Daily Archives: 04/07/2019

France: Prison avec sursis requise contre l’avocate de plusieurs Gilets jaunes du Vaucluse

le 4 juillet, 2019

L'avocate Me Sophia Albert-Salmeron devant l'hôtel de police d'Avignon. Photo Le DL.

Plusieurs dizaines de personnes se sont déplacées au palais de justice d’Avignon pour soutenir Me Sophia Albert-Salmeron, avocate de plusieurs Gilets jaunes du Vaucluse. Le conseil comparaissait pour refus de se soumettre aux vérifications relatives au véhicule ou au conducteur le 7 février dernier à Sorgues. Elle était aussi renvoyée pour outrage à une personne dépositaire de l’autorité publique le 29 mars.

La seconde prévention est relative à la mise en ligne d’une vidéo sur sa page Facebook. Une vidéo dans laquelle elle s’adresse à des gendarmes en des termes peu amènes. Elle débute sa vidéo filmée en selfie en disant « Bonjour mon petit cloporte ». Elle poursuit ensuite en tutoyant celui à qui elle s’adresse et en indiquant notamment qu’il « déshonorerait la profession de gendarme ».

Le parquet a requis une peine de 300 euros d’amende pour la première prévention et de deux mois d’emprisonnement avec sursis pour la seconde. Le tribunal a mis sa décision en délibéré.

https://www.ledauphine.com/vaucluse/2019/07/04/prison-avec-sursis-requise-contre-l-avocate-de-plusieurs-gilets-jaunes-du-vaucluse

https://www.laprovence.com/video/avignon-200-gilets-jaunes-defendent-leur-avocate/x7chv90

https://www.laprovence.com/article/faits-divers-justice/5580391/on-veut-abattre-une-avocate-militante.html

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China: Chinese Rights Lawyer, Wife Made Homeless After Police Pressure Landlord

July 3, 2019

Lawyer Xie Yanyi (R) and his wife Yuan Shanshan (C) on a family outing, in undated photo.

A prominent rights lawyer detained during a nationwide crackdown on his profession by the ruling Chinese Communist Party has been made homeless along with his family, after police forced them to leave their rented accommodation in a suburb of Beijing.

Xie Yanyi was released from criminal detention on bail in January 2017, buthasn’t been able to practice law, as the authorities have refused to renew his license.

Xie and his wife Yuan Shanshan were recently forced to move yet againfrom their rented home in Miyun, a town on the outskirts of Beijing, when their landlord refused to renew their lease, citing pressure from the local police, the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website reported.

Fellow rights lawyer Li Jinglin said their treatment was similar to that meted out to many colleagues and their families.

“Lawyers are getting together to mitigate the hardship faced by the families of detained rights lawyers,” Li said.

“Everyone contributes a little money to the fund every month, to help out people whose husbands are in jail, or families who are in difficulty,” he said.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-homeless-07032019143950.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/xie-yanyi-assaulted-detained

Xie Yanyi

https://www.ishr.ch/news/hrc41-lawyers-are-key-rule-law-china-says-so-freethem-now

China: Joint Statement to the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council | Joint Statement

Burma: The murder of U Ko Ni – IBAHRI report details fair trial concerns in Myanmar

July 4, 2019

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) today announces the release of a report on a trial observation conducted in Myanmar into the proceedings taken against four accused charged with the murder of U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer. The IBAHRI welcomes the concern evidenced by Government of Myanmar officials regarding the need to respond vigorously to the murder of the leading human rights lawyer. However, as the observers who attended the trial from 16 June 2017 to 15 February 2019 noted many instances where basic rights for those accused were not respected, the IBAHRI emphasises that it is vital to uphold essential human rights in the criminal process taken against those accused.

The report, The murder of U Ko Ni: IBAHRI trial observation highlights fair trial concerns in Myanmar, reveals the conduct of Myanmar’s authorities as having fallen significantly short of both international and domestic legal standards which safeguard the accused’s right to a fair trial. The report identifies a number of serious breaches of fundamental human rights, including: failure of police to follow legal procedures; continued detention of those accused of bailable offences; allegations of torture and ill-treatment during detention; intimidation of witnesses; denial of access to a lawyer during pre-trial detention; failure of the court to exclude evidence obtained unlawfully; obstruction of the defence’s access to evidence; failure to respond to threats against lawyers; inappropriate deference towards the testimonies of Buddhist monks; and imposition of the mandatory death penalty.

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx

Court Hears Sentencing Appeals for U Ko Ni Murder Conspirators

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/ko-ni-killers-face-death-penalty-myanmar-court-decides-fate-190215011406975.html

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

UK/Turkey: British barrister faces extradition to Turkey over ‘propaganda’ charges

July 3, 2019

Turkish authorities accuse Ozcan Keles of spreading propaganda online

A non-practising barrister accused of spreading propaganda online is facing possible extradition to Turkey on terrorism charges.

Ozcan Keles, a UK citizen of Turkish descent, is accused of “spreading propaganda” on Twitter as well as giving £100,000 to “fund terrorist activities”, CourtNewsUKreports.

The 40-year-old, who is currently studying for a PhD in human rights law at the University of Sussex, was arrested in May after Turkish authorities issued a warrant for his extradition.

The extradition request alleges, among other things, that Keles used his social media accounts to share videos of exiled Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen as propaganda. It also alleges that he is is a member of Fetö, a group with links to Gülen and the failed Turkish coup in 2016. Keles denies all the allegations.

British barrister faces extradition to Turkey over ‘propaganda’ charges

Landmark ruling by Romanian appeals court confirms problems in the rule of law in Turkey

Barrister faces extradition on terror charges

https://www.ozcankeles.org/how-to-support-me/

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/support-ozcan-against

Özcan Keleş

https://www.ozcankeles.org/

Özcan Keleş

http://www.tr724.com/ozcan-keles-icin-yardim-kampanyasi-devam-ediyor-rakam-10-bin-sterline-ulasti/ (TURKCE)

https://dekanttekening.nl/nieuws/britse-advocaat-begint-crowdfund-actie-om-niet-aan-turkije-te-worden-uitgeleverd/ (NEDERLANDS)

China/The Philippines/Saudi Arabia/Turkey: Statement: Attacks on lawyers in China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey

July 2, 2019

Statement: Attacks on lawyers in China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey

On 1 July 2019, Lawyers for Lawyers together with Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association delivered a joint oral statement to the Human Rights Council on the attacks on lawyers in China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The statement was delivered during the 41st session of the Council.

 

The statement reads as follows:

Mr. President,

In countries where lawyers are imprisoned and prosecuted for defending rights, there is no equal access to justice or protection of rights.

In China, numerous human rights lawyers have been disappeared, arbitrarily imprisoned, tortured, or disbarred. In Saudi Arabia, lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair is one of hundreds of rights defenders arbitrarily convicted and detained. In Turkey, 311 lawyers have been arbitrarily convicted and detained since July 2016. In the Philippines, 40 jurists are among the “staggering number” of victims of extrajudicial killings since July 2016. Last month, eleven Special Procedures mandate holders called for an independent investigation of grave abuses in the Philippines.

We urge Council to:

Statement: Attacks on lawyers in China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey

France: Le procès de Randall Schwerdorffer, avocat de Jonathann Daval, se tiendra finalement à Strasbourg

le 3 juillet, 2019

Le très médiatique avocat est soupçonné d’avoir violé le secret de l’instruction dans le cadre de l’affaire Daval. Il avait demandé à ce que son procès soit délocalisé hors de la Franche-Comté, région où il exerce. 

Aucune date n'a encore été fixée pour la future audience devant le tribunal de grande instance de Strasbourg. / © SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP

C’est une première victoire pour la défense de Randall Schwerdorffer : l’avocat, connu entre autres pour défendre Jonathann Daval (soupçonné du meurtre de son épouse Alexia en Haute-Saône) ou encore Frédéric Péchier (soupçonné de plusieurs empoisonnements sur ses patients quand il exerçait comme anesthésiste à Besançon), sera bien jugé pour violation du secret de l’instruction (pour avoir communiqué des éléments s’étant retrouvés dans les médias au moment de l’enquête sur l’affaire Daval), mais hors de la Franche-Comté, comme il le réclamait.

L’audience de son procès n’a pas encore été fixée, mais elle aura lieu à Strasbourg, loin de la Franche-Comté où Randall Schwerdorffer exerce comme avocat.

Plusieurs reports

Initialement, le procès de Randall Schwerdorffer avait déjà été délocalisé de Besançon, pour se tenir à Lons-le-Saunier. Mais ses avocats avaient fait en sorte d’en obtenir le report, comme on vous l’expliquait dans l’article ci-dessous :

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/bourgogne-franche-comte/doubs/besancon/proces-randall-schwerdorffer-avocat-jonathann-daval-se-tiendra-finalement-strasbourg-1694508.html

https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/proc%C3%A8s-de-l-avocat-de-daval-d%C3%A9localis%C3%A9-%C3%A0-strasbourg/45074100

https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/01/28/randall-schwerdorffer-lavocat-de-jonathann-daval-poursuivi-pour-violation-du-secret-de-linstruction,7980467.php

https://actu.fr/bourgogne-franche-comte/lons-le-saunier_39300/lavocat-jonathann-daval-renvoye-correctionnelle-violation-secret-linstruction_22496739.html