Seeking Redress for Violations of the Rights of Human Rights Lawyers Before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Newsletter of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders (African Commission on Human and People's Rights), 8th Ed., 10-14 (April 2013)
9 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2015
Date Written: February 28, 2013
Lawyers, as a result of their education, occupation and profile, often find themselves targeted by government actors for attempting to ensure clients are afforded their basic human rights, insisting a government comport with its own laws, or simply carrying out basic legal tasks. Bringing a claim before the Commission is not the answer for every situation. There must be a substantive violation of a right guaranteed by the Charter and local remedies must be exhausted, among other requirements. And the process can take a very long time. But, in some cases, it may be the best option for a lawyer, who, in defending others or attempting to advance human rights, has found his or her own rights violated. A well drafted communication (and subsequently submitted materials), cognizant of Commission rules and jurisprudence, could result in a recommendation from the Commission that facilitates the recognition of the lawyer’s rights when the state has previously refused to do so.
JEL Classification: K14, K33
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