Tag Archives: lawlessness

Brazil | Brazil: ‘Free Lula!’ Protest Continue in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte

Demonstrators marched through the country’s largest city chanting “Free Lula Now!”

Demonstrators, including trade union and political party representatives, marched through Brazil‘s largest city Sao Paulo late Wednesday chanting “Free Lula!”. The protesters are a continuation of the series of protest, which began last week, calling for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva be freed from prison.

On the constitutionality of declaring unconstitutional the 2012 language law in Ukraine and the prospects of a united Ukraine

by Halyna Mokrushyna

On February 28, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared unconstitutional the 2012 law ‘On the Principles of State Language Policy’ of Ukraine on the grounds that on the day of the reading of the bill on July 3, 2012, the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) violated the procedures  for consideration and approval of the draft law. [1] These procedures are determined by the Constitution of Ukraine. Systematic violations include the fact that the draft law did not pass a second reading; Rada deputies were physically blocked by deputies of the ruling majority from speaking on the law from the Rada podium and from voting; and using the voting cards of deputies who were absent or using the cards of other deputies to obtain the sufficient number of votes (ibid).

Ukraine | The right to kill fellow citizens

by Andriy Manchuk
The Ordzhonikidzevsky district court of Mariupol sentenced a soldier of the “Azov” regiment, who right in the street, in the center of the city, stabbed a local resident who came into conflict with him over his political views. According to the “Azovеts”, the victim provoked him to kill – the deceased Mariupolite allegedly insulted the soldier and grabbed him by the clothes, for which he cut his throat with a knife.

Ukraine | Senseless court sentence in journalists’ case overturned in Ukraine

On February 21 Kiev court of appeal overturned the sentence for two Ukrainian opposition journalists and political prisoners – Dmitriy Vasilets and Evgeny Timonin. They were released from custody in the court room and placed under house arrest. The case was forwarded to the first instance for further consideration.
Previously, Ukrainian court sentenced them to 9 years in jail for alleged ‘aiding separatism and terrorism’ (actually, the media work of these Kiev journalists was interpreted this way). Both journalists insisted they are jailed only for a criticism to Kiev regime and its politics.
As their supportes have written ukrainian opposition journalists are thankful to the lawyers’ team and international campaigners who actually made it possible.

Turkey | Turkey sentences 4 journalists to life in prison, releases and indicts another

Istanbul, February 16, a Turkish court handed life sentences to Ahmet Altan, an internationally recognized novelist and former chief editor for the shuttered daily Taraf; Mehmet Altan, an academic, columnist, and TV host, most recently with shuttered outlets Can Erzincan TV and the daily Özgür Düşünce; Nazlı Ilıcak, a veteran journalist, columnist, and TV host, most recently with shuttered outlets Can Erzincan TV and the daily Özgür Düşünce; and Fevzi Yazıcı, former layout editor for the shuttered daily Zaman. The four, who have been jailed since 2016, were found guilty of attempting to topple Turkey’s constitutional order in the failed July 2016 coup attempt through their journalistic activities, according to news reports.