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Saudi Arabia/Canada: Arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of prominent women human rights defenders Samar Badawi and Nassima Al-Sadah

August 14, 2018

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URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY
SAU 005 / 0818 / OBS 103
Arbitrary detention /
Judicial harassment /
Incommunicado detention
Saudi Arabia
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Saudi Arabia.
Description of the situation:
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of Ms. Samar Badawi[1] and Ms. Nassima Al-Sadah [2], two prominent women human rights defenders[3].
According to the information received, on July 30, 2018, security forces arrested Ms. Samar Badawi and Ms. Nassima Al-Sadah. No information is available about neither the circumstances nor the reasons of their arrests. The two human rights defenders are currently held in an unknown location and no information has been provided on their whereabouts and conditions of detention.
The Observatory recalls that over the past years, Ms. Samar Badawi has been repeatedly harassed, interrogated and arrested by the authorities for her human rights activities. Prior to her arrest, Ms. Samar Badawi appeared before the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution, on February 15, 2017, regarding previous issues related to her human rights and civil activities, including women’s campaign against male guardians. On January 12, 2016, she was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Authority of Jeddah without any reason, and released on bail the next day. On December 2, 2014, while on her way to participate to the 16th European Union NGOs Forum on Human Rights in Brussels, Belgium, she was informed by a staff from the airport that she was under a travel ban, without any reason given or prior investigation.
The Observatory condems in the strongest terms the arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of Ms. Samar Badawi and Ms. Nassima Al-Sadah and urges the Saudi authorities to immediately disclose their whereabouts as well as to insure unhindered access to their families and lawyers.
The Observatory further recalls that ahead of the official lift of the driving ban the Saudi authorities launched a crackdown on human rights defenders – and especially women human rights defenders[4]– in the country. As of publication of this Urgent Appeal, Ms. Hatoon Al-Fassi, Ms. Nouf Abdulaziz, Ms. Mayya Al-Zahrani, Ms. Eman al-Nafjan , Ms. Aziza al-Youssef, Ms. Loujain al-Hathloul, Mr. Mohammed al-Rabiah, Mr. Mohamed al-Bejadi, Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Mesha’aland Mr. Ibrahim al-Mudaimeegh remain detained. While pro-governmental media outlets reported that they have been arrested under vague accusations of “suspicious contacts with foreign entities” and “financial support to enemies overseas”, no formal charges have yet been reportedly pressed against them. Moreover, they are reportedly all detained in solitary confinement, without access to their lawyers and they could only speak with their families once or twice since their arrests.

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/saudi-arabia/2018/08/d24993/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/12/saudi-arabia-spat-canada-mohammed-bin-salman-true-colours

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/badawi-saudi-trudeau-freeland-1.4785075

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2159135/saudi-arabia-brings-gun-knife-fight-canada-over-samar-badawi

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

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

http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2018/08/10/01003-20180810ARTFIG00216-rien-ne-va-plus-entre-le-canada-et-l-arabie-saoudite.php (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

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Chile: FIDH envía carta a Piñera denunciando hostigamientos de Carabineros a conocida abogada de comuneros mapuche

17/7/18

La Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos pide a las autoridades chilenas resguardar y garantizar la seguridad de Karina Riquelme, quien fue fotografiada por funcionarios de civil durante la formalización del caso Huracán.

FIDH envía carta a Piñera denunciando hostigamientos de Carabineros a conocida abogada de comuneros mapuche

A través de una carta dirigida al presidente Sebastián Piñera, los ministros Gonzalo Blumel, Andrés Chadwick, Hernán Larraín y Roberto Ampuero, además de la directora del INDH Consuelo Contreras, la Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH) solicita que se tomen medidas ante distintos actos de hostigamiento que ha sufrido la abogada Karina Riquelme, conocida abogada de La Araucanía en causas que enfrentan comuneros mapuches.

La defensora es parte del Centro de Investigación y Defensa Sur (Cidsur), ONG que ha tomado la defensa penal de comuneros mapuche durante años, logrando emblemáticas absoluciones.

La carta, de la que hicieron parte también el Observatorio para la Protección de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos y la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura, denuncia que Riquelme fue hostigada los días 9 y 10 de julio de 2018 por funcionarios de civil de Carabineros de Chile, mientras se realizaban las jornadas de formalización del caso Huracán, que involucra el montaje de distintos funcionarios policiales que quisieron inculpar a comuneros mapuche de atentados incendiarios.

http://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2018/07/17/fidh-envia-carta-a-pinera-denunciando-hostigamientos-de-carabineros-a-conocida-abogada-de-comuneros-mapuche/

http://www.omct.org/es/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/chile/2018/07/d24965/

http://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2018/08/09/pruebas-ilicitas-persecucion-a-abogados-y-discriminacion-el-analisis-de-amnistia-internacional-de-los-casos-luchsinger-e-iglesia/

https://radio.uchile.cl/2018/07/04/karina-riquelme-hoy-criminalizar-al-mapuche-sale-gratis/

http://kaosenlared.net/chile-mapuche-amnistia-internacional-condenas-a-mapuche-son-injustas-y-no-respetan-garantias/

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karina_Riquelme_Viveros

Belarus: Control over lawyers threatens human rights

June 29, 2018

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Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT)

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Human Rights Centre “Viasna”

Joint Press Release

Publication of a mission report

Minsk-Paris-Geneva, June 29, 2018 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership between FIDH and OMCT, in collaboration with the Paris Bar and Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, today released a report documenting restrictions on the independence of lawyers in Belarus. Based on an investigation conducted in January 2018, the report criticises the executive power’s stranglehold on the capacity of lawyers defending cases which the authorities consider to be ‘sensitive’ to practise their profession.

In Belarus, lawyers defending cases considered by the authorities to be ‘troublesome’ are generally exposed to retaliatory measures, which can culminate in their expulsion, against a background of changes to the legal framework that have gradually placed Belarusian bars, and lawyers themselves, under the direct authority of the Ministry of Justice. Such retaliatory measures are often initiated following repression by the authorities of large-scale protests, as in 2010 and 2017.

In the course of the past few years, the bars have been stripped of their primary function, which is to guarantee independence and ensure the regulation of the profession. Access to the profession and its organisation now fall under the almost exclusivecompetence of civil servants in the Ministry of Justice.

Today in Belarus, lawyers can have their right to practise withdrawn for any reason, as soon as they take on cases considered by the authorities to be ‘troublesome’, said the Observatory and the Paris Bar.

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/belarus/2018/06/d24947/

Belarus: Controls on lawyers endangering human rights

June 29, 2018

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT partnership, in collaboration with the Paris Bar and Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, today released a report documenting restrictions on the independence of lawyers in Belarus. Based on an investigation conducted in January 2018, the report criticises the executive power’s stranglehold on the capacity of lawyers defending cases which the authorities consider to be ‘sensitive’ to practise their profession.

 

In Belarus, lawyers defending cases considered by the authorities to be ‘troublesome’ are generally exposed to retaliatory measures which can culminate in their expulsion, against a background of changes to the legal framework that have gradually placed Belarusian bars, and lawyers themselves, under the direct authority of the Ministry of Justice. Such retaliatory measures are often initiated following repression by the authorities of large-scale protests, as in 2010 and 2017.

In the course of the past few years, the bars have been stripped of their primary function, which is to guarantee independence and ensure the regulation of the profession. Access to the profession and its organisation now fall under the almost exclusive competence of civil servants in the Ministry of Justice.

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/belarus-controls-on-lawyers-endangering-human-rights

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/reports-and-publications/belarus/2018/06/d24946/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/25/un-rights-body-strengthen-scrutiny-human-rights-belarus

https://www.fidh.org/fr/themes/defenseurs-des-droits-humains/belarus-le-controle-des-avocats-met-en-peril-les-droits-humains (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Immediate Release of Human Rights Lawyer Demanded by Amnesty International

June 15, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh

On June 13, in her home in Tehran, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested. According to her husband, Reza Khandan, she was then transferred to the prosecutor’s office of Evin prison.

Sotoudeh was told she was being arrested to serve a five-year prison sentence, said Khandan, but neither he nor his wife knew anything about this sentence.

The same day, Amnesty International issued a statement calling for Iranian authorities to immediately release Nasrin Sotoudeh. The statement said, “We call on the Iranian authorities to release Nasrin Sotoudeh immediately and unconditionally.

Any action short of this must be unreservedly condemned by the international community.”

The statement also claims, “In recent weeks, Nasrin Sotoudeh has spoken out against the application of a Note to Article 48 of Iran’s 2015 Code of Criminal Procedure. The Note to Article 48 denies individuals facing some offenses, including those related to national security, the right to access an independent lawyer of their own choosing during the investigation of their charges. Instead, individuals can only select from a roster of pre-approved lawyers chosen by the Head of the Judiciary.

The Head of the Judiciary issued a list with only 20 people pre-approved for Tehran province.”

Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, stated, “Permitting only lawyers who are pre-approved to defend individuals accused of ‘security’ offences – who often include human rights defenders – completely undermines the right of detainees to a lawyer of their own choosing.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh recently represented Narges Hosseini, who was prosecuted for peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling in Iran earlier this year. Since the December / January protests this year, dozens of women have been violently attacked and arrested for peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling.

https://www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32797:immediate-release-of-human-rights-lawyer-demanded-by-amnesty-international&catid=5&Itemid=110

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/06/15/human-rights-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-arrested/

http://www.gnsnews.co.in/rights-lawyer-defending-headscarf-protesters-detained-by-iran/

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/let-us-be-free-iranian-women-protest-stadium-ban-at-world-cup-match-20180616-p4zluu.html

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-arbitrarily

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Iran_-_Iran/2018/EN_HRL_20180615_Iran_Arrest-of-lawyer-Nasrin-Sotoudeh.pdf

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/iran/2018/06/d24923/

Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, arrested – again

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/nasrin-sotoudeh-arrested

https://www.eiuc.org/news-events/latest-news/news-detail-page/venice-school-of-human-rights-in-partnership-with-the-european-parliament-call-for-immediate-release-of-sakharov-laureate-nasrin.html

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

https://www.fidh.org/fa/%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B9%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7/%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87%E2%80%8C%DB%8C-%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87 (FARSI)

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights-justice/4441832.html (FARSI)

http://fa.euronews.com/2018/06/17/reza-khandan-husband-of-nasrin-sotoudeh-iranian-human-rights-defender-arrested-evin-tehran (FARSI)

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsira181306.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/06/16/97001-20180616FILWWW00111-iran-l-arrestation-de-nasrin-sotoudeh-defenseure-des-droits-humaine-jugee-scandaleuse.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/160618/l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-arretee-pour-soutien-la-cause-des-femmes (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1121095/washington-appelle-a-la-liberation-de-lavocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.madmoizelle.com/avocate-iranienne-arretee-931835 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.islampos.com/fifa-izinkan-spanduk-dukungan-untuk-wanita-iran-di-stadion-di-piala-dunia-91806/ (ITALIANO)

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Tunisia: Harcèlement judiciaire continu et actes d’intimidation à l’encontre de Me Najet Laabidi

le 8 juin, 2018

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TUN 001 / 0517 / OBS 052.1

Harcèlement judiciaire /

Actes d’intimidation

Description de la situation :

L’Observatoire a été informé par des sources fiables du harcèlement judiciaire continu et des actes d’intimidation à l’encontre de Me Najet Laabidi, avocate spécialisée dans la défense des droits humains et qui a notamment représenté plusieurs victimes de torture devant le Tribunal militaire de Tunis dans le cadre de l’affaire dite de Barraket Essahel[1].

Selon les informations reçues, le 7 mars 2018, Me Najet Laabidi a été victime d’actes d’intimidation et d’agressions verbales de la part des agents de la garde nationale au poste de police de Ben Arous. Elle s’était rendue à Ben Arous pour assister un témoin dans le cadre d’un dossier relatif à un cas de violence contre des enfants autistes dans un centre privé de prise en charge et d’éducation spécialisée à Tunis, dans lequel une des inculpés est une femme connue pour être proche du pouvoir politique tunisien. Les agents de la garde nationale ont alors encerclé Me Najet Laabidi et le témoin, ont fermé la porte du poste de police et les ont menacés verbalement alors qu’ils tenaient une arme à feu à la main.

À la suite de ces événements, Me Najet Laabidi a déposé plainte contre les agents de la garde nationale de Ben Arous, mais aucune action n’a été entreprise par les autorités à cet égard. Cependant, le 8 mars 2018, une plainte pour diffamation a été déposée à l’encontre de Me Najet Laabidi par les agents de la garde nationale de Ben Arous, à la suite de laquelle Me Najet Laabidi a été immédiatement convoquée par le procureur de la Cour d’appel de Tunis.

L’Observatoire pour la protection des défenseurs des droits humains, un partenariat de l’Organisationmondiale contre la torture (OMCT) et de la FIDH, a reçu de nouvelles informations et vous prie d’intervenir de toute urgence sur la situation suivante en Tunisie.

http://www.omct.org/fr/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/tunisia/2018/06/d24913/

https://www.fidh.org/fr/themes/defenseurs-des-droits-humains/tunisie-harcelement-judiciaire-et-actes-d-intimidation-a-l-encontre

Cameroon/LRWC: Immediately End Judicial Harassment and Guarantee Protection of Jan Capelle, Elvis Brown and other OFFGO members | Letter

April 26, 2018

In Cameroon, Jan Cappelle, founder of OFFGO, an organization opposing land grabbing and promoting perservationi of farm land and gorilla habitat, and OFFGO’s lawyer Elvis Brown face death threats for pursuing a complaint with the National Commission On Human Rights and Freedoms. State authorities have subjected Jan Chapelle and other OFFGO members to detention, interrogation and threatened prosecution for their peaceful advocacy. LRWC calls on Cameroon to protect the lives of Chapelle and Brown, to prevent future and punish past death threats, and stop the harassment.

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and other human rights defenders who promote international human rights, the rule of law, and the integrity of legal systems through advocacy, education and legal research. LRWC is a volunteer-run NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

LRWC is concerned by reports of death threats against Mr. Jan Cappelle, founder of OFFGO and lawyer Elvis Brown and persistent judicial harassment of OFFGO members. LRWC repeats calls by the Observatory for remedial action and also requests immediate action by the Government of Cameroon to protect the lives of Jan Cappelle and Elvis Brown and their families and to prevent and punish the death threats made against them.

Reports of death threats and judicial harassment

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and has also requested your urgent intervention in the following situation in Cameroon.

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment and death threats targeting several members of the OFFGO, a group of farmers founded in September 2015 to promote organic farming and environmental protection, and to oppose land grabbing and work for the protection of the cross-river gorilla in Mbengwi, in the North-West Region of Cameroon.

According to the information received, on April 13, 2018, a man who allegedly worked with billionaire businessman Mr. Baba Ahmadou Danpullo called and threatened to kill OFFGO’s lawyer Mr. Elvis Brown and his family if they did not “drop the file”, referring to OFFGO’s complaints before the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF). The caller knew details of the presence of Mr. Brown and his family in Bamenda, including related to their home and the children’s school. He also threatened to kill Mr. Jan Cappelle, founder of OFFGO.

A complaint was filed before the Police National Security Department in Mbengwi, who latter summoned the caller to present himself by April 18, 2018. The caller, who received the summons on April 16, 2018, did not present himself.

On April 18, 2018, the same person called Mr. Elvis Brown again and told him to “prepare very well”. On April 19, 2018, Mr. Elvis Brown received another text message reading “watch and see how I make your team suffer”, “you should be sorry for your friends back here. I am merciless”, “I am heartless I have no feelings” and “I will teach your team a bitter lesson. You will all suffer for destabilising Cameroon”.

https://www.lrwc.org/cameroon-immediately-end-judicial-harassment-and-guarantee-protection-of-jan-capelle-elvis-brown-and-other-offgo-members-letter/

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/cameroon/2018/04/d24827/

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/cameroon-ongoing-judicial-harassment-and-death-threats-targeting