Daily Archives: 27/04/2021

Hong Kong leader issues warning to territory’s top legal body

27/04/21

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the Central Government Offices complex in Hong Kong [File: Jerome Favre/EPA]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says gov’t could intervene in Bar Association after its chief criticised jailing of pro-democracy activists.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned that the government could intervene in the Bar Association, the territory’s top legal body after its chief criticised the jailing of pro-democracy politicians earlier this month.

On Sunday, China’s representative office in Hong Kong labelled Bar Chairman Paul Harris an “anti-China politician” after he spoke out against the jailing of the activists and politicians.

Speaking at her weekly press briefing on Tuesday, Lam said that while Hong Kong respects freedom of expression, there are limits.

“For the time being, I do not see the case for any government intervention into the affairs of the Hong Kong Bar Association,” Lam said.

“But, of course, if there are instances or complaints about the bar not acting in accordance with the Hong Kong law, then, of course, the government would be called into action.”

Harris had questioned the custodial sentences given to media tycoon Jimmy Lai and others for taking part in an unauthorised assembly during anti-government demonstrations in 2019 and also defended the right to peaceful protests.

Harris had argued that peaceful demonstrations remain legal in the city and that such demonstrations serve as a channel for people to express their grievances. Earlier this year, he had also called for amendments in national security law, which China imposed on Hong Kong in June last year.

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/27/carrie-lam-warns-of-intervention-in-hong-kong-bars-affairs

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/27/beijing-calls-hong-kong-bar-association-chief-an-anti-china-politician

https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1587895-20210427.htm

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/27/WS60876612a31024ad0baba947.html

https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1587636-20210425.htm

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3131025/beijings-top-office-hong-kong-ramps-attack-bar-association?utm_source=Twitter

https://hongkongfp.com/2021/04/26/beijing-attacks-head-of-hong-kong-bar-assoc-over-politicised-comments-on-peaceful-protest/

Turkey/Armenia: ‘Genocide’ investigation against Diyarbakır Bar Association

27/04/21

An investigation has been launched against the Diyarbakır Bar Association over its statement “We share the grief for the Great Calamity”.

Released on April 24 Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, the statement is now facing an investigation by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. Accordingly, the Bar Association Chair and the members of its executive board are charged with “degrading the Turkish Nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey, the institutions and bodies of the state.”

Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Nahit Eren has made a brief statement about the investigation on his social media account.

“Defending the freedom of expression of everyone to the end, the Diyarbakır Bar Association will not restrict its own freedom of expression due to pressures and investigations,” Eren has said, adding:

“We will keep on defending our statements befitting our values in a manner befitting the same historical values.”

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Bar prosecuted for the same reason before

The Diyarbakır Bar Association held a press statement in front of the Tahir Elçi Conference Hall on April 5 Lawyers’ Day and shared its report regarding the judicial pressures on lawyers with the public.

According to the data shared in the report, “taken together with the Bar Association Chair and Executive Board members on duty in the 2016-2020 period, at least 69 lawyers from the Bar faced at least 78 investigations due to their institutional and professional activities in 2020.”

Some of these legal proceedings were launched into the Diyarbakır Bar Association’s statements about April 24:

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https://bianet.org/english/law/243139-genocide-investigation-against-diyarbakir-bar-association

https://bianet.org/1/13/243135-diyarbakir-barosu-na-soykirim-sorusturmasi (TURKCE)

https://www.amerikaninsesi.com/a/diyarbakir-barosuna-1915-bildirgesi-sorusturmasi/5868313.html

https://t24.com.tr/haber/diyarbakir-barosu-na-1915-olaylari-bildirisi-icin-sorusturma-baslatildi,948640

https://www.ensonhaber.com/gundem/1915-olaylariyla-ilgili-bildiri-yayinlayan-diyarbakir-barosuna-sorusturma

https://www.diyarbakirbarosu.org.tr/

https://bianet.org/kurdi/mafen-mirovan/243142-ji-ber-daxuyaniya-qirkirine-lepirsin-ji-bo-baroya-amede-dane-destpekirin (KURDI)