Daily Archives: 20/03/2021

Nigeria: Kidnapped Anambra Lawyer, F.O. Onwuachi Esq Killed

20/03/21

An Anambra based legal practitioner and member of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Otuocha Branch, F.O. Onwuachi Esq has been murdered by his kidnappers reports reaching BarristerNG.com can confirm.

F. A. Onwuachi Esq. was kidnapped on Friday, 12th day of March at about, 7:30pm along Ezu river/Anaku road in Ayamelum Local government area of Anambra State but his kidnappers made no attempt at contacting his family until his body was recovered.

An Anambra based lawyer who does not want his name on print confirmed that Onwuachi Esq’s body has been recovered and Buried.

The NBA Otuocha Branch had earlier threatened to boycott courts in Anambra State until he is rescued.

https://punchng.com/lawyers-declare-strike-over-insecurity-in-anambra/

The Philippines: Fellow lawyers to Justice Secretary: Reckless to say danger is just part of job

19/03/21

DOJ undersecretaries, assistant secretaries submit courtesy resignations |  ABS-CBN News

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he was taken out of context. ‘All I said was that lawyering for certain cases or causes may be attended with personal risks.’

Fellow lawyers have called out Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra for his “reckless” statement that danger is part of their job amid the alarming rise in killings and threats to members of the legal profession under the Duterte administration.

“It is reckless to state that risk and danger is part of the life of lawyers and judges and such is part of their profession. Ours is a profession that has no room for violence in its fight against injustice,” said the La Salle Greenhills Alumni Lawyers Association, signed by human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, among others.

The group addressed Guevarra’s remarks in a statement condemning the red-tagging of Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio, who had cleared and ordered the release journalist Lady Ann “Icy” Salem and trade unionist Rodrigo Esparago.

In an earlier Rappler Talk interview, former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te said Guevarra’s statement is “unfortunate.”

“I think that is unfortunate. Nowhere in law school are law students told lawyering is a contact sport. Lawyering involves helping people, lawyering involves giving advice to those who do not understand the law, lawyering involves teaching law students to become the best lawyers,” Te said.

“To say that lawyering is an inherently dangerous profession, I’m not sure where that comes from. Maybe I’d agree if he would say lawyering has become a dangerous profession, and then maybe I would ask, ‘Kaninong kasalanan ‘yun (Whose fault is it)?” he added.

Lawyers in the Philippines have demanded stronger government action on the unprecedented spike in killings of persons in the legal profession, which groups attribute to the climate of impunity under the Duterte administration.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/lawyers-reaction-guevarra-saying-danger-part-lawyering

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/03/18/2085274/lasallian-lawyers-group-violence-has-no-place-legal-profession

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/780009/pnp-ibp-renew-collaboration-to-address-killings-of-lawyers-judges-prosecutors/story/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/03/16/2084780/house-urged-probe-police-profiling-lawyers-alleged-communist-rebels

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2021/03/19/2085321/ibp-take-down-tarp-red-tagging-judge

https://news.tv5.com.ph/breaking/read/terror-tarpaulin-ibp-slams-attacks-on-legal-profession-pnp-vows-thorough-probe

https://www.rappler.com/nation/national-news/lawyer-killings-cast-shadow-peralta-retirement-supreme-court-chief-justice

https://www.omct.org/en/resources/urgent-interventions/philippines-dutertes-administration-should-be-held-accountable-for-the-killings-of-activists-and-human-rights-defenders

Turkey: Outrageous arrest of lawyer makes mockery of Erdogan’s ‘human rights reforms’

19/03/21

Öztürk Türkdoğan, president of Turkey’s Human Rights Organisation, arrested this morning

Responding to the arrest today of Öztürk Türkdoğan, the president of Turkey’s Human Rights Organisation, Esther Major, Amnesty International’s Senior Research Adviser for Europe, said:

“The detention of Öztürk Türkdoğan is outrageous. With ink barely dry on the Human Rights Action Plan announced by President Erdoğan two weeks ago, his arrest reveals that this document is not worth the paper it is written on.

“Ironically, Öztürk was among those consulted by the Ministry of Justice before the drafting of the Action Plan which makes a mockery of Turkey’s hollow attempts to improve its image on human rights.

“The Turkish authorities must immediately release Öztürk and end the criminalisation of human rights defenders and human rights associations.”

Öztürk Türkdoğan was arrested in Ankara this morning, along with 10 other people connected to a range of political parties and human rights organisations.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/turkey-outrageous-arrest-lawyer-makes-mockery-erdogans-human-rights-reforms

https://www.voanews.com/europe/turkeys-political-crackdown-draws-more-international-concern

https://apnews.com/article/turkey-europe-istanbul-voting-rights-ankara-76c8bf2b210b8643062c30ff71d0006b

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/ihdnin-es-genel-baskani-ozturk-turkdogan-gozaltina-alindi-haber-1516549 (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/428475/ozturk-turkdoganin-gozaltina-alinmasina-tepkiler-yukseldi-derhal-serbest-birakin

https://www.demokrathaber.org/guncel/uluslararasi-af-orgutu-nden-gozaltilara-tepki-insan-haklari-h142209.html

https://www.biyografi.info/kisi/ozturk-turkdogan

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/turquie-larrestation-dun-minent-dfenseur-des-droit (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/turkije-arrestatie-van-mensenrechtenleider-drijft-de-spot-met-erdogans-mensenrechtenactieplan (NEDERLAND)