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International Women’s Day 2021: IBAHRI reaffirms commitment to addressing the gendered nature of law and discrimination within

In a Resolution passed unanimously by its Council of esteemed judges and international lawyers, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) reaffirms its commitment to address discrimination against women in law, legal systems and legal practice.

Released on Mar 8, 2021

Sri Lanka: IBAHRI and BHRC issue statement on deteriorating human rights situation

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (‘BHRC’) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (‘IBAHRI’) are gravely concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka and join calls made during the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council (‘UNHRC’) for Sri Lanka to pursue accountability for past and recent grave human rights violations.

Released on Mar 5, 2021

IBA and IBAHRI condemn the killing of protestors in Myanmar and rampant violence of security forces

The International Bar Association and International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute condemn the killing of unarmed anti-coup protestors in Myanmar and the escalation in violence meted out against them by the police and security forces.IBA President Sternford Moyo said: ‘It is incomprehensible and appalling that the very people who should be protecting and serving the citizens of Myanmar, are instead killing them...

Released on Mar 5, 2021

Are whistleblowing laws working? IBA and Government Accountability Project publish landmark report

A new report, Are Whistleblowing Laws Working? A Global Study of Whistleblower Protection Litigation, tracks the records of whistleblower laws in 37 countries and provides an unprecedented effort to understand the successes and shortcomings of whistleblower protection legislation worldwide, following a proliferation of laws in recent decades.

Released on Mar 2, 2021

IRAN: Organisations express concern over arbitrary imprisonment of Dr Reza Eslami and call for his release

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) and other institutions call on him to take urgent, immediate action to release human rights professor Dr Reza Eslami and other political prisoners arbitrarily imprisoned.

Released on Feb 18, 2021

IBAHRI condemns spate of executions in Iran and calls for a halt

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the recent spate of executions carried out by the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which, according to reports, numbered at least 48 during December 2020 and January 2021. A further two executions are reported to have taken place on 13 February 2021.

Released on Feb 17, 2021

IBAHRI condemns arbitrary detentions of human rights activists in Belarus and calls for their release

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the continued unlawful detentions of Belarusian human rights activists Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa, and calls for their release. Mr Sudalenka, a lawyer and head of the Gomel branch of the Viasna Human Rights Centre, and Ms Lasitsa, a volunteer at Viasna...

Released on Feb 16, 2021

IBAHRI calls for investigation into claims of proposed political prisoner camps in Belarus

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for an impartial investigation into plans to create political prisoner camps in Belarus, following the surfacing of an audio recording purported to be of the Belarusian Deputy Interior Minister, Mikalai Karpiankou, informing his subordinates of the proposal. The recording, thought...

Released on Feb 10, 2021

IBAHRI calls on Israel to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians without discrimination or limitation

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Israel’s authorities to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, in a non-discriminatory manner, as per Israel’s obligation under international law. On 31 January, Israel contributed 5,000 vaccines to frontline Palestinian...

Released on Feb 9, 2021

IBAHRI condemns mass arrests, police brutality and use of law to suffocate dissent in Russia

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the arrests of more than 6,000 protestors across Russia, the violence inflicted by the country’s security forces on peaceful demonstrators who were demanding the release of the detained, and subsequently jailed, opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the use of law to...

Released on Feb 5, 2021

Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen convicted at the International Criminal Court

At the end of a complicated trial that had seen several ‘firsts’, on 4 February 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed down a guilty verdict for Dominic Ongwen, former child soldier and commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. In a 1077-page judgment, Mr Ongwen was convicted on 61...

Released on Feb 4, 2021

IBA and IBAHRI condemn the military coup d’état in Myanmar

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemn the unlawful seizure of power by Myanmar’s military forces on 1 February 2021, the detention of Myanmar’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures of the ruling party, and the...

Released on Feb 2, 2021

IBAHRI calls for UK Parliament to recognise the essential role of courts in applying the Genocide Convention

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the Parliament of the United Kingdom to recognise the essential role of the courts in applying the Genocide Convention, and reasserts its support for the genocide amendment to the UK’s Trade Bill, in light of its rejection by 319 votes to 308 in the House of Commons in…

Released on Jan 29, 2021

IBAHRI calls for due process as trial of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Paul Rusesabagina faces indefinite delay

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for due process to be followed in the trial of the exiled Rwandan dissident Paul Rusesabagina, who has been in police custody in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, since 31 August 2020. Mr Rusesabagina, an outspoken critic of President Paul Kagame, told the court…

Released on Jan 27, 2021

IBAHRI condemns the killing of two Afghan Supreme Court judges

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the assassination of two judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on 17 January 2021, calling the criminal act an affront to the rule of law. IBAHRI Co-Chair and former Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996 – 2006), the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, commented...

Released on Jan 26, 2021

IBA President congratulates President Joe Biden as human rights put centre of new administration

On behalf of the International Bar Association (IBA), I congratulate Joseph R Biden Jr on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States and look forward to the restoration of a multilateral model of international affairs. As the global voice of the legal profession, the IBA works to ensure global stability and peace through the administration...

Released on Jan 22, 2021

IBAHRI condemns arrest and right violation of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the arrest of Alexey Navalny, prominent anti-corruption activist and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation State. The IBAHRI also condemns the infringement of Mr Navalny’s right to a lawyer, as reported by his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh.

Released on Jan 20, 2021

IBAHRI calls on the Biden administration to abolish the death penalty in the US

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the United States President-elect Joe Biden to commute all federal death sentences and to uphold his campaign commitment to abolish the death penalty in the US, once he assumes the office of President. The IBAHRI strongly condemns the recent federal executions in the US, including that of...

Released on Jan 18, 2021

Hong Kong: IBA and IBAHRI condemn new wave of arrests under the National Security Law

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemn the use of the National Security Law in Hong Kong to detain pro-democracy activists and questions the legal premise of the accusations levelled against those detained. IBA President Sternford Moyo commented: ‘The detention of supporters of democracy...

Released on Jan 15, 2021

Sternford Moyo announced as new IBA President, the first from Africa

Sternford Moyo, Chairman and Senior Partner of law firm Scanlen and Holderness, is the new President of the International Bar Association (IBA). Hailing from Zimbabwe, Mr Moyo is the first IBA President of African descent in the history of the 74-year-old organisation. He succeeds Brazil’s Horacio Bernardes Neto with a two-year tenure through to 31 December 2022.

Released on Jan 12, 2021

IBAHRI condemns forced cremations of Muslim Covid-19 victims

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the forced cremations, in violation of traditional Islamic funeral practices, of Muslim individuals who have died in Sri Lanka from Covid-19.In Islam, cremation is viewed as a sin and as the desecration of human remains. However, despite the World Health Organization’s (WHO) specific guidelines…

Released on Jan 8, 2021

IBAHRI condemns Samoan Parliament’s passing of controversial constitutional reforms

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses grave concern over the passing of controversial constitutional reforms in Samoa that will undermine the rule of law, weaken judicial independence and adversely affect human rights in the country. On 15 December 2020, three interconnected bills – the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020...

Released on Dec 23, 2020

New discussion paper on 'Trust Tech' continues IBA work on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession

Following the 2019 release of the landmark report, Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession, the International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) continues to prioritise and drive positive change within legal workplaces across the globe, with the publication of a thought-provoking discussion paper on ‘Trust Tech’ – technology that enhances and propagates trust in professional settings.

Released on Dec 9, 2020

JOINT STATEMENT - LAWYER NASRIN SOTOUDEH

We, the undersigned 26 Bar Associations, Law Societies, and organisations supporting the legal profession of over 14 countries, stand in solidarity with our Iranian colleague Nasrin Sotoudeh and other lawyers in Iran who are being persecuted by their Government for carrying out their profession diligently and in accordance with the law.

Released on Dec 7, 2020

Iran: Human rights organisations call for release of human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh

Today, in an open letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamene, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Released on Dec 2, 2020

IBAHRI calls for the immediate release of human rights defenders from the Egypt Initiative for Personal Rights

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) joins calls for the urgent release of prominent human rights defenders: Gasser Abdel Razek, Executive Director of the Egypt Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) - an organisation that promotes human rights in Egypt; Mohamed Basheer, EIPR Administrative Director; and Karim Ennarah, EIPR Criminal Justice Unit Director.

Released on Dec 1, 2020

IBA and IBAHRI support Greece ending custodial detention of unaccompanied migrant children

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcome the decision of the Greek government to end the longstanding practice of detaining unaccompanied migrant children in jail cells. The IBA and IBAHRI have been gravely concerned about the welfare of unaccompanied children detained by Greek authorities for several weeks, sometimes months, in small, overcrowded and unsanitary police station cells across the country, often with unrelated adult

Released on Nov 26, 2020

IBAHRI condemns harassment of Judge Tuleya and urges Poland to cease arbitrary proceedings against him

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is deeply alarmed by the removal of immunity from Judge Igor Tuleya by the Disciplinary Chamber of Poland’s Supreme Court on 18 November 2020 and condemns the action. The decision violates the international standards protecting and upholding the independence of the judiciary and constitutes judicial harassment.

Released on Nov 25, 2020

New landmark report calls on Media Freedom Coalition States to create an emergency visa for journalists at risk

A new advisory report published today by the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom chaired by Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney finds that journalists face unprecedented risks to their safety and makes a number of key recommendations to States, including the introduction of an emergency visa for journalists at risk.

Released on Nov 23, 2020

UK Government’s ‘activist lawyers’ and ‘playing politics’ rhetoric undermines the rule of law, say IBA and IBAHRI

The International Bar Association (IBA) and International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemn the hostile comments made by the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and echoed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, regarding the work of lawyers. The comments attempted to ostracise legal professionals as ‘do-gooder, lefty lawyers’ for providing legal representation to migrants seeking asylum in the UK.

Released on Nov 23, 2020