Turkey/Russia: Lawyer for suspect in Karlov assassination case indicted over Gülen links

May 20, 2019

Erdem Semih Yıldız, the lawyer for Salih Yılmaz, who is standing trial in connection with the December 2016 murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, has been indicted for alleged links to the Gülen movement, the T24 news website reported on Monday.

The indictment demanded up to 15 years’ imprisonment for Erdem Semih Yıldız due to his alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government blames for a failed coup in 2016 and labels as a terrorist group.

Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty policeman while speaking at an Ankara exhibit opening in December 2016. The gunman, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, was killed by police at the scene.

In the course of the assassination Altıntaş shouted slogans in reference to Russia’s offensive in Aleppo as well as a war chant used by a jihadist group in Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the pro-government media were quick to lay the blame on the Gülen movement.

They insisted on the narrative despite the fact that many suspects denied having any links with the movement and admitted other Islamic affiliations.



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France: L’avocate du rappeur Nick Conrad a porté plainte pour menaces

le 20 mai, 2019

Une enquête a été ouverte par le parquet de Bobigny et pointe notamment vers des identitaires.

Chloé Arnoux et Nick Conrad en janvier

Quand ce n’est pas Nick Conrad qui fait l’objet d’une plainte, c’est son avocate qui en dépose une. Chloé Arnoux, qui défend le rappeur contre lequel Christophe Castaner a saisi la justice ce week-end, a confirmé ce lundi 20 mai auprès du HuffPost s’être rendue auprès des autorités le mois dernier. Elle a porté plainte pour menaces de mort et de viols, et insultes misogynes et racistes.

Comme le relaie LCI, elle venait alors d’assurer la défense du rappeur Nick Conrad dans l’affaire du clip “Pendez les blancs”. Le rappeur a été condamné en mars à une amende de 5000 euros avec sursis. Il a fait appel.

Toujours selon le site de la chaîne d’info en continu, Chloé Arnoux a par la suite “été la cible d’une campagne anonyme” au cours de laquelle elle a reçu une dizaine de mails et messages particulièrement violents et insultants.

Des identitaires à la manœuvre?

Selon LCI, des messages relayaient directement des sites internet identifiés comme appartenant à la fachosphère. Une capture d’écran transmise par Chloé Arnoux au HuffPost montre également un article particulièrement insultant du site “Démocratie participative”, connu pour ses “articles” racistes, antisémites, misogynes ou homophobes. En novembre dernier, le tribunal de grande instance de Paris avait ordonné le blocage de cette plateforme en France.

L’affaire ne se limite d’ailleurs pas à des messages sur internet. Outre que les auteurs de ces missives lui assurent qu’ils la surveillent et qu’ils savent où elle habite, une enquête a été ouverte après que des hommes semblant attendre au pied du cabinet de Chloé Arnoux ont été repérés. Une enquête ouverte par le parquet de Bobigny est toujours en cours. Au Huffpost, l’avocate précise: “Je ne craindrai jamais d’exercer le métier que j’ai choisi. Mais il me serait incompréhensible que ces comportements xénophobes et misogynes ne soient pas condamnés, sans réserve et sans ambiguïté”.






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India/Canada: Gurpreet Singh: Indian lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat presented with medal of courage in Surrey

May 19, 2019

Indians Abroad for Pluralist India members Rakesh Kumar and Parshotam Dosanjh were among many who were present to hear Deepika Singh Rajawat (right) speak at the Surrey City Centre Library.

A visiting human rights lawyer from India who fought for justice to the family of an eight-year-old victim of rape and murder was honoured at a well-attended public event in Surrey on Saturday (May 18).

Deepika Singh Rajawat stepped forward at personal risk to defend the family of Asifa Bano—a Muslim nomad girl who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and killed by Hindu fundamentalists in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in January 2018.

Those involved in the conspiracy wanted to terrorize and humiliate Muslims in the area by and using rape as a weapon.

Rajawat faced threats and intimidation in the deeply polarized society of India. The accused continue to enjoy the patronage of the ruling right-wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which holds power in India.

Rajawat was presented with the Radical Desi medal of courage at the Surrey City Centre Library by members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI).

IAPI president Parshotam Dosanjh presented her with the medal amid huge applause.

Radical Desi is an online publication that covers alternative politics and last year it declared Rajawat as its Person of the Year. IAPI and Radical Desi have partnered on number of initiatives.



Human rights defender from India, Deepika Singh Rajawat, introduced to BC Legislature



I Don’t Know Till When I Will Be Alive Says Kathua Rape Case Lawyer



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India: New acts of harassment against Ms. Indira Jaising, Mr. Anand Grover and the Lawyers Collective

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May 16, 2019

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in India.

Brief description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about new acts of harassment against Ms. Indira Jaising and Mr. Anand Grover, human rights lawyers and founders of the Indian NGO Lawyers Collective. Both Ms. Jaising and Mr. Grover are internationally renowned human right professionals who have a long history of engaging with the United Nations (UN) system. Ms. Jaising is a former member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Mr. Grover is a former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. Lawyers Collective is a prominent public interest service provider in India with an established record of setting high standards in human rights advocacy, legal aid and litigation.

According to the information received, on May 8, 2019, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice in a petition filed on May 6 by an organisation called ‘Lawyers Voice.’ The petition demanded that the Government of India initiate criminal proceedings against Lawyers Collective, Ms. Jaising, and Mr. Grover for the alleged misuse of foreign funding under the 2010 Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

The bench issued the notice despite the fact that the petition did not provide any supporting information. The Observatory further recalls that Lawyers Collective’s FCRA was suspended and subsequently cancelled in 2016 – a measure that is being challenged by Lawyers Collective before the Bombay High Court (see background information).

Ms. Jaising recently expressed strong criticism regarding the handling of proceedings in a case that involves allegations of sexual harassment against CJI Ranjan Gogoi by a former Supreme Court employee.

The Observatory expresses its deepest concern for the harassment against Lawyers Collective, Ms. Indira Jaising and Mr. Anand Grover and condemns the use of FCRA to impede legitimate activities of human rights organisations.

The Observatory calls upon the Indian authorities to put an end to all acts of harassment, including at the judicial level, against them and to amend FRCA in a manner that is consistent with international standards of freedom of association, including Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Background information:

On June 3, 2016, the Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the FCRA registration of Lawyers Collective. In addition, the Ministry of Home Affairs leaked the suspension notice to the press before Lawyers Collective received a copy of it. This suspension of the FCRA registration was based on allegations that Lawyers Collective, in particular Ms. Jaising and Mr. Grover, violated FCRA regulations.





NGO v. NGO: Supreme Court issues notice in PIL seeking action against Lawyers Collective, Indira Jaising, Anand Grover




Indira Jaising




Pakistan/UK: Lawyer who defended Asia Bibi named Secularist of the Year

May 18, 2019

Lawyer who defended Asia Bibi named Secularist of the Year

A lawyer who defended a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan has been named as the Secularist of the Year for 2019.

Saif ul Malook, who defended Asia Bibi, was awarded the National Secular Society’s annual prize at its Secularism 2019 conference on Saturday 18 May.

The award presented by the human rights barrister and NSS honorary associate Geoffrey Robertson QC.

Asia Bibi was sentenced to death by hanging for allegedly insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad in November 2010. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered her to be freed in October 2018. It upheld her acquittal in the face of a petition urging its quashing in January.

Malook represented Asia Bibi from 2014 until the end of the process. He has faced death threats from Islamists in response, as have the judges who ordered her to be freed.

He is now handling another blasphemy case involving Shaghufta Kausar, who faces a possible death sentence in Pakistan over a text message that allegedly insulted Muhammad.

Saif ul Malook said:

“Thanks to the National Secular Society for recognising my efforts to secure the acquittal of Asia Bibi.

“To fight blasphemy cases in Pakistan is putting one’s own and families’ lives at risk. The moral support from organisations such as the NSS has given me the courage to take the case of Shaghufta Kausar – another Christian woman on death row on blasphemy charges.

“I assure you that I plan to continue my mission in providing legal aid to all blasphemy victims even in future regardless to the threat to my life.”






Pakistani mother cleared of blasphemy charges, joins her daughters in Canada



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UK: Meet Amal Clooney



Amal Clooney has been sent death threats after representing jailed Maldivian president





https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amal_Clooney (FRANCAIS)

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Turkey: Ministry blocks prosecution of Turkish lawyer beaten by Erdoğan’s bodyguards

May 17, 2019

Turkey’s Justice Ministry denied permission to launch a prosecution against Sertuğ Sürenoğlu, a lawyer who in April was reportedly beaten up by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security detail in İstanbul after complaining that the presidential motorcade was holding up traffic.

In a written statement the ministry announced the rejection of a request lodged by a prosecutor’s office to charge the lawyer with insulting the president.

While insulting the president is criminalized in Turkey, pursuing prosecution is subject to ministry approval. The decision means the end of the judicial proceedings against Sürenoğlu, who after the incident in April was briefly detained and later put under house arrest by an İstanbul court.

Back in April, Sürenoğlu was beaten up by Erdoğan’s bodyguards after complaining to police officers about the presidential convoy, which had caused traffic gridlock. He claimed he was forced to sign a statement saying he had insulted Erdoğan before being handed over to the police for formal detention.

Ministry blocks prosecution of Turkish lawyer beaten by Erdoğan’s bodyguards


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