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Egypt: Mohammed Al-Baqir: The imprisoned lawyer who turned into a symbol of justice

October 22, 2019

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While the prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Al-Baqir was attending investigations atthe supreme state security prosecution with the political activist Alaa Abd al-Fattah at the end of September, he was surprised that the prosecution ordered that he be detained and informed him that he is wanted under the same case.

The prosecution accused Al-Baqir of “belonging to a terrorist group, financing terrorism, spreading false news that undermines national security,” and then ordered his preventive detention. After that, he wastransferred blindfolded to al-Aqrab Prison, the prison with the worst reputation in Egypt.

Al-Baqir was physically and verbally abused, hisbasic rights were violated from the moment he entered prison. He was forced to walk while bending his back, showered by insults and abuse. He was stripped of all his belongings, even his personal hygiene items. They put on his prison clothes while he was blindfolded and he was driven to a cell while not being allowed to shower or change his underclothes for nine days. The prison administration also refused al-Baqir’s request to see the prison doctor and prevented him from buying clean food or water, his wife said.

The prosecution delayed the decision on a request made by Al-Baqir’s lawyer to enable him to visit his ill father, who was in intensive care. He died before seeing his son, but al-Baqir was allowed to attend the funeral.

Why al-Baqir?

Egyptian authorities are currently carrying out a systematic campaign targeting human rights lawyers who took on the mission of defending those arrested after the demonstrations of September 20, that demanded the toppling of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s regime and accused it of corruption. Among the most prominent that have been arrested along with al-Baqir are Mahienour el-Massry, and Amr Imam.

Mohammed Al-Baqir: The imprisoned lawyer who turned into a symbol of justice

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights-un/u-n-rights-office-urges-egypt-to-free-lawyers-activist-idUSKBN1WX1JZ

http://www.ishr.ch/news/egypt-let-human-rights-defenders-work-better-future

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/egypt-arbitrary-detention-and-judicial-harassment-of-amr-imam

https://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/egypt/2019/10/d25561/

IFEX strongly condemns violent crackdown against Egyptian rights defenders

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrest-mohamed-el-baqer

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/RC-9-2019-0138_EN.html

https://vwv.almanassa.net/ar/story/13097 (ARABIC)

https://ifex.org/ar/%D8%A2%D9%8A%D9%81%D9%83%D8%B3-%D8%AA%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%86%D9%8A%D9%81%D8%A9-%D8%B6%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AF/ (ARABIC)

http://mubasher.aljazeera.net/news/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%90-%D8%A3%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%86-%D8%A5%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B9%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A5%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%AD (ARABIC)

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/09/30/alaa-abdel-fattah-icone-de-la-revolution-a-nouveau-arrete-en-egypte_6013618_3212.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.eldiario.ec/noticias-manabi-ecuador/511795-ong-dice-hay-mas-de-4000-arrestos-y-3000-acusados-tras-protestas-en-egipto/ (ESPANOL)

#الحرية_لباقر

#FreeBaker

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تجديد حبس المحامي الحقوقي محمد الباقر ١٥ يوما في اتهامه بنشر أخبار كاذبة

قررت نيابة أمن الدولة العليا، اليوم الأربعاء، تجديد حبس المحامي الحقوقي البارز، محمد الباقر، ١٥ يوما آخرى.
حلء ذلك على ذمة اتهامه في القضية رقم ١٣٥٦ لسنة ٢٠١٩ حصر أمن دولة، والمتهم فيها بنشر أخبار كاذبة ومشاركة جماعة إرهابية.#دفتر_أحوال_المحاكم_والنيابات
#المفوضية_المصرية_للحقوق_والحريات
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Russia: Sakharov Prize 2019: the nominees

September 19, 2019

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Find out about this year’s nominees for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

 

The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. In 2018 the prize was awarded to Oleg Sentsov.
Nominations for the Sakharov Prize can be made by political groups and/or groups of at least 40 MEPs.
The nominations for the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are:

Name Nominated by
Alexei Navalny EPP
Marielle Franco; Claudelice Silva dos Santos; Chief Raoni S&D and GUE
Ilham Tohti Renew Europe. Supported by Phillip Bennion, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Reinhard Bütikofer and 58 other MEPs
Jean Wyllys; Marielle Franco Greens/EFA. This nomination has also been supported by Terry Reintke, Tanja Fajon and 43 other MEPs
The Restorers ECR

Alexei Navalny, a Russian lawyer and political activist. In 2011, he was arrested for the first time for his role in a rally outside the State Duma. He finished second in the 2013 Moscow mayoral election. In 2017, he published a report attacking political corruption and criticising Vladimir Putin and his political allies. This sparked anti-corruption rallies in many Russian cities, which led to the arrest of more than 1,000 demonstrators, including Navalny’s. The authorities prevented him from running in the 2018 presidential elections. Navalny was jailed three times in 2018 and 2019 for violating Russia’s strict protest laws.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/eu-affairs/20190912STO60947/sakharov-prize-2019-the-nominees

https://www.france24.com/en/20191021-putin-removes-critical-voices-from-his-rights-council

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

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/en/home/the-prize.html

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

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/fr/home/the-prize.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexe%C3%AF_Navalny (FRANCAIS)

https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/1343657/criticos-de-putin-excluidos-do-conselho-de-direitos-humanos-russo (ESPANOL)

India/Jammu & Kashmir: IOK Bar on strike to support anti-India protests

September 26, 2019

In occupied Kashmir, 1,050 members of lawyers aassociations have gone on strike to support the protest demonstrations against Indian government’s abrogation of Article 370 and arrest of several Bar members.

Among the first arrested after the Indian government’s lockdown in the Kashmir Valley were senior functionaries of the High Court Bar Association, including president, Mian Abdul Qayoom, former president, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, president of bar association of Baramulla district court, advocate Abdul Salam Rather and president of Bar Islamabad district, Fayaz Sodagar under the black law Public Safety Act, which the Amnesty International termed repressive and draconian to stop the voice and peaceful activities of people.

All of them are being held in prisons in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 1,000km away from Srinagar.

Indian police arrested over 13,000 of Kashmiris including Hurriyet leaders, activists, traders and other several political party leaders in houses and in jails in and outside occupied Kashmir.

Mir Urfi, a young female lawyer, said in Srinagar the authorities and Indian government had no valid grounds to arrest Main Qayoom, president of the bar association.

“In grounds of arrest, the police wrote: ‘We apprehend that you (referring to Qayoom) will motivate people to agitate against abrogation of Article 370′,” she said.

Objecting to the arrest of their colleagues, and to support the largest protests in the region against the Indian government’s actions, the 1,050-member lawyers’ association has gone on strike since Aug 5.

https://kmsnews.org/news/2019/09/26/iok-bar-on-strike-to-support-anti-india-protests/

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/iok-lawyers-on-strike-to-support-anti-india-p-722048.html

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/two-lawyers-held-under-psa-jk-admin-cites-drastic-ideology-bar-misuse-6029488/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/crackdown-lawyers-shrinks-road-justice-kashmir-190920073101403.html

https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/crackdown-on-lawyers-narrows-road-to-justice-in-kashmir.637097/

Crackdown on lawyers narrows road to justice in Kashmir

European Parliament to debate ‘Kashmir issue’ tomorrow, first time in 11 years

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/opinion/meps-put-spotlight-kashmir

https://nation.com.pk/24-Sep-2019/eu-calls-for-india-pakistan-dialogue-with-involvement-of-kashmiris

Kashmir in geopolitical context

Iran: EU Parliament In Overwhelming Vote Blasts Iran’s Human Rights Record

September 20, 2019

FRANCE – Plenary hall of European parliament in Strasbourg, July 18, 2019

The European Parliament on Thursday, September 19 adopted a resolution condemning the Islamic Republic’s human rights record, calling Tehran to end “suppression of women” in Iran.

The new resolution was endorsed by 608 votes in favor, seven against and 46 abstentions.

While insisting that Iran must stop criminalizing the work of women’s rights defenders, including the work done by those peacefully protesting compulsory hijab, the European Parliament called on the authorities in Iran to abolish this practice.

Furthermore, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) demanded all EU countries with a diplomatic presence in Iran to use all the diplomacy tools in their power to support and protect human rights defenders on the ground.

MEPs also called on the Iranian authorities to immediately release all human rights defenders and journalists detained and sentenced merely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

According to the resolution, at least eight journalists are currently in detention in Iran and that many have been systematically targeted by the authorities through criminal investigations, asset freezes, arbitrary arrest and surveillance, including those working for the BBC Persian service. Furthermore, the MEPs referred to a recent report by Iran Human Rights, noting that in 2018 the second-highest number of people in the world were executed in Iran.

The resolution, adopted by a show of hands, reiterates the European Parliament’s call on the government of Iran to immediately and unconditionally release human rights lawyer and Sakharov Prize Laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes by an Islamic Revolutionary court.

Sotoudeh was arrested in 2018 and convicted for her peaceful activities defending women’s right to choose their own dress style. Although there is no written law in Iran for compulsory hijab, the police and courts spend huge resources to force women to use hijab. Resistance against the policy has increased among Iranians in recent years.

In the meantime, the resolution has stressed that all EU-Iranian dual nationals currently behind bars in the Islamic Republic should be immediately and unconditionally freed.

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/eu-parliament-in-overwhelming-vote-blasts-iran-s-human-rights-record/30175321.html

EU Parliament Censures Iran’s Suppression of Women

What Do Iranian Human Rights Activists Want from the West?

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

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

#FreeNasrin

Pakistan/USA/The Netherlands: Lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Nominated For Rights Award

April 30, 2019

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Lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, who prevented the execution of a Pakistani Christian woman, has been nominated by several European Parliamentarians for a top rights award. Legislators say the lawyer should receive the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award for his courage in defending Asia Bibi, who faced the death penalty in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy against Islam.

In November 2018, he fled Pakistan because of death threats from Islamists after Pakistan’s Supreme Court decided to acquit Bibi from all accusations of blasphemy.

When the Supreme Court decided to review the acquittal, Saif-ul-Malook returned to Pakistan to represent Bibi. “The courage Saif has shown in the whole case is remarkable,” said Dutchman Peter van Dalen of the ChristianUnion-SGP faction in the European Parliament. His office told BosNewsLife that several other European lawmakers also nominated the lawyer including Manfred Weber, the chairman of the influential European Peoples Party, and other parliamentarians.

The Four Freedoms Awards are presented annually to those showing a significant commitment to one of four principles proclaimed by late U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as essential to democracy: ‘freedom of speech and expression,’ ‘freedom of worship,’ ‘freedom from want’ and ‘freedom from fear.’

SPECIAL PRIZE

The prize is given in alternate years in New York City by the Roosevelt Institute to Americans and in Middelburg, The Netherlands, by the Roosevelt Foundation to non-Americans. Legislators nominate Saif-ul-Malook under the ‘freedom of fear’ category because of “the great courage” he showed while defending Bibi, explained Van Dalen. “Despite the tensions surrounding the case and the threats to himself and his family, Saif-ul-Malook stood firm. He ensured that Asia Bibi had a strong defense”, Van Dalen he said in a statement.

Van Dalen described the lawyer as “a modern-day Good Samaritan and an example of how we can help each other regardless of differences in our religions or beliefs” and added that it “is an honor to represent him for this prize.”

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/head-line-news-details/7096

Lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Nominated For Rights Award

Asia Bibi’s Lawyer Nominated for Prestigious Human Rights Award

https://www.fourfreedoms.nl/en/awards.htm

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

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

https://www.rd.nl/vandaag/binnenland/advocaat-bibi-genomineerd-voor-prijs-1.1564671 (NEDERLAND)

https://www.nd.nl/nieuws/geloof/advocaat-van-asia-bibi-genomineerd-voor.3360052.lynkx (NEDERLAND)

https://www.fourfreedoms.nl/ (NEDERLAND)

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/magazine/2019/04/24/blasfema-la-storia-di-asia-bibi_51418d53-2981-4d66-8e0f-4cedd4ea8930.html (ITALIANO)

Cameroon: Affaire Maurice Kamto : Le parlement de l’UE demande la libération du président du MRC, ses alliés et les 200 codétenus

le 17 avril, 2019

Dans leur Résolution, ledit Parlement européen sur le Cameroun, Condamne l’arrestation et la détention de Maurice Kamto et d’autres manifestants.

« Le Parlement européen,

– vu la déclaration du Haut représentant Mogherini sur la détérioration de la situation politique et de la sécurité au Cameroun du 5 mars 2019 et la déclaration du porte-parole de la Haute représentante sur la situation au Cameroun du 31 janvier 2019,

– vu la déclaration des experts des Nations unies sur la répression des manifestations du 11 décembre 2018,

– vu la déclaration de la Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples sur le statut des droits de l’homme au Cameroun du 6 mars 2019,

– vu la loi antiterroriste du Cameroun de 2014,

– vu la déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme,

– vu le pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques de 1966,

– vu l’accord de Cotonou, en particulier son article 96,

– vu la Charte africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples de 1981,

– vu la constitution du Cameroun,

https://agencecamerounpresse.com/politique/affaire-maurice-kamto-le-parlement-de-l%E2%80%99ue-demande-la-lib%C3%A9ration-du-pr%C3%A9sident-du-mrc,-ses-alli%C3%A9s-et-les-200-cod%C3%A9tenus.html

LE PARLEMENT EUROPÉEN EXIGE LA LIBÉRATION IMMÉDIATE DE MAURICE KAMTO ET TOUS SES ALLIÉS

https://www.lebledparle.com/actu/politique/1107374-maurice-kamto

https://www.jeuneafrique.com/764040/societe/opposants-incarceres-au-cameroun-yaounde-defend-sa-ligne-de-defense-a-linternational/

Affaire Mrc/ Minat: le parti de Maurice kamto attaque la décision du Tgi en Cour d’appel

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

https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/cameroon-anglophone-crisis-should-be-tabled-at-un-security-council-eu/ (ENGLISH)

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

 

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Venezuela: Roberto Marrero’s family and lawyers await his hearing outside the Palace of Justice

March 27, 2019

A group of AN deputies gathered outside the Palace of Justice in Caracas, awaiting the audience of Roberto Marrero, head of the office of the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó.

Next to them are Marrero’s lawyers and family members.

Marrero was arrested in the early hours of Thursday, during a raid on his home. Then he was accused by the National Government of being “the organizer” of a “terrorist” plan against Nicolás Maduro.

On Monday, Marrero’s lawyer, Joel Garcia, assured that Marrero’s transfer has not yet taken place, “After the imputation of three crimes they now speak of other crimes,” he said.

García also warned that the accusations made by Jorge Rodriguez on Saturday against Marrero and the captures of WhatsApp conversations shown do not appear in the files to which they had access. “I want to warn about Jorge Rodriguez’s words, about some captures, that there is nothing on the minutes of the files we had on Friday.

Reinaldo Marrero, Roberto Marrero’s brother, made an appeal from the place to the International Community to ask them to eliminate the charges that have been announced against them by members of the national government. “We are firm in our demand to release Roberto, who has nothing to do with the charges against him,” he said.

https://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/news/roberto-marreros-family-and-lawyers-await-his-hearing-outside-the-palace-of-justice/

http://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/news/guaido-asks-judges-and-officials-not-to-cooperate-with-the-dictatorship-in-the-face-of-marreros-arrest/

https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/03/27/at-white-house-new-venezuelan-first-lady-tells-of-life-and-death-fight-to-oust-maduro-dictatorship/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-47739510

https://www.europeaninterest.eu/article/venezuela-meps-demand-free-presidential-elections-end-repression/

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

http://elpitazo.net/politica/tribunal-declara-privativa-de-libertad-contra-roberto-marrero-y-juan-planchart/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.infobae.com/america/venezuela/2019/03/29/la-justicia-chavista-dicto-privativa-de-libertad-para-roberto-marrero-el-jefe-de-despacho-de-juan-guaido/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.venezuelaaldia.com/2019/03/28/imen-dicta-privativa-de-libertad-contra-roberto-marrero/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.noticierodigital.com/2019/03/defensa-roberto-marrero-luis-paez-espera-la-decision-tribunales/ (ESPANOL)

https://samarew.com/venezuela-guaido-revoque-de-son-poste-de-president-du-parlement-et-declare-ineligible/ (FRANCAIS)