Law Society Marks the Day of the Endangered Lawyer

Posted: 01/24/2018

January 24 is the Day of the Endangered Lawyer. Now in its 8th year, the Day calls attention to the personal and professional safety of lawyers and other human rights defenders around the world, who are harassed, silenced, pressured, threatened, persecuted, tortured or even killed in retaliation for their work to protect the rights of others.

Each year, the Day focuses on the plight of lawyers and human rights defenders in a single country. This year’s country of focus is Egypt.

According to a report of the Foundation for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer , Egyptian lawyers, human rights activists, journalists and political activists face ongoing intimidation, harassment, travel restrictions, arbitrary detentions and physical harm from authorities working to silence critical voices. To learn more about the plight of lawyers in Egypt, please visit the following link: http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Basic-report-Egypt-dec.-2017.pdf

The Law Society joins with the human rights community, legal organizations and individuals around the world to denounce the treatment of lawyers and other human rights defenders in Egypt, and to call on authorities to respect their rights to practice law or promote human rights without fear of harassment, intimidation or physical harm.

The Law Society is committed to maintaining and advancing access to justice and the rule of law.

Through its Human Rights Monitoring Group, the Law Society has intervened many times in the cases of lawyers in Egypt.

The Law Society established the Human Rights Monitoring Group in 2006 as part of its mandate to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law.

This group of benchers appointed by Convocation is responsible for monitoring human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary, in Canada and abroad, as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.

They work with reputable human rights organizations like Lawyers’ Rights WatchAmnesty International Human Rights Watch, and Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights to determine whether matters require a response from the Law Society.

Since the establishment of this group, the Law Society has intervened in over 200 cases in more than 50 countries around the world.

In 2014, they also released a report titled Facilitating International Access to Justice through Intervention.

This year, the Law Society is proud to partner with Human Rights Watch and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada to present a special program in honour of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, on January 31, 2018. The program will feature a conversation between Farida Deif, Canada Director, Human Rights Watch and an Egyptian human rights lawyer who is currently in Canada.

To learn more about this program please visit the following link: http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/event/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2018/