Daily Archives: 16/07/2019

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Latin American Jews still don’t have justice 25 years after the AMIA massacre

July 15, 2019


In any crime against a community, certain things must happen to provide some measure of healing and redemption.

But as we approach the 25th anniversary of the horrific bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, these necessary steps have not taken place.

Despite years of activity and rhetoric, justice has not been achieved for the victims, their families and Latin American Jewry — 85 people were killed and 300 injured. Argentines have not been brought together in solidarity with the Jewish community, and the government has not instilled a measure of confidence that such a devastating event will be prevented from ever happening again.

Because of this reality, a feeling exists all these years later that the terror is being relived constantly rather than being put behind them.

Early on, it became clear that Iran, through its terrorist proxy Hezbollah, was responsible for the bombing. Hezbollah had been active in the anarchic border among Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil known as the Triple Frontier.

Interpol made clear that it suspected high-level officials in the Iranian regime as being the masterminds of the plot. In 2007, red alerts were issued for former Foreign Minister Ahmad Vahidi and other Iranian officials. Disappointingly, Interpol did not issue similar alerts for former officials such as Ali Rafsanjani, Ali Akbar Velayati and Hadi Soleimanpour, the ex-ambassador to Argentina.

Meanwhile, different Argentine governments and judiciaries mismanaged or politicized the matter and never truly followed up to bring those responsible to justice.

The investigation reached a low during the presidency of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner between 2007 and 2013. A special prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was appointed and, according to reports, he allegedly found Kirchner and other members of her government guilty of complicity with the Iranians to cover up the Iranian role in the bombing. The day before Nisman was scheduled to issue his findings, he was found dead in his apartment.

Kircher’s government quickly claimed it was a suicide, but it soon became apparent that Nisman had been murdered.

Latin American Jews still don’t have justice 25 years after the AMIA massacre



Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surrounding the Death of a Special Prosecutor












The Men Responsible for the AMIA Bombing Are Known—and Still at Large


http://elmed.io/matanza-de-la-amia-25-anos-de-impunidad/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.france24.com/es/20190711-fernandez-declara-juicio-pacto-argentina-iran (ESPANOL)

https://www.infobae.com/politica/2019/07/10/chicanas-y-una-diferencia-con-cristina-kirchner-en-torno-a-la-denuncia-de-nisman-la-declaracion-de-alberto-fernandez-sobre-el-pacto-con-iran/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.lavoz.com.ar/politica/caso-nisman-unico-imputado-como-participe-del-crimen-diego-lagomarsino-trabaja-como-perito- (ESPANOL)

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/editoriales/hezbollah-y-el-terrorismo-nid2267464 (ESPANOL)

https://fr.timesofisrael.com/un-responsable-de-wahington-promet-daccroitre-la-pression-sur-liran/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

France: L’avocate des gilets jaunes à Avignon accusée d’outrage à agent a été relaxée

le 16 juillet, 2019

Maître Sophia Albert Salmeron, poursuivie pour outrage à agent, a été relaxée par le tribunal de grande instance ce mardi. Elle est en revanche condamnée pour refus d’obtempérer.

Me Sophia Albert Salmeron entourée de gilets jaunes venues la soutenir.

C’est une vidéo qui était au cœur de ce jugement. On y voit celle que tout le monde surnomme “l’avocate des gilets jaunes”, à Avignon, Maître Sophia Albert Salmeron, y traiter les gendarmes de “cloportes”“Il n’y avait pas d’intention d’adresser cette vidéo aux gendarmes”, note cependant le président du tribunal, ce mardi, en rendant son jugement. Par conséquent il n’y a pas d’outrage, même s’il qualifie ces faits d’“inacceptables pour quiconque et d’autant plus pour une avocate”.

Maître Sophia Albert Salmeron a en revanche été condamnée à 500 euros d’amende pour refus d’obtempérer. Elle avait refusé de présenter ses papiers lors d’un contrôle effectué par deux gendarmes, ceux-là même visés plus tard dans cette vidéo.

Pour l’avocate, il n’y a aucun doute, ce sont ses convictions politiques qui sont visés : “Macron nous fait la guerre, et sa justice aussi“, a-t-elle déclaré à la sortie de l’audience.



Turkey: Trial of Amnesty lawyer Taner Kiliç et al adjourned to October 9th

July 16, 2019


Turkey: ICJ Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Turkey : IBAHRI and ICJ observe criminal trial on “Gezi Park” protests

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/insan-haklari-savunucularinin-yargilandigi-dava-ertelendi-100637.html (TURKCE)

http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/buyukada-davasinda-savci-degisti-durusma-ertelendi-h142111.html (TURKCE)

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/erdogan-doch-nicht-so-allmaechtig-prozesse-gegen-deniz-yuecel-und-peter-steudtner-vertagt/24596904.html (DEUTSCH)





India: UP: VHP leader shot dead on way to court, probe on

July 16, 2019

Mishra’s family members, lawyers and VHP and BJP workers staged a protest, demanding arrest of the culprits, a job for the wife of the deceased and a compensation of Rs 25 lakh. The protest was called after senior officials promised them of taking action in the case.

UP: VHP leader shot dead on way to court, probe on

A VISHWA Hindu Parishad (VHP) office-bearer, Om Mishra, 36, who was also a lawyer, was shot dead by unidentified persons while he was on way to the district court in Pratapgarh Monday. Mishra suffered three gunshot injuries.

Mishra’s family members, lawyers and VHP and BJP workers staged a protest, demanding arrest of the culprits, a job for the wife of the deceased and a compensation of Rs 25 lakh. The protest was called after senior officials promised them of taking action in the case.

According to police, on Monday morning, Mishra, accompanied by another person, was headed to the court on his motorcycle. He had reached Jaithra area when two youths came from the opposite direction riding a motorcycle. They asked Mishra to stop and one of them opened fire on him, the police said. “We have come to know that the person who was ridding pillion with Mishra escaped with the assailants.




https://www.amarujala.com/uttar-pradesh/pratapgarh/heavy-protest-in-pratapgarh-after-advocate-om-mishra-murder-sp-transfered (HINDI)

Turkey: Trial of lawyer & Amnesty International Honorary Chair Taner Kiliç et al today

July 16, 2019


https://www.msn.com/tr-tr/haber/gundem/avukat-ok-aym-karar%C4%B1ndan-sonra-bu-dava-%C3%A7%C3%B6km%C3%BC%C5%9Ft%C3%BCr/ar-AAEmL2a (TURKCE)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_K%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7 (ENGLISH)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_Kili%C3%A7 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/die-faelle-yuecel-und-steudtner-prozesse-in-tuerkei-gehen-weiter-100.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.dw.com/tr/avukat-ok-aym-karar%C4%B1ndan-sonra-bu-dava-%C3%A7%C3%B6km%C3%BC%C5%9Ft%C3%BCr/a-49601754-0 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.cducsu.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/tuerkei-muss-zum-rechtsstaatsprinzip-zurueckkehren (DEUTSCH)




Zimbabwe: MDC’s Job Sikhala released on bail in Zimbabwe coup case

July 15, 2019

The deputy chair of the Movement for Democratic Change was charged with attempting to subvert the government, a crime that carries a 20-year jail term on conviction

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Picture: REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO

A Zimbabwean opposition politician facing charges of advocating the overthrow of President Emmerson Mnangagwa was freed on bail by the high court on Monday after spending six days in detention, his lawyer said.

Job Sikhala, the deputy chair of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was arrested last week and charged with attempting to subvert the government, a crime that carries a 20-year jail term on conviction. Sikhala, through his lawyers, has denied the charge.

Sikhala was given bail by a high court judge in Masvingo, a town 300km south of the capital, according to his lawyer, Alec Muchadehama. He will be released later on Monday after paying 5,000 Zimbabwe dollars ($570) and surrendering his passport, Muchadehama said.

The charges against Sikhala stem from a video circulating on social media, in which politicians appear to be seen and heard telling supporters at a weekend rally: “We are going to take the fight to the doorsteps of Emmerson Mnangagwa. We are going to overthrow him before 2023. That is not a joke.”


High Court frees Job Sikhala on ZW$5,000 bail as judge rejects rally ban

UPDATED: Job Sikhala granted bail

Watch Video- Crowd Bursts “Wiwa” As Job Sikhala Is Granted Bail



“Job Sikhala’s Car Tyres Stabbed”: What Is Going On?


https://information.tv5monde.com/afrique/zimbabwe-liberation-sous-caution-d-un-depute-de-l-opposition-311530 (FRANCAIS)

Turkey/The Netherlands: Event at Consulate in honor of L4L Award for Selçuk Kozağaçlı

July 15, 2019

Event at Consulate in honor of L4L Award for Selçuk Kozağaçlı

On 10 July 2019 the Dutch consulate in Istanbul hosted a special event in honor of the Lawyers for Lawyers Award given to lawyerSelçuk Kozağaçlı from Turkey. Kozağaçlı, who is currently serving a long prison sentence in Turkey, has accepted the award under the condition that it is dedicated to all lawyers and others who are in prison as a consequence of their work to protect the rule of law and human rights.


The event at the consulate was opened by consul-general Bart van Bolhuis, who emphasized that the consulate supports, and will keep on supporting, lawyers in Turkey who are under pressure, prosecuted and detained because of their human rights work. L4L-president Irma van den Berg handed over the award to mr. Kozağaçlı’s colleague and wife, Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı applauding the dedication and courage of mr. Kozağaçlı and his colleagues. Mrs. Vangölü underlined that it is the responsibility of every lawyer to protect the rule of law and human rights, even if this is at personal risk.

The event was attended by the president of the Bar Association of Istanbul, mr. Mehmet Durakoğlu, other lawyers, and international observers from Greece, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. The international observers were in Istanbul to attend the hearing in the so-called CHD-1 case, in which both Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı stand trial.

The award ceremony itself took place on 23 May 2019, in the presence of Dutch Minister of Justice Ferdinand Grapperhaus, and more than 200 people including lawyers from the Netherlands and abroad. Serife Ceren Uysal received the award on behalf of mr. Kozağaçlı, as he was absent due to his prison sentence.


Selçuk Kozağaçlı to receive L4L Award 2019

L4L observed hearing in the CHD-1 trial


Turkey: ICJ Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Turkey : IBAHRI and ICJ observe criminal trial on “Gezi Park” protests

https://t24.com.tr/haber/selcuk-kozagacli-yargilandigim-davanin-evraklari-bana-gosterilmiyor,829986 (TURKCE)

https://fr.euronews.com/2019/07/15/les-revelations-d-un-ancien-juge-limoge-en-turquie (FRANCAIS)

Singapore/Malaysia: Withdraw ‘unacceptable threat’ to Surendran, S’pore told

July 16, 2019

Lawyers For Liberty has reacted sharply to what it calls “threats made by the Singapore authorities against lawyer N Surendran.”

This comes after the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers sent a letter to its High Court saying that Surendran had made “scandalous allegations against Singapore and its legal system, including accusing Singapore of acting in total disregard of international legal norms and decent world opinion.”

“Coming from the attorney-general’s office in a formal note to the High Court, this amounts to a serious threat against Surendran,” LFL director Melissa Sasidaran said in a statement.

“Singapore is notorious for bringing contempt of court or criminal defamation charges against its critics. British author Alan Shadrake was similarly prosecuted and jailed in 2011 for making remarks on the death penalty in Singapore.”



Group accuses Singapore AG of meddling ahead of clemency plea for Malaysian on death row


Singapore denies targeting Malaysians for capital punishment

Lawyers For Liberty push for moratorium on Malaysian death row prisoners in Singapore, urge for “thorough” review on clemency rejections




https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2019/07/16/peguam-dakwa-ag-singapura-campur-tangan-usaha-tahanan-hukuman-mati-mohon-rayuan/ (MALAY)

https://www.sinarharian.com.my/article/38024/BERITA/Nasional/Singapura-digesa-tarik-balik-tuduhan-terhadap-Surendran (MALAY)

Algeria: Ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders and continuous judicial harassment of Mozabite minority rights defenders Salah Dabouz and Aouf Hadj Ibrahim

July 15, 2019

Salah Dabouz

On 8 July 2019, human rights defender and lawyer Salah Dabouz started an open-ended hunger strike in protest at the judicial harassment he has been facing since 9 April 2019.

Salah Dabouz is a prominent Algerian human rights defender and a defense attorney representing several activists across Algeria. Salah Dabouz previously served as the President of the Ligue Algérienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights, LADDH), an independent association founded in 1985 and working on the documentation of human rights violations in Algeria committed by security services and armed groups. Salah Dabouz is also a member of the Commission on Human Rights of the International Union of Lawyers and a founding member of the Autonomous Union of Lawyers in Algeria.

On 8 July 2019, the human rights defender went on hunger strike which he started to denounce the judicial harassment against him and the subsequent rejection of all the complaints he tried to lodge with the different judicial authorities to demand justice for his clients and himself.

Salah Dabouz was arrested on 8 April 2019 by security forces during a meeting in a restaurant in the capital.


https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/fr/case/intimidation-harassment-human-rights-defender-salah-dabouz-amid-uprising (FRANCAIS)

https://www.dzvid.com/2019/07/15/maitre-salah-dabouz-je-mettrai-fin-a-ma-greve-lorsque-ma-plainte-sera-acceptee/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.reporters.dz/2019/07/15/en-greve-de-la-faim-depuis-une-semaine-large-mouvement-de-solidarite-avec-salah-dabouz/ (FRANCAIS)

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

https://chateaunews.com/fr/2019/07/15/algerie-la-colere-des-avocats/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.djazairess.com/fr/lqo/5279132 (FRANCAIS)

https://infotalqual.net/argelia-el-activista-salah-dabouz-en-huelga-de-hambre (ESPANOL)



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