Daily Archives: 10/01/2021

Uganda: Prosecuted rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo appears in court






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Israel/Palestine: Occupation forces detain 11 Palestinians, including two lawyers, in West Bank


Occupation forces detain 11 Palestinians, including two lawyers, in West Bank

At least 11 Palestinians were arrested last night and today by Israeli occupation forces during raids carried out in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, according to local sources.

In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli police detained five Palestinians after beating them up in the Al-Rababa Quarter in the neighborhood of Silwan. The five were attempting to prevent Israeli bulldozers from razing their land in the neighborhood.

Israeli occupation police also detained another Palestinian young man in the neighborhood of Al-Issawiya in occupied Jerusalem.

Meanwhile in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, Israeli occupation army detained a lawyer, identified as Suheil Ashour, and his son, Fahad, who also works as a lawyer, after raiding their home in the neighborhood of Jabal Johar.



Zimbabwe: LATEST: MDC Alliance MP Job Sikhala Arrested


POLICE have arrested MDC Alliance top politician Job Sikhala outside the Harare magistrates’ court.

Sikhala, also a lawyer, was part of the legal team representing freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who was arrested Friday charged with communicating falsehoods through tweeting that a junior police officer had killed a baby with a baton stick earlier during the week.

Sikhala claimed via social media Friday that police were looking for him over the same matter.

Both the legislator and Chin’ono were arrested last year charged with violence incitement relating to what was a planned opposition anti-corruption demonstration which was foiled by security agents last July.





Brazil: Human rights lawyer José Vargas Sobrinho Junior detained


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On 1 January 2021 human rights defender and lawyer José Vargas Sobrinho Junior was detained in Redencão, Pará. The detention is linked to a police investigation into the disappearance of Cicero José Rodrigues de Souza, the President of the Association of Epileptics of Redencão and former candidate of the 2020 Municipal Elections. Cicero José Rodrigues de Souza has been missing since 20 October 2020.

José Vargas Sobrinho Junior is a human rights defender, university lecturer and lawyer in the state of Pará. José Vargas has dedicated his life’s work to the defence of landless rural workers, indigenous people and traditional communities in the state of Pará, the most dangerous region in Brazil for the defense of land rights. The lawyer is well known for his work on emblematic collective cases which goes against the interests of landowners and other economic groups in the region, such as the defence of the victims of the Pau D’Arco massacre, defending landless workers against the JBS company, and for his representation of the Kayapó indigenous people against mining companies in Cumaru do Norte. In recognition for his work in the defence of human rights, particularly on land rights, José Vargas received the 2017 João Canuto Award, granted by the Human Rights Movement (MhuD) and the 2018 Paulo Frota Medal, awarded by the Legislative Assembly of Pará (ALEPA).






Iraqi lawyer and activist killed after home invasion in Nasiriyah


Lawyers association calls for investigation into ‘hideous’ murder of Ali al-Hamami

A senior lawyer and activist was killed in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on Friday after unknown assailants broke into his home, according to officials and local media.

A member of the semi-official Iraq High Commission for Human Rights tweeted that Ali al-Hamami had died of “suffocation” on Friday after a group of men entered his house in the Shatra region of the city.

According to the Dhi Qar Bar Association, Hamami’s mouth had been gagged with tape and his house had been robbed.

In a statement on Friday, the organisation condemned his killing as “hideous and criminal” and called for an investigation.

“A cowardly crime requires the security services to take all measures in order to expedite the disclosure of its circumstances and details,” read the statement, according to Nas News.

“In this regard, the [Bar Association] will follow up the matter immediately, in order to reach the causes of the assassination and prosecute the accused, and cooperate with the security and investigation authorities so that the criminals obtain their fair penalty.”

Lawyers have been a particular target of violence in Iraq in recent years.

The Iraqi Bar Association website lists the names of 194 lawyers who have been killed in Iraq since 2003, when the US-led coalition overthrew former ruler Saddam Hussein.