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21 april 2021

Contempt of court action against Charles Hector withdrawn

Malaysia

On 6 April 2021, Lawyers for Lawyers reported that the Malaysian lawyer and human rights defender Charles Hector potentially faced contempt of court charges. According to the information received, the contempt proceedings against Charles Hector were withdrawn by the two

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14 april 2021

Lawyers who have represented Belarusian opposition leaders are subject to persecution

Belarus

Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about the situation of the lawyers Maxim Znak, Ilya Salei, Alexander Pylchenko, Liudmila Kazak and Siarhei Zikratski. These lawyers have represented  leaders of the democratic movement in Belarus and are believed to be the subject

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6 april 2021

Contempt proceedings against Charles Hector

Malaysia

It has been reported that the Malaysian lawyer and human rights defender Charles Hector potentially faces contempt of court charges. These potential charges are in relation to a letter he sent to an officer of the Jerantut District Forestry Office

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1 april 2021

Hearing of lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah postponed for the second time

Sri-Lanka

According to our information , the court hearing in the case against Sri Lankan lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah has been postponed for the second time. The hearing was originally scheduled for 3 March, had been postponed to 18 March and has

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31 maart 2021

Abdullah Al-Shamlawi prohibited from practicing law for one year

Bahrain

It has been reported that the Lawyers’ Disciplinary Board in Bahrain decided to prohibit prominent human rights lawyer Abdullah Al-Shamlawi from practicing his profession for one year in hearing held on 22 March 2021. Al-Shamlawi is a legal consultant and

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29 maart 2021

Letter on ongoing detention and judicial harassment of Abdulmajid Rizoev

Tajikistan

In a letter to the Tajik authorities Lawyers for Lawyers expressed concern about the ongoing detention and judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Abdulmajid Rizoev from Tajikistan. Abdulmajid Rizoev is a lawyer, human rights defender and former employee of the Young

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25 maart 2021

Arrest of Öztürk Türkdoğan

Turkey

Lawyer and human rights defender Öztürk Türkdoğan was arrested during a police raid on his home in Ankara on the 19th of March 2021. While Öztürk Türkdoğan was released on the same day under judicial control, the charges against him

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23 maart 2021

Attacks and harassment of Raquel Sánchez

Venezuela

Lawyers for Lawyers is deeply concerned about the safety of Raquel Sánchez, a Venezuelan lawyer, woman human rights defender and coordinator of the Venezuelan NGO Foro Penal, Táchira, a non-governmental organization that provides legal assistance to arbitrarily detained persons in

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16 maart 2021

Red-tagged Philippine human rights lawyer stabbed in the head with screwdriver

Philippines

On the night of Wednesday 3 March 2021, Philippine human rights lawyer Angelo Karlo Guillen became a victim of a near-fatal stabbing. Guillen represents Philippine activists and human rights defenders in court and is the Assistant Vice President of the

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15 maart 2021

Bevindingen van de commissie rechtsstatelijkheid in verkiezingsprogramma’s

De commissie rechtsstatelijkheid in verkiezingsprogramma’s heeft op verzoek van de Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten (NOvA) de verkiezingsprogramma’s doorgelicht en heeft de voorstellen van de partijen getoetst aan de drie minimumnormen waaraan de rechtsstaat moet voldoen: een voorspelbare en regelgeleide overheid,

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15 maart 2021

In Profiel: Jaap Koster

Jaap Koster is na een bloemrijke carrière in de advocatuur bij Houthoff en Clifford Chance momenteel consultant bij het laatstgenoemde kantoor. De uren die hierdoor vrijkwamen werden al snel gevuld met vrijwilligerswerk bij Lawyers for Lawyers, bestuurlijke nevenfuncties binnen de

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15 maart 2021

Concerning circumstances for lawyers in Russia

Russian Federation

After the arrest of Russian opposition leader Aleksej Navalny at the Sheremetyevo airport and his ensuing detention, hundreds of thousands of people participated in January in peaceful protests throughout all of Russia. Reports state that thousands of protesters were arrested

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