Turkey: Release Lawyer Turan Canpolat from Unlawful Detention | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada on 15 May 2020 endorsed a letter with eleven other human rights organizations calling on for the release of lawyer Turan Canpolat, detained without trial for more than four years in violation of international human rights law binding on … [Read more...]

Turkey: International law obligations to release Lawyers and others Illegally Imprisoned | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) LRWC calls for the immediate release of prisoners unlawfully detained and convicted under anti-terrorism laws. As those convicted under these provisions were denied internationally protected rights essential to a fair trial, there is no legal justification for their detention. … [Read more...]

Hong Kong: Arrest and Prosecution of Pro-Democracy Figures Contravenes International Law Obligations | Letter

Full PDF May 12, 2020 Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor Chief Executive of Hong Kong Office of the Chief Executive 1 Tim Wa Avenue Tamar, Hong Kong Email: ceo@ceo.gov.hk Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah Secretary of Justice for Hong Kong Department of Justice 5th floor, Main Wing, Justice … [Read more...]

China: Released Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang finally reunites with family

Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was released from detention on 5 April 2020. He was arrested during the “709 Crackdown” (which started on July 9th in 2015). After being secretly detained in a secret location for more than 1200 days, Wang Quanzhanghe was tried behind closed doors on 26 December … [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...]

US: Call to Immediately Lift US Sanctions Against Iran and Venezuela | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) / Full PDF (SPA) 218 human rights groups and individuals call on the United States to immediately lift US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela and to keep the sanctions suspended or cancelled at least until the World Health Organization declares each country free of COVID-19. 17 … [Read more...]

China: Joint Statement Concerning the Personal Freedom of Wang Quanzhang After His Release | Joint Statement

Full PDF (ENG) / Full PDF (CHN) 3 April 2020 Joint Statement Concerning the Personal Freedom of Wang Quanzhang After His Release Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang is expected to be released after completing his sentence on 5 April 2020. Wang Quanzhang was arrested during … [Read more...]

Turkey: Call for Action to Protect Prisoners from COVID19 Pandemic | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Photo Credit: University of Dayton 25 March 2020 TURKEY: CALL FOR ACTION TO PROTECT PRISONERS FROM COVID19 PANDEMIC On March 11, the World Health Organisation (WHO) characterized the outbreak of COVID-19 a “global pandemic”. Looking at the confirmed infection rates we … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: Samar Badawi Nomination for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Full PDF (ENG) Samar Badawi, human rights activist ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD NOMINATION February 14, 2020 Submitted on February 6, 2020. Nominee: Samar Badawi Country: Saudi Arabia Email: Website: Organization: Position at Organization: Phone (add country code if outside … [Read more...]

UAE: Freedom of Expression Must Be Upheld At All Times, Not Only Tolerated During Hay Festival Abu Dhabi | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) / Full PDF (ARA) 37 NGOs and 19 individuals call on Dubai to respect freedom of expression during the Hay Festival in Abu Dhabi (25 - 28 Feb) by releasing arbitrarily detained people including lawyer Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken, arbitrarily detained since July 2012, academic Fe. Nasser … [Read more...]