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A network of concerned lawyers and academics has signed a Statement in Support of the Myanmar Legal Community

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During Myanmar’s gradual process of
democratization since 2011 there has been increasing cooperation between the
Myanmar lawyers, judges, legal academics, and judges with the global
community. Throughout this time, many legal experts have worked with Myanmar
professionals in developing the rule of law, strengthening institutions and
legal education. People working in the Myanmar legal system have led this
process and real change was underway. However, all this work was disrupted,
and potentially destroyed, because of the military coup on February 1, 2021.
Since the coup many Myanmar professionals have been reaching out to the
international community to express their willingness to fight peacefully for
the democratic legal system they are building, and to ask for support in
doing this.This Statement, signed by over 350 legal professionals across the
world, expresses grave concerns about the treatment of lawyers by the Myanmar
military regime since the coup on 1 February. Myanmar lawyers cannot represent
their clients, because there is no cooperation from the police and the courts
have ceased to function. Lawyers have been denied access to people who are
detained. Some lawyers have been arrested without warrant. Students have been
arrested and lecturers threatened.The Statement calls for justice, and
repercussions for those involved in the illegal attacks on the legal
community.✊🏾 IN SOLIDARITY ✊🏾 Around 350 academics and human
rights advocates pledged their support and raised their voices against
authoritarian rule and democratic backsliding in Burma/Myanmar. We continue
to stand with the people and resist any more harms against them and the
spirit of democracy! #whatshappeninginMyanmar

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