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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

http://www.manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/299752/un-flummoxed-by-ph-reaction.html

https://www.apnews.com/bc3c68e1d1ac4c25bc2b9d36a5182daf

http://theowp.org/un-approves-investigation-into-the-philippine-war-on-drugs/

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sundayextra/2019-07-14/11293550

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

https://www.rappler.com/nation/235349-riding-tandem-shootings-metro-cebu-july-2019

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/death-of-girl-3-in-manila-drug-war-stings-un-to-act-cmm0987w5

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1074886

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

https://www.rappler.com/nation/235326-imee-marcos-cut-diplomatic-ties-iceland-asap

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/12/19/slain-lawyers-wife-disappointed-as-generals-skip-ca-amparo-hearing

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/3012486/philippines-drug-war-whats-behind-sudden-surge-deaths-central

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/07/15/1934809/philippines-eyes-withdrawal-un-rights-body

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”.

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)

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

https://www.observalgerie.com/actualite-algerie/maitre-salah-dabouz-entame-greve-faim-saisit-rapporteur-onu/

https://www.tsa-algerie.com/me-salah-dabouze-saisit-le-rapporteur-de-lonu-sur-les-droits-de-lhomme/

https://www.lepoint.fr/afrique/quand-les-algeriens-tentent-de-se-reapproprier-l-espace-public-20-06-2019-2320109_3826.php

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

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/les-avocats-en-greve-mardi-en-solidarite-avec-me-salah-dabouz_mg_5cab366ae4b0a00f6d42b5e5

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/actualite/me-salah-dabouz-entame-une-greve-de-la-faim-illimitee-319615

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

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/actualite/ce-que-nous-subissons-a-ghardaia-doit-etre-tire-au-clair-319687

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»

https://www.elwatan.com/edition/actualite/mohcine-belabbas-president-du-rcd-lalgerie-est-dans-une-situation-inedite-danti-constitutionnalite-10-07-2019

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

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)

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

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/11/submission-un-human-rights-committees-review-tajikistan

https://www.rferl.org/a/un-group-calls-on-tajik-government-to-release-imprisoned-rights-lawyer/29985133.html

Tajikistan: ICJ calls for immediate release of imprisoned lawyer

UN committee offers grim view Tajikistan’s human rights record

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/tajikistan/2019/07/d25410/

https://www.dw.com/en/tajikistan-regime-targeting-families-of-political-activists/a-49541709

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

Egypt: COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE GETS UN SUPPORT FOR THE CASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER “EZZAT GHONEIM”

May 7, 2019

Committee for Justice gets updated UN support for its efforts towards establishing a proper climate for human rights work in Egypt and advocating for human rights and support for its defenders.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention announced at the Human Rights Council its support for the request submitted by “Committee for Justice” for the release of Egyptian human rights defender Ezzat Ghoneim and investigation of the violations he endured.

In the legal opinion No. 82/2018 published last month, the Working Group described the case of Ezzat Ghoneim as an arbitrary detention case which falls within the five categories of the UN arbitrary detention classification. This opinion was issued by consensus at the 83rd session of the Working Group.

The Working Group noted that the Egyptian rights activist, Ezzat Ghoneim, endured a first category  arrest, through being detained without proper legal basis in absence of the protection of law, which was followed by being enforcedly disappeared and not taken directly to an investigations judge to determine the legality of his detention.

It added that the case of Ezzat Ghoneim also applies to the second category of detention, since his arrest was a direct result of exercising his rights given that his activity is not considered a crime, and even if his accusation of spreading false news was true, in democratic societies this doesn’t justify his arrest.

Committee for Justice gets UN support for the case of human rights defender “Ezzat Ghoneim”

https://www.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/Documents/Issues/Detention/Opinions/Session83/A_HRC_WGAD_2018_82.pdf&action=default&DefaultItemOpen=1

https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/13/news/u/missing-lawyer-ezzat-ghoneim-appears-in-court-ordered-to-be-detained-for-45-days/

https://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/detention/pages/wgadindex.aspx

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

https://www.wakatsera.com/egypte-faut-il-sacrifier-la-democratie-au-nom-de-la-stabilite/ (FRANCAIS)

South Sudan/Kenya: Investigate Apparent 2017 Killing of Activists

April 30, 2019

UN Experts Report Says, ‘Highly Probable’ Security Service Killed Dong, Aggrey

South Sudanese authorities should promptly undertake an independent and effective investigation into the apparent extrajudicial execution of two outspoken critics of the government, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Previously unidentified assailants snatched Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist, and Aggrey Ezbon Idri, a member of the political opposition, from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya in January 2017.

 

On April 30, 2019, the United Nations Panel of Experts on South Sudan issued a report finding that South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) kidnapped Dong and Aggrey in Nairobi on January 23 and 24, 2017 respectively. The UN experts said that the two men were flown to South Sudan on a commercial plane chartered with the help of South Sudan’s embassy in Nairobi on January 27. They were detained in the NSS headquarters at Jebel in the capital, Juba, then moved to the NSS training facility on President Salva Kiir’s farm in Luri, near Juba. The panel of experts concluded that it is “highly probable” that the two were executed there on January 30, 2017.

 

“The UN experts panel’s finding that Dong and Aggrey were most likely murdered days after their abduction while family and friends were stonewalled by Kenyan and South Sudanese authorities shows shocking cruelty,” said Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “South Sudanese authorities should stop blocking this case and grant independent investigators access to security facilities in Jebel and Luri.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/30/south-sudan-investigate-apparent-2017-killing-activists

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/south-sudan-investigate-apparent-2017-killing-of-activists/

https://www.voanews.com/a/un-panel-south-sudan-killed-activists/4899220.html

https://www.undocs.org/S/2019/301

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66958

https://radiotamazuj.org/en/v1/news/article/breaking-dong-and-aggrey-confirmed-dead-families-say

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/02/south-sudan-reveal-fate-and-whereabouts-2-men

Rights group calls on South Sudan to investigate 2017 activist

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/UN-says-South-Sudan-men-killed-Juba/1056-5096362-a1bv5mz/

https://allafrica.com/stories/201905020157.html

https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/01/south-sudan-denies-kidnapping-executing-prominent-critics

It is time for accountability for the enforced disappearance of Samuel Dong and Aggrey Idri

South Sudan’s execution of two activists is a shocking betrayal of the struggle for freedom

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/africa/Akol-Koor-South-Sudan–executioner—kill-peace-deal/1066-5101936-7mpu9az/

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/30/soudan-du-sud-enqueter-sur-les-meurtres-presumes-de-deux-activistes (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20190502-soudan-sud-selon-onu-services-secrets-ont-executes-deux-personnalites?fbclid=IwAR2gHpTfMcGNi9Hu6XxtpJND8wj65-UCxSnVSvspQnTR6qXDv-ajmPdwGak (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2-opposants-du-gouvernement-du-soudan-du-sud-tres-probablement-assassines-20190430 (FRANCAIS)