Day of the Endangered Lawyers 2019

The Day  of  the  Endangered  Lawyer  is  the  day  on  which  we  turn  the  spotlight  on lawyers  all  over  the  world  who  are  being  harassed,  silenced,  pressured,  threatened, persecuted,  tortured.    Murders  and  enforced  disappearances  as  well  are  not  out  of  the ordinary.  The  only  reason  for  these  outrages  is  the  fact  that  these  lawyers  are  doing  their job, and  fulfilling their  professional  obligations, when  they  are  needed  the  most.

The  24th  of  January  was  chosen  to  be  the  annual  International  Day  of  the Endangered  Lawyer  because  on  this  day  in  1977  four  labour  rights  lawyers  and  a coworker  were  murdered  at  their  office  address  at  Calle  Atocha  55  in  Madrid.  This  is known as  the  Massacre  of  Atocha.

The  International  Day  of  the  Endangered  Lawyer  aims,  on  the  one  hand,  to  create awareness  that  the  practice  of  the  legal  profession  in  many  countries  involves  significant risks,  including  that  of  being  murdered,  but  it  aims  as  well  at  denouncing  the  situation  in a  particular  country,  where  lawyers  are  victims  of  serious  violations  of  their  fundamental rights  because  they  exercise  their  profession.

Theme of 2019 is Turkey where the lawyers have been subjected to a relentless crackdown since 2016 July.

On the occasion of Day  of  the  Endangered  Lawyer 2019, two great artists, Mr Carlos Latuff and Mr Aseem Triverdi, helped us to raise awareness on the plight of Turkish lawyers.

We will be always grateful to Mr Triverdi and Mr Latuff.


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Categories: Unjust / Wrongful Convictions

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  1. Turkey: ‘Endangered Lawyers’ Brought to Parliament | IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers
  2. Our Statement on the Occasion of Day of the Endangered Lawyers – The Arrested Lawyers Initiative
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