Tag results for 'News Release'

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

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

IBA embarks on first phase of global initiative on mental wellbeing in the legal profession

The International Bar Association (IBA) has embarked on a global project aimed at addressing the mental wellbeing of legal professionals as Covid-19 exacerbates tensions in professional and personal lives. The key initial phase of the project consists of two global surveys – one for individual lawyers, the other for law firms and other legal institutions, including bar associations, law societies and in-house legal departments.

Released on Jul 10, 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

Contested historical legacies in public spaces addressed in new analysis by global experts

Over a period of three years, a group of global experts – convened by the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR), the International Bar Association (IBA), and the Salzburg Global Seminar – has been preparing a volume of eight in-depth case studies on contested legacies in public spaces. The analysis addresses the social, political and legal dynamics in facilitating or complicating the resolution of disputes over contested historical legacies in municipal areas.

Released on Jun 29, 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

IBA 2020 ICC Moot Court Memorial Award winners celebrated in virtual event

For the 2020 edition of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition (ICC Moot Court), more than 170 students representing 49 countries gathered virtually to celebrate the winners of the best memorials – lengthy written briefs prepared by each team for prosecution, defence and government roles – submitted in this year’s competition. On Thursday 11 June, the IBA Best Memorial Award, irrespective of role, went to Temple University of the United States.

Released on Jun 16, 2020

Nigeria: IBA President to Advise Law Students on Building International Legal Career

The President of the International Bar Association (IBA), Horacio Bernardes Neto, is to feature in an episode of The Mentorship Chat – a Law Students’ Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) webinar series - on Sunday 24 May at 6pm (GMT +1). At the invitation of LAWSAN President, Emmanuel Nwobodo, Mr Bernardes will speak on the topic of Building a Legal Career Across Boundaries; Leveraging Opportunities in International Law Practice.

Released on May 23, 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

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 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

IBA and LSGL launch project to create blueprint for global legal education

The International Bar Association (IBA) and Law Schools Global League (LSGL) have launched an ambitious project that aims to identify the key drivers that shape global legal education, the consequent emerging responses and whether these responses can sufficiently address the challenges confronting legal professionals all over the world. Some of the drivers examined include:

Released on Feb 13, 2020

IBAHRI raises awareness of the rule of law and human rights among young lawyers in Zambia

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the University of Lusaka hosted an all-day seminar on 20 September 2019 for young lawyers in Zambia on the rule of law and human rights. The aim of the event was to raise awareness about human rights principles and their importance, and to encourage the young professionals in attendance to participate in actively promoting human rights, regardless of legal discipline.

Released on Oct 2, 2019

IBAHRI urges Carrie Lam to open an independent investigation into police brutality in Hong Kong

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) supports the decision of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, to withdraw the extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to be sent from Hong Kong to mainland China for trial. Nevertheless, the IBAHRI calls on Ms Lam to start an investigation into the police brutality meted out against those protesting the bill and journalists covering the humanitarian emergency.

Released on Sep 12, 2019

IBAHRI denounces death sentence delivered against three in Malawi

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is deeply concerned about the recent decision in Malawi to sentence three individuals to death for killing and dismembering a person with albinism in August 2015. The IBAHRI fully supports the enjoyment of all rights by persons with albinism and recognises the challenges Malawi is facing in curbing the heinous attacks against persons with albinism.

Released on Aug 22, 2019

IBAHRI condemns US Attorney General Barr’s decision to reinstate the death penalty

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the recent decision by the United States government to schedule the execution of five inmates on death row.

Released on Jul 26, 2019

IBAHRI urges Venezuelan authorities to grant Judge Afiuni absolute and unconditional freedom

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Venezuela’s judicial authorities to grant absolute and unconditional freedom to Judge María Lourdes Afiuni as per the announcement made to journalists by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet

Released on Jul 9, 2019

IBAHRI states Kenya High Court’s LGBTIQ+ rights ruling very ‘disappointing’ and supports appeal

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is profoundly dismayed by the declination of Kenya’s High Court on 24 May 2019 to declare colonial era provisions criminalising homosexual conduct, which is punishable by 14 years in prison, as unconstitutional. News of the judgment being appealed is supported by the IBAHRI.

Released on Jun 4, 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

IBAHRI condemns persecution of human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir in Turkey

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the repeated arrests and longstanding criminal proceedings, as well as the recent disciplinary procedures initiated by the Istanbul Bar Association, against human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir. Further, the IBAHRI calls on the authorities of the Republic of Turkey to adhere to the international legal instruments that safeguard the independence of legal professionals and the rule of law.

Released on Feb 13, 2019

IBAHRI and Anti-Torture Initiative call for Turkey to quash Dr Sebnem Korur Fincanci’s prison sentence

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI) have sent an open letter to Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemning the criminal proceedings brought against prominent human rights defender Dr Sebnem Korur Fincanci, as well as the conviction and sentencing of her to two years and six month’s imprisonment

Released on Jan 30, 2019

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

IBAHRI calls on Commonwealth countries to follow Trinidad and Tobago’s decriminalisation of homosexuality

News Release: Thursday 19 April 2018. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the ruling by Trinidad and Tobago High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad that the nation’s law banning same-sex relationships is unconstitutional. With heads of state gathering in London this month for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and due to discuss LGBT+ issues for the first time, the IBAHRI calls on all Commonwealth states to work together to repeal colonial-era laws...

Released on Apr 19, 2018

IBAHRI launches its first mentorship programme in Azerbaijan

In the first of its kind for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the organisation paired senior and junior lawyers from Azerbaijan with the hope of inspiring a new generation of human rights lawyers and addressing the lack of advocates in the country.

Released on Dec 31, 2017

UN UPR shadow report on Azerbaijan submitted by the IBAHRI

In the report, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) raises concerns about the low number of practicing lawyers in the country, which has a detriment effect for access to justice for all, and highlights the issue of the lack of independence of the legal profession in Azerbaijan.

Released on Dec 31, 2017

Law Student Conference: Young Lawyers and the Future of Human Rights in Azerbaijan

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) engaged with young lawyers to discuss the challenges faced by human rights advocates across Azerbaijan.

Released on Dec 31, 2017

IBAHRI condemns Azerbaijan police crackdown on LGBTQ+ community

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) responds to alleged detention of 60 people believed to be LGBTQ+ in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Released on Dec 31, 2017