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The Netherlands/Turkey: Invitation Lawyers for Lawyers Award Ceremony 2019

April 24, 2019

Presenting the 2019 Laureate of the Lawyers for Lawyers Award:

Selçuk Kozağaçlı
Human rights lawyer from Turkey


The Award Ceremony will take place on 23 May 2019 in Amsterdam. Register now to attend!

The seminar will be organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam Bar Association and the Justitia Commission of the Young Lawyers Association Amsterdam. The main topic of the seminar will concern the developments surrounding the proposed European Convention on the Profession of Lawyers. Two panel discussions will be organized around this topic.

14.00 – 17.00 | Seminar on the proposed European Convention to Protect Lawyers. Speakers include, amongst others, François Moyse (Vice-Chair of the CCBE European Convention Working Group), Mikolaj Pietrzak (president of the Warsaw Bar Association), Hanne Juncher (Head of Department, Justice and Legal Co-operation, Council of Europe), Prof. Egbert Myjer (Commissioner International Commission of Jurists and former judge at ECHR) and former Award winners and lawyers Sirikan ‘June’ Charoensiri (Thailand) and Alec Muchadehama (Zimbabwe)

Invitation Lawyers for Lawyers Award Ceremony 2019







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Nigeria: Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma

April 10, 2019

Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma

In a letter to the Nigerian authorities Lawyers for Lawyers expressed concern about the maltreatment of Justus Ijeoma by the police. It was reported that Mr Ijeoma was brutally assaulted by police officers when accompanying a client to the State Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Asaba, on 26 March 2019.


Justus Ijeoma is a Nigerian human rights lawyer and the executive director of the International Human Rights and Equity Defense Foundation (I-REF). His work especially focuses on police violence. By providing free legal services and advice his organization aims to improve the access to justice of the population and the public accountability.

According to the information we received, Mr. Ijeoma was brutally assaulted by officers of the anti-kidnapping unit of the Nigerian police force when accompanying a client to the State Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Asaba, on March 26th, 2019. When his client still wasn’t interrogated in the early evening, Mr. Ijeoma suggested that they would plan the hearing for the next day. The Officer-in-Charge (OC) then ordered that Mr. Ijeoma’s client would be taken to the detention room. Mr. Ijeoma objected, informed his client about her rights and refused to hand over her phone, which led to him begin slapped in the face by the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in the presence of the OC.  Mr. Ijeoma told the OC that he wanted to report to him that his officer had just slapped him, but got ignored and The OC ordered for Mr. Ijeoma’s detention too. He was then violently captured by four officers, who held him and beat him severely, tearing off his clothes. The officers chained his legs and left him in the room, which they filled with tear gas. When the officers returned and opened the door and window, Mr. Ijeoma managed to take a picture of himself with his phone by means of evidence and when he refused to hand over his phone the officers were ordered to beat him ‘professionally’ and avoid leaving any trace.

Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma


Human rights defender Justus speaks at the Rotterdam International Secondary School

Turkey/Lawyers for Lawyers: Selçuk Kozağaçlı to receive L4L Award 2019

April 10, 2019

Selçuk Kozağaçlı to receive L4L Award 2019

Selçuk Kozağaçlı, a human rights lawyer from Turkey, will receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019. By selecting Selçuk Kozağaçlı, the expert jury “wants to applaud the unwavering dedication of both Selçuk Kozağaçlı and his colleagues to defending the basic human rights of their clients.”


Furthermore, with this award, “the jury also honours the many Turkish lawyers that have been prosecuted in Turkey for doing their job”.

Human rights lawyers from across the world were nominated for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019. The expert jury (Ms Heikelien Verrijn Stuart, Mr Cees Flinterman, Mr Egbert Myjer, Ms Els Swaab and Ms Channa Samkalden) selected Selçuk Kozağaçlı as the laureate. The Jury chose lawyers Ramazan DemirVeysel Ok and Ali Yildiz, also from Turkey, as the lawyers for the shortlist.

On Thursday 23 May 2019, the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019 will be presented in Amsterdam. Prior to this ceremony a very interesting seminar will be held. The seminar will be organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam Bar Association and the Justitia Commission of the Young Lawyers Association Amsterdam. The main topic of the seminar will concern the developments surrounding the proposed European Convention on the Profession of Lawyers. Click here to register for this event.







HRW Report: (Turkish) Lawyers on Trial

HRW: Turkey has arbitrarily jailed hundreds of lawyers since 2016 coup

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https://www.hrw.org/tr/news/2019/04/10/329017 (TURKCE)

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https://www.voaindonesia.com/a/hrw-turki-penjarakan-ratusan-pengacara/4869703.html (TURKCE)

https://www.hrw.org/de/news/2019/04/10/tuerkei-massenverfolgung-von-rechtsanwaelten (DEUTSCH)

https://www.adressa.no/nyheter/utenriks/2019/04/10/HRW-med-kraftig-kritikk-av-Tyrkias-rettsforf%C3%B8lgelse-av-advokater-18831697.ece (NORWEGIAN)

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Turkey: Statement on situation of lawyers in Turkey

April 5, 2019

On this day, 5 April 2019 – celebrated as Lawyers’ Day in Turkey – 34 organizations, including Lawyers for Lawyers, take the opportunity to strongly condemn the ongoing crackdown against lawyers in Turkey. View the full statement here.

Following the failed coup d’état of 15 July 2016, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and adopted a series of decree-laws that seriously undermined human rights and the rule of law across the country. Although the state of emergency was lifted in July 2018, many of the decree-laws were integrated into ordinary laws and the persecution of lawyers continues, including mass arrests, unfair trials and harsh sentences.

According to the latest information available, since July 2016:
▪ 1546 lawyers have been prosecuted;
▪ Almost 600 lawyers have been arrested;
▪ 274 lawyers have been sentenced to long prison terms – the average prison term being 7 years.

Lawyers are being targeted solely because they are carrying out their professional activities, on the basis of alleged accusations of supporting terrorist organisations. The use of “mass trials” against lawyers or lawyers’ associations is frequent and fundamental rights and procedural safeguards are often not respected.



Statement on the occasion of the Lawyers Day in Turkey




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Istanbul, 05/04/19

Kazakhstan: UPR Kazakhstan submitted

April 4, 2019

UPR Kazakhstan submitted

On 28 March 2019, Lawyers for Lawyers submitted a report for the Universal Periodic Review of Kazakhstan.


In the report, Lawyers for Lawyers expressed concerns about the newly passed law ‘On the Professional Activities of Advocates and Legal Assistance’ for it could undermine the independence of the legal profession.

Lawyers for Lawyers also highlighted that the Kazakh authorities do not always uphold the necessary guarantees for the proper functioning of the legal profession in practice. Lawyers are regularly subjected to improper interference or attempts to put pressure on them by members of law enforcement agencies or investigative bodies. Furthermore, lawyers regularly sometimes do not have the opportunity to meet with their clients in full confidentiality.




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Saudi Arabia: Nomination of Waleed Abu al-Khair for the 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award | Joint Letter

March 29, 2019

Waleed Abu al-Khair, unlawfully imprisoned for his work as a human  rights lawyer since 15 April 2014, has been nominated for the 2019
American Bar Association Human Rights Award jointly by LRWC, Lawyers for  Lawyers, Union Internationale des Avocats and the Law Society of England  and Wales.


In accordance with the request of the American Bar Association (ABA) for nominees for the 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award, the following organizations —Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW) and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) —recommend and nominate human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair of Saudi Arabia for the 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award.

Waleed Abu al-Khair is one of the best-known advocates for democratic and human rights reform in Saudi Arabia.  He has used the written and spoken word coupled with his legal knowledge to fearlessly advocate for reforms to improve the lives of all in Saudi Arabia by calling on the Government of Saudi Arabia to allow its citizens to enjoy internationally protected rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and the right to participate directly and indirectly in public affairs.  He has done this work through writing and public speaking, by representing causes and clients unpopular with the Government of Saudi Arabia, by providing a safe space for peaceful discussion of issues of public concern and by providing people with an example of responsible advocacy for justice for all.  At the risk of his own personal and professional safety and security, Waleed Abu al-Khair persisted in using his training and skills as a lawyer to be an outspoken advocate for an elected parliament, an independent judiciary, a constitutional monarchy and recognition of internationally protected human rights. He has also advocated on behalf of prisoners of conscience and written many articles identifying human rights abuses and the need for legal reform. He recommended reliance on the rule of law and proper legal procedures to effect reform and settle disputes and differences of opinion and never advocated or used violence as a means of opposition.







https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

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Colombia: Report Caravana mission 2018

March 26, 2019

Report Caravana mission 2018

The International Caravana of Jurists travelled to Colombia at the beginning of September 2018, to ascertain the impact that the peace process has had on the work of human rights lawyers and the dynamics of the conflict. A report of the mission is now available.


Since 2008, the Caravana has organised six international biannual delegations to Colombia in fact-finding missions to monitor the situation of human rights defenders, specifically on access to justice and respect for the rule of law.

The Sixth delegation of the International Caravana of Jurists visited Colombia shortly after the inauguration of President Iván Duque. At a time when the peace process hangs in the balance and violence escalating dramatically across Colombia, the delegation met with lawyers and judges working both within and outside state institutions and heard directly from victims and activists about the situations of risk which they face.

Since the signing of the Peace Agreement in November 2016, hundreds of human rights defenders have been killed and the UN has called for decisive action to stem the tide of violence enveloping many regions. Colombian’s official state Ombudsman has reported that a human rights defender is killed every three days.




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