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Egypt: Detention Renweed for Another 45 Days for Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

September 12, 2019

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On 10 September 2019, the Criminal Court of Cairo rejected an appeal from human rights defender Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, and renewed his detention for an additional 45 days.

On 2 May 2018, Cairo Criminal Court ordered the detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy for 45 days pending further investigation. On 4 December 2017, the detention of human rights defender Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy was extended for a further 15 days, pending investigation by the prosecution. He is currently being held in Aqrab Prison, where he has reported poor detention conditions, lack of adequate food, and lack of adequate medical testing for his anaemia.

Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy is a co-founder and the coordinator of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt, a network of individuals whose loved ones have been subjected to enforced or involuntary disappearances. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy became an active human rights defender working on the issue of enforced disappearances after the disappearance of his son Amr Ibrahim Metwally, who went missing on 8 July 2013. The human rights defender is the attorney in the case of Giulio Regeni, an Italian national who was killed in Egypt under suspicious circumstances. Since 2014, Ibrahim Hegazy has been actively lobbying Egyptian authorities on the issue of enforced disappearances in Egypt.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/ibrahim-metwally-hegazy-arrested

https://madamasr.com/en/2019/08/21/feature/politics/human-rights-community-in-egypt-calls-on-un-to-explicitly-cancel-anti-torture-conference-after-to-decision-to-postpone/

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

Algeria: Attempted killing of human rights defender Salah Dabouz

September 11, 2019

Salah Dabouz

On 9 September 2019, human rights defender Salah Dabouz was attacked and stabbed by two masked men in the Chouahin neighbourhood of Ghardaïa in an attempted killing.

Salah Dabouz is a prominent Algerian human rights defender and a defence 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. LADDH works on  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 9 September 2019, during Salah Dabouz’s visit to the city of Ghardaïa, two masked men attempted to kill the human rights defender when they attacked and stabbed him. Previously, Salah Dabouz received a death threat; he submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office of Ghardaïa on 27 June 2019, but the Algerian Authorities did not respond to the death threat, as no investigation was carried out.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/attempted-killing-human-rights-defender-salah-dabouz

Human rights lawyer stabbed in “attempted murder”

https://www.tsa-algerie.com/derniere-minute-salah-dabouz-victime-dune-agression-a-larme-blanche/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.observalgerie.com/actualite-algerie/algerie-le-defenseur-des-droits-de-lhomme-salah-dabouz-agresse-a-larme-blanche/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/maitre-salah-dabouz-agresse-a-l-arme-blanche-par-des-hommes-cagoules-a-ghardaia_mg_5d774809e4b064513573c329 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.elwatan.com/edition/actualite/salah-dabouz-agresse-par-des-individus-cagoules-a-ghardaia-09-09-2019 (FRANCAIS)

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Communiqué 23/2019

Maître Salah Dabouz victime d’une tentative d’assassinat

Monsieur Kacem Soufghalem, militant mzab des adroit de l’homme, ancien compagnon de cellule du docteur Fekhar et ami de Me Dabouz, a rapporté sur sa page Facebook : « Me Salah Dabouz a été victime d’une agression à l’arme blanche dans le quartier chouahin à Ghardaïa. Je viens de le transporter aux urgences. Des hommes cagoulés l’ont agressés selon ses premiers dires ».

Selon M. Soufghalem, Me Salah Dabouz se rendait chez Hadj Brahim Aouf, un autre militant et ami de l’avocat, lorsque deux jeunes hommes cagoulés l’ont attaqué à l’arme blanche. Il a cinq points de sutures sur l’un des bras qui ont été lacérés au couteau, lorsqu’il a tenté de se couvrir le visage. En se défendant, les deux assaillants l’ont jeté à terre. Me Dabouz souffre de blessures et coups violents à la tête.

Ceux qui ont menacés Me Dabouz de mort, il y a quelques mois, à la sortie du tribunal de Ghardaïa dont la plainte est restée sans suite, sont passé à l’action. Me Dabouz vient d’être victime d’une agression par arme blanche à Taghardayt (Ghardaïa). Nous tenons responsables de cette agression les autorités de Taghardayt complices par leur passivité. Ils peuvent même être les commanditaires.

Après avoir éliminé le Docteur Fekhar, ils essayent d’éliminer ceux qui restent et qui refusent de se taire. Ceux qui les dénoncent. Soit vigilant cher ami Kacem. Tu es ciblé toi aussi par la même mafia qui n’a ni âme ni conscience.

Si les deux exécuteurs de la tentative d’assassinat de l’avocat courage, Me Salah Dabouz, ne sont pas connus car encagoulés, les commanditaires, eux, ils sont bien connus. A leur tête le général dictateur Ahmed Gaid-Salah et ses sous-traitants locaux, le Wali Azzeddine Mechri, le procureur général Mohamed Bensalem, Mohamed Bouhrich, Juge d’instruction de la première chambre du tribunal de Taghardayt. Khathir Bouzidaoui, procureur de la république près le tribunal de Taghardayt, Mohamed Fahim, Président de la cour de Taghardayt et de la chambre d’accusation, et bien d’autres.
En effet, quand Me Dabouz avait déclaré qu’il rentrait en grève de la faim, il avait cité parmi les causes, en plus du dénie de justice, la non prise au sérieux de sa plainte contre des menaces de mort qu’il avait reçu devant le tribunal même de Taghardayt, à l’occasion de sa présentation pour signer le contrôle judiciaire auquel il était soumis trois fois par semaine à 600 Km de chez lui.

Nous condamnons énergiquement cette tentative d’assassinat et assurons toute notre solidarité indéfectible à Me Salah Dabouz. Si nous n’avons aujourd’hui que nos mots pour faire face à ces injustices, nous faisons la promesse de tout faire pour poursuivre en justice les criminels responsables de cette agression et de l’assassinat du docteur Fekhar et de tant d’autres crimes.

Paris le 09 septembre 2019
Président d’Izmulen
Mohammed Dabouz

(Izmulen Droits At Mzab Facebook, 10/09/19)

Indonesia/Australia: Indonesia: Support Letter Ms. Veronica Koman | Joint Letter

September 13, 2019

LRWC and L4L sent a joint letter calling on Indonesian authorities to withdraw criminal charges against human rights lawyer Veronica Koman, charged for disseminating information about police violence against Papuan students peacefully protesting for Papuan self-determination. The letter was sent to the Ministers of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, of Law and Human Rights and of Immigration along with the President and the Police Chief for the East Java region.


The President of the Republic of Indonesia
His Excellency Mr. Ir. Joko Widodo
Jl. Veteran No. 16
Jakarta Pusat
INDONESIA

Amsterdam, 12 September 2019

Subject: Support Letter Ms. Veronica Koman

Your Excellency,

Lawyers for Lawyers (“L4L”) is an independent and non-political Dutch foundation that seeks to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing freedom and independence of the legal profession. Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (“LRWC”) is a committee of lawyers and others who promote international human rights through advocacy, legal research and education.

L4L and LRWC write to express their concern about the police charges against Ms. Veronica Koman.

Veronica Koman is a prominent, independent human rights lawyer who previously worked as a public interest lawyer at the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Jakarta. LBH provides legal aid to the poor and marginalized people in Indonesia. Specifically, Veronica Koman has specialized in defending the rights of international refugees, women & LGBTIQs and West Papuans.

In previous years, Veronica Koman received multiple (death and rape) threats for defending the rights of accused persons in high-profile political cases, among which three legal cases involving Papuan indigenous people who were accused of separatism.

Indonesia: Support Letter Ms. Veronica Koman | Joint Letter

Letter on behalf of Veronica Koman

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24990&LangID=E

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/urges-indonesia-protect-rights-west-papua-activists-190916081502990.html

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/492129

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/threats-against-and-judicial-harassment-human-rights-lawyer-veronica-koman

https://en.tempo.co/read/1246104/police-issue-second-summons-letter-for-veronica-koman

https://en.tempo.co/read/1247511/police-trace-suspicious-transactions-in-veronica-komans-accounts

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/398897/increase-noted-in-intimidation-of-legal-advocates-for-papuans

https://regional.kompas.com/read/2019/09/15/13392941/fakta-baru-kasus-veronica-koman-polisi-temukan-6-rekening-hingga-bantah?page=all (INDONESIAN)

https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20190914105624-20-430447/lsm-asing-surati-jokowi-setop-kasus-veronica-koman (INDONESIAN)

Egypt: Ezzat Ghoneim produced before the court

August 28, 2019

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After having been disappeared for nearly five months, human rights defender Ezzat Ghoneim was produced before the Criminal Court of Tura on 9 February 2019. He continues to be held in preventive detention, which is being renewed every 45 days. The human rights defender is facing charges of “defamation” and “joining an illegal group”.

Human rights defender Ezzat Ghoneim disappeared from Al Haram police station 10 days after he was granted conditional release on 4 September 2018. He remained unlawfully detained until 13 September 2018, when police officers informed his wife of his alleged release.

On 4 September, Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release of Ezzat Ghoneim on bail.

On 9 May, the State Security Prosecutor renewed the detention of Ezzat Ghoneim for an additional 15 days pending investigation.

On 4 March human rights lawyer and executive director of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), Ezzat Ghoneim, was detained by State Security in Cairo.

Ezzat Ghoneim is a human rights defender and lawyer focusing on fair trial guarantees and enforced disappearances. Since 2014, he has served as executive director of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), an Egyptian human rights organisation which works on arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, freedom of expression, medical negligence and torture inside prisons.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/ezzat-ghoneim-arrested

Committee for Justice gets UN support for the case of human rights defender “Ezzat Ghoneim”

https://www.cfjustice.org/portal/2019/08/06/three-urgent-un-appeals-addressing-the-egyptian-government-based-on-complaints-submitted-by-committee-for-justice/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/families-missing-egyptian-rights-defenders-plead-their-release

https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/13/news/u/missing-lawyer-ezzat-ghoneim-appears-in-court-ordered-to-be-detained-for-45-days/

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

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Egypt: Detention of Haytham Mohamadeen renewed

August 27, 2019

Haytham Mohamadeen

On 25 August 2019, the State Security Prosecution of Cairo renewed the preventive detention of Haytham Mohamadeen. The human rights defender’s detention has been renewed every 15 days since his re-arrest on 16 May 2019. He is facing charges of “membership of a terrorist organisation”.

On 13 May 2019, Haytham Mohamadeen was arrested and forcibly disappeared for three days following his summons to Saf police station, in Giza governorate, after being wrongfully accused of violating his probation terms. When he went to the police station, the police arrested him and held him without access to his lawyer or family until 16 May 2019.

On 19 November 2018, the Criminal Court of Cairo, along with the Supreme State Security Emergency Court, decided to renew the precautionary measures for human rights defender Haytham Mohamadeen for 45 days. The precautionary measures of Haytham Mohamadeen and nine other defendants in the state security case No. 718/2018 entail their attendance at their local police station twice a week.

On 29 October 2018, Haytham Mohamadeen was released, 18 days after the Criminal Chamber of the Fifth Compound Courts Complex ruled in favour of the human rights defender.

Haytham Mohamadeen is a lawyer and a labour rights defender, who offers pro-bono legal aid to workers. He is a member of El-Naddim Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, an Egyptian NGO dedicated to combating torture and providing medical and legal aid in support of victims of human rights’ abuses.

 

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/detention-and-prosecution-haytham-mohamadeen

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تجديد حبس هيثم محمدين ومصطفى ماهر 15 يوما في اتهامهما بمشاركة جماعة إرهابية

قال محامي المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات، إن نيابة أمن الدولة العليا، قررت في جلستها المنعقدة، اليوم الأحد، تجديد حبس كلا من المحامي الحقوقي هيثم محمدين، والناشط مصطفى ماهر، 15 يوما آخرى.
جاء ذلك على ذمة اتهامهما في القضية رقم 741 لسنة 2019 حصر أمن دولة، والمتهم فيها بمشاركة جماعة إرهابية في تحقيق أغراضها.
واختفى هيثم محمدين في الفترة من 13 مايو وحتى 16 مايو الماضي، بعد القبض عليه أثناء توجهه لقسم شرطة الصف لتنفيذ التدابير الاحترازية الخاصة بقرار إخلاء سبيله.
وظهر هيثم في 16 مايو في نيابة أمن الدولة متهما في القضية المذكورة، مع متهمين آخرين، بينهم مصطفى ماهر شقيق أحمد ماهر مؤسس حركة شباب 6 ابريل.
فيما ألقت قوات الأمن القبض على مصطفى ماهر من منزله بالتجمع الخامس شهر رمضان الماضي، وادرجته متهما في القضية.

#الحرية_لهيثم_محمدين
100 يوم على حبس هيثم محمدين في القضية 741 أمن دولة: أفرجوا عن #محامي_الغلابة وتوفقوا عن ملاحقة النشطاء

أكمل المحامي والمناضل العمالي، هيثم محمدين، 100 يوم في الحبس الاحتياطي على ذمة القضية رقم 741 لسنة 2019 حصر أمن دولة عليا، باتهامات بينها مشاركة جماعة إرهابية في تحقيق أغراضها.
وفي 13 مايو الماضي، اختفى هيثم محمدين بعد توجهه إلى قسم شرطة الصف لتنفيذ التدابير الاحترازية المفروضة عليه مقابل إخلاء سبيله منذ 2018 في القضية المعروفة إعلاميا باسم “معتقلي المترو”.
ظل هيثم مختفي حتى ظهوره في 16 مايو في نيابة أمن الدولة، متهما بمشاركة جماعة إرهابية ومدرج على القضية رقم 741 لسنة 2019، مع متهمين آخرين، بينهم مصطفى ماهر شقيق أحمد ماهر مؤسس حركة شباب 6 ابريل.
واحتفل أصدقاء هيثم بعيد ميلاده في 4 أغسطس الجاري، والذي تصادف أن يكون الاحتفال الثاني على التوالي الذي يأتي وهيثم في الحبس الاحتياطي على ذمة قضايا أمن دولة.
واستنكر المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات، في بيان أصدرته بتاريخ 21 مايو الماضي، القبض على هيثم محمدين، وحبسهم بـ”اتهامات ملفقة دون وجه حق”.
وطالبت المفوضية في بيانها، بالإفراج الفوري غير المشروط عن هيثم وإسقاط التهم عنه، كما طالبت الأجهزة الأمنية بالتوقف عن تلفيق الاتهامات للنشطاء والمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان، واحترام حقوق الأفراد الدستورية في حرية الرأي والتعبير.

(المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook, 25/08/19)

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China/EU: Statement by the Spokesperson on the trial of Chinese human rights activist Huang Qi

July 30, 2019

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Prominent Chinese human rights activist and journalist Mr Huang Qi, founder of the website 64 Tianwang who for a number of years has monitored human rights violations in China and promoted freedom of press, was put on trial behind closed doors on 14 January 2019 at the Mianyang City Intermediate Court in Sichuan Province. He was sentenced in a non-public trial on 29 July to 12 years on charges of “illegally providing State secrets to foreign entities” and “intentionally leaking State secrets”.

In April 2018, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that Mr Huang’s deprivation of liberty was arbitrary and in contravention with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The defendant’s rights under China’s Criminal Procedure Law and international law obligations to a fair trial, without undue delay, and to proper defence and access to a lawyer of his own choice, have not been respected. Neither his family nor the lawyer it had appointed were able to attend the trial.

In line with their declared aim of strengthening the rule of law, we expect the Chinese authorities to abide by China’s international law obligations, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and respect the rights of all citizens as guaranteed by China’s Constitution.

The European Union expects the immediate release of Huang Qi, as well as other detained and convicted human rights defenders and lawyers including Yu Wensheng, Wang Quanzhang, Qin Yongmin, Gao Zhisheng, Ilham Tohti, Tiyip Tashpolat, Tashi Wangchuk, Li Yuhan, Wu Gan and Liu Feiyue.

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/66021/statement-spokesperson-trial-chinese-human-rights-activist-huang-qi_en

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/detention-huang-qi

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-strips-rights-lawyer-li-134949385.html

https://m.theepochtimes.com/trump-will-work-to-oppose-the-forces-of-repression-for-dissedent-chinese-lawyer_3038733.html

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/chilling-story-behind-fan-bingbings-disappearance/news-story/58fc11758fe171e8fb9c36eb54c5831d

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

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/yu-wensheng

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/66101/node/66101_fr (FRANCAIS)

Peru: Break-in at home and theft of work database of Miluska Luzquiños

June 24, 2019

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On 8 June 2019, the home of woman human rights defender Miluska Luzquiños was broken into, and important digital and physical materials used in the work of RedLacTrans were stolen. The police formally opened an investigation on the case, however, there are no developments registered so far.

Miluska Luzquiños is the National Coordinator of RedLacTrans in Peru. As a trans woman and a lawyer, she has worked over the past years to promote advocacy, protection and capacity-building for the LGBTI+ community in the country. She has gained national recognition for her work as a human rights defender, and has advocated for the adoption of a law on gender identity.

In the morning of 8 June 2019, the home of human rights defender Miluska Luzquiños was broken into. Unidentified perpetrators took documents, including the passports of two members of the organisation, and objects such as laptops, flash drives and cellphones, all containing sensitive information crucial to the work of RedLacTrans. A safe was also stolen, containing the tokens allowing the organisation to access its bank accounts. The stolen materials included information on the organisation’s advocacy plans, especially regarding their work on the promotion of the draft law on gender identity (proyecto de Ley de Identidad de Género).

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/break-home-and-theft-work-database-miluska-luzqui%C3%B1os