Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

November 12, 2008 14:02 ET

Law Society Supports Fact-Finding Mission Investigating Human Rights Situation in the Philippines

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2008) - The situation of attacks against lawyers in the Philippines has been ongoing for several years, as was outlined in a 2006 investigative report titled From Facts to Action. The report noted incidents of serious harassment, intimidation and killings of lawyers and judges in the Philippines as a result of the performance of their professional duties.

The Law Society of Upper Canada endorsed the recommendations for intervention in the 2006 report along with the Asian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada.

Since the Law Society first learned of the grave human rights situation faced by judges and lawyers in the Philippines, it has regularly intervened through letters of intervention and endorsed the intervention efforts of external organizations.

Information about the situation of lawyers and judges in the Philippines was first brought to the Law Society's attention in a report of a fact finding mission conducted by Netherlands Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation in 2006. This same group is about to conduct a follow-up verification and fact-finding mission.

At present, the verification and fact finding mission scheduled for November 4-13, 2008 is supported by the Netherlands Bar Association, the Flemish Bar Association (Belgium), Amsterdam Bar Association, Netherlands Association for the Judiciary, Netherlands Judges for Judges Foundation, Netherlands Lawyers without Borders Foundation, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada.

Contact Information

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    Roy Thomas
    Director of Communications
    (416) 947-7619

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