March 30, 2017
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) welcomes the launch of a new online platform “Index of attacks and threats against Human Rights Defenders” by the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism.
This platform is an important new instrument to enhance the protection of threatened lawyers, since it will centralise alerts on attacks on lawyers worldwide.
The CCBE proposed the establishment of this platform last year, based on the platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists launched by the Council of Europe, in 2015.
The new platform was presented today at the workshop “How to improve the protection of threatened lawyers worldwide? Practical tools from the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism”, jointly organised by the CCBE and the EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism.
The event gathered around 70 participants among which were Bars and Law Societies, International, European and national lawyers’ organisations, individual lawyers, and human rights NGOs.