Daily Archives: 15/01/2022

Tunisia: Manif des Avocats: La police agresse l’ancien bâtonnier Abderrazek Kilani


Manif des Avocats: La police agresse Abderrazek Kilani, assure Dilou

L’ancien dirigeant du mouvement Ennahdha Samir Dilou a assuré, ce vendredi 14 janiver 2022, que les forces de l’ordre ont agressé l’ancien bâtonnier des avocats Abderrazek Kilani, lors de la manifestation des avocats.

Dilou a expliqué que ces derniers avaient organisé une marche de protestation mais ils ont été empochés d’accéder sur l’Avenue Habib Bourguiba.





https://www.arabnews.fr/node/52196/monde-arabe (ENGLISH)

Cameroon: Bar Treasurer Akum Michael Nche kidnapped






UPDATE 15/01/22 6pm CET:

It has just been confirmed that he has been released.

China: Well-known rights lawyer Xie Yang arrested, whereabouts unknown


Chinese lawyer Xie Yang, in an undated photograph.

Xie Yang had been arrested in 2015, during the investigations known as “709″ against hundreds of lawyers and activists. He was released four years ago

Xie Yang is a Hunan-based human rights lawyer who represented the family of Xu Chunhe, a murdered man shot by police in Heilongjiang province in May 2015. He has also represented those involved in the New Citizens Movement, the Chinese Democratic Party, Christians, and victims of land grabbing.

According to the lawyer’s wife, Chen Guiqiu, on Twitter, “the state security forces took Xie away on January 11, and since then his whereabouts have been unknown.” In another subsequent tweet, Chen asks the authorities of the city of Changsha, in the center of the country, for the immediate release of her husband.

Xie was arrested in 2015 and tried in 2017 for“subversion against the power of the State” and “disturbing order”, crimes frequently used in China against activists and dissidents. The lawyer, who after his arrest denounced torture by the authorities, finally agreed with them on a confession in which he denied it in exchange for not being imposed a criminal sanction and being allowed to continue practicing .



https://www.bayl.eu/2022/01/14/lepouse-du-celebre-avocat-chinois-des-droits-de-lhomme-xie-yang-denonce-sa-disparition-international-telediffusion-detudes-de-marche/ (FRANCAIS)

https://elpais.com/internacional/2022-01-14/la-esposa-del-celebre-abogado-chino-de-derechos-humanos-xie-yang-denuncia-su-desaparicion.html (ESPANOL)


Lesotho’s mounted police force accused of detaining, torturing human rights lawyer


Photo: Caspas Benson.

Lesotho’s Mounted Police Service (LMPS) stands accused of detaining and torturing Napo Mafaesa, a human rights lawyer, after a client of his allegedly lied that he handed over an illegal firearm to the advocate for safekeeping.

The client, a suspect linked to an armed robbery case, was said to have made the claim while allegedly being tortured by the LMPS. Thereafter, the LMPS went to Mafaesa’s chambers where they arrested him and detained him for three days.

In a telephone interview from the Mountain Kingdom, advocate Mokoenanyane Makhobakhobe told News24 that the client had made the utterance under duress so as to avoid further torture.

“The client lied that he had given the firearm under question to his lawyer because he wanted the torture to end. Little did he know that they would turn to his lawyer to do the same or worse,” he said.

Makhobakhobe said for three days Mafaesa was tortured while the Transformation Resource Center (TRC) and Southern African Litigation Center (SALC) battled to secure his release.

“When he was released, I was there. He could hardly walk or talk. He could have died,” he said.

The Law Society of Lesotho (LSL) in a statement said they condemned “in the strongest terms, the brutalisation of suspects and detainees in the hands of law enforcement agencies, an investigative technique which is characteristic of an authoritarian rule and has no room in the modern democratic dispensation”.

The LSL said the LMPS went about its investigation the wrong way and should have interrogated the suspect in the presence of his lawyer whom they only hunted down after allegations were levelled against him.

“Notwithstanding that lawyers are not immune from investigations and prosecution for criminal offences, even if committed in their professional capacities; the mode of operation by LMPS should not be to undermine the fundamental principle of lawyer-client privilege which underlies the entire administration of justice,” the society said.

In a joint statement, TRC and SALC said investigators had “turned the LMPS into an official institution of torture”.