Call for action in support of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers
As the 44th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council begins, coinciding with the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers (‘UN Basic Principles’), the International Bar Association (IBA) urges Member States to support the UN Basic Principles and the role of the legal profession in upholding the rule of law, and promoting and protecting human rights.
A joint call for action – signed by 50 bar associations, law societies, and national and international lawyers’ organisations from across the world – has been issued by the IBA together with the International Association of Lawyers and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. Lawyers for Lawyers has co-signed the call for action.
In the call for action, the signatories note with great concern the increasing frequency, globally, of attacks and interferences both on the independence of the legal profession, and against lawyers individually, including threats, intimidation, retaliation, harassment and interference in the discharge of lawyers’ professional functions. Lawyers are exposed to arbitrary sanctions, including arrest, prosecution or deprivation of licence to practice law, and/or to situations in which governments fail to safeguard lawyers adequately where their security is threatened as a result of engaging in their profession. In light of this, the signatories reaffirm the relevance and the universality of the UN Basic Principles.
Continued administrative detention and harassment through judicial proceedings of Salah Hammouri
Occupied Palestinian Territory
The undersigned organisations are gravely concerned about the continued administrative detention and the harassment through judicial proceedings of French-Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender, Salah Hammouri. As a lawyer, Salah Hammouri represents political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. OnLees verder
Letter concerning the continued judicial harassment of Juan Carlos Flores Solís and Ana Elizabeth Cabral Pacheco
In a letter, Lawyers for Lawyers expresses concern about the judicial harassment of Mexican lawyers Juan Carlos Flores Solís and Ana Elizabeth Cabral Pacheco. Juan Carlos Flores Solís and Ana Elizabeth Cabral Pacheco are working as lawyers of the ComitéLees verder
Joint statement on the trial and detention of Chang Weiping
Lawyers for Lawyers, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), The 29 Principles, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), The Rights Practice and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada are concerned about the (pre-)trial and detention of human rights lawyerLees verder
Concerns about violence against lawyers in Sri Lanka
Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about reports of violence being used against lawyers in Sri Lanka who are supporting protesters. At least one lawyer is reported to have been arrested and two lawyers, including the arrested lawyer, to have beenLees verder