Discussion on the UN Guidelines for Lawyers in Support of Peaceful Assemblies | Online event 24 January 2022

Discussion on the UN Guidelines for Lawyers in Support of Peaceful Assemblies 24 January 2022 13:30-15:00 (Zurich) 07:30 - 9:00 am (Eastern -- North America) This event will take place online: Register here. This event is co-organized by the Geneva Human Right Platform, the International Bar … [Read more...]

China: Arbitrary detention of human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi and legal scholar Xu Zhiyong | Joint Statement

Full .pdf statement (EN) On 23 December 2021, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada joined The 29 Principles, Lawyers for Lawyers, and Human Rights Now in a joint statement calling on China to ensure fair trials and end all arbitrary detention, torture, and ill-treatment. The statement outlines the … [Read more...]

Hong Kong SAR: Lawyer Chow Hang-Tung sentenced to prison for organizing Tiananmen vigil | Update

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada deplores the conviction and prison sentence handed down to Hong Kong lawyer Chow Hang-Tung on 13 December 2021 for participating in a peaceful candlelight vigil for victims of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The vigil was held on 4 June 2020, the anniversary of … [Read more...]

China: Release disbarred human rights lawyer Zhang Zhan at risk of death in prison | Joint Statement

Full .pdf joint statement China must release imprisoned journalist Zhang Zhan, who is at imminent risk of death The 29 Principles, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, Paris Bar … [Read more...]

China: Suspension of Lin Qilei’s and revocation of Liang Xiaojun’s licences to practice law | Joint statement

Full pdf joint statement Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), The 29 Principles, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), Human Rights Now, China Change, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Paris Bar Association, the the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, … [Read more...]

The “two Michaels” and Celil: Windows into China’s legal gulag | LRWC article in

This article was first published at, Canada's online legal magazine, on 16 November 2021. Written by Catherine Morris The “two Michaels,” Kovrig and Spavor, are not the only Canadians who have been unjustly imprisoned in China. Another Canadian, Huseyin Celil, has been jailed … [Read more...]

UN Human Rights Council: End reprisals against those engaging with the UN | Joint letter

See full joint letter .pdf (ENG) (updated signatory list) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada is among 30 NGOs participating in a 5 October 2021 joint letter sent to UN Human Rights Council members and observer States. Initiated by the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) seeking support for … [Read more...]

Myanmar, Colombia, China: Effective engagement with Universal Periodic Review is critical to effectiveness | Oral Statement to the UN Human Rights Council

See the full debate. LRWC joint statement at 56:42. Full .pdf statement (EN) Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item:  Item 6: General debate the Universal Periodic Review Date:  1 October 2021 Speaker: Catherine Morris Oral Statement to the 48th Session of the UN Human … [Read more...]

Responding to Scholars under Threat in Asia: Afghanistan and Beyond | UVic online event

Speakers: Susan Breau: Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria; specializing in international humanitarian and human rights law Phil Calvert: Former Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos; CAPI Senior Fellow Viviana Fernandez: National Steering Committee Chair, … [Read more...]

China: UN Universal Periodic Review mid-term report | Joint report

Full UPR mid-term .pdf report (EN) In preparation for the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China in 2024, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada joined Lawyers for Lawyers in submitting a  mid-term report. The report sets out the extent to which China has implemented the … [Read more...]