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La VII Caravana Internacional de Juristas recorre Colombia para abogar por la protección de los abogados

26/08/22

La VII Caravana Internacional de Juristas recorre esta semana del 20 al 28 de agosto diferentes zonas de Colombia para conocer de primera mano los riesgos  que enfrentan en este país abogados y defensores de los derechos humanos.

El equipo de la Caravana está conformado por 18 juristas internacionales y expertos en Derechos Humanos de 11 países, incluidos miembros de la Fundación Abogacía, como integrante del Observatorio Internacional de la Abogacía en Riesgo (OIAD).

Esta iniciativa, organizada por ‘Colombian Caravana’, se celebra desde el año 2008 de manera bianual. En esta edición se visitarán las regiones de Bolívar, Norte de Santander, Santander y Valle del Cauca.

La Defensoría del Pueblo, órgano del Estado colombiano, ha informado de que 122 defensores de derechos humanos han sido asesinados entre enero y julio de 2022. Por ello, la misión de este viaje es analizar las amenazas sufridas por este sector y abogar por su protección.

Esta visita de la Caravana se produce en medio de una coyuntura complicada, debido al incumplimiento del Acuerdo Final de Paz firmado en 2016. Desde entonces se ha dado una agudización de las masacres, del desplazamiento forzado en territorios indígenas, afrocolombianos y rurales, así como una criminalización del derecho a la protesta tras el estallido social de 2021.

La delegación se reunirá con autoridades regionales y nacionales del nuevo gobierno presidido por Gustavo Petro con el fin de abordar los desafíos e inquietudes respecto a la seguridad de los abogados y abogadas.

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https://www.cali.gov.co/gobierno/publicaciones/171038/juristas-internacionales-recogieron-informacion-sobre-la-protesta-social-en-cali/

https://www.abogacia.es/actualidad/noticias/la-vii-caravana-internacional-de-juristas-recorre-colombia-para-abogar-por-la-proteccion-de-los-abogados/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/seventh-caravana-internacional-de-juristas/ (ENGLISH)

Switzerland: Prison et expulsion pour le détenu complotiste qui menaçait son avocat  

07/05/22

Condamné à 30 mois de prison, un voleur a attribué sa peine à son avocat, qu’il soupçonnait de collusion avec la procureure. Il lui a envoyé une lettre de menaces et d’insultes.

Cambrioleur multirécidiviste attiré surtout par les ordinateurs, les portables et les bijoux, Omar* a sévi dans plusieurs localités vaudoises, notamment à Lausanne, entre 2019 et 2020. L’année passée, cet Arabe avec un faux passeport français et sans permis de séjour en Suisse a été condamné par le Tribunal de Lausanne à 40 mois de prison pour vol en bande et par métier, dommages à la propriété, contrainte, violation de domicile, tentative de violation de domicile… 

«Je fait avec toi grand probleme fills de p…»

Omar* n’a pas digéré cette peine qu’il trouvait trop lourde. Et il en voulait particulièrement à son avocat, qu’il croyait de mèche avec la procureure qui instruisait l’affaire. C’est donc depuis sa cellule de prison à Orbe qu’il a rédigé un courrier pour l’avocat dont il ne voulait plus. Décidé à trouver un nouveau défenseur, il l’a abreuvé d’insultes et l’a menacé avec virulence. «Monsieur, malgré tout mes refus qui tu a mon avocat et tu veut pas lâche mon dossier tu veut violé mes droits (…) je manquer avec toi le respect ta à un fills de pute et tu a un batar qui j’ai jamais vue dans ma vie je prle avec toi vulgair et je men fou la conséquence (…) je niqué ta race conard fills de pute sa fait sept mois tu colaborer avec la procureure et tu veut encore discuté avec moi je te jure si tu a pas lâché mon dossier je fait avec toi grand probleme fills de pute.» 

Des menaces qui ont produit un effet

L’avocat a fini par se retourner contre son propre client en déposant une plainte pénale. Condamné en première instance, Omar a saisi le Tribunal cantonal. La Cour cantonale a revu à la baisse la condamnation pour vol par métier. Car la participation d’Omar n’a pas pu être prouvée dans un cas de vol. La peine de 40 mois du tribunal de première instance a été réduite à 30 mois. Mais le Tribunal est d’avis que le courrier envoyé à l’avocat était «à l’évidence une menace sérieuse». Selon la Cour, les menaces d’Omar ont eu un effet, puisque l’avocat a demandé à être relevé de son mandat de défenseur d’office. Ce qui constitue une preuve de la contrainte exercée par le détenu.

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https://www.20min.ch/fr/story/prison-et-expulsion-pour-le-detenu-complotiste-qui-menacait-son-avocat-936039344065

Tunisia: Military Court Jails Prominent Lawyer

14/03/22

Suggests No Critic of President’s Power Grab is Safe

The jailing of a prominent lawyer on March 2, 2022, for arguing with police officers is an alarming new step in the confiscation of civil liberties since President Kais Saied seized extraordinary powers on July 25, 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. Abderrazak Kilani, a former government minister and head of the national bar association, is one of the most prominent Tunisians to be put behind bars for his peaceful expression since the ouster of the authoritarian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

A military court has charged Kilani, a civilian, in connection with a verbal exchange he had with security officers who were denying him access to a hospital on January 2. He was trying to visit a client who had been taken there while under a form of house arrest. During the exchange he criticized the president.

“After placing scores of critics under ‘assigned residence’ house arrest or banning their travel, tossing Abderrazak Kilani into Mornaguia Prison sends a chilling new message that no one who criticizes President Saied’s power grab is safe,” said Salsabil Chellali, Tunisia director at Human Rights Watch. “

Kilani faces charges of “disturbing the public order,” “insulting public officials,” and “inciting [members of the security forces] by violence, assault, threats, or fraudulent practices to cease performing their individual or collective duties,” under articles 79, 125, and 136 of the penal code, Samir Dilou, one of his lawyers, told Human Rights Watch. The military court claims jurisdiction apparently because the speech in question was addressed to members of the security forces, Ridha Belhaj, another of his lawyers said. Kilani faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Kilani, 67, served as a deputy prime minister for relations with the Constituent Assembly from 2011 to 2013. He also has served as head of the bar association and as ambassador to the UN in Geneva. He is active in the Citizens against the Coup, an informal group of Tunisians who openly oppose Saied’s seizure of special powers.

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https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/03/14/tunisia-military-court-jails-prominent-lawyer

https://www.facebook.com/Defense-Committee-Of-Dean-Abderrazak-Kilani-104637522179590/

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https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2022/03/14/tunisie-un-tribunal-militaire-emprisonne-un-eminent-avocat (FRANCAIS)

https://cnb.avocat.fr/fr/actualites/soutien-au-batonnier-tunisien-kilani

https://www.aa.com.tr/fr/afrique/tunisie-hwr-laffaire-kilani-une-%C3%A9tape-alarmante-dans-la-confiscation-des-libert%C3%A9s-civiques/2534444

https://www.aa.com.tr/fr/afrique/tunisie-affaire-abderrazak-kilani-le-conseil-des-barreaux-francais-saisit-lonu/2526298

https://www.avocatparis.org/actualites/tunisie-liberation-batonnier-kilani

https://www.lecourrierdelatlas.com/a-geneve-des-tunisiens-reclament-la-liberation-de-abderazak-kilani/

https://www.jeuneafrique.com/1323004/politique/tunisie-tolle-apres-larrestation-de-lancien-batonnier-abderrazak-kilani/

https://www.businessnews.com.tn/le-comite-de-defense-de-kilani-decide-de-boycotter-le-juge-dinstruction-arge-de-laffaire,544,117096,3

Tunisie : Des organisations demandent la libération immédiate Me Abderrazak Kilani

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abderrazak_Kilani

Ireland/Switzerland/Taiwan etc: Day of Endangered Lawyer focuses on Azerbaijan

21/01/21

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The 11th Day of the Endangered Lawyer which will be marked tomorrow, (22 January) focuses on Azerbaijan this year.

Protests and seminars will be organised in solidarity with human rights lawyers in Azerbaijan. 

The Day of the Endangered lawyer is normally commemorated each year on 24 January, which falls on Sunday this year.

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Protests

Protests organised by local lawyer associations are planned worldwide outside embassies and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in compliance with public health guidelines.

petition supported by international, European and national lawyers‘ organizations will be presented to the respective embassies and sent to the Azerbaijan government.

Protests outside Azerbaijani embassies will be organised in Berlin and Rome and in Ankara and other Turkish cities. 

seminar  at 2pm today, organised by the Law Society of England and Wales, will be supported by Lawyers for Lawyers, DAV DeutscherAnwaltVerein, ELDH – the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights.

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https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-focuses-on-azerbaijan/

https://www.uianet.org/en/news/invitation-webinar-day-endangered-lawyer

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https://www.ordineavvocatitorino.it/node/143355 (ITALIANO)

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Switzerland: The ICJ and Geneva Bar Association launch ambitious global project

May 20, 2019

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The ICJ, the Geneva Bar Association and the Geneva legal community have joined forces to launch the ICJ-Geneva Lawyers International Cooperation Initiative. Under the Initiative, Geneva lawyers will join ICJ missions on the five continents to support the independence and integrity of lawyers and judges at risk, and to promote the Rule of Law.

The Initiative launches with a mission tomorrow, May 21st. A lawyer from the Geneva Bar Association will go to Guatemala to work the ICJ team and lawyers investigating and fighting the forced displacement of the indigenous community of La Laguna de El Petén.

Missions under the initiative will typically involve, among other things:

– Trial observations;

– Fact-finding missions;

– Support for the independence of lawyers and bar associations;

– Capacity building and training activities;

– Expertise and academic support.

Since its founding in 1952, the ICJ has played a unique and preeminent role as a non-governmental organization for the defense of the Rule of Law around the world, and the independence of judges and lawyers.

With the presence of its headquarters in Geneva for more than 60 years, through the Initiative the ICJ is further deepening its special bond with the city, to spread and share the spirit of Geneva.

“International support and solidarity are crucial to the work of lawyers defending the human rights of those who are often marginalized from power,” said Michaël Sombart, Director of Strategic Partnerships of the ICJ. “With this project the ICJ can help lawyers around the world benefit from the reputation and high standing of the Swiss legal community and bring the message of the Genève humanitaire beyond borders.”

The ICJ and Geneva Bar Association launch ambitious global project

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https://www.icj.org/fr/licj-et-lordre-des-avocats-de-geneve-lancent-avec-la-communaute-juridique-de-la-republique-un-projet-ambitieux-de-cooperation-internationale/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.odage.ch/ (FRANCAIS)

Turkey: Turkey more oppressive than ever – rights activist

January 28, 2019

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Turkey’s anti-democratic mentality has not changed since its foundation, but it has never been as oppressive as today, said award-winning Turkish human rights lawyer Eren Keskin.

Over the years, Keskin played a vital role in strengthening civil society awareness in Turkey. She became involved with the Human Rights Association (IHD) three years after its 1986 founding and headed its Istanbul branch for years.

She has been arrested and imprisoned numerous times, accused of terrorist ties for defending Kurdish rights, and won several international honors for her activism, including the Aachen Peace Award, the Theodore Haecker Prize, and just last year, the Helsinki Civil Society Award.

“Turkey’s undemocratic mentality has not changed since its foundation,” said Keskin. “There is no change in the mind or understanding of the state. I have been part of the struggle for human rights for nearly 30 years. I have not experienced a period in which freedom of thought and freedom of expression have been contravened this much. Turkey is more oppressive today than ever.”

Keskin said she had been brought before the courts more than 100 times and convicted on numerous occasions.

“I see the struggle for the defence of human rights as respect for those who have died. It is out of respect for them that I am part of the struggle for human rights,” she said. “We experienced a lot of pressure, but our friends were killed. They were killed fighting for human dignity. I am lucky to be alive…I was assaulted twice with firearms, imprisoned and threatened with death, but never gave up.”

https://ahvalnews.com/human-rights/turkey-more-oppressive-ever-rights-activist

http://www.martinennalsaward.org/martin-ennals-award-finalists-2019/

http://www.martinennalsaward.org/hrd/eren-kesken/

http://www.martinennalsaward.org/

Eren Keskin, MEA nominee 2019, speaks out fearlessly: Turkey more oppressive today than ever

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/judge-on-international-court-quits-over-alleged-interference-from-turkey-and-the-white-house

https://ahvalnews.com/human-rights/call-international-action-lawyer-even-keskin

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

https://www.demokrathaber.org/guncel/eren-keskin-e-basbakanlik-karari-yla-pasaport-yasagi-h112241.html (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/371691/ozgur-gundem-davasi-7-mayisa-ertelendi (TURKCE)

https://ahvalnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/ahvalnews.com/tr/node/37741?amp (TURKCE)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1225007/41_avukata_2_yila_kadar_hapis_istemi.html?fbclid=IwAR1aBwJ3NBobJU8K15uGUYLDL7BmNMzdZiAyQb2IchCY9e9urLlJdpTfim8 (TURKCE)

https://www.barreaudeparis.tv/embed/378 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://anfdeutsch.com/menschenrechte/ai-kampagne-fuer-eren-keskin-9197 (DEUTSCH)

China/UK/US/Germany etc: Wives of Detained Chinese Lawyers Meet With Foreign Diplomats

January 10, 2019

Li Wenzu (4th from L), wife detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, and Wang Qiaoling (5th from L), wife of rights lawyer Li Heping, pose with a group of Western diplomats in Beijing, Jan. 9, 2019.

The wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who has been held incommunicado without trial since 2015, has met with foreign diplomats together with Wang Qiaoling, wife of rights lawyer Li Heping, RFA has learned.

Yesterday morning, I and Wang Qiaoling met with diplomats in charge of human rights from … the U.K., U.S., Germany, the E.U., Switzerland and Austria,” Wang’s wife Li Wenzu told RFA on Thursday.

“Wang Quanzhang has been detained for three-and-a-half years, and I still know nothing about the trial,” she said. “I am starting to get very worried and anxious, because there has been no new information during the past couple of weeks.”

Li said the conversation had largely focused on her message to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

“I wanted them to pass on a very clear demand from me to the Chinese government, that the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court issue its verdict immediately,” she said.

“The [trial] ended … so the fact that they still haven’t issued a verdict indicates that they want to drag things out still longer, until everyone has forgotten about the whole thing,” Li said.

“They will then deal with the case when nobody is thinking about it any more,” she said.

Li said state security police had issued the families of rights lawyers and activists detained in a nationwide crackdown since July 2015 with the same warning; not to meet with foreign diplomats.

“The state security police wants the relatives to abide by four prohibitions, the most important of which was that we shouldn’t meet with diplomats,” she said. “But our situation would be far worse if it weren’t for international attention on the July 2015 cases.”

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyers-wives-01102019135210.html?fbclid=IwAR28d8ocNcd2OyGJsEsdRx2rwyGWQzXE9chce7uVljSGOveWnQrU0efzFk4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Quanzhang?fbclid=IwAR1VZuD1Jax0P2gY_s87RnBCkjw5ZitlCg-RA_3XgNZlSZ5uzoMIo_EsHno

http://www.edelstam.org/news/the-edelstam-prize-laureate-2018-shaves-off-her-hair-in-protest-of-the-persecution-of-her-husband/

http://www.edelstam.org/

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

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/harassment-against-wang-quanzhang-family

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2018/12/rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-tried-in-closed-hearing/

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20190118/454190852176/la-lucha-sin-pelo-de-la-activista-li-wenzu-contra-una-china-sin-ley.html?fbclid=IwAR38wGVF3lPf6b-_mAYyXG2MlRZb4gbv7rs9LH2pLjTqRHZ6rRBlLiK8tig (ESPANOL)

https://www.eldiario.es/politica/lucha-activista-Li-Wenzu-China_0_858464255.html (ESPANOL)

https://sverigesradio.se/sida/gruppsida.aspx?programid=3304&grupp=6240&artikel=7126235&fbclid=IwAR0fDHk-Tv-Oph5vuNBbRkOeLlY2oDCSyfoQW8B4-Fmk8mPYqRqKuC3Zl1o (SVENSKA)

RED BUCKET PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF THE EDELSTAM PRIZE 2018 LAUREATE – LI WENZU
During the Edelstam Prize 2018 award ceremony, the Chinese sign for love was exposed, and all persons engaged in organizing the ceremony, wore the Chinese sign for love on their hearts. The theme of love and happiness pervaded the whole ceremony, especially in the end when children sang “We are the world,” everyone holding a red bucket with the Chinese sign of love to show support for Li Wenzu, responsible for organizing the important “Red Bucket Protest,” which took place on July 7, 2017 in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing. All the guests received a red chocolate heart when leaving the ceremony.
During the “Red Bucket Protest,” the wives of the detained human rights lawyers gathered in front of the Procuratorate in bright and red clothes with red accessories and red buckets, a color of love and happiness, to publicize their demand for information and access to the prisoners. On their dresses they had printed their husband’s names and messages of love. All the participants in the protest were finally detained, some of them badly beaten. Diplomats were not allowed into the Procuratorate.

(The Edelstam Prize  29/10/19)

Turkey/Switzerland: IOHR organizes int’l conference on unprecedented threat to human rights in Turkey

October 30, 2018

The International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) has announced that it holding an international conference on Nov. 2, 2018 in Geneva to highlight the unprecedented threat to human rights in Turkey.

In a rare gathering, families of Turkish prisoners currently behind bars, prominent Turkish journalists and lawyers living in exile and active members of civil society will come together to speak on the ongoing witch-hunt and unjustified jailing of Turkish citizens.

Outspoken members of the British, Swiss and Dutch parliaments who have been working on the Turkish crisis will talk about the lack of due process and the travesty of justice those prisoners and their families face on a daily basis.

The conference will address the role of the European Court of Justice, the United Nations and the Council of Europe in protecting citizens and pushing for legislative reforms and basic respect for human rights.

Turkey is now ranked as the worst jailer of journalists worldwide. Turkey is ranked 157th among 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). If Turkey falls two more places, it will make it to the list of countries on the blacklist, which have the poorest record in press freedom.

https://stockholmcf.org/iohr-organizes-intl-conference-on-unprecedented-threat-to-human-rights-in-turkey/?fbclid=IwAR3Fjqi19wj_4K_IT1CJ9nKSRWoQRdhEB87hvuhMTtwNAJ9TZQYM8KtxK6A

https://observatoryihr.org/event/international-conference-on-unprecedented-threat-to-human-rights-in-turkey/

https://observatoryihr.org/

https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2018/10/shahshahani-turkish-mockery-justice/

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India/Switzerland: Adv Deepika to attend Human Rights Session at Geneva

September 16, 2018

The International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM)-an ECOSOC affiliated Organization has invited Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat to attend the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 10–28 September-2018.
Advocate Deepika Sing Rajawat, hailing from middle class Kashmiri Pandit family of Karihama, Kupwara, Kashmir (now settled in Jammu) is scheduled to attend, research and participate in the 39th session of the Human Rights Council on 19th of September.
It is imperative to mention herein that Deepika has been torchbearer in recent brutal rape and murder case of eight year old girl of village Rasana district Kathua.
Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat has been conferred with Women of the Year Award by Indian Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ladies Wing, Mumbai in June 2018 at Mumbai for her contribution in women welfare initiatives. She has also been awarded with Humanitarian Award 2008 by Trinjan at festival of Mothers and Daughters at Vancouver BC Canada on June 24th 2018.
Deepika has been awarded with Women of the Centaury Award at Salute Success 2018 Thalilulam Block Panchayath Kazhimbram, Kerala on 17th June 2018 at Kochi for being a courageous woman.
Rajawat who has been working for Human Rights specially Child Rights and Women Rights since 2008, has also been awarded with Rippen Kapoor Fellowship in 2008 by Child Rights and You (CRY) for working on the Child Rights Violations in the militancy infested J&K.
She was also awarded with Sonjoy Gosh Media Fellowship by Charkha Foundation in 2008 for conducting study on the Child Rights Violations in the militancy infested areas of Jammu province.

http://www.knskashmir.com/Adv-Deepika-to-attend-Human-Rights-Session-at-Geneva-29910

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/kathua-rape-victim-s-counsel-invited-at-human-rights-session-at-geneva/296616.html

http://thekashmirimages.com/2018/09/17/kathua-rape-victims-lawyer-invited-to-human-rights-session-at-geneva/

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/aidwa-members-take-out-rally-against-modi-regime/article24867291.ece

https://qrius.com/thousands-of-women-marched-in-delhi-a-week-ago-but-this-may-be-the-first-youre-hearing-about-it/

https://www.scoopwhoop.com/badass-indian-female-lawyers/#.0o4q05h7h

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/at-un-rajawat-seeks-support-against-women-abuse/655649.html

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Genève le 24 janvier 2018

Les Yeux dans les Yeux

Entrevue avec Me Sandrine Giroud, présidente de la Commission des droits de l’homme du Barreau de Genève:

http://www.lemanbleu.ch/replay/video.html?VideoID=34007

https://www.odage.ch/

Click to access Communiqu%C3%A9_24.01.2018.pdf