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Judges, lawyers, human rights defenders seen as under threat in Afghanistan


Judges, lawyers, human rights defenders seen as under threat in Afghanistan

Legal organizations around the world, including bar associations, condemn Taliban takeover

Legal organizations around the world, including bar and judicial associations, are condemning the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the reports of human rights violations that have already taken place there.

The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association (CSCJA), which represents nearly all of the federally appointed judges in Canada, was one of many associations releasing statements in the past week expressing concern and support for the people of Afghanistan.

“We note with particular concern the media reports about the safety and security of Afghan judges, particularly female judges,” the CSCJA said in its statement. For the past 20 years, it noted, Afghan judges’ focus as an independent judiciary was to render judgments based on the law, respect for human rights, and free of political influence or favour.

“While all judges are now in danger, female judges are particularly at risk because the Taliban has traditionally considered it unacceptable for Afghan women to sit in judgment of men,” the statement read. “Additionally, Afghan women in general now appear more vulnerable because of their apparent inability to move freely within or between cities.”









https://www.fnuja.com/Communique-sur-la-situation-en-Afghanistan_a2483.html (FRANCAIS)


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Iran: Amirsalar Davoudi released temporarily on bail after spending two years and seven months in detention


On 13 June 2021, human rights defender Amirsalar Davoudi was released on  bail of 20 billion IRR from Rajaie Shahr prison in Alborz province. His temporary release is followed by the decision of Branch 41 of the Supreme Court to accept the human rights defender’s request for retrial, due to irregularities in the legal process of his trial. Consequently, Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary court has been assigned for the retrial of the human rights defender. The first court session is scheduled for 20 June 2021.

On 16 April 2021, human rights defender Amirsalar Davoudi, currently imprisoned in Rajae Shahr prison, was transferred from solitary confinement to a public ward. The human rights defender had spent three days in solitary confinement following his transfer to the prison from Evin prison on 13 April 2021. The transferring of prisoners without notice or explanation, a tactic which the prison authorities in Iran have resorted to with increasing frequency in the first four months of 2021, continues to be used, despite official recommendations not to travel to some provinces due to COVID-19, and has reportedly exposed those prisoners being transferred to increased risk of contracting COVID-19.

Amirsalar Davoudi is a human rights defender and a member of the Human Rights Commission of the Iranian Bar Association. In his work as a human rights lawyer, Amirsalar Davoudi has represented many detained human rights defenders and political prisoners. The human rights defender is also the founder and director of a Telegram Channel, “Without Retouching,” featuring a variety of critical content about the authorities’ treatment of lawyers in particular and more generally, the human rights situation in Iran.

Amirsalar Davoudi was initially arrested on 20 November 2018 by security agents in his law office. On 28 May 2019 he learned that Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran had sentenced him to a total of 30 years’ imprisonment and 111 lashes, on account of six charges including “insulting the Supreme Leader”,“spreading propaganda against the system” and “forming a group with the purpose of disrupting national security” in relation to his human rights work. The charges were in connection to media interviews he had given and posts he had uploaded to his Telegram channel. According to Art. 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, Amirsalar Davoudi would have served the most severe single sentence, which in his case was 15 years for “forming a group with the purpose of disrupting national security”.





G7 bar leaders call upon governments to take action on lawyers at risk, lawtech and climate change


Flags of G7 countries flying against blue sky

Ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall, the presidents of the G7 bars have signed resolutions calling on their governments to tackle issues including climate change, the ethics of legal technology and undue interference with the independence of the legal profession.

Although consensus proved elusive at the G7 bars summit on 17 May, chaired by Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce, one resolution on lawyers at risk gained unanimous approval and a second resolution on guaranteeing continuity of justice in a time of crisis also gained widespread approval.

The presidents and executives of the representative bodies have committed to make efforts to urge governments to:

  • protect the rule of law and access justice
  • uphold the independence of the legal profession
  • condemn any attacks on lawyers carrying out their duties

Alongside resolutions focusing on lawyers at risk and continuity of justice, there was also progress on key areas that will impact the future of the legal profession, most prominently climate change and lawtech.


What was discussed on 17 May?

We proposed four resolutions, alongside a fifth resolution from the Conseil National des Barreux (CNB), focusing on areas that are key for both promoting the work of lawyers and assisting wider society:

  • lawyers at risk
  • lawtech and ethics
  • climate change
  • economic recovery
  • continuity of justice

These five areas reflect the concerns of the legal profession and wider agenda of the national G7 meeting, with a focus on leading the global recovery from coronavirus, tackling climate change and championing our shared values.

The strongest agreement between the bars was found on the ‘lawyers at risk’ resolution, with all of the seven bars signing the final statement and agreeing to promulgate the resolutions to their governments via the so-called national ‘Sherpas’ (civil servants and diplomats who help guide the leaders of the G7 countries in the leadup to the summit).



Quelles sont les résolutions adoptées lors du G7 des avocats ?


Quelles sont les résolutions adoptées lors du G7 des avocats ?

Changement climatique, nouvelles technologies ou défense de la pression ont été au cœur des pourparlers ce 17 mai entre les organisations nationales de professionnels du droit.

Calquée sur le G7 des États (programmé du 11 au 13 juin à Cornwall au Royaume-Uni), la 3eédition du G7 des avocats s’est tenue ce 17 mai, en visioconférence. A cette occasion, les présidents et responsables des sept organisations représentant la profession dans les pays du G7, dont le Conseil National des Barreaux représenté par son président Jérôme Gavaudan, ont adopté deux résolutions communes. Reconnu groupe d’engagement officiel au sein du G7, ce message sera porté directement à l’oreille des chefs d’Etat et des gouvernements. 


Protéger les avocats à travers le monde

La seconde résolution porte intégralement sur la défense des avocats en danger (de nombreux praticiens sont encore assassinés ou emprisonnés de par le monde). Le G7 exhorte les gouvernements à soutenir les avocats qui exercent leur profession dans des circonstances difficiles et à promouvoir l’Etat de droit et l’indépendance de la profession, quitte à lui fournir une meilleure protection. “Les avocats de tous les pays peuvent porter la parole des libertés, souligne Jérôme Gavaudan, président du CNB. Le dépassement de la crise sanitaire passe par le droit et donc par l’avocat. Il convient de condamner toute atteinte commise contre les avocats dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions. Nous sommes des acteurs incontournables, avec les gouvernements, du retour à la normale de nos systèmes juridiques et judiciaires.»