Joint oral statement during id High Commissioner report on Belarus
1 maart 2021

Joint oral statement during id High Commissioner report on Belarus

Belarus

On 25 February, Lawyers for Lawyers and the Law Society of England and Wales (Law Society) delivered an oral statement during the enhanced interactive dialogue on the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Belarus. The dialogue took place during the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The statement reads as follows:

Mme. President,

The Law Society and Lawyers for Lawyers thank the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for her report.

We draw the Council’s attention to the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers which underline that lawyers have a vital role in ensuring access to justice for all.[1]

We share the Commissioner’s concerns about reports of lawyers who have been arrested, detained, or face disciplinary sanctions for exercising their professional activities in the aftermath of the presidential elections.

We are also alarmed by reports that many citizens who were arrested and detained have not had access to a legal representative or a lawyer of their own choosing, and that the principle of lawyer-client confidentiality has often not been respected. Lawyers have also been harassed by law enforcement officials while trying to provide legal counsel to clients.  These actions by state agents directly threaten the independence of the legal profession in Belarus and prevent access to justice of all citizens.  

We call on the Council to urge Belarus to:

  • Ensure that all those arrested and detained have access to a lawyer of their own choosing and that the principle of lawyer-client confidentiality is respected;
  • Guarantee that all lawyers in Belarus are able to practise their profession without intimidation, harassment, improper interference or reprisals.

Thank you.

[1] The UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers provide a concise description of international norms relating to the key aspects of the right to independent counsel. The Basic Principles were unanimously adopted by the Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Havana, Cuba on September 7 1990. Subsequently, the UN General Assembly “welcomed” the Basic Principles in their ‘Human rights in the administration of justice’ resolution, in a resolution that was adopted without a vote on December 18 1990 in both the session of the Third Committee and the plenary session of the General Assembly.

 

Meer nieuws uit Belarus

2 augustus 2021

Joint statement on the repression against Belarusian lawyers and the disbarment of Dmitriy Laevski

Belarus

Together with more than 50 lawyers’ organizations, bar associations, civil society organisations and individual lawyers, Lawyers for Lawyers co-signed a joint statement on the mounting repression against Belarusian lawyers and the disbarment of Dmitriy Laevski. Since peaceful protests in Belarus

Lees verder
21 juli 2021

Report: Lawyers Under Threat – Increasing Suppression of the Legal Profession in Belarus

Belarus

Lawyers for Lawyers, the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights (ABA CHR), and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) have launched the joint report “Lawyers Under Threat: Increasing Suppression of the Legal Profession in Belarus.” The report

Lees verder
6 juli 2021

Joint oral statement during id with SR on human rights in Belarus

Belarus

On 5 July, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada delivered an oral statement during the interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. The dialogue took place during the 47th session of the

Lees verder
30 juni 2021

Side event: Increasing Suppression of the Legal Profession in Belarus

Belarus

Side-event at the UN 47th Session of the Human Rights Council, Lawyers Under Threat: Increasing Suppression of the Legal Profession in Belarus Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 3:00pm-4:00pm CEST, Virtual Event Via Zoom This side-event (click here for flyer) will address

Lees verder