17 May 2017, The Law Society of England and Wales
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.
Read our blog on the UN side event that the Law Society and Lawyers for Lawyers organised at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 16 March 2017.
On 15 March 2017, the Law Society participated in an NGO meeting with the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.
In December 2016 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a consultation, ‘Better Combat Compensation’, that included proposals to change the processes for awarding compensation for injuries and deaths in comba
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.
To mark Human Rights day, the Law Society’s Lawyers at Risk programme organised an international seminar on 7 December 2016, to discuss how best to support and improve the safety of lawyers and human rights defenders who are suffering reprisals as a result of their work.
The CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) granted its 2016 Human Rights Award to four Turkish lawyers: Ayse Bingöl Demir, Ayse Acinikli, Ramazan Demir and posthumously to Tahir Elçi.