Daily Archives: 04/12/2020

Iran: Right Livelihood Award goes to Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh


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A jailed Iranian human rights lawyer and a Belarusian activist were honoured on Thursday with an award often called “the alternative Nobel prize.”

The Stockholm-based foundation, which awards the Right Livelihood Award, said it was “shocked at the news” that Iranian authorities on the eve of the ceremony had ordered Nasrin Sotoudeh back to prison, where she is serving a more than 30-year sentence.

“As she went back to prison yesterday there was not a quiver in her voice,” foundation director Ole von Uexkull said at the ceremony.

Sotoudeh, the first Iranian to receive the award, was temporarily released on 7 November and had contracted COVID-19 while in prison, the foundation said.

In a rare recorded statement played at the ceremony streamed from Stockholm’s Eric Ericson Hall, Soutodeh noted that “during the years when I was imprisoned solely on account of carrying out my professional duties, I have benefitted from the support of the public and foundations such as yours.”

She underlined the need to be aware of “the plight of all the political prisoners in Iran” and called for their release.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde presented the award to Sotoudeh, saying it was “in recognition of your fearless activism to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Iran at great personal risk.”

Sotoudeh’s clients include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, who in a recorded video message recalled how she had encouraged her to study law. Ebadi also called for Sotoudeh’s release.







https://www.zeit.de/news/2020-12/03/alternative-nobelpreise-in-stockholm-vergeben (DEUTSCH)



https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/1640315/nobel-alternativo-e-sinal-de-apoio-a-oposicao-a-lukashenko (PORTUGUES)

https://kirp.pl/iba-webinarium-i-dyskusja-filmowa-online-04-12-2020-r-o-iranskiej-prawniczce-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (POLSKI)

The Philippines: Detained Senator De Lima calls for end to lawless killings


Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday renewed her call for law enforcement authorities to put an end to the lawless killings happening in the country, noting how many members of the legal profession are also getting killed in the process.

De Lima, herself a lawyer, said there are already 53 judges, lawyers and prosecutors who were killed under the Duterte administration, the recent being lawyer Joey Luis Wee who was shot to death by still unidentified gunmen in Cebu City.

“When lawyers and judges are killed in their very offices and their own chambers, the sentinel of the rule of law to whom those whose rights and freedoms are transgressed run to, how do we assure the public that they are safe?” De Lima pointed out.

“Ito na ang estado ng kaligtasan sa ating bansa ngayon—tila isang madilim na kabanata na walang wakas. Hindi mo masisisi ang mga tao kung nababalot na sila ng pangamba (This is the state of security here in our country now—it seems like a dark chapter that has no end. You can’t blame the people if they are afraid),” the senator pointed out.

De Lima said those tasked with the enforcement of the law “should set their priorities straight.”

“Enough with your obsession with red-tagging individuals who are only exercising their right to speak in a democracy,” she said.

The detained senator noted that Wee’s death happened just six weeks after another lawyer was also shot to death in the same city, and almost a week after a young lawyer was murdered in the province of Palawan.







Zimbabwe: Chamisa’s Lawyer Thabani Mpofu Trial Date Set


Chamisa’s Lawyer Thabani Mpofu Trial Date Set

Harare Magistrate Munamato Mutevezi on Thursday set the trial date for Advocate Thabani Mpofu who is facing charges of defeating the course of justice.

Mpofu who represented opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa in his Consitutional Court challenge against 2018 election results declared by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will be going for trial on the 10th of February 2021.

He is accused of drafting and filing an affidavit bearing the name of one Simbarashe Zuze, which the State claims does not exist.

The case is linked to his challenge of the appointment of Prosecutor General, Kumbirai Hodzi.

Mpofu said his trial date was set after he indicated that he had been remanded longer than Delish Nguwaya hence was entitled to being removed from remand too. Nguwaya was this week controversially removed from remand after the Prosecuting team failed to provide trial date citing that they were not yet done with investigations.