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Egypt: Activist held after posting video critical of Egyptian govt – Amnesty International

May 12, 2018

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Egyptian police on Friday detained an activist after she posted a video on social media criticising the government for failing to protect women against sexual harassment and over worsening living conditions, Amnesty International said.

The rights group said the arrest of Amal Fathy, a member of the now banned April 6 youth movement which played a role in 2011 mass protests that forced President Hosni Mubarak out of office, was a “new low in Egypt’s crackdown on freedom of expression”.

Egyptian police could not immediately be reached for comment, but a security source said Fathy had been detained over a complaint that she had insulted the Egyptian state through an offensive social media posting.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticised Egypt’s human rights situation, saying conditions in the country have continued to deteriorate under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power in 2013 after the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi following protests against his rule.

Amnesty said Fathy was detained from her home at 2:30 A.M. on Friday, together with her husband, Mohamed Lotfy — a human rights lawyer, and were taken to a police station in Maadi in southern Cairo.

Lotfy was freed some three hours later but Fathy was kept in custody to allow a prosecutor to examine her case.

https://www.firstpost.com/world/activist-held-after-posting-video-critical-of-egyptian-govt-amnesty-international-4466351.html

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/05/egyptactivist-arrested-for-facebook-video-on-sexual-harassment/

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/egypt/2018/05/d24858/

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/11/middleeast/egypt-amal-fathy-activist-detained/index.html

https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2018/05/index-on-censorship-calls-on-egypt-to-release-amal-fathy/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights/activist-held-after-posting-video-critical-of-egyptian-government-amnesty-international-idUSKBN1IC2KZ

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/prosecution-and-detention-amal-fathy

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-mohamed-lotfy

http://www.wtva.com/content/national/482437962.html?ref=962

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/fathi (FRANCAIS)

https://www.challenges.fr/monde/une-egyptienne-arretee-pour-une-video-critiquant-le-gouvernement_586724 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/premium/articoli/il-cairo-arresti-e-perquisizioni-contro-un-legale-dei-regeni/ (ITALIANO)

#FreeAmalFathy

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India: NSA on Bhim Army Chief Extended by Another Three Months

May 2, 2018

NSA on Bhim Army Chief Extended by Another Three Months

The Uttar Pradesh government has extended the application of the draconian National Security Act on Bhim Army chief, Chandrashekhar Azad, by another three months. The period for which the NSA applied on Azad was due to expire on May 2. With another three-month extension, the NSA will now be applicable on Azad till August 2.

Lawyers for Azad had filed an application in the Allahabad high court to quash the detention order for him under the NSA. However, on Tuesday, the court rejected the application.

Azad, along with several other leaders of the Bhim Army, was arrested by the UP police in June 2017 and booked under 27 separate cases in relation to the violence that broke out in Saharanpur in May 2017. In November, the Allahabad high court granted bail to Azad noting that the charges were politically motivated. However, a day later, the Uttar Pradesh government booked Azad under the NSA, using which the state can place any citizen under preventive detention without legal recourse.

The Bhim Army is contemplating approaching the Supreme Court against the extension of the NSA. “This is the BJP’s political vendetta. The NSA on Chandrashekhar is totally illegal. The government is only trying to suppress our voice. We will now approach the Supreme Court against this decision,” said Manjit Nautiyal, spokesperson for the Bhim Army.

https://thewire.in/caste/nsa-bhim-army-chief-extended

https://ua.amnesty.ch/urgent-actions/2017/11/248-17/248-17-1?ua_language=en

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/opinion/dalit-youth-have-no-use-for-leaders-any-longer

http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/newsdetail/index/2/13551/emerging-pattern-of-violence-in-india-the-crime-and-the-coverup

China/AI: FURTHER INFORMATION: FORMAL ARREST OF LAWYER AMID FEARS OF TORTURE: YU WENSHENG

April 27, 2018

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Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been formally arrested on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” and “obstructing the duties of public officers” after being held incommunicado for three months. The recent alleged dismissal of his family- appointed lawyers has raised grave fears about his wellbeing. In a video recorded prior to his detention, Yu Wensheng stated that he would never give up the right to choose his own lawyer unless he was subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

View report in English

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/8295/2018/en/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/china-video-human-rights-lawyer-strongly-suggests-torture-police

http://www.standardrepublic.com/world/world-news-chinese-language-man-held-in-hellhole-jail-offers-secret-signal-hes-being-tortured/

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2018/04/detainee-coercion-continues-with-lawyer-dismissal-televised-confessions/

https://www.icj.org/rule-of-law-facing-global-assault-remains-crucial-for-protecting-the-vulnerable/

https://freedomhouse.org/article/china-video-human-rights-lawyer-undermines-government-story

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/China_-_Chine/2018/EN_HRL_20180507_China_Arrest-of-lawyer-Yu-Wensheng.pdf

https://zh.amnesty.org/more-resources/china-human-rights-lawyer-yu-wenshengforesaw-torture-by-police/ (CHINESE)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/chine-dans-une-vido-prenregistre-un-avocat-dfenseu (FRANCAIS)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/noticias/noticia/articulo/china-en-un-video-grabado-previamente-un-abogado-de-derechos-humanos-preveia-tortura-a-manos-de/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20180426/443012032460/ai-denuncia-que-abogado-yu-wensheng-podria-estar-siendo-torturado-en-prision.html (ESPANOL)

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Niger: Arrestations de l’avocat Lirwana Abdourahmane et d’autres défenseurs des droits de l’homme

le 23 avril, 2018

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Je vous écris au nom du Conseil des barreaux européens (CCBE). Le CCBE représente les barreaux de 45 pays, soit plus d’un million d’avocats européens. Le CCBE accorde beaucoup d’importance au respect des droits de l’homme et à l’État de droit. Il est particulièrement inquiet au sujet de la situation des défenseurs des droits de l’homme dans le monde entier.
Le CCBE souhaite exprimer sa préoccupation concernant la situation de l’avocat Lirwana
Abdourahmane qui a été arrêté le mois dernier, avec d’autres défenseurs des droits de l’homme (Ali Idrissa, Moussa Tchangari et Nouhou Arzika).
D’après les informations que nous avons reçues, ils ont été arrêtés le 27 mars dernier par les forces de sécurité à Niamey, au Niger, suite à une manifestation organisée le 23 mars pour exiger l’abrogation de la loi des finances pour 2018. Aucun mandat d’arrêt n’a été présenté au moment de leur arrestation. Ils ont été accusés d’« avoir organisé et participé à une manifestation interdite » et de « complicité dans la destruction de biens » et sont actuellement en attente de jugement.
Nous comprenons que ce n’est pas la première fois que ces personnes subissent des pressions en raison de leurs activités de défense des droits de l’homme au Niger, en particulier leurs activités visant à dénoncer les violations commises dans le cadre de la lutte contre le terrorisme.

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Niger_-_Niger/2018/FR_HRL_20180423_Niger_Arrestations-de-l-avocat-Lirwana-Abdourahmane-et-d-autres-defenseurs-des-droits-de-l-homme.pdf

https://www.fidh.org/fr/themes/defenseurs-des-droits-humains/niger-detention-arbitraire-et-harcelement-judiciaire-de-m-ali-idrissa

https://labarinfo.com/article/arrestation-de-Me-Lirwana-Abdourahmane-avocat-activiste-reaction-du-barreau-du-Niger-286

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/lirwana-abdourahmane

https://www.secours-catholique.org/sites/scinternet/files/comm_presse/cp-tlp-arrestationniger-15avril2018_v2.pdf

https://ua.amnesty.ch/urgent-actions/2018/04/030-18?ua_language=fr

India: URGENT ACTION VICTORY! INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ADVOCATE RELEASED ON BAIL (INDIA: UA 49.18)

April 4, 2018

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Upendra Nayak, a 65-year-old lawyer, was granted bail and released from custody on 23 March 2018. Charged with several offences, including ‘sedition’ and ‘waging war against the government of India’, in relation to cases registered by the police over eight years ago, he could face life imprisonment if found guilty.

Upendra Nayak was granted bail after the local court cited old age and ill health on 22 March 2018 and was released from custody the following day.

Arrested on charges including “waging war against the government of India”, conspiracy, and committing a “terrorist act”, Upendra Nayak was remanded in judicial custody to a jail in Gajapati in Odisha state, eastern India on 21 February 2018. The charges relate to cases that were filed in 2009 and 2010 against several people, some of whom were represented by Upendra Nayak and subsequently acquitted.

The Odisha state police have accused Upendra Nayak of providing Maoist armed groups with logistical support from 2009 to 2010. During that time, several Adivasis were arrested for supporting Maoists, and Upendra Nayak defended them in at least 10 court cases, leading to the acquittal of many of those arrested. For over three decades, Upendra Nayak has defended Adivasi accused facing fabricated charges.

https://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent-actions/urgent-action-indigenous-peoples-advocate-arrested-for-sedition-india-ua-49-18/

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/demo-in-city-decries-gpati-lawyers-arrest.html

http://cgbasket.in/?p=13945

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/senior-lawyer-arrested-for-maoist-links/articleshow/63025685.cms

https://sabrangindia.in/article/people%E2%80%99s-organizations-demand-immediate-release-adv-upendra-nayak-odisha

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/upendra-nayak

Adv. Upendra Nayak (Odisha) got released on bail yesterday.
Advocate Nayak was arrested in the same 10 criminal cases wherein he was defending other accused.
Congratulations to all those who struggled for his release.
However, the fight still continues.

(IAPL – Indian Association of People’s Lawyers March 23, 2018, Facebook)

Egypt: A statement for Egyptian human rights organizations: “EZzat ghoniem where are ?

March 3, 2018

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The undersigned parties hold the Egyptian security authorities all the responsibility of Ghonim’s safety and demand quickly detection of his place detentions and quickly release him. And call upon all domestic and international organizations to solidarity by all possible means to guarantee the safety of Ghonim and quickly releasing him.

It’s worrisome that human rights field in Egypt is threatened after the repeated targeting of human rights defenders, in opposition of the United Nations declaration on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and society institutions in promoting and protection of human rights.

They also have fears that enforced disappearances and other human rights violations after the systematic targeting of human rights defenders and getting them out of sight like what’s happening now with the lawyer (Ezzat Ghonim).

At last, the undersigned call upon all domestic and international organizations to demand the Egyptian authorities revealing his whereabouts, and calling them to stop arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearance policies, and creating a safe area to enable human rights defenders to do their jobs without fears for their freedom or safety.

List of organizations:

http://ecrfeg.org/en/2018/03/03/statement-egyptian-human-rights-organizations-ezzat-ghoniem/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/

https://forcechange.com/477158/release-human-rights-activist-to-the-safety-of-his-family/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnistia.org/ve/noticias/2018/03/5114/egipto-posible-desaparicion-forzada-del-abogado-ezzat-ghonim (ESPANOL)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2018/03/02/egitto-avvocato-difensore-dei-diritti-umani-egiziano-probabile-nuova-vittima-sparizione-forzata/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.haberturk.com/sisi-guvenlik-guclerine-hakaret-vatana-ihanete-girer-1860444 (TURKCE)

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Ezzat Ghoneim .. Shield of humanity and law and freedoms

Hours after his disappearance amid expectations of his arrest, Egyptian lawyer and Human Rights Activist Ezzat Ghneim adds new tournaments in the legal and human rights struggle for human rights, which has always sought his right regardless of his color, belief or opinion

In order to achieve a society that is safe and free from terrorism

He graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2000 and worked in the legal field as a lawyer specializing in freedom issues before administrative courts and the Council of State. He obtained a Diploma in Human Rights and Civil Society from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.

He has been in the field of human rights since 2005 and has emerged as a human rights activist committed to legal and professional standards in his work.

Where he worked on issues of human rights in general and civil rights in particular as an independent activist and then active in some civil society organizations, until he became executive director of Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms in 2014

He did not stop his activities in human rights and legal fields, but he went to raise awareness about them. He has many contributions and writings in the field of rights and freedoms

Including the book “Human Rights between Islamic law and international covenants” and “Legal Awareness Book” in cooperation with the Foundation of Toshiba Al-araby, and recently issued a book “the legal researcher between the methodology of work and influence ways

He has also published many legal and legal studies, including the NGO Law and the Philosophy of the System, as well as a guide to dealing with human rights violations, in addition to periodic articles in several websites and electronic newspapers, as well as televised interviews with international and local media organizations.

URGENT 4/3/18

We received news that the lawyer and human rights activist “Izzat Ghneim” appeared in the Supreme State Security Prosecution at the Fifth Gathering in Cairo in the early hours of Sunday, March 4th, without the presence of any of his lawyers, despite the waiting of lawyers until 11pm on Saturday March 3 Without his presence, and his continued detention in an unknown place

The charges against him are still unknown.

(Egyptian Coordination for rights and freedoms Facebook)

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#عاجل | أنباء عن ظهور المحامي والحقوقي “عزت غنيم” بنيابة أمن الدولة العليا بالتجمع الخامس بالقاهرة، في الساعات الأولى من صباح اليوم الأحد 4 مارس؛ دون حضور أيّا من محاميه معه، رغم انتظار المحامين حتى الساعة الحادية عشر مساء أمس السبت 3 مارس دون حضوره، مع استمرار احتجازه في مكان غير معروف ولم يتم التعرف على التهم الموجهة إليه حتى الآن.

#عزت_غنيم_فين

(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook 4/3/18)

 

 

Egypt/AI: Lawyer and human rights defender Ezzat Ghonim at risk of enforced disappearance

March 2, 2018

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Responding to the overnight suspected enforced disappearance of human rights lawyer and director of the NGO Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, Ezzat Ghonim, Amnesty International’s North Africa Campaigns Director, Najia Bounaim, said:

“Given the highly charged political climate in Egypt and the clampdown on dissent in the lead up to the presidential elections, we are deeply concerned that Ezzat Ghonim may have been forcibly disappeared.

“The Egyptian authorities have a notorious reputation for the use of enforced disappearances to silence human rights defenders and members of the opposition.  This appears to be yet another shameless attack on the right to freedom of expression and association. It is a reminder of the incredible obstacles faced by those who are striving to defend the basic rights of the Egyptian people.

“Instead of abducting those who stand up for the rights of others, the Egyptian authorities must protect these activists and facilitate their work. They must disclose any information they have about the whereabouts of Ezzat Ghonim and release him immediately if he is in state custody.”

Background

Amnesty International spoke with the family and colleagues of Ezzat Ghonim about the circumstances of his disappearance yesterday evening. His wife has said she waited for him to return home from his office after he called her at 5:30 pm to let her know he would be home in half an hour. When he had not returned by 6:30 pm, she tried to call his cell phone repeatedly, only to find that it was not available and potentially switched off. She then called Ghonim’s colleagues and acquaintances, before calling local hospitals and police stations without gaining any further information about his whereabouts. She continued trying to reach him through the night, calling Ghonim’s cell phone several times without a response. At 1:30 am she called his cell phone again, hearing it ring for a few minutes without anyone answering. The cell phone has remained unresponsive since.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=article&utm_term&utm_campaign=social

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43260661

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/egypt-fears-lawyer-ezzat-ghonim-latest-human-rights-activist-be-disappeared

http://humanitariannews.org/20180302/egypt-lawyer-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-risk-enforced-disappearance

https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-arrests-mother-cited-in-bbc-report-lawyer-disappears/

https://apnews.com/amp/f5ea63663ba249378b4b090374b0a511?__twitter_impression=true

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/egypt-forced-disappearances-increase-youth.html

http://10thousandcouples.com/2018/03/egypt-urges-boycott-of-bbc-after-report-on-disappearances/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/egypt-arrests-mother-cited-bbc-story-police-abuse-180302145446043.html

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-03-02/egypt-arrests-mother-cited-in-bbc-report-lawyer-disappears

https://www.tolerance.ca/ArticleExt.aspx?ID=382882&L=en

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-arrests-mother-cited-in-bbc-report-lawyer-disappears/2018/03/02/8ca5136a-1e11-11e8-98f5-ceecfa8741b6_story.html?utm_term=.dcd97994e707

http://ecrfeg.org/ar/2018/03/02/%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%A1%D9%A5-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B8%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%88%D8%B4%D8%AE%D8%B5%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%B9/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (FRANCAIS)

http://humanitaire.niooz.fr/egypte-l-avocat-defenseur-des-droits-humains-ezzat-ghonim-aurait-ete-victime-d-une-disparition-forcee-23913540.shtml (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2018/03/02/egitto-avvocato-difensore-dei-diritti-umani-egiziano-probabile-nuova-vittima-sparizione-forzata/ (ITALIANO)