On 1 March 2018, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) delivered a joint oral statement before the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, in the framework of the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

The joint oral statement is titled “Attacks on lawyers: Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and China” and it was delivered by ICJ on behalf of a group of organisations that includes ICJ, the Law Society of England and Wales, IBA Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), Union International des Avocats (UIA), Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), and the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC).

In the statement, these organisations point out the continuous challenges faced by the legal profession in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and China and recommend the UN Human Rigths Council to address worrying developments threatening the rule of law in these countries. 

Read the full statement and see a video of the joint oral statement delivered by ICJ in the two links below.