Austria/Turkey: PRESSEKONFERENZ: Solidarität mit Rechtsanwälten*innen sowie Richtern*innen in der Türkei – Plattform Rechtsstaat

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Donnerstag, 24. Jänner 2019, 10.00 Uhr, Österreichischer Journalisten Club – ÖJC, Vienna International Press Center, Blutgasse 3, 1010 Wien

Wien (OTS) – Der weltweite Solidaritätstag für verfolgte Anwälte*innen am 24. Jänner (Day of the Endangered Lawyer) ist dieses Jahr der TÜRKEI gewidmet.

Der Grund für die Verfolgung so vieler türkischer Anwälte*innen liegt in der Ausübung anwaltlicher Tätigkeit zur Verteidigung der Menschenrechte und Sicherstellung eines fairen Verfahrens. Dies schürt ein Klima der Angst und führt zum Zusammenbruch der Rechtsstaatlichkeit in der Türkei.

So befanden sich – laut Bericht des UN-Hochkommissars für Menschenrechte – schon Ende 2017 rund 570 Rechtsanwälte*innen in Haft, 1480 standen unter strafrechtlicher Verfolgung und 79 waren bereits zu langjährigen Freiheitsstrafen verurteilt.

Moderation: Fred TURNHEIM, ÖJC-Präsident


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Sudan: Lawyer protest today in Ad-Damazin

January 16, 2019


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Colombia: Daniel Prado, Colombia

Daniel Prado is a prominent Colombian human rights lawyer. He began his career by providing legal support to the family members of victims of enforced disappearance in the early 1990s and currently works with the Colombian NGO the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP). Among other emblematic cases, Daniel represents victims of paramilitarism in the case of Los Doce Apóstoles (The Twelve Apostles), in which Santiago Uribe, brother of former President and Senator Alvaro Uribe Velez, stands accused of creating paramilitary groups responsible for more than 500 murders. Daniel’s involvement in this and other high-profile cases has seen him exposed to threats, stigmatization and harassment, as well as a public campaign of defamation and slander. Due to the high level of threats against him, in November 2017 the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights passed a sentence extending his protection measures. PBI has accompanied the CIJP since 1994.

On 13 November 2018, Daniel Prado was awarded one of the first ever Henry Brooke Awards for Human Rights Defenders, in recognition of his extraordinary courage and determination in pursuing justice for the oppressed and the marginalised.

On his work and its beneficiaries

My name is Daniel Prado Albarracín and I am a lawyer in defence of human rights. I have done my work first and foremost as a human rights defender, in collaboration with defenders’ organizations such as the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CCAJAR) and the Inter-church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP). In addition to that, I provided professional service to the Association of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared (ASFADDES) several years ago.

The work I do is for people with few economic resources, usually victims of state security agencies, who would not otherwise have the means to access a lawyer. Usually they were victims of people with military political power; they are very vulnerable people. The population groups they come from are diverse, indigenous, displaced, some of the most vulnerable communities in the country. People linked to the conflict, relatives of people linked to the conflict, community leaders who have been persecuted and victims of violent acts such as enforced disappearance, torture or homicide.

On the risks he faces for his work

I believe they want to threaten my life and this could be acted upon at any time because there is no serious policy on the part of the state to ensure the defence and the dignity of human rights defenders. The transcendence and importance of our role as overseers is not understood. If in Colombia there was the possibility that the state would assume the investigations for each one of the human rights violations, we would not be necessary. But the state does not understand and many times it is the one in charge of persecuting us. State agents are used to persecute us, to intercept our telephones, to persecute our relatives, to take photographs of them… this is a state policy that continues today.

The risks in Colombia are unstoppable. I have taken many cases with consequences for a lot of people. Personally I think that at some point something will happen – there is a 90% chance that it will happen because there are many people who are upset with the work that I have done in the defence of Human Rights. There is Alfonso Prados Vega who is spreading words against me, he has a lot of hatred and a lot of power, he is close to Uribe Velez. Uribe as ex-president and senator every so often is naming me, accusing me of things, alleging that I am a guerrilla, faithful lawyer of the mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Peto, a number of things that are not true. At any point they could make an attempt on my life. (ESPANOL) (ESPANOL)

France: Un avocat, soupçonné de financement du terrorisme, placé en garde à vue

le 15 janvier, 2019


Il s’agit d’une première en France dans une affaire de terrorisme islamiste. L’avocat Bruno Vinay a été interpellé et placé en garde à vue ce mardi matin dans les locaux de la Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (DGSI) pour des soupçons de financement de terrorisme.

Depuis plusieurs mois, cet avocat parisien intervient dans de nombreux dossiers de terrorisme islamiste ou de départs pour le jihad. Parmi les clients de Bruno Vinay figure Emilie König, une jihadiste française arrêtée il y a un an en Syrie par les forces kurdes et accusée d’avoir recruté près de 200 personnes pour Daesh. Il intervient également dans des affaires d’assignation à résidence, il s’est associé à Amnesty International qui demande l’abrogation de cette mesure.

Bruno Vinay est notamment l’avocat de Kamel Daoudi. Le plus ancien assigné à résidence de France, condamné pour “association de malfaiteurs en relation avec une entreprise terroriste”, était jugé en décembre dernier pour des retards de pointage. (ENGLISH)

Germany/Turkey: Day of the Endangered Lawyer (Berlin)

January 15, 2019


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Kenya: The Kenyan Judiciary Strikes “Terror” Again in the Hearts of African Dictators

January 14, 2019

It is not too early to pass judgment that the Kenyan Judiciary along with the South African judiciary are the leading judicial lights in Africa in terms of exercising judicial autonomy and independence. This article deals with the very important decision by the Kenyan High Court on December 14, 2018 in relation to an opposition politician which demonstrates the significant advances in the calibre and independence of the Kenyan judiciary, a decision which is not conceivable anywhere else in Africa except South Africa.

The decision relates to one lawyer Miguna Miguna who was forcibly deported twice back to Canada by the Kenyan government on account that he was not a Kenyan citizen as he had allegedly lost his citizenship when the constitution was amended in 2010. In early 2018, the Kenyan government disobeyed all types of judicial orders to release Miguna who had been detained. They put him back in the plane twice and deported him.

Miguna started the long distance legal struggle from Canada to overturn government decisions and to make the government pay for the monumental human rights violations inflicted on him. He hired Kenyan lawyers who laboured without pay for their colleague. At long last, on December 14, the decision was handed down: the High Court judge Justice Mwitwa ruled that Miguna never lost his Kenyan citizenship which he had acquired by birth and that the government had committed egregious acts by revoking his passport and had further indulged in torturous violations of his human rights. They must immediately reinstate his passport and allow him back into Kenya.

On top of this, the High Court ruled that the taxpayers must not be saddled with paying the damages and costs awarded to Miguna, the damages and costs must be borne out personally by the individual officers involved: the Attorney General, the Immigration Chief, the relevant Police Inspector General and several other named officers. US$70,000. And costs. This is huge in Africa. This is revolutionary. Such orders are rare. The last recent one in Africa was when the South African High Court ordered that Zuma must pay for the costs of all legal actions that he was involved in while he was President but for crimes he had committed as an individual.

Governments have had the luxury of violating people’s rights and when and if orders were issued against governments to pay, the government’s either didn’t pay or paid because it was taxpayers money and the faceless individuals who violated someone’s rights didn’t feel the impact. If the government didn’t pay, it is difficult to determine whom to actually pursue. Governments acted with impunity. A government is faceless.