In March 2019, Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. The Law Society have issued an intervention letter calling for her immediate release.
The Law Society joins the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), international organisations, and law societies and bar associations from 15 European countries in a joint statement on the situation of lawyers in Turkey. This statement was issued on 5 April 2019, which is Lawyers’ Day in Turkey. The letter can be found on the right hand-side of this webpage.
The Law Society sent a joint letter to Chinese authorities on the situation of lawyer Wang Quanzhang. This lawyer was convicted and sentenced on charges of “subversion of state power” to four years and six months imprisonment, as well as banned from exercising his political rights and carrying out his profession. His previous arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, prolonged pre-trial detention, lack of a public trial, lack of access to a legal representative of his own choosing, ...
The Law Society sent a joint letter to Chinese authorities on the situation of lawyer Jiang Tianyong. This lawyer was convicted in August 2017 on charges of “inciting subversion of state power”. Prior to his release scheduled for February 2019, the Law Society and others call on the Chinese authorities to respect Jiang Tianyong’s right to return to his home or leave the country freely, as well as cease harassment and surveillance of him, his family and his colleagues.
The Law Society has sent a joint letter with 23 other organistations and individuals to four United Nations Special Rapporteurs.