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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2020 – PAKISTAN

Preparations are now well underway for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer (DOTEL) on Pakistan for January 24, 2020. At a preparatory meeting about 16 to 20 participants representing the Foundation of the Endangered Lawyers Day, AED, International Association of Peoples Lawyers, ELDH, CCBE, CBE, Institut des Droit de l’Homme, several Bar Associations, Avocats sans frontiers, Law Society, CNB have decided to dedicate the Day of the Endangered Lawyer to the solidarity with endangered lawyers in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, since our Brussels meeting our Pakistani colleagues continue to face chronic danger and a risk of serious harm.  They continue to be subjected to acts of violence, and very recently a lawyer was seriously assaulted by a judge during a trial, which led to a local strike („Black Day“) of lawyers lasting at least a week: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-lawyers-strike-continues-for-sixth-consecutive-day/   At the national level there have been a number of strikes by lawyers, especially in solidarity with two judges who have been under attack by Pakistan President Arif Alvi.  The latest national strike organized by the Pakistan Bar Council was held on July 13th:   https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-pbc-gives-call-for-countrywide-strike-on-july-13/  Invidual lawyers, like high-profile lawyer Saif-ul-Malook who represented Asia Bibi (the famous woman who was on death row for blasphemy), continue to face a high risk of death or physical harm: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-the-pakistani-lawyer-putting-his-life-on-the-line/.

Lawyers‘ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) reports that they will  invite the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg to host and finance an event on January 24th and to bring one or two lawyers from Pakistan. LRWC has started a paper on Pakistan focused on two needs: to effectively prevent and punish the murder of lawyers through protective measure and proper investigations, prosecutions and trials and second to develop pan Pakistan education to promote religious diversity and tolerance. They will also invite the Law Society of Ontario to hold an event.  As well, at the beginning of July the G7 Bars Meeting was held in France, with representatives of the Bars of France, Canada, Germany, USA, Japan, England & Wales and Italy, representing 1.8 million lawyers.  They adopted 20 proposals to G7 governments, including one: „Commit to support actions marking the Day of the Endangered Lawyer and to encourage other countries to do likewise.“  The New Zealand Law Society has the honour of publishing the first article about DOTEL 2020, which they did in mid-July: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/pakistan-new-zealand-pakistan-the-focus-of-2020-day-of-endangered-lawyer/




Groups Urge Human Rights Focus During Pakistan PM Visit



Day of the Endangered Lawyer

USA/Germany: Brandeis lecture recalls defiance of Jewish lawyers under Nazi rule

July 22, 2019

Dozens of Queens legal professionals and community members attended the lecture organized by the Brandeis Association at Queens Supreme Court.  Eagle  photos by Walter Karling.

Distinguished lecturer Douglas Morris, PhD, JD visited the Queens Supreme Courthouse on Wednesday to deliver an important lecture on the experience of Jewish attorneys in Germany under Nazi rule.

The Brandeis Association hosted the event in conjunction with the Gender Fairness Committee for the Queens Supreme and Criminal Courts, which featured a discussion of Morris’ recent article “The Law in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Opportunism and the Perversion of Justice.”

“Discrimination, degradation, defiance of Jewish lawyers under Nazism” was the unofficial title of Dr. Douglas Morris’ unofficial title for the lecture which told the  story of the deliberate dismantling of the German legal system and focused on the lives and struggles of Jewish legal officers whose practices and accomplishments were systematically undermined.

“I think that, today, lawyers in certain positions should be thinking about how they are conforming to larger demands,” Morris said. “Any [one] step isn’t disastrous, but step by step many who conform are in a position where that contributes to the breakdown of the rule of law.”

Administrative Judge Jeremy Weinstein delivered the opening remarks, before Morris began his talk with an anecdote about an acclaimed German-Jewish lawyer who committed suicide upon the dissolution of a successful partnership during the Nazi era. The attorney had a mental breakdown with his career, life and identity under assault.

Morris went on to explain the comprehensive attack on democracy by Adolf Hitler and his supporters. He highlighted how the Nazi party incited violence and instilled legal doctrine that conformed with their fascist, racist and anti-semitic ideology.

“The story is about the fragility of democracy,” Morris said. “Of the collapse of democracy and rise in tyranny and the importance in upholding equality before the law.”

Jewish lawyers accounted for almost 30 percent of all German attorneys and their removal and persecution opened the door for the installation of unqualified Nazi officials.

The event coincided with the recent introduction of the exhibit “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich” to the Queens Supreme Courthouse on Sutphin Boulevard. The exhibit will be on display through late-August.










Turkey: Trial of lawyer & Amnesty International Honorary Chair Taner Kiliç et al today

July 16, 2019


https://www.msn.com/tr-tr/haber/gundem/avukat-ok-aym-karar%C4%B1ndan-sonra-bu-dava-%C3%A7%C3%B6km%C3%BC%C5%9Ft%C3%BCr/ar-AAEmL2a (TURKCE)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_K%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7 (ENGLISH)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_Kili%C3%A7 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/die-faelle-yuecel-und-steudtner-prozesse-in-tuerkei-gehen-weiter-100.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.dw.com/tr/avukat-ok-aym-karar%C4%B1ndan-sonra-bu-dava-%C3%A7%C3%B6km%C3%BC%C5%9Ft%C3%BCr/a-49601754-0 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.cducsu.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/tuerkei-muss-zum-rechtsstaatsprinzip-zurueckkehren (DEUTSCH)






L’evento, dal titolo “Nasrin Sotoudeh, una vita per difendere”, è dedicato a far conoscere e a dare voce all’avvocata iraniana Nasrin Sotoudeh, la quale è detenuta perché tutela nel suo Paese i diritti umani, in generale, e quelli delle donne, in particolare.

L’iniziativa consiste nella lettura a tre voci (due femminili e una maschile) di lettere e interventi di Nasrin Sotoudeh che descrivono in ordine cronologico il suo percorso umano e professionale: si parte dalle lettere inviate ai figli, al marito, al capo della Magistratura iraniana e dal ricordo di Haleh Sahabi (figlia di un noto attivista iraniano per i diritti umani), scritti nel 2011, durante il primo periodo di detenzione; si prosegue con la lettera dell’11 dicembre 2012 (composta in occasione del conferimento del Premio Sacharov) e il messaggio del 22 giugno 2018 (scritto dieci giorni dopo essere stata di nuovo arrestata per il suo sostegno alle donne che, a Teheran, lungo il Viale Enghelàb – ribattezzato “Viale della Rivoluzione” – hanno manifestato contro l’obbligo di portare in pubblico il velo (hijàb) e alla battaglia per l’abolizione della tortura) e con la lettera con la quale ha commentato la sentenza di condanna emessa nei suoi confronti l’11 marzo 2019 dal Tribunale Islamico Rivoluzionario; si finisce con il messaggio inviato alla Presidente dell’Ordine degli Avvocati di Parigi, Marie-Aimée Peyron, letto, nel corso della conferenza tenuta l’11 aprile 2019 alla “Maison du Barreau” di Parigi, dal Premio Nobel per la pace Shirìn Ebadì, avvocata e attivista per i diritti umani iraniana in esilio.

Alla lettura della testimonianza – contenuta negli scritti sopra menzionati – delle ragioni per cui Nasrin Sotoudeh si batte da sempre, è affiancata quella del testo della sentenza con la quale, in data 11 marzo 2019, il Tribunale Rivoluzionario Islamico l’ha condannata alla pena di anni trentatre e mesi sei di reclusione e centoquarantotto frustate.







https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-berlin-protest-irans-political-repression/a-49501155-0 (ENGLISH)

https://herald.report/solidarity-march-for-a-free-iran-on-6-july-2019-in-berlin/ (ENGLISH)

https://iranhumanrights.org/2019/07/un-seriously-concerned-over-irans-consistent-pattern-of-denying-prisoners-medical-treatment/ (ENGLISH)

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/iran-off-hijabs-hard-liners-push-back-64334862 (ENGLISH)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/07/iran-cruel-campaign-to-extract-propaganda-confessions-from-protesters-against-compulsory-veiling/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.lawtimesnews.com/practice-areas/human-rights/lso-expresses-concern-over-global-human-rights-violations/277066#.XS8Kl4Ty_4Y.twitter (ENGLISH)

http://www.presseagence.fr/lettre-economique-politique-paca/2019/07/04/draguignan-un-geste-de-soutien-a-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.be/je-veux-agir/agir-en-ligne/ecrire-des-lettres/article/un-avocat-condamne-a-plus-de-29-ans-de-prison (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/avant-le-rendez-vous-de-biarritz-un-g7-des-avocats-a-ete-organise-a-paris-20190712 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lesechos.fr/monde/enjeux-internationaux/premiere-reunion-des-avocats-du-g7-1038488 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.de/mitmachen/urgent-action/menschenrechtsanwalt-zu-gefaengns-und-stockhieben-verurteilt (DEUTSCH)

http://mietspiegelnews.com/kultur/Im-Iran-einige-nehmen-Ihre-hijabs-als-hard-Liner-push-zuruck-h26570.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/irans-gedwongen-bekentenissen-hoofddoek (NEDERLANDS)

https://inosmi.ru/politic/20190710/245446299.html (RUSSIAN)


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France/Iran: Le soutien du barreau de Draguignan à l’avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh

le 4 juillet, 2019

Le regard déterminé de Nasrin Sotoudeh s’affiche désormais sur le mur du parvis du pôle culturel Chabran.

Cette avocate iranienne de 55 ans, lauréate du prix Sakharov du Parlement européen, a été condamnée par les autorités iraniennes à trente-trois ans de prison et 140 coups de fouet, pour incitation à la débauche.« Elle a commis deux crimes, a indiqué ce jeudi le bâtonnier Philippe Schreck. Celui d’être une femme, celui d’être une avocate, mais aussi celui d’avoir défendu des jeunes filles iraniennes coupables d’avoir ôté leur voile en public. »Ce jeudi soir, le barreau de Draguignan s’est associé au barreau national français, pour saluer son courage et exiger sa libération.Et pour que ce combat soit plus largement connu, la communauté Dracénie Provence Verdon a mis à disposition ce lieu culturel symbolique.« Il accueille 1.500 personnes par jour, a indiqué Olivier Audibert-Troin, et nous inaugurons en quelque sorte le mur des libertés. »Maître Nasrin Sotoudeh est inscrite depuis le mois de mars dernier au tableau de l’ordre des avocats, comme membre honoris causa du barreau dracénois.
« Nous nous battons pour la libération d’une avocate dracénoise », a conclu Me Schreck. 


https://www.change.org/p/lib%C3%A9rez-l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-freenasrin (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)





https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/iran-free-nasrin-satoudeh-now/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/free-nasrin-sotoudeh (ENGLISH)

http://www.ghandchi.com/2748-kaspar-schoppe-english.htm (ENGLISH)

https://herald.report/solidarity-march-for-a-free-iran-on-6-july-2019-in-berlin/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-berlin-protest-irans-political-repression/a-49501155 (ENGLISH)

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/en/lawyer/amir-salar-davoodi-3/ (ENGLISH)

https://share.america.gov/iran-increases-persecution-of-writers-lawyers/ (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (ENGLISH)

https://www.lawyerpress.com/2019/06/28/la-fundacion-abogados-de-atocha-las-abogadas-nasrin-sotoudeh-y-umit-buyukdag-y-la-asociacion-pallapupas-premios-valors-2019-de-la-abogacia-catalana/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.ravennanotizie.it/articoli/2019/07/03/avvocati-e-magistrati-di-ravenna-ricordano-collega-nasrin-sotoudeh-detenuta-nelle-carceri-iraniane.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.cittadellaspezia.com/la-spezia/cultura-e-spettacolo/-nasrin-sotoudeh-una-vita-per-difendere-alla-dante-289874.aspx (ITALIANO)

https://www.iltempo.it/lavoro-adn-kronos/2019/07/08/news/iran-premio-nobel-shirin-ebadi-guerra-nucleare-non-ci-sara-1185871/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.donaukurier.de/lokales/eichstaett/Einsatz-fuer-drei-Frauen;art575,4239410 (DEUTSCH)


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Merci à OLivier Audibert Troin et à l agglomération pour leur soutien dans ce combat pour la liberté et l égalité #barreaudedraguignan

(Ordre Des Avocats Draguignan Facebook, 4/7/19)

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#CRBO Réunion de la Conférence Régionale des Bâtonniers de l’Ouest à#SaintMalo (Ille-et-Vilaine) les 5 et 6 juillet 2019. À Saint-Malo, ville ouverte sur le monde, devant la mer sans limite, celle-là même qui baigne aussi les côtes persanes, autre berceau de grands explorateurs, les Bâtonniers de l’Ouest expriment leur soutien à l’Avocate iranienne Nasrin Soutoudeh. Le Barreau de Saint-Nazaire est représenté par les Bâtonniers Emmanuel Kierzkowski-Chatal, Bruno Denis et Benoît Gaborit.

(Ordre des Avocats de Saint-Nazaire Facebook, 6/7/19)


Germany: Probe over neo-Nazi network in German police widens

March 23, 2019

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German police have been shaken by an ongoing investigation into more police officers in the western German state of Hesse in relation to far-right wing extremist leanings. The state’s interior ministry stated that criminal and internal proceedings were continuing for 38 police officers. “Extremism cannot be excused in any way. For that reason, we are not playing anything down, but trying to remove these people from the service, as far as this is legally possible,” Interior Minister Peter Beuth said on Thursday, speaking to the interior affairs committee in the state parliament in Wiesbaden. Investigations have uncovered a suspected right-wing chat group used by certain officers in Frankfurt, which lies in the state of Hesse.

The German Police Federation (GdP) has acknowledged the presence of right-wing radical elements among its officers following the suspension of five officers in Frankfurt. The move came after an investigation into five officers who formed a far-right cell that shared pictures of Hitler and swastikas, and sent death threats to a Turkish lawyer’s two-year-old daughter. According to German Daily Frankfurter Neue Presse, a group called “NSU 2.0” sent threatening letters containing racist statements to Seda Başay Yıldız, one of the lawyers for the victims of the neo-Nazi terrorist group, the National Socialist Underground (NSU).

One of the letters sent in August even targeted the lawyer’s daughter. The NSU killed eight Turkish immigrants, one Greek citizen and a German police officer between 2000 and 2007, but the murders have long remained unresolved. Recent investigations have revealed severe failures of intelligence and the failure of police units in the eastern state of Thuringia to disrupt the group. The NSU is believed to have been founded by three far-right extremists, Uwe Mundlos, Uwe Bohnhardt and Beate Zschaepe, who lived in Thuringia in the early 1990s.

The investigation over the far-right network has also widened to other cities, as a police station in the Marburg-Biedenkopf district of the same province was put under investigation.






https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/rechtsextremismus-wenn-wehrmacht-und-nsu-2-0-per-e-mail-drohen/24103682.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.stadtkindfrankfurt.de/neues-banner-am-klapperfeld-solidaritaet-mit-seda-basay-yildiz/ (DEUTSCH)

https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article188266357/Erneute-Drohung-gegen-NSU-Opfer-Anwaeltin-Seda-Basay-Yildiz.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.aachener-zeitung.de/nrw-region/fall-sami-a-anwaeltinnen-wollen-neuen-prozess-erzwingen_aid-37075275 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.wn.de/NRW/3694935-Terrorismus-Anwaelte-von-mutmasslichen-Rizin-Bombenbauern-schweigen (DEUTSCH)

Germany: Police may be behind death threats to lawyer

January 30, 2019

Officials from Hesse police department suspected of sending death threats to prominent German-Turkish lawyer

Germany: Police may be behind death threats to lawyer

Authorities investigating death threats sent to a prominent German-Turkish lawmaker suspect that they were written by police officers, German media reported on Wednesday.

Seda Basay-Yildiz, who represented families of victims killed by a neo-Nazi terror cell, received serious death threats in recent months, after she criticized the constant failure of the intelligence and police to resolve the murders.

Investigators who analyzed the fax messages sent to Basay-Yildiz concluded that they were most likely written by personnel working for the Hesse state police, as they included information and special acronyms only known by such personnel, the daily Suddeutsche Zeitung reported.

Following two serious death threats late last year, Basay-Yildiz received this month several other fax messages which included racist insults and threats.

The death threats included her address and names of her family members, which could be obtained only from official records.

In December, five police officers in Frankfurt were suspended on suspicion that they took personal information of Basay-Yildiz from police records and shared them with the far-right extremists.

The German-Turkish lawmaker represented the families of victims who were killed by the far-right National Socialist Underground (NSU).

The shadowy NSU group killed 10 people, including eight Turkish and one Greek immigrant as well as a police officer between 2000 and 2007, but the murders have remained unresolved.






http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/frankfurt-seda-basay-yildiz-soll-erneut-drohbriefe-erhalten-haben-a-1250623.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2019-01/seda-basay-yildiz-frankfurter-anwaeltin-polizei-rechtsextremismus (DEUTSCH)

https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/drohbrief-basay-yildiz-103.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.welt.de/debatte/kommentare/article187998153/NSU-2-0-Wo-bleibt-die-Aufklaerung-im-Fall-Seda-Basay-Yildiz.html (DEUTSCH)

https://odatv.com/turk-avukata-tehditlerin-arkasinda-alman-polisi-mi-var-30011949.html (DEUTSCH)