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Pakistan/ICJ: Asia bibi’s case: A final plea for justice

October 8, 2018

A special bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, headed by the Chief Justice, is scheduled to hear Asia bibi’s appeal against her conviction and death sentence under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) today.

Even if the Supreme Court now goes on to acquit Asia bibi, she has already spent eight years in prison, mostly on death row; Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti have lost their lives advocating for her release; and her family has been subjected to continuous threats and harassment, solely because of their relationship with someone accused of blasphemy.

This is the truth of how the blasphemy law operates in Pakistan – the accused has to suffer prolonged periods of pretrial detention, which in many cases is followed by years on death row before their appeals are decided.

Additionally, lawyers and judges in blasphemy cases live in a climate of fear and face very real threats of violence.

This results in a denial of the accused’s right to an effective defence and to a fair trial before an independent, impartial judiciary – which is now recognized as a fundamental right in Pakistan’s Constitution.

Asia bibi’s trial is particularly illustrative of these flaws.

https://www.icj.org/asia-bibis-case-a-final-plea-for-justice/

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/christian-woman-in-pakistan-facing-death-penalty-over-a-cup-of-water/news-story/63690073f2fd5debde9c151fdb588053

http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2018/10/asia-bibi-awaits-judgment-on-final-supreme-court-appeal-against-blasphemy-death-penalty.aspx

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/pakistan-blasphemy-case-supreme-court-reserves-verdict-on-asia-bibis-appeal-against-execution-1928783

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/pakistan-court-threatened-ahead-verdict-involving-christian-woman

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

https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/pakistans-supreme-court-to-hear-final-appeal-of-execution-sentence-for-christian-mom-asia-bibi (SIGN THE URGENT PETITION!)

https://www.asiabibi.com/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2018/10/09/01003-20181009ARTFIG00176-jugement-differe-au-pakistan-pour-asia-bibi-chretienne-condamnee-a-mort.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.parismatch.com/Actu/International/Pakistan-la-Cour-supreme-face-au-cas-d-Asia-Bibi-chretienne-condamnee-a-mort-1579339 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.portesouvertes.fr/informer/actualite/pakistan-un-hommage-au-defenseur-d-asia-bibi-shahbaz-bhatti (FRANCAIS)

https://www.actuall.com/persecucion/las-presiones-islamistas-vuelven-jugar-destino-asia-bibi/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.ilfoglio.it/chiesa/2018/10/09/news/tutti-uniti-per-asia-bibi-libera-l-appello-di-renzi-217908/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.lastampa.it/2018/10/08/vaticaninsider/asia-bibi-in-attesa-del-verdetto-i-legali-sono-fiduciosi-KNJ72zEl3q09Mea265uBFL/pagina.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.domradio.de/themen/weltkirche/2018-10-09/schicksal-von-asia-bibi-pakistan-bleibt-ungewiss (DEUTSCH)

https://rr.sapo.pt/noticia/126788/joga-se-hoje-a-ultima-cartada-pela-vida-de-asia-bibi (PORTUGUES)

https://www.katholieknieuwsblad.nl/nieuws/hooggerechtshof-houdt-oordeel-asia-bibi-geheim (NEDERLANDS)

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India: Lawyers on Strike: Law unto Themselves

October 6, 2018

Lawyers on Strike: Law unto Themselves

Despite court strictures, lawyers in several parts of the country continue to strike work, crippling litigation, causing massive revenue loss and creating a rift between the Bar and the Bench

February 2018: The Calcutta High Court witnessed the longest ever cease work protest in its history with around 11,000 lawyers boycotting work for 71 days.

May 2018: Lawyers of the Rajasthan High Court organised a month-long strike during which they boycotted work, led silent marches and blocked roads in the court premises.

August 2018: Lawyers in Ghaziabad organised a 22-day-long relay hunger strike during which they boycotted courts and got into a scuffle with the police.

September 2018: Odisha dominated news headlines as lawyers engaged in violent acts during a cease work protest which has continued for 34 days despite the Supreme Court directing them to resume work.

More than 150 days have already been lost this year in various courts across the country due to strikes and boycotts by lawyers, causing massive loss of revenue and great inconvenience to litigants. The statistics for previous years are no better. According to the 266th report of the Law Commission of India, between 2011 and 2016, 18 courts in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan were on strike for an average of around 110 days per year, with several at more than 135 days a year, and one—Muzaffarnagar—at an average of 158 days.

The increasing frequency with which lawyers resort to strikes and boycotts begs the question as to why they indulge in acts which even courts have stated are illegal. As per the Law Commission report, the reasons for lawyers’ strikes and abstention protests organised during the period 2011-16 were hardly justifiable. They included religious occasions such as shraadh, heavy rains, interstate river disputes, earthquake in Nepal, bomb blast in a Pakistan school and even a kavi sammelan. But not all reasons can be considered whimsical or patently untenable. On several occasions, lawyers have taken the recourse of strikes and boycotts as a means to voice their grievances and seek remedial action. Violence against lawyers, especially by the police, demands for greater pecuniary jurisdiction and more circuit benches, outrage against judicial vacancies and expensive court fees are some of the grievances most commonly taken up by lawyers.

This raises a very pertinent question: do lawyers even have a right to call for strike?

http://www.indialegallive.com/cover-story-articles/focus/lawyers-strike-law-unto-55295

https://nation.com.pk/07-Oct-2018/lawyers-strike-enters-second-day

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/bar-demands-lifting-ban-on-lawyers-strike-but-cji-unimpressed/articleshow/66099343.cms

Strike by lawyers: Demand to lift ban fails to find favour with CJI

https://nation.com.pk/07-Oct-2018/lawyers-strike-enters-second-day

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/lawyers-observe-token-strike-of-lahore-high-c-443736.html

Pakistan: Lawyers demand arrest of assistant commissioner

September 30, 2018

Female lawyers during press conference in Quetta. PHOTO: ONLINE

Female lawyers on Sunday demanded immediate arrest of Quetta Assistant Commissioner Sania Safi for allegedly manhandling a group of lawyers over a parking dispute at Meezan Chowk in the provincial metropolis.

Addressing a joint news conference at the District Court after a brawl with the guards of the assistant commissioner, Advocate Qamar-un-Nisa, Advocate Sarod Sultana, Advocate Taj Bibi and others said that district officials “cannot be allowed to harass lawyers”.

They said that the Balochistan High Court and the district administration had allowed lawyers to park their vehicles in front of Bladia Plaza in the evening hours. They said it was for the traffic police to deal with the traffic issues, like parking, and not the assistant commissioner.

Quetta official booked over assault on lawyers

The lawyers said that Sania had been nominated in the First Information Report (FIR) for “manhandling lawyers” and slammed her for lodging an FIR against them.

They said that lawyers had decided to boycott court proceedings on October 2. They threatened to stage a protest in front of the CM House against “the non-seriousness of the provincial government on the issue”.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1814831/1-lawyers-demand-arrest-assistant-commissioner/

https://www.bexpress.com.pk/2018/09/female-lawyers-joins-movement-with-male-colleagues/

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1813309/1-quetta-official-booked-assault-lawyers/

Pakistan: Protest against police: KP lawyers boycott courts

September 28, 2018

KP Bar observes strike against manhandling, arrest of lawyers in Quetta

The lawyers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday boycotted courts to protest police violence against their colleagues in Quetta. The lawyers observed the strike on the call of Pakistan Bar Council and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.

Syed Abdul Fayaz, President, PHC Bar Association and Wakeel Zaman, President Peshawar Bar Association, condemned the incident and demanded action against the police and district administration.

They asked for probing the police firing, physical attack, manhandling and torture of lawyers including Hadi Shakil Ahmed, senior Advocate Supreme Court and Former Vice Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, Qari Noorul Haq, President, Baluchistan Bar Association, Badar Munir Advocate and others. The lawyers’ representatives said some of their colleagues have been detained in police lock-up. They demanded the Balochistan government to take action against the police officials involved in the incident.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/373960-protest-against-police-kp-lawyers-boycott-courts

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/374145-kp-lawyers-boycott-courts

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/kp-bar-observes-strike-against-manhandling-a-442533.html

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1813309/1-quetta-official-booked-assault-lawyers/

Pakistan: KP lawyers boycott courts

September 18, 2018

PHOTO: ONLINE

The legal fraternity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday observed a complete strike against the recent firing incident inside the Peshawar Judicial Complex in which three people, including a senior lawyer, were injured.

The lawyers boycotted the court proceedings across the province on the call of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council and Peshawar High Court Bar Association.

Three people, including a lawyer, were injured on Saturday when an armed man opened fire at the premises of the Peshawar Judicial Complex.

The police said the accused Saeedullah opened fire on Lal Sher, injuring him and his counsel Yousaf Riaz. A boy serving tea at Peshawar Bar hotel was also injured in the firing.

The attacker was apprehended by police shortly after he was trying to flee the scene. The firing was a result of a dispute between Lal Sher and the accused.

The accused managed to conceal and smuggle a pistol despite tight security at the entry points of the building.

The lawyers protested insufficient security and the firing incident in which senior lawyer was injured. They demanded foolproof security and strict checking of the outsiders entering the courts.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/370228-kp-lawyers-boycott-courts

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1805112/1-lawyers-boycott-k-p-courts-today/

Jammu & Kashmir/India/Pakistan: Jammu Lawyers stage protest, accuse Pakistan of supporting terror

September 14, 2018

Lawyers protest against petrol price hike

J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu held a strong protest/demonstration at the District Court Complex, Jammu, against three burning issues viz i) Price hike in Petrol, Diesel & other essential commodities which is badly affecting the people of the country (ii) Recent Militants attack at Jhajjar Kotli & (iii) Organized attack by some political parties on the independent functioning of the judiciary for seeking favour by protesting in streets against the case which is pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India- rather than making submissions during the course of hearing in such matters in the court.
B.S.Slathia while addressing the gathering stated that hike in the prices of essential commodities including Petrol, Diesel, Vegetables and other eatables is badly affecting the people of the country and the present dispensation has totally failed to control and arrest the tendency of hike in prices which is making the common man as victim of the same.
Slathia while addressing the gathering further stated that it is a matter of great pride for all of us that the security forces have very bravely countered the recent militants attack at Jhajjar Kotli and succeeded in eliminating all of them . He strongly condemned this act of cowardness by the militants which took place at Jhajjar Kotli, and cautioned the authorities to identify the sleeper cells who are active in an around Jammu so that the peaceful atmosphere is maintained and not allowed to be vitiated at the instance of supporters of such like elements. Mr. Slathia further stated that the Association is on record in cautioning the authorities for identifying the sleeper cells in Jammu when the Army Camp Sunjwan was attacked in February, 2018 by the militants from across the Boarder. The activities of these sleeper cells in active connivance of certain elements is a matter of grave concern and requires to be dealt with by the authorities seriously to avoid such attacks. The Association thankfully acknowledged the acts of bravery & courage shown by the members of the security forces at the cost of their lives in fighting these militants.
Slathia further stated that some Kashmir Centric political parties instead of participating in the local Bodies and Panchyat Elections are busy in compaining to boycott the elections not only of Local Bodies but of Assembly & Parliament as well which runs contrary to the basic concept of Democracy. It is worth-while to mention that the decision of the State Government to hold Local Body/ Panchyat Election is a welcome step as it shall strengthen the Democracy at gross root level.

http://www.thenorthlines.com/jammu-lawyers-stage-protest-accuse-pakistan-of-supporting-terror/

https://www.theweek.in/wire-updates/national/2018/09/14/nrg17-jk-protest-lawyers.html

https://www.devdiscourse.com/headlines/Article/180649-lawyers-stage-protest-accuse-pakistan-of-supporting-terror-activities-in-j-k

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/lawyers-protest-against-petrol-price-hike/652900.html

Pakistan: Peshawar High Court Bar Observe Strikes Over Lawyer’s Killing

August 15, 2018

Peshawar High Court Bar Association on Wednesday observed strike against the brutal killing of a lawyer in Dera Ismail Khan

Peshawar High Court Bar observe strikes over lawyer's killing

Peshawar High Court Bar Association on Wednesday observed strike against the brutal killing of a lawyer in Dera Ismail Khan.

The legal fraternity strongly condemned the murder of lawyer and demanded of the government to give full protection to lawyers across the province.

Lawayer Yasir was gunned down by unknown assailants on Tuesday in Dera Ismail Khan District. They demanded that killers should be arrested and brought to justice.

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/peshawar-high-court-bar-observe-strikes-over-411048.html

https://www.dawn.com/news/1427222