le 9 août, 2019
Me Michelle NDOCKI et une quarantaine de militants du MRC prennent 06 mois d’emprisonnement ferme assorti d’un mandat d’arrêt.
Selon une source proche du dossier, tout s’est décidé au cours d’un procès éclair et inattendu ce 08 Août 2019 au Tribunal de Première Instance de Bonanjo à Douala à la grande surprise de son avocat Me Sikati Désiré.
Me Michelle NDOCKI et plusieurs membres du Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) ont été arrêté suite à des ‘marches blanches’ organisées par le parti du Prof Maurice Kamto dans le cadre de la réélection contestée de Paul Biya à la présidentielle de 2018.
” En effet alors que la cause était renvoyée à ce jour et pour la énième fois pour extraction des prévenus détenus à la prison de kondengui à la diligence du MP, celui-ci va déclarer à l’audience que le MP n’a pas à extraire les prévenus hors de sa zone de compétence et sollicitera alors que l’affaire soit jugée sur le fond. Malgré mes objections le juge va violer sa propre décision sur l’extraction des prévenus en demandant au MP si dans ces conditions il maintient ses précédentes réquisitions c’est à dire celles qui avaient précédé le rabat du délibéré pour l’extraction des détenus.
Cinq minutes après le juge va donner lecture de sa décision manifestement rédigée avant l’audience. ” peut-on lire dans une sortie de Me SIKATI, avocat de la défense.
August 9, 2019
Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Thursday demanded the government to implement, in letter and spirit, Inquiry Commission report on Quetta tragic incidents, wherein 54 lawyers were martyred and many other got seriously injured. All Pakistan Lawyers Representatives Convention was held here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Syed Amjad Shah to discuss unfortunate and sad incidents of 8th August 2016 in Quetta. They said the enforcement agencies and concerned authorities till date failed to arrest culprits behind the incidents, and rather involved the author of the report, Justice Faez, in a baseless/false reference.
The PBC demanded immediate withdrawal of mala fide references against Justice Faez and Justice Agha, and requested the chairman Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to exclude those members from the Council against whom references/complaints are still pending. It urged the chairman SJC to hear and decide those references which were filed with the Council earlier than the references against Justice Faez and Justice Agha.
The PBC demanded the chief justice of Pakistan to implement the decision of the Supreme Court regarding Faizabad Dharna (sit-in). The judiciary, SJC and Judicial Commission of Pakistan were urged to prevent interference of other institutions in their functioning and process of dispensation of justice and other functions assigned to them under the Constitution, while rendering decisions/judgments.
Remembering Quetta’s lawyers
DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2020 – PAKISTAN
August 8, 2019
Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces, a Cuban lawyer and journalist, received one year in prison for the crime of resistance and disobedience months after being detained and allegedly beaten by the political police.
On April 22, Quiñones was attempting to report on a trial for a pastor and his wife when he was detained and allegedly beaten by the political police, according to CubaNet, an outlet for which he writes. The journalist detailed his various injuries in a two-part article for the site.
Quiñones was released from detention after five days, with an open judicial process, according to CubaNet. The Military Prosecutor in Guantánamo said police accused of injuring him were not criminally responsible, according to Quiñones and the Pro Press Freedom Association of Cuba (APLP, for its initials in Spanish).
In May, authorities gave him the option “to pay a fine to close the case,” as he wrote for CubaNet. However, he refused and that led to his trial, the site said.
The journalist said he would appeal the sentence from the Municipal Tribune in Guantánamo, CubaNet reported. He can stay at home, but cannot leave the province.
Prior to the April 22 incident, Quiñones was required to request authorization to travel, as he explains in an article for CubaNet. Consequently, he was prevented from going to Havana in February and taken off a bus going to Cienfuegos on April 18, as he said.
The U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) spoke out against the sentence.
“The fact that Roberto Quiñones is sentenced to prison for failing to pay a fine, while the police agents who beat and detained him for days receive no punishment, is outrageous,” said Robert Mahoney, CPJ Deputy Executive Director.
Cuba sentences lawyer to jail for trying to help homeschoolers
August 9, 2019
On 24 July 2019, the Criminal Court of Alexandria renewed the detention of human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan. He is not permitted to appeal this decision. Since his arrest on 10 December 2018, family visits have been banned and the public prosecutor has refused all of Mohamed Ramadan’s requests to visit his sick mother or to attend her funeral. The next detention renewal hearing is scheduled for 4 September 2019.
Mohamed Ramadan is a human rights lawyer who previously worked for the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). His activities include legal representation of victims of torture and providing legal assistance to human rights defenders and political prisoners.
Egypt: Detention of human rights ‘yellow vest’ lawyer renewed
June 24, 2019
On 8 June 2019, the home of woman human rights defender Miluska Luzquiños was broken into, and important digital and physical materials used in the work of RedLacTrans were stolen. The police formally opened an investigation on the case, however, there are no developments registered so far.
Miluska Luzquiños is the National Coordinator of RedLacTrans in Peru. As a trans woman and a lawyer, she has worked over the past years to promote advocacy, protection and capacity-building for the LGBTI+ community in the country. She has gained national recognition for her work as a human rights defender, and has advocated for the adoption of a law on gender identity.
In the morning of 8 June 2019, the home of human rights defender Miluska Luzquiños was broken into. Unidentified perpetrators took documents, including the passports of two members of the organisation, and objects such as laptops, flash drives and cellphones, all containing sensitive information crucial to the work of RedLacTrans. A safe was also stolen, containing the tokens allowing the organisation to access its bank accounts. The stolen materials included information on the organisation’s advocacy plans, especially regarding their work on the promotion of the draft law on gender identity (proyecto de Ley de Identidad de Género).
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
The President’s Office
Republic of the Maldives
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
8 August 2019
RE: Ongoing threats against human rights defenders in the Maldives
Dear Mr. President,
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), is writing to you to express its deepest concern over the ongoing threats and harassment against human rights defenders in the Maldives.
The Observatory has received information that at least 15 human rights defenders, including journalists, lawyers, and non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers, have been subjected to repeated acts of harassment and intimidation online since you took office in November 2018. In many cases, such acts have amounted to hate speech and death threats, which foster a dangerous environment for human rights defenders and impede them from doing their work.
Human rights defenders who have advocated for the respect of human rights, gender equality, and accountability for violations, as well as those who have expressed their support for religious tolerance, have been especially targeted. Online news outlet Vaguthu Online, Facebook page Siru Arts, and the now defunct Telegram channel Murtad Watch [‘Apostate Watch’] Mv have been the preferred platforms for religious extremists to attacks human rights defenders and label them as “un-Islamic”, “anti-religious” or “apostates.” Such platforms have also encouraged users to directly threaten human rights defenders with violence, often hiding behind anonymous Twitter or Facebook accounts.