LRWC advocacy makes a big difference

LRWC work influences positive outcomes and remediation of rights violations. LRWC often works in cooperation with other non-government organizations by initiating, contributing to, or endorsing, joint initiatives. It is usually not possible to determine whether or the extent to which, LRWC’s own and joint work contributed to a particular ‘success’. However, victims and their advocates continue to report that LRWC work is vitally important to achieving justice in individual cases and providing a source of hope in the interim, and in promoting better knowledge of internationally protected rights.

Turkey: Lawyers on hunger strike near death, demanding fair trials and administration of justice in Turkey | Joint Statement

Full pdf joint statement endorsed by Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada The undersigned organisations have been following recent developments in the cases of human rights lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal, who have been on hunger strike since February 2020. On 5 April 2020, the Turkish Day of the … [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...]

UN Human Rights Committee publishes interpretation on the right of peaceful assembly | Update

UN Human Rights Committee General Comment 37 on the right of peaceful assembly [off this site] LRWC 20 February 2020 comments on the Draft Commentary. PDF (ENG) LRWC welcomes the publication of the UN Human Rights Committee's new General Comment on the right of peaceful assembly. On 20 … [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...]

Colombia: Allegations of illegal surveillance against lawyers and other human rights defenders | Joint letter

Full PDF (ESP) Full PDF (ENG) International organisations are seriously concerned about allegations of illegal surveillance allegedly perpetrated by the Colombian state on at least 130 individuals, including lawyers of the José Alvear Restrepo Collective (Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear … [Read more...]

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

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) welcomes the 23 July 2020 ruling of the Federal Court of Canada  that the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by allowing Canada to send refugee claimants back to the United States (US). The Court … [Read more...]

Myanmar: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review by Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada | Joint Submission

Full PDF (ENG) In July 2020, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada joined Lawyers for Lawyers in submitting a report for the forthcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Myanmar. The review is scheduled to take place in Geneva in January/February 2021. In the report (.pdf), Lawyers for Lawyers … [Read more...]

Concern about risks and challenges for justice and lawyers in Colombia during COVID-19 | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Full PDF (ESP) LRWC was among the signatories of a joint letter from international organisations and individuals seriously concerned about the situation of access to justice and lawyers' ability to practice their profession, particularly for the defence of human rights. … [Read more...]

Turkey: International law obligations to release Taner Kılıç, Özlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser and Günal Kurşun | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Pictured, clockwise from top left: Taner Kılıç, Özlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser, and Gűnal Kurşun LRWC wrote a letter to the President and Minister of Justice of Turkey seeking the immediate release of human rights lawyers and defenders arbitrarily detained, including Mr. … [Read more...]

30th anniversary of UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers | Press release

See video (8 min, 20 sec) IBAHRI marks 30th anniversary of UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada has joined the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) in launching a number of initiatives, including a recent video calling on the … [Read more...]