Daily Archives: 11/11/2021

Nicaragua: Lawyer who denounced that his sister raped by Daniel Ortega when she was 15 found dead in prison


Nicaraguan political prisoner Santos Sebastián Flores Castillo was found dead in the prison where he had been held since 2013

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) reported this Wednesday that the lawyer Santos Sebastián Flores Castillo, imprisoned since June 2013 after accuse President Daniel Ortega of having raped his sister Elvia Junieth Flores Castillo when he was 15 years old, was found dead in La Modelo prison in Tipitapa.

Cenidh demanded that the Ministry of the Interior and the Nicaraguan prison system carry out “an exhaustive investigation that reports the causes of death” of Flores in prison on Monday morning at the age of 52. “From Cenidh we have always been accompanying the family of Santos Sebastián; and denouncing the acts of physical and psychological torture that made him suffer during all these years of unjust confinement “, says the agency’s statement.

The relatives of Santos Sebastián Flores Castillo assure that it was imprisoned “unjustly” for having defended his sister, who also became pregnant due to the rape, according to the complaint. The lawyer was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2013, accused of aggravated rape by Lucila Narcisa Cortez García, who was a public defender of the Judiciary and a friend of Sandinista judge Gertrudis Gaitán. He was considered one of the first political prisoners of the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

“I am unjustly imprisoned because Daniel Ortega Saavedra hates me to death,” said Santos Flores Castillo in a letter written in prison

Flores Castillo had sent a letter to Cenidh where he related details of the torture he suffered in prison and described as “revenge” for having denounced President Ortega, then in his second term. “Daniel Ortega hates me to death because I did not agree with the couple’s relationship when he made my sister Elvia Junieth his wife, when she was 15 years old”said the letter written by the detainee.




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Thailand: Constitutional Court rules activists aimed to overthrow monarchy


Activist Panusaya

The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that three activists aimed to overthrow the state and the monarchy in their speeches, and ordered them and other parties to end all moves against the highest institution.

The court said Arnon Nampa, Panupong “Mike” Jadnok and Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul attempted to overthrow the democratic institution with the King as head of state in demands made during a rally at Thammasat University Rangsit campus on Aug 10, 2020 and on other occassions afterwards.

The activists listed 10 demands in their manifesto delivered at Thammasat and at  subsequent events, includng a call for reform of the monarchy and the abolition of Section 112, known as the lese majesty law.

The judges ruled that these demands were in violation of Section 49 of the constitution. 

The court also ordered the three respondents and others to end their movement.

“The three respondents, other organisations and networks must cease their actions,” the judges said in their ruling, read out at the court on Wednesday afternoon.

The court said the ruling carried no penalty for the three respondents.

Only Ms Panusaya was at the court. Mr Arnon and Mr Panupong sent representatives to hear the ruling. They all refused to stay in the courtroom and waited outside.









Kenya: Lawyers, Activists Petition Government Against Abductions, Killings


Lawyers and activists have presented a petition to the government demanding respect for the rule of law following increased cases of abductions and enforced disappearance.

The petition was presented to the Attorney General and Inspector General of Police after protests held on Wednesday in Nairobi.

The protests were organised by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) alongside other human rights organisations under the theme “Purple Ribbon Campaign Week”.

“Advocates have a duty to take all forms of cases and represent their clients without fear of intimidation or even loss of life during their line of work,” said Mercy Wambua, LSK Chief Executive Officer.

The demonstrations followed the abduction of lawyer and muslim scholar Prof. Hassan Nandwa who went missing for two weeks before he was dumped in a thicket on November 9.

Nandwa went missing when he went to report to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) about the disappearance of his client Elgiva Bwire, who had just been released after serving a lengthy sentence at the Kamiti Maximum Prison on terror-related charges.