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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

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

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

Venezuela: Human rights organisations appeal to the UN on case emblematic of Maduro’s assault on the Rule of Law

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) appealed to the United Nations to hold Venezuela accountable for the 11-year persecution and prosecution of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, and to protect the independence of the Venezuelan legal profession.

Released on Nov 12, 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 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

IBAHRI calls for continuing commitment to equality for LGBTQI+ communities

Reflecting on the celebration of Pride across the world, the IBAHRI acknowledges the work still to be done to ensure the protection of LGBTQI+ persons.

Released on Jun 30, 2020

IBAHRI co-signs statement urging Turkish authorities to end persecution of lawyers

A joint statement urging the Government of the Republic of Turkey to end the persecution of lawyers, reverse unlawful convictions and release those who have been unjustly detained, has been published in Turkish newspapers BirGün and Yeni Yasam by 35 international legal bodies.

Released on Jun 26, 2020

IBAHRI calls on Zimbabwean President to release arrested lawyers

Release lawyers arrested for carrying out their professional duties and respect the independence of the legal profession, urges IBAHRI in letter to Zimbabwean President.

Released on Jun 24, 2020

IBAHRI urges Sri Lanka to abide by due process in the case of Mr Heejaz Hizbullah

In an open letter to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice, the Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called upon the country’s government to abide by due process and uphold the rule of law in the case of Sri Lankan lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah.

Released on May 13, 2020

Rights groups urge Kazakhstan to reconsider restrictive freedom of assembly law

A jointly endorsed expert opinion, expressing concern that proposed legislation would infringe the fundamental right to freedom of assembly in the Republic of Kazakhstan, has been sent to the country’s President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR Centre).

Released on May 12, 2020

IBAHRI-president of Kazakhstan letter

Letter to the President of Kazakhstan from IBAHRI

Released on May 11, 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

Vietnam: IBAHRI and Geneva Bar condemn restrictive measures against human rights defender during Covid-19 quarantine

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and Geneva Bar Association condemn the reported abuse of Covid-19 quarantine measures against a human rights defender in Vietnam. On returning to the country on 26 March 2020, Truong Thi Hà was quarantined alongside other travellers as part of the Vietnamese government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Released on Apr 21, 2020

Chinese authorities’ use of Covid-19 pandemic to restrain human rights lawyer condemned by human rights defenders

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), together with a number of concerned bodies and non-governmental organisations, has issued a joint statement condemning the Chinese authorities’ use of the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to restrain human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang.

Released on Apr 20, 2020

IBAHRI applauds landmark verdict on Peruvian discriminatory LGBTQI+ torture case

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) that holds Peru responsible for the arbitrary detention and rape of a transgender woman. The decision, made public on 6 April 2020, marks the first ruling by the IACtHR on a complaint of discriminatory torture against a member of the LGBTQI+ community.

Released on Apr 17, 2020

El IBAHRI aplaude emisión de veredicto histórico en un caso de tortura y discriminación contra integrante del colectivo LGBTQI+

El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados - IBAHRI) acoge con beneplácito la decisión de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que determinó la responsabilidad del Perú por la detención arbitraria y la violación de una mujer transgénero. La decisión, emitida el 6 de abril de 2020, es la primera de la Corte Interamericana sobre una denuncia de tortura discriminatoria contra un miembro de la comunidad LGBTQI+

Released on Apr 17, 2020

IBAHRI condemns Singapore’s decision to uphold criminalisation of same-sex relations

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses deep regret that a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 337A of the Republic of Singapore’s Penal Code outlawing any act of ‘gross indecency’ between men, was dismissed by Singapore’s High Court on 30 March 2020. Homosexual activity between adults has been illegal in Singapore since 1938 following the implementation of the Penal Code under British colonial rule.

Released on Apr 6, 2020

IBAHRI calls on India to lift internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir during Covid-19 pandemic

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the Government of India and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to revoke the internet restrictions imposed in the Jammu and Kashmir union territory, amidst the Coronavirus disease/Covid-19 worldwide pandemic.

Released on Apr 1, 2020

IBAHRI condemns disbarment of Zambian Constitutional lawyer John Sangwa

1The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the persecution and disbarment of prominent Zambian Constitutional lawyer John Sangwa SC, on 13 March 2020. Following an alleged complaint of professional misconduct by the country’s judiciary to the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), the judiciary’s Acting Chief Registrar Prince Boniface Mwiinga announced that Mr Sangwa would not be allowed to appear before any court in Zambia.

Released on Mar 26, 2020

IBAHRI concerned by Hungary’s move to an indefinite state of emergency

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is concerned by the Hungarian government’s move to extend the state of emergency indefinitely, under the cover of the Covid-19 pandemic. This open-ended state of emergency would provide an unrestricted mandate to the government

Released on Mar 25, 2020

IBAHRI condemns the persecution and sentencing of Egyptian human rights defender Bahey eldin Hassan

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the arrest of Bahey eldin Hassan, prominent Egyptian human rights defender and Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), following his critical comments against the Public Prosecutor in Egypt. Mr Hassan was sentenced, in absentia, on September 19 2019 to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds.

Released on Mar 23, 2020

IBAHRI urges President of India to investigate hasty transfer of judge

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has issued an open letter to President Ram Nath Kovind of India, urging him to take action against the hasty decision made in February 2020 to transfer Justice S Muralidhar from the Delhi High Court to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. This ruling was made after the judge criticised the failure of the New Delhi government and police to counter violent protests in the capital.

Released on Mar 11, 2020

IBAHRI calls on Malawi’s president to address persecution of Constitutional Court judges

In an open letter to President Peter Mutharika of the Republic of Malawi, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for action to be taken against the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in relation to attacks on Constitutional Court judges after they annulled the May 2019 Presidential election, ruling that the integrity of the ballot had been compromised.

Released on Mar 6, 2020

IBAHRI statement on the intimidation of human rights lawyers in Kazakhstan at the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council

On 5 March 2020, the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered a statement at the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council addressing their concerns about the intimidation experienced by some independent human rights lawyers in Kazakhstan.

Released on Mar 5, 2020

Kazakhstan: IBAHRI condemns disbarment of two lawyers

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the decision of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 26 February 2020 to disbar two lawyers – Amanzhol Mukhamedyarov, the Chair of the Lawyers’ Rights Committee, and Erlan Gazumzhanov, a lawyer from Nur-Sultan – from practising law.

Released on Mar 4, 2020

IBAHRI activities in Kazakhstan in 2019

A summary of the 2019 IBAHRI activities in Kazakhstan.

Released on Feb 27, 2020

IBAHRI calls on the Integrated Bar of the Philippines to address extrajudicial killings of 50 lawyers

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has sent an open letter to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, calling on the body to take action against the continued persecution of lawyers, prosecutors and judges, and extrajudicial killings committed as part of the ‘war on drugs’ under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Released on Feb 27, 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