Daily Archives: 21/05/2019

India: Manipur lawyers protest against vandalism in court premises

May 21, 2019

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Manipur lawyers on Monday staged a sit-in protest in front of Imphal Cheirap court complex to condemn against the assault of a lawyer and vandalism by a mob inside the premises of a court complex in the State.

Some people belonging to Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed in connection with the murder of one man rushed into the Lamphel court complex and ransacked the property inside the court.

Apart from destroying property of the court, the agitators also allegedly attacked a lawyer inside the court.

The lawyers who took part in the protest demanded strict action against the agitators.

They also demanded the government to provide strong security in court complexes to prevent occurrence of such incidents.

They also urged the government to impose restrictions on public entry to courtrooms for their safety.

Over 10 people have been arrested in connection with the incident of vandalism.

Manipur lawyers protest against vandalism in court premises



Manipur: Lawyers protest vandalism at court complex

South Africa: Cape Town Lawyer Shot Dead in Khayelitsha

May 20, 2019

A Cape Town criminal attorney has been shot dead at a spaza shop in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, a source told News24.

David Mbazwana previously represented a security company boss and bouncer accused of having links to the criminal underworld.

“He was shot in front of a spaza shop in Khayelitsha in the presence of his sister in an apparent robbery,” the source told News24 on Sunday, the day Mbazwana was shot dead.

Mbazwana was one of the lawyers for Grant Veroni, of the company Skhosana Maponyane Hall Phillips and Khumalo, trading as The Security Group (TSG), who authorities accused of having links to underworld activities, News24 earlier reported.

Western Cape police have confirmed that a shooting incident took place at the Eiland informal settlement, Makhaza, Khayelitsha on Sunday afternoon.

“According to reports the 38-year-old victim was allegedly shot by unknown suspects and he died on the way to hospital,” spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said in a statement on Monday.






USA: Swindle: Lawyering can be a dangerous line of work

May 20, 2019

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Since the day the concept of “lawyer” came into being, many in the public have viewed lawyers in a negative light. Hundreds of thousands of lawyer jokes have been told over the centuries.

While we have earned some of the criticism in the community, the vast majority of lawyers help, not hurt, people and our community.

If we behaved in a manner told in most jokes, disbarments would overwhelm the profession.

Some people have taken their strong feelings toward lawyers to the point where serious crimes have been committed against members of the bar. Over the years, lawyers and judges have been shot, beaten, harassed, and treated in a way that would make the Fuhrer pleased.

Lawyering can be a dangerous line of work; particularly for lawyers focused on family and juvenile law. A recent example in Florida illustrates this danger.

Police recently arrested a divorce litigant for allegedly stabbing a Florida lawyer multiple times during a deposition May 1.

Police charged 58-year-old Gordon James King with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and tampering with a victim, according to the Winter Park Police Department. The Orlando Sentinel reports that King was arrested Thursday at his home in Seminole County with help from the U.S. Marshals Task Force.

When U.S. Marshals are forced to track down a fugitive, it can be a most unpleasant experience.

The stabbing took place at a Winter Park, Florida, law firm. The lawyer was not identified. The lawyer was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment of stab wounds. The lawyer had a collapsed left lung, a punctured diaphragm and a cut to his hand, according to Click Orlando. At the hospital, King allegedly said he was going through a “two-year ugly divorce” and he “just lost it again.”

Swindle: Lawyering can be a dangerous line of work

A Texas City Attorney Was Arrested and Detained for Helping Three Young Migrants on the Side of the Road




https://www.telemundo31.com/noticias/local/Arrestan-a-acusado-de-apunalamiento-en-bufete-de-abogados-en-Winter-Park-510018881.html (ESPANOL)



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Quelvin Jiménez ha recibido amenazas de muerte y sigue siendo objeto de campañas difamatorias, intimidación y vigilancia a causa de sus actividades en defensa de los derechos del pueblo xinca a la tierra y el territorio en el contexto de las actividades mineras en el sur de Guatemala. Las amenazas más recientes incluyen llamadas telefónicas, la presencia de hombres armados cerca de su casa y un intento de intimidación cuando se dirigía a su domicilio el 6 de mayo. Instamos al Ministerio Público a llevar a cabo investigaciones sobre todos los ataques y a brindar protección a Quelvin Jiménez

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Consuelo Porras

Fiscal General de Guatemala

Correo-e: carrecis@mp.gob.gt (secretaría de la sra. Porras)

Twitter: @MPguatemala


Señora Fiscal General:

Me dirijo a usted para expresarle mi alarma y mi preocupación por la seguridad del abogado del pueblo xinca Quelvin Jiménez, quien fue alertado de un plan para matarlo a finales de abril y cuya casa estaba siendo vigilada. El 6 de mayo, el mismo hombre al que se había visto cerca de su casa persiguió a Quelvin en una motocicleta e intentó que el vehículo del abogado redujera la velocidad. Quelvin ha recibido amenazas de muerte telefónicas en varias ocasiones. Las investigaciones sobre los ataques anteriores continúan pendientes, y la policía aún no ha aplicado las medidas de seguridad ordenadas por el Ministerio Público para brindarle protección.

La instamos a llevar a cabo una investigación inmediata, independiente, efectiva e imparcial sobre todas las amenazas y los ataques contra Quelvin Jiménez, y a llevar a todos los responsables de estos hechos ante la justicia. También le pedimos que garantice que se le asigna protección policial, de acuerdo con sus deseos y necesidades.



“Ante la extensa actividad extractiva, la lucha de las comunidades sigue en pie»: concluye Foro Permanente para Cuestiones Indígenas

Representantes indígenas hablan sobre el extractivismo durante foro de la ONU

https://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent-actions/urgent-action-lawyer-of-xinca-people-under-threat-guatemala-ua-63-19/ (ENGLISH)

https://nisgua.org/portfolio-items/active-quelvin-jimenez-xinka-parliament/ (ENGLISH)

https://eu.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/05/22/guatemalan-locals-risk-repression-reno-mining-corp-jimenez/633754002/ (ENGLISH)

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/2019/05/when-pan-american-silver-bought-escobal-mine-it-bought-legacy-violence (ENGLISH)

Turkey/UK: Turkey seeks extradition of UK barrister over Twitter activity

May 20, 2019

Ozcan Keles accused of spreading propaganda, in latest targeting of Erdoğan critics

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

A British barrister who has given evidence to parliament is facing possible extradition to Turkey on terrorism charges over his Twitter activity.

Ozcan Keles, who is of Turkish descent and holds UK citizenship, appeared at Westminster magistrates court on Monday accused of spreading propaganda online.

The attempt to remove him is the latest in a series of high-profile extradition actions in the British courts against critics or opponents of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

All cases to date have been thrown out on the grounds that they are politically motivated or that Turkey’s prison system breaches human rights. The most recent involved a media proprietor, Hamdi Akın İpek.

The Home Office has a duty to certify that extradition requests are legitimate, but has rubber-stamped a stream of Turkish claims that involve the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the courts in lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful actions.




Turkey seeks extradition of British-Turkish lawyer on trumped-up terrorism charges



Rights defender, newspaper staff given prison sentences for terrorist propaganda

Human rights lawyer Eren Keskin sentenced to 4 years on terror charges

UK lawyer briefly under arrest over Turkish extradition request alleging Gülen links

The arbitrary detention and long-term imprisonment of 18 lawyers


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

Iran/France: Nasrin Sotoudeh, the fight by the voice

April 11, 2019

(The portrait of Nasrin Sotoudeh displayed on the facade of the headquarters of the National Council of the Bars of France, Paris, March 28, 2019. REUTERS / Charles Platiau)

The prominent Iranian lawyer, newly appointed citizen of honor of the City of Paris, is currently serving a sentence of thirty-eight years in prison. She is also sentenced to 148 lashes for “contempt of court”.Over time, Nasrin Sotoudeh has emerged as the face of the struggle for human rights in a country where they are often flouted. A petition seeking his release has collected nearly 300,000 signatures.

” A beating “, ” a model of obstinacy “, ” a symbol of resilience “. At the mention of Nasrin Sotoudeh, one only gets praise and flattering formulations. It must be said that through her battles, at the head of which are the fight against the compulsory wearing of the hijab and the defense of political opponents, the Iranian lawyer has built a solid reputation in her country. Its notoriety was quick to cross the borders of the Islamic Republic: the jurist has become a standard bearer of the struggle for human rights in the eyes of the international community. Witness the reward that was awarded on April 1: the honorary citizenship of the City of Paris. The Paris Council believes that ” its struggles bring it closer to the values ​​of the capital “.

Her activism, however, led her to multiple stays in prison. Since June 2018, she has been imprisoned in a prison in Evin, north of Tehran. A petition , launched by the National Council of Bars of France , calling on Iran to release it, has collected nearly 300,000 signatures to date. A request reiterated by Emmanuel Macron during his meeting with President Rohani Tuesday, April 9.

The strong character of the 55-year-old lawyer arises from her youth. Nasrin Sotoudeh comes from a traditional family, as is plethora of Iran in the 1960s. If her mother wore the veil, neither she nor her husband made it an imperative for their daughter Nasrin. ” If I had to put it on, I would have refused, ” she said simply to Sara Saidi, correspondent for the daily Libération in Tehran between 2016 and January 2019, in an interview. And the journalist to clarify: ” This is the proof of a certain strength of conviction .”



https://www.le-tout-lyon.fr/me-nasrin-sotoudeh-membre-d-honneur-du-barreau-de-lyon-10923.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9920/nasrin_sotoudeh,_una_vita_per_difendere_alessandria,_29_maggio_2019.html (ITALIANO)

https://pt.globalvoices.org/2019/05/20/por-que-a-republica-islamica-do-ira-tem-medo-de-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (PORTUGUES)


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Morocco/Spain: Sahara : Morocco expels seven people, including five Spanish lawyers

May 20, 2019

Five Spanish lawyers were expelled, Sunday, by the Moroccan authorities after they arrived at Laayoune airport, Europa Press reports.

Maria Dolores Travieso, a lawyer defended pro-Polisario activist Aminatou Haidar in the past, Ruth Sebastian Garcia, Lourdes Baron, Ramon Campos and Sidi Mohamed Taleb Buya were accompanied by two Norwegian observers from an NGO called Rafto, said the agency.

These seven people went to the Sahara as «observers for the trial of Nezha Khalidi, who is affiliated to Equipe Media group in Laayoune».

The decision of the Moroccan authorities was denounced, Sunday, by pro-Polisario platform Futuro Sahara.

On Thursday, New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) slammed the Moroccan authorities in a statement, for «using a law designed to keep people from falsely claiming professional credentials to bring criminal charges against people trying to expose abuses».






https://www.abogacia.es/2019/05/20/el-consejo-general-de-la-abogacia-protesta-por-la-expulsion-de-marruecos-de-una-delegacion-de-abogados-observadores-de-derechos-humanos/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20190520/462372686147/el-consejo-general-de-la-abogacia-protesta-por-la-expulsion-injustificada-de-cinco-espanoles-del-sahara.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.elespanol.com/espana/politica/20190520/incertidumbre-habitacion-sotano-retenido-abogados-espanoles/399960836_0.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.cope.es/actualidad/internacional/noticias/cinco-abogados-espanoles-retenidos-marruecos-mas-horas-20190520_417982 (ESPANOL)

https://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/2019-05-19/marruecos-prohibe-sahara-abogados-espanoles_2009886/ (ESPANOL)

https://telquel.ma/2019/05/20/sept-observateurs-europeens-expulses-par-les-autorites-a-laayoune_1639018/?utm_source=tq&utm_medium=normal_post (FRANCAIS)

https://www.yabiladi.com/articles/details/78500/sahara-maroc-expulse-sept-personnes.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lesiteinfo.com/maroc/le-maroc-expulse-cinq-avocats-espagnols/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.algeriepatriotique.com/2019/05/20/sept-observateurs-internationaux-expulses-par-le-maroc/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/un-groupe-davocats-espagnols-et-norvegiens-detenus-au-maroc-depuis-plus-de-24-heures_mg_5ce2b320e4b09e0578088d23 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.bladna.nl/marokko-spanjaarden-noren-uitzetting,25505.html (NEDERLAND)

Egypt: #حبس_احتياطي| تجديد حبس الحقوقي “عزت غنيم” 45 يوماً


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قررت غرفة المشورة بمحكمة جنايات #القاهرة، المنعقدة بمجمع محاكم طرة، اليوم الأحد 19 مايو، تجديد حبس “عزت غنيم“، المحامي والحقوقي والمدير التنفيذي للتنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات، 45 يومًا في القضية رقم 441 لسنة 2018 حصر تحقيق نيابة أمن الدولة العليا.

والقضية المتهم بها المحامي عزت غنيم، هي ذاتها المتهم فيها الصحفي معتز ودنان، الذي أجرى حوارا مع المستشار هشام جنينة، والصحفيين الشابين «حسن البنا مبارك، ومصطفى الأعصر» والمدون وائل عباس، وفاطمة موسى وآخرين.

وتوجه النيابة للمتهمين في القضية تهمًا بالانضمام لجماعة أسست خلافا لأحكام القانون والدستور الغرض منها تعطيل مؤسسات الدولة ومنعها من ممارسة عملها، ونشر أخبار كاذبة، وهي تهم منافية للحقيقة، بحسب حقوقيون، يعتبرونها مكررة؛ للانتقام من المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان والصحفيين.




(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook, 20/05/19)

N.B.: On May 19, 2019 the detention of rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim was renewed for a further 45 days.

Committee for Justice gets UN support for the case of human rights defender “Ezzat Ghoneim”

Click to access A_HRC_WGAD_2018_82.pdf

Calls for Egypt to release disappeared lawyer after ‘nervous breakdown’


Egypt issues arrest warrants for forcibly disappeared lawyers

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China: Wife of Jailed Chinese Rights Lawyer ‘Stunned’ by Video of Jailed Husband

May 20, 2019

A supporter of jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang displyas his image at China's liason office in Hong Kong, July 13, 2018.

The wife of jailed human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has set out onanother campaign to find her husband, starting on a Chinese lovers’festival, only to be shown video footage of Wang which she described as “very worrying.”

Li Wenzu met with authorities at the Linyi Prison in the eastern province of Shandong on Monday.

During the last of four conversations, she was shown a three-minute video of her husband–her first view of Wang since his detention nearly four years ago–which she said left her “stunned,” with her “heart bleeding.”

“I saw that Wang Quanzhang has obviously gotten much thinner and looksmuch older and greyer,” Li said in a statement via Twitter. “He seemed quite spaced out, and his responses were slow and hesitant.”

“When he speaks, his eyes flick from one place to another; when he finishes saying one thing, it takes him ages to stammer out the next sentences,” she said.

Li had continued to insist on a face-to-face meeting with Wang during four meetings with prison leaders, she said.

She said she had chosen the day for its significance for lovers, because “520” sounds similar to the Chinese for “I love you.”

“It’s May 20, 2019, and today is the 1,410th day that Wang Quanzhang has been missing,” Li told RFA. “It is also the first day of the second phase of our search for Wang Quanzhang.”







EU expects the immediate release of the human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng


https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1458494-20190520.htm (CANTONESE)

https://www.epochtimes.fr/la-famille-dun-avocat-chinois-des-droits-humains-emprisonne-en-chine-recoit-de-ses-nouvelles-pour-la-premiere-fois-en-4-ans-855698.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/01/28/en-chine-l-avocat-wang-quanzhang-condamne-a-quatre-ans-et-demi-de-prison-pour-subversion_5415450_3210.html (FRANCAIS)







Switzerland: The ICJ and Geneva Bar Association launch ambitious global project

May 20, 2019

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The ICJ, the Geneva Bar Association and the Geneva legal community have joined forces to launch the ICJ-Geneva Lawyers International Cooperation Initiative. Under the Initiative, Geneva lawyers will join ICJ missions on the five continents to support the independence and integrity of lawyers and judges at risk, and to promote the Rule of Law.

The Initiative launches with a mission tomorrow, May 21st. A lawyer from the Geneva Bar Association will go to Guatemala to work the ICJ team and lawyers investigating and fighting the forced displacement of the indigenous community of La Laguna de El Petén.

Missions under the initiative will typically involve, among other things:

– Trial observations;

– Fact-finding missions;

– Support for the independence of lawyers and bar associations;

– Capacity building and training activities;

– Expertise and academic support.

Since its founding in 1952, the ICJ has played a unique and preeminent role as a non-governmental organization for the defense of the Rule of Law around the world, and the independence of judges and lawyers.

With the presence of its headquarters in Geneva for more than 60 years, through the Initiative the ICJ is further deepening its special bond with the city, to spread and share the spirit of Geneva.

“International support and solidarity are crucial to the work of lawyers defending the human rights of those who are often marginalized from power,” said Michaël Sombart, Director of Strategic Partnerships of the ICJ. “With this project the ICJ can help lawyers around the world benefit from the reputation and high standing of the Swiss legal community and bring the message of the Genève humanitaire beyond borders.”

The ICJ and Geneva Bar Association launch ambitious global project


https://www.icj.org/fr/licj-et-lordre-des-avocats-de-geneve-lancent-avec-la-communaute-juridique-de-la-republique-un-projet-ambitieux-de-cooperation-internationale/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.odage.ch/ (FRANCAIS)