On 7 June 2017 we were joined by Rahila Gupta, Jo Magpie, and Margaret Owen, to speak about their experiences of Women's Revolution in Rojava. You can listen below to the talk they gave.
Solidarity with Egyptian Lawyers!
On 24 January 2017 members of the Haldane Society gathered at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in London to protest against the treatment of lawyers by the Egyptian regime. Our European affiliates in the ELDH have prepared a report on the situation for Egyptian lawyers which makes for grim reading.
Solidarity with Chinese Lawyers!
Lawyers not just in Egypt but around the world face continue to face persecution for doing their jobs. Concern has particularly been expressed recently regarding the treatment of Chinese Lawyers. The Haldane Society has released the following statement:
"On the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2017, the Haldane Society for Socialist Lawyers expresses solidarity with lawyers in the People’s Republic of China and condemns all state intimidation, violence and detention Chinese legal practitioners are subject to.
In the summer of 2015 over 300 human rights lawyers, legal assistants and activists were detained, interrogated and imprisoned in what became known as the ‘709 Crackdown’, following the first arrest of Human Rights Lawyer Wang Yu on the 9th July. A number of those detained during this wave of repression remain in prison, charged with “subversion” and “inciting subversion”. Some have reported torture. Other lawyers detained during the 709 Crackdown have been released but banned from leaving the country.
As Socialist Lawyers, the Haldane Society stands against all forms of state violence and intimidation. Lawyers in China must be empowered to undertake their professional duties free from executive judicial intervention; free from state harassment, intimidation, arbitrary detention and imprisonment."
The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, alongside our comrades across Europe, condemn the Turkish Minister of Interior’s ban on the Progressive Lawyers Association (CHD) and offer our solidarity to the Turkish lawyers in their fight for human rights and justice under the present Turkish regime.
The Haldane Society echoes the demand of the ELDH and EDL that the Turkish government respects the professional work and role of lawyers, and complies in particular with Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as Art. 16 and 18 of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
We have reproduced below the press release of our European affiliates ELDH and EDL:
On Friday 11th November the Turkish Minister of Interior, announced a three month ban of all activities of the Progressive Lawyers Association (CHD), an organisation affiliated with the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the Freedom Lawyers Association (ÖHD). Both are also affiliated to the European Association for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH). The ban is based on art. 11 of the emergency laws.
The Minister is justifying this ban by referring to activities of our Turkish colleagues as a “threat to national security”. The offices of CHD and ÖHD have been sealed.
CHD was founded in 1974 and has 11 branches and more than 3000 members. CHD is presently conducting a campaign against torture in Turkey, an inhumane practice that increased significantly after the attempted coup of July 15 2016 and the intensification of the war against the Kurdish autonomist movement.
This unjustified attack against CHD and ÖHD is a flagrant violation of the freedom of association, the rights of human rights defenders, and the right of arrestees to an effective defence.
We, democratic lawyers and human rights defenders who are participating in the international conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations covenants on human rights, vigorously condemn this new attack of the Erdogan administration against its opponents.
We demand that these attacks against lawyers critical of government policies cease immediately, and that the state of emergency be ended forthwith. This governmental action is a pretext for massive violations of the fundamental rights of the Turkish people and their legal representatives.
Whitewashing Justice: Race and the Criminal Justice System
The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers invites you to our free public lecture on Whitewashing Justice: Race and the Criminal Justice System.
Speakers will be:
- Leslie Thomas QC, leading silk from Garden Court Chambers
- Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg who was killed by police.
Tickets do not need to be pre-booked, but you can sign up and share the event on Facebook.
Annual General Meeting and Elections
We also welcome all members to our AGM which will be held after the lecture.
The AGM will debate the policy of the Society over the next year, and will elect the Officers and Executive Committee.
If you are interested in submitting motions for debate, or in standing for election, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 December 2016 at 6.30pm. Alternatively, candidates for election who have not been nominated in advance can be nominated in person at the AGM.
Both events will take place at BPP University Law School, 68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY.
Tickets On Sale
Tickets are now on sale for the Haldane Society Winter Party. It will be held on the evening of Friday 9 December 2016 at Garden Court Chambers.
Tickets will be available on the door, but early bird tickets are now available at a discounted rate of £10 (£8 student/unwaged/low waged).
Your ticket price includes unlimited food, drink, and comradeship all evening.
Along with all food and drink being included in the ticket price, we can now confirm that we will be joined by renowned Marxist Magician Ian Saville.
FOR more than 35 years, Ian Saville has been working his socialist magic and Marxist ventriloquism at clubs, concerts, fundraisers and political benefits.
Combining corny but annoyingly mysterious “How does he do that?” tricks with ventriloquism involving Karl Marx, Bertholt Brecht and William Morris, his act is always thought-provoking and a topical celebration of socialist ideas.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women recently sought submissions from bodies across the globe dealing with the need for a separate legally binding treaty on violence against women with its separate monitoring body.
The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the Haldane Feminist Lawyers made detailed submissions which should assist the Special Rapporteur in determining how to proceed.
Protesting the state: the law on protests and demonstrations: Thursday 27 October 2016, 6.30pm, BPP University Law School
The first lecture of our series will have speakers Jacob Bindman (Garden Court Chambers), Catherine Rose (Haldane Society Legal Observers), and Kevin Blowe (Netpol).
Joint enterprise in the wake of Jogee: Wendesday 23 November 2016, 6.30pm, University of Law
Our series' second lecture will feature speakers Joanne Cecil (Garden Court Chambers) and Gloria Morrison (JENGbA).
On 25 April 2016 the Haldane Society were joined by Jane Fae, Julian Norman, and Stephen Whittle to discuss the issue of conditional consent.