Chair of Law Society Human Rights Committee, Professor Sara Chandler, wins Latin-UK Award for human rights work
Professor Sara Chandler, chair of the Law Society's Human Rights Committee, has been announced as the winner of the human rights worker of the year award at the third annual Latin-UK Awards (LUKAS).
The LUKAS recognise those who have worked with the Latin community in Britain across categories including music, dance, sport, food, community (including human rights), the arts, and business.
The President of the Law Society wrote to Mr Alexander Konovalov, the Minister of Justice in Russia expressing concern regarding Evgeny Vitishko.
Law Society concerned by arrest of human rights lawyer Mr Thulani Rudolf Maseko and Mr Bheki Makhubu in Swaziland
Swaziland,15 April 2014
The Law Society expressed concerned for Mr Thulani Rudolf Maseko, a human rights lawyer who was arrested on 17 March 2014 along with The Nation magazine Editor, Mr Bheki Makhubu, and indicted at noon on 18 March on contempt of court charges.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 4 April 2014
The President of the Law Society wrote to the African Commision on Human and Peoples' Rights expressing concern for Didier Kalemba, a lawyer and human rights defender from the DRC.
The April 2014 update is now available.
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The Law Society president has expressed deep concern regarding prominent human rights lawyers in Honduras, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
Law Society concerned following European Court of Human Rights ruling on client-lawyer meeting confidentiality
The Law Society is concerned that a European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling, which found in favour of Turkish authorities recording meetings between a client and his lawyers, could have far-reaching implications for the confidentiality of the lawyer-client relationship.
On 25 March the Law Society of England and Wales launched a report from its practitioners advisory group established to consult the legal sector on business and human rights. In other sectors, industry bodies are playing a key role in supporting their members to promote the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the legal profession is no different. Industries are increasingly looking at developing specific guidance on what the Guiding Principles mean for their sector.
The Law Society condemns the fatal attack at a Pakistani court on Monday and extends its condolences to members of the legal profession who were affected.
Eleven people were killed and 24 injured when unknown men, armed with guns and bomb vests, attacked an Islamabad district court on Monday morning.
The attackers reportedly hurled hand grenades at lawyers' chambers and fired on staff, killing district judge Rafaqat Ahmed Awan. More people were injured in the stampede as the building was evacuated.