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Limerick Solicitors Bar Association – Limerick’s legal professionals have come together to support female Afghan judges and their families, who are suffering persecution under Afghanistan’s Taliban regime. Pictured above is Derek Walsh, secretary of Limerick Solicitors Bar Association.

Limerick Solicitors Bar Association help bring female Afghan judges to safety

By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew

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Limerick Solicitors Bar Association have contributed €2,500 to the Bar of Ireland’s ‘Response to the Afghan Crisis’ appeal.

Limerick’s legal practitioners have come together to support female Afghan judges and their families, who are suffering persecution under Afghanistan’s Taliban regime. 

The Limerick Solicitors Bar Association have contributed €2,500 to the Bar of Ireland’s ‘Response to the Afghan Crisis’ appeal.

The nationwide call to action is backed by several facets of Ireland’s legal community, such as the Association of Judges of Ireland, The Law Society of Ireland, and the Irish Chapter of International Association of Women Judges. 

Since the Taliban militant group regained control of Afghanistan in 2021, eleven female Afghan judges have been granted refugee status here in Ireland. A number of these women and their families have already arrived.

Under the Taliban, women are frequently persecuted for pursuing and advocating for education and a right to work, leaving many Afghan legal professionals afraid for their safety.

Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, Chair of the Irish Chapter of International Association of Women Judges, said of the Irish response appeal, “The plight of women judges in Afghanistan requires all of us to do what we can to help those affected as much as possible.

Therefore, we call on our colleagues who can be of assistance to respond to our request for help as soon as possible.” 

In addition to financial assistance, the legal community is asked to consider offering accommodation or networking opportunities to legal refugees.

“The legal community in Ireland is taking a collective stand in solidarity with our colleagues from Afghanistan,” declared James Cahill, President of the Law Society.

“Despite the enormous challenges they have faced in recent months, I am confident that a warm welcome awaits these judges and their families. I encourage colleagues to respond to this urgent and most important call to action.”

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