January 17, 2018
Lawyers around the world are gearing up for an international day of protests and activities in solidarity with their colleagues in Egypt who are facing arrest and persecution for their work defending victims of human rights abuses. On 24 January, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer will see lawyers in a score of cities join protests and events highlighting the dangers and difficulties faced by Egyptian lawyers.
Today in Egypt, human rights activists, lawyers, political activists and independent journalists, all have to live with their phone calls being tapped, endless smear campaigns and hate speech from state – affiliated media as well as continuous harassment and intimidation from the authorities,” the organisers said in a report published last month.
“Lawyers pay a heavy price. Many of them are victims of arrest, conviction, threats, travel bans from the territory and other restrictions on the practice of their profession,” the report added.
National and regional Bar Associations and Law Societies are taking part in the day of action, including the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Belgian Ordre des Barreaux francophones et germanophones. Lawyers wearing court robes will gather to protest at Egyptian embassies and consulates in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Geneva, The Hague, Madrid, New York, Paris, Rome, Toronto and London, while meetings and event will take place in many other cities across the globe.