Daily Archives: 21/09/2019

The Philippines: Lawyer shot dead in Muntinlupa

September 21, 2019

A lawyer was shot dead in front of his house in Muntinlupa by still unidentified gunmen early Saturday morning.

The Southern Police District (SPD) identified the victim as Jesus Acpal, 67, who is also a retired police officer.

Initial investigation showed that Acpal and his son had just arrived at their home in Katarungan Village on board his Toyota Fortuner at around 1:05 a.m. when the shooting happened.

Police said Acpal alighted from his vehicle to open their gate when the suspects appeared and shot him.

Acpal died on the spot while the suspects fled, police said.

Police said they are checking if the gunmen fled aboard motorcycles.

Lawyer shot dead in Muntinlupa

Lawyer shot dead in Muntinlupa City







https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/21/19/abogado-patay-matapos-barilin-sa-harap-ng-bahay-sa-muntinlupa (TAGALOG)

https://radyo.inquirer.net/205424/abogado-na-dating-police-colonel-patay-sa-pamamaril (TAGALOG)

Filipino lawyers attacksed Sept 2019 (IAPL MONITORING COMMITTEE REPORT)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 21/09/19)

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India: ED starts PMLA probe against Lawyers Collective, Anand Grover

September 20, 2019

ED starts PMLA probe against Lawyers Collective, Anand Grover

After the CBI booked Mumbai-based NGO, Lawyers Collective (LC) and its founding President, noted lawyer Anand Grover for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, and after the central probe agency raided the premises of former Additional Solicitor-General Indira Jaising in connection with the case, the ED has now initiated a separate money-laundering case against the NGO and Grover, on the basis of the CBI’s case.

A senior official in the know said that the ED has registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) – the agency’s equivalent of an FIR – to probe possible instances of money-laundering by LC and its office-bearers after taking cognisance of the FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation earlier this year.

However, when the CBI had filed the FIR, LC had maintained that their organisation was being targetted for the kinds of cases its office bearers choose to fight in court. A statement from the NGO read, “It (the FIR) has been filed to target the organisation and its office bearers to silence them for cases and issues they have taken up in the past and continue to take up since 2016.”

LC and its office bearers have represented activists in the Bhima Koregaon case and a former employee of the Supreme Court who had levelled sexual harassment allegations against the CJI. They have also taken up the Sohrabuddin case, where Home Minister Amit Shah was earlier an accused an later cleared of charges.

Interestingly, office bearers of LC have also represented in the Supreme Court, former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is currently being hunted by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund case, even as he has filed an application for anticipatory bail in the Alipore Sessions court and the agency has been denied a non-bailable warrant.

The CBI had registered the case against LC and Anand Grover based on a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which had forwarded a report of an investigation into alleged FCRA violations by the NGO, including using foreign donations to fund advocacy with Members of Parliament and organise dharnas. The MHA complaint also alleges that LC had paid Rs 96.6 lakh to Indira Jaising, during her time as ASG, from funds received as foreign contributions.



Algeria: Marche des avocats à Tizi Ouzou et Bejaia

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Les avocats des wilayas de Tizi Ouzou et de Bejaia ont entamé ce matin une marche pour soutenir les détenus d’opinion et dénoncer le régime en place.  Ils scandent : « Etat civil et non militaire », « le peuple veut la chute de Gaid Salah », « libérez la justice », ou encore « pas de vote avec la bande».  Les avocats de Bejaia affirment qu’ils descendront dans la rue, en scandant « Gaid Salah dégage ! ».

La marche des avocats intervient au lendemain du discours du chef d’Etat-major, Ahmed Gaid Salah, qui a annoncé hier, à partir de la 6è Région militaire à Tamanrasset, avoir donné des instructions à la gendarmerie nationale pour limiter l’accès à la capitale aux manifestants les vendredis, jour de manifestation populaire contre le régime.

Des membres du Comité  National pour la Libération des détenus (CNLD)  se sont rassemblés ce matin devant le tribunal de Sidi M’hamed d’Alger pour réclamer la libération des détenus d’opinion.

Marche des avocats à Tizi Ouzou et Bejaia






Amnesty international appelle le pouvoir algérien à cesser la répression

Iran: EU Parliament In Overwhelming Vote Blasts Iran’s Human Rights Record

September 20, 2019

FRANCE – Plenary hall of European parliament in Strasbourg, July 18, 2019

The European Parliament on Thursday, September 19 adopted a resolution condemning the Islamic Republic’s human rights record, calling Tehran to end “suppression of women” in Iran.

The new resolution was endorsed by 608 votes in favor, seven against and 46 abstentions.

While insisting that Iran must stop criminalizing the work of women’s rights defenders, including the work done by those peacefully protesting compulsory hijab, the European Parliament called on the authorities in Iran to abolish this practice.

Furthermore, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) demanded all EU countries with a diplomatic presence in Iran to use all the diplomacy tools in their power to support and protect human rights defenders on the ground.

MEPs also called on the Iranian authorities to immediately release all human rights defenders and journalists detained and sentenced merely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

According to the resolution, at least eight journalists are currently in detention in Iran and that many have been systematically targeted by the authorities through criminal investigations, asset freezes, arbitrary arrest and surveillance, including those working for the BBC Persian service. Furthermore, the MEPs referred to a recent report by Iran Human Rights, noting that in 2018 the second-highest number of people in the world were executed in Iran.

The resolution, adopted by a show of hands, reiterates the European Parliament’s call on the government of Iran to immediately and unconditionally release human rights lawyer and Sakharov Prize Laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes by an Islamic Revolutionary court.

Sotoudeh was arrested in 2018 and convicted for her peaceful activities defending women’s right to choose their own dress style. Although there is no written law in Iran for compulsory hijab, the police and courts spend huge resources to force women to use hijab. Resistance against the policy has increased among Iranians in recent years.

In the meantime, the resolution has stressed that all EU-Iranian dual nationals currently behind bars in the Islamic Republic should be immediately and unconditionally freed.


EU Parliament Censures Iran’s Suppression of Women

What Do Iranian Human Rights Activists Want from the West?


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