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Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: SOLIDARITY WITH LAWYERS AT RISK

January 24, 2018

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On the 8th international Day of the Endangered Lawyer, the Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) together with lawyers’ organisations in Europe and around the world, stand in solidarity with those lawyers in Egypt who face persecution in furtherance of the protection of the rule of law. This is also the day to remember lawyers at risk across the world.

For the protection these lawyers afford to others, they are often watched, tracked, falsely prosecuted, deprived of their liberty, or even killed. Each of those instances is a serious threat not only to those lawyers, but to the meaningful protection of the rights they seek to defend.


For 2018, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is focused on Egypt, in light of widespread credible reports  from human rights organisations that Egyptian authorities are “rapidly taking concrete steps to shut down the last critical voices in the country’s human rights community.”

Since 2013, fundamental human rights, including the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression and assembly, have been diminished on an ongoing basis by broad security legislation. In the last two years, there has been an increase in the number of arrests of lawyers who provide counsel and representation to human rights defenders, many of whom face extended pre-trial detention without a reasoned decision for refusing conditional release. There are widespread reports from international organisations that those in detention are at risk of torture and degrading treatment.

Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of BHRC, said:









http://etudebatkayudi.com/24-janvier-2018-8e-journee-de-lavocat-danger-manifestez-soutien-aux-avocats-egyptiens/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.icab.es/?go=eaf9d1a0ec5f1dc58757ad6cffdacedb1a58854a600312cccabe27fca69cffc337d55782188395e58ef1ac8cc02e56546968d89db4130f0d2156b6d608f41cd8 (ESPANOL)

http://www.advokatbladet.no/2018/01/trusler-mot-advokater-i-egypt-markeres-i-dag/ (NORWEGIAN)

https://fagpressenytt.no/artikkel/trusler-mot-advokater-i-egypt-markeres-i-dag (NORWEGIAN)

http://acddh.cat/2018/01/dia-de-ladvocat-amenacat-egipte/ (CATALON)

http://kirp.pl/24-stycznia-dzien-zagrozonego-prawnika-egipt/ (POLISH)

http://www.dsa.gr/%CE%BD%CE%AD%CE%B1/%CE%B4%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%81%CE%B9%CF%8C%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%84%CE%B5%CF%82-idhae/%CE%B7-%CE%B7%CE%BC%CE%AD%CF%81%CE%B1-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B7%CE%B3%CF%8C%CF%81%CE%BF%CF%85-%CF%83%CE%B5-%CE%BA%CE%AF%CE%BD%CE%B4%CF%85%CE%BD%CE%BF-%CE%B3%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%AD%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%82-2018-%CE%B7-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%AC%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%83%CE%B7-%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9%CF%89%CE%BC%CE%AC%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CF%84 (GREEK)

http://www.coolloud.org.tw/node/90140 (CHINESE)


UK: Tony Fisher: ‘Rights are precious and are easily lost’

January 31, 2018

Solicitor Tony Fisher, Senior solicitor at Fisher Jones Greenwood in Colchester, awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Modern Law Awards.

LIFETIME achievement awards are not given out lightly. The recipients are often shining lights in their fields who have, as the name suggests, a lifetime of achievement behind them.

For Tony Fisher, senior partner at Colchester law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood, recognition at this year’s Modern Law Awards is a token of his tireless enthusiasm.

Towards the end of the cases he realised he was not going to be able juggle it all. He stopped the European case work but joined the Human Rights Committee at the Law Society, the representative body for solicitors.

He became chairman of the Human Rights Committee in 2007, making interventions on behalf of lawyers being persecuted in other countries. Other challenges include a lack of opportunities for younger trainees.




Turkey/UK/AI: Amnesty UK director Kate Allen to attend trial of colleagues in Istanbul

January 26, 2018

More than one million supporters have called for ‘politically-motivated’ charges against 11 human rights activists to be dropped

Those on trial include Taner Kılıç, Amnesty’s Turkey chair, and İdil Eser, Amnesty Turkey’s director

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, will attend the trial of the director and chair of Amnesty International Turkey in Istanbul on Wednesday 31 January.

Taner Kılıç, Amnesty’s Turkey chair, and İdil Eser, the organisation’s Turkey director, are being tried along with nine other people on allegations of “membership of a terrorist organisation”.

Mr Kılıç was detained last June and has been in custody ever since, while Ms Eser was arrested a month later but released on bail – along with several others – at her first court hearing in October.

If convicted the 11 accused could face jail terms of up to 15 years. Amnesty has denounced the proceedings as “politically-motivated”.



https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/turquie.-reprise-du-proces-des-10-distanbul-et (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/des-militants-sollicitent-leurs-deputes-pour-faire-liberer-taner-kilic (FRANCAIS)

https://secure.amnesty.nl/urgentaction/TanerKilic2018 (NEDERLAND)

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Ativistas da Anistia Internacional em todo o mundo estão levantando suas vozes exigindo a liberdade de Taner Kılıç e dos defensores de direitos humanos presos na Turquia. Faltam 4 dias para o julgamento de Taner e do #Istanbul10. Assine e junte-se a essa mobilização! http://bit.ly/2iFeRQP

#FreeTaner #FreeRightsDefenders

(Anistia Internacional Brasil Facebook)

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer/UK: Endangered lawyers: Egyptian rights defenders in peril

January 26, 2018

A campaigner sentenced in her absence to five years in prison for activities on behalf of human rights groups in Egypt has urged foreign lawyers to continue to protest at the detention of colleagues by Egyptian authorities. ’When a statement comes out it makes a huge difference,’ said Dr Nancy Okail, saying that the Cairo government was anxious to preserve good relations with the West.

Dr Nancy Okail

Dr Nancy Okail


Okail, now executive director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, Washington DC, was speaking at a Law Society event to mark the international day of the endangered lawyer – the day after president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi emerged as the sole candidate in the March presidential election. As a result, Egypt is moving towards ’flat out dictatorship’, Okail said.

She said that civil society organisations, and lawyers trying to defend them, bear the brunt of ’unprecedented levels’ of forced disappearances, torture deaths and pre-trial detentions. In December last year alone, 221 people were ’forceably disappeared’, she said.

Lawyers have been detained, had their assets frozen and been barred from travel. ’The current emergency law, which was renewed earlier this month, makes the situation even more threatening, and human rights lawyers, who are in the forefront of this battle, are themselves subject to repressive measures, she said.

Okail was tried in absentia in Egypt in 2013 and convicted to five years imprisonment in proceedings in which 43 workers with non governmental organisations were charged with using foreign funds to foment unrest – a charge she denies. Her defence lawyer,  Negad ElBorei, is now a defendant himself and is currently banned from traveling, she said. ‘Supporting those lawyers is absolutely necessary especially under these conditions.’





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Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Endangered lawyers: Climate of intimidation ‘re-emerging’ in Northern Ireland

January 24, 2018

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Attacks on Northern Ireland solicitors and law officers in press and parliament have led to harassment and credible death threats against lawyers, the Gazette has been told. As the legal profession worldwide marks the ‘Day of the Endangered Lawyer’, alleged UK government indifference has attracted international criticism.

Highly personalised attacks on lawyers involved in ‘legacy’ cases from the Troubles, through inquests, civil actions or prosecutions, have been made in the Daily Mail and the Sun. The Sun has named and photographed a number of solicitors and their offices and published details of the value and rough location of family homes. A piece in the The Sunday Times’ Dublin edition labelled lawyers the ‘legal auxiliaries’ of the Sinn Fein-IRA ‘family’.

Criticism in parliament has included a reference to ‘extreme nationalist-leaning individuals in the Northern Ireland justice system’, taken to be a reference to Northern Ireland’s first Catholic DPP Barra McGrory.

Pádraig Ó Muirigh, director of Belfast human rights firm O’Muirigh Solicitors, was told by police to review his personal security three years ago, as his movements were being monitored. Others, including solicitors from Belfast firm KRW, report death threats and abuse on the streets and online following press coverage. ‘It’s become more difficult in recent times,’ he added.

A strongly-worded letter on the subject sent last summer to the Prime Minister and to then-Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire by the president of the 24,000-member New York City Bar, John Kiernan, has been seen by the Gazette. Kiernan expressed ‘a series of concerns surrounding the recent climate of intimidation that has been re-emerging for lawyers in Northern Ireland’.


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On the #DayOfTheEndangeredLawyer, we stand in solidarity with all lawyers across the globe who are being subject to threats and harassment for simply exercising their profession.

In 2018 the focus is on lawyers in #Egypt, who have to live with constant surveillance, smear campaigns and intimidation from state-affiliated media and authorities.

We encourage everyone today to show your support and join the demonstrations outside of your local Egyptian embassies, or attend one of the many interesting events!

#WeAreAllHumanRightsDefenders — Standing up for lawyers!

(Justice and Peace Netherlands Facebook)


Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: London January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018

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(European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH) Facebook)

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وقفة داعيين ليها الرابطة الدولية لمحامي الشعب تضامنا مع المحاميين المصريين و التنكيل اللي بيحصل لهم في بلدنا و تعرضهم لكتم الصوت و الخطر و البانر اللي في الصورة مكتوب فيه رابطة مدرسي نيوهام مقاطعة ( منطقة يعني ) على أطراف لندن و في بلدنا و براه فيه من اَهلها لسه بيدعموا ديكتاتور ظالم بعصابته .
هما دخلوا السفارة قدموا عريضة إعتراض عما يحدث للمحامين في مصر و طبعا قولتلهم مليش دعوة انا مش بأقدم أي حاجة لمسمى نظام باعتبره غير شرعي ده غير اني مش هاقدم للجاني تظلم .
تحياتي و إحتراماتي لبشر بيحسوا بالبشر في أي مكان في العالم .

A stand by the International Association of People’s Assembly in solidarity with the oppressed lawyers in Egypt. Humanity and unity allows us all to stand hand in hand together against the corrupted and unjust regimes globally. Thank you for your support.

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer/UK: Honouring lawyers in danger

January 22, 2018

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Lawyers across the world risk harassment, imprisonment and even murder just for doing their jobs, the Law Society will remind colleagues this week on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer (Wednesday 24 January).

Law Society president Joe Egan said: ‘We honour the courage and commitment of lawyers around the world who uphold justice, often despite considerable risk to themselves, their colleagues and their families.’

The country focus for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2018 is Egypt, where lawyers and human rights defenders face prosecution and travel bans for carrying out professional duties.

‘The Law Society stands in solidarity with legal professionals around the world,’ Egan added.


24 January 2018: Day of the Endangered Lawyer – focus on Egypt



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