Daily Archives: 30/08/2021

Tunisia: Lawyer Chawki Tabib placed under house arrest


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Mr Chawki Tabib, member of the Tunis Bar and former President of the Tunisian Bar Association, is an eminent lawyer, founder and President of the Tunisian League for Citizenship. He is a member of the Tunisian League of Human Rights and the Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers.

He is also the founding President of the Arab Organization of Young Lawyers, a member of the National Council of the National Bar Association of Tunisia since June 2004 and was appointed in 2016 as President of the Instance Nationale de la Lutte contre la corruption (INLUCC, an authority against corruption). He held this position until his ouster and placement under house arrest on 20 August 2021.

This decision follows the transmission to the Public Prosecutor’s Office by the INLUCC of a file concerning irregularities in the declaration of the head of government’s assets.

The continuation of Mr. Chawki TABIB under house arrest by virtue of a decree governing the state of emergency, without the slightest debate and without the intervention of the judicial judge, constitutes a serious infringement of his fundamental rights and prevents him, in fact, from exercising his profession as a lawyer.

The OIAD firmly condemns this measure.

The OIAD calls on the Tunisian authorities to guarantee the independent exercise of his profession to Mr. Chawki TABIB, in accordance with the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers (1990) which state:







Tunisie : L’ancien président de l’Inlucc Chawki Tabib, placé en résidence surveillée






Egypt: Officer detained for assaulting lawyer at Alexandria police station


A police officer in Alexandria is being held in remand detention on charges of physically assaulting a lawyer at an Alexandria police station on Wednesday last week.

The lawyer, Islam Mohamed Ibrahim al-Danoush, suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding in his brain and was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Mostafa Kamel Armed Forces Hospital, according to a medical report that lawyers obtained from the hospital on Thursday.

His condition is currently stable though he is still receiving treatment, according to Alexandria lawyer Ashraf Abdel Mouti. In a Friday statement, the Public Prosecution said it is waiting for the lawyer’s condition to stabilize so he can be examined by the Forensic Medical Authority as part of the investigation.

The assault took place when Danoush accompanied his sister, Nagwa, to the First Montazah Police Station on Wednesday in relation to a dispute about a property that Nagwa was renting. Nagwa told Mada Masr that she held a contract for a rent-controlled property that she was not living in and had discovered that the locks were changed. After forcing her way into the property, Nagwa  found that the owners had removed all her possessions. 

Nagwa said that she and her brother, Danoush, were filing a complaint at the station about the property at the same time as the property owner was filing a report with their side of the dispute. The officer on duty, who heard both the reports, gave orders for Danoush’s sister to be taken into custody, according to both Nagwa and Mohamed Pasha, the head of the Alexandria branch of the Lawyers Syndicate.



The Philippines: Supreme Court vows to address murder of lawyers


Gunshots from a treacherous assassin felled long-time human rights lawyer Rex Jesus Mario A. Fernandez and seriously wounded his driver in Cebu City on 26 August 2021.

The masked gunman stealthily approached and shot Fernandez with a .45 caliber pistol as Fernandez’s vehicle slowed down at a busy junction along Salvador Street, Sitio Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe, at around 4:10 pm. After the shooting, the killer fled on board a motorcycle driven by a co-conspirator.

Fernandez, 64, died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds.

His ambush slay, which was caught on video, came in the heels of a growing number of killings of lawyers and human rights defenders.

Per the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ count, Fernandez’s murder is the 64th recorded killing of lawyers that happened under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

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The unabated killing of judges, prosecutors, and lawyers has prompted the Supreme Court to act.

In a statement dated 27 August 2021, the highest court condoled with Fernandez’s family and friends.

Expressing concern over Fernandez’s ambush-slay, the court remarked: “The killing of any lawyer is of serious concern to all of us.”

“Violence,” stressed Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, “solves nothing.”

“It is anathema to the rule of law.”

The court, Leonen said, continues “to sift through and analyze the voluminous records and reports submitted to us upon our call to discern whether there are patterns in the killing of lawyers and threats to judges so that we can evaluate a strategic response”.

The court “will welcome new reports to be submitted by the police and by other organizations” involving Fernandez’s death, Leonen added, as he urged “law enforcement authorities, and human rights and other groups” to submit their own “findings by the end of September at the latest.”

The highest judicial body’s Committee on Human Rights that he chairs, Leonen vowed, “will be submitting our report and recommendations for the action of the Court En Banc.






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