Day of the Endangered Lawyer

Today, on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, the IBAHRI stands in solidarity with the international community and calls to attention the threats that many lawyers around the world continue to face when carrying out their work.

The IBAHRI regularly advocates for the protection and independence of legal professionals, in order that they may perform their professional duties and have their human rights respected and defended.

Throughout 2016, the IBAHRI has urged national authorities to address various instances of harassment and maltreatment aimed at lawyers involved with defending human rights, including:

  • Azerbaijan (April 2016): Charges remain against human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev in Azerbaijan after his release from imprisonment.
  •  China (June 2016): Lawyer Wu Liangshu was assaulted in a Chinese courtroom while attempting to file a case.
  • Egypt (September 2016): Charges remain against Egyptian lawyer Malek Adly after his release from pre-trial detention.
  • Guatemala (August 2016): IBAHRI called for an investigation into reports of a dawn raid at the home of a human rights defender.
  • Kenya (July 2016): IBAHRI called for accountability and reform following the death of Kenyan lawyer Willie Kimani, killed by Kenya’s Administration Police.
  • Turkey (July 2016): The Turkish Government oversaw a mass removal of judges following an attempted coup.
  •  Venezuela (May 2016): IBAHRI expressed concern over the harassment of lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez.


The graphic below shows the risks that lawyers are exposed to according to situations which the IBAHRI was made aware of and subsequently issued intervention letters on.



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