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Human Rights and Protection of lawyers

The UIA pays special attention to the protection of human rights and the defence of their universal nature.

It works actively to protect the right of all lawyers to be able to practise their profession with full freedom and independence, without any hindrance, intimidation, harassment or interference in their professional duties.

Finally, the UIA closely follows developments in international criminal justice through its status as member of the Advisory Panel within the two International Criminal Tribunals and its participation to the work of the International Criminal Court.

This website presents UIA’s most recent activities in the field of human rights, the protection of legal professionals and international criminal law.

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Last update on December 19, 2013

The UIA is pleased with the peaceful end to the conflict initiated by the arbitrary arrest of lawyer André Michel

HAITI

The UIA is pleased with the peaceful end to the conflict initiated by the arbitrary arrest of lawyer André Michel

On 27 November, after more than a month-long strike by lawyers, the Justice Minister, Jean Renel Sanon and the President of the Port-au-Prince Law Society, Mr. Carlos Hercule, announced the end of the dispute provoked by the arbitrary arrest of Mr. André Michel in a joint press release.

Tags : lawyer

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Last update on December 10, 2013

COLOMBIA

Message of support to Colombian lawyers during the launch of the report “Colombia: protecting access to justice”

The international jurists members of the International Caravan of Lawyers send message of support to Colombian lawyers during the launch of the report "Colombia: protecting access to justice" in December.

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Last update on December 10, 2013

Commission on the Protection of Lawyers Report

FRANCE

Commission on the Protection of Lawyers Report

The Protection of Lawyers’ Commission has followed the developments in the cases that it has been monitoring for the past several years.

It also took interest in new individual and collective cases in which lawyers faced obstacles in the exercise of their profession, or were victims of attacks or murder. These situations concern both lawyers who were specifically targeted, as well as their clients, whose right to defence was compromised.

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Last update on December 02, 2013

Open call for civil society input: OSCE/ODIHR Recommendations for the protection of HRDs

AUSTRIA

Open call for civil society input: OSCE/ODIHR Recommendations for the protection of HRDs

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is seeking input from human rights defenders from across the OSCE region in preparation of the OSCE/ODIHR Recommendations for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (for further details on the project see document below).

If you wish to contribute to this process please send your feedback to the questions below by 20 December 2013 to HRDconsultation@odihr.pl.


 

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Last update on November 26, 2013

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - UIA statement

THE NETHERLANDS

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - UIA statement

States should take greater steps to eliminate violence against women and girls in conflict by joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as prosecuting perpetrators of sexual and gender-based crimes at the national level, the Coalition for the ICC said today.

Tags : human rights

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Last update on November 18, 2013

Human Rights Day 2013 - 20th anniversary of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

SWITZERLAND

Human Rights Day 2013 - 20th anniversary of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

"As we continue to strive towards a world that acknowledges the rights of all human beings, the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action, adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, still sets the agenda for much of our work.

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Last update on October 22, 2013

The UIA ask African leaders to stand by the International Criminal Court

THE NETHERLANDS

The UIA ask African leaders to stand by the International Criminal Court

Tags : international criminal court

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Last update on October 10, 2013

The UIA calls for death penalty abolition

FRANCE

The UIA calls for death penalty abolition

On the occasion of the 11th World Day Against the Death Penalty, focusing on the Greater Caribbean, the UIA reminds lawyers of their central importance in the struggle for abolition of the death penalty, and encourage s its members to promote abolition of the death penalty to their governments and to international organisations.

Tags : capital punishment

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Last update on September 25, 2013

The UIA rejoices with the release of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

IRAN

The UIA rejoices with the release of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, defender of women, juveniles facing death penalty and human rights activists, was released on September 18, 2013, after spending three years in Evin prison in North Teheran. She is a member of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC), organisation founded by Peace Nobel Price Shirin Ebadi. She is also the co-recipient of the 2012 Sakharov human rights prize.

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Last update on September 03, 2013

The UIA condemned the murder of juge Mendoza Peña

HONDURAS

The UIA condemned the murder of juge Mendoza Peña

The UIA condemned the murder of Mrs. Mireya Efigenia Mendoza Peña, a trial court judge in El Progreso, and undersecretary of the “Asociación Jueces por la Democracia” (Judges for Democracy Association) on July 23, 2013 in El Progreso, Yoro department.

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Last update on September 03, 2013

Concerns over accusation against Ankara Bar Association

TURKEY

Concerns over accusation against Ankara Bar Association

On July 3, 2013, a summary of proceedings on the Gezi Park events prepared by the Ankara Police Department claimed that protests were incited and guided by a number of media and non-governmental groups, including the Ankara Bar Association, accusing them of being anti-governmental.

The Ankara Bar Association was specifically accused of illegally promoting people to lodge complaints against the police and other executive bodies for the disproportionate use of force against them during protests.

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Last update on August 09, 2013

UNITED STATES

IACHR's amended Rules of Procedure enter into force

The amended Rules of Procedure of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) entered into force on August 1, 2013. The amended Rules of Procedure were approved by the Inter-American Commission in Resolution 1/2013, adopted on March 18, 2013 and published on March 19, 2013.

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Last update on July 29, 2013

The Supreme Court confirmed lawyer Firmin Yangambi’s sentence to 20 years of prison

CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC)

The Supreme Court confirmed lawyer Firmin Yangambi’s sentence to 20 years of prison

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Last update on July 26, 2013

Call for Applications - AfCHPR's Legal Aid Scheme List Of Council

TANZANIA

Call for Applications - AfCHPR's Legal Aid Scheme List Of Council

The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights invites applications from citizens of African Union Member States to be considered for inclusion on the List of Counsel, in the framework of its Legal Aid Policy. There is no deadline for applications.

Please click on the links below for further information.

Tags : Africa

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Last update on June 18, 2013

Trial of Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa Postponed

ZIMBABWE

Trial of Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa Postponed

Beatrice Mtetwa, winner of the 2009 Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, was arrested on Sunday March 17. She was attending to a client whose home was being raided and was placed under arrest after requesting the production of a valid search warrant and inventory list for materials that had already been removed from the home by the police. She has been charged with defeating and/or obstructing the course of justice under the Criminal Law.

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Last update on June 12, 2013

New blow to Rule of Law in Turkey: more than 50 Turkish lawyers arrested for denouncing the repression of protesters

TURKEY

New blow to Rule of Law in Turkey: more than 50 Turkish lawyers arrested for denouncing the repression of protesters

Joint Press Release

 

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Last update on May 22, 2013

Hundreds of Turkish and European lawyers in Istanbul for the trial of Bar association President Ümit Kocasakal and his colleagues

TURKEY

Hundreds of Turkish and European lawyers in Istanbul for the trial of Bar association President Ümit Kocasakal and his colleagues

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Last update on April 30, 2013

ICC Office of the Prosecutor visited Colombia

COLOMBIA

ICC Office of the Prosecutor visited Colombia

On April 19, 2013, a delegation from the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court concluded a 5 day visit to Colombia in the context of its preliminary examination of the situation.

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Last update on April 16, 2013

ICC - Report on 11th Assembly of States Parties

THE NETHERLANDS

ICC - Report on 11th Assembly of States Parties

Please find below the report of the 11th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court (ICC) held in November 2012.

Tags : international criminal court

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Last update on April 09, 2013

Human rights by numbers: Lawyers under attack in Turkey

TURKEY

Human rights by numbers: Lawyers under attack in Turkey

46 Lawyers were arrested in Turkey in November 2011. 26 of the 46 remain in detention today after more than 500 Days

15 More Lawyers – some of whom represent some of the 46 – were charged in January 2013. 9 of the 15 remain in detention today

6 lawyers have been convicted to lengthy prison terms.

What do these 67 Lawyers have in common?  They all represent clients who are considered enemies of the state by the Turkish government. Many other lawyers are facing charges.

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