Daily Archives: 10/03/2021

Burma: Myanmar: 15 law students still detained by military junta

09/03/21

Myanmar: 15 law students still detained by military junta; another recalls flight from police and soldiers after Mandalay protest

Law students reporting for JURIST in Myanmar said Tuesday that 15 law students from four different universities are still being held by Myanmar authorities in the wake of protests that have swept the country since the military displaced the civilian government effectively led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1. Six of the detained law students are from the University of Yangon, 5 are from Dagon University, 3 are from East Yangon University, and 1 is from Yadanabon University in Mandalay. Six of the students were detained after large-scale but peaceful protests in Yangon on March 3; one was detained March 7 after a peaceful pro-democracy protest in Mandalay was violently broken up by police and soldiers using tear gas, flash-bangs and rubber bullets. The Yangon law student detainees are believed to be held in Insein Prison in Yangon.  Attempts by teachers and lawyers to have them released have thusfar been unsuccessful.

The Mandalay March 7 protest and its aftermath, when hundreds of fleeing students took shelter from agents of the military junta in the homes of neighborhood residents, is now described by one of our Myanmar law student correspondents in a vivid and terrifying retrospective. She says it was “the scariest day of my life” but she insists she will go on protesting, and go on fighting. Listen here:

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https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/03/myanmar-15-law-students-still-detained-by-military-junta-another-recalls-flight-from-police-and-soldiers-after-mandalay-protest/#

https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/03/myanmar-concern-grows-for-lawyers-and-law-students-arbitrarily-detained-after-military-coup/

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20210305141315863

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/myanmar-fresh-200-arrests-made-as-raids-continue/2171004

https://aappb.org/?lang=en

China/USA: Chinese Rights Lawyers Incommunicado After Filing Torture Complaint

09/03/21

Chinese Rights Lawyers Incommunicado After Filing Torture Complaint

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu, who was honored by the U.S. as an International Woman of Courage (IWOC) on Monday, remained incommunicado on Tuesday after failing to attend an online award ceremony, amid fears that she and her husband Bao Longjun are being held by state security police.

Repeated calls to Wang’s cell phone and to that of her husband and fellow rights lawyer Bao Longjun rang unanswered.

A friend of Wang’s who asked to remain anonymous said her “disappearance” was likely linked to her involvement in a legal case in the southern province of Guangdong.

“She is working on a case, and the state security police asked her to postpone working on it for a couple of days so they could take her to Wuhan on [enforced] ‘vacation’,” the friend said, adding that the couple haven’t been in contact with family or friends since noon on Sunday.

“I’m a bit worried that the state security police will take advantage of this opportunity, and that they will remain incommunicado even after the sensitive dates have passed,” the friend said.

Wang and Bao had been assisting in the case of Niu Tengyu, who is currently serving a 14-year jail term for allegedly posting a photo of Xi Mingze, daughter of ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) general secretary Xi Jinping, to meme site Zhina Wiki, an act that was later blamed by police on Niu’s Vulgar Wiki.

The lawyers’ “disappearance” comes after they spoke to RFA about detailed allegations of torture made by Niu, relating to his interrogation at the hands of police starting in December 2019.

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https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/rights-lawyer-03092021142625.html

https://hk.appledaily.com/news/20210309/JHXTM3OHBFHUZDMV2JAOFJRWO4/

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3124626/concerns-grow-chinese-human-rights-lawyer-wang-yu-after-she

http://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/11111/20210309/women-of-courage-awardee-and-chinese-rights-lawyer-wang-yu-absent-during-the-ceremony-sparking-concern-for-her-wellbeing.htm

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/courage-03082021121342.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Yu_(lawyer)

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38106749

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/voa-news-china/hong-kong-court-orders-47-pro-democracy-activists-held

https://rinj.press/2021-fpmag/march/seven-women-of-afghanistan-awarded-iwoc-awards-posthumously/amp/

The Philippines: ‘Lawyers should strike’ to demand Supreme Court actions vs abuses

09/03/21

Lawyers seek SC intervention on attacts on colleagues, activists

The legal profession is now faced with an ‘existential crisis,’ says Professor Tony La Viña

Lawyers should now go on strike to demand concrete actions from the government, particularly the Supreme Court, to address killings in the legal profession and other abuses, a human rights lawyer said on Tuesday, March 9.

“We shall all actually go on strike and I am willing to do that,” lawyer Evalyn Ursua said in a news conference on Tuesday hosted by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

The conference featured the counsels of anti-terror law petitioners, with a statement signed by former Supreme Court justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio Morales. (Carpio and Carpio Morales were not in the conference.)

“We call on all members of the legal profession to condemn the continuing attacks against lawyers and judges, including attacks against petitioners and their counsel in the ATA petitions,” said the statement.

“We urge members of the legal profession and various law groups to launch a more active response to these attacks including complaints in United Nations (UN) mechanisms against these attacks,” the statement added.

Rappler has tallied at least 56 lawyers killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office, but some groups such as the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) has pegged the number at 61.

Ursua said that in the ’80s, there were only a few killings yet there were already calls for stronger actions.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/lawyers-should-strike-demand-supreme-court-actions-abuses

https://verafiles.org/articles/lawyers-seek-sc-intervention-attacks-colleagues-activists

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/3/9/supreme-court-anti-terrorism-act-attacks-petitioners-lawyers.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/10/philippines-killings-highlight-need-international-action

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/03/09/2083119/time-transform-outrage-courage-constitution-framer-says

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

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