AIJA urges UN Member States to recognise, uphold and protect the rule of law
14 July 2020
A joint call for action - signed by 50 bar associations, law societies, and national and international lawyers' associations, including AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers - has been issued on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
The call for action reaffirms the relevance and the universality of the Basic Principles and notes with "great concern the increasing frequency, globally, of attacks and interferences both on the independence of the legal profession, and against lawyers individually, including threats, intimidation, retaliation, harassment and interference in the discharge of lawyers’ professional functions. Lawyers are exposed to arbitrary sanctions, including arrest, prosecution or deprivation of licence to practice law, and/or to situations in which governments fail to safeguard lawyers adequately where their security is threatened as a result of engaging intheir profession".