Thailand: EU should require Thailand’s commitment to human rights conditions prior to restarting EU-Thailand Trade Agreement negotiations | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Full PDF (Thai) Valdis Dombrovskis Executive Vice-President European Commission Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200 1049 Brussels Belgium October 28, 2020 Dear Mr. Dombrovskis, We, the undersigned companies and organisations, are aware that the European Union may … [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...]

Turkey: Urgent letter to UN Special Procedures on arbitrary detention of lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal, currently near death

Full pdf letter requesting Urgent Action On 18 August 2020, LRWC joined in an urgent letter from a group of 17 lawyers' organizations from to UN Special Procedures expressing "grave concern about two lawyers who have been on hunger strike since 2 February 2020 in demand for a fair trial."  The two … [Read more...]

Temisan Boyo | Board of Directors

Temisan Boyo Fanou is a lawyer and adjudicator based in Toronto. She is a Member of the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), where she hears and decides refugee claims from persons fearing persecution in their home countries. She is also a consultant to … [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...]

LRWC Calls on Zoom to Respect Freedom of Expression | Letter

Full .pdf letter Link to Press Release 17 July 2020 Eric S. Yuan Founder & Chief Executive Officer 55 Almaden Boulevard, 6th Floor San Jose, CA 95113 Email:, Lynn Haaland Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer 55 Almaden Boulevard, 6th Floor San … [Read more...]

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Catherine Morris | LRWC Executive Director

Catherine Morris, BA (Alberta) 1974, JD (Alberta) 1978, LLM (UBC) 2001, was appointed as Executive Director of Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada on 1 June 2020. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. She has taught graduate level courses in international … [Read more...]

Thailand: ICJ and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada intervene in criminal defamation proceeding against Thai journalist Suchanee Rungmuanporn (Cloitre) | Amicus Brief

Full Amicus Brief (English) | Full Amicus Brief (Thai) On 27 April 2020, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) submitted a joint amicus curiae brief to Thailand’s Court of Appeal in the appeal from conviction for criminal defamation of journalist, Ms. … [Read more...]

Philippines: Lawyers Killed and Attacked With Murderous Intent | Updated list

Full  .pdf report List of Attorneys, Prosecutors, Judges, and Legal Workers Attacked With Murderous Intent in the Philippines During the Duterte Government Since July 2016  As of 28 February 2020 Compiled by the IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers[1] in cooperation with … [Read more...]