Lawyers for Lawyers Award

Lawyers play a crucial role in upholding the rule of law. Especially when it comes to human rights protection it is of great importance that they are able to practice freely and independently. In reality however, this is not always the case. In many countries lawyers’ personal freedom is threatened for standing up for the rights of others. The Lawyers for Lawyers Award is awarded to a lawyer or group of lawyers who work to promote the rule of law and human rights in an exceptional way and are threatened because of their work.

With the Lawyers for Lawyers Award, Lawyers for Lawyers aims to generate international attention and recognition for lawyers who are hindered in the practicing their profession. For example because they are threatened, intimidated or being held in custody. With the Award, Lawyers for Lawyers offers these lawyers moral support. The Award also provides protection by creating visibility and awareness for these lawyers and their work.

Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019

The fifth Lawyers for Lawyers Award will be presented for the fifth time in Amsterdam in May 2019. An independent jury, chaired by mrs. Heikelien Verrijn Stuart, decides which lawyer will receive the award. The prize consists of a special token as well as a donation of € 10.000.

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Award seminar 2017

‘The Voice of Rights’, about lawyers and freedom of expression

Sirikan Charoensi is co-founder of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a lawyer collective that was established shortly after the 2014 military coup in Thailand. Charoensiri provides legal support in high-profile human right cases on a pro-bono basis.

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Award seminar 2015

‘Lawyers are not their clients’

Jorge Molano is a Colombian lawyer who defends human rights. Because of that reason, both he and his family were threatened, his and house and computer were broken into and his telephone was tapped.

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Award seminar 2013

‘Lawyers controlled, independence at stake?’

Magamed Abubakarov is an ethnical Chechen who mainly practices in cases that are politically sensitive in the Russian Federation. Because of his activities he is threatened on a regular basis and had to flee the Russian Federation twice. In 2011, he was hit by a car, shattering his legs and resulting in a revalidation period of a year. The authorities refused to investigate the incident.

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Award seminar 2011

25 years Lawyers for Lawyers

Alec Muchadehama defends various human rights activists, members of the opposition and civilians in Zimbabwe. Because of his activities he is constantly threatened, in many cases by the government. He has been put under surveillance, physically threatened, arrested and put on trial. After a kidnapping attempt, he was forced to go into hiding in an embassy.

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