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Guatemala: ABOGADO DEL PUEBLO XINCA, AMENAZADO

13/05/19

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Quelvin Jiménez ha recibido amenazas de muerte y sigue siendo objeto de campañas difamatorias, intimidación y vigilancia a causa de sus actividades en defensa de los derechos del pueblo xinca a la tierra y el territorio en el contexto de las actividades mineras en el sur de Guatemala. Las amenazas más recientes incluyen llamadas telefónicas, la presencia de hombres armados cerca de su casa y un intento de intimidación cuando se dirigía a su domicilio el 6 de mayo. Instamos al Ministerio Público a llevar a cabo investigaciones sobre todos los ataques y a brindar protección a Quelvin Jiménez


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Consuelo Porras

Fiscal General de Guatemala

Correo-e: carrecis@mp.gob.gt (secretaría de la sra. Porras)

Twitter: @MPguatemala

 

Señora Fiscal General:

Me dirijo a usted para expresarle mi alarma y mi preocupación por la seguridad del abogado del pueblo xinca Quelvin Jiménez, quien fue alertado de un plan para matarlo a finales de abril y cuya casa estaba siendo vigilada. El 6 de mayo, el mismo hombre al que se había visto cerca de su casa persiguió a Quelvin en una motocicleta e intentó que el vehículo del abogado redujera la velocidad. Quelvin ha recibido amenazas de muerte telefónicas en varias ocasiones. Las investigaciones sobre los ataques anteriores continúan pendientes, y la policía aún no ha aplicado las medidas de seguridad ordenadas por el Ministerio Público para brindarle protección.

La instamos a llevar a cabo una investigación inmediata, independiente, efectiva e imparcial sobre todas las amenazas y los ataques contra Quelvin Jiménez, y a llevar a todos los responsables de estos hechos ante la justicia. También le pedimos que garantice que se le asigna protección policial, de acuerdo con sus deseos y necesidades.

 

https://www.amnistia.org/ve/noticias/2019/05/10416/guatemala-abogado-del-pueblo-xinca-amenazado

“Ante la extensa actividad extractiva, la lucha de las comunidades sigue en pie»: concluye Foro Permanente para Cuestiones Indígenas

Representantes indígenas hablan sobre el extractivismo durante foro de la ONU

https://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent-actions/urgent-action-lawyer-of-xinca-people-under-threat-guatemala-ua-63-19/ (ENGLISH)

https://nisgua.org/portfolio-items/active-quelvin-jimenez-xinka-parliament/ (ENGLISH)

https://eu.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/05/22/guatemalan-locals-risk-repression-reno-mining-corp-jimenez/633754002/ (ENGLISH)

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/2019/05/when-pan-american-silver-bought-escobal-mine-it-bought-legacy-violence (ENGLISH)

Egypt: Arrests raise fears of fresh crackdown against peaceful critics

May 17, 2019

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The arbitrary detention of labour rights lawyer, Haytham Mohamdeen, and former political activist, Mostafa Maher, this week has raised fears that the Egyptian authorities might be embarking on a fresh crackdown targeting peaceful dissent or individuals with history of activism, said Amnesty International.

“These latest arrests have reignited a climate of fear amongst independent activists and human rights organizations about a renewed assault by the Egyptian authorities on the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

“The Egyptian authorities have an appalling record of arbitrarily detaining peaceful activists over unfounded charges for months and sometimes for years, without ever referring them to trial, before releasing them under harsh probation measures. Instead of stepping up their repression with a fresh round of arbitrary detentions, the authorities should stop harassing peaceful critics and ensure all those detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association or assembly are immediately and unconditionally released.”

Amnesty International is calling on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mostafa Maher and Haytham Mohamdeen as their detention is arbitrary, and the charge against them is overly vague and has no credible basis. They appear to have been targeted solely because of their history of peaceful activism. The authorities also violated their fair trial rights during arrest, detention and questioning.

Background

On 13 May, Haytham Mohamdeen was summoned to Saf police station, in Giza governate, south of Cairo, after being wrongfully accused of violating his probation terms. When he went to the police station, the police arrested him and held him without access to his lawyer or family until 16 May. Haytham Mohamdeen had been under probation since his release on 30 October 2018 from five months of arbitrary  detention over trumped up charges of inciting peaceful protests against austerity measures.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/egypt-arrests-raise-fears-of-fresh-crackdown-against-peaceful-critics/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypts-sisi-pardons-hundreds-prisoners-including-prominent-journalist

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/lawyers/haytham-mohamadeen/

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/international/nouvelle-vague-darrestations-de-militants-en-egypte-316132 (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Proposed law restricting access to lawyer would be crushing blow for justice

May 16, 2019

A contemptible amendment to Iran’s code of criminal procedure could effectively strip detainees who are facing punishments such as the death penalty, life imprisonment and amputation, of the right to access a lawyer while they are under investigation, said Amnesty International.

An analysis of the bill published by the organization today details how, if passed, the amended law would permit the prosecution to immediately deprive individuals arrested on “national security” and certain other serious criminal charges of access to a lawyer for 20 days, which could be extended to cover the whole investigation phase. In Iran, those charged with “national security” offences include human rights defenders, journalists and political dissidents targeted solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights.

“This is a regressive piece of draft legislation which would effectively remove the right to a lawyer in a wide range of criminal investigations and contravene Iran’s obligations under international law. If passed by MPs it would be a crushing blow to Iran’s already deeply defective justice system and could further consolidate patterns of torture and other ill-treatment against detainees to extract forced confessions during interrogations,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at ‎Amnesty International.

“Denial of prompt access to a lawyer is a serious violation of the right to a fair trial in all circumstances, but it is particularly shocking in cases where individuals are at risk of being sentenced to severe or irreversible punishments such as execution, amputation and life imprisonment.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/iran-proposed-law-restricting-access-to-lawyer-would-be-crushing-blow-for-justice/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/iran-proposed-law-could-see-those-facing-death-sentences-denied-lawyers

https://www.rferl.org/a/amnesty-iran-law-inmates-access-lawyers-would-be-crushing-blow-for-justice/29945990.html

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/women/6040-tensions-growing-between-female-activists-and-sexist-iranian-institutions.html

https://www.le-tout-lyon.fr/me-nasrin-sotoudeh-membre-d-honneur-du-barreau-de-lyon-10923.html (FRANCAIS)

https://derstandard.at/2000103064214/Proteste-von-iranischen-Studierenden-gegen-Kopftuchzwang (DEUTSCH)

https://www.fr.de/politik/iraner-leiden-unter-armut-repression-12287039.html (DEUTSCH)

https://bologna.repubblica.it/cronaca/2019/05/13/news/l_avvocata_iraniana_anti-hijab_cittadina_onoraria_di_bologna-226185986/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.artearti.net/magazine/articolo/nasrin-sotoudeh-una-vita-per-difendere/ (ITALIANO)

https://portal.oa.pt/comunicacao/comunicados/2019/comunicado-condenacao-da-advogada-iraniana-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (PORTUGUES)

https://pt.globalvoices.org/2019/05/20/por-que-a-republica-islamica-do-ira-tem-medo-de-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (PORTUGUES)

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Tour de France des Barreaux/ action de Mobilisation libérez Nasrin SOUTOUDEH : les membres de notre Conseil de l’Ordre témoignent de leur solidarité#FreeNasrin

(Barreau de Lyon Facebook, 17/05/19)

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Après avoir, pour la plupart, adopté des motions de soutien,comme c’est le cas du barreau du Val d’Oise, les barreaux se passent le relai de la mobilisation pour soutenir notre Consoeur iranienne Nasrin SOTOUDEH écopant une peine de prison de 38 ans, relai matérialisé par une banderole partie du barreau de DOUAI, comme pour garder vivante la flamme de l’espoir.
#freeNasrin

(Ordre AvocatsduVal d’Oise Facebook, 14/05/19)

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Le bureau du CNB reçoit une délégation de manifestants qui se sont rassemblés sous le portrait géant de #NasrinSotoudeh, devant le siège du CNB, pour réclamer, une rose 🌹 à la main, sa libération.

(CNB Conseil National des Barreaux Facebook, 16/05/19)

Bangladesh: New Arrests Over Social Media Posts

May 17, 2019

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Bangladesh authorities made a series of new arrests in their crackdown on the right to free speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests were based on vague charges such as “hurting religious sentiment” or undermining “law and order.”

Those arrested include Abdul Kaium, a human rights activist; Henry Sawpon, a well-known poet; and Imtiaz Mahmood, a lawyer. All three were detained and charged under section 57 of the draconian Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act or its more abusive successor, the Digital Security Act 2018.

“Arresting activists, poets, and lawyers for exercising their right to free speech is straight out of the authoritarian playbook,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The Bangladesh government should stop locking up its critics and review the law to ensure it upholds international standards on the right to peaceful expression.”

A group of writers, artists, and journalists staged a protest in Dhaka’s Shahbagh square on May 15, saying they would go on an indefinite strike beginning on May 17 if Sawpon and Mahmood were not released. Both Sawponand Mahmood were granted bail on May 16; Kaium remains in detention.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/05/17/bangladesh-new-arrests-over-social-media-posts

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/court/2019/05/16/sc-lawyer-imtiaz-mahmood-gets-bail-in-ict-act-case

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/dhaka/2019/05/15/lawyer-imtiaz-mahmood-held

https://www.banglanews24.com/english/law/article/76582/lawyer-imtiaz-mahmood-sent-to-jail

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2019/05/16/amnesty-int-l-bangladeshi-authorities-should-respect-freedom-of-speech

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/free-speech-concerns-bangladesh-writers-activist-arrested-190516103206378.html

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/poet-lawyer-jailed-in-fresh-crackdown-in-bangladesh-hrw-119051700551_1.html

Iran: The Iranian Mullahs Are Nervous

May 7, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s appearance over the weekend on CBS’s Face the Nation showed him trying to convince someone — his minders at home, perhaps — that Iran is a moderate, trustworthy, and terror-fighting country.

The designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terror organization and the end of oil waivers, he said, would “show the Iranian people that the US is not worthy of being a negotiating partner” and the Trump administration is “squeezing the Iranian people, not the government.”

He added: “When the Iranian people are pressured, they do not respond with submission, they respond with resistance. They want us to represent them.”

That last one is a dead giveaway that the mullahs are nervous.

There is also “White Wednesday,” the women’s protest against laws mandating the wearing of the hijab. Shaparak Shajarizadeh, the iconic woman who stood on a utility box and waved her scarf, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. But women across the country have carried on, removing their headscarves and dancing in public — something also forbidden to women. They are supported by husbands, brothers, and fathers. They too face arrest and imprisonment.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who defended White Wednesday women in court, has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.

By the end of 2018, Amnesty International said that Iran had arrested more than 7,000 people.

The Iranian Mullahs Are Nervous

Tweets Against Iran’s Compulsory Hijab Law Land Male Activist in Prison

New Chief Justice Appoints Proponent of Public Executions as Tehran Prosecutor General

http://www.hambastegi-iran.org/spip.php?article5486

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

https://www.amnistiepdm.org/centre-de-presse/iran-vous-me-manquez-mes-chers-enfants-les-lettres-que-nasrin-sotoudeh-a-ecrites-a-ses-enfants-depuis-la-prison (FRANCAIS)

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

http://www.cesenatoday.it/cronaca/ai-giardini-savelli-una-manifestazione-per-la-liberazione-di-nasrin-sotoudeh.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/campaigns/2019/05/nasrin-sotoudeh-letters-to-her-children-from-prison/ (ESPANOL)

https://amnistia.org.pe/noticia/nasrin-detenida-madre-carta-hijos/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.mujerhoy.com/vivir/protagonistas/201905/08/nasrin-sotoudeh-condenada-latigazos-activista-irani-20190507171855.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190507_04381644 (VLAAMS)

http://www.dewereldmorgen.be/artikel/2019/05/08/amnesty-opgetogen-over-mechels-ereburgerschap-voor-iraanse-advocate-nasrin-sotoudeh (VLAAMS)

https://www.amnesty.se/aktuellt/jag-saknar-dig-min-alskade-nasrin-sotoudehs-brev-till-sina-barn-fran-fangelset/ (SVENSKA)

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VENDREDI 24 MAI 2019
BRUXELLES
PALAIS DE JUSTICE
COUR DE CASSATION

Cérémonie de Remise du XXIIIème
Prix Internationale des Droits de l’Homme
Ludovic-Trarieux
“L’Hommage des Avocats à un Avocat”

à Nasrin SOTOUTEH
(IRAN)

(Ludovic Trarieux  Facebook, 07/05/19)

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South Sudan/Kenya: South Sudan activists’ bodies dumped in river: state agents

May 6, 2019

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The bodies of two prominent South Sudan activists were dumped in Achwa River in Nimule after being killed, intelligence sources said.

The sources said the two critics of President Salva Kiir’s government Mr. Dong Samuel, a lawyer and human rights defender and opposition politician Izbon Agrey Idri corpses were transported from Juba to Nimule where they were dumped in the river.

“They were taken the same day they got killed in Juba,” one intelligence source told Africa Review.

He added that the river was a notorious dumping site of people executed by the state agents.

“When they dump these dead bodies there, they tie them with stones so that the corpses will not float in the water,” he said.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/South-Sudan-activists–bodies-dumped-in-river–state-agents-/4552908-5102816-ighdbhz/index.html

Former SA soldier Will Endley helps UN finger South Sudan government for alleged murder

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001323797/south-sudan-denies-executing-two-critics

https://www.voanews.com/a/4905866.html

https://allafrica.com/stories/201905060011.html

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/South-Sudan-youth-target-Kiir-ouster-in-mass-protests-/4552908-5104438-148ho5mz/index.html

https://www.africaintelligence.com/ion/power-brokers/2019/05/10/dong-samuel-luak-assassinated-by-splm,108356577-gra

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20190502-soudan-sud-selon-onu-services-secrets-ont-executes-deux-personnalites (FRANCAIS)

https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-gobierno-sursudanes-niega-haya-ejecutado-dos-activistas-granja-presidente-pais-20190501175114.html (ESPANOL)

Iran: “I miss you my dearest” – Nasrin Sotoudeh’s letters to her children from prison

May 2, 2019

Iranian lawyer and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh’s heartbreaking letters from prison reveal the trauma inflicted on families by the government that claims to protect them.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a lawyer who has never shied away from doing what’s right in Iran. In her long and impressive career, she has exposed the injustices of the death penalty and campaigned for children’s rights. Most recently, she defied degrading laws that force girls as young as nine to wear a hijab or face prison, flogging or a fine. Nasrin has been sentenced to a total of 38 years and 148 lashes after two unfair trials because she demanded choice for women and girls. She will have to serve 17 years of this sentence.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is also a mother of two. Her commitment to justice and equality for her clients set Iran’s authorities against her. They have thrown her in jail twice: once in 2010 and now again in 2018. Both times, Nasrin was torn from her beloved children – and her children from their brave and loving mother. Over that period, she wrote a number of letters from prison to her son Nima, now aged 11 and her daughter Mehraveh, now 19. As these excerpts show, Nasrin’s anguish at being what she is – someone who must defend what’s right at all costs – makes her question her own choices as a mother. It is an unjust situation wrought not by her choices, but by a repressive government determined to break her. As many would agree, Nasrin is being the best mother she can be, by showing her children that truth and justice are principles worth fighting for – and that being a good mother doesn’t mean choosing between your values and your kids.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/05/nasrin-sotoudeh-letters-to-her-children-from-prison/

https://www.9news.com.au/world/iran-news-human-rights-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-jailed-38-years-for-defending-women/

Iranian lawyer who defended women’s right to remove hijab gets 38 years, 148 lashes

The Iranian Mullahs are Nervous

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

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/affaire-sotoudeh-les-avocats-mayennais-invites-a-bombarder-de-mails-l-ambassade-d-iran-en-france-1556867100 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.corriere.it/esteri/19_maggio_03/lettere-miei-figli-un-carcere-iraniano-460e89cc-6dd9-11e9-a640-9ee483a15261.shtml?fbclid=IwAR2_aVDF1BxARpE3r-qhg6DRHxtFRVdbxmnSrWKlAA5CIwasWSqDqbDRdok (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilmattinodifoggia.it/news/basilicata/43310/nasrin-sotoudeh-iscritta-come-socia-onoraria-della-camera-penale-lucana.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.sassilive.it/cronaca/istituzioni-cronaca/nastrini-rossi-per-nasrin-sotoudeh-lavvocata-iraniana-socia-onoraria-della-camera-penale-della-basilicata/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.virgilio.it/italia/sant-angelo-a-fasanella/ultima-ora/nastrini_rossi_per_nasrin_sotoudeh-58688077.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.ansa.it/basilicata/notizie/2019/05/02/nastrini-rossi-per-nasrin-sotoudeh_7ac76b1f-ac5c-4e20-9514-ac524ed6c9d6.html (ITALIANO)

https://internapoli.it/difende-donne-che-hanno-tolto-il-velo-in-pubblico-avvocato-condannata-a-38-anni-di-carcere-e-148-frustrate/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.girodivite.it/Nasrin-potrebbe-marcire-in-carcere.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.cittanuova.it/liberta-clandestina/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.adnkronos.com/fatti/cronaca/2019/05/04/iran-butera-mete-concedere-grazia-nasrin_v5pwvAN8JEmIVoXyIY0ifP.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.elmundo.es/yodona/lifestyle/2019/05/04/5cc6d90efc6c8374678b4594.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.lavozdelsur.es/no-somos-indiferentes/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.amnistia.pt/sinto-a-tua-falta-minha-querida-cartas-de-uma-mae-presa-por-lutar-pela-justica/ (PORTUGUES)

https://ionline.sapo.pt/artigo/655695/envio-te-as-minhas-lagrimas-de-amor-o-relato-emocionado-de-nasrin-sotoudeh?seccao=Mundo (PORTUGUES)

https://www.amnesty.gr/news/articles/article/22144/moy-leipete-agapimena-moy-ta-grammata-tis-nasrin-sotoudeh-sta-paidia-tis (GREEK)

https://www.amnesty.fi/vetoomukset/38-vuotta-vankeutta-ja-148-raipaniskua-iranilainen-ihmisoikeusaktivisti-vapautettava/ (SUOMALAINEN)

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