India: Advocates abstain from court work to protest rising attacks

December 13, 2017

ON THE call of State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, advocates abstained from work on Tuesday and staged demonstration and dharna to press for their demand to bring Advocate Protection Act. In the State-wide strike, advocates abstained from work right from Tehsil level court to High Court. On the call of State Bar Council, advocates observed ‘Prativad Diwas’. Advocates staged demonstration in MPHC premises and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Lawyers protesting on Tuesday said that in Adhivakta Mahapanchayat called by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan five years ago various declerations were made by him for welfare of advocates fraternity including enactment of Advocates Protection Act. But even after passing long time, the Government has initiated period of five years no concrete step has been taken as a result number of incidents of attack on lawyers are on the rise in the State.
In past years in various incidents of attacks on lawyers many advocates lost their lives. Recently, in a brutal attack, an Advocate was killed in Bhopal, while another Advocate was attacked in Rewa recently. An eminent office-bearer of Madhya Pradesh State Bar Council R K Singh Saini while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that advocates are aggrieved with rising attacks on advocates in the State and continuous ignorance towards enactment of Advocates Protection Act in the State have observed Prativad Diwas on Tuesday. Across the State, around 87,000 advocates abstained from work right from Tehsil courts to High Court. Advocate Saini added that recently during visit of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Madhya Pradesh High Court in a programme of High Court Senior Advocates Bar Association the issue was discussed with the Chief Minister.


Israel/Palestine: 3 Palestinian Lawyers Released from Administrative Detention, Khader Adnan Redetained, Launches Immediate Hunger Strike

December 13, 2017

Three Palestinian lawyers were ordered released by an Israeli occupation court on Monday, 11 December after being held for a week in the Petah Tikva interrogation center. Khaled Zabarqa, Iyad Misk and Firas al-Sabbah were ordered to house imprisonment for one week and a travel ban was imposed on the three lawyers.

Prior to their release, the U.S.-based lawyers’, legal workers’ and law students’ association, the National Lawyers Guild, issued a statement condemning Donald Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem and also demanding the release of the three lawyers. The statement follows below:

“The National Lawyers Guild expresses its strongest condemnation of the latest illegal and dangerous declaration of U.S President Donald Trump purporting to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli state. This move seeks to legitimize occupation and undermine Palestinian fundamental rights at the highest level. It seeks to legitimize an unlawful Israeli occupation and annexation of Jerusalem and blatantly violates the U.S.’ obligations under the Geneva Conventions and the UN Charter to recognize and abide by international law.

Turkey: ‘There’s no logic’: Turkey begins trial of academics charged with ‘terror offences’ after signing petition

December 5, 2017

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Turkey on Tuesday began the hugely controversial trial of a group of academics charged with terror offences for signing a petition calling for peace in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

More 1,120 Turkish and also foreign academics signed the petition which emerged in January 2016 calling for an end to the military’s crackdown on outlawed Kurdish rebels in the southeast that had begun six months earlier.

The academics say the petition was an apolitical call for peace but prosecutors charged 146 of the signatories with making propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The first 10 – from Istanbul University and Galatasaray University – went on trial in Istanbul on Tuesday with the hearing attended by EU diplomats including the French ambassador.

Each suspect had a 10-minute hearing at the start of a marathon process expected to continue until at least April. The prosecution has chosen not to stage a mass trial involving all the suspects in the same case.


Professor Ibrahim Kaboglu, whose hearing is set for December 21, called the trial an “absurdity.”

“It’s a paradoxical dilemma. There’s no logic. It cannot be justified legally,” said Kaboglu, who lost his job after signing the petition.

“The trial is rooted in freedom of expression, which is a crucial problem for Turkey,” he said. (TURKCE) (TURKCE) (TURKCE) (FRANCAIS) (DEUTSCH)

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Burma: Almost a Year After NLD Adviser’s Murder, Key Suspect Still at Large

December 12, 2017

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As a human rights and constitutional lawyer, U Ko Ni helped others find justice. But for U Ko Ni himself, justice remains elusive.

This coming January will mark the one-year anniversary of his tragic death at Yangon International Airport, where he was shot at close range in broad daylight. But 11 months after his death, Aung Win Khaing, the suspected mastermind of the assassination, is still at large. A statement issued by the President’s Office said the former lieutenant colonel is believed to have hired gunman Kyi Lin to shoot U Ko Ni.

The ex-army officer vanished into thin air after the killing. Four other suspects have been on trial for several months, and as of last week 65 of 80 witnesses have testified. The motive for the murder, according to the national police chief, was a “personal grudge;” he said the alleged conspirators were “resentful” of U Ko Ni’s political activities.

With the murder trial having dragged on now for nearly a year without the main suspect, longtime friends and colleagues of U Ko Ni expressed their disappointment with the Home Affairs Ministry — which controls the country’s police force — for its failure to arrest Aung Win Khaing.

Venezuela/EU/Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought: Call for EU sanctions ahead of human rights award

December 12, 2017

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The EU’s top human rights award will be officially presented to Venezuela’s opposition and political prisoners on Wednesday.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought comes after deadly anti-government demos in the country earlier this year.

Last month, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, an opponent of President Nicolas Maduro, escaped house arrest and made it to Spain.

Speaking to Euronews, he says the EU needs to hit Venezuela with sanctions.

“Canada and the US have made sanctions against individuals, and not against the whole country. They’re meant to hit people in connection with drug trafficking, corruption and human rights violations. The EU too should follow this path,” Ledezma stressed.

“But there has been a step forward with the EU’s embargo on arms being used by the government of Nicolas Maduro to commit crimes against human rights.”

Venezuela is in crisis, with deep splits between supporters of Maduro’s socialist government and the opposition. The government rejects global criticism.

The Sakaharov prize – named after a Soviet scientist and dissident – is awarded annually. Last year, it was went to two Yazidi women who escaped the so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

Wednesday’s ceremony will be held in Strasbourg. (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (ESPANOL) (ESPANOL)


December 12, 2017

Demanding to submit challan and medical examination of minors to verify age, scores of lawyers gathered at SP North office in connection with a case in which a lawyer was assaulted by three youths on Sunday near Nanke petrol pump under TT Nagar police station area.

Police said that the victim advocate Ashok Vishwakarma was hit in his head with a hard object by the three accused including two minors. Suraj was sent to jail while one of the minors was sent to juvenile home and after the verification of the documents the other minor would be produced in the juvenile justice court.

SP (South) Rahul Kumar Lodha said that the lawyers were demanding that one of the accused who was minor and produced in the Juvenile Justice Court should undergo medical examination for confirmation of his minor age.

“Their other demand was to submit challan at the earliest and we are investigating the case and the further investigations have been started,” he added

In the incident three persons including two minor boys attacked the victim in his head but the victim braved and nabbed one of the accused while the other two were nabbed later in the investigation.

Argentina/Israel/Iran: A small and long overdue step toward justice in the ’94 Buenos Aires Jewish center bombing

December 10, 2017

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The wheels of justice can grind exceedingly slow in places like Argentina, even when terrorism, mass murder and cover-ups at the highest level of government are involved.

But there’s a major development in the still-officially unsolved bombing of a 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish center in which 85 people were killed: A federal judge last week indicted ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for treason and asked Argentina’s Senate to lift her immunity from arrest and detention.

He based the charges on the investigation of Alberto Nisman, the crusading prosecutor found shot to death in 2015 just hours before he was to testify at a closed-door hearing and unveil a criminal case against Kirchner and her allies.

Nisman was to name a Lebanese Hezbollah operative acting with top-level Iranian support and direction as the main bomber.

And he was set to charge Kirchner and then-Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman with whitewashing Iran’s involvement in the attack in return for a lucrative secret trade deal involving Argentinian grain in return for Iranian oil.

Investigators appointed by Kirchner officially labeled Nisman’s death a suicide, but a new forensic investigation in September declared that he’d been murdered.
The Senate now has eight months to decide whether to lift Kirchner’s immunity — and the sad fact is that it probably won’t.

That’s because President Mauricio Macri, who supports the investigation, does not command a majority in the Senate. And some officials fear arresting Kirchner will only make her a left-wing martyr.

But the saddest fact of all is that, after nearly a quarter-century, no one has yet been successfully prosecuted for a deadly act of terror — or for the murder of a prosecutor who tried to bring those killers to justice. (ESPANOL) (ESPANOL) (ESPANOL)