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Human Rights

India: Ms Shalini Gera and Ms. Isha Khandelwal - Lawyers at Risk

26 November 2015

The Law Society expressed concern for two lawyers in India: Ms Gera and Ms Khandelwal.   Read the intervention attached.

Cambodia: Ny Chakrya - HRD at risk

26 November 2015

The Law Society is concerned for Ny Chakrya, a prominent human rights defender in Cambodia who was summoned to Phnom Penh Municipal Court by the Investigating Judge on 21st October 2015 at 9am. Any failure to appear Court on said date, would have resulted in the Court issuing an arrest warrant for him. Read intervention attached.  

Bahrain: Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja- Human rights defender at risk

26 November 2015

The Law Society is concerned about the reports of ongoing judicial harassment, treatment, persecution and imprisonment of human rights activist, peaceful protester and campaigner Zainab Al-Khawaja.  Read full intervention attached

Tajikistan: Mr Buzurghmehr Yorov- lawyer at risk

9 November 2015

The Law Society would like to express its deep concern over the arrest and continued detention of Mr Buzurgmehr Yorov, a civil and criminal lawyer and Chairman of the Bar Association of Dushanbe. The Law Society notes that Mr Yorov was representing 13 members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) at the time of his arrest.    Read full intervention attached

Thailand - Mr Srisuwan Janya – Lawyer at Risk

9 November 2015

The Law Society is concerned at reports that the Thai military may have sought to coerce Mr Srisuwan Janya into withdrawing a complaint against the Thai Government raised in a petition in October of this year.     Please read full intervention attached

Syria- Khalil Ma’touq – human rights lawyer at risk

9 November 2015

The Law Society has expressed concern regarding the continued enforced disappearance of Mr. Khalil Ma’touq a human rights lawyer and the director of the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research known for his defence of political prisoners.   Read intervention attached.

Argentina: Death of human rights defender – Diana Sacayán

9 November 2015

It has come to our attention that human rights defender, Diana Sacayán was found dead at her apartment in Buenos Aires on 13 October 2015. We are aware that Diana Sacayán was a renowned defender of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights and that she sat on the executive board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association, an organisation promoting equality regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex. 

Turkey: Tahir Elci - Lawyer at Risk

27 October 2015

The Law Society is concerned about the arrest and detention on 20 October 2015 of Mr Tahir Elci. Mr Elci is a Turkish Lawyer and a prominent human rights lawyer practising in Diyarbakir in South East Turkey.  He is also the President of the Diyarbakir Bar Association.   Read full intervention attached

Iran: Narges Mohammadi – Human Rights Defender at Risk

25 September 2015

The Law Society is deeply concerned for the life of Narges Mohammadi, the deputy director and spokesperson for the Center for the Defenders of Human Rights, an organization that was founded by human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi in 2001 and that offers pro-bono legal services to political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, supporting their families and reporting regularly on the human rights situation in Iran.     Read full intervention attached.

Bahrain: Mr. Maytham Al Salman - human rights defender at risk

25 September 2015

The Law Society is gravely concerned over the arrest, detention and travel ban imposed on human rights defender Sheikh Dr Maytham Al Salman, the Head of the Religious Freedom Unit of Bahrain Human Rights Observatory and adviser to Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression programme. He is known for his engagement with UN human rights mechanisms and for promoting peaceful inter-faith dialogue, freedom of expression and countering incitement to violence and discrimination.

Bangladesh: Adilur Rahman Khan – Lawyer at Risk

22 September 2015

The Law Society is deeply concerned about recent reports of intimidation and threats made against Mr Adilur Rahman Kahn. Mr Adilur Rahman Kahn is one of Bangladesh’s most prominent lawyers and human rights defenders and he was awarded the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Prize in 2014. Mr Khan is the founder and secretary of Odhikar, a human rights organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of human rights and to monitor alleged violations ...

Thailand: Mr Andy Hall – Human Rights Defender at risk

16 September 2015

The Law Society is concerned about the indictment of Mr Andy Hall, a researcher into issues relating to the labour rights of migrants and a human rights defender. On 24 August 2014, Mr Hall was indicted under Article 14(1) of the Computer Crimes Act, which bans online material considered a threat to national security, and Article 328 of the Thai Criminal Code by Bangkok South Criminal Court. If convicted, he faces up to seven years’ imprisonment and a fine of around 10.3 million Euros. ...

Sudan: Mr. Abdullah Abdelkader - killing of HRD

16 September 2015

Mr Abdelkader was a judge in Sudan and a human rights defender as a member of the NGO, Sudan Human Rights Monitor. Also, he provided legal aid to victims of human rights violations, particularly as a result of armed conflict, and supported human rights defenders, in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.

The Philippines: Ms Honey May Suazo – Human Rights Defender at risk

16 September 2015

The Law Society expresses its deepest concerns for Ms Honey May Suazo, a human rights defender and Secretary General of the Southern Mindanao Regional Chapter of the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s rights (“Karapatan”).  Ms Suazo, along with other members of the Karapatan, has been subject to ongoing acts of harassment, threat and surveillance by the military in Davao City, Southern Mindanao.  Karapatan is an alliance of individuals, groups and organisations formed in 1995 ...

Myanmar: Human Rights Defenders at Risk

16 September 2015

The Law Society is concerned for Naing Ye Wai, Aung San Oo, Gist Too and Nyan Lin Htet of Mandalary’s Yadanabon University. The four human rights defenders were arrested and detained at Mandalay’s Oh Bo Prison on the 1 July 2015 for allegedly using spray paint to write messages on the front of the university on 26 June 2015.  The messages included ‘We don’t want the National Education Law’ and ‘Release students in Tharyarwaddy prison immediately’. The students face charges of incitement, ...

Egypt: death of lawyer Karim Hamdy

16 September 2015

The Law Society is concerned about the circumstances surrounding the death of lawyer Karim Hamdy while in police custody on 24 February 2015 and the events that have followed, including continuing arrests and repression of lawyers. We have previously written to you in June 2015 regarding threats to several lawyers, including Negad El Borai, and in August regarding the arrest of human rights lawyer Ms Azza Soliman. 

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Egypt: Ms Azza Soliman-Lawyer at risk

21 August 2015

The Law Society is concerned for Ms Azza Soliman, a human rights lawyer and founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Aid (CEWLA). Ms Soliman also recently established the “Coalition on the Protection of Witnesses and Informants” and held a conference on the lack of protections afforded to witnesses in Cairo on 7 May 2015.    Read full intervention attached

Azerbaijan: Leyla and Arif Yunus – Human Rights Defenders at risk

21 August 2015

The Law Society is concerned for the Human Rights Defenders, Leyla and Arif Yunus. Leyla Yunus is the director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD). Her husband Arif is a historian and the head of the IPD conflictology department.

Thailand: Mr Baramee Chairat – Human Rights Defender at risk

21 August 2015

The Law Society is gravely concerned over the summons and investigation of Mr Baramee Chairat, a board member of Amnesty International Thailand and coordinator of Assembly for the Poor, a local movement whose work assists rural communities harmed by development projects.   Read full intervention attached

Cambodia: Mr Ny Chakrya – HRD at risk

23 July 2015

The Law Society is concerned for Mr Ny Chakrya who is the Head of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Section of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), an organisation that monitors human rights violations and provides legal assistance to victims of human rights violations including victims of land disputes and engages in human rights advocacy.

All Interventions in 2015