The International Day of the Endangered Lawyer.

On 24 January of each year, legal associations and international human rights organizations around the globe observe The International Day of the Endangered Lawyer. Each year, the occasion highlights not only the general issues internationally, but also a specific country of concern. This year, that country is Egypt.

Below, please find a variety of documents about the day and its history.

http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/

http://www.eldh.eu/events/event/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2017-255/

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2018/1/24/annual-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-dedicated-to-egypt

http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/news/law-society-marks-the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/

Judge Delissa Ridgway, FBA ILS Board Member and Senior Counselor, was instrumental in coordinating a program with the New York City Bar: https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=IND012418

Leaders in the legal community have issued the following statements in support of this day of observance:

ABA Presidential Statement on The International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, and to a related article in the ABA Journal.

https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2018/01/statement_of_abapre0.html

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/aba_supports_day_of_the_endangered_lawyer

Link to a "tweet" statement from the President of the New York City Bar: https://twitter.com/NYCBarAssnNews/status/956227160372588544

The International Bar Association's International Human Rights Institute similarly issued a statement: http://www.publicnow.com/view/585507E67F77B1AA2CA9131B34F50AF104B28A89?2018-01-24-01:00:10+00:00-xxx1560

Below are a series of links that discuss what led to Egypt being selected as this year's country of concern:

Profiles of Egyptian Lawyers in the Cross-Hairs:

“Day of the Endangered Lawyer – 24 January 2018: Solidarity with Egyptian Lawyers – Basic Report” (at pages 3-9): 

http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Basic-report-Egypt-dec.-2017.pdf

Interactive Map (click on Egypt): https://endangeredlawyers.org/network/

-- Mahienour el-Massry

-- Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

-- Mohamed Azmy

-- Azza Soliman

-- Malek Adly

-- Gamal Eid

-- Negad El Borai

-- Ahmed Ragheb

-- Nasser Amin

-- Hoda Abd El-Wahab

-- Yara Sallam

-- Haitham Mohamedein

-- Dr. Ahmad Abdallah

-- Mohamed Zaree

-- Adam al-Hawashla

-- Khaled Ali

-- Muhammad Abed

-- Ahmed Abdallah

-- Mohamed Sadek

-- Haytham Mohamadeen

-- Hisham El Dafrawy

Reports:

“Day of the Endangered Lawyer – 24 January 2018: Solidarity with Egyptian Lawyers – Basic Report”:

http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Basic-report-Egypt-dec.-2017.pdf

“Amnesty International Report – Egypt – 2016/2017”: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/egypt/report-egypt/

Basic Resources:

U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges & Lawyers:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Judiciary/Pages/IDPIndex.aspx

U.N. Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/RoleOfLawyers.aspx

https://www.un.org/ruleoflaw/blog/document/basic-principles-on-the-role-of-lawyers/

U.N. Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary: 

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/IndependenceJudiciary.aspx

https://www.un.org/ruleoflaw/blog/document/basic-principles-on-the-independence-of-the-judiciary/ 

U.N. Declaration on Human Rights Defenders:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/SRHRDefenders/Pages/Declaration.aspx 

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Defenders/Declaration/declaration.pdf

 Sincerely, Mimi Tsankov Chair, FBA International Law Section

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