Daily Archives: 27/05/2019

United Arab Emirates: Unrelenting Repression in the UAE

May 21, 2019

 

Wednesday, May 29 marks one year since the State Security Chamber of the Federal Appeals Court of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sentenced Ahmed Mansoor to ten years in prison and imposed a fine equivalent to more than a quarter of a million dollars. He was convicted for allegedly insulting “the status and prestige of the UAE,” including its rulers, and publishing false reports on social media intending to harm the country’s relations with neighboring countries.

Prior to his arrest in a midnight raid on his home on March 20, 2017, Ahmed Mansoor used to quip that he was “the last man talking” in the UAE, reflecting that over the previous several years the authorities had jailed almost all other Emirati rights activists and their lawyers. For more than a year, Mansoor’s whereabouts were unknown. Since the Federal Supreme Court upheld his conviction and sentencing on December 31, 2018, according to people familiar with his situation, he remains in solitary confinement in a 4-meter by 4-meter cell with no bed or water—conditions that led him to undertake a hunger strike in mid-March 2019. On May 7, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and six other UN human rights experts condemned this situation, noting that “the poor conditions of his detention in the United Arab Emirates, including prolonged solitary confinement, may constitute torture.”

Despite the harassment directed against him, Mansoor continued to speak out on social media about the intensifying rights violations in the UAE, and he was often the sole source of reliable information about arrests and trials. There was plenty to report: Starting in late March 2012, security forces arrested scores of Emiratis for their association with Islah, shorthand for the Reform and Social Guidance Association, which had been a registered NGO in the UAE since 1974. Many of those detained, including prominent human rights lawyers Mohammed al-Roken and Mohammed al-Mansoori, were held in undisclosed locations. (Al-Roken had been one of Ahmed Mansoor’s lawyers in his 2011 trial, and the presence of Islah members among those who signed the UAE 5 petition likely spurred these arrests.) Another lawyer, Salim al-Shehhi, was detained when he went to the office of the State Security Prosecutor with the intention of representing al-Roken. Authorities arrested and deported non-Emirati lawyers working for Abdulhameed al-Kumaiti, the last remaining defense lawyer willing to represent those arrested in the Islah crackdown—and who has since left the country.

https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/79173

The Dark Side of the UAE

Mohammed al Roken

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-page3.callplt2017.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.callplt2017.htm (FRANCAIS)

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الممارسات الانتقامية التي تسلّطها #الإمارات على معتقلي الرأي(من اختفاء قسري واعتقال تعسّفي وحبس انفرادي وتعذيب…)ممنهجة ومستمرة في خرق صارخ للقواعد النموذجية الدنيا لمعاملة السجناء.
#محمد_الركن
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Bangladesh: Female lawyer murdered in Moulvibazar

May 27, 2019

A female lawyer was found dead at her own residence in Borolekha upazila of Moulvibazar district early today.

Abida Sultana, 35, might have been murdered sometime between afternoon and evening yesterday, said Officer-in-charge of Borolekha Police Station Yasinul Huq.

Abida was a member of the District Lawyer’s Council, our Moulvibazar correspondent reports.

Both the Police Bureau of Investigation and local police inspected the spot.

There were injury marks in the head and neck area of Abida, the OC said.

https://www.thedailystar.net/country/female-lawyer-abida-sultana-murdered-in-moulvibazar-1749595

http://web.dailyjanakantha.com/details/article/424652/%E0%A6%AC%E0%A7%9C%E0%A6%B2%E0%A7%87%E0%A6%96%E0%A6%BE%E0%A7%9F-%E0%A6%AD%E0%A6%BE%E0%A7%9C%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%9F%E0%A6%BF%E0%A7%9F%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%B0-%E0%A6%98%E0%A6%B0%E0%A7%87-%E0%A6%AE%E0%A6%B9%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%B2%E0%A6%BE-%E0%A6%86%E0%A6%87%E0%A6%A8%E0%A6%9C%E0%A7%80%E0%A6%AC%E0%A7%80-%E0%A6%96%E0%A7%81%E0%A6%A8/ (BENGALI)

France/Iran: Blois : des avocats solidaires de leur consoeur iranienne

le 27 mai, 2019

Me Fabienne Aubry et Me Anne Durand avec le portrait de Nasrin Sotoudeh persécutée à la fois en tant que femme et avocat.

Le barreau de Blois se mobilise en faveur de Nasrin Sotoudeh, une avocate iranienne condamnée pour avoir pris fait et cause pour les femmes de son pays.

Voilà bientôt un an que Nasrin Sotoudeh croupit dans sa cellule d’Evin, la pire prison d’Iran. Cette avocate de 55 ans, spécialiste de la défense des droits de l’homme, est dans le collimateur du régime des mollahs pour avoir contesté leur autorité. Le barreau de Blois a décidé de se mobiliser en sa faveur pour dénoncer l’injustice avec laquelle cette consœur a été traitée. Me Fabienne Aubry et Me Anne Durand, particulièrement émues par son sort, appellent à se joindre à la mobilisation internationale en signant la pétition en ligne qui a déjà réuni plus de 330.000 signatures.
“ Notre consœur n’a même pas pu assister à son procès ”« Nasrin Sotoudeh est emprisonnée pour être apparue en public sans porter le voile et pour avoir pris fait et cause pour des jeunes femmes qui manifestaient pacifiquement sur l’avenue Enghelab (*) pour protester contre l’obligation du port du hijab », expliquent les deux avocates. Son engagement considéré comme un défi par le régime lui valu une première condamnation à 5 ans d’emprisonnement pour « rassemblement et collusion contre le régime » et à 2 ans pour « insulte au Guide suprême ».
En mars dernier, sa situation s’est encore aggravée : le tribunal révolutionnaire lui a infligé 33 ans de prison supplémentaires et 148 coups de fouet pour sept chefs d’accusation dont « incitation à la débauche ». Pour les avocates blésoises, cette décision est une parodie de justice : « Notre consœur n’a même pas pu assister à son procès ni être assistée d’un avocat » s’insurgent-elles. Cette condamnation a soulevé une vague d’indignation et de réprobation à travers le monde notamment de la part de l’Union européenne et du gouvernement français.
Du côté des avocats, la protestation s’organise autour de la Conférence nationale des barreaux qui a lancé la pétition en faveur de Nasrin Sotoudeh au nom du droit fondamental d’exercer cette profession et d’être assisté d’un avocat.

https://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/blois/blois-des-avocats-solidaires-de-leur-consoeur-iranienne

https://www.change.org/p/lib%C3%A9rez-l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-freenasrin (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/petitions/petition-nasrin-sotoudeh (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

https://www.facebook.com/events/2339009283003527/

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

http://haghighatemana.com/%DA%AF%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B4-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%84%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%AD/ (FARSI)

http://asre-nou.net/php/view.php?objnr=47471 (FARSI)

https://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86_%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87 (FARSI)

https://www.change.org/p/cancel-the-sentence-and-free-nasrin-sotoudeh-freenasrin (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://aijac.org.au/featured/lets-not-forget-the-victims-of-the-iranian-regimes-egregious-human-rights-violations/ (ENGLISH)

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

#FreeNasrin

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A NASRIN SOTOUDEH L’OSELLA AL MERITO / THE VENICE BAR ASSOCIATION MEDAL OF MERIT AWARDED TO NASRIN SOTOUDEH

La nostra Collega @Nasrin Sotoudeh نسرین ستوده condannata a 38 anni di reclusione e 148 frustate e detenuta nel carcere di Evin a Teheran, è stata insignita dal Consiglio dell’Ordine dell’Osella al merito professionale con la seguente motivazione: “Per il suo impegno a favore dei diritti umani – in particolare quelli delle donne e dei più deboli – ed il fatto di non aver mai ceduto alle minacce subite dimostrando un coraggio esemplare nonostante le numerose detenzioni e condanne subite. Il Consiglio dell’Ordine manifesta gratitudine e solidarietà a Nasrin Sotoudeh, esempio di avvocata disposta a sacrificare gli affetti, la libertà ed anche la vita pur di preservare la propria indipendenza e l’effettività del diritto di difesa e, con l’occasione, condanna fermamente la persecuzione in atto nei confronti suoi e di tutti i difensori e le difensore dei diritti umani in Iran, come nel mondo, deplora l’inflizione di detenzioni arbitrarie, tortura e pene corporali, ribadendo, altresì, il suo impegno per la promozione e la diffusione della cultura del rispetto dei diritti fondamentali e della difesa della difesa nella società civile”.
L’Osella e la pergamena sono state consegnate in absentia a Karim Lahidji, Presidente Onorario della FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights, venerdì scorso, 24 maggio, nell’aula delle udienze solenni della Corte di Cassazione a Bruxelles a latere della cerimonia di consegna del Premio internazionale dei diritti umani “Ludovic Trarieux” 2018, dal consigliere, avv. Federico Cappelletti, membro della giuria del Premio.

Our colleague Nasrin Sotoudeh نسرین ستوده,, sentenced to 38 years’ imprisonment and 148 lashes, and detained in Evin prison in Tehran, was awarded the medal of merit (“Osella”) by the Venice Bar Association, with the following motivation: “for her commitment to human rights – in particular those of women and the weakest – having never give in to the threats against her, with an outstanding courage despite multiple detentions and convictions. The Venice Bar Association expresses its gratitude and support, as it considers Mrs. Sotoudeh an example of a lawyer willing to sacrifice affections, freedom and even life in order to preserve her independence and the effectiveness of the right of defense. On this occasion, it strongly condemns the current persecution against her and all the human rights’ defenders in Iran, and in the world, deplores the infliction of arbitrary detention, torture and corporal punishment, and also reaffirms its commitment to promoting and spreading a culture of respect for fundamental rights and defense’s rights in civil society.”
The medal of merit and the parchment were handed over in absentia to Mr. Karim Lahidji, Honorary President of the FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights, last Friday, May 24, in the courtroom of the formal hearings of the Court of Cassation in Brussels at the end of the award ceremony of the International Human Rights Prize “Ludovic Trarieux” 2018, by Mr. Federico Cappelletti, jury member of the Prize, delegated by the Board of the Bar Association

(Ordine degli Avvocati di Venezia Facebook, 27/05/19)

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