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South Sudan/UN: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

September 27, 2019

Organizations: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
Item: Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
Date: 16 September 2019
Speaker: Paul Scambler

Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), NGO in special consultative status

Mr. President,

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada thanks the Commission for its oral report. We share the Commission’s concern about the securitization of the state and the absence of accountability mechanisms in South Sudan.[1]

LRWC deplores the enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of lawyer and human rights activist Dong Samuel Luak and political opposition member Aggrey Idri, who were abducted from the streets of Nairobi in January 2017.[2] Both men were vocal critics of the South Sudanese government. In April 2019, the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan reported that it has corroborated evidence strongly suggesting that these men were kidnapped by the National Security Service (NSS), transported from Kenya to Juba, and executed at an NSS detention facility in Luri on January 30, 2017.[3]

We are alarmed by the apparent cooperation of Kenya in the enforced disappearances of Mr. Dong and Mr. Aggrey, and by the failure of Kenya and South Sudan to impartially and thoroughly investigate these cases. Those responsible have not been held accountable and the families of the victims continue to be denied access to adequate remedies for the losses they suffered.

We call upon the Council to urge the Governments of Kenya and South Sudan to:

Sudan: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/human-rights-council-42-interactive-dialogue-on-south-sudan

https://www.miragenews.com/human-rights-council-42-interactive-dialogue-on-south-sudan/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southsudan-united-nations-rights/south-sudan-denies-kidnapping-executing-prominent-critics-idUSKCN1S742C

https://www.voanews.com/africa/un-panel-south-sudan-killed-activists

https://www.voanews.com/africa/demands-sanctions-global-links-south-sudan-war-exposed

https://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66958

Egypt: Egypt detains more than 1,000 after anti-Sisi protests: NGOs

September 25, 2019

Egyptian authorities have arrested more than 1,000 people, two rights groups said Wednesday, in the wake of rare protests last week calling for the ouster of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The Egyptian Centre for Freedoms and Rights said 1,003 had been arrested, while the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights reported the figure of 1,298 detained.

Two prominent academics were also detained on Tuesday, a lawyer and a relative said.

Hazem Hosny, a Cairo University political science professor, was arrested on Tuesday night in front of his home, his lawyer Tarek al-Awadi said on his Facebook account.

French-educated Hosny was a spokesman for former Egyptian military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was detained after he attempted to run against Sisi in presidential elections last year.

The professor has been critical of Sisi on social media in recent days.

Hassan Nafaa, another prominent intellectual who teaches political science at Cairo University, was also detained from his home late Tuesday, family sources told AFP.

The growing list of arrests includes three journalists held for their coverage of the protests and award-winning human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry.

Egypt has also come under fire from rights groups for disrupting internet access to the popular app Facebook messenger and news sites such as the BBC.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190925-egypt-detains-more-than-1-000-after-anti-sisi-protests-ngos

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/germany-criticizes-egypts-repression-on-civil-society/1594189

https://en.qantara.de/content/egypt-clamps-down-on-media-outlets-following-protests

https://www.albawaba.com/news/amnesty-international-urges-egypt-stop-crackdown-protesters-1310909

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/egypt-arbitrary-arrest-of-ms-mahienour-el-massry

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/25/johnson-offers-words-of-praise-to-egypts-leader-despite-repression

Egypt’s Arab Spring Isn’t Over

https://allafrica.com/stories/201909250274.html

https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/egypt/67839/eu-item-4-statement-egypt-un-human-rights-council-42nd-session_en

https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-ngos-say-up-to-1900-detained-after-anti-sissi-protests/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/26/over-1900-arrested-as-egypt-braces-for-more-protests

https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/26/feature/politics/biggest-wave-of-arrests-since-sisi-took-office-1909-people-detained/

https://www.facebook.com/freemahienour/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahienour_El-Massry

https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/egypt/67840/node/67840_ar (ARABIC)

https://information.tv5monde.com/afrique/egypte-plus-de-1000-arrestations-apres-des-manifestations-anti-sissi-ong-323474 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rferl.org/a/finally-a-defense-of-tajikistan-s-lawyers/30185435.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20190924_04626342 (DEUTSCH)

https://dekanttekening.nl/nieuws/egypte-sluit-prominente-mensenrechtenactiviste-op/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.nettavisen.no/nyheter/utenriks/over-1000-pagrepet-i-arrestbolge-egypt/3423851661.html (NORWEGIAN)

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Cameroon: Rights groups seek UN intervention to end Cameroon atrocities | Press release

August 26, 2019

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Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), supported by the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), has submitted a statement to the 42nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council seeking an end to catastrophic atrocities taking place in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

Since October 2016, Anglophones in Cameroon have been the target of extreme violence and persecution by the Cameroon government. There is evidence of human rights violations that amount to crimes against humanity. A separatist movement has responded with violent acts against the State’s defence forces. Government officials and armed insurgency groups have reportedly perpetrated sexual assault, torture, and public humiliation of women and girls throughout Anglophone regions.

Other reported crimes against humanity in the Anglophone regions include murder and lethal force against civilian populations, mass arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture of persons in State custody, and deportation and forcible transfer of Anglophone populations.

To date, approximately 500,000 civilians have been forcibly displaced. Many internally displaced persons have relocated to remote bush areas with inadequate access to food, potable water, clothing, basic hygiene, or medical assistance for resulting diseases, including dysentery and malaria.

“Cameroon is now one of the largest sources of displaced persons in the world,” explained Pearl Eliadis, Senior Fellow at the RWCHR and co-author of the report ‘Cameroon’s Unfolding Catastrophe: Evidence of Human Rights Violations and Crimes Against Humanity.’ “The international community needs to work in solidarity to resolve this human rights crisis.”

“The gross human rights violations against unarmed civilians in the Anglophone Regions are horrendous,” added Felix Agbor Nkongho, Chair of the CHRDA and co-author of Cameroon’s Unfolding Catastrophe. “There must be accountability for these egregious crimes,” urged Nkongho, a lawyer who was himself arbitrarily detained by Cameroon authorities from January to August 2017.

Cameroon: Rights groups seek UN intervention to end Cameroon atrocities | Press release

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/20/cameroon-anglophone-separatist-leader-ayuk-tabe-handed-life-sentence

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/08/cameroon-trial-of-soldiers-for-killing-women-and-children/

https://theconversation.com/what-it-would-take-to-break-the-impasse-in-cameroons-deadly-crisis-122134

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/08/20/cameroon-detainees-tortured

https://www.dw.com/en/a-new-surge-of-people-fleeing-cameroons-anglophone-regions/a-50186298

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

Main Home

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/08/20/cameroun-des-detenus-tortures (FRANCAIS)

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/human-rights-watch-d%C3%A9nonce-la-torture-de-d%C3%A9tenus-au-cameroun-/5049668.html (FRANCAIS)

https://lanouvelletribune.info/2019/08/cameroun-maurice-kamto-bientot-devant-un-tribunal-militaire/ (FRANCAIS)

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

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

https://www.raoulwallenbergcentre.org/irwin-cotler-fr (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines: UN council adopts resolution calling for probe into PH human rights situation

July 11, 2019

A United Nations council on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for a probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines, a move that rights advocates welcomed as a step toward accountability in the face of what they call a “murderous” drug war.

The resolution approved by 18 countries in the 47-member UN Human Rights Council, requests UN High Commisioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet “to prepare a comprehensive written report” on the Philippines.

Fourteen other nations, including the Philippines and China, voted against. The remaining 15 abstained.

Philippine top diplomat Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. said the resolution will have no effect.

“Such resolutions especially those passed by a tiny minority can and will be ignored. No consequences,” Locsin said on Twitter.

Locsin also warned that the “initiative to insult the Philippines with the assumption without proof that it commits gross abuses” will have “far reaching consequences”.

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/7/11/UN-council-probe-human-rights-resolution-PH.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48955153

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/11/philippines-un-takes-critical-step-toward-accountability-0

https://theworldnews.net/ph-news/groups-hail-u-n-resolution-vs-drug-war-crucial-step-towards-justice

UN scrutiny on state of PH rights a ‘ray of hope’ amid ‘rampant EJKs’ – groups

https://www.rappler.com/nation/235172-un-human-rights-council-adopts-resolution-against-drug-war-killings-philippines

https://www.rappler.com/nation/235110-human-rights-groups-no-other-time-pass-un-resolution-vs-drug-war-killings-philippines

Military, Defense officials no-show at CA hearing on NUPL complaint

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/700718/nupl-lawyer-threatened-red-tagged-before-death-widow-tells-court-of-appeals/story/

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3018408/dutertes-drug-war-human-rights-activists-welcome-uns

Respondents to writ of amparo petition a no show in hearings

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/07/11/philippines-lonu-fait-un-pas-important-vers-le-devoir-de-justice-0 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/l-onu-va-faire-un-etat-des-lieux-des-abus-des-droits-humains-aux-philippines-20190711 (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines/Iceland: Karapatan calls on UN member states to push Iceland’s proposal concerning human rights in PH

July 7, 2019

Human rights group Karapatan has called on the United Nations member states to support Iceland’s resolution regarding concerns on the prevailing rights woes in the Philippines.

On June 4, 2019, Iceland tabled a proposed resolution to the UN Human Rights Council, asking member-states to take concrete steps on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines during the council’s 41st session.

The said resolution was supported by 28 states, urging for further action on the reported rights violations in the country.

“We welcome the proposed resolution by Iceland and urge other UN HRC member-states to vote for its adoption.

Halfway into the Duterte government, extrajudicial killings have worsened within the regime’s repressive anti-narcotics drive and counterinsurgency campaign. While there are ongoing efforts to investigate these violations in the domestic front, the adoption of this resolution should jolt this government into remembering all the human rights obligations and treaties that it is mandated to uphold,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Palabay is currently monitoring the HRC sessions in Geneva, Switzerland.

The proposed resolution expressed concern on reported cases of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, intimidation and persecution of or violence against members of civil society, human rights defenders, indigenous peoples, journalists, lawyers, members of the political opposition, and restrictions on the freedoms of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association.

Karapatan calls on UN member states to push Iceland’s proposal concerning human rights in PH

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/07/06/1932527/philippine-rights-defenders-support-icelands-call-external-probe-drug-war-killings

https://www.karapatan.org/Karapatan+calls+on+UN+HRC+member-states+to+support+Iceland%E2%80%99s+resolution+on+the+rights+situation+in+PH+

28 states urge UN to report on human rights situation in PH

https://www.rappler.com/nation/234655-iceland-files-resolution-united-nations-action-vs-drug-war-killings-philippines

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1074237

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-rights-un/philippines-faces-call-for-un-investigation-into-war-on-drugs-killings-idUSKCN1TZ22M

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/07/07/1932608/philippines-officials-hit-conduct-geneva-rights-meet

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/07/philippines-un-investigation-urgently-needed-duterte-war-drugs/

Daughter of slain lawyer graduates in UP with flying colors 

Rights group lauds Iceland’s resolution on PH rights situation

Palace says Amnesty International politicizing drug killings

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jul/09/war-on-drugs-makes-philippines-fourth-most-dangerous-country-report

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https://www.amnesty.be/infos/actualites/philippines-drogue (FRANCAIS)

China/The Philippines/Saudi Arabia/Turkey: Statement: Attacks on lawyers in China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey

July 2, 2019

Statement: Attacks on lawyers in China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey

On 1 July 2019, Lawyers for Lawyers together with Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association delivered a joint oral statement to the Human Rights Council on the attacks on lawyers in China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The statement was delivered during the 41st session of the Council.

 

The statement reads as follows:

Mr. President,

In countries where lawyers are imprisoned and prosecuted for defending rights, there is no equal access to justice or protection of rights.

In China, numerous human rights lawyers have been disappeared, arbitrarily imprisoned, tortured, or disbarred. In Saudi Arabia, lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair is one of hundreds of rights defenders arbitrarily convicted and detained. In Turkey, 311 lawyers have been arbitrarily convicted and detained since July 2016. In the Philippines, 40 jurists are among the “staggering number” of victims of extrajudicial killings since July 2016. Last month, eleven Special Procedures mandate holders called for an independent investigation of grave abuses in the Philippines.

We urge Council to:

Statement: Attacks on lawyers in China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey

China: Trial of Rights Lawyer Li Yuhan April 9th

March 25, 2019

#TrialAlert Hearing in lawyer Li Yuhan “picking quarrels” case scheduled for 4/9 in Shenyang. Li is Wang Yu’s former lawyer & has been detained/mistreated in retaliation. UN called on China to release & compensate her in Oct 2018, but govt has refused

(Chinese Human Rights Defenders Facebook, 25/03/19)

https://www.nchrd.org/2017/12/li-yuhan/?fbclid=IwAR18NqLhiOG8xNhiYr87gtfb2bS-q-jIn1LBYLZakrZEH7ud18R_oX2tglE

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/women-rights-03082019143354.html

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/2185307/china-faces-barrage-criticism-over-jailing-human-rights

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/li-yuhan

https://chinachange.org/tag/li-yuhan/

https://www.lrwc.org/china-joint-statement-to-the-40th-session-of-the-human-rights-council-by-ishr-joined-by-lrwc/

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9791/avvocati_minacciati_in_cina.html?fbclid=IwAR2Q4TDJJ-ob__0cVezgFf6cQGL_9J_GodGkz5Y3vRAm0FvnCYFPrlyI5f0 (ITALIANO)