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China: Detained Chinese lawyer Li Yuhan gets Franco-German rights award in absentia


A human rights lawyer in Chinese custody since 2017 has received an award jointly presented by Germany and France to recognize her efforts in advancing human rights and the rule of law in China.

Li Yuhan, 64, was honored in absentia with the annual Franco-German Prize for Human Rights, as one of 15 winners of the 2020 awards, Radio Free Asia reported.

Another Chinese rights lawyer, Wang Yu, accepted the award on her behalf at a ceremony on Dec. 10, Human Rights Day. Yu said that Li was well-deserving of the recognition, having handled a number of cases related to human rights and assisted with much legal work for underprivileged groups and dissidents.

For her endeavors, Li paid the price and lost her freedom, Wang said.

Li is a human rights lawyer in Beijing. She used to work on sensitive cases such as issues related to the freedom of religion and free access to government information.

She was Wang’s defense lawyer after the latter was arrested during China’s “709 crackdown” that detained 300 human rights lawyers from July 9, 2015. Li also sought to help other arrested attorneys and their families.

The Chinese authorities arrested Li in 2017. It was not until two years later that they charged her for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and for fraud. According to LI’s defense lawyer, officials had been keeping up pressure on her to admit to the alleged crimes, but she insisted on her innocence, hence there is still no verdict to date while she remains in detention.






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Thailand: June, defending her right to stand up for others in Thailand

The story of Sirikan “June” Charoensiri, human rights lawyer from Thailand

She never asked for any of it. Not the awards. Not the grave charges filed against her. All she ever wanted was to defend others in the courtroom, but she ended up having to defend herself.

Despite circumstances conspiring against her, the 33-year-old Thai human rights lawyer manages to draw strength from her predicaments.

Sirikan “June” Charoensiri (@JCharoensiri) carries the burden of responsibility with astonishing grit and perseverance. She is always humble but with a laser sharp focus on what needs to be achieved.


Self-granted special powers

On the day of the interview, June’s colleagues submitted a petition to amend or revoke at least thirty-five orders issued by the junta since the 2014 coup d’état in Thailand. Hundreds of pieces of law were passed in the past five years by the junta leadership, better known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The NCPO exercised its sweeping powers granted by the 2014 interim Constitution — and by and large confirmed by the 2017 Constitution — to issue judicial, legislative, and executive orders that can’t be challenged in the court.

Only a new parliament can roll back what June calls a “dictatorial legacy.” Prayuth Chan-ocha, former army chief and leader of the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party, has already been reappointed as Prime Minister following the general election in March 2019. A new Cabinet is also in place, and several military orders and decrees have been lifted. But June remains concerned. “Many Thai people think the junta-era restrictions are over, but military authorities can still detain civilians up to seven days without judicial oversight. Also, offenses under NCPO decrees remain in place. So far, only 70 of the 557 decrees issues by the NCPO are being repealed (for more details read this analysis piece written by Thai Lawyers for Human Rights).”

‘Fast horse lawyers’

Before the 2014 coup happened, June was working in the southern region bordering Malaysia — an area under protracted violence for a long time. When martial law, in the wake of Thailand’s twelfth coup d’état, was implemented, she knew what would come. She met late one night with a few fellow lawyers. The small group decided to form a task force made up of lawyers, social activists, and volunteers, focused on preventing the abuse of power they all expected to occur.



Thailand: The Attorney General ruled not to prosecute Lawyer June for not allowing police to search her car, due to her lack of intention to comply with the order

August 30, 2019

On 27 August 2019, Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, known as Lawyer June, went to meet the inquiry officer who was responsible for her case at Chanasongkram Police Station, Bangkok, to hear the Attorney General’s order not to prosecute her on an allegation of concealing evidence.  The order was due to the fact that there was no intention to hide any evidence since she only complied to the recommendation from military court officers to keep the belongings of the alleged fellow activists by her side. Furthermore, the police made the request to search her car during the night and without providing any reasonable legal grounds.

For the other charge of not complying with an official order without reasonable grounds or explanation, the responsible prosecutor issued an order to dismiss the case due to be barred by prescription.  As a result, the criminal proceedings against lawyer Ms. Sirikan for two such allegations have been terminated.

Today the representatives from the embassies of Canada, Sweden, Germany, the United States, the European Union, and officials from human rights organizations including Amnesty International (Regional Office) came to observe the proceedings.

Detailed accounts of the final non-prosecution order and the termination of legal proceedings

On 26 July 2019, the office of the Special Prosecutor issued notification document No. 0013.3/1076 to Chanasongkram Police Station giving a final order not to prosecute and to terminate the proceedings against lawyer Sirikan.  In summary, the document provided the following details:





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China/France/Germany: Detained Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng wins Franco-German human rights award

January 15, 2019


The French and German ambassadors to Beijing have granted a human rights award to a detained Chinese lawyer, with his wife picking up the prize on his behalf.

Mr Yu Wensheng – best known for suing the Beijing government over the city’s once chronic pollution – was detained in January last year and charged with “inciting subversion of state power”.

Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on civil society since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012, tightening restrictions on freedom of speech and detaining hundreds of activists and lawyers.

Prior to his arrest, Mr Yu had circulated an open letter calling for five reforms to China’s constitution, including the institution of multi-candidate presidential elections.

His wife, Madam Xu Yan, received the award at an event organised by the German embassy in Beijing on Monday (Jan 14).

The prominent attorney was among 15 winners of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law for 2018, announced in November last year.

“He (Yu) has lost his freedom for a year and not allowed to meet with a defence lawyer,” Madam Xu said at the event attended by the German and French ambassadors to China, according to a transcript she posted on her WeChat social media account.










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【余文生律師獲得 2018年《德法人權法治獎》,妻子許艷代領獎的發言稿】



709王全璋律師已失去自由三年多,而王全璋的辯護律師余文生律師、李昱函律師又相繼身陷囹圄。 709的辯護律師文東海律師、程海律師等被吊銷、註銷律師執業證。




(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook, 15/01/19)

Egypt/Thailand/France/Germany: Two persecuted rights lawyers receive Franco-German Prize for Human Rights


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Mohamed Lotfy (Egypt)

Sirikan June Charoensiri (Thailand)










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https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/allemagne/relations-bilaterales/prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-homme-et-de-l-etat-de-droit/article/droits-de-l-homme-prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-homme-et-de-l-etat-de (FRANCAIS)

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Au cours d’une cérémonie chaleureuse qui s’est tenue le 18 décembre, les ambassadeurs d’Allemagne et de France en Égypte ont remis conjointement le Prix franco-allemand des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit à M. Mohamed Lotfy.

Ce prix, décerné cette année à 15 lauréats à travers le monde, récompense depuis 2016 des personnalités qui contribuent de façon exceptionnelle à la protection et à la promotion des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit dans leur pays et au niveau international.

Il témoigne de l’engagement constant de la France et de l’Allemagne en faveur des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit partout dans le monde et contribue à renforcer leur coopération dans ce domaine.

(Ambassade de France en Égypte Facebook, 18/12/18)

Sirikan Charoensiri, avocate thaïlandaise des droits de l’Homme au sein de l’organisation Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a reçu le mercredi 19 décembre au soir à la résidence de l’ambassadeur d’Allemagne le prix franco-allemand pour les droits de l’Homme et l’Etat de droit des mains de l’ambassadeur de France en Thaïlande, Jacques Lapouge, et de l’ambassadeur d’Allemagne, Georg Schmidt, en reconnaissance de son travail pour défendre les Thaïlandais affectés dans leurs droits depuis le coup d’Etat de mai 2014.

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Egypt: Ragia Omran: Tirelessly pursuing human rights with one foot in corporate law

December 19, 2017

In December, lawyer Ragia Omran was one of 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. She was also awarded the Robert F. Kennedy award for human rights in 2013.

At the award ceremony for the Franco-German Prize, held at the German Embassy in Cairo, a feisty Omran said, “Some people speak about the hypocritical nature of politics, but I don’t use such language. I am a pragmatic person, but it is not pragmatic to sell arms to warring factions in countries mired in terrible conflicts where children are dying and then support a human rights investigation at the same time. It is counterproductive to give a human rights award but be selective about rights, to talk the talk, but not walk the walk.”

Omran, who comes from an affluent background, has been entrenched in the human rights movement in Egypt for two decades, mostly as a volunteer, while simultaneously maintaining a practice in corporate law. Mada Masr sat with her for an hour as she reflected on these different aspects of her life.

Mada Masr: You have a career in corporate law, while being extremely engaged in human rights. How did this happen?


Egypt: Prominent Egyptian lawyer wins human rights prize

December 7, 2017

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, Egyptian lawyer Ragia Omran speaks on her mobile phone after a trial session of activists facing charges on organizing unauthorized protests, at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt. Omran won a European prize for her work representing political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for women's rights. She was chosen from among 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

A prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer has won a European prize for her work representing political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for women’s rights.

Ragia Omran was chosen from among 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The German and French embassies in Cairo announced the award earlier this week, and will present it to Omran on Dec. 10.

Several Egyptian rights activists have been recognized in recent months for their work amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

Since the military overthrew an elected Islamist president in 2013, Egypt has jailed tens of thousands of dissidents, banned all unauthorized protests, restricted civil society groups and blocked hundreds of websites.











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Ragia Omran  receives the Franco German prize for human rights and rule of law from the German and French ambassadors to Egypt


Egypt: Human rights lawyer Ragia Omran receives Franco-German Prize for Human Rights & the Rule of Law

December 4, 2017

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At the Franco-German Council of Ministers in April 2016, Germany and France announced the launch of an annual international Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

In 2017, the prize is being awarded for the second time to committed human rights defenders from around the world who have done outstanding work in their respective countries to uphold human rights and the rule of law. All prize winners will receive a diploma and a medal designed by artist Anna Martha Napp that was chosen by a Franco-German jury. The medal symbolises their active commitment to the defence of human rights.

Here is a list of the 15 prize winners:

  • M. Adilur Rahman Kahn (Bangladesh) ;
  • M. Nounongnon Balbylas Gbaguidi (Bénin) ;
  • Mme Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga (Bolivie) ;
  • Mme Ragia Omran (Egypte) ;
  • M. César Ricaurte (Equateur) ;
  • M. Abdullah Al Khonaini (Koweit) ;
  • M. Bekim Asani (Macédoine) ;
  • Mme Mandira Sharma (Népal) ;
  • Mme Grace Osakue (Nigéria) ;
  • Mme Rosemarie Trajano (Philippines) ;
  • Mme Elena Milashina (Russie) ;
  • Mme Shreen Abdul Saroor (Sri Lanka) ;
  • M. Kerem Altiparmak (Turquie) ;
  • M. Pavlo Lysianskyi (Ukraine) ;
  • Mme Liliana Ortega Mendoza (Venezuela).


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