Editor: Stuart Russell
Defending the lawyers involved in human rights cases have been a major concern of the International Association of People’s Lawyers, since its foundation in 2000. IAPL was created to gather lawyers involved in the legal support of collective struggles for people’s rights and in situations of gross rights violations.
At the latest 5th Congress, in Rio de Janeiro, there were reports presented of persecution of lawyers and disrespect of the exercise of legal profession from all the countries attending. As people’s lawyer Romeo Capulong used to say, repression breeds resistance and the more the people’s struggle is repressed and the more ruthless the regime is, it affects lawyers and human rights defenders.
The creation of the IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers is a development of this concern, and it goes along with other initiatives for studying, documenting and denouncing these attacks worldwide and offering contributions to restore and apply justice for such violations.