Human Rights Committee
Defence of the defenders
Human Rights Award
24/01/2023 Press Conference: "The Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) relaunches its activities in exile from Brussels" on the occasion of the 13th edition of the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, focusing this year on the situation in Afghanistan.
24/01/2023 Press Conference invitation, in collaboration with the AIBA, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the French-speaking Brussels Bar/
06/12/2021: CCBE response to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers’ consultation for the preparation of its forthcoming report on protection of lawyers
10/11/2021: Joint call in support of endangered lawyers in Afghanistan
The CCBE with several bars and lawyers’ organisations, together with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, urge the relevant stakeholders to urgently provide adequate protection to endangered lawyers in Afghanistan and underline the need to ensure the maintenance of an independent legal profession and Bar in Afghanistan in order to preserve the independence and integrity of the administration of justice and the rule of law.
CCBE Webinar on the situation of the legal profession in Turkey – 10 December 2020:
10/12/2020: CCBE Statement on the situation of the legal profession in Turkey
On the occasion of International Day for Human Rights, the CCBE urges the Turkish authorities to uphold the rule of law by bringing an end to the persecution of lawyers and by refraining from taking any measure which would have the effect of hindering the independence, integrity and freedom of expression of the legal profession in Turkey.
10/02/2023 : Turkey’s terror list: An attack on lawyers and human rights – the case of lawyer Günay Dag
Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2023:
Report on Afghanistan published on the occasion of the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2023
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán: Protection of lawyers against undue interference in the free and independent exercise of the legal profession
04/10/2022: Joint Oral Statement on the situation of lawyers and human rights in Belarus at the OSCE Warsaw Human Dimension Conference
23/09/2022: Joint Oral Statement at the 51st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council: "Interactive dialogue on the interim oral update of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Belarus"
09/08/2022: Joint statement on the continued administrative detention and harassment through judicial proceedings of Salah Hammouri
DEL 2022: Petition handed over to the Ambassador of Colombia in Brussels in support of endangered lawyers in Colombia
10/12/2021 : Press release of the Arrested Lawyers Initiatives with a quote from the Chair of CCBE Human Rights Committee for the launch of their new report on the situation of lawyers in Turkey
8/12/2021: Joint statement on the suspension of Lin Qilei’s and revocation of Liang Xiaojun’s legal practice licenses
28/10/2021: Joint Statement on the situation of lawyers in Belarus: Bar Association should reinstate disbarred lawyer Natalia Matskevich.
20/09/2021:Press release: Fact Finding Mission, taking place in Istanbul from 15 to 20 September 2021, to monitor and observe current mass trials against lawyers in Turkey (ÇHD trials).
05/04/2021 : Keynote speech of CCBE’s President, Dr. Margarete von Galen, to the International Memorial Event for Ebru Timtik organised by the Progressive Lawyers Association: A life dedicated to the struggle
Save the Date: The 1st edition International Fair Trial Day and the Ebru Timtik Award on 14 June 2021
14/06/2021: Agenda and registration link of the 1st International Fair Trial Day and Ebru Timtik Award
The CCBE supports the 11th Day of the of the Endangered Lawyer with this Petition in supports of lawyers in Azerbaijan
Joint Statement in support of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (04/12/2020)
Statement by Birgit Van Hout, UN Human Rights Regional Representative for Europe at the CCBE Plenary Session of 4th September 2020: “International human rights, the rule of law and civic space in the EU”
Press release: European Fact-finding mission to clarify the circumstances leading to the conviction of 18 Turkish lawyers
Every year since 2007, the CCBE has granted a Human Rights Award. The objective of the CCBE is to honour distinguished lawyers/lawyers’ organisations that have demonstrated outstanding commitment and sacrifice to uphold fundamental values. It is an effective and useful tool to raise awareness of the core values of the legal profession. The Award is officially delivered to the winner by the CCBE President at the Plenary Session.
The virtual 2021 Award ceremony was held during the CCBE Plenary Session held on the International Human Rights Day on 10 December in the presence of some of the of the recipients and their representatives. It also counted with a video message from Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights who notably underlined the great service done by the CCBE in honouring lawyers all around the world who work in situation of heightened threat to defend the rule of law and human rights.
Video message from Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The CCBE Human Rights Award 2021 was granted to Belarusian lawyers Lilya Vlasova, Maksim Znak, Dmitry Laevski and Leanid Sudalenko for their courage, determination, and commitment to defending citizens’ fundamental rights and the rule of law in Belarus. With this award, the CCBE extends its support to all Belarusian lawyers who fight for the respect of the rule of law and the core values of the legal profession while risking their freedom and opportunity to practice.
In addition to this, an exceptional Human Rights Award was granted by the CCBE to the endangered lawyers in Afghanistan who have been at the forefront of the defence of fundamental rights of the Afghan population.