Category Archives: International Human Rights Law

LRWC Letter Re: Arrest of Eric Paulsen, Repeal of the Sedition Act, and End to Arbitrary Detention

19 January 2015 Dear Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, and Attorney General of Malaysia; Re: Arrest of Eric Paulsen and Repeal of the Sedition Act and End to Arbitrary Detention I write on behalf of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada … Continue reading

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LRWC Oral Statement to the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council: Human Rights Defenders subjected to arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance

[The following text was prepared by Gavin Magrath for oral submission on behalf of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada to the 27th Session of the United Nations Human Right Council, Geneva, September 2014]  Mr. President, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada commends the … Continue reading

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PEN Canada hit with CRA Audit

PEN Canada, a Toronto-based charity that advocates for free expression and the rights of writers, became the subject of a CRA audit into its political activities yesterday. PEN has been critical of the Harper government for muzzling scientists as well as … Continue reading

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UN Human Rights Commission Releases Concluding Report on USA

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued yesterday its Concluding Observations on the United States (CCPR/C/USA/CO/4). The Committee periodically reviews the performance of all States Party to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (the … Continue reading

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Omar Khadr: Canada in Breach of multiple International Human Rights obligations, including Convention against Torture and Convention on the Rights of the Child

For Immediate Release – Tuesday, May 15, 2012 On May 21-22, 2012, the United Nations Committee against Torture will review Canada’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Convention against Torture to prevent, punish and remedy the torture and … Continue reading

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G20 Activist brings $4 million suit

G20 protest organizer Julian Ichim has issued a Notice of Claim against Constable Bindo Showan, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Services Board and the provincial Attorney-General, according to the Globe and Mail. The allegations – which have not … Continue reading

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Briefing to the Committee against Torture on the Omar Khadr case

Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and the Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (CLMG) filed a joint shadow report on the Omar Khadr case with the Committee against Torture (the Committee) for consideration on the review of Canada’s compliance with the Convention … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Protects ‘Net Speech

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in Crooks v Newton, 2011 SCC 47. The majority’s decision (2 judges substantially agreeing and only 1 dissenting) protects free speech on the internet by dismissing the appeal of a plaintiff … Continue reading

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Trial Lawyers for Veterans

Magrath O’Connor LLP is proud to be a part of Trial Lawyers for Veterans.  The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association organized Trial Lawyers for Veterans, an initiative where lawyers provide pro bono services to veterans trying to access, collect and maintain … Continue reading

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Unpublished Changes to G8/G20 Police Powers

Civil Liberties and Lawyers’ groups are just now realizing that just last week the Ontario Legislature published regulations designating any area within 5 meters of the Summit security zone as a ‘Public Work’ pursuant to the Public Works Protection Act.

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