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UK: Lawyers joining Extinction Rebellion protests risk disciplinary action, solicitor warns

October 24, 2019

Lawyers eager to hit the streets and join the Extinction Rebellion protests should carry out their own “risk analysis” before doing so — or face potential regulatory repercussions, a solicitor has warned.

Gideon Habel, an associate at London law firm Leigh Day, advises his fellow solicitors to be mindful of the regulatory obligations when exercising their right to protest, including to uphold the rule of law and administration of justice, as well as to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in the profession.

The regulatory and disciplinary specialist suggests solicitors and barristers “balance their determination to get their voice heard with the risks of disciplinary action”, Legal Futures reports.

The Leigh Day solicitor believes it’s up to the regulators (the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board) to determine whether it is in the public interest to discipline protesting lawyers who fall foul of the law.

Advising every lawyer to carry out their own “individual risk analysis” before joining a particular protest, Habel continues:

“There is a tension between the individual rights of legal professionals protected by the common law and Human Rights Act, and the degree to which a professional regulator can limit those rights to protect the reputation of the profession and carry out its duties as a public interest regulator.”

The warning comes just weeks after Extinction Rebellion’s legal arm descended on the Royal Courts of Justice, calling on the profession to “step up and take a positive role in tackling the biggest challenge facing our planet”.

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South Sudan/UN: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

September 27, 2019

Organizations: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
Item: Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
Date: 16 September 2019
Speaker: Paul Scambler

Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), NGO in special consultative status

Mr. President,

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada thanks the Commission for its oral report. We share the Commission’s concern about the securitization of the state and the absence of accountability mechanisms in South Sudan.[1]

LRWC deplores the enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of lawyer and human rights activist Dong Samuel Luak and political opposition member Aggrey Idri, who were abducted from the streets of Nairobi in January 2017.[2] Both men were vocal critics of the South Sudanese government. In April 2019, the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan reported that it has corroborated evidence strongly suggesting that these men were kidnapped by the National Security Service (NSS), transported from Kenya to Juba, and executed at an NSS detention facility in Luri on January 30, 2017.[3]

We are alarmed by the apparent cooperation of Kenya in the enforced disappearances of Mr. Dong and Mr. Aggrey, and by the failure of Kenya and South Sudan to impartially and thoroughly investigate these cases. Those responsible have not been held accountable and the families of the victims continue to be denied access to adequate remedies for the losses they suffered.

We call upon the Council to urge the Governments of Kenya and South Sudan to:

Sudan: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/human-rights-council-42-interactive-dialogue-on-south-sudan

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southsudan-united-nations-rights/south-sudan-denies-kidnapping-executing-prominent-critics-idUSKCN1S742C

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https://www.voanews.com/africa/demands-sanctions-global-links-south-sudan-war-exposed

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UK: Supreme court litigant advised to buy stab vest after death threats

September 26, 2019

Leading lawyer considers leaving UK if threats that began during court hearings escalate

Jolyon Maugham QC had to hire personal security following death threats.

A leading lawyer in the legal fight against Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament has said he may need to leave the country over death threats triggered by the supreme court case that ruled the suspension “unlawful, void and of no effect”.

Jolyon Maugham QC has revealed that his local police and crime commissioner was sufficiently concerned by recent threats against his life that he was advised to buy a stab vest, while a former counter-terrorism expert was ordered to install a panic button in Maugham’s home. High-end security equipment is also installed outside his home.

Local police have been told to frequently drive past Maugham’s house to ensure the family are safe. Dale Vince, Maugham’s co-litigant and millionaire owner of the electricity company Ecotricity, is paying for the law firm Schillings to monitor the internet and the dark web for specific threats against Maugham.

Maugham, a barrister and founder of the Good Law Project, said he had been advised by security experts to hire a bodyguard for key public events.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/sep/26/supreme-court-litigant-advised-to-buy-stab-vest-after-death-threats

https://www.irishlegal.com/article/jolyon-maugham-qc-bought-stab-vest-after-brexit-litigation-threats

https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/jolyon-maugham-qc-james-obrien-death-threats/

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International Bar Association/South Korea: Sessions on persecution of lawyers, Annual Conference, September 22-27, 2019

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UK/Albania: British lawyer for Albanian gangsters is shot three times in the head in execution-style killing after losing a string of high-profile mob cases

September 1, 2019

Ravik Gurra, 50, was shot three times in the head by a hitman armed with a pistol fitted with a silencer

A British lawyer who represented Albanian gangsters has been gunned down, provoking fears he was executed after losing several high- profile criminal cases.

Ravik Gurra, 50, was shot three times in the head by a hitman armed with a pistol fitted with a silencer as he sat outside a cafe with friends in the Albanian city of Elbasan.

The murder sent shockwaves through the leafy Hertfordshire town of Harpenden where Mr Gurra lived with his wife, Nina, and two teenage daughters.

Mr Gurra, who is understood to have previously worked as a Home Office interpreter, had represented several Albanian gangsters, including members of the Capja crime family, but had lost a number of cases.

In November he represented Emiljano Shullazi, who was found guilty of extortion and running a criminal organisation and sentenced to 14 years. There is no evidence Shullazi was involved in, or knew of, the attack on Mr Gurra.

An Albanian lawyer, who asked not to be named, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The assassination of Ravik Gurra has made all criminal barristers take notice. We are not safe to represent the mafioso.

‘The criminal gangs operate across all borders. If they kill lawyers in Albania because they lose a case, they could kill them in places like Germany and England too.’

The murder took place in March but has only now been revealed. A stolen getaway car was later found burnt out but no arrests have since been made.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7415279/British-lawyer-Albanian-gangsters-shot-three-times-head-losing-string-cases.html

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Pakistan/Canada/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Asia Bibi pleads for justice for victims of Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws as she plans to settle in Europe

August 31, 2019

In her first ever newspaper interview, Asia Bibi told The Sunday Telegraph she had at times fallen into despair

As Asia Bibi sits free at last in a secret location in Canada, the Pakistani Christian woman who spent years on death row after a false blasphemy charge thinks of those left behind still facing the same ordeal.

Nearly four months after the 54-year-old finally left Pakistan following a miscarriage of justice that caused worldwide outcry, she has the opportunity to rebuild a new life for her and her daughters.

Yet while she is enthusiastically grateful for the international efforts to free her, she says the world should know that Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws have left many others still behind bars.

In her first ever newspaper interview, she told The Sunday Telegraph she had at times fallen into…

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/31/asia-bibi-pleads-justice-victims-pakistans-harsh-blasphemy-laws/

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Asia Bibi Slams Blasphemy Laws in First Interview Since Release After Nearly a Decade on Death Row

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Asia Bibi pleads for justice for victims of Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws

Asia Bibi calls for ‘proper investigation’ into blasphemy cases

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Pakistan/UK/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Baloch hold anti-Pakistan protest to demand release of disappeared activists

August 31, 2019

Baloch political activists on Friday gathered outside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s house at 10 Downing Street to seek his immediate intervention for the release of thousands of Baloch activists languishing in detention centres in Pakistan.

The protests were organised by Baloch National Movement (BNM) (UK-zone) on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared.

Demonstrators raised slogans against Pakistani Army for abducting, torturing and killing Baloch political activists. Shouts of Pakistani Army a “terrorist army” were heard during the protests.

“Baloch activists are facing the worst kind of brutality by the Pakistan forces. They are abducted, tortured, and killed. We are here today to let the world know what is happening with the Baloch people,” said BNM leader Hakeem Baloch.

The BNM submitted a memorandum to British PM, urging the UK government to halt any financial aid to Pakistan and pressurise the country for the safe release of Baloch people, who have been forcibly disappeared at the hands of the Pakistani Army.

The memorandum noted that more than 20,000 human rights campaigners, educationists, journalists, students, lawyers, and political activists have disappeared in Pakistan, while another 6,000 have been tortured/murdered in custody.

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