Daily Archives: 07/06/2021

The Philippines: International concern over the situation of human rights defenders

07/06/21

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We, the undersigned civil society, religious organisations and individuals, are writing to you to express our profound and urgent concern on the recent extrajudicial killings, judicial harassment, arbitrary arrests and detention and threats through red-tagging against human rights defenders, including Karapatan human rights workers, human rights lawyers, trade unionists and public sector unions, and organizers of community pantries in the Philippines.

The killings of trade unionists Emmanuel “Manny” Asuncion and Dandy Miguel, fisherfolk leaders and couple Ana Mari “Chai” and Ariel Evangelista, urban poor activists Melvin Dasigao and Mark Bacasno, and indigenous farmers Abner and Edward Esto and Puroy and Randy dela Cruz in March 2021 alone are disturbing incidents, following the killings of nine indigenous leaders in Capiz on December 30, 2020. Almost all were killed in the course of police and military operations, using questionable search warrants and the oft-heard “nanlaban” narrative. We note that these were the same reasons given by the Philippine National Police in the conduct of drug war operations in the Philippines, and we find it deeply disturbing that the same lines are being increasingly used now in the deaths of activists.

Human rights lawyers, including those who are assisting several petitioners against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 at the Supreme Court, face threats and physical attacks. Women’s rights lawyer Evalyn Ursua reported that individuals onboard motorcycles are surveilling her and human rights lawyer Angelo Karl Guillen suffered stab wounds after unidentified men attacked him.

Arbitrary arrests and detention using the same pattern of questionable search warrants and through cases perfunctorily filed against human rights defenders without due process were also reported. Karapatan human rights workers Teresita Naul, Alexander Philip Abinguna and most recently, Renalyn Tejero and Nimfa Lanzanas, were arrested and are currently detained based on these false charges. Along with Lanzanas, trade union leaders Elizabeth Camoral, Esteban Mendoza, Ramir Corcolon, Arnedo Lagunias, Eugene Eugenio and Pol Viuya, and peasant leader Joseph Canlas were arrested in March 2021.

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https://www.fidh.org/en/region/asia/philippines/philippines-international-concern-over-the-situation-of-human-rights

https://www.karapatan.org/intl+groups+express+concern+on+philippine+rights+situation+to+sc+doj

https://www.omct.org/en/resources/statements/philippines-international-concern-over-the-situation-of-human-rights-defenders

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/06/07/2103737/103-rights-groups-call-sc-justice-review-search-warrant-issuance-implementation

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1437947/ecija-court-acquits-rights-lawyer-wife-in-unjust-vexation-case-filed-by-local-police-chief

Nigeria: ‘Pray for me, you may not hear from me again ‘ – Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor cries out as he alleges the DSS and Army invaded his home

07/06/21

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Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Lead counsel to Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has made an SOS call on his Twitter handle, alleging that operatives of the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services invaded his home and have been shooting sporadically.


According to Ejiofor, who posted the disturbing tweets early Sunday morning, June 6, he did nothing wrong and that it could be the last time he is heard from.


He wrote; “Alert .Joint team of the police and Army are presently in my house shooting sporadically on sight, to arrest me. As a lawyer i hve committed no offence known to law. My life is unde serious threat . People are being killed and i don’t know what will happen to me next.”


In a follow up tweet, he wrote;


“Pray for me and my entire household.You may not hear from me again till further notice.”

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https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2021/6/pray-for-me-you-may-not-hear-from-me-again-nnamdi-kanuipobs-lawyer-ifeanyi-ejiofor-cries-out-as-he-alleges-the-dss-and-army-invaded-his-home.html

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/06/panic-as-security-forces-invade-ipob-lawyers-home-ejiofor-in-anambra/

http://saharareporters.com/2021/06/06/soldiers-others-invade-ipob-lawyers-house-230am-take-him-undisclosed-location

http://saharareporters.com/2021/06/06/nigerian-soldiers-kill-ipob-lawyers-personal-assistant-escape-corpse-abduct-four

https://www.easternpilot.com/2021/06/nba-abuja-condemns-armed-attack-of.html

https://www.easternpilot.com/2021/06/siege-on-barr-ifeanyi-ejiofors-family.html?m=1

Pakistan: Lawyer wants to leave Pakistan after winning couple’s freedom

05/06/21

Lawyer wants to leave Pakistan after winning couple's freedom

‘I can’t survive anymore in my country,’ says Saiful Malook after the acquittal of a Christian couple on death row for blasphemy

A Pakistani lawyer who is globally recognized for defending the country’s beleaguered religious minorities in blasphemy cases has made an emphatic appeal to the international community to help him relocate to an English-speaking country.

“My message for the world. I can’t survive anymore in my country. I want to shift to some English-speaking country,” Saiful Malook tweeted late on June 3.

His tweet came hours after he had won the acquittal of Christian couple Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmaneul, who had been sentenced to death in 2014 on charges of sending blasphemous message from a mobile phone.

The lawyer was awarded the National Secular Society’s annual prize at its Secularism 2019 conference on May 29. The award was presented by the human rights barrister and NSS honorary associate Geoffrey Robertson QC.

In 2020, Malook was nominated by the International Observatory for Lawyers in Danger (OIAD) for the prestigious American Bar Association human rights award.

The OIAD is an institution of solidarity among lawyers whose goal is to provide judicial and material support. This project, co-financed by the European Union, was signed by the Italian National Bar Association, Conseil National des Barreaux, Spanish National Bar Association, and the Rome, Paris and Madrid Bars on April 22, 2016.

The purpose of the OIAD is to defend lawyers under threat and denounce situations in which the right to defense is put at risk. It will also track, through monitoring and all other available means, lawyers who are victim of threats, pressure, torture or any other kind of abuse.

Malook was also nominated for the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award for his courage. He received a prestigious award from Britain’s National Secular Society in London.

https://www.ucanews.com/news/lawyer-wants-to-leave-pakistan-after-winning-couples-freedom/92741#

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/june/pakistan-christians-blasphemy-asia-bibi-shafqat-shaguftah.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/4/pakistan-court-acquits-christian-couple-of-blasphemy-charges

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2021/june/christian-couple-convicted-of-blasphemy-finally-gets-justice-after-pakistani-judge-acquits-case-nearly-8-years-later