Human Rights Monitoring Group

The Human Rights Monitoring Group (the "Monitoring Group") is a group of benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada appointed by Convocation 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 mandate of the Human Rights Monitoring Group is:

  • to review information that comes to its attention about human rights violations that target members of the profession and the judiciary, here and abroad, as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties;
  • to determine if the matter is one that requires a response from the Law Society; and
  • to prepare a response for review and approval by Convocation.

The mandate further states that where Convocation's meeting schedule makes such a review and approval impractical, the Treasurer may review such responses in Convocation's place and take such steps, as he or she deems appropriate. In such instances, the Human Rights Monitoring Group shall report on the matters at the next meeting of Convocation.

Human Rights Monitoring Group members:

  • Teresa Donnelly (Chair)
  • Robert Evans
  • Julian Falconer
  • Avvy Go
  • Judith Potter
  • Heather Ross
  • Joanne St. Lewis

Sources of information:
The Monitoring Group relies on information provided by external organizations dedicated to promoting the rule of law and human rights internationally.

Promoting Access to Justice

 In June 2014, the Human Rights Monitoring Group released its Facilitating International Access to Justice Through Intervention report - updated February 2017. The report provides an overview of the Human Rights Monitoring Group's work over the years, from an access to justice perspective, by outlining the types of clients that persecuted lawyers serve. Lawyers who are persecuted by authorities are often advocates for human rights. They also represent vulnerable clients who have no other access to legal services. Judges are also included in the report. Most often presiding judges who are persecuted in the course of their duties focus on facilitating access to justice by advocating for an independent judiciary and promoting the rule of law.

Inspirational Lawyer - Jacqueline Moudeïna - Chad

Human Rights Watch gave the Alison Des Forges Award to Jacqueline Moudeïna, a Chadina lawyer and human rights activist. Ms. Moudeïna is leading the effort to bring to trial the former Chadina dictator Hissène Habré and to achieve justice for his victims. For further information, please consult the Human Rights Watch website. A video of Ms. Moudeïna`s work is also available online. You may also read Ms. Moudeïna's acceptance speech.


Letters of Intervention Public Statements

Algeria: Abderramane and Boumerdesi (February 2007) 

Argentina: Nisman (April 2015)

Azerbaijan: Aliyev (October 2014)

Azerbaijan: Elchin Sadigov (January 2017)

Bahrain: Al Tajer (May 2011)

Bahrain: Al Tajer (September 2012)

Bahrain: Taimoor Karimi (July 2016)

Belarus: Zeltser  (June 2008)

Brazil: Judges (November 2011)

Cameroon: Felix Agbor Balla (February 2017)

China: Arrest of large group of lawyers (July 2015)

China: Guangcheng (October 2006)

China: Guo Feixiong (aka yang Maodong) (January 2009)

China: Lawyers intimidated for taking cases of victims of contaminated milk (November 2008)

China: Ni Yulan (September 2013)

China: Ni Yulan (June 2016)

China: Pu Zhiqiang (September 2014)

China: Pu Zhiqiang (February 2016)

China: Shu Xiangxin (March 2016)

China: Tang Jingling (September 2014)

China: Violations against lawyers (October 2007)

China: Violations against lawyers (April 2008)

China: Wang Qiushi (March 2016)

China: Xu Zhiyong (February 2014)

China: Xia Lin (December 2016)

China: Zhang Kai (May 2016)

China: Zhisheng (October 2006)

China: Zhisheng (May 2007)

China: Zhisheng (April 2014)

Colombia: Duarte (January 2011)

Colombia: Munera (June 2010)

Colombia: Torres (May 2012)

Colombia: Yessika Hoyos (September 2016)

Congo: Mpolo-Nene (February 2007)

Congo: Mubalama (June 2008)

Congo: Jean Kisumbule Muteba (July 2016)

Egypt: Bastawissi and El-Baroudi (March 2008)

Egypt: El-Massry (June 2014) 

Egypt: El-Massry (July 2015)

Egypt: Negad El-Borai (July 2016)

Egypt: Yara Sallam (November 2014)

Equatorial Guinea: Nsue Nguema (November 2012)

Georgia: Getsadze (February 2007)

Guatemala: Judge Aguilar (June 2014)

Guatemala: Ramon Cadena Ramila (December 2016)

Greece: Electra Koutra (January 2017)

Haiti: Michel (November 2013)

Haiti: St-Juste and Michel (October 2012)

Honduras: Association for a More Just Society (ASJ) (January 2011)

Honduras: Cabrera (November 2012)

Honduras: Diaz Garcia (February 2007)

India: Mohammad, Shoaib, Jilani and Faridi (November 2008)

India: Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal (February 2016)

India: Umakanta Meitei (November 2006)

Indonesia: Alldo Fellix Januardy (June 2016)

Indonesia: Kawer (November 2014)

Indonesia: Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika (May 2016)

Iran: Ebadi (June 2008)

Iran: Esmaeilzadeh (June 2014)

Iran: Kamrani (February 2007)

Iran: Kian (November 2010)

Iran: Karbasi, Kianersi, Sabaghian, Sadr and Sotoudeh (January 2011)

Iran: Kian, Soltani and Sotoudeh (April 2012)

Iran: Lawyers (November 2011)

Iran: Mohammadi (January 2015)

Iran: Seifzadeh (April 2013)

Iran: Soltani (February 2007)

Iran: Sotoudeh (September 2010)

Iran: Sotoudeh (October 2013)

Iran: Sotoudeh (December 2014)

Iran: Yadollahi (April 2014)

Iran: Zarafshan (February 2007)

Kenya: Ndubi (March 2008)

Kenya: Willie Kimani (August 2016)

Kyrgyzstan: Asanov (November 2010)

Kyrgyzstan: Vakhitov (July 2015)

Lesotho: Haae Phoofolo, Christopher Lephuthing, Koili Ndebele, Khotso Nthontho and Tumisang Mosotho (March 2016)

Libya: Bugaighis (August 2014)

Malaysia: Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, Charles Hector, Francis Pereira, and Shanmugam Ramasamy (May 2016)

Malaysia: Singh (April 2014)

Malaysia: Surendran (November 2014)

Malaysia: N. Surendran (August 2016)

Malaysia: Uthayakumar, Manoharan, Kenghadharan, Ganabati Rao (June 2008)

Myanmar: Disbarred Lawyers (April 2012)

Myanmar: Khin Khin Kyaw (February 2016)

Myanmar: Nyi Niy Htwe, Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min, U Aung Thein and U Khin Maung Shein  (January 2009)

Myanmar: Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min (September 2012)

Nauru: Magistrates (February 2014)

Nepal: Basnet (October 2007)

Nigeria: Lawyers (February 2014)

Pakistan: Bilal Anwar Kasi and Lawyers in Pakistan (August 2016)

Pakistan: Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali (July 2013)

Pakistan: Jahangir (July 2012)

Pakistan: Rehman (June 2014)

Peru: Soberon (June 2008)

Philippines: Dannug-Salucon (June 2014)

Russia: Magomedova (November 2010)

Russia: Magomedova (April 2012)

Russia: Magomedova (July 2013)

Russia: Moiseyev and Akimtseva (January 2015)

Saudi Arabia: Al Khair (March 2015)

Saudi Arabia: Al-Lahem (January 2008)

Saudi Arabia: Al Rumaih, Al Sobaihi and Alnogaithan (December 2014)

Saudi Arabia: Waleed Abu al-Khair (October 2014)

Saudi Arabia: Waleed Abu al-Khair (March 2015)

Spain: Garzon (April 2012)

Sri Lanka: Bandaranayake (January 2013)

Sri Lanka: Dr. Nimalka Fernando (February 2014)

Sudan: Ali, Souraj, Alsemani, Dafaalla, Badawi (October 2006)

Sudan: Dr. Amin Mekki Medani (January 2015)

Sudan: Lawyers (September 2012)

Sudan: Nabeel Adib Abdallah (July 2016)

Sudan: Sharief (November 2013)

Swaziland: Maseko (April 2014)

Syria: al-Bunni (November 2006)

Syria: al-Bunni (March 2008)

Syria: al-Hassani (February 2010)

Syria: al-Maleh (February 2010)

Syria: Khalil Ma'touq (July 2013)

Syria: Khalil Ma’Touq (February 2016)

Syria: Moustafa (January 2011)

Syria: Razan Zaitouneh (February 2016)

Tajikistan: Buzurgmehr Yorov (February 2016)

Tajikistan: Buzurgmehr Yorov and Nuriddin Makhkamov (January 2017)

Tajikistan: Jamshed Yorov (December 2016)

Tajikistan: Kudratov (March 2015)

Tunisia: Abbou (October 2006)

Thailand: Robert Amsterdam (August 2011)

Thailand: Sirikan Charoensiri (May 2016)

Turkey: Demir (April 2014)

Turkey: Erbey (June 2014)

Turkey: Kalayci (February 2010)

Turkey: Lawyers (October 2012)

Turkey: Lawyers (February 2013)

Turkey: Lawyers (June 2013)

Turkey: Lawyers (May 2016)

Turkey: Lawyers and Judges (July 2016)

Turkey: Levent Piskin (January 2017)

Ukraine: Yuri Grabovski (May 2016)

Uganda: Lawyers (February 2014)

United Arab Emirates (September 2012)

United Arab Emirates (July 2013)

Vietnam: Dai and Nhan (August 2007)

Vietnam: Le Quoc Quan (February 2013)

Vietnam: Le Quoc Quan (February 2014)

Vietnam: Nguyen Van Dai (February 2016)

Vietnam: Thanh (February 2007)

Vietnam: Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan (February 2016)

Venezuela: Afiuni (June 2010)

Venezuela: Afiuni (January 2012)

Venezuela: Afiuni (July 2013)

Venezuela: Juan Carlos Gutiérrez (July 2016)

Venezuela: Wilkinson (November 2008)

Zimbabwe: Mtetwa (April 2013)

Zimbabwe: Tsunga (July 2013)

Argentina: Nisman (April 2015) 

Azerbaijan: Intigam Aliyev (September 2014)

Brazil (November 2011)

China (April 2012)

China (May 2011)

China (July 2010)

China (February 2010)

China (April 2008)

China (September 2013)

China: Xu Zhiyong (February 2014)

China: Tang Jingling (September 2014)

China: Pu Zhiqiang (September 2014)

China: Pu Zhiqiang (January 2016)

Colombia (June 2010)

Colombia: Torres (2012)

Egypt: Soliman (May 2015)

Egypt (October 2014)

Egypt (June 2014)

Equatorial Guinea (November 2012)

Guatemala (May 2014)

Haiti: Michel (November 2013)

Honduras (November 2012)

Indonesia (October 2014)

India: Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal (January 2016)

Iran (January 2015)

Iran: Sotoudeh (November 2014)

Iran (May 2014)

Iran: Sotoudeh (October 2013)

Iran (April 2013)

Iran (April 2012)

Iran (October 2011)

Iran (January 2011)

Iran (November 2010)

Iran (October 2010)

Kyrgyzstan - Vakhitov and Saliev (2015)

Libya: Bugaighis (2014)

Malaysia (October, 2014)

Malaysia (2010)

Myanmar: Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min (September 2012)

Myanmar: Khin Khin Kyaw (January 2016) 

Nauru: Peter Law and Geoffrey Eames (February 2014)

Nigeria (February 2014)

Omar Khadr (2008)

Pakistan (2007 - 2008)

Pakistan (July 2013)

Pakistan (June 2014)

Pakistan: Afridi (May 2015)

Philippines (May, 2015)

Philippines (November 2008)

Philippines (May 2014)

Rwanda (2010)

Russia (January 2015)

Russia (April 2012)

Russia (July 2013)

Saudi Arabia: Abdulrahman Al Rumaih, Abdulrahman Al Subaihi and Bander Alnogaithan (November 2014)

Saudi Arabia: Waleed Abu al-Khair (September 2014)

Spain (April 2012)

Sri Lanka - Bandaranayake (January 2013)

Sri Lanka - Nimalka Fernando (February 2014)

Sudan (January 2015) 

Sudan (September 2012)

Sudan: Sharief (November 2013)

Syria (October 2012)

Syria (July 2013)

Syria (February 2014)

Syria: Khalil Ma'touq (January 2016)

Syria: Razan Zaitouneh (January 2016) 

Tajikistan (February 2015)

Tajikistan: Buzurgmehr Yorov (January 2016)

Tunisia (November 2010)

Turkey (February 2013)

Turkey (June 2013)

Turkey (May 2014)

Uganda (February 2014)

United Arab Emirates (September 2012)

United Arab Emirates (July 2013)

Venezuela - Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni (January 2012)

Venezuela - Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni (July 2013)

Vietnam: Le Quoc Quan (February 2013)

Vietnam: Le Quoc Quan (February 2014)

Vietnam: Nguyen Van Dai (January 2016)

Vietnam: Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan (January 2016) 

Zimbabwe (June 2008)

Zimbabwe (April 2013)

Zimbabwe (July 2013)