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Joint Statement: Bar associations and international lawyers’ organisations call for protection of lawyers in Iran

The undersigned bar associations and international lawyers’ organisations call for the Islamic Republic of Iran and its agencies to protect, promote, and support the following basic rights

Released on Dec 2, 2022

IBA, Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice and Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision announce Memorandum of Understanding

The IBA, Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice and the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision have announced a joint Memorandum of Understanding setting out terms of support for free legal aid provision in ensuring the effective representation of cases concerning war crimes.

Released on Nov 29, 2022

Iran: IBAHRI condemns death sentence given to a protestor and calls for United Nations investigative mechanism

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns both the sentencing to death of an unnamed protestor in Iran and the violent crackdowns of protests by the country’s authorities. Consequently, the IBAHRI calls for a United Nations mechanism to be urgently established with the mandate to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the suppressions under international law and to put an end to the persistent impunity for grave human rights violations.

Released on Nov 17, 2022

IBA Miami – what you missed or would perhaps like to see again…a round-up of speeches, photos and videos

The International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference 2022 took place from Sunday 30 October – Friday 4 November at the at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida.

Released on Nov 15, 2022

An account of the beginnings of IBA Legalbrief Africa as it reaches 20 year milestone

On 4 November 2022, IBA Legalbrief Africa turned 20. It is incredible to think that this publication, which provides a succinct weekly round-up of legal news from across Africa and is delivered each Monday, by email, to people interested in what is happening on the continent, only exists today because of a single...

Released on Nov 7, 2022

China: Jiang Tianyong receives IBA Human Rights Award 2022

Lawyer Jiang Tianyong has received the 2022 International Bar Association (IBA) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights for his extraordinary dedication to defending human rights in the People’s Republic of China. Over the span of a decade, he has represented Chinese dissidents and activists...

Released on Nov 4, 2022

Mexico: Elba Gutiérrez receives 2022 IBA Pro Bono Award

The recipient of the International Bar Association (IBA) Pro Bono Award for 2022 has been announced as Elba Gutiérrez, Manager of the Greenberg Traurig Global Pro Bono Programme. She is honoured for her instrumental role in delivering and promoting pro bono legal services in Mexico, a country where pro bono...

Released on Nov 4, 2022

The 2022 IBA awardees

Released on Nov 4, 2022

Ghana’s Yorm Ama Abledu wins 2022 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

The 2022 International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient has been named as Ghana’s Yorm Ama Abledu, Senior International Attorney at Centurion Law Group and Lecturer at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), for her demonstrable passion...

Released on Nov 4, 2022

Debevoise & Plimpton recognised with IBA Group Member Pro Bono Award

International law firm Debevoise & Plimpton has been recognised with an IBA Group Member Award for outstanding pro bono contributions to the work of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Released on Nov 1, 2022

The IBA Annual Conference returns with President Zelensky and Lionel Barber keynotes

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and media heavyweight Lionel Barber, former editor of The Financial Times (FT), are to address delegates attending the Opening Ceremony of the 2022 International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference

Released on Oct 30, 2022

IBA and Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announce signing of Memorandum of Understanding

The IBA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine on cooperation to ensure accountability for war crimes and other international crimes including the crime of aggression, genocide and conflict-related sexual violence.

Released on Oct 27, 2022

Singapore: IBAHRI and ICJ respond to Ministry of Law and Ministry of Home Affairs on the death penalty and cost sanctions

In an open letter to Singaporean authorities published today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) reiterated that Singapore’s practices concerning the death penalty fail to comply with international human rights law and standards.

Released on Oct 27, 2022

Law associations to co-host event at COP27: The Role of the Legal Profession in the Climate Crisis

The International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) and the Law Society of England and Wales are set to host an event during the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 0900 – 1400 (EET) on Thursday...

Released on Oct 18, 2022

Iran: Security forces’ violent suppression of protests identical to 2019, says IBAHRI

As protestors in the Islamic Republic of Iran continue to be shot at by the country’s security forces and women outside of Iran cut off locks of their hair in solidarity with the Iranian women protesting for equal rights, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) notes parallels between...

Released on Oct 18, 2022

IBAHRI warns of potential Hazara genocide in Afghanistan and calls for Genocide Convention action by governments

The situation of the Hazara community in Afghanistan is of great concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) following another targeted attack of female students from the minority community on 30 September 2022. Among the victims is a family member of a Hazara female judge...

Released on Oct 17, 2022

IBAHRI engagement and main UNHRC takeaways

With the conclusion of the 51st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the IBAHRI reflects on the key discussions and outcomes of the session, the side events held, and the resolutions passed.

Released on Oct 14, 2022

IBAHRI calls for the immediate release of women imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for social media posts

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the immediate release of Nourah al-Qahtani and Salma al-Shehab who have been sentenced to 45 and 34 years in prison, respectively, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for allegedly posting comments on social media that were critical of...

Released on Oct 14, 2022

Iran: IBAHRI condemns ongoing violent crackdown of protests, calls for accountability and an end to impunity

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is alarmed by, and condemns, the widely reported campaign of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention of protestors by Iran’s security forces.

Released on Oct 13, 2022

IBA condemns Russia’s disregard of civilian life and international law amid intensified shelling of Ukraine

As Kyiv officials report that Russian ‘kamikaze drones’ have today struck Ukraine’s capital city, the IBA condemns Russia’s prolonged and intensified bombardment across Ukraine that has resulted in civilian deaths, casualties, displacements and destruction of infrastructure and further violations of international law...

Released on Oct 13, 2022

IBAHRI calls for end to forced confessions as World Day against the Death Penalty is marked

To mark the 20th World Day against the Death Penalty on Monday 10 October 2022, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for universal abolition of the death penalty, ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), an end to forced confessions, and implementation of the exclusionary rule for torture-tainted evidence, including in capital punishment cases.

Released on Oct 10, 2022

eyeWitness to Atrocities app surpasses collection of 20,000 verifiable items of potential human rights violations in Ukraine, and group submits evidence to UN COI

In Ukraine, users of the eyeWitness to Atrocities camera app have safely deposited, in the eyeWitness secure vault, 20,000 verifiable videos, photographs and audio files of alleged war crimes since the start of Russia’s invasion.

Released on Oct 4, 2022

IBA President Sternford Moyo receives Freedom of the City of London

In a ceremony dating back centuries, Sternford Moyo, President of the International Bar Association (IBA), has been bestowed with the Freedom of the City of London for his unswerving commitment to the rule of law and contributions to the international legal profession in general. Mr Moyo was formally admitted as...

Released on Sep 30, 2022

IBA Women Lawyers’ Committee Mentorship Toolkit launched to close gender gap in the legal profession

The IBA has launched the Women Lawyers' Committee: Mentorship Toolkit (the Toolkit) with the aim of empowering female legal professionals and addressing the gender representation gap at senior levels.

Released on Sep 23, 2022

Iran: IBAHRI condemns death of Mahsa Amini while in custody for not wearing a headscarf

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns death of Mahsa Amini while in custody for not wearing a headscarf.

Released on Sep 21, 2022

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General welcomes IBA help during meeting with IBA Executive Director on expanding support

The International Bar Association’s (IBA) Executive Director, Dr Mark Ellis, met with the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Andriy Kostin, during a recent trip to Ukraine...

Released on Sep 17, 2022

Azerbaijan: IBAHRI joint statement on Elchin Sadykov

The IBAHRI and Media Defence are concerned with the recent criminal procedure initiated against Azeri human rights lawyer Elchin Sadykov and his client, journalist Avaz Zeynalli.

Released on Sep 16, 2022

Ukraine: IBA Anti-Corruption Committee creates taskforce to aid reconstruction efforts

The International Bar Association (IBA) has created a special task force to help Ukraine address, and avoid, the common pitfalls countries make during the reconstruction process following war or natural disasters.

Released on Sep 14, 2022

IBAHRI calls on Israel to release the arbitrarily detained French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hammouri

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the immediate release from Hadarim Prison of Salah Hammouri, a French-Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender.

Released on Sep 13, 2022

Myanmar: IBAHRI raises concerns about sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi

Given the age and health disorders of Myanmar’s ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the harshness of the recent three-year jail sentence with ‘labour’ or ‘hard labour’ handed to her for purported election fraud in Myanmar’s 2020 polls is of particular concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute...

Released on Sep 11, 2022