LRWC Newsletter: December 2012 – January 2013 Edition

Please click here to view LRWC’s December 2012-January 2013 Newsletter.

In this issue:

LRWC letters/statements

  • Bangladesh: proposed law restricts NGOs and freedoms of assembly and expression contrary to ICCPR. 
  • Cameroon: LRWC calls for protection for lawyers and repeal of criminal sanctions against homosexuality. 
  • Canada: Mounted Police Professional Association balks at Bill C-42 torture provisions.
  • Canada: LRWC and others urge PM and the Governor General to meet with Chief Spence.
  • China: Mao Hengfeng, human rights defender arbitrarily detained again.
  • Costa Rica: call to protect freedoms of lawyers and biologists opposing mining by Canadian subsidiary. 
  • Sri Lanka: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Shirani Bandaranayake impeached. 
  • Turkey: Mass trial adjourned to March 28, 2013, 26 lawyers remain in jail.
  • Turkey: 15 more lawyers arrested; 4 convicted and receive lengthy sentences. 
  • Vietnam: lawyer Le Quoc Quan arrested again.


Upcoming Events

  • The Challenge of Implementing International Human Rights in Sri Lanka – On February 14 at 3:00 pm at Osgoode Hall Law School and February 15 at 1:00 pm at the Law Society of Upper Canada, sponsored by LRWC, Amnesty and the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.
  • Indigenous Law as a Solution to Resource Conflict in Treaty 8 – At the Vancouver Public Library on February 28 at 7:00 pm with Caleb Behn.


December/January Events

  • Rights under Attack: Day of Dissent – Videos of Panel 2 and the talk by Pearl Eliadis online
  • Debunking the Doctrine of Discovery – Power point presentation available on request.


Notable Decisions and Law Suits

  • Spain: The European Court of Human Rights declares Franco-era enforced disappearance complaint inadmissible.
  • Canada: Mikisew and Frog Lake Cree Nations challenge legality of Bills C-38 and 45 in Federal Court.