Monthly Archives: September 2019

Egypt: Amid crackdown, leading Egyptian rights activist is arrested

September 30, 2019

A leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist was re-arrested Sunday while on probation, his family and a security official said, amid a sweeping security clampdown following small but rare anti-government protests earlier this month.

Alaa Abdel-Fattah rose to prominence with the 2011 pro-democracy uprisings that swept the Middle East and in Egypt toppled long-time President Hosni Mubarak. To many, his imprisonment three years later — at a time when authorities imposed draconian laws banning public gatherings and unauthorized demonstrations — was another sign of Egypt’s return to autocratic rule.

His release in March came after five years in prison for taking part in a peaceful protest against military trials for civilians.

Abdel-Fattah’s mother, Laila Soueif, told The Associated Press that her son was arrested Sunday from the police station in the Dokki area of Cairo.

Mohammed el-Baker, a rights lawyer who was attending the questioning of Abdel-Fattah by prosecutors, was also arrested, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, a local non-governmental group, said late Sunday. El-Baker had attended the interrogation of many people who were rounded up in the recent wave of arrests since last weekend.

Rights lawyer Khaled el-Masry said prosecutors ordered that both Abdel-Fattah and el-Baker remain in custody for 15 days during investigations into allegations of disseminating false news and taking part in activities of an outlawed group. That latter is a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government designated a terrorist group in 2013. (ARABIC)

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(Mada Masr English Facebook, 29/09/19)

The Philippines/UN: An appeal for safety of lawyers and judges

September 30, 2019

Concern over the escalation of attacks against lawyers and judges in the Philippines has prompted the issuance by lawyers’ organizations worldwide of the statement reproduced hereunder: It is hoped that our Philippine government and our justice system heed the recommendation.

‘The Philippines: Attacks against lawyers escalating’

“September 17, 2019—We, the undersigned organizations, lawyers and members of the legal profession, express deep concern over the increasing attacks against lawyers in the Philippines and the oppressive working environment they face since the start of President Duterte’s administration. We call on the Duterte administration to adequately protect the safety and independence of lawyers and end the culture of impunity in which these attacks occur.

Extrajudicial killings and harassment of lawyers

Since President Duterte took office on June 30, 2016, the number and intensity of attacks against lawyers have increased significantly. At least 41 lawyers and prosecutors were killed between July 2016 and September 5, 2019, including 24 practicing lawyers. Lawyers are also harassed and intimated. They are subjected to (death) threats, surveillance, labeling and other forms of attacks. In addition, at least five judges and retired judges have been murdered since July 2016, bringing the total number of jurists extrajudicially killed in the Philippines to at least 46 in the same period. Eight jurists survived attacks on their life.

Lawyers at risk

Most killings and attacks of lawyers took place as a result of discharging professional duties or are believed to be otherwise work-related. Especially at risk are lawyers representing people accused of terrorist or drug-related crimes, or government critics, such as journalists, political opposition leaders, and human-rights defenders. Lawyers providing legal representation in high-profile cases impacting established interests, such as land reform, or lawyers taking part in public discussion about human-rights issues, also face reprisals.

An appeal for safety of lawyers and judges

Locsin: ‘UN is not free to interfere with the state’

Filipino lawyers attacksed Sept 2019 (IAPL MONITORING COMMITTEE REPORT)

Egypt: Lawyer Mohamed Elbaker arrested during interrogation of Alaa Abdelfatah

September 29, 2019

Amid crackdown, leading Egyptian rights activist is arrested

Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Detained

New Egyptian Law Firm Fights for Student Rights (ARABIC) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (ITALIANO)

South Sudan/UN: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

September 27, 2019

Organizations: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
Item: Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
Date: 16 September 2019
Speaker: Paul Scambler

Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), NGO in special consultative status

Mr. President,

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada thanks the Commission for its oral report. We share the Commission’s concern about the securitization of the state and the absence of accountability mechanisms in South Sudan.[1]

LRWC deplores the enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of lawyer and human rights activist Dong Samuel Luak and political opposition member Aggrey Idri, who were abducted from the streets of Nairobi in January 2017.[2] Both men were vocal critics of the South Sudanese government. In April 2019, the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan reported that it has corroborated evidence strongly suggesting that these men were kidnapped by the National Security Service (NSS), transported from Kenya to Juba, and executed at an NSS detention facility in Luri on January 30, 2017.[3]

We are alarmed by the apparent cooperation of Kenya in the enforced disappearances of Mr. Dong and Mr. Aggrey, and by the failure of Kenya and South Sudan to impartially and thoroughly investigate these cases. Those responsible have not been held accountable and the families of the victims continue to be denied access to adequate remedies for the losses they suffered.

We call upon the Council to urge the Governments of Kenya and South Sudan to:

Sudan: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Italy: Presa a pugni dal marito della sua cliente


Avvocatessa colpita al volto dall’uomo che non accetta la separazione. La professionista è poi finita all’ospedale


Presa a pugni e spinta giù dalle scale del palazzo. Paola Vallerini, 54 anni, avvocatessa del foro di Padova, ieri pomeriggio è stata aggredita da un uomo in un condominio di piazza Castello. La professionista stava seguendo la causa di separazione di una coppia, l’aggressore è il marito della donna che vuole chiudere il rapporto.



«Mi ha colpito con un pugno in faccia e mi ha fatto volare dalla rampa di scale. Sono stata in ospedale tutto il giorno», racconta ancora frastornata la professionista, che porta in faccia i segni della violenta colluttazione. È l’ultimo capitolo di una vicenda familiare particolarmente travagliata, tra un ingegnere sessantenne e la moglie. I due abitano in piazza Castello ma a breve lui dovrà abbandonare la casa familiare, così come è stato disposto dal giudice in seguito ad alcuni episodi di violenza che sono stati segnalati dalla consorte.

N.B.: An Italian defence lawyer was assaulted.

Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyers on strike September 30th after lawyer assaulted

September 28, 2019

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(Punjab Bar Council Facebook, 29/09/19)



Day of the Endangered Lawyer

International Bar Association: IBA 2019: ‘Enthusiastic amateurs’ wanted to protect lawyers at risk

September 27, 2019

Simon Davis IBA

Commercial lawyers can do their bit as ‘enthusiastic amateurs’ to help protect colleagues at risk and the rule of law in general around the world, the president of the Law Society told the global legal profession today.

‘We need to ensure we are capturing the imagination and influence of the enthusiastic amateur,’ Davis told a packed closing session of the International Bar Association’s annual conference discussing ways to address the persecution of lawyers and judges.

By uniting in solidarity the profession can show that human rights lawyers are not just some isolated group to be picked off by hostile authorities, Davis said.

‘You can be a human rights lawyer in any organisation – we are all human rights lawyers,’ the Clifford Chance partner said.

The conference heard accounts of lawyers being threatened, imprisoned and murdered in countries as diverse as Turkey, Thailand and Venezuela. In the Philippines alone, 44 lawyers have been killed over the past three years, Erik Hammerstein, a commercial litigator who sites on the board of Netherlands group Lawyers for Lawyers said.

Noting this year’s furore over the granting of legal aid to a solicitor acting for a fugitive from justice, Davis said that the battle to protect the independence of the legal profession also had to be fought at home.

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