Statement of Carolyn B. Lamm, President, _ Re: Arrest in Rwanda of Law Prof. Peter Erlinder

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2010—Peter Erlinder, a lawyer who is part of a defense team representing a Rwandan presidential candidate charged with “genocidal ideology,” has been arrested — apparently in connection with that representation.  The _ urges the government of Rwanda to observe the U.N. Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, which state that lawyers “shall not be identified with their clients or their clients’ causes as a result of discharging their functions” and that “governments shall ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference.”  These principles also provide that “lawyers like other citizens are entitled to freedom of expression, belief, association and assembly.”  The ABA calls upon the government of Rwanda to abide by these principles, and refrain from harassment of lawyers practicing law consistent with their professional obligations.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Comments (5)

  • Mwambwamwe
    11:32 AM June 8, 2010

    Erlinder is not arrested for his defence of “the presidential candidate” madam President. He is arrested because he abused the very principles that were supposed to protect him by becoming chief “thinker” of the Genocide deniers.

    Imagine Madam President, the lead Holocaust denier going to Israel to defend a Nazi War criminal trying to run that country.

    Please do a bit of research before demonstrating your usual patronizing views


  • Mwambwamwe
    11:37 AM June 8, 2010

    And please try to establish why Erlinder was denied licence to practice in his Home state.

  • Mwambwamwe
    11:38 AM June 8, 2010

    How much do you know about him, the “Presidential candidate” and the Rwandan Genocide”?

  • Mwambwamwe
    11:43 AM June 8, 2010

    When 1 million people were being butchered Erlinder was defending cop killers. He jumped onto the cases of Genocide Masterminders thinking its similar territory. But dig deeper. You will realize he was not just defending them in court. He went further to try to rewrite history. Minimising the Genocide, shifting the blame to the victims. The sort of thing typical of Genocide deniers. Did you know that Rwanda is not the only country with anti Genocide-denying laws. Do your research Madam

  • Fujiko
    11:00 PM February 26, 2012

    As to your lists, the two best Presidents were Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. The two worst were Jimmy Carter and George W Bush. As for John McCain being a naval oiffcer, so was Jimmy Carter. What is really important for a President is whether he has the insight and talents to drive America toward becoming a stronger and more prosperous country.