TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns regarding human rights violations against members of the legal profession across the globe.
Lawyers should be able to exercise their legitimate duties without fear for their lives, for their liberty or for their security. The Law Society of Upper Canada urges all governments to comply with international human rights laws, including the United Nations' Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
The Law Society's Human Rights Monitoring Group recently issued public statements regarding the following lawyers:
- The disappearance of lawyer Gao Zhisheng in China
- The trial and conviction of lawyer Jiang Tianyong in China
- The ongoing incommunicado detention of lawyer Wang Quanzhang in China
- The arrest and detention of lawyer Muhammed Allan in Israel
- The arrest, detention, and deportation of lawyer Adilur Rahman Khan in Bangladesh and Malaysia
- The detention of lawyer Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy in Egypt
- The detention of lawyersDidem Baydar Ünsal, Aytaç Ünsal, Ahmet Mandacı, Yağmur
Ereren, Barkın Timtik, Ebru Timtik, Şükriye Erden, Engin Gökoğlu, Ezgi
Çakır, Süleyman Gökten, Ozgur Yılmaz, Oya Aslan, Ayşegül Çağatay, Behiç
Aşçı, Aycan Çiçek, Günay Dağ, Zehra Özdemir and Özgür Yılmaz in Turkey
The Human Rights Monitoring Group is a group of benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada appointed by the Law Society's governing body to monitor human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.
The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.
SOURCE The Law Society of Upper Canada
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