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India: Arrested 7-member team of Telangana Dem. Front to move bail plea in High Court

28 January 2017

RAIPUR: The seven-member “fact-finding team” of Telangana Democratic Front arrested last month at Sukma, south Chhattisgarh, will move the bail application in the high court on Monday.

The seven members include lawyers, social activists, journalists and a research scholar who were reportedly visiting the restive Bastar zone to study and probe into the existing ground situation. They were arrested and jailed under the draconian Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act. Early this month the Dantewada court rejected their bail plea.

[Read the full article on the New Indian Express]

Read more: India: Arrested 7-member team of Telangana Dem. Front to move bail plea in High Court

7th Endangered Lawyers' Day, January 24, 2017: Focus on China

Endangered Lawyers Day

Media Release by the International Association of Peoples’ Lawyers

The IAPL condemns the Chinese government for the continuing serious repression of the rights of human rights lawyers in that country, and the rights of lawyers’ families, professional colleagues and staff. It is also clear that we must condemn the repression of the rights of the lawyers’ clients.

Read more: 7th Endangered Lawyers' Day, January 24, 2017: Focus on China

Open Letter To Chief Justice Of India On The Arrest Of Activists Of The Telangana Democratic Front

Open Letter To Chief Justice Of India from the Peoples Union of Democratic Rights On The Arrest Of Activists Of The Telangana Democratic Front

09 January 2017

Honourable Sir,

In continuation with our previous two petitions dated 22nd February 2016 and 26th February 2016, we wish to draw you attention to the consistent erosion of rule of law and constitutional freedoms in Chhattisgarh in the wake of continuing attacks on civil rights defenders by the state police and administration in close collusion with the vigilante groups like the Samajik Ekta Manch and AGNI. In the most recent case of attack, on 25th December, 2016 a 7 member fact finding team was arrested by the Telangana police at Dummaguddem village of Bhadrachalam district at 6 pm and handed over to the Sukma Police (Chhattisgarh State).

[Read the full letter on PUDR's site]

Read more: Open Letter To Chief Justice Of India On The Arrest Of Activists Of The Telangana Democratic Front

Fact-finding team from Telangana held in Sukma

The team was travelling to Chhattisgarh to investigate reports of large-scale fake encounters resulting in the deaths of tribals in the State.

27 December 2016

The Chhattisgarh police on Monday arrested seven members of a fact-finding team of the Telangana Democratic Front (TDF) and charged them under the draconian Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act for allegedly possessing banned currency notes and Maoist literature.

The team comprised lawyers Balla Ravindranath, Chikkudu Prabhakar, D. Prabhakar, Durga Prasad, an independent journalist, and three research scholars from Osmania University — Nazeer, Rajendra Prasad and R. Lakshman.

The team was travelling to Chhattisgarh to investigate reports of large-scale fake encounters resulting in the deaths of tribals in the State.

[Read the full news article on the Hindu]

Read more: Fact-finding team from Telangana held in Sukma

Defending and Protecting Lawyers Under Attack:

A Background Paper for the Pan African Lawyers Union Conference, Nairobi, October 12-15, 2016

Introduction

The authors of this paper are Gill H. Boehringer and Stuart Russell of the International Association of People's Lawyers.  The IAPL was created in 2000 to gather lawyers involved in the legal support of collective struggles for people’s rights and in situations of gross rights violations.  The IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers was created in 2014 and maintains a very extensive blog documenting such attacks. 

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Ramazan Demir and Ayse Acinikli released

Two lawyers who were arrested on 16 March 2016 along with 9 other lawyers, all members of the Libertarian Lawyers Association (Özgürlükçü Hukukcular Dernegi – OHD), were released on 07 September.

Ramazan Demir and Ayşe Acinikli were released on 7 September 2016, after five months in pre trial detention on suspicion of terrorist activities. Ramazan Demir previously defended both journalists and lawyers who were prosecuted by the Turkish government in mass terrorist trials.

Read more: Ramazan Demir and Ayse Acinikli released

Press Statement on Kashmir & arrest of Advocate Babbar and other Kashmiri Lawyers

END THE WITCH-HUNTING OF LAWYERS, ACTIVISTS AND REPRESSION ON THE PEOPLE OF KASHMIR!!

 

Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL), expresses its outrage and strongly condemns the continuing use of brute force by the Indian Army, Security Forces and J&K Police on unarmed civilians in Kashmir including a crack down on lawyers.

The current escalation of violence in Kashmir, one of the world’s most militarized zone where the ratio of civilian to security personnel is 1:7, is a result of the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani by the armed forces of the Indian State, on July 8, 2016.

Read more: Press Statement on Kashmir & arrest of Advocate Babbar and other Kashmiri Lawyers

Letter to the Minister of Justice, Turkey

Re: Police raid on- and arrest of 9 lawyers

Your Excellency,

Lawyers for Lawyers is an independent and non-political Dutch foundation that seeks to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing freedom and independence of the legal profession. Fair Trial Watch is an independent and non-political Dutch Foundation that promotes a fair trial for anybody around the world.

Lawyers for Lawyers and Fair Trial Watch express their deepest concern about the police raid on- and the arrest of 9 lawyers in Istanbul, Turkey.

Read more: Letter to the Minister of Justice, Turkey

Initiatives for Supporting the Chinese Human Rights Lawyers

A View from the International Association of People’s Lawyers*

Presented by Gill H. Boehringer  

09 January 2016

I feel privileged to be here today amongst such a distinguished and, I must say, formidable line-up of speakers and conference participants.

And I would like to congratulate our hosts for their splendid work in organizing this historic event and, of course, their hard work and commitment in supporting the Chinese human rights lawyers.

I also wish to pay my respects to our friends and colleagues from Hong Kong for the singular and inspiring work they have been doing for the defence of the Chinese lawyers, but also in providing the rest of the world with so much, and so immediate, information that has allowed the international community to push back against the government in China.

Read more: Initiatives for Supporting the Chinese Human Rights Lawyers

Support FOR Honduras lawyers and the Day of the Endangered Lawyers

22 January 2016

EndangeredLawyersLawyers around the world are being put in danger, their capacity to fulfill their legal duties threatened by states and other forces. This is especially true of those involved in human rights cases. Lawyers have suffered attacks such as killings, abductions, detention, surveilance, loss of license to practice and many forms of intimidation and harassment. These attacks on lawyers demonstrate how rule of law systems, and discourses, have proved to be precarious and selective. Ironically, they have been attacked for defending the rule of law, for defending the same principles announced by the systems that attack them.

Many organizations of civil society have risen to struggle for social justice and defended the lawyers, and called upon governments and international institutions to protect the lawyers as international law requires them to do.

Read more: Support FOR Honduras lawyers and the Day of the Endangered Lawyers

Obituary for Tahir Elçi

02 Dec 15 

Obituary-Tahir-Elci1Today IAPL, together with 35 organizations and lawyers, put two obituaries (click here, and here) in two Turkish newspapers in honor of lawyer Tahir Elçi. Elçi was shot in the head in broad daylight last Saturday, immediately after a press conference, and died on the spot. IAPL would like to offer sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Elçi.

During the press conference, Elçi, a widely respected human rights lawyer, called for an end to the rising violence which has held Turkey in its grip for months.

Read more: Obituary for Tahir Elçi

Int’l lawyers seek permanent reprieve for Veloso

(From Philippine Daily Inquirer, 21 May 2015)

INTERNATIONAL lawyers’ groups have asked Indonesian President Joko Widodo to permanently stop the execution of Filipino death row convict Mary Jane Veloso, arguing that she is a human-trafficking victim.

In separate statements this month, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the International Association of People’s Lawyers also called on Indonesia to abandon the death penalty, saying it goes against the global trend of abolishing this form of punishment.

Veloso was granted a reprieve by Widodo just five minutes before she was to be executed last April 29, the only one to be spared of the nine drug convicts scheduled for execution by firing squad that day.

Read more: Int’l lawyers seek permanent reprieve for Veloso

APPEAL for URGENT ACTION

Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso!
Stop the executions in Indonesia!

 

March 30, 2015

Mary Jane FilipinaMary Jane Veloso is a 30-year-old Filipina mother-of-two sentenced to death by the Indonesian Supreme Court in April 2010 for drug trafficking. 

 

Read more: APPEAL for URGENT ACTION

Attacks On Lawyers: A threat to democracy

by Gill H Boehringer, Stuart Russell, Kristian Boehringer and Julio Moreira

09 March 2015

MurderedLawyersSignIn Shakespeare’s day, lawyers were not very popular, thus the rebel’s cry ‘First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’. Understandably, because the lawyers were largely employed in maintaining the exploitation and repression that enabled the less than one per cent to live in a world of wealth and pleasure denied to the great majority.

Read more: Attacks On Lawyers: A threat to democracy