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All of the latest news from the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

Friday, 3 March 2017 Friday, 3 March 2017
IBAHRI News 2016 IBAHRI News 2016

All of the 2016 news from the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

Friday, 3 March 2017 Friday, 3 March 2017
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IBA President and Aung San Suu Kyi open inaugural meeting of Myanmar’s first national independent lawyers’ association IBA President and Aung San Suu Kyi open inaugural meeting of Myanmar’s first national independent lawyers’ association

News Release: Wednesday 19 January 2016. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and David W Rivkin, President of the International Bar Association (IBA), last night opened the inaugural meetings of the Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar (ILAM), the first national, independent professional organisation of lawyers in Myanmar.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 Wednesday, 3 February 2016
New IBAHRI report calls for greater involvement of the legal profession in UN human rights mechanisms New IBAHRI report calls for greater involvement of the legal profession in UN human rights mechanisms

News Release: Thursday 17 March 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) today publishes a report calling for greater involvement of the legal profession within the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – a peer assessment of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States – in order to maximise the impact of the international mechanism and ensure that the administration of justice is at the forefront of human rights protection.

Thursday, 17 March 2016 Thursday, 17 March 2016
Release of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev not enough, says IBAHRI Release of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev not enough, says IBAHRI

News Release: Friday 01 April 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the release of prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev from prison. The Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court also decided on 28 March 2016, to convert the sentence from seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment to a five-year suspended sentence. However, the criminal convictions remain, under conditional release. The IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijan’s authorities to drop all charges against him.

Friday, 1 April 2016 Friday, 1 April 2016
International legal bodies supporting fight against torture in Tunisia International legal bodies supporting fight against torture in Tunisia

News Release: Tuesday 12 April 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is training Tunisian judges and prosecutors on torture-prevention, in Tunis. In collaboration with Tunisia’s Ministry of Justice and the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY), the IBAHRI is equipping 65 magistrates with the skills to become effective peer-to-peer trainers on the law and practice pertaining to the prohibition of torture.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 Tuesday, 12 April 2016
IBAHRI launches report on judicial accountability and independence in Latin America IBAHRI launches report on judicial accountability and independence in Latin America

News release: Tuesday 19 April 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for greater protection from political interference for Latin American judges, and highlights the need to restore public trust in the judiciary, in its latest thematic paper A Double-Edged Sword: Judicial Independence and Accountability in Latin America, being launched today at the Global Rule of Law Exchange annual conference in São Paolo, Brazil.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 Tuesday, 19 April 2016
IBAHRI concerned by harassment of lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela IBAHRI concerned by harassment of lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela

News release: Thursday 5 May 2016. The alleged ongoing harassment of Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela as he carries out his professional duties as defence lawyer for Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López is of great concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 Thursday, 5 May 2016
IBAHRI urges review of China’s new law for foreign NGOs IBAHRI urges review of China’s new law for foreign NGOs

News Release: Monday 16 May 2016. China’s enactment of The Law on the Administration of Activities by Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations within the People’s Republic of China (the ‘Foreign NGO Law’), on 28 April 2016, which introduces onerous regulatory requirements on overseas not-for-profit organisations wishing to operate in China and brings their activities under the control of the Ministry of Public Security, is of deep concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)

Monday, 16 May 2016 Thursday, 26 May 2016
Mandatory death penalty illegal under international law, says new IBAHRI report Mandatory death penalty illegal under international law, says new IBAHRI report

News release: Thursday 12 May 2016. A new report published by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) states that the mandatory death penalty is illegal under the justice system of international law. Furthermore, under domestic law, any procedure that obliges a court to impose the death penalty is inherently flawed.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 Monday, 16 May 2016
IBAHRI condemns reported assault of lawyer in Chinese courtroom IBAHRI condemns reported assault of lawyer in Chinese courtroom

News release: Thursday 23 June 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the reported assault on lawyer and human rights activist Wu Liangshu by courtroom officers following his attempt to file a case in Qingxui District Court in Nanning, China.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 Thursday, 23 June 2016
IBAHRI calls for accountability and reform following the death of Kenyan lawyer Willie Kimani IBAHRI calls for accountability and reform following the death of Kenyan lawyer Willie Kimani

News Release: Tuesday 12 July 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the Government of Kenya to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of lawyer Willie Kimani, Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri as a matter of priority. All three were reportedly tortured and killed by Kenya’s Administration Police (AP). The IBAHRI joins appeals for an independent, impartial and effective criminal investigation to be held without delay.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 Tuesday, 12 July 2016
IBAHRI condemns mass removal of judges following attempted coup in Turkey IBAHRI condemns mass removal of judges following attempted coup in Turkey

News Release: Wednesday 20 July 2016. The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is extremely concerned by the sudden dismissal of more than 2,500 judges and prosecutors in Turkey, following an attempted coup d'état in the country on Friday 15 July. The IBAHRI calls on Turkey to respect its international obligations, avoid undue mass targeting of state institutions such as the judiciary, and ensure that a transparent investigation is carried out to identify those responsible...

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 Thursday, 1 September 2016
Guatemala: IBAHRI calls for investigation into reports of dawn raid at home of rights defender Guatemala: IBAHRI calls for investigation into reports of dawn raid at home of rights defender

News release: Wednesday 17 August 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Guatemala’s authorities to carry out an immediate, full and transparent investigation into the reported armed raid on the home of Ramón Cadena Rámila, the Central America Regional Director of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 Thursday, 18 August 2016
Release of Egyptian lawyer Malek Adly welcome, but charges must be dropped says IBAHRI Release of Egyptian lawyer Malek Adly welcome, but charges must be dropped says IBAHRI

News Release: Thursday 01 September 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the news that Egyptian lawyer, Malek Adly has been released from pre-trial detention, but calls on Egypt to drop all charges against him and ensure a prompt, effective and impartial investigation into any complaints of torture and ill-treatment experienced during the period Mr Adly was held in solitary confinement, which exceeded 100 days...

Thursday, 1 September 2016 Thursday, 1 September 2016
Russian media lawyer Galina Arapova receives IBA Human Rights Award 2016 Russian media lawyer Galina Arapova receives IBA Human Rights Award 2016

News release: Friday 23 September 2016. Galina Arapova, a senior media lawyer and director of the NGO, Mass Media Defence Centre (MMDC) in Russia, was today named the winner of the 2016 International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Award. The award, granted to her in recognition of her tireless efforts towards the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Russia, was presented by IBA President, David W Rivkin on the final day of the 2016 IBA Annual Conference in Washington DC.

Monday, 26 September 2016 Tuesday, 11 October 2016
IBAHRI welcomes appointment of first UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity IBAHRI welcomes appointment of first UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity

News Release: Monday 03 October 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the creation of the office of United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. International human rights expert, Vitit Muntarbhorn, was officially appointed during the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday 30 September 2016, and holds tenure for three years.

Monday, 3 October 2016 Monday, 3 October 2016
New report finds UN Human Rights mechanism to be the most progressive international arena for furthering LGBTI rights New report finds UN Human Rights mechanism to be the most progressive international arena for furthering LGBTI rights

A new report has found the most progressive arena, at international level, for the protection of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) persons to be the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council – a peer-review mechanism of the human rights records of all 193 UN states.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 Thursday, 10 November 2016
IBAHRI congratulates Diego García-Sayán on his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur IBAHRI congratulates Diego García-Sayán on his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur

News Release: Tuesday 6 December 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) congratulates Mr Diego Garcia-Sayan on his appointment to the post of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Open letter calls on President-Elect Trump to address declining human rights in the United States Open letter calls on President-Elect Trump to address declining human rights in the United States

News release: Saturday 10 December 2016. To mark Human Rights Day 2016, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute has penned an open letter to the President-Elect of the United States Donald Trump, calling on him to reassert the US as a leading model for championing individual liberty and human rights.

Saturday, 10 December 2016 Friday, 9 December 2016
IBAHRI calls on Brazilian legal profession to work towards improvement of prison conditions IBAHRI calls on Brazilian legal profession to work towards improvement of prison conditions

News Release: Friday 13 January 2017. Following recent prison riots in the states of Manaus and Roraima in Brazil, that have resulted in the deaths of around 100 people and the escape of many convicts, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), calls on the country’s legal profession to work with urgency towards improving prison conditions and creating environments where the human rights of both inmates and guards are respected, enforced and upheld.

Friday, 13 January 2017 Friday, 13 January 2017
IBAHRI open letter to Mr Trump addressing human rights in the US reissued ahead of inauguration IBAHRI open letter to Mr Trump addressing human rights in the US reissued ahead of inauguration

News release: Thursday 12 January 2017. Ahead of the forthcoming inauguration of the new President of the United States of America, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is republishing an open letter first sent to President-Elect Donald Trump in December 2016 in which he is called upon to prioritise human rights in the US.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 Friday, 20 January 2017
IBAHRI concerned by arrest of human rights lawyers in Zambia IBAHRI concerned by arrest of human rights lawyers in Zambia

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute is concerned by the recent arrest of human rights lawyer Oliver Holland in Zambia. Mr Holland, a lawyer with London-based law firm Leigh Day, was escorted to Chingola Central Police Station and detained without charge after conducting meetings with clients of a class action lawsuit in Zambia on Tuesday 10 January.

Friday, 27 January 2017 Monday, 30 January 2017
IBAHRI decries fatal shooting of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni in Myanmar and calls for an investigation IBAHRI decries fatal shooting of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni in Myanmar and calls for an investigation

News release: Tuesday 31 January 2017. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the killing of prominent Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni in Myanmar on Sunday 29 January 2017, and has called on the country’s authorities to carry out a thorough and impartial investigation into the slaying of long-time legal adviser to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 Tuesday, 31 January 2017
IBAHRI calls for due process in Cameroon military trial of lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla IBAHRI calls for due process in Cameroon military trial of lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla

News Release: Monday 13 February 2017. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is concerned by the trial of lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla, commencing Monday 13 February 2017 in the Republic of Cameroon, West-Central Africa. As he prepares to face a military tribunal, the IBAHRI calls for the nation’s authorities to ensure that national and international obligations to legal and transparent due process are met. Barrister Agbor-Balla faces wide-ranging and serious charges...

Monday, 13 February 2017 Tuesday, 14 February 2017
IBAHRI welcomes High Court order against  South Africa’s exit from the ICC IBAHRI welcomes High Court order against South Africa’s exit from the ICC

News release: Friday 24 February 2017. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the ruling by South Africa’s North Gauteng High Court ordering the Government to revoke its notice of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Friday, 24 February 2017 Thursday, 9 March 2017
IBAHRI statement on death penalty to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council IBAHRI statement on death penalty to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

IBAHRI's statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, raising concerns with the continued use of the death penalty, in particular when the death penalty is made a mandatory punishment for certain crimes.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 Wednesday, 1 March 2017
IBAHRI joint statements on albinism submitted to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council IBAHRI joint statements on albinism submitted to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

IBAHRI's joint statements to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council, in partnership with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and the Malawi Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), welcomes the recommendations of the Independent Expert to both the government of Malawi and Mozambique to increase the protection for persons with albinism, while acknowledging that a lot more has to be done.

Thursday, 2 March 2017 Friday, 3 March 2017
Torture prevention in Mexico: Building the capacity of the legal profession Torture prevention in Mexico: Building the capacity of the legal profession

For four years the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has been working with the Mexican legal profession on capacity building for torture prevention. Visiting the states of Nuevo León, Ciudad de México, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Estado de Mexico, we brought together judges, lawyers, public defenders and prosecutors for them to gain a better understanding of their responsibility in the prevention and prosecution of torture and ill or degrading treatment.

Thursday, 9 March 2017 Thursday, 9 March 2017
IBAHRI joint NGO statement on human rights in Myanmar submitted to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council IBAHRI joint NGO statement on human rights in Myanmar submitted to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

The International Commission of Jurists, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada issued a joint Oral Statement in an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.

Monday, 13 March 2017 Monday, 13 March 2017
IBAHRI renews calls for due process in trial of Cameroon lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla IBAHRI renews calls for due process in trial of Cameroon lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla

News release: Wednesday 22 March 2017. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) renews calls on the government of the Republic of Cameroon to ensure that the ongoing trial of Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla, whose trial before a military tribunal resumes on 23 March 2017, is conducted in a civilian court without interference, and in adherence to legal and transparent due process.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 Wednesday, 22 March 2017
L’IBAHRI renouvelle son appel à un procès équitable pour l’avocat camerounais  Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla  L’IBAHRI renouvelle son appel à un procès équitable pour l’avocat camerounais Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla

News release: Wednesday 22 March 2017. L’International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Institut des droits de l’homme de l’Association internationale du barreau, IBAHRI] a de nouveau appelé le gouvernement de la République du Cameroun à juger Maître Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla devant un tribunal civil, sans interférence, et dans le respect des normes internationales de transparence et légalité des procédures.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 Wednesday, 22 March 2017