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Egypt/Thailand/France/Germany: Two persecuted rights lawyers receive Franco-German Prize for Human Rights

 

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Mohamed Lotfy (Egypt)

Sirikan June Charoensiri (Thailand)

https://www.tlhr2014.com/?p=10264&fbclid=IwAR3os1uhkSVzgQjDh28qfyZg3D9WHhz_5xIRyi-oyTxEqykAT03f9Ynk048

https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/egypt-court-orders-release-of-anti-sex-abuse-activist-20181219

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46618153

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-court-orders-release-activist-amal-fathy-49334365

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-mohamed-lotfy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Lotfy_(Human_Rights_Defender)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/events/article/human-rights-franco-german-prize-for-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law-21-11-18

 

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

https://afrique.lalibre.be/29342/egypte-la-justice-ordonne-la-liberation-dune-militante-des-droits-humains/ (FRANCAIS)

https://th.ambafrance.org/L-avocate-Sirikan-Charoensiri-recoit-le-prix-franco-allemand-pour-les-droits-de (FRANCAIS)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/allemagne/relations-bilaterales/prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-homme-et-de-l-etat-de-droit/article/droits-de-l-homme-prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-homme-et-de-l-etat-de (FRANCAIS)

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirikan_Charoensiri (ESPANOL)

Au cours d’une cérémonie chaleureuse qui s’est tenue le 18 décembre, les ambassadeurs d’Allemagne et de France en Égypte ont remis conjointement le Prix franco-allemand des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit à M. Mohamed Lotfy.

Ce prix, décerné cette année à 15 lauréats à travers le monde, récompense depuis 2016 des personnalités qui contribuent de façon exceptionnelle à la protection et à la promotion des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit dans leur pays et au niveau international.

Il témoigne de l’engagement constant de la France et de l’Allemagne en faveur des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit partout dans le monde et contribue à renforcer leur coopération dans ce domaine.

(Ambassade de France en Égypte Facebook, 18/12/18)

Sirikan Charoensiri, avocate thaïlandaise des droits de l’Homme au sein de l’organisation Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a reçu le mercredi 19 décembre au soir à la résidence de l’ambassadeur d’Allemagne le prix franco-allemand pour les droits de l’Homme et l’Etat de droit des mains de l’ambassadeur de France en Thaïlande, Jacques Lapouge, et de l’ambassadeur d’Allemagne, Georg Schmidt, en reconnaissance de son travail pour défendre les Thaïlandais affectés dans leurs droits depuis le coup d’Etat de mai 2014.

Pour en savoir plus ➡️ http://bit.ly/2LsehD1

🇹🇭 เมื่อค่ำวันพุธที่ 19 ธันวาคม 2561 ณ ทำเนียบเอกอัครราชทูตเยอรมนี นางสาวศิริกาญจน์ เจริญศิริ ทนายความของศูนย์ทนายความเพื่อสิทธิมนุษยชน (Thai Lawyers for Human Rights – TLHR) ได้รับรางวัลสิทธิมนุษยชน และหลักนิติธรรมฝรั่งเศส-เยอรมัน จากนายฌัก ลาปูฌ เอกอัครราชทูตฝรั่งเศสประจำประเทศไทย และนายเกออร์ค ชมิดท์ เอกอัครราชทูตเยอรมนีประจำประเทศไทย เพื่อยกย่องการทำงานในการปกป้องชาวไทยที่ถูกละเมิดสิทธินับตั้งแต่เกิดรัฐประหารเมื่อเดือนพฤษภาคม 2557

ดูข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม ➡️ http://bit.ly/2PNkauV

(Ambassade de France en Thaïlande สถานเอกอัครราชทูตฝรั่งเศสประจำประเทศไทย Facebook, 20/12/18)

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Lawyers for Lawyers: Lawyers Under Attack: Stories of Solidarity Among Legal Professionals

October 14, 2018

The connection between human rights and the independence of judges and lawyers is undeniable. As early as 1994, the Human Rights Commission (replaced by the Human Rights Council in 2006) noted with concern the growing attacks to the independence of lawyers and judges and decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on this matter. As this problematic issue continued over the years and worsened in many countries, its mandate has been extended and continues nowadays. During the past year, Mr. Garcia-Sayan, current Special Rapporteur, has called for global attention regarding worrisome attacks against lawyers in China, Turkey and the Maldives and efforts by Governments to undermine judicial independence in Poland and the Philippines.

In order to learn more about this important topic we talked to “Lawyers for Lawyers” (L4L), an independent Dutch lawyers organization, which promotes and protects the independence of the legal profession through the support and empowerment of lawyers all over the world who face reprisals, improper interferences and restrictions because of their work, very often because they stood up for the human rights of their clients. Judith Lichtenberg and Sophie de Graaf (Executive Director and Policy &Programme Officer respectively at L4L) told us about the mission of L4L, problems faced by lawyers in the exercise of the legal profession nowadays and the work of L4L standing up for and supporting lawyers at risk.

Let us start from the beginning: where did the idea to found Lawyers 4 Lawyers come from?

Sophie de Graaf (SG): L4L is an independent non-profit organisation made up of lawyers, who promote common values of lawyers and their contribution to the justice system and the rule of law and stand up for colleagues who are hindered or threatened because of their work. The organisation has its roots in a solidarity campaign with Argentinean lawyers who disappeared or were detained without trial by the Military Junta during the years 1976 to 1983.

http://iravaban.net/en/203663.html?fbclid=IwAR2THAxtqmBvnDSDZAg_VtmXJv-Kge1_xaF4neOuJKWb-TSkctHu8Db3Ujk

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/

https://twitter.com/l4l_int?lang=en

http://iravaban.net/203215.html (ARMENIAN)

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/ (NEDERLANDS)

Thailand: Judicial harassment of Mr. Anon Nampa

November 16, 2018

THA 004 / 1118 / OBS 135
Judicial harassment
Thailand
November 16, 2018

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand.

 

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Mr. Anon Nampa, a human rights lawyer working with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) [1] since 2014. Mr. Anon is the lawyer of Mr. Thanakorn Siriphaiboon, who has been charged with violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse-majesté), Article 116 of the Criminal Code (sedition), and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act for having shared information about alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park [2], and for having ‘liked’ a Facebook post deemed insulting to King Rama IX’s dog.

According to the information received, on October 2, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court issued a summons dated September 25, 2018 for Mr. Anon to be investigated for disseminating on the TLHR website a statement [3] from a prosecution witness, Pol. Maj. Gen. Wijarn Jodtaeng, without the permission of the same military court in relation to Mr. Thanakorn’s case. If convicted under Article 30 of the Civil Procedure Code (‘contempt of court’), Mr. Anon could face up to six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of 500 Bahts (approximately 13,50 Euros).

On October 3, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court argued that the public dissemination of the testimony could negatively impact the case and asked Mr. Anon to ask TLHR to delete the content published on their website within 24 hours. The Court also banned any other individual or organisation from publishing witness testimonies related to the case in the media, and indicated that this would be considered contempt of court.

On October 4, 2018, Mr. Anon submitted a motion to revoke the Bangkok Military Court’s order, arguing that Mr. Thanakorn’s trial should be conducted publicly, as provided for under Article 172 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the 2017 Constitution, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Mr. Anon added that TLHR’s publication did not distort the military officer’s testimony and did not directly disseminate any military court documents.

On October 5, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court dismissed the motion arguing that the case was still pending, and that publishing the witness testimonies could have a negative influence on society.

On October 8, 2018, Mr. Anon submitted an appeal to the Bangkok Military Court’s decision from October 5, on the grounds that the dismissed motion order had violated Mr. Thanakorn’s right to a fair trial and the performance of his duties as a lawyer.

Mr. Anon dedicates his efforts to providing legal aid to those facing politically motivated charges. He is facing another 10 legal cases against him [4] (among others for sedition under Article 116 of the Criminal Code and insulting a court under Article 198 of the Criminal Code). Three of the cases have concluded, while eight are still ongoing. Two cases are being tried in military court for violations of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 3/2015.

The Observatory condemns the judicial harassment of Mr. Anon and considers that this investigation over the dissemination of a witness’ testimony is emblematic of the violations of the right to a fair trial of the accused and of the continuous judicial harassment of human rights lawyers in Thailand.

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/thailand-judicial-harassment-of-mr-anon-nampa?fbclid=IwAR0_cg67nqacEPUVEhkGERBJ2icrpCcDjnuSivk9KEcBxIhE0HItGceo0Nc

http://www.omct.org/fr/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/thailand/2018/11/d25116/

https://prachatai.com/english/node/7547

Thailand: Military Court will conduct an inquiry on a civilian lawyer for allegedly disseminating a testimony of a military witness

October 2, 2018

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) writes to draw your immediate attention to the
certain situation of Military Court’s inquiry of a civilian‘s defense lawyer Anon Numpha fo allegedly sharing a testimony of a military witness adduced by a military prosecutor.
Tomorrow, the Bangkok Military Court is going to inquire Mr. Anon Numpha at the Bangkok Military Court, in Khet Phra Nakhon, on 3 October 2018, at 8.30 am.

The inquiry related to the accusation against Mr. Anon Numpha for allegedly disseminating a military prosecutor witness’ testimony in the Mr. Thanakorn Siripaiboon case that legal officers of NCPO alleged him for violating Computer Crime Act and lese majeste and sedition of the Penal Code as a result of his postings about the King Rama IX’s dog and the alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park.

The Bangkok Military Court issued a summons dated 25 September 2018 to Mr. Anon
Nampha to be inquired over allegedly dissimating a military prosecutor‘s witness dated 23
February 2018 without permission of the Court. Nevertheless, an alleged content in the
prosecutor witness is part of the online article in the TLHR’s human rights case update title: “NCPO’s legal officer in sharing alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park and liking related to a dog king’s insult; testifying although he cannot use Facebook but spotted the defendant’s liking FB.” The article reported the Thanakorn case between February to September 2018 which is the public hearing without permission of making a note of any observers.

Regarding Mr. Anon Numpha, he is a lawyer network of TLHR who delicates his effort to
provide a legal aid to political accuses during NCPO’s administration. He has accused in
criminal charges at lease 10 lawsuits for violating the head of the NCPO order No. 3/2015,
alleging the sedition-like offense of Article 116 of the Penal Code, and insulting a court of
Article 198 of the Penal Code.

http://www.tlhr2014.com/th/?p=9167

Thailand: LAWYER ACCUSED OF LESE MAJESTE NOW FREE

August 27, 2018

A lawyer accused of royal defamation and later convicted of sedition has been freed after over a year behind bars, his attorney said Monday.

Prawet Praphanukul was released Sunday, about 16 months year after he was arrested on a charge of lese majeste, according to attorney Pavinee Chumsri. Prawet was acquitted of royal defamation, but a civilian court in June sentenced him to 16 months in prison for sedition instead.

“I am happy for Prawet because he was initially indicted on 10 counts of Section 112,” Pavinee said, referring to the section of the penal code addressing royal insults punishable by up to 15 years in jail per count.

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/08/27/lawyer-accused-of-lese-majeste-now-free/

https://thaipoliticalprisoners.wordpress.com/tag/prawet-praphanukul/

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2018/06/07/letters-reveal-un-exchange-over-thai-royal-defamation/

Thailand: Thai rights lawyer get 16 months prison for Facebook post

June 27, 2018

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A Thai court sentenced a human rights lawyer to 16 months in prison on Wednesday, finding him guilty of sedition for material he posted online but dropping charges of royal defamation.

Prawet Prapanukul had been indicted on 10 royal defamation charges and three sedition charges. He has said he would not appoint a lawyer to defend himself in the case he called “a political issue, not a legal one.”

The Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok sentenced him to five months for each sedition count and an additional month for refusing to let officials take his fingerprint identification, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said.

Prawet had been a lawyer for supporters of the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a military coup in 2006. He was arrested last year in connection with material he had posted on Facebook about Thailand’s 1932 revolution, which turned the country from an absolute monarchy into a constitutional one. Thailand’s current military government declared safeguarding the monarchy a top priority.

Critics of the lese majeste law covering royal defamation, which carries a punishment of three to 15 years’ imprisonment, say it is used to silence political dissidents. The legal aid group said last week at least 162 people have been charged under the lese majeste law since the military seized power again in 2014. Prawet’s was a rare case of an acquittal.

https://www.kveo.com/news/thai-rights-lawyer-get-16-months-prison-for-facebook-post/1266911615

https://www.deccanherald.com/international/thai-rights-lawyer-gets-16-677450.html

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1493274/rights-lawyer-gets-16-months-prison-for-facebook-post

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/world/article213901239.html

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/06/27/lawyer-goes-to-jail-for-sedition-cleared-of-lese-majeste/

http://www.trthaber.com/haber/dunya/taylandda-bir-avukatin-facebook-paylasimi-basini-yakti-16-ay-hapis-372201.html (TURKCE)

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The Criminal Court sentence a Lawyer to 16 months in prison for sedition and refusing to be fingerprinted

27 June 2018 Bangkok

The Criminal Court found Prawate, a lawyer and political activist who allegedly committed 3 counts of offense under sedition law (section 116 of the Criminal Code) by posted messages of his personal Facebook in a manner to provoke the public to campaign against the current political system of Thailand, guilty and sentence him to 5 months in prison for each count in total 15 months in prison. The court also found him guilty for refusing to let a police take fingerprints under decree of Council for Democratic Reform no.25/2006 (Council for Democratic Reform was a name of military regime that staged a coup in 2006) and sentence Prawate to a month in prison. In total, Prawate is sentenced to 16 months in prison. In the rendering of a verdict today, the court did not mention to allegation under lèse majesté law that Prawate was charged by prosecutor for 10 counts.

After hearing the verdict Prawate claimed that he still not recognized legitimacy of this trial as well as his detention. He also stated that “One day in the future history of the world will judged them” Prawate’s relatives who presented at the court today seems to satisfy with a verdict as Prawate will soon reunite with the family. Prawate was remanded in custody at the Bangkok Remand Prison since 3 May 2017 for 420 days or roughly 14 months, he then had about 2 more months to serve. Regardless the next move of public prosecutor, Prawate will be release immediately after his 16 months sentence is complete. If the public prosecutor decided to appeal the case Prawate will be summon to the court only when the Court of Appeal render its verdict.

Prawate’s case began in the late April 2017, he was arrested by military in the same time with other 5 individuals. All were detained and inquired in a military camp from 29 April and were brought to the court on 3 May 2017 with accusation under lèse majesté law and Computer-related Crime Act. Prawate and other 5 individuals have never known each other before. While other 5 individuals were accused under lèse majesté law for sharing facebook status of Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a former historian lecturer who is now living in exile, Prawate was accused under lèse majesté law for 10 counts of offense by his own facekook status. He also faced 3 additional accusations under sedition law for posting status that deemed to be a provocation to the public with regard to the current political system and the need of change.

Prawate was remanded in custody since 3 May 2017, he seek for bail was rejected by the court on the ground that circumstance of the case was severe. 5 individuals who had been arrested in the same time with Prawate were released after the public prosecutor issued a non prosecution order while Prawate was still remanded in custody as the public prosecutor proceed the case to the court.

Prawate’s trial commenced in May 2018, the trial was announced to be close to the public due to its sensitivity. Prawate however decided to make statement that he will not recognize legitimacy of this trial on the ground that he did not trust in the judicial system. Prawate claimed that the court had already found him guilty before the trial even began when it denied his right to bail on the ground that circumstance of the case is severe. Moreover, Prawate also claimed that since circumstance of this case is online offense, his detention then prevent him from access to necessary evidences while the prosecution had fully access, it is thus against principle of equality of arms.

The trial in May 2018 last only for a couple days as Prawate neither conduct cross examination against prosecution’s witnesses nor had witness testify on his behalf. The court initially set to render a verdict of this case on 23 May 2018 but the previous schedule was postponed to today as the court has not concluded its decision at that time.

 

(ILaw English Facebook, 27/6/18)

Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers: One year after receiving the L4L-Award 2017: Sirikan ‘June’ Charoensiri

June 18, 2018

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Thai human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri – known to friends as ‘June’- was the first woman to receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award one year ago. She was rewarded for her ‘unwavering courage and commitment’ in defending human rights in Thailand. We asked her what has happened since receiving the Award and her return to Thailand. Read also the interview with June on our website: https://bit.ly/2yFmzET

Many thanks to Human Rights in the Picture (http://www.humanrightsinthepicture.org, @HumanRightsinthePicture) for creating this video.

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13355/video-sirikan-june-charoensiri-received-l4l-award-one-year-ago/ (VIDEO)

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13329/nederlands-one-year-after-receiving-the-l4l-award-2017-sirikan-june-charoensiri/

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

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/bedanktvideo-sirikan-charoensiri (NEDERLANDS)

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