Daily Archives: 05/09/2019

Cameroon: Inside Kamto’s looming showdown with Cameroon’s military court

September 5, 2019

Inside Kamto's looming showdown with Cameroon's military court

Cameroon’s opposition leader, Maurice Kamto says he is relishing the opportunity of taking on Cameroon’s government when he goes on trial in the country’s military court on Friday.

Kamto, who was the runner-up in last year’s presidential election is accused of insurrection, despite a chorus of international protest.

The charges against Kamto

Kamto, together with several dozen of his political allies and supporters, faces charges of insurrection, hostility to the motherland and rebellion, crimes which, in theory at least, could carry the death penalty.

The head of the opposition Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), and about 100 party supporters were arrested in late January.

The arrests came after several months of peaceful MRC protests over the October 2018 presidential election, which they say was rigged in favour of President Paul Biya, who has been in power for 36 years.

Kamto’s defenders

The crackdown on the opposition caused outrage among rights groups and many western governments.

The trial goes ahead despite repeated protests from France, the United States and the European Union, who have been calling for his release from detention for eight months.

In March, the US assistant secretary of state for African affairs Tibor Nagy, told Radio France Internationale that Cameroon would be “very wise” to release Kamto because his detention is widely perceived as politically motivated.

Later the same month, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini criticised the arrests and what she called the military court’s “disproportionate” proceedings against them.

International rights groups have also condemned the action against Kamto and his colleagues, calling for their release.

https://www.africanews.com/2019/09/05/inside-kamto-s-looming-showdown-with-cameroon-s-military-court/

Cameroon: Kamto’s case opens today at Yaounde military tribunal

https://pen.org/press-release/cameroonian-rapper-and-activist-to-appear-before-court-could-face-death-penalty/

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

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/09/05/au-cameroun-l-opposant-maurice-kamto-et-ses-proches-devant-la-justice-militaire_5506920_3212.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.camer.be/76645/11:1/cameroun-note-de-position-du-redhac-1ere-audience-du-pr-kamto-et-89-autres-dont-11-femmes-cameroon.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.cameroonnewsonline.com/proces-kamto-et-cie-voici-pourquoi-les-avocats-dupont-moretti-et-vey-taclent-le-regime/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.camer.be/76647/30:27/cameroun-proces-du-6-septembrela-lettre-de-me-christian-bomo-ntimbane-a-lintention-de-ses-confreres-avocats-cameroon.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.jeuneafrique.com/mag/822257/politique/cameroun-la-garde-rapprochee-de-lopposant-emprisonne-maurice-kamto/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-affaire-du-mrc-les-avocats-francais-de-maurice-kamto-denoncent-un-simulacre-de-351474.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-marche-reprimee-mrc-maurice-kamto-et-ses-coaccuses-posent-leurs-conditions-pour-le-351327.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/au-cameroun-le-principal-opposant-%C3%A0-paul-biya-jug%C3%A9-vendredi-par-un-tribunal-militaire/5071017.html (FRANCAIS)

https://actucameroun.com/2019/09/05/me-eric-dupond-moretti-champion-francais-des-acquittements-pour-sauver-la-tete-de-maurice-kamto/ (FRANCAIS)

https://news.cameroonnewsonline.info/voici-pourquoi-maurice-kamto-et-cie-sont-vises-par-la-peine-de-mort-ce-vendredi/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.investiraucameroun.com/economie/0509-13181-pour-desamorcer-la-greve-des-avocats-le-gouvernement-camerounais-ouvre-le-dialogue (FRANCAIS)

https://actucameroun.com/2019/09/05/rencontre-minjustice-ordre-des-avocats-la-colere-na-pas-ete-totalement-dissipee-mais-elle-est-quelque-peu-apaisee/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Kamto (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Ndoki (FRANCAIS)

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Bangladesh: SC lawyers protest against bail denial to Mainul

September 5, 2019

Supreme Court lawyers under the banner of Jatiya Ainjibi Okikya Front held a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court Bar Association office in protest against sending barrister Mainul Hosein to jail after denying bail in bailable case.

Metropolitan magistrate Tofazzal Hossain denied bail to Mainul and sent him to Dhaka Central Jail. The lawyers condemned magistrate Tofazzal for denying bail to Mainul flouting Appellate Division’s standing directive.

The lawyers said that they would announce  a tougher action programme from a rally to be held at SCBA Bhaban at 2PM today if bail was not granted to barrister Mainul Hosein by morning today.

Jatiya Ainjibi Okikya Front’s convenor and former SCBA president Zainul Abedin said that magistrate Tofazzal rejected bail application of Mainul Hosein, a former SCBA president, on  the government’s dictations.

SCBA secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokan demanded withdrawal of judicial powers of magistrate Tofazzal for violating  the Appellate Division’s standing order and the Penal Code that requires granting bails in bailabe cases.

Khokon also demanded checking call list of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka to probe whether anyone had influenced him to reject Mainul Hosein’s bail application.

On Thursday Mainul Hosein was sent to the Dhaka Central Jail in a defamation case filed on October 21, 2018 by journalist Masuda Bhatti alleging that he had called her a person of loose morals in a live TV talk show.

https://www.newagebd.net/article/83639/sc-lawyers-protest-against-bail-denial-to-mainul

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/227910/sc-lawyers-demand–barrister-mainuls-release

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/227981/bnp-demands-mainuls-release

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/227982/jsd-calls-to-free-barrister-mainul

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/barrister-mainul-hosein-sent-to-dhaka-jail-in-defamation-case-1794910

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/court/2019/09/03/court-sends-barrister-mainul-hosein-to-jail

http://www.unb.com.bd/category/Bangladesh/barrister-mainul-lands-in-jail-again/27460

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/mainul-sent-jail-illegally-scba-secy-1796230

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/227985/lawyers-demand-barrister-mainuls-release-departmental-action-against-judge

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

Indonesia/Australia: Outcry as Indonesia seeks to arrest renowned West Papua rights lawyer

September 5, 2019

Veronica Koman faces charges after being accused of spreading ‘fake news’ and inciting unrest

Indonesian police have named human rights lawyer and well-known West Papua advocate Veronica Koman as a suspect in the spreading of “fake news”, accusing her of provoking widespread unrest in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces.

In a move slammed by Amnesty International Indonesia, the human rights lawyer faces charges under the country’s controversial electronic information and transactions law, and faces up to six years in jail if found guilty.

Police specifically mentioned Koman’s posts about an incident in Surabaya in mid-August where military and nationalist militia were captured on video calling Papuan students “monkeys” and “dogs”.

East Java police said the lawyer had provoked and inflamed anti-racist riots that have swept across West Papua in recent weeks, and accused of her spreading fake news and provocative material.

Indonesian police say they have also contacted Interpol to seek assistance in locating the Indonesian lawyer, who they believe is abroad.

Indonesia’s National Commission of Human Rights slammed the move, saying Koman had attempted only to provide “necessary information from a different point of view”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/05/outcry-as-indonesia-seeks-to-arrest-renowned-west-papua-rights-lawyer

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/05/asia-pacific/social-issues-asia-pacific/indonesian-human-rights-lawyer-accused-inciting-violent-papua-protests-spreading-provocative-news/

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/09/05/police-charge-papua-activist-govt-mulls-ending-blackout.html

Indonesian police target Veronica Koman for West Papua ‘incitement’

https://www.tribunnews.com/regional/2019/09/05/berita-terkini-papua-blokir-internet-dicabut-hingga-sosok-veronica-koman-yang-jadi-tersangka (INDONESIAN)

https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20190904161048-12-427500/safenet-polisi-tak-tepat-tetapkan-veronica-koman-tersangka (INDONESIAN)

https://news.solopos.com/read/20190905/496/1016638/amnesty-international-usut-pelaku-rasisme-bukan-twitter-veronica-koman (INDONESIAN)

https://www.suara.com/news/2019/09/05/073000/veronica-koman-jadi-tersangka-amnesty-international-minta-kasusnya-dicabut (INDONESIAN)

France: Fleury-Mérogis : un détenu condamné pour avoir agressé sexuellement son avocate et une surveillante

le 4 septembre, 2019

L’homme d’une vingtaine d’années a été condamné ce mercredi à un an de prison ferme par le tribunal correctionnel. Il était déjà placé en détention pour avoir notamment essayé de violer une dame âgée.

 Maison d’arrêt de Fleury-Mérogis. La surveillante pénitentiaire ne travaille plus dans l’aile où elle a été agressée.

La peur au ventre. Voilà comment deux professionnelles à l’expérience et aux parcours différents abordent désormais une partie de leurs missions respectives. En juillet dernier, une jeune surveillante pénitentiaire de la prison de Fleury-Mérogis et une avocate du barreau de l’Essonne ont été agressées sexuellement à deux jours d’intervalle par le même homme. Âgé d’une vingtaine d’années, il purgeait une peine de trente mois de prison à la maison d’arrêt, notamment pour avoir tenté de violer une dame âgée.

Ce mercredi, il a été condamné par le tribunal correctionnel d’Évry à un an de prison ferme avec maintien en détention. Il a été inscrit au fichier judiciaire des auteurs d’infractions sexuelles.

 

Le 9 juillet dernier aurait pu être une journée classique pour la surveillante de 23 ans, en poste dans la plus grande prison d’Europe depuis le mois de mars. Les insultes et autres échanges tendus avec les personnes emprisonnées ici, « c’est notre quotidien », confie à l’issue de l’audience la jeune femme. Accompagnée de deux collègues masculins au moment de l’agression, elle est chargée, à l’heure de la promenade, d’ouvrir la porte de la cellule de cet homme qu’elle ne connaît pas. Très vite, ce dernier porte ses mains jusqu’à la poitrine de l’agente pénitentiaire, avant d’être rapidement maîtrisé.

 

http://www.leparisien.fr/essonne-91/fleury-merogis-un-detenu-condamne-pour-avoir-agresse-sexuellement-son-avocate-et-une-surveillante-04-09-2019-8145540.php

Fleury-Mérogis : un détenu condamné pour avoir agressé sexuellement son avocate et une surveillante

The Philippines: 3 Cebu lawyers get threats after colleague’s ambush

September 5, 2019

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Unscrupulous individuals are apparently trying to make money following an attack on a lawyer in this city on Monday.

At least three Cebu-based human rights lawyers received a call from a man claiming to be a leader of a gun-for-hire group from Davao City, who demanded P100,000 from them in exchange for sparing their lives. The caller said the lawyers’ names were on his group’s hit list.

But lawyers Magdalena Lepiten, Ian Manticajon and Kim Grace Mendoza suspected that the calls might have been a scheme to extort money from them.

The calls were received in separate times on Tuesday, a day after two men on board a motorcycle attacked lawyer Inocencio de la Cerna while he was leaving the Cebu City Hall of Justice.

De la Cerna survived the attack, but had cuts from glass shards after the suspects fired at his Toyota Land Cruiser.

Same number

Lepiten said she received a call at 9:39 a.m. Tuesday from a certain Bobby who claimed to be from Davao.

3 Cebu lawyers get threats after colleague’s ambush

IBP Cebu City to tap NBI-7’s help in investigating threats on lawyers

Labella calls on lawyers: Be vigilant amid death threats, extortion attempts

Vinluan urges lawyers: report threats to police; don’t post on Facebook 

Who is Inocencio Dela Cerna?

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1821623

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1821561/Cebu/Local-News/Police-looking-for-de-la-Cerna

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/09/05/1949243/21-judges-fined-suspended-six-months-lucas-bersamin

Ex-mayor linked to Batocabe slay posts bail

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/706872/fight-for-justice-continues-says-batocabe-s-son-after-baldo-posted-bail/story/

Despite posting bail, Baldo will remain in detention — PNP

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1821680

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1821685

Mozambique/Holy See: Open letter to Pope Francis ahead of his visit to Mozambique

September 4, 2019

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, March 15, 2017.

We, the undersigned, are writing as a group of non-governmental organisations working to promote and defend human rights in many countries around the world, including Mozambique. Ahead of your visit to Mozambique scheduled to take place between 4 and 6 September 2019, we would like to bring to your attention a number of human rights issues of concern and to urge you to use your visit as an opportunity to publicly support our call for the protection and promotion of human rights particularly as the country prepares to hold its 6th general elections in October 2019, since the end of the civil war in 1992.

We are gravely concerned by the increasing intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders, activists, civil society organisations and media, the deterioration of the human rights situation in Cabo Delgado, the lack of accountability, justice and effective remedies for victims of human rights violations and abuses as well as violations of the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

Crackdown on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and media freedom

In the past year, there has been an increasing crackdown on dissent particularly the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of expression, and media freedom by the Mozambican government. Freedom of movement of Human Rights Defenders (HRD’s), political actors, journalists and civil society groups has also come under increasing attack.

On 27 March 2018, unknown gunmen abducted human rights lawyer Ericino de Salema outside the offices of the Mozambican Union of Journalists in Maputo. The men then beat and abandoned him on the Maputo Ring Road. As a result of the assault, Mr. Salema suffered serious fractures to his arms and legs. At the time of the attack, Mr. Salema was   the resident political commentator on the television show, STV’s Pontos de Vista, on which he has often taken positions critical of the government’s policies. It is feared that the attack was likely in retaliation for his critical views in the course of his professional duties.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/09/04/open-letter-pope-francis-ahead-his-visit-mozambique

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/mozambican-authorities-urged-to-probe-abduction-of-ericino-de-salema-14145718

SERNIC says investigation into abduction of Ericino de Salema “is not forgotten”

https://www.dw.com/pt-002/mo%C3%A7ambique-jornalista-ericino-de-salema-raptado-e-encontrado-gravemente-ferido/a-43156583 (PORTUGUES)

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/le-parlement-du-mozambique-donne-son-feu-vert-a-l-arrestation-d-un-ex-ministre-/4764201.html (FRANCAIS)