UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies during COVID-19: UN should support online reviews in 2021 | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) The work of the UN Treaty Bodies is severely impacted by the COVID-19 effects that prevent members of the United Nations Treaty Bodies (UNTBs) to meet physically in Geneva. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recommended that all sessions until the end of this year will … [Read more...]

Turkey and Iran: Oral Statement to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) | Joint video statement

Full PDF Statement (ENG) See the oral video statement as seen at the UN Human Rights Council (at 1:36:50) See the full Interactive Dialogue with the WGAD NGOs in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Video Intervention: Check against … [Read more...]

China: Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China | Joint letter

Full PDF (ENG) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada joins more than 300 civil society groups in a joint open letter to the UN Secretary General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN member states to call for an international mechanism to address human rights violations by China. Global … [Read more...]

Concern about risks and challenges for justice and lawyers in Colombia during COVID-19 | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Full PDF (ESP) LRWC was among the signatories of a joint letter from international organisations and individuals seriously concerned about the situation of access to justice and lawyers' ability to practice their profession, particularly for the defence of human rights. … [Read more...]

China: End restrictions on free media and lawyers | Joint oral statement at the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Link to full oral statement at Chapter 65 at 02:02:28 Statement at 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Speaker: Salma El Hosseiny, International Service for Human … [Read more...]

USA: Request for UN Human Rights Council inquiry into US Police Violence | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) more than 600 civil society organizations from around the world, including Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, joined family members of victims of police violence in the United States (US) in a joint letter calling on member states … [Read more...]

UN High Level Political Forum: Ensure meaningful civil society participation | Joint letter to UN member States

Full PDF (ENG) LRWC was among 460 civil society organisations from 115 countries signing a letter to UN member States seeking their support to ensure effective participation of civil society during the upcoming UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) scheduled for 7-16 July 2020. June … [Read more...]

Turkey: Discontinue criminal investigations against Ankara and Diyarbakir Bar Associations | Joint letter

Full PDF (ENG) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada is among ten lawyers' organizations expressing concern about criminal investigations launched in Turkey against the Ankara Bar Association and the Diyarbakir Bar Association for “openly disrespect[ing] the religious belief of a group” (article … [Read more...]

China: Wang Quanzhang should be free to join his family | Joint Statement

Full PDF Version (English) Full PDF Version (Chinese) Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang endured more than 1200 days of arbitrary detention in the absence of any due process and in January 2019 was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. Wang was released on 5 April 2020 … [Read more...]

COVID-19: Canada must ensure compliance with international law | Joint Letter

Read the full letter here (.pdf) Human rights oversight of COVID-19 responses is needed, say 154 Canadian organizations and 147 academics, former politicians, faith leaders and other individual experts. The joint letter, sent to Canadian officials on 14 April 2020, calls on Canada to ensure that … [Read more...]