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Ireland: Appeal to legal profession to help Afghan arrivals

08/10/21

Appeal to legal profession to help Afghan arrivals

Professionals and organisations across the legal sector have been asked for pledges of support for their judicial and legal colleagues who have fled Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

A number of organisations have come together to make the appeal, saying that female lawyers and judges have been particularly targeted since August, as the Taliban seeks to enforce its regime on those who played an active role in the Afghan state.

Retribution is being sought by the Taliban on those who were involved in previous judicial and legal matters,” the statement said.

The coalition of groups involved in the initiative includes the Law Society, The Association of Judges, Bar of Ireland, International Association of Women Judges, and Irish Rule of Law. The move is also being backed by Government, and agencies such as Red Cross and the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

Community sponsorship

The organisations say that they have constructed a pathway for colleagues to provide help in the areas of housing, funding, and collegiate support, using the ‘community sponsorship’ model.

This involves colleagues in the receiving states effectively wrapping around arriving families who share a common profession. This model is currently in place in Ireland for journalists and professional athletes arriving here.

The coalition has issued a request for offers of appropriate accommodation for a period of 12 months, to cater for up to 11 families who are currently fleeing Afghanistan.

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https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/2021/10-october/appeal-to-legal-profession-to-help-afghan-arrivals

https://inews.co.uk/news/afghanistan-lawyer-hiding-abused-women-crowdfunding-escape-go-fund-m-1238830?fbclid=IwAR0MwruZvW9fxEl8Bn9yZMez6ywUutRCxLhlXXqxEtHEd6c_TZYKMzu2c0w

https://www.globallegalpost.com/news/irish-legal-community-asks-lawyers-to-support-fleeing-afghan-legal-professionals-503885587

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1943856/world

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-in-the-face-of-despair-and-apathy-we-are-still-working-to-save/

Burma/UK: Arbitrary arrest, detention and alleged enforced disappearance of lawyers in Myanmar

05/03/21

Myanmar Protests

Who we wrote to

We wrote to the Ambassador of Myanmar in the United Kingdom

What’s the issue

We’re concerned about the military coup that took place in Myanmar and the violent repression of protesters, including through the firing of live ammunition which has resulted in numerous casualties.

These actions represent serious human rights abuses. We’re also alarmed by accounts of arbitrary arrests and detentions, as well as alleged enforced disappearances of lawyers.

We’re also alarmed about reports of ongoing intimidation and harassment of lawyers, as well as lawyers being prevented from providing legal assistance to detained protesters.

These actions deprive the citizens of Myanmar of their access to justice, violate international fair trial guarantees – including the right to have legal representation of one’s own choosing – and the principle of independence of the legal profession. These rights and principles are cornerstones of the rule of law and must be upheld.

We’re particularly concerned about the following cases:

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https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/campaigns/international-rule-of-law/intervention-letters/arrest-and-detention-of-lawyers-in-myanmar

https://www.irishlegal.com/article/law-societies-condemn-myanmar-military-coup

https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/03/myanmar-concern-grows-for-lawyers-and-law-students-arbitrarily-detained-after-military-coup/

Click to access EN_HRL_20210305_Myanmar_Situation-in-Myanmar-lawyers-under-threats.pdf

https://aappb.org/?lang=en

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/3/4/headlines/at_least_38_killed_in_burma_in_deadliest_day_of_anti_coup_protests

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UK/USA/Ireland/Kashmir etc: International lawyers coalition condemns erosion of protection for legal advocates in letter to UN rights expert

08/02/21

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A coalition of international legal advocates sent a joint letter Saturday to Professor Mary Lawlor, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, condemning the growing trend of government officials intimidating and endangering the legal representatives of politically controversial clients. They also called for greater protections to be granted to advocates, the clients they represent, and for the UN to address the diminishing safety of legal advocates worldwide.

The UK based advocacy organization CAGE submitted the joint letter on behalf of 45 signatories. The list of signatories comprises numerous well-known legal professionals including Stanley Cohen, Aamer Anwar, Michael Finucane, Fahad Ansari, David Hugh Southey, David Gottlieb, and Gareth Pierce. The letter cites many examples of these deteriorating protections for human rights advocates and NGOs that represent individuals accused of politically motivated violence. The group also asserts that these advocates are “routinely harassed and vilified by the press, threatened by the public, and intimidated, incarcerated, and assassinated by the state and its agents.” Despite suffering from systemic abuse, the group claims that these advocates have no legal recourse because the governments themselves are often complicit in the abuse.

While many autocratic regimes are well-known for their persecution of human rights advocates and legal representatives, the group underscores that despite chronic underreporting on the subject, there is a growing prevalence of these state abuses in “developed” nations. Solicitor Fahad Ansari elaborated on this point by saying that “lawyers in many parts of the developed world fare much better than their counterparts in the global South” when advocates “hail from minority communities and share the religion and/or ethnicity of their clients, the animosity towards the client is projected by extension to their lawyer.” The letter also provides many prominent examples of such politically motivated animus by government officials and the sometimes deadly repercussions this normalization of degrading legal representatives can have for the advocates themselves.

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https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/02/international-lawyers-coalition-condemns-erosion-of-protection-for-legal-advocates-in-letter-to-un-rights-expert/

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/SRHRDefenders/Pages/MaryLawlor.aspx

Australia/Azerbaijan etc: Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2021

23/01/21

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) calls on all countries, including Australia, to ensure that lawyers are able to perform their professional obligations without fear of retribution. 

On 24 January 2021, the 11th Day of the Endangered Lawyer, lawyers across the world are given a specific opportunity to reflect on the grave infringement of human rights experienced by some of our colleagues, and to advocate for systemic change in their treatment. ALHR finds it highly concerning that lawyers risk danger for upholding the human rights of others and protecting vulnerable clients. 

ALHR President Kerry Weste said “ALHR gives thought to the many human rights lawyers around the world who remain in prison or are at risk for simply doing their job and attempting to carry out their duties in line with international standards. Unfortunately, this now includes Australian lawyers facing prosecution for performing their duties.

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In 2021 the global focus of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is on the experiences of lawyers in Azerbaijan. Serious human rights violations have affected Azerbaijani lawyers who represent the victims of human rights violations and have spoken up about torture and ill-treatment in police custody. Lawyers who assisted in bringing the cases of human rights defenders to the European Court of Human Rights have been disbarred or even detained on various charges. The Azerbaijani authorities have failed to respect the rights of lawyers by not adequately enabling them to perform their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference. Furthermore, the Azerbaijani authorities have failed to take substantive steps to uphold the right to a fair trial and to guarantee that every citizen has effective access to justice and legal assistance of their choice.”

“ALHR calls on all countries to comply with the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers and ensure that lawyers can act in accordance with the law and without improper interference or persecution,” Ms Weste said. 

https://lso.ca/gazette/news/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer

https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2021/01/statement-of-aba-president-patricia-lee-refo-re–international-d/

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https://www.consiglionazionaleforense.it/web/cnf-calendario/-/748260 (ITALIANO)

https://www.camerepenali.it/cat/10789/xi%C2%B0_giornata_internazionale_dellavvocato_minacciato_2021_focus_azerbaigian.html

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UK/Ireland: Law Society condemns Finucane decision

23/12/20

Pat Finucane: A murder with 'collusion at its heart' - BBC News

The Law Society has expressed “deep concern” about the British Government’s recent decision not to hold an immediate public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane in 1989.

In a letter to the British Ambassador Mr Paul Johnston, the Law Society’s President James Cahill says that the Law Society’s Council, at its meeting on 11 December, “re-affirmed its now decades-old policy of demanding that the British Government immediately establish an independent public inquiry into the likelihood of State collusion in the heinous murder of Pat Finucane”.

Condemnation

The letter calls on the ambassador to convey the Society’s condemnation to the British Government, and to ask it to reconsider its position.

“Pat Finucane, in his representation of his clients, defended the rule of law and ensured access to justice, despite the threat this posed to his own safety, a threat that proved fatal when he was brutally shot on 12 February 1989 in front of his wife and children,” Mr Cahill writes.

“His killing sent a message to other lawyers practising in the North that they, too, could be targeted for defending their clients if this challenged certain sectarian interests, and that such lawyers would not be protected,” he adds.

Standing in solidarity with endangered lawyers

Mr Cahill says that the Rule of Law stands as a cornerstone in a properly functioning democracy, but it requires constant vigilance.

“For this reason,” he adds, “the Law Society of Ireland frequently stands in solidarity with endangered lawyers all over the world where they are threatened for their defence of human rights by their opponents, and State authorities collude in such oppression or fail to act to prevent it.

“Accordingly, I am writing to express the solidarity of the Law Society with the family of Pat Finucane in seeking an effective public inquiry into his death, one that is capable of establishing the facts behind his murder and, in particular, the full extent of State collusion in same,” he writes.

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https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/law-society-condemns-finucane-decision/

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/northern-secretary-to-pay-7-500-in-damages-to-pat-finucane-s-widow-1.4443204

https://www.ihrec.ie/statement-from-the-irish-human-rights-and-equality-commission-3/

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/ihrec-to-back-finucane-probe-efforts/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Finucane

Council of Europe/CCBE: European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer: Update

September 2, 2019

https://www.ccbe.eu/actions/european-convention-on-the-profession-of-lawyer/

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/Top-Stories/attacks-on-lawyers-are-intensifying-eu-hearing-told/

http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/News/News-View-EN.asp?newsid=6944&lang=2

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

[OPINION] Turkey tries to undermine the Council of Europe

Click to access coe-case-for-convention-on-lawyer-profession-recommendation-2121.pdf

https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/the-value-of-strong-and-independent-legal-profession

https://www.ccbe.eu/fr/actions/convention-europeenne-sur-la-profession-davocat/ (FRANCAIS)

Iran/UK/Ireland/Italy/France: Protests to support detained rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

April 17, 2019

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Barreau de Paris, Paris

http://en.humanrights-iran.ir/news-27271.aspx

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/iran-release-womens-rights-defenders-detained-for-peacefully-protesting-against-forced-veiling/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/18/iran-release-anti-compulsory-hijab-activists-0

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/iran-fresh-arrests-women-defying-forced-veiling-laws

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2019/04/17/iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-toujours-emprisonnee-pour-sa-defense-du-droit-des-femmes_1721981 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ilfriuli.it/articolo/cronaca/pordenone-chiede-la-liberazione-di-nasrin-sotoudeh-/2/197080 (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilgazzettino.it/nordest/pordenone/appello_nasrin_sotoudehlibera-4433962.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/norme-e-tributi/2019-04-17/avvocati-milanesi-piazza-nasrin-sotoudeh-201515.shtml?uuid=ABLrJ7pB (ITALIANO)

http://www.camerapenalepistoia.it/documenti/nasrin-sotoudeh-socia-onoraria-della-camera-penale-di-pistoia/?fbclid=IwAR2RNCV2FTt2XUE20mamSF58iBCxkXSn-Rg2NziaEvjMWg4skjhfEUEYJvg (ITALIANO)

http://www.alanews.it/cronaca-italiana/milano-avvocati-in-piazza-per-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/norme-e-tributi/2019-04-18/nasrin-protesta-200-avvocati-al-consolato-iraniano—-185202.shtml?uuid=ABFg7QqB (ITALIANO)

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1398/01/amirsalar-davoudi-charges-to-collaborate-with-hostile-states-through-an-interview-with-a-television-network/?fbclid=IwAR3WBDeoGOj2eBpStIZ0HTVyq9NVStwhNp7Mb0u6FHylasmxPNuFehHb8qU (FARSI)

UK/Northern Ireland/Ireland: Pat Finucane ‘murdered to silence other human rights lawyers’

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.

It was a deliberate decision to kill him, to silence other lawyers and prevent them from doing that type of work

“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.”

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/pat-finucane-murdered-to-silence-other-human-rights-lawyers-903467.html

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/pat-finucane-killed-silence-human-13980076

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/dad-would-be-proud-of-our-fight-for-justice-says-pat-finucanes-daughter-903471.html

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/murder-of-pat-finucane-by-loyalists-remembered-30-years-on-1.3788965

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-47385940

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/27/pat-finucane-inquiry-fell-below-human-rights-standards-judges-rule

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/pat-finucane-murder-collusion-supreme-court-troubles-belfast-a8799721.html

http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/02/27/news/pat-finucane-murder-supreme-court-rules-against-public-inquiry-but-says-effective-investigation-not-carried-out-1561610/

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/uk-government-urged-to-hold-public-inquiry-into-pat-finucane-murder-37910561.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Finucane

http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/03/16/news/poignant-tribute-to-murdered-solicitor-rosemay-nelson-by-her-children-1574193/?fbclid=IwAR0lYp9wtnTD3YMXCoy5TorY6ww6CIXWus6VGuz50-7Yij3qzM03fIaLWyw

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer/Ireland: Bar denounces mistreatment of lawyers in Egypt, Turkey, China, and Azerbaijan

January 24, 2018

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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.”

https://www.irishlegal.com/10566/bar-denounces-mistreatment-lawyers-egypt-turkey-china-azerbaijan/

 

 

Turkey: Joint letter of 8 UK and Irish Bars on arrested lawyers and judges

March 16, 2017

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352 lawyers were arrested since July 15, 2016

( Total 3⃣5⃣6⃣ arrested and 8⃣8⃣7⃣ under prosecution.)