Twenty one lawyers detained in the early hours of Friday have been released in the evening, Diyarbakır Bar Association said in a tweet.
Twenty four lawyers had been detained in Friday’s police raids in the predominantly Kurdish Diyarbakır province, the local association said, with more than 100 arrest warrants issued by local prosecutors.
Among detainees is co-chair of the Lawyers’ Association for Freedom (ÖHD) Bünyamin Şeker, as well as other ÖHD members, as part of an investigation by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office into the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), Mezopotamya new agency reported.
Meanwhile, state-run Anadolu news agency said 101 people were being sought in Diyarbakır as part of an anti-terrorism investigation.
A platform for Kurdish civil-society organisations, the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) had once received widespread political support, including from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). However, the umbrella group was criminalised following the failure of the peace-process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and is now accused of being a front for the armed group.
Precisely two years ago, on 20 November 2018, Iranian human rights lawyer Amirsalar Davoudi was arrested while he was in his office in Tehran. Until this day, Amirsalar Davoudi remains detained in the notorious Evin prison.
Davoudi has been sentenced to 29 years and three months in prison and 111 lashes, on charges relating to his human rights work. The charges on which he has been convicted include, among other things, “insulting the Supreme Leader”, “insulting officials”, “forming a group with the purpose of disrupting national security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. The charges related to interviews he had given and post he had uploaded to a channel he ran on Telegram, in which he raised concerns about the human rights situation in Iran and the treatment of lawyers. Davoudi has defended many human rights defenders and other civil society activists and members of ethnic and religious minorities.
Davoudi is detained in Tehran’s Evin prison. According to information we have received, he hardly has access to his family and to his lawyer.
On 9 February 2020, Davoudi announced in an open letter to the Iranian people that he would be starting a hunger strike as a protest to the authorities’ refusal to grant him prison leave. Between 9 February 2020 and 15 February 2020 Davoudi did not eat, but still drank water. Later on, from 16 February 2020 to 19 February 2020, he was on a full hunger strike, meaning that he also refrained from drinking water. On 19 February 2020, Davoudi ended his hunger strike.
Des individus ont attaqué à coups de pierres le véhicule du juge Renord Régis vendredi dans le quartier de Lalue, à Port-au-Prince. Renord Régis est le juge qui enquête sur l’assassinat du Me Monferrier Dorval. Il avait écrit en début de semaine dernière à Radio Métropole afin d’avoir une copie de l’enregistrement sonore dans lequel le président de la République avait affirmé que deux minutes après l’assassinat de l’ancien bâtonnier, sa femme, la première dame, avait en sa possession une vidéo du meurtre. Interrogé par Le Nouvelliste, le magistrat n’a pas voulu lier l’attaque contre son véhicule et la demande de l’extrait sonore…
Le juge Renord Régis a confié au journal que son véhicule a été attaqué à Lalue, non loin de l’Institution Sainte-Rose de Lima. « Il y avait un embouteillage et c’est à ce moment que j’ai vu des gens qui descendaient en notre direction. Mon chauffeur a essayé de prendre la route de Bois-Verna quand ces individus ont commencé à lancer des pierres sur mon véhicule. Ils ont d’abord visé la vitre du côté gauche où je me trouvais. Cette vitre a résisté mais une autre à l’arrière a été brisée », a expliqué au Nouvelliste le juge d’instruction.
Le magistrat Renord Régis a souligné que dans la foulée et sous les jets de pierres son chauffeur a pu rapidement prendre la route de Bois-Verna. Le juge s’est ensuite réfugié au Conseil supérieur du pouvoir judiciaire (CSPJ). « Arrivé au CSPJ, j’ai appelé un juge de paix qui est venu faire le constat des dégâts », a-t-il dit, précisant que son véhicule n’avait pas subi de tirs d’armes à feu.
About 30 lawyers are wanted by the Cameroon Government following the earlier arrest of Barristers Richard Tamfu and Armel Tchuemegne, the Cameroon Bar Council has said.
The lawyers are being “hunted” for allegedly being at the front line of the November 9 demonstrations at the Court of First Instance Bonanjo, Douala, according to information revealed by interim Bar President, Claire Bikouna Atangana.
Following their arrests on Wednesday, Barristers Tamfu and Tchuemegne have been kept at the Coastal Judicial Police awaiting hearing, but the Bar has termed it a “repressive machinery” meant to hinder the lawyers from exercising their functions.
The Bar has denounced their arrests and says the group is worried about the pressure the two Barristers have undergone since the events of November 9.
The two lawyers were arrested by men in uniform who pretended to be clients, the Bar has said.
Cameroonian authorities have charged the Barristers of contempt of court, destruction, and disturbance of a public service.