Kazakhstan Vadim Kuramshin to be awarded Ludovic Trarieux prize
On 20 June, the jury of the Ludovic Trarieux human rights prize announced that this year’s laureate is Vadim Kuramshin from Kazakhstan. He is a prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who currently serves a 12 year prison sentence. He defended, among others, victims of mistreatment in prison and investigated the murders of other prisoners.
He was arrested twice before he was convicted for allegedly blackmailing the district attorney’s assistant in December 2012. At the moment he is in branch EC 164/4 of the Gornyi prison, which is infamous for human rights violations.
The prize is an initiative of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE) and several European national and local bar associations and will be awarded in December. Earlier laureates include Muharrem Erbey from Turkey, Karinna Moskalenko from Russia and Beatrice Mtetwa from Zimbabwe.
Concerns about Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill
On 21 March 2023, the Ugandan parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2023. The Bill is claimed to “protect the traditional family” and introduces severe punishments for “homosexual acts”. It even introduced the death penalty. Lawyers for Lawyers is concernedLees verder
Chen Wuquan released from prison
Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the news that Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Wuquan has been released from prison after five years on February 8, 2023. Chen Wuquan was taken into custody on 9 February 2018, following his “War to ProtectLees verder
Joint Statement on the harassment of Zimbabwean lawyer Mr. Kudzayi Erick Kadzere
Lawyers for Lawyers, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada are concerned about the judicial and physical harassment of Mr. Kudzayi Erick Kadzere. As a lawyer, Mr. Kadzere works on human rights cases and isLees verder
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 theLees verder