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Cuba/CCBE: Situation of lawyers in the Republic of Cuba

October 1, 2018

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I am writing to you on behalf of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents the Bars and Law Societies of 45 countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. The CCBE places great emphasis on respect for human rights and the Rule of Law, and is particularly concerned with the situation of human rights defenders around the world.
The CCBE would like to express its concern regarding the situation of lawyers in Cuba.
According to the information received by the CCBE, the criminal justice system is being used to harass lawyers and human rights defenders who have been critical of the Cuban authorities. The use of broad provisions in the Penal Code such as “dangerousness”, are regularly used to threaten or charge people who are perceived to be a threat to the State.
The CCBE understands that lawyers can only work in the public system and that it is difficult for independent human rights lawyers to work legitimately as it is problematic for them to obtain licenses for legal self-employment.



http://www.onbc.cu/ (ESPANOL)

https://centrocubalex.com/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.cubanet.org/noticias/abogado-julio-ferrer-recibe-respuesta-minrex/ (ESPANOL)


CCBE/European Lawyers Day 2018: Why Lawyers Matter: Defending the defenders of the Rule of Law

September 26, 2018


CCBE: 2018 European Lawyers Day – 25/10/2018

About European Lawyers Day

In 2014, the CCBE introduced the idea of coordinating an annual Europe-wide event that would encourage its member bars and law societies to organise national and local activities based around a central theme to promote the rule of law, and a lawyer’s role in upholding its legal principles, to citizens. European Lawyers Day celebrates the common values of lawyers and their intrinsic role in the defence and promotion the rule of law, as well as their contribution to the justice system.

European Lawyers Day programmes and activities are organised by national and local bars, or any person or group working with a national or local bar (bar members, courts, law schools and students, youth groups, and community organisations) that would like to educate the public on the crucial role of the rule of law and the legal process in protecting citizens’ rights. Each member bar and law society is asked to encourage its members to organise events, publish educational material and/or conduct other programmes that promote citizens’ awareness of the European Lawyers Day theme.

2018 European Lawyers Day – 25/10/2018

What is European Lawyers Day? Why do lawyers matter? Watch the interview to find out!

In this interview, Antonín Mokrý, the President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), talks about the 2018 European Lawyers Day.

European Lawyers Day (ELD) celebrates lawyers’ role in upholding the rule of law and expresses how these professionals defend citizens’ interests.

In the interview, the President also highlights the work of the Council of Europe concerning the profession of the lawyer and explains how lawyers are essential actors in the justice system


https://www.ccbe.eu/fr/actions/journee-europeenne-des-avocats/ (FRANCAIS)

Egypt/CCBE: Detention of lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen

August 17, 2018

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Your Excellency,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents the bars and law societies of 45 countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. The CCBE places great emphasis on respect for human rights and the rule of law, and is particularly concerned with the situation of human rights defenders around the world.
The CCBE would like to express its concern regarding the detention of lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen.
According to the information received, on 15 May 2018, Haytham Mohamadeen was arrested in El Saf in Giza Governorate. He was detained in an unknown location. On 19 May 2018, the Supreme State Security Prosecution in Cairo ordered a detention of 15 days pending an investigation on charges of “aiding a terrorist organisation” and “calling for illegal protests”.
We understand that Haytham Mohamadeen did not take part in protests and that he offers pro-bono legal advice to workers. He is also a member of El-Naddim Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of  Violence, an Egyptian NGO dedicated to combating torture and providing medical and legal aid in support of victims of human rights’ abuses.




http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/aegypten-deutscher-an-einreise-gehindert-und-festgenommen-a-1222976.html (DEUTSCH)

ICJ: The case for drafting a European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer

June 19, 2018

The ICJ welcomes the proposal of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in its Recommendation 2121(2018) calling for the development of a Council of Europe Convention on the Profession of Lawyer.

The ICJ believes that such a Convention could make an important contribution to strengthening the rule of law and the protection of human rights in the Council of Europe region, building on existing Council of Europe standards and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

The ICJ particularly welcomes PACE’s call for an effective control mechanism to be put in place under a new Convention, as recent developments in a number of Council of Europe Member States show a significant gap in implementation of Council of Europe standards on the independence and security of lawyers.

Lawyers, along with judges and prosecutors, are one of the pillars on which protection of the rule of law and human rights through the justice system rests.

Recognizing this, the ICJ, since its foundation in 1952, has worked to protect lawyers under threat and to develop international standards for the independence, role and integrity of the profession.




Iran: Immediate Release of Human Rights Lawyer Demanded by Amnesty International

June 15, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh

On June 13, in her home in Tehran, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested. According to her husband, Reza Khandan, she was then transferred to the prosecutor’s office of Evin prison.

Sotoudeh was told she was being arrested to serve a five-year prison sentence, said Khandan, but neither he nor his wife knew anything about this sentence.

The same day, Amnesty International issued a statement calling for Iranian authorities to immediately release Nasrin Sotoudeh. The statement said, “We call on the Iranian authorities to release Nasrin Sotoudeh immediately and unconditionally.

Any action short of this must be unreservedly condemned by the international community.”

The statement also claims, “In recent weeks, Nasrin Sotoudeh has spoken out against the application of a Note to Article 48 of Iran’s 2015 Code of Criminal Procedure. The Note to Article 48 denies individuals facing some offenses, including those related to national security, the right to access an independent lawyer of their own choosing during the investigation of their charges. Instead, individuals can only select from a roster of pre-approved lawyers chosen by the Head of the Judiciary.

The Head of the Judiciary issued a list with only 20 people pre-approved for Tehran province.”

Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, stated, “Permitting only lawyers who are pre-approved to defend individuals accused of ‘security’ offences – who often include human rights defenders – completely undermines the right of detainees to a lawyer of their own choosing.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh recently represented Narges Hosseini, who was prosecuted for peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling in Iran earlier this year. Since the December / January protests this year, dozens of women have been violently attacked and arrested for peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling.








Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, arrested – again




https://www.fidh.org/fa/%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B9%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7/%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87%E2%80%8C%DB%8C-%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87 (FARSI)

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights-justice/4441832.html (FARSI)

http://fa.euronews.com/2018/06/17/reza-khandan-husband-of-nasrin-sotoudeh-iranian-human-rights-defender-arrested-evin-tehran (FARSI)

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsira181306.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/06/16/97001-20180616FILWWW00111-iran-l-arrestation-de-nasrin-sotoudeh-defenseure-des-droits-humaine-jugee-scandaleuse.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/160618/l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-arretee-pour-soutien-la-cause-des-femmes (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1121095/washington-appelle-a-la-liberation-de-lavocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.madmoizelle.com/avocate-iranienne-arretee-931835 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.islampos.com/fifa-izinkan-spanduk-dukungan-untuk-wanita-iran-di-stadion-di-piala-dunia-91806/ (ITALIANO)




Latvia: Lawyer shot dead in Latvia, police see hand of organized crime

May 30, 2018

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A corporate lawyer who worked on managing the winding-down of insolvent companies was shot dead in the Latvian capital early on Wednesday in what police said appeared to be a killing linked to organized crime.

Police said Martins Bunkus was shot by two men as he drove through the surburbs of Riga in early morning. His attackers escaped in a van which was later found abandoned and burnt out.

“We think that it was a carefully planned murder … connected with the victim’s professional work. We think we are dealing here with organized crime,” Andrejs Grisins, a police official, told journalists. Bunkus had reported death threats to police in 2016, he added.

The killing casts a cloud over efforts by the former Soviet-ruled European Union state of 2 million people to fight corruption.








https://irir.lv/2018/06/07/zurnals-ar-ko-konflikteja-administrators-martins-bunkus (LATVIAN)

http://jauns.lv/raksts/zinas/284488-nosauta-advokata-bunkus-mates-sirds-asino-martins-man-bija-visgaisakais-dels (LATVIAN)

https://skaties.lv/degpunkta/noziedziba/kas-bija-nogalinatais-maksatnespejas-administrators-martins-bunkus/ (LATVIAN)

http://jauns.lv/raksts/zinas/283354-mezaparka-nosauts-maksatnespejas-administrators-martins-bunkus (LATVIAN)

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewslet180530.htm (FRANCAIS)