PBI and the Alliance for Lawyers at risk have supported lawyers in countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Lawyers in these regions who challenge those responsible for human rights violations pay an extremely high price - becoming targets of intimidation and repression because of the nature of the cases they take on. They may have their work obstructed, be followed, watched, harassed, subjected to spurious prosecutions, killed or ‘forcibly disappeared’. Many are forced into exile in fear of their lives.
Content of the Webinar
The webinar will feature a screening of the latest film produced by Manu Valcarce on the rule of law and the risks faced by lawyers around the world: “Defending the Rule of Law: Costs and Privileges”. This film discusses the fundamental importance of the rule of law, and of effective justice systems, in upholding human rights and protecting the vulnerable.
The panel will discuss the challenges faced by lawyers in countries where the rule of law is weak and will present a perspective from the field, by hearing from paralegals and lawyers from Colombia, Nepal and Kenya. Representatives of the UK legal, political and diplomatic spheres will share their thoughts on the role of the UK government and the legal community in supporting lawyers at risk, and what the international community can do to strengthen the rule of law and human rights around the world.
Please note the webinar will be in English with Spanish interpretation.