AGL DEFENDS ARTISTS ACROSS THE WORLD
"Every work of art is an uncommitted crime."

T.Adorno

Avant-Garde Lawyers (AGL) is a global network of lawyers committed to defending artists and their right to free expression.

AGL provides high-level legal assistance to artists regarding the rights they own and enables access to justice for artists unable to afford it.

AGL’s legal services are available for individual artists as well as organizations representing artists.

 

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Mustafa Gamal and Galal El-Behairy

AGL send letter to President El-Sisi

19 May 2020

On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, it is customary in Egypt to release or pardon prisoners from jail. We appeal President El-Sisi to pardon poet Galal El-Behairy and to release web designer Mustafa Gamal and to give them the chance to spend Eid al-Fitr with their families.

AGL WORK FEATURED IN UN REPORT

January 2Oth 2020

AGL’s work recognized in the latest report of the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. “All such efforts are essential and should be supported and magnified by other human rights groups.” AGL acknowledges and fully supports the work of the Special Rapporteur to raise the profile of cultural rights defenders (CRDs) and give their work greater visibility.

Final ruling in the case of Taeyong Jeong

October 28th 2019

 

AGL’s defense team succeeds in averting a prison sentence of one year for the Korean graffiti artist, Taeyong Jeong! AGL argued for the first time in a court of law that graffiti is a form of social and political commentary deserving of protection under international human rights law.

FINAL RULING IN THE CASE OF ARTIST FERHAT TEMEL

October 3rd 2019

The French National Court for Asylum granted Ferhat Temel the refugee status. Ferhat Temel is a musician of Kurdish origin from the Tunceli Province in Turkey. After the tentative coup d’état in 2016, Ferhat fled Turkey and arrived in France where he asked for asylum.
 

Art under pressure: decree 349 restricts creative freedom in cuba

March 4th 2019.

AGL Director co-authors white paper on Cuba’s recent Decree 349, a piece of legislation whichcodifies and institutionalizes flagrant restrictions on free speech, free association and creativeexpression in Cuba.

Joint Statement at the Human Rights Council's 40th session in Geneva

March 1st 2019

Avant-Garde Lawyers, Artists at Risk Connection and Freemuse made a joint statement during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights during calling for the adoption of a UN Declaration on the Rights of Artists. The joint statement was made during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights during, Karima Bennoune.

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