Daily Archives: 19/07/2019

Poland: Scholars at Risk concerned about prosecuted law professor Wojciech Sadurski

July 18, 2019

#Poland: SAR is concerned about pending criminal and civil lawsuits against legal scholar Wojciech Sadurski that appear to be in retaliation for comments he made about Poland’s ruling party and a public broadcaster. Read SAR’s report: http://ow.ly/gHYG50v5kfI

(Scholars at Risk Facebook, 18/07/19)

https://verfassungsblog.de/open-letter-in-support-of-professor-wojciech-sadurski/ (POLSKIE)

https://pikio.pl/donald-tusk-1307192-prezydent/ (POLSKIE)

https://wiadomosci.onet.pl/tylko-w-onecie/wojciech-sadurski-populizm-jest-reakcja-na-niedostatki-demokracji-liberalnej/n7hc6f1 (POLSKIE)

https://telewizjarepublika.pl/prof-sadurski-punktuje-rzad-pewny-wygranej-pis-u-wskazuje-pozaluja-dnia-w-ktorym-wygrali,82180.html (POLSKIE)

https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojciech_Sadurski (POLSKIE)

Iran/France: Angers. L’étape angevine en soutien à l’avocate iranienne

le 19 juillet, 2019

photo angers. l’étape angevine en soutien à l’avocate iranienne

Une bannière réclamant la libération de Nasrin Sotoudeh a été tendue par les avocats d’Angers.

Les avocats du monde entier manifestent actuellement pour la libération de leur consœur iranienne, Nasrin Sotoudeh, authentique figure de la défense des Droits de l’Homme dans son pays.

Le 8 mars dernier, Mme Sotoudeh a été condamnée à 33 ans de prison et 148 coups de fouet pour avoir pris publiquement la défense d’une de ses clientes qui avait ôté son foulard en public. Comme nombre de barreaux de France, celui d’Angers avait voté une motion le 14 mai pour dénoncer « le caractère indigne, barbare et inhumain » des condamnations infligées.

Une bannière « Nasrin free » (liberté pour Nasrin) fait en ce moment le tour de France des barreaux. Après Nantes, mercredi, et avant Gap vendredi (pour le passage du Tour de France) la bannière était le jeudi 18 juillet à Angers. Sous la houlette du bâtonnier Monika Pasquini et du bâtonnier délégué François-Xavier Juguet, la bannière a été brièvement tendue, jeudi après-midi, devant la Maison de l’avocat d’Angers avec une vingtaine d’avocats.

https://angers.maville.com/actu/actudet_-angers.-l-etape-angevine-en-soutien-a-l-avocate-iranienne_fil-3778216_actu.Htm

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

https://iranhumanrights.org/2019/07/mass-hunger-strike-launched-in-evin-prison-against-unlawful-treatment-of-political-prisoners/ (ENGLISH)

https://jamieglazov.com/2019/03/28/glazov-moment-take-a-stand-for-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (ENGLISH)

https://www.agoravox.it/Relazioni-tese-tra-Iran-e.html (ITALIANO)

#freenasrin

Afghanistan: Blast near university in Afghan capital kills eight, wounds dozens

July 19, 2019

The explosion took place as a number of students were waiting near the campus gate to attend an exam, a witness said.

Members of Afghan security forces inspect the site of a blast near Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan. July 19, 2019.

A powerful bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding at least 33, according to police and health officials.

The early morning blast also set two vehicles ablaze although it wasn’t clear if the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or a remotely detonated bomb, Kabul police spokesman Faramarz Firdaus said.

The university compound houses several hostels where many students stay over the summer, attending classes and conducting research. The university is co-educational.

Initial casualty tolls were released by the Health Ministry spokesman, Dr Wahidullah Mayar, who tweeted that “6 people have been martyred & 27 more wounded, as a result of today’s explosion in Kabul. All the wounded patients were evacuated to our hospitals and have been receiving the required treatment.”

Though Friday is the start of the weekend in Afghanistan, Massoud, an economics professor at the university who like many Afghans uses only one name, said that several lawyers were taking their exams to become judges when the explosion occurred.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the lawyers were the target.

https://www.trtworld.com/asia/blast-near-university-in-afghan-capital-kills-eight-wounds-dozens-28355

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/explosion-outside-kabul-university-kills-2-wounds-10/2019/07/19/cee5e054-a9db-11e9-8733-48c87235f396_story.html

Pakistani Taliban target lawyers in hospital blast, at least 70 dead

2019-07-19 Kabul University

Egypt: Detention of human rights ‘yellow vest’ lawyer renewed

July 19, 2019

A human rights lawyer who was detained in December for sharing a picture of himself wearing a yellow vest on Facebook in solidarity with protesters in France has had his appeal rejected by a court in Egypt.

Mohamed Ramadan was arrested for allegedly joining and promoting a terror group and inciting demonstrations and sentenced to 15 days in prison, but is still being detained seven months later.

At that time protesters in France demonstrating against high living costs and low wages wearing the trademark yellow safety vests forced French President Emmanuel Macron to cancel fuel tax increases and raise wages.

To prevent copycat protests ahead of the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution authorities blocked the sale of vests and claimed to have found eight in Ramadan’s possession.

Read: Over 1,000 rights violations in Egypt in 2019, says NGO

Ramadan, who once defended human rights activists and political prisoners in Egypt, is being held in pre-trial detention pending further investigation, which is constantly being renewed.

In December, Ramadan’s lawyer said he was being held in solitary confinement and is suffering a series of health complications including high blood pressure and respiratory complications, and is not being given access to adequate health care.

Egypt: Detention of human rights ‘yellow vest’ lawyer renewed

https://www.france24.com/en/20190218-amnesty-urges-release-egyptian-lawyer-held-over-yellow-vests

Arrest of lawyer Mohamed Ramadan

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Turkey: Joint submission by the ALI, the ODF and the HRD on abuse of Anti-Terror Law and criminalization of legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression

July 18, 2019

A coalition consists of the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, the Open Dialogue Foundation and the Human Rights Defenders e.V. made a joint submission titled ‘ARBITRARY APPLICATION OF ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS AND CRIMINALIZATION OF USING AN I-MESSAGE APPLICATION (BYLOCK)‘ to the United Nations Human Rights Council for Turkey’s UPR session.

The Submission concluded that: 

  1. Criminalization of the use of ByLock constitutes the retroactive punishment because a) it is not foreseeable under Turkish laws, b) it is unprecedented in Turkish case-law, c) at the time of such alleged use it was not the object of sufficiently precise, valid law to which a sufficiently certain sanction was attached,
  2. The use of ByLock does not prove criminal guilt.23 Using an electronic communication software which was offered to public use via the most visited and famous online platform (i.e Apple and Google Play stores) is legitimate exercise of fundamental rights, namely the freedom of expression and the freedom of [confidential] communication, not a crime. Freedom of expression includes the right to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, including all forms of electronic and internet-based modes of expression,
  3. A conviction may be based on correspondence which show a crime has been committed provided that such correspondences have been legally acquired and in any case it is supported with other concrete evidence,
  4. An arrest or detention that lacks any legal basis—in violation of the principle of legality—is arbitrary. Retroactive criminal punishment by detention amounts to arbitrary detention. Arrest or detention as punishment for the legitimate exercise of the rights as guaranteed by the ICCPR, such as freedom of expression, is arbitrary,

Joint submission by the ALI, the ODF and the HRD on abuse of Anti-Terror Law and criminalization of legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression

International Coalition consists of Bar Associations and NGOs made submission on rights violations in Turkey

The Arrested Lawyers made submission to the United Nations on ongoing crackdown against lawyers in Turkey

https://ahvalnews.com/purges/international-group-urges-un-action-over-purge-turkish-legal-professionals

SCF’s submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Turkey

State of emergency measures still haunt Turkey on 3rd anniversary of failed coup

http://camerepenali.it/cat/10046/un_altro_processo_in_turchia_contro_degli_avvocati_.html (ITALIANO)

https://arrestedlawyers.org/

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Egypt: Trade union leaders call on Egypt’s military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain

July 19, 2019

LHisham Fouadeading figures across the trade union movement in Britain have thrown their weight behind a campaign in solidarity with journalist Hisham Fouad and lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who have been detained by Egypt’s military regime on trumped up charges. Trade Union Congress president Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists Michelle Stanistreet and Jane Loftus, president of the communication workers’ union CWU are among the signatures to a petition calling for Hisham and Haitham’s release which has gathered the support of over 200 trade union activists.

Other activists, journalists and political figures have been seized in the latest crackdown, including former Social Democratic Party MP Ziyad el-Alim, journalist and opposition party spokesman Hossam Moanis, accountant and labour rights activist Hassan al-Barbary, academic Omar el-Shenety, and Ahmed el-Akabawy, a founder of the opposition Istiqlal Party. Amnesty International has also strongly condemned the arrests of Hisham, Haitham and other activists. In a statement on 30 June, North Africa Director of Research Magdalena Mughrabi said:

The latest wave of arrests targeting critics, opposition leaders, activists and journalists under the guise of counterterrorism is part of the Egyptian authorities’ systematic persecution and brutal crackdown on anyone who dares to criticize them. The crackdown leaves no doubt about the authorities’ vision for political life in Egypt; an open-air prison with no opposition, critics or independent reporting allowed.”

Trade union leaders call on Egypt’s military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain

Trade union leaders call on Egypt’s military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain

Labour laywer Haitham Mohamedein arrested by Egyptian security forces

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/egypt-labour-lawyer-and-activist-haytham-mohamadeen-arrested/

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/egypt-labor-lawyer-haytham-mohamadeen-arrested-from-his-house/

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Haitham Mohamadeen

Azerbaijan: Lawyer disbarred for disclosing his client’s torture allegations in prison seeks justice from the European Court of Human Rights

July 18, 2019

Yalchin Imanov is the latest of at least two dozen human rights lawyers to have been disbarred, had their licences suspended, been criminally prosecuted or otherwise pressured by the authorities in Azerbaijan.

On 8 August 2017 Yalchin visited his client, Abbas Huseynov, in the high security Gobustan prison and saw bruises all over his body. Mr Huseynov told him that he had been severely tortured by prison officials, including being beaten with batons, dragged on the floor, tied to a metal pole in the yard and held in a solitary confinement with his hands and legs cuffed, over several days. Upon leaving the prison, he was contacted by several media outlets for information about the worrying situation of his client and he described to the media the treatment his client had been subjected to and the bruises he had seen on him.

The next day, Yalchin requested both the Prison Service and the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate Mr Huseynov’s torture allegations but no investigation has been conducted to date. In response to his complaint the Prison Service requested the Azerbaijan Bar Association (ABA) to take disciplinary measures against Yalchin for allegedly aiming `to cast shadow over the work and reputation of the state structures` and `to cause disorder` and `tension among some groups of the society`. His licence was suspended by the ABA on 20 November 2017, pending decision of the domestic court on his disbarment.

Yalchin was indefinitely disbarred by the Ganja Administrative Economic Court on 22 February 2019 on the basis of the request from the ABA who claimed that he had damaged `the honour, dignity and business reputation` of the Prison Service by providing information to the media about the torture allegations of his client, convicted in the Nardaran case.

Lawyer disbarred for disclosing his client’s torture allegations in prison seeks justice from the European Court of Human Rights

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/yalchin-imanov-suspended-practising-pending-trial

https://www.turan.az/ext/news/2019/2/free/Social/en/79059.htm

https://www.turan.az/ext/news/2019/6/free/Social/en/81410.htm

https://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/44798/

https://rm.coe.int/statistics-for-eng/168078f2f8

Pakistan/UK/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Why won’t the government condemn the existence of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws?

July 18, 2019

Repeal blasphemy laws

Ministers keep condemning the “misuse” of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in response to parliamentary questions. But the ‘misuse’ of indefensible laws isn’t the issue – the existence of them is, says Chris Sloggett.

On Monday foreign office minister Tariq Ahmad addressed a question about the case of Shaghufta Kausar in a written answer to a question from a fellow peer.

Keen human rights defenders may recognise this case. The National Secular Society’s Secularist of the Year for 2019, Saif ul Malook, is defending Shaghufta as she faces a possible death sentence in Pakistan over an allegation that she sent a text message insulting Muhammad. This is very risky work: lawyers who defend those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan face routine threats and some, such as Rashid Rehman, have been killed.

https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/07/why-wont-the-government-condemn-the-existence-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws

https://newint.org/features/2019/06/12/pakistani-lawyer-putting-his-life-line

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/05/lawyer-who-defended-asia-bibi-named-secularist-of-the-year

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27319433

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

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Nicaragua: Nicaragua Urged to End Harassment of Attorneys Defending Political Prisoners

July 18, 2019

The court also reminded the Nicaraguan State that “hindering the work of advocates, as well as ignoring the provisional measures determined by the Inter-American Court, constitute incompliance with your international obligations.”

This Tuesday, July 17, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights posted on Twitter that they “urge an end to the harassment” of human rights defenders in Nicaragua.  The post referred to a recent episode where some six police patrol cars surrounded the building where the Defensores del Pueblo [People’s Defenders] have their office. The group is made up of lawyers who defend the political prisoners of Daniel Ortega’s regime.

They also reminded the State of Nicaragua that “hindering the work of [human rights] defenders, as well as disregarding the provisional measures determined by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, constitute acts of incompliance with your international obligations.”

The siege mounted against the lawyers began around 8:40 a.m. when six patrol vehicles, carrying some thirty members of the Police special forces, stationed themselves along the two access routes to the attorney’s offices, essentially surrounding the installations. The offices, located in the Los Robles sector of Managua, are coordinated by Dr. Julio Montenegro.

Later, one of the police commanders began to take photos and videos of those entering and leaving the building. They also detained and took data from vehicles attempting to enter the access roads that lead to the back part of the building, Montenegro denounced.

According to Montenegro, the siege occurred because the lawyers were receiving five people who had been involved in the occupation of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in Managua between May and July of 2018.  These five were in the building to file a complaint regarding another five people who were detained the previous week.  One of these recent detainees, from the town of Sebaco, Matagalpa, is missing.

Nicaragua Urged to End Harassment of Attorneys Defending Political Prisoners

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/10/step-toward-accountability-over-nicaraguas-brutal-crackdown

https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/06/19/crackdown-nicaragua/torture-ill-treatment-and-prosecutions-protesters-and

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/06/el-gobierno-de-ortega-incumple-al-no-liberar-a-todas-las-personas-detenidas/

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/a-revolution-gone-wrong-dead-buried-exiled-stories-from-nicaragua-2019-1.3961516

http://www.canal10.com.ni/accion-10/julio-montenegro-exige-a-las-autoridades-informacion-sobre-edward-lacayo-53258 (ESPANOL)

https://ecodiario.eleconomista.es/global/noticias/10002174/07/19/Nicaraguenses-exigen-justicia-en-entierro-de-opositor-muerto-en-operativo-policial.html (ESPANOL)

https://maje.com.ni/entonces/3117-lado-humano-julio-montenegro-abogado-defensor-mani/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.laprensa.com.ni/2019/06/24/nacionales/2563022-abogado-julio-montenegro-pide-reprogramacion-de-juicio-para-periodista (ESPANOL)

https://maje.com.ni/entonces/3115-julio-montenegro-oea-nicaragua-podemos-identificar/ (ESPANOL)