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Azerbaijan: Lawyer disbarred for disclosing his client’s torture allegations in prison seeks justice from the European Court of Human Rights

July 18, 2019

Yalchin Imanov is the latest of at least two dozen human rights lawyers to have been disbarred, had their licences suspended, been criminally prosecuted or otherwise pressured by the authorities in Azerbaijan.

On 8 August 2017 Yalchin visited his client, Abbas Huseynov, in the high security Gobustan prison and saw bruises all over his body. Mr Huseynov told him that he had been severely tortured by prison officials, including being beaten with batons, dragged on the floor, tied to a metal pole in the yard and held in a solitary confinement with his hands and legs cuffed, over several days. Upon leaving the prison, he was contacted by several media outlets for information about the worrying situation of his client and he described to the media the treatment his client had been subjected to and the bruises he had seen on him.

The next day, Yalchin requested both the Prison Service and the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate Mr Huseynov’s torture allegations but no investigation has been conducted to date. In response to his complaint the Prison Service requested the Azerbaijan Bar Association (ABA) to take disciplinary measures against Yalchin for allegedly aiming `to cast shadow over the work and reputation of the state structures` and `to cause disorder` and `tension among some groups of the society`. His licence was suspended by the ABA on 20 November 2017, pending decision of the domestic court on his disbarment.

Yalchin was indefinitely disbarred by the Ganja Administrative Economic Court on 22 February 2019 on the basis of the request from the ABA who claimed that he had damaged `the honour, dignity and business reputation` of the Prison Service by providing information to the media about the torture allegations of his client, convicted in the Nardaran case.

Lawyer disbarred for disclosing his client’s torture allegations in prison seeks justice from the European Court of Human Rights

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/yalchin-imanov-suspended-practising-pending-trial

https://www.turan.az/ext/news/2019/2/free/Social/en/79059.htm

https://www.turan.az/ext/news/2019/6/free/Social/en/81410.htm

https://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/44798/

https://rm.coe.int/statistics-for-eng/168078f2f8

Algeria: Entretien avec Salah Dabouz, avocat en grève de la faim illimitée

le 18 juillet, 2019

Salah Dabouz lors d'une manifestation des avocats

Salah Dabouz, avocat et militant politique nous livre dans cet entretien les raisons pour lesquelles il a entamé une grève de la faim illimitée depuis 10 jours. Il évoque la situation que vivent les militants politiques dans la vallée du M’zab et dénonce les pressions de la justice contre ces activistes. A noter que cet entretien a été réalisé une semaine après l’entame de cette action par l’avocat.

  • Plusieurs jours de grève de la faim, comment vous vous sentez vous ?

Je tiens le coup pour le moment, je dors beaucoup, je ne bouge pas trop, je bois beaucoup d’eau, je me suie fait examiner par un médecin, tout vas bien pour le moment, à part quelques maux de tête qui celons les anciens grévistes de la faim est normale surtout les premiers jours, rien de grave, donc je continue mon action.

  • Vous êtes en grève de la faim illimitée. Vous dénoncez l’appareil judiciaire contre les activistes mozabites. quel genre d’acharnement?

La justice à Ghardaïa fonctionne d’une façon très particulière, car si dans le reste de l’Algérie elle n’est pas indépendante, et elle obéit aux ordres, à Ghardaïa c’est encore pire, car s’ajoute à tout cela un abus d’autorité de certains juges, et une grande liberté qu’ils se donnent pour attaquer des citoyens qui dénoncent toutes les irrégularités qu’ils subissent. Le syndicaliste et enseignant de physique au lycée Aouf Brahim, avait dénoncé des irrégularités dans l’attribution de postes, des détournements de budget de l’éducation, des fraudes dans les examens en saisissant d’abord le directeur de l’éducation de Ghardaïa, puis le wali, et le ministre de l’Education, ils l’on alors menacé de poursuite judiciaire s’il continuait à écrire, ensuite ils ont engagé des poursuites et ils l’ont incarcéré avec Fekhar et ils allaient m’arrêter avec eux aussi. Attention, je ne parle pas d’affaires qui datent d’après le 22 févriers 2019 mais d’affaires qui remontent aux années 2014 et 2015 et plus. Cet abus d’autorité a couté la vie déjà à Fekhar Kameleddine, et a causé de gros problèmes de santé à Aouf Hadj Brahim, et a hypothéqué son poste de travail, et m’a mis moi en chômage technique depuis 3 mois avec une obligation d’être présent à Ghardaïa trois fois par semaine assortie d’une menace de liquidation physique à Ghardaïa même et devant le tribunal, sachant que j’habite à Alger et je travaille à Boumerdes.

https://www.djazairess.com/fr/lqo/5279132

https://www.elwatan.com/edition/actualite/alger-22e-vendredi-la-revolution-pacifique-supplante-tout-19-07-2019

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/avant-le-chaudron-du-cairo-stadium-le-chaudron-audin-grande-poste_mg_5d31c9e1e4b020cd994293cc

https://www.maghrebvoices.com/a/504926.html (ARABIC)

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UAE: 7th anniversary of imprisonment of rights lawyer Mohammed Al-Roken

July 17, 2019

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Today marks a sad anniversary: the 7th year of imprisonment of Mohammed Al-Roken, an Emirati lawyer committed to the defense of human rights and the rule of law. The UIA reiterates its request to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates: secure the immediate and unconditional release of our colleague! #UAE #FreeAlRoken #UIAIROL #Lawyers4Lawyers

(UIA Facebook, 17/07/19)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-07-08.274580.h&p=11132

http://icfuae.org.uk/research-and-publications-factsheets/dr-mohammed-al-roken%C2%A0

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/mohamed-al-roken

The Dark Side of the UAE

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2014/12/dr-mohammed-al-roken-it-takes-extraordinary-person/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/lawyer-mohammed-al-roken-awarded-human-rights-prize-170528103532469.html

http://echr.org.uk/news/seven-years-after-his-arrest-we-call-release-dr-mohamed-al-roken

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prix_Ludovic-Trarieux

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

http://echr.org.uk/ar/news/بسبب-عمله-الحقوقي،-الدكتور-محمد-الركن-يدخل-عامه-السابع-في-سجون-دولة-الإمارات (ARABIC)

http://www.libertas.sm/notizie/2017/11/13/san-marino-la-camera-penale-al-premio-ludovic-trarieux.html (ITALIANO)

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Algeria: Ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders and continuous judicial harassment of Mozabite minority rights defenders Salah Dabouz and Aouf Hadj Ibrahim

July 15, 2019

Salah Dabouz

On 8 July 2019, human rights defender and lawyer Salah Dabouz started an open-ended hunger strike in protest at the judicial harassment he has been facing since 9 April 2019.

Salah Dabouz is a prominent Algerian human rights defender and a defense attorney representing several activists across Algeria. Salah Dabouz previously served as the President of the Ligue Algérienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights, LADDH), an independent association founded in 1985 and working on the documentation of human rights violations in Algeria committed by security services and armed groups. Salah Dabouz is also a member of the Commission on Human Rights of the International Union of Lawyers and a founding member of the Autonomous Union of Lawyers in Algeria.

On 8 July 2019, the human rights defender went on hunger strike which he started to denounce the judicial harassment against him and the subsequent rejection of all the complaints he tried to lodge with the different judicial authorities to demand justice for his clients and himself.

Salah Dabouz was arrested on 8 April 2019 by security forces during a meeting in a restaurant in the capital.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/intimidation-harassment-salah-dabouz

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/fr/case/intimidation-harassment-human-rights-defender-salah-dabouz-amid-uprising (FRANCAIS)

https://www.dzvid.com/2019/07/15/maitre-salah-dabouz-je-mettrai-fin-a-ma-greve-lorsque-ma-plainte-sera-acceptee/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.reporters.dz/2019/07/15/en-greve-de-la-faim-depuis-une-semaine-large-mouvement-de-solidarite-avec-salah-dabouz/ (FRANCAIS)

https://m.le360.ma/afrique/algerie/politique/2019/07/15/27117-algerie-harcele-par-la-justice-le-militant-des-droits-humains-salah-dabouz-est-en-greve-de-la (FRANCAIS)

https://chateaunews.com/fr/2019/07/15/algerie-la-colere-des-avocats/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.djazairess.com/fr/lqo/5279132 (FRANCAIS)

https://infotalqual.net/argelia-el-activista-salah-dabouz-en-huelga-de-hambre (ESPANOL)

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India: Raids on lawyers an insult to legal fraternity: Activists

July 13, 2019

Raids on lawyers an insult to legal fraternity: Activists

Mumbaikars extended their support and staged a protest at the subway gate 1 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on Friday evening to publicly condemn the CBI raids at the residence of the lawyer couple, Indira Jaising and Anand Grover and at the Mumbai and Delhi offices of their law firm, Lawyer’s Collective (LC). The protesters included lawy­ers, activists and students, who demanded to drop all criminal charges against the law firm. The raids were conducted at the New Delhi house of the couple and in their Mumbai and Delhi based offices on Thursday. “It’s really unfortunate the government is using the agencies for its personal benefit. It’s a complete abuse of power,” said Supreeth Ravish, a student of social work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Jaising and Grover are well-known in the legal fraternity for fighting for the rights of the poor. In the 1980s, they extended legal help to millworkers who found themselves unemployed following the closure of the mills in Mumbai. In 2002, they fought for the Godhra violence victims. “Both Anand and Indira have spent their life fighting for the people. This is a planned propaganda against them, as now, anyone who chooses to disagree with the government has to face the consequences,” said Parvin Jehangir, a social activist.

https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/raids-on-lawyers-an-insult-to-legal-fraternity-activists

https://www.thecitizen.in//index.php/en/newsdetail/index/7/17262/indira-jaising-a-trailblazer

‘Illegal, Mala Fide & Blatant Abuse of Law’: Lawyers Collective Issues Statement on CBI Raids on Indira Jaising, Anand Grover

https://monitor.civicus.org/newsfeed/2019/07/13/lawyers-collective-raided-indian-police-intimidate-and-silence-them/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/fabricated-criminal-charges-filed-against-lawyers%E2%80%99-collective-and-anand-grover

State targets activists Indira Jaising and Anand Grover again!

http://www.kashmirtimes.com/newsdet.aspx?q=92599

What is CBI’s case against Indira Jaisingh and Anand Grover

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/lawyers-condemn-raids-on-indira-jaisings-premises/article28455820.ece

https://www.news18.com/news/india/cbi-searches-on-jaising-grover-amount-to-assault-on-independence-of-lawyers-bar-association-2232029.html

‘Excessive, Disproportionate and Unjustified’: Bar Association of India Condemns CBI Action Against Indira Jaising, Anand Grover

https://thewire.in/rights/un-decries-shameful-reprisals-on-rights-activists-in-38-countries-including-india

https://scroll.in/latest/930688/bar-association-of-india-condemns-cbi-action-on-indira-jaising-anand-grover-calls-it-unjustified

Harassment of Lawyers Collective

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/statement-condemning-cbi-raids-jaising-grover-sc-advocates-write-to-scba-146500

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/supreme-court-bar-association-concerns-cbi-raids-on-jaising-grover-146511

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

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

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

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China: Chinese Rights Lawyer, Wife Made Homeless After Police Pressure Landlord

July 3, 2019

Lawyer Xie Yanyi (R) and his wife Yuan Shanshan (C) on a family outing, in undated photo.

A prominent rights lawyer detained during a nationwide crackdown on his profession by the ruling Chinese Communist Party has been made homeless along with his family, after police forced them to leave their rented accommodation in a suburb of Beijing.

Xie Yanyi was released from criminal detention on bail in January 2017, buthasn’t been able to practice law, as the authorities have refused to renew his license.

Xie and his wife Yuan Shanshan were recently forced to move yet againfrom their rented home in Miyun, a town on the outskirts of Beijing, when their landlord refused to renew their lease, citing pressure from the local police, the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website reported.

Fellow rights lawyer Li Jinglin said their treatment was similar to that meted out to many colleagues and their families.

“Lawyers are getting together to mitigate the hardship faced by the families of detained rights lawyers,” Li said.

“Everyone contributes a little money to the fund every month, to help out people whose husbands are in jail, or families who are in difficulty,” he said.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-homeless-07032019143950.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/xie-yanyi-assaulted-detained

Xie Yanyi

https://www.ishr.ch/news/hrc41-lawyers-are-key-rule-law-china-says-so-freethem-now

China: Joint Statement to the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council | Joint Statement

Tunisia: NAJET LAABIDI SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT

June 26, 2019

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Final hearing of Najet Laabidi’s case

On 27 June 2019, lawyer and woman human rights defender Najet Laabidi is due to appear before the military court of first instance of Tunis for the final hearing of her case. She is charged with “attributing to a public official (…) illegal acts related to his job without proof” under Article 128 of the Tunisian Penal Code.

The charge was filed by Judge Leila Hammami, the president of the military court of first instance of Tunis, who claimed that Najet Laabidi had made declarations that defamed her without proof.

 

On 11 May 2017, the 8th Misdemeanour Chamber of the Tunis Court of First Instance found human rights lawyer, Najet Laabidi, guilty of “attributing to a public official (…) illegal acts related to his job without proof” and sentenced her to six months imprisonment under Article 128 of the Tunisian Penal Code. The verdict came after over one hundred lawyers pleaded in favour of Najet Laabidi on 10 May 2017. She intends to appeal the Court’s decision.

Najet Laabidi is a human rights lawyer and former member of the executive bureau of Tunisian human rights group, Liberté Equité. She is the legal representative of victims of reported torture in what is known as the “Barraket Essahel” case. The Barraket Essahel case goes back to 1991, when authorities said they had uncovered a plan orchestrated by officers to topple President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and establish an Islamist regime. Between May and July 1991, 244 army officers were arrested, many of whom were reportedly tortured by state security agents in the Tunis headquarters of the Interior Ministry.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/najet-laabidi-sentenced-six-months-imprisonment

http://www.avocatparis.org/me-najet-laabidi-avocate-tunisienne-specialisee-dans-la-defense-des-droits-de-lhomme-condamnee-6 (FRANCAIS)