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IBAHRI news releases 2012
Myanmar – IBAHRI report encourages generous but vigilant international support in reform process
News release 18 December 2012 - In a new report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges international organisations and foreign governments to lend crucial support to the reform process in Myanmar (Burma), but warns that any assistance must be targeted carefully so as to include all sections of the country’s population.
IBAHRI calls for inclusion of justice and the rule of law in post-2015 UN development agenda
To coincide with International Human Rights Day (10 December), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the growing global consensus that the rule of law is a precondition for sustainable peace and development at both national and international levels. Further, the IBAHRI calls for the inclusion of justice and the rule of law as an independent goal in the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda.
IBAHRI discusses human rights in Hungary at German Bar Association panel discussion
On Monday 11 December 2012, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) will participate in a high-level panel discussion, organised by the German Bar Association and Amnesty International, entitled ‘Lawyers for Human Rights in Europe’. An expert panel will discuss the current human rights situation in Hungary, in light of recent legislative reforms that have raised concerns over the rule of law and the freedom of the press in the country.
IBAHRI calls for an end to intimidation, deportation and detention of human rights lawyers in the United Arab Emirates
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) today calls for the UAE authorities to make a public statement on the whereabouts of detained human rights lawyers, their treatment in detention and the reasons for their arrest. The IBAHRI is deeply concerned by the worsening situation for human rights lawyers in the UAE and calls for those illegally detained to be released immediately.
Continued reform required to strengthen the rule of law in Georgia new IBAHRI report states
News release: 3 December 2013 - In a report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has urged the new Georgian government to put justice sector reform at the heart of its agenda and take action to promote the independence of the legal profession and strengthen the rule of law in Georgia.
Continued reform required to strengthen the rule of law in Georgia new IBAHRI report states - Georgian language version
News release: 3 December 2013 [Georgia language version) - In a report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has urged the new Georgian government to put justice sector reform at the heart of its agenda and take action to promote the independence of the legal profession and strengthen the rule of law in Georgia. - Georgian language version
IBAHRI calls on President Morsi to respect the independence of the judicial system in upholding the rule of law
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) today expresses concern in relation to amendments to Egypt’s Constitutional Declaration recently announced by President Mohamed Morsi.
IBAHRI applauds inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in historic UNGA Resolution on extrajudicial killings
The IBAHRI applauds the retention of reference to ‘sexual orientation’ and the inclusion of ‘gender identity’ in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [A/C.3/67/L.36] which was voted in with a significant majority, on 20 November 2012.
Dramatic 40 % cut in Amazonian State deforestation secures 2012 IBAHRI/Instituto Innovare Award for Daniel César Azeredo Avelino
News release 07 November 2012 - Brazilian prosecutor Daniel César Azeredo Avelino has been presented with the 2012 IBAHRI/Instituto Innovare Special Category prize for ‘Justice and Sustainability’. Awarded jointly by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Instituto Innovare, Mr Avelino received the Award for his ambitious ‘Green Municipalities’ project.
Dramática redução de 40% no desmatamento no Estado de Pará garante para Daniel César Azeredo Avelino o Prêmio Innovare 2012
Daniel César Azeredo Avelino, Procurador da República no Brasil, recebeu o Prêmio de Categoria Especial ‘Justiça e Sustentabilidade’ do IBAHRI / Instituto Innovare 2012. O Dr. Azeredo recebeu o Prêmio, conferido pelo International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Direitos Humanos da Ordem Internacional de Advogados] (IBAHRI) em conjunto com o Instituto Innovare, graças a seu ambicioso projeto ‘Municípios Verdes’.
IBAHRI book on reforming Brazilian justice system to launch at House of Lords, Monday 5 November
News release 02 November 2012 - Baroness Helena Kennedy QC will host a launch event on Monday 5 November at 12h30 at the House of Lords, London, UK, for the newly published book Another System Is Possible: Reforming Brazilian Justice. Speakers confirmed for the event are Minister Alexandre Parola from the Embassy of Brazil; Kate Smith, Director, Americas, United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and Lord Daniel Brennan QC
IBAHRI calls on Sri Lanka Government to promote rule of law and prevent harassment and intimidation of judges and magistrates
News release: 26 October 2012 - In a confidential letter to the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, and to the Sri Lankan authorities, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expressed grave concern about recent threats to the independence of the judiciary and called for the rule of law to be adhered to, and promoted, in Sri Lanka.
First Regional Congress about the death penalty to take place in Morocco
The abolition of the death penalty in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will be the subject of debate at the first Regional Congress about the death penalty being held in partnership by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI); organisers, Together Against the Death Penalty (Ensemble contre la peine de mort – ECPM); the Moroccan Organisation for Human Rights (OMDH) and The Moroccan Coalition against the Death Penalty (CMCPM).
Jailed Iranian lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, wins 2012 IBA Human Rights Award
News release: 10 October 2012 - Imprisoned Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Abdolfattah Soltani is the winner of the 2012 International Bar AssociationHuman Rights Award. The announcement was made at the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland, where Mr Soltani’s daughter, Maede Soltani, and fellow Iranian lawyer, Mahnaz Parakand, accepted the Award on his behalf.
Dr Phillip Tahmindjis, IBAHRI Director, awarded Member of the Order of Australia
News release: 25 September 2012 - Dr Phillip Tahmindjis Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has been awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for meritorious service to the international legal community and for his steadfast contributions to, and advocacy in respect of, the promotion and protection of human rights, globally.
Hungary – Threat to the independence of the judiciary and rule of law of concern to IBAHRI
News release: 10 September 2012 - In a report published today – Courting Controversy: the Impact of the Recent Reforms on the Independence of the Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Hungary– the IBAHRI calls on the Government of Hungary to respect the decision of the country’s Constitutional Court and to repeal the new legislative provisions that lowered the mandatory age of retirement for judges to 62 years, forcing the immediate retirement of more than 270 justices.
IBAHRI publishes report on Malawi’s road to recovery and holds high-level discussion on progress and challenges
News release: 3 September 2012 - The IBAHRI concludes in an investigative report published today, that the state of the rule of law in Malawi is ‘on the road to recovery’ but that some important issues still need to be remedied in order for Malawi to fully restore the rule of law.
IBAHRI report on Myanmar/Burma to follow in-country investigative mission
Media advisory note: 23 August 2012 - An International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delegation returned this week from a fact-finding scoping mission to Myanmar/Burma, facilitated by the British Embassy in Yangon. The high-level delegation was mandated to examine the state of the rule of law, particularly with respect to the access to justice before the courts, and to assess the genuineness of the Myanmar/Burmese authorities’ commitment to engage in serious law reform
Baroness Helena Kennedy appointed new Co-Chair of IBAHRI
News release: 6 August 2012 - The IBAHRI today announced Baroness Helena Kennedy QC as its new Co-Chair. A member of the House of Lords; Chair of Justice (the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists); President of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African studies; and Principal at Mansfield College, Oxford University, Baroness Kennedy is the first female co-chair of the IBAHRI and joins existing Co-Chair Sternford Moyo.
Abolition of death penalty in Morocco - closed consultation meeting
News release: 16 July 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and senior members of the Moroccan legal profession, together with civic organisations supporting abolition of the death penalty, have held a closed consultation meeting, at the British Embassy in Rabat. They discussed the role of lawyers, and in particular bar associations, in advocating for abolition de jure of the death penalty in Morocco.
Abolition de la peine de mort au Maroc - séance de consultation à huis-clos
L’Institut des droits de l’homme de l’International Bar Association (IBAHRI), des membres de la profession juridique, ainsi que la société civile marocaine abolitionniste ont tenu une séance de consultation à huis-clos à l’ambassade britannique de Rabat. Ils y ont discuté le rôle des avocats, notamment les associations de barreaux dans le combat pour l’abolition de la peine de mort en droit marocain.
Release of ICC Staff in Libya welcomed by IBAHRI
News release: 02 July 2012 - The IBAHRI welcomes the release today of four International Criminal Court (ICC) staff members detained in Zintan, Libya, since 7 June 2012. Their detention of 26 days followed a visit by ICC counsel Melinda Taylor with Mr Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi – son of Libya’s deposed and now deceased president, Muammar Gaddafi – indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.
Arrest of Darfur Bar Association members of concern to IBAHRI
News release: 03 July 2012 - The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute is concerned by the arrest and detention of four members of the Darfur Bar Association on 1 July 2012 in Khartoum, Sudan.
Death plot allegations to Asma Jilani Jahangir in Pakistan of grave concern to IBAHRI
News release: 15 June 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute expresses grave concern over the alleged plot to assassinate Ms Asma Jilani Jahangir, a lawyer in Pakistan and prominent defender of human rights. Sternford Moyo, Co-Chair of the IBAHRI said, ‘The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute urges Pakistan’s authorities to immediately, thoroughly and transparently investigate the matter of a suspected plot to end the life of Asma Jilani Jahangir...
Latin America to host first consultation meeting of IBAHRI Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights
News release: 14 June 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights will hold its first high level multi-stakeholder consultation meeting in Latin America Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 14 June 2012. The aim of the consultation is to obtain a regional perspective on issues relating to the impact of tax abuses and transnational crimes on poverty and the realisation of economic and social rights in Latin America.
IBAHRI calls for immediate release of four ICC staff detained in Libya
News release: 12 June 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the immediate release of four staff members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) who have been arbitrarily detained in Libya since 7 June, after meeting with Mr Saif al-Islam Gaddafi who is suspected by the ICC of crimes against humanity. Reportedly the four staff members were initially held at an unknown location then later moved to jail without having access to counsel or external contacts.
Detention of Judge Afiuni’s lawyer, José Amalio Graterol, condemned by IBAHRI
News release: 8 June 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the arrest of Mr José Amalio Graterol, counsel to María Lourdes Afiuni, the Venezuelan judge suspended from the bench, incarcerated for 14 months, and under house arrest since February 2011 after releasing on bail a man who had been held in pre-trial detention for two-years without a court hearing – which is a contravention of the Venezuelan Penal Code and international law.
Detención del abogado de la jueza Afiuni, José Amalio Graterol, condenada por el IBAHRI
El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la International Bar Association) (IBAHRI) condena el arresto del señor José Amalio Graterol, abogado de María Lourdes Afiuni, la jueza venezolana suspendida del cargo, encarcelada durante 14 meses y bajo arresto domiciliario desde febrero de 2011 tras liberar bajo fianza a un hombre que había estado en prisión preventiva sin audiencia por un periodo de dos años, en contra del Código Penal venezolano y del Derecho I
Harassment of Judge Afiuni’s lawyers, José Amalio Graterol and Thelma Fernandez alarming to IBAHRI
News release: 24 April 2012 - It has been reported that Thelma Fernandez and José Amalio Graterol, the two lawyers acting for Judge Afiuni, have, during the course of carrying out their professional duties, received threats via telephone calls and text messaging.
El IBAHRI muestra preocupación ante el acoso en contra de los abogados de la jueza Afiuni, José Amalio Graterol y Thelma Fernánd
Comunicado de prensa: 24 de abril 2012 - El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados] (IBAHRI) ve con preocupación los informes que llegan desde Venezuela con respecto al acoso contra los abogados que están representando a la jueza María Lourdes Afiuni, quien se encuentra actualmente en régimen de arresto domiciliario.
Illicit financial flows – a violation of human rights? New international task force to explore
News release: 4 April 2012 - An international task force comprised of leading academics, tax experts, and lawyers has been convened to analyse how illicit financial flows – specifically the proceeds of tax abuse – contribute to poverty and subsequently affect the enforcement of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR) across the globe.
Sao Paulo Public Defender’s Office to distribute 5,000 copies of IBAHRI combating torture training manual across Brazil
News release: 4 April 2012 - Public defenders across Brazil are to be equipped with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) manual Protecting Brazilians against Torture: A Manual for Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders and Lawyers.
IBAHRI condemns recent setback to the independence of lawyers in China
News release: 23 March 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the new requirement by China’s Ministry of Justice for lawyers in China to swear allegiance to the Communist Party, in order to obtain or renew their licence to practise law.
International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute publishes 2011 Annual Report
News release: 23 February 2012 - The 52-page publication provides insight into the global activities of the IBAHRI, including: capacity building, fact-finding, trial observations, and training, as well as a number of advocacy initiatives and thematic programmes working towards the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights under a just rule of law and the independence of the judiciary across the globe.
IBAHRI calls for the immediate release of Malawian lawyer Ralph Kasambara
News release: 20 February 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the immediate release on bail of Malawian lawyer Ralph Kasambara – former Attorney-General of Malawi and former Commissioner of the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Mr Kasambara has been held in arbitrary detention since 13 February, despite two court orders commanding his release on bail.
IBAHRI expresses concern at continued detention of Judge Afiuni
News release: 13 February 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has today written to the Venezuelan authorities urging them to take immediate steps to release Judge María Lourdes Afiuni from house arrest. In an open letter, addressed to President Hugo Rafael Chavez.
IBAHRI urges new Egyptian parliament to reform freedom of association laws without delay
News release: 18 January 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Egypt’s newly elected Parliament to protect by law, and respect in practice, the right of freedom of association of Egypt’s citizens. The IBAHRI considers it imperative that legislative reform with regard to freedom of association – a basic human right – be prioritised by Parliament.
IBAHRI welcomes acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim and calls on Malaysia to decriminalise homosexual acts
News release: 12 January 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI welcomes the acquittal of the Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy charges. Simultaneously, IBAHRI calls on the Government of Malaysia to reform its criminal law and abolish the criminalisation of homosexual acts.
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