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

More information about International Commission of Inquiry 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 public hearings into racist police … [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...]

USA: Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Implementation of the Resolution on Police Violence and Structural Racism | Joint letter

Full PDF (ENG) Led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 143 families of victims of police violence and more than 360 civil society organizations, including Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, endorsed this letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the implementation … [Read more...]

USA: New York lawyer Steven Donziger nears one year of detention without trial | Press release

New York lawyer Steven Donziger nears one year of detention without trial Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada releases briefing note on allegations of judicial harassment  Immediate Release See .pdf PressRelease Full 8-page briefing note (pdf) 29 July 2020 - Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) … [Read more...]

USA: Allegations of judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of lawyer Steven Donziger | Briefing Note

Full pdf briefing note Press release   USA: Allegations of judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of lawyer Steven Donziger Briefing Note 29 July 2020  Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is monitoring with concern the situation of Mr. Steven Donziger, a human rights lawyer … [Read more...]

Lawyers’ Rights Group Criticizes Zoom’s Failure to Respect Freedom of Expression | Press Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Full .pdf press release (ENG) See LRWC's letter July 17, 2020 - Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) today issued a letter to Zoom Communications Inc. condemning Zoom’s recent suspension of the accounts of human rights activists in China and calling on Zoom to fulfill its … [Read more...]