Azerbaijan: Independent Lawyers Network in formed | Update

See the first edition (pdf) of The Legal Profession Observer, March 2021 Newly formed Independent Lawyers Network (ILN) in Azerbaijan In recent years, there has been severe deterioration of the situation of human rights defenders and lawyers in Azerbaijan. This decline began in 2014 … [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...]

Vietnam: Justice for the People of Dong Tam | Update and video

Previous LRWC Joint Letter (Link to post and PDF) LRWC is monitoring ongoing violation of fair trial rights of citizens of Dong Tam, Vietnam, several of whom have been sentenced to the death penalty or lengthy prison sentences in an unfair … [Read more...]

Thailand: Southern Peasants’ Federation wins court case after thirteen years | Welcome developments

On 19 March 2021, after thirteen years, the land rights defenders of the Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT) won an verdict from the Thai Administrative Court ordering the Department of Land and its affiliated authorities to revoke title deeds for 23 plots that have been unlawfully … [Read more...]

Myanmar: Lawyers detained, charged, and threatened after military coup | Statement

Full pdf statement (EN) Lawyers detained, charged, and threatened after military coup in Myanmar All States are responsible to ensure accountability for atrocity crimes  Statement For immediate release 24 March 2021 Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is alarmed by the grave, systematic, … [Read more...]

Malaysia: Judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Charles Hector | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) 23 March 2021 His Excellency Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd. Yassin Prime Minister of Malaysia Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia Main Block, Perdana Putra Building Federal Government Administrative Centre 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia Fax: +60 3 8888 … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Women’s rights defenders featured in panel for International Women’s Day 2021 | Event

Summary by Rai Friedman, Co-chair for Amnesty International Canada’s Gender Rights team and LRWC case monitor for Saudi Arabia On 18 March  2021, Amnesty International Canada’s Gender Rights team and Amnesty Windsor Law hosted a panel event in support of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021. … [Read more...]

Iran: Imprisonment of Hoda Amid and the Harassment of Lawyers | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) BY PRIORITY AIRMAIL His Excellency Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran The Office of the Supreme Leader Tehran Province, Tehran, District 11, Islamic Republic of Iran Amsterdam, 16 March 2021 Subject: Imprisonment of Hoda … [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...]

Canada: Indigenous Nations, organizations and individuals support federal implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples | Open Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Full PDF (FR) LRWC signed an open letter published this week in The Hill Times. The letter was signed by 37 Indigenous Nations and governments and other organizations, and 125 human rights advocates, calling for the timely passage of Bill C-15, the proposed federal legislation to … [Read more...]