United Nations Guidance Note: Protection and Promotion of Civic Space | Welcome Development

UN_Guidance_Note (PDF)  (UN Link to Guidance Note) | UN_Guidance_Note_Executive_Summary (PDF) (UN_Link to Executive Summary) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada welcomes the launch of the UN Guidance Note on Protection and Promotion of Civic Space. The Guidance Note affirms the role and responsibility … [Read more...]

NGO Access to and at the United Nations in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic | Joint Statement

FULL PDF (ENG) More than a hundred NGOs related to the United Nations, including Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, have joined CoNGO—the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations—in a statement reaffirming the importance of NGO access to and at … [Read more...]

Turkey: 5th anniversary of extrajudicial killing of human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi: Effective investigation remains lacking | Joint Statement

Full PDF (ENG) | Full PDF (TUR) The undersigned organisations have been following recent developments in the case involving the prosecution of police officers allegedly involved in the killing of human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi in November 2015. We are concerned that the prosecution, as … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

Turkey: Lawyers Levent Pişkin, Cahit Kırkazak and Ayşe Batumlu acquitted | Welcome developments

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada welcomes news that on 18 November 2020 a Turkish court  acquitted eleven people including lawyers Levent Pişkin, Cahit Kırkazak, and Ayşe Batumlu, on all charges of membership in a terrorist organization and terror propaganda. In July 2019, LRWC was among 17 … [Read more...]

China: Incommunicado detention of human rights lawyer Chang Weiping | Joint Statement

Full PDF (ENG) Joint Statement on Chinese authorities placing Human Rights Lawyer Chang Weiping under ‘residential surveillance 9 November 2020 Chinese human rights lawyer Chang Weiping, whose certificate to practice law was suspended in January 2020, was detained by Baoji City Public … [Read more...]

Iran: Temporary release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh | Welcome Developments

UPDATE: In October 2020, a new film was released focusing on the work of Nasrin Sotoudeh. A virtual screening of the film is to be held  Monday, November 30th at 12:00 pm EST, hosted by the Nobel Women's Initiative in partnership with the filmmakers of NASRIN. Register here. Lawyers’ Rights … [Read more...]

Lawyers in Danger: Threats to Advocates Worldwide | The Advocate, November 2020

This article was originally published in The Advocate, November 2020 edition | See the .pdf article The Advocate is published six times each year by the Vancouver Bar Association and is made available to all lawyers in British Columbia, Canada. NEWS FROM LAWYERS’ RIGHTS WATCH … [Read more...]

Thailand’s SLAPP suits against defenders: One acquittal and one case dropped | Update

Full PDF (ENG) In Thailand, people who report human rights abuses are regularly subjected to criminal defamation charges. During the last week of October, 2020, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) welcomed developments in two of Thailand’s well-known cases of Strategic Litigation Against … [Read more...]

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...]