The Law Society is deeply concerned by reports of the arbitrary arrest, detention and torture of the human rights defenders Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angélique Navura. They are members of Ensemble pour la Paix et l'Encadrement des Femmes en Milieu Rural - EPEFMR (Together for Peace and Supervision of Women in Rural Areas).
The Law Society is concerned for the present welfare of Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhli. Mr Al Fadhli is a member of and advocate for the Bedoun community within Kuwait. We are concerned that he appears to have been targeted for arrest as a result of his current and past legitimate and peaceful activities as an advocate for the Bedoun community.
The Law Society and Lawyers for Lawyers are concerned for Intigam Aliyev, a prominent human rights lawyer in Azerbaijan who was arrested and placed in pre-trial detention for three months. His detention was connected with his activity as human rights defender and lawyer, and the purpose of this is to silence him, based upon a political instruction from above.
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The Law Society and Lawyers for Lawyers (in Netherlands)are concerned to learn of the arrest and detention of Shukhrat Qudratov, a prominent defence lawyer in Tajikistan who had represented the former Minister of Industry, Zaid Saidov. According the Tajikistan’s Anticorruption Agency, Shukhrat Qudratov was detained on July 21 on bribe-related charges. Lawyers for Lawyers and the Law Society are concerned that the arrest of the lawyer may be related to his legal assistance and defence of the former Minister.
The Law Society has been granted unprecedented access to the United Nations.
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This year our human rights conference focusing on business and human rights will be held in London on International Human Rights Day (10 December). We have an outstanding line up for this not to miss conference! (Programme below)
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The Law Society is concerned to learn of the arrest and detention of Pu Zhiqiang, an internationally known human rights activist and lawyer to Ai Weiwei, and his neice Qu Zhenhong, also a lawyer, who were detained over a month ago for attending a meeting in Beijing marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.