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South Sudan/USA: March for freedom, march to #FreePeterBiar NYC September 28

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Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM EDT
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza E. 47 St. and First Ave.

9 DAYS until we will make sure our request to #FreePeterBiarunharmed, is heard before South Sudan, neighboring countries, and the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly. Please join us as we raise our voices to free Peter Biar Ajak.

Join us as we stand in solidarity with Peter Biar Ajak, friend, father, husband, and peace advocate, who has been unconstitutionally jailed in South Sudan since 28 July. By South Sudanese law, he is only allowed to be detained for two days before appearing in court or being granted bail. He has been afforded neither.

Peter is currently being held at the notorious South Sudanese prison known as the Blue House. His friends at universities, human rights institutions, media organizations and others around the world are calling for his immediate and unconditional release. Over 64,000 people have signed the change.org petition asking South Sudan to release Peter.

Meet us at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza E. 47 St. and First Ave. (directly across the street from the U.N. Headquarters in NYC) on Friday, September 28 at 5:30pm to stand with Peter and all others who are being detained without cause.

Call on President Kiir and the South Sudanese government to release Peter Biar Ajak unharmed as a sign of their commitment to peace in South Sudan. Allow Peter to resume his collaborative efforts in his country’s peace process!

For more information on Peter’s incredible journey and his detention, please click here. For information on how to get more involved, please email info@freepeterbiar.com or follow @FreePeterBiar on Twitter.

https://www.facebook.com/events/313300756145781/

(March for freedom, march to #FreePeterBiar NYC Facebook, 15/09/18)

https://www.facebook.com/FreePeterBiar/?__tn__=HHH-R

https://tinyurl.com/freepeterbiarajak (SIGN THE URGENT PETITION!)

https://augustareview.com/news24-com-us-ambassador-demands-release-of-south-sudan-activist/

http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ctl/ArticleView/mid/519/articleId/21582/Amnesty-International-Arbitrary-Arrests-Torture-Of-Detainees-Despite-Repeated-Promises.aspx

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/sep/05/report-claims-detainees-ill-treated-in-/

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USA/Ecuador: Chevron Wants Donziger Jailed In Fight Over $9.5B Fine

September 18, 2018

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Chevron Corp. told a New York federal court on Monday that attorney Steven Donziger, who helped procure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador over pollution in the Amazon, should be jailed if he continues refusing to transfer his interest in the proceeds of that judgment to Chevron.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan had reiterated last month that Donziger had to transfer to Chevron his interest in a Gibraltar-based company called Amazonia Recovery Ltd., which had been formed to collect and distribute any proceeds from…

https://www.law360.com/legalethics/articles/1083507/chevron-wants-donziger-jailed-in-fight-over-9-5b-fine

http://stevendonziger.com/

https://www.triplepundit.com/podium/global-conference-on-indigenous-solutions-for-environmental-challenges-set-for-november-in-canada/

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/09/chevron-arbitration-ruling-ecuador-completely-off-base.html

Belgium/USA: Des ténors du barreau belge interdits d’entrée aux USA parce qu’ils ont… plaidé dans des affaires de terrorisme!

le 18 septembre, 2018

Plusieurs pénalistes qui ont traité des dossiers de terrorisme sont concernés.

Ils ont chacun leur style, chacun leurs clients mais ont tous au moins deux points en commun : ils n’ont pas le droit d’entrer aux États-Unis et ont tous plaidé dans des affaires de terrorisme. Aussi surprenant que cela puisse paraître, pour ces pénalistes, le lien de cause à effet est évident !

Rien qu’à Bruxelles, ils sont au moins cinq dans la même situation. Tous ont voulu se rendre récemment au pays de l’oncle Sam et aucun n’a pu obtenir son Esta, l’autorisation de voyage obligatoire pour les ressortissants belges qui souhaitent rejoindre les USA.

J’y allais chaque été pour un mois rendre visite à ma famille et comme par hasard cette année, après avoir justement défendu une personne soupçonnée de terrorisme, j’ai été refusée“, témoigne une avocate qui préfère rester discrète sur son identité.

http://www.dhnet.be/actu/faits/des-tenors-du-barreau-belge-interdits-d-entree-aux-usa-parce-qu-ils-ont-plaide-dans-des-affaires-de-terrorisme-5ba001bccd704df8b4af34c2

https://bx1.be/news/plusieurs-avocats-bruxellois-interdits-dacces-aux-etats-unis-apres-plaide-dossier-de-terrorisme/

http://www.lesoir.be/179013/article/2018-09-18/des-avocats-belges-traitant-de-dossiers-de-terrorisme-interdits-dentree-aux-usa

https://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1505/Monde/article/detail/3476945/2018/09/18/Des-avocats-belges-interdits-d-acces-aux-Etats-Unis.dhtml

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_des-avocats-belges-persona-non-grata-sur-le-sol-americain?id=10022157

http://french.china.org.cn/foreign/txt/2018-09/18/content_63581233.htm

France/USA/Israel: Israel to deport French-US professor arrested at West Bank protest

September 16, 2018

Without informing attorney, Frank Romano sent to immigration authorities, after allegedly blocking demolition of Bedouin village

An American-French law professor arrested by Israel while protesting against the demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank is to be deported, his lawyer said Sunday.

US-born Frank Romano, who teaches law at the Paris Nanterre University, was detained on Friday while taking part in a demonstration at the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.

“There is an administrative decision to deport him,” lawyer Gaby Lansky told reporters.

“Like thieves in the night, instead of bringing Frank Romano to a hearing to free him from jail, which I requested and which was set for 4 p.m. in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, without notifying me or the court, at 2 p.m., police transferred him to immigration for deportation,” Lansky wrote on Twitter.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli Interior Ministry could not immediately confirm such a decision.

The village of roughly 200 people in the West Bank will be demolished, after an Israeli court paved the way for its razing.

Anti-demolition activists said Romano was arrested along with two Palestinian protesters when they tried to block bulldozers sent in by Israeli authorities to seal off an access road to the village. The activists said that Romano stood in front of a bulldozer that was clearing barriers that had been set up to slow demolition.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-deport-french-us-professor-arrested-at-west-bank-protest/

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5352628,00.html

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/israel-court-halts-expulsion-of-french-us-academic-seized-at-demo-1.771042

https://972mag.com/judge-israeli-police-scandalous-for-trying-to-deport-u-s-french-activist/137802/

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-to-expel-french-american-professor-arrested-in-west-bank-protest-1.6479007

https://www.albawaba.com/news/french-professor-declares-hunger-strike-protest-israels-khan-al-ahmar-demolition-1186634

https://www.jta.org/2018/09/16/news-opinion/professor-us-french-citizenship-arrested-west-bank-protest-ordered-deported-israel

https://www.lexpress.fr/actualites/1/monde/cisjordanie-un-juriste-francais-arrete-apres-une-manifestation-va-etre-expulse-avocat_2035467.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.i24news.tv/fr/actu/international/moyen-orient/184246-180915-cisjordanie-maintien-en-detention-d-un-juriste-francais-apres-une-manifestation (FRANCAIS)

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/edition/palestine/article/150918/frank-romano-contre-la-destruction-du-village-khan-el-ahmar (FRANCAIS)

https://infos-israel.news/frank-romano-un-professeur-de-luniversite-de-paris-a-entame-une-greve-de-la-faim-en-prison-pour-entrave-a-laction-de-la-police-et-des-soldats-israeliens/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.france24.com/fr/20180914-cisjordanie-echauffourees-pres-dun-village-bedouins-promis-a-demolition (FRANCAIS)

http://www.leparisien.fr/international/un-professeur-francais-expulse-d-israel-a-la-suite-d-une-manifestation-16-09-2018-7890879.php (FRANCAIS)

http://fr.viadeo.com/fr/profile/frank.romano2 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Romano/e/B004MNTR5K (FRANCAIS)

https://www.parisnanterre.fr/m-frank-romano–695945.kjsp?RH=FR (FRANCAIS)

http://www.jforum.fr/qui-est-frank-romano.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-israel-deportara-profesor-universitario-franco-estadounidense-arrestado-protesta-jan-ahmar-20180916205054.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.vietnamplus.vn/giao-su-my-ngan-can-israel-pha-ngoi-lang-cua-nguoi-palestine-o-bo-tay/524964.vnp (VIETNAMESE)

https://www.hidayatullah.com/berita/palestina-terkini/read/2018/09/16/150675/zionis-israel-menangkap-profesor-prancis-di-tepi-barat-karena-bela-warga-palestina.html (MALAY)

France/USA: Les autorités américaines saisies après la plainte de Me Dreyfus pour des propos antisémites

le 10 septembre, 2018

Denis Dreyfus avait dénoncé la récupération politique et les incitations au racisme orchestrées par les Identitaires après que ceux-ci eurent manifesté devant le palais de justice de Grenoble, le 11 août, pour réclamer “Justice pour Adrien” (Perez). Photo archives Le DL

Le site internet sur lequel ont été diffusés ces appels à la haine est hébergé aux USA

Me Rémi-Pierre Drai, l’avocat parisien de Me Denis Dreyfus, ancien bâtonnier du barreau de Grenoble récemment visé par des propos antisémites sur un site internet, a indiqué qu’en collaboration avec un cabinet d’avocats américain, il avait saisi les autorités américaines.

Le site baptisé “Démocratie Participative” sur lequel ces propos avaient été publiés, est en effet hébergé aux États-Unis et se trouve donc protégé par le 1er amendement de la constitution américaine relatif à la liberté d’expression mais, selon Me Drai, il est néanmoins possible qu’il soit sanctionné pour “crime de haine”.

«Nous avons demandé à une cour fédérale qu’elle ordonne la fermeture de ce site, nous avons également déposé une plainte auprès de la plateforme du FBI chargée de recueillir les plaintes IC3 (pour Internet Crime Complaint Center) et, enfin, nous avons adressé une lettre aux responsables de l’hébergeur du site, en l’occurrence “Cloud Fare”, pour les accuser le “Fédéral Hate Crime” », a indiqué l’avocat parisien.

Pour mémoire, Me Denis Dreyfus est l’avocat de la famille d’Adrien Perez, ce jeune homme de 26 ans poignardé à mort devant une discothèque de Meylan le 29 juillet dernier.

 

Au nom de ses clients, il avait dénoncé la récupération politique et les incitations au racisme orchestrées par les Identitaires après que ceux-ci eurent manifesté devant le palais de justice de Grenoble, le 11 août, pour réclamer “Justice pour Adrien”.

Le site “Démocratie participative”, ouvertement pro-nazi, avait alors publié un communiqué titré “Assassinat d’Adrien : le perfide avocat juif dénonce les blancs qui veulent se défendre contre la sauvagerie arabe” et illustré par une photo de Me Dreyfus dont la robe d’avocat était marquée d’une étoile jaune.

https://www.ledauphine.com/isere-sud/2018/09/10/les-autorites-americaines-saisies-apres-la-plainte-de-me-dreyfus-pour-des-propos-antisemites

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/enquete-ouverte-apres-des-propos-antisemites-contre-l-avocat-des-proches-d-adrien-perez-06-09-2018-7878912.php

USA/Ecuador: Donziger: Chevron’s SLAPP Attack On Ecuador Judgment A Symbol of New Corporate Harassment Lawsuits

September 5, 2018

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On the eve of protest in three cities against SLAPP-style harassment lawsuits, the main target of what has become known as the “Mother of All SLAPP Attacks” discussed the new corporate playbook for using courts to silence advocacy.

Steven Donziger, a Harvard-educated lawyer, organized the team that won a landmark $12 billion environmental judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. After losing the case, Chevron attacked the plaintiffs in Ecuador’s Amazon and their lawyer, Donziger, with a SLAPP lawsuit that might be the most vicious and well-funded corporate retaliation campaign in U.S. history.  (See here for the evidence against Chevron.)

A SLAPP lawsuit is one filed by a corporation or governmental entity to harass, intimidate, and ultimately silence critics rather than for the merits of any underlying claim.  The party that initiates a SLAPP suit almost always has a huge resource advantage compared to the person targeted, which is the case here given that Donziger works out of his Manhattan apartment while Chevron is one of the largest companies in the world. Such lawsuits also violate the Free Speech clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Chevron targeted Donziger with six public relations firms, hundreds of lawyers and investigators, and a U.S. federal judge who allowed the oil giant to present paid-for witness testimony on a civil “racketeering” case that Donziger said “was an attempt to frame me with criminal wrongdoing.” Chevron has spent an estimated $2 billion to pay 60 law firms to attack the Ecuadorians and their lawyers.

Donziger – called a “hero” of the environmental movement by Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler — speaks below on the eve of international protests against intimidation SLAPP lawsuits staged by the “Protect the Protest” coalition including Greenpeace, RAN, Mother Jones, Wikimedia, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and human rights and environmental organizations. He was interviewed by Karen Hinton, the longtime U.S.-based spokesperson for the Ecuadorian communities and the former press secretary for New York City Major Bill DeBlasio.

http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/41333-Donziger-Chevron-s-SLAPP-Attack-On-Ecuador-Judgment-A-Symbol-of-New-Corporate-Harassment-Lawsuits

http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/41323-In-SLAPP-Attack-Chevron-Trying-to-Intimidate-Citizens-Who-Challenged-Company-Over-Massive-Pollution-In-Amazon

https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/08/27/third-party-litigation-funders-fight-hard-to-stay-in-the-shadows/?slreturn=20180807002757

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/reuters-america-update-1-international-tribunal-rules-in-favor-of-chevron-in-ecuador-case.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/tribunal-condemns-ecuadors-9-5-billion-ruling-against-chevron-1536337680

http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/41336-Ecuador-Indigenous-Leaders-Criticize-Secret-Trade-Arbitrators-For-Interference-With-12b-Chevron-Pollution-Judgment

https://seekingalpha.com/news/3388793-9_5b-ecuador-judgment-chevron-fraudulent-tribunal-says

https://www.nasdaq.com/g00/article/chevron-cvx-emerges-victorious-in-ecuador-pollution-case-cm1020088?i10c.encReferrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8%3D&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

http://stevendonziger.com/

USA/Ecuador: Chevron Seeks Partial “Gag Order” to Silence Prominent U.S. Attorney Donziger Over Ecuador Pollution Judgment

August 22, 2018

Chevron has stepped up its attacks on prominent corporate accountability attorney Steven Donziger by seeking a partial gag order designed to silence criticism of the company’s retaliation campaign after it was found to have dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest.

While Chevron has used at least 60 law firms to attack Donziger, this is the first time company lawyers at the law firm Gibson Dunn – who have been accused by courts of “legal thuggery” and falsifying evidence — have sought any sort of gag order in apparent violation of the First Amendment. Donziger said he believes the gag order is “patently illegal” and reflects increasing desperation by the Gibson Dunn firm and Chevron CEO Michael Wirth after several institutional shareholders strongly rebuked company management at the annual shareholder’s meeting in May and courts in Canada continue to proceed with a lawsuit to seize company assets.

Chevron’s toxic dumping in Ecuador in the 1970s and 1980s, which decimated the cultures of five Indigenous groups and has led to an outbreak of childhood leukemia and other cancers, has yet to be cleaned up, according to court findings that ordered the company to pay $9.5 billion to the affected communities so they could remediate their ancestral lands. Chevron has threatened the Indigenous groups and Donziger with a “lifetime of litigation” if they continue with the case. (Here is a summary of the evidence against Chevron.)

https://www.triplepundit.com/podium/chevron-seeks-partial-gag-order-silence-prominent-u-s-attorney-donziger-ecuador-pollution-judgment/

http://stevendonziger.com/