Daily Archives: 10/05/2019

Malaysia: Siti Kasim: Am I going to disappear like Pastor Koh or Amri Che Mat?

February 8, 2019

a woman smiling for the camera

Activist lawyer Siti Kasim (pic) has questioned why there are moves to charge her under Section 509 of the Penal Code, when others have been “let off” for similar offences.

The charge purportedly has to do with a two-year-old incident here Siti “randomly” showed her middle finger to those who were heckling and shouting at her.

According to Siti, an inspector called her about purported instructions to immediately charge her under the law pertaining to a word or gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person.

She claimed that she “knows the charge of criminal investigations (OCCI) Selangor” has been trying to put her behind bars.

She voiced her belief that said person orchestrated the raid on her house with the “ridiculous mind-blowing kidnapping charge”.

“If not because of the unplanned video that went viral, I would be facing a charge for a capital offence. Kidnapping carries the death penalty!

“How (do) I know this, you may ask … I have evidence of it, of course,” she claimed in a press statement on Thursday (Feb 7).

Siti said she would ensure that anyone who is abusing their powers will get their just punishment.

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/siti-kasim-am-i-going-to-disappear-like-pastor-koh-or-amri-che-mat/ar-BBTjBRx

https://www.thesundaily.my/style-life/the-softer-side-of-siti-kasim-KC859914

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-09/malaysians-turn-away-from-mahathir-after-year-of-failed-promises

Bangladesh: Dhaka High Court orders probe into lawyer’s alleged murder

May 10, 2019

Lawyer Palash Kumar Roy died after prison officials allegedly torched him in a jail in northwestern Bangladesh. As officials and the victim’s family trade accusations, a Dhaka court has ordered a probe into the incident.

Bangladesch Gerichtshof in Dhaka hat die Totesstrafe gegen Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid bestätigt (M. Uz ZamanAFP/Getty Images)

On April 26, suspects torched Palash Kumar Roy in a prison in Panchagarh district in northwestern Bangladesh. The lawyer, referred to as “Palash” by the local media, died four days later while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit.

Previously, in a recorded conversation obtained by DW, the 37-year-old said that he had joined the Kohinoor Chemical Company as a legal officer in 2013. However, he was asked to do various illegal and immoral activities, including possession of government land, but he refused. In 2016, he resigned from the job, after which a false case was filed against him for allegedly embezzling 3.1 million taka ($11,381).

On March 25, Palash and his family began a hunger strike in front of the office of Panchagarh’s deputy commissioner and followed it up with a human chain on the highway. Palash was giving a speech when he was arrested by the police, who accused him of insulting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in his statements. A case was filed against him and he was sent to the district jail.

He was threatened several times during his prison term, but his complaints were unheard and officials did not take any action. “On April 25, around 10 in the morning, two people came to me and threw something from a bottle of Tiger [a local energy drink] and set my body on fire,” Palash said in his audio statement.

Prasenjit Kumar, the lawyer’s nephew, recorded the audio just before Palash died. “Palash was suffering from breathing difficulties. We did not think he would die. He asked me, does your mobile have a recording option? I want to talk about something. Then I recorded his words on my mobile phone. He died after half an hour,” he told DW.

https://www.dw.com/en/dhaka-high-court-orders-probe-into-lawyers-alleged-murder/a-48672193

Palash Kumar Roy brutally murdered by hired assassins in prison

http://www.newagebd.net/article/71786/writ-seeks-judicial-probe-to-lawyer%E2%80%99-death-in-custody

https://www.sentinelassam.com/news/gruesome-incidents-of-human-rights-violation-in-bangladesh-protested-by-bjp-mp-candidate-from-siichar-dr-rajdeep-roy/

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3698969

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/judicial-committee-formed-over-advocates-death-1740886

http://thedailynewnation.com/news/91181/rab-team-on-friday-arrested-an-executive-advocate-palash-kumar-roy-of-kohinoor-chemical-co-ltd-from-citys-tejgaon-area-after-allegedly-goes-into-hiding-embezzling-of-tk-31-lakh-of-the-company.html

Turkey: Rights lawyer Eren Keskin receives Martin Annals Finalist Award

May 9, 2019

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Human rights activists, diplomats, and the media gathered at at the Human Rights Association (IHD) headquarters in Ankara at a ceremony to present the Martin Ennals Finalist Award to Eren Keskin who is banned from travel. She spoke about the declining human rights situation and noted the importance of international solidarity with the human rights movement in Turkey. The ceremony was widely covered in the Turkish press.

(Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders Facebook, 10/05/19)

Martin Ennals Award Finalist Eren Keskin honoured in Ankara

Eren Keskin

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

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2019/05/09/eren-keskine-martin-ennals-odulu-verildi/ (TURKCE)

http://www.realitehaber.com/2019/05/09/martin-ennals-odulu-alan-keskin-tecrit-kaldirilsin/ (TURKCE)

http://www.diken.com.tr/ozgur-gundem-davasinda-avukat-eren-keskin-ve-gazetecilere-ceza-yagdi/ (TURKCE)

http://www.ville-geneve.ch/actualites/detail/article/1550066758-abdul-aziz-muhamat-recoit-prix-martin-ennals-2019/ (FRANCAIS)

Pakistan: Why Pakistan’s blasphemy law must be abolished

May 10, 2019

Asia Bibi is now safely in Canada. Picture: AFP.

Asia Bibi‘s long and highly publicized ordeal is finally over – she has been allowed to leave Pakistan. Bibi, a Christian, was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. However, she was acquitted by the Supreme court in October last year after the prosecution failed to submit valid evidence against her.

Bibi’s acquittal sparked protests by religious fundamentalists across the country, and despite being acquited by the highest court in the country, Bibi was not allowed to leave Pakistan. The review petition against Bibi was also dismissed by the Supreme Court, but she was forced to remain in Pakistan until she quietly left for Canada on Wednesday. Such is the sensitivity of the matter that the government is tight-lipped about Bibi’s departure and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to confirm she was in Canada for security reasons.

Bibi is one of the more fortunate victims of Article 295-C of the constitution: unlike many others accused of blasphemy, after spending eight years in prison, she was able to flee the country. There are still dozens of people accused of blasphemy languishing behind bars in until their cases can be heard. The lower courts do not like to go against public sentiment and in most cases, despite the evidence against them being weak, the accused are given death sentences. The case of Professor Junaid Hafeez is a classic example. Hafeez, a lecturer at a government university in Punjab, was charged with blasphemy because of a Facebook post he made in 2013, and since then his case has been pending in the lower courts and the judge presiding over the case has been replaced six times. His lawyer, Rashid Rehman, was murdered in broad daylight after he refused to abandon the case.

Despite the prevalence of people being wrongly accused of blasphemy, Pakistan is still not ready to embrace reform. Hafeez is in solitary confinement and his misery is likely to continue indefinitely. The unsung hero of the Bibi case, the lawyer Saif ul Malook, who courageously fought for her acquittal, told this correspondent that in future he may take up the case of Hafeez. Malook is considered the best lawyer to defend people accused of blasphemy. He is immensely courageous and his knowledge of the law and the prosecution system is unrivaled. But what about the other people who are still waiting for justice to be served and why are their cases not getting media attention?

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/opinion/why-pakistans-blasphemy-law-must-be-abolished/

http://newsweekpakistan.com/trudeau-declines-to-confirm-if-aasia-bibi-in-canada/

Asia Bibi happy to be in Canada but ‘very tired’ after blasphemy ordeal, says friend

https://www.firstpost.com/world/asia-bibi-is-now-free-us-welcomes-pakistani-christians-arrival-in-canada-says-blasphemy-laws-jeopardise-fundamental-freedom-6598691.html

Asia Bibi leaves for Canada: Lessons for Pakistan

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/crushing-dissent-is-a-clear-sign-of-weakness/news-story/

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canada-has-helped-muslims-thrive-and-we-must-extend-the-same-welcome/

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pakistan-s-muted-response-as-asia-bibi-flees-to-canada-11518350

https://onenewsnow.com/persecution/2019/05/09/bibi-escaped-but-many-others-still-behind-bars-in-pakistan

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/may/asia-bibi-lawyer-malook-shagufta-shafqat-blasphemy-pakistan.html

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pakistani-christian-asia-bibi-finds-refuge-in-canada-but-faces-muslim-retribution

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

https://www.asiabibi.com/ (FRANCAIS)

China: Chinese Rights Lawyer Demoted From Teaching Post at Shandong University

May 9, 2019

Rights lawyer and university lecturer Liu Shuqing is shown in an undated photo.

A university in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong has fired a lecturer and human rights lawyer after he “repeatedly published inappropriate comments” in the media, RFA has learned.

Rights lawyer Liu Shuqing, who also works at a public interest law firm, was told to stop teaching classes at the Shandong Qilu University of Technology last year.

The university issued a statement accusing Liu of “violating teaching standards of practice” and being a “bad influence.”

Liu, who was hired to teach by the college’s school of chemical engineering, said he had also been rated “unqualified” in a recent staff assessment, although he was the only one in his faculty to fail his assessment.

The school will now go through a disciplinary process based on two posts he made on the internet, about a government grading system for lawyers and the abuse of official power.

But he said he had never discussed his opinions while teaching, and that there was nothing illegal in either post.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/demoted-05092019112822.html

https://chinachange.org/tag/liu-shuqing/