Daily Archives: 13/07/2019

Russia/Crimea: Crimean Tatars Face Unfounded Terrorism Charges

July 12, 2019

Crimean Tatar activists protest politically motivated arrests of terrorism charges in Moscow’s Red Square on July 10, 2019.

Russian authorities have brought unfounded terrorism charges against 24 Crimean Tatars, 20 of whom were arrested during heavily armed raids on their homes in the spring of this year, Human Rights Watch said today. Security officers tortured four of the men, denied lawyers access to search sites, planted evidence, and later briefly detained two activists who spoke out on behalf of the arrested men.

Crimean Tatars are a Muslim ethnic minority indigenous to the Crimean Peninsula. Many openly oppose Russia’s occupation, which began in 2014.The crackdown in the spring of 2019 is the latest in a pattern of repression to smear peaceful activists as terrorists and to stifle dissent in occupied Crimea. Russian authorities should release the activists and stop misusing the country’s overly broad counterterrorism legislation to stifle freedom of opinion, expression, and religion.

“Russian authorities seek to portray Crimean Tatars who oppose Russia’s occupation as ‘terrorists’ and ‘extremists,’” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Russian authorities in Crimea are using terrorism charges as a convenient tool of repression.”

Human Rights Watch visited Crimea from May 17 to 20 and interviewed 16 relatives of 9 of those arrested, 5 lawyers representing some of them, and a leading activist with Crimean Solidarity, which provides aid to families of individuals arrested on politically motivated charges. Human Rights Watch also examined some legal documents and seven search sites, including the places where banned books or brochures had been allegedly planted. One lawyer, who is based in Moscow, was interviewed by phone.

 

Most of the 24 men arrested were active in Crimean Solidarity, a loose association of human rights lawyers, relatives, and supporters of victims of political repression. All have been charged with association with Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), the controversial pan-Islamist movement that is banned in Russia as a “terrorist” organization but is legal in Ukraine. Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks the establishment of a caliphate but does not espouse violence to achieve its goals.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/12/crimean-tatars-face-unfounded-terrorism-charges

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1553825463

https://www.rferl.org/a/moscow-police-detain-dozens-of-supporters-of-crimean-tatars-convicted-on-terrorism-charges/30049495.html

https://en.hromadske.ua/posts/what-we-know-about-23-crimean-tatars-detained-in-march

Faces of the Crimean Solidarity group who Russia baselessly arrested as “terrorists”

http://www.civicsolidarity.org/article/1588/russian-authorities-crack-down-human-rights-activists-and-other-individuals-occupied

https://outride.rs/en/temat/crimean-solidarity/

Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: References against judges: Lawyers ask SJC to make its proceedings public

July 13, 2019

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The legal fraternity on Friday demanded of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to make public the outcome of the proceedings of presidential references filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court and Justice Karim Khan (KK) Agha of the Sindh High Court.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh and Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth resumed the hearing in the references. It was learnt that the SJC in-camera meeting lasted for about two hours wherein Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan submitted his replication in response to the replies earlier submitted by Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice KK Agha.

After hearing the arguments, the Council adjourned the proceedings, however, the outcome of the proceedings is yet to be known.

Meanwhile as per schedule, the lawyers staged a sit-in at the entrance of the Supreme Court to express solidarity with the two judges of the superior courts.

He said they have already declared that the instant references against Justice Isa and KK Agha were filed on mala fide intention hence they should be withdrawn at the earliest. “Don’t force us as we have decided and will observe nationwide strike today (Saturday) for the protection of judiciary”, Kurd said adding they are fighting for the judges of the superior courts.

“Today it is Justice Qazi Isa and tomorrow will be the turn of another judge therefore we have decided to protect the independence of judiciary”, Kurd concluded.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/497489-references-against-judges-lawyers-ask-sjc-to-make-its-proceedings-public

https://www.dawn.com/news/1493760/all-pakistan-lawyers-convention-today

https://www.dawn.com/news/1493778/ag-explains-to-sjc-why-govt-filed-references-against-judges

Bar Association pays tributes to 13 July martyrs

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

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

 

 

 

Zimbabwe: MDC’s Job Sikhala Appears in Court Facing Subversion Charges

July 11, 2019

Job Sikhala and his lawyers in court ...

Vice chairperson of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Job Sikhala, has appeared before a Masvingo district magistrate facing charges of subversion.

Sikhala, who was arrested Tuesday following allegations of contravening Section 22 (2) (a) of the Criminal law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23), was remanded in custody to July 24th.

Lead counsel Aleck Mucadahama and his team, which includes Harrison Nkomo, Douglas Mwonzora, Jeremiah Bamu and Tinomuda Shoko of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, filed a bail application at the High Court in Masvingo seeking bail for the MDC lawmaker.

A message posted on the Facebook page of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights read in part, “At Masvingo High Court, ZLHR lawyers Jeremiah Bamu and Tinomuda Shoko have filed an application seeking the release of Zengeza West MP Hon. Job Sikhala on bail after he was remanded in custody at Bikita Magistrates Court by Magistrate Marewanazvo Gofa.”.

Sikhala told the court that he was blindfolded, handcuffed and bungled into a motor vehicle on Thursday and driven from Harare to Bikita.

He claimed that he was denied food and high blood pressure medicine for two days before he appeared in court Thursday.

Magistrate Marewanazvo Gofa remanded SIkhala in custody and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court.

The state claims that Sikhala told people in Bikita recently that his party will overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa before the 2023 general elections.

https://www.voazimbabwe.com/a/job-sikhala-faces-subversion-charges/4995775.html

https://www.voazimbabwe.com/a/job-sikhala-court-appearance-harare-masvingo/4995004.html

https://www.voazimbabwe.com/a/zimbabwe-ostallos-siziba-arrested-job-sikhala/4994561.html

https://ewn.co.za/2019/07/11/outrage-over-treatment-of-zim-mp-charged-with-treason

Job Sikhala fails to appear in court, lawyers slam ZRP ‘hide and seek game’

https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/zimbabwean-opposition-mp-charged-with-treason-20190709

https://allafrica.com/stories/201907120150.html

https://afroinsider.com/they-covered-my-eyes-with-a-hood-job-sikhala-narrates-torture-he-suffered-at-the-hands-of-police/

https://pindula.co.zw/Job_Sikhala

https://afrique.lalibre.be/38851/zimbabwe-un-depute-de-lopposition-en-detention-provisoire/ (FRANCAIS)

http://jornaldeangola.sapo.ao/mundo/prisao-preventiva-para-opositor-zimbabweano (PORTUGUES)

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Zimbabweans in the UK demonstrated at Chatham House during Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs minister’s visit calling for among other things the release of Job Sikhala. Job Sikhala is a prominent opposition politician, lawyer and human rights activist and is facing treason charges.

(Centre for Human Rights Defenders of Zimbabwe – CHRDZ Facebook, 12/07/19)

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(Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Facebook, 11/07/19)

Algeria: Avocat des droits de l’homme Salah Dabouz en grève de la faim depuis le 8 juillet

le 12 juillet, 2019

 

 

Maître Salah Dabouz explique dans cette vidéo les raisons de sa grève de la faim, entamée depuis le 8 juillet dernier.

(Salah Dabouz Facebook, 12/07/19)

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/salah-dabouz-explique-les-raisons-de-sa-greve-de-la-faim-et-pourquoi-il-ne-larretera-pas_mg_5d29b1ffe4b0060b11ecccb6

http://www.lexpressiondz.com/nationale/les-avocats-battent-le-pave-a-alger-318126

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

Izmulen appelle à une veillée à la mémoire du Dr Kameldine Fakhar

https://www.elwatan.com/edition/actualite/demonstration-de-force-des-avocats-12-07-2019

http://www.aps.dz/algerie/91786-marche-des-avocats-a-alger-en-solidarite-avec-le-mouvement-populaire

Salah Dabouz

http://www.elmoudjahid.com/fr/actualites/139208

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/actualite/non-a-linstrumentalisation-de-la-justice-319816

https://www.ouest-france.fr/monde/algerie/manifestations-en-algerie-les-six-acteurs-cle-de-la-bataille-pour-la-democratie-6441207

https://www.elwatan.com/edition/actualite/des-fonctionnaires-de-letat-ont-cause-la-mort-dun-grand-militant-14-07-2019

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/radar/un-comite-de-solidarite-avec-me-dabouz-est-ne-319945

Message émouvant et fraternel de Mas Ferhat MEHENNI, adressé à maître Salah DABOUZE

http://afrique.le360.ma/algerie/politique/2019/07/15/27117-algerie-harcele-par-la-justice-le-militant-des-droits-humains-salah-dabouz-est-en-greve-de-la

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

#SalahDabouz

#Salah_Dabouz

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Rassemblement des activistes á Tagherdayt le 14/07/2019 en solidarité avec Me. Salah Dabouz et Mr.Hadj BrahimAouf pour exiger l’enlèvement de leur contrôle judiciaire et la libération des détenus politiques

وقفة تضامنية لنشطاء مزاب في تغردايت تضامنا مع المحامي أ.#صالح_دبوز المضرب عن الطعام منذ 8 جويلية و النقابي أ.#حاج_براهيم_عوف للمطالبة بنزع الرقابة القضائية عنهم، و اطلاق سراح المعتقلين السياسيين و المظلومين الذين يقبعون في السجون الجزائرية

(Facebook, 14/07/19)

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الوقفة التضامنية مع الأستاذ صالح دبوز، المضرب عن الطعام منذ يوم 08 جويلية الماضي، أمام محكمة غرداية للمطالبة برفع الرقابة القضائية المفروضة عليه وكل أشكال التعسفي القضائي المسلط ضده وضد كل اث مزاب.

(Elhogra – الحڨرة Facebook, 14/07/19)

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Rassemblement organisé par Izmulen à la place de la bataille de Stalingrad à Paris 19, le 13 juillet 2019 par solidarité avec Me Salah Dabouz à son 6ème jour de la grève de la faim et pour dénoncer la répression du dictature le général Ahmed Gaïd-Sala. Me Salah Dabouz est est en grève de la faim pour dénoncer le harcèlement judiciaire qu’il subit et pour dénoncer les menaces de mort qu’il a reçues devant le tribunal et le silence des responsables devant ces menaces.

تجمع نظمته جمعية إزمولن في ساحة ستالينغراد بباريس يوم 13 جويلية 2019 تضامنا مع الأستاذ صالح دبوز في يومه السادس من إضرابه عن الطعام ومن أجل التنديد بقمع الدكتاتور الجنرال أحمد قايد صالح. الأستاد صالح دبوز في إضراب عن الطعام إحتجاجا على التحرش الذي يتعرض له من قبل جهاز القضاء والتهديد بالقتل أمام المحكمة وعدم إتخاذ أيه إجراءات من قبل المسؤولين عقب هذا التهديد.

(Izmulen Droits At Mzab Facebook, 14/07/19)

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