Daily Archives: 09/11/2021

Sudan: Immediately Free Detainees; Halt Arrests

09/11/21

Sudanese security forces deployed during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.

Sudanese security authorities should immediately release people arbitrarily detained since the military takeover on October 25, 2021, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Security authorities should also cease further arbitrary arrests and stop using unnecessary, including lethal, force in response to peaceful protests.

From the early hours of October 25, security agents in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, detained at least 30 civilian political leaders, including six cabinet members. On the same day the army also detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and two days later placed him under house arrest. Permission from the military is required for anyone to meet with him while he is under house arrest. By midday, Lt. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the chairperson of the Sovereign Council – a collective presidency body of civilian and military leaders – announced to the media that he was installing a nationwide state of emergency and dissolving the cabinet and Sovereign Council.

“Over the last two weeks the military has resorted to its well-trodden and brutal tactics, undermining small but important progress on rights and freedoms that Sudanese from all walks of life have fought for,” said Mohamed Osman, Sudan researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The military should immediately free all those arbitrarily detained over the last two weeks and end all illegal detentions, including enforced disappearances, by the military.”

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Wagdi Salih, a lawyer and another prominent figure in the Committee for Dismantling the Former Regime, was also arrested on October 25. A family member authorized to speak on behalf of his family said that about 20 armed men in civilian clothes forced their way into Salih’s house around 4 a.m. and forcefully grabbed him from his bedroom while they held the guards in the house at gunpoint and handcuffed his son.

The family heard through social media that Salih and others were taken to the police federal investigations unit in Bahri, Khartoum North, and went to inquire about him. However, the police said he was not in their custody, and the office of the attorney general could not offer any information on Salih’s whereabouts either.

Under international law, when anyone is detained by state forces and their detention is either not acknowledged or the person’s whereabouts is concealed, placing them outside the protection of the law, this is an enforced disappearance. Enforced disappearances are forbidden in all circumstances.

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https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/11/09/sudan-immediately-free-detainees-halt-arrests

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/sudan-security-service-slaps-travel-ban-top-civilian-politicians-sources-2021-10-13/

Palestine: Rights lawyer Mohannad Karajah’s court date scheduled

08/11/21

mohannad karajah

Human rights defender and lawyer Mohannad Karajah is due to appear in the Public Prosecution in Ramallah on 10 November 2021. The human rights defender was informed by the Public Prosecution in Ramallah of this decision on 8 November 2021. His court appearance relates to the charges of “taking part in an illegal assembly”, “incitement of hatred within the communities” and for “denouncing the Palestinian Authority” levied against him on 5 July 2021 for his active role in Lawyers for Justice.

On 4 October, human rights defender and lawyer Mohannad Karajah was threatened with arrest. The human rights defender was previously arrested on 4 July 2021 for advocating for defendants who were arrested for taking part in protests following Nizar Banat’s death. Mohannad Karajah was alleged to have “taken part in an illegal assembly” for attending the protests to monitor human rights violations. As a result, he was accused of “incitement of sectarian prejudices”, a charge often used by the Public Prosecution against human rights defenders to criminalise their human rights work.

Mohannad Karajah is a Palestinian human rights defender and attorney representing Lawyers for Justice, a Palestinian non-governmental, human rights organisation that works to support Palestinian activists and political prisoners held by the Palestinian Authority through legal aid. Lawyers for justice also works on documenting human rights violations which the Palestinians are subjected to by the Palestinian Authority.

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https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/judicial-harassment-against-palestinian-human-rights-defenders

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestinian-authority-arrests-lawyer-activists-nizar-banat-protests

Benin: Justice: une grève des avocats bloque les audiences pendant 72h

08/11/21

Bénin : L'ordre des avocats en colère

Les cours et tribunaux du Bénin fonctionnent au ralenti ce lundi 8 novembre et ce jusqu’au mercredi prochain. La faute à une grève décidée par le Barreau béninois pour protester contre le traitement jugé arbitraire subi par avocat béninois dans l’exercice de ses fonctions. Une conférence de presse de l’ordre des avocats a réitéré ce lundi à Cotonou, les griefs contre la police.

Des grondements dans la maison de la justice. Les avocats béninois en veulent à la police. Prosper Ahounou, bâtonnier de l’Ordre des avocats du Bénin a détaillé les faits qui mettent le Barreau en courroux. Enock Chadaré, l’un de ses membres a été victime de violence et de voie de faits et interpellé dans l’exercice de ses fonctions. Malgré ses exigences, la police ne lui aurait pas accordé le bénéfice de ses droits, comme celui de voir un avocat pendant sa garde à vue.

Pour le barreau du Bénin, c’est la première fois qu’un avocat est victime de “violence et de voie de faits, suivi d’enlèvement et de séquestration dans l’exercice de ses fonctions par les forces de sécurité”. Cet acte qui survient au lendemain de l’admission du Bénin au conseil des Nations-Unies pour les droits de l’homme, est une violation des normes nationales, communautaires et internationales.

Tenant responsables les agents auteurs de telles violations ainsi que leurs commanditaires, l’ordre des Avocats se réserve le droit d’engager des poursuites judiciaires afin de protéger ses membres et de sauvegarder l’Etat de droit.

Une équipe de la radio nationale a sillonné les juridictions de Cotonou pour le constat.

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https://ortb.bj/societe/justice-une-greve-des-avocats-bloque-les-audiences-pendant-72h/

https://www.banouto.bj/article/securite-humaine/20211107-benin-un-avocat-arrete-et-place-en-garde-a-vue-ses-confreres-en-greve

https://www.afrique-sur7.ci/482656-benin-colere-avocats-arrestation

Indonesia/West Papua/Australia: Indonesian activists condemn threats against rights lawyer’s family

08/11/21

Indonesian Cops Investigate Explosion Outside Papuan Activist’s Family Home

Activists in Indonesia on Monday condemned a series of threats against the family of a prominent human rights lawyer and urged a thorough police investigation after an explosive package was sent to her parents’ home.

Veronica Koman has been living in exile in Australia since 2019. In Indonesia she faces charges of incitement and spreading disinformation related to protests in the West Papua region in 2019 that sparked some calls for independence.

Police were called after a package that contained a threatening note exploded outside the West Jakarta home of her parents on Sunday. There were no injuries.

Local police chief Ady Wibowo told Reuters an investigation was underway and he suspected the package contained a firework. He said two suspects were seen riding on a motorcycle.

Human Rights Watch said the incident was a serious escalation in the threats and intimidation the Koman family had suffered for years.

“Indonesian human rights defenders should be able to express themselves even on sensitive subjects without having a target painted on their backs,” it said in a statement.

Koman declined to comment on Monday when contacted by Reuters.

The incident came two weeks after a flaming package was left on the fence of her parents’ home.

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https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/world/indonesian-activists-condemn-threats-against-rights-lawyers-family-100655163/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/08/indonesia-apparent-attack-family-home-rights-lawyer-west-papua

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/papua-lawyers-parents-targeted-by-paint-bomb/news-story/3e3218545fa82ee051dd295c7bd032f2

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2021/11/08/activists-condemn-threats-against-rights-lawyers-family.html

https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-papua-activist-home-explosion-11082021155613.html

https://video.vice.com/en_nz/video/how-veronica-koman-became-one-of-indonesias-most-wanted-activists/60a39a1fa428ac403c091a15

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

https://www.liputan6.com/news/read/4705417/bunyi-ledakan-dari-kediaman-orangtua-veronika-koman-diduga-dari-petasan (INDONESIAN)

https://www.bbc.com/indonesia/indonesia-59212175

The Philippines: NUPL laments gov’t ‘neglect’ in resolving lawyer killings

08/11/21

The Philippines: Lawyers' group condemns killing of Bukidnon colleague |  IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers

An organization of lawyers has lamented the alleged government’s neglect in the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators in the killings of lawyers in the country.

In a statement, the Cebu Chapter of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) pointed out the killing on Nov. 6, 2018 of lawyer Benjamin Ramos, one of NUPL founders.

“Since then, more members of the legal profession have been killed under Duterte since 2016,” it said.

“Worse, more activists, peasants, urban poor leaders, and members of mass organizations have been murdered in broad daylight,” it added.

Ramos was shot dead by two unidentified men at the public plaza of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. He was the secretary general of the NUPL in Negros.

It also pointed out the last September of Juan Macabadbad, vice chairman of NUPL in Mindanao. He was killed in Surallah, South Cotabato.

“Our call to end the countless attacks against lawyers is stronger than ever,” NUPL-Cebu said.

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https://manilastandard.net/mobile/article/368969

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/campaigns/international-rule-of-law/news/joint-statements-to-the-un-human-rights-council

https://www.expatica.com/nl/uncategorized/tribunal-for-murdered-journalists-opens-in-the-hague-161072/

Russia declares rights lawyer who defended Navalny’s group ‘foreign agent’

08/11/21

A top Russian human rights lawyer who defended the Anti-Corruption Foundation of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny was added to the Justice Ministry’s list of “foreign agents” on Monday.

Ivan Pavlov and four other lawyers were placed on the list, now comprising 93 names, of rights activists, journalists, media outlets and others who the ministry says are receiving foreign funding to carry out political activity.

Those listed are subjected to stringent financial reporting requirements and obliged to preface anything they publish with a disclaimer stating they are foreign agents, a term with negative connotations suggestive of spying.

On his social media channel, Pavlov greeted it as a badge of honour.

“To become a ‘foreign agent’ today is almost like receiving a state prize for special services in the area of freedom of speech and information,” he said. “The long list of honorees includes so many brilliant journalists and rights defenders that it would even be kind of hurtful not to be one of them.”

Pavlov came under criminal investigation in April after he was accused of disclosing classified information in his defence of former journalist Ivan Safronov, who is being held on treason charges that he denies.

Earlier this year, Pavlov led the defence of Navalny’s political network at a series of hearings that were closed to the public, which resulted in the groups being banned as “extremist”.

Navalny himself is in jail for parole violations over an embezzlement case he says was trumped up. He was arrested in Moscow this year after flying back from Germany where he had been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning in Russia.

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https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/russia-declares-rights-lawyer-who-defended-navalny-s-group–foreign-agent-/47094256

https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/08/russia-declares-russian-lgbt-network-a-foreign-agent-along-with-exiled-lawyer-ivan-pavlov

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/russia-declares-rights-lawyer-ivan-pavlov-who-defended-kremlin-critic-alexei-navalnys-group-foreign-agent-2603723

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Pavlov_(lawyer)#:~:text=Ivan%20Y.,regional%20freedom%20of%20information%20legislation.

https://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/halya-coynash-lawyer-detained-in-russian-occupied-crimea-and-ordered-to-strip-naked.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/10/26/russian-authorities-arrest-crimean-tatar-lawyer-while-representing-his-clients

https://www.rbc.ru/politics/08/11/2021/618961d49a794763b8eea249 (RUSSIAN)