News on the topic: lawyers
13.10.2021 Ministry of Justice suspends Tsikhanouski’s key lawyer Natallia Matskevich
Natallia Matskevich, the key lawyer in the trial of opposition activist Siarhei Tsikhanouski, has been suspended by the Ministry of Justice, according to BHC and BAJ.
10.09.2021 Maksim Znak and Liudmila Kazak laureates Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2021
Belarusian lawyers Maksim Znak and Liudmila Kazak will receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2021. The Award will be presented at a ceremony co-hosted by Lawyers for Lawyers and the Amsterdam Bar Association in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam on 18 November 2021.
02.08.2021 Statement on the mounting repression against Belarusian lawyers and the disbarment of Dmitriy Laevski
More than 50 leading lawyers’ organizations, promoting the standards of rule of law and human rights have signed a joint letter on the continuing repressions against lawyers in Belarus and on the disbarment of Dmitriy Laevski.
30.07.2021 UN Human Rights Committee rules in lawyer Aleh Aheyeu’s 2011 disbarment case
The Committee concluded that the “revocation of the author’s lawyer’s licence and the manner it was done reveal a grave and unjustifiable interference by the State party’s authorities with the fundamental principle of the independence of the legal profession.”
12.05.2021 Human rights defenders call to end violations of the right to defense and the presumption of innocence
Statement of human rights organizations in connection with numerous violations of procedural rights and guarantees of defendants and their lawyers in politically motivated criminal cases
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.
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.
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.
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.
25.09.2020 Kalesnikava’s lawyer detained
Liudmila Kazak, lawyer of arrested opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava, was detained by security forces last afternoon.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.