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January 25, 2018

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On 25 January 2018 the ECtHR issued its Judgement in the case J.R. and Others v. Greece.
Despite other aspects of criticism one may have about this Judgement (and these are many), the Human Rights Defenders Support Network alerts on what is clearly a dangerous precedent for human rights lawyers in Europe, regarding the art.34 ECHR complaint (par.148-153 of the Judgement) “added” by the German Lawyer representing the applicants at the Observations stage.

Some months after the ECHR application was lodged, the 1st applicant was called to the police station of hios, where he was made to answer questions under oath about the EHR application he had lodged and about his contacts and his correspondence with his lawyer. He claimed that his summoning and the interrogation he was subjected to had an intimidating effect on him and that these events cannot be interpreted differently than an attempt to dissuade him from continuing with his application.

The Government declared that in establishing the facts of the EHR case, it estimated as necessary to verify the duration of the applicants’ stay (sic) in Vial and where they stayed after leaing Vial, that allegedly being the only reason why the 1st applicant was called to have “a conversation” with a policeman, in the presence of an interpreter. The reiterated that the Greek authorities facilitate the exercise of art.34 ECHR right to any person in their territory and, in particularr, by orregular migrants finding themselves in detention and “reception” centres.




Turkey/France/Greece: Athens and Paris Bar Associations denounce the ongoing persecution against Turkish lawyers

January 4, 2018

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Paris Bar Association made a statement on the occasion of Turkey’s Erdogan’s forthcoming official visit (dated 5 January) to French President Emanuel Macron. It was said in the statement dated 4 January 2018 by lawyer Mr. Basile Ader who is vice president of the Paris Bar Association:

“The Paris Bar has noted that the situation of Turkish lawyers and magistrates has steadily worsened for a year, victims of a large purge in defiance of all international conventions and the most basic rights.

Turkey can not claim to be a respectable regime within nations without a rule of law whose lawyers, magistrates and journalists are sentinels.

The Paris Bar expresses to them the solidarity of the lawyers and mobilizes all the means necessary for them to regain their place and their role.

Chairman of Athens Bar Association  Mr. Dimitris Vervesos “..as has been widely judged by the European Court of Human Rights and has occasionally highlighted by the neighbor Bar Associations, Turkey has been had systematic violations of international law against the persecuted Turkish citizens and a large number of Turkish lawyer colleagues. The safeguarding of international law is a self-evident duty of the Bar Association, which has past struggles for democratic gains at national and international level..” said in his intervention in a case.


Athens and Paris Bar Associations denounce the ongoing persecution against Turkish lawyers

http://www.avocatparis.org/avocats-poursuivis-emprisonnes-et-tortures-en-turquie-basile-ader-demande-leur-liberation-immediate (FRANCAIS)

https://euromedrights.org/fr/publication/france-visite-du-president-erdogan/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.trt.net.tr/francais/turquie/2018/01/05/le-president-erdogan-a-accorde-des-interviews-a-tf1-et-lc1-avant-sa-visite-en-france-882188 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2018/01/05/visite-a-paris-d-erdogan-de-plus-en-plus-isole-sur-la-scene-internationale_5237742_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/01/05/erdogan-a-l-elysee-un-invite-qui-ne-fait-pas-l-unanimite_1620433 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.armenews.com/article.php3?id_article=151834 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.franceinter.fr/info/droits-de-l-homme-ue-syrie-ce-qu-il-y-a-au-menu-de-la-visite-du-president-turc-erdogan-a-paris (FRANCAIS)

https://www.econostrum.info/La-France-demande-a-la-Turquie-des-gestes-tres-concrets-sur-les-droits-de-l-homme_a23972.html (FRANCAIS)

Turkey/Greece: 28-year-old lawyer detained while planning to flee Turkey to Rhodes

November 30, 2017

28-year-old lawyer detained while planning to flee Turkey to Rhodes

A 28-year-old Izmir lawyer, identified by his initials H.D., was detained at a hotel in the western resort of Marmaris where he was allegedly making plans to escape to the Greek island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea.

Mugla police detained H.D. when he stepped out of the hotel, media said on Nov 24.

An arrest warrant was earlier issued against H.D. as part of an Izmir-based investigation into the Gulen movement, media said, adding that H.D. was found to have used ByLock, a controversial encrypted mobile app that Turkish government believes to be the top communication tool among followers of the movement.

A Mugla court put H.D. behind bars pending trial over Gulen links.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 126,000 people have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.


Greece: Greek lawyer latest to be assaulted by far right

November 30, 2017

Greek lawyer latest to be assaulted by far right

On November 1, Evgenia Kouniaki stepped off an electric bus and headed towards the courthouse when she saw a mob of black-clad Golden Dawn members running in her direction.

Within moments, the men were pounding a fellow passenger with a club. When the Greek lawyer attempted to intervene and yell at the assailants, one punched her in the face several times.

She had been confronted by members of the neo-fascist party twice before, but on this occasion was sent into a state of shock as she was beaten.

Nearby, the party was on trial over allegations of being a criminal organisation.

The group had been passing out flyers to commemorate the deaths of two party members, who were allegedly killed by anti-fascists in 2013.

“I’m sure that I was attacked because I told them to stop … and I’m sure the fascist members of Golden Dawn recognised me from the court,” said Kouniaki, who is part of a legal team for a group of Egyptian fishermen attacked by a Golden Dawn squad in Perama, an area near Athens, in 2012.



http://www.liberation.fr/societe/2017/11/01/grece-une-avocate-et-une-autre-femme-agressees-au-proces-aube-doree_1607206 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.corriere.it/esteri/17_novembre_08/aggredita-estremisti-alba-dorata-avvocatessa-migranti-32655842-c489-11e7-92a1-d24c712a4dfa.shtml (ITALIANO)

http://www.2duerighe.com/attualita/95020-lestrema-destra-tornata-picchiare.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.zougla.gr/greece/article/i-dikastes-katadikazoun-tin-epi8esi-stin-dikigoro-evgenia-kouniaki (GREEK)

Greece: Police probe assault by GD members against trial lawyer

November 1, 2017

Police have launched an investigation into an alleged assault Wednesday by members of Golden Dawn on two women, including a prosecution lawyer in the ongoing trial of MPs and supporters of the neo-Nazi party.

More than 20 members of GD were detained by police on Wednesday in connection with the incident.

The lawyer, identified as Evgenia Kouniaki, was reportedly getting off a trolley bus on Alexandras Avenue and headed to Athens Police Headquarters (GADA) when she was set upon by a group of GD members who had been passing out fliers, according to witnesses.

Five protected witnesses, all former members of GD, had been at GADA Wednesday in order to testify by video link at the special court in Korydallos Prison near Piraeus where the trial against Golden Dawn is being held.

However, judges decided that the witnesses should testify on Friday in the presence of a judicial official. Their voices will be distorted to protect their identities.









http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-wewsgre171031.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.avocatparis.org/grece-communique-de-lobservatoire-international-des-avocats-en-danger-oiad (FRANCAIS)

Greece: Hundreds Pay Last Respects to Murdered Greek Lawyer

October 14, 2017



colleagues and politicians gathered to pay their last respects to Michalis Zafeiropoulos who was assassinated in his office on Thursday evening.

The funeral service was held at the Hellinikon cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

Among those attending were President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos and leader of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Meanwhile, investigators have determined that the two men entered his office in central Athens at around 7 p.m. had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

According to the a law associate, the two men were aged between 30 and 40 and spoke Greek well but with a foreign accent that suggested they might be Albanian.



http://www.zappit.gr/enimerosi/michalis-zafeiropoulos-ystato-chaire-rakos-syzygos-tou-sygklonizei-mitera-tou/1853637 (GREEK)

http://www.zappit.gr/enimerosi/michalis-zafeiropoulos-ta-pente-lepta-tis-tragodias-vids-pics/1853626 (GREEK)

https://couscous.gr/eidiseis/25215/michalis-zafeiropoulos-oi-simeioseis-tilefoniki-klisi-kai-ta-lathi-ton-dolofonon/ (GREEK)

http://www.avocatparis.org/grece-communique-de-lobservatoire-international-des-avocats-en-danger-oiad (FRANCAIS)

Greece: Police examining the cases undertaken by murdered lawyer

October 13, 2017

Police on Friday stepped up an investigation into the murder of prominent lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos, who was gunned down in his central Athens office on Thursday night, apparently by perpetrators posing as clients.

According to authorities, the two men who entered the building on Asklipiou Street at around 7 p.m. had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

Once they were alone with him, they shot him in the head and chest.

As Zafeiropoulos’s office has no surveillance cameras, police are focusing on the footage of cameras from shops in the area in their bid to identify the killers.

The police investigation was focusing on recent cases undertaken by the 52-year-old criminal lawyer as investigators believe one of these may have provoked the perpetrators.

Among the cases handled by Zafeiropoulos are the defense of a suspect in the Energa-Hellas Power embezzlement affair (which has been linked to an attempted contract killing), the defense of the publisher of Parapolitika in a case against Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the defense of arms dealer Thomas Liakounakos as well as theft and drug cases.

Zafeiropoulos was a well-known criminal lawyer and the son of former New Democracy MP Nondas Zafeiropoulos. His murder prompted a reaction from Greece’s political parties.






http://kourdistoportocali.com/magazine/o-fotografos-nikos-christofakissooc-sto-topo-tis-dolofonias-tou-michali-zafiropoulou/ (ENGLISH/GREEK)

https://thecaller.gr/ellada/epixeirhsh-ekfovismou-tragodia-dolofonia-zafeiropoulou/ (GREEK)

http://www.kathimerini.gr/930651/article/epikairothta/ellada/enos-leptoy-sigh-kai-anavoles-synedriasewn-gia-th-dolofonia-zafeiropoyloy (GREEK)

http://www.tilegrafima.gr/nea/ektelesi-zafeiropoulou-thema-oron-i-syllipsi-ton-draston/ (GREEK)

http://patrastimes.gr/%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%AC%CE%B4%CE%B1/%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B9%CF%82-3-00-%CE%BC-%CE%BC-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CF%84%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%B5%CF%85%CF%84%CE%B1%CE%AF%CE%BF-%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%AF%CE%BF-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%BF%CE%BD-%CE%BC%CE%B9%CF%87/ (GREEK)

https://www.europafm.ro/avocat-grec-ucis-prin-impuscare-in-birou-in-centrul-atenei/ (ROMANIAN)