Daily Archives: 28/07/2019

Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2020 – PAKISTAN

Preparations are now well underway for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer (DOTEL) on Pakistan for January 24, 2020. At a preparatory meeting about 16 to 20 participants representing the Foundation of the Endangered Lawyers Day, AED, International Association of Peoples Lawyers, ELDH, CCBE, CBE, Institut des Droit de l’Homme, several Bar Associations, Avocats sans frontiers, Law Society, CNB have decided to dedicate the Day of the Endangered Lawyer to the solidarity with endangered lawyers in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, since our Brussels meeting our Pakistani colleagues continue to face chronic danger and a risk of serious harm.  They continue to be subjected to acts of violence, and very recently a lawyer was seriously assaulted by a judge during a trial, which led to a local strike („Black Day“) of lawyers lasting at least a week: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-lawyers-strike-continues-for-sixth-consecutive-day/   At the national level there have been a number of strikes by lawyers, especially in solidarity with two judges who have been under attack by Pakistan President Arif Alvi.  The latest national strike organized by the Pakistan Bar Council was held on July 13th:   https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-pbc-gives-call-for-countrywide-strike-on-july-13/  Invidual lawyers, like high-profile lawyer Saif-ul-Malook who represented Asia Bibi (the famous woman who was on death row for blasphemy), continue to face a high risk of death or physical harm: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-the-pakistani-lawyer-putting-his-life-on-the-line/.

Lawyers‘ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) reports that they will  invite the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg to host and finance an event on January 24th and to bring one or two lawyers from Pakistan. LRWC has started a paper on Pakistan focused on two needs: to effectively prevent and punish the murder of lawyers through protective measure and proper investigations, prosecutions and trials and second to develop pan Pakistan education to promote religious diversity and tolerance. They will also invite the Law Society of Ontario to hold an event.  As well, at the beginning of July the G7 Bars Meeting was held in France, with representatives of the Bars of France, Canada, Germany, USA, Japan, England & Wales and Italy, representing 1.8 million lawyers.  They adopted 20 proposals to G7 governments, including one: „Commit to support actions marking the Day of the Endangered Lawyer and to encourage other countries to do likewise.“  The New Zealand Law Society has the honour of publishing the first article about DOTEL 2020, which they did in mid-July: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/pakistan-new-zealand-pakistan-the-focus-of-2020-day-of-endangered-lawyer/




Groups Urge Human Rights Focus During Pakistan PM Visit



Day of the Endangered Lawyer

Nicaragua: Nicaragua: el régimen de Ortega detuvo a María Oviedo, abogada de la ONG Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos


Fue arrestada luego de dar una bofetada a un agente que la tocó “de forma lasciva” mientras acompañaba a un manifestante excarcelado que había sido citado a la Policía de la ciudad de Masaya, informó el secretario ejecutivo del organismo, Marcos Carmona
María Oviedo

Una abogada de la no gubernamental Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos (CPDH) fue arrestada este viernes mientras realizaba un trámite en una estación de Policía en Nicaragua, país sumergido en una grave crisis sociopolítica.


La abogada María Oviedo, defensora de los derechos humanos por la CPDH, fue detenida luego de dar una bofetada a un agente que la tocó “de forma lasciva”, mientras acompañaba a un manifestante excarcelado que había sido citado a la Policía de la ciudad de Masaya, informó el secretario ejecutivo del organismo, Marcos Carmona.


El activista sostuvo que, detrás del arresto de Oviedo, hay una estrategia para detener a los defensores de los derechos humanos y que el Gobierno “continúe reprimiendo al pueblo“, en medio de la crisis que mantiene enfrentado al presidente Daniel Ortega con una aparente mayoría de nicaragüenses.


La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) exigió la “liberación inmediata” de Oviedo, quien es beneficiaria de medidas provisionales del organismo.



Detenida defensora de Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos en Nicaragua

Detienen y acusan a la abogada María Oviedo de la Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos

Defensores de derechos humanos realizan plantón en Masaya por la liberación de la abogada María Oviedo



Sale de la cárcel la abogada y activista de los derechos humanos, María Oviedo

Dejan en libertad a María Oviedo, abogada de la CPDH

https://havanatimes.org/news/nicaraguan-police-re-arrest-political-prisoner-and-a-human-rights-lawyer/ (ENGLISH)

India: Indore HC Bar Assn passes resolution condemning CM and law minister

July 27, 2019

Indore High Court Bar Association on Friday passed a resolution condemning Chief Minister Kamal Nath, law minister PC Sharma and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha for inviting lawyers to Bhopal for discussion on proposed Advocates Protection Act but not allowing them to speak.

The advocates were invited by office of Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh for discussions with Chief Minister Kamal Nath, law minister PC Sharma and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha on Advocates Protection Act on Saturday at Minto Hall in Bhopal.

The advocates were invited for expressing their opinions and discussions but neither Chief Minister nor other political leaders allowed them to express their opinions, said secretary Pankaj Sohani.

Stating that advocates travelled a long distance to express their opinion and their point of view but were just made to sit like mannequin and hear speech, said Sohani and claimed that the state government is taking demands of advocates for implementation of Advocates Protection Act in a very casual manner. This has turned advocates into a laughing stock, he added.

Sohani termed the act as disappointing and insulting. Lawyers have been demanding Advocates Protection Act for the last 10 years.









https://www.bhaskarhindi.com/news/cm-kamalnath-said-soon-implement-the-advocates-protection-act-73832 (HINDI)