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Intervention letters

The Law Society’s Lawyers at Risk programme supports lawyers who are hindered in carrying out their professional duties through threats, intimidation, disciplinary measures, disappearance or murder. This support is provided through intervention letters sent to State authorities regarding specific cases, but also through structural work to improve lawyers’ safety. The Law Society, therefore, responds to individual cases of lawyers under threat, but also aims to address the structural causes that give rise to such threats. We submit amicus curiae briefs to domestic courts and international tribunals to achieve law reform and change practices that are detrimental to the effective functioning of the judicial system.

Arbitrary detention and other forms of human rights violations against lawyers and human rights defenders in Iran

21 May 2018

The Law Society sent a letter to President Rouhani to highlight cases involving members of the legal profession and human rights activists in Iran. 

Violations of rights of human rights lawyers in China

10 May 2018

The Law Society sent an intervention letter to Chiense authorities to raise concern over various cases concerning human rights lawyers in China. 

Concern over the criminalization of human rights defenders in Honduras

27 April 2018

The Law Society sent an intervention letter to raise concern over various cases of threats, criminalization, harrassment and murder of human rights defenders in Honduras. 

All 2018

Harassment of the human rights lawyer Rajat Kalsan in India

14 December 2017

The Law Society of England and Wales sent an intervention letter to the President of India to raise awareness on the case of harassment against the human rights lawyer Rajat Kalsan.

All 2017

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. 

All 2016

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.

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Intervention Trackers

All interventions and follow-up actions are included in the Law Society's Intervention Tracker. This tracker compiles the data and allows for analyses regarding, for example, regional trends of intimidation and the identification of places where the independence of the legal profession is particularly threatened.

Download our Intervention Tracker 2016

Download our Intervention Tracker 2017