The general right of those who have been arrested and detained to have access to legal advice is recognised in Article 14 of the ICCPR and a variety of other instruments relating to the right to a fair trial. The promptness of access to a lawyer is also most important from the point of view of preventing torture and ill-treatment. The Human Rights Committee has stressed that the protection of the detainee requires prompt and regular access be given to doctors and lawyers and that ‘all persons arrested must have immediate access to counsel’ for the more general protection of their rights. Counsel must communicate with the accused in conditions giving full respect for the confidentiality of their communications. The authorities must also ensure that lawyers advise and represent their clients in accordance with professional standards, free from intimidation, hindrance, harassment, or improper interference from any quarter.
 Human Rights Committee General Comment 20, para. 11.
 Concluding Observations of the Human Rights Committee: Georgia, UN Doc. CCPR/C/79/Add.74, 9 April 1997, para. 28.
 Human Rights Committee, General Comment 13, Article 14 (Twenty-first session, 1984), Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies, U.N. Doc. HRI\GEN\1\Rev.1 at 14 (1994), para. 9.