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...]

Myanmar: Mounting evidence of crimes against humanity during military coup crackdown | Oral Statement at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full .pdf statement aired on 12 March 2021 Direct link to LRWC oral video statement Link to full debate on UN WebTV: Part 1, 11 March 2021; Part 2, 12 March 2021. Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item:                Item 4: Interactive Dialogue: Special Rapporteur on Human … [Read more...]

Iran: Arbitrary detention of lawyers carrying out legitimate professional work | Oral Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Joint oral video statement .pdf (EN) United Nations Human Rights Council, 46th Session Agenda Item 4- Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Islamic Republic of Iran 9 March 2021 United Nations Human Rights Council, 46th Session  Agenda Item 4- Interactive dialogue with … [Read more...]

Turkey: Overbroad anti-terrorism laws used to persecute human rights lawyers | Joint Oral Statement at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Link to the oral statement video Link to written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on deterioration of the rule of law in Turkey Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of … [Read more...]

Turkey: Five years and no justice for Tahir Elçi | Joint letter to UN Special Rapporteurs

Full PDF (ENG) Quick Response Desk Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva 8-14 Avenue de la Paix CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org 2 March 2021 FOR THE ATTENTION OF: Special Rapporteur on the … [Read more...]

Yemen: UN Security Council should refer Yemen situation to the ICC: Oral Statement, 46th Session, UN Human Rights Council | Oral Statement

Full PDF (ENG) Direct link to LRWC statement Link to full debate Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 2: Oral Update of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen Date: 25 February 2021 Speaker: Catherine Morris Oral Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: Prevailing Impunity and Lack of Accountability for Human Rights Violations | Oral Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Direct link to LRWC statement See full debate on Sri Lanka: 24 February and 25 February 2021. Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 2: Sri Lanka – Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Date: 25 February 2021 Speaker: Harini … [Read more...]

Turkey: Continued Deterioration of the Rule of Law and Persecution of Lawyers and Human Rights Defenders | Joint Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Full pdf on UN website Background Corrosion of the rule of law in Turkey began prior to an attempted coup of 15 July 2016 but since then has escalated dramatically. Human rights defenders (“defenders”) in Turkey, including lawyers, are facing dire and far-reaching … [Read more...]

South Sudan: Extend the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan | Joint Letter

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council 5 February 2021 Re: Extend the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan Excellencies, We, the undersigned non-governmental organisations, write to urge your … [Read more...]