Press Releases

Turkey: Obituary for Turkish lawyer Ebru Timtuk | Joint press release

Full PDF (TUR) Obituary for Turkey Lawyer Ebru Timtik, died 27 August 2020  Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada joins lawyers around the world in mourning the death of Turkish lawyer Ms. Ebru Timtik on 27 August 2020 after 238 days of fasting to strengthen her demand for a fair trial for … [Read more...]

Belarus: Brutal Post-Election Crackdown on Peaceful Protestors Must End | Joint Statement

Full PDF (ENG) STATEMENT Belarus: Brutal Post-Election Crackdown on Peaceful Protestors Must End The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (“LRWC”) condemn the mass arrests, violence and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters … [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...]

30th anniversary of UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers | Press release

See video (8 min, 20 sec) IBAHRI marks 30th anniversary of UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada has joined the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) in launching a number of initiatives, including a recent video calling on the … [Read more...]

Lawyers’ Rights Group Condemns Zoom for Failure to Respect Freedom of Expression | Press Release

Lawyers’ Rights Group Condemns Zoom for Failure to Respect Freedom of Expression 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 … [Read more...]

Fifty lawyers’ organizations urge UN member states to protect lawyers | Joint Letter

IBA urges UN Member States to recognise, uphold and protect the role of lawyers Call to action PDF (ENG) Call to action PDF (FR) Call to action PDF (ESP) As the 44th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council begins, coinciding with the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations … [Read more...]

Canadian Government Must Ban Use of Facial Recognition Surveillance by Federal Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies | Joint letter

Canadian Government Must Ban Use of Facial Recognition Surveillance by Federal Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies Letter PDF (ENG) Press Release PDF (FR) Group of 77 privacy, human rights and civil liberties advocates call on Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to act July 8, … [Read more...]

Turkey: Demanding fair trial rights for detained lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal | Joint Statement

Advertisement PDF (TUR) Advertisement PDF (ENG) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada has joined 34 lawyers' organizations and human rights groups, led by the Netherlands-based Lawyers for Lawyers, to advocate for the release of two Turkish lawyers, Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal, and to create … [Read more...]

ATTACKING DEFENDERS: The Criminalization of Human Rights Advocacy | Press Release

More about the book, including free download Read the Foreword by Michel Forst NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Promoting human rights by protecting those who defend them www.lrwc.org – lrwc@lrwc.org – Tel: +1 604 736 … [Read more...]

Thailand government must end judicial harassment against woman/human rights defenders | Press Release | Joint Letter

Full PDF Letter (ENG) | Full PDF letter (Thai) June 7, 2020 Thailand government must end judicial harassment against woman/human rights defenders Immediate release Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada is among 53 groups and 23 individuals urging the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights and … [Read more...]