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Zimbabwe/Swaziland: Mnangagwa tried to deport Beatrice Mtetwa

January 11, 2019

President Emmerson Mnangagwa led a ZANU PF election war room team that tried to deport to prominent Human Rights Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa to her country of birth Swaziland during the height of the 2013 harmonised election campaign.

This was revealed by exiled Professor Jonathan Moyo in an expose’ on Econet Boss Strive Masiyiwa on Thursday.

Said Moyo, ” The full 2013 poll group had: Emmerson Mnangagwa (who chaired it), Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Patrick Chinamasa (deputy chair), Nicholas Goche, Gen Constantino Chiwenga, Augustine Chihuri, Happyton Bonyongwe, Walter Tapfumaneyi, Kizito Gweshe, George Charamba  and Jonathan Moyo.

“The group’s overarching agenda was to: 1. Contain  Sadc mediation, so it does not derail 2013 elections. 2. Ensure that Parliament is dissolved by 29 June 2013  and elections are held soon thereafter. 3. Get  Econet  and diamond companies to fund elections to avoid UN funding.

“Besides the three-pronged agenda, there were other daily issues that cropped up. One was a report that lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa had blocked a police raid on Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s Bath Rd offices in Belgravia. The group decided to have Mtetwa deported but this failed.”

Beatrice, a past president of the Zimbabwean Law Society,  was arrested for “obstructing or defeating the course of justice”. She was arrested in Harare on 17 March 2013 after she asked to see the search warrant of police officers who were conducting what she called an “unlawful, unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic” search of the home of her client.

https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-153364.html

https://www.zimeye.net/2019/01/11/charambas-role-in-2013-poll-group-exposed/

https://nehandaradio.com/2018/12/31/biti-case-brings-judiciary-under-spotlight/

https://www.law.ac.uk/blog/profile-beatrice-mtetwa/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3486400/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-beatrice-mtetwa

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

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

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

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prix_Ludovic-Trarieux (FRANCAIS)

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Iran: Lawyer Says Iranian Activist Khandan Released, Support Hunger Strikes Ended

December 23, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh was imprisoned this year.

Iranian activist Reza Khandan, the husband of imprisoned human-rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been released from custody in Iran, his lawyer said in a post on Facebook on December 23.

Lawyer Mohammad Moghimi wrote that following Khandan’s release, both Sotoudeh and activist Farhad Meysami ended hunger strikes that were partially motivated by support for Khandan.

Moghimi said Khandan was released on December 23 but did not provide details on the circumstances or conditions.

Khandan was detained on September 4 after he complained on Facebook about human-rights violations in Iran, including the imprisonment of rights defenders and the prosecution of women who have campaigned against the requirement to wear the Islamic hijab.

Khandan faced charges of acting contrary to Iran’s national security and promoting “anti-hijab” activities.

On December 2, Khandan refused to attend a hearing before a branch of the Revolutionary Court, arguing that the charges against him are political, so his trial should be held in open session before a jury at the Tehran Criminal Court.

Meysami’s hunger strike lasted 145 days. Sotoudeh began her hunger strike on August 25.

Sotoudeh, 55, was arrested on June 13 and ordered to serve a five-year sentence imposed on her in absentia in September 2016 for allegedly carrying out “activities against national security in collaboration with domestic and foreign antirevolutionary elements,” according to Human Rights Watch.

https://www.rferl.org/a/lawyer-says-iranian-activist-khandan-released-support-hunger-strikes-ended/29672306.html

https://iranians.global/lawyer-says-iranian-activist-khandan-released-support-hunger-strikes-ended/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

https://eaworldview.com/2018/12/iran-daily-political-prisoner-sotoudehs-husband-freed-from-detention/

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/lawyer-says-iranian-activist-khandan-released-support-hunger-strikes-ended/29672360.html

http://www.payvand.com/news/18/dec/1090.html

https://www.thedailybeast.com/iranian-activist-reza-khandan-released-from-custody-lawyer

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

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights-justice/4712974.html?fbclid=IwAR1QdG55oHracUn-IOMS5ZA3kpq7Ij3-6SpWx3HFvznT77I2DbqpFoTJ6ds (FARSI)

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights/4712690.html?nocache=1&fbclid=IwAR0gluax4_ku174yDsJgvPz2_yqdosJtBBD8icMDLJFTuw_pePsLRpUn19A (FARSI)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

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

#FreeNasrin

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Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Regime’s Other Victims

December 13, 2018

Dhahban Central Prison opened a few weeks after our visit, and many of the kingdom’s highest-profile detainees — including Mr. Badawi and his former lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair — were transferred there. Four months later, the arrest Fahad had been dreading finally came, and he was jailed at Dhahban, too. He is now serving a five-year prison term for “inciting hostility against the state” via tweets. His sentence includes a 10-year travel ban, which will begin following his release, as well as a lifelong writing ban.

https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/global-citizenship/2324-right-livelihood-awards-to-visionary-global-citizens

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/politics/dozens-of-prominent-activists-have-been-held-for-months-in-saudi-arabia-without-charge-and-the-spotlight-on-the-kingdoms-human-rights-record-is-stronger-than-ever-id9128452.html

https://rinj.press/news-rinj-press/november-2018/orange-the-world-release-women-critics-in-saudi-gulags/

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

https://arabi21.com/story/1140103/%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AD-%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%84%D8%A9-%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AB%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%82%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF (ARABIC)

https://www.letemps.ch/culture/jessaie-deviter-paranoia (FRANCAIS)

https://www.24heures.ch/monde/moyen-orient/Le-Nobel-alternatif-honore-a-Geneve-trois-Saoudiens-emprisonnes/story/26149252 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://es.euronews.com/2018/11/24/tres-saudies-encarcelados-entre-los-galardonados-con-el-premio-nobel-alternativo (ESPANOL)

https://derstandard.at/2000092145354/Alternativnobelpreis-fuer-inhaftierte-Saudi-Aktivisten (DEUTSCH)

https://pt.euronews.com/2018/11/24/nobel-alternativo-distingue-ativistas-sociais (PORTUGUES)

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UAE/AI/Ludovic Trarieux Prize: Matthew Hedges: UAE called on to release dozens of free speech campaigners after UK academic’s pardon

November 26, 2018

Since 2011, the UAE has embarked on a “ruthless crackdown targeting human rights defenders, judges, lawyers, academics, students and journalists, apparently designed to stamp out all dissent in the country,” according to Amnesty International.

Rights groups are calling on the United Arab Emirates to release dozens of prisoners of conscience imprisoned in the country following the pardon of British academic Matthew Hedges.

Mr Hedges, a 31-year-old student at Durham University, was arrested in May while leaving Dubai airport after conducting research for his PhD thesis. He was charged with spying and held for five months in solitary confinement, before being sentenced to life in prison.

He denied all the charges, and following intense diplomatic pressure from the British government was granted a pardon by the UAE’s President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

But following his release, Amnesty Internationalhas called for a renewed focus on other detainees held in the UAE, and a “far more robust position from the UK in defence of human rights across the entire Gulf region.”

“Matthew’s ordeal is a reminder that the UAE is a deeply repressive country which ruthlessly suppresses free speech and peaceful criticism, and we should spare a thought for Emirati prisoners of conscience like Ahmed Mansoor or Mohammed al-Roken who aren’t getting a pardon today,” said Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director.

Dr Mohammed al-Roken, a human rights lawyer, was arrested in 2012 in what Amnesty described as a “grossly unfair” trial of 94 reformists known as the UAE 94.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/matthew-hedges-uae-pardon-free-speech-campaign-ai-amnesty-a8653031.html

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/matthew-hedges-pardon-huge-relief-goes-some-way-righting-wrong

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/matthew-hedges-pardoned-uae-spying-dubai-jailed-clemency-case-latest-a8651671.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovic_Trarieux_International_Human_Rights_Prize (ENGLISH)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agoravox.it/Formula-1-negli-Emirati-Amnesty.html (ITALIANO)

Iran/Ludovic Trarieux Prize: اعتصاب غذای دوباره نسرین ستوده در اعتراض به رسیدگی نکردن به خواسته فرهاد میثمی

یک منبع مطلع به کمپین حقوق بشر در ایران گفت نسرین ستوده وکیل زندانی از تاریخ پنجم آذر ماه در اعتراض به رسیدگی نکردن مسوولان به وضعیت سامتی و بی‌توجهی به خواسته‌های فرهاد میثمی فعال حقوق مدنی دست به اعتصاب غذای «تر» زده است.

به گفته این منبع، نسرین ستوده اعلام کرده تا زمان رسیدگی به خواسته‌های فرهاد میثمی، دست از اعتصاب خود برنخواهد داشت. این منبع به کمپین گفت خواسته فرهاد میثمی «آزادی بی‌‌قید و شرط رضا خندان» است که از تاریخ  بازداشت شده و در بند چهار زندان اوین به سر می‌برد.

خانم ستوده پیش از این در اعتراض به فشارها بر روی اعضای خانواده و فشار و آزار بر روی اعضای خانواده و دوستانش از تاریخ سوم شهریور تا ۱۱ مهرماه دست به اعتصاب غذا تر زده بود. این دومین بار است که پس از بازداشت خانم ستوده او دست به اعتصاب زده است.

فرهاد میثمی پزشک و فعال حقوق بشر یک روز پس از بازداشتش از تاریخ ۱۰ مرداد ۹۷ در اعتراض به بازداشت غیرقانونی‌اش دست به اعتصاب غذا تر زد. بعدتر پس از بازداشت ر ضا خندان و برخی از دوستانش از تاریخ ۱۷ شهریور ماه اعتصاب خود را به خشک تبدیل کرد و در پیامی که از زندان فرستاد خواستار آزادی بی‌قید و شرط آنها شد.

پس از وخامت حال میثمی، مسوولان بند چهارم زندان اوین او را روز چهارم مهرماه برخلاف میلش به بهداری زندان منتقل کرده و تاکنون در اتاقی در مجاورت بهداری تحت کنترل و با تزریق سرم نگهداری می‌شود.

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/09/nasrin-sotoudehs-hunger-strike/?fbclid=IwAR1M34usopd9vEaobxGL7TP2RZ8oSaYpVgbHE7FIuxT9NITO5fE0JFd5UMo

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/b1-moghimi-on-reza-khandan-and-nasrin-sotoudeh-cases/29622273.html

https://iranians.global/prominent-rights-activist-goes-on-hunger-strike-in-iran-prison/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (ENGLISH)

https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-doctors-protest/4675480.html (ENGLISH)

http://moderntokyotimes.com/iran-and-the-state-apparatus-that-crushes-dissent-elitist-oppression-and-evin-prison/ (ENGLISH)

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5604-nasrin-sotoudeh-begins-hunger-strike-in-evin-prison (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (ENGLISH)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovic_Trarieux_International_Human_Rights_Prize (ENGLISH)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/cinema-la-permission-le-combat-dune-iranienne-pour-disputer-le-match-de-sa-vie (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

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UAE/AI: End relentless crackdown on critics ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

November 19, 2018

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Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand-Prix, which is set to take place between 23 and 25 November, the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must step up to the modern image they want to project and unconditionally release all those who have been detained solely for peacefully criticizing the government.

“As the world tunes in to watch the final race of the Formula One Grand-Prix season and attend glitzy music concerts, they should know that the UAE authorities have also been racing to silence critics and human rights defenders,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Campaigns Director.

Since 2011 the UAE authorities have embarked on a ruthless crackdown targeting human rights defenders, judges, lawyers, academics, students and journalists, in their efforts to stamp out dissent in the country. Many have been subjected to arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and unfair trials. As a result, critics and dissidents in the UAE are serving lengthy prison sentences simply for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.

“Today, we call on Formula One Grand-Prix drivers, teams and performers to be the champions of human rights on the circuit and on the entertainment stage. They should be the voice of those who have been silenced and unfairly detained.

Amnesty International is campaigning for the release of the following prisoners of conscience in the UAE:

Dr Mohammed al-Roken is a prominent human rights lawyer and former president of the UAE’s Jurists Association who was arrested on 17 July 2012.  He was sentenced in July 2013 to 10 years’ imprisonment, following the grossly unfair trial of 94 reform advocates, which became known as the “UAE 94” trial.

Many of the UAE 94 defendants have alleged in court that they were tortured or otherwise ill-treated in pre-trial detention, where they were often held incommunicado for months in secret State Security detention facilities.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/11/uae-end-relentless-crackdown-on-critics-ahead-of-abu-dhabi-grand-prix/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/uae-call-grand-prix-drivers-and-fans-tweet-support-jailed-student-matthew-hedges

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1993

http://www.echr.org.uk/mohammed-al-roken-0

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1733

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/27250

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2018/11/20/as-the-uaes-authoritarianism-grows-western-governments-remain-silent

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

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Iran: Nasrin Sotoudeh files a new complaint against Evin Prison officials

November 14, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and political prisoner at Evin Prison, filed a complaint against the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison on Sunday, November 11, 2018, for issuing a ban on her visiting rights.

Payam Derafshan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s attorney, said on Sunday, “The lawsuit filed by Nasrin Sotoudeh against the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison was accepted by the Court of Government Employees and referred to the Inspector’s First Branch for investigation.”

After filing the complaint, Mr. Derafshan and Ms. Sotoudeh’s other lawyer appeared before the Inspector’s, explaining the illegal measures of the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison. (The official IRNA news agency – November 11, 2018)

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent lawyer and political prisoner, was arrested in June this year after security forces attacked and raided her home. She was taken to Evin Prison. Ms. Sotoudeh was arrested for defending protesters against the compulsory veil.

In October, Nasrin Sotoudeh filed a complaint with the State Security Force Court for Judges against Mohammad Moghisseh, the judge presiding her case.

Payam Derafshan explained that Nasrin Sotoudeh has accused Mohammad Moghisseh of issuing verdicts outside the jurisdiction of the indictment, breaching impartiality in the due process, and ordering illegal arrests, in addition to a number of other breaches. (The official IRNA news agency – September 30, 2018)

According to the testimony of former political prisoners, Mohammad Moghisseh, alias Nasserian, was an interrogator in the 1980s. He presently presides over Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court.

Moghisseh has accused Nasrin Sotoudeh of disseminating propaganda against the state, insulting the mullahs’ supreme leader, and espionage.

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5566-nasrin-sotoudeh-files-a-new-complaint-against-evin-prison-officials?fbclid=IwAR27kZHu6dYEQRseYRuW01YUKCa5H5QP7Lljw3fplkG9RQh35yEdX_Mi3DM

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/11/banning-imprisoned-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-from-seeing-her-children-is-cruel-and-unlawful/

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/iranian-leaders-iran-censorship-banned-websites-middle-east-news-49029/

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

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

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

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/08/iranian-authorities-should-stop-harassing-imprisoned-human-rights-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR11k9vaKG0iBsBPGP-AzTN3OAKs6oOd5nSsgv6jBrRrInguGijAgmpF-qo (FARSI)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/regimens-metoder-biter-inte-pa-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (SWEDISH)

http://www.gp.se/kultur/kultur/nasrin-sotoudeh-f%C3%A5r-%C3%A5rets-tucholskypris-1.10274197 (SWEDISH)

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