Tag results for 'HRI Secretariat'

High Level Panel raises concerns regarding the trials of political leaders in Myanmar

On 30 September 2021, members of the High Level Panel, consisting of prominent lawyers, found that presently, the trials of political leaders in Myanmar fail to meet minimum fair trial standards established under international law.

Released on Sep 30, 2021

Panel de Expertos Jurídicos de Alto Nivel sobre libertad de prensa presenta un amicus curiae a la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos en el caso de difamación penal de “El Universo”

Hoy la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos escuchará el caso Emilio Palacio Urrutia y Otros vs. la República del Ecuador. El caso se refiere a la legalidad de la legislación penal sobre el delito de difamación y las sanciones aplicadas a El Universo, uno de los periódicos más consolidados y de mayor circulación de Ecuador, a su columnista y sus tres directores.

Released on Jun 14, 2021

High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom submits amicus curiae petition to Inter-American Court of Human Rights in ‘El Universo’ criminal defamation case

Today the Inter-American Court of Human Rights begins to hear Emilio Palacio Urrutia and Others v. The Republic of Ecuador. The case concerns the lawfulness of criminal defamation statutes as applied to El Universo, one of Ecuador’s most well-established and widely circulated newspapers, its columnist, and its three directors.

Released on Jun 14, 2021

The Need for Independent Judges and a Free Press in a Democracy

The rule of law is arguably the most basic requirement of any civilised society, and an independent judiciary, to which access is available to all citizens, is an essential ingredient of the rule of law. Freedom of expression is also fundamental in a democratic society, in which the courts and the media have vital and complementary institutional roles.

Released on May 3, 2021

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

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

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

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

Statement from Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney on the UK global human rights sanctions regime

On 6 July 2020, Amal Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, released a joint statement with Panel Chair, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, in response to the implementation of the United Kingdom’s global human rights sanctions regime.

Released on Jul 8, 2020

IBAHRI condemns conviction of Philippines’ distinguished journalists

The conviction of Rappler Executive Editor, Maria Ressa, and her former colleague, Reynaldo Santos Jr, over retroactive cyber libel charges is condemned by the IBAHRI.

Released on Jun 17, 2020

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY - 3 MAY Statement from the High Level Panel on the Covid-19 pandemic

To mark the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom are issuing a statement on the challenges posed to media freedom in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Released on May 1, 2020

High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom - Interview with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is Director of the IBAHRI, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and a member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, an independent body that was convened at the request of the UK and Canadian governments. Baroness Kennedy spoke to Ruth Green, IBA Multimedia Journalist, about the IBAHRI's role as Secretariat for the project and the importance of protecting media freedom alongside other fundamental freedoms.

Released on Feb 17, 2020

High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom - Interview with Hina Jilani

Hina Jilani is a lawyer and human rights defender based in Pakistan. She is also a member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, an independent body that was convened at the request of the UK and Canadian governments. Ruth Green, IBA Multimedia Journalist, spoke to Hina Jilani about her involvement in the panel, blasphemy law and the criminalisation of hate speech, targeted attacks on human right lawyers, the Lawyers' Movement of 2007, and more.

Released on Feb 17, 2020