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.
In November 2011, mass arrests of Kurdish and Turkish lawyers took place in raids executed simultaneously in many Turkish cities and provinces.
Report of the 5th International Caravana of Jurists in Colombia
The statement condemns attempts to reinstate the death penalty in Turkey and was co-signed by 36 law societies and Bar associations, including the Law Society and the Bar Council.
It is estimated that between January and August 2016 up to 35 human rights defenders were killed in Colombia according to statistics provided by the Colombian NGO Somos Defensores and the field office of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The Law Society states that “nothing should undermine the independence of the legal profession, the rule of law, and the separation of powers” in response to comments about legal cases brought by UK lawyers against UK troops over claims of abuse in Iraq.
The Law Society of England and Wales (TLS) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) submitted an Amicus Curiae brief to the Turkish Constitutional Court.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Pro Bono Lawyers Panel
Read our evidence submitted for a joint shadow report with the British Institute for Human Rights