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Turkey/AI/LRWC: Immediately and Unconditionally Release Didem Unsal and 17 Other Lawyers | Letter

September 14, 2017

LRWC calls upon Turkey to immediately and unconditionally release Didem Unsal and 17 other lawyers, who were arrested and detained on 12 September 2017. The timing of the arrests was only one day  before the lawyers were scheduled to defend Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, who have been hunger striking in protest of Turkey’s ongoing repression of lawyers and educators. LRWC concludes that these arrests and detentions contravene Turkey’s international human rights law obligations to ensure lawyers can perform their duties, and to guarantee competent legal representation of choice for individuals facing criminal charges. The arrests of Didem Unsal and the 17 other lawyers is part of a sweeping crackdown against lawyers and human rights defenders in Turkey, which has included the arbitrary arrest and continued detention of Amnesty International Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser, and Chair, Taner Kiliç







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Cameroon/Pakistan/LRWC: Oral Statement: Human Rights situations that require the Council’s attention | Oral Statement to the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

June 16, 2017

Oral Statement to the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), NGO in special consultative status

Pakistan and Cameroon: Systematic failure to ensure protection of lawyers and defenders

Mr. President:

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada is gravely concerned about situations in Pakistan and Cameroon requiring the Council’s attention due to systematic failure to ensure protection of lawyers and human rights defenders.

In Pakistan, hundreds of jurists, court officials and defenders have been attacked and summarily executed by armed non-state individuals or mobs over the past decade including dozens killed in the past year alone. Pakistan has failed to exercise its duty to investigate and remedy these attacks and has failed to provide effective protective measures.[1]

In Cameroon, dozens of civilians, including jurists, academics, journalists and other defenders are being taken before a military tribunal in violation of international human rights law. Denied fair trial rights, they face capital charges for exercising rights to freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and political participation.[2]

For defenders in both Pakistan and Cameroon, there has been no access to effective remedies for these violations. Also, within existing mechanisms of the UN human rights system there appears to be no means by which victims or their advocates can obtain recommendations for protective or remedial measures[3] on an urgent basis.


Pakistan: Take Measures to Protect Members of Religious Minorities From Harm and Prevent and Punish Attacks | Letter

May 1, 2017

Lawyer and community leader Saleem Latif, was murdered on 30 March 2017. His attacker has admitted to killing Saleem Latif for adhering to the beliefs of the Ahmadi religion. Prior to the murder, the Government of Pakistan apparently took no action to quell, prevent or punish routine threats against, and public vilification of members of the Ahmadi religion, thereby tacitly encouraging such actions as the terrible murder. LRWC calls on the Government of Pakistan to urgently take measures, including education, to protect members of religious minorities from harm and to prevent and punish attacks.

LRWC strongly condemns the targeted killing of prominent Ahmadi community leader and lawyer Saleem Latif, gunned down on his way to court on the morning of 30 March 2017 in Nakana Sahib.


Saleem Latif, lawyer and local community leader of Jamaat -e- Ahmadi, was gunned down on 30 March 2017 while traveling to court by motorbike. He was with his son Malik Farhan, also a lawyer, who luckily escaped the attack unharmed. Saleem Latif was the cousin of Abdul Salam, a Pakistani Nobel laureate. The banned militant group Lashkhar -e- Jhangui claimed responsibility for the attack. Spokesman for Lashkhar -e- Jhangui Ali Bin Sufyan stated that “Saleem Latif was killed for adhering to the beliefs of the Ahmadi sect.”[1]


Vietnam: Response to Submissions Made by Government of Viet Nam in the Matter of Nguyễn Văn Đài | UN WGAD Petition

April 18, 2017

In the Matter of NGUYỄN VĂN ĐÀI:
On 17 April 2017 NGOs petitioning for the release of imprisoned Vietnamese lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài, filed a response to submissions made by Viet Nam on 6 April in reply to the petition filed by the petitioners on 25 November with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. NGOs petitioning are: LRWC, Lawyers for Lawyers, Media Legal Defence Initiative, PEN International and Viet Tan.



Mr Sètondji Roland Adjovi (Benin), Chair-Rapporteur
Ms Leigh Toomey (Australia)
Mr José Guevara (Mexico)
Mr Seong-Phil Hong (Republic of Korea)
Ms Elina Steinerte (Latvia)



In the matter of

Nguyn Văn Đài 


Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam


Observations on the Government’s Reply