Daily Archives: 24/11/2020

Turkey: Former Judge Stuart Russell calls upon YOU to “Speak Up For Human Rights!”

24/11/20

Stuart Russell speaks up for #humanrights | #SpeakUpForHumanRights#HumanRights abuses are happening every day in #Turkey. Here are a few of those who speak up against these violations: Stuart Russell, as a former judge and active human rights activist, defends the rights of lawyers around the world. He encourages everyone to #SpeakUpForHumanRights. If you are victim of or witness to torture, enforced disappearance, abduction in Turkey, share your story with us. Speak up! Make your voice heard! So we can raise awareness about these abuses, help end them. Send your story to speakup@turkeytribunal.com by email. https://turkeytribunal.com/meltem-oktay-speaks-up-for-humanrights-speakupforhumanrights-insanhaklariadinasesver/

Turkiye’de hergun insan haklari ihlalleri yasaniyor. Iste bu ihlallere karsi ses verenlerden bazilari: Eski bir hakim ve aktif bir insan haklari savunucusu olarak, Stuart Russell dunyanin farkli yerlerindeki avukatlarin haklarini savunuyor. O da #InsanHaklariAdinaSesVer cagrimiza destek verenlerden. Eğer sen de Türkiye’de işkence, kötü muamele, zorla kaybetme ya da alıkoyma mağduru yahut benzer bir insan hakları ihlali tanığı veya mağduru isen, hikayeni bizimle paylaş… Ses ver! Sesini duyur! Ve boylelikle bizler de bu hukuksuzluklar ve ihlaller hakkinda farkindalik olusturalim. speakup@turkyetribunal.com adresine hikayeni ulastir. Turkiye Tribunal Mahkemesi yapacagi yargilama ve alacagi kararla yasadigin magduriyetlerin duyurulmasina ve durdurulmasina katki saglayacaktir. Devami yakinda… https://turkeytribunal.com/tr/ses-verenler/

Former Judge Stuart Russell calls upon YOU to “Speak Up For Human Rights!”

Russell is the co-chair of IAPL Monitoring Committee on attacks on lawyers. He talks about the pressure on the judiciary, and the arbitrariness in the mass arrest of lawyers in #Turkey.

Turkey Tribunal 🇹🇷⚖️

Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Y2WOqR9sA

Turkey Tribunal Facebook, 24/11/20

The Philippines: [OPINION] The silent epidemic stalking Filipino lawyers

24/11/20

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‘No judge or lawyer should ever fear doing what they were sworn to do…. It is now a challenge to the leadership of the Bar to create those conditions’

Judge Jeaneth Gaminde San Joaquin was ambushed just this October. 22 days after, Judge Teresa Abadilla was shot and killed inside her own chambers. A week after that, 35-year-old lawyer Eric Magcamit was assassinated while on his way to a hearing in Narra, Palawan. And as I write this, a retired Court of Appeals justice based in Pampanga remains missing.  

I cannot claim to know Judge Tessa as well as others. But in our interactions in law school and in the Supreme Court (as law clerks), I can confirm the testimony of her close friends that Judge Tessa was a gentle, self-effacing soul whose death was a “loss to the judiciary” (as described by the Chief Justice). And while I don’t know Judge San Joaquin (who survived the slay try) or Atty. Magcamit, I am certain of these facts – they have families, they have loved ones, and they are human beings. As the IBP Palawan Chapter observed, “Atty. Eric is a brilliant and respected young lawyer. But more than that, he is a loving and affectionate husband and father; a kind, generous, and God-fearing human being.”

Around 53 lawyers have been killed since 2016. That’s like 10 per year, or almost 1 per month. The rate has reached a point where we’ve become used to the ritual of issuing statements “condemning” and “decrying” their deaths. But after 53 killed, one asks whether that is all we can do. One asks whether it is all they deserve. Lian Buan, a journalist who covers the judiciary, recently tweeted, “The legal profession is under attack. DO something.”

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https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/opinion-silent-epidemic-stalking-filipino-lawyers

https://www.manilastandard.net/index.php/news/national/340316/house-leader-nograles-denounces-killing-of-lawyer-and-judge.html

http://legacy.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2020/1124_gordon2.asp

https://www.cnn.ph/regional/2020/11/24/Lawyer-Joey-Luis-Wee-Cebu-ambush.html

https://www.rappler.com/nation/lawyer-shot-dead-cebu-city-november-2020

Azerbaijan: UPR mid-term report

24/11/20

Armenia and Azerbaijan have spent years fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh.  What's behind the latest fatal clash? - ABC News

In preparation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Azerbaijan in 2023, Lawyers for Lawyers and the Law Society of England and Wales have written a mid-term report. In this report, we set out to what extent Azerbaijan has implemented the recommendations it accepted during the 2018 UPR process in relation to the role of lawyers.

During the UPR in 2018, Azerbaijan accepted four recommendations with respect to the effective protection of lawyers, including disciplinary measures taken against lawyers, and access to justice. Our report concludes that Azerbaijan has not adequately implemented the four recommendations with respect to lawyers.

The Azerbaijani authorities have failed to respect the rights of lawyers by not adequately enabling them to perform their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference. Furthermore, the Azerbaijani authorities have failed to take substantive steps to uphold the right to a fair trial and to guarantee that every citizen has effective access to justice and legal assistance of their choice.

We urge the authorities of Azerbaijan to:

  • respect the rights of lawyers, guarantee that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference, and guarantee that lawyers are not being subjected to disbarment or other disciplinary measures on improper grounds, in line with Principles 16(a) and (c), 23 and 27 of the Basic Principles and Article 19 ICCPR. Azerbaijan should ensure that there are fair and transparent admission proceedings into the legal profession. Azerbaijan should implement recommendations 140.70 and 141.13 fully and without any delay;

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Day of the Endangered Lawyer

Cameroon: Douala Court frees two detained lawyers

23/11/20

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Two lawyers who had earlier been detained at the Douala Central Prison have been freed.

The lawyers including Barrister Tamfu Ngarka Triestel Richard and Maitre Armel Tchuenmegne Kenmegne were however handed six months suspended sentences with a fine of one hundred thousand francs cfa each.

The judgment was pronounced Monday November 23rd 2020, by the presiding judge Adama Musa Epse Ndomche at Bonanjo court of First Instance in Doaula.

According to Barrister Ebah Ntoko Justice, “…a six months suspended sentence for three years means the two lawyers will go home but if they commit a similar offense and are sentenced within a period of three years,they will have to serve an additional six months sentence”.

The lawyer posited that Bar. Tamfu Richard and Maitre Tchuenmegne will be release from New Bell prison where they have been remanded in custody since Friday November 20th 2020 as soon as they pay their financial fines of 100.000f each.

Later this Monday evening, Tamfu and Armel regained their freedom after fulfilling necessary administrative procedures.

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https://axadletimes.com/ax-somali/cameroonian-lawyers-condemn-persecution-of-their-profession.html

https://ng.opera.news/ng/en/society/f307d799b6a089c8a7295f209a84e6de

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https://www.rfi.fr/fr/afrique/20201123-les-avocats-camerounais-d%C3%A9noncent-une-pers%C3%A9cution-de-leur-profession

https://www.africaradio.com/news/cameroun-deux-avocats-dont-un-opposant-condamnes-a-six-mois-de-prison-avec-sursis-pour-rebellion-176035

http://www.defendre.eu/observatoire-cameroun231120

https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-55040437 (PIDGIN)

The Philippines: Lawyer slain by gunmen on his way to his law firm in Cebu City

23/11/20

Lawyer shot dead in broad daylight in Cebu City

A 51-year-old lawyer was killed by two gunmen while he was on his way to his law firm in Barangay Kasambagan in this city around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.

Lawyer Joey Luis Wee suffered two bullet wounds on his body, according to Major Dindo Juanito Alaras, chief of the Mabolo Police Station.

He was rushed to a private hospital for treatment but died eventually while he was attended to by a physician.

The police investigation revealed that Wee had just disembarked from his car and went upstairs to his law firm at Altchi Building when two men ran inside the gate and shot the lawyer.

The two assailants escaped through a getaway motorcycle.

Alaras said they have yet to establish the identities of the assailants and the motive behind the killing.

“We will look into the cases he handled to get some leads in our investigation,” he said.

Wee served as counsel of the former officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways in connection with the controversial purchase of 1,800 lampposts in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu in 2007.

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https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1363910/lawyer-slain-by-gunmen-on-his-way-to-his-law-firm-in-cebu-city

https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/2020/11/24/2059101/ibp-says-killing-attack-legal-community-trial-lawyer-shot-dead

https://www.philstar.com/happens/516

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1877868/Cebu/Local-News/Cebu-lawyer-murdered-outside-his-office

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2020/11/24/2058952/cebu-lawyer-shot-dead

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/23/20/cebu-lawyer-gunned-down

https://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/lawlist/143036/