March 16, 2017
April 29, 2016
The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the murder of human rights lawyer Yuri Grabovski in Ukraine.
Yuri Grabovski was a Ukrainian human rights lawyer defending Aleksandr A. Aleksandrov, an alleged Russian intelligence officer. Yuri Grabovski disappeared on 6 March 2016 while returning to Kiev from a business meeting in Odessa. On 20 March 2016, Anatoly V. Matios, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine, informed the media that a suspect in Yuri Grabovski’s disappearance had been apprehended.
Yuri Grabovski’s body was found on 25 March 2016 south of Kiev. Shortly thereafter, Anatoly Matios confirmed that the victim “was killed in a violent way and finished off with a firearm.” Since then, another suspect has been detained by the police.
Yuri Grabovski’s murder is the second killing of a lawyer in Ukraine this month and the fourth since January 2015.
The Law Society of Upper Canada wrote to His Excellency President Petro Poroshenko, urging the government of Ukraine to comply with Articles 16 and 23 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502432 (VERSION FRANCAISE)
A l’image de nombreux avocats et juristes convaincus de l’importance fondamentale du droit de chacun à un procès équitable, qui implique le droit à une véritable défense, Iouri Grabovski avait poursuivi son travail de défense dans cette affaire et dans d’autres, malgré l’hostilité que cet engagement professionnel pouvait susciter.
Ce drame rappelle les périls auxquels s’exposent les avocats dans l’exercice de leur fonction.
Le Conseil national des barreaux, fondateur de l’Observatoire international des avocats en danger, aux côtés du Barreau de Paris et des conseils nationaux d’Italie et d’Espagne, condamne fermement ce crime et appelle les autorités ukrainiennes à faire toute la lumière sur cette tragédie. Il rappelle les obligations qui incombent à l’Etat ukrainien en vertu des Principes de base relatifs au rôle du barreau adoptés par le huitième Congrès des Nations Unies pour la prévention du crime et le traitement des délinquants qui s’est tenu à La Havane (Cuba) du 27 août au 7 septembre 1990, et notamment les articles 16 et 17 :
March 17, 2016
The trend of ‘total persecution’ in Ukraine has spread both to Russia’s media representatives and Ukrainian lawyers defending the interests of Russian citizens, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
“Alarming reports are coming from Kiev about the possible disappearance of Ukrainian lawyer Yuri Grabovsky,” the spokeswoman said.
“As you know, he defended in court the interests of Russian citizen Alexander Aleksandrov who is being persecuted in Ukraine on the charges of allegedly committing war crimes,” Zakharova said.
“The situation “looks suspicious” as it is unfolding amid the threats of bodily harm to and criminal persecution of another Ukrainian lawyer, Oksana Sokolovskaya who represents the interests of Russian citizen Yevgeny Yerofeyev,” the spokeswoman said.
Yury Grabovsky, the defender of the detainee in Ukraine the fighter’s Main intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General staff of the Russian armed forces Aleksandr Aleksandrov, was found dead. This was reported on the official website of the National Association of advocates of Ukraine (NAAU) in Facebook.
According to the Association, suspected of murder is already detained. «Today we learned the tragic news. Lawyer Yury Grabovsky found murdered. The suspects in this crime were detained, and we hope that all involved in the murder of our colleague will be punished», – stated in the message.
Location Grabowski was unknown from March 5, when he went to Odessa and stayed at the hotel «Arcadia.» To check out the lawyer was March 7, but her things he never picked up.
Because of the loss of the Grabowski court in the case of Grouchnikov 9 March did not take place. On 10 March, the police of Odessa brought criminal case under article «premeditated murder».
October 14, 2015
On 14 October 2015, L4L wrote letters to the Ukrainian Bar Association in connection to the disbarment of lawyer Andriy Vishnevsky. L4L considers Andriy Vishnevsky’s disbarment a violation of his right to freedom of expression.
On 10 September 2015, the Qualification Disciplinary Commission of Kiev Region Advokatura decided to disbar Andriy Vishnevky. Disciplinary proceedings against him were initiated on the basis of two separate complaints: one by the National Bar Association and one by a Parliament Member. Both complainants alleged that Andriy Vishnevsky should have humiliated the Bar and every lawyer, and by doing so destroyed respect of the Ukrainian society for the Bar. On 15 June 2015, at a conference at the premises of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, Andriy Vishnevsky presented the report “The bar and free legal aid: approaches to the reform”. At this occasion he allegedly made a number of comments critical of the Bar and the legal profession. The decision to disbar him quoted him as saying that “if the Bar is not reformed as soon as possible in accordance with the principles and standards of the Council of Europe, it can become a hindrance to the implementation of the judicial reform”.
October 2, 2015
The ICJ is concerned at the recent disbarment of lawyer Andriy Vishnevsky, Director of the Coordination Centre of Legal Aid of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.
The ICJ considers that his disbarment, which resulted from his public comments critical of the Ukrainian bar association, interferes with his capacity to freely discharge his professional functions as a lawyer.
Furthermore, it constitutes a violation of his right to freedom of expression, and risks unduly constraining lawyers in legitimate participation in public debate.
The ICJ calls on the Ukrainian bar association to reinstate Andriy Vishnevsky to the bar so that he can resume his status as an accredited lawyer.