The ICJ welcomes the adoption today, by consensus, of two UN Human Rights Council resolutions on the independence of judges & lawyers.
The Human Rights Council adopted the biannual resolution on independence of judges and lawyers, including a number of new elements on the theme of independence of lawyers and the legal profession. In particular, the resolution highlights the ongoing threats against and interference with the independence of lawyers and the ability of lawyers to fulfil their professional functions, including in relation to human rights.
The resolution reaffirms and builds on the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
The Human Rights Council also unanimously renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers for a further period of three years.
The unofficial text of the two resolutions are available in PDF format below:
- substantive resolution: UN-HRC35-Resolution-IJL-2017
- mandate renewal: UN-HRC35-Resolution-SRIJL-2017
Official versions will eventually appear on the UN website, at this location.News