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5 April 2019

Artists standing up for Turkish lawyers

They may burn your robes… Text: Johan van Uffelen they may put your hands in chains but they can’t lock your heart they may set fire to your robes but they fear your angels These are two lines from a

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17 May 2018

L4L and FTW visit law firms

Turkey

On 10 May 2018, three hearings were held in Istanbul in cases against lawyers that are suspected of terrorism-related crimes: the KCK-case, the ŐHD-case, and a new case (Cizre-protest). Representatives of Lawyers for Lawyers and Fair Trial Watch observed two

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16 February 2018

Sui Muqing’s license revoked

China

On 12 February 2018 Sui Muqin’s license was revoked according to Front Line Defenders. On 23 January 2018 Sui Muqin received an advanced notice that his license will be  revoked according to Front Line Defenders. According to the official notice,

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14 February 2018

Xie Yang found guilty of ‘subversion of state power’

China

Just before New Year’s Eve, on 26 December 2017, the Chinese lawyer Xie Yang was found guilty of inciting subversion of state power. It seemed a perfect time for the Chinese authorities to bring lawyers to court. During the Christmas

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22 January 2018

Yu Wensheng loses license and is arrested

China

On 19 January 2018 lawyer Yu Wensheng was arrested was detained by several police officers as he accompanied his son to school on suspicion of ‘disruption of public services’. On 27 January 2018, the wife of human rights defender Yu

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16 January 2018

Mahienour El-Massry acquitted on appeal

Egypt

According to our information, lawyer Mahienour El-Massry was acquitted on appeal by a court in Alexandria on 13 January 2018. It was reported that she was released on 16 January. On 18 November 2017, Mahienour El-Massry attended a session of

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13 October 2017

Ramazan Demir recipient of 2017 IBA Human Rights Award

Turkey

Lawyers for Lawyers congratulates human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir on receiving the 2017 IBA Human Rights Award. He accepted the Award on Friday 13 October 2017 in Sydney at the International Bar Association (IBA) Conference. Lawyers for Lawyers nominated Ramazan

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3 October 2017

Zhu Shengwu’s licence revoked

China

Lawyer Zhu Shengwu from China was recently accused of making online speeches that “endangered state security”. Zhu has become the first ever lawyer to be forcefully stripped of his practising licence by administrative measure. This was reported by the China

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10 September 2017

Trial against lawyer Jiang Tianyong

China

On 22 August 2017, the first hearing in the criminal case against 46-year-old human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong took place. The lawyer is accused  of “subverting state power”. The maximum penalty: lifelong imprisonment. Jiang Tiangyong ‘confessed’  to the crime he

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