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2 juni 2020

Submission to UN Human Rights Committee

Russian Federation

In 2021, the UN Human Rights Committee will review the Russian Federation’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, and more in particular the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Lawyers for Lawyers has taken the

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26 mei 2020

Jamshed Yorov: continues to raise the voice of his imprisoned brother

Tajikistan

26 May marks Lawyers Day in Tajikistan. On this day, lawyers in Tajikistan celebrate the establishment of the national Bar Association. In order to draw attention to this important day for the independent Tajik legal community, Lawyers for Lawyers has

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23 mei 2020

One year since Selçuk Kozağaçlı received the L4L-Award

On this day, 23 May 2020, Lawyers for Lawyers takes the opportunity to look back on last year’s Lawyers for Lawyers Award presented to Selçuk Kozağaçlı from Turkey.  The Lawyers for Lawyers Award is awarded to a lawyer or group

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18 mei 2020

Letter on the continued detention of Mahienour El-Massry

Egypt

In a letter to the Egyptian authorities Lawyers for Lawyers expressed concern about the continued detention of Egyptian human rights Lawyer Mahienour El-Massry. We also expressed our concern about El-Massry’s safety and well-being amid fears of a possible outbreak of

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13 mei 2020

Payam Derafshan sentenced

Iran

It has been reported that Iranian human rights lawyer Payam Derafshan has been sentenced to two years imprisonment and suspended from practicing law for a period of two additional years. Derafshan has been sentenced without access to his counsel. Derafshan’s

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11 mei 2020

Concerns about the deterioration of Buzurgmehr Yorov’s health amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Tajikistan

In view of serious threats to his health and life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawyers for Lawyers calls upon the government of Tajikistan to immediately release the human rights lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov and to provide him with

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9 mei 2020

One year since Yu Wensheng was convicted after a one-day secret trial

China

On 9 May 2019, the Xuzhou Municipal Intermediate Court in Jiangshu province conducted a one-day secret trial of human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng. Before this trial, Yu Wensheng had been detained for more than 500 days. Neither Wensheng’s wife nor

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8 mei 2020

Burundian lawyer Dieudonné Bashirahishize had to flee his country: ,,Defending the rule of law is not a crime”

,,History will judge. I will not stop fighting against impunity in my country” Text: Johan van Uffelen One of the lawyers for whom Lawyers for Lawyers has campaigned several times is the Burundian human rights lawyer Dieudonné Bashirahishize (1978), former

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6 mei 2020

Pre-trial detention of Mohamed El-Baqer renewed

Egypt

It has been reported that the pre-trial detention of Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer was renewed by 45 days on 5 May 2020. The renewal session took place in absentia, without Mohamed El-Baqer or his lawyer present. Photo taken

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30 april 2020

Bar Associations of Ankara and Diyarbakir under investigation

Turkey

The Chief Public Prosecutor’s Offices of Ankara and Diyarbakir have initiated ex officio investigations against the Ankara Bar Association and the Diyarbakir Bar Association because of their statements denouncing Turkey’s top mufti Ali Erbaş. This has been reported by the

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28 april 2020

Wang Quanzhang reunited with his family in Bejing

China

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was finally reunited with his family in their house in Beijing after he served a four-and-a-half–year prison sentence. Photo taken from AsiaNews.it After his release from prison on 5 April 2020, Wang Quanzhang was being

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27 april 2020

Zyad al-Elaimy has been added to Egypt’s ‘terrorist list’

Egypt

On 18 april 2020, Cairo’s Criminal Court has ordered to put human rights lawyer Zyad el-Elaimy and 12 other detainees on Egypt’s ‘terrorist list’ for a period of five years. This was reported by the FIDH. Zyad al-Elaimy is a

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