Daily Archives: 20/07/2021

Cameroon: CAMEROUN :: ILS DÉFENDENT LES DROITS HUMAINS AU PÉRIL DE LEUR VIE

19/07/21

Ils défendent les droits humains au péril de leur vie

Les avocats Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Alice Nkom…Jean Claude Fogno, Charlie Tchikanda et Maximilienne Ngo Mbé ne renoncent pas…

Le Cameroun n’a pas encore formulé de loi pour la protection des défenseurs des droits humains comme le propose la Résolution 53/144  de l’Organisation des  Nations  Unies(Onu) sur la question.

La situation sécuritaire dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-ouest n’est guère reluisante en ce début du mois de juillet 2021. Avocat au barreau du Cameroun et leader d’une organisation de défense des droits humains dénommée en anglais Center For Human Right en Justice In Arica (Chrda), Me Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla , ne cache pas son indignation dans un post diffusé sur la toile il y a quelques jours. « Lorsqu’une révolution assassine ceux qu’elle est censée protéger, lorsqu’une révolution commet des crimes et décapitations atroces et horribles pendant que les leaders ne condamnent pas de tels actes, alors, aussi bien la révolution que le commandement est en erreur. Nous avons des doléances légitimes mais décapiter nos frères ne peut être une justification suffisante pour la révolution.
Je me lamente pour cette lutte. Comment en sommes nous arrivés à ce niveau de monstruosité? Il est impératif de repenser cette révolution », écrit-il. Il dénonce les groupes armées qui se battent pour la sécession. C’est avec une ardeur similaire qu’il critique les exactions causées par les forces gouvernementales à l’endroit des civils dans les deux régions sinistrées. « Chaque jour nous recevons des menaces de différents groupes armés ou des forces gouvernementales. Nous restons froids dans la rédaction de nos rapports ou au niveau de l’expression de nos dénonciations. Le défenseur des droits humains n’a pas de parti pris. Il travaille pour la préservation de la dignité humaine, même au risque de sa vie. Il doit être extrêmement prudent et travailler en réseau afin que les autres organisations ou militants de défense des droits humains soient au courant des menaces orchestrées contre sa personne », explique-t-il.

Dénoncer les exactions d’où qu’elles viennent

Et il  n’entend pas reculer. Car il fait partie des figures fortes de la société civile dans les deux régions anglophones du Cameroun. Juste avant le conflit armé déclenché par des mouvements sécessionnistes communément appelé « ambazoniens », cet avocat et plusieurs autres acteurs de la société civile ont été embastillés à la prison centrale de Yaoundé pour avoir, courant 2015-2016, au nom du consortium de la société civile, revendiqué de meilleures conditions de travail pour les enseignants et les avocats dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest. Venu à Bafoussam le mois d’avril  dernier pour animer un séminaire portant, entre autres, sur les mécanismes de protection des défenseurs des droits humains, il a fait savoir à l’assistance constituée principalement de journalistes et d’avocats que son quotidien, en qualité de défenseur des droits humains, surtout dans les zones en conflit armé comme celles  du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-ouest, est constitué de multiples attaques venant des forces de défense et de sécurité ou des groupes séparatistes armés dénoncés pour des exactions qu’ils commettent contre les populations civiles.

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https://www.camer.be/mobile/87184/11:1/cameroun-ils-defendent-les-droits-humains-au-peril-de-leur-vie-cameroon.html

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Nkom

http://www.redhac.info/biographie-directrice.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Agbor_Balla (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Nkom

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilienne_Ngo_Mbe

Cyprus: Protesters’ lawyers detained before allowed access to clients

19/07/21

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Three lawyers representing some of the persons arrested over Sunday evening’s disturbances were themselves placed under arrest and detained after coming forth to represent their clients, the Cyprus Mail has learned.

The lawyers have since been released, having been detained overnight.

Legal sources familiar with the matter said two of the attorneys have been charged with ‘trespassing with intent to commit an offence’; one of them was also charged with resisting arrest.

At least one of the lawyers has already filed a complaint to the Independent Authority for the Investigation of Allegations and Complaints Against the Police, as well as to the Cyprus Bar Association.

The Cyprus Mail’s sources said the lawyers initially went to the Likavitos police station in Nicosia to speak with their clients, who had been arrested over Sunday night’s incidents and were being booked.

Police denied the attorneys entry, telling them they needed a SafePass to get in. The requirement for a SafePass for entry into government buildings does not take effect until Tuesday.

The issue later became moot, as the attorneys were told their clients – understood to be youths – were taken to Nicosia CID.

Going to Nicosia CID, two of the attorneys walked in and asked to see their clients. Initially they were allowed inside the building.

Shortly later, another officer showed up and informed the attorneys he had orders that no one was to be let inside. The attorneys were asked to leave.

The lawyers protested, saying they had a right to see their clients. A discussion ensued with the police officers.

At one point, police placed handcuffs on one of the lawyers – a man – and arrested him on the grounds of trespassing with intent to commit an offence. The ‘offence’ was not specified.

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https://worldakkam.com/the-protesters-lawyer-was-detained-before-being-granted-access-to-the-client/168339/

India: Lawyer hacked to death for taking divorce case of woman in Chennai

19/07/21

Police suspect that the family might have murdered Venkatesan under the assumption that he was playing the spoilsport in Sathya’s conjugal life.

A lawyer, who reportedly appeared for the divorce case of a woman, was hacked to death by the latter’s family in the wee hours of Monday near Tiruvallur. The woman too suffered injuries in the attack but is said to be out of danger.  

The deceased, identified as Venkatesan from Manavala Nagar.

Sathya of Maduravoyal had moved to a rented house in Vellerithangal village a week ago, reportedly unable to face the harassment of her family. 

Police said Sathya was married to one another man also named Venkatesan for 15 years and had three children from him. While she separated from her husband a year ago due to differences, the girl’s family allegedly wanted to reunite Sathya with her husband.  

“Sathya, who did not want to reconcile with her husband, approached the lawyer Venkatesan, left her three children with her parents, and moved to Vellerithangal,” said a senior police officer. 

After recording Sathya’s statement, police said that her father Shankar, mother Chinnamma, brother Vinoth, aunt Devi, sister Sangeetha and her husband reached Sathya’s house on Sunday night and an argument erupted among them. 

Sathya called her lawyer Venkatesan to rush to the spot for help. When Venkatesan reached the house and tried to hold talks with the family, the latter allegedly hacked him with a sickle. Sathya, who tried to rescue Venkatesan, suffered injuries on her head. While the family fled the spot, neighbours rushed Sathya to a nearby hospital. 

Tiruvallur Taluk police registered a case and sent advocate Venkatesan’s body for post-mortem. Police suspect that the family might have murdered Venkatesan under the assumption that he was playing the spoilsport in Sathya’s conjugal life. A hunt has been launched for the suspects.   

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2021/jul/19/lawyer-hacked-to-death-for-taking-divorce-case-of-woman-in-chennai-2332443.html

https://www.dtnext.in/News/City/2021/07/20035053/1307704/Divorce-lawyer-hacked-to-death-by-womans-family.vpf