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The Commission on the Protection of Lawyers responds to urgent appeals concerning serious violations of the rights of lawyers or judges in the practice of their profession and threats to their physical integrity or property that aim to prevent them from performing their duties.

The Commission advocates the application of the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, which stipulate, in particular, that governments shall ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference and must safeguard them where their security is threatened as a result of discharging their functions.

The Commission follows very closely the situation of lawyers who plead before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and who are threatened because of their work as representatives before the Court. It draws the attention of the ICC to this issue on a regular basis and ensures that practical solutions are implemented to reduce the danger to the lawyers concerned.

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