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Iran/Belgium: Le Prix Ludovic-Trarieux remis vendredi à Bruxelles à Nasrin Sotoudeh

le 21 mai, 2019

Le Prix international des droits de l’Homme Ludovic-Trarieux sera symboliquement remis ce vendredi à 16h45, dans la salle des audiences solennelles de la Cour de cassation au palais de justice de Bruxelles, à Me Nasrin Sotoudeh, annonce mardi l’ordre français des avocats du barreau de Bruxelles. Nasrin Sotoudeh, avocate iranienne, est actuellement détenue à la prison d’Evin à Téhéran. Elle a été condamnée en mars dernier à une peine de 38 ans de prison et à 148 coups de bâton pour s’être notamment illustrée dans la défense des droits des femmes, dont celles qui refusaient de porter le hijab. Elle a aussi assuré la défense de journalistes et de militants politiques. Elle avait déjà reçu en 2012 le Prix Sakharov “pour la liberté de l’esprit” décerné par le Parlement européen, rappelle l’ordre dans un communiqué. Créé en 1984, le “Prix International des droits de l’Homme – Ludovic-Trarieux” est décerné à “un avocat sans distinction de nationalité ou de barreau, qui aura illustré par son œuvre, son activité ou ses souffrances, la défense du respect des droits de l’Homme, des droits de la défense, la suprématie du droit, la lutte contre les racismes et l’intolérance sous toutes leurs formes”, expliquent les organisateurs. Il est décerné par un jury composé de représentants de barreaux européens.



Le Prix Ludovic-Trarieux remis vendredi à Bruxelles à Nasrin Sotoudeh






https://www.theepochtimes.com/united-states-and-iran-at-the-brink_2930889.html (ENGLISH)

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

https://www.eltiempo.com/mundo/mas-regiones/que-son-los-presos-de-conciencia-y-cuantos-hay-en-el-mundo-segun-amnistia-internacional-364860 (ESPANOL)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9920/nasrin_sotoudeh,_una_vita_per_difendere_alessandria,_29_maggio_2019.html (ITALIANO)


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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



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


(Ludovic Trarieux  Facebook, 07/05/19)

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Belgium: Belgian Advocates To Sue Government Due To Underfunding – Head Of Bar Association

April 12, 2019

Belgian Advocates to Sue Government Due to Underfunding - Head of Bar Association

Avocats.be association that unites French- and German-speaking chambers of advocates in Belgium will lodge a judicial complaint against the country’s government over underfunding the state bar in May, the association’s President Jean-Pierre Buyle said on Friday.

“We have two complaints. First, the lack of respect for the independence of the judiciary caused by the lack of resources allocated [the staff list is not full]. Second, the violation of the citizens’ effective recourse, including the inability to deliver justice within a reasonable time,” Buyle said as quoted by Le Soir newspaper.

The complaint will be filed with a French court in Brussels in May.

Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens said in March that the kingdom needed 740 million Euros($836 million) to improve the situation with the financing of justice institutions.

In March, Belgian judges and state lawyers already went on strike expressing dissatisfaction with the lack of workers and underfunding of the judiciary, as well as against the infrastructural problems that it faces. The strike came within the campaign named “66 days to save justice”, initiated by Avocats.be and other juridical associations and trade unions. In advance of the upcoming Belgian Federal election scheduled for May 26, the campaign is aimed to draw attention of citizens and politicians to the main demands of the judicial community such as adequate funding of state bar and providing effective access to justice for all citizens.


https://www.lesoir.be/217957/article/2019-04-12/les-avocats-attaquent-letat-federal-en-justice?fbclid=IwAR1KUvAv5_Qo91UproFRfcqPe0xjazoC-Uq5kT9IQGKYtK_66x3WIJYL-8U (FRANCAIS)

https://avocats.be/sites/default/files/Communiqu%C3%A9%20de%20presse%20du%2018%20mars%202019%20-%2066%20jours%20pour%20sauver%20la%20justice%20%21.pdf (FRANCAIS)

https://www.levif.be/actualite/belgique/les-avocats-attaquent-l-etat-belge-contre-le-manque-de-moyens-de-la-justice/article-normal-1121063.html?fbclid=IwAR3y8Iwx0kFSeDcsVjSiaacFAMLyP7l11U1Xf_yaiIGey69LJvjTADxNeAc&cookie_check=1555606800 (FRANCAIS)

https://avocats.be/ (FRANCAIS)

https://avocats.be/de (DEUTSCH)

Turkey: Statement on situation of lawyers in Turkey

April 5, 2019

On this day, 5 April 2019 – celebrated as Lawyers’ Day in Turkey – 34 organizations, including Lawyers for Lawyers, take the opportunity to strongly condemn the ongoing crackdown against lawyers in Turkey. View the full statement here.

Following the failed coup d’état of 15 July 2016, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and adopted a series of decree-laws that seriously undermined human rights and the rule of law across the country. Although the state of emergency was lifted in July 2018, many of the decree-laws were integrated into ordinary laws and the persecution of lawyers continues, including mass arrests, unfair trials and harsh sentences.

According to the latest information available, since July 2016:
▪ 1546 lawyers have been prosecuted;
▪ Almost 600 lawyers have been arrested;
▪ 274 lawyers have been sentenced to long prison terms – the average prison term being 7 years.

Lawyers are being targeted solely because they are carrying out their professional activities, on the basis of alleged accusations of supporting terrorist organisations. The use of “mass trials” against lawyers or lawyers’ associations is frequent and fundamental rights and procedural safeguards are often not respected.



Statement on the occasion of the Lawyers Day in Turkey




https://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/avukatlar-gunu-kutlama-degil-mucadele-ve-dayanisma-gunudur.html (TURKCE)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9825/lunione_delle_camere_penali_italiane_col_ccbe_e_le_principali_organizzazioni_forensi_europee_ed_internazionali_contro_la_repressione_degli_avvocati_in_turchia.html?fbclid=IwAR3noWzQtenWWFwXkdZ_DGF704imxV78rzZKFgNAmrAtENB9UDpZCCj6wGU (ITALIANO)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9822/giornata_degli_avvocati_in_turchia_solidarieta_ai_colleghi_turchi.html?fbclid=IwAR3iDY-OrtKB_PK1mYxGWd4ROcSjZeTF_h-QC78-DMaIIQnnLFhGYcBJfM8 (ITALIANO)


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Istanbul, 05/04/19


le 4 avril, 2019


À l’occasion de la Journée de l’avocat en Turquie, nous nous mobiliserons vendredi 5 avril devant le consulat turc de Bruxelles.


Le 20 mars dernier, 18 avocats turques ont été condamnés à des peines allant de trois à 18 ans d’emprisonnement. Tous les avocats et avocates poursuivis sont membres soit de l’Association des avocats progressistes soit du Bureau des droits du peuple. Ils sont accusés d’être membres ou dirigeants du groupe armé Parti-Front révolutionnaire de libération du peuple (DHKP-C).

Ces condamnations ont été rendues aux termes d’un procès inique. Les accusations reposent en effet sur des preuves très douteuses, fondées sur les déclarations de témoins, certains dont l’identité est tenue secrète. Au cours du procès les avocats des avocats accusés ont parfois été interdits d’entrer en salle d’audience et le juge a rendu son verdict sans avoir entendu les plaidoiries sur le fond.

Cinq des avocats en détention provisoire ont entamé une grève de la faim le 24 janvier 2019 pour protester contre les atteintes à leur droit à un procès équitable commises pendant les procédures. Ces avocates et avocats doivent être libérés.

Rejoignez la manifestation co-organisée par le Syndicat des avocats pour la démocratie, AIBF et AIVL le 5 avril pour soutenir les avocates et avocats turcs victimes de violation à leur droit fondamental à un procès équitable et à la liberté d’expression.

Infos :
Quand ? Le vendredi 5 avril – de 12h30 à 13h30 
Où ? Devant le consulat de Turquie (Rue Montoyer 4, 1000 Bruxelles)





Brüksel’de Halkın Avukatlarıyla İlgili Eyleme Çağrı

Türkiye’de bugün 5 Nisan Avukatlar günü! Amnesty Enternasyonal Belçika tarafından yapılan çağrı ile 5 Nisan Türkiye’de avukatlar günü vesilesiyle bugün Belçika’nın başkenti Brüksel’deki Türkiye Konsolosluğu önünde saat 12.00 ile 13.30 arası eylem yapacak.

Amnesty Enternasyonal Belçika birimi halkın avukatlarının serbest bırakılması için 5 Nisan Avukatlar Günü vesilesiyle Brüksel’deki Türkiye Konsolosluğu önünde eyleme çağrıda bulundu. Demokrasi için Avukatlar Sendikası (AIBF) ve AIVL’nin katılacağı eylemin Rue Montoyer 4, 1000 Bruxelles adresindeki Türk Konsolosluğu önünde düzenleneceği bildirildi.

Amnesty Enternasyonal Belçika biriminin açıklamasında, 20 Mart günü Türkiye’de halkın avukatlarına yönelik sürdürülen hukuksuzca davada cezaların verildiği, avukatların ise 24 Ocak günü bedenlerini açlığa yatırarak adalet istendikleri vurgulandı.

Dogan Presse Agence

(Comité de liberté pour les avocats emprisonnés en Turquie Facebook, 05/04/19)



Turkey: Day of the Endangered Lawyer January 24, 2019 – Photos

February 2, 2019


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The Hague Supreme Court

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Brussels, Turkish Embassy



DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER MARKED: ‘If Lawyers Lose Their Voice, Citizens Lose Their Breath’







Belgium: Lawyer in Jewish museum murder trial defiant after fake gun ‘threats’ (lead)

February 1, 2019

A court sketch made on January 22, 2019 at the Brussels Justice Palace, shows people watching video images during the trial of French jihadist Mehdi Nemmouche, accused of shooting four people dead at a Jewish museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014, allegedly the first Syria jihad veteran to stage a terror attack in Europe. (Igor Preys/BELGA/AFP)

A lawyer for a survivor of the Brussels Jewish museum attack said Wednesday he found a fake rifle in his office after a burglary, denouncing a climate of “fear” and “threats” he would defy.


Lawyer Vincent Lurquin reported his laptop and two files — including one dealing with the deadly anti-Semitic gun attack in May 2014 — were missing from his Brussels office.

“The plaintiff also found on his desk a baseball bat and a replica of a Kalashnikov-type weapon,” the Brussels prosecutors’ office said.

“Advised of the facts, the Brussels prosecutors’ office immediately opened an investigation for burglary and threats using symbols.”

Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is on trial in Brussels charged with shooting dead four people at the museum with a pistol and a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Lurquin, lawyer for survivor Clara Billeke Villalobos, an 81-year-old Chilean artist, said he would not be intimidated.

“Those who want to frighten us will not succeed,” Lurquin told Belgian media.

“We will continue to help (jurors) judge without hatred, without fear. With the threats that may be sent to us, we will not yield to blackmail,” the lawyer said.

“This is also part of the job of being a lawyer,” Lurquin added.




https://plus.lesoir.be/203781/article/2019-01-30/kalachnikov-factice-et-batte-de-baseball-les-menaces-recues-par-un-des-avocats (FRANCAIS)

https://www.sudinfo.be/id99099/article/2019-01-30/le-dossier-nemmouche-vole-chez-lavocat-vincent-lurquin-et-remplace-par-une (FRANCAIS)

https://www.tdg.ch/monde/Nemmouche-evoque-un-pseudoattentat/story/29300640 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.hln.be/nieuws/binnenland/dossier-van-mehdi-nemmouche-gestolen-uit-advocatenkantoor-dieven-laten-baseballknuppel-en-valse-kalasjnikov-achter~aca5bee0/?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F (VLAAMS)

https://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/inbraak-en-achtergelaten-kalasjnikov-en-knuppel-overschaduwt-proces-nemmouche-b7d18617/?referer=https://www.google.com/ (VLAAMS)