Daily Archives: 03/03/2021

The Philippines: Attempted murder of rights lawyer Angelo Karlo Guillen

03/03/21

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The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) condemns the attempt on the life of its assistant vice president for Visayas, Atty. Angelo Karlo Guillen, tonight, March 3, in Iloilo City. Reports stated that two unidentified men stabbed Atty. Guillen in the head and shoulder.

Atty. Guillen serves as counsel in various public interest and human rights cases such as one of the 37 petitions questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. He also represents activists and human rights defenders facing trumped up charges in court including the activists arrested during the police raids in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental in October 2019 and the Tumandoks arrested in Panay in December 2020. On Labor Day last year, he was arrested after responding to the illegal arrest of 42 activists who were protesting the extrajudicial killing of Bayan Muna Iloilo coordinator Jory Porquia.

NUPL calls on authorities to promptly and properly investigate the attempt on the life of Atty. Guillen. Since June 2016, NUPL has recorded at least 54 killings of lawyers and judges that are prima facie related their work. In December 2020, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, NUPL, and various legal groups raised concerns over the increasing and alarming incidents of attacks on lawyers before the Supreme Court.

National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 03/03/21

NUPL PANAY LAW STUDENTS’ STATEMENT

To condemn to the strongest possible terms will never be enough to express our indignation to the evil, barbaric, heinous, and cowardly act perpetrated against Atty. Angelo Karlo (AK) Guillen in the street named after a brave General of the Philippine Revolution, Gen. Luna St. in Iloilo City. Atty. AK was stabbed in the head and back this evening by two men wearing facemasks and caps.

Atty. Guillen is the Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Panay and is holding a number of political cases, the latest of which is that of the Tumandok charged by trumped-up cases on December 30, 2020.

Atty. Guillen is a peoples’ lawyer who defend the rights of the people, the workers, farmers, indigenous people, and marginalized groups against the weaponization of the law to oppress. He applies his legal knowledge not for gain for himself, but for the benefit of his clients. He stands up for his clients notwithstanding the danger, harassment, and red-tagging against him. The masterminds and conspirators behind this dastardly act may make it appear that this is a petty crime committed using a screw driver by henchmen of evil, but we know better than to be fooled. The attack on Atty. Guillen should be seen in the context of systematic, continuing, and increasing attacks on human rights and human rights defenders. Atty. Guillen has been redtagged for several times just like other peoples’ lawyers and human rights defenders who were tagged as “terrorists” or “communists” and were subsequently attacked and harassed.

For these barbaric acts to happen in a country that calls itself a democracy is beyond shame. Violence has been the front page of news. Just days ago, Julie Catamin, the Barangay Captain of Roosevelt, Tapaz, Capiz, was murdered. Prior to that incident, she was able to reveal in her Facebook post an irregular performance of duty of law enforcers in the operation which killed 9 Tumandoks and arrested 16 others. In the background of this are taxpayer-funded machineries and agencies that baselessly redtag individuals and groups without regard to dark and evil consequences it may produce.

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers – Panay Law Students is one with the community in strongly condemning the attack on Atty. Guillen. We call for the immediate investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of the criminals behind the dastardly act committed against Atty. Guillen. We call to stop the attacks to the legal profession and to its members.

The danger is here and it is clear and present.Hold tight, Atty. AK. Your brave clients are waiting for their brave lawyer.

National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers – Panay Law Students Facbook, 03/03/21

https://www.rappler.com/nation/lawyer-anti-terror-law-petition-stabbed-iloilo

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/778249/nupl-human-rights-lawyer-stabbed-on-head-shoulder-in-iloilo-city/story/

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/04/21/nupl-official-stabbed-in-the-head-in-iloilo-city

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/3/4/human-rights-lawyer-stabbed-iloilo.html

https://paghimutadnegros.wordpress.com/2021/03/03/stabbing-illonggo-hr-lawyer/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/03/04/2081926/tumandok-land-defenders-lawyer-stabbed-ilolilo

https://www.remate.ph/human-rights-lawyer-sinaksak-sa-ulo-balikat-sa-iloilo-city/ (TAGALOG)

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India: This is an ‘onslaught’ on freedom of profession, enact Advocates Protection Act: KSBC, AAB condemns murder of Advocate Venkatesh

02/03/21

Karnataka State Bar Council

In a press note, the State Bar Council has expressed its concern over the brutal murder of an advocate on February 27, within the premises of a court.

The Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) on Monday condemned the brutal and horrific murder of Advocate Tarihalli Venkatesh, who was killed on February 27 in the JMFC court premises at Hosapete, Vijayanagara district.

In a press note, the KSBC has urged the government to enact a law for the protection of lawyers. The statement further reads that the “Union and State government should take up the issue with all sincerity, failing which the Advocates of the country would take recourse of a country wide strike/agitation.”

Expressing concern over the brutal murder, the Council has urged that there should an independent and impartial judicial inquiry. It has urged the representative members of the Bar Council of India (BCI) from Karnataka to “pressurize” the apex lawyers’ body to take up the matter with the Union government.

The increasing attacks on lawyers in recent years has been pointed out in KSBC’s release. Due to these frequent threats and attacks on the lawyers, advocates are not at all safe anywhere in the country, the Council apprehends.

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https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/this-is-an-onslaught-on-freedom-of-profession-enact-advocate-protection-act-bar-council-of-karnataka-condemns-the-murder-of-an-advocate

https://telanganatoday.com/ts-to-bring-in-advocates-protection-act-soon-ktr

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/15-days-after-double-murder-ktr-hints-at-new-law-for-lawyers-safety/articleshow/81300906.cms

https://www.thehansindia.com/andhra-pradesh/andhra-pradesh-prominent-lawyer-found-dead-in-mysterious-circumstances-in-kadapa-674846

Egypt: Human rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim completes 3 years in pretrial detention

02/03/21

Human Rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim [AzzaElGarfTwitter]

Lawyer and human rights defender Ezzat Ghoneim has just completed three years in pretrial detention in Egypt.

Yesterday, the Egyptian Network for Human Rights (ENHR) said that Ezzat had been transferred between police stations and various other places of detention with no legal justification or judicial ruling for his detention.

“The only apparent reason is his defence of the oppressed and political detainees through his work as a lawyer and his keen interest in promoting human rights in Egypt while he was executive director of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms,” the statement said.

Ezzat Ghoneim was arrested in March 2018, forcibly disappeared for three days, before appearing in a video broadcast by the Interior Ministry in which he was accused of “terrorism”.

Before he was arrested, Ghoneim had represented Um Zubeida who was detained after appearing in a BBC documentary on enforced disappearances where she talked about the kidnap, rape and enforced disappearance of her daughter Zubeida Ibrahim.

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Ghoneim has been imprisoned on charges of joining a banned group and spreading false news in a punitive measure against his work defending political detainees who were put on trial in state security and military courts.

In September 2018 the Giza Criminal Court ruled that Ghoneim be released but instead he was transferred to Haram Police Station where he signed the exit paperwork but was then forcibly disappeared for five months.

Before his disappearance his family was visiting him regularly at the police station and were told by police officers there that they were waiting for the green light from the National Security Agency before he could be released.

In February 2019 he reappeared in court and was later transported to Giza Prison.

The Egyptian regime has targeted lawyers carrying out human rights work, with the ENHR estimating that there are around 350 lawyers in prison whilst arrest warrants have been issued for a further 100.

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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210302-egypt-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghoneim-completes-3-years-in-pretrial-detention/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/01/21/open-letter-european-union-and-its-member-states-egypt

https://www.madamasr.com/en/2020/12/20/feature/politics/while-rights-workers-see-eu-parliament-resolution-as-sign-of-needed-reform-govt-condemns-as-motivated-by-satanic-forces/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/ezzat-ghoneim

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezzat_Ghoniem

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