Daily Archives: 12/07/2019

India: Supreme Court seeks comprehensive data from BCI on status of disciplinary action against lawyers

July 12, 2019

What Action Taken Against Illegal Strike By Lawyers: SC Asks BCI, State Bar Councils [Read Order]

The Supreme Court has ordered the Bar Council of India (BCI) to furnish comprehensive data regarding the status of various disciplinary proceedings pending before it and various State Bar Councils.

The order was passed by a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Aniruddha Bose in a contempt petition filed by NGO Common Cause alleging that lawyers in Delhi were violating directions in the 2002 judgment of Ex-Capt. Harish Uppal v. Union of India & Anr by resorting to strikes,

Advocate Prashant Bhushan appeared for the petitioner.

The BCI has been ordered to furnish data showing what it has done for implementation of its Resolutions relating to disciplinary issues. The Court has also asked BCI to furnish data regarding disciplinary matters pending before the BCI and various State Bar Councils and the duration for which they have been pending.

“Let BCI file entire data showing what it has done for implementation of its Resolutions as well as disciplinary matters pending throughout the country with various Disciplinary Committees of the various State Bar Councils and how many matters on disciplinary side are pending before the BCI and for how long.”

The Court also ordered the BCI to provide data with respect to the periodic strikes and cease work which are taking place in the country at various places and reasons for that. The affidavit should show whether the State Bar Councils have initiated any disciplinary action against the lawyers indulging in such strikes.

Supreme Court seeks comprehensive data from BCI on status of disciplinary action against lawyers

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/what-action-taken-against-illegal-strike-by-lawyers-sc-asks-bar-councils-read-order-146310

https://www.news18.com/news/india/have-you-acted-against-lawyers-for-indiscipline-strikes-sc-seeks-report-from-bar-council-of-india-2225731.html

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Iran/Kurdistan: The Secretary of National Unity Party in Kurdistan Released on Bail

July 12, 2019

The Secretary of National Unity Party in Kurdistan Released on Bail

Farhad Mohammadi, a lawyer and secretary of the National Unity Party in Kurdistan, was released on bail.

Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that this lawyer was released from Sanandaj Central Prison at noon on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 after a 6-month detention on a heavy bail of 500 million Tomans.

This activist was arrested on Jan 4, 2019 following the massive arrest of environmental activists and members of the National Unity Party in Sanandaj and Kamyaran. He was detained in the solitary confinement of the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Sanandaj under the Torture and pressure for about 5 months of his arrest in order to make false confessions.

He was transferred to the quarantine ward of Sanandaj Central Prison on May 25, 2019 but – contrary to the usual practice of being released on bail, his interim detention was illegally extended per the request of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Islamic Revolutionary court of Sanandaj.

Farhad Mohammadi had only one short visit with his family in the presence of his interogators during the entire term of his detention despite the fact that his young daughter had been admitted to the hospital for a serious illness at the same time.

A month after his arrest, 59 lawyers published an open letter in which they had asked for the release of Mohammadi while stressing on his good professional standing.

The Secretary of National Unity Party in Kurdistan Released on Bail

Ten Detained Political Activists and Environmentalists Denied Counsel in Iran’s Kurdistan Province

12 Conservationists Detained Without Counsel in Iran’s Kurdistan Province

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/iran-judicial-harassment-and-arbitrary-detention-of-3-human-rights

France: Nantes. Aide juridictionnelle : les avocats passent à l’action

le 9 juillet, 2019

Les avocats veulent demander le renvoi des audiences pour protester contre les délais anormaux de demande d’aide juridictionnelle.

À Nantes, les avocats pourraient bloquer, dès ce mercredi 10 juillet, les audiences, en demandant leur renvoi, pour protester contre la longueur des délais dans les demandes d’aide juridictionnelle. Le conseil de l’ordre a voté une motion à l’unanimité.

Le conseil de l’ordre des avocats a adopté, ce mardi 9 juillet, dans la soirée, une motion à l’unanimité prévoyant d’engager des actions pour la réduction des délais de demande d’aide juridictionnelle. À Nantes, il faut environ un an pour qu’une demande d’aide juridictionnelle soit examinée. 3 800 dossiers sont en attente.

Les avocats prévoient de demander, dès ce mercredi 10 juillet, un renvoi des audiences civiles et pénales, au tribunal correctionnel, au tribunal pour enfants et lors des comparutions sur reconnaissance de culpabilité. Ces demandes de renvoi seront effectuées dans le cas où les demandes d’aide juridictionnelle restent en attente.

Une action en responsabilité de l’État sera également menée par les justiciables concernés avec intervention de l’ordre des avocats dans les procédures, compte tenu des délais d’obtention de l’aide juridictionnelle.

https://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/nantes-44000/nantes-aide-juridictionnelle-les-avocats-passent-l-action-6437899

https://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/nantes-44000/nantes-aide-juridictionnelle-pourquoi-les-avocats-se-rebellent-6437333

https://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/nantes-44000/nantes-l-aide-juridictionnelle-represente-80-des-revenus-des-jeunes-avocats-6437318

https://www.affiches-parisiennes.com/l-avenir-de-la-profession-d-avocat-en-question-9153.html

Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyers to protest govt references on July 13

July 11, 2019

Justice Qazi Faez Isa. PHOTO: FILE

The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has announced a countrywide strike on July 13 to protest against presidential references against the Supreme Court judge Qazi Faez Isa and the Sindh High Court judge K K Agha.

In its Wednesday press release, the PBC said the legal fraternity will stage a strike on July 13 against the references, which, they said, aim at undermining independence of judiciary.

In addition to observing strike, the lawyers will also attend a convention at the Peshawar High Court Bar to discuss the issues surrounding appointment of judges and amendments to the Supreme Court rules.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s differences with judges

The convention will also hold discussions pertaining transparency of the Supreme Judicial Council’s (SJC) proceedings with regard to the references.  Other issues to be discussed include release of funds for bar council and bar associations as well as matters pertaining to incompetent and unauthorised judges.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2010679/1-lawyers-protest-govt-references-july-13/

https://fp.brecorder.com/2019/07/20190711496275/

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/497057-sjc-takes-up-references-against-justice-isa-kk-aga-today

https://nation.com.pk/12-Jul-2019/march-in-july

https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2019/07/l-ali-khan-pakistan-judiciary-scandals/

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

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

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Algeria: Exigeant la « libération des détenus », les avocats revendiquent « un Etat civil et non militaire »

le 11 juillet, 2019

Marche des avocats à Alger le 11 juin 2019

Dénonçant les jugements arbitraires dont font l’objet les détenus d’opinions, les robes noires sont sortis par milliers dans plusieurs wilayas, ce jeudi 11 juillet en réponse à l’appel de l’union nationale des barreaux d’Algérie (UNBA) pour exiger l’indépendance de la justice. A Alger, des centaines d’avocats ont investi les rues de la Capitale pour protester contre le despotisme de la justice « du téléphone »

Les avocats l’ont fait et ont réussi à marcher à Alger. Vêtus de leurs robes noires et hissant des banderoles hostiles au pouvoir en place des centaines d’avocats ont tenu un rassemblement devant le tribunal de Sidi M’hammed avant de marcher vers le siège de l’APN scandant « Djazaïr horra démocratia », « système dégage ».Faisant fi de la dernière mise en garde l’état-major, les avocats ont maintenu le slogan appelant à un Etat civil et militaire. Un slogan qui a vraisemblablement dérangé Gaid Salah, pour qui, cette revendication est une « idée empoisonné dictée par des cercles hostiles à l’Algérie ». « Nous sommes sortis aujourd’hui pour dénoncer l’arbitraire de la justice et la violation des lois de la République. Des citoyens sont jetés en prisons alors qu’ils n’ont commis aucun délit. Ils ont seulement exprimé leur refus de la feuille de route du pouvoir. C’est leur droit le plus absolu. Nous demandons la libération immédiate de tous les détenus d’opinion. L’Etat n’appartient à Gaid salah mais au peuple », fulmine l’un des avocats manifestants. 

« Halte à la justice du téléphone », « halte au régime des issabat », « libérez la justice », ont scandé à gorges déployés les avocats. « Nous marchons pour dire qu’on en marre de ce régime et ses manoeuvres despotiques qui ne servent nullement les interêts du peuple et de son pays. Nous réclamons un réel changement de la situation et non un semblant de changement. J’adresse un message au tenants du pouvoir. Laissez le peuple décider de son avenir et celui de ses enfants. Libérez le moudjahid Lakhdar Bouregâa. Libérez l’avocat Salah Dabouz et tous les détenus d’opinion. Nous ne voulons pas d’un Etat militaire mais un Etat libre et démocratique », ajoute un autre avocat.

Exigeant la « libération des détenus », les avocats revendiquent « un Etat civil et non militaire »

Vidéo – Manifestation des avocats à Alger pour une « justice libre »

https://www.elwatan.com/edition/actualite/marche-des-avocats-a-alger-non-a-la-justice-du-telephone-11-07-2019

Salah Dabouz, avocat en grève de la faim : « Il y a de l’acharnement et de la vengeance contre les activistes à Ghardaïa »

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/actualite/manifestation-a-ghardaia-pour-reclamer-justice-sur-sa-mort-316903

https://www.observalgerie.com/actualite-algerie/maitre-salah-dabouz-entame-greve-faim-saisit-rapporteur-onu/

Me Mustapha Bouchachi : « les arrestations et les poursuites judiciaires ne sont pas fondées »

Salah Dabouz

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/algerie-un-millier-d-avocats-manifestent-pour-une-justice-independante-20190711

https://www.gfbv.de/de/news/algeriens-rechtsanwaelte-streiken-fuer-rechtsstaatlichkeit-9736/ (DEUTSCH)

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India: Over 150 concerned citizens condemn CBI raids on advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover

July 11, 2019

The signatories said the raids were ‘nothing short of a brute show of intimidation as well as gross abuse of power’.

Over 150 citizens on Thursday condemned the raids on the homes and offices of senior advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover earlier in the day. The signatories said the raids, which were carried out on their properties in both Delhi and Mumbai, were “nothing short of a brute show of intimidation as well as gross abuse of power”.

Earlier in the day, the Central Bureau of Investigation started searching the homes and offices of both the lawyers in a case related to alleged violation of rules under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. Last month, the agency had filed a case against Grover and his non-governmental organisation Lawyers Collective for alleged discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid. Grover is a trustee and director of Lawyers Collective. Jaising, who is married to Grover, is a trustee and secretary of the organisation.

“We, the undersigned individuals, strongly condemn the raids at the home and offices of senior advocates Ms Indira Jaising and Mr Anand Grover this morning by the CBI,” the group’s statement read. “This is especially so since both the advocates, well known for their pioneering work in the field of human rights, and their NGO, ‘Lawyers Collective’, have fully cooperated with the authorities ever since criminal charges were filed against them in alleged FCRA violation cases. The raids that have taken place today despite this show of cooperation are shocking.”

https://scroll.in/latest/930199/over-150-concerned-citizens-condemn-cbi-raids-on-advocates-indira-jaising-and-anand-grover

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/cbi-targeting-us-due-to-our-work-in-the-field-of-human-rights-indira-jaising-1566698-2019-07-11

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/case-against-indira-jaising-anand-grover-and-their-ngo-lawyers-collective-explained-1566608-2019-07-11

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/senior-lawyers-indira-jaising-and-anand-grovers-home-office-raided-by-cbi-over-alleged-violation-in-2067649

https://www.indiatoday.in/my-take/video/my-take-cbi-raids-on-indira-jaising-anand-grover-appear-to-be-a-case-of-state-power-being-misused-1567153-2019-07-11

http://www.uniindia.com/~/oppn-slams-raids-on-jaising-grover-rs-mps-write-to-pm/India/news/1662367.html

https://www.newsclick.in/Lawyers-Collective-Smacks-Political-Vendetta-Warisha-Farasat

https://www.newsclick.in/lawyers-collective-raid-attempt-silence-dissent

https://www.newsclick.in/raid-lawyers-collective-fra-wage-code-more

https://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20190711/3567464.html

https://scroll.in/latest/930218/cbi-raids-on-indira-jaising-anand-grover-global-jurists-body-calls-for-end-to-lawyers-harassment

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/india/2019/07/d25438/

http://pucl.org/press-statements/pucl-statement-against-lodging-fir-against-lawyers-collective-sr-advocate-anand

#StandWithLawyersCollective

The Philippines: UN council adopts resolution calling for probe into PH human rights situation

July 11, 2019

A United Nations council on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for a probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines, a move that rights advocates welcomed as a step toward accountability in the face of what they call a “murderous” drug war.

The resolution approved by 18 countries in the 47-member UN Human Rights Council, requests UN High Commisioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet “to prepare a comprehensive written report” on the Philippines.

Fourteen other nations, including the Philippines and China, voted against. The remaining 15 abstained.

Philippine top diplomat Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. said the resolution will have no effect.

“Such resolutions especially those passed by a tiny minority can and will be ignored. No consequences,” Locsin said on Twitter.

Locsin also warned that the “initiative to insult the Philippines with the assumption without proof that it commits gross abuses” will have “far reaching consequences”.

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/7/11/UN-council-probe-human-rights-resolution-PH.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48955153

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/11/philippines-un-takes-critical-step-toward-accountability-0

https://theworldnews.net/ph-news/groups-hail-u-n-resolution-vs-drug-war-crucial-step-towards-justice

UN scrutiny on state of PH rights a ‘ray of hope’ amid ‘rampant EJKs’ – groups

https://www.rappler.com/nation/235172-un-human-rights-council-adopts-resolution-against-drug-war-killings-philippines

https://www.rappler.com/nation/235110-human-rights-groups-no-other-time-pass-un-resolution-vs-drug-war-killings-philippines

Military, Defense officials no-show at CA hearing on NUPL complaint

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/700718/nupl-lawyer-threatened-red-tagged-before-death-widow-tells-court-of-appeals/story/

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3018408/dutertes-drug-war-human-rights-activists-welcome-uns

Respondents to writ of amparo petition a no show in hearings

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/07/11/philippines-lonu-fait-un-pas-important-vers-le-devoir-de-justice-0 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/l-onu-va-faire-un-etat-des-lieux-des-abus-des-droits-humains-aux-philippines-20190711 (FRANCAIS)