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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)

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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)

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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)

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

Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: 37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018

January 7, 2019

37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018. Olha Skrypnyk, the Head of “Crimean Human Rights Group” made such statement as organization reported.

“Talking about repression, 37 people were deprived of the liberty this year within the politically reasoned cases. 13 persons of them are civilians. There are the civic activists among them. For example, Server Mustafaev, Enver Bekirov, Yevhen Karakashev. 24 persons are our Ukrainian sailors, who are the prisoners of war,” she noted.

Related: UN General Assembly adopts Ukrainian resolution for human rights in Crimea

Besides, Skrypnyk added, that according to her information, the Russians opened 44 criminal cases for political reasons in Crimea last year.

The human rights activist reported that at least six people were arrested in Crimea in administrative cases. “The most well-known case out of them is the deprivation of liberty of lawyer of numerous political prisoners and Crimean Tatar advocate Emil Kurbedinov. It is an example that the pressure is still put on the lawyers in Crimea,” she said.

https://112.international/politics/37-people-were-arrested-for-political-reasons-in-annexed-crimea-in-2018-35783.html

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

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/emil-kurbedinov

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Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: Crimean lawyers being threatened after situation with Kurbedinov — ombudswoman

December 10, 2018

Crimean lawyers being threatened after situation with Kurbedinov — ombudswoman

Lawyers in Russia-occupied Crimea have been receiving threats since the detention of their colleague Emil Kurbedinov, the Verkhovna Rada’s Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denysova has said.

At the same time, she voiced the belief that the fact that Kurbedinov has been arrested for five days has to do with his intentions to defend Bohdan Nebylytsia, one of the Ukrainian seamen taken prisoners of war by Russia, who happens to be the captain of the Nikopol warship that was seized by Russians on November 25.

“Following the situation with Kurbedinov, lawyers in Crimea have been receiving threats from law-enforcement bodies of the occupation authorities of Crimea,” Denysova wrote on Facebook on December 10.

As earlier reported, Russia-controlled Kyivsky district court in Simferopol (occupied Crimea) on December 7 arrested lawyer Emil Kurbedinov for a period of five days on suspicion of disseminating extremist information on the Internet.

On December 6, the occupation authorities of the Russian Federation detained in Crimea lawyer Kurbedinov who has, in particular, defended the rights of the Ukrainian naval personnel taken prisoners of war by Russia on November 25.

https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/552308.html

https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/all-captured-ukrainian-sailors-have-lawyers-ombudswoman-35003.html

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/12/crimea-lawyer-detained-in-latest-campaign-of-harassment-of-human-rights-defenders/

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/crimea-human-rights-defender-emil-kurbedinov-arrested-today-on

https://www.rferl.org/a/crimean-lawyer-kurbedinov-released-five-day-term-2013-social-media-post/29649835.html

https://kozweek.com/on-the-office-of-crimean-solidarity-in-the-occupied-simferopol-was-attacked-video/26125/

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1544564886&fbclid=IwAR0tIXp0u9t-K_6GeiIZ3WUkKQUt-wtOVzCHCNfAvAX-gluvAaCfqW_TPC8

https://www.rferl.org/a/crimean-lawyer-kurbedinov-released-five-day-term-2013-social-media-post/29649835.html

https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/crimean-lawyer-kurbedinov-released-from-simferopol-prison-35028.html

https://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/halya-coynash-huge-crowd-greets-released-crimean-tatar-lawyer-emil-kurbedinov.html

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/toplum/isgalciler-baskiyi-surduruyor-emil-kurbedinov-un-erken-tahliye-talebi-reddedildi/175473/ (TURKCE)

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/yasam-olaylar/kirimli-avukatlarin-ofisine-saldiri/175464/ (TURKCE)

https://ktat.krymr.com/a/kurbedinov-ve-semedl%C3%A2yevni%C3%B1-aqmescit-ofisine-yap%C4%B1l%C4%9Fan-%C3%BCc%C3%BCm-tafsil%C3%A2tlar%C4%B1-peyda-old%C4%B1-(-foto)/29648402.html (TURKCE)