[state] repression of dissent

Le réseau international de solidarité, Femmes sous lois musulmanes (WLUML) et la campagne "Violence is Not our Culture" (VNC), continuent à appeler à un procès juste pour deux femmes défenseurs des droits humains, membre de conseil de WLUML, Dr Isatou Touray, et Amie Bojang-Cissokho. 

Dr. Isatou Touray and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho are, respectively, the Executive Director and Program Coordinator for the Gambia Committee for Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), and have for many years been active in the promotion of gender equality, rights of women and children, particularly in the fight against female genital mutilation and other discriminatory practices. In May 2010, the Presidency set up a commission of investigation into the allegation that GAMCOTRAP had been mis-managing donor funds from an organization called Yolocamba Solidaridad.

Former Solicitor General Amie Bensouda has expressed dissatisfaction with the way, and manner the police investigated the GAMCOTRAP alleged theft case saying that the work of the police was the least satisfactory.  She told a court in Banjul that the police investigations were improper. Lawyer Bensouda argued that Gamcotrap is not a central bank licensed micro-credit organisation, and therefore not legally permitted to give-out micro-credit, as alleged by the state. But  the state witness maintains that he did not know that a central bank license is required for one to operate a micro-credit.

While various media have published news of an appeals court’s ruling of four years in prison and 74 lashes for human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari, her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif has not yet been served with the ruling.  ”I have not yet been officially served with the verdict, and unfortunately, the news was publicized in the media without my knowledge.  I learned about the ruling through the press, too,” he said.

Reza Khandan, the husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist illegally jailed in Evin prison, reports on the recent conversation he had with his wife during the last visit.Nasrin Sotoudeh is currently on hunger strike. She is demanding the annulment of the unjust laws devised after the 2009 Iranian Presidential election. She needs all your support so her voice can actually matter behind prison walls. Please do all that you can for Nasrin Sotoudeh. She needs you and we need her. Thank you!

Lamin Manneh, a security officer, yesterday testified in the trial of Dr. Isatou Touray, the Executive Director of Gambia Committe on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Girls, and Amie Bojang-Sissoho, Programme Coordinator of the same organisation at the Banjul Magistrates' Court.

Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoodeh’s husband, said that the judge presiding over her case has extended his wife’s detention. He added that no sentence has been disclosed to her lawyer as of yet. Reza Khandan told Radio Farda on December 7 that Sotoudeh resumed her hunger strike because her demands have not been met. He said that in violation of assurances given by the judge when she first appeared in court, her temporary arrest has been extended and her request for release on bail rejected. Update on Iran: WHRD Call for Iranian authorities to release Nasrin Sotoudeh and other lawyers

 ديسمبر 2010

يعبر مركز البحرين لحقوق الإنسان عن امتعاضه الشديد لاستمرار السلطات البحرينية في استهداف ومضايقة المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان والذي تمثل مؤخراً في المعاملة السيئة التي لاقاها رئيس مركز البحرين لحقوق الإنسان السيد نبيل رجب من خلال إجراءات أمنية انتقائية مورست ضده، وذلك بقيام عناصر من جهاز الأمن الوطني باحتجازه لمدة حوالي الساعة أثناء مغادرته متوجها إلى اليونان عبر مطار البحرين الدولي، وانتهاك خصوصيته وانتزاع كمبيوتره الشخصي المحمول وهاتفه النقال عنوة بعد تهديده، علاوة على بقية الأجهزة الالكترونية التي كانت بحوزته، ثم نسخ كل ما فيها من معلومات وصور خاصة بإفراد أسرته وعمله الحقوقي.


The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses deep concern about the Bahraini authorities persistence in targeting and harassing human rights defenders, which was shown recently in the ill treatment inflicted upon the president of BCHR, Mr. Nabeel Rajab, through selective security measures practiced against him. Mr. Rajab was detained for about one hour by national security agents upon his departure to Greece through Bahrain National airport, after being threatened, his personal laptop and mobile phone were forcibly confiscated (in addition to the rest of the electronic devices that were in his possession), all files and information on these devices were copied, even family pictures and files related to his human rights work.

A l’occasion de la Journée internationale pour l'élimination de la violence à l'égard des femmes, un groupe d’ONGs locales venant de diverses régions à travers le pays se réunira à Rabat ce weekend afin de donner le coup d’envoi à la distribution publique de leur projet de loi sur les violences faites aux femmes. Sur le slogan « Plus de délai ! Réclamons une loi spécifique aujourd’hui et non pas demain » cette rencontre aura lieu le samedi 4 décembre à 14h30 à la Bibliothèque nationale.  Des représentantes des ONGs décriront le processus national et participatif par lequel elles ont élaboré ce projet de loi sur les violences faites aux femmes.  Elles en exposeront également son contenu, qui comporte plus d’une centaine de dispositions pénales ainsi que civiles.  Cette activité marque le démarrage d’une grande diffusion nationale de ce projet de loi aux Parlementaires et au gouvernement afin de contribuer au processus de promulgation d’une telle loi – qui serait la première de son genre en langue arabe.

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