Sri Lanka and Afghanistan: Oral Statement to the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council | UN Statement

Full pdf statement (EN) Video of full debate: See the opening statements and reports of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights during Item 2 of the 48th session. Second meeting with report on Afghanistan. See the general debate: 3rd meeting, 4th meeting, and 5th meeting (LRWC's statement is at … [Read more...]

Colombia: Mid-term report on implementation of UPR recommendations | Joint report of L4L, LRWC, and the Colombia Caravana

Full report pdf (EN) In 2018, the UN Human Rights Council conducted its third regular Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Colombia. During the UPR, Colombia received and accepted 28 recommendations for protection of human rights defenders, including lawyers. In September 2021, LRWC joined … [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...]

Myanmar lawyer U Khin Maung Zaw shortlisted for L4L Award | Article

This article, written by Julia Smakman of Lawyer for Lawyers, was first published in Dutch in Amsterdams Balie Bulletin, published by the Amsterdam Bar Association, on 25 August 2021. The English language translation is below. Myanmar lawyer U Khin Maung Zaw has been selected as one of … [Read more...]

Afghanistan: Joint statement seeks fact finding mechanism | Joint Statement to UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF statement (EN) Special Session video: 1st meeting; 2nd meeting (LRWC statement at 09:46); Statements regarding action on the resolution. Full text of statements of all speakers from UN Experts, States and NGOs Organization:  Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item:  31st Special … [Read more...]

Burundi: The Human Rights Council should continue its scrutiny | Joint letter

Full pdf letter (EN) | Full pdf letter (FR) LRWC is among 43 NGOs signing a letter to member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council seeking renewal of the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi for a further year. See the full letter and signatories below. See the pdf versions … [Read more...]

Afghanistan: Statement of Lawyers Rights Watch Canada: Uphold the rule of law in Afghanistan | Press release

Full pdf press release (EN) UPDATE: See LRWC's oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council, 24 August 2021. Statement of Lawyers Rights Watch Canada: Uphold the rule of law in Afghanistan  Immediate release August 17, 2021 - Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) deplores the Taliban’s … [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...]

Pakistan: Duty to protect lawyer Saif Ul Malook | Letter

Full .PDF letter (EN) Mr. Arif Alvi President of Pakistan President’s Secretariat Islamic Republic of Pakistan President's Secretariat, Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad, Pakistan Email:, Barrister Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem Minister … [Read more...]

Thailand: Immediately repeal emergency regulation that threatens online freedoms | Joint statement

Full .PDF statement (EN)  ประเทศไทย: ยกเลิกข้อกําหนดในสถานการณ์ฉุกเฉินที่คุกคามเสรีภาพออนไลน์โดยทันท (.PDF Thai translation) 17 international human rights organizations today denounced the Thai government’s newly announced Regulation No. 29, which empowers the authorities to censor … [Read more...]