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...]

University of Victoria: Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples | September 13

Download the September 13 Victoria Event Poster (pdf) Series: FIRST NATIONS’ RIGHTS: THE GAP BETWEEN LAW AND PRACTICE Indigenous Rights in the UN System Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Room … [Read more...]

Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand: Business enterprises and attacks on human rights defenders and protestors | Oral Statement, UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF Version 21 June 2012 Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises Oral Statement to the 20th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), a … [Read more...]

Groups call for apology from Prime Minister to UN Special Rapporteur on right to food: Open letter

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 By fax: 613-941-6900 By email: May 30, 2012 Dear Prime Minister, We are writing this open letter to you as individuals and representatives … [Read more...]

Cindy Blackstock: Remember the Children: What a landmark human rights case tells us about discrimination and justice in Canada | Video

First Nations' Rights: The Gap Between Law and Practice: A Series of Five Talks The 2011-2012 series was sponsored by Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group (HTG), Amnesty International and the Vancouver Public Library ALL TALKS IN THE SERIES: 1 Grace Woo: Ghost Dancing … [Read more...]

Denial of justice at the Missing Women Commission more than a shame to the country

by Catherine Morris and Gail Davidson 14 September 2011 Opinion published in the Vancouver Sun, and the Victoria Times Colonist The B.C. government's refusal to provide legal representation to groups granted standing at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry is more than a national shame. It's … [Read more...]

Canada: Petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group (on the merits) | Petition

IACHR:  LRWC on the Merits of the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group Case No. 12.734 by Heather Neun, Grace Woo, Gail Davidson         LRWC amicus brief to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in the Hul'qumi'num case … [Read more...]

Mexico: Raúl Hernández, preso de conciencia y defensor de los de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas

RE: Raúl Hernández, preso de conciencia y defensor de los de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas To: Lic. Fernando Francisco Gómez Mont Urueta, Lic. Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo, Lic. David Augusto Sotelo Rosas From: Lic. Cara E.I. Gibbons Date: 2010-07-06 Dear Minister Gómez … [Read more...]

RAUL HERNANDEZ – Mexican Indigenous Human Rights defender

Raul Hernandez is a member of the Me'phaa Indigenous People's Organization (OPIM) which promotes the human right of the Me'phaa people in Guerrero State in Mexico. On April 17, 2008 he and four other OPIM members were arrested at a military checkpoint in Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero for the … [Read more...]

Mexico: Ricardo Lagunes Gasca – Lawyer

Mr. RICARDO LAGUNES GASCA, a lawyer working for the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre, was attacked on 18 September 2009. He was leaving Ejido Jotola in Chilsn municipality after advising clients when an armed group of about 50 men and women blocked the road. Mr. Gasca was pulled from … [Read more...]