September 2, 2019
Tag Archives: Ireland
April 17, 2019
Barreau de Paris, Paris
February 10, 2019
Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was murdered to silence other human rights lawyers, his son has said.
This week marks 30 years since he was shot 14 times by loyalists in collusion with British security forces while enjoying Sunday lunch at home with his family. He was 39.
Mr Finucane’s son John was a schoolboy when his father died in front of him.
Today, he recalled: “Our lives changed forever.”
His father’s best years professionally were ahead of him, his son said.
“What we see now is a generation coming through with lawyers, people wanting their human rights.
“I think that is very much a legacy of Pat Finucane and what he stands for and represents.
“That gives me enormous pride. While they did silence him they could not have made a bigger mess of it if they tried.
“The name reverberates around the world and an enormous amount of credit for that is to due to my mother.”
Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer/Ireland: Bar denounces mistreatment of lawyers in Egypt, Turkey, China, and Azerbaijan
January 24, 2018
The Council of The Bar of Ireland has written to the embassies of Egypt, Turkey, China and Azerbaijan to condemn the harassment, imprisonment and torture of lawyers in their respective countries.
Tom Creed SC, chairman of the Bar’s human rights committee, wrote to the embassies on the occasion of the eighth annual Day of the Endangered Lawyer.
Mr Creed said: “We urgently call upon these governments to cease their campaign of persecution against the legal profession.
“The present course can only lead to further international isolation and to further deterioration of the human rights situation for the people of these countries.”
The Bar identified the following cases as cause for concern:
- Egypt: “Ebrahim Metwally Hegazy, Azza Soliman and Mohamed Zaree. Ms Soliman and Mr Zaree have been prohibited from travelling abroad, and Mr Hegazy has been detained and tortured. They have been targeted for persecution solely on account of their tireless work in protecting the human rights of their fellow Egyptians.”
- Turkey: “The detention since September 2017 of 14 lawyers from the People’s Law Office, an organisation which represents the victims of police violence and other human rights violations carried out by state officials. It’s reported that of the lawyers, Engin Gökoğlu, was tortured by prison officers while in detention. At the time of these arrests, the number of lawyers under criminal prosecution in Turkey has reached 1,343.”
March 16, 2017
352 lawyers were arrested since July 15, 2016
(The Arrested Lawyers
@Av_EvrenSEL Total arrested and under prosecution.)