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Egypt: Arrest and harassment of lawyer Mohamed Azmy

December 22, 2017


Lawyers for Lawyers has grave concerns about the arrest, subsequent release and judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Mohamed Azmy. In a letter to the Egyptian authorities, we expressed our concerns about Mr. Azmy.

Mohamed Azmy is a human rights lawyer and the current President of the General Nubian Union in Aswan, is an organisation that advocates for the right to return of the indigenous Nubian community to their ancestral land. The marginalised Nubian people have been displaced as a result of various governmental projects, such as the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s.

On 3 September 2017, Mohamed Azmy was arrested together with other human rights defenders during peaceful demonstrations on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Mr Azmy and other Nubian rights defenders held a peaceful demonstration, demanding the return of Nubians to their ancestral lands. On that same day, Mr Azmy, together with other Nubian activists, was assaulted by security forces, arrested and taken into custody at Shallal Central Security forces camp.

On 15 November 2017, the Aswan Misdemeanor State Security Emergency Court ordered the release of Mr Azmy and other Nubian rights activists pending their trial. They are being prosecuted on charges of “participating in unauthorized protests” and “repeating chants against the State for the purpose of harming public interest”. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison. The hearing in their case is adjourned to 26 December 2017following an appeal from the defence team against the trial being held in the State Security Court, which lacks compliance with fair trial standards, and where sentences cannot be appealed.



Egypt: Immediately Release Lawyer Mahienour El-Massry | Joint Letter

December 5, 2017

L4L and LRWC are calling for the immediate release of prominent human rights lawyer Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, who was arrested on 18 November 2017 and has been transferred to a prison in Cairo far from her home base. Ms el-Massry faces illegitimate charges of participating in an unauthorized protest, insulting the President and thuggery for allegedly being at a protest. Ms el-Massry is known as an outstanding advocate for judicial independence and the rights of women, prisoners and workers. She has been the target of arbitrary detention and false prosecutions for a number of years.

Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) is an independent and non-political Dutch foundation that seeks to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing freedom and independence of the legal profession. L4L was granted Special Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council in July 2013.

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and other human rights defenders who promote international human rights and the rule of law through advocacy, education and legal research. LRWC is a volunteer-run NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

We are extremely concerned about our Egyptian colleague and human rights lawyer Ms. Mahienour El-Massry.

According to our information, on 18 November 2017 Ms. El-Massry attended a session of the misdemeanour court in Alexandria in relation to her alleged participation in a protest against the government’s transfer of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia in June 2016. The court postponed the case until 30 December 2017, and also ordered the two defendants that were present, Ms. El-Massry and Mr. Moatasem Medhat, to remain in custody pending trial. The case also concerns human rights lawyer Asmaa Naeem, lawyer Waleed El Ammary and Zeyad Abou Fadl. The five of them are accused of “participating in an unauthorized protest”, “insulting the President” and thuggery.

Ms. El-Massry is a prominent human rights lawyer known for her activism in favour of judicial independence and the rights of prisoners, workers, and women.





Poland/L4L/CCBE/ICJ: HDIM 2017 Side event: Lawyers Need Legal Protections too

September 19, 2017

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Justice International (JI), Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) worked together to bring a panel of experts, lawyers and human rights defenders to discuss the important role lawyers play while performing all of their professional functions in challenging conditions under intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference. –> http://bit.ly/2ffZJuq

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 (HDIM)
“Lawyers Need Legal Protections too: Human Rights Lawyers Working in Challenging

Warsaw National Stadium (PGE Narodowy), Aleja Poniatowskiego 1, GATE 1, 2nd floor
September 20, 2017, Room 1, 13:15-14:45

Refreshments will be provided

Panel Speakers: 

Maria Slazak  Moderator, Former President of CCBE
Temur Shakirov Legal Adviser, International Commission of Jurists
Olga Salamatova           Legal Expert, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Anara Ibraeva Lawyer from Kazakhstan, Public Association “Dignity”
Nikolai Polozov Lawyer from the Russian Federation, working in Crimea
Farangis Zikriyaeva Lawyer from Tajikistan, Human Rights Matter
Ruslan Myatiev Human rights defender living in exile, Alternative Turkmenistan News
Dmitry Tihonov Human rights defender from Uzbekistan living in exile


Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017: Acceptance speech delivered by Sirikan Charoensiri (June) at the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017, 19 May 2017, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (video)

June 19, 2017

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On 19 May, Thai human rights lawyer Sirikan ‘June’ Charoensiri received the fourth L4L-Award in Amsterdam. The award was presented to her by Jorge Molano from Colombia, who received the award two years ago. Sirikan Charoensiri was the first woman to receive the L4L-Award.

This video was created by @HumanRightsinthePicture for L4L. It was shown for the first time during the reception that was hosted at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand on 27 June, that was organized to honour and congratulate Sirikan June Charoensiri.

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Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers: Lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri receives L4L Award, with acceptance speech


May 19, 2017

On 19 May 2017, Ms Sirikan Charoensiri, human rights lawyer at Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), received the Lawyers for Lawyers Award in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The prize is awarded to a lawyer/group of lawyers who had been threatened or suppressed as a result of their working to promote the rule of law and human rights. Lawyers for Lawyers, an independent non-political Dutch foundation, first introduced the biennial award in 2011. The foundation works to protect the rule of law, and freedom and independence of the legal profession, through providing moral, financial and legal support for lawyers who are facing prosecution on the course of their work. Their aim is to conform with international law and standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers and the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

In 2017, lawyer Sirikan is selected among the shortlisted nominated 18 lawyers and organisations from all over the world for her courage and dedication to providing legal service to her clients, and to raise awareness of human rights situation in Thailand, unknown to the West. The Award was presented to her at the end of the seminar “The Voice of Rights” on harassment and threats against lawyers and freedom of expression in countries including Colombia, Turkey, United Kingdom and Thailand. Iyad Alami, a Palestinian lawyer, and Dr. Mohamed al-Roken from the United Arab Emirates were as well mentioned as the jury’s short list during the presentation of the Award.

For the occasion, Sirikan had been invited to deliver an acceptance speech regarding the ongoing human rights violation in Thailand after the 2014 coup and the important role of human rights lawyers during this critical time. Sirikan also extended her gratitude to those fighting for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law under the military regime.


Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers: Human rights lawyer Sirikan becomes first woman to receive Dutch L4L award

May 21, 2017

Sirikan Charoensiri receives her award in Amsterdam.

HUMAN rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri has become the first woman to receive international recognition from Dutch civil society group Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L).

She was presented with the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017 at a ceremony in Amsterdam on Friday.

The accolade is given every two years to exceptional human rights lawyers working to promote the rule of law.

Sirikan, 31, is a co-founder of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, a lawyers’ collective set up shortly after the military coup on May 22, 2014, to provide legal aid and monitor the human rights situation in Thailand.

The jury remarked that Sirikan “stands up for human rights activists, journalists and people tried after the coup by military courts, even though she is facing considerable risks herself”.

Its statement added: “The jury wants to applaud her unwavering courage and commitment, and draw attention to the human rights situation in Thailand that is relatively unknown in the West.”

At Friday’s ceremony, besides addressing the deteriorating post-coup human rights situation in Thailand, Sirikan thanked the organisation for its recognition of the hard work and endeavour of lawyers who sought to protect the rule of law and human rights while facing continual threats from state authorities.

She also paid tribute to courageous activists and rights advocates who never cease to demonstrate non-violently against illegitimate governments and who inspired her to continue her work as a human rights lawyer. Sirikan encouraged rights advocate to continue fighting for justice and rights.

The lawyer, who was selected for the award by 18 nominees around the word, has faced a number of criminal charges in connection to her professional activities.

If found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison.


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Bloemen voor June van wethouder Mario Jacobs gemeente Tilburg voor de Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017. Hartelijk dank namens June. Flowers for June for the Award 2017 from L4L. Thanks to the Alderman Jacobs and the Municipality of Tilburg.

(Shelter City Tilburg Facebook)

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‘This award is not a personal award, it is a recognition of the courage of all of those who never give up the fight for human rights.’
Shelter City Tilburg‘s guest Sirikan June Charoensiri received the Lawyers for Lawyers 2017 Award. We congratulate her on her work and hope this quote from her speech will inspire all of you.

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Lawyers for Lawyers: Join us via LIVESTREAM ‘The Voice of Rights’ about Lawyers and Freedom of Expression Friday May 19th

May 17, 2017

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After the seminar ’The Voice of Rights, about lawyers and freedom of expression’* on Friday May 19th, the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017 will be presented to Thai human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri. The event will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

If you can’t attend this event in person, you can watch it online via our free LIVESTREAM!  

You’ll be able to watch and listen to speakers from Colombia, Greece and Turkey, the panel discussions and of course the most important part: the Award Ceremony.

From 2:00 PM until 2:45 PM CEST we will livestream PART I with the opening and the introductions.

Hereafter, during the break-out sessions, we will pause the livestream.

We will continue the broadcast with PART II from 3:45 PM until 5:30 PM CEST with a plenary discussion and the Award Ceremony.


http://www.bd.nl/tilburg/tijdelijk-in-tilburg-wonende-thaise-advocate-krijgt-prijs-voor-moedig-werk~a03ee9d3/ (NEDERLANDS)

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This afternoon, Sirikan Charoensiri received the 2017 L4L Award from 2015 recipient Jorge Molano

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The latest two recipients of the L4L Award

(Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook)

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