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    The UIA Urges an End to All Forms of Harassment against Prominent Iranian Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and her Family

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    The UIA Urges an End to All Forms of Harassment against Prominent Iranian Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and her Family

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

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    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.   According to the information received, on November 18, 2017 the Montazah Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria ordered Mahienour El-Massry’s detention, alleging that in June of this year, Ms. El-Massry engaged in an illegal protest against the Egyptian government's decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. According to her lawyer, however, Ms. El-Massry, who was detained with another activist, denies the charges and asserted that there was no evidence of a protest taking place.   Mahienour El-Massry will reportedly remain in detention until the next hearing in her case, which is scheduled for December 30.   Ms. El-Massry is a human rights activist and lawyer, well-known for her unwavering commitment -- throughout all the regimes in power in Egypt in recent years -- to the respect and promotion of the rule of law and fundamental rights and freedoms. As a result of her commitment, she has been repeatedly targeted by Egyptian authorities and subject to arbitrary arrest, prosecution and conviction.   The UIA denounces, once again, the recurrent harassment, including at the judiciary level, which
    Ms. El-Massry faces and urges Egypt to immediately put an end to such practice.
      The UIA calls upon Egyptian authorities to guarantee in all circumstances Ms. El-Massry’s physical and psychological safety, and to take all necessary measures to ensure the full respect of Ms. El-Massry’s rights of due process, including the right to defence by an attorney of her choosing and the right to a fair trial.   The UIA has reason to believe that charges against Ms. El-Massry are solely aimed at curtailing the peaceful exercise of her freedom of expression and assembly, as well as her legitimate human rights activities. If so, all charges against Ms. El-Massry must be dropped immediately, and she should be immediately and unconditionally released.   The UIA shall continue to monitor the case of Mahienour El-Massry’s, as well as the situation of all human rights lawyers in Egypt.    

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    Pedro Pais de Almeida, New UIA President, Committed to Fighting Modern Slavery

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    Pedro Pais de Almeida, New UIA President, Committed to Fighting Modern Slavery

    The role of lawyers in the abolition of modern slavery will be the focus of Pedro Pais de Almeida’s term of office as UIA’s new president: Mr Pais de Almeida, a Portuguese lawyer and a partner in the Lisbon law firm, Abreu Advogados, took over as UIA President at the closing of the association's Congress on October 30 in Toronto (Canada).                                "Lawyers can – and need - to play multiple roles on this issue – from awareness campaigns against modern slavery to legal advice to victims and the prosecution of traffickers, as well as lobbying to increase protective legal measures for victims, including compensation from States that turn a blind eye to practices within their territory." said UIA’s new President in his inaugural speech:   "There should no longer be any room for such practices in a so-called civilized world. I have been engaged professionally in the fight against them for several years and hope that the UIA will also take up the struggle," he added. Through the UIA-IROL (Institute for the Rule of Law), several actions during the Pedro Pais de Almeida's term in office are likely to focus on the protection of victims of modern slavery and compliance with the rule of law.   Notes to editors 1.       The latest estimates from the International Labour Organisation (ILO)[1]indicate that in 2016, nearly 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery, distributed as follows: 24.9 million people are subject to forced labour and 15.4 million people live in non-consensual forced unions.   2.       Before becoming UIA President, Pedro Pais de Almeida was already deeply committed to the association, of which he has been a member since 1995.   3.       He has held various posts in it: Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Investment Commission from 2004 to 2006 and then its Chairman from 2006 to 2011, UIA Representative at the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) since 2009, Director – Commissions from 2010 to 2011 and UIA Vice-President in 2015, when he was designated to take over as President in Toronto.   4.       Pedro Pais de Almeida specializes in commercial and corporate law (mergers and acquisitions), as well as tax law.   5.       UIA’s main goals are to promote the fundamental principles of the legal profession; contribute to the establishment of an international legal order based on the principles of Human Rights and Justice between nations, through the law and for peace; and protect lawyers and their clients.   6.       Established in 1927, the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) is the oldest professional association bringing more than two million lawyers together through its collective and individual members spread across over 110 countries.   Media Contact: Stephen SIDKIN, Co-Director – Communication slsidkin@foxwilliams.com Marie-Pierre LIENARDCommunication In-charge mplienard@uianet.org

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    UIA Launches International Campaign Demanding the Release of Emirati Lawyer Dr. Mohammed al-Roken

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    UIA Launches International Campaign Demanding the Release of Emirati Lawyer Dr. Mohammed al-Roken

    UIA launches international campaign demanding the release of Emirati Lawyer Dr. Mohammed al-Roken   The International Association of Lawyers demands the release of human rights lawyer Mohammed al-Roken by the United Arab Emirates authorities in an advocacy campaign launched early October 2017.   The UIA encourages its members and the international legal community as a whole to put pressure on the UAE government by sending letters denouncing the injustice of the detention of Mohammed al-Roken.   UIA’s President, Laurence Bory, said “no human rights advocate should be detained or imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of his or her rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association” and added that “the detention of Mohammed al-Roken is incompatible with the United Arab Emirates’ responsibilities and commitments as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.”   Mohammed al-Roken was arrested on the 17 July in 2012 during a series of mass arrests of human rights activists, judges, intellectuals, and student community leaders. These arrests followed a petition that called for reforms to bring greater democratization to the UAE.   On 2 July, 2013, after the scandalous trial of 94 Emiratis, also known as UAE94, Mohammed al-Roken was sentenced to 10 years in prison, including three on probation and a prohibition from practicing, for creating an organization that allegedly aimed at overthrowing the UAE government.   Mohammed al-Roken was subjected to torture, deprived of the right to effective defense and independent observers were denied access to his hearings.   Well-known for his commitment to human rights, Mohammed al-Roken was awarded the International Human Rights Prize Ludovic Trarieux in May 2017.   You can find and download the letter template to address to the Emirati authorities in the following link: http://www.uianet.org/en/content/join-campaign-obtain-immediate-and-unconditional-r   More about the UIA The Union Internationale des Avocats (International Association of Lawyers - UIA) was founded in 1927. It is the oldest worldwide legal association and brings together around two million lawyers through its individual members and collective members (bars, federations, and associations) from more than 110 countries. The main aims of the UIA are to promote the fundamental principles of the legal profession; to contribute to the establishment of an international legal order based on the principle of justice between nations, through law and in the cause of peace; and, to defend lawyers and their clients. .     For more information go to: www.uianet.org - uiacentre@uianet.org Press contacts: Marie-Pierre LIENARD, Communication Officer mplienard@uianet.org

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    Free Emirati Lawyer Dr. Mohammed al-Roken, 2017 Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize

    Free Emirati Lawyer Dr. Mohammed al-Roken, 2017 Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize

    The UIA Renews Calls for Dr. Mohammed al-Roken’s Immediate and Unconditional Release on 5th Anniversary of Detention

     

    Dr. al-Roken’s Long History in the Defence of Human Rights

    For many years, Dr. al-Roken has provided legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses in the UAE, including to fellow human rights defenders.

    Among those he has defended are the “UAE 5” human rights defenders who were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment by a UAE court for their human rights work in November 2011 and subsequently released as a result of a presidential amnesty.

    Dr. al-Roken has acted for organisations such as Amnesty International for approximately two decades.

    He also has been an active and a valuable member of the UIA. As National Vice President of the UIA in United Arab Emirates, he raised awareness among UIA members of challenges for the rule of law in UAE and the difficulties that Emirati lawyers were facing in his country.

     

    The Arrest, Detention, Trial and Sentencing: Lack of Fair Trial and Due Process

    Dr. al-Roken was arrested in July 17, 2012 as part of a campaign of mass arrests of human rights defenders, judges, academics, and student leaders following a petition addressed to the government, calling for legislative reforms for greater democratization consistent with constitutional provisions (the 'UAE 94' case).

    On July 2, 2013, he was sentenced to a 10-year prison term, including three years of probation and a ban on practicing law for “establishing an organization that aims at overthrowing the government”, a charge which he denied in court.

    While in detention Dr. Mohamed al-Roken has been denied several of his basic rights including access to his lawyer. In addition, it has been reported that the authorities have subjected him to psychological intimidation.

    He is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in a high security prison in the Abu Dhabi desert.

    He has been denied the basic right to a fair trial: his trial was marred by allegations of torture which were blatantly ignored, the rights of defence which were flaunted, and independent observers who were banned from the court room.

     

    An Appeal to Action:

    The UIA welcomes the 2017 Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize awarded to
    Dr. al-Roken, which salutes his courageous commitment to the advocacy for human rights and the rule of law in the UAE and sends him a powerful message of international support and encouragement from his colleagues all over the world.

    The opportunity should be taken to draw the attention to the situation of human rights in this country which often uses its affluence to mask the government’s serious violation of these rights. It is largely documented that the government arbitrarily detains, and in some cases practises, permits or tolerates forced disappearances of individuals who criticize the authorities, and its security forces face allegations of torturing detainees. Authorities have denied access to the country to activists who criticized the UAE’s human rights’ violations and notably mistreatment of migrant workers. 

    UN Special Rapporteurs have strongly denounced the arbitrary detentions, torture, irregular revocations of nationality and unfair trials practiced by the UAE authorities against human rights defenders[1] .

     

    As a member of the Jury of the Ludovic Trarieux Award, the UIA wishes to send a strong signal to the United Arab Emirates, whose actions and behaviour are clearly inconsistent with its responsibilities and commitments as a member of the Human Rights Council.

     

    The UIA respectfully urges Emirati authorities to take all necessary steps to immediately and unconditionally release Dr. Mohammed al-Roken and to put an end to all forms of persecution, including at the judicial level, against him and all human rights lawyers acting in UAE.

     

    The UIA calls on the international community to express its support for the 2017 Ludovic Trarieux recipient.

     



    [1] See, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, A/HRC/29/26/Add.2; Report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, A/HRC/23/48/Add.1 ; Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Githu Muigai, A/HRC/14/43/Add.3

     

  • Press release
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    Nigeria: Call for an Official Moratorium on Death Penalty

    Nigeria: Call for an Official Moratorium on Death Penalty

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    The UIA Deplores New Repressive Measures against the Legal Profession in Turkey

    The UIA Deplores New Repressive Measures against the Legal Profession in Turkey

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    Laurence Bory, New President of the UIA

    Laurence Bory, New President of the UIA

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    Adoption of the Basic Principles on the Status of Refugees at the General Assembly of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats)

    Adoption of the Basic Principles on the Status of Refugees at the General Assembly of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats)

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    The Malaysian Bar Receives First UIA / LexisNexis Rule of Law Award

    The Malaysian Bar Receives First UIA / LexisNexis Rule of Law Award

  • Press release
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    Retour sur le séminaire à la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne sur le thème de «La protection des données personnelles dans les services financiers (fintech), d’assurance et médicaux : nouveau règlement et perspectives»

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    Retour sur le séminaire à la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne sur le thème de «La protection des données personnelles dans les services financiers (fintech), d’assurance et médicaux : nouveau règlement et perspectives»

    L’Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), en partenariat avec le Barreaux du Luxembourg, a organisé un séminaire exceptionnel à la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne (CJUE) les 30 septembre et 1er octobre 2016 sur le thème de : «LA PROTECTION DES DONNÉES PERSONNELLES DANS LES SERVICES FINANCIERS (FINTECH), D’ASSURANCE ET MÉDICAUX : NOUVEAU RÈGLEMENT ET PERSPECTIVES». L’événement a connu un véritable succès avec près de 300 participants provenant de 29 pays différents, du Burkina Faso aux Etats-Unis en passant par Mali et le Népal.
     
    Son Altesse Royale la Grande-Duchesse Héritière, qui avait donné son Haut Patronage à l’événement, a assisté aux premières heures du séminaire démontrant ainsi son vif intérêt pour la matière.
     
    Luxembourg, avec plus de 150 inscrits, démontre le dynamisme et la vivacité de la place luxembourgeoise dans les secteurs juridique, financier, d’assurance et médical. Le Grand-Duché est au cœur de l’innovation, de la recherche et représente un véritable vivier pour les startups.
     
    L’événement a été soutenu dès le départ par le gouvernement luxembourgeois et plus particulièrement par M. Xavier BETTEL, Premier Ministre du Luxembourg.
     
    Le programme scientifique fut introduit par le Président de la CJUE, M. Koen LENAERTS qui salua l’importance de l’initiative. Il fut suivi par l’intervention de plus de 60 orateurs.
     
    Ce séminaire fut l’occasion de rencontrer et d’échanger avec des professionnels de tout horizon (notamment Microsoft, IBM, SCORECHAIN, GOOGLE, AXA, SNAP SWAP etc.), des professeurs, des autorités de régulation, des magistrats, des membres des institutions européennes, du Conseil de l’Europe, des avocats du monde entier sur un sujet passionnant et d’actualité. Le Ministre de la Santé, Mme Lydia MUTSCH et le Ministre de la Justice, M. Félix Braz, ont prononcé des discours remarqués. Le contrôleur européen de la protection des données M. Giovanni BUTTARELLI, M. Dean SPIELMANN, Juge au tribunal de l’Union européenne et M. François BILTGEN, juge à la CJUE ont rappelé l’importance du respect des droits fondamentaux pour encadrer les évolutions technologiques.
     
    Le nouveau Règlement européen 2016/679 du 27 avril 2016 sur la protection des données a pour objet de répondre aux enjeux sans précédents de la révolution numérique. Les nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication (internet, réseaux sociaux, smartphones, utilisation de données massives avec le Big Data, les objets connectés, les robots etc.) ouvrent un panel extraordinaire de possibilités pour tous les secteurs économiques. Les services financiers, d’assurance et médicaux doivent adapter également leurs métiers à ces évolutions majeures qui tendent vers plus de rapidité, de simplicité et d’efficacité. Bien que différents, ces trois services ont pour vecteur commun de traiter des données particulièrement sensibles. Il leur appartient donc de trouver un équilibre entre la nécessaire adaptation aux nouvelles technologies, la recherche de compétitivité, l’amélioration des services et la nécessité de protéger les données personnelles, conformément à la législation en vigueur. Indépendamment des progrès technologiques indéniables et irréversibles, le séminaire a mis en exergue l’importance de placer l’humain au cœur des préoccupations.   Alain GROSJEAN Secrétaire Général Adjoint de l’UIA BONN & SCHMITT Associé   Prière de me contacter en cas de question à l’adresse : agrosjean@bonnschmitt.net   Le barreau de Luxembourg, Microsoft, BGL BNP Parisbas, IRIS, EBRC, la ville de Luxembourg, BONN & SCHMITT ont apporté leur précieux support.   La promotion de l’événement a été assuré par nos partenaires : Luxinnovation, la CNPD, l’ACA, l’ABBL, le Business Club France Luxembourg, l’Institut Universitaire International Luxembourg, l’Université de Luxembourg et la conférence du jeune barreau.        

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    Legal professionals from around the world will meet in Budapest at the 60th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats

    Legal professionals from around the world will meet in Budapest at the 60th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats

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    The UIA Condemns Attack on Grieving Lawyers and Mourners in Quetta, Pakistan, Following the Murder of the Former President of the Baluchistan Bar Association

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    The UIA Condemns Attack on Grieving Lawyers and Mourners in Quetta, Pakistan, Following the Murder of the Former President of the Baluchistan Bar Association

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    International Organizations Issue Statement of Concern Regarding Turkey’s Post-coup Crackdown

    International Organizations Issue Statement of Concern Regarding Turkey’s Post-coup Crackdown

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    For a free and independent defence before the International Criminal Court

    For a free and independent defence before the International Criminal Court

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