Daily Archives: 25/02/2021

Mexico: “Lawyers who defend companies against electricity reform commit treason against their country.” – AMLO

24/02/21

In its usual morning conference from the National Palace, Lopez Obrador stated that the natural gas crisis in Texas, United States, only reaffirms his work plan that the Mexican State should be the one to guarantee the energy supply. 

“It is a shame that Mexican lawyers are employed by foreign companies that want to continue plundering Mexico; of course, they are free, but hopefully they will internalize that this is treason,” (SIC) criticized AMLO. 

He remarked that the population’s welfare could not be left in private companies’ hands because it is a fallacy that the free market will solve all problems. He also made it clear that the State cannot fail to fulfill its social responsibility or suffocate private initiative. For this reason, he celebrated the fact that Mexico was able to solve the electric energy crisis in five days because the plants of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) that work with coal, fuel oil, and the hydroelectric plants of the Grijalva River were at the disposal of the State. T

According to the President, previous governments wanted to turn the CFE facilities into scrap to keep the electricity market. However, thanks to the fact that his government rescued them, it was possible to face the crisis caused by natural gas. 

Since the beginning of AMLO’s Fourth-Transformation or “4T”, the legal profession has not been spared from the attacks and accusations of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Yesterday we saw it again.

For the President of the Republic, the legal profession’s free exercise ends when his “interests are violated.” In his eyes, the litigants turn against the country and “its people.”

Since the beginning of the government, many litigators have been threatened, harassed, and persecuted by AMLO’s government —most of them in the fiscal and criminal areas.

Multiple firms such as Javier Coello Trejo’s, José Luis Nassar Daw, Diego Ruiz, Ángel Junquera, and Fernando Ruiz were harassed and pressured to drop high-impact cases and defenses.

The hostilities have already been the object of denunciations abroad before instances such as the International Bar Association and the U.S. Department of Justice itself.

The issue will continue to grow because as long as López Obrador radicalizes his absolutist positions, such as the preferential initiative being voted today for the Electricity Industry Law, resistance will increase.

The chambers and business associations are entrenching themselves in the National Council of Strategic Litigation, a body of lawyers who work pro bono and seek to curtail the authoritarianism and unreasonableness of the 4T.

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https://www.milenio.com/politica/amlo-abogados-reforma-electrica-cometen-traicion (ESPANOL)

https://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/opinion/dario-celis/traidores-a-la-patria

https://www.debate.com.mx/politica/Abogados-responden-a-AMLO-por-llamarlos-traidores-a-la-patria-20210224-0031.html

http://www.omnia.com.mx/noticia/174585/responden-abogados-a-amlo-por-acusarlos-de-traicion-a-la-patria

https://www.meganoticias.mx/cdmx/noticia/abogados-exigen-freno-a-intimidaciones-de-lopez-obrador/222947

Kenya: Law Society of Kenya wants investigations into the disappearance of lawyer expedited

24/02/21

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is calling upon the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and the Director, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti to expedite the investigations into the disappearance of a High Court Advocate.

They are also demanding his production within the next 72 hours, failure to which the Society will take the necessary legal action.

In a statement Wednesday, LSK CEO Mercy Wambua says Mr. Benson Njau Kayai, an Advocate of the High Court and trading in the name and style of Njau Kayai & Company Advocates, was reported missing on 7th February 2021 at around 5:30pm and there has been delays in concluding the investigation into his disappearance.

“As the professional body tasked with ensuring the welfare of our members, we note with grave concern the extensive delay in the conclusion of investigation into the disappearance of our member. It has clocked 16 days from the day of reporting, without any valuable progress in investigations by the Police. This has caused great anxiety, while triggering speculation and suspicion, to both the family members and the membership of the Law Society of Kenya, as to the cause of the delay.” She said

According, to LSK, they took note of a missing person’s report circulating online and immediately reached out to the family and the Police for more information.

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https://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/worry-as-nairobi-lawyer-ben-njau-kayai-reported-missing-a-week-ago-yet-to-be-found/3flx0fk

https://lsk.or.ke/

The Philippines: Philippine critics in firing line of anti-communist misinformation war

25/02/21

"Red-tagging is like an order to kill," says Philippine lawmaker Sarah Elago

Philippine lawmaker Sarah Elago faces a daily barrage of Facebook posts linking her to communist rebels trying to overthrow the government. She says the claims are false, but they could get her killed anyway.

A torrent of misinformation on the social media platform has put activists, journalists, politicians and lawyers in the firing line as President Rodrigo Duterte’s government and military out alleged supporters of a decades-old Maoist insurgency.

Facebook’s reach into the smartphones used by millions of Filipinos has made it a powerful weapon in amplifying the accusations — known locally as “red-tagging” — which critics say are part of a broader effort to silence dissent.

“Red-tagging is like an order to kill,” said Elago, an outspoken Duterte critic who watches her back in public for fear of being physically attacked.

In the past year her name has appeared in more than 14,000 public posts on Facebook that also mention the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist party, according to data from social media monitoring platform CrowdTangle.

AFP’s Fact Check team has debunked many of them, including one post on a pro-government page called “Duterte Fact News”, which has more than 34,000 followers.

The post shows Elago in a police mugshot holding a charge card that accuses her of recruiting rebel fighters. AFP found the photo had been manipulated.

It was shared hundreds of times and drew comments calling for Elago to be killed or raped.

The most viral posts targeting Elago, generating tens of thousands of shares, were on the official page of Duterte’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

Hundreds of others have been posted on Facebook pages claiming to be the official accounts of police stations across the country.

Red-tagging is not new in the Philippines. But rights groups say it has intensified under Duterte, whose brutal drug war and controversial anti-terrorism law have sown fear.

Hundreds of activists, journalists and lawyers have been killed since he was swept to power in 2016. Many died after being red-tagged, rights groups say.

“It is pretty much open season for anybody who criticises the government, the military or the policies,” said Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch.

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https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210225-philippine-critics-in-firing-line-of-anti-communist-misinformation-war

https://www.rfi.fr/en/business-and-tech/20210225-philippine-critics-in-firing-line-of-anti-communist-misinformation-war

https://www.rappler.com/nation/human-rights-groups-statements-doj-report-drug-war-police

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/02/24/2080190/pnp-failed-follow-protocols-many-drug-operations-guevarra-tells-un-rights-body

Philippines: UN experts urge release of Senator Leila De Lima after four years in pre-trial detentionon Febbraio 24, 2021 at 12:00 am on Febbraio 24, 2021 at 12:00 am on Febbraio 24, 2021 at 12:00 am RSS ALL News

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/documents/ASA35/3744/2021/fr/

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2021/02/21/2079231/doj-chief-de-lima-conviction-inevitable

International Association of People's Lawyers | IAPL Monitoring Committee  on Attacks on Lawyers

Iran: la France très «préoccupée» pour Nasrin Sotoudeh, demande la libération de Fariba Adelkhah

24/02/21

Le ministre français des Affaires étrangères Jean-Yves Le Drian s’est dit mercredi 24 février très «préoccupé» par le sort de l’avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh, de nouveau incarcérée en Iran, et a réclamé la libération de la chercheuse franco-iranienne Fariba Adelkhah devant le Conseil des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU.

«Je tiens à redire aujourd’hui notre très vive préoccupation quant à la situation de Nasrin Sotoudeh, en Iran», a-t-il dit lors d’une intervention par visioconférence, demandant aussi «la libération définitive» de Fariba Adelkhah, assignée à résidence à Téhéran depuis le 3 octobre 2020 après 16 mois de détention. «Certains pays, à commencer par l’Iran, considèrent que les libertés académiques, la liberté de chercher, d’enseigner, de publier, doivent être subordonnées à des approches qui relèvent clairement de la prise d’otage», a-t-il souligné.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, avocate et défenseur des droits humains, condamnée à 12 ans de prison en 2019, a été réincarcérée le 20 janvier après deux permissions de sortie temporaire pour raisons médicales. Elle a été testée positive au Covid-19 lors de sa première permission de sortie, du 7 novembre au 2 décembre, puis libérée du 8 au 20 janvier pour des examens cardiologiques à la suite d’une crise cardiaque. Elle avait été détenue en 2018 après avoir défendu une femme arrêtée pour avoir manifesté contre l’obligation faite aux Iraniennes de porter le voile. Selon ses avocats, on lui avait alors signifié une condamnation à cinq ans de prison par contumace pour espionnage. En 2019, elle a été de nouveau condamnée à 12 ans de prison, «pour avoir encouragé la corruption et la débauche».

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https://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/iran-la-france-tres-preoccupee-pour-nasrin-sotoudeh-demande-la-liberation-de-fariba-adelkhah-20210224

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/en-bref/20210224-iran-paris-tr%C3%A8s-pr%C3%A9occup%C3%A9e-pour-l-avocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-demande-la-lib%C3%A9ration-de-la-chercheuse-fariba-adelkhah

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/fil-dactualites/240221/iran-la-france-tres-preoccupee-pour-nasrin-sotoudeh-demande-la-liberation-de-fariba-adelkhah

https://video-streaming.orange.fr/actu-politique/iran-la-france-tres-preoccupee-pour-nasrin-sotoudeh-demande-la-liberation-de-fariba-adelkhah-CNT000001xlG3f.html

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/jailed-iranian-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-appeals-to-un-over-prison-executions-1.1172453 (ENGLISH)

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/sotoudeh-speak-out-on-iran-executions/5107538.article#.YDa6ouJ-V5k.twitter

https://www.activelink.ie/community-exchange/events/80277-front-line-defenders-nasrin-documentary-screening-panel-discussion

https://pen.org/in-letter-to-the-un-imprisoned-iranian-writer-nasrin-sotoudeh-protests-executions/

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https://confilegal.com/20210223-la-abogada-nasrin-sotoudeh-y-las-agrupaciones-de-abogadas-de-valladolid-y-del-ica-de-alicante-premios-igualdad-de-la-abogacia/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/1696451/franca-preocupada-com-duas-detidas-no-irao-e-com-uigures-na-china (PORTUGUES)

https://arabic.euronews.com/2021/02/24/le-drian-france-is-very-concerned-about-nasrin-sotoudeh-fariba-adelkhah (ARABIC)

https://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E6%B3%95%E5%9C%8B%E5%A4%96%E9%95%B7%E8%AD%B4%E8%B2%AC-%E4%B8%AD%E5%9C%8B%E5%88%B6%E5%BA%A6%E6%80%A7%E5%A3%93%E8%BF%AB%E6%96%B0%E7%96%86%E7%B6%AD%E5%90%BE%E7%88%BE%E4%BA%BA-140657111.html (CHINESE)

https://www.rfi.fr/cn/%E6%B3%95%E5%9B%BD%E5%A4%96%E4%BA%A4%E9%83%A8%E9%95%BF%E8%B0%B4%E8%B4%A3-%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E5%88%B6%E5%BA%A6%E6%80%A7%E5%8E%8B%E8%BF%AB%E6%96%B0%E7%96%86%E7%BB%B4%E5%90%BE%E5%B0%94%E4%BA%BA