Daily Archives: 29/12/2020

The Philippines: SC, DOJ, law enforcement prodded to address continued killings of lawyers

29/12/20

The Philippines | IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers

Another organization of lawyers has prodded the government to take action against the continued killings of lawyers in the country.

“Centerlaw joins the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, civil society organizations, and the families of those slain in condemning all killings and violence against lawyers,” Centerlaw said in a statement issued on Monday, Dec. 28.

“With our halls of justice gripped in terror, Centerlaw calls on the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Philippine National Police to ensure that thorough, impartial, and focused investigations are carried out and to exact speedy accountability for the slain sentinels of justice,” it urged.

Centerlaw issued the statement after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) revealed last week that the remains recovered in Capas, Tarlac back in October 30 was that of missing retired Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Normandie Pizarro.

“The killing of prosecutors, judges, and lawyers has become so commonplace that it has resulted in a frighteningly established expectation of news that lawyers being killed is a normal occurrence,” the group lamented.

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http://www.centerlaw.org/

https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2020/12/26/2066265/christmas-rings-calls-end-impunity

https://thediplomat.com/2020/12/a-deadly-and-disastrous-2020-for-the-philippines/

https://www.rappler.com/nation/attacks-and-harassment-women-journalists-in-the-philippines-on-the-cost-of-truth-telling

Iran/USA: American Bar Association Awards Nasrin Sotoudeh With Eleanor Roosevelt Prize

29/12/20

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Nasrin Sotoudeh is celebrated for her bold and unwavering work to strengthen human rights adherence in Iran which has not only served her fellow Iranians well but also remains an inspiration to human rights defenders around the world. The sacrifices she and her family have endured in defense of human rights have been abominable, yet she carries on firmly in solemn conviction that what she seeks is just and that human dignity is paramount.

Advancing Human Rights in Iran and Inspiring Human Rights Defenders WorldwideThe Center is pleased to honor Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer who was recently sentenced to more than 38 years’ imprisonment and 148 lashes because of her work defending women’s rights and protesting against Iran’s forced veiling laws, for her stalwart courage and effectiveness in pursuit of a just rule of law in Iran.

https://iranintl.com/en/iran-in-brief/american-bar-association-awards-nasrin-sotoudeh-eleanor-roosevelt-prize

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/human_rights/events/eleanor-roosevelt-prize-for-global-human-rights-advancement/virtual2020erprizeawards/nasrinsotoudeh/

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/nasrin-sotoudeh-won-eleanor-roosevelt-human-rights-prize/31023489.html (FARSI)

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Uganda: Delays leave human rights lawyer in prison without bail

28/12/20

Ugandan officials today extended the pre-trial detention of human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo by scheduling his case in the courtroom of a judge without authority to grant him bail.

Opiyo was arrested Dec. 22 on charges of money laundering and was remanded to prison over the Christmas weekend.

He appeared by video today in a Kampala magistrate’s court where the presiding officer had no jurisdiction to receive his plea or grant him release on bail. Currently he is to remain in Kitalya Maximum Security Prison at least until Jan.  11, when a further court hearing is scheduled.

Opiyo’s lawyers have applied for bail in the High Court. A bail hearing there has been set for Dec. 30.

Chapter Four, the human rights advocacy organization that Opiyo leads, stated that US $340,000 that police labeled “proceeds of crime” in their money-laundering charge were simply “a grant from one of Chapter Four’s reputable recurring and long-standing donors who legally support Chapter Four’s work of promoting and protecting human rights.”

Opiyo and Chapter Four are longtime supporters of LGBTQ+ rights in Uganda. Opiyo also represents presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), who seeks to unseat Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in next month’s election.

Numerous human rights organizations have issued statements of support for Opiyo and have called for his release.

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https://chapterfouruganda.org/articles/2020/12/28/5th-statement-frivolous-charges-against-nicholas-opiyo

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/court-remands-nicholas-opiyo-again-3241454

https://www.33bedfordrow.co.uk/insights/news/uk-human-rights-lawyers-call-upon-uk-foreign-office-to-press-for-immediate-release-of-ugandan-human-rights-lawyer-nicholas-opiyo

https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-the-government-of-uganda-must-end-intimidation-and-immediately-release-nicholas-opiyo (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.voaswahili.com/a/uganda-mgombea-urais-anyunyuziwa-pilipili-machoni-waandishi-wa-habari-wagoma/5715823.html (SWAHILI)

https://www.maenner.media/gesellschaft/ausland/uganda-free-Nicholas-Opiyo/ (DEUTSCH)

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