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...]

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...]

Vietnam: Justice for the People of Dong Tam | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) | Full PDF (FR) | Full PDF (VI) 8 October 2020 Nguyen Xuan Phuc Prime Minister Socialist Republic of Vietnam 16 Le Hong Phong Street Ba Dinh District Hà Nội VIETNAM Re: Dong Tam Trial Dear Mr. Prime Minister, We are writing to express grave concerns over the … [Read more...]

United States: Joint Oral Statement to the UN Human Rights Council on systemic racism and police violence | Joint statement led by ACLU

Full PDF (ENG) See the joint oral statement LRWC was among 300 NGOs from more than 60 countries that joined a 1 October 2020 oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council led by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The oral statement was a follow up to the Council's June 2020 Resolution 43/1 … [Read more...]

Turkey: Joint oral statement to the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council: UPR Adoption

Full PDF (ENG) Full joint oral video statement online Full Interactive Dialogue on Turkey UPR Date: 28/29 September 2020 HRC section: 45th Session (Agenda Item 6) Speaker: Leroy Niekoop Oral Statement to the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Regular Session - Item 6: UPR … [Read more...]

China: Oral Statement to the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) See the oral video statement as shown at the UN Human Rights Council (00:52:48) See the full Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons (Part 1) | Part 2 NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the … [Read more...]

Turkey: Obituary for Turkish lawyer Ebru Timtuk | Joint press release

Full PDF (TUR) Obituary for Turkey Lawyer Ebru Timtik, died 27 August 2020  Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada joins lawyers around the world in mourning the death of Turkish lawyer Ms. Ebru Timtik on 27 August 2020 after 238 days of fasting to strengthen her demand for a fair trial for … [Read more...]

United Nations Treaty Body Review: Informal Consultations 28 August 2020 | Oral Statement

Full pdf oral statement (ENG) See LRWC's full briefing paper See the informal consultations on the review of the United Nations human rights treaty body system: New York: 27 July 2020. Geneva: 28 August 2020, morning and afternoon (video).  Fundamental pillars of the UN human rights system: … [Read more...]

Philippines: UN Human Rights Council should urgently launch an independent international investigative mechanism on human rights situation | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) To member and observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Re: UN Human Rights Council should urgently launch an independent international investigative mechanism on the human rights situation in the Philippines Geneva, 27 August 2020 Your … [Read more...]