Attorney Yulia Yurgilevich has been honored with the international legal award

*Yulia Yurgilevich on trial

On September 22, 2023, at the Palace of Justice in Rome, Yulia Yurgilevich, an attorney sentenced to six years in a general regime colony, was awarded the Ludovic-Trarieux Human Right award. 26 European lawyers, members of the Jury, awarded the third round of voting with an absolute majority of 14 votes to her.

A press release states, "Courageous journalist Pavel Mozheika and lawyer Yulia Yurgilevich were sentenced to six years in prison as a result of yet another parody of justice in Belarus. This is a clear attack on those who dare to speak the truth. Journalists and lawyers are persecuted for practicing their profession."

Created in 1984, the "International Human Rights Prize Ludovic -Trarieux” is awarded to "a lawyer, regardless of nationality or Bar, who throughout his career has illustrated, by his activity or his suffering, the defense of human rights, the promotion of defense rights, the supremacy of law, and the struggle against racism and intolerance in any form".

It is the oldest and most prestigious award given to a lawyer in the world, commemorating the memory of the French lawyer, Ludovic Trarieux (1840-1904). The first Prize was awarded on March 29th, 1985 to Nelson Mandela then in jail. The Prize is awarded every year in partnership by the Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Bordeaux, the Human Rights Institute of the Bar of Paris, the Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Brussels, l'Unione forense per la tutela dei diritti dell'uomo (Roma), Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin, the Bar of Luxemburg, the Bar of Geneva, the Bar of Amsterdam as well as the International Union of Lawyers (UIA), the European Bars Federation (FBE) and the Institute of Human Rights of European Lawyers (IDHAE).
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