May 31, 2017
The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns regarding human rights violations against members of the legal profession across the globe.
Lawyers should be able to exercise their legitimate duties without fear for their lives, for their liberty or for their security. The Law Society of Upper Canada urges all governments to comply with international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
The Law Society’s Human Rights Monitoring Group recently issued public statements regarding the following lawyers:
- The trial of lawyer Xie Yang and the detention of lawyer Chen Jiangang in China
- The conviction of lawyer Li Heping in China
- The arrest and detention of lawyer Prawet Prapanukul in Thailand.
The Human Rights Monitoring Group is a group of benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada appointed by the Law Society’s governing body to monitor human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.
The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.