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Turkey/The Netherlands: Event at Consulate in honor of L4L Award for Selçuk Kozağaçlı

July 15, 2019

Event at Consulate in honor of L4L Award for Selçuk Kozağaçlı

On 10 July 2019 the Dutch consulate in Istanbul hosted a special event in honor of the Lawyers for Lawyers Award given to lawyerSelçuk Kozağaçlı from Turkey. Kozağaçlı, who is currently serving a long prison sentence in Turkey, has accepted the award under the condition that it is dedicated to all lawyers and others who are in prison as a consequence of their work to protect the rule of law and human rights.

 

The event at the consulate was opened by consul-general Bart van Bolhuis, who emphasized that the consulate supports, and will keep on supporting, lawyers in Turkey who are under pressure, prosecuted and detained because of their human rights work. L4L-president Irma van den Berg handed over the award to mr. Kozağaçlı’s colleague and wife, Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı applauding the dedication and courage of mr. Kozağaçlı and his colleagues. Mrs. Vangölü underlined that it is the responsibility of every lawyer to protect the rule of law and human rights, even if this is at personal risk.

The event was attended by the president of the Bar Association of Istanbul, mr. Mehmet Durakoğlu, other lawyers, and international observers from Greece, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. The international observers were in Istanbul to attend the hearing in the so-called CHD-1 case, in which both Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı stand trial.

The award ceremony itself took place on 23 May 2019, in the presence of Dutch Minister of Justice Ferdinand Grapperhaus, and more than 200 people including lawyers from the Netherlands and abroad. Serife Ceren Uysal received the award on behalf of mr. Kozağaçlı, as he was absent due to his prison sentence.

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/event-at-consulate-in-honor-of-l4l-award-for-selcuk-kozagacli/

Selçuk Kozağaçlı to receive L4L Award 2019

L4L observed hearing in the CHD-1 trial

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/07/turkey-three-year-anniversary-coup.html

Turkey: ICJ Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Turkey : IBAHRI and ICJ observe criminal trial on “Gezi Park” protests

https://t24.com.tr/haber/selcuk-kozagacli-yargilandigim-davanin-evraklari-bana-gosterilmiyor,829986 (TURKCE)

https://fr.euronews.com/2019/07/15/les-revelations-d-un-ancien-juge-limoge-en-turquie (FRANCAIS)

Turkey/The Netherlands: Gündem ‘Lawyers For Lawyers’ ödülü Selçuk Kozağaçlı’ya verildi

24/05/19

Ödülü, Kozağaçlı adına Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği genel merkez yöneticisi avukat Ceren Uysal aldı

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Hukukun üstünlüğünü ve insan haklarını tanıtmak için çalışan ve çalışmaları nedeniyle tehdit altında olan bir avukata verilen ‘Lawyers For Lawyers’ ödülü tutuklu Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği (ÇHD) Genel Başkanı Selçuk Kozağaçlı’ya verildi.

Kanun Hükmünde Kararname (KHK) ile kapatılan Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği’nin (ÇHD) genel başkanı Selçuk Kozağaçlı örgüt üyesi olmak” iddiasıyla çıkarıldığı mahkemede tutuklanmıştı.

Verilen ‘Lawyers For Lawyers’ ödülünü Kozağaçlı adına Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği genel merkez yöneticisi avukat Ceren Uysal aldı.

https://t24.com.tr/haber/lawyers-for-lawyers-odulu-selcuk-kozagacli-ya-verildi,822840

https://tele1.com.tr/selcuk-kozagacli-lawyers-for-lawyers-odulune-layik-goruldu-57198/

https://www.demokrathaber.org/guncel/tutuklu-selcuk-kozagacliya-odul-h115903.html

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2019/05/24/lawyers-for-lawyers-odulu-selcuk-kozagacliya-verildi/

https://www.abcgazetesi.com/selcuk-kozagacli-lawyers-for-lawyers-odulune-layik-goruldu-17547

Selçuk Kozağaçlı’ya, ‘Hukukun üstünlüğü’ ödülü

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/about-us/lawyers-for-lawyers-awards/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/Top-Stories/human-rights-honour-for-turkish-lawyer/ (ENGLISH)

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/invitation-lawyers-for-lawyers-award-ceremony-2019/ (ENGLISH)

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/selcuk-kozagacli-to-receive-l4l-award-2019/ (ENGLISH)

https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2019/05/21/lawyers-for-lawyers-award-to-turkish-human-rights-defender-selcuk-kozagacli-on-23-may/ (ENGLISH)

#L4LAward2019

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Pakistan/UK: Lawyer who defended Asia Bibi named Secularist of the Year

May 18, 2019

Lawyer who defended Asia Bibi named Secularist of the Year

A lawyer who defended a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan has been named as the Secularist of the Year for 2019.

Saif ul Malook, who defended Asia Bibi, was awarded the National Secular Society’s annual prize at its Secularism 2019 conference on Saturday 18 May.

The award presented by the human rights barrister and NSS honorary associate Geoffrey Robertson QC.

Asia Bibi was sentenced to death by hanging for allegedly insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad in November 2010. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered her to be freed in October 2018. It upheld her acquittal in the face of a petition urging its quashing in January.

Malook represented Asia Bibi from 2014 until the end of the process. He has faced death threats from Islamists in response, as have the judges who ordered her to be freed.

He is now handling another blasphemy case involving Shaghufta Kausar, who faces a possible death sentence in Pakistan over a text message that allegedly insulted Muhammad.

Saif ul Malook said:

“Thanks to the National Secular Society for recognising my efforts to secure the acquittal of Asia Bibi.

“To fight blasphemy cases in Pakistan is putting one’s own and families’ lives at risk. The moral support from organisations such as the NSS has given me the courage to take the case of Shaghufta Kausar – another Christian woman on death row on blasphemy charges.

“I assure you that I plan to continue my mission in providing legal aid to all blasphemy victims even in future regardless to the threat to my life.”

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/05/lawyer-who-defended-asia-bibi-named-secularist-of-the-year

https://www.trendsmap.com/twitter/tweet/1129774573740843008

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Asia-Bibi-s-lawyer-named-Secularist-of-the-Year

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/head-line-news-details/7108

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2019/may/asia-bibi-survived-violent-islamic-mobs-in-pakistan-now-a-muslim-man-wants-to-slay-the-blasphemer-in-canada

https://www.wnd.com/2019/05/asia-bibi-free-but-another-christian-in-her-cell/

Pakistani mother cleared of blasphemy charges, joins her daughters in Canada

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/opinion-details/3331

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/pakistans-blasphemy-law-people-die-for-insulting-prophet-mohammed-3997571.html

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

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Pakistan: Why Pakistan’s blasphemy law must be abolished

May 10, 2019

Asia Bibi is now safely in Canada. Picture: AFP.

Asia Bibi‘s long and highly publicized ordeal is finally over – she has been allowed to leave Pakistan. Bibi, a Christian, was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. However, she was acquitted by the Supreme court in October last year after the prosecution failed to submit valid evidence against her.

Bibi’s acquittal sparked protests by religious fundamentalists across the country, and despite being acquited by the highest court in the country, Bibi was not allowed to leave Pakistan. The review petition against Bibi was also dismissed by the Supreme Court, but she was forced to remain in Pakistan until she quietly left for Canada on Wednesday. Such is the sensitivity of the matter that the government is tight-lipped about Bibi’s departure and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to confirm she was in Canada for security reasons.

Bibi is one of the more fortunate victims of Article 295-C of the constitution: unlike many others accused of blasphemy, after spending eight years in prison, she was able to flee the country. There are still dozens of people accused of blasphemy languishing behind bars in until their cases can be heard. The lower courts do not like to go against public sentiment and in most cases, despite the evidence against them being weak, the accused are given death sentences. The case of Professor Junaid Hafeez is a classic example. Hafeez, a lecturer at a government university in Punjab, was charged with blasphemy because of a Facebook post he made in 2013, and since then his case has been pending in the lower courts and the judge presiding over the case has been replaced six times. His lawyer, Rashid Rehman, was murdered in broad daylight after he refused to abandon the case.

Despite the prevalence of people being wrongly accused of blasphemy, Pakistan is still not ready to embrace reform. Hafeez is in solitary confinement and his misery is likely to continue indefinitely. The unsung hero of the Bibi case, the lawyer Saif ul Malook, who courageously fought for her acquittal, told this correspondent that in future he may take up the case of Hafeez. Malook is considered the best lawyer to defend people accused of blasphemy. He is immensely courageous and his knowledge of the law and the prosecution system is unrivaled. But what about the other people who are still waiting for justice to be served and why are their cases not getting media attention?

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/opinion/why-pakistans-blasphemy-law-must-be-abolished/

http://newsweekpakistan.com/trudeau-declines-to-confirm-if-aasia-bibi-in-canada/

Asia Bibi happy to be in Canada but ‘very tired’ after blasphemy ordeal, says friend

https://www.firstpost.com/world/asia-bibi-is-now-free-us-welcomes-pakistani-christians-arrival-in-canada-says-blasphemy-laws-jeopardise-fundamental-freedom-6598691.html

Asia Bibi leaves for Canada: Lessons for Pakistan

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/crushing-dissent-is-a-clear-sign-of-weakness/news-story/

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canada-has-helped-muslims-thrive-and-we-must-extend-the-same-welcome/

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pakistan-s-muted-response-as-asia-bibi-flees-to-canada-11518350

https://onenewsnow.com/persecution/2019/05/09/bibi-escaped-but-many-others-still-behind-bars-in-pakistan

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/may/asia-bibi-lawyer-malook-shagufta-shafqat-blasphemy-pakistan.html

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pakistani-christian-asia-bibi-finds-refuge-in-canada-but-faces-muslim-retribution

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

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

Pakistan/Canada/The Netherlands: Asia Bibi: Christian leaves Pakistan after blasphemy acquittal

May 8, 2019

Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, has left the country, officials have confirmed.

Her conviction was overturned last year by the Supreme Court.

She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.

Asia Bibi has always maintained her innocence in a case that has polarised Pakistan.

Pakistani government officials did not reveal her destination, or say when she left.

But her lawyer Saif Ul Malook told CNN she had already arrived in Canada. Some of her family are reported to be in Canada.

Asia Noreen – commonly known as Asia Bibi – was kept at a secret location while arrangements were made for her to leave the country.

The Supreme Court’s quashing of her sentence last October led to violent protests by religious hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws, while more liberal sections of society urged her release.

Since 1990, at least 65 people have reportedly been killed in Pakistan over claims of blasphemy.

Asia Bibi, who was born in 1971 and has four children, was the first woman to be sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48198340

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/08/asia-bibi-arrives-in-canada-after-leaving-pakistan

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/08/asia/asia-bibi-canada-intl/index.html

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7003763/Christian-mother-53-jailed-blasphemy-Pakistan-returning-home.html

http://www.arabnews.pk/node/1494276/pakistan#.XNKCGk0s9ZE.twitter

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/05/08/pakistan-christian-asia-bibi-canada-saifi-lkl-vpx.cnn

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

https://jang.com.pk/news/637364-asia-bibi-leaves-pakistan (URDU)

https://www.lepoint.fr/monde/la-chretienne-asia-bibi-a-quitte-le-pakistan-08-05-2019-2311315_24.php (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/la-chretienne-asia-bibi-a-quitte-le-pakistan-20190508 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.nzz.ch/international/asia-bibi-aus-pakistan-ausgereist-ld.1480237 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.actuall.com/persecucion/asia-bibi-abandona-pakistan-seis-meses-despues-ser-absuelta-de-la-condena-a-muerte-por-blasfemia/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2019/05/08/news/asia_bibi_lascia_il_pakistan_l_accogliera_il_canada-225739746/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.ad.nl/buitenland/asia-bibi-is-onderweg-naar-canada~a4b9b763/ (NEDERLAND)

https://www.stichtinghvc.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/blog-rechtszaak-asia-bibi-update/?fbclid=IwAR2E7cYQC4HagpKL-W0gxcXUrpwLEXZru_gqI9pPNdLpuBN6mXV4pHkBTPY (NEDERLAND)

Pakistan/USA/The Netherlands: Lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Nominated For Rights Award

April 30, 2019

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Lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, who prevented the execution of a Pakistani Christian woman, has been nominated by several European Parliamentarians for a top rights award. Legislators say the lawyer should receive the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award for his courage in defending Asia Bibi, who faced the death penalty in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy against Islam.

In November 2018, he fled Pakistan because of death threats from Islamists after Pakistan’s Supreme Court decided to acquit Bibi from all accusations of blasphemy.

When the Supreme Court decided to review the acquittal, Saif-ul-Malook returned to Pakistan to represent Bibi. “The courage Saif has shown in the whole case is remarkable,” said Dutchman Peter van Dalen of the ChristianUnion-SGP faction in the European Parliament. His office told BosNewsLife that several other European lawmakers also nominated the lawyer including Manfred Weber, the chairman of the influential European Peoples Party, and other parliamentarians.

The Four Freedoms Awards are presented annually to those showing a significant commitment to one of four principles proclaimed by late U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as essential to democracy: ‘freedom of speech and expression,’ ‘freedom of worship,’ ‘freedom from want’ and ‘freedom from fear.’

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The prize is given in alternate years in New York City by the Roosevelt Institute to Americans and in Middelburg, The Netherlands, by the Roosevelt Foundation to non-Americans. Legislators nominate Saif-ul-Malook under the ‘freedom of fear’ category because of “the great courage” he showed while defending Bibi, explained Van Dalen. “Despite the tensions surrounding the case and the threats to himself and his family, Saif-ul-Malook stood firm. He ensured that Asia Bibi had a strong defense”, Van Dalen he said in a statement.

Van Dalen described the lawyer as “a modern-day Good Samaritan and an example of how we can help each other regardless of differences in our religions or beliefs” and added that it “is an honor to represent him for this prize.”

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/head-line-news-details/7096

Lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Nominated For Rights Award

Asia Bibi’s Lawyer Nominated for Prestigious Human Rights Award

https://www.fourfreedoms.nl/en/awards.htm

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

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

https://www.rd.nl/vandaag/binnenland/advocaat-bibi-genomineerd-voor-prijs-1.1564671 (NEDERLAND)

https://www.nd.nl/nieuws/geloof/advocaat-van-asia-bibi-genomineerd-voor.3360052.lynkx (NEDERLAND)

https://www.fourfreedoms.nl/ (NEDERLAND)

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/magazine/2019/04/24/blasfema-la-storia-di-asia-bibi_51418d53-2981-4d66-8e0f-4cedd4ea8930.html (ITALIANO)

The Netherlands/Turkey: Invitation Lawyers for Lawyers Award Ceremony 2019

April 24, 2019

Presenting the 2019 Laureate of the Lawyers for Lawyers Award:

Selçuk Kozağaçlı
Human rights lawyer from Turkey

 

The Award Ceremony will take place on 23 May 2019 in Amsterdam. Register now to attend!

The seminar will be organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam Bar Association and the Justitia Commission of the Young Lawyers Association Amsterdam. The main topic of the seminar will concern the developments surrounding the proposed European Convention on the Profession of Lawyers. Two panel discussions will be organized around this topic.

Programme:
14.00 – 17.00 | Seminar on the proposed European Convention to Protect Lawyers. Speakers include, amongst others, François Moyse (Vice-Chair of the CCBE European Convention Working Group), Mikolaj Pietrzak (president of the Warsaw Bar Association), Hanne Juncher (Head of Department, Justice and Legal Co-operation, Council of Europe), Prof. Egbert Myjer (Commissioner International Commission of Jurists and former judge at ECHR) and former Award winners and lawyers Sirikan ‘June’ Charoensiri (Thailand) and Alec Muchadehama (Zimbabwe)

Invitation Lawyers for Lawyers Award Ceremony 2019

https://bianet.org/english/law/207848-selcuk-kozagacli-objects-to-prison-sentence-of-11-years-3-months

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/selcuk-kozagacli-detained

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/lawyer-yaprak-turkmen-arrested

http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/207890-video-footage-showing-detention-of-lawyer-battered-for-allegedly-insulting-president

https://ahvalnews.com/freedom-expression/collapse-rule-law-erdogans-turkey?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3w0po2_s4gj4zZbwxzK5_2JjbY7v0Bt7ccSw3rXhWb2Og8uC_OWTasFPE

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-interpol/turkey-may-be-worlds-most-prolific-abuser-interpol-red-notices

http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/207843-selcuk-kozagacli-11-yil-3-ay-hapse-itiraz-etti (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/378142/kozagacli-kendisine-verilen-cezaya-itiraz-etti-on-birinci-gerekce (TURKCE)

https://www.independentturkish.com/node/25166/haber/tutuklu-%C3%A7hd-genel-ba%C5%9Fkan%C4%B1-sel%C3%A7uk-koza%C4%9Fa%C3%A7l%C4%B1-istinaf-mahkemesi%E2%80%99ne-ba%C5%9Fvurdu#.XMGVGPNkdI4.twitter (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2019/04/24/dosyama-baktirmadiniz-gerekcelerimi-siz-bulun/ (TURKCE)

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