Joint statements to the UN Human Rights Council
We've issued multiple joint statements outlining our concerns and calling on the UN Human Rights Council to take action to defend the rule of law:
We're concerned that the human rights situation in Belarus has deteriorated and that the persecution and repression of legal professionals, journalists, human rights defenders and political opponents is ongoing.
Iran and Turkey
We're concerned that Iran and Turkey are systematically criminalising and imprisoning lawyers as a strategy to deny human rights defenders and political opponents their right to independent, effective legal representation.
Myanmar, Colombia and China
We're concerned by the lack of effective engagement with the universal periodic review process by Myanmar, Colombia and China while lawyers and defenders continue to be at risk.
Since 2001, at least 197 members of the legal profession have been murdered in the Philippines, with killings of lawyers escalating since president Duterte took office in July 2016.
Since then, there have been at least 58 work-related murders of lawyers, judges and prosecutors – with only a handful of investigations leading to prosecutions.