UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders visits UK

“They are ‘Gandhis’ and ‘Mandelas’. They are ‘Rosa Parks’ and ‘Malalas’. They are also ordinary individuals, lawyers, women activists, community leaders, journalists, unionists and environmentalists who strive to re-claim our rights and promote our freedoms.”

So begins a powerful statement by Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders, ahead of International Human Rights Day on 10 December. The statement emphasises the crucial role of human rights defenders in international law, calling on states to adopt concrete measures for their protection and parliamentarians to be vigilant against laws that restrict civil society space and criminalise human rights activities.

Shakespeare and the Law

PBI UK and Alliance for Lawyers at Risk celebrate the courage of threatened lawyers through the works of Shakespeare at ‘Shakespeare and the Law’ Event

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Shakespeare and the Law - 16 November 2015

PBI UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk cordially invite you to ‘Shakespeare and the Law’ on the evening of 16 November 2015.

Read an article about the event in The Times Law diary here.

PBI UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk are organising a special event on the theme of ‘Shakespeare and the Law’ on 16 November 2015, 6:30 pm to start at 7:00 pm at the Middle Temple Hall.

The evening is being held to honour the courage of lawyers who take risks on a daily basis to defend the Rule of Law. Performances will be given by: Sheila Hancock, Alex Jennings, Juliet Stevenson and Samuel West. As well as recorder players from the Royal College of Music, London performing Fantazias (1680) by Henry Purcell.

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