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Egypt/UK: Egyptian lawyer receives death threat over Mariam Moustafa case

April 19, 2018

FILE- 18-year-old Egyptian student Mariam Moustafa

Emad Abu Hussein, lawyer of the Egyptian student Mariam Moustafa who was brutally beaten to death by a gang of English women in Nottingham, U.K., said that he has received a death threat in the mail over his client’s case.

Abu Hussein said in a phone call with TV host Ahmed Moussa that he found death threats at his house’s mailbox without an address or postage stamp. The mail’s contents stated: “A Muslim girl was killed. You’ll be next if continued to be her defense lawyer.”

Abu Hussein added that the British police have asked him to leave his house in order to avoid any danger. The lawyer said that he requested security protection for his life from the authorities, as long as the case stays in court.

In late February, Moustafa, an engineering student based in Nottingham, U.K., was brutally beaten by 10 British women of African descent. The incident stirred condemnation of both the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the British embassy in Cairo.

An Egyptian parliamentary delegation was sent to the U.K. in March to follow up on the investigations of Moustafa’s case. Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek has ordered an official copy of the death investigations of the 18-year-old Egyptian student.

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/48181/Egyptian-lawyer-receives-death-threat-over-Mariam-Moustafa-case

http://www.egyptindependent.com/lawyer-of-killed-egyptian-in-uk-receives-death-threat/

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/45250/Egyptian-student-attacked-in-U-K-dies-of-wounds

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/04/22/mariam-moustafas-lawyer-receives-death-threat-pressured-to-drop-the-case/

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UK/Egypt: Support for lawyer at York bookshop on women’s day

March 8, 2018

Friends of Egyptian lawyer, Azza Soliman at the Books for Amnesty Shop in Goodramgate with (l-r), Patricia Bartley , Centre for Applied Human Rights University of York and Margot Brown of Books for Amnesty  Picture Frank Dwyer.

FRIENDS of an internationally-renowned human rights lawyer have paid tribute to her in York to mark International Women’s Day.

Egyptian lawyer Azza Soliman met Patricia Bartley – from the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York – and Margot Brown of Books for Amnesty, when she lived in York in 2013.

Azza now works to defend victims of torture, arbitrary detention, domestic violence and rape in Egypt, but her actions have led her to be labelled a threat to the country’s national security. Her assets have been frozen, and she is banned from travelling.

A special window display including a portrait of Azza was put up at the Books for Amnesty shop in Goodramgate for the York International Women’s Festival, where Amnesty International Newsletters were handed out containing articles about Azza, and details of a petition to request her human rights are respected.

Sue Cooke, former Sheriff of York, said: “I was inspired by my meetings with Azza, she is a brave woman doing vital work for and with her country women, she deserves our help to continue this important work.”

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16074674.Support_for_lawyer_at_York_bookshop_on_women_s_day/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/speak-out-for-egypt-womens-rights-defender-azza-soliman/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/3/7/the-middle-easts-women-are-championing-their-own-change

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/02/egypt-campaign-female-genital-mutilation.html

http://www.pilnet.org/public-interest-law-programs/public-interest-lawyering/meet-the-fellows/118-azza-soliman.html

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/292370/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-dismisses-UN-human-rights-criticism-as-basel.aspx

https://www.lematin.ch/loisirs/cinema/fifdh-met-femmes/story/15565493 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.diarioconstitucional.cl/noticias/actualidad-internacional/2018/03/08/amnistia-internacional-publica-nosotras-dirigimos-el-mundo-mujeres-que-defienden-nuestros-derechos/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/actie-op-internationale-vrouwendag-voor-egyptische-azza-soliman (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.hoogeveenschecourant.nl/nieuws/hoogeveen/529746/amnesty-hoogeveen-viert-internationale-vrouwendag.html (NEDERLANDS)

http://www.dordrecht.net/agenda/2018-03-08-10961-schrijfavond-amnesty-international-dordrecht.html (NEDERLANDS)

http://www.vlt.se/opinion/debatt/amnesty-stod-hotad-jamstalldhetsadvokat-i-egypten (SWEDISH)

Kenya/Canada/UK: Miguna to lecture at Oxford University

March 5, 2018

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Self-declared National Resistance Movement (NRM) general Miguna Miguna is this month expected to address a public lecture at the prestigious Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

The public lecture to be held on March 23 will dwell on the ‘political crisis’ in Kenya.

The public lecture will be hosted by Dr. Dominic Burbidge who is a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the University’s Faculty of Law.

The World University Rankings 2018 placed Oxford University in the first position in the list of the world’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning.

The public lecture is expected to raise Miguna’s global and national profile that has been on the rise since his arrest, detention and subsequent deportation to Canada.

The outspoken lawyer is currently on a global tour where he is expected to popularize the National Resistance Movement Kenya.

Friday, March 2, the former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate was in American capital Washington DC where he encouraged NRM supporters to remain strong.

https://hivisasa.com/posts/miguna-to-lecture-at-oxford-university

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/03/05/im-as-tough-as-my-mother-miguna-says-at-start-of-nrm-tour_c1724621

http://www.mwakilishi.com/article/diaspora-news/2018-03-05/miguna-miguna-begins-10-day-tour-in-us-to-popularize-nrm

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001271454/miguna-embarks-on-nrm-mobilization-and-recruitment-tour-in-the-us

http://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/politics/raila-s-advice-that-forced-me-to-reject-kalonzo-miguna-id8069806.html

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/events/miguna-miguna-kenyas-current-political-crisis

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/03/05/judiciary-respects-parliament-obey-courts-as-well-mwilu-tells-mps_c1725156

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

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20180310/441410024361/la-oposicion-de-kenia-se-desliga-del-acuerdo-de-su-lider-con-el-presidente.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.dn.pt/lusa/interior/oposicao-queniana-demarca-se-do-acordo-entre-o-seu-lider-e-o-presidente-9176499.html (PORTUGUES)

#MigunaMiguna #ObeyCourtOrders #ObeyTheLaw

European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer/UK: The value of a strong and independent legal profession

March 2018

Protecting endangered lawyers and the rule of law: Andrew Walker QC underlines the growing concerns and global initiatives

The entrance to the home of the Paris Bar is dominated by a map of the world.

A spider’s web of lines links all too many countries to short biographical cards that surround it. Each card identifies a lawyer who has suffered from some form of persecution – even death – simply for doing his or her job: defending the rights of others. It is a firm statement of intent by one of the largest Bars in Europe to stand together with our fellow lawyers, wherever they are under threat. It is a stark reminder, too, of how widespread and serious are the threats faced by lawyers in very many parts of the world.

I am reminded of that Parisian map as I reflect on some of our own initiatives as I write this month’s column. The Day of the Endangered Lawyer is a recent idea, designed to draw attention to what seems to be a growing concern. This year, we joined lawyers across Europe in calling on the Egyptian authorities to take a series of steps to uphold the rule of law and to protect lawyers from arrest, detention and prosecution.

The experience in Europe has inspired another initiative: the proposal for a European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer. We have thrown our weight behind this, and are lobbying for the necessary government support in the Council of Europe. Such support is far from guaranteed. I regret to say that of the 18 UK members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, only four voted on the proposal, and only three of them were in favour.

While the main impetus for this may be experience in other countries, we would be foolish to take our own position for granted. To give just one example: the Bar Council has expended considerable time and energy over the last few years in arguing for legal professional privilege to be given explicit protection in a number of Acts passed by our own Parliament, not always successfully. We and others will be pressing for a convention to include protection for legal professional privilege, as well as for the independence of lawyers and their professional bodies. Protection enshrined in an international treaty would be a valuable addition to our armoury.

https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/the-value-of-strong-and-independent-legal-profession

http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-EN.asp?fileid=24466&lang=en

http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/international/regions/europe/pace-calls-for-a-european-convention-on-the-profession-of-lawyer/5064010.fullarticle

http://humanrightshouse.org/Articles/22956.html

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: SOLIDARITY WITH LAWYERS AT RISK

January 24, 2018

British Council

On the 8th international Day of the Endangered Lawyer, the Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) together with lawyers’ organisations in Europe and around the world, stand in solidarity with those lawyers in Egypt who face persecution in furtherance of the protection of the rule of law. This is also the day to remember lawyers at risk across the world.

For the protection these lawyers afford to others, they are often watched, tracked, falsely prosecuted, deprived of their liberty, or even killed. Each of those instances is a serious threat not only to those lawyers, but to the meaningful protection of the rights they seek to defend.

Egypt

For 2018, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is focused on Egypt, in light of widespread credible reports  from human rights organisations that Egyptian authorities are “rapidly taking concrete steps to shut down the last critical voices in the country’s human rights community.”

Since 2013, fundamental human rights, including the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression and assembly, have been diminished on an ongoing basis by broad security legislation. In the last two years, there has been an increase in the number of arrests of lawyers who provide counsel and representation to human rights defenders, many of whom face extended pre-trial detention without a reasoned decision for refusing conditional release. There are widespread reports from international organisations that those in detention are at risk of torture and degrading treatment.

Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of BHRC, said:

http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/media-centre/news-and-press-releases/2018/january/solidarity-with-lawyers-at-risk/

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/comment-and-opinion/council-of-europe-more-protection-ahead-for-lawyers/5064636.article

http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/human-rights/news-and-events/the-law-society-celebrates-the-work-of-egyptian-hrds-and-lawyers-on-the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/5064259.article

http://www.iadllaw.org/2018/01/nupl-attack-on-lawyers-anywhere-is-an-attack-on-lawyers-everywhere/

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=33739fd3-43dd-420a-8b88-474915fabfb7

http://www.hollandcondon.ie/world-day-endangered-lawyer-celebrate-heroes/

http://www.niagaralaw.ca/the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/

https://www.lawlibrary.ie/News/The-Council-of-The-Bar-of-Ireland-denounces-the-mi.aspx

https://www.lawcareers.net/Information/News/Law-organisations-call-for-end-to-persecution-of-lawyers-in-Egypt-26012018

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/shadow_over_egypt

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y8pvw

http://etudebatkayudi.com/24-janvier-2018-8e-journee-de-lavocat-danger-manifestez-soutien-aux-avocats-egyptiens/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.icab.es/?go=eaf9d1a0ec5f1dc58757ad6cffdacedb1a58854a600312cccabe27fca69cffc337d55782188395e58ef1ac8cc02e56546968d89db4130f0d2156b6d608f41cd8 (ESPANOL)

http://www.advokatbladet.no/2018/01/trusler-mot-advokater-i-egypt-markeres-i-dag/ (NORWEGIAN)

https://fagpressenytt.no/artikkel/trusler-mot-advokater-i-egypt-markeres-i-dag (NORWEGIAN)

http://acddh.cat/2018/01/dia-de-ladvocat-amenacat-egipte/ (CATALON)

http://kirp.pl/24-stycznia-dzien-zagrozonego-prawnika-egipt/ (POLISH)

http://www.dsa.gr/%CE%BD%CE%AD%CE%B1/%CE%B4%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%81%CE%B9%CF%8C%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%84%CE%B5%CF%82-idhae/%CE%B7-%CE%B7%CE%BC%CE%AD%CF%81%CE%B1-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B7%CE%B3%CF%8C%CF%81%CE%BF%CF%85-%CF%83%CE%B5-%CE%BA%CE%AF%CE%BD%CE%B4%CF%85%CE%BD%CE%BF-%CE%B3%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%AD%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%82-2018-%CE%B7-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%AC%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%83%CE%B7-%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9%CF%89%CE%BC%CE%AC%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CF%84 (GREEK)

http://www.coolloud.org.tw/node/90140 (CHINESE)

UK: Tony Fisher: ‘Rights are precious and are easily lost’

January 31, 2018

Solicitor Tony Fisher, Senior solicitor at Fisher Jones Greenwood in Colchester, awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Modern Law Awards.

LIFETIME achievement awards are not given out lightly. The recipients are often shining lights in their fields who have, as the name suggests, a lifetime of achievement behind them.

For Tony Fisher, senior partner at Colchester law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood, recognition at this year’s Modern Law Awards is a token of his tireless enthusiasm.

Towards the end of the cases he realised he was not going to be able juggle it all. He stopped the European case work but joined the Human Rights Committee at the Law Society, the representative body for solicitors.

He became chairman of the Human Rights Committee in 2007, making interventions on behalf of lawyers being persecuted in other countries. Other challenges include a lack of opportunities for younger trainees.

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/15907322.Top_lawyer_____Rights_are_precious_and_are_easily_lost___/

https://www.modernlawawards.co.uk/2017-18-winners

https://www.modernlawawards.co.uk/

Turkey/UK/AI: Amnesty UK director Kate Allen to attend trial of colleagues in Istanbul

January 26, 2018

More than one million supporters have called for ‘politically-motivated’ charges against 11 human rights activists to be dropped

Those on trial include Taner Kılıç, Amnesty’s Turkey chair, and İdil Eser, Amnesty Turkey’s director

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, will attend the trial of the director and chair of Amnesty International Turkey in Istanbul on Wednesday 31 January.

Taner Kılıç, Amnesty’s Turkey chair, and İdil Eser, the organisation’s Turkey director, are being tried along with nine other people on allegations of “membership of a terrorist organisation”.

Mr Kılıç was detained last June and has been in custody ever since, while Ms Eser was arrested a month later but released on bail – along with several others – at her first court hearing in October.

If convicted the 11 accused could face jail terms of up to 15 years. Amnesty has denounced the proceedings as “politically-motivated”.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/turkey-amnesty-uk-director-kate-allen-attend-trial-colleagues-istanbul

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_K%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/turquie.-reprise-du-proces-des-10-distanbul-et (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/des-militants-sollicitent-leurs-deputes-pour-faire-liberer-taner-kilic (FRANCAIS)

https://secure.amnesty.nl/urgentaction/TanerKilic2018 (NEDERLAND)

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