Bar Council Chairman sends message of solidarity to colleagues in Sri Lanka

4 November 2013

The Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, speaking at the Annual Bar Conference on Saturday 2 November has sent a message of solidarity to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka whose Annual Conference is under threat from the Sri Lankan Government, which has threatened to withhold or revoke visas for any international delegates planning on speaking at or attending the event. 

Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar Council, said:

"Whilst we face significant challenges to our justice system and access to justice in this country, we must always remember that colleagues in other jurisdictions are facing far graver challenges. On behalf of the Bar of England and Wales, I want to send a message of solidarity to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, which is having to operate in the face of intolerable interference in freedom of expression and association from its Government. We support the right of Sri Lankan lawyers to operate freely and independently from Government and will continue to speak up on their behalf."

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  • Fair access to justice for all

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  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

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