Lawyers bill must be tested against Basic Principles
19 March 2015

Lawyers bill must be tested against Basic Principles


Lawyers for Lawyers today contributed to the UPR process of Iran, indicating its concerns about the draft law providing rules for lawyers and the bar association. This law would seriously affect lawyers’ independence in Iran. Together with Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, L4L recommended this bill to be carefully tested against the provisions of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, and modified accordingly.

Next to that it reiterated its request to President Rouhani, which was sent to him in a letter recently on Lawyers Day in Iran, to reconsider the situation of seven lawyers currently detained in Iran. President recently stated that “a lawyer should be immune from any prosecution for carrying out its professional duty, and the investigative authority for the lawyers’ professional issues is the Bar Association”.

Read the full statement here.

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