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The Philippines: International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers Preliminary Report on Lawyers Killed Under Duterte’s “Law and Order” Presidency

August 17, 2017

Gill Boehringer, Stuart Russell and Kristian Boehringer

On August 15, 2017 yet another lawyer was killed in the Philippines. This makes 10 since Rodrigo Duterte began his term of office as President on July 1, 2016. The International Association of Peoples’ Lawyers has been monitoring killings, and other attacks, on lawyers in the Philippines as well as countries around the globe. We presently list 115 countries where there have been credible reports of attacks on lawyers in recent years. In the Philippines the number of lawyers killed since January 1999 is about 130.

President Duterte came to the Presidency with a substantial vote (about 40%) in a large field of candidates. He was a surprise winner as he had no experience as a national political figure and, in the manner of the winner of the recent USA Presidential election, Donald Trump, campaigned on a populist program that included a strong focus on law and order. Duterte promised to reduce crime and corruption, and to eliminate the drug problem in the country in his first six months. That goal eluded him so he asked for another six months to complete the job. That extension expired with the war on drugs raging. Recently he has admitted he cannot finish the job in his six-year term, but assured the people that it would “ruthlessly” continue to the end of his tenure.

Despite his failure on the drugs front, Duterte claims, on the basis of statistics from the Philippine National Police indicating that the crime rate is trending down, that his promise to make the people feel safe on the streets again has been fulfilled. Whether the police statistics are accurate and comprehensive, and how to interpret them is beyond the scope of this preliminary report. To answer the questions that arise from those statistics would, at the least, require an investigation into citizen willingness to report crime (and other issues about crime statistics well known to criminologists) given the fear of reprisals from corrupt police and “vigilantes” in the context of the “drug war”. According to Dean Chel Diokno of Manila’s La Salle University Law School, that war has taken the lives of an estimated 10-12 thousand victims, most of whom were executed because they were suspected of being a drug user or pusher.

draft iapl report re duterte lawyer killings aug 17 final

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/08/17/1730083/amnesty-international-duterte-government-going-new-depths-barbarity

http://bulatlat.com/main/2017/08/17/grave-numbers-continued-killing-legacy-duterte/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-drugs-idUSKCN1AX0BO

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/death-toll-continues-rise-duterte-war-drugs-170817044816257.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/16/philippines-police-bloodiest-night-duterte-war-drugs

https://www.cfr.org/interview/human-rights-and-dutertes-war-drugs

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/08/18/1730371/58-dead-3-days-renewed-philippine-anti-drug-bloodshed#undefined.gbpl

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/17/human-rights-watch-philippines-president-duterte-threat

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/philippines/2017/08/d24490/

http://www.courrierinternational.com/article/philippines-des-raids-meurtriers-de-la-police-salues-par-le-president?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1502978023 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2017/08/philippines-32-killed-in-a-day-as-dutertes-war-on-drugs-hits-new-levels-of-barbarity/ (ESPANOL)

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India: 4th IAPL All India Conference 24-25 June 2017, Hyderabad

June 22, 2017

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INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE’S LAWYERS (IAPL)
4th All India Conference
24th & 25th June, 2017,
Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, HyderabadIndian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL), founded in 2004, is a constituent of International Association of People’s Lawyers. International Association of People’s Lawyers has its Headquarters in the Netherlands. Its founding Congress was in 2000 in Doorn, Netherlands, which was attended by lawyer-members from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal, Turkey, Philippines, India and a few other countries.The founding conference of IAPL was held in Mumbai in 2004 attended by some 70 lawyers. The second and third All India Conferences were both held in Nagpur on 25th and 26th March 2006 and 8th & 9th January 2011 respectively. Justice (Retd) H. Suresh, Justice (Retd) Michael Saldhana, Justice (Retd) Ajit Shah, Justice (Retd) Rajinder Sachar, Adv. P. A. Sebastian, Adv. Dr. Mukul Sinha, Adv. Indira Jaising and Adv. Prashant Bhushan were some of the speakers who actively participated in past Conferences.

The fourth All India Conference

The fourth All India Conference of IAPL will be held in Hyderabad on 24th & 25th June, 2017 (Emergency day) in the background of the recent recommendations of the Law Commission to criminalize lawyer’s strikes or abstention from court work. The right to strike flows from the fundamental right to association and protest. Like most of the oppressed sections in India, the right to protest and collectively bargain is being criminalized and gradually eroded. Draconian legislations such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Sedition, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and various Public Security Acts are being used to suppress the struggling people and dissenting voices. Thousands of such people’s activists, lawyers or Human Right Defenders have been labeled as ‘terrorists’ or ‘anti-Nationals’ and incarcerated under such Acts. The Conference will deal with this aspect of suppression of the people’s right to protest and the use of so-called anti-terror laws in the context of social and political peoples’ movements and the Kashmiri people’s resistance.
On the other hand State Surveillance has been steadily increasing. In the name of ‘National security’, the citizen’s right to privacy is being brutally suppressed. The blatant example is the UID (Aadhaar) project ̶ a story of coercion, rampant illegality and outrageous contempt of court orders. The UID project forces the citizen into choicelessness, destroying the idea of consent, while the State assumes power over the body and data of every person, which it then allows Corporate interests to use. The Conference also seeks to examine and discuss whether this Surveillance signifies a new Emergency.

IAPL Invites You

IAPL and International Association of People’s Lawyers take up issues regarding struggling people, whether peasants, workers, indigenous people, women, whichever section they may be. We approach such organizations and find out what legal problems they face and do their cases inside & outside courts as circumstances demand. IAPL has as its members lawyers, law students and para-legals who believe in and work towards creation of a just and egalitarian society and provide legal support to people’s struggles to live with human dignity.

On Saturday, 24th June 2017, IAPL members will discuss about the situation and issues prevailing in their respective States and formulation of a collective program for the future.
On the second day i.e. Sunday, 25th June 2017 we will begin the discussion with a key note address by Justice (Retd) Abhay Thipsay and followed with inputs by: Justice (Retd) H. Suresh; Adv. Parvez Imroz, (President, JKCCS) on “Situation of Lawyers in Kashmir”; Dr. Usha Ramanathan on “UID, Surveillance and the New Emergency?”; Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao (VC, NLU Odisha), on “Social Movements and the Judiciary”; Adv. Mohamad Shareef (Peoples’ Movement against UAPA) on “‘Terror’ related cases and the Judiciary” and Adv. Rajvinder Singh Bains on “Civil Liberties and the Judiciary”.

IAPL does not receive any finances from funding agencies. It is only through members’ and well-wishers’ contributions that its activities are conducted. Hence, IAPL has fixed a registration fee of Rs. 200/- (for Advocates) and Rs. 100/- (for students/para-legals) for attending and participating in the Fourth All India Conference.

We invite lawyers to attend and participate in the Fourth All India Conference of IAPL to make it a success.

For further details please contact:

Surendra Gadling [09604298307],
M. Venkanna [09440496422],
Arun Ferreira [09769287956],
D. Suresh Kumar [07780458082],
Ankit Grewal [09988102122].

Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj
Vice President, IAPL

(https://www.facebook.com/IAPLIndia/)

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Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Media Release by the International Association of Peoples’ Lawyers

January 24, 2017

 

Seventh Day of the Endangered Lawyer, January 24, 2017: Focus on China

The IAPL condemns the Chinese government for the continuing serious repression of the rights of human rights lawyers in that country, and the rights of lawyers’ families, professional colleagues and staff. It is also clear that we must condemn the repression of the rights of the lawyers’ clients.

This is the 7th Day of the Endangered Lawyer and we congratulate those who have worked so diligently to make these Days a success, in particular the Foundation for the Day. Each day brings the attention of the world to the continuing and increasing attacks on lawyers, especially those who defend human and environmental rights.

In the 709 Crackdown, which commenced on 7 July 2015, the Chinese government has used many forms of repression against those who carry out their duty as legal professionals but whom the government has essentially labelled enemies of the state. The repression is comprehensive and violates the Chinese Constitution, the Criminal Law, the Criminal Procedures Law, and the Rules of the Peoples’ Court.

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http://www.iapl.net/index.php/news-statements/99-7th-endangered-lawyers-day-january-24-2017-focus-on-china