Daily Archives: 09/01/2021

The Philippines: Guevarra to meet with IBP over ‘unabated’ lawyer killings



Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra hopes to hold a dialogue with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) within the month to discuss concerns over the safety of lawyers.

“We still have to fix a date for our meeting with the IBP officials,” Guevarra said on Saturday, Jan. 9.

“I hope this month na yun (I hope it will be set this month),” the secretary stated.

Aside from the IBP and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Guevarra also sought the participation of other government agencies in the dialogue.

“I think representatives from the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the SC (Supreme Court) should also join us,” he said.

The letter was sent following the killing of lawyer Baby Maria Concepcion Landero-Ole last Dec. 17 in Danao City, Cebu.

There are now 55 lawyers, including prosecutors and magistrates, who have been killed under the administration of President Duterte.

The IBP has sought out government officials who are lawyers, including Duterte and Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, to address the continued killings of lawyers.




China: Detained Chinese lawyer Li Yuhan gets Franco-German rights award in absentia


A human rights lawyer in Chinese custody since 2017 has received an award jointly presented by Germany and France to recognize her efforts in advancing human rights and the rule of law in China.

Li Yuhan, 64, was honored in absentia with the annual Franco-German Prize for Human Rights, as one of 15 winners of the 2020 awards, Radio Free Asia reported.

Another Chinese rights lawyer, Wang Yu, accepted the award on her behalf at a ceremony on Dec. 10, Human Rights Day. Yu said that Li was well-deserving of the recognition, having handled a number of cases related to human rights and assisted with much legal work for underprivileged groups and dissidents.

For her endeavors, Li paid the price and lost her freedom, Wang said.

Li is a human rights lawyer in Beijing. She used to work on sensitive cases such as issues related to the freedom of religion and free access to government information.

She was Wang’s defense lawyer after the latter was arrested during China’s “709 crackdown” that detained 300 human rights lawyers from July 9, 2015. Li also sought to help other arrested attorneys and their families.

The Chinese authorities arrested Li in 2017. It was not until two years later that they charged her for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and for fraud. According to LI’s defense lawyer, officials had been keeping up pressure on her to admit to the alleged crimes, but she insisted on her innocence, hence there is still no verdict to date while she remains in detention.






https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/bx-01072021162804.html (MANDARIN)

https://de.ambafrance.org/Prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-Homme-et-de-l-Etat-de-droit-2019 (FRANCAIS)





https://www.france-allemagne.fr/Deutsch-Franzosischer-Menschenrechtspreis-Preistragerinnen-und-Preistrager-2020.html (DEUTSCH)