Thailand: Supreme Court dismisses last defamation suit against Andy Hall by Natural Fruit Ltd. | Welcome developments

Full PDF Finnwatch press release (ENG) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada welcomes the decision of Thailand's Supreme Court to dismiss the last remaining defamation lawsuit against UK human rights defender Andy Hall in a series of cases of Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) … [Read more...]

Manipulating the “Rule of Law”: How Powerful Actors Undermine Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Myanmar | Publication

Full PDF (ENG) First published by The Advocate, Vol. 79, Part3, May 2021 (Note: This article was submitted to The Advocate on 19 March 2021 and is current as of that date) Manipulating the "Rule of Law": How Powerful Actors Undermine Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Myanmar By … [Read more...]

United States v. Steven Donziger: Denial of independent monitors’ request for audio access to trial | Update

See letter with endorsement order of Judge Loretta A. Preska (pdf) Application for audio access to the trial scheduled 10 May 2021 in the matter of United States v. Steven Donziger, No. 19-CR-561 (SDNY) On 30 April 2021, an international panel of international human rights lawyers and … [Read more...]

Russia: Judicial harassment of lawyer Ivan Pavlov | Joint Statement

Full pdf (EN) On 30 April 2021, Federal Security Service (FSB) officers of the Russian Federation raided the hotel room of human rights lawyer Ivan Pavlov in Moscow. According to the information received, items were seized that contain information subject to lawyer-client confidentiality. … [Read more...]

Attend LRWC’s Annual General Meeting 7th May 2021: Keynote speaker Marjorie Cohn | Event

Register to attend the online AGM CPD credit available for Keynote presentation (BC and Ontario lawyers) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada plans to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) Friday 7 May 2021, 1 pm Pacific time (4 pm Eastern). This year’s AGM features keynote speaker … [Read more...]

Malaysia: Plaintiff withdraws SLAPP against human rights lawyer Charles Hector | Welcome Developments

On 14 April 2021, LRWC welcomed news that two corporations withdrew contempt of court charges they had filed against Malaysian human rights lawyer Charles Hector and eight environmental rights defenders represented by Mr. Hector. Two logging contractors, Beijing Million SDN BHD and Rosah Timber … [Read more...]

LRWC releases its 2020 Annual Report | News

Full Annual Report 2020 (pdf) Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada has released its 2020 Annual Report featuring highlights of 2020 as well as summaries of countries of concern, publications and educational events in 2020. Below is review of 2020 by LRWC Executive Director, Catherine Morris, excerpted from … [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  LRWC relies on your membership fees and donations make our work possible Please renew your LRWC membership See highlights of LRWC work in our 2020 Annual Report (pdf) LRWC membership fees allow LRWC to provide pro bono … [Read more...]

USA: LRWC welcomes revocation of sanctions against International Criminal Court | Update

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada welcomes the US government's revocation of sanctions against personnel of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 2 April 2021. The previous administration of Donald J. Trump had issued  Executive Order 13928 imposing sanctions on the ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou … [Read more...]

Philippines: Attacks against jurists denounced by Philippines Supreme Court and Senate | Welcome Developments

On 23 and 24 March 2021, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada welcomed the statement of the Philippines Supreme Court and a Senate resolution denouncing the alarming number of  attacks and killings of jurists in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in July 2016. On 23 March 2021, … [Read more...]