Daily Archives: 06/03/2021

The Philippines: Rights lawyer survives attack by playing dead, loses all case files


Human rights lawyer Angelo Karlo Guillen lost all his case files to two men who tried to kill him with screwdriver stabs to the head in an attack that Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Friday said had demonstrated the “chilling effect” of Red-tagging.

Guillen stopped struggling and pretended to be dead after one of his attackers stabbed him with a screwdriver, leaving it still embedded in his left temple when paramedics found him bleeding on a street in Iloilo City on Wednesday night, according to one of his friends.

“After he fell to the ground, he was at first kicking at one of the men who was near his legs while also trying to parry the stabbing of the one near his head,” Guillen’s friend told the Inquirer by phone in reply to questions for the lawyer who is recuperating in a hospital in Iloilo City.

Guillen’s friend asked not to be identified for security reasons.

After Guillen stopped moving, the assailants who wore ski masks, fled on two motorcycles driven by two accomplices.

The assailants took his backpack with personal belongings and a shoulder bag containing his laptop, external disk for backup files and case documents. They did not take his wallet and smartphone, which were inside his pockets.

All the documents of all his cases were in the laptop and external disk, Guillen told his friend.












https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/bansa/2021/03/04/2081971/malacaang-kinastigo-pananaksak-sa-abogado-ng-petisyon-kontra-terror-law (TAGALOG)

Germany: Turkish lawyer defending NSU victims receives threats from neo-Nazis


Protestors hold up signs with pictures of the victims of the neo-Nazi cell National Socialist Underground (NSU), in Munich, Germany, July 11, 2018. (AFP)

Seda Başay Yıldız, one of the Turkish lawyers representing a victim in a trial against the National Socialist Underground (NSU) neo-Nazi gang, continues to receive threatening letters from the group with the signature “NSU 2.0.”

Speaking to Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Yildiz said that she is still receiving letters with death threats and criticized German authorities for not paying attention to the case.

Yıldız underlined that her family is consistently being openly threatened and yet, still, the interior minister of the Hessen state, Peter Beuth, refuses to take any responsibility to address the issue.

The lawyer also expressed that despite her suggestions, the interior ministry has refused to provide protection for her household.

Previously, German media outlets reported that the fax mentioned the names and addresses of her extended family members. “You can’t find this information on social media,” Yıldız was quoted by the media as saying back in 2019.

Yıldız had already filed a complaint in August 2018 after receiving death threats directed at her daughter and a police investigation found that her data was retrieved by a police computer in Frankfurt.

German authorities are becoming increasingly concerned over the growing right-wing terrorism in the country.





https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/basay-yildiz-erhaelt-weitere-morddrohung-von-terrorgruppe-nsu-2-0-17227495.html (DEUTSCH)







https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/avrupa/seda-basay-yildiza-odul-41746366 (TURKCE)


Egypt: Rights lawyer Islam Salama returns home 40 days of forced disappearance and detention


A court in Zifta released lawyer Islam Salama today after 44 days of forced disappearance following an order for his release on January 19.

  • Aya Salama, Islam Salama’s sister, announced his release early this morning, which was celebrated by rights activists and supporters worldwide.
  • The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which recently sent a letter to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi regarding Salama’s case, said that it “welcomed the release.”
  • Mai El-Sadany, legal and judicial director at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, tweeted that she was “relieved beyond words to read that Egyptian lawyer Islam Salama is finally home,” a sentiment echoed by many others on Twitter.






https://elpais.com/internacional/2021-03-04/el-bucle-temporal-de-la-prision-preventiva-en-egipto.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2021/03/05/nuove-sparizioni-eccellenti-nellegitto-di-al-sisi-scomparso-un-giornalista-neonato-cresciuto-in-carcere-tolto-alla-madre/6118489/ (ITALIANO)