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Onze visie: Iedere advocaat moet haar of zijn beroep vrij en onafhankelijk kunnen uitoefenen. Om mensen de juridische bijstand te geven waar ze recht op hebben. Om de rechtstaat te handhaven. En om mensenrechten te beschermen.

Wij zetten ons in voor een vrije en onafhankelijke advocatuur. Waar dan ook ter wereld. We verbinden advocaten in Nederland met vakgenoten die bedreigd of vervolgd worden vanwege hun werk. Waar de rechten en vrijheid van advocaten onder druk staan, komen wij in actie. Onafhankelijk: door advocaten voor advocaten.

Een vrije en onafhankelijke advocatuur is vastgelegd in de UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers. De naleving van deze internationale afspraken is helaas lang niet altijd vanzelfsprekend. De Basic Principles zijn voor Lawyers for Lawyers het fundament van een werkende rechtsstaat. Ze zijn dan ook de leidraad in alles wat wij doen.

Met de inzet van advocaten in Nederland, steunen wij vakgenoten die bedreigd of vervolgd worden vanwege hun werk. Waar ook ter wereld. We werken met drie pijlers. Drie programma’s waarin Nederlandse advocaten met hun tijd, kennis en aandacht bijdragen aan een vrije en onafhankelijke advocatuur: Defend, Empower & Influence.

 

DEFEND | EMPOWER | INFLUENCE

 

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Latest news

30 november 2022

Muhammad Jamil “the denial and concealment of public information must be ended now”

Indonesia

As a lawyer working for the Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM), Muhammad Jamil seeks to protect the communities that are affected by the mining business by using advocacy and litigation tools to hold corporations that damage the environment accountable. This work

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29 november 2022

Joint statement calling for the release of Li Yuhan

China

On the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, Lawyers for Lawyers joined by a large group of organisations is calling for the release of Chinese human rights lawyer Li Yuhan. The full statement can be found here. The 29 Principles,

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24 november 2022

Joint statement on behalf of various international bar associations and lawyers’ organisations on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the International Observatory for Lawyers in Danger, the Union Internationale des Avocats, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, ASF Suisse, and Lawyers for Lawyers call on the Islamic Republic of Iran and its agencies to

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23 november 2022

Seminar – Day of the Endangered Lawyer (Afghanistan)

Afghanistan

The Law Society of England and Wales and Lawyers for Lawyers are organising an online seminar for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2023, focusing on Afghanistan.The seminar will take place from 16:00 – 17.30 (CET) on the 19th of

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22 november 2022

Concluding observations of the UN Human Rights Committee on the eighth periodic report of the Russian Federation

Russian Federation

The UN Human Rights Committee reviewed the compliance of the Russian Federation with its international human rights obligations. On 3 November 2022, the Committee issued the concluding observations of this review, which originally was scheduled in March 2022, i.e. shortly

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21 november 2022

Concluding observations UN Human Rights Committee on the Philippines

Philippines

On 10 and 11 October 2022, the UN Human Rights Committee reviewed the Philippines’ compliance with its international human rights obligations. On 3 November 2022, the Committee issued the concluding observations of this review. In the concluding observations the Committee

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20 november 2022

As the World celebrates the beginning of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar this weekend, we call for the release of imprisoned Qatari lawyers

FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010 regardless of the poor human rights conditions in the country. Besides migrant workers, women, people from the LGBTI+ community and journalists, lawyers are also subject of human rights violations in

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18 november 2022

Ahmadiniaz: ‘Help Iranian protesters’

Iran

  by Trudeke Sillevis Smitt ‘Respect the law! Women, life, freedom!’ On October 8, about two hundred lawyers demonstrated with those slogans in front of the building of the Bar Association in Tehran. It was a contribution to the protests

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