Daily Archives: 15/03/2021

Razan Zaitouneh — The missing face of Syria’s revolution

15/03/21

Razan Zaitouneh rests her head on her arm

Her fight against injustice made her enemies on all sides of the war. Ten years after Syria’s revolution, DW looks back on her life — and the dark fate that awaited Razan Zaitouneh in rebel-held territory.

Razan Zaitouneh was beaming as she swayed among the protesters. She was caught up in defiant revelry as she joined the crowds in chanting against the Syrian regime.

When the revolution kicked off, it was as if Zaitouneh had waited her entire life for it. She was among the first activists to call on the Syrian government to release political prisoners in an open letter published a day after the first major protests on March 15, 2011.

“We are facing one of the most brutal regimes in the region and the world with peaceful protests, songs of freedom — chanting for a new Syria,” she said in a 2011 video statement. “I’m very proud to be Syrian, and to be part of these historical days, and to feel that greatness inside my people.”

But that wasn’t enough.

Back then, 33-year-old Zaitouneh became directly involved in organizing protests in Damascus and other cities across the country. Her efforts would contribute to the formation of the Local Coordination Committees, which were instrumental to early democratic efforts in Syria.

Her opposition to armed resistance set her apart from many of her contemporaries — some of whom would go on to support organized violence against the regime

“The most important part of her personality is her rejection of injustice and her willingness to do anything to fight injustice,” says Mazen Darwish, a longtime friend of Zaitouneh who leads the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression.

“Razan had no ambition for power,” adds Darwish, his eyes bright from remembering her.

Seeds of revolution

Even before she would spearhead revolutionary action in Syria, Zaitouneh championed the rights of the underserved, the marginal and those most at risk of the Assad regime’s brutal security apparatus as a human rights lawyer.

“People’s rights and treating them with justice is not something open to interpretation nor is it a point of view,” Zaitouneh said in the last article she wrote before her disappearance.

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https://www.dw.com/en/razan-zaitouneh-the-missing-face-of-syrias-revolution/a-56846873

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

https://www.lavoixdunord.fr/949825/article/2021-03-02/la-justice-francaise-saisie-des-attaques-chimiques-en-syrie (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.timesofisrael.com/plainte-visant-les-attaques-chimiques-en-syrie-un-pas-de-plus-contre-limpunite/

https://lesjours.fr/obsessions/la-traque-anwar-raslan/ep16-ghouta/

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razan_Zaitouneh

https://www.dw.com/de/razan-zaitouneh-syriens-verstummte-stimme-der-revolution/a-56868567 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.avvenire.it/mondo/pagine/quattro-donne-di-siria (ITALIANO)

France: l’avocat Paul Sollacaro porte plainte pour “violences aggravées” après son expulsion d’un procès par la police

13/03/21

L'avocat Paul Sollacaro (au centre), en compagnie de sa sœur Anna Maria Sollacaro, en 2014.

Deux jours après son expulsion d’une salle d’audience, l’avocat Paul Sollacaro a décidé de porter plainte pour violences aggravées, a fait savoir ce samedi 13 mars le parquet général d’Aix-en-Provence. La plainte vise les policiers et le président du tribunal correctionnel.

Maître Paul Sollacaro, l’avocat corse expulsé de force du tribunal correctionnel d’Aix-en-Provence jeudi, après un incident d’audience, a porté plainte pour “violences aggravées”, a fait savoir ce samedi 13 mars le parquet général d’Aix.

Cette plainte vise le président du tribunal correctionnel lors de cette audience, Marc Rivet, ainsi que les policiers qui l’ont contraint à quitter la salle. Elle a été adressée au parquet dès vendredi, a précisé la procureure générale d’Aix-en-Provence, Marie-Suzanne Le Quéau.

Le dossier délocalisé

Cette plainte sera examinée lundi 15 mars, et, “dans un souci de bonne administration de la justice commandé par un souci d’impartialité”, elle devrait être délocalisée dans un autre ressort que celui du tribunal judiciaire d’Aix-en-Provence, a précisé Mme Le Quéau.

Maître Paul Sollacaro avait été expulsé jeudi lors du procès de 11 prévenus dans un dossier de trafic de drogue. Son client ayant été testé positif au Covid-19, l’avocat inscrit au barreau de Nice avait demandé la disjonction de son cas. Une requête aussitôt rejetée par le président d’audience, qui s’est également opposé à ce que le prévenu se présente devant le tribunal.

Après de vifs échanges entre l’avocat et le magistrat, le président avait demandé l’intervention de la police pour faire sortir Maître Sollacaro. Par solidarité, tous les autres avocats présents avaient également déserté le tribunal.

“Des propos inacceptables”

Parlant d’un “incident d’audience grave”, le premier président de la cour d’appel d’Aix-en-Provence, visé par la plainte, a reconnu vendredi dans un communiqué qu’ordonner l’éviction d’un avocat était “une décision rare et extrême, tout comme l’a été le comportement de l’avocat concerné”. Selon le magistrat, Maître Sollacaro aurait “proféré des invectives et attaques personnelles virulentes” à l’adresse du président d’audience.

Quelques heures après les faits, Maître Paul Sollacaro s’était dit “victime d’une violence judiciaro-polière” et avait ajouté : “C’est un scandale, honteux, indigne de la justice français”.

Dénonçant “le comportement et les propos inacceptables” du président d’audience, vendredi également, le Conseil national des barreaux avait souligné que “le pouvoir de police de l’audience” d’un président de tribunal correctionnel n’était “pas un pouvoir arbitraire”.

“Je pense que c’est un dérapage, mais ce n’est pas acceptable : on ne peut pas s’emparer d’un avocat en robe à une audience et le faire sortir manu militari”, avait réagi le bâtonnier de Nice, Maître Thierry Troin.

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/corse/justice-l-avocat-paul-sollacaro-porte-plainte-pour-violences-aggravees-apres-son-expulsion-d-un-proces-par-la-police-1997320.html

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https://www.corsenetinfos.corsica/L-expulsion-de-Me-Paul-Sollacaro-d-une-audience-a-Aix-en-Provence-suscite-de-vives-reactions-en-Corse_a56258.html

https://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/avocat-expulse-d-une-salle-d-audience-a-aix-les-robes-noires-voient-rouge-12-03-2021-8428324.php

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https://www.montecarlonews.it/2021/03/14/notizie/argomenti/altre-notizie-1/articolo/avvocato-nizzardo-espulso-manu-militari-da-unaula-di-tribunale-ad-aix-proteste-in-tutta-la.html (ITALIANO)

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The Philippines: ‘Lawyers may bear arms, band together amid rash of killings’

15/03/21

Mga abogado puwedeng mag-armas - DOJ - Pilipino Star Ngayon

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra has urged lawyers to band together and come up with measures to protect themselves amid the rash of threats, attacks and killings of those representing clients in drug cases and alleged communist terroristic activities.

Guevarra made the call as he admitted that the spate of killings  involving lawyers has become alarming despite government efforts to address the problem.

The justice chief also expressed belief that the recent spate of violence committed against lawyers is work-related.

“Lawyers should take precautions. They know their situation so they should be more aware of the danger or the risk they are facing … So it is incumbent upon them to take the necessary precautions,” Guevarra said in a radio interview.

The DOJ chief suggested that lawyers strengthen their fraternal ties with groups of lawyers such as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)  and collaborate with law enforcement agencies for their protection.

Guevarra also noted that lawyers are allowed to carry firearms and that the government would be willing to assist them in processing their permits.

“There is no prohibition on carrying firearms and our lawyers know that. Part of their job is to get exposed to dangers and they are not prohibited from carrying firearms. What we can do to help is to expedite the issuance of license to possess firearms and even permits to carry,” Guevarra said.

He also advised lawyers to immediately report to authorities any harassment or threat to their security and life.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/lawyers-killed-duterte-marcos-aquino-administrations-data-studies

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/03/15/2084365/lawmakers-warn-pnp-hands-lawyers

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https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/779515/ibp-cops-letter-asking-court-for-names-of-lawyers-representing-suspected-reds-improper/story/

https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2021/03/13/2083915/somethings-terribly-wrong

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/12/21/ibp-nupl-slam-police-request-for-names-of-lawyers-representing-communist-terrorist-groups

https://www.rappler.com/nation/calbayog-police-ask-court-lawyers-alleged-communists-march-2021

https://news.yahoo.com/human-rights-defenders-philippines-call-105919657.html

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2021/03/15/2084312/government-probe-roots-violence-activists-slay

https://www.startribune.com/journalists-group-65-media-workers-killed-in-2020/600033392/

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

https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/metro/2021/03/15/2084336/mga-abogado-puwedeng-mag-armas-doj (TAGALOG)

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