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Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers: One year after receiving the L4L-Award 2017: Sirikan ‘June’ Charoensiri

June 18, 2018


Thai human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri – known to friends as ‘June’- was the first woman to receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award one year ago. She was rewarded for her ‘unwavering courage and commitment’ in defending human rights in Thailand. We asked her what has happened since receiving the Award and her return to Thailand. Read also the interview with June on our website: https://bit.ly/2yFmzET

Many thanks to Human Rights in the Picture (http://www.humanrightsinthepicture.org, @HumanRightsinthePicture) for creating this video.

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13355/video-sirikan-june-charoensiri-received-l4l-award-one-year-ago/ (VIDEO)






Turkey: L4L and FTW in Istanbul for hearings

May 15, 2018

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On 10 May 2018, three hearings were held in Istanbul in cases against lawyers that are suspected of terrorism-related crimes: the KCK-case, the ŐHD-case, and a new case (Cizre-protest). Representatives of Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) and Fair Trial Watch observed two of those hearings, together with observers from the United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. They were accompanied by Nardy Desloover, ex-president of the Rotterdam Bar Association, who represented the Dutch Bar Associations.

Since the attempted coup in July 2016, 1.539 lawyers have been persecuted in Turkey. 580 Lawyers have been arrested and 103 lawyers have been sentenced to imprisonment, all for terrorism-related charges (Source: “Incarceration of Turkish lawyers | En masse arrests and convictions”, The Arrested Lawyers Initiative, April 2018, see www.arrestedlawyers.org). Many lawyers are defendants in more than one case.

From conversations with lawyers and organizations in Istanbul, the observers learned that the situation of lawyers in Turkey is still very difficult. All accused and detained lawyers are obviously severely hindered in defending their clients. The accusations and the arrests also have a chilling effect on other lawyers.


The first hearing was the 16thhearing in the KCK-case (ˈKCK Lawyers Trialˈ): the case that started with the arrest of 46 lawyers in November 2011 and is still pending in court. The accused lawyers all represented PKK-leader Abdullah Őcalan and are charged with membership of a terrorist organization and terrorism-related activities. Some of the lawyers had been in pre-trial detention for almost 2,5 years.




Morocco: Moroccan lawyer El Bouchtaoui convicted

March 30, 2018


Lawyers for Lawyers and The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister of Morocco regarding the recent conviction of Moroccan lawyer Abdessadeq El Bouchtaoui. On 8 February, he was sentenced to 20 months in prison by the Al Hoceima court in first instance.

His conviction is, among other things, based on charges of “insulting public officials,” “contempt of judicial decisions,” and “inviting people to participate in a prohibited demonstration.” It appears that Mr. El Bouchtaoui’s conviction is connected to his legal representation of the Al-Hoceima activists and his criticism on Facebook regarding the Al-Hoceima demonstrations. According to the information received, the public prosecution used Facebook posts as evidence, many of which were critical of the government due to police violently suppressing the demonstrations.

The CCBE and Lawyers for Lawyers have reason to believe that this conviction is connected to Mr. El Bouchtaoui’s professional activities as a lawyer. Therefore, we called on the Moroccan authorities to immediately release Mr. El Bouchatoui. In addition, CCBE and Lawyers for Lawyers asked the Prime Minister to take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of lawyers in Morocco as well as their ability to perform their professional duties without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation or harassment.


https://www.bladi.net/abdessadek-el-bouchtaoui-avocat-prison,50809.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Morocco_-_Maroc/2018/FR_HRL_20180329_Morocco_Inquietudes-concernant-la-condamnation-de-l-avocat-marocain-Abdessadeq-El-Bouchtaoui.pdf (FRANCAIS)

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

19 พ.ค.60 ทนายความศิริกาญจน์ เจริญศิริ เข้ารับรางวัล Lawyers for Lawyers award 2017 จากองค์กร Lawyers for Lawyers ณ เมืองอัมสเตอดัม ประเทศเนเธอร์แลนด์



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.

(Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook)