Daily Archives: 22/10/2019

Egypt: Mohammed Al-Baqir: The imprisoned lawyer who turned into a symbol of justice

October 22, 2019

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While the prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Al-Baqir was attending investigations atthe supreme state security prosecution with the political activist Alaa Abd al-Fattah at the end of September, he was surprised that the prosecution ordered that he be detained and informed him that he is wanted under the same case.

The prosecution accused Al-Baqir of “belonging to a terrorist group, financing terrorism, spreading false news that undermines national security,” and then ordered his preventive detention. After that, he wastransferred blindfolded to al-Aqrab Prison, the prison with the worst reputation in Egypt.

Al-Baqir was physically and verbally abused, hisbasic rights were violated from the moment he entered prison. He was forced to walk while bending his back, showered by insults and abuse. He was stripped of all his belongings, even his personal hygiene items. They put on his prison clothes while he was blindfolded and he was driven to a cell while not being allowed to shower or change his underclothes for nine days. The prison administration also refused al-Baqir’s request to see the prison doctor and prevented him from buying clean food or water, his wife said.

The prosecution delayed the decision on a request made by Al-Baqir’s lawyer to enable him to visit his ill father, who was in intensive care. He died before seeing his son, but al-Baqir was allowed to attend the funeral.

Why al-Baqir?

Egyptian authorities are currently carrying out a systematic campaign targeting human rights lawyers who took on the mission of defending those arrested after the demonstrations of September 20, that demanded the toppling of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s regime and accused it of corruption. Among the most prominent that have been arrested along with al-Baqir are Mahienour el-Massry, and Amr Imam.

Mohammed Al-Baqir: The imprisoned lawyer who turned into a symbol of justice

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights-un/u-n-rights-office-urges-egypt-to-free-lawyers-activist-idUSKBN1WX1JZ

http://www.ishr.ch/news/egypt-let-human-rights-defenders-work-better-future

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/egypt-arbitrary-detention-and-judicial-harassment-of-amr-imam

https://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/egypt/2019/10/d25561/

IFEX strongly condemns violent crackdown against Egyptian rights defenders

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrest-mohamed-el-baqer

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/RC-9-2019-0138_EN.html

https://vwv.almanassa.net/ar/story/13097 (ARABIC)

https://ifex.org/ar/%D8%A2%D9%8A%D9%81%D9%83%D8%B3-%D8%AA%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%86%D9%8A%D9%81%D8%A9-%D8%B6%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AF/ (ARABIC)

http://mubasher.aljazeera.net/news/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%90-%D8%A3%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%86-%D8%A5%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B9%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A5%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%AD (ARABIC)

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/09/30/alaa-abdel-fattah-icone-de-la-revolution-a-nouveau-arrete-en-egypte_6013618_3212.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.eldiario.ec/noticias-manabi-ecuador/511795-ong-dice-hay-mas-de-4000-arrestos-y-3000-acusados-tras-protestas-en-egipto/ (ESPANOL)

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تجديد حبس المحامي الحقوقي محمد الباقر ١٥ يوما في اتهامه بنشر أخبار كاذبة

قررت نيابة أمن الدولة العليا، اليوم الأربعاء، تجديد حبس المحامي الحقوقي البارز، محمد الباقر، ١٥ يوما آخرى.
حلء ذلك على ذمة اتهامه في القضية رقم ١٣٥٦ لسنة ٢٠١٩ حصر أمن دولة، والمتهم فيها بنشر أخبار كاذبة ومشاركة جماعة إرهابية.#دفتر_أحوال_المحاكم_والنيابات
#المفوضية_المصرية_للحقوق_والحريات
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Russia: Sakharov Prize 2019: the nominees

September 19, 2019

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Find out about this year’s nominees for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

 

The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. In 2018 the prize was awarded to Oleg Sentsov.
Nominations for the Sakharov Prize can be made by political groups and/or groups of at least 40 MEPs.
The nominations for the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are:

Name Nominated by
Alexei Navalny EPP
Marielle Franco; Claudelice Silva dos Santos; Chief Raoni S&D and GUE
Ilham Tohti Renew Europe. Supported by Phillip Bennion, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Reinhard Bütikofer and 58 other MEPs
Jean Wyllys; Marielle Franco Greens/EFA. This nomination has also been supported by Terry Reintke, Tanja Fajon and 43 other MEPs
The Restorers ECR

Alexei Navalny, a Russian lawyer and political activist. In 2011, he was arrested for the first time for his role in a rally outside the State Duma. He finished second in the 2013 Moscow mayoral election. In 2017, he published a report attacking political corruption and criticising Vladimir Putin and his political allies. This sparked anti-corruption rallies in many Russian cities, which led to the arrest of more than 1,000 demonstrators, including Navalny’s. The authorities prevented him from running in the 2018 presidential elections. Navalny was jailed three times in 2018 and 2019 for violating Russia’s strict protest laws.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/eu-affairs/20190912STO60947/sakharov-prize-2019-the-nominees

https://www.france24.com/en/20191021-putin-removes-critical-voices-from-his-rights-council

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

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/en/home/the-prize.html

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

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/fr/home/the-prize.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexe%C3%AF_Navalny (FRANCAIS)

https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/1343657/criticos-de-putin-excluidos-do-conselho-de-direitos-humanos-russo (ESPANOL)

Spain: Spanish court accuses Puigdemont’s lawyer Boye of money laundering

October 21, 2019

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Spain’s National Audience has started an investigation against Gonzalo Boye, a lawyer known for his work defending Carles Puigdemont and Quim Torra. According to court sources, instructing judge María Tardón has charged him with alleged money laundering and summonsed him to testify this Wednesday, 23rd October, at 12pm local time, alongside two other people. Firstly, Spanish police searched his residence in Villaviciosa de Odón, near Madrid. Then they went to search his office in the Spanish capital itself.

The case is apparently unrelated to another search by Spanish police today, of the Catalan Association of Municipalities in Barcelona.

Spanish police started their search of Boye’s house first thing this Monday. At the same time, they searched two further property in the region, belonging to two alleged front men, as part of an investigation over money laundering linked to drug trafficking, according to police sources. Boye previously represented Sito Miñanco, an important Galician drug trafficker.

According to the police sources, Boye was present during the search. The two alleged front men were also in attendance at the other searches. Details of the case are currently under seal.

Agents of the UDEF (Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit) led the operation. The investigation is apparently entirely unrelated to Boye’s work defending Catalan president in exile Carles Puigdemont. The searches come eight days before Puigdemont is to appear before a Belgian court for the first hearing on the new European Arrest Warrant he faces.

https://www.elnacional.cat/en/news/spanish-court-puigdemont-lawyer-boye-money-laundering_433154_102.html

https://www.elnacional.cat/en/news/jose-antich-boye-coincidences-puigdemont-belgium_433094_102.html

https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/21/catalan-leader-snubbed-by-spanish-pm-during-visit

Spanish police search house of Puigdemont's lawyer

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

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20191021/471112164119/gonzalo-boye-registran-casa-sito-minanco-carles-puigdemont-abogado-video-seo-ext.html (ESPANOL)

https://elpais.com/politica/2019/10/21/actualidad/1571641712_529190.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.moncloa.com/boye-abogado-puigdemont-minanco/ (ESPANOL)

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzalo_Boye (ESPANOL)

https://www.change.org/p/sergio-mattarella-presidente-della-repubblica-italiana-solidaridad-con-catalu%C3%B1a-por-el-derecho-a-la-autodeterminaci%C3%B3n-pac%C3%ADfica (FIRMA LA PETICION!)

Algeria: Les avocats marcheront ce jeudi

le 21 octobre, 2019

Pour dénoncer les atteintes aux libertés et à la fiscalité du PLF 2020

Les avocats sont en colère et ils le feront savoir jeudi prochain lors de la marche nationale à laquelle a appelé l’Union nationale des ordres des avocats (Unoa) à Alger, mais aussi à travers leur correspondance adressée à l’Assemblée populaire nationale exigeant une séance de travail. De quoi s’agit-il exactement ? En fait, il est question de deux revendications totalement distinctes. La première revendication est portée par toutes les organisations des avocats et a été décidée à la suite des entraves que rencontre la défense dans l’exercice de son métier.
Les avocats ont décidé d’organiser une marche nationale pour dénoncer les « entraves rencontrées lors de l’exercice de leur mission dans la défense des détenus». Rejetant «toute forme de dépassement et d’entrave à l’encontre de la liberté d’expression, de la liberté de manifester et de la liberté de circulation», les robes noires dénoncent également les arrestations opérées parmi les manifestants pacifiques. «Ces arrestations constituent une violation des droits et des libertés consacrées par la Constitution et les conventions ratifiées par l’Algérie», affirme l’Unoa qui appelle les magistrats, en tant que pouvoir «indépendant», à «n’obéir qu’à la loi et à leur conscience dans leur traitement des affaires qui leur sont soumises».

https://www.lexpressiondz.com/nationale/les-avocats-marcheront-ce-jeudi-322497

Soutien aux collectifs de défense des détenus et marche nationale le 24 octobre : La colère des avocats

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/marche-nationale-des-avocats-le-29-octobre-prochain-a-alger_mg_5da1d656e4b087efdbaf110f

Ils sont sortis jeudi à Béjaïa : Les avocats fidèles au mouvement populaire

https://www.courrierinternational.com/dessin/le-dessin-du-jour-en-algerie-les-avocats-dans-la-rue

Ils sont sortis jeudi à Béjaïa : Les avocats fidèles au mouvement populaire

http://www.barreau-alger.dz/versionfrancais/index.html

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barreau_d%27Alger

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