Tag results for 'Middle East/North Africa'

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

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 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 condemns Turkish military operation in northern Syria

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the recent assaults against Syrian Kurds by Turkish forces in northern Syria, and calls on Turkey to halt the attacks. Although Turkey has not ratified any of the additional protocols to the 1949 Geneva Convention, prohibitions of attacks on civilians are a norm of customary international law. Customary international humanitarian law provides that attacks must not be directed against civilians.

Released on Oct 17, 2019

Detention of human rights lawyer Amirsalar Davoodi in Iran of deep concern

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is deeply concerned by the continued detention of human rights lawyer, Amirsalar Davoodi, without legal representation. A regular user of social media platforms as well as his Telegram channel, Without Retouch, to speak out about human rights concerns in Iran, Mr Davoodi was arrested in the country on 20 November 2018 and charged with crimes against national security. Access to his lawyer has been denied and family visits left wanting.

Released on Feb 21, 2019

HRI Training Manuals on Human Rights and Accountability Mechanisms for Syrian Legal Professionals

The IBAHRI partnered with the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) to strengthen the capacity of Syrian lawyers to engage with international human rights mechanisms. The project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), aims to develop a short and long-term engagement strategy of Syrian justice sector actors with human rights mechanisms.

Released on Jan 4, 2019

Accountability in Syria: The Role of the International, Impartial and Independent mechanism

In March 2018, the IBAHRI co-organised an event with the Geneva Academy to discuss the work of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on international crimes committed in the Syrian Arab Republic (IIIM). The discussion focused on the IIIM’s existing and future national, regional or international investigations and prosecutions of the most serious crimes committed in Syria.

Released on Aug 29, 2018

IBAHRI calls for the immediate release of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

News release, Tuesday 17 July 2018. 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) has called for the immediate release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and for adherence to the international legal instruments that safeguard the independence of legal professionals.

Released on Jul 17, 2018

The fragmentation of the West - William Hague

The threats facing Western unity and democracy worldwide are nearing crisis point, says former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague. Speaking exclusively to IBA Global Insight, Lord Hague describes the fragmentation of the West as ‘the most alarming single fact about world affairs at the moment’.

Released on Jun 14, 2018

Syria: an international crisis

Military and diplomatic tensions over the Syrian crisis have escalated following the suspected chemical attack in Douma on 7 April 2018, which led to targeted air strikes against the Assad regime by the US, UK and France. This podcast renews the focus on the legal and moral obligation of the international community to intervene in a crisis that is now estimated to have caused 450,000 deaths and displaced 12 million people. With Kofi Annan, Patricia O'Brien, Bernard Kouchner and Jose Manuel Barroso

Released on Apr 17, 2018

IBAHRI oral statement to the Special Rapporteur on Syria at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 14 June 2017, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement to the 35th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of an interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Released on Jun 14, 2017

IBAHRI condemns extrajudicial killing of Iran’s nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the assassination of senior Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on 27 November 2020. Mr Fakhrizadeh, described by some individuals as the individual spearheading Iran’s alleged covert nuclear weapons programme, was assassinated while travelling in his car in the Abe-Sard region of Damavand Count, 40 kilometres outside of Tehran

IBAHRI condemns the planned Israeli annexation of the West Bank and Jordan Valley

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is alarmed at plans to annex the parts of West Bank and the Jordan Valley occupied by Israel. The plan, initiated by United States President, Donald Trump, and now adopted by the Israeli coalition Government, is scheduled to come into action as early as 1 July 2020. This move could be a fatal blow to the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace and would have grave consequences for the Palestinians.

IBAHRI welcomes Saudi Arabia’s move towards total abolition of the death penalty

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia’s order to abolish the practice of flogging and the application of the death penalty for crimes committed by minors

Oral statement on Sudan - UN Human Rights Council session

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is alarmed by the brutal and lethal use of force by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) against protestors, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, killing of civilians, rape of women and overall deterioration of human rights and the rule of law in the Republic of Sudan.

Saudi Arabia: IBAHRI condemns potential execution of teenager arrested when 13 years old

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the possible imposition of the death penalty by Saudi Arabian authorities against Murtaja Qureiris, who was just 13 years old at the time of his arrest in 2014.

IBAHRI and ATI pen letter to Turkey’s President condemning conviction of 11 medical professionals

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), in conjunction with the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI), has written to Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemning the conviction of 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) Central Council on terrorism charges.

IBAHRI calls for respect of human rights and the rule of law in Sudan

Following the announcement of the ousting of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir and the Defence Minister, Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, assuming leadership of the country, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the army and transitional government to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in Sudan.

IBAHRI’s Tunisia project: 2018–2021

In 2018, the IBAHRI partnered with the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Tunisia and the Tunisian Administrative Tribunal on a project to increase the ability of administrative judges, lawyers and civil society actors to adjudicate, litigate and report violations of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR).

Projet Tunisie d’IBAHRI: 2018–2021

En 2018, l'IBAHRI s'est associé au International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme en Tunisie (HCDH) et au Tribunal administratif tunisien pour un projet visant à renforcer la capacité des juges administratifs, avocats et acteurs de la société civile à statuer, plaider et dénoncer les violations des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (DESC).

Side event to the UNHRC 39th Session – Civil Society Organisations and Criminal Accountability for Atrocity Crimes

On 11 September 2018, the International Bar Association’s Human rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the IBA War Crimes Committee (IBA WCC) held a side event to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council 39th session in Geneva, titled Civil Society Organisations and Criminal Accountability for Atrocity Crimes.

IBAHRIs Syria project – 2018-2019

An overview of IBAHRI's Syria project.

IBAHRI reminds Morocco of obligation to investigate allegations of torture of jailed Sahrawi activists

News release: Tuesday 1 August 2017. As more than 20 Sahrawi activists have been jailed in Morocco amid claims that evidence in the trial was ostensibly obtained by torture, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) reminds the country of its international commitment to investigate suspected incidents where severe pain has been inflicted on individuals to force them to ‘confess’ to and/or implicate others in illegal activity.

‘Perfect storm’ of refugees and instability engulfing the Middle East

The central street in Egypt's 6th October City was once called Ali Eddin. Now, it is ‘Syrians Street’, a bustling area day and night of Syrian refugees struggling to survive as street hawkers, cafe owners and pastry makers.

The extraordinary journey towards justice in Africa

IBA Global Insight, Aug/Sept 2016 - Twenty-six years after he was ousted, Chadian dictator Hissène Habré was finally brought to account in May 2016. Global Insight examines the remarkable events leading up to the trial and assesses what the verdict means for international criminal justice in Africa and further afield