Drystone supports Human Rights Defenders

17 February 2017

The United Nations recognises Human Rights Defenders as deserving of particular protection for their work. In partnership with the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, Drystone Chambers hosted two fellows on the University's Protective Fellowship Scheme.

Johana Rocha Gomez is the founder and a practising lawyer at the NGO, Centro de Estudios para la Justieia Social 'Tierra Digna', which is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the territory, life and culture of communities affected by extractive development projects promoted by the Colombian government and private enterprises.

Doaa Mostafa is a lawyer at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), an NGO that has led the campaign to stop enforced disappearances in Egypt.  ECRF acts for the family of the Italian student Giulio Regeni. 

The fellows shadowed members of chambers on a range of Human Rights cases concerning extradition to Colombia, Romania and the UAE culminating in a successful challenge to extradition to the UAE in defence of an executive in the oil and gas industry. 

We are grateful to both fellows for their contributions to our seminar on Business and Human Rights co-hosted with Kingsley Napley LLP. The seminar reviewed the response of business to the UN Guiding Principles, and discussed developments in domestic and international law on remedies for Human Rights breaches. 

We wish Johana and Doaa every success in their research and look forward to continuing our support on their return to practice.