Daily Archives: 23/07/2019

Egypt: New crackdown to terrorise civil society

July 23, 2019

At least 83 persons, including political opposition activists, journalists and human rights defenders, have been arrested in Egypt over terrorist charges since June 25 for their alleged implication in a plot against the State. FIDH, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) denounce this new crackdown and call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release and end any act of harassment, including at the judicial level, against all peaceful activists, in particular political opponents and human rights defenders in Egypt. 
Former member of Parliament and human rights lawyer Zyad al-Elaimy was arrested on June 25, 2019 by a dozen of plainclothes national security agents after leaving a friend’s house in Cairo’s Maadi district, around 2 a.m. Seven political opposition figures were also arrested on the same night. In a statement, the Ministry of Interior abusively accused Mr. Zyad al-Elaimy and the other detainees of involvement in a plan financed through leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood – which was banned and declared a terrorist organisation in Egypt in 2013 – abroad “to carry out violent and disorderly acts against State institutions simultaneously with creating a state of revolutionary momentum”.“ Mr. Zyad al-Elaimy was involved in the creation of a movement bringing together political parties and social movements on a pro human rights agenda ”, said Neil Hicks, Senior Director for Advocacy at CIHRS. The Egyptian authorities, relayed by the official media, have renamed it the “Hope Plan”, and wrongly accused its alleged supporters of terrorism and undermining State security, in a typical attempt to silence dissidence.The pre-trial detention of Mr. Zyad al-Elaimy and the other detainees has been renewed by the State Security Prosecution since then, pending investigation into State Security case No. 930/2019, in which the defendants face charges of “engaging with a terrorist group to achieve its goals” and “spreading false news and statements”.

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/north-africa-middle-east/egypt/egypt-new-crackdown-to-terrorise-civil-society

http://www.omct.org/urgent-campaigns/statements/egypt/2019/07/d25452/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/egypt-arrests-human-rights-lawyers-as-crackdown-on-critics-intensifies-1541167137

http://en.rfi.fr/africa/20190625-egyptian-police-arrest-8-raid-19-businesses-over-coup-d-etat-funding-claim

Egypt arrests 8, including ex-lawmaker and secular activists

Egypt detains prominent opposition leader over alleged anti-government plot

EGYPT: New crackdown to terrorise civil society

https://ecesr.org/?p=775972&fbclid=IwAR2ok8M619FKa5M1ZHd9t24mZYjRRXTyNFT7Jnfffm7oOhZhmeOKvF7UVS8 (ARABIC)

https://daamdth.org/archives/5380 (ARABIC)

https://thedailycases.com/egitto-nuovo-giro-di-vite-per-terrorizzare-la-societa-civile/ (ITALIANO)

#FreeZyadElelaimy

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The Philippines: Lawyer killed, wife wounded in Negros Oriental ambush

July 23, 2019

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A lawyer was killed while his wife was wounded after they were ambushed by two men onboard a motorcycle in Sitio Looc, Barangay Poblacion, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, past 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23.

Lawyer Anthony Trinidad, 53, was driving his white Sports Utility Vehicle, Subaro, when the assailants who on a motorcycle suddenly drove by him, said Lieutenant Col. Bonifacio Tecson, chief of the Guihulngan Police Station.

The back rider, he said, then drew a pistol and shot Trinidad and his wife Novie Marie.

Trinidad lost control of the vehicle and accidentally bumped a trisikad which injured the driver.

The victims were rushed to the Guihulngan District Hospital but Trinidad was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Lawyer killed, wife wounded in Negros Oriental ambush

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1815529

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1075867

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1815763/Bacolod/Local-News/Justice-sought-for-slain-lawyer-Anthony-Trinidad

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1815799/Cebu/Opinion/Tell-it-to-SunStar-Condemn-lawyers-killing

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/702276/kin-of-slain-lawyer-in-negros-oriental-demand-justice/story/

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/702302/3-killed-in-separate-shooting-incidents-in-guihulngan-city-negros-oriental/story/

Family of slain Negros Oriental lawyer appeals for justice: ‘Stop the killings’

Attacks on Filipino lawyers and law workers 23 7 19 (MONITORING COMMITTEE REPORT)

#StopTheAttacks

#DefendTheDefenders

PRESS STATEMENT
24 July 2019

On the extrajudicial killing of another brother in the legal profession, Atty. Anthony Trinidad

NUPL condemns in the strongest terms the cold-blooded murder of human rights lawyer Atty. Anthony Trinidad in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental after being gunned down by unidentified men. The victim was reportedly scheduled to appear in a court hearing.

Earlier in 2018, Atty. Trinidad’s name was said to be included in a hit list by an alleged anti-communist group called Kawsa Guihulnganon Batok Komunista (KAGUBAK). He has also been receiving death threats due to the cases he was handling, some of which are that of political prisoners in the region. This only proves as well that the perceived dangers of being arbitrarily, maliciously and baselessly red-tagged are neither imaginary nor contrived, but constitute real threats to life, liberty and security.

Atty. Trinidad’s death is added to the death toll of at least 40 judges, prosecutors, and lawyers since President Duterte took office in 2016. This is a manifestation of the culture of impunity that the administration has been perpetuating. How can we believe the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo that the Philippine justice system is “robust, functional, and very effective” when lawyers themselves in pursuit of peace and justice are in the line of fire?

We call for justice for the death of Atty. Anthony Trinidad. Stop the attacks against lawyers!

References:

Ephraim B. Cortez
NUPL Secretary General
(0917) 546 5798

Josalee S. Deinla
NUPL Spokesperson
(0917) 431 6396

NUPL joins #SONA2019, bringing calls to stop malicious and baseless red-tagging against its ranks, exact accountability for attacks against human rights defenders, and unite for the defense of Philippine sovereignty, with stronger and deeper commitment to fight for rights and rule of justice.

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 22/07/19)

Senegal/The Gambia: LAWYER OUSMAN SILLAH BREAKS HIS SILENCE

July 22, 2019

Folks enjoy lawyer Ousman Sillah’s 2004 Interview published in the Independent newspaper on 20thFebruary 2004.The interview was conducted by our special correspondent Dr. Ebrima Ceesay.

After the attempted assassination of lawyer Ousman Sillah who was shot some time in December 2003, the veteran lawyer gave me an exclusive on 18th February 2004, as soon as he was discharged from hospital in Dakar. Thanks to his son Pa Modou (Shortie), I was the first journalist to have interviewed lawyer Ousman Sillah. The story was also published in the now defunct Independent newspaper on 20thFebruary 2004.

 “The Doctors in Senegal have now removed the bullets that were shot into me and have given them to my wife. I have lost one kidney and there is also a slight disfigurement to my face as a result of the gun shots. Although I have lost one of my kidneys, I nonetheless thank God for sparing my life”.

These were the words of Lawyer Ousman Sillah, now out of hospital and continuing his recovery at a friend’s home in Dakar, Senegal. For merely carrying out his job and defending Baba Jobe in line with the ethics of the legal profession, Mr. Sillah has paid a heavy price. Yahya Jammeh has brought lawlessness, tyranny and repression to replace the rule of law in The Gambia, and Ousman Sillah has been a victim of this wicked regime. Speaking exclusively to me, in a recent telephone interview, Lawyer Sillah said that he had no doubt in his mind that the shooting was a state-sponsored act and had been motivated by his aggressive defence of his client, Baba Jobe.

“I don’t know the names of those who carried out the shooting, but I have a conviction that it was state-sponsored. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence to show that this was an attempted murder carried out by people acting on behalf of the state,” Sillah continued.

LAWYER OUSMAN SILLAH BREAKS HIS SILENCE

https://allafrica.com/stories/200705071230.html

Gambia: “I was Shot At Point Blank And Survived’

Alagi Yorro Jallow: Remembering of late Doyen of Gambian Journalists for All Seasons -Deyda Hydara

USA/Germany: Brandeis lecture recalls defiance of Jewish lawyers under Nazi rule

July 22, 2019

Dozens of Queens legal professionals and community members attended the lecture organized by the Brandeis Association at Queens Supreme Court.  Eagle  photos by Walter Karling.

Distinguished lecturer Douglas Morris, PhD, JD visited the Queens Supreme Courthouse on Wednesday to deliver an important lecture on the experience of Jewish attorneys in Germany under Nazi rule.

The Brandeis Association hosted the event in conjunction with the Gender Fairness Committee for the Queens Supreme and Criminal Courts, which featured a discussion of Morris’ recent article “The Law in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Opportunism and the Perversion of Justice.”

“Discrimination, degradation, defiance of Jewish lawyers under Nazism” was the unofficial title of Dr. Douglas Morris’ unofficial title for the lecture which told the  story of the deliberate dismantling of the German legal system and focused on the lives and struggles of Jewish legal officers whose practices and accomplishments were systematically undermined.

“I think that, today, lawyers in certain positions should be thinking about how they are conforming to larger demands,” Morris said. “Any [one] step isn’t disastrous, but step by step many who conform are in a position where that contributes to the breakdown of the rule of law.”

Administrative Judge Jeremy Weinstein delivered the opening remarks, before Morris began his talk with an anecdote about an acclaimed German-Jewish lawyer who committed suicide upon the dissolution of a successful partnership during the Nazi era. The attorney had a mental breakdown with his career, life and identity under assault.

Morris went on to explain the comprehensive attack on democracy by Adolf Hitler and his supporters. He highlighted how the Nazi party incited violence and instilled legal doctrine that conformed with their fascist, racist and anti-semitic ideology.

“The story is about the fragility of democracy,” Morris said. “Of the collapse of democracy and rise in tyranny and the importance in upholding equality before the law.”

Jewish lawyers accounted for almost 30 percent of all German attorneys and their removal and persecution opened the door for the installation of unqualified Nazi officials.

The event coincided with the recent introduction of the exhibit “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich” to the Queens Supreme Courthouse on Sutphin Boulevard. The exhibit will be on display through late-August.

https://queenseagle.com/all/brandeis-lecture-recalls-defiance-of-jewish-lawyers-under-nazi-rule

https://holocaustcentermilwaukee.org/events/lawyers-without-rights-opening-event/

https://www.c-span.org/video/?457440-1/jewish-lawyers-nazi-germany

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-nazis-used-the-rule-of-law-against-jewish-lawyers

http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/book_about_jewish_lawyers_targeted_in_nazi_germany_resonates_today

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https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2018/11/new-aba-book-on-purge-jewish-lawyers/

https://lawyerswithoutrights.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_in_Nazi_Germany

Syria: Factions from armed opposition arrested a lawyer in Izaz city in Aleppo, on July 20

July 22, 2019

Story image for Ahmad al Mohammad from Syrian Network For Human Rights (press release) (blog)

Ahmad al Mohammad, a lawyer from Jarablos city in Aleppo governorate eastern suburbs, was arrested by members of Military Police affiliated with factions from armed opposition on July 20, 2019, from his place in Izaz city in Aleppo governorate northern suburbs and taken to a detention center in the city.

Factions from armed opposition arrested a lawyer in Izaz city in Aleppo, on July 20