“It was the most horrible experience I could ever have in my life. I experienced things I would never imagine seeing in my life.” — Afghan judge on trying to flee Kabul
Afghanistan’s female judges did what is anathema to the Taliban: They dared sit in judgment of men, holding them accountable for their actions and often sentencing them to long prison terms.
Death threats were frequent and, in January, despite the American troops’ presence, two women on the Supreme Court were assassinated.
Now, these fearless judges are being hunted by the Taliban and their fates have fallen mainly to international colleagues to sort out.
“It was the most horrible experience I could ever have in my life,” said one judge in describing her a harrowing escape from Kabul only a few days ago. “I experienced things I would never imagine seeing in my life.”
Of the 270 female justices, she was one of the lucky 20 who the International Association of Women Judges has rescued since the Taliban took control of the country, opened the jails, closed the courts and warned women to stay at home.
“We had some food and water but we ended up wandering from this gate to another for three days and two nights without food,” the judge said.
“Through this mayhem, we had to deal with gunfire all the time and the tear gas. That (tear gas) was the hardest thing for everyone. We couldn’t breath, we couldn’t see anything then with all of this (we) go this gate, other and another still not knowing if could go through or not or whether we could make it. We just kept going through the gates.”
The judge spoke Monday through a translator on the condition that no name be used, not her own or a pseudonym. She’s in hiding in an undisclosed country, waiting to find out where she and her family might be resettled.
A Associação Brasileira dos Advogados do Povo Gabriel Pimenta – ABRAPO repudia as covardes agressões da Polícia Militar do Estado de Goiás contra o Advogado Orcelio Ferreira Silverio Júnior, na manhã desta quarta-feira (dia 21 de julho de 2021). Mais uma vez se comprova o modus operandi da Polícia Militar, seja em Goiás ou em qualquer Estado do país, de uma ação extremamente violenta, covarde e injusta para com o povo, diferente da com as classes dominantes. Assim como, faz-se necessário denunciar e reafirmar o dissimulado discurso conciliador dos monopólios dos meios de comunicação, de que a Polícia Militar “é despreparada”, pois na verdade essa é a sua verdadeira prática desde sua origem, que corresponde à defesa deste Velho Estado defensor dos interesses da Grande Burguesia e dos Latifundiários.
As agressões covardes contra o Advogado, em frente a um dos terminais mais movimentados de Goiânia, ocorreram quando passou a filmar Policiais Militares do GIRO que espancavam um vigia de carros. Em entrevista, Orcelio denuncia que foi abordado por um Soldado do GIRO afirmando que não poderia filmá-lo. Ao se manter firme em sua postura, o advogado passou a ser agredido e espancado pelo Tenente comandante da guarnição, conforme vídeos amplamente divulgados.
Além das agressões covardes em frente ao Terminal da Bíblia, o advogado relata que foi torturado pela Polícia Militar durante toda sua prisão, inclusive após passar pelo exame de Corpo de Delito, no IML. Mesmo após estar preso, foi agredido e torturado na frente de outros Policiais Civis, que nada fizeram para cessar a ação covarde. Pasmem, o advogado ainda foi acusado de cometer os crimes de Lesão Corporal Dolosa, Resistência, Desobediência e Desacato.
Por outro lado, o agressor, Tenente Gilberto Borges da Costa, foi qualificado como vítima pelo Delegado da Central de Flagrantes de Goiânia, acusando o Advogado de lhe ter agredido com socos, chutes e ponta pés, além de morder um de seus dedos. Os demais membros do GIRO, que seguraram e imobilizaram o advogado enquanto o Tenente o espancava, foram qualificados como testemunhas da agressão, em defesa do Policial.
Este fato revela que não se trata apenas de “despreparo” dos Policiais Militares envolvidos na ação, mas sim de uma verdadeira corporação preparada para mentir, forjar provas, agredir, espancar, torturar e matar o povo pobre e aqueles que ousar defender o povo! Se fizeram isso contra um advogado, na presença de dezenas de testemunhas e câmeras, imaginem o que fazem contra o povo da periferia e contra camponeses, sem a presença de testemunhas e câmeras para registrar a ação policial?
The Brazilian Association of People’s Lawyers Gabriel Pimenta (ABRAPO) denounces the cowardly physical assaults of the Military Police of the State of Goiás against lawyer Orcelio Ferreira Silverio Júnior on July 21, 2021.
A defrocked Catholic priest accused of systematic child abuse in East Timor has been reported to police for allegedly threatening to kill the human rights lawyer representing the victims.
The claim against American-born Richard Daschbach was made in a statement released on Tuesday night by law firm JUS Juridico Social Consultoria.
“At around 11.15am [on Tuesday] inside the Oecusse District Court, the accused of the case of 14 counts of sexual abuse against children, one count of child pornography and domestic violence, ex-priest Mr Richard Daschbach threatened to kill Ms Barbara Oliveira, partner of JU,S Juridico Social,” the firm said in the statement.
“This threat was made inside the court building, directly witnessed by one member of the national police. While Ms Oliveira was sitting and working in the waiting area of the court waiting for the conclusion of the hearing, Mr Daschbach left the defendant waiting room to go to the toilet.
“Upon his return, Mr Daschbach walked across the open area and stood right in front of her while she remained sitting, at a distance of approximately 1.5m to 2m, and clearly uttered in English, ‘Barbara, you know we are going to kill you’. After that, he went back to the defendant room.”
The incident was reported to police and because Oliveira is a Brazilian and Portuguese national, their embassies in Dili have also been informed about the alleged death threat, the statement said.
Miguel Faria, one of the lawyers defending the sacked priest, told Portuguese news agency Lusa his team “were not aware of the situation”.
Daschbach, 84, is facing charges of child pornography, domestic violence and 14 counts of alleged abuse of girls under 14 at a shelter he operated in the country between 1991 and 2018.
André de Paula teve a porta do seu apartamento incendiada; ele e sua companheira já haviam sofrido ameaças por telefone antes do atentado deste sábado (13)
O apartamento do advogado ativista da Frente Internacionalista dos Sem Teto (FIST), André De Paula, localizado no bairro do Catete, Zona Sul do Rio de Janeiro, foi alvo de um atestado na noite deste sábado (13).
“Logo após o ‘Fora Bolsonaro’ que fazemos todas as noites a partir de 20h30, com um megafone na varanda, colocaram fogo na porta do apartamento, com a clara intenção de queimar o imóvel e nos asfixiar, enquanto eu estava no banho e a minha companheira Bárbara estava dormindo. Ao ouvir os gritos no corredor e os latidos do nosso cachorro, vimos que a nossa porta estava pegando fogo por fora” – conta.
André de Paula e a companheira, desde que começaram a fazer os protestos na varanda contra Bolsonaro, passaram a receber ameaças anônimas no condomínio.
“Algum tempo atrás, um cidadão desconhecido entrou no escritório da síndica e disse que ia parar com essas manifestações ‘Fora Bolsonaro’, que a gente faz, por meios não legais, quer dizer, por meios coercitivos”, relata o advogado em entrevista concedida à Revista Fórum.
“Já tinham acontecido várias ameaças por telefone, que não consegui identificar, e hoje, depois do ato ‘Fora Bolsonaro’, por ter me expressado da varanda, o que aconteceu foi que começou a entrar fumaça pela casa. As pessoas gritaram e quando fomos ver, a porta estava toda queimada. O porteiro veio e apagou o incêndio” – relata André.
Repudiamos o ataque ao Advogado Popular André de Paula e sua Companheira Barbara
A Associação Brasileira dos Advogados do Povo – ABRAPO repudia veemente o atentado sofrido contra o advogado popular André de Paula e sua companheira Bárbara, também advogada popular, em sua residência no dia 13 de março. Um coquetel molotov foi atirado contra sua janela e a porta de seu apartamento foi incendiada. Um crime que poderia ter tomado grandes proporções, colocando em risco a vida de todos os moradores próximos, não fosse a rápida ação de um trabalhador do prédio para conter as chamas.
O Dr. André de Paula é um destaco defensor dos direitos do povo e em particular da luta pela moradia. Fundador e atual coordenador da Frente Internacionalista dos Sem Teto (FIST), André sempre esteve disposto a colocar seus serviços de advogado a disposição da luta popular e é altamente reconhecido por defender sem reservas qualquer ativista detido pelas forças policiais em atos e manifestações no Rio de Janeiro. Solidário com as demandas mais básicas dos trabalhadores, tem denunciado diariamente a política de extermínio adotada pelo governo federal de Bolsonaro/Generais no âmbito da pandemia da covid-19.
André já vinha sendo ameaçado frequentemente por um militante de extrema-direita e apoiador do presidente Bolsonaro. O atentado contra a sua vida tem claras conotações políticas e além de ser uma tentativa de assassinato é uma investida para intimidá-lo e silenciá-lo.
Reiteramos nossa solidariedade e apoio ao Dr. André de Paula e a Dra. Bárbara para que continuem vigorosos no exercício de sua função de advogados do povo na defesa do movimento de luta pela moradia e dos demais militantes e movimentos que são perseguidos pelo estado, e que continuem exercendo sem tréguas seu legítimo direito de livre manifestação na defesa dos direitos do povo e na denúncia do genocídio em marcha perpetrado pelo governo de Bolsonaro e Generais contra o povo brasileiro.
Associação Brasileira dos Advogados do Povo Gabriel Pimenta
On 1 January 2021 human rights defender and lawyer José Vargas Sobrinho Junior was detained in Redencão, Pará. The detention is linked to a police investigation into the disappearance of Cicero José Rodrigues de Souza, the President of the Association of Epileptics of Redencão and former candidate of the 2020 Municipal Elections. Cicero José Rodrigues de Souza has been missing since 20 October 2020.
José Vargas Sobrinho Junior is a human rights defender, university lecturer and lawyer in the state of Pará. José Vargas has dedicated his life’s work to the defence of landless rural workers, indigenous people and traditional communities in the state of Pará, the most dangerous region in Brazil for the defense of land rights. The lawyer is well known for his work on emblematic collective cases which goes against the interests of landowners and other economic groups in the region, such as the defence of the victims of the Pau D’Arco massacre, defending landless workers against the JBS company, and for his representation of the Kayapó indigenous people against mining companies in Cumaru do Norte. In recognition for his work in the defence of human rights, particularly on land rights, José Vargas received the 2017 João Canuto Award, granted by the Human Rights Movement (MhuD) and the 2018 Paulo Frota Medal, awarded by the Legislative Assembly of Pará (ALEPA).
The extradition of the Spanish Carlos García Juliá, convicted of participating in the massacre of left-wing lawyers committed in Madrid in 1977, was authorized by the Brazilian Supreme Court.
The Brazilian authorities thus complied with the Spanish Government’s request for the extradition of the former right-wing militant of the far-right Força Nova party, one of the perpetrators of the massacre in which three labour lawyers, a law student and an administrative officer were shot dead.
García Juliá, who served 14 of the 193 years in prison to which he was sentenced in 1980, was on the run and was arrested on December 2018 in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, where he lived under a false Venezuelan identity.
The Spanish court asked the Government to ask the Brazilian authorities to extradite García Juliá, on the understanding that the sentence imposed on him was not prescribed and that he had to serve 3,855 days in prison.
In a public hearing held on Tuesday, the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) authorized the extradition of Spanish because it considered that the necessary requirements, such as the typification of crimes and the non-configuration of a political crime, were met.
In an opinion sent to the Supreme Court, the Attorney General of the Republic of Brazil, Raquel Dodge, recommended extradition by “not verifying” that the petition filed by the Spanish authorities “was filed with a view to harassing or punishing the extradited by political opinion.”
However, details of the extradition process have not yet been released.
The former Força Nova militant, who was 24 years old when he committed the massacre, was convicted in 1980 of five homicides and four attempted homicides at the law office of the trade union Commissions Operarias, located at 55 Atocha Street in central Madrid.
La Fundación Jesús Pereda junto a CCOO de Zamora y de Palencia mantienen viva la “Memoria de Atocha”, el asesinato hace ya 42 años de cinco abogados laboralistas de CCOO y del PCE por parte de un grupo de pistoleros de extrema derecha.
Una conversación con Alejandro Ruiz-Huerta, uno de las cuatro personas supervivientes, recuperará el significado de aquellos hechos dramáticos y ofrecerá una mirada sindical al presente y hacia el futuro.
Será en Zamora el 28 de enero a las 11h00 y en Palencia ese mismo día a las 19h00, en las respectivas sedes de CCOO.
“Carlos García Juliá he fired six shots with his Star Super model to which he had placed a 9 Parabellum cannon. The shooting of this young man whom the parish priest of San Ginés defined in the summary pages of the Atocha case as “normal, jovial, affectionate and well connected with the serious and honorable youth of the neighborhood, with exemplary religious and moral life”. they caused the death, according to the opinion of the autopsy and the ballistic analysis, of Javier Sauquillo and Serafín Holgado “. This was how the journalist José Martí Gómez described in the pages of La Vanguardia on September 20, 1984, one of the authors of the killing of Atocha of January 24, 1977, which has now been arrested in Brazil after fleeing Spain, using different identities to outwit the Spanish justice.
About García Juliá, who was 24 years old when he shot to kill in the law office of Atocha street in Madrid, weighed an arrest warrant by the National Court since he got a prison permit in 1992. Then, he decided to leave Spain and he lost track until he was arrested in Bolivia for drug trafficking. But he managed to escape from prison and the track was already lost.
This is how the Atocha events occurred chronologically:
– After 10 and a half at night, three right-wing gunmen enter face uncovered in a labor law firm located at number 55 in the Madrid street of Atocha. Apparently, they were looking for the person in charge of the then illegal transport union of Comisiones Obreras (CCOO), Joaquín Navarro, who had left the office a short time before.
When they did not find him, they decided to kill those who were there at that moment. Five people are killed. They started firing at the administrative Angel Rodriguez Leal, who died on the spot, and then gathered and strafed the other eight people who were on the floor – seven lawyers and a law student – all linked to the Communist Party and CCOO. Luis Javier Benavides and Enrique Valdevira died on the spot, while Francisco Javier Sauquillo and student Serafin Holgado died hours later at the hospital. Four people were seriously injured, but managed to survive: Dolores (Lola) González Ruiz – married to Sauquillo – Miguel Sarabia, Alejandro Ruiz-Huerta and Luis Ramos Pardo.
– March 12, 1977.-The perpetrators of the attack are arrested: Carlos García Juliá, José Fernández Cerrá and Fernando Lerdo de Tejada, members of the self-proclaimed Comando Hugo Sosa, linked to the Anticommunist Apostolic Alliance; as well as the then provincial secretary of the vertical transport union of Madrid, Francisco Albalejo. But there are four others involved more.
FUNDACION ABOGADOS DE ATOCHA Hoy hemos mantenido reunión del Patronato de la Fundación, presidido por Alejandro Ruiz-Huerta, superviviente de aquel brutal atentado de enero de 1977, atentado realizado por un comando de extrema derecha. https://t.co/4TKNrY7Zd8
THE National High Court in Madrid has formally requested the extradition of Carlos Garcia Julia, one of the Atocha killers.
Neo-fascist Garcia Julia received a 193-year prison sentence which he served in Castilla y Leon for his part in slaughtering five lawyers and seriously injuring three others in their offices in January 1977.
In September 1991 he was allowed out on probation and three months later given permission to leave the country to work in Asuncion (Paraguay) on condition that he reported each month to the Spanish embassy.
Garcia Julia failed to comply and when the Spanish authorities learned of his arrest in Bolivia in 1996 on drugs charges, the courts revoked probation and requested his extradition.
By this time he had disappeared again after being granted a temporary release from the Bolivia gaol, finally surfacing in Brazil via Chile, Argentina and Venezuela.
An Interpol detention order finally got results and Garcia Julia, by then working as an Uber driver and known as Genaro Antonio Materan, was taken into custody.
Once extradited and having broken probation, he must now serve the remaining 3,855 days of his sentence.