Re: Police raid on- and arrest of 9 lawyers
Lawyers for Lawyers is an independent and non-political Dutch foundation that seeks to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing freedom and independence of the legal profession. Fair Trial Watch is an independent and non-political Dutch Foundation that promotes a fair trial for anybody around the world.
Lawyers for Lawyers and Fair Trial Watch express their deepest concern about the police raid on- and the arrest of 9 lawyers in Istanbul, Turkey.
Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso!
Stop the executions in Indonesia!
March 30, 2015
Mary Jane is a 30-year-old Filipina mother-of-two sentenced to death by the Indonesian Supreme Court in April 2010 for drug trafficking.
July 13, 2014
The Brazilian Association of People's Lawyers and the International Association of People's Lawyers come hereby to repudiate the dispatch of 26 arrest warrants against activists, last July 12, in the eve of the final match of the FIFA World Cup. The activists were literally hunted by the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro in several cities, including Porto Alegre and São Paulo, held in their homes and taken to the Police City in Rio, which became a center of operations for political prisons. Materials used in protests, such as gas masks and flags, plus a revolver held by the father of one of the activists (minor), were used to charge the activists as "armed gang", by the State repression organs and the press.
A View from the International Association of People’s Lawyers*
Presented by Gill H. Boehringer
09 January 2016
I feel privileged to be here today amongst such a distinguished and, I must say, formidable line-up of speakers and conference participants.
And I would like to congratulate our hosts for their splendid work in organizing this historic event and, of course, their hard work and commitment in supporting the Chinese human rights lawyers.
I also wish to pay my respects to our friends and colleagues from Hong Kong for the singular and inspiring work they have been doing for the defence of the Chinese lawyers, but also in providing the rest of the world with so much, and so immediate, information that has allowed the international community to push back against the government in China.
by Gill H Boehringer, Stuart Russell, Kristian Boehringer and Julio Moreira
09 March 2015
In Shakespeare’s day, lawyers were not very popular, thus the rebel’s cry ‘First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’. Understandably, because the lawyers were largely employed in maintaining the exploitation and repression that enabled the less than one per cent to live in a world of wealth and pleasure denied to the great majority.
Lawyers organizations worldwide call on Aquino Government to address attacks against Filipino Lawyers
- Number of killings of lawyers is on the rise again
- International call on Aquino Government to address attacks against Filipino lawyers
- Underlying causes for extrajudicial killings
22 January 2016
Lawyers around the world are being put in danger, their capacity to fulfill their legal duties threatened by states and other forces. This is especially true of those involved in human rights cases. Lawyers have suffered attacks such as killings, abductions, detention, surveilance, loss of license to practice and many forms of intimidation and harassment. These attacks on lawyers demonstrate how rule of law systems, and discourses, have proved to be precarious and selective. Ironically, they have been attacked for defending the rule of law, for defending the same principles announced by the systems that attack them.
Many organizations of civil society have risen to struggle for social justice and defended the lawyers, and called upon governments and international institutions to protect the lawyers as international law requires them to do.
IAPL Protests the Turkish Government and Stands With Ugur Yesiltepe, a people’s lawyer arrested on assumptive grounds
February 13, 2015
A criminal case was filed at the then Specially Authorized Malatya 4th High Criminal Court against Attorney at Law U?ur Ye?iltepe, President of Tunceli Bar Association, with claims of him being a member of an organization and a penalty of 6 years and 3 months was established in a short period of time as a result of a trial which did not consider defenses made. Apellate review was made by the Penal Department No. 9 of the Supreme Court and the file was submitted to the Supreme Court of Appeals Prosecutor’s Office upon a hasty ratification made a few days before the decision of reassignment of the department members.
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."
02 Dec 15
Today IAPL, together with 35 organizations and lawyers, put two obituaries (click here, and here) in two Turkish newspapers in honor of lawyer Tahir Elçi. Elçi was shot in the head in broad daylight last Saturday, immediately after a press conference, and died on the spot. IAPL would like to offer sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Elçi.
During the press conference, Elçi, a widely respected human rights lawyer, called for an end to the rising violence which has held Turkey in its grip for months.
29 September 2014
The Mexican Association of People’s Lawyers (AMAP by its acronym in Spanish) considers the Mexican State responsible for the crimes against humanity, based on the events in Ayotzinapa, namely the aggression against the students of the Normal Rural College, “Raúl Isidro Burgos”, in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero State; the extrajudicial execution of six of them; the detention and subsequent disappearance of another 43 of them on Friday night of September 26, 2014 and on the dawn of Saturday September 27.
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.
(From Philippine Daily Inquirer, 21 May 2015)
INTERNATIONAL lawyers’ groups have asked Indonesian President Joko Widodo to permanently stop the execution of Filipino death row convict Mary Jane Veloso, arguing that she is a human-trafficking victim.
In separate statements this month, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the International Association of People’s Lawyers also called on Indonesia to abandon the death penalty, saying it goes against the global trend of abolishing this form of punishment.
Veloso was granted a reprieve by Widodo just five minutes before she was to be executed last April 29, the only one to be spared of the nine drug convicts scheduled for execution by firing squad that day.
IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers
Given the various reports on lawyers killed that have surfaced in the days before and just after the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, January 23, 2015, in some cases with different figures, it seems to be appropriate to publish what the Monitoring Committee believes to be a comprehensive set of figures covering the period 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2014.
The sources of our data are the following: the Philippine media, in particular the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the online news journal BULATLAT; the Report of the Fact Finding Mission of Lawyers for Lawyers, 2006;
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.