le 27 juin, 2017
(L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)
le 27 juin, 2017
(L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)
The AED (European federation of 10) lawyer organizations and the Foundation day of the endangered Lawyer are glad to present to you the final report about the last day of the endangered lawyer 2016 (Honduras), also with great thanks to the ELDH and their members for their great efforts).
As we have not received all relevant information it is possible that not all the activities in all the cities have been highlighted. There were activities between Tegucicalpa and Manilla ,and between Alanya and Toronto.
We really hope that the project will continue growing all over the world. We have received again very enthusiastic reactions from lawyers from new cities in other continents for next year 2017.
We hope to receive next year again more news about actions/manifestations in Asia, Australia, Africa, North- and South America. We want to thank you on behalf of the lawyers in Honduras for all your support in 2016 . In the final report you can read about a follow-up,and you can read unfortunately about 6 new killings of lawyers (now already 8)
This year – for the 7th celebration of the DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – we have made a general report without individual cases and pictures, which you find attached. Much more news about the specific problems the Chinese lawyers have to face, you will find on the internet and in very recent press articles which have been published all over the world.
A month ago more than 100 lawyer organizations and human rights organizations have co-signed the letter to the Chinese president. You find attached a final statement and press information, with thanks to Kit Chan about the fate of the lawyers involved in the 709 crackdown. Beside the lawyers mentioned and involved in the crackdown cases there are many lawyers to mention who have been harassed. They were involved in very different human rights cases or cases against the government. At least we have to mention the cases of the lawyers among many other cases:
DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER JANUARY 24, 2017 (CHINA):
le 7 décembre, 2016
Pays d’origine : Honduras
Profession : Avocat
Causes défendues : Avocat en droit du travail et engagé en faveur des droits de l’Homme, il a participé à la création de plusieurs groupes d’avocats engagés contre l’impunité et les détentions arbitraires notamment après le coup d’état de 2009. Il a fait partie du Comité en charge de la protection des avocats menacés du Barreau du Honduras.
Avocat et arbitre, David Díaz est diplômé d’un master en droit international et droits de l’Homme. Il a développé une longue expérience en droit de la sécurité sociale et exerce en qualité de chef du département juridique d’une institution publique depuis 10 ans. Il a également exercé en droit commercial, droit maritime et droit administratif et fût directeur associé d’un célébre cabinet d’avocats du Honduras. En tant que défenseur des droits de l’Homme, il a en particulier participé à la création du groupe des avocats contre le coup d’Etat en 2009 et participait auparavant à l’Organisation des avocats pour la Justice; collaborant notamment avec l’Observatoire Oecuménique pour les droits de l’Homme.
Il fût membre de la Commission permanente de Sécurité du Barreau du Honduras dont les missions sont d’élaborer et mettre en place des mesures de protection et de sécurité pour les avocats en situation de risque. En 2016, il participe à la caravane des juristes de Colombie, une mission internationale qui vise à analyser la situation des droits de l’Homme en Colombie. Lors de la création de l’éphèmère “Conseil national de protection des défenseurs des droits de l’Homme” au Honduras, il est nommé expert avant d’être subitement destitué a l’instar de tous les autres membres de ce Conseil. Comme de nombreux avocats du Honduras, David Díaz est régulièrement menacé et ne peut exercer librement sa profession que dans la crainte perpétuelle de se voir inquiéter par les autorités ou par des groupes appartenant au crime organisé. Depuis le coup d’Etat de 2009 en effet, les avocats ne sont plus seulement et principalement ciblés par des groupes criminels, mais également par les pouvoirs publics lorsqu’ils se saisissent d’affaires concernant les droits de l’Homme et les évènements de 2009.
21 Aug 2016
(Since August 9, 2016 at least four lawyers have been killed in Tegucigalpa Honduras (nine have been killed in Honduras since January 1, 2016), according to the World Observatory for Defence Rights and Attacks Against Lawyers (IDHAE). According to the Observatory 109 have been killed since February 26, 2010. The most recent is Miriam Mercedes Izaguirre del Cid, the fourth to be killed in August 2016 (above))
August 11, 2016
Bilal Kasi, a prominent lawyer and president of the Baluchistan Bar Association, was recently shot on his way to court. He was taken to Quetta’s government-run hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to officials, shortly afterward, a suicide bomber in Pakistan killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 100 in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta. Rehmat Saleh Baloch, the provincial health minister, said that due to the extent of injuries, the death toll could rise. The bomber struck as the mourners, mostly lawyers and journalists, crowded into the emergency department to express their condolences and grief for Kasi. The suicide attack appeared to be pre-planned to target Kasi’s mourners, according to a spokesman for the Baluchistan government.
Ali Zafar, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, said the bombing is an attack on justice. “We (lawyers) have been targeted because we always raise our voice for people’s rights and for democracy … Lawyers will not just protest this attack but will also prepare a long-term plan of action.”
On August 10, the same day Honduras’ bar association marked its 100th year anniversary, three lawyers were killed. The Honduran Human Rights Commission said the deaths were the latest spate of fatal violence against political activists, journalists, human rights defenders, and legal representatives that has seen over 102 lawyers were murdered in Honduras between 2010 and March of 2016.
In July, Willie Kimani was killed and dumped in the Oldonyo Sabuk River in Kilimabogo, alongside his client and taxi driver. Mr. Kimani was working for the International Justice Mission, a US legal charity which focuses on cases of police abuse of power. He had been representing his client in a complaint against a police officer who had allegedly shot him during a traffic stop in 2015. “We do not understand why an innocent advocate who is simply a mouth piece of his client will eventually pay the ultimate price on a case [in] which he had no personal interest,” said Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association Secretary General Bryan Khaemba. “He was simply conducting his professional duties.”
Last November, prominent Kurdish lawyer, Tahir Elci was killed when confrontation erupted after he spoke at a news conference. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, or H.D.P., condemned the attack as a “planned assassination.” The party stated that “in the place left by Tahir Elci, thousands more Tahir Elcis will carry on the work in the struggle for law and justice.” They also called on people to “raise their voices” to protest the killing.
Phil Shiner, a prominent U.K. attorney from Public Interest Lawyers, said that every day someone would call his law firm with threats and abuse after he prosecuted British Army soldiers for abusing prisoners. Shiner said that the “bullying” wouldn’t put him off pursuing what he describes as justice.
Are these threats and attacks to silence lawyers merely an extension of violence advocated against them for centuries?
El abogado y ex juez de paz, Bayron Hernández, fue encontrado muerto este domingo en Santa Rosa de Copán.
El hallazgo se dio exactamente en la aldea El Rosario la mañana de este domingo luego de varias horas de búsqueda ya que parientes habían reportado la noche del sábado su desaparecimiento.
Según familiares el abogado también se dedicaba a vender carros y tenía uno en venta, a eso de las 2:00 pm del sábado recibió una llamada de un supuesto cliente que lo esperaría la terminal.
A las 9:00 pm se presentaron los familiares a la sede policial de esa ciudad a denunciar que Hernández no había llegado. Desde esa hora iniciaron la búsqueda.
February 25, 2016
The Law Society of Upper Canada is deeply concerned about the ongoing human rights violations faced by lawyers and judges in Honduras.
The 2016 Day of the Endangered Lawyer was dedicated to lawyers in Honduras. Reports indicate that between 2010 and 2015, 86 legal professionals were murdered. According to the Basic Report on the Human Rights Lawyers under Continuing Threat in Honduras, the vast majority of these murders do not result in prosecution.
The Law Society reminds the government of Honduras of Articles16, 17 and 23 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers. Article 16 states:
Governments shall ensure that lawyers (a) are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference; (b) are able to travel and to consult with their clients freely both within their own country and abroad; and (c) shall not suffer, or be threatened with, prosecution or administrative, economic or other sanctions for any action taken in accordance with recognized professional duties, standards and ethics.