Daily Archives: 05/02/2021

Afghanistan: UIA-IROL Stands with the Afghan Legal Profession and Judiciary in Their Struggle for Independence


Violence has surged in Afghanistan in recent months despite ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the government. Pictured: People carry the coffin of an Afghan women judge killed in Afghanistan earlier this month

UIA-IROL has been following closely the situation of lawyers and judges in Afghanistan and remains extremely concerned by the number of attacks on lawyers and judges. The most recent incidents include the murder of two Supreme Court Judges who were killed on their way to work. Supreme Court Judges Kadria Yasini and Zakia Herawi were assassinated by unidentified assailants who ambushed them and opened fire on their vehicles. Kabul’s police force also confirmed that the drivers of the two murdered judges and a third judge were wounded in the attack.

We note that Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid denied the group’s involvement in the assassinations. However Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the Taliban and other such groups in the wake of Sunday’s assassinations, stressing that the ongoing violence against women and scholars, is an “attack on our honor and dignity,” and can “jeopardize the efforts for lasting peace.”

The judges’ assassinations are among the most recent in a series of attacks against influential figures in Afghanistan, including the targeted killings of human rights-activists, a military prosecutor and journalists.

UIA-IROL recalls that in matters of administration of justice, the treaties protecting fundamental rights and freedoms could not be given full effect without the adoption of principles guaranteeing the independence of judges, prosecutors and lawyers.






Belarus: Raid on Office for Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Director under house arrest, lawyer detained


Siarhei Drazdouski and Aleh Hrableuski, human rights defenders of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On Wednesday, the representatives of the Belarusian Investigative Committee raided the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Minsk, human rights activist Alena Tankachova said on Facebook.

In the course of the search, documents and equipment were seized.

A criminal case has been launched; Syarhei Drazdouski, the founder and director of the organisation, as well as its legal counsellor Aleh Hrableuski are suspects in it. It is still unknown under what article they are charged with. Drazdouski, who is a wheelchair user, has been placed under house arrest. Hrableuski has been detained for 72 hours, he is being held in the detention centre on Akrestsin Street.

On February 2, Syarhei Drazdouski and Aleh Hrableuski spent seven hours in the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee. The two men had to hold out a long and unpleasant interrogation. Earlier, the Office found defense lawyers for several persons who had to appear before court as part of the case on ‘participating in mass riots’, for which its team is now being faulted by the authorities. According to Syarhei, the officers threatened him with imprisonment, openly calling him ‘criminal’ and ‘swindler’.

“They stripped me naked, conducted a body search, checked everything they could. They ordered me to remain undressed, sit on a chair and look only at the corner of the table,” Hrableuski wrote on the back of Tuesday’s questioning.