Monthly Archives: July 2019

Israel/Palestine: Israel sentences prisoners’ lawyer to 13 years behind bars

July 31, 2019

Tariq Barghouth, a prominent lawyer known for defending Palestinian prisoners held by Israel [Stand with Gaza/Twitter]

An Israeli court sentenced the lawyer of the PLO’s Prisoners’ Committee to 13 years, six months in prison on Tuesday, Quds Press has reported. Tariq Barghouth was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 27 February this year before undergoing harsh interrogation.

To put pressure on him in order to give what are said to be false confessions, the Israelis also arrested his wife and sister. The two women were released later.

Barghouth is one of the most prominent lawyers known for defending Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. He is currently in Nafha Prison in the south of Israel.

Israel sentences prisoners’ lawyer to 13 years behind bars

Israeli military court tortures and sentences Palestinian lawyer to over 13 years in jail–israeli-raids-on-gaza-and-arrests-in-the-west-bank-and-jerusalem-.SkKwgrr8V.html

IOF kidnapped Lawyer Tareq Barghouth In Jerusalem

The Philippines: Seek police help, lawyers with death threats told

July 31, 2019

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde yesterday urged lawyers who are receiving death threats to seek police assistance.

“Kung meron po silang nakikita o natatanggap na mga death threats sabihin kaagad sa ating kapulisan,” Albayalde told reporters on the sidelines of a demolition of a police community precinct in San Juan City.

He said threats documented on police blotter would help probers identify the perpetrators.

“Kung merong silang pinaghihinalaan na tao, we can conduct profiling,” Albayalde said.

Two lawyers were killed in Bukidnon and Negros Oriental recently.

Nicolas Gomez Jr., 67, was about to enter a bakeshop in Barangay Poblacion, Valencia City when he was shot by motorcycle-riding men on Sunday.

Col. Roel Lami-ing, Bukidnon police chief, said they have several persons of interest in the case, but refused to give details.

Lami-ing had earlier said probers are looking at a land dispute as the motive for the killing.

“We are still conducting a case buildup,” he said.

Last week, lawyer Anthony Trinidad was shot dead after attending a hearing in Guihulngan City.

Negros Oriental police provincial director sacked over spate of killings

End of killings urged as PH turns deadliest for environmental defenders

Policemen face raps for lawyer’s ambush

Campaign of annihilation

De Lima ‘Tweets’ Senate To Probe Lawyers’ Killings




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Simula nang maupo si Ginoong Duterte noong 2016, aabot na sa 41 ang bilang ng mga hukom, prosecutor at abogado ang pinaslang. Ayon ito sa datos ng National Union of People’s Lawyers nitong Hulyo 2019.

Panahon na upang imbestigahan ang patuloy na pag-target sa mga kasamahan natin sa propesyong legal. Kaya inihain po natin ang Senate Resolution (SR) No. 33 upang masusing siyasatin ang nakababahalang serye ng pagpatay sa ating mga kapwa abogado at nasa sektor ng katarungan.

(Leila de Lima Facebook, 02/08/19)

Australia/Timor Leste: Lawyer on spy charge demands day in court

July 30, 2019

Witness K's lawyer and co-accused Bernard Collaery. Picture: Jamila Toderas

A Canberra lawyer who helped blow the whistle on Australia spying on East Timor has demanded his case be heard in the Supreme Court, which could split his case off from a former intelligence officer.
Bernard Collaery and a former spy known as Witness K are jointly accused of revealing information about Australia bugging East Timor’s cabinet rooms in 2004.
The bugging took place during negotiations over a gas and oil treaty.
In a move which could split the accused pair, Mr Collaery’s lawyer told Canberra Magistrates Court his client wanted to be indicted to the Supreme Court.
But Witness K would prefer the matter to remain with the ACT Magistrates Court, his lawyer, Robert Richter QC, told the court on Tuesday.
Charged in June 2018, the case has languished in the lower court as both defence teams wrangle with the Commonwealth over a set of orders controlling what information can be revealed during the trial. (DEUTSCH)

Algeria: Pétition de soutien à Salah Dabouz, en grève de la faim depuis 23 jours

le 30 juillet, 2019

Salah Dabouz lors d'une manifestation des avocats

Me Salah Dabouz, avocat défenseur droits humains, est en grève de la faim illimitée depuis le 8 juillet dernier. A travers son action, Me Dabouz dénonce l’harcèlement judiciaire qui le cible personnellement ainsi que  beaucoup de militants de la vallée du M’zab. Cet acharnement de la justice de Ghardaïa a déjà fait plusieurs victimes dont  Dr Kamel-Eddine Fekhar, décédé en détention le 28 mai 2019, après une tragique grève de la faim et le syndicaliste Hadj-Brahim Aouf, son codétenu, qui a quitté la prison avec une santé gravement dégradée et qui est actuellement suspendu de son travail pour ses activités militantes. Mais nous ne pouvons citer ces deux cas sans rappeler celui du plus ancien détenu politique en Algérie, Mohamed Baba-Nadjar, condamné à la perpétuité dans un procès expéditif et pour un crime qu’il n’a pas commis. Ce dernier croupit en prison depuis plus d’une quinzaine d’années. L’avocat Salah Dabouz a été soumis à un contrôle judiciaire bien singulier pendant plusieurs mois alors qu’il réside et exerce son métier d’avocat à Alger. Il a été obligé par la justice de Ghardaïa à  faire trois fois par semaine plus de 600 km aller-retour afin de signer sa présence. Alors que cette dernière lui a été levée grâce à la solidarité de toutes et de tous, Me Salah Dabouz a déclaré qu’il ne comptait pas mettre fin à son action.

Il exige le départ du procureur général près la cour de Ghardaïa, Mohamed Bensalem, qui a violé, selon lui, l’avis 34/2017 ordonnant de ne plus interpeller Dr Fekhar pour les mêmes raisons et qui a produit un communiqué contenant des propos racistes prouvant, selon Me Dabouz, qu’il considère les mozabites comme des citoyens «non honorables». Me Dabouz exige aussi le départ du juge d’instruction qui a ordonné la mise en détention de Dr Fekhar sans consulter son dossier et qui a avoué avoir travaillé sous la pression d’un cadre du ministère de la justice, du directeur de la prison qui a enfermé Dr Fekhar dans des toilettes pendant 28 jours et du directeur de l’hôpital qui a refusé de le soigner alors qu’il souffrait d’une hépatite C.

Maître Salah Dabouz : «Quand on a un pays à sauver, on ne fait pas de sieste»

La fin du contrôle judiciaire à l’encontre de Me Salah Dabouz mais l’avocat poursuit sa grève de la faim



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Cameroon: Case against detained Ambazonia leaders adjourned to August 5

July 30, 2019

The case against the ten detained separatist leaders standing trial at the Yaounde military tribunal has been adjourned to August 5.

The detainees were brought to court on Monday July 5 under uncertainty as the whereabouts of several anglophone detainees extracted from the Kondengui central prison remain unknown.

Yesteryday’s hearing was equally an opportunity for lawyers of the defense to protest against the manhandling of one of theirs, Barrister Amungwa last week by some uniform men.

However, after hours of debate, the matter was adjourned to August 5 pending verdicts of other appeals filed by the defense team at the various higher jurisdictions.

Cameroon: Case against detained Ambazonia leaders adjourned to August 5

Gendarmes in Yaounde mercilessly torture lawyer defending Sisiku Ayuk and Co.

The Philippines: Killings Escalate in Central Philippines

July 30, 2019

Government, Rebel Forces in Negros Should End Unlawful Attacks

Supporters shout slogans as they hold paper crosses bearing names of killed people from Negros Oriental province during a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Killings in the Philippines’ Negros Oriental province surged over the weekend, with the 14th fatal shooting on Negros island in a week. Media reports said gunmen shot dead Anaciancino Rosalita in a public market in Canlaon City. Local activists contend that his death is just the latest murder in the government’s ostensible campaign to suppress “lawless violence.”

The island of Negros has a long history of violence stemming from festering issues of land rights, poverty, and injustice. Peasant and farmer groups have campaigned for land reform over the island’s vast sugar plantations amidst fighting between communist insurgents and government forces. Both sides have been implicated in countless human rights abuses.

The attacks increased dramatically after the New People’s Army (NPA) killed four police officers on July 18 in Ayungon town. The police allege the officers had been tortured and then executed. The NPA denied this, although they confirmed killing the officers in an ambush.

On July 22, President Rodrigo Duterte denounced the killings and offered a reward for the capture of those responsible. Since then, there have been multiple daily killings in the province.  On July 25 alone, seven people were killed in separate summary killings in different parts of the province. On July 23, unidentified gunmen killed Anthony Trinidad, a human rights lawyer, in Guihulngan City.

IBP calls for speedy probe on Negros lawyer’s murder, arrest of killers

IBP calls on authorities to find out who killed Negros Oriental lawyer

Court junks rights lawyers’ plea for protection

Appellate court denies lawyers’ protection plea

Top US think tank sees no gauge of success in PH drug war

De Lima: UN Probe A Must Amid Gov’t’s Lack Of Interest In Probing EJKs

Press Statement on the Series of Killings in Negros




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Russia: Alexei Navalny: the lawyer standing up to Putin

July 29, 2019

Alexei Navalny has been challenging Vladimir Putin's grip on power in Russia for the past decade

A charismatic anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny has been Russia’s leading opposition politician for around a decade, determined to challenge Vladimir Putin’s grip on power despite frequent prison stays and even damage to his health.

The Yale-educated 43-year-old lawyer has been banned from state television and was barred from challenging Putin in a presidential election last year.

He has often been jailed and physically attacked, but has vowed to press ahead with his campaign to change Russia for the better.

Navalny has won a young fan base through viral videos exposing corruption among the elites and has more than two million followers on Twitter.

He has grabbed attention with his uncompromising rhetoric and coined phrases such as the “party of crooks and thieves” to slam the ruling party United Russia.

In 2011, the anti-corruption blogger led mass protests when tens of thousands took to the streets of Moscow to protest against vote-rigging in parliamentary elections.

Two years later the father of two stood for Moscow mayor, coming second against Putin ally Sergei Sobyanin.

In 2017, he accused Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of massive corruption in a YouTube documentary. That kick-started a fresh wave of protests across the country that was met with police violence and mass arrests.

The same year he had to travel to Spain for surgery after one of several street attacks left him nearly blind in one eye.

– Brother jailed –

Navalny has faced a series of legal cases, which supporters see as punishment for his activism.

Doctor of Russia’s opposition leader accuses Moscow hospital of cover-up as he is cleared for prison (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (ESPANOL) (ITALIANO) (PORTUGUES) (PORTUGUES)

The Philippines: Yet another lawyer gunned down by motorcycle assassins in Bukidnon

July 29, 2019

A lawyer who was supposed to attend a hearing in Malaybalay City on Monday (July 29) was gunned down by still unknown assailants at Barangay Poblacion in Valencia City, Bukidnon province late on Sunday (July 28), police said.

Lawyer Nicolas Gomez, who grew up in Davao City but had been renting a house at Barangay Poblacion in Valencia City, was gunned down by suspects aboard an XRM motorcycle which had no license plate, said Valencia police chief Col. Surki Sereñas.

Gomez, 67, was supposed to attend a hearing at the Malaybalay Regional Trial Court (RTC).

He was brought to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Gomez, who entered the Philippine Bar in 1978, largely practiced his profession in Quezon City.

Yet another lawyer gunned down by motorcycle assassins in Bukidnon

Court junks rights lawyers’ plea for protection

India: 3.5 lakh lawyers in UP go on strike demanding safer working conditions

July 29, 2019

The lawyers have also demanded that they be provided better security in order to allow them to discharge their duties without fear. (Representational Image/ File photo)

About 3.5 lakh lawyers across Uttar Pradesh have struck work and called a statewide protest over a host of issues which include safer working conditions and better compensation for deceased families, among others.The strike has been called by Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the lawyers are also upset with the annual budget given by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government. The lawyers have also demanded that they be provided better security in order to allow them to discharge their duties without fear.

The protest comes on a day the body of a 35-year-old lawyer was found from the Ganga river in Muzaffarnagar’s Hasvala village, four days after he went missing. Speaking to PTI, Miranpur Police Station in-charge Pankaj Tyagi said that deceased Mohit Sharma had been missing since July 25, 2019. The police officials suspect that Sharma committed suicide by jumping into the river.

Earlier this year, the cold-blooded murder of Darwesh Yadav, the first woman bar council president in Uttar Pradesh sent shockwaves across the country. She was murdered allegedly by her own colleague Manish Sharma. Sharma pumped three bullets and later committed suicide. There have been sporadic incidents of attacks on members of the legal fraternity.

Across several states, lawyers have resorted to similar measures to press the government for their demands. (HINDI) (HINDI) (HINDI)

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Cameroon: Treatment of Ambazonians: Gendarmes attack Southern Cameroons lawyer in Yaounde

July 28, 2019

Treatment of Ambazonians: Gendarmes attack Southern Cameroons lawyer in Yaounde

A Southern Cameroons lawyer was reportedly beaten by two Francophone gendarmes in the Biyem Assi neighborhood in Yaounde. Barrister Amungwa was unconscious and seen lying on the Gendarmerie hilux that transported him to unknown destination.

Southern Cameroons Communications Secretary, Milton Taka who confirmed the news to our London desk observed that nowhere is safe for Amabzonians anymore in La Republique du Cameroun.

Cameroon Concord News understands Barrister Amungwa is the head of the Communication team for the detained Southern Cameroons leaders. He organises all the press conferences and print media publications pertaining to the trial of President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his top aides.

Treatment of Ambazonians: Gendarmes attack Southern Cameroons lawyer in Yaounde

Gendarmes in Yaounde mercilessly torture lawyer defending Sisiku Ayuk and Co.

Cameroon Lawyer Defending Anglophone Separatists Beaten, Goes Unconscious, Dumped Behind Gendarmerie Hilux In Yaounde.