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Turkey/UK: Turkey seeks extradition of UK barrister over Twitter activity

May 20, 2019

Ozcan Keles accused of spreading propaganda, in latest targeting of Erdoğan critics

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

A British barrister who has given evidence to parliament is facing possible extradition to Turkey on terrorism charges over his Twitter activity.

Ozcan Keles, who is of Turkish descent and holds UK citizenship, appeared at Westminster magistrates court on Monday accused of spreading propaganda online.

The attempt to remove him is the latest in a series of high-profile extradition actions in the British courts against critics or opponents of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

All cases to date have been thrown out on the grounds that they are politically motivated or that Turkey’s prison system breaches human rights. The most recent involved a media proprietor, Hamdi Akın İpek.

The Home Office has a duty to certify that extradition requests are legitimate, but has rubber-stamped a stream of Turkish claims that involve the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the courts in lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful actions.






Rights defender, newspaper staff given prison sentences for terrorist propaganda

Human rights lawyer Eren Keskin sentenced to 4 years on terror charges

The arbitrary detention and long-term imprisonment of 18 lawyers


http://www.diken.com.tr/ozgur-gundem-davasinda-avukat-eren-keskin-ve-gazetecilere-ceza-yagdi/ (TURKCE)

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.”







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



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UK: Meet Amal Clooney



Amal Clooney has been sent death threats after representing jailed Maldivian president





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

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UK: WhatsApp hackers targeted London lawyer

May 17, 2019

The WhatsApp messaging app is displayed on an iPhone on May 14, 2019, in San Anselmo, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A UK lawyer has vowed to “persist” after being targeted by not one, but two shady intelligence organisations.

The London-based human rights lawyer, who asked not to be named, is involved in a US lawsuit against NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance company whose clients have allegedly used its software to hack the phones of Mexican journalists and a Saudi dissident associated with the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Its advanced malware, known as Pegasus, was recently revealed to be capable of giving the user access to a target’s phone simply by ringing them over WhatsApp. It was effective even if the target didn’t answer the call.

“WhatsApp video calls could be used to deliver the payload of Pegasus”, the lawyer told RollOnFriday, “and there were attempts to do this against my phone.”

“Who exactly it is, is not clear”, he said, only that they were “actors who use this technology and think they can benefit from accessing my data”. He discounted the possibility a rival employer was using unorthodox methods to poach him. “I think they have much nicer ways of doing that”, he said.

The lawyer said he has not just faced attempts to hack his phone. “Before that, there were attempts by Black Cube”, he revealed, referring to the Israeli intelligence group which became infamous for attempting to entrap Harvey Weinstein’s accusers on the disgraced movie mogul’s behalf.





Iran: “I miss you my dearest” – Nasrin Sotoudeh’s letters to her children from prison

May 2, 2019

Iranian lawyer and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh’s heartbreaking letters from prison reveal the trauma inflicted on families by the government that claims to protect them.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a lawyer who has never shied away from doing what’s right in Iran. In her long and impressive career, she has exposed the injustices of the death penalty and campaigned for children’s rights. Most recently, she defied degrading laws that force girls as young as nine to wear a hijab or face prison, flogging or a fine. Nasrin has been sentenced to a total of 38 years and 148 lashes after two unfair trials because she demanded choice for women and girls. She will have to serve 17 years of this sentence.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is also a mother of two. Her commitment to justice and equality for her clients set Iran’s authorities against her. They have thrown her in jail twice: once in 2010 and now again in 2018. Both times, Nasrin was torn from her beloved children – and her children from their brave and loving mother. Over that period, she wrote a number of letters from prison to her son Nima, now aged 11 and her daughter Mehraveh, now 19. As these excerpts show, Nasrin’s anguish at being what she is – someone who must defend what’s right at all costs – makes her question her own choices as a mother. It is an unjust situation wrought not by her choices, but by a repressive government determined to break her. As many would agree, Nasrin is being the best mother she can be, by showing her children that truth and justice are principles worth fighting for – and that being a good mother doesn’t mean choosing between your values and your kids.



Iranian lawyer who defended women’s right to remove hijab gets 38 years, 148 lashes

The Iranian Mullahs are Nervous


https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/affaire-sotoudeh-les-avocats-mayennais-invites-a-bombarder-de-mails-l-ambassade-d-iran-en-france-1556867100 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.corriere.it/esteri/19_maggio_03/lettere-miei-figli-un-carcere-iraniano-460e89cc-6dd9-11e9-a640-9ee483a15261.shtml?fbclid=IwAR2_aVDF1BxARpE3r-qhg6DRHxtFRVdbxmnSrWKlAA5CIwasWSqDqbDRdok (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilmattinodifoggia.it/news/basilicata/43310/nasrin-sotoudeh-iscritta-come-socia-onoraria-della-camera-penale-lucana.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.sassilive.it/cronaca/istituzioni-cronaca/nastrini-rossi-per-nasrin-sotoudeh-lavvocata-iraniana-socia-onoraria-della-camera-penale-della-basilicata/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.virgilio.it/italia/sant-angelo-a-fasanella/ultima-ora/nastrini_rossi_per_nasrin_sotoudeh-58688077.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.ansa.it/basilicata/notizie/2019/05/02/nastrini-rossi-per-nasrin-sotoudeh_7ac76b1f-ac5c-4e20-9514-ac524ed6c9d6.html (ITALIANO)

https://internapoli.it/difende-donne-che-hanno-tolto-il-velo-in-pubblico-avvocato-condannata-a-38-anni-di-carcere-e-148-frustrate/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.girodivite.it/Nasrin-potrebbe-marcire-in-carcere.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.cittanuova.it/liberta-clandestina/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.adnkronos.com/fatti/cronaca/2019/05/04/iran-butera-mete-concedere-grazia-nasrin_v5pwvAN8JEmIVoXyIY0ifP.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.elmundo.es/yodona/lifestyle/2019/05/04/5cc6d90efc6c8374678b4594.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.lavozdelsur.es/no-somos-indiferentes/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.amnistia.pt/sinto-a-tua-falta-minha-querida-cartas-de-uma-mae-presa-por-lutar-pela-justica/ (PORTUGUES)

https://ionline.sapo.pt/artigo/655695/envio-te-as-minhas-lagrimas-de-amor-o-relato-emocionado-de-nasrin-sotoudeh?seccao=Mundo (PORTUGUES)

https://www.amnesty.gr/news/articles/article/22144/moy-leipete-agapimena-moy-ta-grammata-tis-nasrin-sotoudeh-sta-paidia-tis (GREEK)

https://www.amnesty.fi/vetoomukset/38-vuotta-vankeutta-ja-148-raipaniskua-iranilainen-ihmisoikeusaktivisti-vapautettava/ (SUOMALAINEN)


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Saudi Arabia/UK: Protest at Saudi Embassy to support detained rights lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair

April 26, 2019

5 Years On, Saudi Arabian Activist Waleed Abu al-Khair Still Behind Bars



HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer


Saudi Arabia Executes 37 in One Day and Escalates Crackdown on Dissent


HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer | RTNews24

HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer | RTNews24

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.remplt2015.htm (FRANCAIS)

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


Iran/UK/Ireland/Italy/France: Protests to support detained rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

April 17, 2019

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Barreau de Paris, Paris






https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2019/04/17/iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-toujours-emprisonnee-pour-sa-defense-du-droit-des-femmes_1721981 (FRANCAIS)

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

http://www.ilfriuli.it/articolo/cronaca/pordenone-chiede-la-liberazione-di-nasrin-sotoudeh-/2/197080 (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilgazzettino.it/nordest/pordenone/appello_nasrin_sotoudehlibera-4433962.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/norme-e-tributi/2019-04-17/avvocati-milanesi-piazza-nasrin-sotoudeh-201515.shtml?uuid=ABLrJ7pB (ITALIANO)

http://www.camerapenalepistoia.it/documenti/nasrin-sotoudeh-socia-onoraria-della-camera-penale-di-pistoia/?fbclid=IwAR2RNCV2FTt2XUE20mamSF58iBCxkXSn-Rg2NziaEvjMWg4skjhfEUEYJvg (ITALIANO)

http://www.alanews.it/cronaca-italiana/milano-avvocati-in-piazza-per-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/norme-e-tributi/2019-04-18/nasrin-protesta-200-avvocati-al-consolato-iraniano—-185202.shtml?uuid=ABFg7QqB (ITALIANO)

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1398/01/amirsalar-davoudi-charges-to-collaborate-with-hostile-states-through-an-interview-with-a-television-network/?fbclid=IwAR3WBDeoGOj2eBpStIZ0HTVyq9NVStwhNp7Mb0u6FHylasmxPNuFehHb8qU (FARSI)