Next target: legal profession, HDIM side event, Warsaw

The legal profession plays a crucial role in ensuring access to justice for all, transparency and accountability of the state, Rule of law and the respect for human rights.

Yet, instead of being perceived as a vital player to the justice sector, today lawyers are often targeted by the governments in many OSCE countries for seeking truth and justice. As a result, lawyers often face high risks of persecution, harassment as well as severe sanctions for doing their job.

This side-event aims to specifically discuss the situation of lawyers in Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. The discussion will extend to consider the latest developments related to the rights of lawyers and their independence in the respective countries, and what impact this has on the overall rule of law and human rights situation.

This side event will take place on 12 September 2018, from 13.00 -15.00 at Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Moderator: Jurate Guzeviciute, Programme Lawyer, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute

Presentations and Discussions:

Independence of the legal profession and harassment of lawyers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia:

  • Tajikistan: Dilrabo Samadova, lawyer, Tajikistan
  • Azerbaijan: Nijat Mammadbayli, lawyer, Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan: Snezhanna Kim, lawyer, Kazakhstan
  • Russia: Róisín Pillay, Director of the Europe Regional Programme, International Commission of Jurists
  • Belarus: Anne Souléliac, Head of the Human Rights section, Paris Bar Association

Organizers: Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OSCE, Permanent Representation of France to the OSCE, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, Paris Bar Association, International Commission of Jurists.

Poland-HDIM_Side event-News-event-2018-ENG (flyer of the event in PDF)