudan in the Red Sea state, El Gedaref, Sennar state, Senga and El Damazin in Blue Nile State witnessed huge sit-ins in front of army units in these towns in support of revolution and protection of their gains.
Yesterday, the crowds of El Gedaref also moved to Khartoum in support of the protesters in front of the General Command while the sit-in in El Gedaref continued in front of the Second Infantry in the town.
Yesterday lawyers in Blue Nile state launched a large demonstration to the sit-in place in solidarity with the decisions of the Declaration of the Forces of Freedom and Change.
The participants raised banners confirming that the Sudanese Professionals Association represents them and others saying yes for trying the corrupt, the rule of law and trying the criminals.
Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule
April 25, 2019
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council and Peshawar Bar Council will observe complete strike on Friday, April 26 to condemn DIKhan firing incident in which two lawyers were injured when a person opened fire in the court premises
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council and Peshawar Bar Council will observe complete strike on Friday, April 26 to condemn DIKhan firing incident in which two lawyers were injured when a person opened fire in the courtpremises.
The KP Bar Associations in a statement issued here Thursday expressing concern over the security of courts’ premises said that despite deployment of police the accused managed to flee from the scene after committing the crime.
The bar council demanded of the government and IG police to provide foolproof security in court‘ premises, lawyers and litigants so that such incident could not occurred again.
The bar council said that future plan of action would be announced during general body meeting to be held on May 4.
April 25, 2019
In a letter addressed to the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, attorney and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, called the death sentence against Yemeni Baha’i Hamed Kamal bin Haydara, and the calumny against his two lawyers by the Houthi court in Yemen, which called them “apostates” and “devil worshippers”, a violation of the freedom of religion and thought.
In January of last year, the judge at the Houthi court condemned Baha’i Hamed Kamal Muhammad bin Haydara to death for “endangering the independence of the Republic of Yemen”, and “promotion of the Baha’i Faith”. His attorney had previously said that many of the court sessions, including the session in which he was sentenced to death, were held without his client being present, and that he was denied the opportunity to defend himself against the charges.
The United Nations states that Yemeni Baha’is in areas controlled by the Houthi rebels face constant persecution and arbitrary arrests.
The full text of Shirin Ebadi’s letter to the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers follows:
Shirin Ebadi’s Protest to the Death Sentence for Hamed bin Haydara and to His Attorneys Being Called Apostates by Yemeni Houthis
April 25, 2019
Chinese authorities have prevented another top human rights lawyer from leaving the country, as he tried to board a plane for the democratic island of Taiwan.
Cheng Hai was stopped by security guards at the Hefei XinqiaoInternational Airport in the eastern province of Anhui on Tuesday, as he went through security.
“Cheng Hai may endanger national security after leaving the country,” a security official says in a video of the incident filmed by Cheng.
“With the approval of the relevant department of the State Council, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau is enforcing restrictions on your exit in accordance with the provisions of Article 12, Clause 5 of the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China,” the guard said.
In the video clip, Cheng argues with the guards.
“I tell you that you are committing a criminal act by preventing citizens from leaving the country, and abusing your power,” Cheng said. “You behave like a criminal gang, even though you are wearing police uniforms.”
Cheng had been hoping to fly from Hefei to Taipei, but declined tocomment on the reason for the trip.
Veteran Human Rights Lawyer Cheng Hai Disbarred
April 25, 2019
As a mark of protest against the “atrocities of the police” at the Howrah Court on April 24, the Bar Council of West Bengal has resolved to cease all work till April 29.
The Bar Council has also resolved to observe a Black Day throughout Bengal on April 26.
The decision was taken by the Bar Council in its emergency meeting held today. The Bar Council has demanded the arrest of the accused police personnel who “brutally tortured/assaulted” advocates, judicial officers, staff, and clerks of the Howrah Court. Action is also sought against ransacking of the Bar library, several courtrooms, and shops at the Howrah Court.
To address the issue, a delegation of the Bar Council will meet the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Courton April 30 at 1.30 pm. A delegation will also visit the Howrah Court to condemn the atrocities.
It has further been resolved that all Bar Associations of Bengal will wear black badges as a mark of protest.
The alleged incident took place after an altercation over parking between an elderly lawyer and a guard of the Howrah Municipal Corporation on the morning of April 24, The Telegraph has reported.
Howrah Court Violence: Bar Council of West Bengal resolves to cease all work till April 29
Bengal lawyers to cease work till Monday
West Bengal Bar Council goes on token strike on 26th and 30th April condemning lathi charge on advocates in Kolkata
April 25, 2019
About 100 Sudanese judges demanding civilian rule marched on Thursday from the Supreme Court in Khartoum towards an opposition sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, joining anti-government protests for the first time, a Reuters witness said.
Wearing their black robes, some of the judges carried signs reading “judges for change” as they marched through central Khartoum, the witness said.
“Civilian, civilian, protected by the judiciary”, they chanted.
Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition have been at loggerheads over how long it will take to move to civilian rule after the military removed Omar al-Bashir as president on April 11.
After ousting Bashir following months of protests against his 30-year rule, the military established the TMC to run Sudan for a period of up to two years.
Thursday’s march is the first by judges in Sudan since before Bashir took power in an Islamist-backed military coup in 1989.
“We demand reform of the judiciary until justice prevails and corruption is prosecuted,” appeals judge Abu al-Fattah Mohamed Othman told Reuters.
“We demand the removal of symbols of the former regime from the judiciary and the dismissal of the head of the judiciary to achieve justice.”