IAPL successfully held its 5th Congress, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 11 - 15, 2014. Lawyers from Turkey, the Netherlands, Australia, the UK, Iran, Mexico, Chile and Bolivia, and 32 lawyers and law students from 8 states of Brazil, as well as supporters, activists and members of organizations of people’s struggle participated in the congress. The theme of the Congress was "the role of people's lawyers facing the increase of people's protest and state terror."
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How to Protect Lawyers from Attacks, Threats, and Harassment
Article by Gill H. Boehringer
The bad news first: total protection is not possible. As we have seen in the Philippines where social movements and political organizations have great solidarity with the progressive lawyers, and considerable “private security” is provided by those organizations at meetings and conferences, about 50 lawyers, including judges, have been assassinated in the past 15 years.
This preliminary report aims to brief the organization Lawyers for Lawyers about the situation on attacks of lawyers in Brazil, and to expose the importance and contribution that the organization can give by participating on the 5th Congress of the International Association of People’s Lawyers, between 11th and 16th February, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro. In a wider perspective, this preliminary report is also a possibility of straightening contacts L4L among Brazilian Association of People’s Lawyers, and a call for attention on Brazilian situation.