Venezuela: Venezuela: violations de Caracas soumises à la CPI

le 13 octobre, 2017

L’ancienne procureure générale du Venezuela Luisa Ortega, en exil, va donner un dossier à la CPI sur des exécutions extrajudiciaires et d’autres violations menées par son gouvernement. Elle a rencontré vendredi à Genève le Haut commissaire aux droits de l’homme.

Ce document pour la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) sera accompagné “d’un ensemble d’expertises” qui prouvent ces exécutions, a-t-elle dit à quelques journalistes après sa discussion avec Zeid Raad al-Hussein. Après s’être réfugiée fin août en Colombie, Luisa Ortega, entrée en dissidence, avait entamé une tournée à travers l’Amérique latine, au Brésil, au Costa Rica et au Mexique.

Elle avait présenté des indications à charge sur la corruption présumée du gouvernement. Son successeur a expliqué qu’il n’ouvrirait pas d’investigations contre le président Nicolas Maduro sur ces allégations. Luisa Ortega avait été congédiée de ses fonctions début août par la nouvelle Assemblée constituante controversée, acquise au chef de l’Etat.

De son côté, M. Zeid a dénoncé en septembre devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme de possibles “crimes contre l’humanité” dans ce pays, accusations qualifiées de “mensonges” par le gouvernement. Il a demandé un mécanisme international d’investigations sur les violences de ces derniers mois entre le régime et les opposants qui ont fait au total au moins plus de 120 victimes.

https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/venezuela–violations-de-caracas-soumises-%C3%A0-la-cpi/43594620

http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20171013-une-etats-unis-retirent-unesco

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/have-evidence-against-maduros-graft-luisa-ortega/article19856054.ece (ENGLISH)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ousted-venezuelan-prosecutor-leaks-odebrecht-bribe-video-50449258 (ENGLISH)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/world/americas/venezuela-odebrecht-maduro-corruption.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-venezuelan-attorney-general-presenting-corruption-evidence-to-u-s-1507949458 (ENGLISH)

http://www.panorama.com.ve/politicayeconomia/Luisa-Ortega-Diaz-se-reunio-con-alto-comisionado-de-la-ONU-20171013-0040.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.elcolombiano.com/internacional/venezuela/exfiscal-luisa-ortega-habla-de-venezuela-KI7468804 (ESPANOL)

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UK: Muslim activist’s fight for privacy after ‘degrading digital strip search’

October 13, 2017

Muhammad Rabbani.

A British Muslim legal advocate has appealed to the High Court after he was convicted of a terrorism offence for failing to hand over his phone and computer password at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Muhammad Rabbani is now fighting to change a controversial law in the United Kingdom that allows police to carry out ‘digital strip searches’ without any specific suspicion.

Mr Rabbani is the International Director of CAGE, an organisation that fights policies developed as part of the global War on Terror.

He told SBS World News that embarrassing airport interrogations have become a routine part of travel for him and he has lost count of the amount of times he has been stopped at airports – it is in excess of 20 times.

“It’s a difficult ordeal, I mean it’s ever-degrading,” he says.

Mr Rabbani said he had flown home from Qatar in November 2016 when authorities “crossed a red line”.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/Muhammad-Rabbani-fight%20for-privacy-against-UK-terror-laws

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20196

Greece: Police examining the cases undertaken by murdered lawyer

October 13, 2017

Police on Friday stepped up an investigation into the murder of prominent lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos, who was gunned down in his central Athens office on Thursday night, apparently by perpetrators posing as clients.

According to authorities, the two men who entered the building on Asklipiou Street at around 7 p.m. had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

Once they were alone with him, they shot him in the head and chest.

As Zafeiropoulos’s office has no surveillance cameras, police are focusing on the footage of cameras from shops in the area in their bid to identify the killers.

The police investigation was focusing on recent cases undertaken by the 52-year-old criminal lawyer as investigators believe one of these may have provoked the perpetrators.

Among the cases handled by Zafeiropoulos are the defense of a suspect in the Energa-Hellas Power embezzlement affair (which has been linked to an attempted contract killing), the defense of the publisher of Parapolitika in a case against Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the defense of arms dealer Thomas Liakounakos as well as theft and drug cases.

Zafeiropoulos was a well-known criminal lawyer and the son of former New Democracy MP Nondas Zafeiropoulos. His murder prompted a reaction from Greece’s political parties.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222413/article/ekathimerini/news/police-examining-the-cases-undertaken-by-murdered-lawyer

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/13/greece-in-shock-as-police-investigate-lawyers-murder/

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222428/article/ekathimerini/news/judges-unions-postpone-action-in-wake-of-murder

http://en.capital.gr/News.asp?id=2440435

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222434/article/ekathimerini/news/police-seek-clues-in-killing-of-top-criminal-lawyer

http://kourdistoportocali.com/magazine/o-fotografos-nikos-christofakissooc-sto-topo-tis-dolofonias-tou-michali-zafiropoulou/ (ENGLISH/GREEK)

https://thecaller.gr/ellada/epixeirhsh-ekfovismou-tragodia-dolofonia-zafeiropoulou/ (GREEK)

http://www.kathimerini.gr/930651/article/epikairothta/ellada/enos-leptoy-sigh-kai-anavoles-synedriasewn-gia-th-dolofonia-zafeiropoyloy (GREEK)

http://www.tilegrafima.gr/nea/ektelesi-zafeiropoulou-thema-oron-i-syllipsi-ton-draston/ (GREEK)

http://patrastimes.gr/%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%AC%CE%B4%CE%B1/%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B9%CF%82-3-00-%CE%BC-%CE%BC-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CF%84%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%B5%CF%85%CF%84%CE%B1%CE%AF%CE%BF-%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%AF%CE%BF-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%BF%CE%BD-%CE%BC%CE%B9%CF%87/ (GREEK)

https://www.europafm.ro/avocat-grec-ucis-prin-impuscare-in-birou-in-centrul-atenei/ (ROMANIAN)

Egypt/Prix Martin Ennals: Egypte: Mohamed Zaree,lauréat du «Nobel des droits de l’Homme», risque la prison

October 13, 2017

Mohamed Zaree

Le juriste Mohamed Zaree, fervent défenseur des libertés d’expression en Egypte, a remporté le 10 octobre 2017 le prix Martin Ennals, l’une des plus prestigieuses récompenses dans le domaine des droits de l’Homme. Le lauréat n’a pas été autorisé à se rendre à Genève pour recevoir sa distinction.

Mohamed Zaree, directeur du bureau égyptien de l’Institut du Caire pour les études sur les droits humains (CIHRS), n’a pas le droit de quitter le territoire égyptien depuis mai 2016. L’activiste égyptien est sous le coup d’une enquête judiciaire qui pourrait lui valoir une lourde peine. «Les chefs d’inculpation dont je fais l’objet suffiraient à m’envoyer en prison pour 25 ans», explique-t-il dans une vidéo diffusée lors de la remise du prix Martin Ennals. C’est sa femme qui a fait le déplacement en Suisse pour réceptionner le prix décerné par une dizaine d’organisations internationales comme Amnesty ou Human Rights Watch.

Les ONG sous pression 
Mohamed Zaree, 34 ans, est accusé de bénéficier de fonds étrangers. Sous la pression des autorités, le siège de son organisation de défense des droits de l’Homme a été transféré à Tunis en 2014. L’activiste égyptien a choisi de rester dans le pays pour mener le combat de la liberté malgré les menaces de mort et les intimidations. Une nouvelle loi promulguée en mai 2017 par le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi impose des restrictions sans précédent aux ONG.

http://geopolis.francetvinfo.fr/egypte-mohamed-zareelaureat-du-nobel-des-droits-de-l-homme-risque-la-prison-163799

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/mohamed-zaree-prix-martin-ennals-pour-les-defenseurs-2017

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/press-release/mohamed-zaree-selected-2017-laureate-martin-ennals-award-human-rights-defenders

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/events/article/human-rights-bestowal-of-martin-ennals-award-10-10-17 (ENGLISH)

http://www.martinennalsaward.org/hrd/mohamed-zaree/ (ENGLISH)

Cameroon: Assassination attempt on Advocate General Ayah Paul Abine and family

October 12, 2017

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http://www.camer.be/63387/6:1/cameroun-paul-ayah-abine-echappe-a-un-assassinat-cameroon.html (FRANCAIS)

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

 

Turkey: Human rights lawyer Eren Keskin given 6-month jail sentence

October 12, 2017

Human rights lawyer Eren Keskin given 6-month jail sentence

Eren Keskin, a human rights activist, a lawyer and a columnist, was sentenced to 6 months in jail on conviction of insulting the security forces.

The jail sentence was converted to TL3,000 fine.

An Istanbul court, on Thursday, handed down its decision to sentence Keskin in prison for insulting the state security forces in one of her articles at the pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem newspaper.

The left-wing newspaper was earlier shut down as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown against its dissidents.

The court ruled that Keskin insulted the police department in a 2016 article, titled “Radical Evil.”

https://turkeypurge.com/human-rights-lawyer-eren-keskin-given-6-month-jail-sentence

https://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/eren-keskin-e-ceza-184170.html (TURKCE)

India: Delhi district bar associations to go on strike tomorrow over judge’s “misconduct”

October 12, 2017

District Bar Associations

The Co-ordination Committee of all District Bar Associations in Delhi has resolved to boycott court work tomorrow in light of “increasing tendency of misconduct by various judges”.

The resolution passed yesterday claims that the judicial administration has not taken any measures to curb such instances of misconduct on the part of judges. It states,

“The Co-ordination Committee is of the view that the respect which should be given to the legal fraternity being the officers of the court is unfortunately not being adhered to by some of the judges, which is resulting into loss of faith of the lawyers as well as public in the justice delivery system.”

The issue stems from an incident wherein the juniors of a lawyer appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Gupta on Tuesday with a view to obtaining a passover, as the senior was in another court. However, Gupta did not entertain the same.

https://barandbench.com/delhi-district-bar-associations-strike/

https://barandbench.com/kirubakaran-hooligan-legal-profession/