IBA mourns and celebrates Nelson Mandela, Founding Honorary President of its Human Rights Institute
News release: 05 December 2013 - The International Bar Association (IBA) joins the international community in expressing sadness at the announcement of the death of Mr Rolihlahla Dalibhunga ‘Nelson’ Mandela, Founding Honorary President of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and international ambassador for democracy and freedom.
Prosecution of Venezuelan lawyer José Amalio Graterol violates fair trial standards concludes new IBAHRI report
News release: 18 November 2013 - The prosecution of Venezuelan lawyer José Amalio Graterol was arbitrary and lacking basic due process safeguards concludes the trial observation report published today by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) – the only international organisation to have maintained an observation at the hearings conducted between July 2012 and December 2012.
Lack of judicial independence prevents Sri Lanka from conducting effective investigations into war crimes states IBAHRI
News release: 15 November 2013 - The lack of judicial independence in Sri Lanka is a concern strongly reiterated by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), in light of recent comments made by President Mahinda Rajapakse that Sri Lanka’s legal system is capable of responding to human rights violations.
IBAHRI and ICJ urge Commonwealth States to make Sri Lanka accountable to Commonwealth values
News release: 14 November 2013 - Bangkok, Thailand - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the ICJ urge the Commonwealth Heads of States meeting in Colombo this week to make Sri Lanka accountable to Commonwealth values.
IBAHRI Commonwealth Conference in Sri Lanka cancelled
News release: 13 November 2013 - Following the Sri Lankan authorities’ action last week of revoking visas for speakers of an International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delegation to attend the conference ‘Making Commonwealth Values a Reality’, the event has now been cancelled.
Sri Lanka denies entry to IBAHRI delegation for the second time, ahead of major Commonwealth summit
News release: Thursday 7 November 2013 - Entry to Sri Lanka has been denied to participants of an International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) high-level delegation which includes the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul, and the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Param Cumaraswamy. The group has had its visas revoked officially, or de facto, notwithstanding the public assurance from Sri Lanka...
Somalia’s Abukar Hassan Ahmed receives 2013 IBA Human Rights Award
News release: 10 October 2013 - Somalian constitutional and international law professor Abukar Hassan Ahmed has been presented with the 2013 International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Award. The honour was conferred for his dedication to the fight for human rights and the rule of law in Somalia.
Facilitating tax abuses could constitute violation of international human rights concludes new IBAHRI Task Force Report
News release: 9 October 2013 - A new International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) Task Force report, finds that actions of states that encourage or facilitate tax abuses, or that deliberately frustrate the efforts of other states to counter tax abuses, could constitute a violation of their international human rights obligations, particularly with respect to economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR).
IBA welcomes the adoption of the Code of Conduct for the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
News release: 25 September 2013 - The International Bar Association (IBA) welcomes the adoption of the Code of Conduct for the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) on 5 September 2013. The Code, which now exists alongside a number of other documents regulating the conduct of ICC officials, establishes minimum standards of professional conduct expected of members of the OTP, and others carrying out work on behalf of the OTP...
IBAHRI welcomes release of Nasrin Sotoudeh and urges Iran to release lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani and other political prisoners
News release: 24 September 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the release of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2010 for spreading ‘propaganda against the State’ and ‘collusion with the aim to weaken national security’. She was released on Wednesday 18 September 2013 with no prior warning.
New torture prevention guide for Mexico’s legal profession launched today
News release: 5 September 2013 - A new guide on the application of national and international torture prevention standards in Mexico is to be launched today by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), in collaboration with the Mexican Federal Supreme Court.
IBAHRI calls for release of Bangladeshi human rights lawyer Adilur Rahman Khan
News release: 20 August 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the release of prominent human rights lawyer Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of the Bangladeshi human rights organisation Odhikar, who was arrested on 10 August 2013 and accused of ‘publishing false images and information’ and ‘disrupting the law and order situation’ of Bangladesh. Having been denied bail, Mr Khan remains in detention following the arrest by several officers from the ...
Failure of Venezuelan appeal court to overturn conviction of lawyer José Amalio Graterol strongly condemned by IBAHRI
News release: 22 July 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the Vargas State Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the guilty verdict and six-month prison sentence meted out to the lawyer Mr José Amalio Graterol. He was convicted, in December 2012, of ‘obstruction of justice’, because he refused to represent his client in absentia in accordance with the law as it stood at the time.
IBAHRI report on rule of law and judiciary in Egypt to follow in-country mission
Media advisory note:18 July 2013 - An International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delegation recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Cairo, Egypt. The delegation was mandated to examine the state of Egypt’s rule of law with a particular focus on the independence of the judiciary, and to produce a report of the findings thereafter.
ICC’s reliance on live witness testimony at a crossroads states new IBA report
News release: 11 July 2013 - A new International Bar Association (IBA) report published today examines and assesses the achievements, challenges and needs of witnesses in cases before the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court), and finds that the Court’s extensive reliance on witnesses is fraught with challenges.
Argentina’s controversial judicial reform of great concern to IBAHRI
News release: 18 June 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is deeply concerned about the negative impact recent legislative reform in Argentina will have on the ability of the country’s judges to administrate justice. In a confidential letter to the Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the human rights group formally expressed its apprehension...
La controvertida reforma judicial de la Argentina causa enorme preocupación en el IBAHRI
El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados, IBAHRI] ve con enorme preocupación el impacto negativo que tendrá la reciente reforma legislativa en la Argentina sobre la capacidad de los jueces del país de administrar justicia. En una carta confidencial enviada a la presidenta argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, el grupo de derechos humanos expresó formalmente sus temores.
Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner tells BBC that IBAHRI is ‘absolutely welcome to come in’
News release: 2 May 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom’s recent public statement that IBAHRI representatives will be granted visas to enter Sri Lanka.
Commonwealth urged to reassess Sri Lanka’s suitability to host CHOGM and assume Chair
News release: 24 April 2013 - At a panel discussion to launch the new International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) report, A Crisis of Legitimacy: The Impeachment of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and the Erosion of the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka, panellist Sadakat Kadri said, ‘Sri Lanka is due to be holding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, in Colombo in November 2013...
Sri Lanka facing constitutional crisis concludes IBAHRI report
News release: 28 March 2013 - The removal from office in Sri Lanka of Chief Justice Bandaranayake was unlawful, is undermining public confidence in the rule of law, and threatening to eviscerate the country’s judiciary as an independent guarantor of constitutional rights states the Executive Summary of an International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) report released today.
Iran urged to stop infringements on the independence of the legal profession by global lawyers’ body
News release: 26 March 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges Iran’s government to withdraw a proposed bill to effectively bring the Iranian Bar Association under the control of the judiciary, removing any remaining independence afforded to the legal profession.
China – significant division in the legal profession states new IBAHRI paper
News release: 26 March 2013 - In a thematic paper released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) argues that legal practitioners in China work in ‘two separate worlds’ depending on the nature of their practice.
Hungarian Constitutional Court restrictions of great concern to IBAHRI
News release: 22 March 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is deeply concerned by the Hungarian Parliament’s adoption of a Fourth Amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law (the Constitution) that further limits the authority of the Constitutional Court.
IBA calls for the immediate release of Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa
News release: 18 March 2013 - The International Bar Association (IBA) calls for the immediate release of Beatrice Mtetwa – former president of the Law Society of Zimbabwe and prominent human rights lawyer. Ms Mtetwa was arrested on Sunday 17 March on charges of obstructing the course of justice and remains in police custody despite a high court order for her release.
IBAHRI publishes Annual Report 2012
News release: 28 February 2013 - Published today, the 2012 Annual Report of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) shows an expansion in the geographical reach and thematic scope of the Institute’s activities promoting and protecting human rights and independence of the judiciary and legal profession worldwide.
Lebanon hosts launch of IBAHRI and TWC human rights handbook for members and staff of Arab parliaments
News release: 27 February 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and The Westminster Consortium (TWC) will jointly launch the Arabic translation of Human Rights and Parliaments: Handbook for Members and Staff, at the Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies (AIPTLS), in the Lebanese Parliament, on 27 February 2013.
IBAHRI seriously concerned by decision of Sri Lankan government to block entry of high-level delegates
News release: 5 February 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses serious concern at the Sri Lankan government’s decision to deny entry to Sri Lanka to senior international figures, including a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Justice J S Verma.
Forced postponement of IBAHRI high-level delegation visit to Sri Lanka
News release: 1 February 2013 - An International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delegation has been forced to postpone a planned visit to Sri Lanka to assess the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary due to the last minute withdrawal of permission to enter the country.