DEFEND

EMPOWER

INFLUENCE

About us

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.

 

DEFEND | EMPOWER | INFLUENCE

 

19 July 2024

Joint submission to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran

On 16 July 2024, Lawyers for Lawyers, The Law Society of England and Wales (the Law Society) and Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) submitted a report for the fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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18 July 2024

Joint UPR submission Egypt

Egypt

On 16 July 2024, Lawyers for Lawyers, The Law Society of England and Wales, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) submitted a report for the fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Egypt. The next UPR of Egypt will

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17 July 2024

Trial monitoring mission for the hearing in the trial against lawyers from Ezilenlerin Hukuk Bürosu

Türkiye

From 1 July 2024 to 4 July 2024, Lawyers for Lawyers representatives visited Turkey on a trial monitoring mission for a hearing in the trial against the lawyers from EHB (Ezilenlerin Hukuk Bürosu, law firm of the oppressed). Lawyers for

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16 July 2024

Statement on the alleged enforced disappearance of Egyptian lawyer Ahmed Kassem

Egypt

Lawyers for Lawyers expresses concerns over the alleged enforced disappearance of Egyptian lawyer Ahmed Kassem since February 2024. According to the information received by Lawyers for Lawyers, Egyptian lawyer Ahmed Kassem was abducted from his home in Alexandria in August

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15 July 2024

Joint oral statement on the adoption of China’s 4th UPR report at the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council

China

Lawyers for Lawyers and several other organisations cosigned an oral statement on the adoption of China’s 4th UPR report at the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The statement was delivered during the Interactive Dialogue on the adoption

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10 July 2024

Interview with Ugandan Environmental Lawyers Aryampa Brighton and Kato Tumusiime

Uganda

Illustration: Joost Hölscher Aryampa Brighton is a Ugandan environmental lawyer and founder of the organization Youth for Green Communities. Kato Tumusiime is a lawyer at Youth for Green Communities and in  private practice, specializing in public interest litigation, environmental issues,

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9 July 2024

Joint statement on the ninth anniversary of the 709 Crackdown

China

Today, 9 July 2024, marks the ninth anniversary of the ‘709 Crackdown’ on 9 July 2015, when over twenty lawyers, staffers, human rights defenders were arrested and nearly 300 lawyers and human rights defenders were summoned and questioned during the

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5 July 2024

Turkey: international legal community condemns Turkey’s arrest of ÇHD-lawyers Naim Eminoğlu and Doğa İncesu

Türkiye

In a joint statement, the undersigned bar associations, law societies, and lawyers’ rights organizations – representing tens of thousands of lawyers from around the globe – condemn in the strongest possible terms the detention of Progressive Lawyers Association (“ÇHD”) lawyers

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