Tag Archives: Germany

Vietnam/Germany: Detained Vietnamese Human Rights Attorney to Receive Award For His Work

April 4, 2017

Nguyen Van Dai displays his face after he was beaten by masked assailants in Nghe An province, Dec. 6, 2015.

Detained human rights attorney and activist Nguyen Van Dai will receive an award from the German Association of Judges on Wednesday, making him the first Vietnamese awarded the honor for his work in human rights, RFA’s Vietnamese Service has learned.

A representative of Nguyen Van Dai will accept the award from the group known in German as Deutscher Richterbund (DRB), which is the largest professional organization of judges and public prosecutors in Germany.

Every other year, the organization bestows a human rights award on a judge, public prosecutor, or other lawyer for outstanding merit in the defense of human rights.

Former prisoner of conscience Pham Van Troi, a democracy activist and member of the Vietnam-based Brotherhood for Democracy, called Dai’s selection “wonderful news.”

Dai and other formerly jailed dissidents created the online group in 2013 to coordinate human rights activities across Vietnam and host forums in Hanoi and Saigon to mark International Human Rights Day.

“I think lawyer Nguyen Van Dai deserves this award,” Troi told RFA’s Vietnamese Service. “This is also a positive sign to promote democratization in Vietnam in the near future.”



http://www.rfa.org/vietnamese/vietnamnews/human-right-lawyer-nguyen-van-dai-be-award-by-germany-04042017083451.html (VIETNAMESE)

Tajikistan/Germany: Jailed Tajik Lawyer’s Lawyer Flees, Fearing Her Client’s Fate

March 31, 2017

Jailed Tajik Lawyer's Lawyer Flees, Fearing Her Client's Fate

Muazzama Qodirova, a Tajik lawyer, told RFE/RL this week that she is in Germany applying for political asylum. According to RFE/RL, she said “that Tajik authorities had threatened to launch a criminal investigation accusing her of leaking information about her client’s case to foreign media.”

Qodirova is the latest in an ever-lengthening list of lawyers hounded by Tajik authorities based on the clients they represent. In Qodirova’s case, she has been representing Buzurgmehr Yorov, the lawyer whose 23-year prison sentence — handed down in October 2016 after a closed trial — was recently extended by three years.

Yorov, and another lawyer specializing in human rights cases, Nuriddin Mahkamov, were arrested shortly after their most prominent clients: the leaders of the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT). The lawyers were accused and convicted of inciting ethnic enmity, calling for the overthrow of the government, support of extremist activity, fraud, and forgery.



Turkey: German and Italian National Bar Associations condemned arrests of Turkish lawyer by writing letter to the Turkish Justice Ministry

March 3, 2017

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(The Arrested Lawyers@Av_EvrenSEL — The Initiative for Arrested Turkish Lawyers https://twitter.com/Av_EvrenSEL)

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4493 judges and prosecutor were dismissed under state of emergency rules @ChRegnard

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Deutschland/Germany

January 29, 2017

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Republican Lawyers Association (RAV), in cooperation with Association of Democratic Lawyers (VDJ), Association of Criminal Lawyers Berlin and Berlin Bar (RAK Berlin) organized a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy in Berlin – picture attached.

A group of lawyers, non-lawyers and Amnesty International supporters performed a play by the State Theatre Nuremburg ensemble:”Trial against Hans Litten – Taken at midnight“. Hans Litten was a German criminal lawyer who fought against the German faschists, was arrested 1933 and committed suicide 1938 in KZ Dachau, the Dachau concentration camp.

Amnesty International / German section organized two Urgent Actions for these Chinese colleagues:
Xie Yang
At the end of this call is a link “Tag der verfolgten Anwälte und Anwältinnen” to the site of foundation “Day of the Endangered lawyer”: http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/

Jiang Tianyong



September 10, 2015

The People vs Fritz Bauer

There’s often a higher bar that films in foreign languages have to reach than a film in your native tongue. They have to be compelling enough visually to keep you from just reading the subtitles, interesting enough dialogue that you want to keep reading, and riveting enough to make you want to put in the effort to take in the full experience. Many of the foreign films I enjoy relate to the culture of stories, historical events, or an international phenomenon with which I am unaware. I might be unique in loving having my own ignorance exposed, but that’s exactly what Lars Kraume’sThe People vs. Fritz Bauer was able to do. I was a child in the 80s and I recall Nazi leaders being found on occasion, often in South America, but it was something that belonged to a previous time, and it seemed to be universally agreed that it was bad. What a whitewashed view of history a child can retain through plain old ignorance.

Fritz Bauer was a real judge in Germany in the 1950s and 1960s. Born there, he was a socialist and a Jew, so not exactly beloved by the Nazi party. He was able to flee to Denmark, and then Sweden, after being imprisoned for his socialist leanings. We meet Fritz (Burghart Klaussner) after he has returned to Germany to help rebuild a stronger democratic society as a state Attorney General. He has been tasked with finding high ranking Nazi officials, specifically Adolf Eichmann, who was responsible for transporting Jews to the concentration camps, part of the “Final Solution.” Bauer has a reputation among his colleagues in the government for being harsh, vengeful, but above all he is a patriot. He is proud of his country, but unwilling to wipe its past crimes away.

TIFF 2015: The People vs. Fritz Bauer