Daily Archives: 04/01/2022

China: Hong Kong lawyer gets 15-month sentence for Facebook ‘incitement’

04/01/22

A Hong Kong barrister was sentenced to 15 months in jail on Tuesday for using social media to incite people to attend a banned vigil remembering the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.

Authorities last year, for the second time in a row, banned the city’s annual June 4th memorial for the mainland Chinese student protesters who were killed in the violence. Police cited COVID-19 concerns, while critics argued it was part of a wider campaign to suppress memories of the event.

Chow Hang-tung, 36, who represented herself in court, was accused of incitement in connection with two articles published on Facebook and in a local newspaper, ahead of the 2021 commemoration.

In the newspaper article, the title of which said Hong Kong people “persevere in telling the truth,” she concluded by writing, “At 8 p.m., I hope to see your candlelights,” without specifying where.

In her defense, Chow had argued that the article called for candles to be lit anywhere — not specifically at the vigil. She added that her detention restricted her freedom of speech.

But magistrate Amy Chan said in her judgment that Chow’s acts were “calculated and planned, and that she was determined to attract as much public attention as possible, to exert influence and to leave a deep impression on other people.”

Chow is already serving a 12-month sentence after she was found guilty last year with seven other activists, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, for similar charges of attending and inciting others to join the unauthorized vigil in 2020.

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https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Hong-Kong-security-law/Hong-Kong-lawyer-gets-15-month-sentence-for-Facebook-incitement

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/1/4/hong-kongs-chow-hang-tung-convicted-in-2nd-tiananmen-vigil-case

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20220104-hong-kong-democracy-activist-chow-hang-tung-jailed-again-over-tiananmen-vigil

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chow_Hang-tung

https://www.france24.com/fr/asie-pacifique/20220104-hong-kong-chow-hang-tung-condamn%C3%A9e-%C3%A0-15-mois-de-prison-pour-une-veill%C3%A9e-pour-tiananmen (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2022/01/04/hongkong-la-militante-chow-hang-tung-condamnee-une-seconde-fois-pour-avoir-incite-a-commemorer-la-repression-de-la-place-tiananmen_6108140_3210.html

https://www.infobae.com/america/mundo/2022/01/04/el-regimen-chino-sentencio-por-segunda-vez-a-una-ex-lider-de-la-vigilia-de-tiananmen-en-hong-kong-a-15-meses-de-carcel/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.swissinfo.ch/spa/una-activista-de-hong-kong–condenada-por-segunda-vez-por-una-vigilia-por-tiananmen/47236360

https://www.rainews.it/articoli/2022/01/hong-kong-15-mesi-a-chow-hang-tung-lorganizzatrice-della-veglia-di-tiananmen–5ce9c7c1-52dd-4151-9b90-788283622d02.html (ITALIANO)

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Taliban proceed with plans to strip independence of Afghanistan lawyers

03/01/22

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Afghanistan’s Justice Ministry reiterated Monday that the country’s independent lawyers will need to re-certify under a new qualification process ser by the Ministry, signaling the intent of the Taliban authorities to plough ahead with plans to strip the country’s legal profession of its independence.

According to the statement, the country’s lawyers will be authorized to continue practicing with their previous licenses until the new certification process has been finalized.

This was the latest step in a series of efforts by the new regime to crack down on the activities of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), an organization established in 2008 to oversee the licensing of new lawyers, and to champion the rule of law and social justice.

On November 14, the Taliban Cabinet decreed that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) would gain jurisdiction over AIBA affairs. On November 23, the AIBA offices in Kabul were taken over by armed Taliban who threatened the staff and lawyers who were present with violence before ordering them to leave and installing a new president with questionable professional qualifications. “The person appointed as the new AIBA head is said to be part of the Ministry of Justice but has no relevant experience,” according to a Kabul-based JURIST correspondent. These armed forces had apparently interpreted the Cabinet decree to indicate that the MOJ should have sole authority over licensing, as well as control of the AIBA’s extensive member database and bank account.

A group of AIBA members hoping to raise awareness of the importance of the profession’s independence organized a press conference for December 5, but their plans were halted when, as they prepared to go live, their plans were thwarted by two carloads of armed Taliban. Many have remained in hiding ever since.

https://www.jurist.org/news/2022/01/taliban-moves-forward-with-plans-to-strip-independence-of-afghanistan-lawyers/

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/713777/limerick-solicitors-come-to-aid-of-colleagues-in-afghanistan.html

https://www.jurist.org/features/2021/12/21/the-lives-of-afghanistans-lawyers-are-still-in-danger-international-bar-association-director-mark-ellis-urges-in-jurist-interview/

https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/37579/more-than-11900-pushbacks-at-eu-internal-and-external-borders-in-2021

https://www.news18.com/news/opinion/it-is-back-to-the-dark-ages-for-women-in-taliban-ruled-afghanistan-4619249.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/south-asia/taliban-afghanistan-mannequins-behead-b1985979.html

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