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Marking the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

On the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the IBA and the IBAHRI pay tribute to Ukraine’s display of commitment to law and justice.

Released on Mar 1, 2024

Zimbabwe: IBAHRI and L4L call for greater protections for human rights lawyers

The IBAHRI and Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) have welcomed the decision of the Zimbabwean authorities to drop charges brought against two human rights lawyers, Douglas Coltart and Tapiwa Muchineripi.

Released on Feb 26, 2024

IBAHRI concerned about the arbitrary arrest and detention of Palestinian human rights lawyer Diala Ayesh

IBAHRI expresses concerns about the arrest of Palestinian lawyer Diala Ayesh, known for her advocacy in the legal and human rights domain, emphasizing fair trial guarantees and freedom of expression.

Released on Feb 23, 2024

IBAHRI reiterates its call to halt possible extradition of Julian Assange and uphold media freedoms

IBAHRI urges dropping charges against Assange, defending freedom of expression, information, and media in democratic societies.

Released on Feb 22, 2024

IBAHRI sends open letter to Belarusian authorities to end incommunicado detention of lawyer Maksim Znak

The IBAHRI has expressed concern over the incommunicado detention of lawyer Maksim Znak and called for its termination in an open letter to Belarusian authorities.

Released on Feb 21, 2024

IBAHRI joins global condemnation of Russia’s authorities as death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced

The IBAHRI condemns the role Russia’s authorities may have had in the death of Russian opposition figure, Alexei Navalny – former lawyer and the most prominent critic of the regime – in prison while serving a thirty year sentence.

Released on Feb 17, 2024

The IBAHRI commends Pakistan’s landmark ruling in marital rape case

The IBAHRI commends Pakistan for legal reform which enhances the rights of women within marriage and criminalises sexual violations without consent.

Released on Feb 15, 2024

Turkey: IBAHRI and TALI release report documenting mass imprisonment of lawyers

The IBAHRI and The Arrested Lawyers Initiative have released a detailed report highlighting the declining independence of the legal profession and bar associations in Turkey.

Released on Feb 13, 2024

Afghanistan and Iran put under the microscope in new Gender Apartheid Inquiry

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has convened the Gender Apartheid Inquiry – a new British Parliamentary ad-hoc inquiry into whether the systematic oppression of women and girls in Afghanistan and Iran constitutes gender apartheid.

Released on Jan 31, 2024

USA: IBAHRI calls on Alabama to halt untested execution by nitrogen hypoxia

The IBAHRI has called for the planned execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith to be stopped. It is scheduled for Thursday 25 January 2024 in Alabama, United States.

Released on Jan 24, 2024

IBAHRI and partners condemn the harassment of human rights lawyer Aleksey Ladin

On 24 January 2024, the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, human rights defender and lawyer Aleksey Ladin will face a disciplinary hearing by the Council of the Tyumen Regional Bar Association.

Released on Jan 22, 2024

In memoriam - Stephen Denyer (1955 - 2024)

The IBA mourns the loss of Stephen Denyer who sadly passed away on 14 January 2024.

Released on Jan 19, 2024

On International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, IBAHRI and partners to host event

Wednesday 24 January marks the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer. The purpose of the Day is to call attention to threatened human rights lawyers in a single designated country. For 2024 the focus is on Iran.

Released on Jan 18, 2024

IBA calls on law professionals to participate in brief anti-corruption survey

To help the IBA protect the rule of law, the Legal Policy & Research Unit is asking all law professionals to complete a brief survey.

Released on Jan 18, 2024

Israel: IBAHRI welcomes Supreme Court decision

The IBAHRI supports the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court to denounce the plans of the Israeli government to overthrow the judiciary with legislation introduced last year.

Released on Jan 11, 2024

IBAHRI condemns the conviction of Bangladeshi Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus

The IBAHRI denounces the conviction of Muhammad Yunus, who has been sentenced to six months in prison for labour law violations ¬– a crime that he did not commit.

Released on Jan 10, 2024

Nepal: IBA, in collaboration with DLA Piper’s New Perimeter, releases a case study on women lawyers and training initiatives

A new report on a training programme for women in Nepal’s legal profession has been released by the IBA and New Perimeter – the nonprofit affiliate of law firm DLA Piper, an IBA Group member, focused on global pro bono.

Released on Jan 4, 2024

The Human Rights Institute of the IBA condemns the indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on Gaza and reiterates the call for an immediate ceasefire

After closely monitoring the war unfolding in Gaza, in November 2023 the IBAHRI issued a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Released on Dec 22, 2023

IBA redoubles call for increased State cooperation for the International Criminal Court as Rome Statute commemorated

As December 2023 marks the end of the Rome Statute’s 25th anniversary, amid much global turbulence, the International Bar Association intensifies its call for greater support by states for the International Criminal Court, founded in 1998 following the adoption of the Statute by 120 countries.

Released on Dec 22, 2023

Chile: IBA releases latest report in series on gender equality in the law

The latest research on gender inequality in the global legal profession to be released by the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit centres on Chile.

Released on Dec 20, 2023

Chile: La IBA publica el último informe sobre igualdad de género en el sector legal

La última investigación sobre la desigualdad de género en la profesión legal global, realizada por la Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) de la International Bar Association (IBA), se centra en Chile.

Released on Dec 20, 2023

eyeWitness to Atrocities and partners highlight new evidence of reported coercive policies and practices in relation to health care in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine

A new case study jointly published this week by eyeWitness to Atrocities, founded by the International Bar Association (IBA), and partners highlights reports of less visible attacks inflicted on civilian populations and health care professionals in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine.

Released on Dec 20, 2023

Former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, joins eyeWitness to Atrocities’ Board of Trustees

eyeWitness to Atrocities (eyeWitness), founded by the International Bar Association (IBA), has announced that Fatou Bensouda, the immediate past Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has joined its Board of Trustees. Ms Bensouda is recognised for her exceptional contributions to international justice.

Released on Dec 18, 2023

IBAHRI marks International Human Rights Day with joint statement urging China to respect rights of lawyers

As the world marks International Human Rights Day this week, The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, The 29 Principles, Hong Kong Watch, The Rights Practice, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, Lawyers for Lawyers, Free Tibet and Tibetan Community in Britain, urge the People’s Republic of China (‘China’) to take urgent action to ensure respect for human rights and observe the rule of law.

Released on Dec 14, 2023

eyeWitness to Atrocities appoints two renowned international law experts as Counsellors to the Board

eyeWitness to Atrocities has appointed distinguished international law experts, David J Scheffer and David Tolbert, as Counsellors to its Board of Trustees.

Released on Dec 13, 2023

IBAHRI commemorates 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reaffirms commitment to upholding human dignity

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) stands firm in its dedication to championing human rights and fostering a global culture of dignity, equality and justice for all.

Released on Dec 11, 2023

IBA announces publication of updated guidance on business and human rights for lawyers

The IBA Business and Human Rights Committee and the Legal Policy & Research Unit have announced the release of the 2023 Updated IBA Guidance Note on Business and Human Rights: The role of lawyers in the changing landscape

Released on Dec 1, 2023

IBA and BIICL launch new report exploring the global implementation of non-punishment principle for human trafficking victims

The IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit, in collaboration with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, has released a new report examining human trafficking and the application of the non-punishment principle.

Released on Nov 30, 2023

Pakistan: The IBA and IBAHRI express concern over the deportation of Afghan refugees

The IBA and the IBAHRI have expressed profound concern over the Government of Pakistan’s instruction for all Afghan refugees to leave the country by 1 November 2023

Released on Nov 29, 2023

IBA, IBAHRI and UBA announce international conference on justice and accountability for the war in Ukraine

The IBA, IBAHRI and the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) are proud to announce the International Conference on Justice and Accountability for the War in Ukraine, taking place on 27 and 28 November 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

Released on Nov 27, 2023