Azerbaijan: Day of the Endangered Lawyer 24th January 2021 | Petition

See an invitation to a related online event to be held 21 January 2020. 11th DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER 24th January 2021 - AZERBAIJAN: The struggle to protect Azerbaijani lawyers   The DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER is commemorated each year on 24 January. On that Day, 24 January … [Read more...]

Defending Defenders: The Right to Know Rights | The Advocate, January 2021

This article was originally published in The Advocate, January 2021 edition  See the .pdf article The Advocate is published six times each year by the Vancouver Bar Association and is made available to all lawyers in British Columbia, Canada. NEWS FROM LAWYERS’ RIGHTS WATCH CANADA Catherine … [Read more...]

Canada: Investigate the sudden death of Baloch activist Karima Baloch | Statement

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is saddened to learn of the sudden death of prominent Baloch activist and human rights defender Ms. Karima Baloch. On 21 December 2020 the body of Ms. Baloch was discovered in Toronto, Canada, after she had been reported missing a day earlier.  The 37-year-old … [Read more...]

Azerbaijan: Day of the Endangered Lawyer | online event 21 January 2021

Invitation and Registration Information Learn more about the situation of lawyers in Azerbaijan Invitation to an online Seminar – Day of the Endangered Lawyer (Azerbaijan) Thursday, 21 January 2021 15:00 to 16:30 CET; 2.00-3.30pm UK time; 6:00-7:30 am PST; 9:00-10:30 am EST) This … [Read more...]

Doing the two-step on uneven platforms: Successes and setbacks of human rights advocacy

First published by, Canada's online legal magazine, on 30 December 2020 Human rights advocates are sometimes asked whether human rights advocacy works. Most human rights defenders answer in the form of anecdotes, because empirical research on effectiveness is scarce in a world where human … [Read more...]

United States: After Trump Blocked UN Inquiry of Racist Violence, NGOs Are Conducting Their Own | Article

by Marjorie Cohn This article was originally published in Truthout on 22 December 2020.  Marjorie Cohn is a member of the board of LRWC. For background, see the June and  September 2020 joint oral statements to the UN Human Rights Council on systemic racism and unlawful use of force by police in … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: Arbitrary detention, torture of women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul

Full PDF (ENG) 17 December 2020 His Majesty, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the two Holy Mosques Email: His Excellency Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Email: His Royal Highness … [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...]

A request for your support for Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada: A letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends and colleagues, 2020 has been a year unlike any other. In a time when we have experienced a global pandemic and widespread political conflict, the protection of international human rights has become increasingly crucial. This year has also been a year of solidarity and political … [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...]