Daily Archives: 19/11/2021

Nepal: Nine lawyers hurt in police action

19/11/21

Lawyers continue their protest demanding Rana’s resignation

Nine lawyers, including President of the Nepal Bar Association Chandeshwor Shrestha and NBA Central Committee member Prakash Maharjan, were injured today when police used force against the protesting lawyers who were staging a sit-in at the main entrance of the Supreme Court.

While Shrestha suffered minor injuries, Maharjan was hit in the head and is undergoing treatment at a hospital, according to a press release issued by the NBA.

Senior Advocate Sabita Bhandari Baral, Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association Rishiram Ghimire, advocates Kapilchandra Ghimire, Yubaraj Banjade, Nitesh Shrestha, Raman Lal Karna, and Gopal Sapkota were also injured in police action.

NBA condemned the use of force by security personnel and urged the national and international human rights organisations to monitor its protests. It urged the home ministry and the court administration to remove riot police from the court premises. The NBA said home administration, the chief justice, and the court administration would be responsible if protesting lawyers were attacked by middlemen or vigilantes.

The NBA said its agitation would not end until Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana resigned from his post.

Meanwhile, the full court of the SC met today and condemned the use of force against lawyers. 

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https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/nine-lawyers-hurt-in-police-action

https://thehimalayantimes.com/photo-gallery/in-picture-lawyers-continue-protest-at-supreme-court

https://kathmandupost.com/national/2021/11/19/lawyers-continue-their-protest-demanding-rana-s-resignation

https://english.headlinenepal.com/details/16829

https://english.khabarhub.com/2021/18/221008/

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

Crimea/Russia: Prominent rights lawyer Edem Semedliaev sentenced to 12 days administrative detention and fined

18/11/21

On 11 November 2021, the Central District Court of Simferopol found human rights defender Edem Semedliaev guilty of two counts of “disobeying the lawful orders of a police officer” (Article 19.3 of the Administrative Code). The Court sentenced human rights defender to 12 days of administrative detention and issued him a fine of 4,000 Russian rubles for refusing to undress and undergo an unlawful personal search.

Edem Semedliaev is a human rights defender and lawyer. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, he has been actively involved in legally representing and defending the rights of the Crimean Tatars, who have become one of the major targets for the authorities, alongside civil society activists and journalists.

On 11 November 2021, Edem Semedliaev was asked to come to the Center for Counteracting Extremism to review the paperwork for the previous charges. Later that day, the Central District Court of Simferopol convicted the human rights defender with two counts of “disobeying the lawful orders of a police officer” (Article 19.3 of the Administrative Code). Edem Semedliaev was sentenced to 12 days of administrative detention and a fine for refusing to undress to undergo a personal search. During the hearing, Edem Semedliaev’s wife recevied a fine for a parking violation and her car was towed away by police. The Crimean Solidarity group reports this event as an extension of state-sponsored pressure on Edem Semedliaev for his non-violent human rights work defending the rights of Crimean Tatars.

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https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/prominent-human-rights-lawyer-edem-semedliaev-sentenced-12-days-administrative-detention-and

https://menafn.com/1103123885/Pressure-on-activists-lawyers-journalists-growing-in-occupied-Crimea-rights-NGO

(RUSSIAN)

https://ua.krymr.com/a/novyny-krymu-semedliaev-zvilnennia-z-itt-sudaka/31531466.html (UKRAINIAN)

European lawyers demonstrate in solidarity with jailed Turkish attorneys

18/11/21

Lawyers in several European countries this week staged demonstrations in front of Turkish diplomatic missions to show solidarity with attorneys imprisoned in Turkey, according to Turkish media.

Lawyers in the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium demanded the immediate release of imprisoned lawyers affiliated with the now-closed Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD). During the demonstration Norwegian lawyers said they demanded the release of their colleagues who had been imprisoned for doing their job and exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Elsa Leona McClimans, chair of the Norwegian Bar Association, said lawyers did not normally wear their robes at demonstrations but that they had made an exception for such a significant case.

Lawyers Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Barkın Timtik from the ÇHD are currently under arrest. Both lawyers and 20 others from the association are charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” and “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”

The ÇHD was closed by a government decree in November 2017.

The prosecutor is requesting prison sentences ranging from seven-and-a-half years to 53 years for the 22 lawyers.

The prosecutor dropped the charges against Ebru Timtik, a previously imprisoned lawyer who died during a hunger strike in September 2020.

Timtik and her colleague Aytaç Ünsal were arrested in September 2018 for alleged membership in the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army/Front (DHKP/C), which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

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https://bianet.org/english/law/253506-no-lawyer-released-in-progressive-lawyers-association-case

https://bianet.org/english/law/253437-lawyers-arrest-for-over-5-years-is-now-beyond-execution

https://www.letelegramme.fr/bretagne/le-batonnier-de-lorient-pierre-guillon-ira-au-proces-de-deux-confreres-turcs-12-11-2021-12866283.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/chd-genel-baskani-selcuk-kozagacli-hakkinda-30-yila-kadar-hapis-istemi-haber-1542139 (TURKCE)