Canada: Federal Court invalidates Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement saying its impact “shocks the conscience” | Update

UPDATE: 21 August 2020: LRWC is disappointed that Canada's federal government has chosen to appeal the 23 July 2020 Federal Court of Canada ruling that the Canada-US does not measure up to Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair issued a statement on Friday 21 … [Read more...]

USA: Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Implementation of the Resolution on Police Violence and Structural Racism | Joint letter

Full PDF (ENG) Led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 143 families of victims of police violence and more than 360 civil society organizations, including Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, endorsed this letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the implementation … [Read more...]

USA: New York lawyer Steven Donziger nears one year of detention without trial | Press release

New York lawyer Steven Donziger nears one year of detention without trial Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada releases briefing note on allegations of judicial harassment  Immediate Release See .pdf PressRelease Full 8-page briefing note (pdf) 29 July 2020 - Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) … [Read more...]

USA: Allegations of judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of lawyer Steven Donziger | Briefing Note

Full pdf briefing note Press release   USA: Allegations of judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of lawyer Steven Donziger Briefing Note 29 July 2020  Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is monitoring with concern the situation of Mr. Steven Donziger, a human rights lawyer … [Read more...]

Lawyers’ Rights Group Condemns Zoom for Failure to Respect Freedom of Expression | Press Release

Lawyers’ Rights Group Condemns Zoom for Failure to Respect Freedom of Expression IMMEDIATE RELEASE Full .pdf press release (ENG) See LRWC's letter July 17, 2020 - Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) today issued a letter to Zoom Communications Inc. condemning Zoom’s recent suspension of the … [Read more...]

Reflections on the 19 June 2020 UN Human Rights Council resolution on systemic racism, police brutality, and unlawful suppression of peaceful protest | Publication

“You… are your brothers’ and sisters’ keepers”: Now is the time to move from words to deeds Reflections on the 19 June 2020 UN Human Rights Council resolution on systemic racism, police brutality, and unlawful suppression of peaceful protest Catherine Morris, Executive Director, Lawyers’ … [Read more...]

UN Human Rights Council: Urgent Debate on systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protest | Joint Oral Statement

Update 19 June 2020: UN Human Rights Council adopted by consensus resolution A/HRC/43/L.50 requesting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights "to prepare a report on systemic racism, violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement … [Read more...]

USA: Request for UN Human Rights Council inquiry into US Police Violence | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) more than 600 civil society organizations from around the world, including Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, joined family members of victims of police violence in the United States (US) in a joint letter calling on member states … [Read more...]

US: Call to Immediately Lift US Sanctions Against Iran and Venezuela | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) / Full PDF (SPA) 218 human rights groups and individuals call on the United States to immediately lift US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela and to keep the sanctions suspended or cancelled at least until the World Health Organization declares each country free of COVID-19. 17 … [Read more...]

European Union: Ensure the independence & integrity of the International Criminal Court | Letter

Full PDF Version On 26 April 2019, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) wrote a letter to the European Union (EU) urging immediate steps by the EU and each EU member State to safeguard the independence and integrity of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to ensure access to remedies … [Read more...]