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Day of the Endangered Lawyer – January 24th

Compiled by the IAPL Monitoring Committee on  Attacks on Lawyers; lead researcher G.H. Boehringer, Hon. Senior Research Fellow, Macquarie University School of Law

Summary of violent attacks

There have been 78 violent attacks against Filipino lawyers (74) and legal workers (4) under the Duterte regime, July 1, 2016 to 17 November 2020.

As a result: 62 have died while 16 survived (9 attorneys, 2 judges, 4 prosecutors, 1 paralegal).

Categories of those killed:


  43  Attorneys

    7  Judges

    9  Prosecutors

            59 killed

Legal Workers:

    2 Paralegals

     1 Clerk of a Regional Trial Court

             3 killed                                           

Total  62 killed


Turkey: Tahir Elçi’s Struggle to Continue at the Tahir Elçi Human Rights Foundation

April 15, 2019

The “Tahir Elçi Human Rights Foundation” has been founded in the memory of late Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Elçi, who was killed in the southeastern city in 2015.

The Tahir Elçi Human Rights Foundation has been founded in the name of Tahir Elçi, the late chair of the Diyarbakır Bar Association who was killed on November 28, 2015.

The foundation will operate in the mostly Kurdish-populated southeastern province of Diyarbakır, with Elçi’s wife, Türkan Elçi, acting as the board chair. Lawyer Neşet Girasun, a colleague of Elçi, will be the deputy board chair.

The foundation will work on the social and political problems to be solved through peaceful methods.

Roboski families attended the opening

Along with Türkan Elçi, a large number of lawyers and the families of those who were killed in the Roboski Massacre attended the opening reception of the foundation.

After a video that tells the legal struggle of Tahir Elçi was screened, Türkan Elçi made a statement and told about the aim of the foundation.

“To create a world out of the voice of justice”

“Like in different times in history, we witnessed rights violations, destruction of cities, recorded or unrecorded deaths that we have difficulties even talking about in the last few years. We too witnessed a pain that we will carry with ourselves until we die.

“Despite everything, we tried to make a heart suffering inside courageous. We made it our aim for ourselves to found a foundation as a family to the pain inside us not turn into hatred and hate, on the contrary, to turn into a platform that is unifying and inclusive for all the parts of the society.



http://www.diyarbakirsoz.com/yasam/bar305351-diyenin-mirasc305lar305y305z-194026 (TURKCE)

https://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/207447-tahir-elci-nin-mucadelesi-tahir-elci-insan-haklari-vakfi-nda-yurutulecek (TURKCE)

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/tahir-elci-katledilisinin-3uncu-yilinda-anildi-91853.html (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2019/04/12/tahir-elcinin-mucadelesini-vakif-yurutecek/ (TURKCE)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahir_El%C3%A7i (FRANCAIS)

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The Philippines: Australian human rights defender blacklisted, detained at Manila airport

August 8, 2018

Australian law professor and a long-time human rights advocate on the Philippines Gill Boehringer is being held by the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City since 12 midnight of August 8 upon his arrival from Sydney, Australia, according to an urgent action alert by human rights alliance Karapatan.

Beohringer, 84, was refused entry to the Philippines. He was told by immigration officers that he will be deported and that he is in the agency’s blacklist due to his alleged participation in a rally in the Philippines.

Boehringer, married to a Filipina, has frequently travelled to the Philippines. He has been actively campaigning for human rights issues in the Philippines since the Arroyo presidency.

In a statement, Karapatan deplored “the continuing spate of harassment against human rights defenders like Prof. Boehringer who are being harassed and intimidated, for conducting human rights advocacy and international solidarity for victims of rights violations in the Philippines.”

The human rights alliance called on immigration authorities to respect the rights of Boehringer, including his right to due process and to have access to his family, lawyers and doctors, and his rights as a human rights defender.

The Supreme Bishop of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Rhee Timbang, also called on the authorities to release Boehringer immediately. Timbang said Boehringer joined their international fact finding mission in Lianga and their pastoral Work with the lumad evacuees in Tandag City in 2015 and 2016.

“His detention is another case of repressive actions by the present government against people, from domestic and international community, who support the lumad people in their struggle for self-determination and for the protection of ancestral lands,” Timbang said in his Facebook post. “In no way this cannot help improve the image of the Philippines before the international community for having alarming high record of human rights violations.”











































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https://rmn.ph/hinarang-australian-professor-na-nagtangkang-pumasok-sa-bansa-pinigil-ng-bi/ (TAGALOG)

https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/filipino/fil/audiotrack/mga-abogado-umapila-laban-sa-deportation-ng-retired-australian-professor?language=fil (TAGALOG)

http://www.bisnisasean.com/2018/08/filipina-pulangkan-ilmuwan-australia.html (TAGALOG)

https://rmn.ph/labag-sa-batas-naarestong-australian-prof-na-raliyista-matagal-nang-binabantayan/ (TAGALOG)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20180809/451267301140/filipinas-deportara-a-un-profesor-australiano-por-participar-en-protestas.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.tvn-2.com/mundo/asia/Filipinas-deportara-australiano-participar-protestas_0_5095740378.html (ESPANOL)


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Because of the persistence of Prof. Boehringer and his lawyers from the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) in asserting his right to due process and against his deportation due to medical reasons, Prof. Boehringer has not been deported yet. He is still at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City.
His attending doctor, Dr. Geneve Rivera-Reyes of the Health Action for Human Rights (HAHR), has issued and sent to BI authorities copies of Boehringer’s medical certificate that he is unfit to travel, considering his present medical condition, the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis that could lead to another embolic episode, and his age. Dr. Rivera-Reyes also highly recommended that he be seen by a medical specialist at a hospital with adequate medical facilities to ensure his good health and safety.
With Dr. Rivera-Reyes’ recommendation, NUPL, representing Boehringer, sent a letter to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente seeking the recall of the exclusion order against Boehringer to enable his medical check-up and recuperation until he is fit to travel. NUPL also stated in their letter that they will assist Boehringer in responding to the charges against their client as soon as they receive documents pertinent to his case. As of this writing, NUPL has yet to receive the necessary documents stipulating the bases of the reported blacklist order against the Australian law professor, as well as the written reply on their letter this morning to Morente.
Tomorrow, it is expected that the BI will once again pursue Boehringer’s deportation. His lawyers will continue to assert his rights despite the BI’s continuing attempts to persecute human rights defenders like him.

(KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Facebook, 9/8/18)

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Protest in front of Philippines Consulate, Sydney, August 10th (Facebook).

Poland/EU: Joint statement of the current situation in Poland on behalf of UCPI, IAPL, IDHAE and Dutch League for Human Rights

December 22, 2017


L’Unione delle Camere Penali Italiane, con l’Institut des Droits de l’Homme des Avocats Européens, l’International Association of People’s Lawyers e la Liga vor de Rechten van
de Mens esprime la propria preoccupazione per l’attacco allo Stato di diritto in atto in Polonia.

In tal senso accoglie con favore l’avvio da parte della Commissione europea della complessa procedura di cui all’art. 7 del Trattato sull’Unione europea.

Quello della Commissione è solo il primo passo di un lungo iter che dovrà coinvolgere tutte le istituzioni dell’Unione; si tratta, però, di una presa di posizioni senza precedenti che testimonia la forte attenzione verso il rispetto dei valori dello Stato di diritto.

The Union of Italian Criminal Chambers, with the Institut des Droits de l’Homme des Avocats Européens, the International Association of People’s Lawyers and the Dutch League for Human Rights express their concern over the attack on the rule of law in Poland.

In this sense, it welcomes the launch by the European Commission of the complex procedure referred to as article  7 of the Treaty of the European Union.

This action by the Commission is only the first step in a long process that must involve all the institutions of the Union; however, it is a question of taking unprecedented positions that bears witness to the strong focus on respect for the values ​​of the rule of law.

L’Unione delle Camere Penali Italiane, conjointement avec l’Institut des droits de l’homme des avocats européens, l’Association internationale des avocats du peuple et la Ligue néerlandaise pour les droits de l’homme exprime leur profonde préoccupation  face à l’atteinte à l’état de droit en Pologne.
En ce sens, il se félicite du lancement par la Commission européenne de la procédure complexe visée à l’art. 7 du Traité sur l’Union européenne.
L’action de la Commission n’est que la première étape d’un long processus qui doit impliquer toutes les institutions de l’Union; Cependant, il s’agit d’adopter des mesures sans précédent qui témoignent du fort accent mis sur le respect des valeurs de la primauté du droit.

http://www.camerepenali.it/public/file/Comunicati/C-216—Comunicato-congiunto_situazione-Polonia.pdf (ITALIANO/ENGLISH/FRANCAIS)









http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/8956/polonia_ed_unione_europea_cos%C3%AC_vicine,_cos%C3%AC_lontane.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.it/2017/12/20/strappo-storico-fra-ue-e-polonia-attivato-per-la-prima-volta-larticolo-7-dei-trattati_a_23312966/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_etat-de-droit-en-pologne-la-presidente-de-la-cour-supreme-denonce-un-coup-de-force-des-conservateurs?id=9796473 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/monde/2017/12/21/31002-20171221ARTFIG00266-l-injustice-faite-a-la-pologne-un-deni-de-democratie.php (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2017/12/21/en-pologne-la-justice-s-exerce-sous-controle-politique_5232859_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/le-parti-au-pouvoir-en-pologne-accus%C3%A9-de-mener–un-coup-de-force-/43776778 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_etat-de-droit-en-pologne-la-presidente-de-la-cour-supreme-denonce-un-coup-de-force-des-conservateurs?id=9796473 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.radiomaryja.pl/informacje/malgorzata-gersdorf-odpowiada-podpisanie-ustaw-ws-reformy-sadownictwa-prezydenta-rp/ (POLSKI)

http://wiadomosci.onet.pl/kraj/malgorzata-gersdorf-dla-burzycieli-panstwa-prawnego-nie-ma-zadnego-usprawiedliwienia/5pb3fc3 (POLSKI)

https://www.elespanol.com/mundo/europa/20171222/polonia-oveja-negra-union-europea/271223686_0.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.mediafax.ro/externe/presedintele-curtii-supreme-din-polonia-acuza-guvernul-de-la-varsovia-ca-pune-la-cale-o-lovitura-de-stat-16896261 (ROMANESC)

https://www.realitatea.net/haos-in-polonia-efa-cur-ii-supreme-denun-a-o-lovitura-de-for-a_2129081.html (ROMANESC)

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The Philippines: International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers Preliminary Report on Lawyers Killed Under Duterte’s “Law and Order” Presidency

August 17, 2017

Gill Boehringer, Stuart Russell and Kristian Boehringer

On August 15, 2017 yet another lawyer was killed in the Philippines. This makes 10 since Rodrigo Duterte began his term of office as President on July 1, 2016. The International Association of Peoples’ Lawyers has been monitoring killings, and other attacks, on lawyers in the Philippines as well as countries around the globe. We presently list 115 countries where there have been credible reports of attacks on lawyers in recent years. In the Philippines the number of lawyers killed since January 1999 is about 130.

President Duterte came to the Presidency with a substantial vote (about 40%) in a large field of candidates. He was a surprise winner as he had no experience as a national political figure and, in the manner of the winner of the recent USA Presidential election, Donald Trump, campaigned on a populist program that included a strong focus on law and order. Duterte promised to reduce crime and corruption, and to eliminate the drug problem in the country in his first six months. That goal eluded him so he asked for another six months to complete the job. That extension expired with the war on drugs raging. Recently he has admitted he cannot finish the job in his six-year term, but assured the people that it would “ruthlessly” continue to the end of his tenure.

Despite his failure on the drugs front, Duterte claims, on the basis of statistics from the Philippine National Police indicating that the crime rate is trending down, that his promise to make the people feel safe on the streets again has been fulfilled. Whether the police statistics are accurate and comprehensive, and how to interpret them is beyond the scope of this preliminary report. To answer the questions that arise from those statistics would, at the least, require an investigation into citizen willingness to report crime (and other issues about crime statistics well known to criminologists) given the fear of reprisals from corrupt police and “vigilantes” in the context of the “drug war”. According to Dean Chel Diokno of Manila’s La Salle University Law School, that war has taken the lives of an estimated 10-12 thousand victims, most of whom were executed because they were suspected of being a drug user or pusher.

draft iapl report re duterte lawyer killings aug 17 final










http://www.courrierinternational.com/article/philippines-des-raids-meurtriers-de-la-police-salues-par-le-president?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1502978023 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2017/08/philippines-32-killed-in-a-day-as-dutertes-war-on-drugs-hits-new-levels-of-barbarity/ (ESPANOL)

India: 4th IAPL All India Conference 24-25 June 2017, Hyderabad

June 22, 2017

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4th All India Conference
24th & 25th June, 2017,
Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, HyderabadIndian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL), founded in 2004, is a constituent of International Association of People’s Lawyers. International Association of People’s Lawyers has its Headquarters in the Netherlands. Its founding Congress was in 2000 in Doorn, Netherlands, which was attended by lawyer-members from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal, Turkey, Philippines, India and a few other countries.The founding conference of IAPL was held in Mumbai in 2004 attended by some 70 lawyers. The second and third All India Conferences were both held in Nagpur on 25th and 26th March 2006 and 8th & 9th January 2011 respectively. Justice (Retd) H. Suresh, Justice (Retd) Michael Saldhana, Justice (Retd) Ajit Shah, Justice (Retd) Rajinder Sachar, Adv. P. A. Sebastian, Adv. Dr. Mukul Sinha, Adv. Indira Jaising and Adv. Prashant Bhushan were some of the speakers who actively participated in past Conferences.

The fourth All India Conference

The fourth All India Conference of IAPL will be held in Hyderabad on 24th & 25th June, 2017 (Emergency day) in the background of the recent recommendations of the Law Commission to criminalize lawyer’s strikes or abstention from court work. The right to strike flows from the fundamental right to association and protest. Like most of the oppressed sections in India, the right to protest and collectively bargain is being criminalized and gradually eroded. Draconian legislations such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Sedition, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and various Public Security Acts are being used to suppress the struggling people and dissenting voices. Thousands of such people’s activists, lawyers or Human Right Defenders have been labeled as ‘terrorists’ or ‘anti-Nationals’ and incarcerated under such Acts. The Conference will deal with this aspect of suppression of the people’s right to protest and the use of so-called anti-terror laws in the context of social and political peoples’ movements and the Kashmiri people’s resistance.
On the other hand State Surveillance has been steadily increasing. In the name of ‘National security’, the citizen’s right to privacy is being brutally suppressed. The blatant example is the UID (Aadhaar) project ̶ a story of coercion, rampant illegality and outrageous contempt of court orders. The UID project forces the citizen into choicelessness, destroying the idea of consent, while the State assumes power over the body and data of every person, which it then allows Corporate interests to use. The Conference also seeks to examine and discuss whether this Surveillance signifies a new Emergency.

IAPL Invites You

IAPL and International Association of People’s Lawyers take up issues regarding struggling people, whether peasants, workers, indigenous people, women, whichever section they may be. We approach such organizations and find out what legal problems they face and do their cases inside & outside courts as circumstances demand. IAPL has as its members lawyers, law students and para-legals who believe in and work towards creation of a just and egalitarian society and provide legal support to people’s struggles to live with human dignity.

On Saturday, 24th June 2017, IAPL members will discuss about the situation and issues prevailing in their respective States and formulation of a collective program for the future.
On the second day i.e. Sunday, 25th June 2017 we will begin the discussion with a key note address by Justice (Retd) Abhay Thipsay and followed with inputs by: Justice (Retd) H. Suresh; Adv. Parvez Imroz, (President, JKCCS) on “Situation of Lawyers in Kashmir”; Dr. Usha Ramanathan on “UID, Surveillance and the New Emergency?”; Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao (VC, NLU Odisha), on “Social Movements and the Judiciary”; Adv. Mohamad Shareef (Peoples’ Movement against UAPA) on “‘Terror’ related cases and the Judiciary” and Adv. Rajvinder Singh Bains on “Civil Liberties and the Judiciary”.

IAPL does not receive any finances from funding agencies. It is only through members’ and well-wishers’ contributions that its activities are conducted. Hence, IAPL has fixed a registration fee of Rs. 200/- (for Advocates) and Rs. 100/- (for students/para-legals) for attending and participating in the Fourth All India Conference.

We invite lawyers to attend and participate in the Fourth All India Conference of IAPL to make it a success.

For further details please contact:

Surendra Gadling [09604298307],
M. Venkanna [09440496422],
Arun Ferreira [09769287956],
D. Suresh Kumar [07780458082],
Ankit Grewal [09988102122].

Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj
Vice President, IAPL


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Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Media Release by the International Association of Peoples’ Lawyers

January 24, 2017


Seventh Day of the Endangered Lawyer, January 24, 2017: Focus on China

The IAPL condemns the Chinese government for the continuing serious repression of the rights of human rights lawyers in that country, and the rights of lawyers’ families, professional colleagues and staff. It is also clear that we must condemn the repression of the rights of the lawyers’ clients.

This is the 7th Day of the Endangered Lawyer and we congratulate those who have worked so diligently to make these Days a success, in particular the Foundation for the Day. Each day brings the attention of the world to the continuing and increasing attacks on lawyers, especially those who defend human and environmental rights.

In the 709 Crackdown, which commenced on 7 July 2015, the Chinese government has used many forms of repression against those who carry out their duty as legal professionals but whom the government has essentially labelled enemies of the state. The repression is comprehensive and violates the Chinese Constitution, the Criminal Law, the Criminal Procedures Law, and the Rules of the Peoples’ Court.