Saudi Arabia Campaigns

Saudi Arabia: Women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul released after three years in prison | Welcome Developments

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada welcomes the release of women’s rights defender, Loujain Al-Hathloul, after 1001 days of imprisonment on spurious charges. She was released on 10 February 2021 after persistent international pressure, including interventions by LRWC. Ms Al-Hathloul was arrested in May … [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...]

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...]

Lawyers in Danger: Threats to Advocates Worldwide | The Advocate, November 2020

This article was originally published in The Advocate, November 2020 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 … [Read more...]

Yemen conflict: Cease arms transfers by Canada, France, Iran, US & UK | Oral video statement to UN Human Rights Council

Full text of the oral video statement (.pdf) (ENG) Full oral video statement Full Interactive Dialogue with the Group of Experts on Yemen Video Intervention: Check against delivery  Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 2: Interactive Dialogue, Group of Experts on … [Read more...]

China, Turkey, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Colombia: Duty of States to ensure protection of lawyers | Oral Statement at 44th session of the of the Human Rights Council

Link to full debate Direct link to statement, Chapter 47, 01:31:18 Full PDF (ENG) Video Intervention: Check against delivery Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 3: Interactive Dialogue, Special Rapporteur on judges and lawyers Date: 13 July 2020 Speaker: Catherine … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: Samar Badawi Nomination for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Full PDF (ENG) Samar Badawi, human rights activist ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD NOMINATION February 14, 2020 Submitted on February 6, 2020. Nominee: Samar Badawi Country: Saudi Arabia Email: Website: Organization: Position at Organization: Phone (add country code if outside … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: HRC43: Jointly Reiterate Calls on Saudi Arabia to Release Human Rights Defenders and Address Key Benchmarks for Human Rights Reform | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi journalist International human rights organizations call on 40 states to again collectively oppose widespread serious human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia by:  joining other states to ensure sustained scrutiny by Council at its 43rd Session; … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: Unconditionally Free Waleed Abu al-Khair Immediately | Letter

Full PDF January 14, 2020 His Majesty, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the two Holy Mosques Fax (via Ministry of the Interior): +966 11 403 3125 Email: His Excellency Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Crown Prince of Saudi … [Read more...]

Canada: Suspend All Transfer and Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia | Letter

Full PDF Thursday, January 09, 2020 The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0A6 Email: The Honourable Mary Ng, MP Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and … [Read more...]