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Sudan: Marching Toward a Massacre

January 16, 2019

Half a world away, crowds of heroic protesters are in the streets. They shout “Peaceful, Peaceful” even as security forces target them with live ammunition.

They are risking their lives to try to topple a genocidal ruler. But President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other world leaders are largely ignoring these brave protesters, increasing the risk that they will be massacred.

These protests are unfolding in Sudan against the regime of President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide. Other presidents have committed genocide over the last century, but Bashir has the distinction of conducting three different genocides by my count: in South Sudan, in the Nuba Mountains and in Darfur. He is not just a serial killer; he is a serial genocidaire.

For almost a month, ordinary Sudanese have poured out of their homes and offices around the country to join this “Sudan uprising.” Perhaps 40 or more have been killed by security forces and hundreds more detained and often beaten. The police reportedly have dragged injured protesters from hospital beds, with lawyers, doctors and journalists particularly targeted.

http://www.africanews.com/2019/01/16/police-clashes-with-sudanese-protesting-a-state-of-emergency-in-atbara/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/18/sudan-hundreds-protesters-arrested

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24080&LangID=E

https://annafrica.net/2019/01/16/sudan-protest-al-bashir-insists-protest-wont-solve-economic-problems/

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66921

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2019/1/16/hope-rises-for-a-third-revolution-in-sudan

https://allafrica.com/stories/201901180102.html

https://allafrica.com/stories/201901180100.html

Human rights breaches in Azerbaijan and Sudan

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/afraid-government-month-protests-sudan-190119111337527.html

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B8-2019-0054&language=EN (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1153070/le-parlement-europeen-condamne-la-repression-au-soudan.html (FRANCAIS)

#SudanUprising

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Iran: Prominent Rights Lawyer To Be Tried By Controversial Judge

December 16, 2018

Iranian rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been persecuted by the Islamic Republic for the past almost for a decade.

The bill of indictment against prominent Iranian lawyer and civil rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh has been delivered to the Revolutionary Court, her attorney, Payam Derafshan, disclosed on December 15.

Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, head of Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, is expected to preside over Sotoudeh’s hearing.

However, Moghiseh is the same judge who was sued by Sotoudeh’s lawyers Derafshan and Mohammad Moghimi last September.

The lawyers filed a lawsuit against Moghiseh accusing him of unlawful sentencing and displaying a lack of impartiality in their client’s case.

Derafshan published details of the lawsuit on his Instagram account on September 29.

His post stated that in 2015, Moghiseh sentenced Sotoudeh to five years in prison for espionage even though she was on trial for propaganda against the state, which carries a maximum one-year prison sentence. Even if she had committed espionage, the maximum penalty for that charge is three years in prison, noted the lawyers, according to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Derafshan said there are only two cases against his client. One is related to a complaint tabled by an interrogating judge in the city of Kashan and the other to Sotoudeh’s membership in LEGAM, a group whose Persian acronym stands for banning the death penalty step by step.

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-rights-lawyer-sotoudeh-to-be-tried-by-controversial-judge/29659194.html

https://iranians.global/prominent-rights-lawyer-to-be-tried-by-controversial-judge/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

https://news.err.ee/885228/meps-four-imprisoned-sakharov-prize-laureates-must-be-freed

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/economy/5604-multiple-sources-issues-rapid-fire-condemnation-of-iran-s-human-rights-violations.html

https://www.independent.ng/irans-foreign-minister-says-its-impossible-for-iran-to-repress-its-own-people/

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/12/nasa-director-firouz-naderi-calls-for-release-of-irans-political-prisoners/

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5640-un-general-assembly-adopts-resolution-censuring-rights-abuses-in-iran

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

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights/4701995.html (FARSI)

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/09/european-parliament-calls-on-iran-to-unconditionally-release-rights-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR3UodPFZCgnc3znGQjSQVPzxKQuWlzqMFwo-_RSGnTMNCv2Tsw5MqWDl3E (FARSI)

#FreeNasrin

#NasrinSotoudeh

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Egypt: I’ve been arrested and blackmailed for defending sexual violence survivors

December 14, 2018

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This year we celebrate 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was signed. To mark the anniversary Metro.co.uk will explore how the rights and freedoms that the document protects continue to be relevant today.

Each day this week we will publish a first person piece by someone from around the world, supported by Amnesty International, whose story relates to one of the 30 articles in the UDHR.

Their stories shed light on the everyday abuses that people continue to suffer, as well as the absolute importance of a universally upheld vision and standard for human rights in the 21st century and beyond.

Women’s rights are a burning issue. Whether we’re talking about #MeToo, reproductive rights or violence against women – both on and offline – there is no doubt that a major culture shift is taking place globally.

As a lawyer who specialises in helping women survivors of violence, witnessing this sea change brings me a great deal of hope and joy.

However, while very real progress is being made, there are places where women risk their very lives to speak up about what they have endured or witnessed.

In Egypt, where I live, women are vilified by their own government for revealing the reality of harassment – even rape – that they face each day.

One of these women is me.

I’ve been defamed all over state-affiliated media, accused of being a spy and a national security threat.

I’ve been arrested from my house, emotionally blackmailed, and traumatised. I’ve been accused of spreading false news to destroy Egypt’s reputation.

Why? Because of my work standing up for women in my country and defending women survivors of violence.

And because by claiming rape and sexual harassment exist in Egypt, the authorities think I’m a threat to the country.

I’m a target because I care.

I have been working as a lawyer for 29 years. I co-founded the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance and Lawyers for Justice and Peace and I’ve heard and seen first-hand how devastating the impact of sexual harassment, intimidation and attacks on a woman can be.

I’ve been arrested and blackmailed for defending sexual violence survivors

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B8-2018-0578&language=EN

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

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

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

https://www.vanityfair.it/news/diritti/2018/11/25/giornata-violenza-donne-me-too (ITALIANO)

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Iran/Sakharov Prize/European Parliament: Prominent Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Facing Additional Charge For Defending Human Rights

November 30, 2018

Sotoudeh Was Unable to Officially Receive the EU’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought

Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago—a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

In 2012, Sotoudeh was jointly awarded (along with Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi) the EU Parliament’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought for peacefully advocating human rights in Iran. But she was never able to physically accept the award or cash prize that comes with it because she was in prison under trumped-up charges at the time it was issued, and because she has not left the country since being freed in 2016.

Sotoudeh is also currently facing a five-year prison sentence and three other charges. The new cha

The charges, all national security-related, are for Sotoudeh’s outspoken advocacy of human rights and willingness to take on politically sensitive cases as a defense attorney.

Her most recent imprisonment, which began in June 2018, occurred after she represented a woman facing imprisonment for peacefully protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law by removing it in public.

Several other human rights lawyers have also been arrested and imprisoned in Iran this year in a widespread crackdown aimed at further limiting defendants’ due process rights.

To protest the unlawful judicial process and denial of the right to choose her own lawyer in her own case, Sotoudeh has refused to appear in court to hear any of the recent charges against her, said the source requested anonymity for security purposes.

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/11/prominent-attorney-nasrin-sotoudeh-facing-additional-charge-for-defending-human-rights/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/en/laureates.html

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/11/30/imprisoned-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-starts-new-course-of-hunger-strike-for-fellow-prisoner/

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

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

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/09/new-charge-for-receiving-sakharov-prize-for-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR1JZjJlTs-ehPpXxuJJIQ7jEL-rWD4m1u1EUA85mw6pvuZNiRkmCQKyhkA (FARSI)

https://www.women.ncr-iran.org/fr/infos-des-femmes/3478-nasrin-sotoudeh-entame-une-greve-de-la-faim-en-prison-en-iran?fbclid=IwAR0N-4yaqBsyaimLglwj6c-PE1W4l57lBe2AxUIdqdp2I1vBxhXDCzE-gpA (FRANCAIS)

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

#FreeNasrin

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Can Nasrin Sotoudeh, winner of the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize 2018 accept her award ?
New pressures from the Iranian authorities.

Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago—a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)…
In September 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize for her commitment to human rights and the independence of the legal profession….

Nasrin Sotoudeh, lauréate du prestigieux Prix des droits de l’homme Ludovic Trarieux 2018, pourra-t-elle accepter son prix?
Nouvelles pressions des autorités iraniennes. Nasrin Sotoudeh vient de se voir notifier une inculpation supplémentaire pour avoir prétendument reçu un prix en espèces de …

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/11/prominent-attorney-nasrin-sotoudeh-facing-additional-charge-for-defending-human-rights/

(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook, 01/12/18)

The #UN calls on #Iran to ‘immediately release all those imprisoned for promoting and protecting the rights of women’ including prominent activists #NasrinSoutoudeh #NargesMohammadi#HodaAmid #NajmehVahedi

(International Observatory of Human Rights Facebook, 01/12/18)

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Pakistan/The Netherlands: Aasia Bibi’s lawyer concerned over his family’s security in Pakistan

November 14, 2018

Saiful Malook speaks to journalists during a press conference in the Hague. PHOTO:AFP

Fearing for the safety of his kin, Aasia Bibi’s counsel Saiful Malook has approached the United Nations to ensure his family’s security.

Aasia Bibi had been acquitted by the Supreme Court off blasphemy charges on October 31. The decision sparked countrywide demonstrations with protesters, led by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), threatening the state, army and judiciary.

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer says wants to stay in Netherlands

The violent protests forced Malook to board a plane to the Netherlands on November 3. He told The Express Tribune about threats from sections of lawyers and it is difficult for him to practice in the prevailing situation.

“In the current scenario, it’s not possible for me to live in Pakistan,” the 62-year-old told AFP. “I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Aasia Bibi.”

Malook is currently in The Hague and has hinted on seeking political asylum.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Malook expressed concerns about his family’s safety in Pakistan. He said he had written to the UN office in Pakistan seeking security for his family. Malook was dismayed at the inadequate security provided to his family by the authorities.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1846946/1-aasia-bibis-lawyer-concerned-familys-security-pakistan/

https://www.christianpost.com/news/muslims-block-roads-supreme-court-justices-killed-asia-bibi-acquittal-228280/?execute=1&fbclid=IwAR26MsUi23s53N8B693X1gmiq6GA0729U_LmfEMBYCjfVaSOkr_gOKEgfqE

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/home-affairs/justice-system/press-release/bar-council/99839/barristers-step-over-death

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/dutch-embassy-in-pak-denies-its-closure-says-only-visa-issuance-halted/1420079

https://dailytimes.com.pk/321245/netherlands-embassy-closed-after-security-threats/

https://www.wtva.com/content/national/500386652.html

https://www.stichtinghvc.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/blog-rechtszaak-asia-bibi-update/?fbclid=IwAR3dGHiTuymE1thWhye91EH-vSNJ6AkFrM1Gp-CHXWNl_y8t4UTvFoCXMyM (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.change.org/p/geben-sie-asiabibi-asyl-in-deutschland-bmi-bund-freeasiabibi?recruiter=914124520&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial.pacific_abi_select_all_contacts.select_all.pacific_email_copy_en_gb_4.v1.pacific_email_copy_en_us_5.v1.pacific_email_copy_en_us_3.control.pacific_post_sap_share_gmail_abi.fake_control.lightning_2primary_share_options_more.fake_control&utm_term=psf_combo_share_message.pacific_abi_select_all_contacts.select_all.pacific_email_copy_en_us_5.v1.pacific_email_copy_en_gb_4.v1.pacific_post_sap_share_gmail_abi.fake_control.pacific_email_copy_en_us_3.control.lightning_2primary_share_options_more.control&utm_content=mit-13841727-1%3Av2&fbclid=IwAR182BiSIhJ29dbEELEjyZPIFYiFYQVncD56pHiuc9HKdWZEYg3pS0YHYDU (DEUTSCH)

De spanningen in Pakistan lopen hoog op. Asia Bibi’s advocaat Saif-ul-Malook en de drie rechters van het Hooggerechtshof die haar hebben vrijgesproken, ontvangen doodsbedreigingen. De organisatie ‘Defence of Pakistan’ heeft een rechtszaak aangekondigd tegen de advocaat en de drie rechters. De Pakistaanse organisatie beschuldigt ook hen van godslastering.

De mullah’s van de grootste politieke partijen organiseren demonstraties om te eisen dat premier Imran Khan onthult waar Asia nu is. Scholen in Lahore zijn eerder gesloten vanwege de onrust.

Wil je bidden voor rust en veiligheid voor alle betrokkenen?

www.stichtinghvc.nl/asiabibi

 

(Stichting HVC Facebook, 15/11/18)

Iran: 60 European MPs Call on President Rouhani to Work For Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Release

August 22, 2018

On August 22, 2018, 60 members of the European Parliament (MEP) called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to “do all within your power to ensure” the “unconditional release” of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. A 2012 recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Sotoudeh has been detained since June 13, 2018. Having formerly served three years in prison for peacefully defending her clients in the Iranian judicial system, Sotoudeh is currently facing many more years behind prison under several national security charges. Following is the letter sent by MEP Marietje Schaake to President Rouhani.

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Brussel, 22 August 2018

Honourable President Rouhani,

We write to express our deep concern about the continued detention of Sakharov laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh. She was arrested in June of this year to serve a five-year prison sentence for previously unreleased charges, apparently solely because of her human rights work.

Last week it was revealed that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing new charges, reportedly including charges of espionage, which is an extremely worrying development. Her case signifies that the Iranian judiciary continues to criminalise legitimate human rights activism.

We urge you to call on the judiciary to respect due process and disclose information about the charges that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing, and we call on you to do all within your power to ensure her unconditional release.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/08/60-eu-parliamentarians-call-on-president-rouhani-to-work-for-nasrin-sotoudehs-release/

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5430-nasrin-sotoudeh-s-open-letter-on-her-refusal-to-attend-court

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/08/intelligence-agents-raid-nasrin-sotoudehs-home-taking-hair-pins-as-evidence/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/08/fourth-human-rights-lawyer-slapped-with-national-security-charges-in-iran/

https://observatoryihr.org/news_item/lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-faces-new-charges-rights-defenders-iran-under-threat/

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

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/eu-mp-nasrin-setodeh/29448002.html (FARSI)

https://liberationpolular.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/%CE%B1%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%B7%CE%BB%CE%B5%CE%B3%CE%B3%CF%8D%CE%B7-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B9%CF%82-%CE%B9%CF%81%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%AD%CF%82-%CF%80%CE%BF%CE%BB%CE%B9%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AD%CF%82-%CE%BA%CF%81%CE%B1/ (GREEK)

https://kjarninn.is/frettir/2018-08-22-mannrettindalogfraedingur-handtekinn/ (ICELANDISH)

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Iran/European Parliament: 39 MEPs protest detention of rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

June 28, 2018

https://marietjeschaake.eu/en/nasrin-sotoudeh-in-iran

https://www.change.org/p/ayatollah-sayed-ali-khamenei-immediate-release-nasrin-sotoudeh (PETITION – PLEASE SIGN!)

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

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