CCBE Has Communicated a Letter on Yulia Yurgilevich’s Sentence

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) has communicated a letter to Alexander Lukashenko regarding the sentence imposed on Yulia Yurgilevich, calling to do everything possible to restore Yulia’s freedom and drop all charges against her since it is believed that those charges are solely based on her legitimate activities as a lawyer. CCBE recalls that all lawyers should be able to carry out their professional duties without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation or harassment in order to preserve the independence and integrity of the administration of justice and the rule of law.

CCBE draws attention to the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, particularly Principles 16, 17, and on Guarantees for the Functioning of Lawyers and Principle 23 on Freedom of Expression and Association.

The Council of Bar Associations and Legal Communities of Europe (CCBE) represents Bar associations and legal communities of 45 countries, and more than 1 million European lawyers through them. CCBE pays considerable attention to respect for human rights, the rule of law and the position of lawyers and human rights defenders worldwide.
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