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Harassment and intimidation of lawyers is of great concern and must end

30.10.2020 Harassment and intimidation of lawyers is of great concern and must end

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has expressed grave concern over ongoing attacks and intimidation tactics deployed against lawyers in Belarus for carrying out their professional roles.

Babaryka and Kalesnikava’s lawyer to be disbarred

15.10.2020 Babaryka and Kalesnikava’s lawyer to be disbarred

The Ministry of Justice has ordered today to revoke the license of Aliaksandr Pylchanka, counsel for arrested opposition leaders Viktar Babaryka and Maryia Kalesnikava. The ruling is not final, but it is likely to be approved by the Bar Association.

Kalesnikava and Babaryka’s lawyer facing disbarment

09.10.2020 Kalesnikava and Babaryka’s lawyer facing disbarment

Aliaksandr Pylchanka, counsel for arrested opposition leaders Viktar Babaryka and Maryia Kalesnikava, may lose his license as a result of a hearing at the Ministry of Justice scheduled for October 15, according to interfax.by.

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders concerned about Liudmila Kazak’s detention

28.09.2020 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders concerned about Liudmila Kazak’s detention

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Kalesnikava’s lawyer detained

25.09.2020 Kalesnikava’s lawyer detained

Liudmila Kazak, lawyer of arrested opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava, was detained by security forces last afternoon.

Human rights organisations call for immediate release of detained lawyers

12.09.2020 Human rights organisations call for immediate release of detained lawyers

Open statement in connection with the detention of Belarusian lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak

“We need a reform of the legal profession”. Human rights activists present joint report on lawyers in Belarus

29.06.2018 “We need a reform of the legal profession”. Human rights activists present joint report on lawyers in Belarus

On June 29, a coalition of human rights organizations presented a report about ongoing restrictions on the independence of lawyers in Belarus, which was prepared following a mission in January 2018.

Lawyer Hanna Bakhtsina loses appeal in disbarment case

31.10.2017 Lawyer Hanna Bakhtsina loses appeal in disbarment case

The Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk has turned down an appeal filed by defense lawyer Hanna Bakhtsina to challenge the Justice Ministry’s decision, which revoked the counsel’s license due to “lack of professional skills.”

Polish Bar Council expresses 'deep concern' over harrasment of lawyers in Belarus

30.10.2017 Polish Bar Council expresses 'deep concern' over harrasment of lawyers in Belarus

The Human Rights Commission of the Polish Bar Council would like to express its deep concern regarding the activities of the Bar Qualifications Commission of the Ministry of justice of the Republic of Belarus, aimed against advocates fighting for human rights from the Bar Chambers in Minsk and Mahiliou.

Ongoing harassment of lawyers involved in ‘White Legion case’

26.09.2017 Ongoing harassment of lawyers involved in ‘White Legion case’

The Qualification Commission of the Ministry of Justice has carried out the certification of 13 more lawyers. According to information obtained by the Human Rights Center "Viasna", there are five defenders of persons charged in the so-called ‘White Legion case’ among those who were ‘conditionally certified’. In such circumstances, the human rights defenders rule out the possibility of organizing a trial in accordance with the standards of fair justice.

UN Special Rapporteur updated on increasing harassment of lawyers in Belarus

14.09.2017 UN Special Rapporteur updated on increasing harassment of lawyers in Belarus

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has updated Ms. Mónica Pinto, Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the independence of judges and lawyers, on the latest developments related to the pressure on lawyers in Belarus.

Stop government interference in activities of the Bar

13.09.2017 Stop government interference in activities of the Bar

Joint statement of Belarusian human rights organizations

Counsel in White Legion case likely to lose license

12.09.2017 Counsel in White Legion case likely to lose license

The Ministry of Justice has questioned the qualification of lawyer Hanna Bakhtsina, legal representative of Miraslau Lazouski, key defendant in the ‘White Legion case’. As a result, the counsel is likely to lose her license.

Viasna urges international lawyers’ community to support Belarusian counsels

08.09.2017 Viasna urges international lawyers’ community to support Belarusian counsels

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" is calling for solidarity with Belarusian lawyers, who are again targeted by the repressive government.

Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intervene in situation of pressure on lawyers in Belarus

06.09.2017 Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intervene in situation of pressure on lawyers in Belarus

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has written to Ms. Mónica Pinto, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, to express concern over the extraordinary attestation of a number of Belarusian lawyers scheduled for September 12, which may result in the revocation of their licenses.

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