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Last update on January 23, 2018

Join the Campaign to Obtain the Immediate and Unconditional Release of the Emirati Lawyer Mohammed al-Roken

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Join the Campaign to Obtain the Immediate and Unconditional Release of the Emirati Lawyer Mohammed al-Roken


The UIA is launching an international campaign calling for the release of the Emirati lawyer, Mohammed al-Roken, who was the recipient of the 2017 Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize.

Tags : defence rights, lawyer, trial, human rights defenders, Prize

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Last update on January 23, 2018

Upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): UIA “Standsup4HumanRights”

Upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): UIA “Standsup4HumanRights”

UIA is responding to the United Nations call for action and joining Human Rights Day’s (December10) a year-long campaign which has been launched to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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Last update on January 23, 2018

Protection of Lawyers - 2016 -2017 Activity Report

Protection of Lawyers - 2016 -2017 Activity Report


Between November 2016 and October 2017, the UIA-IROL’s Human Rights and Protection of Lawyers Committee addressed the following situations within the context of the "Protection of Lawyers":
 

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Last update on December 14, 2017

Future European Convention on the Legal Profession - UIA Submitted its Comments

Future European Convention on the Legal Profession - UIA Submitted its Comments


On November 14, 2017, UIA, represented by François Moyse, UIA-IROL Co-Director of Rule of Law, and Julie Goffin, Human Rights and Protection of Lawyers Coordinator, met the Special Rapporteur, Sabien Lahaye Battheu - a Belgian MP and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), appointed by the Committee of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the PACE - to draft the European Convention on the legal profession.

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Last update on November 24, 2017

The UIA Urges to Put an End to All Forms of Harassment against  Egyptian Lawyer and Activist Mahienour El-Massry

EGYPT

The UIA Urges to Put an End to All Forms of Harassment against Egyptian Lawyer and Activist Mahienour El-Massry


The UIA has learned with deep concern of the recent detention of Mahienour El-Massry, prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer and activist, and recipient of the 2014 International Human Rights Award Ludovic Trarieux.

Tags : arbitrary arrest

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Last update on October 10, 2017

Concern for the Latest Legislative Reforms Reorganising the Justice Jystem

POLAND

Concern for the Latest Legislative Reforms Reorganising the Justice Jystem

On July 15, 2017, despite the opposition of the Polish legal community and civil society, two new laws reorganising the judiciary in Poland were adopted by Parliament.

The first law concerned the reform of the National Judicial Council and increased Parliament's influence on the judiciary, including that 15 of the 25 Council members – previously appointed by judicial assemblies – be appointed by the Lower House of Parliament (Sejm).

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Last update on July 20, 2017

Independence of the Judiciary Threatened in Poland

POLAND

Independence of the Judiciary Threatened in Poland

 

On July 14, 2017, the UIA was taken aback by the Polish Bar Council concerning the serious threats to the independence of the judicial system in Poland.

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Last update on July 13, 2017

Forum de discussion - La protection internationale des réfugiés à l’épreuve du terrain : le point de vue des praticiens

SWITZERLAND

Forum de discussion - La protection internationale des réfugiés à l’épreuve du terrain : le point de vue des praticiens

Dans la continuité des efforts visant à sensibiliser la communauté juridique au rôle fondamental qui est le sien dans le cadre de grands mouvements migratoires, l’UIA a organisé le 1er juin 2017 à Genève, en Suisse, le Forum de discussion sur « La protection internationale des réfugiés à l’épreuve du terrain - le point de vue des praticiens », dans le cadre du Sommet UIA des Présidents des Barreaux à l’ONU.

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Last update on May 24, 2017

Nigeria: Call for an Official Moratorium on Death Penalty

NIGERIA

Nigeria: Call for an Official Moratorium on Death Penalty

The UIA expresses concern after reports of the statement by the Attorney General of Lagos State during a press briefing on April 18 indicating that the state government would soon start signing execution.

Several ONG have expressed serious concerns as to whether many of the inmates on death row have received a fair trial. The practice of coerced ‘confessions’ rather than investigations, and statements signed under torture has been demonstrated in several death penalty cases in Nigeria.

 

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Last update on April 18, 2017

Participate in UIA’s survey on the state of the legal profession and bar associations across the world: Make your opinion count!

Participate in UIA’s survey on the state of the legal profession and bar associations across the world: Make your opinion count!

Access to an independent lawyer is a requirement for the adequate protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights. Bars and professional lawyers’ associations must be the custodians both of the independence of lawyers as well as that of the association itself.

How has the legal profession organised itself to meet these obligations.

Tags : acces to the profession, conflict of interests, defence rights, independence, professional conduct, professional secrecy

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Last update on December 08, 2016

Activity Report - Protection of Lawyers  - 2015/2016

Activity Report - Protection of Lawyers - 2015/2016

Threats, intimidation and harassment against lawyers engaged in the defence of human rights and sensitive cases, including those that are judicial in nature; the identification of lawyers with their clients or with their clients’ cases; the wrongful exploitation of professional licence delivery or renewal systems; attacks on the freedom of expression of lawyers and the independence of bars – these are some of the situations that the Protection of Lawyers' Team has been followed closely in 2015-2016 across the world.

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Last update on December 01, 2016

2016 Colombian Caravana -  Report on UIA's Participation

COLOMBIA

2016 Colombian Caravana - Report on UIA's Participation

The UIA took part in the 5th Edition of the Colombian Caravana, that visited Colombia from August 20 to 28 2016 to focus on the situation of Colombian lawyers. The UIA was represented at the Caravana by Max Adam Romero.

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Last update on September 13, 2016

Profound Concern about the Recently‐proposed Changes to the Legal Profession Act of 1976 (the “LPA”)

MALAYSIA

Profound Concern about the Recently‐proposed Changes to the Legal Profession Act of 1976 (the “LPA”)


At the end of May 2016, the President of the Malaysian Bar, Mr. Stephen Thiru, indicated that the government of Malaysia proposed several changes to the Legal Profession Act of 1976 (the “LPA”). The proposed amendments are scheduled to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat during the next Parliamentary session from October to November 2016. President Thiru alerted to the potential dangers these amendments posed to the independence of the Bar.  Among the proposed changes:

Tags : independence

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Last update on September 13, 2016

Murder of Human Rights Lawyer Willie Kimani

KENYA

Murder of Human Rights Lawyer Willie Kimani


On June 30 2016, Mr. Willie Kimani, lawyer at the NGO International Justice Mission; Josphat Mwendwa, one of Mr. Kimani’s client; and their taxi drive, were found  dead on the bank of a river 73 km north-east of Nairobi. The three men went missing on June 23, after a court appointment at Makovo Law Court, 60 km South-east of Nairobi. It was reported that they have been  abducted by administration police officers.

Willie Kimani represented Mr. Mwenda in a case against a Kenyan police officer who was accused of corruption.

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Last update on September 08, 2016

Let us get mobilised and rally for lawyers in Honduras! Sign our on-line petition!

HONDURAS

Let us get mobilised and rally for lawyers in Honduras! Sign our on-line petition!

"Where the security of lawyers is threatened as a result of discharging their functions, 
they shall be adequately safeguarded by the authorities".

(United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, No. 17) 
 

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Last update on September 08, 2016

Violation of the rights to defence: Prosecution of Lawyers who are Members of the Association Ozgurlukcu Hukukcular Dernegi (OHD)

TURKEY

Violation of the rights to defence: Prosecution of Lawyers who are Members of the Association Ozgurlukcu Hukukcular Dernegi (OHD)

On March 16, 2016, lawyers İrfan Arasan, Ayşe Acinikli, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Şefik Çelik, Adem Çalışçı, Ayşe Başar, Tamer Doğan, Ramazan Demir and Mustafa Ruzgar were arrested. Their houses in Istanbul were raided by the police, in the course of an anti-terrorism operation that targeted more than 80 individuals in several Turkish cities.

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Last update on June 09, 2016

Call to Action! Join us in Supporting our Turkish Colleagues Ayse Acinikli and Ramazan Demir!

TURKEY

Call to Action! Join us in Supporting our Turkish Colleagues Ayse Acinikli and Ramazan Demir!

The UIA is joining the movement initiated by its members in support of our colleagues, Ayse Acinikli and Ramazan Demir, who have been detained in Turkey since April 6, 2016.

Tags : defence rights, detención arbitraria, lawyer

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Last update on June 08, 2016

Rencontres avec les instances représentatives de la profession lors des réunions de l'UIA

Rencontres avec les instances représentatives de la profession lors des réunions de l'UIA

Rencontres avec les instances représentatives de la profession lors des réunions de l'UIA 

par Pierre Viviani

 

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Last update on May 27, 2016

Mise à disposition pour les avocats de Belgique de modèles de contrats gratuits

BELGIUM

Mise à disposition pour les avocats de Belgique de modèles de contrats gratuits

Le barreau de Liège a lancé sur son site internet une page proposant gratuitement des modèles de contrats, constatant que de plus en plus de "contrats-types" sont disponibles sur internet et utilisés par facilité ou par souci d’économie par les justiciables, sans se préoccuper de questions pourtant importantes :

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Last update on May 12, 2016

Support to lawyers Julien Brel and Benjamin Francos, and to the Toulouse Bar Association

FRANCE

Support to lawyers Julien Brel and Benjamin Francos, and to the Toulouse Bar Association

On March 7, 2016, lawyers Julien Brel and Benjamin Francos were summoned for interrogation by the Inspection générale de la police nationale (IGPN – General Inspection of National Police) following a complaint lodged by police officers for « rebellion and false allegations”. A group of lawyers, leaded by Ms. Anne Fauré, President of the Toulouse Bar Association, gathered in front of the Toulouse Police Headquarters to support their colleagues.

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