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...]

Thailand: Letter to US President Re Thailand’s Abusive Draft Law on Not-For-Profit Organizations | Joint Letter

Full .pdf joint letter May 12, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The White House Washington, DC Re: Thailand’s abusive draft law on not-for-profit organizations Dear President Biden, We, the undersigned non-profit organizations, are writing to express our serious concerns … [Read more...]

Thailand: Angkhana Neelapaijit appointed to UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances

LRWC welcomes the 1 April 2022 decision of the UN Human Rights Council to appoint Angkhana Neelapaijit, a prominent human rights advocate in Thailand, to the UN Working Group on enforced and involuntary disappearances (WGEID). Angkhana Neelapaijit has served as the Chair of the Working Group for … [Read more...]

UN Human Rights Council: States, including Thailand, must implement Universal Periodic Review commitments | Oral Statement

Full pdf statement See UN video: LRWC statement at 3:11:02 Also see the joint statement of Lawyers for Lawyers joined by LRWC, delivered 24 March 2022 Organization:   Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item:  Item 6: General Debate Date:  24 March 2021 Speaker:   Catherine Morris Oral … [Read more...]

UN Human Rights Council: Safeguard lawyers in Thailand from harassment and interference | Joint Statement

Full pdf joint statement Also see LRWC's separate statement to the UN Human Rights Council. Organization: Lawyers for Lawyers Item: Item 6 – UPR Outcome Thailand Date: 23/24 March 2022 Speaker: Ms. Julia Smakman Oral Statement to the 49th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from … [Read more...]

Thailand: Withdraw the Draft Act on Not-for-Profit Organizations | Joint letter

Full .pdf joint letter (EN) | Full .pdf letter (TH) On 27 December 2021, 47 Thai and international civil society organizations, including Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, wrote a letter to Thailand's Cabinet urging immediate withdrawal of the proposed Operation of Not-for-Profit Organizations Act. … [Read more...]

Thailand: Migrant workers arrested after seeking protection of their rights | Joint open letter

See full letter (EN) pdf See full letter (TH) pdf: เรื่อง ข้อกังวลเกี่ยวกับการจับกุมแรงงานข้ามชาติเจ็ดคนที่กระทรวงแรงงาน แม้รัฐบาลไทยมีมติให้อภัยโทษ ระหว่างรอการท าเอกสารตามกฎหมาย และข้อเรียกร้องให้มีการคุ้มครองการใช้สิทธิในการปกป้องสิทธิ มนุษยชนของแรงงานข้ามชาติ On 1 November, LRWC was among 100 … [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...]

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...]

Thailand: | Call to US Secretary of State: Thailand’s draft NGO law threatens civil society organizations | Joint letter

See full PDF letter (EN) | See full pdf letter (Thai) Proposed Thailand law threatens civil society organizations combatting human trafficking จดหมายเปิดผนึก: ร่างกฎหมายของประเทศไทยซึ่งคุกคามองค์กรภาคประชาสังคมที่ด าเนินงานต่อต้านและแก้ปัญหาการค้ามนุษย์ On 17 June, dozens of human rights … [Read more...]