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Second Lawyer Working On High Treason Case Flees Russia

24/11/21

Yevgeny Smirnov

A second lawyer for jailed Russian journalist Ivan Safronov, who is charged with high treason, has fled the country.

Yevgeny Smirnov told The Insider investigative group on November 23 that he is now in Georgia, adding that he had decided to leave Russia after an internal disciplinary investigation had been initiated against him by the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Safronov, a former adviser to the head of Russia’s space agency Roskosmos and a one-time journalist, was arrested and charged with high treason in July 2020 on allegations that he had passed secret information to the Czech Republic in 2017 about Russian arms sales in the Middle East.

In early November of this year, Safronov was additionally charged with passing classified information to a university in Switzerland and to Germany’s intelligence service.

Smirnov said the FSB has accused him of ignoring citations from authorities related to the case of Safronov and another case of alleged high treason.

Safronov’s other lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, left Russia for Georgia in September after authorities opened a case against him in April for allegedly disclosing classified information from the case, which the lawyer has rejected as politically motivated.

Safronov has also rejected the accusations against him and many of his supporters have held pickets demanding his release, saying that all materials related to the case have been deemed classified as part of a cover-up.

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https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-safronov-lawyers-flee/31577161.html

https://www.dw.com/en/russia-two-more-navalny-allies-go-into-exile/a-59918332

https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/781671.html

https://meduza.io/news/2021/11/23/advokat-ivana-safronova-evgeniy-smirnov-uehal-v-gruziyu-nakanune-stalo-izvestno-o-vozbuzhdennom-protiv-nego-distsiplinarnom-proizvodstve-po-zhalobe-fsb (RUSSIAN)

https://es.euronews.com/2021/11/24/russia-navalny (ESPANOL)

Crimea/Russia: Prominent rights lawyer Edem Semedliaev sentenced to 12 days administrative detention and fined

18/11/21

On 11 November 2021, the Central District Court of Simferopol found human rights defender Edem Semedliaev guilty of two counts of “disobeying the lawful orders of a police officer” (Article 19.3 of the Administrative Code). The Court sentenced human rights defender to 12 days of administrative detention and issued him a fine of 4,000 Russian rubles for refusing to undress and undergo an unlawful personal search.

Edem Semedliaev is a human rights defender and lawyer. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, he has been actively involved in legally representing and defending the rights of the Crimean Tatars, who have become one of the major targets for the authorities, alongside civil society activists and journalists.

On 11 November 2021, Edem Semedliaev was asked to come to the Center for Counteracting Extremism to review the paperwork for the previous charges. Later that day, the Central District Court of Simferopol convicted the human rights defender with two counts of “disobeying the lawful orders of a police officer” (Article 19.3 of the Administrative Code). Edem Semedliaev was sentenced to 12 days of administrative detention and a fine for refusing to undress to undergo a personal search. During the hearing, Edem Semedliaev’s wife recevied a fine for a parking violation and her car was towed away by police. The Crimean Solidarity group reports this event as an extension of state-sponsored pressure on Edem Semedliaev for his non-violent human rights work defending the rights of Crimean Tatars.

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https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/prominent-human-rights-lawyer-edem-semedliaev-sentenced-12-days-administrative-detention-and

https://menafn.com/1103123885/Pressure-on-activists-lawyers-journalists-growing-in-occupied-Crimea-rights-NGO

(RUSSIAN)

https://ua.krymr.com/a/novyny-krymu-semedliaev-zvilnennia-z-itt-sudaka/31531466.html (UKRAINIAN)

Russian Authorities Arrest Crimean Tatar Lawyer While Representing His Clients

26/10/21

Edem Semdlyaev, Simferopol, Crimea 2021

Yesterday, Russian authorities arbitrarily arrested lawyer Edem Semedlyaev, while he was advising clients at a police station, who themselves had been arbitrarily arrested. Today court released Semedlyaev pending review of the charges.

Semedlyaev is one of the few lawyers who continue to risk working on politically sensitive cases in Crimea. 

Semedlyaev arrived at the police station in Simferopol on Monday afternoon, to provide legal representation for Crimean Tatars detained earlier that day. The Crimean Tatars were detained outside a military court building, where they arrived to observe an appeal hearing in one of the many bogus “terrorism” cases brought against Crimean Tatars since Russia occupied the peninsula in 2014.

Due to quarantine restrictions, the judge allowed only five into the courtroom, while the rest remained outside. Although those outside complied with police orders to maintain the required distance apart and wear masks, after 20 minutes the National Guard arrived and detained 21 men, including several journalists. They took them to the police station and charged them with violating quarantine restrictions.

Another lawyer present at the police station told Human Rights Watch that Semedlyaev had asked an officer from the Interior Ministry’s anti-extremism department not to take away one of the detainees, to whom he wanted to provide legal counsel when he was finished with his current client. The officer refused, and Semedlyaev started an audio recording on his phone. The officer ordered Semedlyaev to stop recording and then suddenly ordered him and another lawyer to fully undress, allegedly to see if they had any “extremist tattoos.” Semedlyaev refused and was arrested on two counts of disobeying a police officer, an administrative offence punishable by a fine and up to 15 days in jail. He spent the night in a holding cell. He appeared before a court this evening and was released pending review of the charges.

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https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/10/26/russian-authorities-arrest-crimean-tatar-lawyer-while-representing-his-clients

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/prominent-human-rights-lawyer-edem-semedliaev-detained

https://ua.krymr.com/a/novyny-krymu-semedliaev-zvilnennia-z-itt-sudaka/31531466.html (UKRAINIAN)

At UN ICJ calls on Ukraine to ensure security of lawyers and judicial independence

22/03/21

Today, before the UN Human Rights Council, the ICJ called on Ukrainian authorities to ensure the security of lawyers and the independence of the judiciary, essential elements to make effective any human rights technical assistance and capacity building.

The statement reads as follows:

“Madame President,

In Ukraine, a number of lawyers, including those who defend human rights, in and outside of courts, including to face threats, harassment, and other attacks on their security.

Lawyers continue to be associated with their clients and may face detrimental consequences for representing them.

For example, in November 2020, lawyer Nikolay Osipchuk was physically attacked by the local Prosecutor and several other people in the court room of a district court. A pattern of such attacks was identified by the ICJ in a report issued last year.

The ICJ is further concerned at recent the attempts of interference by the Government with the independence of the judiciary in Ukraine.

The ICJ welcomes the withdrawal of the presidential draft law by which all judges of the Constitutional Court would have been dismissed. However, it is concerning that, following a criminal case initiated against him, the President of the Constitutional Court was suspended by a decision of the President of Ukraine. This decision, on dubious legal grounds, undermines the independence of the judiciary.

The ICJ urges that Ukraine:

  • Ensure prompt, thorough, impartial and independent investigations of all attacks on lawyers, leading where appropriate, to bringing those responsible to justice;

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https://www.unian.info/politics/occupied-crimea-un-tells-of-human-rights-violations-by-russia-11351122.html

Crimea/Ukraine: Eighty political prisoners held in Crimea now — lawyer

September 18, 2019

Eighty political prisoners held in Crimea now — lawyer

The persecution of Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian activists, as well as their relatives and lawyers who protect them, is ongoing in Crimea.

A corresponding statement was made during a side event “Persecution of Crimean Tatars’ Defenders in Crimea: Attacks on Lawyers, Journalists and Activists” at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Tamila Tasheva, the coordinator of CrimeaSOS organization, noted that pressure started to be put on Crimean Tatars and active Ukrainian population living on the peninsula after Crimea had been occupied. Thus, the activists and journalists began to leave Crimea and only representatives of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People stayed on their land. According to her, the activists, relatives of those persecuted and lawyers united in the Crimean Solidarity organization in 2016 but they also began to be oppressed by the occupying power of the Russian Federation.

“Over 80 political prisoners, including more than 60 Crimean Tatars, are held in Crimea now. They all are prosecuted under so-called ‘terrorism’ articles,” Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov stressed.

Of course, these charges are completely trumped-up as the people are being persecuted for their active civic stance, for their views, Kurbedinov emphasized.

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-polytics/2782678-eighty-political-prisoners-held-in-crimea-now-lawyer.html

https://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/halya-coynash-russia-treats-imprisoned-crimean-tatars-like-victims-of-the-1944-deportation.html

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1544564886

http://www.civicsolidarity.org/article/1588/russian-authorities-crack-down-human-rights-activists-and-other-individuals-occupied

https://nbnews.com.ua/politika/2019/09/09/emil-kurbedinov-o-zakliuchennykh-krymskikh-tatarakh/ (UKRAINIAN)

https://qha.com.tr/haberler/avukat-kurbedinov-dan-kirim-tatar-siyasi-tutsaklari-ziyaret/81367/ (TURKCE)

https://qha.com.tr/haberler/avukat-emil-kurbedinov-dan-esir-degisimi-yorumu-soydaslarim-hala-mucadeleye-devam-ediyorlar/79328/ (TURKCE)

 

Russia/Crimea: Crimean Tatars Face Unfounded Terrorism Charges

July 12, 2019

Crimean Tatar activists protest politically motivated arrests of terrorism charges in Moscow’s Red Square on July 10, 2019.

Russian authorities have brought unfounded terrorism charges against 24 Crimean Tatars, 20 of whom were arrested during heavily armed raids on their homes in the spring of this year, Human Rights Watch said today. Security officers tortured four of the men, denied lawyers access to search sites, planted evidence, and later briefly detained two activists who spoke out on behalf of the arrested men.

Crimean Tatars are a Muslim ethnic minority indigenous to the Crimean Peninsula. Many openly oppose Russia’s occupation, which began in 2014.The crackdown in the spring of 2019 is the latest in a pattern of repression to smear peaceful activists as terrorists and to stifle dissent in occupied Crimea. Russian authorities should release the activists and stop misusing the country’s overly broad counterterrorism legislation to stifle freedom of opinion, expression, and religion.

“Russian authorities seek to portray Crimean Tatars who oppose Russia’s occupation as ‘terrorists’ and ‘extremists,’” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Russian authorities in Crimea are using terrorism charges as a convenient tool of repression.”

Human Rights Watch visited Crimea from May 17 to 20 and interviewed 16 relatives of 9 of those arrested, 5 lawyers representing some of them, and a leading activist with Crimean Solidarity, which provides aid to families of individuals arrested on politically motivated charges. Human Rights Watch also examined some legal documents and seven search sites, including the places where banned books or brochures had been allegedly planted. One lawyer, who is based in Moscow, was interviewed by phone.

 

Most of the 24 men arrested were active in Crimean Solidarity, a loose association of human rights lawyers, relatives, and supporters of victims of political repression. All have been charged with association with Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), the controversial pan-Islamist movement that is banned in Russia as a “terrorist” organization but is legal in Ukraine. Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks the establishment of a caliphate but does not espouse violence to achieve its goals.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/12/crimean-tatars-face-unfounded-terrorism-charges

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1553825463

https://www.rferl.org/a/moscow-police-detain-dozens-of-supporters-of-crimean-tatars-convicted-on-terrorism-charges/30049495.html

https://en.hromadske.ua/posts/what-we-know-about-23-crimean-tatars-detained-in-march

Faces of the Crimean Solidarity group who Russia baselessly arrested as “terrorists”

http://www.civicsolidarity.org/article/1588/russian-authorities-crack-down-human-rights-activists-and-other-individuals-occupied

https://outride.rs/en/temat/crimean-solidarity/

Iran/Belgium: L’avocate Nasrin Sotoudeh récompensée à Bruxelles du prix Ludovic Trarieux

le 24 mai, 2019

Le 23e Prix International des Droits de l’Homme « Ludovic-Trarieux » 2018 a récompensé l’avocate des droits humains Nasrin Sotoudeh, une militante iranienne reconnue pour son engagement notamment envers les jeunes femmes qui refusaient de porter le voile dans l’espace public, un geste obligatoire dans ce pays depuis la Révolution islamique de 1979.

La militante anti-voile Nasrin Sotoudeh récompensée à Bruxelles du prix Ludovic Trarieux

Un prix émis par des confrères

Ce prix, crée en 1984 et exclusivement réservé aux avocats, est attribué à une personne « 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 ».

Bertrand Favreau, président et fondateur de l’Institut des Droits de l’Homme des avocats européens, s’est exprimé à propos du choix de cette lauréate. « En septembre 2018, lors de la réunion annuelle qui s’est tenue à Paris, le jury a désigné Nasrin Sotoudeh au premier tour et à la majorité absolue. D’une part pour son long passé d’engagement pour les droits de l’homme mais notamment parce qu’elle avait été interdite d’exercer par les procureurs du régime iranien ».

Comme l’explique Bertrand Favreau, l’avocate s’était depuis battue pendant 9 mois en allant s’asseoir tous les jours devant l’Ordre des Avocats pour obtenir le droit de ré-exercer sa profession.

Le tout premier lauréat de ce prix « Ludovic-Trarieux » remis par l’Institut des Droits de l’Homme des avocats européens n’était autre que Nelson Mandela. Malgré l’absence de l’avocate iranienne, toujours emprisonnée à la prison d’Evin à Téhéran, la cérémonie officielle de remise du prix a eu lieu ce vendredi au palais de justice de Bruxelles. Karim Lahidji, avocat au barreau de Téhéran et président de la Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’homme, ainsi que l’artiste réfugiée Parastou Forouhar étaient présents.

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_l-avocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-recompensee-a-bruxelles-du-prix-ludovic-trarieux?id=10229070

Le Prix Ludovic-Trarieux a été remis vendredi à l’avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh

https://www.rtl.be/info/belgique/politique/le-prix-ludovic-trarieux-a-ete-remis-vendredi-a-l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-1127085.aspx

http://www.vivreici.be/article/detail_l-avocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-recompensee-a-bruxelles-du-prix-ludovic-trarieux?id=289925

https://www.csdhi.org/index.php/actualites/prisonniers-politiques/12709-iran-l-avocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-recompensee-a-bruxelles-du-prix-ludovic-trarieux

Le Prix Ludovic-Trarieux a été remis vendredi à l’avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh

http://as-human-lu.blogspot.com/2019/05/iran-lavocate-nasrin-sotoudeh.html

https://legalworld.wolterskluwer.be/fr/nouvelles/juristes-en-mouvement/l-avocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-recoit-le-prix-ludovic-trarieux/

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

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

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prix_Ludovic-Trarieux

https://iranintl.com/%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%AF%DB%8C%D9%88/%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B2%D9%87%E2%80%8C%DB%8C-%D9%84%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%88%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C%DB%8C%D9%88-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87?fbclid=IwAR1rQuu9QcGVgwwpqLtaE4lHq7zxHOHAE-4DQOKFOf90Gg-6Ph6kE9jbSrw (FARSI)

http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php/news1/79648/ (FARSI)

https://iranwire.com/fa/features/31275 (FARSI)

https://www.peykeiran.com/Content.aspx?ID=183380#.XOo8r9lqE3w.twitter (FARSI)

https://bepish.org/node/2032 (FARSI)

https://www.cafe-liberal.com/%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%84%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1-%D9%84%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%88%DB%8C/ (FARSI)

https://iranians.global/persian/%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AF%DB%8C%DA%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF/ (FARSI)

https://noghteh.net/2019/05/25/%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%84%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1-%D9%84%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%88%DB%8C/ (FARSI)

http://khabar1.com/?p=7298 (FARSI)

https://www.radiozamaneh.com/447588 (FARSI)

http://ettelaat.net/2019/05/26/19661/ (FARSI)

https://iranian.be/?art=4293&utm_source=thanks_for_sharing (FARSI)

https://www.dailywire.com/news/47586/irans-supreme-leader-mocks-west-youre-declining-hank-berrien (ENGLISH)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm (ENGLISH)

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

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

https://anfturkce.com/guncel/amed-barosu-na-uluslararasi-oeduel-125590 (TURKCE)

https://www.dw.com/es/colegios-de-abogados-europeos-distinguen-a-jurista-colombiano/a-48942808 (ESPANOL)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9927/lunione_alla_cerimonia_di_consegna_del_premio_trarieux_a_nasrin_sotoudeh.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.padovanet.it/evento/convegno-la-libert%C3%A0-di-nasrin-sotoudeh-difesa-dei-difensori-dei-diritti-umani-iran (ITALIANO)

https://www.letteradonna.it/it/articoli/fatti/2019/05/23/iran-cantante-arrestata-negar-moazam/28384/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/mind_the_gap/in_mostra_a_modica_un_iran_inedito_raccontato_in_cento_scatti_da_cento_autrici-4515323.html (ITALIANO)

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Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: Emil Kurbedinov’s Membership in the Crimean Bar Association Maintained

February 22, 2019

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On 22 February 2019, the Crimean Bar Association decided to maintain the membership of the human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, contrary to the request received from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.

Emil Kurbedinov is an outspoken human rights lawyer in Crimea. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, he has been actively involved in defence of the Crimean Tatars, who have become one of the major targets for the authorities, as well as civil society activists and journalists. He has also drawn attention to human rights violations in Crimea using social media, international conferences and reporting before international human rights mechanisms.

On 22 February 2019, the Crimean Bar Association considered the possibility to exclude Emil Kurbedinov from the list of its founders and members. The Association decided to maintain his membership after establishing a special commission for this purpose, in accordance with Russian law.

On 10 January 2019, Emil Kurbedinov received a letter (dated 18 December 2018) from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that according to 1.2 (4) of Article 15 of the Federal Law “On non-commercial organisations”, a person that has been convicted of extremism cannot be a founder or a member of non-commercial organisation. Emil Kurbedinov is founder and member of Crimean Bar Association. The letter refers to two administrative convictions of Emil Kurbedinov for a post that he published on two of his social media accounts.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/risk-disbarment-human-rights-lawyer-emil-kurbedinov?fbclid=IwAR3x9Ia81cT4ep413O8gYm9cPMDxkXyNVZjX9qGSeBoDFZOl01bQCNIBqLw

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/request-disbarment-emil-kurbedinov-denied/

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-justice-ministry-calls-for-brave-crimean-lawyer-s-expulsion-from-bar-association/29708692.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/14/russian-authorities-increase-pressure-crimean-human-rights-lawyer

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/crimean-tatars-stand-firm-against-russian-occupation-of-homeland-1.3811335

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/ukrainians-will-defend-homeland-against-russian-aggression-913783.html?fbclid=IwAR3e1srSoSIXO_NXut0dzBo1ewRrVqDFw_ymqmuFjEe0sHGmUokiC0YhGqY

https://1k.com.ua/zaderzhanie-arhiepiskopa-ptsu-v-krymu-okkupanty-nazvali-prichinu.html (UKRANIAN)

http://ua-story.com.ua/78657-do-zatrymanogo-arhiyepyskopa-ptsu-klymenta-prybuly-advokaty-stattyu-zatrymannya-zminyly.html (UKRANIAN)

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1158924/crimee-russie-annexion-cinq-ans-anniversaire-tamara-alteresco (FRANCAIS)

Crimea/Russia/Ukraine: Russian Authorities Increase Pressure on Crimean Human Rights Lawyer

January 14, 2019

Justice Ministry Calls for Emil Kurbedinov’s Expulsion from Bar Association

 

Few human rights lawyers are brave enough to work in Crimea these days. A recent letter from Russia’s Ministry of Justice to Crimean defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov threatening his profession is yet another stark reminder that Russian authorities intend to keep it that way.

Last month, Kurbedinov was arrested on charges of “public distribution of extremist materials” and sentenced to five days in jail for a 2013 social media post about a meeting in Crimea of supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist political movement opposed to violence. Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in Russia as a terrorist organization but operates legally in Ukraine. Kurbedinov had previously spent ten days in jail in 2017 after the court sentenced him on the same charges and for the very same post, but made on a different social media site.

Shortly after his release on December 25, Russia’s Justice Ministry sent Kurbedinov and the Crimean Bar Association letters requesting that Kurbedinov be expelled from the bar association by March 1 because of alleged involvement in “extremist activities.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/14/russian-authorities-increase-pressure-crimean-human-rights-lawyer

https://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/halya-coynash-russia-launches-dangerous-attack-on-lawyers-in-crimea.html

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/112-ua-russia-search-houses-of-crimean-tatars-on-occupied-peninsula.html

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-justice-ministry-calls-for-brave-crimean-lawyer-s-expulsion-from-bar-association/29708692.html

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/rfe-rl-russian-justice-ministry-calls-for-brave-crimean-lawyers-expulsion-from-bar-association.html

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/russia/2019/01/d25201/

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/russia-imminent-disbarment-of-emil-kurbedinov?fbclid=IwAR0GtoVbcF0bzXljxjv5u3GLFPSAuicOsUTVZEmYC7AKNNNRixgf6wklCYs

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/russia-bleak-year-human-rights

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/ukraine-human-rights-backsliding-election-looms

https://lso.ca/news-events/news/latest-news-2019/law-society-expresses-grave-concerns-regarding-hum

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/toplum/hak-savunuculardan-uluslararasi-topluma-kurbedinov-cagrisi/176069/ (TURKCE)

Crimea/Russia/Ukraine: Risk of disbarment of human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov

January 10, 2019

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On 10 January 2019, Crimean human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov received a letter from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that he will be excluded from the Crimean Bar Association before 1 March 2019.

Emil Kurbedinov is an outspoken human rights lawyer in Crimea. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, he has been actively involved in the defence of the rights of Crimean Tatars who became a targeted group, along with civil society activists and journalists. He provides people with legal aid, observes searches at activists’ homes and uses social media and international conferences to bring public attention to human rights violations in Crimea. Emil Kurbedinov is a recipient of the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.

On 10 January 2019, Emil Kurbedinov received a letter (dated 18 December 2018) from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that according to 1.2 (4) of Article 15 of the Federal Law “On non-commercial organisations”, a person that has been convicted of extremism cannot be a founder or a member of non-commercial organisation. Emil Kurbedinov is founder and member of Crimean Bar Association. The letter refers to two administrative convictions of Emil Kurbedinov for a  post that he published on two of his social media accounts.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/risk-disbarment-human-rights-lawyer-emil-kurbedinov

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1547155054&fbclid=IwAR3NTe_Z21F01uV2YbSSuXLI35IuSAwzRTKOY_nfxy9hoBDd5uWAhBuI9_Q

https://112.international/opinion/russia-moves-to-strip-emil-kurbedinov-of-his-licence-in-major-attack-on-lawyers-defending-victims-of-persecution-in-crimea-35912.html

https://helsinki.org.ua/en/appeals/36629/

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/toplum/rusya-adalet-bakanligi-kirim-tatar-avukat-kurbedinov-un-barodan-cikarilmasini-istiyor/176048/ (TURKCE)

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/siyaset/avukat-kurbedinov-kirim-tatar-aktivistler-tutukevinde-yavas-yavas-olduruluyor/176033/ (TURKCE)

https://ktat.krymr.com/a/yava%C5%9F-yava%C5%9F-%C3%B6ld%C3%BCreler-advokatlar-veciye-ka%C5%9Fka-davas%C4%B1-mab%C3%BCslerini%C3%B1-sa%C4%9Fl%C4%B1%C4%9F%C4%B1-aqq%C4%B1nda-tarif-etti/29699581.html (TURKCE)