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Colombia: Report Caravana mission 2018

March 26, 2019

Report Caravana mission 2018

The International Caravana of Jurists travelled to Colombia at the beginning of September 2018, to ascertain the impact that the peace process has had on the work of human rights lawyers and the dynamics of the conflict. A report of the mission is now available.

 

Since 2008, the Caravana has organised six international biannual delegations to Colombia in fact-finding missions to monitor the situation of human rights defenders, specifically on access to justice and respect for the rule of law.

The Sixth delegation of the International Caravana of Jurists visited Colombia shortly after the inauguration of President Iván Duque. At a time when the peace process hangs in the balance and violence escalating dramatically across Colombia, the delegation met with lawyers and judges working both within and outside state institutions and heard directly from victims and activists about the situations of risk which they face.

Since the signing of the Peace Agreement in November 2016, hundreds of human rights defenders have been killed and the UN has called for decisive action to stem the tide of violence enveloping many regions. Colombian’s official state Ombudsman has reported that a human rights defender is killed every three days.

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/report-caravana-mission-2018/

http://www.colombiancaravana.org.uk/colombia-seeking-justice-building-peace-post-conflict-illusion-report-sixth-international-caravana-jurist/

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Saudi Arabia: Nomination of Waleed Abu Al-khair for the Lawyers for Lawyers Human Rights Award 2019

March 3, 2019

Nomination for the Lawyers for Lawyers Human Rights Award 2019
Nominee: Waleed Abu al-Khair of Saudi Arabia
Nominator: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
References: Daniel N. Arshak and Tony Fisher

Summary of Work of Nominee
Waleed Abu al-Khair, until silenced, was the most prominent advocate for democratic and human rights reform in Saudi Arabia. Founder of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, he used the written and spoken word coupled with legal knowledge to fearlessly advocate for reforms to improve the lives of all by calling on Saudi Arabia to allow its citizens to enjoy internationally protected rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and the right to participate directly and indirectly in public affairs. He did this work through writing and public speaking, by providing a safe space for peaceful discussion of issues of public concern and by providing an example of responsible advocacy for justice for all. He represented activists and reformists and advocated for prisoners of conscience. He used his training and skills as a lawyer to advocate for an elected parliament, an independent judiciary, a constitutional monarchy and recognition of internationally protected human rights. He wrote many articles identifying human rights abuses and the need for legal reform, always recommending reliance on the rule of law and proper legal procedures to promote reform and settle disputes and differences of opinion. He never used or advocated violence as a means of opposition or a tool of reform. Waleed Abu al-Khair’s self-less and peaceful advocacy has been recognized by these awards: the Olof Palme Prize (2012), the XXth Ludovic-Trarieux Human Rights International Prize (2015), the Law Society of Ontario Human Rights Award (2017), and the Right Livelihood Award (2018).

Risks experienced by the Nominee
In reprisal for lawful advocacy Saudi Arabia banned Waleed Abu al-Khair from travel (1.04.12) and (2013) prosecuted him. When these charges resulted in a 3-month sentence,  Saudi Arabia re-charged him with similar offenses this time under the Penal Law for Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing to be determined by the Specialized Criminal Court (SCCt).He was arrested (15/04/14) without cause or warrant while before the SCCt.

https://www.lrwc.org/saudi-arabia-nomination-of-waleed-abu-al-khair-for-the-lawyers-for-lawyers-human-rights-award-2019/?fbclid=IwAR20dArM-YSo13spc0oPGacdxWOSUxPpjHwyPGqZC6q37MxsDj0njgAXnt8

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/save-the-date-presentation-l4l-award-2019/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/about-us/lawyers-for-lawyers-awards/

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/434752-senate-dems-petition-saudi-king-to-release-dissidents-us-citizen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abulkhair

https://libnanews.com/madaniya-lobby-pro-saoudien-usa-1/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: Emil Kurbedinov’s Membership in the Crimean Bar Association Maintained

February 22, 2019

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On 22 February 2019, the Crimean Bar Association decided to maintain the membership of the human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, contrary to the request received from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.

Emil Kurbedinov is an outspoken human rights lawyer in Crimea. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, he has been actively involved in defence of the Crimean Tatars, who have become one of the major targets for the authorities, as well as civil society activists and journalists. He has also drawn attention to human rights violations in Crimea using social media, international conferences and reporting before international human rights mechanisms.

On 22 February 2019, the Crimean Bar Association considered the possibility to exclude Emil Kurbedinov from the list of its founders and members. The Association decided to maintain his membership after establishing a special commission for this purpose, in accordance with Russian law.

On 10 January 2019, Emil Kurbedinov received a letter (dated 18 December 2018) from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that according to 1.2 (4) of Article 15 of the Federal Law “On non-commercial organisations”, a person that has been convicted of extremism cannot be a founder or a member of non-commercial organisation. Emil Kurbedinov is founder and member of Crimean Bar Association. The letter refers to two administrative convictions of Emil Kurbedinov for a post that he published on two of his social media accounts.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/risk-disbarment-human-rights-lawyer-emil-kurbedinov?fbclid=IwAR3x9Ia81cT4ep413O8gYm9cPMDxkXyNVZjX9qGSeBoDFZOl01bQCNIBqLw

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/request-disbarment-emil-kurbedinov-denied/

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-justice-ministry-calls-for-brave-crimean-lawyer-s-expulsion-from-bar-association/29708692.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/14/russian-authorities-increase-pressure-crimean-human-rights-lawyer

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/crimean-tatars-stand-firm-against-russian-occupation-of-homeland-1.3811335

https://1k.com.ua/zaderzhanie-arhiepiskopa-ptsu-v-krymu-okkupanty-nazvali-prichinu.html (UKRANIAN)

http://ua-story.com.ua/78657-do-zatrymanogo-arhiyepyskopa-ptsu-klymenta-prybuly-advokaty-stattyu-zatrymannya-zminyly.html (UKRANIAN)

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1158924/crimee-russie-annexion-cinq-ans-anniversaire-tamara-alteresco (FRANCAIS)

Thailand: Thai Lawyer’s ‘Disappearance’ Unsolved 15 Years On

March 11, 2019

A sketch of Somchai Neelapaijit.

Fifteen years ago this week, I received a phone call in the middle of the night with the news that Somchai Neelapaijit had gone missing. At the time, Somchai was chair of Thailand’s Muslim Lawyers Association and vice-chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Lawyers Council of Thailand.

Official investigations have at least established that Somchai was abducted on March 12, 2004 and later murdered, though his body has never been found. His alleged assailants are a group of police officers who sought retaliation for Somchai’s involvement in lawsuits alleging widespread police torture of Muslim suspects in Thailand’s insurgency-ridden southern border provinces.

But over the past decade and a half, seven prime ministers, including current Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, have failed to bring Somchai’s killers to justice.

A key reason is that Thailand’s penal code does not recognize enforced disappearance as a criminal offense. Without the body, prosecutors could only file charges of robbery and coercion against the five police officers implicated in the case. Their trial, hampered by official cover-ups, ended in their acquittal in December 2015.

Efforts by Somchai’s family to obtain justice have been hampered by a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that the family cannot act as a co-plaintiff, because there is no concrete evidence showing he is dead or otherwise incapable of bringing the case himself. The ruling placed the impossible burden on disappeared people of proving they had been disappeared.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/11/thai-lawyers-disappearance-unsolved-15-years

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/12/asia-pacific/15-years-activists-disappearance-bangkok-family-missing-thai-lawyer-still-waiting-justice/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/rule-of-law-more-than-ever-under-pressure/

https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1643044/impunity-remains-victims-obstacle-to-real-justice

https://www.evensi.com/15th-year-somchai-neelaphaijit-embassy-netherlands-bangkok/296162882

https://www.afad-online.org/news/10-statements/450-afad-remembers-and-demands-justice-for-thai-lawyer-somchai-neelapaijit-on-the-15-anniversary-of-this-disappearance

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1089124-time-to-tackle-the-spectre-of-enforced-disappearance/?tab=comments#comment-13932288

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/15-years-since-disappearance-somchai-neelapaijit/?fbclid=IwAR0oB4Kn3h1gH9GryXAEPFbOpCTcn0bSOWgg25EUbS5tw8E2CODdQfVQwMI

Lawyers for Lawyers: Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019

January 31, 2019

Nominate a lawyer for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019! Nominations can be made until 1 March 2019, via our website: https://bit.ly/2RvKzOK

In 2017, Sirikan Charoensiri (‘June’) was presented with the Lawyers for Lawyers Award in Amsterdam. Watch her story here.

(Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook, 31/01/19)

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/nominate-now-for-the-l4l-award-2019/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/about-us/lawyers-for-lawyers-awards/l4l-awards-nomination-form/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/category/l4l-award/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30315819

Call for nominations for the L4L award 2019

 

Turkey: Lawyers Associations join forces to raise concern for the rule of law and the legal profession in Turkey for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer

January 24, 2019

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) has joined ten other Bar Associations, Law Societies and Legal Organisations in a joint declaration concerning the breakdown of the rule of law and serious threats against the independence of Judges, Lawyers, and Prosecutors in Turkey.

The declaration marks the 9th annual Day of the Endangered Lawyer and, along with BHRC, includes Abogacía Española – Consejo General, Geneva Bar Association–Human Rights Commission, German Bar Association–Human Rights Committee, European Bar Human Rights Institute, Paris Bar Human Rights Institute, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, International Observatory for endangered lawyers, Law Society of England and Wales, Lawyers for Lawyers, and Norwegian Bar Association–Human Rights Committee.

The Day of the Endangered Lawyer was founded and is organised by the Foundation for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer based in Harrlem, the Netherlands. The 24th of January was chosen to be the annual International Day of the Endangered Lawyer because on this day in 1977 four lawyers and a co-worker were murdered at their office in Madrid, Spain. This was also known as the Massacre of Atocha.

The Day honours lawyers across the world who put themselves at risk in the fight for human rights and the rule of law. It aims to create awareness that the practice of the legal profession in many countries involves significant risks, but also to denounce the situation in a particular country where lawyers are victims of serious violations of their fundamental rights because of the exercise of their profession. Each year, the persecution of lawyers in a particular country is highlighted, and the Foundation coordinates activities outside of the country’s embassies around the world. Previous Days of the Endangered Lawyer have expressed concern for lawyers in Iran (2010), Turkey (2012), Basque Country/Spain (2013), Colombia (2014), the Philippines (2015), Honduras (2016), China (2017) and Egypt (2018).

In line with the focus for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer for 2019, the joint declaration expressed its concern for lawyers in Turkey:

http://www.barhumanrights.org.uk/lawyers-associations-join-forces-to-raise-concern-for-the-rule-of-law-and-the-legal-profession-in-turkey-for-the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/

http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/news/law-society-marks-the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-january-24/

https://alhr.org.au/australian-lawyers-human-rights-supports-day-endangered-lawyer/?fbclid=IwAR1FU3kR4M3ei8ycUbHv-HamacikEdW7aRR9hADxYE5yt3uUPYjXwqeIACA

https://dyyad.blogspot.com/2019/01/dyyad-day-of-endangered-lawyer.html

basic-report_turkey2019

https://eldh.eu/en/2018/11/22/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2019/

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

https://eldh.eu/fr/2018/11/22/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2019/

https://www.wnd.com/2019/01/eu-court-orders-turkey-to-follow-human-rights-treaty/

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/371866/paris-barosu-artik-adalet-savunma-icin-yerini-bulsun (TURKCE)

http://www.omedyam.com/istanbul-milletvekili-oya-ersoydan-24-ocak-tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gununde-kanun-teklifi-117031/ (TURKCE)

https://www.yenialanya.com/guncel/tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gunu-icin-antalya-adliyesi-nde-eylem-h350849.html (TURKCE)

http://www.antalyasonhaber.com/tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gunu-icin-adliyede-eylem-215081h.htm (TURKCE)

https://www.gercekgundem.com/guncel/65814/tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gununde-eylem (TURKCE)

https://medyabold.com/2019/01/24/24-ocak-dunya-tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gununde-bir-metin-feyzioglu-portresi/ (TURKCE)

http://mezopotamyaajansi14.com/tum-haberler/content/view/45778 (TURKCE)

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/antalya/tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gunu-icin-adliyede-eylem-41093221 (TURKCE)

https://www.arti49.com/tehlikedeki-avukatlar-gunu-icin-adliyede-eylem-1424421h.htm (TURKCE)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9659/giornata_dell%E2%80%99avvocato_minacciato_24_gennaio_2019.html (ITALIANO)

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

https://www.odage.ch/medias/commissions/documents/Droits%20de%20l’Homme/CP_Avocats_en_danger_2019.pdf?fbclid=IwAR17WjLgXqT8okhxgnpCOfi9HHXu67P6NAoIWoyiWabgsMPId8tFoF1fi4U (FRANCAIS)

https://www.letemps.ch/monde/combat-heroique-avocats-regime-erdogan (FRANCAIS)

https://osce.delegfrance.org/9eme-journee-internationale-de-l-avocat-en-danger-Grave-repression-des-avocats (FRANCAIS)

https://brandaktuell.at/2019/01/24/karriere/plattform-rechtsstaatanlaesslich-des-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-auch-zu-aktuellen-aeusserungen-des-oesterreichischen-innenministers/ (DEUTSCH)

https://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20190124_OTS0099/plattform-rechtsstaatanlaesslich-des-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-auch-zu-aktuellen-aeusserungen-des-oesterreichischen-innenministers (DEUTSCH)

https://juristen.no/nyheter/2019/01/markerer-st%C3%B8tte-til-tyrkiske-jurister (NORWEGIAN)

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#EndangeredLawyers

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#24thJanuaryEndangeredLawyersDay

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The Netherlands/Turkey: Manifestatie Dag van de Bedreigde Advocaat

19/01/19

Manifestatie Dag van de Bedreigde Advocaat

TURKIJE

Op 24 januari 2019 vindt de jaarlijkse ‘Dag van de bedreigde advocaat‘ plaats. Dit jaar staat de positie van advocaten in Turkije centraal. Met een manifestatie in Den Haag en lezingen in Den Haag en Amsterdam. Wees erbij!

Manifestatie Den Haag
16:00 uur | start bij de Turkse ambassade (Jan Evertstraat 15).  Vervolgens om 16:20 uur in optocht naar het Paleis van Justitie (Prins Clausplein 60). De manifestatie wordt afgesloten om 16.45 uur.

Lezing met Ruken Gulagaci, advocaat 
17:00 uur – 18:00 uur
Locatie: Paleis van Justitie, Prins Clauslaan 60 te Den Haag, zaal H4.
Volledig programma en aanmelden (VOL)
18:15 – 19:30 uur – Borrel

Lezing met Ramazan Demir, advocaat
16:00 – 17:00 uur
Locatie: Faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid, gebouw REC A, zaal A 3.15, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam
Volledig programma en aanmelden

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/manifestatie-dag-van-de-bedreigde-advocaat/

https://www.njb.nl/agenda/dag-van-de-bedreigde-advocaat.30792.lynkx

basic-report_turkey2019

https://eldh.eu/en/2018/11/22/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2019/

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

https://eldh.eu/fr/2018/11/22/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2019/

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

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

#EndangeredLawyers

#24OcakTehlikedekiAvukatlarGünü

#24thJanuaryEndangeredLawyersDay

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