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In this issue:
- Bangladesh: proposed law restricts NGOs and freedoms of assembly and expression contrary to ICCPR.
- Cameroon: LRWC calls for protection for lawyers and repeal of criminal sanctions against homosexuality.
- Canada: Mounted Police Professional Association balks at Bill C-42 torture provisions.
- Canada: LRWC and others urge PM and the Governor General to meet with Chief Spence.
- China: Mao Hengfeng, human rights defender arbitrarily detained again.
- Costa Rica: call to protect freedoms of lawyers and biologists opposing mining by Canadian subsidiary.
- Sri Lanka: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Shirani Bandaranayake impeached.
- Turkey: Mass trial adjourned to March 28, 2013, 26 lawyers remain in jail.
- Turkey: 15 more lawyers arrested; 4 convicted and receive lengthy sentences.
- Vietnam: lawyer Le Quoc Quan arrested again.
- The Challenge of Implementing International Human Rights in Sri Lanka – On February 14 at 3:00 pm at Osgoode Hall Law School and February 15 at 1:00 pm at the Law Society of Upper Canada, sponsored by LRWC, Amnesty and the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.
- Indigenous Law as a Solution to Resource Conflict in Treaty 8 – At the Vancouver Public Library on February 28 at 7:00 pm with Caleb Behn.
- Rights under Attack: Day of Dissent – Videos of Panel 2 and the talk by Pearl Eliadis online
- Debunking the Doctrine of Discovery – Power point presentation available on request.
Notable Decisions and Law Suits
- Spain: The European Court of Human Rights declares Franco-era enforced disappearance complaint inadmissible.
- Canada: Mikisew and Frog Lake Cree Nations challenge legality of Bills C-38 and 45 in Federal Court.