Colombia: The Day of the Endangered Lawyer, 24 January 2022 | Register now

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24 January 2022, 5-7 pm Eastern (2-4 pm Pacific) online

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In 2022, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, marked annually on 24 January will feature the situation of lawyers in danger in Colombia.

An online event is currently being planned by the Law Society of Ontario, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, and Human Rights Watch Canada. The event is scheduled to take place online on 24 January 2022, from 5:00-7:00 pm Eastern (2:00 to 4:00 pm Pacific).

While the event will have its main focus on Colombia, the situations in several other countries will also be discussed. Confirmed speakers include human rights defenders from Colombia, Hong Kong and Myanmar.

The Coalition for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer has prepared a 27-page briefing paper available in English (pdf) and Espanol (.pdf).

Speakers include:

  • Teresa Donnelly, Treasurer, Law Society of Ontario
  • Catherine Morris, Executive Director, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
  • Dennis Kwok, Former Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Centre, Distinguished Scholar, Georgetown University
  • Payam Akhavan, Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague, Special Advisor on Genocide, Prosecutor’s Office, The International Criminal Court, Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, and Senior Fellow, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
  • Yessika Hoyos Morales, Lawyer, José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective, Colombia
  • Manny Maung, Myanmar Researcher, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Heather Neun, Board Member and Colombia Monitor, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
  • Tanya Walker, Bencher & Co-Chair, Human Rights Monitoring Group, Law Society of Ontario
  • Julian Falconer, Bencher & Co-Chair, Human Rights Monitoring Group, Law Society of Ontario

The annual  international Day of the Endangered Lawyer has taken place on the 24th of January since 2009. Since then, the international coalition for the Day of the Endangered Lawyers has featured one country each year to heighten international awareness of the central role of lawyers in upholding the rule of law, and to highlight the dangers they face in many countries. In previous years the Day of the Endangered Lawyers has featured Azerbaijan (2021), Pakistan (2020), Turkey (2012 & 2019), Egypt (2018), China (2017), Honduras (2016), The Philippines (2015), Basque Country/Spain (2013), and Iran (2010). In 2021, the dramatic increase in dangers to Colombian lawyers since 2020 led the coalition to feature Colombia for a second time in 2022.