Side event: Lawyers Under Threat in OSCE Region. Tomorrow 25 September from 18.15-19.45 at the Warsaw National Stadium in the Plenary Hall.
(Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook, 24/09/19)
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September 24, 2019
UN human rights experts* have called upon China to immediately end harassment and surveillance of prominent human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong.
Mr. Jiang was initially forcibly disappeared for a period and then sentenced in November 2017 to two years in prison for inciting subversion of State power. He was released in February this year.
“Despite his release, Mr. Jiang is not a free man. He remains under constant surveillance by the authorities and his movement is severely restricted. He continues to be punished, along with his family and friends, with harassment and intimidation by the authorities,” said the experts. They noted that while this is being done on the ground that he has been deprived of his political rights for three years, such treatment is both gratuitously punitive and legally unjustified.
The experts also expressed concern about Mr. Jiang’s lack of access to appropriate medical care, especially in view of his deteriorating health. “As a result of ill-treatment in prison, he reportedly suffers from high blood pressure, memory loss, poor vision, and swollen legs and feet which hinder his mobility. However, he has not been allowed to see a doctor of his own choice to seek appropriate medical care,” said the experts.
UN human rights experts had previously condemned Mr. Jiang’s conviction and expressed concern that his confession may have been coerced by the use of torture. They also raised concern that his enforced disappearance and conviction may have occurred, at least in part, in reprisal for his cooperation with the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, during his visit to China in August 2016. The Secretary-General has also noted allegations of continued reprisals against Mr. Jiang, in his latest report on reprisals against those who cooperate with the United Nations.
September 24, 2019
The law student who has accused former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand of rape was taken into custody on Tuesday, 24 September, on the charges of ‘extortion and blackmailing’.
After the 23-year-old, who studied in a law college in Shahjahanpur, accused the BJP leader of sexual harassment in a video clip, his lawyers had filed a case of extortion and threat against unidentified persons.
Chinmayanand’s lawyers had alleged that a WhatsApp message demanding Rs 5 crore was sent to Chinmayanand’s mobile phone. The message, they alleged, threatened to make some video clips viral if the amount was not paid.
The UP Police had earlier arrested three youths in this connection, they have now taken the survivor into custody as well. A local court in Shahjahanpur had rejected the bail pleas of the three youths on Monday.
An Uttar Pradesh court rejected Chinmayanand’s bail plea on Monday. He was arrested on Friday and sent to 14 days of judicial custody for alleged sexual harassment of the law student. He has been booked under sections 354 D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation), and Section 376C ( sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape) of the Indian Penal Code.
September 24, 2019
A LAWYER, who survived an ambush, said Monday, September 23, that she is receiving death threats anew.
Prosecutor Erfe del Castillo said she held a press conference to talk about the death threats she has been receiving.
The threats were the same with the ones she received prior to her ambush in December 2018 that caused the death of her partner at the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road.
Castillo said she received them through text messages that mentioned even the plate numbers of her car.
She said she has been silent for several months as the murder and frustrated murder charges are already in court.
However, as Castillo was gathering evidence against those involved in the plot to kill her, she said recent developments show that the same individuals who are after her are planning to make an attempt on her life again.
She said that last Saturday, September 21, she received a text message, which she completely ignored, although she later took at the message seriously after receiving a call from a reliable source that he learned of the plans to “liquidate” her.
Castillo said she suspects that the people involved are likely those who are now incarcerated or well-known drug personalities who are also in cahoots with individuals involved in the earlier ambush against her.
September 23, 2019
A woman lawyer beat a man with shoes outside a court here, according to a video of the incident that has gone viral on social media although the thrashing took place a month ago.
The lawyer, identified as Alia Rana Advocate, named the man she assaulted as the suspect in a first information report (FIR) after the incident occurred. However, after the video surfaced, the case was rescinded.
Consequently, the District Bar Association Faisalabad secretary, Shahid Munir, revoked the membership of the woman lawyer and her three accomplices.
Munir explained that Rana a month ago had attacked and beat with shoes a person from the other party in a case filed by her friend in the court premises and filed the FIR against him at the Kotwali Road police station.
Later, however, the incident was cleared up after the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage emerged, the secretary added, noting that the bar revoked the licenses of Alia Rana and three of her accomplices.
Further investigation in the case was now being carried out by the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Munir said
September 24, 2019
The Punjab Bar Council strongly condemns the false and frivolous FIR lodged against Agha Tariq Mahmood Advocate Supreme of Pakistan, Rawalpindi. The Punjab Bar Council demands immediate withdrawal of this false and frivolous FIR. In condemnation of the aforesaid act and showing solidarity with the aggrieved bar member, the lawyers of the Rawalpindi Division will observe a full day strike on 24-09-2019. If the said FIR is not canceled by tomorrow the lawyers the of Punjab will leave no stone unturned to take action against the concerned.
Ch. Shah Nawaz Ismail Gujjar
Punjab Bar Council
Mr. Iftikhar Ibrahim Qureshi
Chairman Executive Committee
Punjab Bar Council.
(Punjab Bar Council Facebook, 23/09/19)
le 20 septembre, 2019
Son nom Maître Modibo Camara jeune avocat au barreau de Guinée. Il a été frontalement agressé ce vendredi par la garde de Cellou Dalein Diallo leader de l’UFDG, chef de file de l’opposition guinéenne. Son crime ? Récit
‘’J’étais venu retirer ma fille à l’école Tom Pouce (pub gratuite) mais il y avait déjà un embouteillage qui s’y était formé donc le chauffeur cherchait à bien garer afin que je puisse descendre. Soudainement un gros bras (garde-corps) du cortège de Cellou surgis pour lui intimer de faire vite les choses. Je sors ma tête pour lui demander pourquoi il crie, aussitôt il prend son talki-walkie pour me le jeter au visage’’ explique Modibo Camara
Comme il y a juste un commissariat à côté, poursuit-il, j’y suis allé. ‘’C’est entre-temps, j’aperçois le cortège avec Cellou à bord de son véhicule de commandement continuer leur chemin comme si de rien n’était’’ a-t-il ajouté
Au moment où nous publions cet article, Maître Modibo la victime entamait ses soins dans une clinique à Lambanyi (haute banlieue de Conakry). Nous y reviendrons