The Law Society of England and Wales has today asked whether the sentencing of a Fijian non-governmental organisation (NGO) and its director signals the ‘death of free speech’ in the Pacific island state.
Writing in the Times today, Nick Fluck, President of the Law Society is joined by Sir Nicolas Bratza (former President of the ECtHR), calling on us to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights which will be tomorrow.
The Law Society’s Human Rights Committee has criticised the legal action being taken against 10 members of the Istanbul Bar Association.
Having observed the coverage of escalating violence in Ukraine and received correspondence from the Ukrainian Bar Association, the Human Rights Committee at the Law Society of England and Wales is concerned that the rule of law has broken down in Ukraine.
For the last two years the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales have, along with lawyers from a number of other countries in the EU and the US, been observing the trial of 45 mainly Kurdish lawyers who have been on trial in Istanbul, Turkey. Read the latest report from the hearing of 13th November 2014 - see attached.
The Law Society has been granted unprecedented access to the United Nations.
The visit was part of the Colombia Caravana 2014, an international initiative to support the work of lawyers in Colombia. Lawyers in Colombia receive death threats, are persecuted and harassed on a frequent basis.
The Law Society has submitted evidence to the Modern Slavery Bill Public Committee. While the Society supports plans to address modern slavery, it raised concerns including the lack of adequate safeguarding of survivors of slavery and trafficking.
Law Society calls for action as human rights lawyer receives death threats
The Law Society is concerned with the treatment of Abdolfattah Soltani, Hootan Dolati and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, currently held at Evin Prison, Tehran, particularly following the reported violence in Section 350 on 17 April, 2014.