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Turkey/UK/Scotland: Detained lawyer & academic released by Istanbul court today

September 18, 2018

Hanifi Barış hocamız için tahliye kararı verildi.

Verdict: The judge has ordered the release of our colleague Hanifi Barış.

#HanifiBarışaÖzgürlük #FreedomForHanifiBarış #FreeHanifi#HandsOffOurColleagues

(The Free Hanifi Bariş Campaign Facebook, 18/09/18)

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1565426/hanifi-baris-released-from-turkish-prison/

https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-releases-erdogans-critic-hanifi-baris-an-academic-from-scottish-university/

https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-releases-erdogan-critic-hanifi-baris-a-scottish-university-academic/

https://www.thegaudie.com/articles/judge-orders-dr-hanifi-baris-released-from-prison

https://bianet.org/english/human-rights/200942-academic-for-peace-hanifi-baris-released

https://anfenglish.com/news/academics-for-peace-trial-heard-29706

https://www.change.org/p/turkish-government-we-demand-the-immediate-release-of-university-of-aberdeen-lawyer-dr-hanifi-bari%C5%9F/u/23287785

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https://www.evrensel.net/haber/361617/2-baris-akademisyenine-1er-yil-3er-ay-hapis-cezasi-verildi (TURKCE)

http://www.gaziantephaberler.com/haber/iki-baris-akademisyenine-hapis-cezasi-verildi-haberi-41209.html (TURKCE)

http://gazetekarinca.com/2018/09/baris-bildirisi-imzacisi-avukat-hanifi-barisa-tahliye/ (TURKCE)

https://www.alevinet.com/2018/09/18/baris-akademisyenlerinin-durusmalari-goruldu/ (TURKCE)

https://medyascope.tv/2018/09/18/baris-imzacisi-hanifi-baris-hakkinda-tahliye-karari-verildi/ (TURKCE)

http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/200936-hanifi-baris-tutuksuz-yargilanmak-uzere-serbest-birakildi (TURKCE)

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UK/Scotland: One in three lawyers attacked or threatened, suggests survey

September 17, 2018

Fist being stopped by hand

One in three Scottish solicitors say they have been victims of violence or threatening behaviour in connection with their work.

Law Society of Scotland research revealed almost all of the incidents took place within solicitors’ offices or in a court or tribunal building.

The survey, the first of its kind in Scotland, suggested 12% of solicitors who responded had experienced violence.

About 60% reported threatening conduct or communications.

The survey heard from more than 1,100 solicitors.

It found that clients or former clients – or clients of the opposing party’s solicitor – accounted for 60% of incidents.

Criminal defence lawyers were most at risk, but those dealing with sensitive cases such as divorce or child custody had also been targeted.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-45550487

https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16883474.one-in-eight-solicitors-attacked-because-of-work-law-society-finds/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/one-in-three-lawyers-attacked-or-threatened-j0klvqcwg

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1018949/scotland-law-society-solicitors-attacked-threatened-at-work

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/almost-half-scots-criminal-defence-13262113

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/national/16883474.one-in-eight-solicitors-attacked-because-of-work-law-society-finds/

 

Turkey/UK/Scotland: Trial of detained lawyer & academic Hanifi Baris September 18th

September 14, 2018

On July 4th, 2018, Hanifi Barış (signatory of the Peace Petition, 11st of January, 2016, lawyer and academic) reported to Bakırköy Police station in Istanbul, responding to a request that he give a statement about his social media accounts. He was arrested that day, and charged with “posting items of criminal content” on his social media accounts. The alleged criminal behaviour for which Hanifi Barış was arrested amounts to sharing news articles from Turkish and international media sources, including websites such as The Guardian and Foreign Policy, to which he did not add any of his own commentary. On the 23rd of July, a judge for Istanbul’s High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against Hanifi and re-affirmed his pre-trial detention. He has been held since then, at least part of that time in solitary confinement.

Hanifi Barış’s colleagues from the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, Aberdeen/Scotland, where he has done his PhD,  have joined with human rights organisations, and Hanifi Barış’s Turkish colleagues, many of them signatories of the Academics for Peace Declaration, “We will not be party to this crime!” to protest his unjust detention. They have circulated a petition demanding his immediate release, which has received almost 5,000 signatures.

His case has drawn international scrutiny. Human rights defenders such as Scholars at RiskFrontline DefendersIndex on Censorship have reported on his arrest and pending trial.

One of his colleagues was quoted by the Index on Censorship describing Hanifi Barış as “the kind of scholar who could find common ground with academics from almost any perspective: always good-natured, cheerful and unfailingly kind to everyone he interacted with.”

Hanifi Barış’s first hearing is scheduled for September 18th at the Çağlayan Courthouse. International observers are invited to monitor this hearing, with the hope that he will be immediately released and cleared of these unfounded accusations.

Please spread our word #FreeHanifi #HanifiyeÖzgürlük, follow @freehanifi on the social media and keep following his first trial where we demand his immediate release!

Academics for Peace, Turkey and elsewhere

For legal details of the ongoing Academics4Peace trials:

 https://afp.hypotheses.org/ and https://solidarite-up.org/

Social Media:

@barisakademik

https://barisicinakademisyenler.net/

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Hanifi Baris

https://www.change.org/p/turkish-government-we-demand-the-immediate-release-of-university-of-aberdeen-lawyer-dr-hanifi-bari%C5%9F (SIGN THE URGENT PETITION!)

https://anfenglishmobile.com/human-rights/academics-for-peace-trials-continue-29571

http://www.endangeredscholarsworldwide.net/single-post/2018/08/30/Rights-violations-against-Academics-for-Peace

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

#FreedomForHanifiBarış 

#HandsOffOurColleagues

#HanifiyeÖzgürlük

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Turkey/UK/Scotland: Imprisoned Aberdeen University graduate shares letter of thanks

September 13, 2018

Imprisoned Aberdeen University graduate Hanifi Baris has written a letter of thanks to his supporters across the world.

Mr Baris, who graduated last year, has been confined in a Turkish jail since July, charged with “posting items of criminal content” on his social media accounts.

Turkish news outlet Bianet reported that the “content” was a news report about the Kurdistan Regional Government, and confirmed he had been charged with “propagandising for a terrorist organisation.”

In a letter addressed to friends and colleagues, dated September 11, he shared his thanks.

“[Your support] has been the greatest source of my strength and resilience in here,” Mr Baris wrote.

“Please forgive me for not being able to write to all of you separately, for the time I spend reading and answering your messages is very limited.

“I hope I will make it up to you when – hopefully not ‘if’ – I am out of here.”

Mr Baris had been scheduled to return to Aberdeeen last week as a key-note speaker in a conference at the university’s Centre for Citizenship, Civic Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL).

In his letter, he lamented the fact he was unable to participate or listen to “inspiring talks” from Aberdeen students.

CISRUL Director, Trevor Stack, said he was “very concerned” about Baris’s situation.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1561200/imprisoned-aberdeen-university-graduate-shares-letter-of-thanks/

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180908081615995

Hanifi Baris

https://barisicinakademisyenler.net/English

#FreeHanifi

#HanifiyeÖzgürlük

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

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New message of solidarity from Hanifi for you all! Court case confirmed for next Tuesday 18 September at 10.30 a.m. Thank you everyone for such a wonderful display of support. Let’s not give up hope just yet!

(The Free Hanifi Bariş Campaign Facebook, 12/09/18)

South Sudan/UK: Vice-chancellor calls on South Sudan to release Cambridge PhD student from political detention

September 7, 2018

Peter Biar Ajak has been held in detention for over 40 days, and has yet to be informed of the reason for his arrest

More than four weeks after Cambridge PhD student and activist Peter Biar Ajak was arrested by South Sudanese security officials, Cambridge Vice-chancellor Stephen Toope has sent a letter to the country’s president, labelling the detention as unconstitutional.

The letter, sent on Tuesday 4th September to President Salva Kiir Mayardit through the country’s permanent mission to the United Nations, criticised South Sudan’s actions as being in violation of its own constitutional provisions for due process and freedom of expression.

In the letter, Toope wrote that “the University is deeply concerned about Peter’s welfare, his access to legal representation and the violation of his rights in accordance with the Constitution of South Sudan”.

Toope has further urged the government to “either release Peter Biar Ajak, or to bring charges against him in a timely manner in accordance with the rule of law and to grant him access to a lawyer”, adding to calls from human rights groups and foreign embassies in South Sudan.

The detention of Peter Biar Ajak – a prominent activist and the first South Sudanese citizen to attend Cambridge – was met with swift international outcry following his arbitrary arrest on 28th July by the South Sudanese National Security Service (NSS).

Ajak is currently being held at the NSS headquarters in Juba, the country’s capital, and has not yet been informed of the reason for his arrest.

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/16062

https://africatimes.com/2018/09/05/amnesty-calls-for-release-of-ajak-south-sudanese-prisoners/

https://www.change.org/p/freedom-for-peter-biar-ajak (PLEASE SIGN URGENT PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/soudan-du-sud-en-dpit-de-promesses-rptes-les-arres (FRANCAIS)

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-amnistia-acusa-fuerzas-sudan-sur-torturas-detenciones-arbitrarias-malos-tratos-20180904175457.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.domradio.de/themen/weltkirche/2018-09-04/bericht-behoerden-des-suedsudan-foltern-und-toeten-kritiker (DEUTSCH)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/zuid-sudan-opsluiten-en-martelen-van-tegenstanders-gaat-toch-door-2 (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20180904_03700935 (VLAAMS)

http://pt.rfi.fr/africa/20180904-ai-denuncia-novas-violacoes-dos-direitos-humanos-no-sudao-do-sul (PORTUGUES)

#FreePeterBiarAjak

#FreeSamuelDongLuak

Turkey/UK/Scotland: Academic’s indictment reflects the Turkish government’s criminalisation of free speech

September 4, 2018

Despite the lifting of the state of emergency in July, arbitrary arrests and human rights violations continue.

Hanifi Barış

Hanifi Barış, an outspoken Kurdish academic and lawyer, has been imprisoned by Turkish authorities since 4 July 2018. His detention for sharing press articles on social media is another demonstration of the repeated attacks against freedom of expression and critical opinions in Turkey.

Hanifi Barış obtained his Ph.D from the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law at the University of Aberdeen in 2017. Interested in political theory and human rights, he has published several articles and book chapters on Kurdish politics. After completing his dissertation, Barış moved back to Turkey and settled in Istanbul, where he started working as a lawyer. In his roles as an academic and a lawyer, Barış stood out as an ardent defender of human rights. In 2012, he drew public attention for representing a famous conscientious objector and defending his client’s rights to answer to the court in Kurdish. In January 2016, he was one of the Academics for Peace who signed the petition “We will not be a party to this crime”, which denounced the state-sanctioned violence in the Kurdish regions and called on the Turkish government to re-establish peace negotiations.

On 3 July, Barış received a call from Istanbul Bakırköy Police station, asking him to give a statement about his social media posts. The next day, after giving his statement to the police, he was referred to the court, where the prosecutor requested his arrest. He was accused of producing “terrorist propaganda” on the ground of article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law no 3713. Barış had shared news articles and commentaries from international and local media on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. It is worth emphasising that he did not add any of his own commentary on the posts. At the court’s request Barış was sent to prison on the same day. Since then, the appeals of his lawyer, Mehmet Doğan, for his release pending trial have been repeatedly denied. Even worse, when Barış asked to be moved to another dormitory in Silivri Prison, he was sent to an individual cell and remained in solitary confinement for 12 days.

On 23 July 2018, İstanbul’s 29th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against Barış and re-affirmed his pre-trial detention. The Court based its decision on an ongoing assessment of digital materials that had been supposedly confiscated during an alleged search of his residence and belongings. However, no such search ever took place. This blatant disregard for the rule of law and due process casts serious doubts on Barış’s prospect for a fair trial, highlighting Turkey’s systematic use of pre-trial detention as a means of intimidation.

https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2018/09/academics-indictment-reflects-the-turkish-governments-criminalisation-of-free-speech/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-pug

https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-prosecutors-label-guardian-foreign-policy-articles-as-terrorist-propaganda/

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1555428/aberdeen-university-students-make-poignant-empty-chair-tribute-to-imprisoned-graduate/

https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-issues-detention-warrants-for-5-people-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

https://stockholmcf.org/mass-transport-of-judges-to-presidential-palace-casts-doubt-on-judicial-independence-in-turkey/

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180908081615995

https://barisicinakademisyenler.net/

Hanifi Baris

https://www.facebook.com/groups/433508947128873/?fb_dtsg_ag=AdzrqaDW2bUV-Vvr3nSi2A1e6zIpsVztBs7s3VDpUZuCOg%3AAdzbQE9dbhXd4QyHYObAQLAGCDqnUzGzcCAolSQszHdpRQ

#FreeHanifi

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Fantastic initiative today from Barış İçin Akademisyenler / Academics for Peace for our#FreeHanifi #HanifiyeÖzgürlük campaign: “Our hearings have resumed with the start of the legal year: We gathered once again at the Çağlayan Court House to demand the release of our colleague#HanifiBarış, student #BerkayUstabaş and condemn attacks on the #SaturdayMothers and the#VigilforConscienceandJustice!”

(The Free Hanifi Bariş Campaign Facebook, 5/9/18)

UK/Scotland: Scots lawyers reveal fears of violence after solicitor stabbing and survey launched

August 19, 2018

SCOTLAND’S lawyers have been urged to report violent attacks by clients in an anonymous survey commissioned by the Law Society of Scotlandfollowing a brutal and targeted attack on a solicitor outside Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Joseph Shields was slashed across the face and body and his injuries were so severe he will be scarred for life. The 63-year-old criminal defence lawyer, who is a partner at Glasgow firm Gallen and Co, has yet to return to work.

This week the Law Society of Scotland launched a survey of legal professionals which will ask them to detail “incidents of violent or threatening behaviour” amid growing concerns about an increase in attacks.

Chief executive Lorna Jack said: “It is essential that people are safe while doing their jobs. Solicitors help people, often at extremely difficult times in their lives, and it’s important they can do this without fear or favour.

“This survey is completely anonymous and will help us to build a more comprehensive understanding of the risks faced by the Scottish legal community. I would encourage members of the profession to take part and share their experiences.”

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16584903.scots-lawyers-reveal-fears-of-violence-after-solicitor-stabbing-and-survey-launched/

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/16584941.lawyers-urged-to-report-violent-attacks-after-solicitor-is-slashed-in-glasgow/