Defending Defenders Around the World: An Invitation to join Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and support its work

LRWC invites lawyers, law students and others to become members of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and to support its work through donations 

LRWC members defend the rule of law and human rights advocates around the world

The work done by LRWC is made possible by the pro bono work of members, the support of donors, and cooperation with NGOs around the world. LRWC membership fees allow LRWC to provide pro bono research, education, and advocacy for lawyers and other human rights defenders who are increasingly at risk in many countries in the world.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for LRWC’s work has intensified. LRWC has continued to contribute to the defense of rights of human rights lawyers and defenders throughout 2020, including the lawyers pictured here.

Building knowledge of international human rights

  • UPCOMING WEBINAR on 10 December 2020: An Overview of the UN Human Rights System: for LRWC members and volunteers featuring UN experts and LRWC monitors. Free (donations welcome).
  • Quarterly Newsletters. The Autumn 2020 edition of LRWC’s ACTION NEWS features summaries and links to LRWC’s recent research and advocacy for defenders and the rule of law around the world.
  • Publication of LRWC’s book, Attacking Defenders: Criminalization of Human Rights Advocacy, in 2020, free to download and now available free of charge on CanLII.
  • Articles in Canadian lawyers’ publications to raise awareness about the role of systemic racism in violations of human rights defenders’ right to freedom of assembly (in, a Canadian lawyers online magazine), the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers (in and the situation of endangered lawyers and rights defenders worldwide in The Advocate, a BC lawyers’ magazine.


  • Numerous letters and statements, and interventions at UN Human Rights Council calling for protection of human rights lawyers and defenders. LRWC’s emphasis in 2020-21 is on the rule of law in China, Turkey, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and LRWC volunteers also advocate for defenders in many other countries.

To join LRWC, visit Annual membership is CAD $50.00 ($15.00 for students or those with restricted incomes). Feel free to write to us at

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