Daily Archives: 02/12/2020

Iran/Canada: Iran’s Supreme Leader urged to release Iranian lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh

01/12/20

A group of eminent human rights lawyers and advocates called Tuesday for the unconditional and permanent release of Iranian activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, citing her medical condition and violations of Iran’s own constitution.

In an open letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the group, including former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler and Australia’s former chief justice Sir Michael Kirby, deplored the punishment meted out on the country’s leading human rights lawyer.

“The sentence was absurd. Thirty-eight years in prison and 148 lashes for doing nothing other than exercising her responsibilities as a lawyer under the law to protect freedoms protected by law. It is one of the most absurd cases,” said Mr. Cotler, who founded the Montreal-based Raoul Wallenberg Centre.

“Ten days ago she was released on furlough. That rarely happens with a political prisoner but this week she is supposed to report back to prison,” he added.

The open letter was signed by members of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, or IBAHRI, Pen America, Center for Human Rights in Iran and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

Ms. Sotoudeh was jailed two years ago on allegations of spying and propaganda charges. She has represented Iranian opposition and human rights activists, including women charged for removing their head scarves.

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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-irans-supreme-leader-urged-to-release-iranian-lawyer-and-activist/

https://www.facebook.com/events/3488061067972494

https://www.humanrightsfilmfestivalberlin.de/en/news/german-premiere-nasrin

https://www.abogacia.es/actualidad/agenda/la-iba-presenta-el-documental-nasrin-sobre-el-trabajo-de-la-abogada-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (ESPANOL)

https://de.qantara.de/content/alternativer-nobelpreis-geht-nach-iran-usa-und-belarus (DEUTSCH)

https://www.br.de/wissen/alternativer-nobelpreis-2020-100.html

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The Philippines: Only 5 cases reached the courts in 54 lawyer killings since 2016

01/12/20

Philippines: Lawyers Killed and Attacked With Murderous Intent | Updated  list — Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada

Data show that 31 judges and prosecutors were killed in a span of 16 years from 1999. Compare this to the 21 judges and prosecutors killed in only 4 years of President Duterte.

There were only 5 cases of lawyer killings that reached the courts out of the 54 murders in the legal profession since 2016, when President Rodrigo Duterte took office, data from the Department of Justice (DOJ) showed.

Out of these 54 killings, only those involving the following lawyers – Gerik and Goering Paderanga of Cebu (December 2016); Mia Manuelita Macariñas Green of Tagbilaran City (February 2017); Salvador Solima also of Cebu (June 2018); and Eric Jay Magcamit of Palawan (November 2020) – resulted in charges being filed in court.

The 49 other killings have no data from prosecutors’ offices nationwide. Prosecutor General Ben Malcontento said it is because “there are no pending cases.”

“We can assume that perpetrators are not yet identified,” Malcontento said, as relayed to Rappler by DOJ Spokesperson Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar.

The 54 killings include lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.

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https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/number-cases-reached-courts-lawyer-killings-since-2016

Egypt: Life of detained rights lawyer Hoda Abdelmoneim ‘at risk’, says family

01/12/20

The family of detained human rights lawyer Hoda Abdelmoneim have called on authorities to release her on medical grounds due to a reported deterioration in her health condition.

Abdelmoneim was arrested on 1 November 2018 and forcibly disappeared for 20 days until she appeared in a Cairo prosecution and was charged with “belonging to an organisation established contrary to the law” and “inciting to harm the national economy”.

Abdelmoneim has yet to stand trial for the charges. Her lawyers have not been able to contact her directly since her arrest, according to her daughter.

Abdelmoneim’s husband Khaled Badawy and her daughter Jihad Khaled have said that recent news leaked from prison showed that Abdelmoneim has recently been admitted to the hospital with a serious kidney condition.

“The last thing we heard from the family of one inmate last week was that she was diagnosed with kidney failure after being transferred to a hospital in Giza,” Abdelmoneim’s daughter Jihad Khaled told Middle East Eye on Tuesday.

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https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-rights-lawyer-abdelmoneim-life-risk

https://tekdeeps.com/lawyer-hoda-abdel-moneims-life-is-in-danger-and-calls-for-an-investigation-into-the-slow-murders-in-prisons/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/12/egypt-chilling-rise-in-executions-reveals-depth-of-human-rights-crisis/

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China: Father of detained Chinese human rights lawyer speaks out about ‘inhumane’ treatment

02/12/20

Chang Weiping was taken away by police on October 22 after alleging in a video that he had been tortured when he was detained in January. Photo: Handout

The father of a human rights lawyer detained in northwest China has spoken out about his son’s “inhumane” treatment after he was allowed to see him for the first time in five weeks.

Chang Shuanming was granted a 10-minute meeting with his 36-year-old son, Chang Weiping, at a police station in Baoji, Shaanxi province on November 25.

The retired farmer said he was distressed when he saw his son, who is being held under “residential surveillance” at an unknown location, a form of detention.

“I am worried that my son is being held in isolation and he is helpless. After I left the room he shouted out, telling me and his mother to stay alive,” said Chang Shuanming, 70. “I was terrified because it felt like my son was using his last breath to say goodbye.”

Chang Shuanming made the remarks after he raised concern in a social media post on Monday, saying his son had looked fragile and weak when he saw him.

“He has lost a lot of weight, his eyes were red and he looked tired,” Chang Shuanming wrote on Weibo, China’s Twitter. “He is an eloquent speaker but he spoke intermittently [when they met].”

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https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3112169/father-detained-chinese-human-rights-lawyer-speaks-out-about

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/3333/2020/en/

https://www.uianet.org/en/actions/uia-irols-concern-chang-weiping?backlist

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/human-rights-lawyer-chang-weiping-secret-detention-denied-access-lawyers#:~:text=Chang%20Weiping%20is%20a%20human,gender%20identity%20and%20sexual%20orientation.

(DEUTSCH)

https://www.amnesty.nl/forms/urgentaction-china-chang-weiping (NEDERLANDS)