Day of the Endangered Lawyer, 24 January 2022

The FBE expresses its continued grave concern at the situation of lawyers at risk in Colombia. Their role in maintaining access to justice, the right to an independent defence, the independence of judges and lawyers, and the defence of human rights upholds the rule of law in Colombia.  Without which there would be no justice. Lawyers receive death threats, attacks and are murdered. Lawyers and their offices are under surveillance by officers of the State.  In the last two years the following lawyers have been killed:

 

2019

21 May: lawyer Paula Andrea Rosero, murdered in Samaniego, in the department of Nariño

16 July: lawyer Julio Enrique González, murdered in Bogotá

20 July: lawyer Yamile Guerra, murdered in Florida Blanca, Santander

21 December: lawyer Mariano Cuero Ruiz, nominated to be the municipal ombudsman of Candelaria in Valle del Cauca, was murdered

29 December: lawyer Alcibiades Libreros Varela, specialist prosecutor, murdered

 

2020

8 June: lawyer Pierangelly Hugueth Henríquez, murdered in Ciénaga Magdalena

24 October, lawyer Arquímedes Getulio Centanaro Carriazo, murdered in Sucre

9 December: lawyer Freddy Agustín Gonzáles Barragán, Ombudsman’s Office, murdered in the city of Cúcuta – Norte de Santander

 

2021

15 January: Fredman Arturo Herazo Padilla, lawyer, historian and Afrodescendant leader from the municipality of San Palenque, murdered

8 June: Esperanza Navas, prosecutor inTibú, Norte de Santander, murdered.

16 July: lawyer Julio Enrique González, murdered in Bogotá.

 

Protection must be given to lawyers who receive death threats and the cases of harassment, threats, attacks and murders while carrying out their professional duties, must be investigated by the appropriate state agencies.

 

The international legal community stands by human rights defenders, lawyers and judges in Colombia, and will do all in its power to monitor the situation of lawyers and support their work. The FBE calls on its members to remember the courageous defenders of justice and human rights who have given their lives and to dedicate their activities to supporting Colombian  lawyers on 24 January, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer.

Conférence – L’avocat au cœur d’une Europe qui protège contre les injustices – Strasbourg, mercredi 12 janvier 2022

Cette conférence sous format hybride (120 personnes en présentiel et entre 200 et 400 personnes en distanciel) s’organisera autour de 4 tables rondes :

  • Quelles nouvelles garanties procédurales européennes pour les parties au procès?
  • Comment améliorer la protection des droits des migrants ?
  • Responsabilité sociétale des entreprises : quel rôle pour l’avocat ?
  • Comment lutter contre l’intimidation judiciaire ?

1st European Congress on Personal Insolvency – 17TH – 18TH OF NOVEMBER 2021 IN BARCELONA

The 1st European Congress on Personal Insolvency (www.icab.cat/personalinsolvency) will be the meeting point for all relevant actors in matters of personal insolvency (legal profession, judiciary, university, public administrations, bar associations, social organizations…).

We will address the subject from a dual perspective: the processing of the Draft Law for the transposition of the European Directive 2019/1023 on restructuring, and analysing insolvency, its causes, consequences and solutions from a broad, legal, social and economic perspective.

The 1st European Congress on Personal Insolvency will be held in a blended format, the congresspersons will have the possibility to attend the ICAB headquarters for some activities or to follow it online.

Registration for the Congress will be done through the website of the Barcelona Bar Association www.icab.cat. It is a single Congress, although it is structured in sessions or working tables in parallel, with two main axes: legal tables and socioeconomic tables; as well as workshops.

Contact

 COMISIÓN DE CULTURA / FORMACIÓN
 
93 601 12 12 – EXT. 5334

Fax: 93 215 04 29

cultura@icab.cat

formacio@icab.cat

WEBINAR HELP – 5 novembre 2021 – Quel bilan tirer un an après l’arrêt Schrems II sur les transferts internationaux de données ?

WEBINAR A NE PAS MANQUER :

Evénement HELP du Conseil de l’Europe en partenariat avec le Jeune Barreau de Luxembourg, la Commission immatérielle du Barreau de Luxembourg, l’Union internationale des avocats

Quel bilan tirer un an après l’arrêt Schrems II sur les transferts internationaux de données ?

Le droit européen de la protection des données impacte bien au- delà de l’Union. Ainsi  l’arrêt Schrems II de la Cour de justice en date du 16 juillet 2020 a placé la question du transfert international de données au cœur des négociations commerciales entre l’Union et les Etats-Unis , et pourrait, demain, mettre à bas l’accord commercial UE-UK.

Cette question est si fondamentale qu’elle a conduit la Chine à se doter d’une nouvelle législation en la matière et mobilise les GAFAM autour des propositions européennes sur l’avenir de l’économie numérique. 

Deux spécialistes en la matière vous apporteront les fondamentaux de cette matière et les éléments

qui devraient, à très court terme, bouleverser encore l’équilibre fort instable des relations  économiques

Vendredi 5 novembre 2021

Qui peut participer au Webinar :

Ouvert à tous, Avocats et non avocats

Comment s’inscrire ?

https://site.evenium.net/n771cdgc/

RESOLUTION on the immediate release of turkish lawyers incarcerated – call on the lawyers of Europe to demonstrate in their robes on 16 November 2021 at 11 a.m.

The General Assembly of the FBE, meeting in Paris on 28th September 2021 expresses its full support for lawyers in Turkey who are detained, on trial or sentenced to prison. Following the 5 day fact finding visit of around 30 lawyers from 8 European countries from 15 to 20 September 2021, the General Assembly believes that the legal profession itself is on trial.

On 15 September in the trial of the lawyers’ organisation: Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği (ÇHD), there were 10 presidents of regional bar associations among the defence team of 148 lawyers . According to the bar presidents, by maintaining the allegations against the defendants, the legal profession itself is put on trial. The 10 bar presidents called upon the court to ensure a fair trial and to release the defendants from pretrial detention.

We demand the immediate release of all lawyers incarcerated merely because they are performing their duties and functions as lawyers and/or exercising their rights to freedom of expression. We will continue to insist on upholding the fundamental principles of the rule of law, including the right to a fair trial.

Joining the motion adopted by the Conférence des Bâtonniers de France et d’Outre-Mer the 24th September 2021, we call on the lawyers of Europe to demonstrate in their robes on 16 November 2021 at 11 a.m., the day before the trial, in front of Turkish embassies and consulates to show their solidarity and their total support for their Turkish colleagues.

AFGHANISTAN TODAY – The FBE calls for Human Rights in Afghanistan

Human rights in Afghanistan are, unfortunately, a topic of controversy and conflict.

Afghanistan, in its current constitution, has an interesting and strong human rights framework. Since April 1987, it has been a member of the United Nations Convention against Torture. The Bill of Rights is enshrined in Chapter Two of the Afghan Constitution. The right to life and liberty is constitutionally protected, as is the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence of all.

In August 2021, the Taliban took power in Afghanistan with the announcement that they no longer wanted democracy. They proclaim the introduction of the Islam-based Sharia law that was in force in the country more than 20 years ago.

The Taliban is an Afghan group that was formed after the collapse of communist rule in 1992. It is characterized by extremely fundamentalist Islamic views. One of the goals of the Taliban is to introduce a very strict and stringent Muslim law in Afghanistan, which, inter alia, limits women’s rights to almost zero.

Sharia is an Islamic legal system that derives norms from the Koran and fatwas, i.e. opinions and comments from recognized Islamic theological authorities. In the simplest sense, it is a set of principles that should be followed by the followers of Islam. These are i.a. prayer, fasting and donations for the poor.

What does sharia look like in practice? The experience of 1996-2001, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan for the first time, may give some idea of ​​this. In their interpretation, Shariah meant that girls could not go to school or study, and women were ordered to stop working. They were allowed to leave the house only covered from head to toe with a burqa and accompanied by a male relative. In practice, this meant that they could not go to a doctor on their own.

When the women tried to object to such treatment, they were severely punished by the regime for it. There were public flogging, torture and execution. Women’s rights activists fear it could happen again now.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Michelle Bachelet stated a few days ago that she had already received credible reports of serious human rights abuses by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Reports concern the collective executions of civilians and members of Afghan security forces who surrendered. In the context of human rights violations, she mentioned recruiting soldiers among boys, restricting women’s right to move, preventing girls from going to school, and brutally suppressing peaceful protests against the Taliban rule.

In their announcements, the Taliban assures that they will respect the rights of women and ethnic minorities, but in accordance with the interpretation of Islamic law, and that they will not take revenge on people who have cooperated with the governments of other countries.

August 19 is Afghanistan’s independence day – the people of the country celebrate this day as a sign of taking power from Great Britain, which previously controlled the country until 1919.

This year, however, Afghan people protested against the Taliban seizure of power. Demonstrations broke out in Kabul and several cities in Afghanistan (the Taliban was supposed to shoot at the crowd in Assadabadzi, and the shots were also said to be fired during a demonstration in Kabul).

Information about the Taliban “blacklists” has emerged, including US and non-US collaborators, and people associated with the previous administration or death squads.

According to many commentators, the Taliban have “priority lists” of people they want to seek. The primary targets are those who played a key role in the Afghan military, police and intelligence services. Family members of those on the list are also at risk.

The end of the evacuation from Afghanistan could be the beginning of an even greater humanitarian crisis. Only time will tell.

The European Bars Federation supports lawyers and Judges in Afghanistan and calls upon to respect the Rule of Law following international standards with respect for human rights.

 The international community must immediately abandon its current position of non–belligerence and demands respect for human rights, standing ready to ensure that their voices can be heard.

 FBE, which is the guardian of Human Rights, strongly condemns any actions aimed at breaking or not respecting them. Standing shoulder to shoulder with international human rights organizations, it firmly engages and will engage in various activities aimed at ensuring fundamental rights to all those from whom they are or may be taken away or restricted.

Meeting of the FBE New Technologies Commission in Paris

We have the pleasure to invite all the members of the FBE Bar Associations to attend remotely the meeting of the FBE New Technologies Committee on the EU draft regulations establishing harmonized rules on Artificial Intelligence.

 The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 28 September 2021, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Paris time.

 The language of the meeting will be English.

Participation in this online meeting is completely free of charge.

 During the meeting, members of the FBE New Technology Committee (Ludmila Glembotzky, Sławomir Szczerba, Michał Skrzywanek and Maria Dymitruk) will present the papers devoted to the draft EU regulations on AI, with particular emphasis on the principles of liability for AI actions, the need for human supervision over the actions of AI systems and the new opportunities and challenges that the new legal regulations on AI will pose to lawyers.

 The speakers’ presentations will be followed by a debate, in which we warmly encourage all interested parties to take part.

 Anyone interested in online participation in the meeting should send their application via the registration form available at: https://oirp.wroclaw.pl/kalendarz/wydarzenia/520.

 

Maria Dymitruk