Amnesty Scotland in appeal for lawyers

Amnesty International's Scottish office is launching a recruitment drive among lawyers on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Its Scottish Lawyers Network, which is supposed to represent victims of human rights violations around the world, has been dormant for some time, according to Amnesty's Jocelyn Cockburn. But she said there had already been “a lot of interest” following the re-launch of the network at an Edinburgh rally last week.

The network plans to hold a meeting at the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh in May to discuss the UDHR, which Amnesty regards as the foundation of all international human rights law.

At Amnesty's rally this month, three Algerian speakers spoke about the seven-year conflict in their country.

Scottish lawyers interested in joining the network should contact Jocelyn Cockburn at Amnesty International's Scottish office, 11 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DR, Tel: 0131 557 2957.