2008


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         IRAN - 29 December 2008 : Shirin Ebadi's Private Law Office Stormed by Iran's Security Forces .

        ETHIOPIA - December 28, 2008 -A "New" IDHAE "FREE BIRTUKAN MIDEKSA !" CAMPAIGN" : Released July 20th 2007 after "presidential pardon" Lawyer and former judge, Birtukan Mideksa, re-arrested and reimposed original life sentence. TAKE ACTION !

        GUATÉMALA - 23 December 2008 : Armando Donaldo Sánchez Betancurt, one of the leaders of the Movement of United Vendors of the Streets of Coatepeque, shot dead.

         TUNISIA - 10 December 2008 : Travel Restriction of Tunisian human rights activist Mohamed Abbou, once again prevented from leaving the country by the airport police.

         CHILE - 9 December 2008 : Search and threats against lawyer and Human Rights Defenders Lorenzo Morales Cortés.  Español

        LEBANON 27 November 2008 : Lebanese court’sdismisses charges of criminal slander against Muhammad Mugraby, a prominent lawyer and human rights activist .

         ALGERIA - 26 November 2008 : The Court of Appeals in Algiers upheld the conviction of Amine Sidhoum Abderramane, condamned in firts instance to a conditionnal 6 months jail sentence for denouncing violations. French

         CUBA - 21 November 2008 : Arbitary detention for José Manuel de la Rosa Pérez, a layer member of Corriente Agramontista (agrupación de abogados cubanos independientes).   Español

        CAMEROON - 24 October 2008 : New threats against Abdoulaye Math, president du Mouvement pour la défense des droits de l’Homme et des libertés (MDDHL). French

        PAKISTAN : 13 November 2008 : New death threats On Parvez Aslam Choudhry , chairman of Legal Aid for the Destitute and Settlement (LADS).English

        BURMA- 7 November 2008 : U Aung Thein and U Khin Maung Shein – two senior Burmese lawyers and human rights defenders illegally sentenced under the pretext of contempt of court . English

        CHINA - 5 November 2008 - Lawyer Zhu Jiuhu defends Dalai Lama’s Tibet policy in a Mainland court. .

        BURMA- 31 October 2008 : Defence lawyer Nyi Nyi Htwe and Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min arrested for defending youth activists attending a prayer meeting to call for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Nyi Nyi Htwe sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. English

         MALAYSIA - 24 October 2008 : N. Surendran , a lawyer persecuted by police for statement in court alleging police negligence.

        PHILIPPINES - 23 October 2008 : arbitrary detention of Atty. Remigio Saladero Jr., a human rights and labour attorney, member of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers,

         TUNISIA - 22 October 2008 : Travel ban for Mohamed Abbou. French

        SYRIA - 14 october 2008 : Aktham Naisse Prix International des Droits de l’Homme « Ludovic Trarieux » 2004 detained for more than two and half hours by the security forces at the airport because a travel ban has been imposed on him. . French

         RUSSIA - 13 October 2008 : Attempt to the life of Karinna Moskalenko, a lawyer and Head of the International Protection Centre , who resides in Strasbourg.

         TUNISIA - 15 October 2008 : Me Mokhtar Jallali, lawyer and former deputy, jailed in La Mornaguia . French

        CAMEROON - 8 October 2008 : Jean-René Manfo Songong harassed and threatened by police. French

         SRI LANKA- September 27, 2008 : Grenade attack on the residence of Mr. J.C. Weliamuna, a human rights lawyer and Executive Director of the Sri Lanka chapter of Transparency International. .

         ISRAEL/PALESTINE - 12 September 2008 : Raji Sourani, PCHR Director Denied Permit to Exit Gaza for International Human Rights Conference. English Only

         EGYPT - August 13, 2008 : Assault and intimidation acts against Mr. Mohamed Bayoumi, a representative of the Association for Human Rights and Legal Aid (AHRLA) and an Egyptian lawyer. English

        CHINA - 12 August 2008 : Gao Zhisheng, suffered "unimaginable torture". He disappeared from house arrest on the eve of the Olympics and his whereabouts are currently unknown.

         BELARUS : US Lawyer Emanuel Zeltser sentenced to three years in prison at a closed-door hearing at the Minsk City Court on charges of "attempted industrial espionage" and the use of fake documents.

         YEMEN - 11 August 2008 : Mohamed al-Saqaf, a lawyer and university lecturer, arrested by security forces at the airport in the capital, Sana’a. (French)

        GUATEMALA - 2nd August 2008 : Amilcar de Jesús Pop Ac threatened with death at gunpoint by masked men, apparently in connection with his work as President of the Mayan Lawyers’ Association (Asociación de Abogados Mayas).

         TUNISIA - 2nd August 2008 : Attacks against lawyer Abderrouf Ayadi by the head of Mornagia jail.Français

        CHINA - 30 July 2008 : Liu Yao, a Shenzhen lawyer, jailed for four years by a court in Heyuan , Guangdong province, for inciting a village protest against a Shenzhen developer over land disputes.

         HAÏTI - 7 July 2008 : Me Stanley Gaston, a lawyer in Port-au-Ptince, arrested for having outraged a judge (French)

         CENTRAFRICAN REPUBLIC - 1st July 2008 : Harassment acts against Ms. Carine Bapita and Ongoing campaign of denigration against FIDH and its organisations (French)

       nigeria INDIA - 30 June 2008 : Attempted assassination of human rights defender Advocate Parvez Imroz Prize Winner of International Ludovic Trarieux Award 2006

         TUNISIA - 29 June 2008 : Police harassment of human rights defenders Anouar Kousri and Samir Dilou. Anouar Kousri is a board member of the Ligue tunisienne des droits de l'Homme – LTDH (Tunisian Human Rights League) and Samir Dilou is a board member of the Association internationale de soutien aux prisonniers politiques en Tunisie – AISPP (International Association for the Support of Political Prisoners).French

         SOUTH KOREA- 26 June 2008 : Police assault Lee Joon-Hyung a lawyer providing legal advice during protests.English

         MALAYSIA - 25 June 2008 - Delay in proceedings in the case of human rights defender and lawyer, Uthayakumar Ponnusamy , who continues to be deprived of his required prescription medication for diabetes.

         CENTRAFRICAN REPUBLIC - 17 June 2008 : Threats against Mr Nganatouwa Goungaye Wanfiyo, a lawyer and Chairman of Ligue centrafricaine des droits de l’Homme (LCDH). (French)

         IRAN - 13 June 2008 : Nasrin Sotoodeh, a women's rights lawyer and eight other women's rights defenders, arrested on occasion of a peaceful meeting to celebrate the National Day of Solidarity of Iranian Women in objection to discriminatory laws against women in Iran in Tehran.

        LIBYA - 10 June 2008 : Lawyer al-Mahdi Saleh Hmeed sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, for planning a peaceful demonstration to take place in Tripoli. English -Released on December 7th, 2008

         ZIMBABWE - 7 June 2008 : Andrew Makoni, one of Zimbabwe's most prominent human rights lawyers, has fled to South Africa after receiving several credible threats that Zimbabwean security officials have been instructed to kill him.

        SUDAN - 14 May 2008 : Lawyer and PCP member Abdel Shakour Hashim Derar, arrested at his office by a group of plain clothed armed NISS agents. French

         TUNISIA - 14 May 2008 : New acts of harassment against Mr. Abderraouf Ayadi .French

         NEPAL - 11 May 2008 : Sushil Kumar Lakhe is a well known human rights lawyer in the area as well as the regional coordinator of the Nepalgunj office of Advocacy Forum, a prominent human rights organization in Nepal was victim of an illegal house search by the police in Banke district 2

        RUSSIA - 9 May 2008 : Death threats and harassment against human rights defender Larisa Dorogova death threats and that her son, Khadzimurat Dorogov, a human rights lawyer who has worked to defend the rights of the Muslim community in Russia since 2003 , and her son .

         ZIMBABWE - 7 May 2008 : Arrest of leading human rights lawyer Harrison Nkomo. UPDATE 12 05 08 : released on bail on 12 May - Next court appearance on May 23

         ZIMBABWE - 2 May 2008 : Confiscation of documents carried by human rights lawyer Dzimbabwe Chimbgaat Harare International Airport.

         DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (RDC) - 29 April 2008 - Defence lawyers in Serge Maheshe murder case, Charles Cubaka et Jean-Claude Mubalama, received death threats. French

        PAKISTAN - 25 April 2008 : New attack against the vehicle carrying Parvez Aslam Choudhry,and members of Legal Aid for the Destitute and Settlement (LADS).

         COLOMBIA - 23 April 2008 : New death threats against lawyer and human rights defender José Humberto Torres, who works with Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos – FCSPP (Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee). See also French

        DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (RDC) - 19 April 2008 : Threats against Jean Bedel Kaniki, a lawyer of the Congolese Institute for Justice and Peace (ICJP) and other independent observers who are monitoring the appeal hearings of four people convicted of the June 2007 murder of journalist Serge Maheshe in the eastern city Bukavu. See also French

         TUNISIA - 18 April 2008 : Harassment acts against Mr. Taoufik Ben Brik and Mrs. Radhia Nasraoui .Français

         ALGERIA - 13 April 2008 : Amine Sidhoum Abderramane, a lawyer and member of the NGO SOS Disappeared (SOS Disparu(e)s), condamned to a conditionnal 6 months jail sentence and a fine of 20 000 dinars the Court of Sidi M’Hamed

         MALAYSIA - 8 April 2008 : Ponnusamy Uthayakumar, held without trial since 13 December 2007, hospitalised due to a worsening diabetic condition. See also French

        PAKISTAN - April 8, 2008 : Pakistan: Attack and death threats against lawyer Parvez Aslam Choudhry.English only

         IRAN - 5 April 2008 : Death threats against Shirin Ebadi.

        DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) - 3 avril 2008 : Threats against Georges Kapiamba, a lawyer who works with the organization Association Africaine de DÈfense des Droits de l'Homme - Katanga (ASADHO/Katanga), African Association for the Defence of Human Rights.Anglais seulement

        CAMEROON - 28 mars 2008 : Threats against Abdoulaye MATH, human rights lawyer and President of the MDDHL . French

        ETHIOPIA – 28 March 2008 : Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie released after presidential pardon. Released in the following days.

         BELARUS - March 26th 2008 : Arbitrary detention of Pavel Levinov, a human rights lawyer and a member of the Helsinki Committee in Belarus, Female Centre "Adliga" and the Youth Centre "Seventh Side", by KGB agents. French

         UZBEKISTAN - 18 March 2008 : Threats by the prison governor against human rights lawyer Ruhiddin Kamilov.

         CHINA - 18 March 2008 : Lawyers Li Fangping and Li Jingsong, only allowed twenty minutes to speak, before being interrupted by the judge during the hearing of Mr. Hu Jia.

        FRANCE - 11 March 2008 : Me Fatimata MBAYE, Vice Chairman FIDH and a member of Nouakchott Bar Association, arrested in Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport during 20h. French

         CHINA - 7 March 2008 : Lawyer Teng Biao abducted by Beijing Public Security agents and detained for two days.

         IRAN – February 2008 : Shadi Sadr, a journalist and lawyer, is facing possible imprisonment for defending women on trial for organizing a demonstration in June 2006 calling for an end to legal discrimination against women in Iran French

         THAILANDE - February 2008 : Angkhana Neelaphaijit , the wife of SOMCHAI Neelapaijit, no longer receive protection. Her life is at risk.

        MEXICO - 22 February 2008 : Death threats against Jesús Manuel Grijalva Mejía and Gilberto Hernández Santiago

         CHINA - 19 February 2008 : New arbitrary arrest of Zheng Enchong.

        CHAD - 15 February 2008 : Recent threats against Jean-Bernard Padaré, a lawyer and a member of the League for Human Rights in Chad (LTDH) .French only

         TURKEY - February 2008 : Orhan Kemal Cengiz lawyer and human rights defender threatened and intimidated because of his legal work without receiving bodyguard to protect him.

        CHAD - February 6, 2008 : Serious threats against human rights defenders' safety concerning human rights lawyers Jacqueline Moudeïna, Delphine Kemneloum Djiraibe, leaders for Association tchadienne pour la promotion et la défense des droits de l'Homme (ATPDH), Jean-Bernard Padaré, deputy president for Ligue tchadienne des droits de l'Homme (LTDH) menacés.French only

        PAKISTAN - February 2, 2008 The "Stop Crackdown on Lawyers in Pakistan !" Campaign : Aitzaz Ahsan, Ali Ahmed Kurd, and Tariq Mahmood rearrested two days after after thay have been released from detention of three months on January 31, 2008 .English only

        KENYA - January 30, 2008 : Haroun Ndubi , human rights lawyer, member of Kenya Domestic Observers Forumreceived a number of anonymous threats, including death threats .

        ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES - 25 January 2008 : Nicole Sylvester, President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Human Rights Association (SVGHRA), Kay Bacchus-Browne, a lawyer and member of the SVGHRA, threatened and intimidated.

         BRAZIL - 19 January 2008: Assassination attempt made against lawyer Joao Tancredo. Joao Tancredo ex-president of the Human Rights Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association. Français seulement

        RUSSIA - January 16, 2008 : Vassili Georgievitch Alexanian in a hearing at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation against the extension of his pre-trial detention.

         CHINA - January 10, 2008 :Li Jinsong, was placed under house arrest for a few hours in a Beijing hotel, after inviting foreign journalists .

        PAKISTAN - January 2, 2008 The "Stop Crackdown on Lawyers in Pakistan !"Campaign : The two daughters of well known lawyer, Asma Jahangir, assaulted and threatened by gunmen of the ruling party .

         CUBA - January 1, 2008 : prisoner of conscience Rolando Jiménez Pozada widly stroken in El Guayabo prison Español



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