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IBAHRI calls on President Trump to re-evaluate administration’s stance on human rights
News Release: Friday 6 October 2017. In an open letter to President Donald Trump, signed by Baroness Helena Kennedy and Ambassador (ret) Hans Corell – former United Nations Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs – the Co-Chairs of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) call on President Trump to ‘re-evaluate [his] administration’s stance towards human rights, the judicial system and the rule of law’, and to openly commit to these principles at home and..
GQUAL Conference: Changing the picture of international justice
The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute is proud to be sponsoring the first GQual Conference. As part of the GQUAL Campaign, the conference will raise awareness about the under-representation of women affecting virtually all international tribunals and monitoring bodies. Many of these institutions play key roles in developing international law, human rights, international relations, and cooperation. On the second anniversary of the campaign, GQUAL is convening a diverse group of people f
IBAHRI oral statement on Poland to the at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council
On 22 September 2017, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement to the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review on Poland.
IBAHRI oral statement on South Africa to the at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council
On 25 September 2017, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement to the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review on South Africa.
IBAHRI oral statement on Myanmar to the at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council
On 19 September 2017, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) delivered an oral statement to the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of an interactive dialogue with the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.
IBAHRI urges President Duterte to ensure due process of law in the Philippines
News Release: Saturday 02 September 2017. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the extrajudicial killings associated with the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ and urges him to ensure due process of law and to protect the human rights of all in the Philippines. Further, amid reports of threatening remarks by the president to shoot human rights officials and kill judges and lawyers, whom he perceives to be conspiring with drug offenders, the...
Young Myanmar lawyers to attend the IBA Annual Conference in Sydney
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is delighted to inform that eleven talented young Myanmar lawyers have been selected as recipients of the IBA Developing Bar Programme Award to attend the IBA Annual Conference, which will take place in Sydney, Australia, from 8 to 13 October 2017.
Young Timorese lawyers to attend the IBA Annual Conference in Sydney
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is delighted to inform that four talented young Timorese lawyers have been selected as recipients of the IBA Developing Bar Programme Award to attend the IBA Annual Conference, which will take place in Sydney, Australia, from 8 to 13 October 2017.
Joint letter to President Mugabe of Zimbabwe raises concern over Constitution Amendment Bill
A joint letter was sent to the President of Zimbabwe on the 3rd of August, calling on him to veto a bill proposing changes to judicial appointments that would undermine the independence of the judiciary and threaten the rule of law in Zimbabwe.
L’IBAHRI rappelle au Maroc son obligation d’enquêter à propos des allégations de torture de militants sahraouis emprisonnés
Communiqué de presse: mardi 1er août 2017. Alors que plus d’une vingtaine de militants sahraouis sont emprisonnés au Maroc, certains affirmant que les éléments de preuve présentés au procès ont ostensiblement été obtenus par la torture, l’International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Institut des droits de l’homme de l’Association internationale du barreau ou IBAHRI] rappelle à ce pays son engagement international à enquêter concernant certains incidents suspects au cours desquels des personnes...
IBAHRI reminds Morocco of obligation to investigate allegations of torture of jailed Sahrawi activists
News release: Tuesday 1 August 2017. As more than 20 Sahrawi activists have been jailed in Morocco amid claims that evidence in the trial was ostensibly obtained by torture, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) reminds the country of its international commitment to investigate suspected incidents where severe pain has been inflicted on individuals to force them to ‘confess’ to and/or implicate others in illegal activity.
IBAHRI calls on Venezuelan government to respect and protect human rights
News release: Friday 28 July 2017. As the political crisis deepens in Venezuela, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the country's government to protect human rights and the independence of the judiciary, maintain the rule of law and ensure all in Venezuela have equal access to justice.
IBAHRI pide al gobierno venezolano que respete y proteja los derechos humanos
Comunicado de prensa: viernes 28 de julio de 2017. A medida que se profundiza la crisis política en Venezuela, el International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados o IBAHRI] pide al gobierno venezolano que proteja los derechos humanos y la independencia del poder judicial, mantenga el estado de derecho y garantice acceso a la justicia a todos los venezolanos.
IBAHRI adopts Resolution on armed drone strikes amid major concerns of rapid increase of use
News release: Wednesday 12 July 2017. The proliferation of the use of drones by states and armed groups to deliver lethal force, and the complications that this new development poses to the application of international law, are of mounting concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). This has led to the Council of the IBAHRI adopting a Resolution on their usage. The full text of the Resolution can be read here: tinyurl.com/y9obs33h
IBAHRI's torture-prevention work in Mexico
Enforced disappearances and cases of torture continue to be a concern in Mexico, and impunity for these crimes persists. Over the past four years, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has worked with national and international bodies to train judges, prosecutors and public defenders to increase their awareness of enforced disappearances and strengthen their capacity to prevent and prosecute torture. In partnership with the Mexican legal profession, civil society and acade...
The Istanbul Protocol: A Conversation
The Istanbul Protocol is a set of international United Nations standards for the effective investigation and documentation of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and for the reporting of these findings to the judiciary and other investigating bodies. In these two videos, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and the Anti-Torture Initiative of the Washington College of Law present conversations with key global experts on how the Istanbul Protocol can be used...
New IBAHRI report states nations are failing to protect people with albinism
News Release: Wednesday 7 June 2017. In the last decade, across 28 countries in Africa, there have been more than 600 reported cases of killings or mutilations of persons with albinism - a rare, non-contagious, congenital condition characterised by a lack of pigmentation in any or all of the hair, skin and eyes. Under international law, countries have a legal obligation to protect persons with albinism from human rights violations, attacks and discrimination. A new report by the International Bar Associ...
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
In the run up to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June, the International Bar Association (IBA) has partnered with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to raise awareness about the absolute prohibition of torture, the damaging repercussions of its practice on the rule of law, and the active role that the legal profession can have in preventing its use and recurrence.
IBAHRI calls for UN inquiry into alleged human rights violations of Chechen men
News Release: Friday 19 May 2017. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called upon the members of the United Nations Committee against Torture (UNCAT) to instigate an inquiry into claims that 100 men have been detained and tortured in a secret prison in Chechnya on account of their real or suspected sexual orientation. Three of the detainees are reported to have been killed.
IBAHRI Annual Review 2016
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has launched its 2016 Annual Review. Human rights have come under attack in 2016, demonstrating that the work of the IBAHRI is as important as ever. Since its establishment in 1995, the IBAHRI has endeavoured to defend fundamental human rights through the promotion and protection of the independence of the legal profession, and by providing members of the global legal community the tools needed to do the same.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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...
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).
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.
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.
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.
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