Daily Archives: 01/10/2021

“THE NEVER-ENDING WRONG” JUDGES AND PROSECUTORS KILLED IN THE PHILIPPINES (2001-2021) A REPORT TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE PHILIPPINES

September 2021

Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers, International Association of People’s Lawyers

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Prof. Gill H. Boehringer, Hon. Senior Research Fellow,                 

Macquarie University Law School, Sydney, Australia;

Co-Chair, Monitoring Committee on Attacks Against Lawyers,

International Association of People’s Lawyers

Introduction

Our Report expands and develops the recent Submission we made to the Supreme Court on “Patterns in the killing of Lawyers: the Case of Attorney Rex Fernandez” (September 8, 2021).  Here we provide  results of our research on Judges and Prosecutors.

While I am the author of this Report  the research has been a joint exercise by the Committee, co-chaired by Prof. Stuart Russell, formerly a colleague at Macquarie University Law School and an Administrative Tribunal Judge in Sydney, Australia.

In Part A, we provide empirical details on the attacks on Attorneys, Judges and Prosecutors. and paralegals. We include survivors as well as those killed. This is the historical and contemporary material that can aid in constructing the Defence and Protection policies needed urgently.

The increasing onslaught against the legal system represented by the attacks on its sentinels must be seen as a constant threat to the rule of law and democracy in the Philippines over the last 20 years, now more than ever. These attacks on legal professionals and paralegals working to support their efforts to provide justice, is an historical legacy of the failure of governments under the Presidencies of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Benigno Aquino III and Rodrigo Duterte, to act with any seriousness to see that the defence and protection of those being targeted is given the attention required.

It is therefore gratifying that the Supreme Court is now providing leadership in recognizing those failures and taking action to rectify them.

PART A ATTACKS ON LAWYERS: 2001-2021

We provide below material on all the attacks our Committee has recorded from 2001 to mid September, 2021. It illustrates the size and tenacity of the problem, as well as the increasing rate of attacks with impunity under the government of President Duterte.

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https://www.philstar.com/nation/2021/09/22/2128749/nbi-probe-south-cotabato-lawyers-slay

https://www.rappler.com/nation/davao-lawyer-dexter-lopoz-lost-family-drug-war-icc-not-guarantee

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/09/17/2127814/following-slay-rights-lawyer-ibp-calls-nationwide-effort-protect-members-legal-profession

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/17/21/icc-probers-can-gather-evidence-without-going-to-ph

https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/09/06/opinion/columns/cebu-citys-sick-mayor-and-the-murder-of-a-lawyer/1813686

Sudan Community Police beats up two women and lawyer in Khartoum

30/09/21

Lawyer and human rights defender El Fateh Hussein (FB page of Hussein)

Two women and a lawyer have been subjected to excessive violence by members of the Community Police in Khartoum on Monday afternoon. The No to Women’s Oppression Initiative and the Sudanese Women Union strongly condemned the incident.

The National Human Rights Commission reported in a press statement yesterday that members of the commission visited the women victims at the Community Police station in El Deim neighbourhood in Khartoum. One of the women sustained injuries on the face, the other complained about a back injury.

They did not see lawyer and member of No to Women’s Oppression Initiative El Fateh Hussein, as he was released later on Monday.

The Commission stated they will contact all concerned parties “to prevent impunity and to confirm Sudan’s commitment to fulfilling the requirements of the Convention against Torture”, which was recently ratified by the government. They welcomed the prosecutor’s promise to enable the two women to file a complaint, urging the speeding up of the procedures.

They further stressed the need “to amend the contents of 1991 Criminal Law, to bring them in line with international human rights conventions, in a manner that preserves dignity”.

Public Order police

El Fateh Hussein related on his Facebook account following his release on Monday evening that he was “severely beaten on the head, face, and ears by members of the Community Police (the Public Order Police)”.

He said that he saw men wearing civilian clothes beating up a woman “in her forties” in El Mashtal street at about 12 pm on Monday.

He reproached the men, yet they took her and threw her “like a bag” in a van. Another woman was treated in the same way. The policemen then continued to beat the women with a hose and kick them. They then threw the lawyer in the van as well, and punched him in the face and ears.

“They then took us to the office of the Public Order Police in El Deim, where they pushed the women towards the counter and entered me inside an office. I was severely beaten again and denied a phone call. They also refused to give me a Form 8*.   

After he was released, Hussein visited a doctor and went home. He said he hoped other human rights defenders would help them the following morning.

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https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-community-police-beats-up-two-women-and-lawyer-in-khartoum

https://allafrica.com/stories/202109300629.html