Membership in Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada: It’s time to renew for 2021!

LRWC members defend rights and human rights defenders around the world  Your membership fees and donations make LRWC’s work possible 2021 membership renewal notice online (pdf) LRWC membership fees allow LRWC to provide pro bono research, education, and advocacy for lawyers and other human rights … [Read more...]

Myanmar: Restore elected authorities, release detainees, and protect freedoms of information, expression, and assembly | Statement

Full .pdf Statement Myanmar: Restore elected authorities, release detainees, and protect freedoms of information, expression, and assembly  LRWC calls for concrete action by the UN Human Rights Council  STATEMENT  8 February 2021 Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) welcomes the UN … [Read more...]

USA: Lawyers’ organizations convene public inquiry into racist police violence in the US | Update

More information about International Commission of Inquiry Register here to attend online hearings. | Videos of hearings on Facebook. Three lawyers’ organizations based in the United States (US) have assembled a group of experts from twelve countries to conduct public hearings into racist police … [Read more...]

Webinar Date TBA: How can the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights be used in advocacy? | LRWC event

Postponed from 25 February. Date to TBA. Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada's webinar series on UN and Regional Human Rights Systems: Treaties and Mechanisms The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR): What is the ICCPR? How can it be used for human rights advocacy? Date … [Read more...]

In memoriam: Joe Arvay, O.C, O.B.C, Q.C. (1949-2020)

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada is saddened by the passing of Canadian lawyer Joe Arvay on 7 December 2020. Joe Arvay was a giant in Canada’s civil rights and human rights community and was recognized for his contributions by being invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada. Joe Arvay was counsel on … [Read more...]

Defending Defenders: The Right to Know Rights | The Advocate, January 2021

"Defending Defenders: The Right to Know Rights," by Catherine Morris, The Advocate, January 2021. Abstract: The first two decades in this millennium have seen dramatic increases in risks to those reporting or protesting rights violations or advocating human rights, particularly in relation to … [Read more...]

Azerbaijan: Day of the Endangered Lawyer | online event 21 January 2021

Invitation and Registration Information Learn more about the situation of lawyers in Azerbaijan Invitation to an online Seminar – Day of the Endangered Lawyer (Azerbaijan) Thursday, 21 January 2021 15:00 to 16:30 CET; 2.00-3.30pm UK time; 6:00-7:30 am PST; 9:00-10:30 am EST) This … [Read more...]

Catherine Morris | LRWC Executive Director

Catherine Morris, BA (Alberta) 1974, JD (Alberta) 1978, LLM (UBC) 2001, was appointed as Executive Director of Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada on 1 June 2020. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. She has taught graduate level courses in international … [Read more...]

United States: After Trump Blocked UN Inquiry of Racist Violence, NGOs Are Conducting Their Own | Article

by Marjorie Cohn This article was originally published in Truthout on 22 December 2020.  Marjorie Cohn is a member of the board of LRWC. For background, see the June and  September 2020 joint oral statements to the UN Human Rights Council on systemic racism and unlawful use of force by police in … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: Arbitrary detention, torture of women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul

Full PDF (ENG) 17 December 2020 His Majesty, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the two Holy Mosques Email: info@moi.gov.sa His Excellency Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Email: info@moi.gov.sa His Royal Highness … [Read more...]