United Nations: Appointment of next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights | Joint open letter

Full .pdf letter 21 June 2022 Mr António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations United Nations Headquarters, New York Open letter Dear Secretary-General, Appointment of next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights The post of High Commissioner for Human Rights is … [Read more...]

China, Iran and Türkiye: Systematic pattern of arbitrary detention of lawyers | Joint oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Full .pdf statement See the full debate on UN WebTV. The statement of LRWC is at 1:43:55 Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Date: 20 June 2022 Speaker: Brian … [Read more...]

Afghanistan: Grave risks for jurists, particularly women, and threats to Afghanistan’s independent legal profession | Joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Full .pdf statement. Watch the video statement on UN Web TV at 01:05:36, aired 16 June 2022. Watch the first part of the debate, held 15 June 2022. Organization:   Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item:  Item 2, Interactive dialogue on the oral update of the High Commissioner on the … [Read more...]

Russia: Unlawful suppression of dissent in Russia is a root cause of aggression and atrocity crimes in Ukraine | Joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Full pdf joint statement | See the video on UN WebTV at 49:46  Also see the full written statement to the UN Human Rights Council submitted by LRWC, IBAHRI, and ISHR, with OVD-Info. Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 2, Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s … [Read more...]

Sudan: Continued repression of human rights defenders and impunity for past violations | Statement to the Human Rights Council

Full .pdf statement | See the oral video statement on UN Web TV at 1:28:51 Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 2: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s Report on the Sudan Date: 15 June 2022 Speaker: Temisan Boyo Oral Statement to the 50th Session … [Read more...]

Myanmar: Civilians including lawyers brought before military tribunals in violation of international law | Joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Full .pdf joint statement of IBAHRI joined by LRWC, Lawyers for Lawyers and the Law Council of Australia See the video on UN Web TV (at 2:43:45) Oral Statement (Check against delivery) Mr. President, The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the Law Council … [Read more...]

Iran: Systematic and widespread arbitrary detention of lawyers and other human rights defenders| Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Full .pdf written statement See written statement on UN website  Joint written statement submitted by Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, International Bar Association, Lawyers for Lawyers, The Law Society, non-governmental organizations in special consultative status Iran: Systematic and … [Read more...]

Russia: Suppression of dissent facilitates aggression and atrocity crimes in Ukraine | Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Full pdf written statement | See the written statement on the UN Human Rights Council website UPDATE: Also see the joint oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council on 14 June 2022. Joint written statement submitted by Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, International Bar Association, … [Read more...]

LRWC releases its 2021 Annual Report | News

Full Annual Report 2021 (pdf) Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada has released its 2021 Annual Report featuring highlights of 2021 as well as summaries of countries of concern, publications and educational events in 2021. LRWC advocated for lawyers and other human rights defenders in 24 countries of … [Read more...]

Eritrea: Extend the UN Special Rapporteur mandate and enshrine his “benchmarks for progress” | Joint letter to member and observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Full .pdf letter (EN) 20 May 2022 To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland) Eritrea: Extend the UN Special Rapporteur mandate and enshrine his “benchmarks for progress” Excellencies, Ahead of the UN Human … [Read more...]