Daily Archives: 14/06/2021

Burma: Two lawyers arrested in Myawaddy on charges of incitement

14/06/21

Lawyers march in an anti-dictatorship protest in Yangon on February 8 (Myanmar Now)

The arrests were the latest in recent weeks targeting lawyers representing political prisoners 

Two lawyers from Kayin State were arrested in the border town of Myawaddy on Thursday, in the latest case of legal defenders of political detainees being targeted by the regime.

Nilar and Hpone Myat Thu were near the gate to the border crossing to Thailand when they were arrested and charged with incitement under Section 505a of the Penal Code, according to family members.

“At the moment, all we know is that they’ve been charged under 505a, but we don’t know the details,” said a relative of Nilar who spoke to Myanmar Now on condition of anonymity.

The two had been involved in defending a number of political prisoners, including Kayin State’s ousted chief minister Nan Khin Htwe Myint and Cho Yu Mon, the principal of Hpa-An Technical High School, who was arrested days after the February 1 coup for taking part in anti-regime protests.

They appeared in court a day after their arrest and are currently being held at Myawaddy’s central police station. Their next hearing is scheduled for June 25.

Since late May, the junta has arrested at least three lawyers providing legal defence for protesters and others detained since the coup.

On May 24, it arrested Thein Hlaing Tun, a lawyer for ousted Naypyitaw mayor Myo Aung.

He was taken into custody following a special hearing for Myo Aung and two other deposed political leaders—President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Three days later, Ayeyar Lin Htut, a lawyer from Hinthada District in Ayewarwaddy Region who has helping people facing political charges, was arrested and charged with incitement.

Thet Htun Oo, a lawyer from Kachin State, was arrested while in court on June 2.

Other lawyers say that they have also faced pressure from the regime for offering legal counsel to those arrested for a variety of political offences.

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https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/two-lawyers-arrested-in-myawaddy-on-charges-of-incitement

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/06/14/myanmar-stop-holding-family-friends-hostage

https://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/myanmar-stop-holding-family-friends-hostage

Burundi: Statement on the sentencing to lifelong imprisonment of three Burundian lawyers

14/06/21

Vacature stage ondersteunen focusgroepen - Lawyers for Lawyers

In February 2021, Burundian lawyers Dieudonné Bashirahishize, Armel Niyongere, Vital Nshimirimana were informed that they were sentenced to lifelong imprisonment.

In January 2017, the three Burundian lawyers had already been disbarred from the Burundi Bar Association by request of its Ministry of Justice on the charges of “participation in an insurrectional movement”, “attempt to overthrow the state institutions” and “violation of the code of conduct”. It is believed that their disbarment is connected to their work on a human rights violation reports in Burundi, which was discussed in July 2016 by the United Nations Committee against Torture in Geneva.

Recently, the Supreme Court sentenced the lawyers, among other human rights defenders and journalists, to life imprisonment and accused them of a coup attempt against the former president. We have been informed that this judgement was issued in secret in June 2020. It was not until 2 February 2021, that the three lawyers were informed about the judgment of the Supreme Court, after the Supreme Court published a document about the case.

According to the information received, the three lawyers have tried to get access to the procedural files; however, this was not allowed and was met with threats and intimidations. As of today, the lawyers still have not had access to any case files.

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https://apnews.com/article/pierre-nkurunziza-judiciary-courts-burundi-kenya-e4c8431a1cb2d55479c7ac04fa45681a

https://afrique.lalibre.be/58173/crise-au-burundi-des-avocats-contre-les-poursuites-de-confreres-defenseurs-des-droits-humains/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.fidh.org/fr/themes/defenseurs-des-droits-humains/burundi-condamnation-in-absentia-a-une-peine-de-prison-a-perpetuite

https://www.ishr.ch/news/burundi-la-mobilisation-internationale-doit-sintensifier-face-la-persecution-des-defenseures

https://afrique.lalibre.be/58188/fronde-contre-la-normalisation-entre-union-europeenne-et-burundi/

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Afrique/Plainte-dune-ONG-contre-lEtat-burundais-affaire-torture-2020-03-20-1201085178

India: Bar Council of India Constitutes 7 Member Committee For Framing Draft Advocates Protection Act

13/06/21

UP Bar Council Vs BCI

Taking note of the recent attacks on lawyers and their family members, the Bar Council of India has resolved to constitute a 7 member committee for framing the draft “Advocates Protection Act” to ensure protection and safety to Lawyers in carrying out their duties.

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In the meeting dated 10th June, the Council discussed the incident wherein a Jaipur based lawyer, namely Advocate Shri Ram Sharma and his wife were attacked physically, causing them several injuries.

In view of this, Other recent similar incidents were also discussed by the Council including the attack on Telangana based lawyer and his wife.

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https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/bci-constitutes-7-member-committee-advocates-protection-act-to-ensure-protection-to-lawyers-from-threats-attacks-175650

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/supreme-court-enactment-of-advocate-protection-act-law-ministry-172359

https://thewire.in/rights/watch-lawyers-take-out-march-in-delhi-demand-advocate-protection-act-be-passed