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IBA launches new guidebook on doing business in Asia Pacific

The International Bar Association (IBA) Asia Pacific Regional Forum has published the first edition of a comprehensive, innovative guide on conducting business in the Asia Pacific region; an area accounting for almost two-thirds of global growth according to the International Monetary Fund

Released on Sep 25, 2020

IBAHRI UNHRC45 Oral Statement on the right to effective legal representation in capital cases

FIACAT, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the Advocates for Human Rights, Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM), Reprieve and UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats, with the support of the Children Education Society (CHESO), the Center for Prisoner’s Rights (CPR), the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide and Legal Awareness Watch (LAW), organizations that are members of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, which also co-signs this statement, welcome the repor

Released on Sep 21, 2020

UNHRC45 - Dialogue with the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the Working Group’s annual report and addendum on standards and public policies for an effective investigation of enforced disappearances. The IBAHRI is deeply alarmed by the widespread prevalence of enforced disappearances around the world, despite being prohibited under international law. Among other cases, the IBAHRI is particularly concerned about recent reports of short-term enforced disappearances in Belarus. We also conde

Released on Sep 21, 2020

Oral statement to the UN calling on Belarus to comply with its international human rights obligations

Oral statement to the UN calling on Belarus to comply with its international human rights obligations.

Released on Sep 18, 2020

Lord Neuberger and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC support Amal Clooney’s resignation

The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom is an independent body that was convened at the request of the UK and Canadian governments. The Panel comprises a diverse group of lawyers, academics and judges from around the world with expertise in international human rights law. The Chair of the Panel is Lord Neuberger, former President of the UK Supreme Court. Panel members have been selected and appointed by him. The Deputy Chair is Amal Clooney.

Released on Sep 18, 2020

Julian Assange extradition would threaten freedoms of expression and media, says IBAHRI

As the landmark trial of the founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange resumes, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) states that a potential extradition of Mr Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States would..

Released on Sep 17, 2020

Saudi Arabia: IBAHRI condemns non-transparent trial of Jamal Khashoggi killers

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the secret trial that led to the final verdict against the unnamed defendants who killed prominent dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October 2018

Released on Sep 12, 2020

IBAHRI calls for urgent release of abducted Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the immediate release of recently abducted prominent Belarusian protest leader and opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova. Her abduction adds to a string of recent arrests of peaceful protesters and opposition figures, including Liliya Vlasova, a fellow member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council – an independent entity established by civil society to organise a peaceful transfer of power from the incumbent president Alexand

Released on Sep 11, 2020

IBAHRI urges Iranian authorities to release lawyers Nasrin Sotoudeh and Amirsalar Davoodi

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) expresses deep concern over the continued detention of political prisoners in Iran and calls for the immediate release of human rights lawyers Nasrin Sotoudeh and Amirsalar Davoodi being held in the country’s notorious Evin Prison. Mr Davoodi has since contracted COVID-19.

Released on Sep 10, 2020

IBAHRI urges release of detained Belarusian lawyer Liliya Vlasova

The recent detention of prominent Belarusian lawyer and international mediator Liliya Vlasova is of deep concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). The IBAHRI urges the authorities of the Republic of Belarus to release her immediately

Released on Sep 7, 2020

Comment on the call for the prosecution and disqualification of Beatrice Mtetwa in Zimbabwe

TrialWatch – a Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) initiative – and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) have been monitoring criminal proceedings against investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono in Zimbabwe. Beatrice Mtetwa had been serving as lead defense counsel in the case. On August 18, the Harare Magistrates Court disqualified Ms Mtetwa from the case and ordered the Zimbabwean Prosecutor-General to consider….

Released on Sep 3, 2020

IBA calls on states to push back against US sanctions on ICC Prosecutor and official

On Wednesday 2 September, United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced that International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division (JCCD) Phakiso Mochochoko have been designated by the US State Department for economic sanctions. The International Bar Association (IBA) condemns this latest action by the Trump Administration to harass senior officials….

Released on Sep 3, 2020

Día Internacional de las Naciones Unidas de 2020 de las Víctimas de Desapariciones Forzadas

Para celebrar el Día Internacional de las Naciones Unidas de las Víctimas de Desapariciones Forzadas el domingo 30 de agosto de 2020, el International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute llama a los Estados miembros de las Naciones Unidas a: apoyar el derecho internacional que prohíbe las desapariciones forzadas; intensificar las búsquedas de personas desaparecidas forzadamente; considerar como responsables y…

Released on Aug 28, 2020

IBAHRI calls on UN Member States to uphold international law prohibiting enforced disappearances

To mark the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on Sunday 30 August 2020, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on UN Member States to: uphold international law prohibiting enforced disappearances; intensify searches for forcibly disappeared persons; hold accountable and punish those perpetrating enforced disappearances; and provide adequate remedy for the victims’ relatives, including…

Released on Aug 28, 2020

IBAHRI condemns Alexei Navalny attack and calls for an open, fair and independent investigation

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is deeply concerned by the news of the probable poisoning of lawyer, prominent anti-corruption activist and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation State, Alexei Navalny. The IBAHRI calls for an open, impartial and independent investigation into the situation…

Released on Aug 25, 2020

IBAHRI condemns widespread police brutality and detainee torture in Belarus

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the police brutality and documented torture of detainees in the Republic of Belarus following the controversial 9 August 2020 presidential election result that extended the 26-year rule of the incumbent Alexander Lukashenko. The European Union has rejected the official results, condemning the election as ‘neither free nor fair’. The IBAHRI calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all of the remaining individuals...

Released on Aug 20, 2020

Zimbabwe: IBA and IBAHRI voice concerns over Hopewell Chin’ono arrest and harassment of Beatrice Mtetwa

The International Bar Association and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) are concerned by the recent arrest of prominent Zimbabwean investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, following the publication of corruption allegations against Zimbabwe’s ruling elite. In a series of documents....

Released on Aug 18, 2020

IBA and IBAHRI condemn Zimbabwe court’s barring of Beatrice Mtetwa from defending Hopewell Chin’ono

The International Bar Association and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemn Harare Magistrate Ngoni Nduna’s decision to hold prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa in contempt of court and to bar her from representing detained investigative journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono.

Released on Aug 18, 2020

IBAHRI condemns LGBTQI+ rights crackdown in Poland

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges the Republic of Poland to ensure freedom of expression for supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons’ rights. The IBAHRI also calls for an immediate end to the homophobic rhetoric currently espoused by Polish leaders, including President Andrzej Duda, who, in a campaign speech, declared the promotion of LGBT rights an ‘ideology’ more dangerous than communism.

Released on Aug 14, 2020

Belarus – IBAHRI condemns detention of media and use of force against protesters following elections

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the detention and use of force against peaceful protesters and journalists in the Republic of Belarus, following the announcement of the initial results of the presidential elections on 9 August 2020. According to the Central Election Commission of Belarus, the elections results indicate that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won with 80.23 per cent of votes. Several organisations, including…

Released on Aug 13, 2020

IBAHRI adds support to lawyers Ebru Timtik’s and Aytaç Ünsal’s call for fair trials and the administration of justice in Turkey

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has signed a joint statement alongside the Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales, the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), The Law Society of England and Wales and Lawyers for Lawyers expressing concern for the safety of Turkish lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal

Released on Aug 12, 2020

IBA’s first vlogging competition winners announced

The International Bar Association (IBA) has announced Carla Frade de Paula Castro from Brazil and Shola Temitope Famuyiwa from Nigeria as the winners of its first ever vlogging competition.

Released on Aug 10, 2020

IBAHRI potepia zamiar polskiego rzadu wypowiedzenia konwencji chroniacej kobiety przed przemoca

International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (Instytut Praw Czlowieka Miedzynarodowego Stowarzyszenia Prawników) (IBAHRI) potepia zamiar polskiego rzadu wypowiedzenia Konwencji Stambulskiej – przelomowej europejskiej konwencji bedacej pierwszym na swiecie prawnie wiazacym dokumentem chroniacym kobiety i dziewczynki przed przemoca, w tym gwaltem. Przedmiotem traktatu sa explicite...

Released on Aug 10, 2020

IBAHRI condemns Poland’s planned withdrawal from treaty protecting women from violence

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the Polish government’s 25 July 2020 decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention – a landmark European treaty that is the world’s first binding legal instrument to prevent and address violence against women and girls, including rape.

Released on Aug 6, 2020

Az IBA és az IBAHRI sajnálatosnak tartja Magyarország és Lengyelország felelosségre vonásának hiányát az EU helyreállítási tervé

Az International Bar Association (Nemzetközi Ügyvédi Kamara (IBA)) és az International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (Nemzetközi Ügyvédi Kamara Emberi Jogi Intézete (IBAHRI)) sajnálatát fejezi, ki, hogy Magyarországot és Lengyelországot nem vonták felelosségre az EU helyreállítási tervével kapcsolatban, az Európai Unió azon aggályai ellenére, hogy a két ország nem tartja magát a jogállamisághoz és többszörösen megsérti az emberi jogokat. A két ország is…

Released on Aug 3, 2020

IBA i IBAHRI wyrazaja ubolewanie z powodu niepociagniecia Polski i Wegier do odpowiedzialnosci w ramach unijnego planu odbudowy

International Bar Association (Miedzynarodowe Stowarzyszenie Prawników) (IBA) oraz International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (Instytut Praw Czlowieka Miedzynarodowego Stowarzyszenia Prawników) (IBAHRI) wyrazaja ubolewanie, ze pomimo obaw Unii Europejskiej zwiazanych z...

Released on Aug 3, 2020

IBA and IBAHRI regret lack of accountability for Hungary and Poland in EU recovery deal

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) regret that, despite European Union concern over the failure of Hungary and Poland to adhere to the rule of law and numerous human rights violations, the two countries have not been held accountable with regard to the EU recovery deal. The two nations are set to benefit from a EUR 750 billion recovery fund agreed by EU leaders to...

Released on Jul 31, 2020

IBAHRI wzywa Polske do wycofania zarzutów wobec profesora prawa Wojciecha Sadurskiego

International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute - IBAHRI (Instytut Praw Czlowieka Miedzynarodowego Stowarzyszenia Prawników) potepia dzialania rzadu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej podjete wobec profesora prawa Wojciecha Sadurskiego i wzywa do wycofania zarzutów…

Released on Jul 27, 2020

IBAHRI calls on Poland to drop charges against law professor Wojciech Sadurski

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the prosecution of law professor Wojciech Sadurski by the Republic of Poland’s Government, and calls for charges to be dropped.

Released on Jul 27, 2020

Game of Stones – an op-ed on contested historical legacies in public spaces published by Gazette

The Law Society Gazette has published a co-authored opinion piece on contested historical legacies in public spaces by International Bar Association (IBA) Executive Director Mark Ellis and Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation(IHJR) Director, Timothy W Ryback.

Released on Jul 20, 2020