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Check out the amazing line up of speakers for our annual human rights conference

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)

The conference will cover a wide range of topics associated with business and human rights including Modern slavery, UK/global business and human rights, lawyers and the Responsibility to Respect, supply chains and whether a treaty on business and human rights is the way forward.

July 2014 human rights update now available

The July 2014 update is now available.

Our updates include news about the Law Society's human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training.

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President of Law Society expresses concern regarding two lawyers in China

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. 

Vietnam: Lawyer at risk

The Law Society expressed concern regarding  Mr Nguyen Van Dai, a human rights  lawyer, because he has been targeted by the authorities because of his legitimate work as a lawyer. Nguyen Van Dai founded the Committee for Human Rights in Vietnam in 2006. He was arrested in March 2007, together with Le Thi Cong Nhan. Nguyen Van Dai had taught students human rights at his office. He and Le Thi Cong Nhan had expressed themselves in interviews in ways that prompted the government to initiate criminal proceedings.

Morroco: HRD at risk

The Law Society expressed concern regarding the detention of human rights defender Mr Elmarkhi.

Iraq: Lawyer at risk

The Law Society expressed concern regarding the safety of human rights lawyer Ali Hussain Aboud who was arrested on 7 May 2014. Mr Aboud has been held in incommunicado detention without charge since his arrest and has not had any access to his family or lawyer. 

Read the intervention

Zimbabwe: Lawyer at risk

The Law Society expressed concern regarding  the treatment of Trust Maanda, a senior partner with Maunga, Maanda and Associates Legal Practitioners and a former board member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

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Myanmar: HRD at risk

The Law Society expressed concern regarding the situation of human rights defender Ko Htin Kyaw.

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Saudi Arabia: HRD at risk

The Law Society expressed concern regarding reports reports that human rights defender, Mr Raef Badawi, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, 1,000 lashes and a 1m Saudi Riyals fine for his involvement with the ‘Liberal Saudi Network' website.

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Law Society's report to UN about Turkey's record on human rights

The Law Society, Lawyers for Lawyers in the Netherlands, Fair Trial Watch  and Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada jointly responded to the call from the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for submissions regarding human rights in Turkey. Read the joint submission
The OHCHR will now compile a report based on all submissions received for use at the Universal Periodic Review, in January 2015, when Turkey will be quizzed at the UN Human Rights Council for three hours.