On 9th March, the Law Society attended the annual meeting of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Al-Hussain, with NGOs at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The Law Society of England and Wales, together with the IBA Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and Judges for Judges (J4J), wrote a joint statement to highlight the ongoing challenges faced by the legal profession in Turkey.
On 1 March 2018, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) delivered a joint oral statement before the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, in the framework of the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Read our October 2017 Human Rights Update, for more information on the Law Society’s submission to the UPR of Cameroon, the upcoming event with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and an update on the Law Society’s intervention letters.
The Law Society of England & Wales has submitted information regarding the human rights situation in Cameroon for the UN Human Rights Council’s 30th session in May 2018. See the full text of the submission attached.
The Law Society published today its trial observation report on the hearing that took place on 27 April 2017 at the Military Tribunal in Yaoundé, in the case of Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba, and others.
The Law Society, together with Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and Lawyers for Lawyers, sent a report on the review of the implementation of recommendations with respect to the rule of law and the role of human rights defenders accepted by Vietnam during the UPR in 2014.
On 15 March 2017, the Law Society participated in an NGO meeting with the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.
The Law Society submitted a brief to the Administrative Supreme Court of Colombia (Consejo de Estado) in domestic proceedings brought by local NGO Dejusticia.
On the Day of the Endangered Lawyer (24 January 2017), Robert Bourns, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, gave a speech in solidarity with all lawyers at risk in various jurisdictions.