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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)

Iran/France: France urges Iran to free human rights lawyer

March 21, 2019

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov Prize in 2012

France on Thursday called for Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to be released and warned Tehran that its adherence to a nuclear accord does not give it a blank cheque on human rights.

“We will do all we can to secure the release of Mrs Sotoudeh”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the upper chamber Senate.

“She was condemned under astonishing conditions,” for “defending the rights of women, in particular those who contest the obligation to wear the Islamic veil,” he added.

Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan told AFP on Sunday that his wife had been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison over a case with seven charges, but she is to only serve the longest sentence, 12 years imposed on Sunday for “encouraging corruption and debauchery”.

She has also been convicted of espionage.

Sotoudeh has also been sentenced to a total of 148 lashes for appearing in court without the hijab Islamic head covering and for another offence.

According to Khandan, Sotoudeh has refrained from choosing a lawyer as attorneys on her previous cases have faced prosecution for representing her.











http://www.leparisien.fr/international/la-france-demande-la-liberation-de-l-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-21-03-2019-8037282.php#xtor=AD-1481423553 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lesinrocks.com/2019/03/13/actualite/qui-est-nasrin-sotoudeh-la-militante-des-droits-humains-emprisonnee-en-iran-111173219/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/fr/nasrin-sotoudeh-elue-membre-dhonneur-du-barreau-de-paris-par-un-vote-a-lunanimite/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (FRANCAIS)

https://www.abogacia.es/2019/03/21/la-fundacion-de-la-abogacia-espanola-muestra-su-apoyo-a-la-abogada-irani-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR3gvc5s-MqRwEHrpeCE4gcrqOP1A1bjytUzFev9Z5VUvkaaC7O42rRuW58 (ESPANOL)


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South Sudan: Rights groups call to investigate disappearance of two South Sudanese activists

February 12, 2019

Dong Samuel Luak (Photo HRW)

Rights groups Monday have called on Kenya and South Sudan to investigate into the enforced disappearance of two South Sudanese activists in Nairobi more than two years ago.

Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist, and Aggrey Idri, a member of the SPLM-IO were kidnapped in the Kenyan capital on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively.

Despite multiple reports about their arrest by the Kenyan police forces country and deportation to Juba, authorities in the two neighbouring denied any collusion in their disappearance.

On January 17, 2019, a Kenyan High Court ended its 24-month oversight of the police investigation and advised the families to pursue alternative administrative remedies such as filing a complaint with the Internal Police Oversight Authority.

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on the two countries to ensure “effective, transparent, and impartial investigations” into their disappearance, stressing such a decision may lead to a denial of justice.

“The families of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Ezbon Idri have waited patiently for the truth for two years, their lives in limbo,” said Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“But this decision which lets Kenyan police off the hook risks sending this case into oblivion and denying the families justice,” Henry further said.






https://www.amnesty.fr/actions-mobilisation/disparition-forcee-aidez-nous-a-les-retrouver (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty-ladenburg-schriesheim.de/gleich-aktiv-werden/ (DEUTSCH)

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

Iran: Human Rights Lawyer Mohammad Najafi Facing 19 Years Behind Bars in Iran

January 28, 2019

Najafi Jailed for Demanding Justice for Detainee Who Died in State Custody

Imprisoned human rights attorney Mohammad Najafi was sentenced to two more years in prison in Iran on January 22, 2019—bringing the total number of years he has been condemned to serve to 19.

The sentences have been issued over the course of several trials held over the last few months. In the latest trial at Branch 102 of the Criminal Court in Shazand, Markazi Province, the 43-year-old was also fined four million tomans (approximately $950 USD), his lawyer Payam Derafshan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Derafshan noted that the sentence was based on comments Najafi had posted on Instagram for which he had already been found guilty and sentenced.

In addition to the three-year prison sentence Najafi has been serving since October 2018, he has also been issued preliminary sentences totaling 14 more years behind bars.

On December 11, 2018, Najafi was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the charges of “collaboration with enemy states through transferring news and information in interviews” (10 years), “propaganda against the state” (two years) and “insulting the supreme leader” (one year) by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Arak.

On December 15, Branch 102 of the Criminal Court in Shazand also sentenced Najafi to one year in prison for the charge of “publishing falsehoods in cyberspace with a phone and computer with the intention to disturb public opinion.”

On January 15, 2019, Najafi was transferred from Arak Central Prison to the nearby city of Shazand to face the charge of “disturbing public opinion” in connection with a letter he posted on Facebook on September 8, 2018, criticizing Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei,





https://www.facebook.com/events/749617858748886/ (FRANCAIS)

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IRAN – 22 janvier 2019
Mohammad Najafi
Condamné quatre fois en quatre mois à un total de 19 ans de prison.

Le 22 janvier 2019, Mohammad Najafi, 43 ans, avocat à Arak, la capitale de la province de Markazi, a été condamné par la chambre 102 du tribunal pénal de Shazand, à deux ans de prison pour avoir «troublé l’opinion publique», dans une lettre publiée sur Facebook le 8 septembre 2018, critiquant le guide suprême Ali Khamenei. Il a également été condamné à une amende de quatre millions de tomans (environ 950 USD).

Cette dernière condamnation porte à 19 ans le nombre total d’années de prison auxquelles il a été condamné en quatre mois.

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 29/01/19)

Turkey/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: ‘If Lawyers Lose Their Voice, Citizens Lose Their Breath’

January 25, 2019

Being dedicated to lawyers in Turkey, January 24 Day of the Endangered Lawyer has been marked by lawyers in İstanbul. Marching from Galatasaray Square to İstanbul Bar Association, lawyers said, “If lawyers lose their voice, citizens lose their breath.”

On January 24 Day of the Endangered Lawyers, which has been dedicated to lawyers in Turkey by the European Democratic Lawyers (AED), European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH) and European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE), lawyers marched from Galatasaray Square in Beyoğlu to İstanbul Bar Association.

The march, which was organized in protest against the attacks directed to lawyers in Turkey, was attended by a large number of people. Lawyers attended the march, wearing their robes.

Led by the İstanbul Bar Association, the protest march was supported by İstanbul Bar Association Chair Mehmet Durakoğlu, Adana Bar Association Chair Veli Küçük, Aydın Bar Association Chair Gökhan Bozkurt, Antalya Bar Association Chair Polat Balkan, Bursa Bar Association Chair Gürkan Altun, İzmir Bar Association Chair Özcan Yücel, Tekirdağ Bar Association Chair Sedat Tekneci, Hatay Bar Association Chair Ekrem Dönmez,Gaziantep Bar Association Chair Bektaş Şarklı, Mersin Bar Association Chair Bilgin Yeşilboğaz and Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Cihan Aydın.

Since five lawyers were murdered in Spain by Francoists on January 24, 1977, this day has marked the “Day of the Endangered Lawyer.”

Throughout the march, the group attending the protest carried the photographs of journalist Uğur Mumcu, who was murdered on January 24, 1993, former Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Tahir Elçi, who was murdered on November 28, 2015, and Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) Chair Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who has been behind bars since September 17, 2018.

The group of people attending the march also chanted the slogans, “The advocacy has not kept silent and it will not do so”, “Right, law, justice” and “We are Tahir, we are Elçi, we are too numerous to be killed.”














http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/204817-avukatlarin-sesi-kesilirse-yurttaslarin-nefesi-kesilir (TURKCE)

http://halkinsesitv1.org/lyonda-avukatlar-turkiyedeki-avukatlarla-destek-eylemindeydi/?fbclid=IwAR2ARZaUuSmmCpD_RCDGT2DKYr8 (TURKCE)

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20190125-turquie-avocats-danger-serbie-journalistes-independants-vienne-cimetiere (FRANCAIS)

https://mouvement-demain.be/journee-de-lavocat-en-danger-la-turquie-mise-a-lhonneur/ (FRANCAIS)

https://player.fm/series/accents-deurope/une-journee-pour-les-avocats-en-danger-en-turquie (FRANCAIS)

http://www.padovaoggi.it/politica/avvocati-detenuti-turchia-solidarieta-colleghi-padovani-padova-24-gennaio-2019.html?fbclid=IwAR2Y8pul5xx7MzwvNT5KYcQ6hqffVJ40Qg3d1TMrrcXOtAVBJd12VXF43UE (ITALIANO)

http://www.tribunapoliticaweb.sm/fare-bene/2019/01/25/32435_la-camera-penale-aderisce-al-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9659/giornata_dell%E2%80%99avvocato_minacciato_24_gennaio_2019.html?fbclid=IwAR0fZFHcC6E5iIajUieT7X9tAv1o6sKe7hXLJEtsFo3WqL5QS-3x2IKKN2E (ITALIANO)

http://www.libertas.sm/notizie/2019/01/25/san-marino-la-camera-penale-aderisce-al-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer.html?fbclid=IwAR2pMaWeyNrGDXox9i2kCQ4USg-igMBVnBqCsE2s6ic3F-O-ETWesGJ_vz0 (ITALIANO)

https://www.studiocataldi.it/articoli/33326-giornata-internazionale-degli-avvocati-in-pericolo.asp (ITALIANO)

http://www.radioradicale.it/scheda/563921/giornata-internazionale-degli-avvocati-in-pericolo?fbclid=IwAR305oQdxu080iI7G6zm5DCVb2GfX9YqGUqQKHneh1QmpD8M8bvwciIAQbI (ITALIANO)

http://www.fundacionabogadosdeatocha.es/webabogadosdeatocha/Inicio:1048743–Acto_central_del_42_Aniversario__Un_ano_mas_reivindicando_que_su_ADN_y_sus_valores_son_mas_necesarios_que_nunca?fbclid=IwAR2_RU1J1CFLBIKIHZQZKXmgiz8C3QFodc6WQFa5Q19KMUbQ32Ta3O014oI#.XEsGPYuDS4Y.facebook (ESPANOL)

https://www.elmundofinanciero.com/noticia/79843/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.leganews.es/cc-oo-homenaje-a-los-abogados-de-atocha-en-leganes/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.eltelescopiodigital.com/index.php/es/coslada/61999-coslada-recuerda-manana-a-los-abogados-de-atocha-en-la-estacion-de-cercanias.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.abogacia.es/2019/01/23/la-abogacia-espanola-participa-en-el-dia-del-abogado-amenazado-centrado-en-la-situacion-de-los-letrados-en-turquia/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/hamburg/Anwaelte-fordern-Freilassung-tuerkischer-Kollegen,anwaelte134.html?fbclid=IwAR2UN1BQFM_sTojnDspkihQo1z9tliRhk11FlgcZxojN4accdfdR2bVzCcw (DEUTSCH)

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/347801.verfolgung-von-anw%C3%A4lten-kollegin-warnte-uns-seid-nicht-so-naiv.html?fbclid=IwAR1Rmab-iFv6m994fJJRVFcgbqMA83rGsehl5eKibv2l2fvuzFCoVZ7-xtk (DEUTSCH)

https://www.lto.de/recht/justiz/j/egmr-tuerkei-anwaelte-in-gefahr-verfolgung-menschenrechte/ (DEUTSCH)

http://www.oejc.at/index.php?id=32&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=74&cHash=3602164379e9bfa47b95176e9665f179 (DEUTSCH)

https://legalworld.wolterskluwer.be/nl/nieuws/domein/algemeen-justitie/vandaag-is-de-dag-van-de-bedreigde-advocaat/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.abrilabril.pt/internacional/advocacia-uma-profissao-de-risco-na-turquia (PORTUGES)

https://portal.oa.pt/comunicacao/noticias/2019/01/dia-dos-advogados-em-perigo-24-de-janeiro/ (PORTUGUES)

https://www.efsyn.gr/arthro/dikastiko-praxikopima-erntogan (GREEK)






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University of Amsterdam with lawyer Ramazan Demir

University of Aberdeen

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Dans le cadre de ses diverses manifestations 2019 autour de « la journée internationale des avocats en danger », l’IDHAE a présenté, comme il l’avait fait les années précédentes, un ouvrage complet sur la situation du pays concerné. Cette synthèse, établie conjointement avec l’IDHBB -(qui est intervenu constamment depuis 1985 au soutien des avocats turcs)- évoque les cas personnels de 248 avocats en Turquie depuis 2012. (Rappelons que 222 avocats ont été condamnés à de lourdes peines de prison depuis le 15 juillet 2016). Cette présentation officielle s’est déroulée, autour d’un long débat, présenté et animé par le bâtonnier Bertrand FAVREAU, président de l’IDHAE, et Guislaine SEZE, représentant Défenseurs Sans Frontières (DSF) dans la salle du conseil de l’Ordre du barreau de Bordeaux exceptionnellement mise à disposition pour la circonstance.

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 26/01/19)


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Turkey: Tehlikedeki Avukatlar Günü/Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019 (2)


https://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-46950129 (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/371912/avukatlar-tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gununde-cubbeleriyle-yurudu (TURKCE)

https://www.haberler.com/avukatlardan-cubbeli-yuruyus-11675470-haberi/ (TURKCE)

https://www.abcgazetesi.com/guncel/tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gunu-turkiyedeki-avukatlara-ithaf-edildi/haber-119631 (TURKCE)

https://www.hukukihaber.net/mesleki-hukuk/avukatlar-tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gunu-nde-cubbeleriyle-h373480.html (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2019/01/24/10-barodan-istanbulda-aciklama-tehlikedeyiz-ses-olmaya-devam-edecegiz/ (TURKCE)

https://kazete.com.tr/haber/hukukcular-24-ocak-tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gununde-siddeti-kinadi-58730 (TURKCE)

http://haber.sol.org.tr/turkiye/avukatlar-taksimde-cubbeleriyle-yurudu-savunma-susmayacak-255312 (TURKCE)

https://www.demokrathaber.org/guncel/avukatlarin-sesi-kesilirse-yurttaslarin-nefesi-kesilir-h112410.html (TURKCE)

http://yeniyasamgazetesi.com/teslim-olursak-adaleti-teslim-ederiz/ (TURKCE)

https://www.ekoakdeniz.com/haber/1785714/tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gunu-icin-adliyede-eylem (TURKCE)

http://haber.sol.org.tr/turkiye/avukatlar-taksimde-cubbeleriyle-yurudu-savunma-susmayacak-255312 (TURKCE)

https://www.dw.com/tr/t%C3%BCrkiyede-avukatlar-savunma-hakk%C4%B1-istiyor/a-47219866 (TURKCE)





Updated Report: Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers | Unjust Arrests and Convictions (2016-2018)


http://www.newspress.fr/Communique_FR_310407_2221.aspx (FRANCAIS)

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-DEL190124-TUR.htm?fbclid=IwAR2lT2R_herNRCBWt1zG_ma-sTKaPBW0id9a1EBmy0Z2LDZk1w6CvqL60iw (FRANCAIS)







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