In light of the very serious events that have occurred these days in Nicaragua, in which approximately 40 young people have died as a result of the violence exercised by the police and other government forces when they were peacefully protesting against the reform of the Social Security. The International Criminal Justice and Human Rights Commissions, the Commission of Women Lawyers and the Commission of Cooperation of the Bar Association of Barcelona together with the International Criminal Bar (BPI-ICB-CAPI), after a joint meeting,
New year, new member cards of the BPI.
Since the election of the new President Blas J. Imbroda in Valencia, the BPI has worked hard to consolidate and occupy space that we must never lose. The work, effort and struggle of the legal profession in the world for International Criminal Justice, the defense and the values and principles on which it is based form the fight to achieve respect for human rights.
Last week, Mr. Blas J. Imbroda, President of the ICB was invited to the Congress of the Iberoamerican Union of Bar Associations and Law Societies, to make a speech at the roundtable "Human Rights and Right to Justice: effective validity?: discrimination, exclusion and new forms of slavery. Challenges and actions to confront for advocacy and society". The event took place at Foz de Iguazú, the Triple border of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
Yesterday took place at the Bar Association of Barcelona the conference organized by the ICB, of the former President Mrs. Dilma Rousseff "Brazil: State of exception and threatened democracy", moderated by the Secretary General of the ICB, Mrs. Erika Torregrossa and presented by the president emeritus of the ICB, Mr. Luis del Castillo Aragón.
The fundamental objective of the legal profession is the defense of the fundamental rights and freedoms and the dignity of the people, among which is the effective equality between men and women.
Historically, the struggle of the advocacy has been the struggle for rights and equality. There cannot be a democratic society in which women are discriminated, or in which equality is not totally effective. It is unacceptable to be a part of a society in which you receive a lower salary for the fact of being a woman. A society that prefers to have men instead of women in positions of responsibility, a society that hinders the fact of being a mother or a society in which women are mistreated. Ultimately, we cannot and should not admit, under any circumstances, a society in which women are treated differently, are undervalued and are discriminated against for the fact of being a woman. This has been and remains a claim and a historical struggle of the legal profession.