In January 2018, to mark the Day of the Endangered Lawyer*, the Law Society organised a series of meetings that culminated with a seminar at the Law Society, which focused on the challenges to the rule of law and the legal profession in Egypt.
On 31 January 2018, Dina Meza, the celebrated independent journalist and human rights defender, founder of PEN-Honduras, recipient of the 2007 special Amnesty International UK prize for journalists at risk, and the 2014 Oxfam/Novib PEN International Freedom of Expression prize, visited the Law Society.
From 22-24 November 2017, the Law Society organised a visit to the United Kingdom by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr Diego García-Sayán
Read our October 2017 Human Rights Update, for more information on the Law Society’s submission to the UPR of Cameroon, the upcoming event with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and an update on the Law Society’s intervention letters.
The Law Society of England & Wales has submitted information regarding the human rights situation in Cameroon for the UN Human Rights Council’s 30th session in May 2018. See the full text of the submission attached.
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.
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.