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The Right to Legal Aid: How British Columbia’s Legal Aid System Fails to Meet International Obligations

Full PDF Version As a result of drastic reductions in funding for legal aid services in British Columbia (BC) over the past fifteen years, the province now fails to meet even the most basic legal aid needs of British Columbians to the point that BC has attracted international criticism from UN human rights bodies. Once a leader within Canada in the provision of comprehensive legal aid programs, BC is now the third lowest province in Canada in per capita legal aid spending. While cuts … [Read More...]


Thailand: Oral Statement to the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council – The Council Must Declare the Coup Illegal

Full PDF Version Mr. Budi Tjahjono's statement delivered 23 June 2014 begins at 21:01 Date: June 20, 2014 Document id: ALRC-COS-26-21-2014 HRC section: Item 4, General Debate Speaker: Mr. Budi Tjahjono of Franciscan International Oral Statement to the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), NGO with general consultative status and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, NGO with special consultative status THAILAND: The Council must declare … [Read More...]

Colombia: Safety of Lawyer Arturo Portilla Lizarazo | Letter

Full PDF Version (English) Monday, September 8, 2014 Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia Palacio de Nariño Carrera 8 No.7-26 Bogotá, Colombia Fax: 011 57 1 596 0631 Dear President Santos; Re: Safety of lawyer Arturo Portilla Lizarazo I am writing on behalf of the Canadian delegates to the recent Fourth International Caravana of Jurists to Colombia and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada. During the 2014 Caravana last week, a group of delegates met with the Asociación de … [Read More...]


Canada: Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Criticisms of Gaza Inquiry are Misleading | Statement

Full PDF Version Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird’s statements slamming recent decisions on Gaza by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) are one-sided and distort the truth. On 11 August 2014, the Minister called the HRC’s decisions on appointments of members of a Gaza commission of inquiry a “sham” and “an utter shame.” These condemnations follow the Minister’s 23 July 2014 statement, which incorrectly claims that the HRC resolution “completely ignores” the responsibility of Hamas … [Read More...]

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LRWC Newsletter: August 2014 Edition

LRWC Action News | Fourth International Colombia Caravana | Education Events | UN Human Rights Council | LRWC Members Contributing Pro Bono in August | LRWC Airmiles Full PDF Version LRWC ACTION NEWS Bahrain LRWC joined 10 other human rights organizations to send a letter calling for the release of Ahmed Humaidan, an award-winning Bahraini photojournalist sentenced to 10 years in prison on 26 March 2014 in connection with his work documenting the ongoing unrest in Bahrain. Mr. … [Read More...]