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Spain/Scotland: Show of support for Aamer Anwar following Barcelona attack

August 23, 2017

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The Law Society of Scotland has joined the widespread show of support for human rights solicitor Aamer Anwar, following a series of abusive messages in response to his eye witness account of last week’s terror attack in Barcelona.

Lorna Jack, Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland said, “In spite of the tirade of abuse which Aamer has been subjected to in the wake of last week’s traumatic events, he has shown characteristic grit and integrity.

“On behalf the Society, I would like to add to the heartening and widespread show of support for him in speaking up for tolerance and decency.”

Aamer Anwar has been a Law Society of Scotland member and solicitor for over fifteen years.  His work as a human rights lawyer has earned him the titles of Solicitor of the Year in the Herald’s Law Awards of Scotland 2016, and Lawyer of the Year Legal Awards of Scotland in 2017.



Scotland/Spain: “I love life. I love unity”: Aamer Anwar hits back at far-right taunts after terror attack

August 18, 2017

AAMER ANWAR has condemned Tommy Robinson after the ex-English Defence League (EDL) leader called him an “Isis lawyer” after the University of Glasgow rector and human rights lawyer was caught up in the terror attack in Barcelona.

Anwar was an eye witness to the Las Ramblas attack on Thursday that killed 13 people and injured 100 more, 15 of whom are thought to be seriously injured.

Due to speak at a Catalonian conference on independence, Anwar told CommonSpace he was upset and angry about the amount of hate he saw online following the attack.

“I’ve seen Tommy Robinson calling me  the ISIS lawyer, I’m no ISIS lawyer. My life was put under threat from Islamic extremists last year.” Aamer Anwar









UK/Iraq: ‘Tank chasing’ lawyer defends decision to sue British army over Iraq

August 16, 2017

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Martyn Day thrives on a fight.

His critics accuse him of being a “tank chaser” for bringing hundreds of lawsuits against the British army over its actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. But others say Mr Day and Leigh Day, the law firm he co-founded in 1987, have pioneered class compensation lawsuits while other law firms have backed away.

Mr Day’s most notable successes include winning a £55m out-of-court settlement from oil group Royal Dutch Shell over two oil spills that affected thousands of Nigerian fishermen and a £19.9m compensation award from the UK government on behalf of Kenyans tortured by British troops in the 1950s.

“I’ve always liked those big fights, those big challenges,” he said in a recent interview with the Financial Times. “I started off doing personal injury cases but I really like a good fight.”

Earlier this year, Mr Day, 60, faced the fight of his career when he, two colleagues and Leigh Day were charged with professional misconduct for their handling of claims that British troops had tortured Iraqi civilians.



UK/USA: New York Bar chief writes to Theresa May over ‘climate of intimidation’ for NI lawyers

July 14, 2017

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The New York Bar has expressed its concern over the “climate of intimidation” that lawyers in Northern Ireland face.

The Bar represents 24,000 attorneys as well as judges, government officials and legal academics in New York City.

John Kiernan, president of the Bar, has written to British Prime Minister Theresa May and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire to ask that the UK government “refrain from the use of inflammatory rhetoric” in discussions over ongoing cases.

Plans to prosecute former British soldiers over alleged offences committed during the Troubles has causes a backlash in Britain.

Mr Kiernan said in his letter to Mrs May: “We urge you and other government officials to refrain from the use of inflammatory rhetoric against lawyers involved in the reconciliation process and to identify and implement steps to support lawyers working on reconciliation and legacy issues, and to publicly commit to safeguarding lawyers who have been harassed or threatened as a result of performing their professional duties.”

He added that the NYC Bar was “particularly troubled by reports that lawyers in Northern Ireland once again are facing threats, harassment, and media attacks while engaging in their professional responsibilities related to addressing the legacy of the past”.




Egypt/UK: Protest at Egyptian Embassy in London for imprisoned human rights lawyer Tarek Hussein

July 12, 2017 (Facebook)

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في الطابونة العسكرية و المسمى #مصر #الإختفاء_القسري بقى حصري
و علنا و ببجاحة
حكاية طارق هي حكاية شباب كتير شقى و تعب و حلم رغم القهر و الظلم و لكن العصابة الإرهابية اللي محتلانا مصممة تدفن مش حلمهم و بس لأ تدفن إنسانيتهم و مستقبلهم .

طارق شاب عنده ٢٣ سنة دلوقت قعد سنتين و شهرين يجري ورا أخوه في الأقسام و أماكن الحجز اللي برضه اتخطف من العصابة و هو طفل لغاية لما ربنا أراد و خرج .

بعدها طارق لانه عاش الظلم و حسه قرر يشتغل محامي يساعد المظلومين بعد ما اتخرج من كلية الحقوق و قد كان .

طبعا لانه كمان مع ثورة ٢٥ يناير و لانه رفض بيع الأرض كان لابد من القضاء عليه زيه زي شباب كتير .

طارق حسين اتخطف من بيته و #داعش فرع #مصر #الشرطة_البلطجيةلفقوله تهمة الإنضمام لجماعة #الإخوان و التحريض على التظاهر علشان أرضنا تيران و صنافير !!!

تخيلوا اللي يدافع عن أرضه يبقى خاين و إخوان !

عادي اتعودنا على فجر العصابة الإرهابية لكن يوصل انه يختفي إختفاء قسري بعد ما يلففوه كعب داير على أقسام مصر تحت بند انه عليه ١١ قضية بالكذب منها قضية تبديد عفش الزوجية و هو كان وقتها في الإعدادية !!!

بعد ما المحامين الجدعان لفوا و أظهروا ان سجله خالي و نضيف تماما طلعوله قضية جديدة بس المصيبة انه بيتحاكم جوه القسم حسب ما وصل للمحامين يعني هيحددوا كمان مدة حبس من غير محكمة !!!

طب قسم ايه منعرفش لان مرة يقولوا في شبرا فأهله يروحوا مع المحامين يعرفوا انهم بيلففوه كعب داير و طبعا بيضرب و يتنكل بيه و بعدين يروحوا قسم عين شمس مش موجود يروحوا تاني يوم يقولوا إتنقل الجيزة و يرفضوا يسمحوا للمحامين يشوفوه كحق أصيل له و يطلعوا لأهله شنطة فيها هدومه متقطعة و آخر مرة رجعوا قالوا موجود بس ما ينفعش تشوفوه و بعدين اترحل و منعرفش فين ! !!

يعني بالفعل طارق كده مختفى لان محدش شافه و لا يعرفوله مكان !

في أي بلد بتحترم آدمية مواطنيها و تحت أي قانون ممكن ده يحصل و إزاي ؟!

البجاحة و البلطجة و الإرهاب بقوا علنا و عيني عينك لتوصيل رسالة ان اللي هينطق أو يطلع نفس ده مصيره !!!

مصيره انه يختفى و إن كان عاجبكم لإرساء قاعدة البجاحة العسكرية إننا مش بيهمنا حد و هو ده اللي هيتعمل في كل بتوع يناير أو اللي بيقلدهم لو ما بطلوش يتكلموا أو يعترضوا مهما حصل !!!

يا عالم في الدول اللي بتحترم آدمية البشر حتى أعتى عتاة المجرمين لهم كل الحقوق في زيارة الأهل و العلاج و طبعا في حق وجود ممثل قانوني لهم و قبل أي حاجة حق الشفافية و عدم تلفيق التهم .

أيا عصابة العسكر السفلة لقد بلغ الظلم مداه و ليسقط مسمى نظامكم الذي جرف كل معنى لكلمة إنسانية و أسقط بل لغى معنى دولة القانون .

مينفعش نقول #الحرية_لطارق_حسين بس

الأهم دلوقت #طارق_حسين_فين يا عصابة واطية . #اتفووو

UK/Iraq: Law firm cleared of misconduct over wrongfully hounding troops could face second probe

July 9, 2017

Leigh Day solicitors Anna Crowther, left, Martyn Day, centre , and Sapna Malik, right, were cleared of any wrongdoing concerning their work on torture allegations against British troops in Iraq in June 

Campaigners are calling for solicitors to face a new hearing on charges of wrongfully hounding troops after it emerged that one of three panellists hearing their case thought they were guilty on 12 counts.

Law firm Leigh Day and three of its solicitors were cleared of a string of misconduct allegations following a disciplinary hearing.

They were charged by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after the Ministry of Defence submitted a lengthy dossier of alleged wrongdoing, including claims they caused innocent troops years of torment.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) found the firm and its solicitors not guilty of more than 20 charges last month.

But it has emerged that one of the three members of the panel, Richard Hegarty, a senior partner at a law firm, believed they were guilty in relation to 12 of the allegations.

A document published on the SDT’s website states on the record that Mr Hegarty ‘dissented with the majority’ in respect to the dozen charges.

A source close to the inquiry said: ‘This is believed to be the first time the SDT has ever made explicit that a panel member disagreed with the panel. This is unprecedented.’


UK: Legal aid barriers deny most vulnerable their fundamental rights

June 29, 2017

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Cuts to legal aid spending over the past four years have denied justice to the most vulnerable in society, hit the public purse and damaged the foundation of our justice system, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it published its reckoning of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO): Access denied? LASPO four years on.

Law Society president Robert Bourns today said: “Four years ago, LASPO was implemented and hundreds of thousands of people who were eligible for legal aid on one day (31 March 2013) became ineligible the very next.”

LASPO introduced changes to the scope, eligibility and the rates paid for work, and resulted in significant cuts to legal aid spending.

Four years on, the Law Society has conducted a review of the legal aid changes in LASPO. The report focuses on the impact of the civil legal aid cuts on the ability of citizens to defend and enforce their legal rights.

The report also suggests that legal aid cuts have actually increased pressure on wider public services, due to growing numbers of people representing themselves in court, and escalating legal problems due to the removal of legal aid for early advice.