Daily Archives: 22/05/2019

Egypt: Egypt prosecutor orders release of five opposition figures

May 21, 2019

Those set to be freed, including former diplomat Masoum Marzouk, were detained in August after calling for a referendum on Sisi’s government

Egypt’s top prosecutor has ordered the release of five prominent opposition figures who have been held since August, lawyers said on Monday.

The five, including former diplomat Masoum Marzouk, were detained after calling for a popular referendum on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government.

Lawyers Khalid Ali and Omar Eid confirmed the decision on Monday, and said their clients may be released “within hours”.

According to Ali, Marzouk’s lawyer, two other defendants in the case, Sameh Seoudi and Amr Mohamed, were not included in Monday’s decision.

The ruling has been issued pending further investigation, and the five have had a travel ban placed upon them, according to local media.

Ahram, a government-owned newspaper, quoted a security source as saying:  “The decision came in response to human rights calls and appeals by families to release the defendants.”

Political prisoners

Marzouk, 73, has been detained in solitary confinement since August, when he publicly called for a referendum, the release of political prisoners, the formation of a transitional governing council to replace Sisi, and a ten-year ban on political candidacy for anyone who served in government or parliament over the past decade.

In March, Marzouk’s wife wrote an appeal to the public prosecutor, condemning her husband’s solitary confinement and warning that he was “dying in prison”.



Egypt to free opposition figures





China/Japan: Japan academics make appeal for Tsinghua professor

May 21, 2019

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Japanese intellectuals are demanding that a Chinese university end the suspension of a professor who criticized the policy of the Chinese leadership.

Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, was suspended in March.

It is believed Xu was suspended because he published an article in July last year that criticized the Chinese leadership for eliminating term limits for the state presidency.

In the article, the professor also said the Chinese Communist Party media’s deification of President Xi Jinping has reached a limit.

On Tuesday, academics and other Japanese intellectuals held a news conference in Tokyo to issue a statement demanding the lifting of Xu’s suspension.

The statement says the suspension amounts to a suppression of academic freedom and the freedom of speech.

It also says there will be a bright future in China if intellectuals can pluck up courage, like Professor Xu, to speak up for the truth.

The statement has been signed by 70 Japanese scholars and journalists. They are increasingly concerned about freedom of speech being further curtailed under Xi’s leadership.


30 years after the Tiananmen Massacre: An interview with survivor Zhou Fengsuo

Minds Unfettered and the Rival Spirits of May Fourth

Xu Zhangrun 許章潤 Archive



https://es.globalvoices.org/2019/05/20/30-anos-despues-de-la-masacre-de-tiananmen-entrevista-con-el-sobreviviente-zhou-fengsuo/ (ESPANOL)

Colombia: Human rights lawyer Paula Rocero murdered in southern Colombia

May 22, 2019

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A human rights lawyer was murdered in southern Colombia on Monday. Paula Rocero was shot several times by motorcyclists as she was driving home in Samaniego, department of Nariño. The 47-year-old was transported to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Paula had been given protection measures in 2016 after receiving threats over her work in defence of human rights and targeting corruption in Samaniego. She was employed by the civil government in Nariño and provided representation to communities in the region.

The United Nations Human Rights office in Colombia denounced the killing. ‘We trust there will be prompt investigation, prosecution and punishment of those responsible. Our solidarity with her family, friends and institutions in these sad moments’, it tweeted.

Nariño has been heavily impacted by targeted killings of activists and community leaders since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016. The region has historically had high presence of armed groups due to the minimal state presence and its geographical value for illicit activity.

Human rights lawyer Paula Rocero murdered in southern Colombia

Even a human rights lawyer working for the government in Colombia is not safe


https://www.contagioradio.com/asesinan-a-paula-rocero-personera-y-defensora-de-dd-hh-en-samaniego-narino/ (ESPANOL)

https://kaosenlared.net/colombia-asesinan-a-paula-rocero-personera-y-defensora-de-ddhh-en-samaniego-narino/ (ESPANOL)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 26/05/19)

Iran/Belgium: Le Prix Ludovic-Trarieux remis vendredi à Bruxelles à Nasrin Sotoudeh

le 21 mai, 2019

Le Prix international des droits de l’Homme Ludovic-Trarieux sera symboliquement remis ce vendredi à 16h45, dans la salle des audiences solennelles de la Cour de cassation au palais de justice de Bruxelles, à Me Nasrin Sotoudeh, annonce mardi l’ordre français des avocats du barreau de Bruxelles. Nasrin Sotoudeh, avocate iranienne, est actuellement détenue à la prison d’Evin à Téhéran. Elle a été condamnée en mars dernier à une peine de 38 ans de prison et à 148 coups de bâton pour s’être notamment illustrée dans la défense des droits des femmes, dont celles qui refusaient de porter le hijab. Elle a aussi assuré la défense de journalistes et de militants politiques. Elle avait déjà reçu en 2012 le Prix Sakharov “pour la liberté de l’esprit” décerné par le Parlement européen, rappelle l’ordre dans un communiqué. Créé en 1984, le “Prix International des droits de l’Homme – Ludovic-Trarieux” est décerné à “un avocat sans distinction de nationalité ou de barreau, qui aura illustré par son œuvre, son activité ou ses souffrances, la défense du respect des droits de l’Homme, des droits de la défense, la suprématie du droit, la lutte contre les racismes et l’intolérance sous toutes leurs formes”, expliquent les organisateurs. Il est décerné par un jury composé de représentants de barreaux européens.



Le Prix Ludovic-Trarieux remis vendredi à Bruxelles à Nasrin Sotoudeh

Click to access OBSAV-SuppIran2019.pdf





https://www.theepochtimes.com/united-states-and-iran-at-the-brink_2930889.html (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (ENGLISH)

https://www.eltiempo.com/mundo/mas-regiones/que-son-los-presos-de-conciencia-y-cuantos-hay-en-el-mundo-segun-amnistia-internacional-364860 (ESPANOL)

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


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