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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.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30315819

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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.
#WeAreAllHumanRightsDefenders

(Justice and Peace Netherlands Facebook)

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.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/?wpmlmethod=newsletter&id=155&mailinglist_id=2&subscriber_id=1517&authkey=81c8727c62e800be708dbf37c4695dff

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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Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers: Brave rights lawyer Sirikan to get top European award

April 9, 2017

SIRIKAN CHAROENSIRI, a Thai human rights lawyer, has been selected to receive the Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) Award this year for her “unwavering courage and commitment” in fighting for the human rights situation in Thailand, the organisation said in a statement.

Known to her family and friends as “June”, Sirikan, 30, will be the first woman to receive the L4L award, which was announced on Friday. She will accept the award at L4L’s seminar ‘The Voice of Rights’ about lawyers and freedom of expression, hosted by Allen & Overy in Amsterdam on May 19.

“Sirikan is a young Thai lawyer who stands up for human rights activists, journalists and people tried after the coup by military courts, even though she is facing considerable risks herself,” the release said.

“By giving this award to Sirikan, the jury wants to applaud her unwavering courage and commitment, and draw attention to the human rights situation in Thailand, which is relatively unknown in the West.”

Sirikan is a co-founder of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a lawyers’ collective founded shortly after the military coup in May 2014 to provide legal aid and monitor the human rights situation in Thailand.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30311776

Lawyers for Lawyers/Thailand: THAI HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SIRIKAN CHAROENSIRI TO RECEIVE LAWYERS FOR LAWYERS AWARD

April 6, 2017

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Sirikan Charoensiri (June), a human rights lawyer from Thailand, will receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017. On 19 May 2017 Sirikan Charoensiri will accept the Award at L4L’s seminar ‘The Voice of Rights’ about lawyers and freedom of expression, hosted by Allen & Overy in Amsterdam.

Jury remarks “Sirikan Charoensiri is a young Thai lawyer who stands up for human rights activists, journalists and people tried after the coup by military courts, even though she is facing considerable risks herself. By awarding Sirikan Charoensiri, 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.”

High-profile human rights cases on a pro bono basis Ms. Charoensiri will be the first woman to receive the Lawyers for Lawyers award. Sirikan Charoensiri is the co-founder of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a lawyers’ collective founded shortly after the military coup on 22 May 2014 to provide legal aid and monitor the human rights situation in Thailand. As a human rights lawyer with TLHR, Ms. Charoensiri provides legal services in high-profile human rights cases on a pro bono basis. She acts for the increasing number of individuals facing lèse-majesté charges. These provisions make it illegal to defame, insult or threaten the king in Thailand. Ms. Charoensiri also represents human rights activists facing arbitrary arrest for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and expression and journalists facing arbitrary arrest in the exercise of media freedom and freedom of information by documenting the work of human rights activists. The political sensitivity of these cases is believed to be the reason why lawyers connected to TLHR are regularly subject to harassment, intimidation, and recently to criminal charges by the Thai authorities.

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http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/12524/thailand-human-rights-lawyer-sirikan-charoensiri-to-receive-lawyers-for-lawyers-award/

The Netherlands: Save the Date! 19 May: L4L-Award seminar

April 6, 2017

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L4L invites you to

“The Voice of Rights”
About lawyers and Freedom of Expression

Seminar

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Presentation of the L4L-Award 2017


Introduction:
Phon van den Biesen
President Lawyers for Lawyers

Special guests:
Mark Stephens (United Kingdom)

Electra Koutra (Greece)

Jorge Molano (Colombia)
L4L-Award Laureate 2015



Heikelien Verrijn Stuart
Chair of the L4L Award Jury

Moderator: Frederiek de Vlaming (University of Amsterdam)

Date:          19 May 2017
Time:          13.00 – 17.30
Venue:        Law firm Allen & Overy, Apollolaan 15, 1077 AB Amsterdam

Award ceremony 2017

The Lawyers for Lawyers Award will be awarded to a lawyer or a group of lawyers who work to promote the rule of law and human rights in an exceptional way and whose rights have been violated as a result.
To pre-register for this event, please send an email to: S.deGraaf@lawyersforlawyers.org

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/12512/save-the-date-19-may-l4l-award-seminar/