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Protests in Tunisia against persecution of political activist lawyer Ayachi Hammami

11/01/23

The protests were organized by political groups in the country in collaboration with lawyers and judges who have also opposed the dismissal of 57 judges by President Kais Saied last year

Hundreds of people participated in a protest in front of the Tunis Court of First Instance on Tuesday, January 10, against the continued persecution and harassment of Ayachi Hammami, coordinator of the Committee for the Defense of Dismissed Judges. The government under President Kais Saied had dismissed 57 judges through a decree in June last year.   

The protesters denounced the state intimidation and harassment of political dissidents under Saied’s rule, and demanded the restoration of the 57 judges who were dismissed.   

Hammami was summoned to the court after he was accused last week of “spreading rumors with the aim of undermining the rights of others and harming public security” and “spreading misinformation,” according to TAP.  

TAP reported that a case was filed against Hammami after his appearance in a radio show where he claimed that the judges dismissed last year were “wronged” by the government. He also alleged that the Ministry of Justice had “committed an offense” by not following court decisions.  

President Saied had dismissed the 57 judges after alleging that they were indulging in corruption and sheltering people involved in terrorist activities. Saied claimed that the dismissal of the judges was part of his larger project of “political reform” to rid the country of corruption and inefficiency. Days before he sacked the judges, he had appointed himself as the head of a new watchdog with powers of appointing and dismissing judges without any opposition.  

Speaking in the court, Hammami claimed that the case against him was “politically motivated” and revealed the state of freedom of expression and right to dissent in the country. He also accused President Saied of trying to take control over the Tunisian judiciary and reduce its powers, TAP reported.  

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https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/5497/Tunisia:-Investigation-of-dissidents-reflects-authorities%E2%80%99-determination-to-suppress-freedoms

https://www.avocatparis.org/actualites/tunisie-mobilisation-et-actions-du-barreau-de-paris (FRANCAIS)

https://www.webdo.tn/fr/actualite/national/ayachi-hammami-maintenu-en-etat-de-liberte/201711

https://www.businessnews.com.tn/ayai-hammami-laisse-en-liberte,520,125875,3

https://www.webdo.tn/fr/actualite/national/tunisie-plus-de-140-avocats-pour-la-defense-de-ayachi-hammami/201707

https://www.businessnews.com.tn/audition-de-ayai-hammami–sit-in-sur-les-mares-du-tribunal-de-premiere-instance-de-tunis,520,125854,3

https://news.gnet.tn/tunisie-ayachi-hammami-comparait-ce-mardi-devant-le-juge-dinstruction-au-milieu-dun-large-elan-de-solidarite/

https://www.realites.com.tn/fr/article/87736/il-risque-5-ans-de-prison-l-ancien-ministre-ayachi-hammami-devant-la-justice

Iran: Two more rights lawyers convicted, sentenced and prevented from leaving the country

21/12/22

The #Mahshahr Revolutionary Court sentenced lawyer #Fereshteh_Tabanian to three months in prison for alleged “propaganda against the regime.”

(Hrana Facebook, 21/12/22)

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/iran-is-taking-into-custody-lawyers-of-jailed-activists-and-journalists-says-report-articleshow.html

(FRANCAIS)

https://www.gazette-du-palais.fr/actualites-professionnelles/les-avocats-disent-stop-aux-executions-en-iran/

https://www.vosgestelevision.tv/Info-en-plus/Avocats-Epinal-soutiennent-mobilisation-en-Iran-RPuzfiUGos.html

https://iranoftheworld.org/fr/

(FARSI)

Protest-hit Iran arrests lawyer of jailed journalists

17/12/22

Iran has arrested the lawyer of two female journalists jailed after covering the death in custody of a young woman that sparked three months of protests, a newspaper said Saturday.

The Islamic Republic has been rocked by protests since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on September 16 after her arrest for an alleged breach of the country’s dress code for women.

“Mohammad Ali Kamfirouzi, the lawyer for several activists and journalists, has been detained,” the Ham Mihan newspaper said.

The arrest brings to 25 the number of lawyers detained in connection to the protests, according to the newspaper.

Kamfirouzi’s lawyer Mohammad Ali Bagherpour was cited as saying his client had not received a summons, was unaware of the charges he faced and that he had been detained without any legal formalities.

Ham Mihan quoted Kamfirouzi’s brother as saying that his arrest had occurred on Wednesday, as well as that the judiciary was “responsible for protecting my brother’s life and health.”

Among Kamfirouzi’s clients were Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, the two female journalists arrested after covering Amini’s death and its aftermath.

Hamedi, who works at Shargh newspaper, was detained on September 20 after visiting the hospital where Amini had spent three days in a coma before her death.

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/12/17/Protest-hit-Iran-arrests-lawyer-of-jailed-journalists-Report

https://www.barrons.com/news/protest-hit-iran-arrests-lawyer-of-jailed-journalists-report-01671282608?tesla=y

https://www.dw.com/en/iran-amnesty-says-26-protesters-facing-execution/a-64129979

https://information.tv5monde.com/info/iran-l-avocat-des-journalistes-ayant-couvert-la-mort-de-mahsa-amini-ete-arrete-482254 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/politique-etrangere-de-la-france/droits-de-l-homme/actualites-et-evenements-sur-le-theme-des-droits-de-l-homme/actualites-2022-sur-le-theme-des-droits-de-l-homme/article/journee-internationale-des-droits-de-l-homme-declaration-de-la-porte-parole-du

https://arabic.euronews.com/2022/12/17/lawyer-of-two-iranian-female-journalists-arrested-for-covering-amini-death (ARABIC)

(GREEK)

Peine de mort en Iran : le barreau de Paris se mobilise

16/12/22

Samedi 17 décembre, le barreau de Paris participera au rassemblement organisé par « Ensemble contre la peine de mort », aux côtés de tous les avocats parisiens en robe, en faveur de l’arrêt des exécutions en Iran, Place de la Bastille, à 15h.

Le Barreau de Paris, l’Union Internationale des avocats, la Fédération Nationale des Unions de Jeunes Avocats, Ace-Avocats, ensemble, le Syndicat des Avocats de France et Femmes et Droit se joignent au rassemblement organisé par « Ensemble contre la peine de mort » et les collectifs « Iran Justice », « Femme Azadi », « Avocats ZZA », « Azadi4iran », «Actions for Iran», «Neda d’Iran», « Soutien à la lutte du peuple iranien », avec le soutien logistique de l’association Homa, le samedi 17 décembre à 15h, Place de la Bastille. Ils manifesteront en robe, afin de demander l’arrêt immédiat des exécutions perpétrées par le régime iranien.

En l’espèce, depuis le 8 décembre, par deux fois, des manifestants ont été exécutés en Iran à la suite de procès expéditifs et inéquitables.

Le barreau de Paris craint que le rythme des exécutions s’accélère et a appelé à se mobiliser pour que la peine de mort ne soit pas utilisée comme une arme de répression à l’encontre de celles et ceux qui demandent la fin des lois et politiques discriminatoires en Iran au travers d’une résolution. Cette résolution portée par le barreau de Paris et le Conseil National des barreaux a d’ores et déjà été signée par 17 barreaux. Le barreau de Paris insiste sur la nécessité d’une action forte et coordonnée de la société civile, des gouvernements et des organisations internationales afin de dissuader la République islamique d’exécuter des manifestants.

https://www.affiches-parisiennes.com/peine-de-mort-en-iran-le-barreau-de-paris-se-mobilise-117882.html

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2022/12/16/en-iran-des-executions-publiques-pour-terroriser-les-manifestants-et-mater-la-revolte_6154694_3210.html

https://epinalinfos.fr/2022/12/avocats-vosgiens-soutiennent-mobilisation-iran/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/16/european-mps-seek-to-publicise-plight-of-jailed-iranian-protesters (ENGLISH)

Click to access EN_HRL_20221213_Iran_Threats-against-Mahsa-Amini-s-family-lawyers-and-continuing-arrest-of-lawyers.pdf

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/12/irans-protests-enter-fourth-month-ruthless-judiciary-dials-executions

https://www.dw.com/en/iran-amnesty-says-26-protesters-facing-execution/a-64129979

https://www.facebook.com/events/547236133923667/?ref=newsfeed

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/resources/stop-execution-iranian-protesters-now

https://www.dw.com/en/german-mps-speak-up-for-political-prisoners-in-iran/video-64103817

https://iranwire.com/en/politics/111408-iranian-sentenced-to-death-denied-lawyer-of-his-choice-in-appeal-process/

Iran Arrests Prominent Iranian Lawyer Kamfiroozi

15/12/22

Iranian authorities have arrested well-known lawyer Mohammad Ali Kamfiroozi, IranWire reports.

Kamfiroozi was arrested on a Tehran street before his house was searched by security agents.

The lawyer has been defending several protesters who are being prosecuted over their involvement in nationwide protests that erupted after the September death of a young woman in the custody of morality police.

https://iranwire.com/en/politics/111359-iran-arrests-prominent-iranian-lawyer-kamfiroozi/

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/a-young-lawyer-is-acquitted-of-political-charges-in-iran-helped-by-social-media/30706809.html

https://iranwire.com/en/prisoners/111350-iranian-protesters-are-illegally-sentenced-to-deaths-legal-experts-say/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63949566

https://www.dw.com/en/german-mps-speak-up-for-political-prisoners-in-iran/video-64103817

https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-protest-crackdown-targets-lawyers-/6875121.html

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202212150115

Iran/Afghanistan: Des avocats belges se réunissent pour dénoncer la situation de l’accueil des réfugiés en Belgique

12/12/22

Les barreaux de Bruxelles, Charleroi, Dinant, Liège-Huy, Luxembourg, Mons, Namur, Tournai et Verviers ont manifesté devant le palais de justice de Bruxelles, lundi, dans le cadre de la journée des droits humains du 10 décembre.

Les avocats ont décidé de se rassembler pour soutenir les avocats iraniens et afghans ainsi que pour dénoncer la situation de l’accueil des réfugiés en Belgique, en particulier ceux originaires de ces deux pays.

Nous sommes face à une situation complètement inédite en droit belge. Nous avons des milliers de personnes qui viennent demander une protection internationale. Nous avons l’obligation de les accueillir et nous ne le faisons pas.” a affirmé le président de l’ONG Avocats sans frontières, Me Patrick Henry.

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Les avocats se sont d’abord rassemblés à 12h00 à l’entrée du palais de justice de Bruxelles, où le bâtonnier de l’Ordre français du barreau de Bruxelles, Me Emmanuel Plasschaert et la bâtonnière du barreau de Charleroi, Me Nathalie Monforti se sont exprimés devant un rassemblement d’une centaine de personnes. L’accent était porté sur la situation des avocats, persécutés par les pouvoirs en place en Afghanistan et en Iran.

Les différents barreaux présents à la manifestation ont fait le choix de soutenir les ressortissants afghans, dont ils estiment que la situation ne fait que s’aggraver notamment depuis que les talibans ont repris le pouvoir en août 2021. Et également les ressortissants iraniens, dont ils estiment que les droits humains et libertés fondamentales sont bafoués. “Nous ne l’accepterons jamais et serons toujours du côté des oppressés” a affirmé Me Emmanuel Palschaaerts.

37 avocats emprisonnés en Iran

Me Nathalie Monforti a par la suite mentionné les noms de 37 avocats emprisonnés en Iran “simplement pour avoir exercé leur métier“.

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https://www.rtbf.be/article/des-avocats-belges-se-reunissent-pour-denoncer-la-situation-de-laccueil-des-refugies-en-belgique-11121781

https://www.france24.com/fr/asie-pacifique/20221212-manifestants-ex%C3%A9cut%C3%A9s-en-iran-le-r%C3%A9gime-est-pr%C3%AAt-%C3%A0-tuer-et-il-veut-le-faire-savoir

https://avocats.be/fr/actualites/12-decembre-2022-action-de-mobilisation-des-barreaux-pour-le-respect-des-droits-humains

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/111222/l-iran-deja-prononce-55-condamnations-mort

https://www.france24.com/fr/%C3%A9missions/invit%C3%A9-du-jour/20221208-hirbod-dehghani-azar-avocat-en-iran-le-r%C3%A9gime-ex%C3%A9cute-et-dit-qu-il-ne-va-plus-se-retenir

https://www.avocatparis.org/actualites/iran-mobilisation-barreau-paris

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/politique-etrangere-de-la-france/droits-de-l-homme/actualites-et-evenements-sur-le-theme-des-droits-de-l-homme/actualites-2022-sur-le-theme-des-droits-de-l-homme/article/journee-internationale-des-droits-de-l-homme-declaration-de-la-porte-parole-du

https://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/monde/l-iran-civilisation-trois-fois-millenaire-en-rejetant-le-voile-rejette-la-charia-et-l-islam-20221207

https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/12/13/iran-death-sentences-against-protesters (ENGLISH)

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202212110574

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-protests-convicted-executed-soon-press-review

https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/12/1131537

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202212117200

https://iranwire.com/en/politics/111118-28-iranians-sentenced-to-death-over-nationwide-protests/

https://time.com/heroes-of-the-year-2022-women-of-iran/

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/afghan-judge-london-forced-sew-25688105

#StopExecutionIran

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63939428

https://iranhr.net/fa/articles/5631/ (FARSI)

https://ir.voanews.com/a/canada-iran-human-rights-oliaye-fard/6872184.html

Lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz: ‘Help Iranian protesters’

18/11/22

‘Respect the law! Women, life, freedom!’ On October 8, about two hundred lawyers demonstrated with those slogans in front of the building of the Bar Association in Tehran.

It was a contribution to the protests in Iran following the death of 22 year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for ‘improperly’ wearing her hijab. But the police immediately put an end to it, with tear gas and violence. Five lawyers were arrested, four are still in custody. Hossein Ahmadiniaz, the well-known Iranian human rights lawyer who fled his country in 2018 and who has been supporting his colleagues in Iran from the Netherlands ever since, says: “The demonstration was completely legal and the president of the judiciary had just said that day that protests would be accepted in accordance with the law.”

A total of twenty lawyers have now been detained. “Like Said Jalilian and Milad Panahipour, who accompanied journalist and activist Hossein Ronaghi, when he had to report to the Public Prosecution Service. On arrival, all three were attacked by the security services. They have been captured and tortured. Baba Paknia, a lawyer who gave advice on social media about the legal rights of detainees, saying among other things that you could relax, choose a lawyer and that torture is prohibited, is now incarcerated himself.”

NO SUPERVISION

Little is known about the condition of these lawyers and the 20,000 demonstrators whom Ahmadiniaz said were arrested. “No one actually gets access to a lawyer, there is no supervision whatsoever over what goes on in the prisons. The judiciary is completely subordinate to the regime. Since the protests, 250 people have been killed by security forces, some by torture, others being shot during demonstrations.”

Before his flight, Ahmadiniaz had many clients who suffered the terrible consequences of the lawlessness. “When my client Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish journalist and activist, had to appear in court, I pleaded for his release. His body showed signs of torture. Our law prohibits torture and removes any evidential value from statements obtained by force. Nevertheless, Ramin was executed by order of the ayatollah in 2018.” As a lawyer you are therefore powerless in such a system, Ahmadiniaz confirms, but sometimes other than legal means help. ‘For 28 girls who were victims of an explosion in a heating system at school, I was able, through demonstrations and campaigns via social media, to ensure that they received the same compensation as boys, while the state only wanted to pay half.’

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https://iranhr.net/en/articles/5593/

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202211196988

https://www.dw.com/fa-ir/%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%DA%86%D8%B4%D9%85-%D9%88-%DA%AF%D9%88%D8%B4-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AD%D9%82%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A8-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B4%D9%86%D8%AF/a-63814864 (FARSI)

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/en-bref/20221118-l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-laur%C3%A9ate-du-prix-robert-badinter (FRANCAIS)

https://www.avocatparis.org/actualites/iran-la-peine-de-mort-ne-doit-pas-etre-une-arme-de-repression-des-manifestants-en-iran

https://jinhaagency1.com/tr/guncel/Iranli-aktivist-nasrin-sotoudeh-e-robert-pedinter-odulu-36393 (TURKCE)

Iranian Lawyer Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi Arrested Amid State Crackdown On Protests

17/11/22

Lawyer and rights activist Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi has been arrested amid Iran’s state crackdown on protests triggered by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports. Zeidabadi’s wife, Atefeh Khalafi, said on social media that her husband was arrested on November 16 by the intelligence branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Several thousand have been arrested in past weeks, including many protesters, as well as journalists, lawyers, activists, digital rights defenders, artists and others. The outspoken Zeidabadi was previously jailed for five years over his peaceful activism.

https://www.rferl.org/a/iranian-lawyer-zeidabadi-arrested-crackdown-protests/32134865.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63648629

https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-briefing-notes/2022/11/iran-call-immediate-release-peaceful-protesters

https://www.hrw.org/middle-east/north-africa/iran

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/32042577.html?lbis=314998 (FARSI)

https://www.avocatparis.org/actualites/iran-la-peine-de-mort-ne-doit-pas-etre-une-arme-de-repression-des-manifestants-en-iran (FRANCAIS)

https://lesaf.org/motion-de-soutien-au-mouvement-de-liberation-en-iran/

https://www.telerama.fr/debats-reportages/le-dessinateur-kianoush-ramezani-l-iran-est-le-theatre-de-la-premiere-revolution-feministe-au-monde-7012985.php

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/iran/manifestations/temoignage-iran-je-sais-ce-qui-est-arrive-a-mahsa-amini-j-ai-ete-violemment-battue-dans-le-meme-centre-de-detention-confie-une-ancienne-detenue_5476182.html

https://www.hrw.org/fr/moyen-orient/afrique-du-nord/iran

Crackdown On Lawyers Brings To Collapse Iran’s Judicial System

14/11/22

Iranian authorities have responded to the ongoing wave of nationwide protests by arresting thousands of people who peacefully took to the streets to demand more freedoms, in the biggest threat to the clerical regime since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Human rights groups have voiced alarm over the arbitrary arrest, detention and ill treatment of ordinary citizens, students, journalists, civil society members, as well as political, cultural and sports figures who have been rounded up and jailed in the brutal state crackdown.

A number of them have already been tried and handed harsh sentences without being allowed access to a legal representative. Some have been extracted confessions through the use of torture.

Lawyers, who play a vital role in upholding the rule of law and protecting human rights, have also been targeted by a wave of arrests, and at least 13 of them are remanded behind bars.

Hossein Raeesi, a lawyer and professor at Canada’s Carleton University, tells IranWire that these arrests are the last nail in the coffin of Iran’s judicial system and justice.

“When there is a lawyer, the true story comes out. So, the Islamic Republic does not want a judiciary that is independent from the government. It also wants lawyers to be under the thumb of the regime so that it can do whatever it wants, whenever it wants.”

Raeesi points out that the more than 14,000 people who have been arrested in the crackdown by security forces over the past eight weeks have been denied a legal representative.

“There are more than 100,000 lawyers in Iran, but they have not been allowed to represent any of [the detainees]. Seen from this angle, the arrest of lawyers holds special significance.”

An “atmosphere of terror”

Another lawyer, Musa Barzin Khalifelou, says that security and intelligence forces “want to create an atmosphere of terror so that the lawyers would not touch [the cases of those recently detained], talk about them or join the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people.”

The hostile treatment of lawyers is not new in Iran, where Khalifelou says the judiciary’s main task is to protect the country’s rulers, not to uphold justice.

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https://iranwire.com/en/politics/109818-crackdown-on-lawyers-brings-to-collapse-irans-judicial-system/

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20221113-iran-charges-more-than-750-over-riots-issues-first-death-sentence

https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2022/11/iran-stop-sentencing-peaceful-protesters-death-say-un-experts

https://www.uianet.org/en/actions/uia-irol-gravely-concerned-arrest-detention-and-prosecution-lawyers-iran

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/11/14/twelve-swedish-iranians-issue-open-letter-in-wake-up-call-over-iranian-harassment/

https://www.asianews.it/news-en/Iran-jailing-lawyers%2C-even-those-defending-Christian-converts-57063.html

https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-lawyer-arrested-nili-protests-crackdown/32121020.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/11/12/iran-protests-mahsa-amini-courts/

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202211131182

https://www.jurist.org/news/2022/11/iran-court-issues-first-death-penalty-for-protestor-arrested-during-nationwide-mahsa-amini-protests/

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/least-22-protestors-may-face-death-penalty-iran

Tunisia: La Cour d’appel militaire annule le verdict contre Abderrazek Kilani

11/11/22

La chambre pénale auprès de la Cour d’appel militaire a décidé d’abandonner l’affaire contre l’ancien bâtonnier Abderrazek Kilani pour “non compétence”, annulant ainsi le verdict en première instance, condamnant Abderrazek Kilani à un mois de prison.

Suite à l’abandon de la Cour d’appel, le parquet militaire a décidé le pourvoi en cassation à l’encontre de l’ancien bâtonnier, rapporte Mosaïque fm.

Abderrazek Kilani, a été condamné à un mois de prison avec sursis, par la Chambre correctionnelle du Tribunal militaire permanent de Tunis en mai dernier pour “outrage à un fonctionnaire public lors de l’exercice de ses fonctions”.

Une instruction judiciaire avait été ouverte, par le parquet miliaire, suite à la dispute de l’ancien bâtonnier des avocats, avec des agents chargés de surveiller Noureddine Bhiri, alors assigné à résidence à l’hôpital Habib Bougatfa à Bizerte.

Cette affaire remonte à mars 2022 lorsque Abderrazak Kilani, membre du comité de défense du dirigeant d’Ennahdha et ancien ministre de la Justice était alors en résidence surveillée pour soupçons dans une affaire terroriste.

https://www.webdo.tn/fr/actualite/national/la-cour-d-appel-militaire-annule-le-verdict-contre-abderrazek-kilani/198820

https://www.businessnews.com.tn/la-cour-dappel-militaire-se-declare–incompetente–dans-laffaire-abderrazek-kilani,520,124387,3

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abderrazak_Kilani

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abderrazak_Kilani (ENGLISH)