Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The IOLD and 150 national and international bar associations and legal professionals organizations from 49 countries have joined Lawyers for Lawyers call concerning the rise of attacks on lawyers in the Philippines and the oppressive working environment they have faced since the beginning of President Duterte’s mandate.

The petition, initiated by Lawyers for Lawyers and co-signed by 151 organizations, asks the Government to adequately protect the safety and independence of lawyers and stop the culture of impunity in which these attacks take place. It also asks the Philippine authorities to comply with the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers of the United Nations.

Since President Duterte took office on 30 June 2016, the number and intensity of attacks on lawyers has increased considerably. There are 24 lawyers and 10 magistrates killed in two years, and no suspects have been convicted. This responsibility of the Head of State is due to the fact that he urged the Filipino population to murder drug traffickers and drug addicts, guaranteeing impunity for the perpetrators of these murders.

Lawyers are harassed and intimidated. They are subject to threats, surveillance and several other forms of attacks. Most murders and assaults of lawyers take place in the course of their professional duties or are considered to be related to their profession. Lawyers representing people accused of terrorism or drug-related crimes and government critics, such as journalists, political opposition leaders and human rights defenders, are particularly concerned.

Read the full petition here.


General Assembly of the OIAD on October 21st 2019 in Madrid

The OIAD met on Monday, October 21st 2019 at its General Assembly, which gathered some thirty active and associate members from Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland and Belgium. On this occasion, several resolutions were adopted relating to the accounts of the OIAD, the activity report and the elections of the members [...]
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