Providing protective publicity and support to unjustly jailed lawyers

Lawyers

For the #FreeTheLawyers campaign, Lawyers for Lawyers has highlighted the cases of four of courageous lawyers who are unjustly jailed for upholding the rule of law: Mahienour El-Massry from Egypt, Selçuk Kozağaçlı from Turkey, Li Yuhan from China, Nasrin Sotoudeh from Iran, and Buzurgmehr Yorov from Tajikistan. Read more about these five lawyers below.

Mahienour El-Massry

Mahienour El-Massry is a prominent human rights lawyer from Egypt, known for her work to promote judicial independence and prisoners’ rights. Since her arrest on 22 September 2019, Mahienour remains in preventive detention. Click here to read more.

 

Selçuk Kozağaçlı

Selçuk Kozağaçlı from Turkey is a lawyer and member of the People’s Law Office who worked on many human rights cases. Selçuk Kozağaçlı is well- known for working on the “Soma Mine” disaster,the worst mine disaster in Turkey’s history, in which 301 miners were killed. He is also president of the ÇHD, an association which focuses on the right to life and advocates for the prevention of all types of attack on fundamental rights and human dignity. Selçuk Kozağaçlı was sentenced to 11 years and 3 months of imprisonment in connection to his work as a lawyer. Click here to read more.

Li Yuhan

Li Yuhan is a human rights lawyer from China. Li Yuhan represented sensitive matters of freedom of belief and access to government information. During the 709 crackdown she defended human rights lawyer Wang Yu. Li Yuhan was arrested on 9 October 2017 and has been imprisoned ever since. Li Yuhan’s trial was scheduled for April 9, 2019, but was postponed. A new trial date has not been announced yet. Her health has been in poor condition during her detention. Nevertheless, applications for bail have been denied. Click here to read more.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who has acted as the lawyer for women’s rights activists who protested against the compulsory veiling in Iran and were subsequently prosecuted. She has also worked on other high profile cases such as Shirin Ebadi and Zahra Bahrami. Nasrin has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes in connection to her work as a lawyer. Click here to read more.

Buzurgmehr Yorov

Yorov is one of Tajikistan’s most eminent human rights lawyers, a reputation developed by taking on a number of high-profile legal cases, representing individuals prosecuted by the government of Tajikistan on politically-motivated charges. Yorov was arrested on 28 September 2015. At the time of his arrest, Yorov had just started to represent thirteen senior leaders of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT). Yorov has been senteced to 22 years imprisonment. Click here to read more.