Public organization “Office of civil freedoms”, with the financial support of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – Tajikistan, held a two-day training for lawyers of Khatlon region, on the topic: “Important features of the protection of lawyers, human rights defenders, journalists and representatives of civil society”. The training was held in an interactive format with group works. In groups, the participants of the training worked with specific cases, where they built strategies for protection, preparation and submission of applications to the necessary authorities. Trainers were such experienced lawyers as Dilafruz Samadova – a successful lawyer, consultant of the International commission of jurists (ICJ), a lawyer with many years of experience – Umed Niezov. During the two-day training, the participants discussed such topics as: Important features of protection mechanisms at the national level, the guarantee of independence in the activities of lawyers, human rights defenders and civil society, the consolidation of a unified protection strategy at the national level, the media – providing information as a protection mechanism and so on.

Have you ever wondered: what is the role and mission of a lawyer?

The answer may seem easy at first glance, but it is important enough. Protect, that’s one of the main tasks of the lawyer. Protect the interests of people, their dignity, protect human rights and their value. To protect the person, because he first of all the person who has honor and dignity, lawful rights and freedoms. It’s only a small part of what lawyers do in our society.

If we delve deeper into history, we can see how lawyers have played an important, and at the same times, key role in shaping the concept of human rights.

Everyone knows that in the United States, a little over a hundred years ago, slavery — the right to own another person as chattels — was the law of the state, enshrined in the Constitution, enforced  by the police and courts, practiced as a customary law in half of  the States. Until 1850, it was impossible to imagine that slavery was a gross violation of human rights, but a group of lawyers decided to do it. They were called crazy and their words were not taken seriously, but 15 years after the Civil war, an amendment to the Constitution was passed that abolished slavery in the United States.

Another example is Mahatma Gandhi. When in 1915 a young lawyer, Mahatma Gandhi, in the face of violence, declared that all people on the planet earth, not just Europe, have the same rights. When Martin Luther king, Nelson Mondella, many lawyers and ordinary citizens, demanded social justice, racial equality and the exercise of their legitimate rights and freedoms, not everyone understood and accepted their position, but they continued to defend their interests and the interests of their citizens. Those who today promote human rights, the rule of law, oppose discrimination and torture are not giants or super-heroes. These are people, mothers, fathers, teachers, human rights activists, journalists and of course lawyers.

Lawyers who defend human rights in different regions of the country understand that the law, the Constitution, the rule of law are not words on the paper, not a history lesson, they are not speeches and not advertising. This is the responsibility that they bear every day when they represent the interests of citizens in judicial processes, this is respect for each other and protection of those in need.

We remind you that the training for lawyers of Khatlon region was conducted by the Public organization “Office of civil freedoms” with the financial support of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – Tajikistan. The training was held within the framework of the project “Creating a positive image of human rights defenders”.


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