Daily Archives: 06/12/2020

IAPL: COUNTRIES WHERE ATTACKS ON LAWYERS RECORDED (128)

23/11/20

REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE’S LAWYERS MONITORING COMMITTEE ON ATTACKS ON LAWYERS

 Research by Prof. Stuart Russell, Bordeaux, France and Gill Boehringer, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Macquarie University, School of Law, Sydney, Australia

 COUNTRIES WHERE ATTACKS ON LAWYERS RECORDED (23 November 2020)

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Argentina
  6. Armenia          
  7. Australia
  8. Azerbaijan          
  9. Bahrain               
  10. Bangladesh         
  11. Barbados
  12. Belize
  13. Belarus
  14. Bolivia

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Belarus: End ongoing human rights violations, UN rights chief urges

04/12/20

Online event on the rights of attorneys: the Belarusian scenario - Lawyers  for Lawyers

The human rights situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate, particularly with respect to peaceful assembly, the UN rights chief said on Friday, urging the government to put an end to ongoing violations and “take steps towards a genuine, respectful and inclusive national dialogue”. 

Speaking at a meeting of the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet shared reports of more than 27,000 arrests since 9 August, when protesters began contesting the result of presidential elections.

“In the last month, hundreds of people continued to be arrested each week during the demonstrations – with reportedly around 1,000 people on 8 November and 700 on 15 November, while allegations of injuries during dispersals and of ill-treatment during arrests continued to emerge”, she said.

“Senior citizens have reportedly also been arrested during the pensioners’ peaceful weekly marches”, she added, pointing out that on 30 November, some 20 had been arrested.

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Protect rights defenders 

Since August, 373 journalists have been arrested, six of whom are currently detained, three on criminal charges. 

“I deplore the continuing harassment and arrests of many human rights defenders and journalists, in the context of the protests”, Ms. Bachelet underscored. 

Meanwhile, lawyers involved in human rights violations are also under pressure – with some disbarred and others facing criminal accusations – and disciplinary sanctions are being imposed on protesting teachers and students. 

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https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1079282

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26162

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-belarus-un-rights-idUSKBN28E13H

https://www.kyivpost.com/eastern-europe/reuters-un-rights-boss-calls-on-belarus-to-release-protesters.html

https://www.rferl.org/a/lawyers-in-belarus-face-disbarment-arrest-just-for-representing-opponents-of-lukashenka/30898088.html

https://news.un.org/fr/story/2020/09/1077612 (FRANCAIS)