We advocate for laws, policies and practices that ensure protection for the independence and safety of lawyers

Influence

We pleiten voor een vrije en onafhankelijke advocatuur. We reizen naar de VN in Genève voor presentaties en we spreken vertegenwoordigers van regeringen (advocacy). Daar benadrukken we continu het belang van de UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, de internationale afspraken over de onafhankelijke rol van advocaten. Ook organiseren we bijeenkomsten voor Nederlandse advocaten, kantoren en ordes, om hen bewust te maken van de situatie van hun internationale collega’s. En via kanalen zoals social media delen we de verhalen van advocaten die door hun werk bedreigd of vervolgd worden.

Als onderdeel van ons “influence” programma voeren wij een actieve lobby voor wetten en beleid die een vrije en onafhankelijke beroepsuitoefening van de advocatuur nastreven, in overeenstemming met internationaal erkende principes en standaarden.

Dit doen wij door:

  • Het lobbyen van internationale instanties en hun mechanismen om te pleiten voor standaarden, resoluties en aanbevelingen die de onafhankelijkheid en veiligheid van advocaten versterken.
  • Het lobbyen van overheden om effectieve rechtsbescherming in te stellen, te implementeren en af te dwingen, en waar nodig, wetten te wijzigingen die de onafhankelijke beroepsuitoefening van de advocatuur.

Consultative status

Lawyers for Lawyers has been granted the special consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council, also known as the ECOSOC status. The status gives us the right to participate in meetings of the Council, its functional commissions and other subsidiary bodies.

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Fact finding missions

Reports of missions in which independent experts present their findings about the information they have gathered and the research they have done into the facts about a particular situation or conflict, are valuable sources of information for the United Nations and other state institutions and organizations to be able to act.

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31 januari 2023

Joint Statement on the forced deportation of human rights lawyer Salah Hammouri

Occupied Palestinian Territory

Lawyers for Lawyers, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada are concerned about the forced deportation of Salah Hammouri. As a lawyer, Mr. Hammouri represents political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. He has been

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27 januari 2023

Interview Nazeli Vardanyan: “Nothing can stop me as an environmental lawyer, I will fight until justice is done. International solidarity and support will guarantee the safety of environmental lawyers around the world”

Armenia

Illustration: Joost Hölscher The Armenian environmental lawyer, Nazeli Vardanyan, is admirable for her commitment to protecting Armenia’s environment. She is the founder and director of Armenian Forests Environmental NGO, which is committed to afforestation, reforestation, nature protection, engagement of community

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26 januari 2023

Killing of Eswatini human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko

eSwatini

Lawyers for Lawyers received the shocking news that, on 21 January 2023, Eswatini human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko was shot death in his home. This killing was condemned by the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. Thulani

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23 januari 2023

Dag van de Bedreigde Advocaat – Afghanistan

Afghanistan

24 januari 2021 is de jaarlijkse ‘Dag van de Bedreigde Advocaat’. Dit jaar staat de dag in het teken van advocaten uit Afghanistan die vanwege hun legitieme werkzaamheden in de problemen komen. In het kader van deze dag worden op dinsdag

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23 januari 2023

Venezuela: judiciary as weapon for political prosecution

Venezuela

by Trudeke Sillevis Smitt The Rule of Law Index 2022 was released at the end of October. In the very last place, number 140: Venezuela. The well-known human rights lawyer Alfredo Romero explains why. “It may sound unbelievable, but in

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22 januari 2023

Chinese New Year: Looking back on another year of repression of China’s legal professionals

China

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 the

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19 januari 2023

Letter to the Lawyers Council of Thailand on the disbarment proceedings against Arnon Nampha

Thailand

Lawyers for Lawyers again expressed concerns about the disbarment proceedings against lawyer and human rights defender Mr. Arnon Nampha. Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about the disbarment proceeding against Mr. Arnon Nampha, a lawyer and human rights defender, that is

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16 januari 2023

Interview Syeda Rizwana Hasan: “Environmental justice is intrinsic to every other human rights issue”

Illustration: Joost Hölscher Syeda Rizwana Hasan is a renowned environmental lawyer from Bangladesh and the chief executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). As the only environmental justice organisation in Bangladesh, BELA is involved in advocacy and environmental public

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