Mauritania: pleading contest 2019
For the third consecutive year, JCI and the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service co-financed the 7th edition of the international pleading contest for human rights in Mauritania as part of the Project to Support Democracy and Social Cohesion. On the 4th of December, 8 lawyers pleaded for a recent case of human rights violation in the courthouse of Nouakchott.
- 1st price: Mrs. Josette M. ATADE-TOPANOU (Benin’s office) “love must be burned when it’s cold”
- 2nd price: Mr. Mustapha TEURKI (Algiers’ bar) “sometimes, Justice does not live in Algeria”
- 3rd price: Mr. Vincent BRACHET (Caen’s bar) “Me Nam, a muzzled voice in Vietnam”
JCI General Director Nicole COCHET was honoured to be a jury member of the contest. After the deliberations, the jury granted the third price to the French lawyer Mr. Vincent BRACHET and the second price to the Algerian lawyer Mr. Mustapha TEURKI. They respectively pleaded for the case of the Vietnamese blogger and human rights activist Me NAM, imprisoned for several years due to comments on her blog, and the Algerian doctor Kemaldine FAKHA detained for his pacific ideas who died from a hunger strike on the 28th of May 2019.
Lawyer of the Benin’s bar Ms. Josette M. ATADE-TOPANOU has been granted the first price for her pleading on Leonida, 28 years old Beninese woman burned alive.
The pleadings are available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kyB_KNyKebDAWWrB5EiORvi0B6iRsvrP/view
Crédits : 2IDHP