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One year on, the CCBE denounces once again the crackdown on Chinese lawyers

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.

CCBE publishes recommendations on the protection of client confidentiality within the context of surveillance activities

On 20 May 2016, at its Plenary Session in Lyon, the CCBE published its recommendations on the protection of client confidentiality within the context of surveillance activities. These recommendations aim not only to protect and ensure the fundamental principles of professional secrecy and legal professional privilege, but more importantly to protect citizens’ rights and the rule of law.

Memorandum of Understanding on Migration signed between the CCBE and ABA ROLI

At the CCBE Standing Committee on 18 March, the CCBE and the ABA ROLI signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking cooperation between the two organisations in the area of migration.

The CCBE Human Rights Award

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) today granted its 2015 Human Rights Award to Mr Intigam Aliyev, an Azerbaijani human rights lawyer and due to the recent crackdowns on human rights lawyers in China, decided to grant a second award to the Chinese law firm, Fengrui.

European Parliament approves new EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in criminal proceedings is respected

The CCBE is pleased that the European Parliament has approved new EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in criminal proceedings is respected.