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IBAHRI calls on Bermuda, the UK and Commonwealth countries to protect LGBTI rights
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) today published three detailed letters sent on 21 June 2018 to the Premier of Bermuda, the then Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Secretary-General (SG) of the Commonwealth of Nations condemning the efforts of the legislature of Bermuda to reverse the Supreme Court of Bermuda’s 2017 decision regarding same-sex marriage.
IBAHRI calls for the immediate release of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh
News release, Tuesday 17 July 2018. In an open letter to His Excellency Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called for the immediate release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and for adherence to the international legal instruments that safeguard the independence of legal professionals.
IBAHRI calls on Poland’s government to stop persecution of judges and respect democratic norms
News release, Tuesday 3 July 2018. Amid recent reports of intimidation and hate campaigns led by the ruling Law and Justice party against Poland’s judges, as well as the forthcoming forced retirement of up to 40 per cent of judges – expected to take effect from 3 July 2018 – the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the actions of the government of the Republic of Poland and calls for an end to the persecution of judges.
IBAHRI report emphasises global need for juvenile justice systems that comply with international norms
News release: 29 May 2018. In a report published today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) asserts that, in order to protect the rights of children alleged as, accused of or recognised as having infringed penal law, specialised juvenile justice systems must be established or improved to conform with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC). Titled The Role of the Universal Periodic Review in Advancing Children’s Rights in Juvenile Justice.
IBAHRI calls on Commonwealth countries to follow Trinidad and Tobago’s decriminalisation of homosexuality
News Release: Thursday 19 April 2018. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the ruling by Trinidad and Tobago High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad that the nation’s law banning same-sex relationships is unconstitutional. With heads of state gathering in London this month for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and due to discuss LGBT+ issues for the first time, the IBAHRI calls on all Commonwealth states to work together to repeal colonial-era laws...
IBAHRI oral statement at Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Albinism - Human Rights Council, 37th Session
7 March 2018. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the report of the Independent Expert, particularly its focus on the right to health of persons with albinism. These are concerns that have also been touched upon by the Special Rapporteur on the right to health who has urged states to assess the needs of persons with albinism to increase their life chances and ensure their enjoyment of the right to physical and mental health...
IBAHRI statements on Turkey at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council
On 1 March, on behalf of the IBAHRI and five other organisations, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) delivered an oral statement at the Human Rights Council’s 37th session. In the statement, the ICJ urged the Council to address the attack on lawyers and threats to the independence of the legal profession around the world with a particular emphasis China, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey as examples of where such attacks had occurred.
IBAHRI calls on Maldives President to maintain the rule of law and separation of powers
News Release: Tuesday 20 February 2018. Concerned by the imposed state of emergency in the Maldives and the government’s refusal to abide by the unanimous ruling of the full bench of the Supreme Court to free nine political prisoners, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on President Abdulla Yameen to adhere to the rule of law in the Maldives. The IBAHRI is further disturbed by the arrests of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed, and the subsequent...
IBAHRI open letter calls on President Xi Jinping to end persecution of legal professionals in China
News Release: Tuesday 13 February 2018. In an open letter to His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called for the cessation of the persecution of human rights lawyers in China and for adherence to the international legal instruments that safeguard the independence of legal professionals.
IBAHRI written statement on the Obligation to Mobilise Resources - Human Rights Council 37th Session
13 March 2018. The IBAHRI made a written statement at the Human Rights Council 37th Session submitting the finding of its report The Obligation to Mobilise Resources: Bridging Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals, and Economic and Fiscal Policies...
Former Australian Justice Michael Kirby appointed Co-Chair of the IBAHRI
News release: Tuesday 23 January 2018. The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG has been elected Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). A former Justice of the High Court of Australia, international jurist and educator, he succeeds Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, a member of the United Kingdom House of Lords, in the role. Together with current Co-Chair Ambassador (ret.) Hans Corell, Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United...
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