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Turkey: Four More Lawyers from People’s Law Bureau Arrested

June 25, 2019

Attorneys Ebru Timtik, Ayşegül Çağatay, Görkem Ağdede, and Nadide Özdemir have been arrested after beign taken into custody on June 20.

The attorneys from the Contemporary Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) and the People’s Law Bureau (HHB) and three other people who were detained on June 20 were brought to the İstanbul Courthouse this morning (June 25).

Attorney Timtik, who was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison for “membership of a terrorist organization,” has been arrested and sent to jail.

CLICK – 18 Lawyers Sentenced to Prison for 159 Years, 1 Month, 30 Days in Total

Today, Timtik also gave a statement in another lawsuit that was filed against her for the same offense.

“There is already an unlawful verdict on me by the İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court but the judiciary, not abiding by its own verdicts, has opened a repeating investigation,” Timtik remarked.


Factsheet on Turkey’s state of emergency dismissals

Report on criminal liabilities with regard to torture incident took place in Ankara Police Headquarters between 20 and 31 May 2019.

Four woman lawyers have been arrested in Istanbul


https://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/209748-hhb-den-dort-avukat-daha-tutuklandi (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/turkiye/2019/06/25/halkin-hukuk-burosu-uyesi-4-avukat-tutuklandi/ (TURKCE)

https://www.amnesty.de/mitmachen/petition/juristische-schikanen-gegen-eren-keskin-beenden?ref=23652 (DEUTSCH)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 20/06/19)

The Philippines: Mindoro prosecutor wounded in gun attack

June 11, 2019

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The provincial prosecutor of Oriental Mindoro was wounded in a gun attack yesterday.

Josephine Olivar was about to enter her home in Barangay Bayanan I, Calapan City when a lone gunman arrived at around 9:30 a.m. and shot her several times.

Olivar suffered two gunshot wounds in the head and three in other parts of the body.

“The victim was rushed to a hospital while the suspect fled,” Lt. Col. Socrates Faltado, spokesman for the Mimaropa police, said.

A statement from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Oriental Mindoro chapter said Olivar is now in stable condition.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe and run after the perpetrators.


Attacks on Philippines Lawyers 10 June 2019

66 killed under Duterte, advocates call for defense of human rights in Negros


IBP slams shooting of Oriental Mindoro prosecutor

Provincial prosecutor survives shooting in Oriental Mindoro



Rare joint statement of UN rapporteurs calls for probe of PH killings




Military officers snub CA hearing on NUPL’s harassment complaint


Right to be forgotten

Stop killings, Negros human rights group asks gov’t

Cebu’s murder statistics



ICJ urges human rights approach to foreign fighters, solidarity with migrants, action on the Philippines

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/06/17/19/2-suspek-sa-pananambang-ng-piskal-patay-sa-engkuwentro-sa (TAGALOG)

11 June 2019

On the Frustrated Murder of
Mindoro Prosecutor Olivar:


The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) joins the calls for a thorough investigation on the brazen shooting of a provincial prosecutor in Oriental Mindoro yesterday.

Reports disclose that Prosecutor Josephine Carranzo Olivar was shot several times in front of her very home in Calapan. She sustained wounds in the head and body but fortunately is now in stable condition.

We are immensely concerned about this seemingly unending and lamentably unresolved attacks on members of our profession.

Olivar is the seventh prosecutor attacked under the Duterte administration. A total of at least 39 lawyers, judges and prosecutors have been killed apparently in relation to their work since 2016, three of which just happened in the last month.

This is on top of many others who have been attacked in other forms like labelling, threats, harassment, intimidation, surveillance, false charges, and even arrests.

Even the policemen who have been identified to have been involved in the heinous murder of Quezon City Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco are now off the hook.

We condemn this attack on Olivar and we call out once again the Philippine government to abide by its responsibility under the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers which clearly mandates that:

16. Governments shall ensure that lawyers (a) are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference xxx;

17. Where the security of lawyers is threatened as a result of discharging their functions, they shall be adequately safeguarded by the authorities; and

18. Lawyers shall not be identified with their clients or their clients’ causes as a result of discharging their functions.

This latest attack comes on the heels of the unrelenting vicious attacks on NUPL as a whole. It also highlights the imperative for an independent investigation on the other “staggering” killings as urged by several UN officials including the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

With a surfeit of lawyers in all branches, levels and interstices of government, it must be a no-brainer that these attacks must be addressed, resolved and prevented with utmost dispatch and urgency. We must go beyond bombastic rhetoric, formulaic task forces and trite palliatives lest we learn of another one of our own biting the dust. #


Edre U. Olalia
NUPL President
+63 9175113373

Ephraim B. Cortez
NUPL Secretary General
+63 917546 5798

Josalee S. Deinla
NUPL Spokesperson
+63 917431 6396

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 14/06/19)


Iran: L’avocate Nasrin Sotoudeh, militante des droits humains, martyre de Téhéran

le 20 juin, 2019

TEHRAN, IRAN - DECEMBER 9, 2014: Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh photographed in the garden of her office on December 9, 2014 in Tehran, Iran. Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights lawyer who has represented imprisoned Iranian opposition activists and politicians following the disputed June 2009 Iranian presidential elections as well as prisoners sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were minors. Sotoudeh was arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. In January 2011, Iranian authorities sentenced Sotoudeh to 11 years in prison, in addition to barring her from practicing law and from leaving the country for 20 years. An appeals court later reduced Sotoudeh's prison sentence to six years, and her ban from working as a lawyer to ten years. On 26 October 2012, Sotoudeh was announced as a co-winner of the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament. She shared the award with Iranian film director Jafar Panahi. Sotoudeh was released on 18 September 2013 along with ten other political prisoners, including opposition leader Mohsen Aminzadeh, days before an address by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the United Nations. No explanation was given for her early release. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

Cette avocate de 56 ans est aujourd’hui la prisonnière la plus célèbre de la République islamique. Son cas fait l’objet d’une mobilisation importante à l’étranger.


Elle a recopié sa sentence à la main. C’est la procédure dans les tribunaux révolutionnaires iraniens. La somme des peines donne le tournis : sept ans et six mois de prison pour « collusion en vue de nuire à la sécurité nationale », 74 coups de fouet pour être apparue sans voile en public, un an et six mois pour « acte de propagande contre l’Etat », sept ans et six mois pour « appartenance à un groupe illégal », trois ans et 74 autres coups de fouet pour diffusion de fausses informations, deux ans pour trouble à l’ordre public et douze ans pour avoir encouragé la « corruption » et la « dépravation ».

Cette dernière peine, la plus lourde, s’impose aux autres. Nasrin Sotoudeh, avocate et militante des droits humains, devra donc passer les douze prochaines années de sa vie entre les murs de la prison d’Evin, à Téhéran. Au risque d’en faire une martyre, la justice de son pays a résolu de faire disparaître cette quinquagénaire au visage pâle et osseux.












https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1398/03/amir-salar-davoudi-was-sentenced-to-30-years-in-prison/ (FARSI)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/06/more-than-1-million-people-join-global-campaign-to-demand-iranian-government-release-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (ENGLISH)

https://iranhumanrights.org/2019/06/iran-three-rights-lawyers-sentenced-to-lengthy-jail-terms-in-less-than-a-year/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/07/iran-introduces-2000-new-morality-police-units-response-womens/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/06/iran-sentencing-of-human-rights-lawyer-to-30-years-in-prison-and-111-lashes-a-shocking-injustice/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2156 (ENGLISH)

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/iran-jails-defence-lawyer-for-30-years-in-latest-attack-on-profession/5070494.article (ENGLISH)

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/human-rights/6083-arrests-of-iranian-lawyers-are-latest-evidence-of-steadily-expanding-crackdown.html (ENGLISH)

http://www.payvand.com/news/19/jun/1004.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-said-to-bolster-morality-police-amid-hijab-protests/ (ENGLISH)

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2019/june/outrageous-injustice-iranian-human-rights-lawyer-sentenced-to-30-years-111-lashes (ENGLISH)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/set-them-free (ENGLISH)

https://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS/HR_Position_papers/FR_20190625_UIA-AIJA-CCBE-Joint-Statement-Situation-of-Lawyers-in-Iran.pdf (ENGLISH)

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2019/06/iran-sentencing-of-human-rights-lawyer-to-30-years-in-prison-and-111-lashes-a-shocking-injustice/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.italianotizie.it/2019/06/17/nasrin-sotoudeh-una-vita-per-difendere-a-milano/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.anteprima24.it/benevento/flash-mob-avvocati-nasrin/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.anteprima24.it/benevento/sotoudeh-flash-mob/ (ITALIANO)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2019/06/13/iran-oltre-un-milione-di-firme-per-chiedere-il-rilascio-dellavvocata-sotoudeh/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.tpi.it/2019/06/05/iran-avvocato-diritti-umani-condannato/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.amnesty.it/iran-avvocato-per-i-diritti-umani-condannato-a-30-anni-e-a-111-frustate/ (ITALIANO)

https://calabria7.it/camera-penale-catanzaro-evento-su-ruolo-donne-nel-processo/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.deutschlandfunknova.de/beitrag/menschenrecht-in-iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-ein-jahr-haft (DEUTSCH)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/1-miljoen-handtekeningen-nasrin-sotoudeh-iran (NEDERLAND)

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2155 (ARABIC)


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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 4/6/19)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 2/6/19)

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Déploiement de la banderole en soutien à Nasrin Sotoudeh par les membres du Conseil de l’Ordre, le barreau du #Mali et les secretaires de la Conférence devant la #cour d’appel de Toulouse.


(Barreau de Toulouse Facebook 14/06/19)

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Tour de France des Barreaux #FreeNasrin LIMOGES: finalisation des actions de la semaine dernière. Envoi des lettres de soutien à @Elysee, ambassade d’Iran, Union européenne et ONU.

(Barreau de Limoges Facebook, 12/06/19)

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(Barreau de Limoges Facebook, 9/6/19)

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Kazakhstan: Адвоката, критиковавшего поправки в законодательство, лишили лицензии


Адвоката, критиковавшего поправки в законодательство, лишили лицензии

Ранее Сергей Сизинцев неоднократно подчеркивал, что минюст решил отозвать его лицензию из-за его критики в адрес поправок в закон об адвокатской деятельности

Критиковавший поправки в законодательство известный адвокат Сергей Сизинцев лишился лицензии в Северо-Казахстанской области.

«Суд решил исковое ГУ «Министерство юстиции РК» о лишении лицензии на занятие адвокатской деятельностью Сизинцева Сергея Васильевича удовлетворить, лишить Сизинцева С.В. государственной лицензии на занятие адвокатской деятельностью, выданной МЮ РК 8 апреля 2011года. Взыскать с Сизинцева в доход местного бюджета госпошлину в размере Т1263», – огласила во вторник решение судья Петропавловского городского суда №2 Лариса Крюкова.

Иск к Сизинцеву о лишении лицензии на занятие адвокатской деятельностью минюст в лице департамента юстиции СКО подал в феврале. Основанием послужили результаты проведенной проверки на предмет наличия судимости и занятия предпринимательской и иной оплачиваемой деятельностью адвокатами Северо–Казахстанской коллегии адвокатов.


Заявление Президиума Алматинской городской коллегии адвокатов




https://www.icj.org/kazakhstan-sergey-sizintsevs-disbarment-is-contrary-to-the-law-and-should-be-revised/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Kazakhstan_-_Kazakhstan/2019/EN_HRL_20190325_Kazakhstan_Disbarment-proceedings-against-lawyer-Sergey-Sizintsev.pdf (ENGLISH)

https://www.icj.org/kazakhstan-disbarment-proceedings-against-a-leading-lawyer-sergey-sizentsev-should-be-immediately-dropped/?fbclid=IwAR3iqcBq8OTC5O1wgaLiQkXn6RxOzytlNNfeRdycydWdTBKfpMF7IN1V6TA (ENGLISH)

N.B.: Rights lawyer Sergey Sizintsev has been disbarred.  A complete court decision has not yet been released, but he stated that he will appeal the decision.

Image may contain: textLast week a trial observer with the IBA’s Human Rights Institute attended a court hearing in Kazakhstan. The court heard a case filed by the Ministry of Justice requesting the removal of lawyer Sergey Sizintsev’s license to practice law. Mr Sizintsev was accused of practicing law while holding a paid position as Executive Director of the Republican Bar Association between 2016-2018.

In court, he was represented by 18 fellow lawyers. A day later, the court delivered its judgement for Mr Sizintsev to be disbarred. The court stated that Mr Sizintzev violated the Law on Lawyers’ Activity and Legal Aid prohibiting legal practice alongside paid employment that is not related to educational, scientific or creative activities.

However, the court failed to take into account Article 33 (11) of the same Law, which explicitly allows lawyers to take up paid elective or appointive office in a bar association, Republican Bar Association or international public bar associations.

Mr Sizintsev was unexpectedly dismissed from his position as the Executive Director of the Republican Bar Association in October 2018. While Executive Director of the Republic Bar, Mr Sizintsev was very vocal about the independence of the legal profession in Kazakhstan and actively criticized a highly restrictive draft law proposed by the Ministry of Justice in 2017.

The IBAHRI is concerned about the growing number of incidents of intimidation and harassment of lawyers in Kazakhstan. Following the adoption of the Law on Lawyers’ Activity and Legal Aid in July 2018, the government continues to strengthen its control over the legal profession in Kazakhstan, thus distancing itself from the standards of the international legal community.

(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook, 28/05/19)

Colombia: Human rights lawyer Paula Rocero murdered in southern Colombia

May 22, 2019

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A human rights lawyer was murdered in southern Colombia on Monday. Paula Rocero was shot several times by motorcyclists as she was driving home in Samaniego, department of Nariño. The 47-year-old was transported to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Paula had been given protection measures in 2016 after receiving threats over her work in defence of human rights and targeting corruption in Samaniego. She was employed by the civil government in Nariño and provided representation to communities in the region.

The United Nations Human Rights office in Colombia denounced the killing. ‘We trust there will be prompt investigation, prosecution and punishment of those responsible. Our solidarity with her family, friends and institutions in these sad moments’, it tweeted.

Nariño has been heavily impacted by targeted killings of activists and community leaders since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016. The region has historically had high presence of armed groups due to the minimal state presence and its geographical value for illicit activity.

Human rights lawyer Paula Rocero murdered in southern Colombia

Even a human rights lawyer working for the government in Colombia is not safe


https://www.contagioradio.com/asesinan-a-paula-rocero-personera-y-defensora-de-dd-hh-en-samaniego-narino/ (ESPANOL)

https://kaosenlared.net/colombia-asesinan-a-paula-rocero-personera-y-defensora-de-ddhh-en-samaniego-narino/ (ESPANOL)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 26/05/19)

Sudan: IBAHRI calls for respect of human rights and the rule of law in Sudan

April 12, 2019

Sudanese celebrate after officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Following the announcement of the ousting of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir and the Defence Minister, Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, assuming leadership of the country, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the army and transitional government to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in Sudan.


IBAHRI Co-Chair, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, stated: ‘While not wishing to comment on the legality or otherwise of this transition, it must be emphasised that it is imperative that human rights and the rule of law are respected. The overthrowal of a brutal tyranny must not be the occasion of new and gross violations of human rights. The military must ensure that the state of emergency called for the next two months is not used as an excuse to undermine fundamental human rights. The violations that have accompanied the protests cannot continue. In addition, individuals arbitrarily arrested and detained during the protests that preceded this transition must be immediately released.

In December 2018, increased prices on fuel, bread and medicine, as well as limits on cash withdrawals, sparked ongoing protests across Sudan. These protests intensified on 6 April 2019 when thousands of protesters gathered outside the residence of then President Al Bashir to demand his resignation. On 11 April 2019, the Defence Minister, General Ibn Ouf, announced that President Al Bashir had been removed from power and that the army would oversee a two-year transition period until elections take place.

During the December protests, excessive force by the National Intelligence and Security Service, other security forces and police led to the deaths of at least 38 people. Persons connected to demonstrations were arrested and detained, with some reportedly tortured. Many of these detainees were denied access to lawyers, family members and possibly medical assistance. Many remain under detention either pending trial or having been convicted on tenuous charges for their actual or perceived participation in the protests.







http://www.idhae.org/pdf/SOUDSUP19.pdf (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20190411-soudan-omar-el-bechir-cpi?fbclid=IwAR1YAm9Gc97Eo-WY5ziLWxk8uXXb-FwUwQsv1GgAj50TYrKZ_7tLZ7RQI60 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2019/04/sudan-government-mounts-lethal-offensive-against-protesters-killing-nine-blocking-food-and-water-supplies/ (FRANCAIS)

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Cameroon: Cameroun : Le Barreau du Cameroun demande la libération des Avocats arrêtés dans le cadre de la marche du MRC

le 7 février, 2019

En effet, le Bâtonnier a convoqué une session extraordinaire du conseil de l’Ordre des Avocats au Barreau du Cameroun pour examiner la situation de leurs confrères Tassa André Marie et Ngaliembou Alphonse, respectivement Avocats à Bafoussam et à Douala, tous deux interpellés et gardés à vue depuis le samedi 26 janvier 2019.

Au cours de cette rencontre, les membres du Barreau ont constaté que les deux Avocats n’étaient pas concernés directement par la marche du MRC, mais ils ont été interpellés par les forces de l’ordre et font l’objet d’une détention sans titre et dans les conditions portant atteinte à leur dignité.

Bien plus, les Avocats inscrits au Barreau du Cameroun, saisi cette opportunité pour déplorer, « la récurrence des atteintes à l’intégrité physique et morale des Avocats et des entraves à leur exercice professionnel, notamment courant novembre 2016 à Bamenda et Buea ».

Au regard de tout ce qui précède, les Avocats demandent la libération immédiate des Avocats concernés par les interpellations au sujet de la marche du MRC. Le Bâtonnier a été mandaté auprès des autorités pour entreprendre toutes les démarches nécessaires en vue de leur libération.





https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/cameroon-bar-association-condemns-police-brutality-on-lawyers-during-pro-kamto-protests/ (ENGLISH)

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CAMEROUN – 26 janvier 2019

André Marie Tassa et Alphonse Ngaliembou, respectivement avocats à Bafoussam et à Douala, interpellés et gardés à vue depuis le samedi 26 janvier 2019

Le 26 janvier 2019, les régions du Centre (Yaoundé), Littoral (Douala) et Ouest (Bafoussam, Dschang et Bouda) ont connu une répression contre la marche pacifique des militants du Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) – parti de l’opposition. des tirs à balle réelle et des arrestations massives des leaders décentralisés desdites marches.
A la suite de cette manifestation, les avocats NGALIEMBOU Alphonse et TASSA André-marie, ont été arrêtés.
Le Bâtonnier du Barreau du Cameroun, Me Charles Tchakoute Patif, a convoqué une session extraordinaire du conseil de l’Ordre des Avocats.
Au cours de cette assemble générale, les membres du Barreau ont constaté que les deux Avocats n’étaient pas concernés directement par la marche du MRC, mais ils ont été interpellés par les forces de l’ordre et font l’objet d’une détention sans titre et dans les conditions portant atteinte à leur dignité.
Le Conseil de l’ordre dans une motion de protestation, a déploré la «détention sans titre» des avocats Me Tassa André Marie et Me Ngaliembou. . Le premier, d’après le communiqué, a été interpellé en marge de la manifestation organisée à Bafoussam, à laquelle il ne participait pas. Me Ngaliembou quant à lui, a été interpellé dans l’exercice de ses fonctions, alors qu’il assistait quelques manifestants au commissariat de sécurité de Bafang, région de l’Ouest.
Le Bâtonnier a été mandaté par le Conseil de l’Ordre pour entreprendre toutes les démarches nécessaires en vue de leur libération.
Bien plus, les Avocats inscrits au Barreau du Cameroun, saisi cette opportunité pour déplorer, « la récurrence des atteintes à l’intégrité physique et morale des Avocats et des entraves à leur exercice professionnel, notamment courant novembre 2016 à Bamenda et Buea ».

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 19/03/19)