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Venezuela: Venezuela: violations de Caracas soumises à la CPI

le 13 octobre, 2017

L’ancienne procureure générale du Venezuela Luisa Ortega, en exil, va donner un dossier à la CPI sur des exécutions extrajudiciaires et d’autres violations menées par son gouvernement. Elle a rencontré vendredi à Genève le Haut commissaire aux droits de l’homme.

Ce document pour la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) sera accompagné “d’un ensemble d’expertises” qui prouvent ces exécutions, a-t-elle dit à quelques journalistes après sa discussion avec Zeid Raad al-Hussein. Après s’être réfugiée fin août en Colombie, Luisa Ortega, entrée en dissidence, avait entamé une tournée à travers l’Amérique latine, au Brésil, au Costa Rica et au Mexique.

Elle avait présenté des indications à charge sur la corruption présumée du gouvernement. Son successeur a expliqué qu’il n’ouvrirait pas d’investigations contre le président Nicolas Maduro sur ces allégations. Luisa Ortega avait été congédiée de ses fonctions début août par la nouvelle Assemblée constituante controversée, acquise au chef de l’Etat.

De son côté, M. Zeid a dénoncé en septembre devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme de possibles “crimes contre l’humanité” dans ce pays, accusations qualifiées de “mensonges” par le gouvernement. Il a demandé un mécanisme international d’investigations sur les violences de ces derniers mois entre le régime et les opposants qui ont fait au total au moins plus de 120 victimes.



http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/have-evidence-against-maduros-graft-luisa-ortega/article19856054.ece (ENGLISH)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ousted-venezuelan-prosecutor-leaks-odebrecht-bribe-video-50449258 (ENGLISH)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/world/americas/venezuela-odebrecht-maduro-corruption.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-venezuelan-attorney-general-presenting-corruption-evidence-to-u-s-1507949458 (ENGLISH)

http://www.panorama.com.ve/politicayeconomia/Luisa-Ortega-Diaz-se-reunio-con-alto-comisionado-de-la-ONU-20171013-0040.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.elcolombiano.com/internacional/venezuela/exfiscal-luisa-ortega-habla-de-venezuela-KI7468804 (ESPANOL)


Maldives: UN rights expert urges Maldives reforms after mass suspension of lawyers

November 9, 2017

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, has urged the Maldives to introduce urgent reforms and rectifications after the indefinite suspension of 54 lawyers.

“I call on the authorities to create an independent bar association to oversee lawyers’ affairs,” said the Special Rapporteur. “Its priorities should include protecting lawyers’ independence, defending their interests and enforcing disciplinary measures. It should be self-regulating as well as independent.”

The suspended lawyers had signed a petition raising serious concerns about the independence and functioning of the country’s justice system. Some of them had assembled outside the Supreme Court on 30 August trying to submit the petition and calling for judicial reforms. Their suspension was announced by the Department of Judicial Administration less than two weeks later, on 10 September.

“Just like everyone else, lawyers are entitled to freedom of opinion, expression, association and peaceful assembly,” said the Special Rapporteur. “In particular, they have the right to take part in public discussions on matters concerning the law, the administration of justice and the protection of human rights.

“This alarming mass suspension clearly did not abide by international standards regulating disciplinary proceedings against lawyers and protecting their independence, and I strongly condemn it. Not only are the grounds for suspension dubious, but the lawyers have so far not been granted a fair hearing and they have no avenue for appeal.”

The Special Rapporteur noted that the suspended lawyers could represent one third of the lawyers in private practice in the Maldives, and more than half the lawyers licensed to practise before the Criminal Court.





Burundi: UN experts call for release of Burundi human rights defender Germain Rukuki

August 27, 2017

A group of United Nations experts* has called on the authorities in Burundi to release a human rights defender who has been detained since 13 July 2017 and faces serious charges including rebellion.

“We are concerned by the seemingly arbitrary detention of Germain Rukuki, which is evidently linked to his work in defending human rights,” the experts said.

“We are particularly dismayed by the decision of Higher Court of Ntahangwa to hold him in custody despite the lack of concrete indications of guilt, which the country’s criminal code sets as a precondition for keeping someone in preventative detention.

“We call on the Burundian authorities to release Mr. Rukuki, to guarantee his physical and psychological wellbeing, and to ensure that the proceedings against him are carried out with full respect for due process.”

Mr. Rukuki has been formally charged with attacking the internal security of the State, and with rebellion for having worked for the NGO Christian Action for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT), where he is a previous treasurer. ACAT was banned in October 2016, along with four other Burundian organizations.




https://www.fidh.org/fr/themes/defenseurs-des-droits-humains/burundi-transfert-de-m-germain-rukuki-poursuite-de-sa-detention (FRANCAIS)

https://www.fidh.org/fr/themes/defenseurs-des-droits-humains/burundi-detention-arbitraire-de-mr-germain-rukuki (FRANCAIS)

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.









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


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.



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


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.



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

July 22, 2017


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.