L4L Mondelinge verklaring tijdens ID met Speciaal Rapporteur
17 juni 2017

L4L Mondelinge verklaring tijdens ID met Speciaal Rapporteur

Op 12 juni 2017 heeft de International Bar Association Human Rights Institute namens L4L en andere organisaties een mondelinge verklaring afgelegd bij de Mensenrechtenraad van de Verenigde Naties. Dit gebeurde tijdens de 35e sessie van de Raad, tijdens de interactieve dialoog met de VN Speciale Rapporteur voor de onafhankelijkheid van rechters en advocaten.

De verklaring luidt als volgt:

Thank you Mr President.

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the five co-sponsoring organisations welcome the first annual report of the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr Diego Garcia Sayan.

We warmly welcome the priorities identified by the Special Rapporteur for his mandate. We especially welcome the focus on the situation of lawyers at risk and the issue of bar associations.

The IBA’s 2016 report on Benchmarking Bar Association explains the fundamental role of self-governing bar associations for protection of the rule of law and human rights. It provides a comprehensive overview of the benchmarks for bar associations to ensure a society based on the rule of law that guarantees access to justice and rights for all.

We note with concern the increasing lack of respect for the independence of lawyers, prosecutors and judges, and we encourage the Council to give lawyers and other jurists focus as human rights defenders, as key to safeguarding their independence and security. Such focus is important, as they have been subjected to threats and attacks due to the very nature of legal practice, but also, and increasingly, for their role in protecting the right to fair trial and defending individuals and causes.

States must continuously ensure that laws and regulations fully comply and implement with the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of Lawyers, the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary, and the UN Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors.

While the issue of corruption is essential to the mandate, we encourage the Special Rapporteur to consider corruption from the State itself, as well as private entities.

We warmly welcome the Special Rapporteur’s interest in collaboration with civil society and our organizations stand ready to work collaborate with him to fulfil his mandate.

Thank you Mr President.

[1] Co-sponsoring organisations: International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association, Judges for Judges, Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada, Lawyers for Lawyers, Law Society of England and Wales, Southern Africa Litigation Centre

Video Stream Available Here (Chapter 1, at 04:34)

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