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IBAHRI news releases 2014
IBAHRI to hold inaugural colloquium exploring the impact of rule of law fact-finding by NGOs
News release: 23 December 2014 - To mark the start of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) 20th year, the IBAHRI will hold its inaugural colloquium for legal professionals, civil society members, academics and public sector bodies on Thursday 29 January 2015 at the Law Society of England and Wales in London.
IBAHRI calls on UK Government to uphold human rights protection
News release: 10 December 2014 - Amid United Kingdom Government proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998, today, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the UK Government to respect its international obligations to guarantee access to justice and human rights protection for all UK citizens.
Myanmar: IBAHRI host workshop on laws governing legal profession with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
News release: 28 October 2014 - A workshop with the aim of promoting discussion on the need to reform current rules governing Myanmar’s legal profession is to be hosted by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), jointly with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the Myanmar Parliamentary Committee on the Rule of Law and Tranquility,in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, from 28–30 October 2014. Attending the workshop, entitled Laws Regulating the Legal Profession: A Comparative Review...
Sexual and gender-based violence to be addressed by Darfuri lawyers at IBAHRI event
News release: 8 October 2014 - As part of an urgent need to address the high level of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) – including rape, abuse and harassment – experienced by women and girls in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Darfur region of Sudan, Darfuri lawyers have implemented projects aimed at promoting and protecting women’s rights in Darfur. These projects will be showcased to a panel of international human rights actors, at an IBAHRI event being held in Nairobi...
Tunisian judges and prosecutors embark on major International Criminal Law training programme
News release: 29 September 2014 - Today, a new International Criminal Law (ICL) training programme aimed at furthering the understanding, and strengthening the application, of ICL principles in Tunisia’s domestic courts is being launched for judges and prosecutors in Tunisia by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).
Sri Lanka: IBAHRI calls for protection of lawyers following death threats
News release: 19 September 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the Sri Lankan government to take immediate measures to protect the independence of the legal profession in Sri Lanka, following concerns at an escalation of intimidation against lawyers and civil society members working on human rights and rule of law issues. In particular, the IBAHRI calls on the relevant authorities to undertake swift and transparent investigations into the reported death...
IBAHRI paper examines the ‘fragility’ of judicial independence across the globe today
Media Advisory: 20 August 2014 - In the latest International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) thematic paper, published today, Geoffrey Robertson QC reflects on some of the problems facing the ‘fragile reed’ of judicial independence across the globe, and calls on judges to speak out whenever they have reason to believe that their independence is under threat.
IBAHRI calls on the Council of Europe to take urgent action against Azerbaijan
News release:15 August 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to take immediate measures to address the disturbing trend of arresting members of Azerbaijan’s civil society. Specifically, the IBAHRI urges the Secretary General to convoke an urgent session of the Committee in order to discuss the situation and to draft a resolution condemning the recent arrests.
Gaza: as ceasefire ends IBAHRI calls on all parties to respect international humanitarian law
News release - 8 August 2014: Amid the already extensive loss of civilian life resulting from the on-going Israel-Gaza conflict, and following the end of the fragile truce, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on all parties to adhere to international legal standards with respect to the distinction between ‘military objectives’ and ‘civilian objects’.
Cambodia: IBAHRI expresses deep concern over controversial judicial reform laws
News release: 15 July 2014 - Today the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses deep concern over controversial judicial reforms which could provide an excessive transfer of power from the judiciary to the executive in the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia.
Cambodia: UN Special Rapporteur to discuss controversial judicial reform laws at IBAHRI Phnom Penh press conference - new date
News release: 8 July 2014 UPDATE - The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, will speak at a high-level International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) press conference on draft judicial reform laws in Cambodia on Tuesday 15 July 2014, 10h00 – 11h30, at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Egypt: IBAHRI urges new government to strengthen independence of the judiciary in light of recent convictions
News release: 1 July 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses grave concern over the recent swathe of controversial judgments issued by the Egyptian courts, including: condemning significant numbers of Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death; giving lengthy prison sentences to protesters, human rights defenders and journalists; and curtailing important fundamental rights such as freedom of expression. The IBAHRI strongly urges the Egyptian government to build a...
Fair trial rights workshop for Chinese judges hosted by IBAHRI in London
News release: 26 June 2014 - Today the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is hosting a specialist workshop in London for judges from the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China, on the right to a fair trial. The emphasis of the workshop is being placed on the role of the judiciary as a safeguard against unlawful arrest and detention and guarantor of fair trial rights.
International symposium on tax justice and human rights link, aims to further research and deepen understanding
News release: 17 June 2014 - As international recognition of the impact of abusive fiscal and tax policies on human rights and poverty gains momentum, McGill University will host an international symposium, from Wednesday 18 June to Friday 20 June 2014, in Montreal, Canada, with the key objective of promoting innovative global research, dialogue and understanding of the links between tax abuses and human rights.
Geneva: UN Special Rapporteur to discuss rule of law in Venezuela at IBAHRI/ICJ event
News release: 10 June 2014 - Gabriela Knaul and Pedro Nikken, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers; and Venezuelan lawyer and former President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, respectively, will, during the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council taking place in Geneva, discuss the challenges facing the rule of law in Venezuela today.
Tajik bar associations and IBAHRI co-host major discussion on requirements for a new bar system
News release - 22 May 2014: Coinciding with the 92nd anniversary of the establishment of the first Tajik Bar Association (26 May) a major seminar bringing together 150 local, regional, and international key stakeholders will be held in Tajikistan to share expertise on best practices for bar associations and to discuss the requirements for a new bar system for the country.
Tax abuses, human rights and the law to be debated by expert panel
News release: 12 May 2014 - Where should the line between legitimate tax avoidance and immoral tax abuse be drawn? And what are the responsibilities of governments, corporations and legal professionals in combating tax abuse? These are the primary questions to be addressed at a high-level panel event being held on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at the Arnolfini Dark Studio in Bristol, United Kingdom.
New IBAHRI report urges Azerbaijani Government to uphold fair trial rights in freedom of expression cases
News release: 1 May 2014 - In a report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges the Azerbaijani Government to uphold fair trial rights in freedom of expression cases. Specifically, the IBAHRI calls on the government to take active steps to establish effective mechanisms, consistent with international standards, to protect journalists.
Urgent need for Venezuelan justice system reform is highlighted by criminal trial of Judge Afiuni states new IBAHRI report
News release: 29 April 2014 - A new report states the Venezuelan justice system does not contain adequate systemic safeguards to guarantee judicial independence and cites the trial of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni as emblematic of the situation in general. Describing her trial as being characterised by multiple violations of due process and other human rights, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute(IBAHRI) points to an urgent need forreform of the Venezuelan judiciary.
Annulment of controversial provisions in Turkey’s judicial reform law, welcomed by IBAHRI
News release: 25 April 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the recent decision by the Constitutional Court of Turkey to overturn controversial provisions of a judicial reform law enacted earlier this year tightening government control of the judiciary and consequently violating the principle of the separation of powers.
Torture prevention manual for legal professionals: second edition launched across Brazil by IBAHRI
News release: 7 April 2014 - The second edition of a leading torture prevention manual for legal professionals in Brazil is to be launched by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) in three high-level events across Brazil in Brasilia, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro this week.
Sri Lanka: IBAHRI calls for increased vigilance from international community following UN Resolution
News release: 1 April 2014 - With the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) having voted to open an international investigation into alleged war crimes by both the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for increased vigilance by the international community following an escalation in threats to human rights defenders.
IBAHRI/Instituto Innovare prize winner showcases ground-breaking Amazon sustainability project at Stockholm World Forests Summit
News release: 20 March 2014 - Brazilian prosecutor Daniel César Azeredo Avelino will present his prize-winning project ‘Green Municipalities’ at the World Forests Summit in Stockholm today. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Instituto Innovare jointly awarded Mr Avelino the Special Category Prize for ‘Justice and Sustainability’ in 2012 for his innovative project, which aims to stop deforestation in the northern Brazilian state of Pará completely by 2020.
IBAHRI calls on Venezuela to respect UN Human Rights Council and fulfil its international obligations
News release: 20 March 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called on the Venezuelan Government to respect its position on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and to fulfil its international human rights obligations. In particular, the IBAHRI urges Venezuela to conduct swift and effective investigations into the alleged human rights violations, including a growing number of reported deaths, in relation to the ongoing protests in the country.
First global live IBA interview with Michael Kirby, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea
News release: 18 March 2014 - The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, Chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea and chief author of a recently released report accusing North Korea’s regime of committing ‘unspeakable atrocities’, will, in the first live International Bar Association (IBA) webcast of 2014, discuss the report’s findings; the new approach he brought to fact-finding; and the call for the UN to act.
Global view of challenges and dangers facing lawyers and judges highlighted in IBAHRI Annual Report 2013
News release: 13 March 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) 2013 Annual Report, published today, presents some of the numerous challenges and dangers facing many lawyers and judges across the globe who are striving to promote and protect the fundamental principles of human rights. Details of trial observations undertaken by the IBAHRI in Turkey, Venezuela and Zimbabwe provide specific analysis of some of the difficulties...
Myanmar’s legal profession moves to establish a national bar association
News release: 06 March 2014 - Myanmar’s legal profession has taken a significant step towards establishing an independent, representative national bar association by forming an inclusive interim committee to steer its creation. This measure follows a three-day legal seminar recently held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, which was organised by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and hosted by the Parliamentary Committee on Rule of Law and Tranquillity.
Sri Lanka: IBAHRI backs Navi Pillay’s call for United Nations inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights violations
News release: 27 February 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish an independent and international inquiry into alleged war crimes and past violations of human rights law in Sri Lanka as called for by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in a recently published report.
Inspiring film about justice defender Beatrice Mtetwa to be distributed across Africa by IBA and film’s director
News release: 24 February 2014 - The International Bar Association (IBA), in collaboration with independent filmmaker Lorie Conway of Boston Film and Video Productions, announces a programme to provide free DVDs of the recently released documentary Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), foundations, schools, law societies, law firms, religious groups, and other constituencies across Africa.
Global human rights body urges Uganda’s president not to sign Anti-homosexuality Bill
News release: 21 February 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that stipulates a sentence of life imprisonment for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ in Uganda.
Myanmar: major legal seminar on bar associations’ best practices to be hosted by IBAHRI
News release: 13 February 2014 - Today, in the context of the rapid transformation Myanmar is undergoing, particularly in respect to the rule of law, a major legal seminar will take place on international and regional best practices for bar associations.
Egypt: future government urged to promote independence of the judiciary by IBAHRI
News release: 10 February 2014 - In a report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges the future Egyptian government to take action to promote the independence of the judiciary and prosecution services, in order to strengthen the rule of law in Egypt.
Nigeria’s criminalisation of same-sex unions and associations condemned by IBAHRI
News release: 30 January 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the criminalisation of anyone who ‘performs, witnesses, aids or abets’ a same-sex marriage ceremony in Nigeria following the signing into law of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill by the country’s President Goodluck Jonathan earlier this month.
IBA welcomes repeal of Ukraine's anti-protest laws and calls for release of arrested peaceful protesters
News release: 29 January 2014 - The Ukrainian Government’s recent adoption of a series of ‘anti-protest’ laws severely restricting freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and undermining the protection of human rights has been of deep concern to the body representing the global legal profession, the International Bar Association (IBA).
Afghanistan, democracy, and the rule of law subjects of paper published today by IBAHRI
News release: 27 January 2014 - The opportunities for democracy and the rule of law in Afghanistan and the challenges the country faces in regard to these concepts are the focus of a paper published today by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). Authored by IBAHRI Director Dr Phillip Tahmindjis AM, Rule of Law, Democracy and the Legal Profession in the Afghan Context: Challenges and Opportunities, provides a unique perspective from someone who has worked with the Afghani...
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