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IBAHRI Director joins Ukraine government’s Legal Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine

The government of Ukraine has announced the formation of the Legal Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine to support the country’s authorities in delivering justice for victims of any international crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.

Released on Apr 7, 2022

Bermuda and Cayman Islands: IBAHRI expresses regret at Privy Council’s decisions upholding discrimination in marriage of LGBTIQ people and calls for rectification by the British government

On 14 March 2022 the United Kingdom’s Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, after reserving its decision for more than a year, handed down two judgments rejecting marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or questioning (LGBTIQ) people in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses surprise and disappointment at the decisions.

Released on Apr 7, 2022

IBAHRI welcomes UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine into human rights abuses

IBAHRI at the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council - Key takeaways

Released on Apr 1, 2022

IBAHRI condemns judicial persecution of Guatemalan judges and prosecutors

Incidents of Guatemala’s judges and prosecutors being forced to resign, dismissed, harassed, intimidated, arrested and judicially persecuted are being recorded with increased frequency. Notably, all those affected in the reports have been involved in investigating, prosecuting, and adjudicating large-scale high-level corruption...

Released on Mar 28, 2022

IBAHRI calls for suspension of extradition treaties with Hong Kong

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the international community to suspend extradition treaties with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR or Hong Kong) amid alleged intimidation by Hong Kong authorities of human rights defenders.

Released on Mar 23, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: eyeWitness to Atrocities app captures potential evidence for trials

As Russia’s war against Ukraine rages and allegations of war crimes grow, gathering evidence that can later be used in a court of law to bring any transgressors to justice becomes ever more necessary. To this end, the eyeWitness to Atrocities app is being used in Ukraine to capture potential evidence of crimes committed...

Released on Mar 18, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s record execution of 81 people in a single day condemned by IBAHRI

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the mass execution of 81 people in a single day in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The executions took place over the course of 24 hours on Saturday 12 March 2022, the largest known mass execution in the country’s modern period.

Released on Mar 16, 2022

IBA condemns Russian legal organisations’ vocal support of Putin’s war against Ukraine

The International Bar Association (IBA) – the global voice of the legal profession – condemns the Association of Lawyers of Russia for its recent issuance of a pro war statement. Furthermore, the IBA reiterates its condemnation of the illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Released on Mar 9, 2022

IBA releases first report of global study on gender disparity at the most senior levels in the law

The International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) has released its first set of findings into the lack of representation of women in senior roles across the legal profession – private practice, in-house legal teams, public sector institutions and the judiciary – in England and Wales. Overall, the...

Released on Mar 8, 2022

North Korea: Hearing to determine if Kim Jong-un should be investigated by the ICC for crimes against humanity

The International Bar Association (IBA) War Crimes Committee and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) are to hold a live Hearing – on Friday 4 March 2022 in Washington DC, United States – to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the International Criminal Court (ICC), or a special...

Released on Mar 4, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – IBA deplores disregard for life and continued breaches of international law

The International Bar Association (IBA) – the global voice of the legal profession – reaffirms its condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amidst alleged indiscriminate attacks on civilians and continued violations of international law.

Released on Mar 3, 2022

IBAHRI condemns Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine and urges the immediate suspension of Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the ongoing and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign state, by the Russian Federation, as a flagrant violation of international law.

Released on Feb 25, 2022

IBA condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The International Bar Association (IBA) – the global voice of the legal profession – condemns in the strongest terms Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by President Vladimir Putin.

Released on Feb 24, 2022

IBAHRI applauds Papua New Guinea’s decision to abolish the death penalty

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) commends the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea’s decision to repeal the death penalty. Offences such as murder, treason, piracy and aggravated rape will now be punishable by life imprisonment without parole, or parole after 30 years.

Released on Feb 22, 2022

High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom call for media freedom during Third Global Conference

Two years on from its establishment, it is clear that the work of The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom is beginning to have an impact on state practice in the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC).

Released on Feb 17, 2022

Mark Stephens CBE announced as new IBAHRI Co-Chair

Mark Stephens CBE has taken up the position of Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). He succeeds the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia

Released on Feb 15, 2022

IBAHRI calls on Sudan’s General al-Burhan to end security forces’ violence and for the international community to impose targeted sanctions

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Sudan’s self-appointed Ruling Council leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the Sudanese military to cease immediately the use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators...

Released on Feb 8, 2022

New IBA report reveals significant numbers of young lawyers want to leave their current job

A new report from the International Bar Association (IBA) has revealed that of 3,000 young lawyers – defined as aged 40 and under – surveyed around the world, a significant number of them are either leaving or considering leaving their current job in the next five years.

Released on Jan 31, 2022

IBA releases statement defending principle of lawyer client confidentiality from international attack

The International Bar Association (IBA) has released a statement in defence of lawyer-client confidentiality, following a number of recent attacks on the principle from high-profile international organisations.

Released on Jan 18, 2022

IBA releases statement defending principle of lawyer-client confidentiality from international attack

The International Bar Association (IBA) has released a statement in defence of lawyer-client confidentiality, following a number of recent attacks on the principle from high-profile international organisations.

Released on Jan 17, 2022

IBA appeals to UN for denunciation of Taliban take-over of Afghanistan Independent Bar Association

In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the IBA expressed grave concern over the Taliban take-over of the AIBA and has appealed for the ‘unparalleled voice’ of the UN to...

Released on Dec 15, 2021

Turkey: IBAHRI welcomes Council of Europe vote for infringement proceedings over failure to release Osman Kavala

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the Council of Europe (CoE)’s vote in favour of launching infringement proceedings against Turkey over its failure to release human rights defender Osman Kavala from arbitrary detention.

Released on Dec 14, 2021

IBA Anti-Corruption Committee launches Project Roll Out to support new OECD anti-bribery compliance guidelines

Following the publication of the OECD’s guidance on compliance with anti-bribery laws, a subcommittee of the IBA’s Anti-Corruption Committee has commenced Project Roll Out.

Released on Dec 9, 2021

High Level Panel reiterates concerns as court in military-ruled Myanmar finds ASSK and other civilian leaders guilty of two offences

On 6 December 2021, members of the High-Level Panel, consisting of prominent lawyers, reiterated their concerns regarding the trials of political leaders in Myanmar - State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint - as failing to meet minimum fair trial standards established under international law.

Released on Dec 8, 2021

Hina Jilani receives 2020 Stockholm Human Rights Award after year postponement

Pioneering lawyer, pro-democracy campaigner and avid civil rights activist Hina Jilani was announced one year ago as the recipient of the 2020 Stockholm Human Rights Award and was expected to receive the prize during an in-person ceremony.

Released on Dec 7, 2021

IBA Group Member Awards recognise support of Americas leading law firms

The IBA has announced law firms Bomchil, Miller & Chevalier, Pinheiro Neto, TozziniFreire and White & Case as 2021 winners of the IBA Group Member Awards for the Americas.

Released on Dec 6, 2021

Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar announced to the leadership of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury has appointed Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar to serve as the Deputy Chairs of The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom.

Released on Dec 2, 2021

IBA announces final four awardees of grant for frontline legal aid charities

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the IBA Foundation have announced the final four charities to receive financial assistance from the funding programme set up by the IBA and the Foundation, at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, to support frontline legal aid providers.

Released on Nov 26, 2021

IBAHRI keeps spotlight on key issues raised at 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council

At the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC48), the IBAHRI joined other non-governmental organisations in statements condemning international human rights violations, with a particular focus on lawyers under attack, facing arbitrary detention or suppression of their professional activities.

Released on Nov 23, 2021

IBA Group Member Awards recognise support of leading international law firms

The IBA has announced law firms Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, IMMMA Advocates and DLA Piper as 2021 winners of the IBA Group Member Awards for Europe and Africa. The awards were given in recognition of these law firms’ exceptional support and contributions to…

Released on Nov 18, 2021