Canada: Indigenous Nations, organizations and individuals support federal implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples | Open Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Full PDF (FR) LRWC signed an open letter published this week in The Hill Times. The letter was signed by 37 Indigenous Nations and governments and other organizations, and 125 human rights advocates, calling for the timely passage of Bill C-15, the proposed federal legislation to … [Read more...]

Iran: Arbitrary detention of lawyers carrying out legitimate professional work | Oral Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Joint oral video statement .pdf (EN) United Nations Human Rights Council, 46th Session Agenda Item 4- Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Islamic Republic of Iran 9 March 2021 United Nations Human Rights Council, 46th Session  Agenda Item 4- Interactive dialogue with … [Read more...]

“‘First They Ignore You’: Attempts to Thwart Human Rights Advocacy” | The Advocate March 2021

Full PDF (ENG) First published by The Advocate, Vol. 79, Part 2, March 2021 NEWS FROM LAWYERS’ RIGHTS WATCH CANADA By Catherine Morris “FIRST THEY IGNORE YOU”: ATTEMPTS TO THWART HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you ... And … [Read more...]

Turkey: Overbroad anti-terrorism laws used to persecute human rights lawyers | Joint Oral Statement at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Link to the oral statement video Link to written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on deterioration of the rule of law in Turkey Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of … [Read more...]

Turkey: Five years and no justice for Tahir Elçi | Joint letter to UN Special Rapporteurs

Full PDF (ENG) Quick Response Desk Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva 8-14 Avenue de la Paix CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org 2 March 2021 FOR THE ATTENTION OF: Special Rapporteur on the … [Read more...]

Myanmar Coup: “A Crisis Born of Impunity” | LRWC joins worldwide calls for action to restore civilian authorities

Myanmar Coup: “A Crisis Born of Impunity” LRWC joins worldwide calls for action to restore civilian authorities Catherine Morris Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada 19 February 2021 First published at Slaw.ca, Canada's online legal magazine, on 25 February, 2021 UPDATE: On 12 February the then … [Read more...]

Yemen: UN Security Council should refer Yemen situation to the ICC: Oral Statement, 46th Session, UN Human Rights Council | Oral Statement

Full PDF (ENG) Direct link to LRWC statement Link to full debate Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 2: Oral Update of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen Date: 25 February 2021 Speaker: Catherine Morris Oral Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: Prevailing Impunity and Lack of Accountability for Human Rights Violations | Oral Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Direct link to LRWC statement See full debate on Sri Lanka: 24 February and 25 February 2021. Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 2: Sri Lanka – Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Date: 25 February 2021 Speaker: Harini … [Read more...]

Turkey: Continued Deterioration of the Rule of Law and Persecution of Lawyers and Human Rights Defenders | Joint Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Full pdf on UN website Background Corrosion of the rule of law in Turkey began prior to an attempted coup of 15 July 2016 but since then has escalated dramatically. Human rights defenders (“defenders”) in Turkey, including lawyers, are facing dire and far-reaching … [Read more...]

Cambodia: Discard the Sub-Decree on the Establishment of the National Internet Gateway, set to detrimentally impact human rights online in Cambodia | Joint Statement

Full PDF (ENG) JOINT STATEMENT Discard the Sub-Decree on the Establishment of the National Internet Gateway, set to detrimentally impact human rights online in Cambodia Phnom Penh, 18 February 2021 – We, the undersigned national and international non-governmental organizations and … [Read more...]