Daily Archives: 09/01/2022

Pakistan: Lawyers boycott courts against raid on PTM counsel’s house

09/01/22

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Lawyers on Saturday boycotted legal proceedings at the City Courts in protest over a Rangers’ raid on the house of senior lawyer Qadir Khan and “abduction” of his son, who was later shown arrested by police but discharged by a court in a drugs case.

The lawyers did not turn up before judges to plead their cases fixed for the day. Subsequently, a large number of the cases were simply adjourned while the litigants faced a great deal of difficulties.

In a statement, Karachi Bar Association (KBA) general secretary Naeem Memon said the legal fraternity did not attend court proceedings over this incident.

Advocate Qadir Khan’s house was raided and his son, Asad Khan, was taken into custody by Rangers on Jan 6, he said.

Advocate Khan has been representing several members of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), including MNA Ali Wazir, in criminal cases being tried by antiterrorism courts in Karachi.

Later, the Brigade police produced the son of Advocate Khan before Judicial Magistrate Wazir Memon for his remand in a drugs case.

The investigating officer claimed that around 24 grams of heroin was recovered from his possession.

However, a number of the lawyers reached the court and opposed the IO’s request for remand, arguing that he was booked in a false case.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the magistrate discharged the suspect from the case under Section 63 (Discharge of person apprehended) of the criminal procedure code.

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1668359/lawyers-boycott-courts-against-raid-on-ptm-counsels-house

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/organization/pashtun-tahaffuz-movement-ptm

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

(FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouvement_Pashtun_Tahafuz

Nicaragua: What Lies Ahead for Ortega’s Political Prisoners?

08/01/22

The political prisoners will be at the center of public debate in the coming months, along with the resulting sanctions.

During 2021, part of the Ortega-Murillo regime’s strategy for maintaining power was to imprison the opposition’s presidential hopefuls, along with other prominent figures from the opposing side. Put simply, we could say their strategy served them well: they survived the election. Today, though, it’s an unsustainable strategy, given the legal and political consequences it’s incurring.

One year ago, public interest was centered on the electoral process, while the demands for justice for the Ortega-Murillo regime’s grave human rights violations was relegated to second place. There was practically no discussion of the fate of the hundred or so political prisoners that the regime still held. Beginning in May, the detentions of the aspiring presidential candidates recalled the fact that there were more political prisoners. From that time on, the topic rose to new prominence on the national and international public agenda.

The regime is now on the eve of inaugurating a new, illegitimate, mandate. Unfortunately, the reaction of the international community with respect to the electoral farce hasn’t served as a determinant strong enough to put the regime in a vulnerable position and produce its fall, although it’s definitely contributed to their isolation. Hence, the public agenda isn’t dominated by the consequences of the sanctions from the international community; instead, its attention is centered on the political prisoners.

In the last few days, information has come out about the chronic ailments of octogenarian political prisoner Edgar Parrales. In addition, there are denunciations of the isolation inflicted on Ana Margarita Vijil; Felix Maradiaga’s weight loss; the health situation of attorney Maria Oviedo; the uncertainty over the whereabouts of Hugo Torres; the leg cramps being suffered by student leader Lesther Aleman; and lawyer Roger Reyes’ loss of cognitive and memory functions, among many others. These have captured the interest of national and international news.

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https://havanatimes.org/opinion/what-lies-ahead-for-ortegas-political-prisoners/

https://100noticias.com.ni/nacionales/112356-presa-politica-maria-oviedo-irreconocible/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.laprensa.com.ni/2022/01/04/nacionales/2931975-situacion-de-salud-de-maria-oviedo-defensora-de-derechos-humanos-empeora-tras-las-rejas-del-chipote

https://www.vostv.com.ni/nacionales/21691-colegas-defensora-maria-oviedo-maltrato-auxilio-ju/

https://www.laprensa.com.ni/2021/11/08/derecho-humano-ni/2906383-quien-es-roger-reyes-el-detenido-que-hoy-cumple-80-dias-en-el-nuevo-chipote

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