Daily Archives: 14/07/2019

The Philippines: About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings

July 14, 2019

About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings

The European Union welcomed a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution to launch a “comprehensive” review of the human rights situation in the Philippines, particularly alleged summary killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and commended Iceland for pushing the measure.

The 28-nation European bloc said the first-ever resolution on the Philippines by the UNHRC was a “constructive way forward” for the United Nations’ highest human rights body to know more about the brutal antinarcotics campaign.

27,000 vs 6,600 killed

Human rights groups say up to 27,000 people have been killed in the three-year-old campaign, but the Philippine National Police says the number is only 6,600.

“The European Union welcomes the fact that the Human Rights Council is able to respond to and address situations of concern raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Procedures of the Council,” it said in a statement on Saturday.

“We commend the main sponsor for their constructive approach toward a balanced resolution with the main aim of requesting a report by High Commissioner and an enhanced interactive dialogue in the Council, which we think is a constructive way forward for the Council to be further informed about the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines,” the European Union said.

About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings





Philippine president says Iceland has no crime because they just ‘eat ice’




Group: No war in PH and yet attacks on civilians rising


Rights group to families of drug war victims: Speak up to UN




The resolution on Philippines has been adopted – what now?

https://www.amnesty.fr/justice-internationale-et-impunite/actualites/la-guerre-contre-la-drogue-de-duterte (FRANCAIS)

India: Raids on lawyers an insult to legal fraternity: Activists

July 13, 2019

Raids on lawyers an insult to legal fraternity: Activists

Mumbaikars extended their support and staged a protest at the subway gate 1 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on Friday evening to publicly condemn the CBI raids at the residence of the lawyer couple, Indira Jaising and Anand Grover and at the Mumbai and Delhi offices of their law firm, Lawyer’s Collective (LC). The protesters included lawy­ers, activists and students, who demanded to drop all criminal charges against the law firm. The raids were conducted at the New Delhi house of the couple and in their Mumbai and Delhi based offices on Thursday. “It’s really unfortunate the government is using the agencies for its personal benefit. It’s a complete abuse of power,” said Supreeth Ravish, a student of social work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Jaising and Grover are well-known in the legal fraternity for fighting for the rights of the poor. In the 1980s, they extended legal help to millworkers who found themselves unemployed following the closure of the mills in Mumbai. In 2002, they fought for the Godhra violence victims. “Both Anand and Indira have spent their life fighting for the people. This is a planned propaganda against them, as now, anyone who chooses to disagree with the government has to face the consequences,” said Parvin Jehangir, a social activist.



‘Illegal, Mala Fide & Blatant Abuse of Law’: Lawyers Collective Issues Statement on CBI Raids on Indira Jaising, Anand Grover



State targets activists Indira Jaising and Anand Grover again!


What is CBI’s case against Indira Jaisingh and Anand Grover



‘Excessive, Disproportionate and Unjustified’: Bar Association of India Condemns CBI Action Against Indira Jaising, Anand Grover



Harassment of Lawyers Collective







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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyers urge SJC to reject references against judges

July 14, 2019

Lawyers at the convention held on the Peshawar High Court premises on Saturday.

As lawyers boycotted court proceedings in different parts of the country, an All Pakistan Lawyers’ Convention on Saturday called upon the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to reject the references against two judges of superior courts saying the cases were aimed at curtailing the independence of the judiciary.

The convention, held on the premises of the Peshawar High Court (w), unanimously passed several resolutions urging the federal government to withdraw the references against Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court and Justice K.K. Agha of the Sindh High Court and calling upon the SJC to reject the references if the government was not willing to withdraw them.

The convention warned that the lawyers would launch countrywide agitation if the SJC acted against the two judges.

Meanwhile, lawyers observed strike throughout KP, Karachi, Lahore and Quetta on the call of the PBC in protest against the government move of filing of references against Justice Isa and Justice Agha.

In Karachi, legal proceedings were disturbed as lawyers did not turn up to plead their cases fixed for the day in the City Courts and Malir District Courts.

In Lahore also, lawyers observed strike as a majority of them did not plead their cases before the courts and spent the whole day sitting in bar rooms.

In Quetta, lawyers boycotted court proceedings and observed back day by hoisting a black flag on the building of the district courts.