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IAPL Protests the Turkish Government and Stands With Ugur Yesiltepe, a people’s lawyer arrested on assumptive grounds

February 13, 2015

Ugur YesiltepeA 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.

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Interim Report On Killings in the Philippines

IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers

January 2015

endagenderedlawyersdayGiven 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;

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Endangered Lawyers' Day

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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.

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Statement On Deadly Violence Against Students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico

AMAP

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.

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Solidarity Statement for the 18th IADL Congress

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.

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IAPL Condemns the Extrajudicial Killing Philippine People's Lawyer Rodolfo Felicio

August 27, 2014

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The International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL), a federation of people’s lawyers’ organizations across the world, come hereby to denounce the extrajudicial killing of member of National Union of People’s Lawyers in The Philippines (NUPL), Atty. Rodolfo Felicio. He was shot dead by gunmen in the locality of Floodway, Taytay, in the state of Rizal, just 22 Km from Central Manila. He was killed in the course of performance of his duties as a lawyer.

Atty. Felicio was an active people’s lawyer, always responding to calls for legal assistance in cases of human rights violations, and demanding the state responsibility in other cases of extrajudicial killings over the country.

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Call For Action In Support of Atty. Ermogenes Jacinto de Souza

A Request For An Urgen Action In Defense of Brazilian People's Lawyer Atty. Ermogenes Jacinto de Souza

August 12, 2014

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Dr. Ermogenes Jacinto de Souza is a well-known People’s Advocate and a member of Brazilian Association of People's Lawyers. He has spent his professional life defending the poor peasants who have struggled for their legitimate right to have lands in the State of Rondônia, in Brazilian Amazon. This area of Brazil has witnessed significant number of murders planned, ordered and executed by Landlord or their mercenaries. No one forgets the murder of Renato Nathan a teacher and Élcio Machado, Gilson Gonçalves peasants and dozens of others. The Landlords commit these atrocities and criminal acts due to lack of rule of law and accountability in the State of Rondônia. Murder, with total impunity is the fact of life in Rondônia. The State authorities have failed to act. The Judiciary including prosecutors and police have been busy dancing to the Landlord’s tunes. They are institutionally corrupt and server and assist the landlord to continue their land grabbing strategies.

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ABRAPO & IAPL Condemn Massive Arrest of Anti-FIFA Activists In Rio de Janeiro

July 13, 2014

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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.

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Justice for Soma! – Hands off Lawyers!

14-05-2014

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May 13 2014 went into history as a bloody day on which according to official numbers 301 coal mine workers were massacred. The fact that the company owners in Soma not having taken adequate safety measure, not implementing the already insufficient legislation, the increase in sub-contracting, the state not fulfilling its duty to inspect the company, leaving 301 workers overtly left to die, meant the massacre of 301 workers.

Instead of investigating the causes of the fire and taking steps to remedy the shortcomings and punishing those responsible for these deaths, the states following this massacre as was in Reyhanlı, Roboski has directed its anger to the people, attacking, beaten and detained those calling this a massacre, being in solidarity with the people of Soma

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IAPL Condemns Abduction of Professor GN Saibaba and Other Activists by Indian State

May 9th, 2014

The International Association of People’s Lawyers, as an international group of human rights lawyers from various countries, especially those where exploitation and state repression is most severe, has received information that the Professor of Delhi University was abducted by Maharashtra Police on May 9th, from the vicinity of Maharashtra Sadan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, in the capital New Delhi in India.

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How to Protect Lawyers

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.

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Report On Attacks On Lawyers in Brazil

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.

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IAPL's 5th Congress Held in Brazil

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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