The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) today granted its 2016 Human Rights Award to four Turkish lawyers who have been particularly active in the defence of human rights and the rule of law in Turkey.
At the CCBE Standing Committee in Paris, the CCBE President Michel Benichou presented the joint statement on the possible reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey.
Judicial independence is critical to the functioning of any democracy. A free society exists only if governed by the rule of law.
The CCBE and the Deutscher Anwaltverein (DAV) have launched their joint European Lawyers in Lesvos project, aimed at providing legal assistance to migrants requiring international protection.
The CCBE has once again written to denounce the crackdown on lawyers in China.
Saturday 9 July 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of the so-called “709 crackdown” which began with the detention of rights lawyer Wang Yu and her family, and led onto hundreds of lawyers, law firm staff, and family members being subject to intimidation, interrogation, detention as criminal suspects, and forced disappearances.