LRWC intervenes at the UN Human Rights Council on violations in over a dozen countries | Letters and statements at the 51st Session 12 September to 7 October 2022

During the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council held 12 September to 7 October 2022,  Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) intervened to seek the Council's action to address serious human rights violations in a number of countries including: Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, the Occupied … [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 oral video statement | See the video on UN WebTV at 49:46  Also see the written statement to the UN Human Rights Council submitted by LRWC, IBAHRI, and ISHR, with OVD-Info. The statements call for the creation of a Special Rapporteur to document and address the human rights … [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 joint 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. The statements call for the creation of a Special Rapporteur to document and address the human rights … [Read more...]

Ukraine: Deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression | Joint statement to the Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full pdf joint statement See the Special Session. LRWC / IBAHRI statement at 23:51 See the resolution adopted at the Special Session Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: 34th special session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine … [Read more...]

Russia: Voted off UN ECOSOC’s Committee on NGOs after 75 years

News update: On 13 April 2022, the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected 19 members of the UN Committee on NGOs, a body mandated to accredit NGOs to the UN. Russia was voted off the Committee after being a member since the establishment of the Committee in 1947. There are no term … [Read more...]

UN General Assembly suspends Russia from Human Rights Council

News update: On 7 April 2022, the UN General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from its membership in the UN Human Rights Council based on UN General Assembly Resolution 60/251, which provides that all members of the Council "shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human … [Read more...]

UN Human Rights Council:  Russian Federation: Flagrant violations of international law | Joint oral statement

Full .pdf  joint statement UN TV video at 6:38:43 Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 4: General Debate Date: 21 March 2022 Speaker: Brian Samuels Oral Statement to the 49th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, the Law Society of … [Read more...]

Russian Federation: Authorities must cease harassment of lawyer Ivan Pavlov | Joint statement

Full pdf statement On 2 December 2021, six international human rights organizations released a statement denouncing the ongoing judicial and administrative harassment of Russian Federation lawyer Ivan Pavlov. See the statement below signed by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE); … [Read more...]

UN Human Rights Council: COVID-19 pandemic used to justify interference with lawyers | Joint oral statement

Full Joint Oral Statment to the UN Human Rights Council UN Human Rights Council, 47th session Agenda Item 3 Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers 28 June 2021 Joint Statement of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights … [Read more...]

Open letter calling for global ban on biometric recognition technologies that enable mass and discriminatory surveillance | Joint open letter

Full pdf statement | List of 179 signatories from 55 countries | Join the campaign LRWC has joined 179 signatories from 55 countries in an open letter released 7 June 2021 calling for a global ban on the uses of facial biometric recognition technologies that enable mass surveillance and … [Read more...]