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    Trial Observation Report (Cameroon)


    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.

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    The Law Society's contribution to the Mid-term review to the UPR of Vietnam


    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. 

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    The Law Society's participation in the NGO meeting with the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights


    On 15 March 2017, the Law Society participated in an NGO meeting with the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The High Commissioner referred to the “great pressure” that the UN Human Rights system is under and the challenges faced when seeking implementation of measures announced to the Human ...

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    The Law Society's amicus brief to the Administrative Supreme Court of Colombia

    The Law Society submitted a brief to the Administrative Supreme Court of Colombia (Consejo de Estado) in domestic proceedings brought by local NGO Dejusticia. 

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    Press Release: Day of the Endangered Lawyer

    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.

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    CCBE 2016 Human Rights Awards


    The CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) granted its 2016 Human Rights Award to four Turkish lawyers: Ayşe Bingöl Demir, Ayşe Acinikli, Ramazan Demir and posthumously to Tahir Elçi. 

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    Trial of Turkish lawyers continues


    In November 2011, mass arrests of Kurdish and Turkish lawyers took place in raids executed simultaneously in many Turkish cities and provinces. Following these events, 46 lawyers - most of whom are of Kurdish origin - have been charged with terrorism offences, which in some instances have been linked ...

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    The Law Society supports CCBE statement on death penalty in Turkey


    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.

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    The Law Society participated in the 5th Colombian Caravana


    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).

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    "Nothing should undermine the independence of the legal profession"


    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.