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3 April 2020

Human rights lawyer Ayşegül Çağatay released from prison

Turkey

Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the news that human rights lawyer Ayşegül Çağatay from Turkey has been released from prison on bail on 31 March 2020! On 20 June 2019, police raided the People’s Law Office (Halkın Hukuk Bürosu). Ayşegül Çağatay

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1 April 2020

Letter on continuing judicial harassment of lawyers in Turkey

Turkey

In a letter to the Turkish authorities Lawyers for Lawyers expressed concern about the continuing judicial harassment of multiple prominent human rights lawyers from Turkey.  On 12 March 2020 the houses and offices of Messrs. Özkan Avcı and Zeynep Işık

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31 March 2020

Egyptian human rights lawyer Zyad el-Elaimy sentenced to prison for BBC interview

Egypt

On 10 March 2020 the Mokattam Misdemeanour Court in Egypt sentenced Zyad el-Elaimy, a human rights lawyer, former MP and one of the leaders of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, to one year in prison for “spreading false news with

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31 March 2020

Release imprisoned human rights lawyers amidst COVID-19 crisis in Iran

Iran

In view of serious threats to life and health, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawyers for Lawyers calls upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release all human rights lawyers unjustly jailed in Iran, including Nasrin Sotoudeh

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25 March 2020

Joint statement: protect prisoners, including lawyers, from pandemic

Turkey

Lawyers for Lawyers, together with fifteen other organisations, urged the Turkish Government not to exempt the release of political prisoners, particularly lawyers, journalists, politicians, artists, judges and prosecutors, human rights defenders and and others arbitrarily detained during the purge under emergency measures (2016-2018), in its

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20 March 2020

Iranian New Year: situation of lawyers on the ‘Nowruz’

Iran

سال نو مبارک (happy new year)! Today marks the start of the Iranian New Year. Unfortunately, the ‘Nowruz’ does not seem to bring prosperity and happiness for many human rights lawyers who have been detained and prosecuted by the Iranian

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18 March 2020

Ding Jiaxi remains in custody following 1226 Crackdown arrest

China

Former human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi remains detained following an arrest by police in Shandong Province, China on 26 December 2019. Ding’s arrest is part of a large-scale crackdown targeting human rights lawyers and citizen activists, which has been labelled

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16 March 2020

Joint statement: suspension of Fatma Karume

Tanzania

Lawyers for Lawyers, together with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales,  AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers, SADCLA and SALC have issued a joint statement of concern regarding the suspension

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15 March 2020

Unannounced visits to offices of LBH APIK

Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada have called on the Indonesian authorities to conduct a professional and independent investigation into the conduct of the people, including the 4 police officers, who made unannounced visits without a search warrant

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12 March 2020

Oral statement Egypt UPR outcome

Egypt

On 12 March 2020, Lawyers for Lawyers, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, The Law Society of England and Wales (“Law Society”), and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) delivered an oral statement during the 43rd Session

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12 March 2020

Oral statement Kazakhstan UPR outcome

Kazakhstan

On 12 March 2020, Lawyers for Lawyers and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute delivered an oral statement during the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council. During this session, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Outcome Report of

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12 March 2020

Oral statement Iran UPR outcome

Iran

On 12 March 2020, Lawyers for Lawyers and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute delivered an oral statement during the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council. During this session, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Outcome Report of

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