COLAP is an organization founded on June 18, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal during the Sixth Conference of Lawyers of Asia and the Pacific. The Conference was attended by human rights lawyers, law professors and students, judges and prosecutors from Bangladesh India, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam.
Previous to the Kathmandu conference, five Conferences of Lawyers of Asia and the Pacific were organized at New Delhi (India), Tokyo (Japan), Hanoi (Vietnam), Seoul (South Korea) and Manila(Philippines) through the initiative of members of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.
The conferences extensively discussed the contemporary challenges to the peoples and their movements in Asia Pacific such as those involving peace, human rights, development, democracy, international solidarity, sovereignty, self-determination and other peoples’ issues. The outcomes of these conferences have been strongly supported by peoples’ organizations and movements and were employed in their particular campaigns.
The Confederation was established with the aim of strengthening and consolidating the contribution and gains of these conferences.
COLAP membership is open to national organizations of human rights lawyers, law teachers and students, judges and prosecutors from Asia-Pacific. The Confederation’s mandate is to promote peace, people’s lawyering and uphold human rights and the right to self-determination of the peoples of the region.
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