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Turkey: Turkey detains 13 intellectuals, academics over Gezi protests

November 16, 2018

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This story will be updated with new developments as they take place.

Turkish police have detained over a dozen academics, intellectuals, and activists said to be linked to jailed Turkish philanthropist and businessman Osman Kavala.

The arrests of the 13 people, linked with Kavala’s NGO Anadolu Kültür, pertain to their alleged involvement in the nationwide Gezi Park protests of 2013, the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office said in a press release on the police operation on Friday. The protests, which started as the defence of a park in central Istanbul, grew to encompass a range of progressive and opposition causes.

Four of the detained academics – Turgut Trahanlı, Asena Günal, Meltem Aslan and Bora Sarı – were released on Friday evening. All four are reportedly subject to travel restrictions.

 

The detainees, who included Hakan Altınay, a board member of Anadolu Kültür and the founder of Turkey’s Open Society Foundation, are charged with spreading the Gezi protests, bringing trainers and professional activists from abroad for the organisation of the protests, and promoting the activities in the media, according to the statement.

Betül Tanbay, an academic, and Turgut Tarhanlı, the dean of Istanbul Bilgi University’s Faculty of Law, were also among those detained.

https://ahvalnews.com/gezi-protests/turkey-detains-13-intellectuals-academics-over-gezi-protests

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/11/turkey-brutal-crackdown-continues-with-new-wave-of-detentions-of-activists-and-academics/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/16/turkey-detentions-target-academics-and-arts-group

http://bianet.org/english/law/202683-human-rights-association-we-condemn-operation-against-civil-society-and-academia

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-police-detain-academics-in-probe-of-prominent-rights-activist-138920

https://ahvalnews.com/freedoms/turkey-taking-another-turn-down-path-which-there-no-turning-back

https://bianet.org/english/society/202664-operation-against-anadolu-kultur-several-people-taken-into-custody

https://insanhaklarimerkezi.bilgi.edu.tr/en/researcher/turgut-tarhanl/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/police-operation-against-civil-society-and-academics

https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/report/2018-11-16-istanbul-bilgi-university-bogazici-university/

https://turkeypurge.com/purge-in-numbers-2?fbclid=IwAR2coPeviF1pBGMzXD5s_dXBg1ucRFyzyqCuQcR_BYg-Ss2ppuYGidztW5M

http://bianet.org/bianet/siyaset/202710-prof-dr-turgut-tarhanli-asena-gunal-bora-sari-ve-meltem-aslan-serbest (TURKCE)

https://www.haberturk.com/prof-turgut-tarhanli-ve-prof-betul-tanbay-gozaltina-alindi-2222398 (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2018/11/16/prof-dr-turgut-tarhanli-ve-2-kisi-serbest-birakildi/ (TURKCE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2018/11/16/turquie-l-etau-se-resserre-sur-la-fondation-du-mecene-osman-kavala_5384672_3218.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/11/16/97001-20181116FILWWW00229-turquie-nouvelles-arrestations-d-universitaires-et-militants.php (FRANCAIS)

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/defne-gursoy/blog/161118/en-turquie-la-societe-civile-agonise-sous-les-pressions-d-erdogan (FRANCAIS)

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UAE/UK: Amnesty UK throws birthday party in Manchester for two activists locked up in the UAE

November 14, 2018

The Manchester chapter of Amnesty International (AI) celebrated the birthdays of two human rights activists being detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Members of the public and policymakers were invited to St Peter’s Square for birthday cake and to sign the petition calling for the political activists’ immediate release.

An oversized birthday card for the human rights defenders was brought to the square to be signed.

Labour Party Councillor for Burnage, Ben Clay, arrived to sign the card and show his support for the two activists.

Speaking with Mancunian MattersCouncillor Clay said: “These abuses bring shame upon the government of the UAE, and also upon those who have dealings with them.”

Dr Al-Roken is a human rights lawyer sentenced to ten years in prison in July 2013 after criticising the UAE’s leaders and its policies.

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/141177765-amnesty-uk-throws-birthday-party-manchester-two-activists-locked-uae

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/lawyer-mohammed-al-roken-awarded-human-rights-prize-170528103532469.html

https://www.ifex.org/united_arab_emirates/2018/02/07/un-recommendations/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

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

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines/HRW: Another Rights Lawyer Murdered in the Philippines

November 7, 2018

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By most accounts, Benjamin Ramos died doing exactly what he had always done as a human rights lawyer: helping his clients free of charge. On the evening of November 6, Ramos was taking a break from assisting a client when gunmen on a motorcycle shot him three times. Ramos was 56 years old.

Ramos’s murder in the central Philippine province of Negros Occidental is shocking but, sadly, not surprising in a country where impunity for extrajudicial killings and other serious rights violations, including “drug war” murders, prevails.

Lawyers like Ramos who represent the most marginalized people in the Philippines have themselves also been victims of abuse. For his work, authorities vilified Ramos as a communist and harassed his colleagues. According to the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, which he helped establish, Ramos was the 34th lawyer to have been murdered since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

Ramos’s murder also underscores the persistence of injustice in Negros, where landlessness has bred decades-old agrarian conflict. Ramos was representing families of victims of last month’s Sagay Massacre, when nine activists were gunned down after joining a protest on a sugarcane plantation. These protests, known as “bungkalan,” have often resulted in violence in Negros and elsewhere, as peasants and farmers occupy contested property and are met with resistance from landowners. Three decades since the Philippines’ “People Power” uprising spurred demands for change, agrarian reform remains an unfulfilled promise.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/07/another-rights-lawyer-murdered-philippines?fbclid=IwAR1MnP24sOP3oL9NNCP39F8NqOJ0Z5xgzw72QN73W6MGiB2-sbvS_x6wTqA

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/philippines-murder-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-new-low

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/08/lawmakers-condemn-killing-of-sagay-farmers-lawyer/

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1773024/Bacolod/Local-News/Lawyers-groups-condemn-murder-of-fellow-lawyer-in-Bacolod

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/202741/mabinay-6-devastated-by-activist-lawyers-slay

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/07/18818887.php

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/673842/chr-expresses-concern-over-murder-of-nupl-lawyer/story/

http://manilastandard.net/news/national/280020/ejks-committed-by-drug-dealers-not-sponsored-by-state-sotto.html

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/08/drilon-condemns-sagay-lawyers-killing-minority-bloc-calls-for-senate-probe/

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/07/palace-condemns-killing-of-nupl-lawyer/

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/07/diokno-hilbay-condemn-murder-of-negros-human-rights-lawyer/

https://www.jurist.org/news/2018/11/philippines-lawyers-union-condemns-killing-of-human-rights-lawyer/

http://www.ptvnews.ph/ibp-negocc-slams-killing-of-sagay-farmers-lawyer/

http://ptvnews.ph/police-assures-thorough-probe-of-negrense-lawyers-slay/

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1051958/duterte-denies-govt-hand-in-lawyers-murder-why-would-i-kill-a-lawyer

http://visayas.politics.com.ph/dont-panic-about-ben-ramos-killing-vg-lacson-tells-negrenses/

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1773016/Bacolod/Local-News/Progressive-groups-link-state-forces-to-lawyers-slay

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1052044/lawyers-slay-leaves-negros-farmers-in-fear

https://www.panaynews.net/ibp-negocc-murders-demoralize-lawyers/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/674000/nupl-lawyer-s-slay-shows-persistence-of-injustice-in-negros-hrw/story/

And in the Philippines the killing of human rights defenders also continues with Benjamin Ramos

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/216239-list-judges-prosecutors-lawyers-killed-under-duterte-government

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/philippines_human_rights_attorney_benjamin_ramos

http://politics.com.ph/nancy-slams-pattern-of-violence-against-lawyers-after-murder-of-sagay-farmers-counsel/

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1773203/Bacolod/Local-News/Governor-Alfredo-Mara-ntildeon-Negros-Occidental-is-still-peaceful

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/11/09/1866963/illegal-gambling-eyed-slay-human-rights-lawyer

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1052376/widow-hits-police-for-linking-slain-lawyer-to-gambling

https://byncan.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/justice-for-atty-ben-ramos-end-impunity-now-statement-of-bayan-canada-on-the-assassination-of-peoples-lawyer-ben-ramos/?fbclid=IwAR02_MVQ5hfdulAVmqcOlmrN2QRcSmZ01-Usk-GftD9359FYm7Mfh6RY6yQ

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https://www.cnnindonesia.com/internasional/20181109124501-106-345224/pengacara-pengkritik-duterte-tewas-ditembak (TAGALOG)

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/11/08/18/pagpatay-kay-human-rights-lawyer-benjamin-ramos-kinondena?fbclid=IwAR1cXWj3lRCv2bRuk36uGj6lXj0SKQ0hXVkrBoTRmUf-lQoQxJ8yHbTaVsc (TAGALOG)

https://astm.lu/lastm-denonce-fermement-lassassinat-de-benjamin-ramos-directeur-de-son-organisation-partenaire-pdg-aux-philippines/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.vivasalud.be/news/ben-ramos%C2%A0-un-avocat-au-service-des-luttes-du-peuple-philippin?fbclid=IwAR33cxD-31wArhYpLG1ji-7Rl02IovRLvvQyGZwH3-5QYpNzJ5-SZHaX0t0 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/philippines-un-34e-homme-de-loi-ete-assassine (FRANCAIS)

https://brasil.elpais.com/brasil/2018/11/07/internacional/1541600406_267466.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/newsroom/kofler-zum-mord-benjamin-ramos/2158370 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.nzz.ch/international/philippinen-menschenrechtsanwalt-ramos-erschossen-ld.1434491 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/philippinen-bundesregierung-verurteilt-ermordung-von.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=943451 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.tpi.it/2018/11/09/ultime-notizie-oggi-ultima-ora/ (ITALIANO)

https://catracalivre.com.br/cidadania/advogado-defensor-dos-direitos-humanos-e-morto-nas-filipinas/ (PORTUGUES)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/filipijnen-mensenrechtenadvocaat-benjamin-ramos-vermoord (NEDERLANDS)

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Turkey/AI: Judicial farce continues as authorities once again fail to produce evidence against Taner and the Istanbul 10

November 7, 2018

Responding to the decision by an Istanbul court to further postpone the trial of Amnesty International Turkey’s Honorary Chair, Taner Kılıç, former Director, İdil Eser, and nine other human rights defenders, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey Strategy and Research Manager said:

“The farce continues for these human rights defenders who are facing absurd terrorism charges. The ridiculous allegations that the Istanbul 10 participated in a secret and subversive meeting has been proven to be entirely untrue in previous hearings. It boggles the mind that the authorities are yet to analyse the digital devices seized when they were first arrested almost a year-and-a-half ago.

“The trial has now been heard in six separate hearings. Dragging out proceedings in politically motivated cases is nothing new. It is a deliberate tactic forcing innocent human rights defenders to suffer a tortuous wait with the threat of conviction under terrorism charges hanging over their heads.

“Turning defenders into defendants is despicable. We will never give up fighting for the Istanbul 10 and Taner. They must be acquitted without further delay and prosecutions in Turkey of all those merely for defending human rights must end.”

The trial was postponed until 21 March, 2019. Taner Kılıç’s travel ban was not lifted.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/turkey-judicial-farce-continues-authorities-once-again-fail-produce-evidence-against

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_K%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/istanbul/buyukada-davasi-taner-kilicin-yurtdisi-yasag-41011421 (TURKCE)

https://www.dw.com/tr/taner-k%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7%C4%B1n-yurt-d%C4%B1%C5%9F%C4%B1-yasa%C4%9F%C4%B1-kald%C4%B1r%C4%B1lmad%C4%B1/a-46194492 (TURKCE)

http://aktifhaber.com/genel/taner-kilicin-yurt-disi-yasagi-kaldirilmadi-h124809.html (TURKCE)

http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/buyukada-davasi-taner-kilic-in-yurt-disi-yasaginin-kaldirilmasi-talebine-ret-h109555.html?fbclid=IwAR2PMKKAkaonMe7Zp2sCB7QPpIXC3OxUfuBvO6OZ5QoK7M-BjdzCoYqKJkk (TURKCE)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_Kili%C3%A7 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20181107/452787427518/tribunal-turco-pospone-a-marzo-juicio-contra-defensores-de-derechos-humanos.html?fbclid=IwAR2tnnLegh9WindRaGZrpb1XN84b631MfgtZljGYO0aX_qk7DwzIOTZpMg0 (ESPANOL)

https://www.nau.ch/news/europa/ausreisesperre-gegen-taner-kilic-in-turkei-bleibt-65453096 (DEUTSCH)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/11/07/turchia-riprende-il-processo-ai-leader-di-amnesty/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.dn.pt/lusa/interior/tribunal-turco-adia-para-marco-julgamento-de-defensores-dos-direitos-humanos-10142458.html (PORTUGUES)

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Turkey/AI: Judicial farce must end with acquittal of human rights defenders

November 6, 2018

Taner Kılıç with his wife and daughters after his release on bail in August

Almost a year-and-a-half after they were first arrested, and still facing absurd charges, Amnesty International Turkey’s Honorary Chair, former Director and nine other human rights defenders must be acquitted, said Amnesty International as their trial resumes tomorrow in Istanbul.

Taner Kılıç, Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair, and İdil Eser, the organisation’s former Turkey Director, are being tried alongside nine other human rights defenders on baseless allegations of ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’.

“Without a shred of credible evidence presented to substantiate the absurd charges made against them, it is now time to end this judicial farce and acquit these women and men who have dedicated their lives to defending the rights of others,” said Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“These human rights defenders have cumulatively spent more than three years behind bars. Nothing can bring back that time, but the court can now finally lift the threat of conviction that has needlessly hung over their heads.”

During five previous trial hearings, every aspect of the prosecutor’s case against the human rights defenders has been comprehensively disproven. Yet the Turkish authorities appear willing to drag the case out as far possible.

Taner Kılıç, spent more than 14 months in prison before his release on bail in August. Eight of the Istanbul 10 spent almost four months each behind bars before they were bailed in October 2017.

“Taner and the Istanbul 10 are potent symbols of what is happening under the relentless crackdown in Turkey today,” said Kumi Naidoo.

“Rather than being lauded and supported, human rights defenders spend their days either languishing in jail or living in constant fear of prosecution and imprisonment. The Istanbul 10 and Taner should be acquitted and all those jailed in Turkey merely for defending human rights, must be released.”

BACKGROUND

The hearing will begin at 06.30 GMT, 7 November at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court, No 34. For live updates from the court follow @MilenaBuyum@andrewegardner @KateAllenAI @ColmOCuanachain @ClareAlgar @stefsimanowitz and @JohnPeder

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/11/judicial-farce-must-end-with-acquittal-of-human-rights-defenders-in-turkey/

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22667&LangID=E

http://www.guneydoguekspres.com/tahir-elci-insan-haklari-fotograf-sergisi-acilacak-h2269.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_K%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/istanbul/buyukada-davasi-taner-kilicin-yurtdisi-yasag-41011421 (TURKCE)

https://www.amnesty.ch/fr/pays/europe-asie-centrale/turquie/docs/2018/la-farce-judiciaire-doit-se-terminer-par-lacquittement-des-defenseurs-des-droits-humains (FRANCAIS)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/noticias/noticia/articulo/turquia-farsa-judicial-que-debe-concluir-con-la-absolucion-de-defensores-y-defensoras-de-los-dere/ (ESPANOL)

https://contrainformacion.es/amnistia-internacional-pide-que-la-farsa-judicial-concluya-en-turquia-con-la-absolucion-de-defensores-y-defensoras-de-los-derechos-humanos/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.morgenpost.de/berlin/article215734971/Amnesty-fordert-Freispruch-von-Menschenrechtlern-in-Tuerkei.html (DEUTSCH)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/11/07/turchia-riprende-il-processo-ai-leader-di-amnesty/ (ITALIANO)

https://indicator.gr/%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85%CF%81%CE%BA%CE%AF%CE%B1-%CF%83%CF%85%CE%BD%CE%B5%CF%87%CE%AF%CE%B6%CE%B5%CF%84%CE%B1%CE%B9-%CE%B7-%CE%B4%CE%AF%CE%BA%CE%B7-%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85-%CF%84%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%AD%CF%81-%CE%BA (GREEK)

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https://www.jornaltornado.pt/turquia-imperioso-absolver-os-defensores-de-direitos-humanos-falsamente-acusados/ (PORTUGUES)

http://www.amnistiacatalunya.org/en-que-treballem/noticies-dactualitat/noticies-dactualitat/articulo/turquia-farsa-judicial-ha-de-concloure-amb-labsolucio-de-defensors-i-defensores-de-drets-humans/ (CATALON)

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Egypt: Egyptian security forces arrest seven female rights activists and lawyers

November 1, 2018

Prominent human rights lawyer Huda Abdelmonem among those rounded up in early-morning raids

Egyptian security forces arrested at least seven human rights lawyers and activists in early morning raids on Thursday, family members told Middle East Eye.

Those arrested included Huda Abdelmonem, a prominent human rights lawyer, who was detained by police after they raided her flat in Cairo, her family said.

Six others in the Egyptian capital were arrested in the raids, according to two rights activists who spoke to Middle East Eye.

Abdullah El Shamy, an Al Jazeera journalist and Abdelmonem’s son-in-law, posted pictures of her ransacked flat on Twitter.

Gehad Khaled, Abdelmonem’s daughter, told MEE that police spent two hours searching the lawyer’s flat in Nasr City in Cairo’s east.

Abdelmonem, 60, is a prominent human rights lawyer and activist who had a leading role in the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. She is a former member of the National Council on Human Rights.

 

Her family said in a statement that her whereabouts remain unknown. They are worried about her health, especially as she has recently been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot in the a vein in her leg affecting her movement and requiring regular medication.

Khaled told MEE that security forces burst into Abdelmonem’s flat at 1:30am when they were sleeping.

“They broke down the door, ransacked the flat and left with suitcases full of books and DVDs,” Khaled said.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-arrests-female-human-rights-activists-323456338

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/11/egypt-at-least-19-arrested-in-alarming-escalation-of-crackdown-on-human-rights-workers/

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/amnesty-19-rights-activists-lawyers-arrested-egypt-58905370

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/01/egyptian-government-should-investigate-abuses-not-attack-messenger

https://www.wsj.com/articles/egypt-arrests-human-rights-lawyers-as-crackdown-on-critics-intensifies-1541167137

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2018/11/02/dix-neuf-defenseurs-des-droits-humains-arretes-en-egypte-selon-amnesty-international_5377902_3212.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.letelegramme.fr/monde/egypte-19-defenseurs-des-droits-humains-arretes-selon-amnesty-international-01-11-2018-12122672.php (FRANCAIS)

https://afrique.lalibre.be/26632/egypte-19-defenseurs-des-droits-humains-arretes-selon-amnesty-international/ (FRANCAIS)

Egypt: Release of arbitrarily detained labour rights lawyer a welcome relief

October 31, 2018

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Responding to the news that human rights and labour lawyer Haytham Mohamdeen has been released, Amnesty International’s North Africa Campaigns Director Najia Bounaim said:

“Amid the ongoing persecution of hundreds of peaceful activists across Egypt in recent years, Haytham Mohamdeen’s release is a small but welcome victory for human rights in the country and for all those who campaigned for his release. However, he should never have been detained in the first place.

“The valuable work of lawyers such as Haytham Mohamdeen, who defend workers calling for better labour conditions, should be applauded by the Egyptian authorities, not punished with arbitrary detention.

“The Egyptian authorities must now take urgent steps to ensure that all other human rights lawyers, activists and opposition members who are being arbitrarily detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association are released immediately and unconditionally.”

Haytham Mohamdeen thanked all of those who have campaigned on his case:

“I thank Amnesty International for all the solidarity and support for my case, I also thank the activists and human rights defenders that supported me. It had a huge impact in terms of enhancing my detention conditions and pushing towards my release.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/10/egypt-release-of-arbitrarily-detained-labour-rights-lawyer-a-welcome-relief/

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/10/31/amnesty-international-welcomes-release-of-egyptian-human-rights-lawyer