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Killing of the human rights defender Jeremy Barrios in Guatemala

29 December 2016Updated: 6 January 2017

The Law Society of England and Wales expressed its concern over the killing of the human rights defender Jeremy Barrios in Guatemala and the increasing unsafe environment for human rights defenders and lawyers in the country. 

Imprisonment of the two human rights lawyers Buzurgmehr Yorov and Nuriddin Makhkamov in Tajikistan

1 December 2016

The Law Society is concerned about the imprisonment of the two human rights lawyers Buzurgmehr Yorov and Nuriddin Makhkamov in Tajikistan. We respectfully urge the Government of Tajikistan to ensure that the conditions of detention of the two lawyers comply with international human rights standards and that appeal mechanisms are made available to the lawyers. 

Joint intervention letter on the arrest of the lawyer Levent Piskin in Turkey

18 November 2016

The Law Society of England and Wales and the organisation Lawyers for Lawyers sent a joint letter to the Turkish President Erdogan to extend concern over the arrest of the lawyer Levent Piskin. 

Detention of the human rights lawyer Xia Lin in China

25 October 2016

The Law Society sent an intervention letter to express its concern over the detention of the Chinese human rights lawyer Xia Lin, who was sentenced to a 12 years imprisonment on fraud charges. 

Detention of the prosecutor Orlando Lopez in Guatemala

25 October 2016

In an intervention letter, the Law Society expresses its concern for the detention and life threats received by the prosecutor Orlando Lopez in Guatemala. 

All Interventions in 2016

2016 Intervention tracker

For a snapshot of the 2016 Law Society's Interventions, clustered by countries and types of violations, download the Law Society's 2016 Intervention tracker.

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