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Lawyers for Lawyers

Our vision: Every lawyer must be able to practice their profession freely and independently. To provide people the legal assistance they are entitled to. To uphold the rule of law. And to protect human rights.

We are committed to upholding a free and independent legal profession. In every corner of the world. Whenever the rights and freedoms of lawyers are under pressure, we take action. Connecting lawyers who are threatened or prosecuted for their work, to their colleagues in the Netherlands. Always independent: by lawyers, for lawyers.

 The rights of lawyers are protected through the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers. However, not all states comply with these international agreements. The Basic Principles form the basis for Rule of Law, which is why they’re the guiding principle in everything we do.

Situations may arise where lawyers are threatened and prosecuted, just for doing their job. Dutch lawyers support these colleagues around the world. We do this by working across three pillars: Defend, Empower & Influence.



Infographic by: Thomas Hazenoot

31 January 2023

Joint statement on the forced deportation of human rights lawyer Salah Hammouri

Occupied Palestinian Territory

Lawyers for Lawyers, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada are concerned about the forced deportation of Salah Hammouri. As a lawyer, Mr. Hammouri represents political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. He has been

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27 January 2023

Interview Nazeli Vardanyan: “Nothing can stop me as an environmental lawyer, I will fight until justice is done. International solidarity and support will guarantee the safety of environmental lawyers around the world”


Illustration: Joost Hölscher The Armenian environmental lawyer, Nazeli Vardanyan, is admirable for her commitment to protecting Armenia’s environment. She is the founder and director of Armenian Forests Environmental NGO, which is committed to afforestation, reforestation, nature protection, engagement of community

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26 January 2023

Killing of Eswatini human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko


Lawyers for Lawyers received the shocking news that, on 21 January 2023, Eswatini human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko was shot death in his home. This killing was condemned by the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. Thulani

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23 January 2023

Venezuela: judiciary as weapon for political prosecution


by Trudeke Sillevis Smitt The Rule of Law Index 2022 was released at the end of October. In the very last place, number 140: Venezuela. The well-known human rights lawyer Alfredo Romero explains why. “It may sound unbelievable, but in

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22 January 2023

Chinese New Year: Looking back on another year of repression of China’s legal professionals


Today, 22 January, marks the start of the Chinese New Year and the start of the Spring Festival. Hopefully, the start of the Year of the Rabbit will bring a better tide for China’s human rights lawyers compared to the

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19 January 2023

Letter to the Lawyers Council of Thailand on the disbarment proceedings against Arnon Nampha


Lawyers for Lawyers again expressed concerns about the disbarment proceedings against lawyer and human rights defender Mr. Arnon Nampha. Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about the disbarment proceeding against Mr. Arnon Nampha, a lawyer and human rights defender, that is

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16 January 2023

Interview Syeda Rizwana Hasan: “Environmental justice is intrinsic to every other human rights issue”

Illustration: Joost Hölscher Syeda Rizwana Hasan is a renowned environmental lawyer from Bangladesh and the chief executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). As the only environmental justice organisation in Bangladesh, BELA is involved in advocacy and environmental public

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4 January 2023

Lawyer Tony Germain Nkina released from prison


Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the news that Tony Germain Nkina has been released from prison after the Supreme Court of Burundi quashed his judgment on 8 December 2022. The well known human rights lawyer from Kayanza, Burundi provided legal assistance

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