April 6, 2017
L4L invites you to
“The Voice of Rights”
About lawyers and Freedom of Expression
Presentation of the L4L-Award 2017
Phon van den Biesen
President Lawyers for Lawyers
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
De Nederlandse veiligheidsdiensten mogen advocatenkantoren niet afluisteren zonder een onafhankelijke of rechterlijke toets vooraf. Huidige afluisterpraktijken moeten binnen zes maanden worden gestaakt. Dat heeft de Haagse kortgedingrechter vanmorgen bepaald in het kort geding dat Prakken d’Oliveira en enkele andere advocaten hadden aangespannen tegen de Staat.
Veiligheidsdiensten als de AIVD en de MIVD moeten bovendien alle (niet getoetste) taps bij advocatenkantoren, direct of indirect, binnen zes maanden na het vonnis staken, aldus de rechter. Gedurende deze periode moet de Staat het beleid voor het afluisteren van advocaten door veiligheidsdiensten bijstellen.
Het bestaande beleid waarbij veiligheidsdiensten vertrouwelijke gesprekken van advocaten met cliënten mogen afluisteren en de inhoud ervan eventueel aan het OM mogen doorgeven, noemt de rechter onrechtmatig, ook in het kader van rechtspraak van het Europese hof voor de rechten van de mens. Deze gesprekken vallen immers onder het verschoningsrecht van advocaten, en inbreuk hierop is uitsluitend onder strikte voorwaarden toegestaan. “De enkele mogelijkheid van inbreuken op het verschoningsrecht van advocaten raakt aan de vertrouwelijkheid van de communicatie tussen advocaten en hun cliënten en daarmee aan het recht op een effectieve verdediging en de toegankelijkheid van advocaten,” stelt de rechter. “Daarmee is deze inbreuk in zekere zin ook onomkeerbaar.”
http://www.advocatie.nl/prakken-doliveira-wint-kort-geding-aivd-moet-stoppen-met-tappen-advocaten (Dutch court rules on Prakken d’Oliveira case: spying on lawyers must stop immediately)
On 16th March 2017, the Law Society of England and Wales, in partnership with Lawyers for Lawyers, is organising a UN side event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The side event will focus on the topic of the independence of the legal profession worldwide. Lawyers from Turkey, Cameroon, and Azerbaijan will share their experiences, obstacles faced by members of the legal profession in their respective countries, and possible ways to improve the safety of lawyers who work in challenging contexts.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr. Diego García-Sayán, will be the keynote speaker.
To register to this event or for more information, please find the relevant contacts in the attached leaflet.
The side event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
January 24, 2017
Speech by Jeroen Brouwer (former president of the Dutch Bar Association) on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2017. Watch how a street near the Chinese Embassy in The Hague is “renamed” in Wang Yu Lane as a tribute to the Chinese lawyer Wang Yu.
Demonstration in front of the Peace Palace on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2017.
(Dag Van De Bedreigde Advocaat Facebook)
January 27, 2017
A former Miss Jamaica USA who now works as a lawyer at the International Court of Justice has claimed she was the victim of a racially-motivated attack by police in the Netherlands.
Chaka Laguerre, who is from the United States, is currently carrying out a 10-month clerkship at the UN court in The Hague after previously studying at Cambridge University.
The 30-year-old was arrested earlier this week for a traffic offence in the city after being accused of walking her bike across the street on a red light.
However, she later took to Facebook and posted a picture of her in a hospital bed, which has since been deleted.
She claimed that she had been ‘roughed up’ by the officers before being attacked after she was unable to provide her ID and added that it would ‘continue to be the experience of people of colour in The Hague’.
However, Dutch police have hit out and vehemently denied her allegations and say they will complain to the president of the ICJ.
January 24, 2017
#DayoftheEndangeredlawyer in The Hague, in solidarity with Chinese lawyers. Courtesy
DEN HAAG : January 24, 2007 : New name for the street where the chinese embassy is established. 24 january
LA HAYE : 24 janvier 2007 La rue où siège l’Ambassade de Chine change de nom.
Hans Gaasbeek reports: The Embassy was not open to accept the petition, it was put in their mailbox. The demonstrators were also on Radio 1 and on a number of other media websites. With Kit Chan from the China Human Rights Lawyers Group (Hong Kong) there was a lunch meeting at the department of foreign affairs. The street name of the Embassy was changed to Wang Yu lane. There is also a video which is not ready yet.
December 23, 2016
Tuesday 24 January 2017 is the “Day of the endangered lawyer”. This year, the annual events focus on lawyers in China. In July 2015, a unprecedented and seemingly well-coordinated detention campaign of a large number of human rights lawyers and defenders in China took place. More than 300 human rights lawyers, legal assistants, and rights activists were targeted during the nationwide sweep.
We cordially invite you to participate in the events we organize on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer in The Hague!
14:30 Manifestation and petition
Location ‘Vredespaleis’ in The Hague
Manifestation for the endangered Chinese lawyers at ‘het Vredespaleis’. A petition will be submitted to the Chinese embassies and consulates in different cities in- and outside of Europe.
16:30 to 18:00 Seminar
Please register for the seminar via this LINK.
Location Paleis van Justitie, Prins Clauslaan 60, 2595 AJ Den Haag
Doors open at 16.00h.