The IAPL expresses solidarity with lawyers and legal workers around the world on the Fifth “Day of the Endangered Lawyer”, Friday, January 23, 2015. The date has been celebrated since 2010. The international focus this year is on the Philippines and IAPL has deep concern for our colleagues in the Philippines who have experienced the loss of more than 100 fighters of legal profession since 1998.
Attacks on lawyers, fatal and otherwise, occur across the world in all types of countries. They are increasing in frequency. More than 1000 lawyers and legal workers have been killed or disappeared in the past several decades.
Read more: Endangered Lawyers' Day
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.
Read more: Statement On Deadly Violence Against Students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico
To: Jeanne Mirer, International Association of Democratic Lawyers / Raf Jespers, Progress Lawyers Network, as local host organization
From: Julio Moreira, President, International Association of People’s Lawyers
Dear Jeanne, Raf and participants of 18th IADL Congress,
On behalf of IAPL Board, we welcome the 18th IADL Congress as a great moment of developing and advancing in the role of people’s lawyers worldwide and against attacks and violations by the imperialism in all of its faces and strategies.
Two months ago, we held the 5th IAPL Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the theme “The role of people’s lawyers facing the increase of people’s protest and State terror”, and we were pleased to receive a solidarity message from IADL. The congress was held in the middle of chilling repression against mass protest including in Brazil, and attacks against lawyers and human rights defenders. We realize that the world situation is getting worse for everyone who position in the field of struggling against oppression and exploitation, and it demands the advance of lawyers committed to people’s rights.
Read more: Solidarity Statement for the 18th IADL Congress