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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyer Irshad Nasreen kidnapped and tortured

October 23, 2019

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Punjab Bar Council strongly condemns the cruel act of accused Nazar Fareed etc in which they kidnapped & brutally tortured Mrs. Irshad Nasreen Advocate depalpur. This inhumane act of the above persons is Unlawfull & highly immoral. Bearing in mind the very fact that the victim is a female advocate this act is highly condemnable. The Punjab Bar Council demands urgent action to be taken on this sensitive issue by the law enforcement agencies and the concerned officials.

Ch. Shah Nawaz Ismail Gujjar
Vice Chairman
Punjab Bar Council

Mr. Iftikhar Ibrahim Qureshi
Chairman Executive Committee
Punjab Bar Council.

(Punjab Bar Council Facebook, 23/10/19)

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Colombia/Germany: PBI-Colombia at meeting with German ambassador and threatened lawyer Germán Romero

October 17, 2019

On October 16, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project posted, “Thank you very much to [German ambassador Peter Ptassek] and [the German embassy in Colombia] for their support for the work of human rights defenders in Colombia and the work of the victims’ representatives in this difficult context.”

This followed the German ambassador’s tweet that said, “Don’t touch my friend: We act in the protection of fair cause fighters. In this case we support the great work of Germán Romero for more rule of law and defence of victims. That their protection is not symbolic against threats. Thank you [Network of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia] for your visit.”

On October 10, PBI-Colombia also tweeted, “Many thanks to the Embassy [of Norway in Colombia] for its support for human rights defenders of dhColombia with Germán Romero who receives death threats for defending victims of extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances.”

El Espectador has explained that Romero, who represents victims of state agents, received a death threat on October 3 via his landline telephone and that his computer (with sensitive information about his cases) was stolen previous to that.

The same number has called Romero’s landline twice sent then, but they are silent when the telephone is answered.

That article also notes that Romero represents those affected by the Palace of Justice case, the construction of the Hidroituango hydroelectric dam as well as journalist Claudia Julieta Duque (who is accompanied by PBI-Colombia).

You can read more in our article Colombian human rights lawyer Germán Romero Sánchez receives death threat.

PBI-Colombia at meeting with German ambassador and threatened lawyer Germán Romero

Colombian human rights lawyer Germán Romero Sánchez receives death threat

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https://www.icj.org/es/colombia-la-cij-expresa-su-preocupacion-por-las-recientes-amenazas-sufridas-por-el-abogado-de-derechos-humanos-german-romero-sanchez/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.elespectador.com/noticias/judicial/no-te-voy-dejar-vivo-toda-la-vida-amenazan-abogado-de-victimas-de-agentes-estatales-articulo-884882 (ESPANOL)

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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Junaid Hafeez: Why is Pakistani scholar’s blasphemy case receiving scant attention?

October 7, 2019

Human rights organizations are demanding the release of a 33-year-old university lecturer who has been in solitary confinement since 2014. His family told DW the blasphemy allegations were fabricated by Islamists.

Junaid Hafeez, a Pakistan lecturer in jail on blasphemy charges

Amnesty International last week demanded that Pakistani authorities immediately and unconditionally release Junaid Hafeez, a 33-year-old lecturer at the Bahauddin Zakariya University in the eastern city of Multan.

In 2013, Hafeez was charged in a blasphemy case over a Facebook page. The young lecturer has been held in solitary confinement since June 2014. If convicted, he faces the death penalty under Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws.

The US government has also urged Pakistani authorities to free Hafeez, with Vice President Mike Pence explicitly mentioning the lecturer’s ordeal in a July statement.

Read more: Hindus fear for their lives after Pakistan blasphemy riots

Hafeez’s ordeal

In 2010, Hafeez, a resident of Rajanpur town in Punjab province, returned to Pakistan to teach English literature at the Bahauddin Zakariya University after finishing his studies in the US. At the time of his arrest, he was already a Fulbright scholar and was appreciated for his academic work.

Hafeez’s father told DW that his son was a victim of university politics, as he was disliked by an Islamist student organization because of his liberal views.

“In 2013, the university advertised a post for a lecturer. The members of the Islamist Jamiat-e-Talaba organization told him to not apply for the job as they wanted their own people to get it,” said Hafeez-ul Naseer.

“The group launched a malicious campaign against my son, distributing pamphlets and accusing him of blasphemy. They said he was an American agent,” Naseer said.

“My son, who came back from the US to serve his country, was later arrested by police on blasphemy charges,” he added.

The ordeal of Hafeez’s family continued even after his arrest. No lawyer in Multan city wanted to take up his case.

Blasphemy is a sensitive topic in Pakistan, where 97% of its 180 million inhabitants are Muslim. Rights activists have demanded reforms of controversial blasphemy laws, which were introduced by the Islamic military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq in the 1980s. Activists say the laws have little to do with blasphemy and are often used to settle petty disputes and personal vendettas.

According to rights groups, around 1,549 blasphemy cases have been registered in Pakistan between 1987 and 2017. More than 75 people have been killed extra-judicially on blasphemy allegations. Some of them were even targeted after being acquitted in blasphemy cases by courts.

“Finally, Rashid Rehman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan took up my son’s case, but he was gunned down on May 7, 2014 in his office,” Naseer said.

Hafeez has been languishing in jail ever since. His father said the family has been living under constant fear as they could also be targeted by extremists.

https://www.dw.com/en/junaid-hafeez-why-is-pakistani-scholars-blasphemy-case-receiving-scant-attention/a-50722310

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/09/pakistan-authorities-immediately-unconditionally-release-junaid-hafeez/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/pakistan-lecturer-accused-blasphemy-facebook-posts-must-be-released

https://www.dawn.com/news/1504700

https://thediplomat.com/2019/08/the-defiance-of-pakistani-atheists/

https://www.geo.tv/latest/251407-injustice-by-law-the-case-of-junaid-hafeez

https://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/pakistani-lawyer-rashid-rehman-murdered-after-taking-on-blasphemy-case-9341021.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2014/05/14/pakistan-investigate-killing-rights-lawyer

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/opinion/why-pakistans-blasphemy-law-must-be-abolished/

https://www.dawn.com/news/1495127

https://www.businesstoday.in/current/world/pakistan-misses-22-out-of-27-fatf-targets-but-evades-black-list-for-now/story/385456.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashid_Rehman

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/pakistan-10th-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2020-24-01-2020-with-the-focus-on-pakistan-a-struggle-to-protect-pakistani-lawyers-especially-against-islamic-fundamentalism-and-terrorism-basic-repo/

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Endangered Lawyers need International Protection

October 2019

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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyer Saeed Khan murdered

October 15, 2019

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(Pakistan Bar Council Facebook, 15/10/19)

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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Days After Chanting Anti-army Slogans, Senior Pakistani Lawyer ‘Kidnapped’ in Lahore

October 14, 2019

Kashif Ali Chaudhry was in a market at Thokar Niaz Baig area to purchase cable wire when unidentified persons on two vehicles overpowered Chaudhry, bundled him into a vehicle and fled away.

A senior lawyer of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party was allegedly “kidnapped” by some unidentified persons, according to a police complaint lodged by his brother, days after he led a group of advocates in chanting anti-army slogans during a court hearing of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case in Lahore.

PML-N Pakistan Lawyers Wing vice president Kashif Ali Chaudhry was visiting a market at Thokar Niaz Baig area to purchase cable wire when unidentified persons on two vehicles came there and stopped him, according to the complaint lodged by his brother Nazim Hussain at the Hanjarwal police station.

“The suspects overpowered Chaudhry and bundled him into a vehicle and fled away,” the complainant said.

A CCTV footage circulating on social media showed that masked men in civvies were holding Chaudhry and later shifted him to a vehicle.

Last week the PML-N leader had led a group of lawyers in chanting slogans against army generals during a hearing of three-time prime minister Sharif in the accountability court.

The video of the protest had gone viral.

Sources believe that action against Chaudhry has been taken in the light of the protest.

Sharif is serving a seven-year imprisonment in Al-Azizia corruption case. At present, he is in the custody of National Accountability Bureau in Lahore in the money laundering investigation.

https://www.news18.com/news/world/days-after-chanting-anti-army-slogans-senior-pakistani-lawyer-kidnapped-in-lahore-2345123.html

https://www.dawn.com/news/1510861/kidnapped-pml-n-lawyer-returns

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/senior-pakistan-lawyer-of-pml-n-kidnapped–watch-video/847080.html

https://www.dawn.com/news/1510782/pml-n-lawyers-wing-vp-kidnapped

PML-N lawyer’ wing VP abducted in Lahore

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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyer Kashif Qanoondan abducted

October 13, 2019

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The Punjab Bar Council strongly condemns the abduction of Ch. Kashif Qanoondan by the security agencies without any legal justification and commission of offence. This act of the security agencies is highly condemnable because the security agencies are present for the protection of public and not to cause terror and harassment to the public. The Punjab Bar Council demands the Govt and high officials of the security agencies to make sure that Ch. Kashif Qanoondan advocate be released forthwith otherwise lawyer’s community of Punjab will take their own course of action in next 24 hours..

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