Resolution on violation of Attack against lawyers in Colombia – Barcelona, 01.06.19

The General Assembly of the European Bars Federation (FBE) meeting in Barcelona in June 1st, 2019 expresses its grave concern at the assassination of Paula Rocero, lawyer in Nariño, Colombia, killed on 20 May 2019. Ms Rocero was given protection in 2016 after many threats for her human rights work. It is noted that the path to peace and justice in Colombia needs renewed commitment. The FBE supports the defence of human rights and the need to protect judges, lawyers and the rule of law during the transition to peace.

Resolution on the rule of law and freedom of speech in Turkey – Barcelona, 01.06.19

The General Assembly of the European Bars Federation (FBE) meeting in Barcelona in June 1st, 2019 expresses its support for the rule of law and freedom of speech in Turkey.

We demand the full protection of independence of the legal and journalism professions in Turkey.

We call for an end to the stigmatisation of lawyers and journalists and the detention of those who fight for freedom, fair legal proceedings, universal human rights, freedom of speech and expression.

Resolution in favour of Maître Nasrin SOTOUDEH – Hammamet, 30.03.19

The European Bars Federation and the Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie in their meeting of the the Mediterranean Assises, held in Hammamet on 29-30 March 2019,
 
Have unanimously adopted the following resolution

 

The European Bars Federation and the Ordre National des Avocats de Tunis want to:

• Express their maximum solidarity with the lawyer Nasrín Sotoudeh,
winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Conscience of the European Parliament in 2012, who has assumed the defence of notorious personalities such as the Nobel Prize of Peace 2013 Shirín Ebadí or of the opponents arrested during the protests of the Green Movement of 2009.

• Recognise the work of people or institutions that have stood out for their merits or relevant services in favour of the rule of law and human rights protection.

• Express their deep concern about the situation of human rights defenders and lawyers in Iran, who are frequently subjected to arbitrary detention and other forms of harassment, as well as the growing social exclusion of the Iranian Bar Association, to the detriment of legal assistance and a fair trial.

• Urge to all States to comply with the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, adopted at the Eight United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, held in Havana (Cuba) on August/September 1990, asking for an effective protection for all lawyers, permitting them to continue with their legitimate and peaceful activities
in defence of human rights without fear of intimidation, harassment, reprisals and the loss of their own lives.

• Express their firm commitment to support all those initiatives promoted in any country in the world for the protection and safeguarding of the exercise of the right of defence that corresponds to lawyers in a State governed by the rule of law, guarantee of the rights and freedom of citizens.

Resolution on Women Human Rights, proposed by FBE Human Rights Commission – Warszawa, 22.09.18

The General Assembly of the European Bars Federation (FBE) in Warsaw September 22, 2018, which represents 250 member Bars of Europe and their one million member lawyers, expressed its grave concerns for the present situation of women in the World.

The European Bars Federation recalls the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Humankind what comprises four principles, six rights and six obligations reaffirming the right of all human beings of the earth to live in a world in which the future is not compromised by the lack of responsibility for the present,

Recognising the commitment of lawyers due to their privileged place in society together with their contribution to human and social rights, which represent the core of the lawyer’s mission we appreciate in particular the commitment and hard work of all women-lawyers in this field, in particular the actions and activity of our colleague SAMAR BADAWI, who is fighting effectively for the rights of women  in Saudi Arabia.

Resolution on Human Rights in Turkey, proposed by FBE Human Rights Commission – Warszawa, 22.09.18

The General Assembly of the European Bars Federation (FBE) in Warsaw September 22, 2018, which represents 250 member Bars of Europe and their one million member lawyers, expressed its grave concerns for the present situation of judges, prosecutors, lawyers and journalists in Turkey.

In accordance with the FBE previous and constant position we definitely call upon an end to arbitrary arrest, detention, and prosecution of judges, lawyers and journalists.

We again call for an end to the use of torture and ill treatment by state officials and the investigation of such crimes.

We demand the full protection of independence of the legal and journalism professions in Turkey, and the respect for human rights of judges, lawyers and journalists and we give our full support to our colleagues in Turkey.

Resolution on Human Rights in Poland, proposed by FBE Human Rights Commission – Warszawa, 22.09.18

The General Assembly of the European Bars Federation (FBE) in Warsaw September 22, 2018, which represents 250 member Bars of Europe and their one million member lawyers, expressed its grave concerns for the present situation of judges and lawyers in Poland.

Unfortunately FBE still recognises progressive erosion of the independence of Judges, prosecutors, lawyers and the administration of justice because of the widely understood  intervention of the government in the appointment and dismissal of Judges, failure to respect the decisions of the Courts and interference in the prosecution service.

FBE also expresses its concern about the changes introduced in the Polish Supreme Court and the disciplinary and explanatory proceedings initiated against individual judges.

Resolution on attacks on the life and integrity of Serbian lawyers and their families – Warszawa, 22.09.18

On September 22nd, 2018, the FBE’s General Assembly, representing about 250 member Bars together with their one million member lawyers, expressed its deep concern about the attacks on the life and integrity of Serbian lawyers and their families over the past three years, which resulted in the death of two lawyers, Dragoslav Ognjanovic and Vladimir Zrelec and Nemanja Stojanović. 

We draw attention to the fact that any attack on a lawyer in connection with the practice of a lawyer is an attack on the act of justice itself. 

We appeal to all Serbian Authorities to identify and judge as soon as possible the perpetrators of the murder and to take concrete steps to provide security and protection to Serbian lawyers in order to prevent such criminal activity in the future.

Resolution on the violation of the rule of law in Romania – Warszawa, 22.09.18

On September 22nd, 2018, the FBE’s General Assembly, representing 250 member bars together with its one million member lawyers, expressed its deep concern about the continued violation of the rule of law by the ruling party through legislative initiatives that cut down the fight against corruption and make judges and prosecutors vulnerable to political interference, as well as through the procedures of changing the National Anticorruption Directorate Chief Prosecutor, the Prosecutor General and the leadership of the Judicial Inspection for political purposes.

We call on the Romanian Government immediately to stop all these measures and to continue its efforts against corruption through legislation against corruption that does not favour political people and through procedures for selecting the leadership of judges that observe their independence and the overall judicial system.

Resolution on violation of the right of free speech in Romania – Warszawa, 22.09.18

On September 22nd, 2018, the FBE’s General Assembly, representing 250 member bars together with its one million member lawyers, expressed its deep concern about the violation of the right of free speech of Romanian citizens, travelling for the most part from the diaspora to Bucharest, on August 10th, 2018, to protest against corruption, when the Romanian law enforcement, under the pretext of restoring order, used excessive force against peaceful demonstrators with a view of intimidating and dispersing them.

We call upon the authorities of the Romanian State to identify and punish all abuses of the law enforcement and to take immediate measures to observe the right to free expression in Romania and not to use force to repress this right.