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...]

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...]

USA: Coalition calls for UN Inquiry into racist US police violence | Joint Letter

Full PDF Joint Letter  On 10 May 2021, a coalition of hundreds of families of victims of United States (US) police violence and civil society organizations from all over the world, including LRWC, signed a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding implementation of … [Read more...]

USA vs. the International Criminal Court: A Fraught History in the Quest for International Accountability for Atrocity Crimes | Article

USA vs. the International Criminal Court: A Fraught History in the Quest for International Accountability for Atrocity Crimes by Catherine Morris, LRWC Executive Director First published in Slaw.ca on 19 May 2021. The life of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou … [Read more...]

United States v. Steven Donziger: Denial of independent monitors’ request for audio access to trial | Update

See letter with endorsement order of Judge Loretta A. Preska (pdf) Application for audio access to the trial scheduled 10 May 2021 in the matter of United States v. Steven Donziger, No. 19-CR-561 (SDNY) On 30 April 2021, an international panel of international human rights lawyers and … [Read more...]

Attend LRWC’s Annual General Meeting 7th May 2021: Keynote speaker Marjorie Cohn | Event

Register to attend the online AGM CPD credit available for Keynote presentation (BC and Ontario lawyers) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada plans to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) Friday 7 May 2021, 1 pm Pacific time (4 pm Eastern). This year’s AGM features keynote speaker … [Read more...]

USA revokes sanctions against International Criminal Court

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada welcomes the US government's revocation of sanctions against personnel of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 2 April 2021. The previous administration of Donald J. Trump had issued  Executive Order 13928 imposing sanctions on the ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou … [Read more...]

USA: Attack on International Criminal Court: The US must immediately lift sanctions against ICC personnel | Statement

Full PDF (ENG)|  Cover Letter .PDF (ENG) UPDATE: US lifts sanctions against ICC effective 2 April 2021 USA: Attack on International Criminal Court The US must immediately lift sanctions against ICC personnel Statement 29 March 2021 Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is deeply concerned … [Read more...]

USA: Lawyers’ organizations convene public inquiry into racist police violence in the US | Update

More information about the International Commission of Inquiry, 18 January to 6 February 2021. Register here to attend online hearings. | Videos of hearings on Facebook. Three lawyers’ organizations based in the United States (US) have assembled a group of experts from twelve countries to conduct … [Read more...]

United States: After Trump Blocked UN Inquiry of Racist Violence, NGOs Are Conducting Their Own | Article

by Marjorie Cohn This article was originally published in Truthout on 22 December 2020.  Marjorie Cohn is a member of the board of LRWC. For background, see the June and  September 2020 joint oral statements to the UN Human Rights Council on systemic racism and unlawful use of force by police in … [Read more...]