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Canada: Law Society expresses grave concerns regarding human rights violations against members of legal profession

May 31, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns regarding human rights violations against members of the legal profession across the globe.

Lawyers should be able to exercise their legitimate duties without fear for their lives, for their liberty or for their security. The Law Society of Upper Canada urges all governments to comply with international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

The Law Society’s Human Rights Monitoring Group recently issued public statements regarding the following lawyers:

The Human Rights Monitoring Group is a group of benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada appointed by the Law Society’s governing body to monitor human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner. 

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/law-society-expresses-grave-concerns-regarding-human-rights-violations-against-members-of-legal-profession-625501204.html

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503884

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503884&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503883&langtype=1033

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503883&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503881

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503881&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

Canada: La prison pour avoir brutalisé un avocat!

le 23 mai, 2017

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Un homme écope d’une peine de 90 jours de prison pour s’en être pris physiquement à un avocat de la cour municipale de…

Les événements sont survenus en mars 2015. Pierre-Luc Deschamps est devenu agressif lors d’une rencontre avec l’avocat de la cour municipale de Joliette, Me Pierre-Édouard Asselin, l’empoignant par les épaules et le poussant, avant de quitter le bureau dans lequel ils se trouvaient, selon ce que rapporte l’hebdomadaire L’action.

« Ce genre d’infraction ne doit pas exister », a dit le juge Gilles Garneau lors du prononcé de la sentence de l’homme de 38 ans, de Saint-Thomas. Pierre-Luc Deschamps purgera sa peine les fins de semaine et devra se soumettre à une probation de deux ans.

Lors de l’agression, en mars 2015, Deschamps était à la cour pour répondre de plusieurs dossiers, dont des accusations de conduite avec les facultés affaiblies et de vol d’essence.

Me Asselin a porté plainte à la police et Pierre-Luc Deschamps a été arrêté quelques jours plus tard.

http://www.droit-inc.com/article20379-La-prison-pour-avoir-brutalise-un-avocat

Canada: Legal Aid Ontario to suspend some refugee services July 1

May 19, 2017

A family of asylum claimants is taken into custody after crossing the border into Canada from the U.S., Tuesday, March 28, near Hemmingford, Que.

A good chunk of the legal aid services for refugees will be suspended starting on July 1 as Legal Aid Ontario struggles to find 40 per cent in budget savings from serving the vulnerable group.

It is too early to confirm what services would be cut from the refugee law program as a province-wide consultation is set to begin on Thursday, but three options are under consideration:

Suspending all refugee and immigration services when funding runs out in August and September

Restricting the coverage to the representation of asylum-seekers in their refugee proceedings, such as filing claims and preparation for and attendance at hearings

Limiting coverage for asylum-seekers to the preparation of the claim only, but continuing to represent clients at the refugee appeals tribunal and federal court.

“LAO has supported over-expenditures in the refugee program for a number of years and cannot do so any longer, given the increase in demand for services and LAO’s budget challenges in other programs,” the agency said in the consultation paper posted on its website Friday.

https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2017/05/19/legal-aid-ontario-to-suspend-some-refugee-services-july-1.html

http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201705156164/headline-news/lao-seeks-funding-to-fill-budget-gap

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/05/09/difficult-choices-ahead-for-legal-aid-ontario-review-finds.html

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2017/05/09/dont-abandon-impoverished-people-who-need-legal-aid-editorial.html

Canada: Lawyer shot outside his Yorkville office criticizes police response time

May 11, 2017

Barrs

A Toronto criminal defence lawyer who was shot outside his law office last September says Halton police officers didn’t act fast enough to apprehend what was clearly a “very dangerous” man.

On the afternoon of Sept. 20, J. Randall Barrs was standing beside his Mercedes parked outside his Bedford Road office when he was shot twice by a man wearing a construction vest and a blonde wig.

Seconds later, the man in the disguise was shot by an undercover Halton police officer while he attempted to flee.

Both Barrs and the suspect recovered from their injuries.

On Wednesday, the province’s Special Investigations Unit cleared the Halton officer involved in the incident, saying he was “acting in the course of his duties” when he fired at the suspect.

In its decision, the SIU revealed that 51-year-old Grayson Delong was being monitored by a team of Halton police officers since 9 a.m. that day, after he made a court appearance in Brampton.

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/lawyer-shot-outside-his-yorkville-office-criticizes-police-response-time-1.3409390

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/lawyer-shot-outside-his-annex-office-says-he-s-very-unhappy-with-siu-investigation-1.4110526

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-lawyer-accuses-ontario-siu-of-whitewashing-shooting-incident/article34963828/

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2017/05/09/no-charges-against-halton-cop-who-shot-man-alleged-to-have-opened-fire-on-toronto-lawyer.html

Saudi Arabia/Canada: Two exceptional human rights defenders honoured by Law Society

February 23, 2017

Law Society Treasurer Paul B. Schabas congratulates the recipients of the Law Society’s 2016 Human Rights Award: Cindy Blackstock, PhD (left), and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Executive Director Gail Davidson (right), who accepted the award on behalf of human rights defender and activist Waleed Abu al-Khair, who has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since 2014 for his human rights activities. Dr. Blackstock and Abu al-Khair both received the award at a special ceremony in Toronto on February 22,  in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the advancement of human rights and the promotion of the rule of law provincially, nationally and internationally. (CNW Group/The Law Society of Upper Canada)

The Law Society of Upper Canada honoured two exceptional human rights advocates last night at Osgoode Hall.

Human rights defenders Waleed Abu al-Khair and Cindy Blackstock, PhD, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of human rights and the promotion of the rule of law provincially, nationally and internationally.

“We are extremely pleased to honour Dr. Blackstock and Mr. Abu al-Khair, both of whom have shown remarkable courage and conviction in their tireless efforts to promote human rights, said Law Society Treasurer Paul B. Schabas at the evening ceremony. “Through Dr. Blackstock’s efforts to address systemic discrimination of First Nations children, she has made a significant and lasting contribution that will have a powerful impact on generations of First Nations children,” he said. “Mr. Abu al-Khair has sacrificed a great deal. In honouring him with the Law Society’s Human Rights Award, we say to him, and to others like him, your sacrifice does not go unrecognized,” said Treasurer Schabas.

Recipient Waleed Abu al-Khair, 37, has been arbitrarily imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since April 15, 2014. He is a prominent human rights lawyer and activist and is the founder of the organization the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. He has worked tirelessly to defend human rights and the rule of law for all — in the face of extreme adversity and at the cost of his own freedom. Gail Davidson, Executive Director of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, accepted the award on his behalf.

“Waleed began practising law in 2007 and since then he has used the written and spoken word coupled with his legal knowledge, to fearlessly advocate for reforms to improve the lives of all in Saudi Arabia by calling on the government to allow its citizens to enjoy internationally protected rights such as rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and the right to participate in public affairs. He has also advocated passionately for the equal rights of women and on behalf of prisoners of conscience,” Davidson said.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/two-exceptional-human-rights-defenders-honoured-by-law-society-614639784.html

http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/news/extraordinary-night-for-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law/

http://www.newswire.ca/fr/news-releases/deux-defenseurs-exceptionnels-des-droits-de-la-personne-honores-par-le-barreau-614640034.html (FRANCAIS)

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Canada/Québec: L’insoutenable silence de la bâtonnière

le 21 février, 2017

Les avocats et notaires du Québec sont en grève depuis octobre dernier.

Si, aujourd’hui, j’ai décidé d’écrire et de m’exprimer publiquement sur le conflit interminable qui sévit entre le gouvernement du Québec et les juristes de l’État, c’est que je ne comprends pas le Barreau du Québec de demeurer à ce point inactif devant un conflit qui touche directement la sécurité et le mieux-être fondamental des citoyens du Québec, tout comme celui d’un groupe de juristes quand même restreint de quelque 1100 avocats et notaires, entièrement voués au service de l’État et de ses citoyennes et citoyens.

Pour avoir, pendant quelque 40 ans, cumulé des fonctions d’administrateur d’État, de juge administratif et de juriste de l’État, je ne peux faire autrement que d’être admiratif devant la détermination de ce groupe d’anciens collègues et d’amis, car, il faut bien le comprendre, ces juristes sont le trait d’union essentiel entre le citoyen et l’État.

Autant je déplore le manque de solidarité et l’apathie des organismes oeuvrant dans le secteur juridique, particulièrement le Barreau du Québec, autant je ne comprends pas le gouvernement de ne pas tout faire pour régler cette grève qui, virtuellement, paralyse depuis le 24 octobre 2016 les tribunaux administratifs, soit : l’aide aux bénéficiaires de l’aide sociale, aux accidentés du travail, aux victimes d’actes criminels et d’accidents de la route ainsi qu’aux bénéficiaires de la Régie des rentes.

http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/justice/492174/l-insoutenable-silence-de-la-batonniere

http://www.pressegauche.org/spip.php?article29817

Canada (Québec): Les avocats et notaires reprendront les négociations avec Québec

le 8 décembre, 2016

Les avocats et notaires de l'ANEQ sont en... (PHOTO PATRICK SANFAÇON, archives LA PRESSE)

Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois (ANEQ) qui sont en grève depuis plus de six semaines retourneront à la table de négociation avec le gouvernement du Québec lundi prochain.

L’association syndicale a annoncé la nouvelle jeudi soir, par voie de communiqué.

Les avocats et les notaires de la fonction publique et de l’Agence du revenu du Québec se livrent à un bras de fer contre le gouvernement québécois depuis le 24 octobre dernier.

Le principal point en litige entre les deux parties est la demande du syndicat de modifier en profondeur le régime de négociation qui concerne ses membres. Il veut obtenir un mécanisme d’arbitrage qui lierait les parties, et non plus un processus de médiation.

L’ANEQ regroupe quelque 1100 avocats et notaires, mais ils ne sont pas tous en grève puisqu’une partie d’entre eux doit continuer d’assurer les services essentiels.

Ces employés de l’État sont sans contrat de travail depuis le 31 mars 2015.

http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-affaires-criminelles/actualites-judiciaires/201612/08/01-5049601-les-avocats-et-notaires-reprendront-les-negociations-avec-quebec.php

http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/justice/486728/il-est-urgent-de-mettre-fin-a-la-greve-des-juristes