Iran: Furlough request for Abdolfattah Soltani | Letter

To: Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Republic; President Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad From: Hugh Gwillim, LRWC Re: Request for Furlough for human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani Date: March 26, 2013 Lawyers’ Rights Watch of Canada (LRWC) requests that an appropriate bail … [Read more...]

The Accountability Gap: Canadian Mining in Mexico (and Beyond) | April 17

Wednesday, April 17 Vancouver Public Library, central branch, lower level, 350 West Georgia Street Doors open at 6:30 pm for public reception / panel discussion at 7 pm Join us for a lively discussion on the impact Canadian mining companies are having on communities in Mexico and elsewhere in … [Read more...]

Free Omar Khadr Now – April 16, 2013

Dennis Edney, Q.C. Omar Khadr´s Lawyer, Recipient of B.C. 2009 Human Rights Award Tuesday, April 16, 2013  7:00 - 9:00pm SFUHarbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. on unceded Coast Salish territory Free Admission Omar Khadr was illegally captured by U.S. Special Forces in 2002 in Afghanistan … [Read more...]

LRWC Newsletter: February-March 2013 Edition

Full version (PDF) IN THIS ISSUE: LRWC Action News Bahrain: prominent human rights activist Zainub Al-Khawaja arbitrarily detained. Cambodia: Mam Sonando released, sentence reduced. LRWC, CLD CJFE call for pardon Canada: NGOs criticize erosion of Aboriginal rights in Canada. Colombia: LRWC … [Read more...]

Turkey: Petition regarding mass detention of lawyers in Turkey | Joint Statement

On 22 November 2011 46 lawyers were arrested in Turkey and charged with offences related to their participation in the defence of the leader of the PKK, Abdullah Öcalan. Their trial started on July 2012. 22 of them are still in jail to date. Soon their pretrial detention will reach 500 … [Read more...]

Handbook: Pre-Trial Release and the Right to be Presumed Innocent

Pre-trial release and the right to be presumed innocent: A handbook on international law rights to pre-trial release. Lois Leslie, B.Soc. Sc. (Hons), LL.B, LL.M PDF version Production of this handbook was inspired by the fact that millions of people around the world are in pre-trial detention … [Read more...]

Bahrain: Arbitrary Detention of Zainab Al-Khawaja and Violation of Her Right to Protest | Letter

PDF version To: Shaikh Hamad bin 'Issa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain; Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, Prime Minister; Dr. Ali Fadhul Al-Buainain, Attorney General From: Gail Davidson, Executive Director, LRWC; Marion Caussanel, Bahrain Monitor, LRWC; Annie Game, Executive Director, … [Read more...]

Cambodia: Mam Sonando Released | Joint Press Release

PDF version Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LWRC) are pleased to note that Mam Sonando, a Cambodian broadcaster who had been detained for exercising his right to freedom of expression, has been released. He was … [Read more...]

Zimbabwe: Unlawful arrest and detention of Beatrice Mtetwa | Letter

PDF version To: Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe; CC: Officer in Charge, Harare Police; Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs; Khembo Mohadi, co-Minister of Home Affairs; Augustine Chihuri, Commissioner-General of Police; Johannes … [Read more...]

Costa Rica: Harassment of Environmental Defenders | Letter

PDF version To: Laura Chinchilla Miranda, Presidente de la República; Fernando Ferraro Castro, Ministro de Justicia y Paz From: Gail Davidson, Executive Director, LRWC; Marion Caussanel, LRWC Re: Your reply to LRWC concerns with the harassment of environmental defenders by means of legal … [Read more...]