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Kenya/UN: Kenyan activist Maina Kiai briefly detained at Nairobi airport

August 21, 2017

Kenyan activist Maina Kiai briefly detained at Nairobi airport

A prominent Kenyan human rights activist and lawyer whose own organization was de-listed by Kenyan authorities last week says he was detained Sunday morning at a Nairobi airport and surprised by demands that he prove he was cleared to travel.

Maina Kiai, board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission NGO, planned a trip to Amsterdam from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights was held up in what officials say was a “routine procedure,” but Kiai, a private citizen, was taken aback by security demands for his departure.

“I think we are back to the dark era when officials would do anything because of your perceived political affiliation,” Kiai said in an interview with the Standard. “We have to resist this.”

The Kenya Human Rights Commission has denied allegations of tax evasion leveled against the NGO in the immediate wake of the August 8 elections, which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta win another term against primary challenger Raila Odinga of the Nasa political opposition coalition. Odinga plans to challenge the results.

http://africatimes.com/2017/08/21/kenyan-human-rights-activist-maina-kiai-briefly-detained-at-nairobi-airport/

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/20/rights-defenders-condemn-maina-kiai-detention-urges-him-to-sue_c1619817

http://zipo.co.ke/24183/maina-kiai-troubles-worsen-jkia-officials-block-travelling/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001252023/drama-as-rights-activist-kiai-briefly-stopped-at-jkia-over-clearance-to-travel

http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/ugly-standoff-as-activist-maina-kiai-is-detained-at-jkia/

http://freeassembly.net/news/china-lawyers/

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/AssemblyAssociation/Pages/MainaKiaibio.aspx

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

Cameroon: I will be 200 days in Jail Soon For Being An “Anglophone” – Justice Ayah

August 7, 2017

Ayah Goes Ballistic, Dish Off Political Correctness

A MESSAGE FROM AYAH PAUL ABINE

IT WILL SOON BE 200! 200 days since I was kidnapped by armed unidentified men on orders from above. 200 days in captivity, held hostage on no charge. 200 days with a failing health situation characterised by multiple cardiac attacks. 200 days under diverse forms of torture inflicted unto meFOR NO JUST GROUNDS. But my morale is exceedingly high, as I keep holding the fort, and will so do TILL THE END, with integrity, in all truth and honesty and above all, WITHIN THE LAW.

I am held hostage not because I have stolen, nor killed nor broken the law. I am held hostage because I am ‘anglophone’, born west of the mungo, a place wherein all its indigenes who stand for truth are tagged as terrorists. Not even my status mattered, nor the law which protects me. From that area wherein we hail, the law is secondary, anarchy is paramount.

To Parents, I say: Love your kids with all your hearts; for no one can love them better/more than you do; not even the self proclaimed righteous. Teach them truth, hardwork, integrity an honesty. Above all, delete the virus of greed and selfishness in them from the outset, and inculcate in them the value of the common good/general interest. If you so do, they will grow up to be pillars of tomorrow with a profound understanding of the value of sacrifice, the love for the other and true patriotism.

To detainees: I feel what you feel for I am in this mess with you all. I wish I could take your place and carry the cross for all.

https://www.bareta.news/will-200-days-jail-soon-anglophone-justice-ayah/

https://kmersaga.net/2017/08/07/cameroon-laurent-esso-in-belgium-the-minister-said-there-was-never-a-lawyers-strike/

Inner City Press Asks of #Abuse & Agbor Nkongho, Now United Nations Says Concerned, Wants Update,

 

Cameroon/UN: Cameroun/crise anglophone: l’ancien avocat général Ayah Paul Abine réclame 50 milliards à l’Etat

le 31 juillet, 2017

L’ancien avocat général Ayah Paul Abine, près la Cour Suprême du Cameroun, réclame à l’Etat 50 milliards de fcfa pour avoir été, selon ses termes, une victime « arbitraire » de la crise anglophone qui l’a vu être démis de ses fonctions et être contraint à aller à la retraite de façon précipitée.

La crise anglophone a fait de nombreuses victimes non des moindres comme cet ancien avocat général près la Cour Suprême du Cameroun, Ayah Paul Abine, qui a été forcé par le Président Paul Biya d’aller à la retraite sans aucune forme de procès.

Cet avocat, rompu au droit national camerounais comme à celui de l’international aussi, entend obtenir devant l’Organisation des Nations-Unies (ONU), la justice qu’il quantifie à hauteur de 50 milliards de fcfa réclamés à l’Etat camerounais.

Me Ayah a saisi le Groupe de Travail, du Haut-commissariat pour les droits de l’homme, de l’Organisation des nations Unies (ONU), pour « détention arbitraire » de sa personne, lors des manifestations en janvier 2017 des syndicalistes anglophones du Cameroun.

Le 21 janvier 2017, il avait été arrêté à son domicile, accusé de partager la revendication des anglophones du Cameroun, à savoir obtenir de la partie francophone du pays, un fédéralisme voire une sécession pure et nette d’avec Paul Biya, Président du Cameroun.

Pour l’avocat général Ayah Paul Abine, cette interpellation est arbitraire, mieux c’est un « kidnapping », qui aurait pu se terminer, lorsqu’il se trouvait dans les geôles du secrétariat d’Etat à la Défense (Sed), par un assassinat de la part des forces de sécurité au quartier général de la gendarmerie nationale.

http://fr.africatime.com/cameroun/articles/camerouncrise-anglophone-lancien-avocat-general-ayah-paul-abine-reclame-50-milliards-letat

http://www.camernews.com/98338-2/

http://www.journalducameroun.com/cameroun-famille-dayah-paul-dit-saisi-nations-unies/

http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/9005-cameroon-hired-military-witnesses-fumble-in-storming-anglophone-leaders-trial (ENGLISH)

BREAKING NEWS:

The AYAH FAMILY is informing all Cameroonians at home and abroad alongside the entire universe, that it has seized THE UNITED NATIONS for the IMMEDIATE RELEASE of Ayah Paul Abine, who is currently being held hostage by the State of Cameroon, as well as demanding the imposition of EXEMPLARY/PUNITIVE DAMAGES on the latter as compensation to the AYAH’s.

We are accusing the State of kidnap, unlawful detention, hostage keeping, attempted murder, state terrorism, defamation and threats among others. After seeking Justice from our courts which was brutally being denied us, we have gone international, hoping that we could get the much needed justice we so deserve, from beyond our borders, FOLLOWING THE LAWLESSNESS AND HISTORIC ABUSES OF OUR DAD’s HUMAN, CIVIL AND OTHER RIGHTS THIS FAR. It’s a shame that our courts, said to be independent, can approve of the kidnap, illegal detention, and hostage keeping of a supreme court judge, their most senior colleague, without charge for close to 200 days, by denying us justice.

WE WILL NOT FOLD OUR ARMS AND LET OUR DAD ‘DIE’ IN DETENTION ESPECIALLY AS HIS HEALTH IS INCREASINGLY FAILING BY THE DAY.

(Facebook)

Nigeria: Malabu oil block: Adoke takes case to UN, alleges persecution, intimidation, harassment

July 22, 2017

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Adoke, in a letter by his lawyer, Femi Oboro, urged the United Nations body not to watch while he is persecuted for an offense he knows nothing about

A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has cried for help to the United Nations Human Rights Committee over his alleged persecution in the Malabu oil deal.
Adoke, in a letter by his lawyer, Femi Oboro, urged the United Nations body not to watch while he is persecuted for an offense he knows nothing about.
In the letter titled: “Re: Complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on violation of the rights set forth in the international covenant on civil and political rights,” Oboro said Adoke is being persecuted by the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The letter, dated July 20, 2017, reads in full: “I have today 20th July 2017 filed a complaint on behalf of my client Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Federal Republic of Nigeria, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for unmitigated acts of persecution, intimidation, harassment, threat of deprivation right to life, unlawful interference with right to family life and livelihood.
“This complaint has become necessary in view of the constant harassment, intimidation and persecution that my client has endured in the hands of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies.

https://theeagleonline.com.ng/malabu-oil-block-adoke-takes-case-to-un-alleges-persecution-intimidation-harassment/

http://venturesafrica.com/as-buharis-corruption-fight-goes-global-there-may-be-no-hiding-place-for-these-nigerians/

http://saharareporters.com/2017/04/22/fear-mohammed-open-letter-fugitive-mohammed-bello-adoke-dotun-oloko

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

Mexico: UN experts call for an independent and impartial investigation into the use of spyware against rights defenders and journalists

July 19, 2017

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A group of United Nations experts* today called on the Government of Mexico to carry out a transparent, independent and impartial investigation into allegations of monitoring and illegal surveillance against human rights defenders, social activists, and journalists.

The experts’ call comes a month after civil society organizations and the international media revealed allegations that the Mexican authorities deployed a spyware called ‘Pegasus’ to hack and monitor the mobile phones of people involved in the investigation and denunciation of cases of corruption and serious violations of human rights during 2015 and 2016.

“The allegations of surveillance, which represent a serious violation of the rights to privacy, freedom of opinion and expression, and freedom of association, are highly concerning and are evidence of the hostile and threatening environment that human rights defenders, social activists and journalists face in Mexico today,” the experts said.

The surveillance has reportedly targeted human rights defenders from the NGO Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (Centro Prodh), as well as members of other civil society organizations such as Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad and Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad.

The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and some members of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), appointed to take part in the investigation into the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, are also said to have been affected.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=21892&LangID=E

Turkey/UN/AI: UN Human Rights Specialists Call On Turkey To Release Rights Defenders

July 14, 2017

A group of United Nations experts on Friday called on the Turkish government to immediately release nine human rights defenders and two foreign trainers who are being questioned over alleged membership in a terrorist organization.

Turkish police, acting on an anonymous tip, last week raided a hotel on Büyükada, one of the Princes’ Islands off İstanbul, and detained İdil Eser from Amnesty International, İlknur Üstün from the Women’s Coalition, lawyer Günal Kurşun from the Human Rights Agenda Association, lawyer Nalan Erkem from the Citizens Assembly, Nejat Taştan from the Equal Rights Watch Association, Özlem Dalkıran from the Citizens’ Assembly, lawyer Şeyhmuz Özbekli, and Veli Acu from the Human Rights Agenda Association.

Two foreign trainers — Ali Gharawi of Sweden and Peter Steudtner of Germany — as well as the hotel owner, who was later released, were also detained.

“The arrest of these human rights defenders, including prominent figures, is a further illustration of the witch-hunt taking place in Turkey,” the experts said in a joint statement posted on the website of the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.

“They are among thousands of people currently in detention on terrorism charges, along with political activists, lawyers, journalists and others critical of government policy.”

https://stockholmcf.org/un-human-rights-specialists-call-on-turkey-to-release-rights-defenders/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/07/world-leaders-must-speak-out-against-detention-of-human-rights-defenders-in-turkey/

http://time.com/4856669/amnesty-international-arrest-human-rights-turkey/

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/main-opposition-mp-questions-turkish-pm-about-detention-of-human-rights-activists-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115460&NewsCatID=339

https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/07/14/freedom-house-one-year-after-the-coup-attempt-turkey-is-more-fragile-than-ever/

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2017/07/14/turquie-plus-de-7-000-limogeages-un-an-apres-le-putsch-rate-contre-erdogan_5160890_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2017/07/14/turquie-une-justice-debordee-et-sous-pression-du-pouvoir_5160468_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lapresse.ca/international/europe/201707/14/01-5116194-turquie-plus-de-7000-policiers-soldats-et-membres-de-ministeres-limoges.php (FRANCAIS)

China: Approaching the ‘International Day in Support of Victims of Torture,’ a Request to OHCHR and IBA to Address the Torture of Chinese Human Rights Lawyers in the 709 Crackdown

June 23, 2017

This year, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is partnering with the International Bar Association (IBA) to mark the annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” on June 26. Through storytelling, social media campaigns, and a panel discussion, they hope to advance their “shared ambition for the absolute prohibition of torture.” This year and the year before, we have begun to learn, with horror, about the torture of Chinese human rights lawyers during the 709 Crackdown. Below is a letter from theChina Human Rights Lawyers Group addressed and delivered to OHCHR and IBA. — The Editors

To the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Bar Association:

In the early morning of July 9, 2015, Chinese police began a campaign of mass arrests, interrogations, and warnings against human rights lawyers and rights defenders. Dozens of rights lawyers and other activists were detained; hundreds of lawyers, scholars, and citizens were called in for “chats” and warnings by the police; dozens of lawyers and citizens were prevented from leaving the country.

Whether they were charged with the crime of “subversion of state power,” “inciting subversion of state power,” or the more pedestrian “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” all were subjected to the coercive criminal penal measure known as “residential surveillance at a designated place,” based on the claim that they were a threat to national security.

Residential surveillance at a designated place is a compulsory criminal procedure that was specified, codified, and integrated into China’s “Criminal Procedure Law,” modified in 2012 and implemented in 2013. In the implementation of this procedure, Chinese police have been abusing the relevant clauses, using it to put subjects under completely secret control, torturing them, and acting without accountability and restraint.

The torture that 709 lawyers have been subjected to during residential surveillance at a designated place has been made clear in the transcripts of interviews of lawyer Xie Yang provided by his defense counsel Chen Jiangang.

Approaching the ‘International Day in Support of Victims of Torture,’ a Request to OHCHR and IBA to Address the Torture of Chinese Human Rights Lawyers in the 709 Crackdown