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.
Read more: Letter to the Minister of Justice, Turkey
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.
Read more: Initiatives for Supporting the Chinese Human Rights Lawyers
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.
Read more: Support FOR Honduras lawyers and the Day of the Endangered Lawyers
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.
Read more: Obituary for Tahir Elçi
(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.
Read more: Int’l lawyers seek permanent reprieve for Veloso
Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso!
Stop the executions in Indonesia!
Mary Jane Veloso is a 30-year-old Filipina mother-of-two sentenced to death by the Indonesian Supreme Court in April 2010 for drug trafficking.
Read more: APPEAL for URGENT ACTION
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.
Read more: Attacks On Lawyers: A threat to democracy