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USA: Immigration Lawyer Broke Her Foot When ICE Officer Pushed Her, She Says

June 27, 2018

An immigration lawyer said she fractured her foot after being pushed to the ground by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer as she followed her client, a 3-year-old boy, into an ICE building in Kansas City, Mo.

The lawyer, Andrea Martinez, said that she and a colleague were trying to accompany the child, Noah Bautista-Mayorga, into the ICE office around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Noah’s mother, Kenia Bautista-Mayorga, had been detained since May.

The family had entered the country illegally in February 2016 and was to be deported to Honduras on Tuesday morning.

Ms. Martinez said that she and the other lawyer were pushed forcefully by the ICE officer as he tried to block her from entering the building. The encounter was captured on a widely circulated video, which shows a brief scuffle between the two lawyers and an ICE officer, with Ms. Martinez tumbling to the ground after she approaches the door to the building.






Andrea Martinez Photos: Full Story of Immigration Lawyer

Video Shows ICE Agent Shoving, Injuring Immigration Attorney Reuniting Child With Detained Mother in Missouri




China/USA: Second Hong Kong film on mainland China’s ‘709’ human rights crackdown shows lives of families seeking asylum in US

June 24, 2018

Documentary produced by two local journalists marks third anniversary of July 9 round-up in 2015 that involved more than 300 people

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On a late summer night in 2017, a Chinese asylum seeker sat alone on the stairs of her home in California, battling insomnia and depression, thinking to herself that perhaps her troubles would end if she died in a car crash.

But Jin Bianling – the wife of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, who has been jailed in Henan, mainland China, following the so-called 709 crackdown – has not given up on making speeches and giving testimony in the United States to seek help for her husband.

Jin’s plight and thoughts, along with other untold stories of how several “709 wives” escaped China with their young children to seek asylum in the US, are documented in a film produced by two independent Hong Kong journalists to mark the third anniversary of the crackdown in July 9, 2015.

More than 300 human rights lawyers, activists and their family members have been arrested, detained, prosecuted or imprisoned over the past three years.

Jiang was convicted and jailed for two years for “inciting subversion of state power” in 2017 – nine months after he was secretly arrested.

Titled 709 The Other Shore, the two-hour documentary, to be released in July, is the second one on the subject produced by Lo King-wah and Kong King-chu, who spent three years interviewing and filming more than 20 individuals caught in the crackdown.


Announcement Regarding the Annual ‘China Human Rights Lawyers Day’ Event

https://www.change.org/p/xi-jinping-3rd-anniversary-of-709-crackdown-end-suppression-of-china-human-rights-lawyers (PETITION – PLEASE SIGN!)





USA: Black Woman Arrested In Metal Makeup Box Attack on NYC Lawyer, But Critics Are Skeptical

June 22, 2018

A woman has been arrested in connection to a brutal attack that left a New York City lawyer’s face battered and bruised. Police say they’re now investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

Cops charged 37-year-old Amy Bell of Brooklyn on Wednesday with assault, aggravated harassment and harassment after they say she bashed a local civil rights lawyer in the face with a metal makeup box three weeks ago, NBC 4 New York reported. Bell allegedly mentioned the victim’s race during the incident.

“It’s the worst pain you ever felt in your face,” the lawyer, who asked to remain unnamed, told the station of the May 31 attack. “You just don’t know what you look like. My eye was bloody, totally shut.”

The victim, who works on behalf of children, families and immigrants, said she was walking back to work around noon that day when she first noticed her would-be attacker. She said she saw the suspect suddenly reach her arm back but figured she was just dancing. The woman was actually winding up to hit her, however.

” … The woman who hit me said, ‘White b—-,’ and was laughing that she hurt me,” she recalled. “I felt like I was going to pass out but I tried not to. And I went over to the first person I saw and said, ‘Do I have teeth in my mouth?’ ”



Thailand/EU: Rights lawyer Sirikan June Charoensiri faces court again

June 19, 2018

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On 19 June, representatives from the EU Delegation to Thailand and Embassies of Sweden, the Netherlands, France and the US observed an indictment hearing of the case of Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer. The purpose of the hearing was to establish whether she would be charged with concealing evidence and refusing to comply with an order, after she refused to allow the authorities to conduct a warrantless search of her car, which contained her clients’ information and consequently should be protected by the lawyer-client privilege.


(European Union in Thailand Facebook, 19/6/18)







https://prachatai.com/journal/2018/06/77501 (THAI/ENGLISH)

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20180622-thailande-france-prayut-chan-o-cha-premier-ministre-junte-pouvoir (FRANCAIS)

China/USA: Exiled in the U.S., a Lawyer Warns of ‘China’s Long Arm’

June 15, 2018

From his suburban home in New Jersey, Teng Biao has watched in frustration as what he sees as the apologies to China from Western companies have come fast and furious this year.

First, there was the hotel chain Marriott International, which apologized to the Chinese government in January for having sent out a customer survey listing Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and the self-governing island of Taiwan as separate territories, a violation of the Communist Party canon that raised the ire of some Chinese citizens.

Then there was Gap Inc., which posted a message to the Chinese apologizing for a T-shirt with a map of China that ignited similar criticism. And in May, Air Canada on its website began listing Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, as a part of Communist-ruled China, which the Taiwanese reject.

For Mr. Teng, one of China’s pre-eminent civil rights lawyers, it all amounted to craven behavior from Western companies trying to stay in the good graces of Chinese officials and citizens to maintain access to the enormous consumer market in China.




https://theinitium.com/article/20180605-taiwan-teng-biao/ (MANDARIN)

https://www.internazionale.it/notizie/gabriele-battaglia/2018/06/05/cina-sparizioni-forzate (ITALIANO)

Iran: Immediate Release of Human Rights Lawyer Demanded by Amnesty International

June 15, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh

On June 13, in her home in Tehran, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested. According to her husband, Reza Khandan, she was then transferred to the prosecutor’s office of Evin prison.

Sotoudeh was told she was being arrested to serve a five-year prison sentence, said Khandan, but neither he nor his wife knew anything about this sentence.

The same day, Amnesty International issued a statement calling for Iranian authorities to immediately release Nasrin Sotoudeh. The statement said, “We call on the Iranian authorities to release Nasrin Sotoudeh immediately and unconditionally.

Any action short of this must be unreservedly condemned by the international community.”

The statement also claims, “In recent weeks, Nasrin Sotoudeh has spoken out against the application of a Note to Article 48 of Iran’s 2015 Code of Criminal Procedure. The Note to Article 48 denies individuals facing some offenses, including those related to national security, the right to access an independent lawyer of their own choosing during the investigation of their charges. Instead, individuals can only select from a roster of pre-approved lawyers chosen by the Head of the Judiciary.

The Head of the Judiciary issued a list with only 20 people pre-approved for Tehran province.”

Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, stated, “Permitting only lawyers who are pre-approved to defend individuals accused of ‘security’ offences – who often include human rights defenders – completely undermines the right of detainees to a lawyer of their own choosing.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh recently represented Narges Hosseini, who was prosecuted for peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling in Iran earlier this year. Since the December / January protests this year, dozens of women have been violently attacked and arrested for peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling.








Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, arrested – again




https://www.fidh.org/fa/%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B9%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7/%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87%E2%80%8C%DB%8C-%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87 (FARSI)

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights-justice/4441832.html (FARSI)

http://fa.euronews.com/2018/06/17/reza-khandan-husband-of-nasrin-sotoudeh-iranian-human-rights-defender-arrested-evin-tehran (FARSI)

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsira181306.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/06/16/97001-20180616FILWWW00111-iran-l-arrestation-de-nasrin-sotoudeh-defenseure-des-droits-humaine-jugee-scandaleuse.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/160618/l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-arretee-pour-soutien-la-cause-des-femmes (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1121095/washington-appelle-a-la-liberation-de-lavocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.madmoizelle.com/avocate-iranienne-arretee-931835 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.islampos.com/fifa-izinkan-spanduk-dukungan-untuk-wanita-iran-di-stadion-di-piala-dunia-91806/ (ITALIANO)




Azerbaijan/USA: The case of Emin Aslan in Azerbaijan

June 11, 2018

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Today I submitted the following questions to High Representative Federica Mogherini following the continued detention of human rights lawyer and activist Emin Aslan in Azerbaijan.

On June 4th 2018 human rights lawyer Emin Aslan, an Azeri national, returned to Azerbaijan after finishing his studies in the United States. After crossing the border, seemingly without difficulties, he was taken by security forces in Baku. He was subsequently sentenced to 30 days in administrative detention for ‘disobeying the police’. His appeal was denied on Friday.

His arrest comes on top of a crackdown on human rights defenders and Azeri civil society as a whole, which started prior to and now continues after President Aliyev’s re-election last April.

  • Is the HR/VP aware of Mr Aslan’s detention and if so, will she not only condemn his arrest but also discuss his case with Azeri authorities at the highest possible level and at the earliest possible opportunity?







https://www.azadliq.info/220312.html (AZERBAIJANI)