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The UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: An overview by Marcia Kran, member of the UN Human Rights Committee | 10 December 2020

Marcia Kran Lecture .pdf | More about the webinar  Amplifying the Impact of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies on the Enjoyment of Human Rights:  Opportunities for Civil Society Action  Marcia V. J. Kran, O.C., Member of the UN Human Rights Committee[1] Lawyers Rights Watch Canada … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Watch the “NASRIN” Sotoudeh Film Seminar held 4 December | Event recording

UPDATE 9 December 2020: Recording of the seminar (off this site) UPDATE: 4 December 2020:  Iran: Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Sent Back to Prison on 1 December 2020. Joint Statement Seminar – “NASRIN” Sotoudeh Film Nasrin Sotoudeh is renowned worldwide for her work as a lawyer in Iran. She … [Read more...]

United Nations Guidance Note: Protection and Promotion of Civic Space | Welcome Development

UN_Guidance_Note (PDF)  (UN Link to Guidance Note) | UN_Guidance_Note_Executive_Summary (PDF) (UN_Link to Executive Summary) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada welcomes the launch of the UN Guidance Note on Protection and Promotion of Civic Space. The Guidance Note affirms the role and responsibility … [Read more...]

International Human Rights Day: An overview of the UN Human Rights System | Webinar on 10 December 2020

UPDATED: See the speaking notes for Marcia Kran's lecture on the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies 10 December 2020 If you attended: 1.5 hours of CPD credits available for BC and Ontario lawyers Organized and hosted by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada 12:30-2:00 pm Pacific | 3:30-5:00 pm … [Read more...]

Defending Defenders Around the World: An Invitation to join Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and support its work

LRWC invites lawyers, law students and others to become members of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and to support its work through donations  LRWC members defend the rule of law and human rights advocates around the world The work done by LRWC is made possible by the pro bono work of members, … [Read more...]

UN Human Rights Council: Acceleration of extra-judicial killings of jurists in the Philippines | Written Joint Statement to the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full .pdf statement Link to document on UN Human Rights Council site Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada and the Asian Legal Resource Centre submitted a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council for its 44th session. The Statement is endorsed by the International Association of People's Lawyers. … [Read more...]

Milestone Transition: LRWC appoints Catherine Morris as Executive Director

Milestone transition: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada LRWC appoints Catherine Morris as Executive Director Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada’s (LRWC) founding Executive Director Gail Davidson is taking a 3-month sabbatical before moving to a new role as Research Director of LRWC after twenty … [Read more...]