DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2022 – focus country Colombia

Since 2009, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer has taken  place on the 24th of January, in multiplecities, countries and continents across the globe. January 24 was chosen as the annual International Day of the Endangered Lawyer because on this day in 1977, four lawyers and a co-worker were murdered at their address at Calle Atocha 55 in Madrid,  an event that came to be known as   as the Massacre of Atocha.

The purpose of this international day is to draw the attention of the civil society and the public authorities to the situation of lawyers in a particular country, in order to raise awareness about the threats that they face in the exercise of their profession. Thus, this Day has been dedicated in previous years to countries including Azerbaijan (2021), Pakistan (2020), Turkey (2019 & 2012), Egypt (2018), China (2017), Honduras (2016), The Philippines (2015), Colombia (2014), Basque Country/Spain (2013), and Iran (2010).

This year, for the second time, the Day of Endangered Lawyers focuses on Colombia, where the persecution of human rights lawyers has increased and prevents them from practicing their profession.