Open statement in connection with the detention of Belarusian lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak

September 10, 2020 We express our deep concern at the detention of lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak on September 9, 2020, in Belarus, in a criminal case which is undeniably politically motivated. We consider this to be a gross violation and interference with their professional legal activities and with their rights to express professional […]

Covid-19 – No time to lose ! – Why imprisoned lawyers must be released immediately

The European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH) and the European Democratic Lawyers (AED-EDL) are European lawyers’ organisations with members in over 20 European countries, including Turkey. Both organisations have been monitoring court cases in Turkey for many years, especially the mass trials against lawyers of their two member organisations ÇHD – […]

Imprisoned Lawyers in Turkey: how can we show solidarity?

  How to show solidarity with the situation of lawyers in Turkey? Most of the initiatives of the next months have been cancelled or postponed, to explore the possibilities of continuing our political work you are invited to participate in a zoom conference on Thursday 2nd of April.            


(La versión en español más abajo)   As European Democratic Lawyers we are deeply concerned about the proceedings against two minors and a nineteen-year old, who have been under investigation by Maltese authorities for almost a year.   The context In the night from 25th to 26th of March 2019, a rubber boat left Libya […]

Empty all prisons now !! Svuotare le carceri, subito!!

What has been happening in the last few days in many Italian prisons (Modena, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Padua, Florence, but the list is getting longer by the hour and it seems that there are already 27 prisons involved in the prisoners’ protest, with a number not exactly ascertained – even in its […]

Collective Statement on the situation of refugees in Greece

The signatories acknowledge the recent decision of the Greek Government to increase the level of deterrence at the borders to the maximum, to stop the registration of asylum applications for one month and to turn back to their country of origin or their country of transit anyone trying to enter into Greece illegally, following the […]


Once again, Erdoǧan is using refugees as political pawns. Once again, human rights defenders from different fields and countries are witnessing an illegal and inhuman situation at the border between Greece and Turkey. Official numbers are not available, however, it is clear that thousands of refugees, including a large number of minors, have been manipulated […]

the protection of European borders prevails over the right to asylum

The European Court of Human Right (ECHR) just took a decision in favour of the Spanish authorities, by endorsing the practice known as “push-back” of people trying to reach the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Although another body of the Court had already condemned Spain in 2017 for this illegal practice[1], its Grand Chamber […]

Avocates et avocats de France en grève : on est là !

Avocates et avocats de France en grève : on est là ! Depuis plus de 6 semaines, les avocates et avocats de France sont en grève contre le projet du Gouvernement de réduire leurs droits à la retraite. Le système de retraite des avocates et avocats en France est un exemple de solidarité entre eux, […]


The AED-EDL has been informed of the trial against Lorena Ruiz-Huerta, which has taken place on the 10th of February 2020. Lorena Ruiz-Huerta is accused of slander for statements she made on television in 2014, when she was a practicing lawyer and member of ALA, in which she stated that during her professional work as […]