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China: Former Top Rights Lawyer Unable to Find Work After ‘Release’ From Bail in China

November 28, 2017

Chinese rights lawyers Bao Longjun (R), Wang Yu (C), and Li Yu (L) in an undated photo.

Several months after her bail status was officially lifted, top Chinese rights attorney Wang Yu and her family remain under tight restriction, unable to seek employment and banned from traveling overseas, RFA has learned.

Wang, one of the first and most prominent of hundreds of human rights lawyers and associates swept up by Chinese authorities in a crackdown that started in July 2015, was “released” on bail alongside her husband and colleague Bao Longjun after being held for more than a year on subversion charges.

But the family have been held under tight surveillance at an apartment chosen by state security police, cut off from friends and family, and the couple’s son Bao Zhuoxuan, has developed depression after being prevented from going overseas to study, as previously planned.

According to rights activist and family friend Ye Jingchun, Wang still holds a valid license to practise law.

“Normally, if she wanted to practise general law, then she could probably transfer to a different law firm and start working normally again, but Wang’s case is somewhat different,” Ye said.

“All of the firms she has contacted have said it would be ‘difficult’ for them to hire her, because the judicial authorities have already been in touch to warn them off hiring Wang Yu,” she said.

Ye said Wang hasn’t worked in two years, while Bao has also been stalled in his progress through the “articles” stage of his professional training.







UAE: Jailed prominent human rights lawyer Mohammed Al-Roken awarded human rights prize

November 21, 2017

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) congratulates jailed Emirati prominent human rights lawyer Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken, who has been awarded the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize for 2017 at a ceremony in Venice, Italy on 10 November 2017. Dr. Al-Roken, who is serving a ten-year sentence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was unable to accept the prestigious award, so Mohammed Al-Saqer, a colleague from the now-dissolved Association of Jurists, accepted it on his behalf.

In his speech, Al-Saqer called Dr. Al-Roken “a man of principles who defends the human and civic rights of all people.” He noted that Dr. Al-Roken was a brave lawyer who would take on cases known to be “dangerous” to defend, because he was “the only one who will accept this challenge and he is paying now for all that with his freedom.”

He continued, “Dr. Al-Roken did not work for fame, but was working to defend the voiceless, the poor people, and citizens in order to deliver the rights to those who deserve to have it. He is a person who looked at the needs of people more than a lawyer seeking fame or money, and some of those whose cases he took said after his arrest that he refused to take any money from them for his work.

Dr. Al-Roken was arrested on 17 July 2012, just after his son and his daughter’s husband were arrested as part of a round-up of activists, including prominent human rights defenders, judges, academics, and student leaders. Dr. Al-Roken was among many others who were held in secret detention centres and subjected to torture after being placed in solitary confinement for months, uninterrupted light, high cold, beatings and many violations by the State Security Apparatus.

On 04 March 2013, the government commenced the mass, unfair trial of 94 defendants before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi in case that came to be known as the UAE94. The government accused them of “establishing an organisation that aimed to overthrow the government,” a charge which they all denied. On 2 July 2013, the court convicted 69 of the defendants sentencing them with up to 15 years in prison. Dr. Al-Roken was sentenced to 10 years, and Al-Saqer to five years in prison in absentia. Their trials were widely condemned as lacking the minimum international standards of fair trial and due process.




http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1734 (ARABIC)

http://www.uianet.org/fr/content/stop-%C3%A0-la-d%C3%A9tention-de-l%E2%80%99avocat-%C3%A9mirati-mohammed-a (FRANCAIS)

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VENISE -10 Novembre 2017
Le Jury a rendu Hommage au lauréat du Prix International des Droits deL’Homme”Ludovic-Trarieux” 2017 (L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)

UAE: Droits de l’homme : Campagne de l’UIA pour la libération de Mohammed al-Roken

le 12 octobre, 2017

Campagne internationale pour la libération de Mohammed al-Roken

L’Union internationale des avocats (UIA) lance une campagne pour exiger des autorités émiraties la libération de l’avocat défenseur des droits de l’homme Mohammed al-Roken.

Au travers d’une campagne d’affichage et de plaidoyer, l’UIA encourage ses membres, en particulier et la communauté juridique internationale, en géénral, à faire « pression » sur le gouvernement émirati par l’envoi de courriers dénonçant l’injustice de la détention de Mohammed al-Roken. Un modèle de lettre est disponible sur son site.

« Aucun défenseur ne doit être détenu ou emprisonné du fait de l’exercice pacifique de ses droits à la liberté d’expression et d’association », affirme la présidente de l’UIA Laurence Bory qui estime que « la détention de Me Mohammed al-Roken est incompatible avec les responsabilités et les engagements des Émirats Arabes Unis en tant que membre du Conseil des droits de l’homme. »

Pour rappel, l’avocat émirati a été arrêté le 17 juillet 2012 dans le cadre d’arrestations de masse à l’égard de défenseurs des droits de l’homme, de juges, d’intellectuels et de leaders de la communauté étudiante. Ces arrestations faisaient suite à une pétition réclamant des réformes pour une plus grande démocratisation de l’État. À l’issue du procès des 94 Émiratis également connu sous l’acronyme “UAE94”, l’avocat été condamné, le 2 juillet 2013, à 10 ans de prison, dont trois de probation et une interdiction d’exercer pour avoir créé une organisation ayant soi-disant pour objectif de renverser le gouvernement.

L’avocat émirati a été soumis à des actes de torture, privé d’un droit à la défense effective et les observateurs indépendants n’ont pu accéder aux audiences. Reconnu pour son engagement en faveur des droits de l’homme, Mohammed al-Roken s’est vu décerné le Prix international des droits de l’homme Ludovic Trarieux en mai 2017.



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10 novembre 2017: l’Avvocatura internazionale a Venezia in occasione della consegna del Premio Ludovic Trarieux 2017, assegnato all’avv. Mohammed al-Roken degli Emirati Arabi Uniti e per tutti i difensori dei diritti umani minacciati, incarcerati, uccisi a causa della loro attività http://bit.ly/2yfjhV1

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UAE: Free Mohammed Al Roken!

September 25, 2017

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Mohammed Al Roken is a detained human rights lawyer and recipient of the 2017 Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, which will be awarded in Venice on November 10, 2017.

The Jury of 27 european lawyers, meeting in Academie de France, in Villa Medicis in Rome, awarded the 22nd s”Ludovic-Trarieux, to
Mohammed al-Roken
United Arab Emirates (UAE),
Mohammed Al-Roken, 54, former president of UAE Jurists Association, is a leading human rights lawyer who provides legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses in the UAE, including to fellow human rights defenders.
He was one of the defence lawyers in last year’s prominent case of five political activists – known as the ‘UAE 5’–a group of five individuals who were sentenced to between two and three years’imprisonment for petitioning the government for legislative reforms in 2011. He is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence as a result of a mass trial of 94 human rights defenders and political activists in the UAE.

The Jury was representing bars from, Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Bordeaux Brussels, Geneva, Paris, Roma, Luxemburg, Venice, Cracovia and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE) and of Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA

The Jury launched an appeal to UAE authorities to release immediately and without conditions.

Le Jury du XXIIème Prix International des Droits de l’Homme “Ludovic-Trarieux” 2017 réunis en séance de délibération, à l’Académie de France à la Villa Médicis à Rome a été attribué le Samedi 27 mai 2017, à

Mohammed al-Roken,
(Émirats arabes unis)

Mohammed al-Roken, 54 ans, ancien président de l’Association des juristes des Émirats arabes unis, s’est consacré à la défense et à la promotion des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales tout en soulignant leur universalité et indivisibilité. Il , était l’un des avocats de la défense dans l’affaire très médiatisée concernant cinq militants politiques – connus sous le nom « UAE 5 », « Cinq des Émirats » – qui ont été arrêtés, jugés et condamnés à une peine de prison par un tribunal-émirati en novembre 2011 . Détenu depuis le 17 juillet 2012, il a été condamné en juillet 2013, à 10 ans de prison, interdit d’exercer sa profession d’avocat et transféré dans l’une des prisons les plus redoutées des Émirats arabes unis.

Les membres du Jury représentaient les barreaux d’Amsterdam, Athènes, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bruxelles, Genève, Luxembourg, Paris, Rome, Venise, Athènes, Cracovie, l’Institut des Droits de l’Homme des Avocats européens (IDHAE) et l’Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).
Le Jury a lancé un appel aux autorités pour qu’elles libèrent immédiatement et sans condition Mohammed al-Roken.

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(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook)



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United Arab Emirates/Prix Ludovic-Trarieux: Remise du XXIième Prix international des droits de l’homme à M. Mohammed al-ROKEN

le 7 septembre, 2017

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/lawyer-mohammed-al-roken-awarded-human-rights-prize-170528103532469.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-mohamed-al-roken (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn (ENGLISH)

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UAE/Prix Ludovic Trarieux: Call for the release of Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken, Emirati lawyer and former member of the UIA

July 18, 2017

The UIA invites you to support Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken, by signing an open letter to the Emirati government drafted by the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) and calling for his release (see below).

Dr. Mohammand Al-Roken is a prominent Emirati human rights lawyer, former President of the UAE’s Jurists Association and former member of the UIA.

He was arrested as part of a wave of mass arrests that began in March 2012.

In July 2013, after a trial that was qualified as arbitrary by observers, Dr. Al-Roken was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment, of which 3 were in probation for “establishing an organization that aims at overthrowing the government”, a charge he denied in court. He was also banned from practicing law.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken has devoted his life to the defense and promotion of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of others, emphasizing their universal essence and indivisibility.

Due to his human rights work and his defense of lawyers and political activists of all backgrounds, over the  past 10 years Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken was the target of continual harassment and surveillance proceedings. He has been arrested and detained several times, subjected to a travel ban, and also subjected to enforced disappearance.

Every name countsso please add your name and the name of your function/organization by emailing  the ICJHR at icjhr.geneva@gmail.com.

For a detailed description of his case, pleassee the report below.


Saudi Arabia: 1,000 Lashes For Raif Badawi

June 16, 2017

Every Friday morning, a small group of us, sometimes three, sometimes five, hold a vigil outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia. We’re the most genteel and well-behaved protestors anyone could want, yet the embassy always posts a guard behind the railings, watching and monitoring us.

As they must be watching and monitoring vigils across the world every Friday morning. Because we’re not the only ones outraged by a barbaric, medieval sentence on a man who merely used peaceful words.

Five years ago, on 17th June 2012 Raif Badawi was arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities, for allegedly “insulting Islam through electronic channels”. Raif had taken to his keyboard and set up a liberal website. An action which would have gone completely unremarked in this country and many others.

It will also mark the birthday of Waleed Abu Al-Khair.

Waleed is also in prison in Saudi Arabia, a lawyer who represented Raif Badawi in court, and who happens to be Raif Badawi’s brother-in-law. A man who’s spent his life fighting the abuse of human rights in Saudi Arabia. It appears the kingdom took its revenge by convicting him on charges including ‘striving to overthrow the state and the authority of the King’; ‘criticising and insulting the judiciary’; ‘assembling international organisations against the Kingdom’; and ‘inciting public opinion’. After all Waleed is a man who’s won the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize; been awarded the Swiss Freethinker Prize and been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the 4th year Waleed will be spending a birthday in prison.





http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/evelyne-abitbol-/emprisonnement-raif-badawi_b_17121574.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/arabie-saoudite-il-faut-librer-le-blogueur-raif-ba (FRANCAIS)

http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/evelyne-abitbol-/emprisonnement-raif-badawi_b_17121574.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2017/06/saudi-arabia-release-blogger-raif-badawi-still-behind-bars-after-five-years/ (ESPANOL)