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India: Ravidas Temple demolition protest: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad gets bail

October 20, 2019

Azad, who was taken into custody along with 95 people, has been lodged in Tihar Jail since August on charges of rioting and unlawful assembly.

A Delhi court granted bail to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Saturday, almost two months after he was arrested for protesting against the demolition of a Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad, reported PTI. Azad, who was taken into custody along with 95 people, has been lodged in Tihar Jail since August on charges of rioting and unlawful assembly.

So far, 94 of the 96 Bhim Army members have been released on bail, reported The Indian Express. “Since the co-accused persons have been granted bail, so on the ground of parity Chandra Shekhar is admitted on bail….” the court said.

Additional Sessions Judge Neera Bharihoke granted the relief to Azad on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 20,000 and a surety of the same amount. The court asked Azad not to hamper the investigation or tamper with evidence. It also barred him from the leaving the country without the court’s permission.

Azad and 95 others were arrested On August 21 after clashes broke out between the police and Dalit protestors during a demonstration against the demolition of the Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad locality. The Delhi Development Authority had demolished the temple on August 10 based on the orders of the Supreme Court.

During the clashes, the police had resorted to baton-charge and tear gas to disperse the protestors. The Bhim Army alleged that the police had fired at protestors. Police claimed the protestors had turned violent and seven officers were injured but none from the public was hurt.

https://scroll.in/latest/941098/ravidas-temple-demolition-protest-bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-gets-bail

https://www.news18.com/news/politics/bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-arrested-during-ravidas-temple-demolition-protest-gets-bail-2352257.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandrashekhar_Azad_(social_activist)

https://bastikhabar.online/arrested-bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-got-bail-in-sant-ravidas-temple-case/ (HINDI)

Colombia/Germany: PBI-Colombia at meeting with German ambassador and threatened lawyer Germán Romero

October 17, 2019

On October 16, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project posted, “Thank you very much to [German ambassador Peter Ptassek] and [the German embassy in Colombia] for their support for the work of human rights defenders in Colombia and the work of the victims’ representatives in this difficult context.”

This followed the German ambassador’s tweet that said, “Don’t touch my friend: We act in the protection of fair cause fighters. In this case we support the great work of Germán Romero for more rule of law and defence of victims. That their protection is not symbolic against threats. Thank you [Network of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia] for your visit.”

On October 10, PBI-Colombia also tweeted, “Many thanks to the Embassy [of Norway in Colombia] for its support for human rights defenders of dhColombia with Germán Romero who receives death threats for defending victims of extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances.”

El Espectador has explained that Romero, who represents victims of state agents, received a death threat on October 3 via his landline telephone and that his computer (with sensitive information about his cases) was stolen previous to that.

The same number has called Romero’s landline twice sent then, but they are silent when the telephone is answered.

That article also notes that Romero represents those affected by the Palace of Justice case, the construction of the Hidroituango hydroelectric dam as well as journalist Claudia Julieta Duque (who is accompanied by PBI-Colombia).

You can read more in our article Colombian human rights lawyer Germán Romero Sánchez receives death threat.

PBI-Colombia at meeting with German ambassador and threatened lawyer Germán Romero

Colombian human rights lawyer Germán Romero Sánchez receives death threat

Demand Protection for Atty. Germán Romero Sánchez

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/wp-content/uploads/Provisional-list-Colombian-lawyers.pdf

https://www.icj.org/es/colombia-la-cij-expresa-su-preocupacion-por-las-recientes-amenazas-sufridas-por-el-abogado-de-derechos-humanos-german-romero-sanchez/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.elespectador.com/noticias/judicial/no-te-voy-dejar-vivo-toda-la-vida-amenazan-abogado-de-victimas-de-agentes-estatales-articulo-884882 (ESPANOL)

https://www.justiciaypazcolombia.com/contexto-de-persecucion-y-robo-de-informacion-a-representante-de-victimas-el-abogado-german-romero-sanchez-integrante-de-dhcolombia/ (ESPANOL)

Egypt: Release human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Masry and others arrested in crackdown

October 18, 2019

ARTICLE 19

ARTICLE 19 calls for the immediate release of human rights defender and lawyer Mahienour El-Masry, who was arrested by Egyptian state security forces without formal charges on 22 September 2019.  Her arrest comes in a month where protestors, journalists, politicians, human rights defenders and lawyers have been arrested in mass crackdown on dissent, and we urge the Egyptian authorities to release all those detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

El-Masry’s family reported that she was kidnapped outside the Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP) building in Alexandria by three men and forced into a van. She was there in her capacity as a defence lawyer, for the questioning of her colleague and client Amr Nouhan and representing other protestors, who were arrested for taking part in protests earlier in the week. She is currently being held in pre-trial detention on “aiding a terrorist organization” and “spreading false news”.

Legal professionals who witnessed the kidnapping filed a claim with the Egyptian Prosecutor General, which in turn informed them that an arrest warrant had been issued against El-Masry. She has been detained awaiting trial, but the date is yet to be announced. She is currently detained in Al Qanater women’s prison and no date has been set for the investigation to resume.

El-Masry’s family informed ARTICLE 19 that she was questioned by the state security prosecution on 23 September 2019 following her arrest, and has been added to the case number 488/2019, dubbed “the whistles and horns case”, accused of “helping a terrorist group and publishing false news”. The case dates back to March 2019, and relates to terrorism charges brought against a number of protestors involved in a  demonstration in Cairo’s main train station following a fatal accident. El-Masry was not part of these protests. El-Masry remains in Al Qanater women’s prison pending investigation under this case.

Mahienour El-Masry has a long history of human rights activism in Egypt, where she has been arrested and jailed previously for protesting and speaking out on human rights issues. Her arrest and detention is part of an on-going crackdown on dissent in the last month.

https://www.article19.org/resources/egypt-release-human-rights-lawyer-mahienour-el-masry-and-others-arrested-in-crackdown/

https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/opinion/article/Egypt-s-brutal-retaliation-against-activists-14546265.php

https://www.facebook.com/freemahienour/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahienour_El-Massry

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/une-dfenseure-des-droits-humains-enleve-et-torture (FRANCAIS)

#FreeMahienour

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South Sudan/Kenya/Tanzania: South Sudan and Kenya sued over killing of two activists

August 2, 2019

Hope For Humanity Africa and the Pan African Lawyers Union have sued the governments of South Sudan and Kenya over the abduction and possible subsequent murder of human rights lawyer Dong Samuel and activist Aggrey Idri.

The case is before the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in Tanzania.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday, South Sudanese lawyer, Wani Santino Jada said the complainants want explanations on circumstances that led to the disappearance and killing of both men.

Last month, Wani said, South Sudan and Kenya received official invitations from the EACJ, in which Attorney Generals of both nations were summoned to appear before the Tanzania-based court.

He added that Juba confirmed receipt of the invitation on July 18, while Nairobi confirmed receipt of the same letter on July 22.

Wan said several lawyers in the region are demanding that Juba and Nairobi be held liable for the killing of both men.

He revealed that the court had given the Attorney-Generals of the two countries 45 days to appear before the tribunal in Tanzania.

Wani stressed that the deportation of Dong and Idri from Kenya was a blatant violation of East African laws because there were no bilateral agreements between Juba and Nairobi to deport the two activists.

In May, a report submitted to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), by a panel of experts tasked to probe the conflict situation in South Sudan, revealed that both Dong and Idri were kidnapped by the Internal Security Bureau of South Sudan in Nairobi.

It said the two men were then deported to Juba and executed three days later.

Dong, a renowned South Sudanese human rights lawyer and activist, and Aggrey Idri Ezbon, a member of the opposition SPLM-IO, disappeared from the Kenyan capital on 23 and 24 January 2017.

https://radiotamazuj.org/en/news/article/south-sudan-and-kenya-sued-over-killing-of-two-activists

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9bf6hqq6p58w5q8/1%20-%20%20Statement%20of%20Reference.pdf?dl=0

MEET Advocate

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/South-Sudan-denies-execution-of-prominent-activists/4552908-5097446-uoxweo/index.html

https://www.voanews.com/africa/un-panel-south-sudan-killed-activists

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/south-sudan-investigate-apparent-2017-killing-of-activists/

https://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66958

South Sudan: Detention and Disappearance of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri | Letter

Welcome to the East African Court of Justice

PALU

South Sudanese lawyer Wani Santino Jada of Hope for Humanity Africa (H4HA)

The Philippines: Rights lawyers pay tribute to ‘fallen heroes’

October 20, 2019

“Marami palang Ben dito.”

This was the statement of Clarissa Ramos, wife of slain Negros-based human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos Jr., as his colleagues from the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers paid tribute to their “fallen heroes” on Oct. 19.

Ramos was shot dead in the evening of Nov. 6, 2018 in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. He served as the go-to lawyer for the farmers and other poor of Negros. Among the last cases he handled was the case of the infamous Sagay 14 massacre.

Read: Rights lawyer gunned down in Negros

Clarissa accepted a painting from Ben’s colleagues who gathered here in Rizal Park Hotel in Manila for the 5th National Congress of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL).

“I urge the lawyers here to continue genuinely fighting for the people. Ben would always say there is nothing wrong with organizing and there is nothing wrong in defending the oppressed,” said Clarissa, adding that it is the “people will be the judge of our history.”

Apart from Ramos, the NUPL also paid tribute to lawyers Manuel Tan, Ramon Te, and slain lawyers Rodolfo Felicio and Concepcion Brizuela, one of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre. (https://www.bulatlat.com)

Rights lawyers pay tribute to ‘fallen heroes’

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/philippines-killing-of-human-rights-lawyer-benjamin-ramos

Lawyer Rodolfo Felicio killed

http://manilastandard.net/opinion/columns/eagle-eyes-by-tony-la-vina/293568/a-matrix-of-evil-lies.html

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/lawyers/connie-brizuela/

https://nupl.net/

Attacks on Filipino Lawyers and law workers 23 Sept 19 (IAPL MONITORING COMMITTEE REPORT)

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Tribute to Atty. Benjamin T. Ramos, Jr. and other NUPL Heroes

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 19/10/19)

On the occasion of the  5th Congress of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, the International Association of People’s Lawyers sends best wishes for a productive meeting.

In solidarity, we salute the brave human rights lawyers of the NUPL who have chosen the path of resistance to tyranny, carrying on the struggle for social justice through juridical and other avenues.

You will be discussing issues of great importance and of universal significance for all organizations seeking to further the cause of social justice and the  fulfillment of the promise of the rule of law: “Unifying Our Ranks to Strengthen the Protection and Advancement of Human Rights in the Face of Adversity” under the theme:  “Conquering Challenges in People’s Lawyering”.

It is a mark of the maturity and sophistication of the NUPL that you have chosen this opportunity to gather together to reflect upon your collective capacity to achieve the aims of the NUPL under the extreme repression you face collectively and individually.

In this era of global state terror and corporate dominance of civil society, lawyers are in the frontline around the globe, bearing the brunt of authoritarian state power. Thus the NUPL has been for years subject to attacks of many kinds ranging from assassination through trumped up charges to defamatory red tagging. At this momentous Congress you will be remembering those members who have fallen to the guns of assassins who act with impunity, and we join you in paying respect to those fallen colleagues.

But take pride in your achievements, and the NUPL’s determined, brave resistance. You are a lighthouse showing the way to the lawyers of the world. The NUPL is now legendary, a model for those in other countries where lawyers for human and environmental rights and social justice are being hunted down and executed.

When the Duterte regime is in the ashcan of history, the NUPL will be there for the people.

Prof. Gill Boehringer

Prof. Stuart Russell

Co-Chairs, IAPL   October 18, 2019                                                                                        

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Uganda: City lawyer succumbs to injuries after being attacked by mob

October 19, 2019

A UPDF soldier has been arrested for allegedly masterminding mob action against a lawyer who later succumbed to injuries.

The incident which occurred in Mutungo, Nakawa Division in Kampala on Monday is said to have been committed against Peter Kibirango by Sgt Gad Twijukye and other residents.

According to Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Sgt Twijukye, who was arrested on Thursday evening, mobilised boda boda riders to lynch  Kibirango, on suspicion to have stolen a mobile phone and its charger.

Kibirango, who works with Orima and Co Advocates, is said to have gone to a mobile money agent to carry out a transaction holding a charger and phone in his hands.

Owoyesigyire said Kibirango reportedly placed his charger on top of a phone that was on top of the counter of the mobile money point. There was also another placed at mobile shop belonging to Sgt Twijukye, a soldier attached to immigration training school in Nakasongola.

City lawyer succumbs to injuries after being attacked by mob

City Lawyer Dies After Attack; Colleagues Seek Justice

https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Lawyer-beaten-mob-mistakenly-picking-wrong-phone-dies/688334-5317246-3mlnw8/index.html

https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1508888/mob-kills-prominent-city-lawyer

https://observer.ug/news/headlines/62380-city-lawyer-dies-after-mob-justice-attack

India: Seven gets life imprisonment for killing lawyer in Hisar

October 19, 2019

A court in Hisar has sentenced seven persons to life imprisonment for murder of a lawyer in 2017.

Seven gets life imprisonment for killing lawyer in Hisar

A court in Hisar has sentenced seven persons to life imprisonment for murder of a lawyer in 2017.

The court also imposed fine on the accused for murder of lawyer Subhash Gupta.

A total of 12 witnesses gave their testimony during the course of trial. Gupta was attacked with a sharp weapon on January 24, 2017.

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/national/713328-seven-gets-life-imprisonment-for-killing-lawyer-in-hisar

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/lawyers-murder-sparks-outrage-nephew-among-4-arrested/articleshow/71667259.cms

https://www.firstpost.com/india/hisar-court-awards-life-term-rs-55000-fine-to-seven-for-killing-leading-advocate-subhash-gupta-in-2017-7524181.html

https://www.jagran.com/haryana/hisar-seven-guilty-including-pawan-bansal-in-murder-of-lawyer-subhash-gupta-19681376.html (HINDI)

https://zeenews.india.com/hindi/india/delhi-haryana/life-imprisonment-for-7-in-hisar-s-famous-lawyer-subhash-gupta-murder-case/586866 (HINDI)