Cameroon: Jean-Claude Mbédé, Alice Nkom and Michel Togue under threat

LRWC is deeply concerned by the death threats directed at Jean-Claude Roger Mbédé and his lawyers during the last month. Jean-Claude Roger Mbédé is charged with homosexuality and has already spent 16 months in prison. He is targeted for being homosexual and his lawyers, Michel Togue, Alice Nkom and … [Read more...]

Bahrain: Ongoing detention of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab

LRWC is deeply concerned about the ongoing detention of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). Mr. Rajab was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on 16 August 2012 by the Lower Criminal Court. The charges … [Read more...]

Cameroon: Alice Nkom, Michel Togue and Saskia Ditisheim under threat

LRWC is deeply concerned by the broad policy established in Cameroon against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. We urge repeal of the current Cameroon Penal Code provisions that criminalize “sexual relations with a person of the same sex” and punishes such acts with a penalty … [Read more...]

Viet Nam: Ongoing Detention of Mr Le Cong Dinh | Letter

Mr. Le Cong Dinh is a prominent and highly respected human rights lawyer in Viet Nam. On 13 June 2009, security forces from the Ministry of Public Security arrested Mr. Dinh and raided and searched his home and office. He was arrested for “conducting propaganda against the State” under Article 88 of … [Read more...]

Haiti: Recent threats to Mr. Mario Joseph, Mr. Newton St-Juste and Mr. André Michel

Click here to read the full letter (pdf). Ministre de la Justice et de la Securité Publique Jean Renel Sanon 18 avenue Charles Summer Port-au-Prince, Haïti 26 October 2012 Re: Recent threats to Mr. Mario Joseph, Mr. Newton St-Juste and Mr. André Michel Monsieur le Ministre / Dear … [Read more...]

Colombia: Amenazas de muerte contra abogados Jorge Molano y German Romero

Los señores Molano y Romero son reconocidos abogados defensores de derechos humanos. Jorge Molano ha trabajado como jurista y defensor de derechos humanos para varias  organizaciones. Desde 2005 ha trabajado como abogado independiente y asesor jurídico de algunas Organizaciones No Gubernamentales … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka UPR 2012: Rhetoric and Reality

Side Event during the 14th Session of the UPR Working Group Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12h00 - 14h00 Room XXIV (24), Palais des Nations Organised by the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) Co-sponsored by Amnesty International; Asian … [Read more...]

Iran: Demand for the end of harassment of human rights reporter Kouhyar Goudarzi

Lawyers’ Rights Watch of Canada (LRWC) demands that the Iranian government immediately cease the continued and unlawful harassment of Kouhyar Goudarzi. LRWC submits that the harassment of Kouhyar Goudarzi is an attempt to silence his legitimate human rights activities and that his sentence of … [Read more...]

Turkey: Joint brief to the Human Rights Committee, 106th Session, on pre-trial release rights in Turkey

This report, presently jointly by LRWC and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT), to the United Nations Committee Against Torture examines the failure of the Republic of Turkey (Turkey) to comply with its obligations under Articles 9 and 14 of the International … [Read more...]

Canada: Oral Statement | Access to Justice for Indigenous Women and Girls: 21st Session of the Human Rights Council

Recently, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concerns about the extreme levels of violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada and also recommended improved access to justice as part of a remedy. In spite of these recommendations, lack of equal … [Read more...]