Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Launch of the Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk

On the International Day of Endangered Lawyers, the IBAHRI, in cooperation with BHRC and other long-term partners Human Rights House Foundation, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, launched the Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk.

The Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk is a unique tool aimed at facilitating the efforts of those seeking to protect lawyers at risk – that is, attacked for performing their professional duties and representing their clients’ interests – as well as to support and assist the targeted legal profession in their struggle.

There is no doubt that lawyers play a key role in ensuring access to justice, the right to a fair trial, the presumption of innocence, equality before the law and the court, and respect for human dignity and human rights. For lawyers to fully perform their professional activities, states must ensure their independence, as well as lawyers’ safety and security

Toolkit for Lawyers at Risk

The Toolkit is split into three modules, alongside a Legal Digest and a directory of organisations:

The directory and legal digest will be available at a later date.

The IBAHRI is hosting a launch event today, 12:00 – 14:00, at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, 120B rue de Lausanne, Villa Moynier, Geneva.

With huge thanks to our Executive Committee members Theodora Christou and Kate Stone, and to BHRC member John Cubbon for their extensive work on the Toolkit and the accompanying digest.