Daily Archives: 13/08/2021

Tajikistan: Court rejects cassation appeal for Abdulmajid Rizoev



On 11 August 2021, the Dushanbe City Court rejected the cassation appeal to review Abdulmajid Rizoev’s case, which the human rights defender’s lawyer applied for on 16 July 2021. On 14 June 2021, human rights defender Abdulmajid Rizoev was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months’ imprisonment for “public calls for performance of an extremist activity made using the mass media or the Internet” under Part 2, Article 307.1 of the Criminal Code of Tajikistan. The human rights defender has been detained in centre No.1 in Dushanbe since his arrest on 18 November 2020.

On 14 June 2021, the Shokhmansur District Court of Dushanbe sentenced human rights defender Abdulmajid Rizoev to 5 years and 6 months’ imprisonment for “public calls for performance of an extremist activity made using the mass media or the Internet” under Part 2, Article 307.1 of the Criminal Code of Tajikistan.

Human rights defender Abdulmajid Rizoev is currently facing trial on accusations of “public calls for performance of an extremist activity made using the mass media or the Internet” in relation to his work providing legal defense for residents in Dushanbe who have been evicted from their homes due to a new construction project taking place in the city. If convicted, the human rights defender could face up to 5 years’ imprisonment. Abdulmajid Rizoev is currently being held at the detention centre #1 in Dushanbe.

Abdulmajid Rizoev is a human rights defender and a lawyer, and was formerly a member of the Association of Young Lawyers “Amparo”, which was forcibly dissolved in 2012. As part of his human rights work, Abdulmajid Rizoev has been monitoring human rights violations occurring within the Tajikistan military during conscription and military service, and providing legal consultation to conscripts and soldiers, including those who have been subjected to physical and psychological abuse as new recruits in the army. In recent years, he has also been actively involved in defending the rights of residents in Dushanbe whose homes are to be demolished due to new construction projects underway. The defender provides the residents with legal representation, lodges complaints on their behalf and informs them of their rights to compensation and resettlement.



Israel/Palestine/France: Arrests of Palestinian rights defenders part of ‘wider crackdown’


The Palestinian Flag in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, expressed concern over arrests, harassment, criminalization and threats targeting these individuals. 

“Arrests and raids on the homes of Palestinian human right defenders form part of a wider crackdown against those defending the human rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” she said

Arrests, forcible transfers 

Ms. Lawlor was alarmed by the arbitrary arrest and detention of Farid Al-Atrash, a human rights defender and lawyer at the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR). 

Mr. Al-Atrash was detained by Israeli military forces after peacefully participating in a demonstration in Bethlehem on 15 June and released on bail eight days later. 

The rights expert also voiced concern over the forcible transfer of Palestinians living in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods in Jerusalem. 

“Muna Al-Kurd, Mohammed Al-Kurd and Zuhair Al Rajabi, human rights defenders at the forefront of protecting their communities against forced displacement, have been arrested and interrogated,” she said. 

Another activist, Salah Hammouri, a Palestinian-French human rights defender and lawyer, is also at risk of having his permanent residency permit in Jerusalem revoked. 




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https://news.un.org/fr/story/2021/08/1101512 (FRANCAIS)


Persecuted Pakistani Christian couple flee to Europe


Persecuted Pakistani Christian couple flee to Europe

The Christian Pakistani couple Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel, who recently became acquitted of blasphemy, Pakistan has fled. Their lawyer reports that the prosecutor in the case will appeal in cassation to have the couple sentenced to death for insulting the prophet Mohammed.

The couple had been detained on suspicion of blasphemy since 2013 and were acquitted on appeal by the Lahore court two months ago. The verdict was that there was not enough evidence. Then, after eight years in different prisons, they were reunited with each other and their children.

Now that it has become clear that the prosecutor has gone to the Supreme Court, the Help for Persecuted Christians (HVC) foundation has announced that the family has been brought to safety in a European country. Which country that is, is not said for security reasons. Shagufta Kausar’s brother, who lives in the Netherlands, tells the NOS that they are indeed safe.

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HVC director Jan Dirk van Nifterik: “We are happy and grateful that the family was able to leave Pakistan before they were arrested again. If they had to wait for the appeal, it could take years again.” According to HVC, the family is doing well under the circumstances and wants to build a new life in Europe.

The couple says through the foundation that they are grateful for all the efforts of security services, judges in Pakistan and aid organizations that have helped them. Lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, who previously assisted the refugee Asia Bibi, is also thanked.

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi was acquitted in a similar case in 2018, after which Muslim extremists started a manhunt for her and her family. Although she was free to leave Pakistan, she was unable to do so for a long time. Lawyer Saif-ul-Malook finally announced in May 2019 that she to Canada had fled.







https://nos.nl/artikel/2393597-vervolgd-pakistaans-christelijk-echtpaar-vlucht-naar-europa (NEDERLANDS)