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Iran: UN Rapporteur: Freedom of Expression in Iran is More Restricted

August 18, 2019

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran says freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed. In his second report in six months, he expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on Iran’s “food and drug safety.” Javid Rahman submitted his second report to the UN General Assembly on Friday and it emphasized that in the past year freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed and human rights abuses have continued.

Rahman said that the information was provided by various sources including non-governmental organizations. He has also contacted representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran. his report highlights the devastating impact of natural disasters over the past six months from flooding that occurred in a significant part of Iran’s territory. Concerns have been raised about the impact of sanctions on “food security, food availability, and the availability of medicines and medical equipment” in Iran. The UN report emphasizes that sanctions had the greatest impact on the lives of ordinary people in Iran.

Rahman then examined the human rights situation in Iran over the past six months and emphasized that the right to freedom of expression, the right to liberty and the right to a fair trial in Iran have been restricted. He also reported harassment of human rights activists, minorities, especially Baha’i citizens of Iran, lawyers, journalists, labor activists, and women protesters who have been forced to wear the hijab. The UN report cited a decline in executions in Iran– five deaths per year– but says Iran still tops the list of countries with the highest number of executions.

Increasing pressure on human rights activists

Another part of the report referred to the intimidation of human rights lawyers, including Nasrin Sotoudeh, who defended women protesters about a forced veil in Iran. She was sentenced to five lashes and a long prison sentence. Eight prominent human rights lawyers were subsequently arrested for defending political prisoners and human rights activists, including Amir Salar Davoodi, who was sentenced to imprisonment and four lashes.

UN Rapporteur: Freedom of Expression in Iran is More Restricted




Heavy sentences for women’s rights activists condemned internationally





https://www.csdhi.org/index.php/actualites/repression/12984-selon-le-rapporteur-des-nations-unies-la-liberte-d-expression-en-iran-est-de-plus-en-plus-restreinte (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ohchr.org/FR/HRBodies/SP/CountriesMandates/IR/Pages/SRIran.aspx (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/milano/milano-mette-velo-1741063.html (ITALIANO)


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Turkey: Free expression organizations highlight unprecedented crackdown on freedom of expression in report to UN

August 5, 2019

More than three years since Turkey’s 2016 failed coup and one year after its state of emergency was lifted, the government continues its relentless and pervasive crackdown on civic space, media freedom and dissenting voices.

Turkey’s human rights record will come under review by the UN Human Rights Council during the Universal Period Review (UPR) mechanism in January 2020. Ahead of the review, ARTICLE 19, P24, PEN International, English PEN, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), International Press Institute (IPI), Freemuse, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), IFEX and Norwegian PEN have made a submission to the UPR.

“This report charts the extraordinarily rapid decline in the rule of law and freedom of expression in Turkey over the last four years. The Turkish authorities have dismantled the independence of the judiciary and more journalists have been jailed than anywhere else in the world,” Sarah Clarke. “We urge UN member states to take much stronger action in holding Turkey to account for these violations.”

“The Turkish media is pinning its hopes on international mechanisms and the United Nations Human Rights Council to end its persecution,” IPI Director of Advocacy Ravi R. Prasad said. “This report not only highlights the precarious situation in Turkey, but also makes suggestions to remedy the situation.”

Amongst the report’s key recommendations are to urge Turkey to restore the rule of law and impendence of the judiciary, to release all jailed journalists and to drop the hundreds of baseless charges against journalists, artists, civil society actors and academics.

Turkey: Free expression organizations highlight unprecedented crackdown on freedom of expression in report to UN


International Coalition consists of Bar Associations and NGOs made submission on rights violations in Turkey


Joint UPR submission Turkey

SCF’s submission for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Turkey

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

UPR of Turkey: Joint Stakeholder Submission to the UN Human Rights Council



Turkey: workshop on the use of the UN Universal Periodic Review





The Philippines: About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings

July 14, 2019

About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings

The European Union welcomed a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution to launch a “comprehensive” review of the human rights situation in the Philippines, particularly alleged summary killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and commended Iceland for pushing the measure.

The 28-nation European bloc said the first-ever resolution on the Philippines by the UNHRC was a “constructive way forward” for the United Nations’ highest human rights body to know more about the brutal antinarcotics campaign.

27,000 vs 6,600 killed

Human rights groups say up to 27,000 people have been killed in the three-year-old campaign, but the Philippine National Police says the number is only 6,600.

“The European Union welcomes the fact that the Human Rights Council is able to respond to and address situations of concern raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Procedures of the Council,” it said in a statement on Saturday.

“We commend the main sponsor for their constructive approach toward a balanced resolution with the main aim of requesting a report by High Commissioner and an enhanced interactive dialogue in the Council, which we think is a constructive way forward for the Council to be further informed about the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines,” the European Union said.

About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings





Philippine president says Iceland has no crime because they just ‘eat ice’




Group: No war in PH and yet attacks on civilians rising


Rights group to families of drug war victims: Speak up to UN




The resolution on Philippines has been adopted – what now?

https://www.amnesty.fr/justice-internationale-et-impunite/actualites/la-guerre-contre-la-drogue-de-duterte (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”.





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



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



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)

Algeria: Alerte/ Afin de dénoncer l’injustice : l’avocat Salah Dabouz en grève de la faim

le 8 juillet, 2019

L’avocat et défenseur des droits de l’homme, Salah Dabouz entamera une grève de la faim illimitée cet après-midi. Par ce geste, l’avocat compte dénoncer le contrôle judiciaire auquel il est soumis depuis plusieurs mois – 3 fois par semaine et un déplacement de 600 Km-. Selon lui, la justice continue de brimer les droits des activistes mozabites, notamment lui et la famille du défunt Dr Fekhar. Nous reviendrons avec plus de détails sur cette grève de la faim.


Soumis à une procédure judiciaire inédite en Algérie, l’avocat Salah Dabouz saisit les instances onusiennes

Salah Dabouz entame une grève de la faim




Me Salah Dabouz revient sur son agression et son arrestation et accuse : “Les PV d’audition sont faux”



Il dénonce « un déni de droit » : Me Salah Dabouz en grève de la faim


Afin de recenser les atteintes aux libertés ainsi que les personnes interpellées ou arrêtées : Un collectif d’avocats et de militants de défense des droits humains crée une «cellule de vigilance»


Elan de solidarité avec l’avocat Salah Dabouz en grève de la faim illimitée

https://www.almassarnews.com/?p=100042&fbclid=IwAR0K9lHITI7Qoo0K6nP94lBOoS7e438eSxtqD4nO9cAnX1tXMfJIl7Fojqw (ARABIC)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/05/07/algeria-judicial-harassment-human-rights-lawyer (ENGLISH)

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/en/lawyer/salah-dabouz/ (ENGLISH)




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بسبب ما اعانيه من جراء الرقابة القضائية المفروضة علي ثلاثة مرات في الاسبوع وعلى بعد ستمائة كيلومتر من مقر اقامتي، منذ تاريخ 8 ماي 2019 في نفس الملف الذي اعتقل من أجله الدكتور كمال الدين فخار في 31 مارس 2019 والذي أدى إلى وفاته في 28 ماي 2019 والذي جمد نشاطي كمحامي ومدافع عن حقوق الإنسان وهو الإجراء الذي لم يحدث ابدا من قبل في تاريخ الجزائر، قررت إخطار صديقي مايكل فرست، المقرر الخاص بوضعية المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان من أجل التكفل بوضعيتي.


Concernant le contrôle judiciaire que les autorités judiciaires de Ghardaia me font subir, 3 fois par semaine, depuis le 8 avril 2019, et à 600 km de chez moi, une mesure jamais décidé en Algérie, dans le même dossier qui a vue Dr Kameleddine Fekhar mourir en prison le 28 mai 2019, et vue que cette mesure me met dans l’incapacité d’exercer mes fonctions d’avocat et de défenseur des droits humains, j’ai officiellement saisis mon ami Michel Forst, le Rapporteur spécial sur la situation des défenseurs des droits de l’homme.

(Human rights defender Salah Dabouz Facebook, 7/7/19)

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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



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






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

Tajikistan: Oral statement to Human Rights Committee

July 1, 2019

Oral statement to Human Rights Committee

Today Lawyers for Lawyers delivered an oral statement during the 126th session of the Human Rights Committee for the review of Tajikistan’s compliance with it’s international human rights obligations. In July 2018, Lawyers for Lawyers submitted a submission for the List of Issues for this review, to inform the Committee about the situation of lawyers in Tadzjikistan.


Lawyers for Lawyers highlighted the failure of the authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan to ensure that all persons have effective and equal access to legal services provided by an independent legal profession.

Firstly, The legal profession lacks institutional independence. The admission to and the continued practice within the legal profession is controlled by the executive branch. The 2015 Law “On Advokatura and Advocates’ Activities” requires all lawyers to renew their accreditation and go through a new examination process, which must be redone every five years. Since the reform, the number of licensed lawyers in Tajikistan has fallen precipitously. This seems detrimental to access to justice. The process also carries the risk of misuse by authorities seeking to exclude or disbar lawyers.

Secondly, professional rights and privileges of lawyers who are still able to practice law are violated. Lawyers are repeatedly denied access to clients in detention and to appropriate information. Lawyer-client confidentiality and lawyers’ rights to freedom of expression and association are not respected. Furthermore, lawyers involved in sensitive cases are identified with their clients or their clients’ causes. These lawyers have been subjected to intimidation, harassment as well as arbitrary arrests, prosecutions and convictions. Some of them are now in prison after closed, unfair trials, or were forced to flee the country due to fears of reprisal. An emblematic case is the prosecution of Buzurgmehr Yorov, who is serving a combined sentence of 28 years in prison. As a result of these problems, lawyers are unable to provide effective legal representation.

Oral statement to Human Rights Committee



Tajikistan: ICJ calls for immediate release of imprisoned lawyer

UN committee offers grim view Tajikistan’s human rights record