Human Rights Monitoring Group Update – May 2016

Posted: 05/30/2016

Human Rights Monitoring GroupThe Human Rights Monitoring Group (the “Monitoring Group”) is a group of appointed benchers, established in 2006 to monitor human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.

The Law Society released public statements expressing grave concerns about the following human rights lawyers:

Ni Yulan in China

Ni Yulan is a human rights lawyer based in Beijing who rose to prominence defending people evicted from their homes to make way for development. Ni Yulan has been jailed several times. After her first arrest in 2002, Ni Yulan was allegedly beaten by police, sustaining such traumatic injuries that she was permanently confined to a wheelchair. In 2008, Ni Yulan was jailed again for defending the rights of residents faced with eviction to make way for Beijing’s 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2012, Ni Yulan was sentenced to a two-year prison term — later reduced to two months — for “fraud” and “causing a disturbance” by the Xicheng District People’s Court in Beijing. In our letter dated 26 September 2013, the Law Society expressed concern about the arrest and detention of Ni Yulan. The Law Society received reports that on 13 April 2016, Ni Yulan was placed under house arrest. This followed a travel ban imposed on Ni Yulan in order to prevent her from travelling to the US in order to accept the State Department’s 2016 International Women of Courage Award. In mid-April, five diplomats from Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, and the European Union were prevented from visiting Ni Yulan in her home.

Alldo Fellix Januardy in Indonesia

The Law Society has received reports that on 12 January 2016 Alldo Fellix Januardy was attacked by members of the Civil Service Police Unit and the Sub-District Head of Tebet, resulting in several wounds to his face. The alleged attack occurred during a forced eviction in Bukit Duri, Tebet, South Jakarta. According to reports, Alldo Fellix Januardy was attempting to persuade police to wait until the Administrative District Court had ruled on the legality of the eviction order when he was attacked. The Law Society is deeply concerned that the maltreatment of Alldo Fellix Januardy by the police appears to relate solely to his legitimate actions as a lawyer.