Waleed Abu al-Khair
Waleed Abu al-Khair is one of the best-known voices for democratic and human rights reforms in Saudi Arabia.
Lawyer incommunicado detained and denied medical care
Human rights defender and journalist from Syria was, due to his human rights activities, never accepted at the Syrian Bar Association to work as a lawyer.
Prominent human rights lawyer was released, after serving his sentence of 5 years of imprisonment concerning his activities as a lawyer
Human rights lawyer arrested and convicted because of forming the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC) and taking on politically sensitive cases
Elderly lawyer criticises regime in Syria again after his release from jail
Javid Houtan Kian
Human rights lawyer arrested regarding communication with German journalists over Ashtiani case
Lawyer defending female rights is since February 2011 detained in notorious Evin prison
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah
Co-founder Defender of Human Rights Center (DHRC) serving his prison sentence of 9 years
Lawyer of Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani continues his work from Oslo after he fled Iran
Known criticaster for imposing capital punishment on minors, in spring of 2011 free after one year of prison sentence
Acquitted human rights defender starts procedure against European Union at the European Court of Justice, based on human rights clause
Human rights lawyer unexpectedly released early
Kurdish lawyer sentenced to 2,5 years in jail, for public performance on television and critical documents on internet
Human rights defender received 3 years of prison sentence but was released early in June 2011. Before this sentence he was already disbarred for life.
Co-fouder of DHRC sentenced to a prison sentence of 9 years and disqualified from his profession for 10 years
During eruption of crisis in Syria Razan Zeitounah had to go into hiding for she feared to be arrested
Lawyer and President of Kurdisch Committee for Human Rights ran the risk of being disbarred
Defender of female rights sentenced in absentia to a prison term of six years and 74 lashes
Papuan human rights lawyer third on jury's shortlist for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award
Papuan human rights lawyer third on jury's shortlist for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award
Cù Huy Hà Vũ
Vietnamese lawyer arrested for giving interviews to the foreign media
Le Quoc Quan
Vietnamese lawyer has been harassed constantly since 2007
Huynh Van Dong
Human Rights lawyer from Vietnam has been disbarred for taking on high profile political cases and defending a number of democracy and religious activists
Rose Beatrix Cruz-Angeles
Military lawyer victim of threats and intimidation for her pro bono work for rebel soldiers
Lawyer received death threats in response to controversial cases against landowners and agricultural companies
Numerous cases of harassment against youngest human rights lawyer of the Philippines
Felidito Dacut (1954-2005)
After a long time still no proper investigation by authorities into the murder of human rights lawyer
Remigio ‘Ming’ Saladero
Union lawyer and chairman of the Pro Labour Legal Assistent Center on the Philippines was multiple times arrested and prosecuted
Concepcion ‘Connie’ Brizuela (1953-2009)
Lawyer was murdered in brutal way because of elections
Le Thi Cong Nhan
Known dissident has been, after serving 3 years of prison sentence, placed under house arrest for the coming 3 years
Le Cong Dinh
Representer human rights activists was arrested in his own office. His law license was revoked, and he was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment
Nguyen Van Dai
Lawyer and founder of Committee of Human rights was, after serving a four year sentence, placed under house arrest
Prominent lawyer dissapeared on 12 maart 2004
Lawyer who has taken on a number of so-called ‘politically sensitive’ cases and represented women’s rights activist Ms Wei Tingting arrested and released on bail
Well-known human rights lawyer arrested in connection with Tiananmen protests commemoration
Shandong lawyer representing farmers who have lost their land in pretrial detention since November 2012
Lawyer detained in 'education camp', missing since 5 June 2012
Unknown where lawyer in Falun Gong cases currently is
Beijing-based rights lawyer serves 3-and-a-half year prison sentence
Human rights lawyer convicted to four-year prison sentence by Beijing court on 27 January 2014
Health of Chinese defender of Falun Gong followers in prison, sentenced to 7 years, seriously deteriorating
Legal scholar, lawyer and human rights activist. Before being disbasserd, Teng Biao defended activists who stand up for HIV victims and for Tibetan freedom fighters.
Asma Jahangir is President of the Supreme Court bar Association of Pakistan, and has for years fought to defend the rights of religious minorities, women and children.
J. C. Weliamuna
Executive director of the Sri Lankan branch of the anti-corruption organization possibly target of intimidation campaign by government
Arrested on charges of bribery and fraud and sentenced to nine years in prison in January 2015. This sentence was reduced on appeal to three years and eight months. Qudratov had provided legal assistance to the former minister, Zaid Saidov
Arrested and charged with forgery in March 2014. At the time of his arrest he was also representing Zaid Sadov. Zokirov was released after eight months in detention on the condition that he would no longer defend Saidov.
Arrested in September 2015 and charged with, amongst other things, fraud under Tajikistan’s Criminal Code. At the time of his arrest Yorov had just started to represent thirteen leaders of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) which was banned and declared a terrorist organization by the Supreme Court of Tajikistan in September 2015.
On October 22, 2015, the Police Unit for Combating Organized Crime arrested Nuriddin Makhkamov, a lawyer who worked for Yorov’s law firm Sipar. Makhkamov, who, like Yorov, was representing arrested IRPT members, faces swindling charges.
Ayşe Bingöl Demir
Lawyer working on cases of internally displaced people, guest speaker on L4L-Award seminar 2015
Chechen lawyer received threats for work on politically sensitive cases
Kurdish human rights lawyer among 152 defendants in mega trial
Lawyer from Ankara accused of 'PKK membership'.
Belarus human rights defender arrested to prevent him from talking to the UN
Lawyers is the Chairman of the Legal Commission of the Belarus Helsinki Committee, that is defending human rights in Belarus already since 1995.
Defender critics on the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev successful at the European Court of Human Rights
Lawyer acting for arrested members of opposition and activists, was, together with 4 colleagues, disbarred by the Minsk City Bar
Stanislav Markelov (1974-2009)
Stanislav Markelov was murdered at the age of 34 years because of his work for anti-fascist activists
Alba Cruz Ramos
Defender of political prisoners and victims of torture indicates that repeating threats seriously impede her work.
Human rights lawyer fled because of frequently received death threats, because of her defending victims of torture by the police.
Kenia Oliva Cardona
Lawyer that works for the ‘Comité de Familiares Detenidos Desapericidos en Honduras' was harassed repeatedly
(Nederlands) Advocaat wordt door zijn werk regelmatig bedreigd
Rommel Durán and Leonardo Jaimes Marín
Rommel Durán and Leonardo Jaimes Marín are two Colombian lawyers that frequently receive threats because of their work as lawyers.
Rommel Durán Castellanos
Human rights lawyer hindered and targeted during his legal defence work on cases of human rights violations against forcibly displaced small-scale farmers in rural areas
José Humberto Torres
José Humberto Torres is a lawyer and defender of human rights defenders in the northern part of Colombia. He is under threat due to his participation in cases against paramilitary leaders and members of the Colombian Armed Forces
Lawyers Collective José Alvear Restrepo
CCAJAR defends human rights activists, draws the attention on international level to the human rights situation as currently existing in Colombia, and enlarges the awareness on those rights under lawyers
Jorge Eliecer Molano Rodriguez
Human rights lawyer's phone was tapped, and he was threatened via the internet.
Criminal investigation against lawyer who drafted anti-torture bill
Lawyer arrested after an arrest warrant was issued against him following his call to participate in a demonstration
Lawyer convicted to 1 year and 3 months imprisonment
Abdelrahman Gasim flees abroad after serious mistreatment
Lawyer who has devoted her professional live to upholding the human rights of Cameroon’s LGBT citizens threatened
Human rights lawyer sentenced to two years in prison for 'contempt of court'
Arnold Tsunga is a former lawyer from Zimbabwe and presently the executive director of the Africa Regional Programme of the International Commission of Jurists in South-Africa.
has defended hundreds of human rights activists, members of the opposition and civilians in Zimbabwe. Because of his work as a lawyer Muchadehama is constantly threatened by the Mugabe regime.