Hogan Lovells’ Pro Bono Efforts with Freedom Now Help Launch U.N. Arbitrary Detention Database

WASHINGTON, D.C, 14 November 2011 – Hogan Lovells announced today that its longtime pro bono client, Freedom Now, has released a database of U.N. human rights cases in conjunction with the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Thomson Reuters.

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) Document Search web site was designed to enable researchers, lawyers, human rights activists, and the general public to search UNWGAD opinions by country, human rights articles and instruments, type of case, and date. The free database is available in English, French, and Spanish and is accessible at www.unwgaddatabase.org.

“We greatly appreciate the significant pro bono contributions made by the Hogan Lovells lawyers, whose support to Freedom Now helped launch this invaluable resource for human rights advocacy at the United Nations,” said Freedom Now Executive Director, Maran Turner.

“In addition to the pro bono casework we regularly handle with Freedom Now, this database project will have a lasting, positive impact on prisoner- of-conscience advocacy globally,” said Hogan Lovells Partner Jeremy Zucker.

The Hogan Lovells team that provided pro bono support to Freedom Now, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that is dedicated to freeing nonviolent prisoners of conscience worldwide, included Jeremy Zucker (Washington), Sara Hill (Denver), Brian D. Eyink, (Washington), Theresa M. House (New York), Eva L. Dietz (New York), Jason J. Porta (New York), Eric Gillman (Washington), Jonathan B. Skowron (Washington), and Maria E. Ramirez (Miami).

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