Daily Archives: 06/05/2015

Defending the defenders: Attacks on lawyers — A problem in search of solutions, by G.H. Boehringer, S. Russell, K. Boehringer, J. Moreira

Atiner presentation revised DEFENDING THE DEFENDERS 6 5 15

Paper presented to the 9th Annual International Conference on Sociology, 4-7 May 2015, organized by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), by G. Boehringer (Macquarie University Law School, Sydney, Australia), S. Russell (formerly of Macquarie University Law School, Sydney, Australia), K. Boehringer (lectures at Blue Mountains International School of Hotel Management, NSW, Australia, and is a PhD cand. at University of Western Sydney) and J. Moreira (Professor at the Federal University of Latin American Integration, Institute of Latin American Economy, Society and Politics, Brazil).

Azerbaijan: IBAHRI urgently calls on Azerbaijani government to review sentencing of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and calls on the Government of Azerbaijan to review it as a matter of urgency.

Mr Aliyev is an award-winning human rights activist working to defend the rule of law in Azerbaijan who has represented more than 100 victims of alleged human rights breaches before the European Court of Human Rights. The head of the Legal Education Society, an Azerbaijani civil society organisation, he was arrested on 8 August 2014 and charged with tax evasion (Article 213 of Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code), ‘illegal entrepreneurship’, (Article 192) and abuse of authority (Article 308.2). On 15 December 2014, the prosecution brought additional charges of misappropriation (Article 179.3) and services forgery (Article 313). He was pronounced guilty on 22 April 2015 by the Baku Grave Crimes Court and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment and a three-year ban from holding public office leadership positions.