Daily Archives: 27/04/2019

India: Calcutta HC to hear matter regarding Howrah court clash where lawyers were injured

April 27, 2019

Clash Between Lawyers And Civic Staff at Howrah Court: NHRC Takes Suo Motu Cognisance of Police Action

The Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court directed on Friday that a suo motu writ petition be registered to scrutinise the recent clash at the Howrah district court between lawyers and municipal workers.

Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan directed that the matter be placed before a division bench headed by him on Monday. Lawyers at the Howrah district court and the employees of the Howrah Municipal Corporation, which is located opposite to the court, clashed on Wednesday over vehicle parking. The lawyers alleged police highhandedness in controlling the situation. Several persons, including lawyers, were injured in the incident.

The Chief Justice directed the registration of a suo motu writ petition for considering all aspects concerning the matter for protecting the premises of courts and to ensure that the due process in terms of the Constitution and the laws were obeyed and enforced in relation to the incident at Howrah. Justice Radhakrishnan had called for confidential reports on the incident.

Passing the order, the Chief Justice observed that “the courts are constitutional forts of power and authority, from where judicial power is exercised on behalf of the Sovereign. The court premises are locations which are to be insulated from all sorts of intrusions, except as authorised by law”.

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-calcutta-hc-to-hear-matter-regarding-howrah-court-clash-where-lawyers-were-injured-2743584

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/calcutta-hc-to-hear-petition-on-howrah-court-clash-on-monday/articleshow/69091350.cms

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/tmc-bjp-lock-horns-over-attack-on-howrah-lawyers/articleshow/69076682.cms

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/hc-orders-writ-petition-on-howrah-court-clashes/articleshow/69065911.cms?fbclid=IwAR1Pz9YdqK1fkCmqXtzr8J8PcbphfrS6EnbfvKG_tG-w0R5C20MsWFB4aYQ&from=mdr

https://www.latestly.com/india/news/clash-between-lawyers-and-civic-staff-at-howrah-court-nhrc-takes-suo-motu-cognisance-of-police-action-797454.html

https://www.sirfnews.com/lawyers-beaten-by-police-henchmen-of-municipality-in-bengal/

National Human Rights Commission issued notice to DG West Bengal for police atrocities on Howrah court lawyers

https://www.thewall.in/news-state-high-court-orders-to-submit-affidavit-from-different-administrative-officers-regarding-clash-in-howrah/ (HINDI)

https://www.ndtv.com/bengali/calcutta-hc-directs-registration-of-suo-motu-writ-petition-to-scrutinise-howrah-court-clash-2029275 (HINDI)

Hong Kong: Occupy ringleaders to be sent to maximum security prisons, as scholars call on University of Hong Kong to delay disciplinary proceedings against Benny Tai

April 26, 2019

Occupy leaders, Benny Tai (left) and Chan Kin-man (right) arrive at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre, where they spent their first night behind bars. Photo: Robert Ng

Four jailed leaders of the Occupy movement are expected to be sent to different penal institutions on Saturday at the earliest, with at least three likely to be sent to maximum security prisons, according to law enforcement sources.

News of their removal came as two top legal scholars urged the University of Hong Kong not to launch disciplinary proceedings against one of the convicted leaders, law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting, until the appeal process had finished.

Tai, 54, was jailed for 16 months alongside Chan Kin-man, 60, while League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Raphael Wong Ho-ming, 30, and lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun were both jailed for eight months for their roles in the 2014 protests.

Meanwhile, Tai, could face a disciplinary hearing at HKU, as lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu renewed calls for the university to sack the academic. The university has so far declined to comment on what action, if any, it is taking.

Former law dean Albert Chen Hung-yee said Tai’s criminal conviction was severe enough to trigger a disciplinary inquiry.

Who are the Occupy leaders and what have they been convicted of?

“We would wish to support him, but there is little colleagues can do on the matter of disciplinary inquiry,” Chen said.

His two successors, Johannes Chan Man-mun and Michael Hor Yew Meng, said the university should wait until all court proceedings have finished.

“A disciplinary proceeding premised on a conviction, which is then successfully appealed from, will itself be undermined, and have to be reopened,” Hor said.

“So, as a matter of prudence, it would be advisable to await the exhaustion of appeals.”

Acting dean Fu Hualing said he and some HKU law student representatives would be willing to give their views if a disciplinary proceeding was opened in future.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/occupy-ringleaders-sent-maximum-security-134410017.html

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007893/occupy-ringleaders-be-sent-maximum-security-prisons

Occupy ringleaders to be sent to maximum security prisons, as scholars call on University of Hong Kong to delay disciplinary proceedings against Benny Tai

https://www.wsj.com/articles/professor-who-inspired-hong-kongs-mass-protests-is-sent-to-jail-11556099967

https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/3007696/dont-sack-benny-tai-promote-him-instead

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007536/will-academic-benny-tai-and-hong-kong-lawmaker-shiu-ka-chun

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-48034513/benny-tai-hong-kong-jailed-activist-to-come-back-stronger

What Now After the Sentencing of the Umbrella Nine?

The Umbrella Movement jailings: How opportunistic, made-to-measure charges got the job done

China: Nine Activists Wrongfully Convicted for Peaceful Pro-democracy Advocacy | Letter

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

Saudi Arabia/UK: Protest at Saudi Embassy to support detained rights lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair

April 26, 2019

5 Years On, Saudi Arabian Activist Waleed Abu al-Khair Still Behind Bars

https://www.facebook.com/events/428158044656205/

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-page3.callplt2015.htm

HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer

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

Saudi Arabia Executes 37 in One Day and Escalates Crackdown on Dissent

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/saudi-arabia-executions-cruel-travesty-justice

HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer | RTNews24

HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer | RTNews24

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.remplt2015.htm (FRANCAIS)

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

#FreeWaleed

Egypt: Egypt’s open-air prison

April 27, 2019

Egyptian authorities have arrested thousands in a crackdown on dissent, even its most benign forms. And some former prisoners are finding that they are not really free despite having been released.

Amal Fathy and Mohamed Lofty (privat photo)

Just before dawn on May 11 last year, Amal Fathy and her husband Mohammed Lotfy’s lives changed forever. As Amal was trying to get their young son to sleep, Lotfy heard a knock at the door. On the other side, a plainclothes security officer stood alongside a group of masked and heavily armed special forces. Lotfy let them in and invited them to sit down.

“The plainclothes security official pulled up a chair at the dining table. He said to me, ‘You must know why we are here,'” recalled Lotfy.

While Lotfy was working documenting human rights abuses with his organization, the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, it had been Amal that was in danger, despite her having done no more than upload a video to social media complaining about sexual harassment she’d suffered during a visit to the bank. The video had gone viral, and smears about Amal, a former actress and activist, began to appear in the pro-government local media.

Still, said Lotfy, “I didn’t expect her to be arrested.” When the officers demanded that the couple come to the local police station, they found another dozen masked and armed special forces waiting outside their building who looked as though they were prepared to arrest hardened criminals.

https://www.dw.com/en/egypts-open-air-prison/a-48501989

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/64073/4-human-rights-leaders-accused-of-inciting-against-Egypt

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-court-orders-release-activist-amal-fathy

https://www.france24.com/en/20180929-egypt-convicts-activist-denounced-sexual-harassment

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/fr/case/case-history-mohamed-lotfy (FRANCAIS)

http://kapitalis.com/tunisie/2019/04/26/tunis-evenement-de-soutien-aux-artistes-reprimes-par-letat-egyptien/ (FRANCAIS)