Colombia: Lawyers and judicial independence at risk

September 3, 2020
The Bar Human Rights Committee has written a joint letter to UN Special Rapporteurs and Inter-American Rapporteurs in response to recent threats received by lawyer Reinaldo Villalba Vargas and his legal team. The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, along with The Law Society of England and Wales, Lawyers for Lawyers, Lawyers’ Rights...

BHRC joins open letter to the President of Colombia: Protect Daniel Prado, Preserve the Independence of the Legal Profession

December 6, 2018
The Bar Human Rights Committee joined other professional bodies in raising concern for the safety of Colombian Lawyer Daniel Prado Albarracin, currently representing victims of crimes committed by the paramilitary group “The 12 Apostles.” The open letter was sent to the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, and was signed by BHRC, the...

A conversation between BHRC and the Welsh Bar: From the peace process in Colombia to the Protection of Refugees”.

April 20, 2018
The Bar Human Rights Committee hosted a special event in Swansea, focusing on opportunities for barristers and students to get involved in BHRC’s international human rights work, followed by a drinks reception sponsored by Angel Chamber, Wales and Chester Circuit and the Hillary RodhamClinton School of Law. BHRC Chair Kirsty Brimelow QC discussed BHRC’s recent work, including...

BHRC seminar – Rupture and Reconciliation in Colombia

October 5, 2016
Speakers: – Gildardo Tuberquia Úsuga Representative of the Internal Council of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó – John Dew Former British Ambassador to Colombia -Gwen Burnyeat Masters candidate in Social Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Researcher on the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó – Kirsty Brimelow QC Chair of...

BHRC welcomes signing of peace accord between Colombian government and Farc rebels

August 25, 2016
The Bar Human Rights Committee welcomes the peace agreement signed today between the Government of Colombia and the Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). Kirsty Brimelow QC, who has been involved in mediation work between the Colombian government and the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, said: “For too long Colombia has been the...

International organisations express their concern on fifth anniversary of the arrest of Colombian human rights defender, David Ravelo Crespo

September 25, 2015
BHRC has joined with other international organisations to express its concern at the ongoing detention of Colombian human rights defender, David Ravelo Crespo. 14th September 2015 marked five years since Mr Ravelo Crespo was arrested. International organsiations have sought to reiterate their concern over the lack of due process in this case which resulted in...