Daily Archives: 21/12/2020

China/European Union: Statement by the Spokesperson on the detention of rights lawyer Li Yuhan

21/12/20

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On 9 October 2017, human rights lawyer Ms Li Yuhan was detained on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’. Ms Li had been active as a defence lawyer and advocate for victims of human rights violations, including human rights lawyers who were detained in the so-called “709 crackdown”.

 Ms Li has now spent more than three years in detention. Credible sources indicate that, during her detention, Ms Li has been subject to torture and ill treatment and that she has not received adequate medical assistance. Her health condition has been seriously deteriorating while in detention.

 We call on China to uphold international human rights law and China’s Criminal Procedure Law, which accord defendants the right to be assisted by a lawyer of their own choosing, and to a fair trial and due process, without undue delay.

 More generally, the European Union expects China to ensure full respect for the rule of law, to establish fair trial guarantees and to investigate thoroughly all reported cases of arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment and torture of human rights defenders and their families.

 The European Union calls for the immediate release of Ms Li Yuhan, as well as other detained and convicted human rights lawyers and other human rights defenders including Yu Wensheng, Huang Qi, Ge Jueping, Qin Yongmin, Gao Zhisheng, Ilham Tohti, Tashi Wangchuk, Wu Gan and Liu Feiyue.

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/90909/China:%20Statement%20by%20the%20Spokesperson%20on%20the%20detention%20of%20human%20rights%20lawyer%20Li%20Yuhan

https://www.wionews.com/world/eu-urges-china-to-free-li-yuhan-and-other-human-rights-activists-351435

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/lawyers/li-yuhan/#:~:text=Li%20Yuhan%20is%20a%20human,human%20rights%20lawyer%20Wang%20Yu.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/li-yuhan-detained-incommunicado-shenyang-police#case-update-id-12683

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/li-yuhan

Pakistan: Pakistan Bar Council and NGOs condemn smear campaign against Advocate Nighat Dad

21/12/20

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https://jang.com.pk/en/news/218-meesha-shafi-lauds-lawyer-nighat-dads-brave-efforts-amidst-the-difficult-court-proceedings

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/761610-meesha-shafi-is-lauding-nighat-dad-for-standing-tall-amidst-an-arduous-court-war

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/nighat-dad

https://rsf.org/en/nighat-dad

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

The Philippines: Detained Senator/lawyer De Lima slams another killing of lawyer

20/12/20

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Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has bewailed the killing of another lawyer by unidentified gunmen in Cebu last Dec. 17, whose death adds to the long list of legal professionals killed under the Duterte regime.

De Lima, a lawyer herself and a known human rights defender here and abroad, said the culture of violence and killings propagated by Mr. Duterte should stop now.

“I vehemently condemn the killing yesterday of another lawyer, Atty. Ma. Concepcion Landero-Ole, in Danao, Cebu,” she said in her Dispatch from Crame No. 1001.

“The culture of killings and disregard for human life as sown by the Duterte regime continues to reap its grim toll almost daily, further desensitizing us to what in any civilized society should be an abominable and monstrous state of affairs that cannot simply be allowed to continue,” she added.

Based on media reports, Landero-Ole was shot dead by unidentified gunmen as she was driving her pick-up truck along a Danao City highway in Cebu.

As confirmed by the police, Landero-Ole was taken to the hospital by emergency responders, but was declared dead on arrival.

Landero-Ole is the second lawyer killed in Cebu within the span of a month. She is the 54th judge, lawyer, or prosecutor killed since Duterte assumed presidency in 2016.

De Lima said that the unabated killings happening in the country on top of Duterte’s incompetent and negligent handling of the COVID-19 pandemic only shows “that spreading death is the only core competence of this regime.”

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http://legacy.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2020/1219_delima3.asp

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1880627/Cebu/Local-News/NBI-7-prepares-for-parallel-probe-on-lawyers-ambush

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/5-eyed-in-cebu-lawyers-slay/ar-BB1c31Mf

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/18/20/another-cebu-lawyer-gunned-down

https://www.rappler.com/nation/visayas/cebuana-lawyer-killing-may-not-be-job-related-police

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

https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/probinsiya/2020/12/17/2064493/abogado-patay-nang-mabaril-sa-cebu-ika-54-biktima-sa-ilalim-ng-duterte-admin (TAGALOG)