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: LRWC welcomes revocation of sanctions against International Criminal Court | Update

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...]

United States v. Steven Donziger: Report of Monitors of a hearing in New York, 5 October 2020

Full report .pdf (EN) Report of monitors: United States v. Steven Donziger, No. 19-CR-561 (LAP); 11-CIV-691 (LAK), United States Federal Court, South New York Trial Division Pilot Project to establish International Monitoring Panels to Evaluate Trials in the United States (IMPETUS) Monitors’ … [Read more...]

United States: Joint Oral Statement to the UN Human Rights Council on systemic racism and police violence | Joint statement led by ACLU

Full PDF (ENG) See the joint oral statement LRWC was among 300 NGOs from more than 60 countries that joined a 1 October 2020 oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council led by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The oral statement was a follow up to the Council's June 2020 Resolution 43/1 … [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...]

Canada: Federal Court invalidates Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement saying its impact “shocks the conscience” | Update

UPDATE: 21 August 2020: LRWC is disappointed that Canada's federal government has chosen to appeal the 23 July 2020 Federal Court of Canada ruling that the Canada-US does not measure up to Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair issued a statement on Friday 21 … [Read more...]