Daily Archives: 26/06/2021

Tajikistan: Tajik Rights Lawyer Says Security Case Opened Against Him In Absentia

25/06/21

Bakhtovar Jumaev (file photo)

Bakhtovar Jumaev, a Moscow-based Tajik lawyer, says officials in Tajikistan have opened a case against him for inciting “extremist activity.”

Jumaev told RFE/RL on June 25 that the Panjakent Organized Crime Department summoned his father a day earlier to inform him that they had opened the proceedings.

“I told him that my son was neither an extremist nor a terrorist, and that the accusations against him were slanderous,” Jumaev’s father said.

The Panjakent police department did not respond to calls from RFE/RL for comment.

Jumaev said earlier this month that officials told his family they should demand his return to Tajikistan.

After the warning, Jumaev left Russia for a third country. Without disclosing details, Jumaev said he had received information that Russian officials were planning to detain and deport him to Tajikistan.

Several Tajik activists in Russia say their relatives in Tajikistan are being targeted by the government in an effort to silence and threaten its critics abroad.

At least 15 Tajik activists have disappeared in Russia since 2015, human rights activists say. 

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https://www.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-rights-lawyer-extremist/31325900.html

https://www.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-critics-missing-russia-disappearances/31297966.html

The Philippines: Isabela prosecutor shot dead

25/06/21

The deputy prosecutor of Ilagan, Isabela was killed in a gun attack in Conner, Apayao on Wednesday.

Victor Begtang Jr. was repairing his vehicle in a residential compound in Barangay Malama when an unidentified man opened fire at around 2:30 p.m., Lt. Carolyn Domyong, Conner police chief, said.

Witnesses said the gunman escaped on a motorcycle driven by his cohort who waited for him along the highway.

Begtang suffered four gunshot wounds in various parts of the body. He died while being treated at the Conner District Hospital.

Probers have yet to determine the motive for the killing.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-North Luzon chapter condemned the killing of Begtang, whom they described as a dedicated prosecutor in the province.

The IBP called on the police to immediately solve the case

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2021/06/25/2107892/isabela-fiscal-shot-dead#:~:text=The%20IBP%20called%20on%20the%20police%20to%20immediately%20solve%20the%20case.

https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/06/26/news/regions/prosecutor-shot-dead-in-apayao/1804631

N.B.:

That makes 64 lawyers killed; the data is here:

Summary of violent attacks 

There have been 101 violent attacks against Filipino lawyers (81) legal workers and paralegals {20) under the Duterte regime, July 1, 2016 to 26 June 2021. As a result:  

64 lawyers have been killed, while 17 survived (10 attorneys, 3 judges, 4 prosecutors).  

17 legal workers and human rights paralegals have been killed while 3 paralegals survived.  

Categories of those killed: 

Lawyers: 

  46 Attorneys 

    8  Judges 

  10  Prosecutors 

             64 killed              17 survivors  

Law Workers

    16 Paralegals 

     1 Clerk of a Regional Trial Court  

              17 killed                3 survivors                                            

Total      81 killed              20 survivors 

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/campaigns/international-rule-of-law/intervention-letters/attacks-against-lawyers-in-the-philippines-further-escalating