Daily Archives: 02/07/2019

USA: EXCLUSIVE: HOW HARVARD CAVED TO STUDENT PROTESTERS AND FIRED ITS FIRST BLACK FACULTY DEAN

July 1, 2019

Harvard's Ron Sullivan Exclusive Interview Harvey Weinstein

Last month, Harvard College told Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., and his wife that it would not renew their contracts as faculty deans of Winthrop House, one of the school’s 12 residential communities. They had held their positions for ten years. When appointed, they were the first African-Americans to be named faculty deans at Harvard.

Their contentious departure was the culmination of a series of campus protests. The turmoil was unleashed after the New York Post reported in January that Sullivan—a clinical professor at Harvard Law School, the head of its Criminal Justice Institute, and a nationally prominent criminal defense attorney—would be joining the team of lawyers representing film producer Harvey Weinstein. Since October 2017, when more than a dozen women first came forward with accusations, Weinstein had become the personification of power-based, sexual harassment and assault, accelerating the worldwide #MeToo movement. Sullivan would be helping defend Weinstein against a five-count indictment in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan alleging rape and predatory sexual abuse.

Some students protested that the role on Weinstein’s team was inconsistent with Sullivan’s duties as faculty dean, and even that they felt unsafe with a dean who was aiding such a person.

In a Newsweek exclusive, Sullivan gives his first interview since his ouster. In it, he defends his decision to take the case and accuses Rakesh Khurana, the Dean of Harvard College, of “cower[ing]” and “capitulating” to the “loudest voices in the room.”

“I certainly cannot dispute how some people feel,” he says. “But I strongly believe that it’s … the job of the educator is to help students determine whether their feelings are rational… I would argue that a good educator would explore those feelings and help educate the student in a way where the student can exist in a diverse, heterogeneous environment.”

https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-how-harvard-caved-student-protesters-fired-its-first-black-faculty-dean-1446906

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2019/06/25/harvard-law-professor-ronald-sullivan-new-york-times-oped

https://pjmedia.com/trending/black-prof-demoted-after-representing-weinstein-condemns-harvards-dereliction-of-duty/

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/06/harvey-weinstein-ronald-sullivan-jr-lawyer

The #MeToo Moment Is on Life Support

https://www.newtondailynews.com/2019/06/25/the-dis-grace-of-harvard/a7ffqrt/

Harvard’s first Black faculty dean explains how student protestors cost him his job

Opinion: Why Harvard Was Wrong To Make Me Step Down

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/07/harvey-weinstein-hearing-jose-baez-out

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_S._Sullivan_Jr.

https://www.tempi.it/harvard-epura-il-decano-sullivan-avvocato-del-diavolo-weinstein/ (ITALIANO)

USA: Man Is Charged in Twitter Threat to Lynch Muslim Lawyer

July 1, 2019

When a Muslim lawyer in Virginia was threatened by a stranger on Twitter last year, he reported it to the social media company and to the federal authorities.

The lawyer, Qasim Rashid, had no idea who had written the tweet in March 2018, which included an image of a man who had been lynched, along with the words: “View your destiny.”

But last week Mr. Rashid, 36, now a Democratic candidate for a seat in Virginia’s State Senate, learned the identity of the man who, federal prosecutors say, was behind the threat.

In an indictment filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on June 20, Joseph Cecil Vandevere of Black Mountain, N.C., was charged with issuing a threat via interstate commerce, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/twitter-user-charged-with-felony-in-lynch-threat-against-muslim-candidate-qasim-rashid

https://eu.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/07/01/man-charged-online-threat-lynch-muslim-candidate-qasim-rashid/1620699001/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7202019/Man-charged-online-threat-lynch-Muslim-candidate.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/03/politics/north-carolina-man-twitter-threat-lynch-muslim-lawyer/index.html

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/qasim-rashid-twitter-threat-lynching_n_5d1b6f57e4b03d6116429ae6

https://abcnews.go.com/US/muslim-american-virginia-state-senate-candidate-scared-lynching/story?id=64085091

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/us/article/Man-charged-in-threat-to-Muslim-candidate-is-due-14069159.php

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

http://mietspiegelnews.com/medien/Muslimische-Staat-Senat-Kandidat-sagt-dass-er-keine-Angst-vor-der-online-lynchen-bedrohlich-h24999.html (DEUTSCH)

http://www.dailyviewsonline.com/economia/Stato-musulmano-Senato-candidato-dice-di-non-essere-spaventato-da-online-linciaggio-minaccia-h14455.html (ITALIANO)

Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Pakistan Bar Council To Observe Black Day Today

July 2, 2019

 Pakistan Bar Council to observe black day  today

Pakistan Bar Council has announced to observe black day today (Tuesday) during hearing of two cases in Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against SC justice Qazi Faez Isa and Sindh High Court Justice K K Agha

Islamabad (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / Online – 01st July, 2019) Pakistan Bar Council has announced to observe black day today (Tuesday) during hearing of two cases in Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against SC justice Qazi Faez Isa and Sindh High Court Justice K K Agha.According to report, PBC reiterated upon lawyer’s community that they should make sure their attendance in SC building during hearing of cases.PBC president Aman Ullah Kanrani has said to representatives of all Bar Councils and Bar Associations that when 5-member bench will take hearing of the case then all lawyers community should observe black day.He said that lawyers should wear black bands on arms as a protest and also hold black flags.He said that council didn’t give any call of court strike due to vacations in SC, Sindh High Court, and Balochistan high court.

He said that lawyers should remain united and shouldn’t allow anyone to spread turmoil in their lanes.

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/-pakistan-bar-council-to-observe-black-day-t-658385.html

http://pakistanbarcouncil.org/30-06-2019/

https://www.dawn.com/news/1491541/sjc-commences-hearing-of-references-against-judges-today

Pakistan Bar Council to file reference against corrupt judges

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-january-24-2020-pakistan/

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

Tajikistan: Oral statement to Human Rights Committee

July 1, 2019

Oral statement to Human Rights Committee

Today Lawyers for Lawyers delivered an oral statement during the 126th session of the Human Rights Committee for the review of Tajikistan’s compliance with it’s international human rights obligations. In July 2018, Lawyers for Lawyers submitted a submission for the List of Issues for this review, to inform the Committee about the situation of lawyers in Tadzjikistan.

 

Lawyers for Lawyers highlighted the failure of the authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan to ensure that all persons have effective and equal access to legal services provided by an independent legal profession.

Firstly, The legal profession lacks institutional independence. The admission to and the continued practice within the legal profession is controlled by the executive branch. The 2015 Law “On Advokatura and Advocates’ Activities” requires all lawyers to renew their accreditation and go through a new examination process, which must be redone every five years. Since the reform, the number of licensed lawyers in Tajikistan has fallen precipitously. This seems detrimental to access to justice. The process also carries the risk of misuse by authorities seeking to exclude or disbar lawyers.

Secondly, professional rights and privileges of lawyers who are still able to practice law are violated. Lawyers are repeatedly denied access to clients in detention and to appropriate information. Lawyer-client confidentiality and lawyers’ rights to freedom of expression and association are not respected. Furthermore, lawyers involved in sensitive cases are identified with their clients or their clients’ causes. These lawyers have been subjected to intimidation, harassment as well as arbitrary arrests, prosecutions and convictions. Some of them are now in prison after closed, unfair trials, or were forced to flee the country due to fears of reprisal. An emblematic case is the prosecution of Buzurgmehr Yorov, who is serving a combined sentence of 28 years in prison. As a result of these problems, lawyers are unable to provide effective legal representation.

Oral statement to Human Rights Committee

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/11/submission-un-human-rights-committees-review-tajikistan

https://www.rferl.org/a/un-group-calls-on-tajik-government-to-release-imprisoned-rights-lawyer/29985133.html

Tajikistan: ICJ calls for immediate release of imprisoned lawyer

UN committee offers grim view Tajikistan’s human rights record

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/tajikistan/2019/07/d25410/

https://www.dw.com/en/tajikistan-regime-targeting-families-of-political-activists/a-49541709

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