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Kashmir/India: Female lawyer assaulted in Bandipora courtroom


According to the lawyers representing the opposing client, a 25-year-old junior lawyer was assaulted by the clients of the other party when the case was called up for hearing.

A female lawyer along with her colleagues was allegedly assaulted by the clients of the opposite party during the hearing of a civil dispute case before the court in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Saturday.

According to the lawyers representing the opposing client, a 25-year-old junior lawyer was assaulted by the clients of the other party when the case was called up for hearing.

“The assault occurred in the courtroom and three other lawyers who tried to stop the female lawyer from being assaulted were also injured,” said Adil, a local lawyer who refused to give his second name.

The female lawyer was hospitalised in a state of shock for a detailed checkup. As per the members of the Bandipora Bar Association, she has received bruises on her face and injuries in her left arm and other body parts.

A senior lawyer of the Bandipora Bar Association, Mushtaq Ahmad Malik said that they approached the Police Station Bandipora for registering an FIR against the accused.

“The accused client had previously too resorted to assault and the Bar Association has unanimously denounced the act and condemned it vehemently as three lawyers were injured,” he said.




UK/USA/Ireland/Kashmir etc: International lawyers coalition condemns erosion of protection for legal advocates in letter to UN rights expert


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A coalition of international legal advocates sent a joint letter Saturday to Professor Mary Lawlor, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, condemning the growing trend of government officials intimidating and endangering the legal representatives of politically controversial clients. They also called for greater protections to be granted to advocates, the clients they represent, and for the UN to address the diminishing safety of legal advocates worldwide.

The UK based advocacy organization CAGE submitted the joint letter on behalf of 45 signatories. The list of signatories comprises numerous well-known legal professionals including Stanley Cohen, Aamer Anwar, Michael Finucane, Fahad Ansari, David Hugh Southey, David Gottlieb, and Gareth Pierce. The letter cites many examples of these deteriorating protections for human rights advocates and NGOs that represent individuals accused of politically motivated violence. The group also asserts that these advocates are “routinely harassed and vilified by the press, threatened by the public, and intimidated, incarcerated, and assassinated by the state and its agents.” Despite suffering from systemic abuse, the group claims that these advocates have no legal recourse because the governments themselves are often complicit in the abuse.

While many autocratic regimes are well-known for their persecution of human rights advocates and legal representatives, the group underscores that despite chronic underreporting on the subject, there is a growing prevalence of these state abuses in “developed” nations. Solicitor Fahad Ansari elaborated on this point by saying that “lawyers in many parts of the developed world fare much better than their counterparts in the global South” when advocates “hail from minority communities and share the religion and/or ethnicity of their clients, the animosity towards the client is projected by extension to their lawyer.” The letter also provides many prominent examples of such politically motivated animus by government officials and the sometimes deadly repercussions this normalization of degrading legal representatives can have for the advocates themselves.




Pakistan/Kashmir: Lawyers Stage Boycott Of Courts To Protest Killings

October 18, 2018

Lawyers stage boycott of courts to protest killings

High Court Bar Association (HCBA) in occupied Kashmir staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar against the ongoing spree of killings by Indian forces in the territory.

High Court Bar Association (HCBA) in occupied Kashmir staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar against the ongoing spree of killings by Indian forces in the territory.

An HCBA spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said, “The lawyers abstained from courts in protestagainst killings at Fateh Kadal in Srinagar,” KMS reported.

He said, “Hundreds of lawyers participated in the protest. The lawyers demanded of the international community to come forward and play its role effectively in stopping the genocide of the people of Kashmir.” “The international community should put pressure on New Delhi to settle the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” the spokesman quoted the Bar members as having said.

“The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should immediately send a fact finding team to Kashmir so that the sufferings and miseries of the people of Kashmir are brought to the notice of the world community and effective measures are taken to stop the blood bath in Kashmir,” he added.



India/Kashmir/Canada: Deepika Singh Rajawat invited to Canada event

June 22, 2018

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Deepika Singh Rajawat-the lawyer of Kathua rape and murder case, has been invited to participate in the 16th annual Mothers and Daughters Festival in Surrey, British Columbia Canada.
The festival which is also known as ‘Mela Mawan Dhiyan Da’ will begin on June 24th. She will also be honored in the event for fighting injustice and working for underprivileged class of the society.
Organizers have provided air ticket expenditure besides her accommodation and meals for three nights in Canada.
The lawyer is expected to share her views with some media organizations and also she will get an opportunity to speak at other public forums.
Invitation letter reads that “You will inspire countless other women to stand up and make a difference in the world.”
Deepika Singh Rajawat is counsel for the family of the eight-year-old girl, raped and murdered in Kathua district.




India/Kashmir: ‘How can we develop as a nation when we are raping infants?’

June 14, 2018

‘How can we develop as a nation when we are raping infants?’

The advocate in the Kathua rape case fears for her safety but says she will continue the good fight

Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat has not had it easy, ever since she took up the case of an eight-year old girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua in Jammu Kashmir: ostracised by the bar association and called names. But her resolve keeps her going. The young advocate came to Mumbai to receive the Woman of the Year award by the Indian Merchant Chambers Ladies Wing of Commerce and Industry. She enrolled as a lawyer in 2009 with the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and served as member of the Juvenile Welfare Board for Jammu district from 2010 to 2013. She tells The Hindu of her isolation and says she fears for her safety.

Did you always want to take up law?

Oh yes. I have always wanted to fight. Fight a fight through the law; fight inside court. And I am doing just that. I love my work.

How did life change after you took up the Kathua case?

So many things happened. I am being told I am ‘anti nationalist’. If supporting a child is being anti nationalist, then I will wear it as a badge. The J&K Bar is treating me very badly and has ostracised me. I am being isolated. I had a problem looking out for a home, now I have one and have a problem looking for a place to work.

Is it because you are a woman?

Yes, and more than that because I am a Hindu supporting a Muslim.

Do you fear for your safety?

Yes, because right now everyone is watching but if they get a chance they will definitely cause me damage. I am not scared because I am protected by my god and I believe that a supernatural power protects everyone.







https://ebela.in/national/deepika-singh-rajawat-has-honoured-with-woman-of-the-year-award-dgtl-1.813135 (HINDI)

India/Kashmir: Lawyer Deepika Rajawat wins ‘Woman of the Year’ award

June 7, 2018

Lawyer Deepika Rajawat wins ‘Woman of the Year’ award

Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat has won the most prestigious award of the year at the Indian Merchants Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ladies Wing – ‘Woman of the Year’.

The function will be held in Mumbai on June 11.

The Ladies Wing committee members have applauded Rajawat’s incredible achievements saying that she has shown grit, sincerity and dedication which is commendably inspirational.

Despite life threats from rightwing political parties, Rajawat fought against all odds in helping an eight-year-old girl of Kathua to get justice after she was raped and then murdered inside a temple by a gang of eight Hindus in Kathua during the first week of January this year.






Kashmir/India: Lawyers booked for comparing Afzal Guru, Maqbool Bhat with Baghat Singh

February 21, 2018

Lawyers booked for comparing Afzal Guru, Maqbool Bhat with Baghat Singh

Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered an FIR against lawyers and their agents for pasting posters in the Saddar Court Complex here on February 9 wherein a comparison were drawn between Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, Muhammad Afzal Guru and Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Chander Shekhar Azad.

According to police “the posters had message: Maqbool and Bhat are heroes of Kashmir, while Bhaghat, Sukhdev and Azad were the heroes of India.”


Taking strong note of the posters, police station Batamaloo registered a case against some lawyers and their agents under section 13 of Unlawful Activities Act. “Police station received information from credible sources that some lawyers and their agents had pasted posters of Bhat and Guru wherein they were termed as heroes of Kashmir; Singh, Sukhdev and Azad were declared heroes of India,” reads the FIR.

The FIR, a copy of which is with Greater Kashmir, further states that pasting the posters of Guru, Bhat and militants on the walls of court complex amounts to challenging the sovereignty of India and hence those involved need to be booked under section 13 of the UAA.

A police source said the issue has been taken very seriously by the top brass of police and investigations are afoot to identity the “lawyers involved in the act.” “Police team from Batamaloo is probing the matter seriously,” he said.

He said the posters were removed and seized by the police and it is being investigated wherefrom they were printed. “We are sure to find out who was behind the act,” he said.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, general secretary of Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA), advocate G N Shaheeen, said that registering an FIR is nothing new for the Bar. “We believe almost every citizen of Kashmir has been booked under this Act for raising voice against the forcible control of New Delhi,” he said. “First of all, on February 9 there was complete strike and no lawyer was present in the court. We don’t know who pasted these posters. Lodging FIR against lawyers is a non-issue.”

President Lawyers Club Kashmir, advocate Babar Qadri, said, “Open FIR is always like a sword that hangs on the heads of lawyers. My appeal to the HCBA president is not to remain silent on the police FIR and instead fight it out.”







Kashmir/India: KP lawyers boycott courts to protest killing of colleague’s family members, medical student

February 2, 2018

KP lawyers boycott courts to protest killing of colleague’s family members, medical student

The legal fraternity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday boycotted courts to protest the brutal killing of family of a lawyer in a blast and murder of Asma Rani, the medical college student, after she refused a marriage proposal.

The lawyer community stayed away from court proceedings across the province. The lawyers observed the strike on the call of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.

Like other districts of the province, the lawyers in Peshawar also stayed away from courts. They demanded the provincial government to arrest the killers of the family of lawyer Gul Nawaz Khan Advocate killed in a landmine blast in Kurram Agency and Asma Rani. The lawyers also demand Shaheed Package for the family members of the lawyer in a terrorists attack.

Reportedly, the family of the lawyer was traveling from Muqbal area near the border to attend a funeral in Upper Kurram’s Basu area when their vehicle hit a landmine killing three women, two minor girls and three men on the spot. The car was destroyed in the blast.

In Peshawar, the lawyers leaders, including President of the PHC Bar Association, Arbab Usman, General Secretary Rahmanullah Khan, former joint secretary Kashif Jan and President of the Peshawar Bar Association, Fazl-e-Wahid condemned the brutal killing of the lawyer family and Asma Rani. They offered Fateha for the departed souls of the deceased persons.


Kashmir/India/Rafto Prize for Human Rights: Two Kashmiri activists receive Rafto Prize for human rights on Sunday

November 3, 2017

Norway’s prestigious Rafto Prize for human rights will be conferred here to two prominent human rights activists, Parvez Imroz and Parveena Ahangar,from disputed Jammu and Kashmir, Sunday, November 5. Both the Kashmiri activists will be speaking at the ceremony titled, ‘Voices of Kashmir – Defending Civilians in a Heavily Militarized Zone.’


Parvez Imroz is co-founder of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which promotes human rights and non-violence. The JKCCS has documented the Indian authorities´ use of torture in Jammu and Kashmir and published several reports, being used as reference document worldwide. Parvez is a veteran lawyer and has survived an assassination attempt.









Kashmir/India: Rafto Prize for two human rights activists from Kashmir: Here’s what it means to them

September 29, 2017

Two long-time human rights defenders Parvez Imroz and Parveena Ahangar have been awarded the prestigious Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize, popularly known as the Rafto Prize, for human rights this year.

The past recipients of this award include Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Shirin Ebadi, both of whom went on to win the Nobel prize for peace.

In its statement, the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights said the award was given to the duo for their “decades of campaigning for human rights in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Their long campaign to expose human rights violations, promote dialogue and seek peaceful solutions to the intractable conflict in Kashmir has inspired new generations across communities,” the foundation said.

Speaking about Parveena Ahangar, the foundation said that she “protests against enforced disappearances and challenges the perpetrators of violence”. Similarly, the foundation praised Imroz as “a lawyer and a leading intellectual who uses the law to ensure fundamental human rights and equality before the law in Kashmir”.

On his part, Imroz sees the award as an acknowledgement of the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir by the European civil society.

Imroz has already received the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights prize in 2006 given by the Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Bordeaux, France, and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE). The award has earlier been conferred to Nelson Mandela.

The duo will be traveling to Norway in November to receive the award and also get a chance to interact with the various civil society groups in the country.

“We will use this opportunity to create some more awareness about Kashmir. And tell the world that the overriding challenge in Kashmir is not terrorism but the massive humanitarian fallout of the thirty years of the conflict,” Imroz said.


J&K activist, lawyer awarded Rafto Prize



Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz in Kashmir awarded Rafto Prize 2017



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http://www.eldiario.es/politica/Activistas-derechos-humanos-noruego-Rafto_0_691531107.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.vol.at/indische-menschenrechtsaktivisten-erhalten-rafto-preis/apa-1438400188 (DEUTSCH)

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