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Interventions in 2014

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  • Sudan: Dr Amin Mekki Medani - Lawyer at risk

    18 December 2014 Updated: 6 January 2015

    The Law Society is concerned for the distinguished human rights lawyer Dr Amin Mekki Medani, current President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor who, together with Farouq Abu Eissa, has been arbitrarily arrested and detained following his signing of the Sudan Call in Addis Ababa on 3 December 2014. It has been reported that Dr Amin Mekki Medani was arrested at his home in Khartoum just before midnight on 6 December ...

  • Bahrain: Ms Ghada Jamsheer – human rights defender at risk

    18 December 2014 Updated: 6 January 2015

    The Law Society is concerned about the position of Ms Ghada Jamsheer, a prominent women’s rights defender in Bahrain. She is head of the Women’s Petition Committee, which campaigns on family law issues, and an author and blogger.

  • India: Mr Ajimuddin Sarkar and Mr Kirity Roy – Human Rights Defenders at Risk

    18 December 2014 Updated: 6 January 2015

    The Law Society is deeply concerned for the welfare of Mr Ajimuddin Sarkar and Mr Kirity Roy, who are both human rights defenders. Mr Sarkar is the District Human Rights Monitor for Banglar Manabadhikar Surakksha Mancha (MASUM), an organisation which seeks to promote human rights and to investigate and expose human rights violations. MASUM focuses in particular on human rights violations committed by the police and security forces. Mr Roy is the Secretary ...

  • Cambodia: Venerable Loun Sovath - HRD at risk

    18 December 2014 Updated: 6 January 2015

    The Law Society is concerned for the human rights defender Venerable Luon Sovath who is internationally known as the “multi-media monk,” and renowned for his efforts to voice the human rights abuses against vulnerable communities and human rights defenders in Cambodia have been recognized globally.

  • Pakistan: Shahbaz Gormani – Lawyer at risk

    17 December 2014 Updated: 6 January 2015

    The Law Society is concerned to learn of the attack carried out against Mr Shahbaz Gormani, a lawyer in Lahore. We understand that Mr Shahbaz Gormani is the defence counsel for Mr Junaid Hafeez, a University lecturer facing charges of blasphemy. We are concerned to learn that Mr Gormani’s predecessor, Mr Rashid Rehman was killed earlier this year on 7 May 2014, whilst representing Mr Hafeez and that the cause of his death was that he had undertaken the representation of Mr Hafeez. 

  • Azerbaijan: Khadija Ismayilova - HRD at risk

    17 December 2014 Updated: 18 December 2014

    The Law Society is concerned for the journalist and Human Rights Defender Khadija Ismayilova. She reports for Radio Free Europe and other media outlets. She has published several articles exposing corruption and human rights violations. She has consistently raised awareness of human rights issues in Azerbijan with foreign NGOs, governments, and reporters. Khadija Ismayilova is a well-known investigative journalist and it has been widely reported that she has been arrested and detained ...

  • Russia – Vitaly Cherkasov – Lawyer at risk

    16 December 2014

    The Law Society is concerned for Vitaly Cherkasov, a human rights lawyer and member of the Interregional Association of Human Rights Organisations “Agora” which provides legal aid to individuals and non-governmental organisations. The lawyers at Agora have been involved in defending the rights of LGBTI activists and Vitaly Cherkasov was recently engaged to defend LGBTI activist Kirill Kaulgin. 

  • Mexico: Mario Luna Romero – Lawyer at Risk

    16 October 2014

    The Law Society is concerned for Mario Luna Romero, a Human Rights defender and Tribal Secretary of the Yaqui in Sonara State, Northwest Mexico.  He plays an important role as spokesperson for the Yuqui community in the ongoing consultation process ordered by the Supreme Court on 8 May 2013 in relation to the construction of the Independence Aqueduct. The Supreme Court found on 8 May 2013 that the Yaqui tribe had a right to be consulted in the granting of the Environmental Impact Authorisation .

  • Iraq: Samirah Saleh Al-Naimi – lawyer murdered

    16 October 2014

    The Law Society is deeply concerned by the murder of human rights lawyer Samirah Saleh Al-Naimi who was shot dead by masked men – believed to be members of ISIS – on 22 September 2014 in central Mosul.

  • Sri Lanka: Mr Namal Rajapakshe and Mr Manjula Pathiraja – lawyers at risk

    16 October 2014

    The Law Society is concerned for the safety of Mr Namal Rajapaskhe and Mr Manjula Pathiraja who are Attorneys-at-Law and who work as leading human rights lawyers. They frequently appear (often pro bono) in public interest litigation representing victims of human rights violations across Sri Lanka, irrespective of their ethnic and religious backgrounds.  They have upheld the highest traditions of the legal profession, they are well-respected and committed as human rights defenders and ...

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