Daily Archives: 25/11/2021

Afghanistan/CCBE/European Commission: URGENT ACTION!


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#Endangeredlawyers#Afghanistan Lawyers and the members of the Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) are currently in danger because of their efforts to ensure the respect of the rule of law and their work with international organisations and partners, trying to maintain their independence. The CCBE urges the EU and its Member States, in their diplomatic efforts towards the Taliban regime, to do everything in their power to ensure the maintenance of an independent legal profession and bar in Afghanistan, through the existing AIBA. The AIBA as well as all Afghan lawyers, including women lawyers, must be able to carry out their professional duties in order to ensure the integrity of the administration of #justice and the #ruleoflaw.#Avocatsendanger

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Afghanistan Chamber of Advocates head pleads for international help as Taliban militants take office, oust leadership – LAWYER – News


Afghanistan Bar Association head pleads for international help as armed Taliban take over offices, displace leadership


Afghanistan bar association head pleads for international help as armed Taliban take over offices, displace leadership

The President of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association, Rohullah Qarizada, went on Twitter Wednesday appealing for international assistance after armed Taliban took over the Association’s offices in Kabul. He said “fifty armed Taliban came in AIBA and forcibly took over Bar.” The incursion occurred Tuesday in the wake of a Taliban cabinet directive authorizing the Ministry of Justice to strip the AIBA of its lawyer licensing authority and vest that instead in the Ministry. 

Commenting on the takeover of the AIBA office, Qarizada insisted: “The bar is independent, non-governmental, and non-political. The Bar did not receive any funding from the government.”

A JURIST correspondent in Kabul says a Ministry of Justice letter to the AIBA shown in Qarizada’s tweet refers to the Taliban Cabinet Decision No. 10 dated November 14, 2021. According to the letter the Ministry of Justice should regulate affairs related to the AIBA, especially the issuing of licenses. Our correspondent adds: “But the Cabinet decision does not state anything regarding the structure of AIBA. The Ministry interpreted the decision as authorizing it to bring AIBA under its structure and requested lawyers to obtain licenses from them. The person appointed as the new AIBA head is said to be part of the Ministry of Justice but has no relevant experience.”

The Afghanistan Independent Bar Association was formed in 2008 with the assistance of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and previously received support from USAID. At last count, before the Taliban takeover, the Association had more than 2,500 registered lawyers practicing in the Afghan courts. According to the IBAHRI, the AIBA is “the only bar association in the world to have a quota for women on all executive committees and at least one vice-president must be a woman.” At this time it is uncertain what impact AIBA “nationalization” will have on women in the Association’s leadership or member ranks.






https://www.onufemmes.fr/urgence-afghanistan (FRANCAIS)



Second Lawyer Working On High Treason Case Flees Russia


Yevgeny Smirnov

A second lawyer for jailed Russian journalist Ivan Safronov, who is charged with high treason, has fled the country.

Yevgeny Smirnov told The Insider investigative group on November 23 that he is now in Georgia, adding that he had decided to leave Russia after an internal disciplinary investigation had been initiated against him by the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Safronov, a former adviser to the head of Russia’s space agency Roskosmos and a one-time journalist, was arrested and charged with high treason in July 2020 on allegations that he had passed secret information to the Czech Republic in 2017 about Russian arms sales in the Middle East.

In early November of this year, Safronov was additionally charged with passing classified information to a university in Switzerland and to Germany’s intelligence service.

Smirnov said the FSB has accused him of ignoring citations from authorities related to the case of Safronov and another case of alleged high treason.

Safronov’s other lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, left Russia for Georgia in September after authorities opened a case against him in April for allegedly disclosing classified information from the case, which the lawyer has rejected as politically motivated.

Safronov has also rejected the accusations against him and many of his supporters have held pickets demanding his release, saying that all materials related to the case have been deemed classified as part of a cover-up.





https://meduza.io/news/2021/11/23/advokat-ivana-safronova-evgeniy-smirnov-uehal-v-gruziyu-nakanune-stalo-izvestno-o-vozbuzhdennom-protiv-nego-distsiplinarnom-proizvodstve-po-zhalobe-fsb (RUSSIAN)

https://es.euronews.com/2021/11/24/russia-navalny (ESPANOL)