The protection of fundamental and human rights is one of the essential objectives of the German Bar Association (DAV), which is also reflected in its statutes. To strengthen the commitment in this area the DAV committee for human rights was established in 2010. The committee provides information to the Executive Board and the President and advises them with regard to human rights issues.
All activities are designed to strengthen human rights through means of law, especially in areas in which the professional activity of lawyers is being put into question or in cases where citizens’ access to legal assistance is difficult or absent.
The DAV considers itself a platform for lawyers who, due to their work, are personally harassed, persecuted or obstructed in performing their duties. Recent statements on such human rights issues can be found in the news tab.
In this context, the DAV has also established a wide network of international connections, which makes it possible to raise a voice – or act outside of the sphere of public attention. This network does not only include the international umbrella organizations of legal professions, but also well-known independent and civil society actors for human rights on a national and international level. These include Amnesty International, PRO ASYL, church and charity associations, the German Institute for Human Rights, Defense Lawyers Associations, the Republican Lawyers Association, the Dutch foundation “Lawyers for Lawyers” and the Peace Brigades International (PBI).