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Egypt/CCBE: Detention of lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen

August 17, 2018

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Your Excellency,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents the bars and law societies of 45 countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. The CCBE places great emphasis on respect for human rights and the rule of law, and is particularly concerned with the situation of human rights defenders around the world.
The CCBE would like to express its concern regarding the detention of lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen.
According to the information received, on 15 May 2018, Haytham Mohamadeen was arrested in El Saf in Giza Governorate. He was detained in an unknown location. On 19 May 2018, the Supreme State Security Prosecution in Cairo ordered a detention of 15 days pending an investigation on charges of “aiding a terrorist organisation” and “calling for illegal protests”.
We understand that Haytham Mohamadeen did not take part in protests and that he offers pro-bono legal advice to workers. He is also a member of El-Naddim Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of  Violence, an Egyptian NGO dedicated to combating torture and providing medical and legal aid in support of victims of human rights’ abuses.




http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/aegypten-deutscher-an-einreise-gehindert-und-festgenommen-a-1222976.html (DEUTSCH)


ICJ: The case for drafting a European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer

June 19, 2018

The ICJ welcomes the proposal of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in its Recommendation 2121(2018) calling for the development of a Council of Europe Convention on the Profession of Lawyer.

The ICJ believes that such a Convention could make an important contribution to strengthening the rule of law and the protection of human rights in the Council of Europe region, building on existing Council of Europe standards and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

The ICJ particularly welcomes PACE’s call for an effective control mechanism to be put in place under a new Convention, as recent developments in a number of Council of Europe Member States show a significant gap in implementation of Council of Europe standards on the independence and security of lawyers.

Lawyers, along with judges and prosecutors, are one of the pillars on which protection of the rule of law and human rights through the justice system rests.

Recognizing this, the ICJ, since its foundation in 1952, has worked to protect lawyers under threat and to develop international standards for the independence, role and integrity of the profession.




Iran: Immediate Release of Human Rights Lawyer Demanded by Amnesty International

June 15, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh

On June 13, in her home in Tehran, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested. According to her husband, Reza Khandan, she was then transferred to the prosecutor’s office of Evin prison.

Sotoudeh was told she was being arrested to serve a five-year prison sentence, said Khandan, but neither he nor his wife knew anything about this sentence.

The same day, Amnesty International issued a statement calling for Iranian authorities to immediately release Nasrin Sotoudeh. The statement said, “We call on the Iranian authorities to release Nasrin Sotoudeh immediately and unconditionally.

Any action short of this must be unreservedly condemned by the international community.”

The statement also claims, “In recent weeks, Nasrin Sotoudeh has spoken out against the application of a Note to Article 48 of Iran’s 2015 Code of Criminal Procedure. The Note to Article 48 denies individuals facing some offenses, including those related to national security, the right to access an independent lawyer of their own choosing during the investigation of their charges. Instead, individuals can only select from a roster of pre-approved lawyers chosen by the Head of the Judiciary.

The Head of the Judiciary issued a list with only 20 people pre-approved for Tehran province.”

Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, stated, “Permitting only lawyers who are pre-approved to defend individuals accused of ‘security’ offences – who often include human rights defenders – completely undermines the right of detainees to a lawyer of their own choosing.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh recently represented Narges Hosseini, who was prosecuted for peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling in Iran earlier this year. Since the December / January protests this year, dozens of women have been violently attacked and arrested for peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling.








Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, arrested – again




https://www.fidh.org/fa/%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B9%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7/%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87%E2%80%8C%DB%8C-%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87 (FARSI)

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights-justice/4441832.html (FARSI)

http://fa.euronews.com/2018/06/17/reza-khandan-husband-of-nasrin-sotoudeh-iranian-human-rights-defender-arrested-evin-tehran (FARSI)

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsira181306.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/06/16/97001-20180616FILWWW00111-iran-l-arrestation-de-nasrin-sotoudeh-defenseure-des-droits-humaine-jugee-scandaleuse.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/160618/l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-arretee-pour-soutien-la-cause-des-femmes (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1121095/washington-appelle-a-la-liberation-de-lavocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.madmoizelle.com/avocate-iranienne-arretee-931835 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.islampos.com/fifa-izinkan-spanduk-dukungan-untuk-wanita-iran-di-stadion-di-piala-dunia-91806/ (ITALIANO)




Latvia: Lawyer shot dead in Latvia, police see hand of organized crime

May 30, 2018

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A corporate lawyer who worked on managing the winding-down of insolvent companies was shot dead in the Latvian capital early on Wednesday in what police said appeared to be a killing linked to organized crime.

Police said Martins Bunkus was shot by two men as he drove through the surburbs of Riga in early morning. His attackers escaped in a van which was later found abandoned and burnt out.

“We think that it was a carefully planned murder … connected with the victim’s professional work. We think we are dealing here with organized crime,” Andrejs Grisins, a police official, told journalists. Bunkus had reported death threats to police in 2016, he added.

The killing casts a cloud over efforts by the former Soviet-ruled European Union state of 2 million people to fight corruption.








https://irir.lv/2018/06/07/zurnals-ar-ko-konflikteja-administrators-martins-bunkus (LATVIAN)

http://jauns.lv/raksts/zinas/284488-nosauta-advokata-bunkus-mates-sirds-asino-martins-man-bija-visgaisakais-dels (LATVIAN)

https://skaties.lv/degpunkta/noziedziba/kas-bija-nogalinatais-maksatnespejas-administrators-martins-bunkus/ (LATVIAN)

http://jauns.lv/raksts/zinas/283354-mezaparka-nosauts-maksatnespejas-administrators-martins-bunkus (LATVIAN)

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewslet180530.htm (FRANCAIS)

Turkey: Terrorism trial of human rights defender Eren Keskin adjourned until 9 July

May 7, 2018

Eren Keskin (C), director of

This statement was originally published on platform24.org on 7 May 2018.

The 7th hearing of the trial against nine people, including prominent lawyer and human rights defender Eren Keskin, for their support to the shuttered daily Özgür Gündem was heard on May 7, 2018, at the 14th High Criminal Court of Istanbul.

The hearing, monitored inside the courtroom by P24, was attended by Eren Keskin for whom the prosecutor is seeking a prison term on charges of “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization.” Along with Keskin, Özgür Gündem daily editors and writers Hüseyin Aykol, Reyhan Çapan and Filiz Koçali, lawyers Ayşe Batumlu and Nuray Özdoğan, writer Ayşe Berktay, spokesperson of 78ers Initiative Celalettin Can and Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editor Reyhan Hacıoğlu are on trial as part of the same case. Both Can and Hacıoğlu are currently jailed pending trial in the framework of another investigation.

“I have been a human rights defender for 30 years. I have defended freedom of expression for years. I am the co-President of the Human Rights Association,” Keskin told the court. “For it was a newspaper the workers of which were assassinated, [headquarters] bombed, and itself has been shut down many times, I agreed for my name to be added as a co-editor-in-chief in 2013,” she added.

Allegations regarding Keskin involve news articles and columns published in the daily while her name figured on the masthead of the newspaper.

Keskin told the court that she had already been sentenced to 12 years in prison and a 450,000 Turkish Lira (approx. 88,500 Euro) fine, stressing that her other trials were still ongoing. “I learned today from my lawyer that I was supposed to give defense statements regarding 30 indictments. This is practically impossible,” she said. She also told the court that she wouldn’t leave Turkey no matter what the decision is. “I want this to be put on the record: I will not go abroad. Turkey must change these laws.”






http://www.abcgazetesi.com/eren-keskinin-davasi-ertelendi-86106h.htm (TURKCE)

http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/eren-keskin-yurt-disina-gitmeyecegim-bu-yasalar-degismeli-h87744.html (TURKCE)

https://anfdeutsch.com/pressefreiheit/haftstrafen-im-prozess-gegen-tageszeitung-Oezguer-guendem-gefordert-4329 (TURKCE)

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

Turkey: Persecution of Turkish Lawyers | April 2018

April 28, 2018


25 April | Istanbul|Lawyers Akın Atalay, Mustafa Kemal Gungor, and Bulent Utku were convicted of terrorism charges

Lawyers Akın Atalay and Mustafa Kemal Gungor, Bulent Utku who were chair and board members, and also lawyers of the Cumhuriyet Foundation and its enterprise Cumhuriyet daily were convicted of terrorism charges by Istanbul 27th High Assize Court.

At the end of the 18-month trial against journalists and executives of Cumhuriyet Foundation and its enterprise Cumhuriyet daily, 17 of 20 defendants including three lawyers were convicted of terrorism charges.

Akın Atalay who was chair of the Cumhuriyet Foundation, and also lawyer of Cumhuriyet daily and its several journalists was sentenced to seven years and three months.

Lawyers Mustafa Kemal Gungor and Bulent Utku were sentenced respectively three years and nine months, two years in prison.

25 April | Istanbul|Lawyer and Fox TV Anchor were sentenced to jail term.

Istanbul-Bakırkoy 17th Penal Court sentenced  lawyer Fidel Okan and journalist Ismail Kucukkaya 16 monts and 20 days in prison with the charge of humiliating the public servant.

Persecution of Turkish Lawyers | April 2018






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.