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UK: Glasgow lawyer and Alba candidate stabbed at south side office


Muhammah Shoiab, who ran as an Alba party candidate in the Pollokshields ward in the local council elections earlier this year, was rushed to the QEUH for treatment.

A Glasgow lawyer and former council election candidate was rushed to hospital after being ‘stabbed’ at his south side office in an attempted murder bid.

Emergency services rushed to the office on Victoria Road on Thursday (September 22) at around 2.45pm after Muhammad Shoiab, immigration and asylum lawyer and owner of Shoiab Associates, was attacked.

The 69-year-old former SNP and Labour councillor was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment and the extent of his injuries is not known, but he returned home from hospital last night reports the Daily Record.

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Mohammad Asif, Glasgow-based director of Afghan Human Rights Foundation, sent his well wishes to his pal on Facebook, writing: “My good friend Mohammad Shoaib who is a solicitor and immigration adviser was stabbed in his office yesterday on Glasgow Victoria road yesterday. I wish him a speedy recovery.”

SNP MP Alison Thewliss also tweeted: “I’m shocked to hear this news – I hope Muhammad Shoaib makes a speedy recovery.”

Mr Shoaib ran as an Alba party candidate in the Pollokshields ward in the local council elections earlier this year.

Esayas Neguse, of Glasgow, appeared in court today charged with attempted murder following the event.





La VII Caravana Internacional de Juristas recorre Colombia para abogar por la protección de los abogados


La VII Caravana Internacional de Juristas recorre esta semana del 20 al 28 de agosto diferentes zonas de Colombia para conocer de primera mano los riesgos  que enfrentan en este país abogados y defensores de los derechos humanos.

El equipo de la Caravana está conformado por 18 juristas internacionales y expertos en Derechos Humanos de 11 países, incluidos miembros de la Fundación Abogacía, como integrante del Observatorio Internacional de la Abogacía en Riesgo (OIAD).

Esta iniciativa, organizada por ‘Colombian Caravana’, se celebra desde el año 2008 de manera bianual. En esta edición se visitarán las regiones de Bolívar, Norte de Santander, Santander y Valle del Cauca.

La Defensoría del Pueblo, órgano del Estado colombiano, ha informado de que 122 defensores de derechos humanos han sido asesinados entre enero y julio de 2022. Por ello, la misión de este viaje es analizar las amenazas sufridas por este sector y abogar por su protección.

Esta visita de la Caravana se produce en medio de una coyuntura complicada, debido al incumplimiento del Acuerdo Final de Paz firmado en 2016. Desde entonces se ha dado una agudización de las masacres, del desplazamiento forzado en territorios indígenas, afrocolombianos y rurales, así como una criminalización del derecho a la protesta tras el estallido social de 2021.

La delegación se reunirá con autoridades regionales y nacionales del nuevo gobierno presidido por Gustavo Petro con el fin de abordar los desafíos e inquietudes respecto a la seguridad de los abogados y abogadas.




https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/seventh-caravana-internacional-de-juristas/ (ENGLISH)

‘They beat me on my breasts and fondled me. Britain must stop funding Palestinian security thugs’


Human rights lawyer Diala Ayesh says she has been detained, beaten and sexually assaulted since becoming a target for PA forces

Sitting in her office in downtown Ramallah, Diala Ayesh chain smokes.

Her former job at Lawyers for Justice — an NGO that fights human rights abuse by the Palestinian Authority — has made her a target for the PA security forces, even though she now runs her own legal practice. She can never relax.

Over the years, the 24-year-old human rights lawyer has been detained, beaten and sexually assaulted, she tells the JC, leaving “a profound psychological impact”.

Even when she has been released, the harassment hasn’t stopped. She has been hounded on social media by trolls who claim she is a prostitute and reveal her whereabouts. She lifts her cigarette and takes a deep drag.

“It has been a terrible set of experiences,” she says through the smoke. “They were attacking my profession, lying and defaming me. At the same time, my clients have been through much worse.”

In July last year, Ms Ayesh was arrested during a crackdown following the brutal murder of her friend, human rights campaigner Nizar Banat, by the Palestinian security services. It was the beginning of hell.

“There were so many security men, Ramallah was like a military camp,” she recalls. “I was on my way to my office when I heard that a friend had been arrested. I said to my colleagues, let’s go to show our support, and I will support them as a lawyer.”

Together with a group of activists, lawyers, journalists and other professionals, she headed to the police headquarters in east Ramallah and stood defiantly outside. Then, she says, the onslaught came.

“They attacked the women, pulling our hair, starting with a doctor and a senior engineer,” she says.

“I wanted to go home but one of the security men called me by name, saying ‘Diala, if you try to go I will pepper spray you in the face’. I saw my friends running and started running too, but he chased me.

“His footsteps were behind me. I can still hear the sound of them today. And then he was on me, hitting me on my buttocks and my breasts, hitting me and fondling me, touching me intimately. I told him to stop, but it carried on.”




https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/07/05/l-autorite-palestinienne-intensifie-sa-repression-en-cisjordanie_6087002_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

UK: Criminal barristers in England and Wales vote to go on indefinite strike


Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted in favour of an all-out strike next month in a clash with the government over jobs and pay.

Members of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), who have been stopping work on alternate weeks since June, voted for an uninterrupted strike that would start on 5 September, a spokesperson confirmed.

The start would coincide with the announcement of the new Conservative party leader and prime minister.

Ministers have described the result as an “irresponsible decision”. But the vote will pile further pressure on the government, which faces escalating industrial action in the rail industry and threats of strikes from teachers and health workers.

The Labour leader, Keir Starmer, accused the government of doing “absolutely nothing” to resolve industrial disputes, including the row with criminal barristers.

The ballot of barristers closed at midnight on Sunday and the result was announced on Monday morning. The association said 79.5% of barristers who voted (1,808) supported the move to a full-time strike over legal aid rates, which they said had in effect been cut by 28% over the past decade.

It will result in the vast majority of crown court trials in England and Wales being adjourned while others could collapse entirely.











https://dernieres-nouvelles.com/les-avocats-votent-pour-la-greve-generale-sur-les-salaires/ (FRANCAIS)


Pakistan: Afghan female judge fleeing Taliban appeals after Home Office refuses UK entry


Lawyers say the woman, who is in hiding in Pakistan with her son, will be killed if sent back to Afghanistan

A female former senior judge from Afghanistan who is in hiding from the Taliban with her son has filed an appeal to the Home Office after her application to enter the UK was denied.

Lawyers for the woman – who is named as “Y” – said on Saturday they had submitted an appeal on behalf of their client and her son at the Immigration Tribunal, saying she had been left in a “gravely vulnerable position” by the withdrawal of British and other western troops.

They said the British government’s decision has stopped them from joining British and settled family members in the UK who said they are “very afraid she will take her own life”.

The woman, 52, and her son, 24, fled Afghanistan and are in hiding in Pakistan after their home in Kabul was attacked and several of her former colleagues assassinated, her lawyers said in a statement.

There are believed to be about 70 Afghan women judges in Afghanistan, and about 70 more who have escaped but are in similar conditions to Y.

Katie Newbury, a partner at Kingsley Napley, the firm representing her, said the mother and son “are not safe or secure where they are now and they have close family in the UK eager to support them”.

“Since November we have repeatedly chased the Home Office for a decision given the precarious situation,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that the Home Office had “dragged their feet”.










https://news-24.fr/une-juge-afghane-qui-se-cache-des-talibans-fait-appel-du-refus-dentree-au-royaume-uni-par-le-ministere-de-linterieur-nouvelles-du-monde/ (FRANCAIS)


Bangladesh: Secret prisoners of Dhaka


(Abdullahil Amaan Azmi [L] and Barrister Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem [R])

Survivors blow the lid off a secret prison operated by the DGFI, Bangladesh’s notorious military intelligence agency.

On May 29th 2016, Shekh Mohammad Salim was waiting at an auto repair shop in Kapashia, Gazipur, as technicians were renovating a bus owned by his family. This was something he took a great interest in coming from a family in the transportation business.

His undivided attention was soon disrupted by a microbus’ sudden arrival. A group of four to five men got out, with one of them holding a strange-looking device with a monitor. The cell phone in Salim’s pocket began to vibrate, indicating an incoming call. He reached into his pocket to pull out his phone, and the men nearby knew they had found their target.

“Are you Shekh Mohammad Salim?” asked one of them.

Not knowing any better, he nodded positively. The men then grabbed his hands and forced him into the microbus, with his hands cuffed behind his back and eyes covered with a blindfold.

Salim had no idea who his captors were, let alone why he was being picked up. But soon, he would be an inmate of an illegal secret prison, known as Aynaghar (House of Mirrors), run by the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), Bangladesh’s notorious military intelligence agency.

For the first time, two former inmates — including a former military officer — have come forward publicly to describe the features of this secret prison. In addition, two current military officers not only confirmed the prison’s existence but also provided Netra News with photographs of the tiny, cramped cells inside it. We have also obtained satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies to corroborate and even pinpoint the location of the facility.

Since 2009, as the Bangladesh Awami League returned to power, enforced disappearances have become a brutally effective weapon in the government’s arsenal of repression. According to a tally maintained by the rights group Odhikar, at least 605 individuals became victims of enforced disappearance in Bangladesh between 2009 and September 2021. The list includes terrorism suspects, alleged criminals, political opponents, critics of the ruling party as well as ordinary people like Salim. Human Rights Watch has published a list of 86 men whom they claim have been picked up over a ten-year period, and whose whereabouts remain unknown, and are suspected of still being in secret state detention or killed.

Our investigation into Aynaghar suggests that this particular facility is principally used to incarcerate “high-value detainees”. However, Salim was no “high value” captive — but rather an intriguing case of mistaken identity.


The list of names of former and current detainees of Aynaghar that was provided to us includes Mubashar Hasan, formerly a professor with North South University, whose disappearance was reported by The Wire, an Indian news website, to have been orchestrated by the DGFI. Former ambassador Maruf Zaman, himself a former military officer, and businessman Aniruddha Kumar Roy were also detained in Aynaghar.

Current detainees include two men picked up by law enforcement authorities in August 2016. Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, the son of Mir Quasem Ali, the Jamaat-e-Islami leader who had been sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal, and Abdullahil Amaan Azmi, a former military general and the son of Ghulam Azam, former Jamaat-e-Islami chief who had been sentenced to life by the same court.

Two officers who saw these two men in Aynaghar confirmed the sighting to Netra News. On one occasion, Hasinur Rahman, too, saw Azmi at one of the toilets at Aynaghar, due to confusion among the guards who were in charge of taking the detainees for scheduled toilet visits. Hasinur also subsequently confirmed Azmi’s status as an inmate of Aynaghar through one of the civilian guards he cultivated inside the prison.

“Liton of Badda”

While Hasinur, as a former military officer, was treated with respect compared to other inmates, Salim was not. He would often be beaten and tortured.









https://www.avocatparis.org/actualites/disparition-forcee-de-de-mir-ahmed-bin-quasem-avocat-au-bangladesh (FRANCAIS)

Afghanistan dispatch: ‘female lawyers are at risk and there is a possibility of losing them’


Afghan law students and young lawyers in Afghanistan have been reporting on the ground since the Taliban took Kabul in August 2021. Here, a women lawyer in Kabul speaks on the plight of female lawyers still in the country. For privacy and security reasons, we are withholding our correspondent’s name. The text (translated from the original Persian) has only been lightly edited to respect the author’s voice.

My name is [redacted], a female defense lawyer in Afghanistan, and I would like to give you a detailed explanation about the crisis of defense lawyers and the problems that have plagued women lawyers who are here. Since the Taliban took over the power of the government, all the work of female defense lawyers has become very difficult. They spend their days in their homes as alternatives to imprisonment or house arrest. My colleagues and I are facing thousands of threats. The Taliban destroy women as defenders of human rights and this is extremely horrible. Our voices are suffocated in our throats and no one in this world hears our voices. We are at home and we are changing our homes due to security threats. The life and limb of the defender is in danger. A couple of weeks ago I went to court twice and I gave free legal advice to women in harm’s ways and I helped them in the advancement of their files. I was threatened, but I still want to help.

The economy of female lawyers has collapsed. Poverty and deprivation are rampant.  Poverty has increased to the extreme for women lawyers. One day I had a toothache and I did not have money to go to the dentist, and my colleague’s child was sick and she did not have money to go to the doctor. Female lawyers want to study again and try to continue their education, but because that field is not favorable for them either under the Taliban they can’t even study.

The Taliban took over the independent bar association and that became a part of the Ministry of Justice, and now women lawyers are not allowed inside the Ministry. Only men are allowed. Women do not even have the right to retake the exams to be lawyers. They don’t test women, and they don’t allow them to work, so female lawyers are at risk and there is a possibility of losing them. Our mouths have been hit and our voices are suffocated in our throats and our mouths are closed and no one is willing to help us and no one hears our voices and there is the possibility of losing female lawyers in the future. If this occurs, a great deal will be lost and this loss will reach the whole world, because if these lawyers were refugees in other countries they could do a great service for those countries, but because they are in Afghanistan they will be lost. 






https://www.cnb.avocat.fr/fr/actualites/chute-de-kaboul-un-apres-que-pouvons-nous-faire (FRANCAIS)



‘Waiting for our death’: Afghan military lawyers beg Canada for help to escape


A former Canadian military legal officer says a group of Afghan lawyers and other staff who helped his mission in Afghanistan have been “left in the dark,” and is urging Canada’s Immigration Ministry to act quickly to help them escape the Taliban.

It’s been one year since Canada began accepting fleeing Afghans through its one-year special immigration program for Afghans who helped the Canadian government, set up a few weeks before Kabul fell to the Taliban in August 2021.

To date, roughly 17,170 Afghans have arrived in Canada. Last month, the Liberal government closed its immigration program to new applicants, less than halfway toward its goal of bringing 40,000 Afghans to Canada.

“If [Canada] would not act upon my request and as soon as possible, I could lose my life,” said Popal, one of the Afghan military prosecutors who applied for this program, and whom CBC has agreed not to identify.

“When Popal called me for help, it was very heart-wrenching,” said retired major Cory Moore, a former military legal officer with the Canadian Armed Forces who was deployed three times to Afghanistan.

Moore is helping 12 applicants and their families apply for this program, and is still waiting for word from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the fate of these 66 people. Their applications were filed between September and December 2021.

The group includes military prosecutors, criminal investigators, security staff, recruitment video participants, a doctor and a journalist. 

All 12 Afghans were involved in various capacities during Moore’s mission to help bolster the Afghan National Army’s legal branch. He created a project to recruit Afghan law grads, making a recruitment video which aired nationally from 2012 to 2021.

As a result, eight female military lawyers were hired as prosecutors and criminal investigators with the military, in what Moore calls a “historical precedent.”






https://news-24.fr/des-traducteurs-afghans-laisses-pour-compte-et-craignant-pour-leur-vie-apres-avoir-aide-les-forces-britanniques-a-poursuivre-le-gouvernement-britannique-nouvelles-du-royaume-uni/ (FRANCAIS)


https://www.fidh.org/es/region/asia/afganistan/afganistan-garantizar-la-justicia-a-un-ano-de-la-toma-del-poder-por?var_mode=calcul (PORTUGUES)

Singapore: Lawyer Charles Yeo fails to turn up to represent client in trial, said to be seeking asylum in UK


 Lawyer Charles Yeo Yao Hui, 31, who is also the former chairman of the Reform Party, failed to turn up in a district court on Monday morning (Aug 1) to represent his client in a trial involving immigration-related matters.

In a post on social media platform Instagram last Saturday, Yeo had stated that he intended to go to the United Kingdom to seek political asylum.

Yeo, who was earlier charged with unrelated offences including multiple counts of harassment and wounding the religious feeling of Christians, was given permission last month to leave Singapore for Vietnam to meet a witness linked to Monday’s trial.

He was then offered bail of $10,000, with his mother acting as the bailor.

He was also allowed to leave Singapore last Wednesday and was supposed to arrive here on Saturday.

But a district court heard on Monday that he had not returned to Singapore.

Immigration and Checkpoints Authority prosecutor Syed Mubaruk Sabedeen, who is handling the trial involving Yeo’s client, told District Judge Marvin Bay that Yeo’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Deputy Superintendent Mubaruk said that Yeo claimed to be in the UK but the prosecution was unsure if this was “the truth or a myth”.

Yeo’s client, Kok Chiang Loong, 41, who is accused of offences including playing a role in a purported marriage of convenience, told Judge Bay that Yeo had promised to turn up in court on Monday.

Kok also said that he had tried to contact Yeo but the calls failed to connect and there was no dial tone.

Kok added that he tried sending Yeo text messages but received no replies.

The court heard that he managed to contact S K Kumar Law Practice, where Yeo works, but was told that he did not turn up at the office on Monday morning.









https://www.swissinfo.ch/spa/singapur-pena-de-muerte_m%C3%A1s-de-20-presos-del-corredor-de-la-muerte-presentan-denuncia-contra-singapur/47795354 (ESPANOL)

https://www.8world.com/singapore/lawyer-charles-yeo-political-asylum-uk-reform-party-1875931 (CHINESE)

UK: Met Police apologises and pays £3,000 compensation for arresting lawyer on picket line outside London hospital


The union labelled the arrest an ‘outrage’ and told the Met to ‘think twice’ before coming for its picket lines

The Metropolitan Police issued an apology and paid £3,000 in compensation after arresting a lawyer on a picket line outside St George’s University Hospital in Tooting. Barrister Franck Magennis was arrested, handcuffed, and searched while protesting with workers from the hospital who were striking over poor working conditions and outsourcing of staff on January 13 2020.

The United Voices of the World union claim police turned up in large numbers, distributed leaflets on behalf of the university to dispel the lawful picket and threatened workers and union officials with arrest unless they left the campus. They detained and handcuffed Magennis when he reportedly enquired about the legal basis for the warning.

The force apologised to Magennis for “the way you were treated when you were arrested, put in handcuffs and searched”, and said “the level of service has fallen below the requisite standard”. It concluded: “I would therefore like to express my regret for the distress that you have suffered as a result of this incident.”

The police also agreed to pay UVW £2,000 in compensation after it threatened strikers with arrest to break up the picket. UVW argue this was a “clear violation” of their right to picket outside their workplace. UVW had threatened to sue for breaches of Articles 10 – Freedom of Expression – and 11 – Freedom of Assembly and Association – of the European Convention on Human Rights Act.

Arrested barrister and former head of UVW’s legal department Franck Magennis said: “This victory should send the message that we know our rights and that if the police show up and try and do the bosses’ bidding, if they set a foot wrong, if they make a single mistake, we will come down on them like a ton of bricks.

“They are not to mess with our picket lines because if they do we are going to defend ourselves. We don’t tolerate cops or bosses or anyone pushing us around.”