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  • Joint Letter to Chinese Authorities

    On the occasion of the anniversary of the arrest and detention of human rights lawyers and defenders in China, which started on 9 July 2015 (the “709 crackdown”), a joint letter to the Chinese authorities was co-signed. 

  • Access to justice for children: international challenges and good practices - 11th July 2016

    Access to justice is crucial for guaranteeing children’s right and protection but legal systems and the social environment often make it difficult for children to obtain redress for rights violations. 

  • The Graham Turnbull Human Rights Travel Award

    The Graham Turnbull Human Rights Travel Award was launched in June 2014. It consists of a grant of £500 to be awarded for travel in relation to human rights related activities, such as trial observation, field research, or to support the work of human rights lawyers abroad.

  • Oral Statement before the UN Human Rights Council

    The Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee at The Law Society, Mr. Tony Fisher, endorsed an oral statement made before the United Nations Human Rights Council on the general findings of the regional consultation “Independence of the Legal Profession” regarding the situation of lawyers in Europe, Caucasu, Central Asia and the Balkans.

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    Graham Turnbull Lecture

    On 21 April 2016, David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, delivered the lecture ‘Terrorism and the Law’ at the Law Society for the Graham Turnbull awards.

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    Human rights update now available for April 2016

    To read our April update please see the attached document. Our updates include news about the Law Society’s human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training. If you would like to receive our free updates please email HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk

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    Chinese lawyer shortlisted for freedom of speech award

    The case of Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, convicted last December of ‘creating disturbances’, will be highlighted next week at the UK’s premier free speech awards.

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    Human rights update now available for January 2016

    To read our January update please see the attached document. Our updates include news about the Law Society’s human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training. If you would like to receive our free updates please email HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk

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    A message from the Law Society's new Human Rights Committee Chair - Tony Fisher

    My name is Tony Fisher and I am delighted to have been appointed as chair of the Human Rights Committee at the Law Society for a three year term from January 2016. The committee is responsible for managing and developing the human rights work of the Society both at home and internationally. The focus of our work domestically in 2016 will continue to be on legislation which affects domestic human rights and in particular any new Bill of Rights introduced ...

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    Human rights work at the Law Society - get involved

    Human Rights Policy Adviser Sarah Smith outlines the range of human rights activity carried out at the Law Society, and explains how you can get involved.